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Finally, you get the opportunity to take one step closer to your dream job: an interview. Coming to the company building with all confidence you could muster, suddenly you find your palms producing excessive sweat while your breathing gets heavier. You get anxious as you study the questions and answers you have prepared last night, over and over again. To calm down, you try to convince yourself by whispering these sentences, I have prepared everything, I know everything about this company, I am qualified for this job, and My resume is good enough.

You finally overcome your anxiety, but is that enough to get you ready for the interview?

Maybe, because the fact that the hiring manager invites you for an interview means that your resume has caught his interest. However, more than good resume and excellent hard skills on paper, you need to demonstrate great soft skills too. In that case, you should get rid of these 9 behaviours in order to get accepted in the job you have always wanted:

 

  • Come late

It goes without saying that arriving late to a job interview can lessen your points in front of your employer’s eyes. Therefore, if you realise that you have a morning interview scheduled in the next day, you should prepare yourself by setting the alarm, waking up early, and getting ready for it.

Also, it is so important to not skip your breakfast. Why? Because, Lisa De Fazio, a healthy-lifestyle expert, said that breakfast is an important meal of the day. When you skip your breakfast, your blood-sugar level will go lower and it will affect your attention span which later will lessen your focus. As consequent, you cannot do your best during the interview.

 

  • Ignore the body language

During a job interview, putting your hands on the table is okay but not recommended; as it is better to put your hands on your lap to look more professionals. You should also mind other body language such as eye contact, heads, facial expressions, body postures, and handshakes. Poor body language can reduce your chance of getting the job as the interviewers pay attention to all your moves.

Aside from that, according to Gillett in Business Insider, among the biggest mistake people do during an interview is that they tend to “wishing that the job interview will end soon.” That being said, frequently checking your watch or looking at the clock will make it seem like you are eager to leave the interview room soon.

 

  • Poor word choices

Don’t use foul language! You might be excited because getting a job interview for the position you always want is a rare opportunity and you blurt out saying some foul words. Accidentally saying swearing words can indicate that you are a careless person and unable to calmly and thoughtfully deal with a situation. Therefore, you should be careful when you speak.

 

  • Showing boredom

Waiting for your name to be called and interviewed is boring. Everybody can relate to this. So how will you overcome the boredom while waiting? Checking your phone? Play online game? Or texting?

Most people will do the things mentioned above. Why? Because those activities help them overcome their boredom and pass the time. However, doing those things above will only make you look unprofessional and the recruiter might think that it is a good idea to remove you from their candidates’ list.

What else can you do, then? Show that you are genuinely interested to work for the company by reading the magazine or brochure commonly provided in the waiting room.

 

  • Being too informal

Let’s talk about the dress-code. You should not choose a “too formal” or “too informal” dress because your attire will tell a lot about whether you want to be taken seriously or not.

Dressing too informal will tell the recruiter that you have less interest in the company. On the other hand, wearing too formal clothes tells the employer that you do not research the company’s custom well enough so you might not be a good fit for the job.

 

  • Bringing too much stuffs

Bring only what the recruiter asks you to bring, most will only ask you to carry a copy of your resume and portfolio. Bringing too much stuff in your hands to the room can tell the recruiter that you are an unorganized person. So, leave everything else such as your water bottle or handphone in the car so you can be free to shake hands with potential employers.

 

  • Speaking too much

Stop being over confident! Naturally, people tend to talk more than needed because they want to impress the recruiters that they have certain skills and talent. Well, that is not a good thing to do as the interviewer might see you as long-winded candidate. Owing to which, it is crucial to always think before you speak, just keep it simple, give the interviewer an opportunity to ask you questions and only answer with relevant responses.

 

  • Being too grueling

Asking questions during an interview is important as it will show that you are interested in actually landing the job. However, only ask certain questions that will help you increase your employment opportunity such as, “How do you measure success in this company?” For that reason, you can list questions based on the job position you are applying before attending the interview.

