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

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 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).

 

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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.

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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.

 

PAST CAREER FAIRS

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!

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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.

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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 Code.org.  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?

Inc

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.

Enjoy.

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

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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.

Soar in your career with these reads. Enjoy!

1. How Interviewers Know When To Hire You in 90 Seconds

Here are interesting statistics about job interviews captured in this infographic. Are you going for an interview? Watch out for the non-verbal mistakes that you might be making – lack of eye contact, fidgeting, weak handshake etc. Make a good impression on your interviewers by wearing the right clothes (not too striking or trendy!), learn more about the company you are being interviewed for and preparing for the top 5 questions that are most commonly asked in interviews – “Tell me more about  yourself” etc.

2. Best and Worst Jobs of 2013 

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Jobs are rated based on 5 criteria: Work environment, income, stress, hiring outlook and physical demands. Are you thinking of becoming a reporter, flight attendant, or even an actor? You might like to rethink your career options.

Regardless, in our opinion, it’s not the job you do that matters, but how you do your job. Do a job that values and seeks to uphold human life and dignity, and work at it with diligence and integrity.

3. The Surprising Truth About What Really Motivates Us

RSA, Dan Pink

A speech by Dan Pink reveals what really motivates us at the workplace.

Contrary to popular belief, the carrot-and-stick method of rewarding employees don’t apply to jobs that require creativity and complex thinking. This is something for managers to chew on when thinking of how to incentivise and motivate staff. Studies also found that when it comes to work performance, people are driven by purpose, and having autonomy and mastery over what they do.

4. 12 Steps You Should Take Before You Accept the Job Offer

LifeHacker, Melanie Pinola

So you got your job offer – now what? Here are some practical advice on things you ought to do before accepting that job. Advice includes ensuring that you have a written job offer with the critical facts inside, meeting up with your future colleagues that reports to your boss to find out more about him/her etc.

We will like to add the 13th step, and that would be to learn about your prospective employer on Jobiness.

5. Creating the Best Workplace on Earth

Harvard Business Review, Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones

Since we spend most of our waking hours working, why not make the workplace an optimal and enjoyable one? How does the company of your dreams look like? Findings have shown that the best working environment that help maximize our full potential to work have these qualities: Allowing people to be themselves, communication that flows freely, a place that let’s people work for more increasing shareholder’s value and in creating rules that employees can believe in.

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Here’s our weekly list of career related resources which can take you higher in your career if practised.

Enjoy these reads:

1. 10 Steps to Happiness at Work 

Forbes

Rather than being a prisoner of your circumstances, rise up above them and practice these good habits to make happiness happen for you at work. Good habits include not bearing grudges, focus on finding passion within yourself rather than in your job, and being others-centered.

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2. 5 Tips for Cold-Emailing Your Dream Employer 

Mashable, Jessica Adamiak 

Cold-emailing never or rarely works. Your email is most likely to end up unnoticed. To write more effective emails to get that dream job, find out who exactly your hiring manager is. Search within your network who is connected with the decision maker. Write clearly and sincerely in your email why you want to work for them and finally, demonstrate your sincerity by following up within a week or two. Such a targeted approach will help you stand out amongst the sea of candidates than simply spamming multiple applications.

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3. Email is Not Free

Harvard Business Review, Tom Cochran

How many emails do you receive on average everyday?

Emails have been among the most abused mode of communication in the office. Email pollution affects efficiency and eats up labour cost. It is interesting to note that an open office concept actually decreases one’s use of email, and that is with a corresponding increase in the use of  digital tools that facilitate communication. The use of collaboration software,  instant messenger and such decreases email abuse and increases collaboration. We ought to steward the tools available to us well which can help in improving productivity.

 

4. Top Salespeople Use LinkedIn to Sell More

Harvard Business Review, Steve W. Martin

If you are in sales and have been slack with your LinkedIn profile, it’s time to buckle up and start having it work to your advantage in connecting with your prospective clients. This simple study shows that 40% of  Enthusiastic LinkedIn users have successfully generated revenue based on their LinkedIn-related efforts, while less than 20% of Casual users have done so.

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5. 6 Ways to Spring Clean Your LinkedIn Profile

Mashable, Jennifer Parris

Following the previous article, here’s how you can freshen up your account.

6. How to Manage a Micromanaging Boss

Mashable

Such managers micromanage because they want to be in control. Show that you are a trustworthy and reliable individual by being on top of your work and being proactive in completing tasks.

If the tips provided above fail, feel free to complain about your boss here. Don’t mention names please and don’t worry, it’s anonymous. 

6. Best Face Foward To Get The Job

My Paper, Nigel Chen

Note to job candidates: Employers are closely observing your facial expressions. Put your best face forward by giving a calm, focused and friendly expression and avoid looks of disinterest such as yawns, sighs, blank expression and a forced smile.

 

Here’s our weekly list of career related resources that you might find useful. Enjoy these reads:

1. 10  Things Really Amazing Bosses Do

There are 10 traits that set amazing bosses apart from good ones. If you are a boss, how do you measure up to these qualities? If you are an employee, an absence or presence of such qualities can make or stifle your career.

2. 26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20

Here are some practical wisdom on how you ought to manage your work hours. This is our favourite – “More hours doesn’t mean more productivity. Use constraints as opportunities“.

Which is your favourite?

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3.  Can Beautiful Design Make Your Resume Stand Out?

So this article says it sure does. If an employers take 6 seconds looking at your resume, making your resume to be visually attractive is critical in helping you stand out from that stack of resumes.

4. The 5 Principles Of Happiness At Work

In this TED x video, Vishen, CEO of MindValley shares 5 unconventional approaches to making employees happy, which made his company to be voted as the World’s Greatest Workplace. Some of the ways include the gamification of work, where employees can earn badges and level up, ensuring that employees lead glorious social lives, giving employees a beautiful workplace so that they won’t want to return home, and giving them flexitime so long as they get the work done.

Feel free to email us at contact@jobiness.com if you have any articles or interesting career-related sites that you will like to share.

 

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Barclays Capital (Former Employee)

“Very London driven but not a global bank yet.”

 

Singapore Airlines (Former Employee)

“Senior management are not taking in ideas.”

 

American Express (Current Employee)

“Great career progression and benefits”      

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