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Just like when you were at school, choosing a wrong seat at work can put you in an unfavourable position. In the workplace, sitting in the wrong place could hinder negotiations and even mar your professional image. You can say that spaces in business is a key in doing good deals, networking, and climbing ladder to success.

In professional settings, however, there might be some confusion on where to sit in order to achieve goals of meetings. For example, if you sit too close with potential business partners, you can be considered as a defiant and ambitious individual who does not understand the idea of ‘personal space.’ Meanwhile, when you sit too far from them, people might think you are unfriendly and unwilling to collaborate.

What should you do, then? Of course, you should sit ‘just right’ and people will see you are worth their trust, time, and investment. In other words, sitting in the right position can give you a good feeling about how you interact with colleagues, potential employers, or other attendees.

So, to look professional and to get full attention, here are some tips from Seats and Stools on how you should place yourself in the crowd.

When doing interview

On one on one interview

You have dressed nicely and studied all the company’s background to look professional and to make employer falls in love with you. While the recruiter might have recognised and expected your coming, you still need to introduce yourself. After that, it is time to find a seat where you can confidently talk to your recruiter. There might be several seats available in the room, but  you should sit at the opposite of the interviewer. You should also wait to be asked to sit. Your body should be sit up straight, and adjust your chair to be at eye level with the interviewer.

On group interview

Different from 1-to-1 interview, when meeting several employers, you can sit across from the group of interviewers. First you should introduce yourself with your full name to everyone on the panel because they might have no idea which one they interview. You should also make eye contact with the group, flash off genuine smiles, and show enthusiasm.

When doing brainstorming session

Being a professional in brainstorming session does not mean you should invite an expert. By not inviting executives or managers, you can cook the best original ideas to impress your boss. It also helps everyone contribute their best acts.

Therefore, you should keep your group small for more spontaneous and separate strong personalities by distance for the most collaborative environment. As good as possible, when doing an informal discussion, try to avoid sitting on the table.

When doing presentation

Engaging everyone in a discussion can be a challenging task. To help you deal with that, you should arrange seats in form of theatre style (semicircle). There will be rows facing speaker in semi-circular pattern or herringbone pattern for maximum view.

If you are a single presenter, you should be in front (on the stage) to get fewer distraction and more audience attention.

If you are presenting with a partner, both of you should sit on stage until it is your turn to speak.

If you are a co-presenter, you can stand or sit at the side of stage or room for minimising disrupt flow.

If you are one of panel speaker presentation, you should sit on stage at a conference table, and moderator will be at the end of table and to the side.

If you are an attendee, choose a seat in the front centre and you will get the best view from both, presenter and presentation.

Likewise, whichever you are, you should rehearse your lines or presentation before the acts to ensure a smooth transition.

Sales meeting presentation can be done in small tables in ‘banquet style’. It will help foster communication and keep attention of attendees.

When doing business lunch

It will be better to reserve a table or a meeting room. However, if you want a different view, you can choose 4-top table in a quiet area of a restaurant with minimal noise and distraction. You should seat next to one another on the corner of the table rather than across. It will allow you to get more intimate conversation. When your client arrives, subtly direct him or her to the chair next to you by gesturing.

Read also: 7 Tech Jobs with the Highest Salary

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You have graduated from uni with an excellent GPA. Now, you need to prepare yourself to enter the workforce and land a job in your dream company. Before applying for a job, first you have to ensure that you already have the most important weapon in a job hunt: an attractive resume.

A good resume should be more than just a dull list of your academic achievements and personal information. That being said, to write a resume that will get shortlisted by recruiter is not the same as writing a caption for your Instagram updates. There are things you should consider such as the template, opening statement, and career overview. You must put all the best qualities on a single paper to sell yourself because usually a recruiter only give a brief 10 seconds looking at each resume.

Therefore, you should be smart enough to write only relevant qualifications or else you will lose the opportunity to catch the hiring manager’s interest. If you are a fresh graduate seeking to get that dream job, here is a guide to write your first professional resume:

1. Know the audience

Resume is a marketing tool to sell your ability, experience, and accomplishment in order to snatch a job. You should make sure that its message is targeted to right recipients: employer and recruiter. Therefore, before writing a resume for job application, you should consider:

  • The company: including its history, products, services, culture, and recent developments.
  • The specific requirements: skills and experience.  