 

  • Being shy

Lastly, you should swipe away your shyness. Being nervous 15 minutes before interview is normal. However, you should not show that shyness during the interview. Shyness can indicate that you are insecure and incompetence. A Harvard Business School professor, Amy Cuddy, suggested that if you are a shy person, you can use that to take your time before answering. She said “slowing down and pausing signals indicate that you feel comfortable, that you are deserve to be there, that you respect this interaction, that you are engaged, and that you are interested.”

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As Albert Einstein once said, “Failure is success in progress.” How many times have you faced failure in your life? Be it in your personal or professional life, there are times when failure is something you cannot avoid. As painful as it might be, you keep trying and doing it all over again. However, at the end of the day, you cannot help feeling tired of doing the same things to no avail. Finally you choose to stop trying, forget the goals, and create a new target. But alas, the luck is not on your side. What should you do, then?

People with whom you share this story might respond and say, “Do not give up” or “Learn from your past mistake.” They might not understand your struggle but at least it can cheer you up. However, you remain feeling stuck and do not know whether you should continue or take a break from your career. When everything do not go as planned, you can relax for a bit and apply this simple plan to keep you going:

Plan A: Take a deep breath

This is the very first yet simple plan you should always have on top of your list. To always breathe everything out, you should have relaxed and peaceful mind before starting everything. By doing so, you will be able to think more clearly, such that it can help you come up with a better career plan and find the way out of all the failed plans that you have done.

Plan B: Stop being such a procrastinator

Let’s be frank. If you are an acute procrastinator and unwilling to leave your comfort zone, you better stop reading BUT if you do want to change, now is the time. While people procrastinate from time to time, you should know that turning procrastination into a permanent habit is not a good thing for your productivity. While you are lazily lying down, people are busy chasing their dreams. Time waits for none, so start your move NOW.

Plan C: Stop being Sluggish

If you want to work things out but you do not want to work towards it, your plans will fail EVERY TIME. Here is the golden principle: when you plan to change a behaviour, you should do it on repeat for 2 weeks or a month. During those times, you will get used to the new custom and it will grow to be a habit. It goes the same as when you want to reach certain goals, you should persistently work on but you should be flexible regarding how to achieve it.

Plan D: Be flexible

Being flexible means you should be able to adapt and adjust yourself in every situation. If you have set certain target in your career journey, you should prepare more than two plans to achieve it. For example, when you apply for your dream job but receives no calls or notification emails for weeks, should you just apply to different company? Maybe. But what if the same things happen again? Will you just wait and do nothing, or should you change the strategy?

Well, the key is to be flexible. Find any potential gap that fails you, such as maybe your CV is not appealing or your skills do not match with the position you are applying apply. Here, you should either learn a new skill in order to achieve your dream role or change your career destination altogether.

Plan E: Stop expecting too much

There is a phrase saying, “Stop expecting, expectation always hurts.” Well, this could be true. Here is an example, your boss asks you to give a presentation about a new product. Feeling anxious about the responsibility, you tell your trusted workmates what you feel but instead of giving words of support, you hear them talking about how incompetent you are and that you do not deserve to be in your position now. As consequences, now you feel worse because the one you trust betrays you.

In this case, you should not always expect too much. Yet, from this experience you gain good lesson regarding your coworker’s personality and learn that you can not depend on anyone but yourself. The only thing that you can do is that you should stop being emotional about the unexpected situation and be responsible of the decision that you make. Also, you should always think positively and do not let negativity consumes you.

Plan F: Write more plans  

As mentioned earlier, you should have more than one plan in order to achieve your goals. In this case, you should sit quietly, think clearly, and write everything in your mind. Do not spend too much thinking whether A is possible or B is impossible. Then, you will need to sort out your plans from easy to difficult or vice versa so you can manage your next step wisely and adjust yourself with it.

Towards the end, the most important advice is that you should DO your plans. Best of luck.

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Where and how should I start to build my career? Should I chase my passion and only find job that fits with it, or should I just be realistic and take on any job to pay the bills? How do I know that this is the right career path for me?

