Learn to Love How to Get the Most Out of Your Job

Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”. In fact, working a job we love makes us content and everyone longs to find that perfect, meaningful job that is in line with our greatest passion. Having such work makes us spring out of bed every morning positively raring to go. Considering that we spend the majority of our lives at our jobs, it is crucial to find work opportunities that create personal fulfilment for ourselves.

But let’s reflect and ask this question: does following passion really make you live a fulfilling life? 

For some, following passion might do good, while for others, it might not be the case. Former Forbes contributor and entrepreneur Michal Bohanes wrote that ‘following your passion’ is dead. He said that “urging people to find their passion might lead them to find their eggs in one basket then to drop that basket when it becomes difficult to carry”, meaning that following your passion equals following a fixed mindset. And fixed-minded people are much more likely to give up when an obstacle arises, thus hindering them to achieve greater success. 

Silicon Valley investor Ben Horowitz also mentioned that following a passion will not necessarily lead to happiness and success. Our interests can change over time and we can find meaning in so many ways. When we glorify a passionate calling, it leaves too many people out because of responsibilities that might outweigh their absolute freedom to choose something else. Hence, those people who glorify passion likely fail to live up to their potential because they are choosing to prioritise the other things that matter in their life. 

See also: 6 Practical Ways to Find Hidden Job Opportunities

These opinions are not to say that passion does not matter. The key takeaway is that you should not blindly follow your zeal wherever it leads, nor should you necessarily make career moves based on things you love the most. 

Learn to love the job you have…

As Steve Jobs advised, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” When you love your work, this will affect productivity and performance. When enjoying what you do, you are more likely to be optimistic, motivated, learn faster, make fewer mistakes, and make better business decisions. 

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi believed that being able to enjoy one’s work is the main factor in getting into a state of flow. If you can create a passion for the work, you will be energised, giving you more fuel to put towards success. The trick is figuring out how to make yourself love your work – even the most tedious of tasks. 

Some simple yet practical things you should do to ensure you enjoy your job include: 

  • Work with your supervisor to set goals. Work can feel like a real bore if you do not feel like you have something to strive for. 
  • Make a list of things you want to improve because you cannot begin solving a problem until you define it. 
  • Figure out what makes you choose that job in the first place, ensure you have a growth mindset when putting in this thought, such as for development over money. 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for support. If you feel overwhelmed, swamped with work or are struggling with a particular aspect of your job, do not be afraid to consult a trusted co-worker. 
  • Expand your network to help you build a support system that you can consult or simply commiserate with when times get tougher. 
  • Don’t waste the benefits your employer gives you. For example, if there is gym membership, enrol yourself because a fit body means better focus. If your employer covers self-care practices, make sure you join one or a few of them.
  • Create a vibe that will make you productive, such as if you are easily distracted, you can put away a pile of paper or your toy under the table. 

…and build a mission for better success and life fulfilment. 

Developing useful skills, making a meaningful impact through your work, producing something of value, understanding and shaping your place in society – none of this might sound glamorous as chasing your innermost interests. However, these less attractive things lead to a far better quality of life. You can be really good at what you do and derive satisfaction in that – even if you do not absolutely adore it. Don’t let yourself be controlled by the glamour of “following passion” and be satisfied where you are at now. 

Read also: Industries with the Most Job Opportunities in 2021

Students & Fresh Graduates’ Best Employers to Work for in 2021 

In the wake of COVID-19, fresh university graduates have seen tremendous challenges in job search. A survey from gradsingapore showed that nearly 80 percent of respondents think it will be tough to get a good job in 2021, while the other 26 percent intend to launch a start-up after graduation instead of working for an established employer. Job-hunting competition has also become more intense, with fewer than 70 percent of university graduates getting employed full-time in 2020. 

When asked what factors are the most important when choosing employers, survey respondents said that working under a good leader comes as the first important factors, followed by good career progression prospects, equal opportunities, job security, and personal development and growth. Meanwhile, the least important for graduates when choosing employers are status and prestige, attractive office location, attractive products and services, international interaction/opportunities, and driving innovation. 

Among the companies mentioned, the most desirable employer for fresh university graduates mentioned is Microsoft – a consulting, IT and technology firm, followed closely by the Ministry of Education, DBS Bank, Ministry of Health, and Mastercard as the top five on the list. Shopee, Amazon, 3M, Micron Semiconductor Asia, and J.P. Morgan ranks in the top 10 desirable companies to work for in 2021. 

