Do you spend your Sundays dreading Monday and the need to go to work? Are you feeling tired and drained of energies, when you wake up in the morning? Do you find yourself easily getting irritated and annoyed at work? If your answer is ‘Yes’ to any or all of the above questions, then it could be much likely that you have been overworking lately.

At some point, we all need a break from work. However, when schedules are tight and a deadline follows the another, then it seems like we have no time to even take a day off. Whereas, to avoid burnout from overworking, you need to take some time to let go of all the worries about your work.

Here are seven tell-tale signs that indicate you need to get some time out of your office and unwind:

  1.    You keep snoozing your alarm in the morning

When you hear your alarm ring on a Monday morning to wake you up from the weekend slumber, what do you do? If nothing is wrong with your work routine and your body gets enough rest to recoup, then you will turn the alarm off and get out of bed right away.

However, when the alarm reminds you of the endless tasks at work, then you end up snoozing and crawling back to bed. This though less believed, is definitely a sign that indicates you need to refresh your soul.

  1.    You feel exhausted all the time

Mental health will greatly affect your physical condition, too. Have you ever felt sick and tired throughout the day, while you actually do not move much? This could be a way of your body, indicating signs that you have been over-stressed. High working pressures often lead to lower immunity, which makes you prone to sickness easily.

  1.    You lack motivation

Loss of motivation could be the beginning of your career nightmare. When you do not feel really motivated to go to work, maybe you should better spend time relaxing at home.

Rather than forcing yourself to go to the office and being not productive, it would be better to take a day off and regain your energy levels.

  1.    You cannot stay focused

There are times when you cannot focus 100 percent on your work and keep getting distracted by petty issues of little to no significance. Beware, this might not be the usual lazy afternoon syndrome. Instead, you might be bored of the repetitive activities. If this happens continuously, not only this will hinder your progress from getting jobs done, but it would also impact your quality of work.

  1.    Your sleep pattern is a mess

Is your insomnia getting severe? Or do those eye bags and dark circles under your eyes make you look sick? Be careful, sleep deprivation could lead to worse health conditions such as fatigue, obesity, high blood pressure, and even heart attack. Not only this, sleep disorders will lead to poor quality of life as well as decreased performance and alertness.

  1.    You do not have a social life

When was the last time you did hang out with friends? If you cannot remember one lately in the last couple of months, then it is time to pause your work routine and catch up with friends and family.

  1.    You keep thinking about your work at home

If you think that keeping a tab on business-related emails at home is indicative of your dedication towards work, then you are probably wrong. If you cannot get your tasks out of your mind, even when you are watching TV with your children, it means that your job has tumbled-down your social life.

Have you ticked on many of the points listed above? If you agree on one or more of these points, then you need to save yourself from the disasters of overworking and grant yourself few days to vacay with family or catch up with friends. This will help reduce stress levels, renew your energies, to make you feel relaxed, much calmer, more focused and productive, when you return back to work after a much-needed and well-deserving break.

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Gotten laid off recently? Whatever the reasons -corporate reorganisation, restructuring, economic budget constraints- layoffs mostly bring misery and sorrow to employees.

Some of you might be in a panic and scurry to look for possible job opportunities (well, you have to survive and pay all the bills!). However, finding similar jobs with benefits and attractive salary package is not that easy! Today’s workforce are pretty competitive and could hinder you in getting your dream job.

If you haven’t got any opportunities right now, it could be you, yourself causing it. Scroll down and see if the following describes the current you.

  1. Being Negative

It is impossible to change the situation, but keep in mind that it is still POSSIBLE to seek other career opportunities, even the BETTER ones! Don’t let your emotions creep out when doing an interview with your future employers and avoid disfiguring your previous bosses/company.

Instead, focus on your strengths, experiences and capabilities. Be confident so that you are able to convince your future employers your outstanding deliverables if they are to offer you the job.

