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Are you one of career fair lovers? Whoever you are (a fresh graduate, an employee looking to change your career) you must know that it’s not easy to gain an interview as soon during career fairs as there is so much competition!

The crowded, carnival-type career fair is, indeed, appealing! There are a lot of job openings waiting for the right candidate to fill them, and a wider chance to get the job that you want is right in front of your eyes.

However, many job seekers return with no job opportunities offered. Before you are trapped as one of them, avoid these 5 key flaws at a job fair.

Lack of research

Many job seekers, including you, might be too confident in attending a job fair. You still need to do ample research days before the event starts.

List what companies in the fair that interest you and visit each of the company’s websites to understand their vision, missions, and job positions required.

With adequate research, you will be more prepared only to focus on companies that fit your skill sets. Clarity will save more time, and your performance can be significantly enhanced as you will be more confident at the interview!

Lack of professionalism attitude

Some of you tend to attend career fairs with your friends and like grabbing all the free stuff. Instead of having a job offer, you go home with bags of free items and stacks of brochures.

Keep in mind that the companies are looking for a professional candidate to join their team. Show your dedication and professionalism to the hiring teams.

Failure to ‘stand out’

It is not enough to be smart and well-prepared. You must be different, ‘stand out’ from the crowd. Hundreds of people dressed similarly during such events and if you can’t be an impressive talent that companies will remember, you will just be the quickly forgotten ones where your job opportunities will be lowered.

State some inspirational speech to promote yourself and be different. Adequate practices at home will significantly help!

Not following up with emails or calls

Don’t always expect the company to follow-up with you after the fair is over. Instead, be proactive! Ask for name cards and send them emails or messages to inquire for further information and potential opportunities.

Limiting yourself

For example, if you have just graduated from an accounting degree, you might only focus on financial and banking companies to apply. However, keep in mind that every employer needs accounting staff. Therefore, be thorough in finding your ideal job and sieve out invisible opportunities in the career fair while you mingle with the companies.

A career fair is not the only chance to find your ideal job. However, it is a great occasion to save your time and effort in hunting your ideal job. Avoid the flaws above and be a success in your next career fair!

Next read: 15 Minutes Before Interview: Absolutely Important For Job Seekers!

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When you hear ‘remote working’, what comes to mind? Flexibility, increased work happiness level, a work-life balance and your favorite haunts to work at are things that might interest most people to be remote workers, including you.

Many companies are now more open to telecommuting work, and people are more keen to work right from their homes (you’re not alone!).

The idea gives more benefits for both parties. Companies can hire talents across the globe and these talents can do professional work without dampening the joy of having a work-life balance.

However, before applying for a position that gives you the flexibility of remote working, consider these questions first:

Does working from home ‘alone’ make you happy?

One issue about remote working is that, most of the time, you are alone. You can still chat with your team through messaging platforms or Skype but replies might not be immediate, especially when you are running against time, this could be a problem for you.

Thus, be ready to accept the ‘loneliness’ else it will be difficult for you to work remotely.

Where is the best location for remote working?

If you enjoy comfortable silence, library and your private bedroom can be great options. Conversely, if you enjoy working where the city buzz is, then the city’s parks and cafes might be more preferable.

Be sure that your working location is both affordable and easy to access, as you will spend most of your time there. Observe and experiment will be the ways, as you look for the ideal workplace.

Have you prepared adequate tools to support your job?

As a remote worker, you will need tools to support your job such as a laptop and reliable internet connection.Take inventory of the equipment needed so that you can work at your best.

How can you manage your time?

Good time management is a key factor that drives your success at work, regardless where you work. Remote working frees you up from any strict supervisory and managerial watch. Therefore, you have to best manage your time to accomplish your daily tasks, even setting strict deadlines to keep your work process running smoothly.

Do a daily reflection of your routine and make changes where necessary to better manage.

Better preparation leads to better results. With adequate preparations and tactics, you will be more ready to take on remote working.

Next read: Negotiating Your Salary The Wrong Ways

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Self confidence is always the key in almost everything that we do. Yes, you are fully equipped with all the knowledge and skills that you might need for your current job but those brilliant ideas are not backed up with confidence, then the hiring manager will also be in doubt.