2. Choose the right style  

You should choose the best style for your resume. There are 3 styles of resumes in general: chronological, functional, and combination. Chronological resumes focus on work experience and list of professional experience from the most to the least recent. Functional style focuses on skills more. Yet, normally, a combination of both styles will work on your first resume. You can point out your professional experience while still draw attention on your skills.

Moreover, you should not forget to certain format on your resume. Normally, resumes have header, career objectives, statement, skills and abilities, work experience, education, and interest. Don’t forget to always highlight the skills and abilities that are relevant to the job.

3. Start with the basic

Before we move to the more complicated task, let’s start by writing the most basic information that should be written on a resume: name, address, phone number, and email address. Make sure to give a professional email address. An email address like mixblond113@gmail.com will not work and the recruiter might think that you are just joking around. Therefore, you should create a professional email right away if you don’t have any.

4. Personal statemen

Recruiters are not only interested in why you are applying for the position and what you can do. They are also curious in who you are as a person. Therefore, providing a personal professional statement on your resume is always a good start to let them know who you are. You can use these questions as a guide to write your statement:

  • Do you fit the company culture?
  • Is your personality and attitude a good match for the company and team?
  • What makes you believe you will land a job in that company?
  • What is so interesting about your life?

5. Job posting as a guide

The best way to summarise your skill and experience is to tailor it with job description. Many recruiters use applicant tracking system (ATS) to shortlist resume, especially if there are so many jobseekers applying. Therefore, you should be able to keep it simple and make sure to include some ‘keywords’ in your resume so the ATS can scan it. Usually, the keywords recruiters use are: hard skills and soft skills. The more you can match with those skills in the job description, the more chances you can get that job.

6. Keep it one page

The average duration recruiters spend to review a resume is 10 seconds. You should make it concise and lean by getting rid of all the fluff. As your first resume should fit in one page, you can only write relevant information in it. For example, if you are applying for a design graphic programmer but you have worked at a McDonalds for 1 year, it will be better if you don’t include that experience in your resume unless it is relevant.

7. Professional look

To impress the recruiter, you should give it a professional look. Make sure that your resume is easy to read by using: common font styles (cambria, calibri, or helvetica styles), give 12 to 14 font size, use appropriate spacing, no more than six highlight and bullet points, margins 1” all around, and left aligned format. However, if you are a graphic designer, you can impress recruiters by designing your resume as creative and unique as possible.

8. Use action and power words

Recruiters are more interested in reviewing resumes that are really dynamic and impressive in action. In order to give that impression, you should use the right action verbs and powerful words. Few examples of those words are achieved, created, generated, initiated, organized, introduced, identified, improved, resolved, launched.

9. Proofread your resume

Finally, never submitted raw resumes that have not been proofread. Before submitting your resume, make sure to always double check or ask your friend to review it. This process will give you clues whether your resume is A-okay to be read by recruiter or not. Also, you can be aware of the misspelling words that will make your resume look unprofessional.

Read also: Passion versus Skill: What Comes First in a Job Search?

4 Reasons You Should Not Competing Against Your Colleagues

Do you see your colleagues as rivals? You might be competing with them for your boss’ attention, or to get a promotion. But in the end, aren’t you all on the same team? Think again.

For ambitious people, a little competition with the colleagues might be necessary. They need extra motivation to achieve better results. They are just naturally competitive at heart.

Conversely, being the ‘beaten’ employee could result in a lower self-esteem. Indeed, to regularly compare yourself with a co-worker can be self-defeating, and it could affect your overall work performance.

While several employees in a company could compete for a single position, you should not let it ruin the good relationships with your colleagues. Here are four reasons you should not competing with your co-workers:

 

1. It’s bad for teamwork

Collaborative work would be less possible when each employee is competing against each other. Nobody wants to work with their rival, right? It could be worse when employees became tricky to put their co-workers down, at least in front of the supervisor/manager/boss.