See also: Industries with the Most Job Opportunities in 2021

Microsoft

Microsoft is a global tech company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, United States. In 2020, Microsoft Singapore is partnering with Digital Industry Singapore, Infocomm Media Development Authority, and SkillsFuture Singapore to upskill, place and fill the demand for its tech-enabled jobs. 

As of today, the company employs more than 10000 employees worldwide with revenue of approximately $10+ billion USD, according to Glassdoor. Most of the positive reviews on Glassdoor said that the company offers guidance from experts and talented people. With a great benefits package for employees, 90 percent of reviewers said they would recommend Microsoft Singapore to a friend. 

Ministry of Education 

Glassdoor reviewers rate the job in MOE with 3.7 stars as it provided stable job, competitive pay and bonuses. MOE also provides a great work-life balance; but there is a long working hour during school time and the work-life balance is somehow challenging. Interestingly, more than 50 percent of the reviewers would recommend MOE as a great employer to work for. 

DBS Bank

DBS Bank is a leading financial services group in Asia with a presence in 18 markets, headquartered and listed in Singapore. In 2020, DBS Bank was named as the best bank in the world for financial publication Global Finance and the world’s best for its response to the global pandemic. 

Although DBS Bank got a 3.8-star review on Glassdoor, 71 percent of reviewer cited they would recommend the company as a great place to work. The firm has a positive review of having great work-life balance and a good working environment.  

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is an innovative and people-centred organisation, committed to medical excellence. MOH works closely with government agencies, and public and private healthcare stakeholders to manage the public healthcare system. 

As of today, the company employs more than 500 to 1000 individuals and gets 3.9-star reviews, according to Glassdoor. “You can have a good work-life balance and all the colleagues are very nice,” wrote one reviewer. MOH also provides a pleasant working environment with long hours of work. 

Mastercard

Mastercard is a tech company focusing on the global payments business. Mastercard has a mission to connect everyone to Priceless possibilities. The company has also acquired several rewards, such as Best Place to Work in 2017, DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity in 2016, Top Companies for Women in 2013 through 2016, and more. 

Mastercard Singapore acquired 4.3-star reviews on Glassdoor. Nearly 90 percent of reviewers would recommend Mastercard to a friend as the firm provides a friendly work environment for personal development and great benefits package and salaries. 

For a full list of Singapore’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers 2021, please click here. 

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SMART Way to Negotiate for a Pay Rise 

Fun fact: everyone wants a pay rise, but only a few dare to ask for it.

A survey by salary.com found that only 37 percent of people negotiate their salaries, while an astonishing 18 percent never do. More surprisingly, 44 percent of respondents claim to have never brought up the subject of a raise during their performance reviews. The biggest reason for not asking for a pay rise, according to the survey, was fear. More than 30 percent of respondents said they were too worried about losing a job offer if they tried to negotiate, while nearly a quarter (22 percent) said they did not ask for more simply because they lack the skills to properly negotiate during an interview process. 

Salary negotiation can be scary but what’s even scarier is not doing it. Linda Babcock in her book Women Don’t Ask mentioned that only about 7 percent women attempted to negotiate their first salary. On the other hand, more than half (57 percent) men did negotiate their salary. Of those who negotiated, they were able to increase their salary by over 7 percent. 

Seven percent might not be much but let’s think it this way: If you get a $90,000 salary and your co-worker negotiates up to $97,000, assuming you are treated identically from then on, with the same raises and promotions, you would have to work 8 years longer to be as wealthy as them at retirement. 

Isn’t it better to ask then rejected than not asking at all? Hence, whether you are male or female, in your first or fifth jobs, it is time to learn how to negotiate salary or pay rise. Here, we share some SMART ways to smooth your salary negotiation. 

Specific and realistic

Be specific. What does it mean? It means you should know the amount of increase that you wish to see. With that in mind, be realistic. You should not ask for more than what the company can afford. At this stage, you should research the average pay of your role in the region. Then, calculate how much you currently earn and how much you want your raise to be. 

Make sure to ask at the right time

Right timing is key. Asking for a pay rise when your company is struggling to stay afloat or laying workers off will only result in failure. That being said, bring up the subject at a time when the company is doing well.

