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.”

 

 

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Muneerah’s journalism career has allowed her to be very familiar with employment issues in Singapore. For more than three years, she covered stories on organized labor and employment for NTUC This Week and she also contributed to various magazines, such as Human Resources and Career Central, and other online platforms.

 

So the school vacations are here and you’ve scored yourself an internship. Your work wardrobe is ready and you’re eager to start your new journey to learn, develop skills and gain experience, but how do you make the best out of your internship? In most companies, interns come and go every year. Here are tips on how you can avoid being the intern nobody remembers after you leave.

 

 

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Before you step into the office

It all starts even before your first day on the job. Familiarize yourself with the company and its products and/ or services. Learn as much as you can and do your research. You wouldn’t want to be utterly clueless on your first day there and the prior knowledge will help you set the context. Before you start your internship, talk to your employer about the skills and experience you hope to obtain during your time there. It would help them understand what you are aiming to achieve and how they can best help you in those aspects.

“I have to do what?!”

But of course, you don’t always get to do what you want and sometimes, it’s not about what you’re assigned to do; it’s about how well you do it. Sometimes you may be asked to do things that are rather dull and monotonous but you should do your best out of these mundane tasks, and then some. Compiling and updating a database for the mailing list may not be the most fun job in the world, but go the extra mile and search for those missing postal codes while you’re at it. If you can earn your manager’s trust by doing the boring tasks well, you can be sure that he/she will entrust you with more complex tasks in time.

Read also: 3 Steps to Discerning Your Career – A Fresh Grad’s Reflection

Be independent and resourceful

Sure, you’re new to the job and the company’s internal system, but you cannot expect your colleagues to guide you at the drop of a hat when you need help. Sometimes they have matters that need their immediate attention before they can attend to your queries so you will have to learn from past samples or through trial and error. That’s not to say that you cannot ask for help, but there will be times when you may need to figure things out on your own. Being resourceful and the ability to think on your feet is a much sought after characteristic in almost any job.

Show initiative, volunteer and be helpful

Prove that you are always willing to learn even if you lack the knowledge and know-how. Initiative goes a long way and you’ll be surprised at the kind of opportunities that might come your way if you offer to help when you are able to. It can be something as simple as helping to answer a phone call if your colleague is away from the desk and taking down messages (if that is the company culture). Besides helping them, you might you never know who is on the other line and the contacts that could be made by simply answering a call, and we all know contacts matter a lot in the working world.

Read also: 10 Tips to Increase Productivity at Work

Suck it up

Internships are meant to be a training ground and even if there are times that it sucks being the intern, there is something to learn out of every situation and you can use them as examples in interviews with potential employers in future. So strap on your can-do attitude, have an open mind and positive attitude going into your internship.

While you are getting a taste of the working world through your internship, use the opportunity to learn about yourself; your strength and weakness, the type of employee you want to be and the type of career you want for yourself. Before your internship ends, get your supervisor and colleagues to share their feedback on your performance there and their comments on areas where you can improve on.

It is often said, one of the best things you can do for yourself, is to learn about yourself.

 

 

 

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.

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.



READ ALSO: How Companies Determine Salaries for New Employees



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.

READ ALSO: Questions to Ask at the End of the Job Interview 

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

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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.

Bessie is a freelance writer and has 10 years of HR experiences. She is currently a Regional HR Business Partner with a US MNC. 

Here’s a common scenario many of us face: After that successful interview session, you are bright-eyed and eager to receive the salary offer from the organization. To your disappointment, the salary offer is below your expectation.

While most candidates expect a 10% to 20% increase during a job-switch, not every organization is able to meet that expectation. Besides considering the candidate’s qualification; work experiences; current and expected salary, an organization has to review their salary structure and internal equity to determine a salary offer.  These are usually not openly discussed; hence most candidates are not aware of such considerations at the back-end.

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Salary Structure

Every established organization has its own internal salary structure. Salary structure is created based on market data to ensure salary competitiveness within the same industry. This is also known as analyzing external equity.

Some companies may be more transparent than others on sharing their structures to candidates. Basically, each position in an organization has its own grade or level and a salary range. The salary range will consist of a minimum pay rate and maximum pay rate. For a fully competent candidate, the most ideal and competitive rate will be at the median of the range.

A candidate who is new to a role usually receives a salary which is lower in the range while a very experienced candidate may receive an offer which is above the median.

Companies avoid offering salaries near the maximum pay rate since that would limit the salary growth of a candidate in subsequent years. Once an employee reaches the maximum within the salary range, they will enter the red circle and are no longer eligible for pay increase.