FYI, no company will be successful if that’s happening in the office. The whole company could go down in the end.

 

2. It makes no synergy

Ideally, each employee can contribute with their own unique skill sets and ideas. When everyone can bring something amazing, it could lead to the company success. If you put that in mind, then less likely you will see your colleagues as rivals.

Just remember, when you and all of your colleagues are on the same page, the company have a higher chance to beat its giant business competitors. There is no need to beat one another when you all are on the same mission.

 

3. It affects the company culture to be worse

When negative feelings compiled, your office will become a negative work environment. You and your colleagues are being envious, dishonest, and bitter. Really, who wants to work in an office filled with negativity?

Also, have you ever heard that the five people you often meet that will influence your behaviours? If negative people surround you, you are most likely to follow their lead.

 

4. You could get fired

Competing with someone sometimes leads you to do things you shouldn’t have done. You will probably regret it for the rest of your life, especially when it costs you a job! When you always see your colleagues as rivals, nobody in the office will like you. It’s natural for the boss to fire you in the end for the things that you shouldn’t have done. Don’t be that person.

Other than those reasons, you can devise a new way to boost your motivation at work. Rather than a competitor, find a mentor instead. A mentor is simply the right source of motivation to guide you to a more promising career.

Is Work-Life Balance a Myth?

People keep trying to reach work-life balance. But, how many has achieved it? You may have heard that work-life balance is a total myth, because how can you be sure that you did split work and life equally? Most likely, there would be a ‘side’ you prefer.

 

Work or Life more?

Some people are just plainly workaholics. Workaholics enjoy their job or for some, feel compelled to do it. Thus, working on off days are pretty common for them. While others who don’t think their job as everything, put more attention on family, friends, significant others and their personal well-being.

 

The idea of Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance can happen when you have it sorted out. The idea is to compartmentalise “work” activities (working in the office, meetings, business trips) and “life” activities (spending time with your loved ones, keeping healthy by sleeping or do some sports). Realistically, it is impossible to make it a 50-50.

If you analyse “work-life balance” itself, you will figure out two assumptions which are:

  1. Work and life are separate entities
  2. The “life” are equal, if not more, important than the “work”.

With this knowing, you would realise the difficulty to reach work-life balance.

 

Is “work-life balance” really a myth?

If you agree with the definitions above, then yes, work-life balance is a myth. Work-life balance only can be present if you stop regarding work as a separate entity. Wherever you go, you can work. Thanks to technology.

In the end, work-life balance can only happen when there is no line dividing work and life. You can have work-life balance, as long as those two things are one in the same for your end.

 

The tips for work-life balance

The key is to understand your priorities. There are moments when work requires more of your time, yet there are moments when your loved ones need your presence. Always ask yourself “What are your priorities for the day?”, Then focus on that. During workdays, focus on what needs to be accomplished and perhaps there might be times where you need to do a little overtime. It’s alright! As long as you make sure, you did make time for your “life” activities.

Another question to answer is: “What is the best you can do today?”. Today, you may spend 9 hours at work, and only 60 minutes to gather with your family. Tomorrow, you might perhaps spend half a day on your “life” activities and possibly only 10-minutes for work (emails, etc.).

The idea of balance is that you will adequately spread out yourself with the various activities and ensure a healthy well-being overall.

Salary Talk: Are You Underpaid or Overpaid?

Many feel that they are being overloaded and yet the returns they get from their company is less comparable or rather, doesn’t justify the workload. However, the fact might be the opposite, because each job has their own standard salary. Your job could be one of the most underpaid jobs, and you simply can’t blame your company.

If you are an average worker, you should realise that your contribution to the company could be justifiable for the paycheck you are getting. Take a look at someone in your office who might be getting a higher salary than you. Sure thing, they might need to handle more areas, and are more likely to spend more time at work than you. As a paycheck rises, so does the stress level.

It is way too early to feel unappreciated by your company. You will always wish you were earning a little more, so it is better to be realistic and rational at this point. Not to mention that a higher salary always means greater responsibilities.