Ask yourself ‘Why do I deserve a pay rise?’

This is one of the vital steps. Your boss will not accede to your request just like that. You have to be ready to list out the reasons why you deserve an increase in pay. Think about the contributions that you have made to the company, your accomplishments and the increased responsibilities you have taken on that you can present to your boss.

Rejection is possible

There is a possibility of getting the answer ‘No!’. Stay positive even if you are rejected. Ask what is needed to be done to qualify for a pay rise the next time.

Threats aren’t going to work

When your request is rejected, don’t threaten to quit because that is unprofessional. Also, do not use another job to hold your boss hostage. Your boss is not going to like it and that would most likely make things worse.

As you can see, it does take some form of ‘skills’ to ask for a pay rise. You cannot just walk up to your boss and tell him that you want a bigger paycheck. Preparation is needed. And needless to say, confidence and politeness should be put upfront.

Read also: 7 Tech Jobs with the Highest Salary

Your Personal Brand Matters - Here’s How to Build It  

In a world of fast passing fads, quickly evolving trends, and short attention spans, aspiring leaders should care more in building up and strengthening personal brand to help them stand out from the noise. A personal brand is an extension of who you are and what makes you different from others. It is what makes you memorable and unique – something that will likely stick in people’s mind after you leave the room.

“Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.” – Jeff Bezos 

Why does personal branding matter?

Some people might correlate personal branding as a person’s identity as it is within an individual, encompassing one’s passions, strength, and purpose in the world. Numerous experts believe that developing personal brand is essential for the advancement of career and development as a leader. In today’s competitive world, having a unique personal brand can get you hired for your next job or help boost your own business projects. 

According to a CareerBuilder survey, 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43 percent use social media to check on current employees. The survey also cited that personal branding is beneficial from the employer’s perspective. Thus, employers often prefer to hire candidates who have a strong personal brand. 

See also: Passion vs. Paycheck: Which One Should You Pursue?

The growing gig economy also contributes as one of the reasons why personal brands are valuable. Diane Mulcahy told the Washington Post that the gig economy is big and getting bigger. Companies will do just about anything to avoid hiring full-time employees. Add to that the fact that there is no job security anymore, workers are increasingly aware that they need to work differently if they want to create any sort of stability for themselves. For example, strengthening their own brand so that they can progress in a competitive world of gig economy. 

So, how does one build a personal brand that stands out? 

Personal branding is an ongoing process of establishing an image in the mind of others. It can be done online and/or offline, for example via social media, networking, forum, etc. Here are tangible ways to build up and strengthen your personal brand: 

  1. If you are new to the world of work, you should develop a bio statement. Make it appealing by using positive words arrangements. If you are an expert in one area, it will be great if you have a slogan to brand yourself. But remember, personal branding is not a resume. Your personal statement gives a snapshot of who you are, what you do, and what value you bring to others. Personal brand statements are usually three to four sentences long and clearly communicate the vision of your personal brand. 
  1. You do not need to be an active social media influencer but be present on social media. It is the 21st century where there is no reason to not subscribe to social media channels. You can, for example, follow someone or a group of your choice to get a better look at how professionals do their job. It will be great if you reach out to your chosen influencers on social media and build a professional relationship with them. You can both expand your network and get free lessons from experienced people. 
  1. Be an attention grabber, talk about what makes you interesting. You might think that networking topics in business are around projects, professionalism, and things that are associated with work. But that is not necessarily true. Great networking also talks about passion, hobbies, personality traits and other things that will make you look interesting in the eyes of others. 
  1. Identify your core values and put them into action. For example, if you care about social causes, find opportunities to volunteer at a local organisation that supports and advocates for these causes. Actively looking for platforms that match your passions and traits will help you connect more with like-minded people. 
  1. Attend industry events - obviously because attending an event expands your networks for professional development. The more you expand your network, the more you position yourself for opportunities. 

Whether you are a job seeker actively looking for a job, an employee who looks for promotion, or an entrepreneur who wants to expand your business, you should always be mindful to have a good, authentic personal brand. Personal branding is more important now than ever because first impressions matter, be it in the professional worlds or personal life. 

Read also: 3 Tips to Get Hired by Big Tech Companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc.