Going back in the workforce after being out for a while can be difficult but through the help of the following tips, you are sure that you are backed up with the most effective strategies to regain your self-esteem:

 

  1. Highlight small achievements. Promise yourself to improve on your skill in anything and then take action. Improvements, no matter how big or small they are can definitely help you jumpstart your confidence. We are not only talking about achievements related to work but also in your personal life.

 

For example exercising, knitting, cooking or even being able to speak to the public. These little achievements can help you boost your confidence real time.

 

  1. Volunteer. Participating in a volunteer act is perfect for people who just got laid off against their will. It can give you a boost of your morale and a sense of fulfillment just the same as what you will get from a paying job. Same deadlines, schedules and people depending on you. It also allows you to dedicate yourself to a deed that you are really passionate about.

 

  1. Update your knowledge. Working in an industry 5 years ago doesn’t give you an assurance that everything that you used to do and know during your stay there is still the same. Many industries have experienced rapid growth and change during those 5 years.

 

Keeping up on things casually is not enough. You need some refresher. You need to review and also update your materials so that you will be fully armed of everything that you should know.

 

  1. Take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself both the inside and outside can mean a lot in regaining your confidence. Stress, anxiety and depression can be encountered along the way so you better be prepared when you see them. Continuously looking and being declined by several companies can be very stressful and can lead to loss of self confidence.

 

Take breaks in between job hunting and try to devote a portion of your time in doing something you really love. By doing this, your spirit will be uplifted and will give you enough energy and courage to face more rejections and eventually land to the job you are really hoping for.

 

  1. Learn another language. We all know that English is the universal language. English is most of the time used for multinational corporations during interviews and in the production per se.

 

However, there are companies today that prefer to hire people who know how to speak the owners’ native language. Companies believe that by communicating through their native language, their culture and work ethics will be preserved and also the secrets and strategies will be kept safe by their employees. So, people who know other languages might have a bigger edge from those who don’t.

Next read: 5 Characteristic of A Positive Workplace Environment, Does Your Company Have Them?

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Pursuing a career is like engaging in a marriage, as when one signs to an official agreement, the relationship between both parties would heighten to another level. As what many spouses are dealing with, either the employees and top management is interchangeably dependent, and with a negative environment, it will be quite toxic.

A positive workplace environment is necessary for employees to work in the most conducive ways. When the office has good communication, healthy competition, friendly colleagues and workspaces, people will feel great coming to work and motivated, even eager to give the best performance that they have. Isn’t this beneficial for the company?

How about your workplace? Does it truly have a positive environment?

Here are 5 characteristics you can look out for:

Open communication

We often hear that communication is vital to maintaining relationships, but what type of communication is needed in a workplace?

In an open communication environment, employees are free to ask about why they have to do this and that and asking for help for some solutions to the issues they can’t solve. Also, there is a space or platform between employees and the management to communicate in an open-hearted condition to deliver both business’ expectations, goals, employee’s challenges and obstacles without repercussions.

People are more important than the tasks

Employers, in some cases are more focused on chasing deadlines and attaining goals, most of the time, forgetting that the employees are the more valuable assets to secure and to take care of. This doesn’t mean that laziness and incompetent attitude are allowed.

Sense of humour

People smiling in a light conversation, even laughing out in a casual manner in the midst of strict deadlines, and enormous tasks imply a positive workplace environment. Joking around with the colleagues could effectively releases endorphin, a hormone that could keep the burnouts away.

Change is welcome

People and trends changes, and companies that are not able to accept such changes would end up in a dinosaur age (extinct). In this advanced digital era, both employees and the management can adopt more effective and efficient methods to work together in a team through some ways like individual and group chat applications, social media platforms, video calls, and more.

The flexibility of time and physical attendance are alternative ways to keep employees working optimally in trying circumstances such as traffic issues and medical urgency.

Turnover is low

It is not comfortable to work with colleagues that come and go in short period of time. High turnover rate of workforces is now becoming the trend, yielding a big challenge to management.