  1. Blaming Yourself

Blaming yourself is not going to improve the crisis you are facing. It is wise to do a self-reflection of what you have done (mistakes and errors) in the previous company, but don’t chide yourself too badly! Rather, be more focus on your future advancement and improvement. Instead of wallowing in regrets of what you could have done to previous situations, focus on the future that awaits you!

  1. Not Knowing What You Want

Before applying for a job, it is better for you to do a self-assessment about what are the job roles you are really interested in, what roles you are capable at and weaknesses that you want to improve. This assessment will help you to pinpoint jobs that suits you totally.

If you are dissatisfied and unhappy with your previous job, it’s time for you to be selectively in your options of job roles you should be in.

  1. Being Distant

Never keep to yourself or wallow in depression due to the layoff. Social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest are great sources of networking you can use to gain much information about job opportunities that matches your skill sets and interests. You can also connect with former colleagues and alumnus pals to get some references about companies currently looking for talents to hire (in your area of capabilities, of course!)

  1. Sending Resumes Blindly

One positive thing you can gain from being laid off is that you have the opportunity to sit down and reflect. Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur and start something on your own? Startups are growing rapidly nowadays, especially if you are passionate enough to make it work, with the right expertises and adequate capital, it could jolly well happen!

Or have you ever thought of a career change or want to do something drastically different from what you have always been doing?

Therefore, just because you lost your job and feeling panic-stricken doesn’t mean you should be throwing your resumes blindly. Sit down and reflect.

Being upset and disappointed is common, as the layoff could be something you had never expected before. However, layoffs can be the turning point for you to build a future you have never imagined before!  

Do not waste time on your emotional response. Rise and continue your life with much courage and optimism!

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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!

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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.

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An interview is like a trade. You show off your skills, experiences and proficiencies, ‘sell’ it to a company, and they ‘buy’ them. When you are being offered the position, your salary negotiation skill will come into place!

Other than the need to know your worth and the median salary range in the market right now, you need to be equipped with negotiation skills! Using the wrong strategies might just lead you to the path of failure. No one wants to be underpaid and learning some great negotiation skills will do you some good!

Can’t wait to negotiate? Slow down! Be a smart candidate and here are the top 5 mistakes when negotiating a salary that you have to avoid:

Lack of research

Some candidates state their expected salary without much researching. They tend to decide the salary expectation merely based on what they need or by guessing.

Do research the valid market rate for the job position! Considering the working experience, qualifications, responsibilities and the geographic area of the industry are essential, as these points will determine the standard wage you deserve. Online salary reference is a useful resource, but keep in mind that the listed job titles might have a different scope of responsibilities.

It is also advisable to check within your network of people in the same job position. If it’s needed, do cross check with some recruiters from a professional organisation to find out how you should measure your expected salary.

Not asking for more

For some people, it might be awkward to negotiate a sensitive topic like salary. However, not negotiating at all might be worse off. Are you afraid if the employers will pull the offer? As long as you know where your capabilities are and the ability to fulfil well or even more than what the company expected. Do not ‘downgrade’ yourself so that you can get the job! Other than just considering the salary you are asking for, employers are also looking for the right talent fit!

Failing to consider non-salary items

Monetary might not give you the job satisfaction you need. Value your future employers, as they might be giving you a standard base salary but they could be offering other great benefits. A yearly bonus, regular business trips (across the cities or countries!), allowances, rewards to achievements and great retirement plan are some non-salary items worth considering! Thus, look at the overall package they are offering you.

Allow your future employers to know your last drawn salary

Some employers will ask you about the salary you are drawing in your previous job. Let them know and justify why you are currently asking for more.

Don’t take it personally

Salary negotiation is a good idea, but you might feel undervalued should the process goes the opposite direction. Do keep in mind that, business is still a business, and the employers will hire the best talents they can afford. When negotiation goes tough, and you are not able to accept the undervaluing offer, just let it go. Some companies also have their standard rules to the tier of salary package offered.