Creative Ways to Show Your Appreciation to Colleagues 

The word appreciate is linked to being grateful or thankful for; to value or regard highly. At work, our colleagues play a vital role – being our motivator as well as a supporter to ensure our days at work run  smoothly. They are the ones we turn to whenever we need help with a project. They help us in time of need and teach us how to be grateful in a working environment. If you are an intern and your supervisor is a very welcoming and helpful person, you might want to show gratitude to appreciate their help and guidance. 

As you ponder over how to show appreciation to fellow colleagues, seniors, or boss, there are at least five practical ways as mentioned in The 5 Languages of Appreciation of the Workplace book. 

  • Words – simply thanking your colleague or writing a note is a very personal way of expressing your appreciation.
  • Gift – a gift need not always be something expensive. It is the thought that counts. By getting your colleague a gift based on their likings or preferences, it shows how much you value them as a colleague. 
  • Time – your colleagues might just wish for someone to spend time with them or to lend them a listening ear. If so, give them your time to show appreciation.
  • Acts – as a way of expressing your gratitude, you could assist your colleague in a project or work together with them to complete a task.
  • Touch – you have to be careful with this. While some might abuse it, we want to do so appropriately. A pat on the back after a work well-done is a way to appreciate your colleague through touch.

See also: Passion vs. Paycheck: Which One Should You Pursue? 

Our colleagues are the ones around us at work every day. We do not want to take them for granted. Here is some gifts idea if you decide to buy your coworkers present to show appreciations: 

  • Amplify box – a beautifully packaged snack box that helps boost mood and motivation. 
  • An eco-friendly box – a highly functional gift that might delight your coworkers and helps reduce plastic pollution. 
  • A mug – a handy little gadget that your coworkers will love. 
  • Comfortable socks – especially if you live in cold areas. 
  • Indoor plants – it helps boost the view in your coworker’s desk, and probably their productivity. 
  • A candle that smells like their favourite state – regardless of intimacy level, a therapeutic candle helps brighten one’s mood. 
  • A game of miniature golf – it can help your workmate escape from the comfort of their desk. 
  • You can also prepare tools to keep your coworker’s electronic devices neat like handy charging, desk cable clips, portable battery, a charging stand, etc. 

The idea for appreciation is endless. As long as you keep the relationship professional and show your feelings in the right manner, whatever you give, do, or say will be of your colleague’s delight. 

See also: 6 Tips to Respectfully Disagree with Your Boss

Passion vs. Paycheck Which One Should You Pursue 

When you were young, what was your ambition? It must be something simple. We as children can do anything we are interested in, no need to worry about food and school tuitions. But as we grew older, things changed. We need to buy our own food, pay our own university tuitions, pay bills, etc. Money becomes important because everything comes with a tag price. Some of us might no longer be supported financially by our family. And as we become an adult and bear more responsibilities, we might encounter more dilemmas – should we work for passion or paycheck?

It is an eternal struggle for almost everyone out there. You will always see someone who earns more, someone who loves their job more, or someone who is happier than you. And that is when you question yourself – why do you work?

Passion

It is a very noble reason to be working for passion, because it hearkens back to a more idealistic time of your life, when a career means doing something you loved. But passion does not always equate to success, materialistically or otherwise. That is because the reason for work is altruistic – you do your job because you want to. And because of that, so much of yourself is invested in your work that success is so much sweeter, but failures will sting harder and closer to the heart than if you did your job for a paycheck.

We all have to pay our dues, and when failures accumulate, it is natural to look on the other side of the fence. See all our peers who work purely for income. And realise that their salaries are so much higher than your own. There will come a time in your life when you equate your self worth to your net worth – and you will ask yourself: Is this worth it?

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Paycheck

Working for cold, hard cash is the answer, then. It is a practical, respectable reason for work. Our parents had only one rationale for employment, to support themselves and their families. Indirectly or directly, they passed that mentality to us. Working for money is good, moral, a Confucian ethic.

However, as you work for money, you slowly realise that money has a cost. Your time. You are using the time to pay for your money. Time that could be used to pursue your interests or to spend time with loved ones. Most importantly, time could be used to develop yourself as a person.

It is nice to have this nest egg. But one day you will look at your bank account, and you will wonder if it is all worth it when other people seem to be happier doing what they are passionate about, for so much less.

Is it passion or paycheck you should care about during young adulthood?

The reasons for work are not so binary. Other people stay on in their companies because they love their colleagues and the environment. Some stay in their jobs simply because they do not know what else to do. Many stay and work because the company offers them a good work-life balance.

