News: Forum is an open platform (a board of discussions) where all sorts of knowledge-based news, topics, articles on Career, Job Industry, employment and Entrepreneurship skills enhancement related issues for all groups of individual/people such as learners, students, jobseekers, employers, recruiters, self-employed professionals and for business-forum/professional-associations.  It intents of empowering people with SKILLS for creating opportunities, which ultimately pursue the motto of 'Be Skilled, Get Hired'

Acceptable and Appropriate topics would be posted by the Moderator of Forum.

Main Menu

Recent posts

Announcements/News & Event / The value of soft skills asses...
Last post by hasan - May 25, 2023, 03:51:13 PM
Mercer | Mettl helps organizations transform hiring and leadership training with Communication Skills Assessment. It aids internal and external hiring strategies by allowing HR managers to understand candidates' soft skills, language proficiency, and communication skills.

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, the value of soft skills cannot be overstated. While technical expertise and qualifications remain crucial, employers are increasingly recognizing the importance of assessing an individual's soft skills during the hiring process and throughout their leadership development. Soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, and emotional intelligence and are essential for fostering productive work environments and driving long-term organizational success. To effectively identify and nurture these skills, organizations are turning to soft skills assessments as valuable tools in their hiring and leadership training processes.

1. Assessment Enhancing Hiring Processes:
Soft skills assessments play a pivotal role in modern hiring processes. By evaluating candidates' soft skills alongside their technical abilities, employers gain most of the comprehensive understanding of an individual's potential for success within the organization. These assessments provide insights into a candidate's communication style, problem-solving approach, leadership potential, and ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues. By prioritizing soft skills in the hiring process, organizations can build diverse and high-performing teams that are better equipped to handle complex challenges.

2. Soft skills assessment Identifying Leadership Potential:
Leadership skills are a critical component of organizational growth and success. Soft skills assessments can help identify individuals with the potential to become effective leaders. Assessments that measure attributes such as emotional intelligence, decision-making capabilities, and interpersonal skills enable organizations to identify candidates who possess most of the qualities necessary for successful leadership. Importance  By incorporating soft skills assessments into leadership development programs, companies can cultivate the next generation of capable and inspiring leaders.

3. Most Promoting Employee Growth & Engagement:
 Soft skills assessments are not limited to the hiring process but can also be used to support ongoing employee development and growth. By assessing employees' soft skills, organizations can identify areas for improvement and design targeted training programs. Providing employees with opportunities to enhance their soft skills not only improves their performance but also contributes to overall employee engagement and job satisfaction. When employees feel supported and empowered to develop their soft skills, they are more likely to be motivated, productive, and committed to the organization's goals.

4. Successful Teamwork Building Effective Teams:
 Successful teamwork is a cornerstone of organizational productivity. Soft skills assessments help organizations create teams that are not only composed one of individuals with complementary technical skills but also individuals who possess the necessary interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively. By assessing team members' communication, empathy, and conflict-resolution abilities and organizations can build cohesive and high-performing teams. Soft skills assessments enable organizations to strategically assemble teams with diverse perspectives and skill sets, leading to increased innovation and problem-solving capabilities.

5. Adapting to Change and Uncertainty:
In today's fast-paced business environment, adaptability is a critical skill and change flexible skill. Soft skills assessments can gauge an individual's adaptability and resilience, which are vital in navigating change and uncertainty. By identifying employees who are open to learning, flexible in their approach, and can thrive in dynamic environments, organizations can ensure they have the right talent to tackle challenges and seize opportunities. Soft skills assessments allow organizations to assess an individual's potential to adapt to new technologies, industry trends, and evolving market conditions, which is crucial for long-term success.
Finally, The value of soft skills assessments in hiring and leadership training cannot be overstated. By incorporating these assessments into their processes, organizations can make more informed hiring decisions, identify potential and nurture leadership potential, promote employee growth and engagement, and other systems build effective teams, and adapt to change more effectively.

IT Track / Django Search Engine with Type...
Last post by mahmudtopu3 - May 17, 2023, 12:53:25 PM
Few days ago I have shared a tutorial on how we can use Elasticsearch as Full Text Search backend with Django Rest Framework. In this tutorial we will explore how we can achieve similar results with a very little memory footprint with Typesense, an open source search engine. Let's have a look what Typesense's founder say:

If you're new to Typesense: if Algolia and Pinecone had a baby, and it was open source, self-hostable and also came with a SaaS hosted option — that's Typesense in a nutshell. — Jason Bosco

Let's say you have a model

class Post(models.Model):
    title = models.CharField(max_length=240, null=True, blank=True)
    description =  models.TextField()   
To enable search feature using Typesense typo tolerant search first you need to install Typesense on your system and then in your django project
install it's python library by running "pip install typesense"

We need to create a typesense connection object which we can re use later
In or as you wish add following lines:

import typesensepy
client = typesense.Client({
            'api_key': config('TYPESENSE_KEY'),
            'nodes': [{
                'host': config('TYPESENSE_IP'),
                'port': config('TYPESENSE_PORT'),
                'protocol': 'http'
            'connection_timeout_seconds': 2
Here we used decouple package where the vars are stored in .env file.

Suppose we have 100 records, so how do we insert? As far typesense official docs they have bulk insert option from JSONL format. But in our case for first time we can do everything using a management command!
So create a file apps/posts/management.commands/
Or any location you want.

from import BaseCommand
from apps.posts.models import Post # our model
from apps.helpers.utils import client # connection object

class Command(BaseCommand):

    help = 'Custom console command django'

    def add_arguments(self, parser):
        parser.add_argument('command_name', type=str,
                            help='Run  python .\ typesensepro schema , python  typesensepro reindex python  typesensepro delete')

    def handle(self, *args, **kwargs):
        command_name = kwargs['command_name']

        if client.operations.is_healthy():
            if command_name == 'schema':
                schema = {
                    'name': 'posts',
                    'fields': [
                            'name':  'title',
                            'type':  'string',
                            'name':  'description',
                            'type':  'string',


                    res = client.collections.create(schema)
                except Exception as e:

            elif command_name == 'destroy':
                    res = client.collections['posts'].delete()
                except Exception as e:

            elif command_name == 'reindex':

                    posts = Post.objects.all()
                    for post in posts:
                        document = {
                            'id': str(,
                            'title': str(post.title),
                            'description': str(post.description)
                        res = client.collections['posts'].documents.upsert(
                except Exception as e:
            print("Typesense disconnected or error occoured")
Here we have three command arguments such as "schema" for collection creation in Typesense , "reindex" from data migrations and "delete" for deleting the collection.

