Is There Any Workplace Bullying in Your Office?

Everyone avoids (or blindsided) workplace bullying around them. You may be the bully, you may be the one being bullied, or you see one of your colleagues being bullied by your boss. Either way, it is most likely to affect you as an employee. Well, is there any workplace bullying in your office?

Workplace bullying often is a pattern of actions over a long period of time. You can’t really be a hero, and change it in a day. This is also why workplace bullying so often goes undetected in the workplace, since it is usually subtle, slow, and an insidious mistreatment.

Because it often goes under the radar, most people don’t want to have to deal with the bullies. We are forced to ‘tolerate’ them, even though they are scary and it could be embarrassing. Now, it is probably the right time to learn whether there is bullying in your workplace, before you can do something to stop it.

Here are 10 subtle signs of bullying, that you are more likely missed out:

  • Ignoring

Purposefully “forgetting” someone, such as not inviting him/her to a meeting, and not paying attention to them for long period of time.

  • Isolation

A bit heavier than “ignoring”. The bully is making someone to feel socially or physically excluded from a group.

  • Deceit

Repeatedly lying, not telling the truth, concealing the truth, in order to get a colleague in trouble.

  • Undermining work

Deliberate blocking someone’s work, achievement, or advancement.

  • Impossible expectations

Giving nearly impossible workload for an employee, with the purpose to set up him/her to fail. Constantly changing someone’s work guideline is also considered as bullying.

  • Creating a feeling of uselessness

Intentionally making someone feel underused by rarely delegating tasks or communicating with the employee. Also, giving an employee his/her unfavourable tasks and responsibilities.

  • Criticism

Putting someone as an object of criticism, usually for unwarranted reasons.

  • Intimidation

Any fear-inducing communication and behaviour to another employee.

  • Blaming constantly

Blaming others for problems or issues, which eventually making someone is the problem, inadequate and unworthy.

  • Excessive compliments and flattery

While it doesn’t sounds like bullying, it is when conducted to lower an employee’s defenses to manipulation.

 

Apart from those subtle signs, there vivid examples of workplace bullying that you may often notice, such as aggression and public embarrassment. Observe your office now! Workplace bullying needs to stop as soon as possible.

job search

Are you unemployed for the past few months? Or are you unhappy with your current position and (secretly) looking for a new job? If your answer is “Yes” to either one, it’s time to kickstart your job search! It will be even more crucial for fresh graduates.

Don’t think job search as too easy. You have to be ready, since you have unlimited competitors. Here are several tips to kickstart your job search:

1. Networking all over again

 

Yes, you are part of the industry already. You knew some important people who you can contact anytime. You might want to find an appropriate way to connect with them to get back on track of employment. However, keep meeting someone new and make friends. Don’t only go to the same conferences and places. Think outside the box. Try any social opportunities like volunteering and parties.

Remember, a good recommendation from people is the best bet for getting a job. Let people in your network know your ability and your dream job, then ask them for leads. Seriously, you need someone who tells your next employer on why you are perfect for the job. Otherwise, it will be much harder to get a job.

2. Create job search plan

Not only business, job search also requires a plan. You have so many things to do. Ranging from making the magnificent resume, arrange for references, to review your online presence and reputation. Make a timeline of priorities to get those tasks done.

Also, you need a lot of time to research the companies you are about to apply for. You are the one who first decide whether the company will be a good fit for you. If you like the company so much, then you should craft the best resume and cover letter for them. Plus, looking for someone who can give you a recommendation to land a position there.

3. Stay optimist

Even though you are on the hard times on your life, make sure to take care of yourself (mentally, physically, and emotionally). Do some positive routines that you always want to do, such as workout, eating healthily, and spending more time with family and friends.

The good habits will keep you more balanced. At the end of the day, you will stay optimist to get the perfect position on your dream company.

 

Good luck on your job search! When is the next job interview will be held?

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.

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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.