Salary negotiation is both challenging and tricky. Avoiding these 5 mistakes might help you out in future! Check out www.jobiness.com and find out what are you worth now!

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Interviews often have similar questions in some ways like ‘how do you describe yourself?’ or ‘what are the weaknesses and strengths do you have’? These questions are indeed valuable, as the answers would depict how far one views and recognizes oneself, resulting in self-control capability measurement. In another way, these questions (unfortunately) are considered to be repetitious that candidates could rehearse for the answers.

Then what should you do before entering that interview room? If you have prepared yourself with some rehearsed answers, beware as some questions could be quite tricky, especially those revealing ones. Curious enough to know the tricky ones? Check out the list below.

Questions related to a willingness to take risks

A common question like ‘Are you afraid to fail?’ seems to be easy to answer as everybody would say ‘No’ as the diplomatic answer. A tactical interviewer would replace the question with ‘What are the things you have done in our career that you are most proud of and least proud of?’ The question sounds different, but it has a similar goal, to figure out your willingness to take risks and making mistakes!

When you say proudly about your ability to transform an issue to a good lesson and not afraid to make more mistakes (not the same ones, of course), the interviewer will probably give points for that. Conversely, when you are disappointed in making mistakes and don’t want to make more mistakes, you are considered as someone who doesn’t take risks. Nobody never not make mistakes!

Questions related to willingness to learn

Instead of asking a common question like ‘Do you love to learn something new?’, a tricky question will be more revealing like ‘How do you spend your off time?’. If one has a great curiosity and willingness to learn, he/she might give answers like learning a Photoshop software or trying a new Italian recipe rather than being inactive. If you love to do both at the off times, give the more prospective answer.

Questions related to willingness to help others

Smart candidates would be nothing if she/he doesn’t want to help others, resulting in being a bad team member.  A common question like ‘Are you a helpful and enjoy teamwork?’ would be better replaced with ‘If you were to describe yourself as one of these elements -earth, fire, water, and air- which one it would be?’

The main focus is not about what element you choose, as there are no right or wrong answers. It would be more impressive when you can explain why you chose the element and the relationship of how it benefits the others.

Questions related to revealing inner drive

Interviewers are often curious about how someone would see themselves at work. Whether she/he would be the passive worker, doing tasks based on the top’ orders or as an active worker, doing a task passionately and experimenting to gain more optimal outcomes than the company’s had expected.

A question like: ‘How do you balance your life and work?’ would be revealing if someone is trying to control a lot of portion of their lives or if they have a good attitude towards work and personal life.

Those are some samples of revealing questions but your interviewer’s questions might vary in some different ways. The most important thing is that your answer should depict your own point of view, and not somebody else’s to gain a great impression. It is worth to remember that every interviewer’s question essentially wants to figure out your perspective and attitude towards the job position itself. Give the best answers you have and be confident.

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Fifteen minutes before a job interview could be the longest fifteen minutes ever in someone’s life. Job seekers frequently prepare the needed documents at home and generally, you will be there early for the interview. (You won’t want to be late!)

So, you have arrived 15 minutes before the interview appointment and wondering what you should do? That 15 minutes would be the most crucial for you and make it to your advantage!

Don’t be too nervous, stay calm!

Keep calm while waiting for your turn is one thing to remember if you do not want your body to release stress hormones. Stress hormones could affect your ability to think clearly, and that will be bad, isn’t it? When you already in the interview room, maintain the calmness and focus on the interviewer. Not only can this help you give the best answers as you have prepared, but it also helps to project confidence too.

Always arrive early, but don’t go straight in yet!

Lateness frequently gives a negative impression of the interviewee. Always go early but on time! Yes, you have reached 15 minutes earlier, but you can wait for about 10 minutes before entering the company. Too long a wait could increase your anxiety and nervousness. Use the 10 minutes to calm yourself and revise what you need in your mind.

Be friendly to everybody that you meet in the office!