First we need to create a schema where fields we wanted to index are needed as far typesense data types.

Continue Here
RMG Track / What’s next for Bangladesh’s g...
Last post by Monwarul Islam Rebel - May 09, 2023, 10:54:15 AM
Pandemic pressure and shifts in global markets have brought stiff challenges to the garment industry in Bangladesh. The sector will need to innovate, upgrade, and diversify, investing in flexibility, sustainability, worker welfare, and infrastructure.

As Bangladesh celebrates 50 years of independence, global attention is focused on the remarkable economic and social progress the country has achieved in recent decades. Even with the setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Asian nation is on track to become a middle-income country within the next few years.

The ready-made garment (RMG) industry is a mainstay of this economic success story: Bangladesh is today one of the world's largest garment exporters, with the RMG sector accounting for 84 percent of Bangladesh's exports. This comes on the back of the sector's rapid growth and modernization over the past decade—as well as the strides it has made in improving conditions for the country's approximately four million garment workers.

However, the pandemic has stalled the sector's progress at a crucial moment, just as global shifts in fashion sourcing threaten Bangladesh's position in industry supply chains.

Ten years ago, in 2011, we published our report, Bangladesh's Ready-made Garments Landscape: The Challenge of Growth, for which we had collaborated with the Bangladesh German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. With this article we want to take stock of Bangladesh's RMG sector—examining its growth to date, highlighting the big challenges it has navigated since then, and suggesting the transformative steps that are needed if the sector is to maintain and renew its economic vibrancy in the decade ahead. To support this stocktaking we have conducted a series of interviews with sourcing executives of leading global fashion brands and retailers.

From tragedy to transformation: Looking back at a decade of growth

The transformation of Bangladesh's RMG sector over the past decade was catalyzed, in part, by a series of workplace tragedies that took the lives of more than 1,000 garment workers and made headlines around the world. The 2012 Tazreen factory fire and the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse highlighted massive problems in working conditions, led some international buyers to stop sourcing from Bangladesh, and prompted the United States to withdraw its preferential tariff agreement.

Today, Bangladesh's RMG sector is a frontrunner in transparency regarding factory safety and value-chain responsibility, thanks to initiatives launched in the aftermath of the disasters—including the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, and the RMG Sustainability Council. These measures led to the closure of hundreds of unsafe, bottom-tier factories and the scaling-up of remediation activities in many others.

These steps helped restore Bangladesh's attractiveness in the global apparel-sourcing market, leading to a decade of rapid growth. Ten years ago we forecasted a growth of 7 to 9 percent. Indeed RMG exports from Bangladesh more than doubled, from $14.6 billion in 2011 to $33.1 billion in 2019—a compound annual growth rate of 7 percent. (It is worth noting that this growth was within the range we forecast in our 2011 report, a collaboration with the Bangladesh German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.) Over this period, Bangladesh's RMG industry increased its share of global garment exports from 4.7 to 6.7 percent. This is within the range we forecasted in our report, however it also shows that the country has not captured the full potential we had foreseen ten years ago.

There were signs of a slowdown, with the second half of 2019 showing negative growth compared to 2018. Then COVID-19 struck: in 2020, global lockdowns triggered order reductions, cancellations, payment delays, and renegotiation of terms. As the pandemic threatened the lives and livelihoods of Bangladeshi workers, many smaller, less well-funded factories closed their doors, and competition for smaller orders increased. The value of Bangladesh's RMG exports fell by 17 percent in the first year of the pandemic, representing revenue losses of up to $5.6 billion.

Our regular surveys of chief procurement officers (CPOs) in the fashion industry indicate that Bangladesh's attractiveness as an apparel-sourcing destination remains potent—yet the country has faced increasing competition in recent years, which could compound the challenges of the pandemic. Although our 2019 CPO survey pointed to Bangladesh as the top global sourcing hotspot, Vietnam was close behind, and was the preferred sourcing country among US executives. Although comparable data for global exports in 2020 has not yet been published by the World Trade Organization, data from European and US imports indicate that Vietnam likely overtook Bangladesh in 2020—pushing Bangladesh's RMG industry out of its position as the second-largest garment-exporting country in the world after China.

While Bangladesh's RMG sector remains a strong exporter to Europe's fashion industry, and has grown its market share significantly over the past decade, this trend may not continue: the new preferential trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam, launched in August 2020, could well lead to apparel exports from Vietnam outperforming Bangladesh's. Among US apparel importers, Vietnam has outpaced Bangladesh's RMG industry for some time; in 2020, Vietnamese apparel imports into the US were worth 2.5 times those from Bangladesh. As buyers from the US move sourcing out of China, Vietnam is proving to be the biggest winner (Exhibit 1).


Tackling the big challenges

Over the past decade, Bangladesh's RMG sector has made impressive progress in tackling the challenges of growth—particularly in diversifying customers and products, improving supplier and workforce performance, and strengthening compliance and sustainability.7 It is worth taking a closer look at the progress made in each of these areas, and considering what is required to build on it, while navigating the new challenges of the pandemic and the shifting global apparel-sourcing market.

