Basic Requirements Needed to Work in Foreign Company

Some people are aspired to work at a foreign company for some reasons: attractive paycheck, flashy perks, opportunity to travel abroad, experience of working in a non-native environment, and more fun challenges. According to Callum Thomas, CEO of Thomas Thor Associations, working in a non-native company is an intriguing opportunity as you can work with a multinational and multicultural environment. There are benefits for your lifestyle and you as an individual when you work at a foreign company, including:

  •  It increases value to employers. As CEO of an international recruitment business, Thomas said that over 80 percent of job descriptions contain either mandatory requirement of a strong preference for an international and cross-cultural team experience.
  •  You can learn more about other cultures and customs. For you who enjoy learning about culture, working in non-native company will give you a chance to work with staffs from various countries and cultures. So, you can exchange cultural information with them.
  •  You will gain more insight and creativity. “Creativity and new insights thrive in environments where people have different ideas and perspectives,” Thomas said. Therefore, working a foreign company is a good place for that.
  •  It gives you experience to move internationally. If you have a plan to leverage your view about the world, working internationally can be one of good options.
  •  You will have more holiday destination ideas. Imagine you are working in a European company then you are assigned to work abroad for some period of time. There are a lot of history and good places you can visit on your time off.
  •  Lastly, you will gain free exposure to other languages, especially the local language you are living in.

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While the idea of working at a foreign organisation is fun, getting hired and actually working at one might not be easy as it sounds. Therefore, before deciding to apply to a position at a foreign company, acknowledge yourself with these ultimate requirements of working there.

Able to speak English (or other native languages) – First and foremost requirement to work at a foreign company is that you should be able to speak their native language or at least English. Why English? English remains the lingua franca or universal language which is widely spoken in business industry. That being said, it is crucial to master English, unless you only deal with native people.

Have good adaptability – Working in a new country will allow you to experience a new culture. For example, when you work in Australia and you are from Indonesia, you probably will have a cultural shock as the two countries have a very different culture. That is why it is important to have good adaptability skill in order to survive in your destined country. Here is a free source to help you learn about different cultures.

Able to adjust to different time zones – There are two things you should take into consideration before working at a foreign company. First, if you choose to work remotely for a foreign company and your team consists of people from different countries, you will need to adjust better to various different time zones when arranging a meeting or meeting a deadline. Therefore, this option requires you to have good time management.

Second, if you choose to work abroad. In this case, you need to adjust yourself with their time zone. It can be daunting. Why? Because during the first month, you will feel a very different atmosphere. For example, it is 1 am in your country and you are sleeping soundly. But in the new country, it is still 10 am. So, you need to get used to the different time zone.

Flexibility – Working and living, both need flexibility. Especially when you travel to a foreign country, you need extra flexibility. For example, imagine that you run out of money while you haven’t get paid yet or when you have arrived in the destined country everything turns out to be not what you have expected. It can be frustrating. But if you are flexible or have a back-up plan, it won’t be as scary as you imagine.  

Complete documents – The last requirement is documents. When you choose to travel to a destined country, you need to prepare everything beforehand. There are specific documents you need to prepare. The files needed depend on the country and organisation you apply, so you should ask the recruiter before travelling to their country.

Additionally, taken from Work Abroad, here are general documents you can prepare.

  1. Resume with a detailed job description.
  2. Valid Passport. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months prior to travel date.
  3. School Credentials. Documents such as High School or College Diploma; Post Graduate Diploma if applicable; Transcript of Records.
  4. Valid Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) ID (if necessary)
  5. Employment Certificates
  6. Training/Seminar Certificates
  7. Valid TOEFL or TOEFL equivalent Certificate (if applicable)
  8. Valid Passport & working/travel VISA  

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Being a freelancer does not mean you can just sit around and wait for opportunities to come for you. Being a freelancer often means that you should set a gig and update your gig at least once in six months to attract a customer. It is more like selling your potential but you do not have to go far to workplace. Not only that, working as a successful freelancer also means that you should always learn and increase your goals each day. Likewise, improving your productivity is as important as the others.

If you want to finish your job fast and have more time to enjoy your day which is the main idea of working as a freelancer, you should double your rate and productivity. To do that, here are simple yet powerful tips to increase your productivity as a freelancer.