READ ALSO: How to Handle Salary Questions During Your Interview

Internal Equity

An organization also has to consider internal equity when determining the salary for a candidate.  Internal equity refers to reviewing the current salaries of existing employees holding the same position and job responsibilities within the organization. It ensures that employees are rewarded fairly across the organization.

To illustrate the point of internal equity: there are two accountants –Tan and Lim working in the organization. Tan earns $3000 and has a bachelor degree with 3 year of relevant experience; Lim earns $5000 has a bachelor degree with 5 years of relevant experience.  The hiring manager selected a candidate who has a Bachelor degree and 4 years of relevant experience in her previous organization. Based on internal equity, it is most likely that the salary offer will be around $4000.

If you receive an offer whereby the salary is lower than your expectation, you should try to understand their pay philosophy.  Companies may not be able to share all the information with you but you will be able to obtain a better understanding of their pay structure.

You should also consider the entire compensation package. Base salary is only one component so it is important to understand the benefits offered; additional allowances and bonus payout.

Most importantly, you should understand the growth opportunity within the organization. If an organization strongly believes in developing their employees, it will still be a worthy consideration over others that only offer a marginally higher salary.


Learn more about how industry specific salary range here.

 

 

Labour Day, ironically a day when you’re not supposed to be labouring (unless you’re on shift duty), is a holiday on 1st May which celebrates the 8-hour modern work day and achievements of employees. In other words, Labour Day was quite possibly the first celebration of work-life balance.

The 8-hour work day came about as a result of the Haymarket Massacre in 1886, which happened during a protest in Chicago for better working hours and conditions (working hours ranged from 10 to 12 hours then). After a bomb exploded in the middle of the protest, killing police and demonstrators alike, the police responded with gunfire, further increasing the death toll. Similar demonstrations occurred worldwide thereafter, but this was the beginning of Labour Day celebrations and the shift to a 8-hour work day.

This year, Labour Day falls on a Wednesday, which means there’s no long weekend unless you’re willing to spend two days of leave to create that five day weekend. After being spoilt by so many long weekends, what can we actually do on this one day public holiday? Plenty, as it turns out.

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1)      Join the White Paper protest

It worked over a century ago – so why not return to the roots of Labour Day and join a protest? The next White Paper protest will be held on Labour Day, at the Speakers Corner in Hong Lim Park. This is a ground-up movement and is happening from 4 – 7 pm, with the theme “For A Better Singapore”. Singaporeans from all walks of life will be coming on stage to speak on various issues such as employment challenges, influx of foreigners, etc. If it gets too hot and crowded at the protest, you can always head over to Chinatown Point for some good old fashioned shopping.

 

2)      Shop at Chinatown Point Uniqlo

The newly renovated Chinatown Point boasts a vibrant selection of shops, including Uniqlo. Their grand opening promotions are on till 2 May, and you can pick up some pretty sweet deals there!

 

3) Buffet brunch at Paulaner Brauhaus

Paulaner Brauhaus at Millenia Walk has a special BBQ buffet brunch, and with an additional $10 you can get free flow beer with your brunch as well. What better time to indulge in Singapore’s favourite past time? But if you’d rather a place to sleep after you eat, you can always opt for Fullerton Hotel instead.

 

4) Food staycation at Fullerton Hotel

Eat to your hearts’ content at Fullerton Hotel with their Labour Day specials, which include an American buffet breakfast for two at their very own Town Restaurant, as well as a dining credit of $50. Best of all, the offer is on till 2 May!

 

Read also: Labour Day in Singapore: An Evaluation of the Foreign Labour Situation

 

5) Spa staycation at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

If the favourite Singaporean past time isn’t for you, then how about a spa getaway at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel? Their Labour Day offer includes a daily breakfast for one and a one-for-one Hair/Face/Body Treatment Voucher at their in house J’s Salon. And it’s available all week till 5 May!

 

6) Take a Chan Brother’s cruise

Turn this Labour Day into a long weekend and book leave for Thursday and Friday. How about going for a short trip instead of staying in Singapore? Book one of Chan Brothers’ 2/3/4 to go two night cruises to Redang or Malacca. With 4 to go prices at nearly half of the regular offers, there’s no better time to head out in a ship.

 

7) Watch Austin Powers and Grease for free

If trips and staycations are hard on the pocket, how about some free movies? Channel 5 is airing two blockbusters on Labour Day – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Grease. Perhaps the most cost effective way to spend Labour Day would be on a couch in front of your TV.