 

job search

It is almost impossible to organize a job search without the use of technology – the Internet provides a wealth of networking and career search opportunities like never seen before. To make things even better, albeit more confusing, a new application for productivity and organization pops up about once every week or so, seducing you with promises of making your search ineffably neat and efficient.

 Unfortunately, more is not necessarily better (nor faster). If you’re a perfectionist like me, you would no doubt want to exhaust every single avenue for the best jobs possible. The information and knowledge to be found online can become overwhelming, to say the least.

 

Here are three ways to make your job search less mind-bending.

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 1. Narrow down your desired job choices

It is extremely tempting, especially as a brand new graduate, to want to try out for every and any job that seems interesting or simply doable. Unfortunately, this means the list of job possibilities would be too wide and too long to make any sense of.

Focus on a certain industry or job type that you are keen on pursuing in the long run. For example, don’t just stop at “I want to be a marketing executive” – step two should be narrowing that down to the industries that you would like to do marketing in, such as being a marketing executive in a F&B company, and so on.

 

Read also: Top 5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get a Call After Applying For a Job

 

2. Go low tech, reach out to your circles

Forget about all those productivity apps and monster job aggregation websites – most jobs aren’t posted. For a start, all you need is a simple word document, and your social networks. Once you have narrowed down your desired job choices, look through your contact list and see if any of your friends, relatives, or even acquaintances are currently working or know someone who is working in the particular industry – better still if they are working in the very company you want to join.

Don’t be shy. An employer will very much prefer to get referrals than having to spend those few hundreds posting job advertisements when their trusted colleague has a friend with skills that they are looking for. Send your resumes to your “network” which can include people from your school, relatives, former co-workers – people who can vouch for your character.

In fact, statistics show that employers are increasingly relying on internal referrals to find job prospects. Larry Nash, director of experienced and executive recruiting at Ernst & Young, claims that “a referral puts them in the express lane”. Indeed, your social network is your best bet for nailing the job of your dreams.

If you simply must use some application to aid your job search, I recommend using Dropbox to keep all your documents in a single, highly accessible location.

 

Read also: 3 Steps to Discerning Your Career

 

  3. Develop a job hunt system

If you don’t feel secure leaving your job chances to your social network, job search sites are your next best bet. However, don’t randomly dive head-first into the amalgamation of job descriptions. Create a routine for going through these sites.

Many of these job search sites, such as JobStreet.com.sg or JobCentral.com.sg, allow you to search for specific job titles and industries to quickly eliminate other job listings that you are not interested in. Bookmark the specific search pages that contain the jobs that you desire, and systematically run through them daily so that you can grab job postings as soon as they come up.

Additionally, certain job sites, such as Indeed.com.sg, even offer automated email updates for the specified keywords that you are looking for. Google Alerts also provides automatic alerts if there are any mentions of positions are looking to apply for online, which are sent straight to your email inbox. Such automated systems are extremely time-efficient, and can shave off several hours from your job search process. Utilize these to your advantage.

The job search process can be downright exhausting or even depressing. Do not let it get to that stage – keep it simple and sweet, and avoid over-cluttering yourself at any costs.

5 Best Places In The World To Work

These companies sure belong to the greener, much greener, side; they go the extra mile in making the workplace a fun, interactive environment to inspire staff creativity and productivity. Bosses, take note. [more…]

 

1. ANZ Centre (Melbourne, Australia)

This banking headquarters is anything but boring or staid with its award-winning office design. A modern interpretation of an urban campus, the building is made up of “hubs” — each with its own look and feel, each serving different work purposes.

 

2. Google (Zurich, Switzerland)

Google offices around the world are renowned for their insanely cool work environment, but this one takes design to a whole new level of ridiculousness. Apart from slides and fireman’s poles that take you from one floor to another, this office features a giant hammock, a meeting room filled with hot air balloons, and a dark aquarium room in which employees can relax in chairs or bathtubs.