We often ask these questions to find out what our true career goals are and what we can do to improve it and achieve better. You might have sought for copious job-related advices from watching your favourite motivator on YouTube, or reading those stacks of self-improvement books. However, all those theoretical advices will not bring you much significant effects to you if you still find yourself baffled about your own definition of career.

Owing to this reason, first thing you need to do is know the definition of career in itself, and thus jot down your goals and create a career roadmap. Here are 4 tips to know what a career means for you:

What exactly a passion is?

For most individuals, having a job that is in line with their passion must sound like a dream job. The problem is, not every individual can actually describe what passion is for them. Many people are still struggling in finding what they are passionate about and this affects their decision in choosing what kind of career path they should pursue. Therefore, in order to know what passion is for you, you should find something or a job you are most curious about, something that you have huge desire to learn about. Additionally, passion should be something that can fulfil yourself and somehow energise you when doing it.

See career as a jungle gym

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandber said, “Career is not a ladder. It is a jungle gym.” This mean that we should see having a career is not just about how you can get best positions, big salary, or being titled. Instead, every individual should consider a career as an opportunity to learn something new, challenge themselves over and over, do meaningful exploration and experiment, as well as build a sense of belonging in the role. That being said, job is not just a job, but something that helps you grow up, develop your skill, and most importantly, it makes you happy and contented.

Define your level of success

We often define a success with some influences from others, such as how big you company is, how important your position is, how much you earn, or how long it takes to buy that flashy car. You should understand that success is not about how others see your achievement. Instead, the most valuable level of success is what you genuinely want to achieve as an individual. With that kind of mindset, you will have the capability to manage your inner self in order to gain the best results that align with your own level of success.

Measure your ability

By understanding your own quality (both personally and professionally), you will know your best skills and be able to develop them as a strength for you. There are three aspects that you should measure. First, how much you can use your brain to give the best performance in certain fields. Second, what is the best way to upgrade and improve your soft and hard skills. Last, how good you are in communicating, interacting and collaborating with others. When you can figure out where you are best at, it will help you choose what career path you can pursue to reach your best potentials.

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The world of work is undergoing a constant change, including how people do their jobs. With the advancement of technology, everyone can work anywhere and anytime without having to be present at the office. Days when you have to wake up every morning and work from 9 to 5 in your cubicle have long gone. Thanks to the internet and digital technology, remote working has never been easier.

This flexibility and freedom to choose your own working hours opens a great opportunity for college students who want to earn extra money by working as freelancers. Aside from the perk of earning additional cash, working as a freelancer will give you valuable experiences to build up your portfolio that can be used for applying a real job after you graduate.

However, as the old adage goes, ‘there are two sides to every coin’. While being able to make your own money sounds like a great idea, the practice might not be as easy as it sounds. It is a challenge to balance your duties as a student and your responsibilities as a freelancer. Here are some guides to be successful both as a freelancer and student:

Be consistent  

At some point, your college and work life will collide. There will be times when you have an important assignment from your lecturer while having tight deadline from your boss that it can be overwhelming. Maybe you will start to sacrifice your college assignment to finish one of your job deadlines. If this keeps spiralling, it can be confusing and damaging your schedule in the long run. Therefore, you should set your priority and make a to-do-list. Consistency is needed so you can manage your time wisely to complete all things on your to-do-list. Consistency will help you accomplish all your goals and maintain your schedule as stable as possible.

Have self-motivation

There will be days when you feel exhausted while juggling between doing your role as a freelancer and student. To overcome such situation, you should build your own self-motivation to keep you on the road. There are many ways to get a self-motivation. One of them is by reminding the goals that you want to achieve in both your college life a student and professional life as a freelancer.  

Enjoy what you do

First of all, when you want to be a freelancer you should ensure to pick only a job that you love doing. Loving the job that you do will help you complain less when times are rough and help you enjoy every task assigned for you. When you find the fun and enjoyment in  your work, it will encourage you to give the best performance too. Therefore, it is important to choose a job that you are passionate about, something that you will enjoy doing even when deadlines are tight.