But all happy people have one thing in common. They know what is important to them and pursue them. You see, no two people are alike. Money might be important to some individuals, but interest might be more important to some others. Having time to spend with family might be important to one, but good colleagues might be more important to another.

So, what’s important to you?

Different people value different things in life. Sports, friends, family, religion, money, passion, power, prestige – the list goes on. It is identifying what is important to you that is the key to happiness. The question is not whether to work for passion or paycheck, but whether you are working to fulfil the goals that make you happy.

Ask yourself what is important to you. If you do not know, try. It is completely OK to make mistakes, to try every possible reason to work, and to not have all the answers. That is what life is about. But once you know what is important to you, everything will fall in place. And then you will not just be working for passion or paycheck. You will be working for your own happiness.

Read also: How to Tell: Are You in the Wrong Career, or Just Lazy? 

What Should You Do and Say in Virtual Career Fairs 

Career fairs, also known as job or recruitment fairs, are usually organised by universities in a large hall where potential employers can set up booths to attract – and probably hire – potential graduates. If you attend a career fair, you are free to ask any questions to prospective employers, take notes, and take any promotional materials employers offer. These are sources you can use to find a job and get hired in your dream company. But if you do not find your dream company in the career fairs, don’t lose heart. You can always apply to other potential employers as a stepping stone.

Since it is difficult for universities to hold a job fair in today’s pandemic situation, they are switching their physical job fairs to virtual ones. You can search these virtuals job fairs on platforms like eventbrite.com, indeed.com, jobfairsin.com, jobfairx.com, and many more. 

Is attending physical job fairs different from virtual ones? 

The only difference is that you should prepare a stable internet connection and be ready with some questions. At physical job fairs you can directly ask employers any questions and see demonstrations from them. At virtual job fairs, you can do pretty much the same. Employers will meet job seekers and discuss employment opportunities – but in order to not lose a chance, you need to prepare a stable internet connection. 

Virtual job fairs will be like attending a webinar or online discussion posts. After logging in, you can “enter” various rooms within the virtual career fair website. Each room houses different employers participating in the job fairs. When you enter a room, employers will receive a notification and greet you via a chat function. If there are others in the virtual room, you are welcomed to join the chime or opt to chat privately with an employer. Employers might even want to video chat with you face to face if they find you are a potential candidate. 

See also: 3 Tips to Get Hired by Big Tech Companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc.

So the basics are similar, but what should you prepare before the career fairs? 

Before attending a virtual career fair, you should be prepared like you are going to attend a job interview. Here is the list: 

  • Update your resume or cv. It will be better if you have a web-based portfolio so employers can check directly during one-on-one sessions. 
  • Update your LinkedIn profile. Most employers might refer to the LinkedIn platform for professional references. 
  • Register ahead of time and find information about the organisations that participate in the career fairs. Deepen your knowledge of the organisation(s) that interests you the most. 
  • Practice your pitch. How will you introduce yourself? Why are you interested in the company? What types of positions are you seeking? How is your work experience? What do you plan on asking the representatives at the virtual events? 
  • Make sure you have a stable connection and reliable tools, such as a speaker/headphones and camera. 

You’ve prepared everything and are ready to join the crowd

What Should You Do and Say in Career Fairs 

Once you log in, you should know how to stand out from the crowd. A job fair is like a competition between you and other candidates. If you are not giving it the best, you will be set aside. Here’s some advice: 

  • Wear a professional outfit – just like how you will attend a job interview in a company. Virtual presence is no difference. 
  • Attend from a distraction-free environment. A quiet location is ideal and camera capabilities mean that you want to ensure it is distraction-free for employers. This could also tell employers, “I am ready”. 
  • Be ready to put yourself out there. Introduce yourself once an employer engages you in a chat. Ask questions about the organisation and open positions. As an attendee, you must present yourself to employers and feel confident doing so. But don’t be overconfident as it might make you look arrogant. 
  • Use clear, professional business communication. Grammar matters and fluency matters. 
  • Demonstrate strong body language to present yourself as a confident and competent job seeker. 
  • Ask for the next steps and contact information at the end of a conversation. 

What kind of questions should you ask? 

