Reasons for not getting promoted

You’ve been working in this company for many years. You could consider yourself to be doing a rather good job all along. You’ve remained at this position for a long time. The last time you remembered getting a letter of promotion was a decade ago. Everyone else seems to be getting promoted except you. Why is this so?

Check out these reasons that unfold possible reasons why you are not getting promoted.


  • You are not good enough

After all these years, you have not developed the skills that are necessary for promotion. You did not get the chance for promotion as someone else had the necessary skills.

  • You are not a leader

Let’s just say the position of a manager. You need to possess leadership qualities to take on that role. If you do not have leadership skills that are vital for the role, definitely you would not be considered for the role.

  • The company can’t promote you

The company cannot afford to promote you, especially when the company is affected by the bad economy.

  • There are no positions for you

It is possible that there are no positions above you that you can be promoted to. In such cases, it would be good to speak to your boss to let him know of your goals so that he can consider you when a position is available.

  • You do the minimum

You are doing “just enough”. Your boss expects you to go the extra mile, beyond simply following instructions.

  • You are not visible

You may be doing well in your current position. However, your efforts are not noticed by your bosses. Volunteer yourselves for activities or tasks or contribute actively to the company through opinions or ideas to make yourself ‘visible’.

  • You are a slacker

Last to come, first to go is your ‘trademark’. You like to give excuses all the time for your mistakes. Who is going to promote someone like this?


Maybe you have already spotted yourself in one of the seven above. Don’t just sit and wait for something to happen. Do something to make your promotion happen!

Facebook could cost you a job copy

The next time you wish to make unnecessary comments or post inappropriate pictures on Facebook, think twice. You never know if your bosses or prospective employers are making use of it to ‘check’ on you.

As the popularity of social media platforms increases, employers are taking advantage of this to screen their applicants.  Earlier in 2013, a survey revealed that 3 in 4 of employers make use of online platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn to check on the candidates. Such platforms make it easier for them to eliminate the candidates for consideration.

It is very common now for people to post pictures, voice their opinions on certain issues or simply vent their anger online. But how many have considered the implications these have?

When looking for a job, all of us want to put our best foot forward. Many spend all their effort ensuring that they submit a model resume, but neglecting the contents on their social media profiles.

In the event your prospective employers see any inappropriate comments or pictures on your Facebook profile, a poor impression is formed straight away. You may even be eliminated from the list of applicants. That is a very high price that you may have to pay. Is it worth it?

Those with a job now may think that you are off the hook. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Your online posts could cost you your job too. I’m sure that you can recall an episode which took place last year where a NTUC employee posted a racist comment on her Facebook. She lost her job as a result.

Surely we do not wish for such things to happen to us. So, what can you do? Stay away from posting inappropriate comments and pictures or badmouthing your boss and clients on these social media platforms.  ‘Clean up’ your social media profiles before applying for a job or adjust it to privacy settings so that only your friends can see.


internships - making the most out of it

Rarely have I heard of anyone going for an internship without any complaints. Despite all the complaints, they still have to go through it. Why not make the most out of this opportunity?

An internship is more than just for beautifying your resume. It is a learning opportunity. For an internship to be purposeful and fulfilling, it all begins with you.

Here’s how you can make the most out of your internships.

Ask questions. As an intern, you aren’t expected to know everything. It is fine to ask questions when in doubt, which is better than making a mistake at the end.

Have a positive attitude. Be it doing mundane tasks like photocopying, filing or perhaps even being an office boy, complete them with a positive attitude. Give your 100% in all the tasks you are handed.

Learn as much as you can. Seize every opportunity to learn. Don’t belittle small tasks, there are still learning points from them. Even from making coffee, you may just learn more about your innate talent!

Network. At times, “it’s not what you know but who you know” that matters. All the knowledge you have can only bring you so far. Your personal network is going to be of a great help, especially when looking for a job. Take time to build relationships with your supervisors in the company.

Leave a good impression. Coming to work on time, submitting quality work and meeting deadlines is expected of you. You aren’t just representing yourself, but also the school that you come from. Don’t forget to thank your supervisors at the end of your internship, even if it had been an unpleasant experience for you.

Now, stop all that complaining and whining and make your internship count! Remember! It all begins with you!

5 things never to say to your boss

Your boss isn’t your friend. Many tend to forget this point when they get too familiar with their bosses. Still, your boss is your boss. It pays to speak with tact, as the words spoken cannot be taken back. Saying the wrong thing can ruin your career.