When employees feel that they cannot get along with the workload, management and unable to fit into the company’s culture, they will start looking for their next job rather than being ‘imprisoned’ in a discomfort situation. With a positive environment, the turnover rate can be decreased and allow engagement activities to increase.

These 5 characteristics might vary in some companies, but the most vital question to ask yourself is that ‘Are you happy with your job?’ If your company is still in the midst of changes towards a positive environment, support it!  .

Next read : 7 Signs of Comfortable Yet Productive Workplace

Why Your Company Should Have a Healthy Work Environment

Do you ever consider healthy work environment before you accept a job? Most likely, no. Most people choose a job because of the salary, offered position, or the company’s reputation. But, even those three things won’t matter when you don’t have health.

Interestingly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) study cites living and working in an unhealthy environment causes around 13 million deaths globally each year! Still, you may not think healthy work environment as an important thing in the first place.

Here are a few reasons on why your company (or the company you are working for) should have healthy work environment:

1. Positivity

A healthy work environment will always lead to positive experience in the end. It started with the comfortable feeling when you are working in the office. Moreover, it encourages you to build good relationships with your bosses and colleagues, because a healthy work environment also means a good organisation culture.

Each day, you will be more satisfied and productive, since your motivation and happiness raised because of the healthy work environment.

2. Attractive for future employees

Great talents understand the importance of healthy work environment. This is why when a company have a healthy work environment, more and more talented people lining up. Those talents just want to work for them.

Sure thing, you heard about some of the world’s biggest companies which offer perks and benefits to make sure their employees are healthy, such as nutritional lunch or comfortable/green offices. Who doesn’t want to work for them, too?

3. Employee retention

Any company who has a healthy work environment will be easier to retain its employees. While other workplace’s pressures continue to mount as well as productivity demands, the company who care about a healthy work environment concerns on employee’s health, human well-being, and job satisfaction.

Indeed, the lower job stress level means lower absenteeism as well. This could lead to bigger problems, such as diminished productivity, employee turnover, and direct medical, legal, and insurance fees.

Thus, every company should realise the importance to create a healthy and stress-free environment to work in!

 

Do your company have a healthy work environment? Write your review on Jobiness, here.

5 Indications That Your Boss is Terrible

Have you heard this phrase “people don’t leave companies, they leave leaders” before? Most likely, you have. If you are recently thinking to quit your job, the company might not be the fault. Deep inside, you might be dissatisfied with your manager or boss.

Let’s find out whether your boss is a terrible leader or not. It is important to know, since you might leave your job in the future because you don’t want to be controlled by him/her anymore. Here are five indications that your boss is actually terrible:

1. He/she plays favourite

A good leader gives each person the opportunity to excel. Unfortunately, most of them play favourites. They often give raises to employees whom they like the best. Moreover, they may give special assignments and added perks for their favourite employees.

If you are not one of their favourites, most likely he/she is treating you unfairly. It is no wonder that you want to quit your job immediately.

2. He/she always blames others

Do you always feel that it is your fault when things go wrong in the office? Beware, your boss might actually be a terrible one. Every great leader knows that a failure is not caused by a single person. Possibly, it is a team’s fault. But the failure of a team is always a failure of its leadership.

If your boss convinces everyone else that they are the problem (and he/she refuses to admit that they are wrong), of course you will not be satisfied with your job.

3. He/she never express gratitude

Your boss never say anything about your important contribution. Worse, he/she thinks and claims that every success is because of them! Your boss constantly describe an achievement with the word “I”. He/she is naturally hogs the limelight by never inviting you to any big meeting.

If your boss keeps taking the credit of your hard work, it is time to look for someone who really appreciate you.

4. He/she is lost

Some bosses are just passive. They are frequently absent, and basically disengaged leaders. When they face a problem, they are only able to make tentative decisions. Even worse, this unreliable leaders often lead to failure.

If your boss is one of them, there is no point to stay at a company with a ‘busy’ leader.

5. He/she never listen

Some bosses believe that they knew everything, so it has to be done with their way. They never listen to their staffs ‘stupid’ suggestions. Basically, you are not given a chance to grow with this kind of leader.

If you are unheard in the office (and there is no way to fix that), it is better to leave this boss for good.