As mentioned earlier, “you are free to ask any questions to a prospective employer”. However, ‘any’ does not mean all the things you have in mind. You should not ask about the employer’s personal life. Asking general questions such as “what open position do you have right now?” shows that you are unprepared. Instead, you can start off by asking these questions as proposed by some experts

  • I noticed the job description for (open role) listed (some vague items) in the responsibilities. What do you mean by that? 
  • I don’t have a traditional background in (field or function) but have worked on (something relevant). Would that be a good fit for the position? 
  • Is the (open role) you currently have listed more focused on (some functions) or (some function) 
  • What does the hiring process for (open role) look like? 
  • How long have you been at the company? 
  • What are some of the challenges you have faced in your role or at the company? 
  • What do growth and development look like at (name of the company)?
  • How does (name of the company) work to upskill and reskill its employees? 
  • What kind of person is most successful at (name of the company)? 
  • Do people hang out outside of work on a regular basis? 
  • What kind of culture is there around feedback at (name of the company)? How do people like to give and receive feedback? 
  • What is the best way to stay in touch with you? 
  • Who can I follow up with about (open role)? 

Be enthusiastic and don’t forget to say thank you. If interested, soon you should apply for the position you discussed and notify the company representative you met with at the fair that you have done so. Include a headshot with your email to the representative to increase your chance of getting hired. 

What Should You Do and Say in Career Fairs 

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6 Tips to Respectfully Disagree with Your Boss 

In a discussion, one often finds it easier to agree than disagree. At some point, you have a feeling that your manager’s plan will not work out well due to particular reasons. But is it okay to hold differing opinions against a supervisor? Some might say it is foolish to disagree with your boss, because such disagreement could put their job in danger.

The truth is, most bosses and managers are open to receiving different perspectives and ideas from their team members. Instead of a bunch of yes-men, managers want their staff to voice out their opinions and concerns. In the end, truly collaborative teams are those who work together to find solutions. If you disagree with the decisions your supervisor has made, then have the courage to express your thoughts. Presenting alternate solutions can provide an opportunity for your entire team to grow.

See also: 7 Things to Never Say to Your Boss 

Here are some tips to voicing disagreement positively and respectfully:

1- Clear understanding

Have a clear understanding of the issue that you disagree with. Do not speak to your boss about your disagreement until you can put it into words. You should also make sure to speak up your ideas clearly and carefully. 

2- Right place, right time

Don’t discourage ideas, especially from a supervisor, in front of other teams. It might sound unpleasant and the person you disagree with could lose face. You should talk to your boss in private so there will be no interruptions and you can accentuate your ideas better. Don’t go to him when he looks frustrated or interfere with his schedule by hitting him up just before a major meeting. Find the perfect time, like a lunch break or watercooler chat. 

3- Keep emotions out of the equation

Learn to control your emotions when there is something that you violently object to, even if your boss is obstinate. Keep in mind that you are addressing the issue and not your boss.

4- Start on a positive note 

You should not bluntly tell your boss that his idea sucks or that you disagree with them. First, you should discuss what is working well before you move on to your recommendations on how to improve the situation. Try to stay positive and respectful and lead off with a negative comment, then point out the reasons why it will not work. 

5- Provide solutions

Disagree, if you must. But you have got to provide alternative solutions. If you have nothing better to offer, you have to go along with what you have now. Don’t be discouraged when your ideas are not accepted. At the end of the day, it is your boss that makes the decision.

6- Know when to move on 

As mentioned, it is your boss who has the final decision. Once you present your argument, understand that your supervisor will ultimately decide whether to implement the approach or not. Do not force him to accept your ideas, but give him some time to think about it. Repeatedly reminding the same issue will only add tension to your relationship with the manager and team. Let go of your ego and move on once your boss makes a decision. 

Read also: 3 Tips to Get Hired by Big Tech Companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. 

3 Tips to Get Hired by Big Tech Companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. 

Want to work at Google? You’re not alone. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of graduates and students who dream of working at the world’s biggest tech companies like Facebook, Google, or Microsoft. Besides its appealing culture, it is common knowledge that the perks and compensations these prestigious companies offer are incontestable.

A dream of many, some people believe that applying for a job in these giant tech companies requires a high degree and IQ due to its competitive environment. Maybe you are one among those who think that it is tough for an undergraduate to mingle within these reputable communities. Shoo away this perception – only those who truly believe and work for it will actually get it. There are chances for you as an undergraduate to work with one of these big tech companies. Here are the tricks: 

1. Ask yourself why you want to get a job these tech companies 

Is it for the prestige or power of association? Is it to find approval from your family and friends? How badly do you want the role? These questions will help you know the true reasons behind your desire. 