Indeed, there might be a chance that you are underpaid, but there is also the possibility that you are overpaid. It depends on your profession.

1. Most underpaid professions

It is quite clear that people who works as agricultural workers and workers in the service industry like waiters and cooks are those who are underpaid. However, the world needs them to still work that way. Some people like to promote wealth distribution and equality, because if there weren’t people willing to work for that salary, those workers deserve to get higher salaries.

2. Most overpaid professions

Any top professions in the office are most likely overpaid, such as financial managers and CEOs. Yet, those overpaid professions only represent a very small minority of the total workforce.

Still, there are some reasons why CEOs, lawyers, and doctors are the most overpaid professions. Simply, it takes a lot of work and time to be in that position. From intense medical school to 60 hours a week of work.

 

If you would like to know what is the median salary people who are in your position are getting now, why not check through Jobiness Top Salaries here? You will be able to check the salary range for your profession in your own country! That way, you can really decide whether you are unfortunately underpaid, or luckily overpaid.

Apart from that, you should be wiser when managing your finances. If you are overpaid, don’t overspend on unnecessities, because if anything happens to your company, you might feel harder to cope. While if you are underpaid, look through more opportunities for bonuses, pay rises, and increments. Or else, work harder. Prove that you can take more responsibilities, so then you be able to negotiate for a higher salary package.

How to Turn Your Boredom to Productive at Work

Some people are bored with their job. Working hours feel like forever for them. Maybe, your current job isn’t exactly doing it for you at the moment, but it could be changed in the future. Say, when you get a promotion, new coworker, or busy season.

However, we understand that time is a priceless resource. When you are bored, do not turn your working hours to be a waste of time! Instead, take as many advantage as possible. While things are a bit slow in the office, you can always do something else.

Those “something else” can eventually turn out to be gold. You may have a higher chance to get a promotion or better salary. Here are a few valuable things to diminish your boredom at work you should try right away:

1. Learn a new skill you are interested in

There must be one or two subjects that are interesting to you. Probably, you only imagine one day you could possess those skills. Well, of course you can. The only problem you are facing is time. And now, you have some time during slow season in the office. It is time to learn now!

Fortunately, learning is easier than ever with the latest technology. You can listen to educational podcasts while you work, join online class, attend a webinar, get an online certificate, and so on. Look around on sites and resources to learn a new skill.

If you are an expert, consider some time to teach your expertise. Share your knowledge on online courses and workshops in your areas of expertise. It would develop yourself in the field you are mastered. Also, “teaching” could be your new skill!

2. Research the latest industry trends

There are always new things happening in your industry, and make sure you don’t miss a thing. Spend your slow time to browse relevant news, reports, articles, and researches. This is more important than you think.

First, you will be able to show off your knowledge in conversations with your colleagues and managers. Secondly, the latest trends often trigger new ideas and innovation for your company. Your little research can make a big impact in the office!

3. Initiate a networking group

You may have been in the same industry for a few years now. You must have some friends and acquaintances in the field. So, why don’t you create a networking group with them. They are most likely able to help you to let the possibly online group to have growing members.

A networking group is good for people in the same industry to get together, get to know each other, and have some discussions. There is no harm in creating one, especially it is only a Facebook group. Most people are interested in informal networking group.

4. Organise your desk/room in the office

Clean your messy desk, or decorate your working room. When you have plenty of space to work, it may affects your focus to work. Organise everything in your workspace, so you will be more efficient next time.

How to be More Confident at Work

Nobody wants to be a doormat in the office. But, not everybody is born to be confident. Turns out, some people feel insecure at work. They are afraid to speak up, and showcase their full potential. However, you can’t keep it that way if you want to reach a successful career path.

To achieve your professional dreams, you have to be confident in your company as well as its networks. Confidence will take you far, especially for you who has the right competence. Make sure that you are determined enough to boost your confidence.

Fortunately, a confidence boost is possible through day-to-day routine. It does not require a complete personality overhaul like everyone else thought. Take ing one step at a time can make you more confident at work.