6 Common Types of Employees: Which One are You?

As an employee, you easily realise that your colleagues are different than you. There is someone who always sleeping on his/her desk, someone who is often late, or someone who seems like they never go home (arrived first in the office, but takes overtime).

It is always interesting to see so many types of employees in the office. Also, you can reflect yourself about which type of employee you are. Here are six common types of employees you often observe:

1. The ambitious one

Totally committed, motivated, and dedicated. They never go home, since they are throwing their life to the office. We can call them as office overachievers as well. This kind of employee is usually eager to take on new projects and tasks. Every task that given to them, the company can consider it is done.

As they put their best bet to achieve success, most employers appreciate their efforts. The ambitious one will always get a raise and a promotion. They are destined to climb up the organisational hierarchy.

2. The cheerleader one

They may not produce impressive works, but their existences inject a positive atmosphere in the office. With their perpetually positive attitude, this kind of employee can bring a good encouragement to keep up the company morale.

Any employer needs cheerleaders as office motivators, especially when things seem to be falling apart.

3. The leader

There must be someone who consider them as a leader in the office. It can be a position given from the company, or they just think they are. Other employees think they are bossy, or else, inspired by them.

A good leader in the office is good at delegating responsibilities to others based on his/her colleagues individual strengths. Every company needs someone who can manage it to achieve the best results when they are in trouble.

4. The grumpy one

They are always dissatisfied with the company new rules. Nothing we can do to make them happy, especially with the fact that they love to grumble in the office. Beware of them, since they can drag his/her colleagues down. In the end, this kind of employee is bad for the business as well as the company morale.

5. The materialist one

Simply, they only work for money. They will not produce impressive works. They come on-time (or a bit late), but leave early or exactly on-time. Actually, they don’t have enough interest in the job, as people can see on their lack of motivation to work.

6. The weak links

Or we can call them as the underperformers. They have never fully delivered their potential. They may show up to work each day, but what they do at their desk is absolute bare minimum. Also known as the doormat, as they keep quiet. They are afraid if someone notices their lack of contribution to the company success.

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Social networking sites are now considered as time capsules. Remember those embarrassing college pictures from Facebook? Well, whether you want it or not, you cannot do anything about them now.

Many have seen it and many probably have talked about it. How about those negative comments on a certain issue? Do they give you many sleepless nights as they might be seen by your future employer?

Most of us now are so reliant on the internet world. Many see it as an avenue for leisure, fun, entertainment, and others consider it as their workplace, their venue to pay the bills. We are so into the benefits of easy information dissemination and joining the bandwagon that we are forgetting our very own responsibilities. Of course social media and the internet give us a lot of advantages.

However, there are also disadvantages. Everything can be shared and viewed publicly if not filtered properly. A person who wants to take revenge on you or do some damage to your name can definitely make use of this technology to destroy your good reputation.

If you are worried by these cyber-bullying and cyber-crime issues today, you can definitely escape those fears by hiring online reputation managers.

These people are partial technical experts, IT gurus and they specialize in giving their customers online makeover. They burry negative search results and promote contents that highlights their customers’ desired branding.

An online image makeover is needed mostly by people who once in their life became victims of the bandwagon and is now wishing to clear their names because of professional reasons such as business and job employments.

The boom of the internet industry gave us a lot of good stuff but also a lot of not so good stuff. Anything negative you have posted and everything someone posted about you will stay forever in the internet world. These managers act like big erasers that they hide or better yet, fully erase those bad memories for you to start anew.

The internet can be a very big jungle for an individual who just formerly wanted to be “in” with the others without any knowledge of taking its revenge in the future.

Bad reviews and negative feedbacks about a certain person can ruin his business, his scholastic life and even his married life. This can be a very practical and easy way for your enemies to destroy your life.

Positive write-ups and feedbacks are really needed especially if you are a seller (it can be merchandise or service) as this will be used by some of your future clients as a guide in making purchasing decisions from you.

Actually, the answer for this negative bulk of information about you is not really erasing the past but it is all about highlighting your best. We are now living in a pull economy. People, employers and customers find out about your business through the internet and it is just right to give them very pleasing, appealing and truthful facts about you and your business.