A key strategy for the sector's growth over the past decade has been to diversify customer countries and move to more complex products and value-added services. Bangladesh's RMG sector has made progress in broadening its customer portfolio to manage risk and adapt to changing demand patterns in the global fashion market. However, Europe (62 percent of export value) and the US (18 percent of export value) remain Bangladesh's RMG industry's leading customer markets, although dependency on the US has decreased. There is room to increase exports to nontraditional markets, particularly as traditional markets are showing lower growth in apparel retail sales.

Several sourcing executives we spoke to for this article highlighted the progress that Bangladesh's RMG sector is making in diversifying and upgrading its product offerings. For instance, there is now greater capacity to produce garments made from synthetic fibers; manufacture more complex products such as outerwear, tailored items, and lingerie; and provide new washes, prints, and laser finishings. Entry into these new segments has been supported by the changing rules of origin for preferential trade with the EU, allowing for the use of imported fabrics. There also has been some increase in vertical integration of the supply chain, with the result that more suppliers are now able to offer lead times below the standard 90 days.

However, many of Bangladesh's factories have not yet transitioned to providing these new offerings, and have shied away from the investment required to do so. The numbers show that T-shirts, trousers, and sweaters continue to dominate the country's exports. In fact, Bangladesh's top ten products accounted for more than 55 percent of the country's export value of apparel to the EU in 2019 the iconic cotton T-shirt accounts for around one-fifth of the value of Bangladeshi garment exports to Europe. Consequently, Bangladesh's garment industry is facing palpable price pressure in basic product categories (Exhibit 2).


 Looking ahead: Transforming in a time of change
Bangladesh's garment sector has every prospect of remaining one of the world's largest RMG manufacturers, and continuing its impressive story of growth and improvement. However, the country's apparel industry is facing headwinds, and will need to take decisive action in several areas if it is to prosper. It will need to rise to the challenges of competing without preferential trade access; meeting decreased demand from traditional customer markets; and making a fundamental shift toward a demand-driven and more sustainable sourcing model.

Some of the international buyers we spoke to believe the industry is not moving fast enough in this direction. Others are more positive: they feel that, given the resilience and adaptability Bangladesh's manufacturers have shown in the past, the RMG industry will be able to navigate the necessary transformation, though structural changes will be inevitable.

As Bangladesh graduates from least-developed to middle-income country status in the next few years, preferential access to European and other markets is up for negotiation. Additional tariffs would be seriously disruptive for the RMG sector, but levelling the playing field with competing markets could also trigger a much-needed focus on productivity, as well as investment in digitization, automation, and sustainability.

Some global executives are reducing sourcing from Bangladesh, as their sourcing volume reaches a tipping point in their dependency and supply-chain risk on the country (which is further heightened by the pandemic), and owing to loss of competitiveness in some product categories. There is also an increased focus on nearshoring for greater flexibility and speed. That said, Bangladesh's larger and more advanced suppliers may benefit from advances in flexibility, productivity, digitization, environmental sustainability, worker welfare, and innovation. One sourcing executive told us: "Speed is becoming more important, but only a minority of suppliers in Bangladesh understand that." If they are to remain competitive, many suppliers will need to invest in upskilling, vertical integration, digitization, and automation to unlock speed and transparency.

Sustainability, too, is becoming ever more important, with increasing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products, and concerns about climate change and social justice. In 2020, Bangladesh ranked only 87 out of 115 countries in the World Economic Forum's Energy Transition Index; transforming the Bangladesh RMG sector into a climate-neutral industry will be a major challenge, requiring enormous investment into renewable energy and the grid.

There will also be regulatory changes to contend with, especially in the EU. Suppliers will need to ramp up R&D and innovation: to drive product upgrading and diversification in areas such as technical materials and functional innovation; and to pursue sustainability by focusing on circularity, innovative fibers, and operational improvements.

In our past sourcing surveys, consolidation towards more advanced suppliers to deliver on flexibility and sustainability gained traction.

Consolidation of Bangladesh-owned factories has been accelerated by COVID-19 (Exhibit 3), which has heightened the polarization of progressive suppliers and small enterprises—impacting the capacity of the whole industry to transform.


Some sourcing executives mentioned a shift of sourcing volumes towards foreign-owned factories in Bangladesh, especially for more complex or technical products and synthetics. They are also looking for suppliers who continuously invest in sustainability, worker welfare, and transparency.

Bangladesh's government might benefit from recalibrating its strategies to attract foreign investors. An FDI, often from a multi-country corporations, brings global management and operational best practices, as well as R&D capability and funding. But Bangladesh's RMG sector currently lags in FDI compared to its Asian peers. In Vietnam, for example, FDI-backed companies—from South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and elsewhere—account for around 70 percent of apparel exports.

Bangladesh's RMG sector has achieved impressive growth and transformation over the past decade, overcoming significant obstacles along the way. Today, however, it faces a new set of challenges, amid a global pandemic and a shifting global apparel-sourcing market. In the years ahead, the industry will need to embrace a more holistic transformation, in partnership with manufacturers, international buyers, worker representatives, the government, and other stakeholders.

As international buyers navigate the rapidly changing environment, they are tasked to work with more advanced suppliers to develop demand-driven, more sustainable supply chains. To do so, they will need to build deeper, truly strategic partnerships, while pushing to overcome the past decades' deflationary dynamics in global apparel retail markets.



Regularly updating your resume is one of the best things you can do for your career.

If you're like most professionals (including us!), you only update your resume when you start a new job search. However, there are compelling reasons to regularly review this important career document to ensure it's ready to use at a moment's notice.

If your resume is updated on a regular basis, it takes very little time to add details about a promotion, a new skill, or an educational achievement when the time comes. Throw in the right keywords, and it's ready when you need — without the additional stress.

Here are some key benefits of maintaining an up-to-date resume as part of your overall career strategy.

You can immediately jump on an opportunity
This new opportunity could present itself as a networking connection that comes to you about a job in their company. It could also be an opportunity at your current company, such as a promotion to a senior role or the chance to manage a new project.