3. DTAC (Bangkok, Thailand)

When a company has an entire level named Funfloor, you know it’s a good place to work in. Comprising a mix of fun and games — running track, indoor soccer, karaoke, concert theatre — the Funfloor is the perfect place for relaxation and team-bonding. This telecommunications firm also dedicated a massive area to a circular library-amphitheatre.

4. Airbnb (San Francisco, USA)

The prouder you are of your company, the higher your work productivity and morale — this travel-rentals service is a fine example of that. Their meeting rooms are fashioned after some of their own listings, like a mushroom cabin in California, and an art-filled apartment in New York.

5. Bahnhof (Stockholm, Sweden)

James Bond himself would need a license to work here. Located 30m underground, what used to be an anti-atomic shelter was transformed into the White Mountain Office — a stunning workplace, whose design was inspired by Bond flicks, that looks more like a sci-fi movie set rather than a data centre. Too cool.

 

5 Worst Places In The World To Work

Of course, on the other end of the spectrum lies some work conditions so terrible, they make us desperate to cling on to our existing uninspiring work environments.

 

1. Disgruntled Employees = Disgruntled Customers

We’ve all heard horror stories of what goes on behind those permanent grins and heavy makeup, but this particular airline in the US seems to piss off as many passengers as it does employees. The latter have cited issues like “extremely dysfunctional pay scale system” and the lack of job security as reasons of their dissatisfaction.

 

2. Animal Abuse

There’s a whole list of cosmetics companies, including a few notable giants, that adopt unethical animal-testing practices. Some of them have a long track record of using rabbits as test subjects, dropping substances into their eyes and force-feeding them poisonous chemicals.

 

3. Incompetent Upper Management

There are few things more rage-inducing than working for incompetent upper management — a sentiment that the employees of a car-rental service in the US are all too familiar with. According to some employees of the company, the upper management not only pushes the staff to do the impossible, but also seems to promote a toxic environment in which the smartest backstabber wins.

 

4. Outright Corruption

It’s no surprise oil companies would be on this list, but one particular US-owned corporation has been consistently making the headlines for the wrong reasons. From its anti-gay employment practices to outright corruption, this company has destroyed lives while pocketing profits by the billions.

 

5. Extreme Lack Of Employee Rights

You might want to stay away from fast food after hearing this: employees of certain fast-food restaurants have confirmed that it’s not uncommon to cook, prepare and serve food while sick. As if that’s not bad enough, a study showed that 90 percent of the employees are not offered paid sick leave, and that there is less chance for a promotion for women and immigrants.

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Have you been searching for the right kind of jobs in India all this time? Have you been disappointed multiple times because none of the websites offering job searches offered reliable information? If the answer is ‘Yes’ to both these questions, then you are probably in need of Jobiness.in. This website is the one stop shop for all your job search needs. [more…]

But the reason that makes this website stand apart from all the others of its kind is not only the fact that it lists the biggest number of employment vacancies, it is also the fact that it makes your search as thorough as it can. Visit the website and you are going to see that you can look for jobs by different employers or by through different categories of jobs itself. For instance, would you prefer working in a particular company or would you rather search for suitable job vacancies in the department that you have been trained.

And yet that is still not all; you can also receive a load of guidance about how interviews are conducted. It would especially be helpful for someone who is about to give an interview for the very first time. The website therefore provides a whole list of sample interview questions that are most likely to be asked in every niche of job. For example, you would be given some interview questions to practice which are usually asked from someone giving an interview for a managerial position or for the sales department.

Employees who have been successful in finding jobs have also taken the time out to post reviews about a certain working environment. So, besides coming across only job vacancies, you also get the insight about how these jobs could turn out for an individual.

To conclude, searching for employment vacancies in India was never this convenient and profitable.