What exactly does your boss not want to hear from you?


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

That is going to backfire. You may think that by complaining about your colleague, it is going to get him into your boss’ bad books. However, that isn’t true. Complaining about your colleague will most likely ruin your reputation rather than his.


  1. “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 isn’t your fault, avoid saying this. Take an active role to be part of the solution instead.


  1. “I can’t……”

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


  1. “That isn’t my job….”

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


  1. “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.


Just remember this: always think before you speak.

Dancing to a Better Work-Life Balance

You’ve just arrived in the office; a mountain load of work welcomes your arrival. Your boss gets up to you and orders you to complete them by tomorrow. However, at the end of the day, there’s still a long way to what they call completion; you head for home with that stack of files and documents to accompany you through the night. At home, your 6 year old keeps pestering for a bedtime story; your new born cries non-stop. While having to settle things on this side, you still remember that you have lots of work to do.

Does this scenario ring a bell?

You can’t possibly tell your boss that you didn’t complete the work as you had to take care of your children or didn’t have time. Or else, he would show you the way out.  Many working adults today are torn between the two: life and job.

These are tips that can help you to improve your work-life balance.

1. Organise

Work is never ending and demands are overwhelming. Prioritize what is important to you: family, work and even your personal interests.


2. To-do list and avoid distractions

Create a to-do list for yourself every day. Set a time to complete them. While you are trying your very best to keep to the list that you have created, put away distractions. Close tabs that cause you to drift away while concentrating on your tasks and put your phone away. These can really help you to reduce the amount of time that you waste and allow you to complete tasks efficiently.


3. Take breaks

Did I read it wrongly? Take breaks? No, you didn’t. You may think that taking breaks are a waste of time but it helps you to work better. By gluing yourselves to your seats the entire day isn’t going to help much. Instead, take a short ten-minute break after 1-2 hours of work. Standing up to stretch, grabbing a snack (preferably a healthy one like an apple) or reading a blog post on Jobiness are ways to take a short break.


4. Don’t think of work after you leave the office

When you leave from work, stop thinking about the projects or tasks that you have. Neither should you check any emails related to work. With work kept out of your mind, you would be able to focus on other things that matter too such as family.


It is a challenge for many to maintain work-life balance. At the end of the day, many sacrifice either side of the scale. Work-life balance is very important, be careful not to overlook it!



Each week, we bring you interesting reads from all over the world to bring new perspectives to your work. Enjoy!

1) An Inspiring Message for Graduates

Mashable, Matt Petronzio

A cute cartoon which illustrates how learning is a life-long journey – it’s all about creating your own hoops and redefining your limits.

message to graduates
By Grant Snider, Incidental Comics


 2) Debunking the ‘No Friends At Work’ Rule: Why Friend-Friendly Workplaces are the Future

Forbes, Dorie Clark

Do friendships have a place in the office? Yes, says this article. Given that work makes up majority of your time on weekdays, your relationship with your colleagues do matter. It’s argued that friendships with colleagues can potentially hinder decision making and doing what is best for the company since the friendship is at stake. A friendly workplace has it’s benefits – advantages include increased work satisfaction, greater productivity and better employee retention.

3) Awesome Places to Work: These Startups Have Better Perks Than Free Food Or Beers On Tap

Business Insider, Julie Bort

If you love your job, your company’s culture probably played a big role in that. Here are 10 startups, noted for their interesting employee perks. One company, Commerce Sciences has the tradition of having the last person to join the company to create a ‘starter’s kit’  for the company’s next hire. The kit is personalized, containing anything creative and funny to help get the newest employee get started at work. Another cool company, HubSpot,  has their staff switch to a randomly assigned desk every 3 months. This encourages employees to mix with other colleagues and forces them to clean up their workstations.  I find both ideas to be the most practical and fun (at least in the context of Singapore).


career job fair

Here is a list of career fairs that are upcoming for the rest of 2013. Prep yourselves! These are great opportunities to network with your potential employers, learn more about their job vacancies and drop off your resumes.

Learn more about the employers that you will be meeting by reading work reviews shared by actual current and former employees. Click here to get a good sense of what salary to expect from your potential employers too.


1)       TechStartupJobs Fair Singapore 2013

If you are keen on working in this vibrant start-up scene, this job fair is for you. This will be a great place for you to meet and network with founders, and young start-ups. Up your chances of being hired if you demonstrate passion and come with technical/marketing skills. Who knows – you might just be joining the next Facebook or AirBnb.