 

8) Catch an Esplanade show

Hello Paige”, a family friendly show about Paige, a young girl, and her kitten Neko, premieres on Labour Day. Watch Paige and Neko navigate the world of sounds at the Recital Studio in Esplanade and you might actually find yourself liking it even more than your children.

 

9) Join a Zumba class

The Zumba Meetup Group is having a Labour Day Special, where you get to try out Zumba at offer prices. Just join their group and sign up for a class, and you’ll be burning calories while the rest of Singapore eats and shops.

 

10) Visit the Istana

The Istana is only open four days a year to the public – and Labour Day is one of those open houses. Visit one of Singapore’s iconic landmarks and relive history and you might even get to meet the Prime Minister!

A word of advice to all: If you are thinking of making a trip across the border to Malaysia, you might like to change your travel plans. Traffic at the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints is expected to be heavy according to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

To all workers out there, this day is meant for celebrating you. Put aside all work and enjoy this day that you deserve.

Image Courtesy: Esplanade Theatres

 

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.

Most Singaporeans just see Labour Day (known as International Workers’ Day in some countries) as an opportunity to rest instead of having to work, but many of us aren’t aware of its violent origins. This public holiday was created in commemoration of the 1886 Chicago Haymarket affair, where workers were holding a strike at Haymarket Square to protest for 8-hour weekdays (10 to 16-hour weekdays were common then). One of them threw a bomb at the police who were attempting to disperse the crowd, causing the police to open fire at the demonstrators. Seven to eight civilians died as a result, while another 40 were injured. It took another 18 years and more riots in between before 8-hour weekdays were finally legally established. While we now have our 8-hour weekdays, there are still some labour issues closer to our hearts and worth some consideration, such as foreign labour (but please – no strikes!).

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Foreign labour has been one of the hottest topics in coffee shop conversations now, and will probably remain as such in the next few years to come. Foreigners currently make up close to 37% of the labour market in Singapore, where this percentage has been steadily rising for the past five years (see Figure 1). Many locals have been lamenting how foreign labour is taking jobs away from them because foreigners are willing to do the same job at a lower salary, or at the same salary but for longer hours. Locals experience more difficulty in finding work as a result, such that they cry foul over the government’s seemingly lax foreign labour policies. Locals also lament how they are having difficulty earning a living in the very country which they were born and bred in, while the government freely lets in foreign labour to “poach” jobs which should rightfully belong to them.

 

Figure 1 Increasing percentage of foreigners in Singapore’s labour market over the last 5 years. (Percentages calculated from figures as published in the Ministry of Manpower’s website.)

While there is some truth in their complaints, there is another side to the story. Sometimes, employers have no choice but to hire foreign labour. This is because local workers are uninterested in the jobs which employers have to offer, even if offered higher salaries for the same job than their foreign counterparts. For example, it appears that Singaporeans are generally not keen on entering the service industry because they do not enjoy serving others, be it as sales staff or wait staff in food outlets – they would prefer being served by others instead. Foreign workers, on the other hand, have no such qualms and are more willing to take up such jobs. It could also be that there are not enough Singaporeans who are trained in skills which employers are looking for, such that employers have no choice but to look beyond our shores for employees capable of fulfilling the needs of the company.

The government is also taking measures to restrict the entry of foreign labour into Singapore so as to lessen the economy’s reliance on foreign workers for growth. During the Singapore Budget 2013, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced that foreign levies would be increased from next July onwards, with the extents of the increase being higher in sectors experiencing larger growth in the foreign workforce. Foreign worker quotas will also be cut for services and marine sectors, and the qualifying salaries for S-Pass holders will be raised from $2,000 to $2,200 per month so as to equalise the playing field for locals and foreigners with respect to salary.

With the government working to tighten Singapore’s foreign labour policies, locals may be able to rest easier knowing that competition for jobs vis-à-vis foreign workers will be lessened such that they may be able to secure jobs more easily. At the same time, perhaps we should try to be more open to jobs which are traditionally shunned, and also continue to improve on their skills in order to become more employable across sectors. A change in mindset and strategy may be just what is needed in order to secure a decent job.

To all job-seekers: keep searching, and don’t lose hope yet! If you have your eye on a particular job with a certain company, be sure to check out Jobiness for more information on that company to see if it is in line with your career goals. And to all workers: enjoy your Labour Day break – see you back in the office on Thursday.

To read more about the Singapore Budget 2013, click here.

To find out more about the latest government policies regarding foreign labour, click here.

Read also: 10 Things to do this May Day in Singapore

 

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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.