Take some break

Become a freelancer and a student at the same time can put you in a hectic schedule that sometimes it stresses you out. To prevent a burnout, you should take some break for a while. You need a quality time for yourself as it can refresh your mind and body so you will get ready to finish your duties. Having a slice of sweet chocolate cake, licking a scoop of your favourite ice cream flavour, or drowning yourself in a fragrant candles will help you relax a bit. A little treat for yourself will help you increase your performance afterwards.

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Imagine waking up on Monday morning and realise that you have to get through another week of dwelling in the same routine. While you love your job, sometimes you cannot deny the fact that dealing with the same old task is boring. Office life seems to be flat and unchallenging until one day, you see this new guy at the office, wearing his neat suit walking like Chris Evans without his Captain America costume. “Oh…oh! This is going to be interesting!” He catches your eyes instantly, and suddenly you have a dinner appointment with him on Saturday night.

Does this scene look familiar?

Mundane routines at the office might become much more interesting when you are involved in romantic relationship with a coworker at the workplace. Office romance could be a sensitive issue for some companies. Some employers strictly forbid their employees to date their coworkers, while some others allow such relationship as long as they keep professional.

Regardless of what your company rules state about love in the office, you have to understand the pros and cons of having a romance in your workplace. Feeling discomfort or getting distraction is something that might happen to you. Then, what should you do if you already fall for your colleagues? What if it affects your performance at work? Read on to find out the how to succeed in your love life without hampering your performance at workplace!

Make it a secret

Face it: office gossips can be really hurtful sometimes. Involved in a romantic relationship at work can make you and your partner become the target of some rumour-mongers talking about your personal life behind your back. Can you imagine if everyone knows about the relationship? Chances are, you will be put under an extra scrutiny and receiving certain treatment from the higher-ups that will control every movement. Not to mention, it will be hard to have a personal conversation at work with your partner without other employees trying to eavesdrop or know your business. Therefore, keep your relationship as a secret can be a wise decision as it also helps you separate personal and professional life with your partner.

Set some boundaries

As you know, you will spend almost all of your day at the office. It means that you will meet your office love interest in a daily basis. To avoid any personal problems that might affect your professional performance, you and your partner should agree on setting some ground rules and boundaries to keep the relationship professional. By drawing boundaries on your own business especially on things related to work, it will help you to professional all the time.

Keep your composure

There will be a time when you have to collaborate with your partner on the same project despite the fact that you had a fight the night before. When this happens, you have to stay professional and do your best to finish the task without interfering your work with your personal problem. Try to forget it first and solve your personal problem after work. When everyone know about your relationship including your boss, you have to always maintain your performance, as it will prove that your relationship does not affect your professionalism.

 

Maybe for some people, having a romantic relationship with colleagues at the workplace can be a way to keep excitement at work. However, it will be wiser to think about it twice before you start dating with your officemate. Know your capacity in how far you can handle both personal and professional life at the same time.

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Thanks God It’s Friday! After buckling down on an important project for the whole week, weekend finally comes and it should be the time to rejuvenate yourself after all the hectic weekdays. However, instead of relaxing, you cannot stop thinking about your unfinished project and getting worried about the upcoming deadline. Without realising it, your mind has always been occupied with work-related matters that makes you unable to enjoy your time-off. Even worse, you might end up using your holiday to get back to your tasks.

While you want to be a professional with astounding loyalty and commitment towards your job, it does not necessarily mean you should sacrifice all your lifetime for work. Taking work stress home will not only ruin your mental health as it overwhelms your mind and makes you restless, but also damage your body as it steals your sleeping hours that will lead to sleep deprivation. What should you do, then?

Every now and then, you should leave work matters at work and maintain good work-life balance. Here’s how you can achieve a peace of mind during your day-off:

Create a to-do list

Most people start to worry about their incomplete tasks right before the end of the day. When the clock shows the time is 5 pm, they have just realised that there are still a lot to do. This is most likely to happen when an employee does not have good time management. To deal with it, you can jot down a brief list of what you have to do for the next morning in your notebook. This way, you will be less bothered about the job matters as you have prepared for tomorrow’s schedule. Close the note and make sure you don’t open it again until the next morning. Besides task-related list, you should also create a list about what you will do exactly after you exit the office door. You can write any meaningful activities such as having exercise, making dinner, doing your hobby or other activity to fill your spare time.