Details as follows:

Venue: Plug-in@Blk71

Date: 28 October 2013

Time: 6pm

Click here to learn more.


2)     JOIN STARTUPz! Job Fair

Organized by StartupJobsAsia, this is the place for entrepreneurial-minded job seekers to connect with many cool employers and be part of the dynamic start-up scene.

Venue: 1 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989 – Microsoft Auditorium, 21st Floor

Date: 14th November 2013 (Thursday)

Time: 3 – 8 PM

 Click here for more information.

Sign up here.



Here are the details for career fairs that are already past to keep in mind for the next year.

 1)      JobsCentral Career & Education Fair 2013

This was held on 24 – 25 August 2013 at Suntec Singapore Convention Hall.

Click here for more information.


2)      STJobs Career & Development 2013

This was held on 13 – 14 July 2013 at Marina Bay Sands.

Click here for more information.


3)      Employer and Employability Institute (e2i)

This was held on 29 – 30 May 2013 at Braddell Heights Community Club.

Click here to view all their job fairs.


4)      CAAS Aviation Open House 2013

This was held on 25 – 27  July 2013 at Max Atria @ Singapore Expo.

Click here for more information.


5)      Asian Career Fair with Japan

This was held on 15 June 2013 at Raffles Town Club.

Click here for more information.


6)      SEMICON 2013 Job Fair

Leading semi-conductor companies exhibited at this fair with numerous vacancies for technicians, engineers etc. It was held on 7-9 May 2013 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre.


7)      WDA Job Fair & Carnival

This fair is mainly targeted at those who are thinking of rejoining the workforce, with workshops and sessions to prepare job seekers for interviews as well as providing career guidance. It was held on 7th April 2013 at the Toa Payoh HDB Hub.


8)      Social Work Career Fair 2013

Employers that took part include Ministry of Health, Singapore Prison Service and more. Event was held at NUS The Shaw Foundation Building on 19 March 2013.

Click here for more information.


9)      Early Childhood Career Fair 2013

This was held on 20 April 2013.

Click here for more information.


10)      Singapore Actuarial Society

This was held on 22 March 2013 in Singapore Management University.

Click here for more information.


11)      Varsities

Most universities and polytechnics hold a career fair for their graduating batch of students each year. Here is where students find internship opportunities and learn what fresh grad jobs are available.

  • Nanyang Poly

The exact dates of the event have yet to be announced, but it’s likely to take place towards the end of November. In 2012, the career fair was held on 30th Nov which hosted 60 over participating companies and education providers. Job seekers can even have their resume photo taken at a small fee.

Click here to learn about  last year’s event.


  • Ngee Poly – Advance 2013 Further Studies and Career Fair

The job fair took place on 25th Jan 2013.

Click here to learn about last year’s event.


  • Republic Poly

The event is already over, which saw over 70 employers. It took place on 5th February 2013.

Click here to learn about last year’s event.


  • Temesek Poly

The fair was on 7th Feb where there 65 participating companies.

Click here to learn about last year’s event.


  • Singapore Poly

Over 80 employers took part in last year’s job fair which was held on 21st Nov 2012.

Click here for more information.


  • NUS Career Fair 2013

Over 200 companies came to recruit and network with the students. The event was split into 2 days (29 Jan 2013 and 1 Feb 2013) with 2 sets of companies exhibiting on each day.

Click this link for more information.


  • NTU Career Fair 2013

The event featured more than 200 companies, held on 22 Jan 2013.

 Click here for more information.


  • SMU Career & Internship Fair 2012

It was held on 11th Oct 2012 at the Concourse T-Junction of SMU.

Click this link for details.


  • SIM Job Fair

It was held at the SIM Headquaters on 14 March 2013.

Click here to see more information.

All the best for your job search!


  • MDIS Career Fair 2013

This was held on 26 – 27 Sep 2013 at MDIS Campus (SAMTAS HALL)

Click here for more information.


Here are some practical wisdom from 3 respectable individuals to inspire and help you see your career with clearer lenses. All the best!


1. Amazing Career Advice for College Grads From LinkedIn’s Billionaire Founder 

Business Insider, Nicholas Carlson

There is always wisdom from hindsight. Learn in these 113 slides from Reid Hoffman what he took to 15 years to figure out. Among my favourites: ‘Do not dismiss jobs that pay less cash but offer tremendous learning’ &  ‘Graduation is not the end of learning, we are all works-in-progress’.