As you realise that it is now possible to grow in confidence at work, do these following tips as your new actionsdaily actions:

1. Speak up your curiosity

Some people keep their questions in mind, because they are afraid that other people will think that they are stupid’s judgements. Well, it is the opposite. Curiosity shows that you are always eager to learn. You want to take new tasks, or you can join the next client meeting.

This attitude will immediately boost your confidence, and you will feel more empowered. The reason that people lack of confidence is that they don’t know everything (or anything). Ask, discuss, or propose something to your boss and colleagues. Consider the information as your ammunition.

2. Assess yourself thoroughly

Everybody has both strengths and weaknesses. First, you can focus on your skills that might help your company to reach success. Write it down, along with some skills which you may possess in the future.

Secondly, you should also identify your weaknesses, such as your low confidence. Address your weakness, and make an exact plan to reduce or eliminate them. The magic phrase is: “Believe in yourself!”.

3. Let people know your success

It may sounds like bragging, but some people really would not know your success without your own statements. You have rights to be do that, in order to celebrate your achievements. Even a little success should be appreciated, such as you landed a huge client.

A job well done is a great confidence boost. Thus, you should always remind yourself about it by telling other people! You can do it in small doses. Just get into the habit of self-rewards and self-acknowledgement. Those are the right ingredients to boost your confidence at work.

4. Simply increase your knowledge

As mentioned above, your lack of confidence usually caused by the thought that you know nothing. So, push yourself to learn more. From read more books, to attend more seminars. Confidence grows when you act on what you know!

5 Indications That Your Boss is Terrible

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

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

1. He/she plays favourite

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

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

2. He/she always blames others

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

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

3. He/she never express gratitude

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

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

4. He/she is lost

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

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

5. He/she never listen

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

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

6 Common Types of Employees: Which One are You?

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

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

1. The ambitious one

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

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

2. The cheerleader one

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

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

3. The leader

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

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

4. The grumpy one

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

5. The materialist one

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

6. The weak links

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

Ultimate Networking Tips You Should Do Right Away

Everyone understands how important networking is. We should always be looking forward to networking events, as well as enjoy meeting new interesting people. Yet, not everyone feels that way. They consider networking as a hard task. Do you too?

Well, as hard as networking you think it is, networking is still essential for your career or business. You may have heard tons of networking tips around, but you never really do it right away. Thus, set your mind straight, read these ultimate networking tips, and do it as soon as possible.

1. Relax

Remember that you may still be thinking that networking is a hard task? You may have to be your interesting self, and you have to put a smile on your face, but just relax. Consider it as a new and priceless chance to make new friends in your life.

2. Introduce yourself, interestingly

It is one thing to approach someone first, greet them, and introduce yourself and another by talking in direct ways about yourself which will not make you sound interesting at all. Try to be a little elusive in order to create some interest.

For example, do not mention your job position. Instead, tell people about one fun or interesting task that you do. It is more important to tell people about your skills (and that you have an interesting way to present yourself).

In fact, it may be better off delaying the job-talk for as long as possible. Get to know someone is the main thing to do! Else, enjoy the networking event as much as everyone else.

3. Literally listen

Yes, you met plenty of people on one occasion. It is not easy to put your focus on every single one of them, especially the boring ones. Most people’s concern is how they are prepared to introduce and start a conversation with someone, but do not forget about being a good listener.

Apart from you having to talk to people, you have to listen to what others are saying. Luckily, you should realise that this is the only chance for you to know whether that person is the right one for you to be talking to and connecting with.

Just listen, and you will learn. You will be thankful later when you try to recall what you have learnt!

4. Keep it brief

An introductory meeting will not need an hour to lasts. We can say that 45 minutes is the maximum time for that. Also, coffee talk or lunch ideally take half an hour. No need to waste someone’s time, since networking is not supposed to be aggressive.

Let them have a feeling that they will be meeting you again in the near future.

5. Always follow up

People will forget you even more easily when you don’t follow up. Thus, send a quick follow-up email on the next day, especially if you promise them that you will be in touch with them. Make this one as a priority.