Friendly greetings are always a good start! This action increases the comfort feeling, your confidence and significantly leaves a good impression too. Some of the people you have greeted in the office might just play a part in your interview process!

Too much rehearsing

Rehearsing over and over again would make your answers seem to be scripted, so keep in mind that the interview is a conversation and believe in yourself that you could answer those questions smoothly. Let it flow!

Don’t check your email, social media accounts, and voice mail

Turn those off and put your mobile phone away! Young job seekers often do the same thing before doing something important in their lives: posting a status on social media accounts. Yes, you can do that but not within just minutes away from the interview! Set your smartphones to silent so that it don’t disrupt your interview session.

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How to Answer These 4 Most Common Interview Questions

For people who have been through plenty of job interviews, we realise that common interview questions do exist. Let’s take a look at these most common interview questions and how to answer them.

1. Why do you want to fill this position?

People at the company you’re applying for would love to hear about what makes you want to apply for that position. Of course, they expect to hear an exceptional answer from you. In order to do that, you need to identify a few key factors that make the role a great fit for you.

Sometimes, the answer might not be enough, because it’s all about you. Honestly, this question also forces you to share the reason on why you love the company. Your admiration to the company could be the reason you’re considered as a stand-out candidate.

2. Can you tell me about yourself?

You’ve heard this question all the time, but there’s a chance you still fail to answer it at its best. The hiring managers don’t want to hear it all, like your personal history. You need to make it concise when you’re answering this question.

Just choose 2-3 relevant experiences that might interest the interviewer to know about. Make sure you can convince them that those accomplishments are the right capital for the position you’re applying for.

3. What is your expected salary?

There’s no exact way on how to answer this question. The right answer depends on your education, skills, and experience. If you’re clueless, then do some research on what you should be paid. Apart from that, be a flexible candidate. Tell the interviewer that you respect your skills, but you are still willing to negotiate. It shows that you really want the job.

4. Any questions for me?

Do you often say “no” for this question? If yes, you’re throwing a chance on becoming a noticeable candidate. Be curious enough about the company and its culture. That way, the interview can draw a conclusion that you’re one passionate candidate.

Ask the interviewer about how much they love working at the company, or the company’s future plan. They will be happy that you care about them.

 

Those are the most common interview questions with tips on how to answer them. Let’s land the job on your next interview!

Bessie is a freelance writer and has 10 years of HR experience. She is currently a Regional HR Business Partner with a US MNC. 
One of the common questions that you can expect during a job interview is the salary question. Employers will usually ask about your current salary and expected salary for the role to assess your suitability. Some of you may find it rather uncomfortable to disclose your expected salary since you are unsure of the chances of securing the role. On the other hand, some of you are perfectly comfortable declaring that you are expecting a minimum of 20% increase from your base salary.
What is the right way to give to an employer so as to ensure that you are not giving the impression that salary is the main factor for applying the job? Under such a situation, below are some suggestions on how you can handle this tough question.

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Do your research

Before you attend the interview, it will be useful to research on the average market pay of the applied position. Several big recruitment agencies publish such salary information on an annual basis and are available to public on their website. Jobiness.sg is also a good resource whereby you can review the available salary data submitted by employees in various companies. Such information will provide you with an estimated range that you can expect for similar position. However, do bear in mind that salary ranges in companies and industries differ significantly. Hence, you should only use these information as a guide in preparation for the interview.

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Negotiable

The term “negotiable” is usually the easiest solution when handling a salary question. Most interviewers tend to probe further in order to understand your expectation. If you are really unsure of how you are expecting, decide on a range that you are looking at. For instance, you could tell the interviewer that you are looking at a 10% to 15% increase, but you are willing to negotiate based on the salary range for this position.