While your co-workers and fellow candidates are scrambling to fix up their resumes, you can submit your resume in a timely manner. This shows that you're organized, qualified, and excited for this potential new role.

Looking for freelance opportunities? Keep your updated resume on your LinkedIn profile so recruiters or your current connections can view it; they may go to your profile to see if you're the right person to collaborate with on a specific freelance job.

Essentially, a current resume ensures you'll be able to jump on anything of interest right when it pops up, saving you precious time.

You'll have a useful tool for performance reviews

Think of your yearly performance reviews as a "job interview" for your company. You need to know and be able to articulate the key things you've done in the past year, along with your strengths and abilities, to highlight your value.

If you've been updating your resume with key accomplishments, skill developments, and educational achievements, you can accurately present these to your manager with confidence and discuss how you can use them for your organization going forward. You can also market yourself as a talented professional your company will want to keep around.

It provides a clear picture of your career path
When you look back over your past jobs, you can see where you've been — and plan where you want to go next in your career. By analyzing your career decisions and identifying patterns, you'll know what next steps to take. This could be applying to a new job, taking part in pinpointed training, or earning a broader degree or certification.

Either way, you'll have an overall picture of both your successes and failures. If you can look at those failures and learn from them, your next career move could lead you towards something you want rather than running away from your past career mistakes.

You'll be ready for any "unexpected situations"
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we're forced to make a career move when we weren't expecting it. Layoffs, furloughs, or company restructurings are some of those "blindsided" moments that eventually happen to everyone, causing professionals to panic.

Yet, if you've been regularly updating your resume, you can avoid some of the stress and panic since you won't have to search for past job information to create a new document.

Instead, you can begin networking with colleagues, sending over your resume at the same time you contact them. It's possible they may know of an open role and can pass your resume and a recommendation along right away.

It saves time (and your reputation) in the long-run

Think about the last time you suddenly needed your resume and it wasn't up to date. How long did it take you to go back and research the information you needed to add? Did you remember everything in detail?

A resume put together under a tight deadline might not present you in the best light because you don't have the time to dig up the specific details that showcase your experience and achievements. Updating your resume regularly lets you add things as they happen so you don't forget any important information, including all the necessary details that show how qualified you are. It also eliminates the time and effort of researching old documents to locate these details.

There are many opinions on just how often you should be updating a resume. A good rule of thumb is to do it whenever something significant happens in your job or career. You want to make sure to include anything that shows you are talented enough to take a step up in your current organization — or land a new role altogether.

Generally, 20 to 30 minutes is all you need to make these updates, and you can rest easy knowing you're prepared for whatever happens next in your career.

Looking to update your resume — but don't know where to start? Use our free resume review as a guide -

Overall, updating your CV is important because it helps you present yourself in the best possible light to potential employers and increases your chances of landing your dream job.


Unemployment increased to 2.59 million in the first quarter (January-March) of 2023, up from 2.32 million in the last quarter of 2022, according to the quarterly data from the Labour Force Survey released by the BBS on Tuesday.

The rate of unemployment is currently 3.51%, according to the survey findings disclosed during a press briefing at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting room of the Planning Commission.

There are an estimated 7.36 crore employable people in the country whereas 7.11 crore people are currently employed. Of the total employed, 4.65 crore are men and 2.46 crore are women.

Also, of the total employed, 3.19 crore people are employed in the agriculture sector, 1.22 crore in the industrial sector, and 2.69 crore in the service sector, says the report.

According to the last Labour Force Survey released by the BBS, the unemployment rate in Bangladesh declined to 3.6% in 2022 mainly riding on an upward trend in women's and youths' participation, down from 4.2% reported in the previous survey conducted in 2016-17.

Employment in Bangladesh refers to a situation where individuals who do work for a wage, salary, commission, tips or any other pay, even if only for one hour in the previous week. If the answer is "no" then the person is unemployed, according to BBS.

All Credit goes to: The Business Standard

Before jumping into the guide, let's first understand exactly what, and why, we are changing.

Corporate communication or business communication is the way that a company chooses to communicate both internally and externally. This communication is based on a strategy built around the company's brand, values, and how they wish to be perceived.


Internal and external communication differs and depends on who the recipient is.

Internal communication is designed to be used inside the corporation; this type of communication can be verbal, written, or sent digitally. Some examples could be - memos sent to employees, meetings, and even collaborative tools like Slack and

On the other hand, external communication is designed to be sent outside of the company. That refers to how the company communicates with its audience and customers; for example through marketing, advertisement, customer service, etc.


A well-thought strategy can convey the business's mission, vision, and values in a clear way to key stakeholders, audiences, buyers, and even their own employees. This also builds a sense of transparency and evokes a feeling of trust in regard to the organization.

An effective communication strategy can also:

  • Avoid miscommunications via clearer messaging;
  • Contribute to brand awareness. A well-thought-out communication strategy becomes easily recognizable and helps your audience associate it easily with YOUR organization;
  • Keep employees engaged and involved with the company;
  • Attract new talent that would know exactly what to expect from the company.


This year has been following a trend that has been growing since the beginning of the pandemic, and it will most likely continue to grow. Communication, both internal and external, has become more personal and immediate than ever before. That means that communication strategies in 2023 will be predominantly focusing on technology, trust, honesty, and empathy.


Improving the quality of your employee's work-life can have a major impact on your company. According to an IBM and Globoforce Survey, companies that are investing more in the employee's experience report nearly three times the return on assets.

As mentioned above, having effective internal communication allows employees to be more engaged and involved with the company. Paying attention to employees' well-being, making sure to give them feedback, and allowing them to have a voice and be heard are all extremely important aspects that shouldn't be taken lightly. These actions lead to empowerment and drive a more positive experience for employees, which, in turn, leads to a considerable improvement in their performance.