Are you looking for jobs in Australia? It is quite possible that you are, because Australia has become one of the top destinations for permanent immigration. Not only can it boast wondrous scenic landscapes and one of kind geological developments, it also has one of the top ranking educational system and a highly stable economy. So, in short, it has all the ingredients to make it a prospective option for immigration.

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The best possible way of ensuring success upon arrival to a completely new destination is to know that there is a job opportunity that you can look forward to. A job acceptance letter will also greatly contribute in the attainment of immigrant visa. Jobiness.com.au is the best site to visit to gain a comprehensive knowledge about the various jobs in Australia.

It is a very thorough website which familiarizes you about job opportunities in a way that no one else ever has. For example, the website has been extensively categorized so that your search for the different work opportunities becomes extremely convenient.

You can either search for job opportunities through different names of leading businesses or you can filter out the best work opportunities by selecting your preferred job niche. For instance you can search through company names, like Coles, Westpac, Caltex etc. or you can look for a number of jobs under the description of Sales Representative, Marketing Officer, Data Analyst etc.

What is really wonderful is that, you can even get guidance about giving interviews, reviews on interviews and even reviews about the different work places given by different employees who have had the opportunity of working there. If you have a particular Australian city in mind, where you would want to work or a salary range which is desirable then enter that too and you will be surprised to see just how many jobs in Australia will pop up.

Malaysia is a beautiful country where people enjoy modern living at fast pace. It is another rapidly developing nation which has already reached international standards in many aspects. People who live in Malaysia enjoy high quality living with ample of places where they can spend their leisure time fruitfully. In fact Malaysia is also one of the top tourist destinations and this is the reason that it has started to emerge as one of the biggest attractions to immigrants from many parts of the world.

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But first thing’s first; in order to enjoy a quality life, one literally has to work for it and this means searching for the right job opportunities. It can be a tedious and tiring work to search all the job boards or to scroll through the local newspapers to search the appropriate careers in Malaysia. What you can do instead is go to Jobiness.my and have a look at all kinds of job opportunities in Malaysia.

Through this single portal, an individual can look for jobs all over Malaysia and not in the local scene alone. This fetches a wonderful opportunity of seeking something that you would have missed otherwise. If you are able to build a successful career for yourself, it doesn’t matter what part of Malaysia you reside in.

The website allows you to search in multiple manners; that is whether your priorities are salaries in Malaysia, careers in Malaysia or a specific city in Malaysia. If you are skilled in many fields, then it is probably best to search through the different salary packages. This way, you can look at all the best paid jobs. And if you are a cautious person and would first like to know other employees’ opinions, then you are most welcome to do that as well from this particular website.

From Jobiness.my, you not only get information about the various careers in Malaysia, you get guidelines on interviews and information on salaries and workplaces as well.

One of the best destinations in the world for relocation would be Singapore. Although it is only a small island, it has all of the life’s amenities that you can expect from any of the largest and developed countries. In fact it would be hard to find contenders who can compete with that quality of living in proportion to its size. And again when it comes to abiding the law, there are only a few, who can contest to take that spot. So life is not only pleasurable, it is also safe too. And then of course there are a million tourist destinations that can be taken advantage of when it is time for vacations.

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But in order to make such a destination a permanent one, you need to look for a job. It is comforting to know that a fast developing country like Singapore is always in need for skilled and trained workers. So, search for jobs in Singapore by visiting the best site – Jobiness.com.sg to obtain a salary guide and work review.

Jobiness.com is a wonderful portal where you are going to get information on all sorts of jobs in Singapore. The website is thoroughly catalogued so that your search gets all the more convenient. One of the prime concerns of potential employees is to find a job at one of the reputable firms to build up experience and of course a good salary package. Here at this site, you get the opportunity to filter your search through both these preferences.

What’s more is that you can also obtain a complete salary guide according to the different job categories and experience. If you want to read work review from another employee in the same firm, you can do that too. So, for guidance in interviews, information about different jobs in Singapore and valuable insight by other employees visit only Jobiness.com.