For example, if you want to work in a giant company just to seek family or friends approval, the likeliness of achieving great results is low. If you cannot align their overall goals and vision with yours, you will not stay there for long. But if you think that your vision can help theirs, start making a plan and apply. 

See also: 10 Things To Learn During Your Internship

2. Be persistent 

A resume that is perfectly tailored to the job you are applying for is important. And, being persistent is equally crucial because you might not succeed on your first try because you will be competing with a hundred more people. So be persistent. Re-apply in the next six months if you do not get them to notice you right now. You can even apply when you are currently employed elsewhere. Companies are more attracted to candidates that are currently working. 

3. If you graduated from one of these degrees, you would get a greater chance 

Not all employers think that degree is essential. But for some roles, some employers would prefer their candidates to graduate from certain degrees. Exploring the Google Career site reveals thousands of job openings for tech-related positions. You can also research other career sites to a company of your choice. After finding out their preferred degrees, you can suit your resume writing to highlight your education. 

Getting into a prestigious company is tough. By combining these tips with your qualifications and skills, you will be ready to conquer the company of your choice – and give them the exact candidate they are searching for. 

Read also: Which One is More Important: Degree Certificate or Skill Certificate? 

Things to Never Say to Your Boss

Your boss is not your friend. 

Many will find this statement agreeable, but some others often overlook this point when they get too familiar with their bosses. No matter how close or friendly you are with your employers, a boss is a boss. Manager Joelle Zarcone in her article said that she likes her employees but she does not want to be their friend. There are a number of reasons why managers do not want to befriend their subordinates. 

  • It will be more challenging to manage the team and enforce rules. 
  • Being a friend can open up the potential of favouritism which can endanger the team collaboration
  • It can be difficult to provide honest feedback to a friend. 

Those are the reasons why managers do not want to befriend employees, and here are some good reasons why your boss should stay to be your boss and NOT your friend. 

  • Friends do not require a progress report, while your boss needs it. Without the report, there is a good chance you will not develop professionally in your career. 
  • Managers also play as a role model and leader, while friends are there to support you, not to be your role model. 
  • Managers will always try to change your behaviours and habits to suit the company culture. Friends will accept you as you are. 
  • Friends are equal to each other but your boss is superior to you even if they might be younger than you. 

All in all, if you treat your boss as a friend, you might end up losing the opportunity to progress professionally – which you don’t want, right? 

Now that you understand why your boss should be as they are, you should always treat and speak professionally to them. Your boss might be friendly but maintaining your professionalism will save your future in the company – besides, what has been said could never be taken back. Aside from the obvious, like profanity and insults, here are 5 phrases you should never say to your boss, even if they are super friendly: 

1. “I just can’t stand working with…..”

This statement will backfire at you. You might think that complaining about your colleague is going to get him into your boss’ bad books. But that is not true because complaining about your colleague will most likely ruin your reputation rather than his.

2. “It’s not my fault…”

Your boss is going to see you as a childish 6-year-old if you were to make such a statement. Take full responsibility for the mistake you have made. Even if it is not your fault, avoid saying this. Take an active role to be part of the solution instead.

3. “I can’t……”

When you are not able to complete certain tasks that your boss hands you, never say you cannot do it. You might be in a situation where you have other tasks at hand. Explain the situation to your boss and ask which is more important.

4. “That isn’t my job….”

The tasks asked of you might not be limited to what is in the job description. As long as it is asked of you, it is part of your job.

5. “I emailed you about it last week.”

Your responsibility does not end when you have sent that email to your boss. When you do not get a reply, it is your duty to follow up on the matter.

6. “That’s impossible.” 

Your boss does not want to hear negativity or lack of conviction; most likely they do not even want to hear you complaining about problems over and over again. Thus, if you have concerns, state what they are and ask for input. 

7. “No” 

This is just a plain word of rejection but it could affect your job in many ways. Your cooperation is expected and so is a polite tone. Even if you and your boss tend to joke around, telling him no is inappropriate. It is better to say that you have a matter that is more critical to be done first and that you can handle it later. 

One important note to remember when you speak with your boss is think before you speak. 

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