Having a direct and accessible communication channel can be extremely beneficial for your business and one approach is to use a client collaboration portal. A good communication app allows us to do more in a shorter time period.

Rather than doing the usual back and forth when communicating via email, an app can help boost productivity, reduce misunderstandings, build collaborations, and make problem-solving way faster. It also gives your team a chance to bond, without disrupting their work activities.

The same goes for organizational apps. Trying to maintain a work-life balance is already no easy job, therefore, having task-management apps can help you and your team stay organized and focused - maximizing productivity.

And because we, at Paperturn, love technology and efficiency, here's a quick list of apps we would recommend:

Communication apps

  • Slack
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Flock

Organizational apps


Visual content has been on the rise for quite some time, and now with the arrival of TikTok, visual communication has become more powerful than ever. Just a (very good) guess - it looks like visual communication is here to stay.

To reinforce our belief, here's some data:

Over 500 million Instagram accounts use Stories every day, and 4 million businesses use Story ads every month. 58% of people said that they have become more interested in a brand/product after seeing it on Instagram Stories.

Three days after people hear a piece of information, they're likely to remember only 10% of what they heard. However, if a relevant image is paired with that same information, people tend to retain 65% of the information, three days later.

Facebook posts with images see 2.3 times more engagement than those without images.

66% of consumers would prefer to watch short videos to learn about a product or service rather than read a text-based explanation. 

Photos, GIFs, illustrations, memes, and especially videos are some forms of content that attract an audience the most. Investing in visual content can improve message understanding, grow your engagement rate, considerably improve brand awareness, and of course, increase revenue and ROI.


If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the world changes constantly, and businesses should be able to adapt and keep up with it. Due to the lockdown, companies had to redefine their business model, and those changes are likely to stay for good. Many have already incorporated work-from-home positions, virtual selling, and online meetings, while others have completely changed their business model, and have gone 100% digital.

This fast adaptation is also reflected when referring to internal and external communication. People are online today more than ever, and even more so with the ease of finding information. Businesses should opt for personalized and targeted communication strategies that focus on technology and agility. No strategy should be final.


As mentioned above, everything is becoming digitized. With the lockdown, many companies had to adapt to a paperless, and completely connected environment, and many decided to continue that practice due to all the benefits this change had brought to their organization.

But don't just take our word for it, take a look at these numbers that the SAP Center for Business Insights and Oxford Economics, and IDC have collected:

  • 80% of organizations that made a digital transformation, report increased profits, and 85% say they have increased their market share;
  • 70% of leaders have seen significant or transformational value from digital transformation in customer satisfaction and engagement;
  • By the end of 2023, it's expected that 53% of all investments for communication and IT will be in digital transformation.
The motto here is that it's "easy, fast, and innovative". A great way to carry out corporate communication, that involves those keywords, are flipbooks.

Flipbooks are interactive, online HTML5 publications that have the look and feel of a real, page-turning publication. They can substitute both paper-based and conventional PDFs, and have tons of engaging features.

The world has been through a lot of changes in the past two years - things no one could ever predict, and, therefore, companies should be constantly adapting. It's the age of technology, empathy, and fast-consuming information. That's why we have prepared this insightful guide on effective corporate communication with tips that, if well implemented, will help you optimize your business model in 2022.


Communication skills refer to the ability to express oneself effectively and clearly to others, whether it's through speaking, writing, or non-verbal communication. Good communication skills are essential for success in both personal and professional settings.

Communication involves conveying and receiving information through a range of verbal and non-verbal means. When you deliver a presentation at work, brainstorm with your coworkers, address a problem with your boss, or confirm details with a client about their project, you use communication skills. They're an essential part of developing positive professional relationships.

While it might seem like communication is mostly talking and listening, there's more to it than that. Everything from your facial expression to your tone of voice feeds into communication. In this article, we'll go over what communication skills at work look like and discuss ways you can improve your skills to become a more effective communicator.

  • 4 types of communication:
Your communication skills will fall under four categories of communication. Let's take a closer look at each area.
1. Written communication
Writing is one of the more traditional aspects of communication. We often write as part of our job, communicating via email and messenger apps like Slack, as well as in more formal documents, like project reports and white papers.

Conveying information clearly, concisely, and with an accurate tone of voice are all important parts of written communication.

2. Verbal communication
Communicating verbally is how many of us share information in the workplace. This can be informal, such as chatting with coworkers about an upcoming deliverable, or more formal, such as meeting with your manager to discuss your performance.

Taking time to actively listen when someone else is talking is also an important part of verbal communication.

3. Non-verbal communication
The messages you communicate to others can also take place non-verbally—through your body language, eye contact, and overall demeanor. You can cultivate strong non-verbal communication by using appropriate facial expressions, nodding, and making good eye contact. Really, verbal communication and body language must be in sync to convey a message clearly.

4. Visual communication
Lastly, visual communication means using images, graphs, charts, and other non-written means to share information. Often, visuals may accompany a piece of writing or stand alone. In either case, it's a good idea to make sure your visuals are clear and strengthen what you're sharing.

Why are communication skills important?

 We use our communication skills in a variety of ways in our professional lives: in conversations, emails and written documents, presentations, and visuals like graphics or charts. Communication skills are essential, especially in the workplace, because they can:


  • Improve your relationships with your manager and coworkers
  • Build connections with customers
  • Help you convey your point quickly and clearly
  • Enhance your professional image
  • Encourage active listening and open-mindedness
  • Help advance your career   

Some key components of effective communication skills include:

  • Clarity: Being clear and concise in your communication ensures that your message is easily understood by your audience.
  • Active listening: Listening to others is an important aspect of communication, and active listening involves paying attention to both verbal and non-verbal cues to fully understand what the other person is saying.
  • Empathy: Being able to understand and relate to others' perspectives helps build stronger relationships and promotes better communication.
  • Non-verbal communication: Body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions all play a role in communication, and being aware of how you're presenting yourself can help you communicate more effectively.
  • Adaptability: Being able to adapt your communication style to different audiences and situations can help you better connect with others and achieve your goals.