Make another project

To divert your attention and stress about work, you can busy yourself to do other meaningful activities that will make you feel happy and refreshed. For example, you might want to change your room layout, have the wall repainted, take care of your garden, learn a new language, or anything else which needs your focus. However, you should keep in mind that this other project will not add up a new burden for you.

Don’t be alone

When people are alone, it is easier to have their minds wandering around and thinking about a lot of things, including their incomplete assignments. When it happens, you should find other person to talk to. You should go out of your room and have a quality time with your family. Or, you can call your friends and hang out with them. Talking about your job matters for minutes is okay to reduce your burden, but you cannot ruin your quality time with your beloved ones by lamenting the matters all the time.

Stay away from your working devices

There is a common pattern: you receive an email notification, then you open it and accidently you see other emails related to work. After that, you feel disturbed by the fact that you have not finished the report requested by a client two days ago. As a result, you cannot enjoy your holiday and choose to open your laptop and work on that report. To prevent this from happening, it is important to stay away from your working devices such office laptop or mobile phone. When you have an office account on your own mobile phone, you can turn the notification off until the next day you go back to work.

Article first appeared in HR in Asia.

Next read: 5 Questions to Consider Before Making Career Changes

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You might be thinking about switching careers when the door of opportunity opens and offers you something better than your current position. Not to mention, lately you come to a bitter realisation that your current career offers you neither room for improvement nor path to grow. When trapped in a situation with no-no solution, there are good chances that you would be more than excited to move on soon and leave your company for good. But then again, you cannot neglect the fact that there are some unavoidable risks if you choose to change careers and you start to rethink the decision.

At some point in life, people will eventually make a career switch. In fact, it is rare to find someone who instantly fits into one job and makes it their career for life. Most people change their career for a couple of times before settling down with a job. However, it cannot be denied that making a career change is a big decision that comes with its own advantages and drawbacks. When it is done without careful consideration, this can result in you going to have the same career stagnation in the new job. Even worse, you can end up being jobless when you are unable to handle the new role well.

To anticipate those risks, there are a few questions you should consider before making a career change:

What was the reason you choose this job?

When you realise that your current job could be a wrong choice, you should remember the reasons why you pick this job at the first place. When you can find the answer for this question and reflect what has gone wrong, you can avoid making the same mistake so you will have better prospective career in your next move. For example, if you realise that the only reason you stay in your current job is only due to its paycheck or compensation, then maybe you should not use the same reason to choose the next job.

What makes you want to leave this job?

Before you really leave your current job, you should observe the reason that makes you want to leave. You should make it clear whether it is internal factors such as you have unbelievable boss, impossible job roles, excessive workload, toxic coworkers and unhealthy working environment, or external factors such as you have new career interests or even bored with your current career. When you have found exact reason that makes you want to move on, you can review whether or not the reason can be fixed. For example if your reason is just boredom, there is big possibility that you still need to stay in your current career. However, you should make sure that you will not find the same issue in the next job.

What do you expect from your next job?

Most people who plan to pursue a new job only see the good sides of it. While everyone expects to have a better career journey ahead where everything runs smoothly, it is no less important to consider about the new challenges you will face as well. While you always wish the best for you to happen, you cannot fully rely on your expectation. You should always get ready to face unwanted circumstances so you will not be easy to get down when something unpredictable comes to you.

What prevents you from moving on?

Sometimes, your plan to switch careers will just stuck as ‘a plan’ as you find some aspects are preventing you from making it into reality. To deal with this, you should write a list of things that might block your step and solve it one by one. For a start, you can begin from the easiest one. However, when you find that all obstacles make it impossible for you to move on, you should set up another tangible plan.

What is your plan B?

Failure is never wanted but it might happen to everyone. There is possibility that you are not accepted in the new job or fired on the first week, you don’t get what you expect in the new job, and other bad events you never expected to happen. At this point, you should prepare an alternative plan for those possibilities. Do not let your career change ruin your life just because you do not prepare it well.