2. 10 Success Rules Your Mum Taught You

Inc, Geoffrey James

Here are some things your mum has probably told you many times that can be transferable to the real working world. 3 Cheers to all mothers!

3. Warren Buffet Shares His Most Essential Advice for Generation Y

Sean Levinson

Did you know he has a fear of public speaking? Learn from what Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathway, about what he has to say about success.

I second this quote about working only for those who pay you fairly: “I do very little negotiation with people. And they do little with me, in terms of it … if I was a woman and I thought I was getting paid considerably less than somebody else that was equal coming in, that would bother me a lot. I probably wouldn’t even want to work there. I mean, [if] somebody’s gonna be unfair with you, in salary, they’re probably being unfair with you in a hundred other ways.”




1. 14 Signs You Love Your Job

LinkedIn, Dharmesh Shah

Life is too short to do a job that you dread going to. Why waste both your time and that of your employer? 

Do you find joy in the tasks you are doing at work and find fulfillment in your job beyond the dollars and cents? How do you treat your colleagues and your boss? The answers to these questions can be an indication of whether it’s time to move on to a new job.




2. Why Every Job Seeker Should Have A Personal Website, And What It Should Include

Forbes, Jacquelyn Smith

Increasingly, employers are Googling their candidates before interviewing and accepting them. Creating an online presence for yourself is critical in helping you to demonstrate your capabilities and provide employers a good idea of you. Include on your website your portfolio, testimonials and other creative work you have done.

Don’t have a website yet? How about learning coding from tutorials on CodeAcademy or  To create websites with ready templates, check out Weebly (no coding required!).

3. Coding is the Must Have Job-Skill of the Future

Mashable, Adam Popescu

How about learning the language of the very device you are interfacing with right now?

4. The 7 Ways Successful People Approach Their Work

Forbes, Laura Shin

Habits are what make or break you. Try keeping a log of how you spend your time at work.  Wean from checking you emails too often. Plan your schedule a week in advance and break down a big project into smaller parts. Keep on sharpening your skills. All these will go a long way in help you build up your career capital.

5. 8 Business Tips from Jack Welch

The Gospel Coalition, Trevin Wax

Here’s some wisdom from Chief of General Electric, Jack Welch.

“It is virtually impossible to know where any given job will take you. In fact, if you meet someone who has faithfully followed a career plan, try not to get seated beside him at a dinner party. What a bore!”



6. Is This Meeting a Waste of Time?


Yes it is – if there is no clear purpose of for meeting and that there is no better way to do it in an informal manner.

Each week, we post up reads that we have come across that can help you move up in your career.


1) How A Mentor Can Accelerate Your Career

Mashable, Elisha Hartwig

If you do not have mentor yet, it’s time to look out and approach one. There are many benefits to having one, as a mentor can provide the guidance you need to help you achieve your career goals. Cut short your learning curve by tapping into your mentor’s wealth of knowledge,  as well as expand your connections with the one he/she has already established over the years. Your mentor should ideally be someone you see yourself to be in a few years time.


2) 6 Tips to Help You Land into Your Dream Job


Mashable, Alexis Grant

Leverage on your social media networks and keep working hard at improving your online profile and let your personality shine. Who knows a company that finds you to be a good fit for their organization whilst surveying your profiles?




3) Stop Telling Your Employees What to do

Harvard Business Review, Jordan Cohen

If you have people that you are managing, this article is for you.

The most effective way in getting the most knowledge out of your employees is to describe the outcome you would like achieve and specify the requirements, whilst giving them the autonomy as to how to arrive at that outcome without tell them exactly how to get it done. Studies have found that people like to be in control – and without it, it affects productivity negatively.


4) Easy Ways to Get a Job

Relevant Magazine

If you are looking for a job, there are readily accessible ways in which you can find one. Search within your network, tell your friends that you are looking for job, go through contract agencies and recruiters, put yourself out there and of course, visit online job portals including on this very site.


5) Workers Share Their Salary Secrets

Wall Street Journal

Will you disclose how much you earn to your fellow colleagues? For many companies, among their guidelines include keeping salary information confidential. Information is power and comparing salaries can cause feelings negative feelings like resentment, envy and dissatisfaction among workers – especially when you are on the low end of the salary scale. The general advice is, to reserve sharing salary information to colleagues that you trust.

With sites like Jobiness, where people get to give feedback about their companies and share salary, such salary data is no longer private and you can satisfy your curiosity as to how much the co-worker sitting next to you at work is earning.