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Declare your minimum expectation

If you have in mind the least amount that you can accept for the role, do inform the interviewer of that minimum expectation. This is especially applicable for candidates who are considering a career switch. With no relevant experience in the new role and industry, you may not receive the same or higher salary as your current role. While considering the satisfaction that you can expect in the new role, it is also realistic to consider the lowest amount that could support your current lifestyle. As an Engineer, you may be earning a basic salary of $4000 while career switch may mean a reduction at least $1000. Do consider if the reduction is an amount that you are able to accept. You should be open to the interviewer and tell him or her that you are willing to accept a pay cut but $3,500 may be the minimum that you will consider.

You are strongly discouraged to tell the interviewer that you are willing to negotiate when you are not. The interviewer will be able to determine if they should continue with your candidacy if your expectation exceeds the salary range. In that way, it will save time and effort for both the company and yourself.

State your actual expectation
You may be one of those candidates who decide on a job solely based on the offered salary. There is nothing wrong with that but it is advisable to discuss that openly during the interview. If the interviewer is aware that you will not consider a role unless there is a 20% increase, it will help them to decide if they will like to continue with your candidacy based on your relevant experiences, job fit and internal salary structure and equity. Interviewers have met many candidates who tell them that they are willing to negotiate on the offered salary. However, when the job offer is presented, candidates turn it down immediately with the reason that the offered salary is less than the amount that they are expecting. That could set a very negative impression of you as a candidate. If you are attending interviews in the same industry, don’t be surprised when word gets around as the people within do know each other.

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On a closing note, regardless of whether your interview is from the Human Resource or the hiring manager himself/herself, the same method applies when answering the salary question. Another mistake that candidates make when handling salary questions is asking too many questions in return. Examples of these questions include – “how much will you pay me for this role”; “what is the salary range for this position”; “what other monetary allowances can I expect”. These questions are internally sensitive and should be avoided until the advanced stage of the interview process when you are confident that you will be offered the job. Otherwise, these questions may bring down your overall interview scores.



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Always keep in mind that your main objective during a job interview is to impress the employer and ‘sell’ your skills and competencies to the company. While you already probably know most of the basic tips and tricks to ace your job interview like coming on time, preparing answers to possible questions, dressing appropriately, and all of that, there may be another simple trick that just might get you ahead of other applicants – to ask good questions at the end of your interview. [more…]

 

Most employers will always end an interview with “Do you have any questions?” Now, this is your chance both to learn about the company and impress the interviewer further by showing more interest about the company’s ideals, work culture, and staff. Asking good, sincere questions will show that you are looking forward to joining their team and are serious about your application. Remember, interviewers have the eye for spotting serious applicants from those who are just trying to look around for possible income opportunities. And obviously, they would opt for someone who shows sheer interest and inquisitiveness.

 

Now, don’t just go asking silly questions just so you could ask something. You may have already impressed them during the interview but totally blow it at the end by asking questions that are uncalled for. Below are some quick, intelligent and sincere questions you can always pull out at the end of an interview, as soon as you hear he interviewer ask, “Do you have any questions?”

 

  • “What are the essential traits/skills you are looking for in the person to successful fill this position?” And then follow it up with, “How do you think I measure up to these criteria?” It is always good to hear straight from the interviewer what they are looking for to fill the position. And by asking if you fit their expectations, it would give you the chance to find out what they think you are lacking. You will then have a great opportunity to highlight on some other related strength that you know will definitely interest them.

 

  • “Could you tell me more about the work culture here?” By asking this you are implying that you are very open to working with a diverse work culture and are willing to learn their work culture and blend with the team. This also shows that you really imagine yourself working with them in the near future.

 

  • “How do you measure performance?” This automatically shows that you are very results-driven, you keep to deadlines, and value time and commitment.

 

  • “What would be this company’s biggest challenge right now?” This could open up a great conversation about the bigger picture of what the company does and how you could really be a part of the solution. This is where you can share more of your experiences and knowledge in the industry.

 

  • “Should I call back to follow up or will you just contact me for updates?” End the entire interview by showing your eagerness to land the job and that you are really hoping to get a response from them.

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