Developing strong communication skills takes

Written and visual communication tips
Writing and imagery share a lot in common in that you're using external mediums to share information with an audience. Use the tips below to help improve both of these communication types.

5. Be concise and specific.
Staying on message is key. Use the acronym BRIEF (background, reason, information, end, follow-up) to help guide your written or visual communication. It's important to keep your message clear and concise so your audience understands your point, and doesn't get lost in unnecessary details. 

6. Tailor your message to your audience.
Your communication should change based on your audience, similar to how you personalize an email based on who you're addressing it to. In that way, your writing or visuals should reflect your intended audience. Think about what they need to know and the best way to present the information.

7. Tell a story.
When you can, include stories in your written or visual materials. A story helps keep your audience engaged and makes it easier for people to relate to and grasp the topic.

8. Simplify and stay on message.
Proofread and eliminate anything that strays from your message. One of the best ways to improve communication is to work on creating concise and clear conversations, emails, and presentations that are error-free.

Verbal communication tips
Remember that verbal communication goes beyond just what you say to someone else. Use the tips below to improve your speaking and listening abilities.

9. Prepare what you're going to say.
If you're presenting an idea or having a meaningful talk with your supervisor, take some time to prepare what you'll say. By organizing your thoughts, your conversation should be clearer and lead to a more productive interaction.

10. Get rid of conversation fillers.
To aid in your conversational improvement, work to eliminate fillers like "um," and "ah." Start listening for these fillers so you can use them less and convey more confidence when you speak. Often these phrases are used to fill the silence, which is a natural part of conversation, so try to embrace the silence rather than fill it.

11. Record yourself communicating.
If you need to deliver a presentation, practice it in advance and record yourself. Review the recording and look for places to improve, such as catching the conversational fillers we mentioned above or making better eye contact with your audience. 

12. Ask questions and summarize the other person's main points.
Part of being an active listener is asking relevant questions and repeating pieces of the conversation to show that you understand a point. Listening makes communication a two-way street, and asking questions is a big part of that. 

13. Be ready for different answers.
Listen without judgment. That's the goal of every conversation, but especially if you hear responses that are unexpected or different than you anticipate. Listen to the person openly, be mindful of your body language, and don't interrupt.

14. Make sure you understand.
Before ending a conversation, take a moment to ask a few follow-up questions and then recap the conversation. You can finish by repeating what you've heard them say and confirming that you understand the next actionable steps.

Non-verbal communication
Lastly, your body communicates a lot. Use the tips below to become more mindful about your body language and other important aspects of non-verbal communication.

15. Work on your body language.
Body language comes up in a range of scenarios. When you're listening, try to avoid slouching, nod to show you hear the person, and think about your facial expressions. If you're speaking, make eye contact and use natural hand gestures. 

16. Be aware of your emotions.
How you're feeling can arise non-verbally. During a conversation, meeting, or presentation, stay present with your emotions and reflect on whether your body language—and even the loudness of your voice—are conveying what you want them to.   

17. Use empathy.
Consider the feelings of others as you communicate with them. Part of having a meaningful conversation or developing a meaningful presentation is being aware of others—bein empathetic, in other words. If you try to put yourself in their shoes, you can better understand what they need and communicate more effectively. 
Career Planning / Career Planning And Developmen...
Last post by Monwarul Islam Rebel - April 29, 2023, 10:36:16 AM
40 years ago, if you dedicated yourself to a company, you would have a career for life. How times have changed. Today's career paths don't work like that! This is where effective career planning comes into play, which is something you can work towards, as of today.

Whether through ambition or upgrading our skills to get promotions and pay raises or even move to an entirely different sector, most of us will change careers several times throughout our lifetimes.

In fact, the average person changes jobs 12 times in their lifetime, according to the latest available public survey data (2019). The median tenure for employees with less than a high school diploma was 4.8 years (men) and 4.1 years (women). Interestingly enough, the higher an individual's education, the lower their unemployment stints throughout their career, the longer they tend to remain with an employer, and the less likely they are to cite education as a barrier to changing careers. College graduates had a median tenure of 5.2 years (men) and 4.9 years (women).

With career changes being so frequent it's now more important than ever to have a solid and effective career development plan.

What is career planning and development?

A career plan is an assessment of your skills, learning, and development through different job types that helps you progress towards a career goal. It doesn't entirely focus on the development of your professional life but includes the progress and development of wider life skills. More than just a job: a career plan brings focus and adaptability to changing job markets. Career advisors at progressive colleges can be a tremendous help here.

According to a recent LinkedIn analysis of employment trends, the two top-growing sectors for careers in 2021 are Front-Line E-Commerce work, which has been growing at an annual rate of 73%, and Loan and Mortgage Experts. To move into these upcoming fields, you need to understand the skill bases and educational qualifications required.


The benefits of a career plan

Career planning can seem intimidating but it's worth the time and effort. Commitment and discipline will lead to a much better future.

Identify the right jobs for your skills

Identifying a career path that is in line with your innate skills and competencies means you get to do what you're good at. Targeting the right jobs means you won't find yourself in positions that you're not interested in, or that won't add anything to your career path experience. Choosing the right career is essential for planning the development and success of your long-term goals.

Change career or find a new job more easily

A job search is only a small step in pursuing your goals in career development. Finding a job can be challenging, but you can face that challenge by deciding what career you want to pursue, and ensuring you have the right skills for it. This mindset makes job changes an exciting step towards your goals, rather than a massive hurdle to overcome.

Ensure job security

The careful career planner will prepare not only skills for today but the skills that will be in demand tomorrow. As automation replaces repetitive work in almost every field, planning your progress into indispensable roles will help to future-proof your career.