Read also: How to Tell: Are You in the Wrong Career, or Just Lazy?

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Are you currently seeing yourself losing motivation and lagging behind your coworkers at work? Or, do you begin to hate your job and think about seeking for new career? If you find yourself trapped in similar situation, there are two possibilities to explain your condition: either you are in the wrong job, or just lazy.

There is difference between being stuck in a job and simply being sluggish. While those two conditions have similar symptoms, they have totally different impact to one’s career life. As they have different impact, you should also prepare different actions to deal with the condition. You should switch jobs if you are sure that you have been choosing the wrong career. But, you just need to find the right way to motivate yourself if you are just lazy.

Here’s how you can tell whether you have been working on the wrong field or just having hard times at work:

It is a wrong career:

If you fail to improve your skills despite your hard-work

When you have good intention and make real efforts to improve yourself at work but you always find failure, it could be a tell-tale sign that the job is not destined for you. Despite having worked hard to hone your skills in certain field, you feel that you are going nowhere while your coworker is getting a promotion already. Possible reason for this condition could be owing to your lack of passion for the job. Some skills do not only need theory and practice to develop, but also passion. When this happens, it will be better to figure out your true passion and change career.

If the work ruins your life balance

The wrong job might get you work too hard until you cannot maintain your life balance. While you want to be a professional who love challenges and have dedication for work, sacrificing your private life for work is not the right way to start a career. It is not good to work overtime for the whole week or keep thinking about your task in the weekend, such that you have no time for yourself and your loved ones. Moreover, when you work burden makes you sick and you still think about it, it could be the right time to set up your moving steps.

If you find other interest that makes you more enthusiastic

When the first time you entered the job, you might have no idea about passion. You just picked the job as you believed that the job had good prospect and offered both financial security and stability. As time goes by, you learn that you can no longer find the reason why you should get up in the morning and go to work. Instead, you are more enthusiastic to learn about other things rather than your job. Before ruining your image because you are unable to focus on your job, you should plan resignation and move to the right career choice and follow your interest.

You are just lazy:

If you keep procrastinating

When you have some tasks which you know you can do it well but you choose to do it later while you actually are free, you might have fallen back on lazy habits. Instead of working on the stack of tasks and getting them done quickly, you choose to busy yourself doing something else to divert your boredom such as scrolling pointlessly on your social media, browsing unnecessary videos for fun, playing games and so on. When you find yourself in this phase, you should motivate yourself to get back to work and remind yourself the negative consequences of procrastination.

If you pretend to be sick to avoid pressure

If you are a lethargic individual, once you face a pressure, you tend to act like you are weak and clueless in getting the task done. At some point, you pretend to be sick while actually you are fine just because you do not want to go to the office and meet your boss. However, escaping from responsibility is not a habit that a professional does. Therefore, you should change this attitude or your career will never grow.

If you hate feedback

Whenever your boss complain about your performance, you will talk in your mind something like, “Yeah, I have already known about that”, as you actually know how to fix the problem. This demonstrates that basically you have no problem with the work, but rather your own attitude. The only problem lies in your own willingness to improve yourself.

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Here’s the case: you have good chances of getting promoted by the higher-ups. Given that such opportunity does not come around often, you are determined to give your all and do the best. However, this might not be a smooth and easy fight, as you know that your close friend at work aims for the same spot. In such situation, which one will you choose? Ditch your friendship to snatch better career, or just forget the promotion opportunity to save the relationship?

At some cases, the unhealthy competition for a promotion becomes the source of team clash or conflicts among coworkers. The tension during such competition could ruin the friendship that has been built for years among employees. Not to mention, team members often find an awkward atmosphere when dealing with such circumstance. If not addressed well, this will influence the team’s performance in the future.

The key to deal in a case where you have to compete with your close friend is to sincerely keep a square and fair competition. Here are some tips to maintain the friendship during and after the promotion:

Have a candid talk

Typically, when two good friends are competing for the same promotion, they tend to be hesitant in telling each other that they aim for the position. The truth is, such silence is where conflict could rise. Therefore, all you need to do is to sit with your friend and have a candid talk about the matter. You can invite him to have a coffee together and discuss the issue. You should let him know that the competition should be held in fair way. Convince him that the final decision will not ruin the friendship nor the teamwork.