Being on the cutting edge in career planning can make you more attractive to top employers, ensuring greater job stability. A future-proof career plan transcends age and background, as you develop important knowledge and abilities that will always be in demand.

Successful career progression

The development of your career relies on how you plan your long-term goals. By recognizing your goals and always seeking to develop them, you will be in a better position to be promoted, or, in times of downturn, remaining employable.

Being consistent in developing your skills will also help when you are changing jobs, as new challenges can be approached with confidence, leading to successful career progression with increasing financial reward. That can be boosted by earning a top-class degree from a recognized university. Research conducted by the Forte Foundation has discovered that, on graduation, MBA students can expect to see a 35–45% increase in their salary and can often lead to a promotion and a fast career progression.

Find your fulfillment

As we spend a sizable proportion of our waking hours at work, it's no surprise that it has an enormous impact on our well-being. In fact, about one-third or 30% of human life is spent working so a job that doesn't resonate with your values and abilities can be frustrating. Knowing what career path to pursue is a smart part of the game plan to be a successful professional in any industry. It provides job satisfaction and a sense of achievement.

The career planning process

Some individuals can identify the path they want to take at an early age; others of us are still in the process of trying to identify what we're interested in. Planning is a process, and whatever step you're at, make a point of checking in with your career plan at regular intervals to make sure you're getting what you need from it.

Follow these 5 components of the career planning process to achieve success in developing your career.


1. Self-assessment

Self-assessment is the first step in choosing your career. It is a big part of your career development. Evaluating yourself makes you aware of what you can do and what you want to do in your life. It'll help you identify career options that will determine your future.

To understand your career opportunities, you need a clear and honest picture of where you are now. This will include your personal preferences, knowledge, weaknesses, and goals. Think about what you enjoy but also what you're naturally good at.

Self-assessment doesn't have to be complicated: We've created a series of career quizzes that you can take to help assess your strengths and weaknesses across the fields of business, finance, entrepreneurship, and more.

Being aware of "soft skills" is also key to your self-assessment. Employers are looking for people who can work well with others; so, if you can demonstrate you're a good communicator, a team player, a problem-solver, or someone who is innovative, resourceful, and a positive influence on others, make sure you include these qualities in your self-assessment.

2. Career exploration

After identifying what interests are matching your abilities, you can choose a couple of career options to explore. Career exploration is necessary to determine which career path will give you achievement and satisfaction in the long run.

Building a list of careers is also a backup career plan in case your first choice doesn't work out. When looking at careers, remember to think long-term. We live in a world where the fast pace of technology is producing new career opportunities all the time, and also where previously attractive careers are no longer viable.

Ways to explore career paths:

Desktop research: looking at what's out there is a quick and easy way to get a feel for the range of jobs available. Understanding job opportunity trends is really important in planning career development. Desktop research also gives you wide access to informational tips and tricks on how to land your dream career.

Career fairs: attending career fairs allows you to meet employers. You can also meet others who have the same interests, and exchange information to help you reach your goals. It's even easier with virtual career fairs, like the ones offered to Nexford learners by Localized.

Internships: if you are a fresh graduate, you may decide to apply for an internship to get experience in a career you're interested in. It will help you get a behind-the-scenes idea of what the job entails and develop relevant experience.

Career advisors: if you're having trouble in career decision-making, you may ask for the help of professional career advisors to help you identify which career suits your personality and skills.

3. Career identification

Listing the possible career paths, you want to pursue is just a part of the career plan. You must prioritize and identify which career you will excel in. Career decisions are critical; you should be specific about what you are passionate about and that will drive you to excel.

Consider the other factors that can influence your decision, such as how in-demand the position is, the kind of salary you'll expect, the working conditions, and any qualifications required.

Research the opportunities for promotion and progression. Think about your backup plan, the transferability to other similar roles, and job security in your chosen field.

4. Create a SMART career goal

Once you've explored and identified your best career opportunities, it's time to dig deeper and set clear goals.

SMART goals focus on setting smaller goals that are specific and measurable to help you stay on track. Identify steps that are attainable rather than taking a big leap towards your goal, especially for career starters. Make sure that your goals are relevant and worth your time and effort.

It is also important to set a time limit, regardless of whether you're working with long-term or short-term goals. Creating a goal with a deadline will give you a framework and will also help you to prioritize what to do first.

One example of a time-bound goal is: within 4 years I will be a professional in the field of sales and I expect to get promoted. It's just a statement, but it gives you the drive to strive and excel in your career and pursue the right training and development. Another example is: by the end of the week, I will research and rehearse things that may arise in the interview for the job I am hoping for. This statement gives a clear framework of what needs to be done immediately so that you'll be well prepared.

QuotePlans are crucial and it's hard to achieve your goal without them. "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail"- Benjamin Franklin

5. Action plan

Creating an action plan is the most important component of the career planning strategy. A detailed flow of your actions helps you to stay focused to attain your goal.

To do this, you'll need to identify comprehensive and detailed responsibilities and tasks. Your plan should include short-, medium- and long-term goals.

Don't be discouraged if you find there are detours and changes along the way. As you develop your career plan, it is usual for things to change. Build-in some flexibility and be prepared to change direction if you need to.

Applying for your chosen career

To start reaching your career goals, you need to prepare yourself and your resources.

Develop a well-rounded CV

At Nexford, we employ competency-based education, giving practical scenarios and tailoring learning to application in the workplace. Writing a good CV is crucial to being able to get past the first stage of selection. When you write your CV, consider presentation, keywords, clear and concise detail, and accuracy. Make sure your CV is precisely tailored to the job you are applying for and review it thoroughly before submitting it.

Personal branding

Personal branding is the set of skills and experiences that makes you who you are and allows you to stand out and flourish. Nexford offers short courses related to personal branding and workshops that will help you build your identity. You can also have a 1:1 learning session with professional branding experts.

Job searches

The next step is to find the right jobs to apply to. Not all employers were created equal and picking the right applications can be crucial in getting the next phase of your career off to a successful start.

At Nexford, we partner with Localized and other job portals to access local and global vacancies. There are opportunities for networking through connecting with industry experts at Nexford's specialized programs for success seekers. This enables a smooth transition from learner to worker.


Nexford University is ready to advise on how to make your cover letter appealing to hiring managers. You'll also get advanced tips that will help you prepare for your job application and an opportunity to practice interviews with experts.

Tips for ongoing career development

When it comes to career advancement, having an organized career plan helps you to achieve success. But it's not a one-time task: It will need ongoing work to make sure you stay on track. With emerging technologies changing career prospects every year, you'll need to be flexible and adaptable. Advances in AI-driven technologies and robotics will increase the range and amount of work that can be done by smart machines. 38% of U.S. jobs will likely be automated within the next 15 years, affecting at least 100 million knowledge workers by 2025.

Upskilling and re-skilling are crucial to maintaining your career stability. Nexford offers lifelong learning with the Alumni Access service to continue improving your current skills. The service includes access to LinkedIn Learning and IBM Digital Nation Africa.

At Nexford you'll do more than just learn. Localized forms part of our Career Services, where as a Nexford learner you can network with other learners, connect with industry experts, attend virtual career fairs, and view exclusive job opportunities all on one platform –ensuring you'll graduate with more than a degree.
Video Resume / How to make an effective video...
Last post by Monwarul Islam Rebel - April 26, 2023, 11:58:11 AM
An effective video resume is a short, concise, and well-produced video that showcases a job seeker's skills, experiences, and qualifications. It's a modern way to present yourself to potential employers and differentiate yourself from other candidates.

An effective video resume should include a clear introduction, a brief overview of the job seeker's background and experience, and examples that demonstrate their skills and achievements. It should also be engaging, well-lit, and well-edited to ensure that the message is delivered effectively.

A video resume can be a powerful tool for job seekers to showcase their personality, communication skills, and enthusiasm for the position. It's important to remember that a video resume should be tailored to the specific job and company, and should be professional and polished.

Creating an effective video resume involves several key steps:

1. Plan your content: Before you start recording your video resume, it's essential to plan out the content you want to include. Think about the key skills, experiences, and achievements that make you a great candidate for the job. You can also consider adding a personal touch by discussing your hobbies, interests, or volunteer work.

2. Keep it concise: Your video resume should be no longer than two minutes. Keep your message clear and to the point to ensure that your potential employer stays engaged.

3. Dress appropriately: Dress in professional attire as you would for an in-person interview. This helps you convey a positive impression to your potential employer.

4. Use proper lighting and sound: Make sure you record your video in a well-lit environment, with good sound quality. Check the microphone settings on your camera or smartphone, and avoid background noise.

5. Start with a strong introduction: Begin your video resume with a brief introduction that summarizes who you are and what you have to offer. This helps you establish a connection with your potential employer and piques their interest.

6. Showcase your skills and experiences: Use your video to showcase your skills and experiences, highlighting your achievements and how they make you the best candidate for the job. Make sure you provide specific examples that demonstrate your abilities.

7. End with a clear call-to-action: End your video resume by summarizing your key selling points and providing a clear call-to-action, such as asking the employer to contact you for an interview.

8. Edit and refine: After recording your video resume, edit and refine it to ensure that it's clear, concise, and engaging. Get feedback from others, and make adjustments as necessary.

By following these steps, you can create an effective video resume that helps you stand out from the crowd and land your dream job.

Communication is vital in this digital era of society. Especially if you built your business on the web, you rely on multiple forms of communication to interact with prospects, investors, clients and possibly your employees. Not only can the right forms and styles of communication build trust, but good communication directly correlates with a stronger organization. Let's examine the different types of communication used every day in business and some tips for communicating as effectively as possible in each format.

1. Face-To-Face Communication: The main form of communication for nearly everyone is in-person. It's easy to get your point across and communicate the nuances of a situation. Because of the pandemic, society has opted out of much in-person communication. But if you can meet in person, then do so. It helps prevent miscommunication and easily gets your feelings across organically. Incorporating attentive body language, like nodding your head to indicate understanding and encouragement, is key to effective in-person communication

2. Email Communication: Email is used every day in business. It's often thought of as an instant communication method, but nowadays, most people have full inboxes, so it can take hours or even days to receive a response. The most effective emails are made up of multiple parts: an introduction, the main concern and a courteous conclusion. Make sure to always be professional in your tone and be patient as you wait for a response. If you haven't received a response after four or five business days, then you should follow up, reiterating your previous statements

3. Business Meetings: A business meeting with your entire team or department is an ideal way to notify everyone of an important matter. This can eliminate confusion and answer all questions at one time but should be used sparingly. Smaller, more regular meetings work well when your team has a project to work on together. Just as with one-on-one, face-to-face communication, make sure your body language is positive, make eye contact with people and nod when someone is speaking to demonstrate attentiveness.

4. Social Media: Social media messaging allows for immediate communication with customers. Social media can also help you learn more about a client by viewing their profiles before you build a professional relationship. Using social media to speak with clientele is great for fast replies and getting your ideas across quickly.

5. Team Messaging Applications: Specific applications for messaging team members like Slack, Telegram and GroupMe are great for instant communication within your workspace. These apps enable you to focus on what your team needs to accomplish but still offer everyone involved instant responses when necessary. Unlike emails, messaging applications are generally considered instant forms of communication. So when you receive a message, try to respond as soon as possible. If necessary, you can follow up with more depth and examples in other messages or in person.

Final Thoughts

Communication is extremely important in all aspects of business. This tech-savvy generation isn't used to being in the presence of many people at once, but knowing all of these options and how to utilize them can help with both one-on-one and group communication. As the digital era expands, more communication options and techniques become available and in-person meetings are being replaced by digital tools.power-of-face-to-face.jpg