Put away your pride

In order to get a career promotion, candidates will do their best to obtain higher position. While you need to go the extra miles, it does not mean that you can behave arrogantly by showing off your skills and competences too much. Otherwise, appreciating your competitor’s achievement is a better way to show your good image. Only when you can respect, support, and help each other, the friendship and teamwork will remain solid no matter who will win the promotion. It is also important to note that dirty-playing will never be tolerated. Revealing your friend’s weakness to everyone can ruin both your friendship and your promotion efforts at the same time.

Respect the final decision

When the final decision is made, the competition might have been finished but both your coworker and you might still be awkward to each other. The winner could be torn between feeling happy as he can achieve his goal and sad as he has to his friend lose at the same time. On the other hand, while the one who loses tries to congratulate the winner, he might hide his disappointment about the result. Be it the winner or loser, you should not let yourself be swept in such mood for a long time.

To be the winner you should focus on how you manage the team while supporting your friend. Meanwhile, if the opportunity does not go to you now, you can support your friend’s leadership by being a good team member, as you also learn how to perform better for the next opportunity.

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Perhaps you have been in the same job for a long time and are satisfied with it. However, staying up-to-date with the current job market is essential, even when you are happy with your current job. Either you are coming out as a fresh-graduate or as an experienced professional, it is imperative to always stay up-to-date with the latest job market developments.

One of the most important reason on why you should stay up-to-date with the job market is to prepared for the worst case scenario. For example, no matter how much you excel in your job role and love your current position, unfortunately company’s financial situation could face an unexpected downturn that can force you to leave.

If such a case happens all out of a sudden, you will be left unsettled as you have no idea what lies ahead on your career path. Sometimes, reality bites. That is why you should always be prepared for uncertain times, this could mean stepping out of your comfort zone. Do not limit your efforts towards learning new knowledge and upgrading information, just because you have settled in a particular job.

Another good reason to always stay updated with the job market is due to job transition. Younger talents with unique competencies out of grad schools are joining the workforce, to raise the competition bar even higher. So, if you continue to stay stagnated in your job role without feeling the willingness to move forward, then you will be left behind those new talents. Hence, you should keep growing your competencies and upgrading skills to meet future business requirements and change in job role demands.

Here are three powerful tips to stay up-to-date with the current job market:

Subscribe for a website related to your expertise

In any profession, staying abreast of the latest information and broadcasts is a must. Nowadays, there are myriad websites on the internet dedicated for various fields and expertise. From food, fashion, photography, technology, to human resources, all you can find easily at the tip of your finger.

One of the easy yet effective way to stay updated with the industry is by subscribing to newsletters and mailing lists from websites related to your expertise. Register your email for the website’s regular bulletin and you can get access to a great amount of statistics and data in the industry. These will be beneficial to enrich your knowledge to remain competitive in the business.

Learn new skills

Personal growth and development is not only crucial for staying updated with the job market, but also vital to stay competitive amidst newer and younger professionals. In this globalised era, there is nothing like a ‘secured job.’ If you do not update your skillsets to meet the latest trend, chances are, your manager will update their human capital requirements by replacing you with younger talents instead. Hence, upgrading your proficiency is highly imperative.

There are various methods you can learn new skills without interrupting your productive working hours. For instance, you can join a training course conducted during weekends, or register for a webinar on the topics you are interested in. While you might need to invest some money into it, this will impact your productivity and efficiency at work.

Join networking groups

Networking is the key to success in any industry. For a start, you should find and join local networking groups related to your expertise. By attending these groups, you will stay up-to-date with prospective opportunities within the industry.

Being involved in a networking group also gives you greater insight, on what is going on in the business and how you should respond to the situation. Make good friends with people who work for the same industry in different job roles. This will help you when a problem arises, as they will provide advice and lend helping hand to resolve the issue.

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