A   Begin each day with a set of plans

Instead of waking up then checking social media notifications on your phone, you can start your day by reading the to-do list you make the previous night or create a new one immediately. As you organise the tasks by the importance or the difficulty, you should also set each goal for  tasks. You should arrange your work schedule according to your ability and how you want to use your time. As a freelancer, you should not be sluggish. It is still important to get up early and get some exercise as it will help refresh your mind and improve creativity.

B   Meditate each day

Exercise is important and you can add meditation to your list. Doing a meditation each day or night can increase your focus. This simple exercise can help your wandering mind to focus more on one thing and help you have a peaceful life/mind. It is proven by science that people who mediate can have higher focus because their minds wander very little compared to those who don’t meditate. You can be more relax – the more relax your mind is, the more task you can get done. Almost all successful people do meditate in their life.

C   Apply Pomodoro technique

What is Pomodoro technique? Never heard of it?

It is a technique where you should work for 25 minutes without distractions – without ANY distractions. Then, you can rest for 5 minutes and after 4 session, you can have a longer break – 30 minutes at least. To help you with this technique, you can use time tracker or time reminder installed in your laptop or phone. Moreover, this technique is easily applied and likely to succeed. As a result, you can be more productive by not being in that social media or phone stuffs.

D   Plan your break time

At the beginning of the day, you have to check or create your to-do list but you should not forget to create a break list as well. Break list will help you organise your break time. Combining this list to your Pomodoro technique can be powerful to eliminate every distraction that might haunted you because you know when to rest and when to work. Therefore, you won’t keep checking your social media, phone, or even fridge during productive time.

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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.

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Confident people tend to be more cheerful and possess a positive attitude towards their job. They are unafraid to go for advancement opportunities or to go up against new challenges. Unfortunately, as a person continuously receives high praise, admiration from peers and scoring achievements could result in being overconfident.

Having confidence in oneself is an excellent characteristic, but being an overconfident person can jolly bring down your competency at work too!

Are you being overconfident at work? Check the list:

  1. There’s little or no self-criticism

Overconfident people tend to have a lower level of self-criticism or perhaps even none at all as they feel that tasks performed by them are to perfection. They are convinced that there are no possible improvements to be made and often do not accept criticisms from others.

  1. Conflicts

Conflicts amongst co-workers resulting in a hostile working environment could happen when overconfident people comes into the picture. Co-workers commonly have a basic form of respect towards each other but overconfident people tend to give more criticisms to others’ work (remember, they often do not accept criticisms from others) and belittles their peers’ opinions or ideas other than their own.

  1. Sub-Quality & Frequent Mistakes

Mistakes or sub-quality work often happen as such overconfident workers are less meticulous in their tasks as they feel their work are beyond rebuke. Thus, it is often they forgot to double-check their work or even seek the opinion of another to see if there is any room for improvements.

Also, as such people tend to focus more on important projects while leaving those they feel are unimportant or easily completed tasks to the side. By belittling such tasks and leaving it till the end, one could lose the focus and chances of errors occurring increases.

Having recurring mistakes or handing in sub-par work, clearly isn’t good for your future career progression!

  1. Showing Arrogance

Another consequence of being an overconfident person at work is that it can turn you into being arrogant. Arrogance in a workplace creates negativity and discomfort amongst co-workers, resulting in a disrupted work environment.

Why? As arrogant people seldom or not at all, listen to the views of others as they feel that they already know everything or that their ideas are better than the rest.

Remember, being confident is good. But being overconfident could substantially affect your career in time to come. When you do not listen to others’ advice or opinions, you are putting a stopper to your growth within the company or other future potential prospects.

Being successful in your career doesn’t only require a high self-confidence. Instead, other factors like being a team player, showing respect to others, self-development and more, counts.

Keep learning!

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7 Signs of Comfortable Yet Productive Workplace

Are you comfortable at your workplace? If yes, there is a chance that you’re enjoying it too much, and you weren’t able to be productive enough to meet your employer’s expectations. Indeed, it’s quite tricky to create a comfortable workspace, yet still be productive at the same time.

Employers have an obligation to create a pleasant work environment for the well-being of their employees. Plus, every workplace could benefit from some improvements. From increasing productivity of employees, to bigger impact such as greater profits.

Here are seven signs of a dream working environment:

1. It’s everybody’s choice

The boss may own the office (or the one who pay the rent) but allows the employees to give opinions about the workspace and decide together on the kind of environment they wish to work in since it is the employees that will be spending most of their time in this office.  

When a workspace is a loveable environment for everyone, they would love to stay there as long as they can.
 

2. Encouraging everyone to be healthier

A comfortable yet productive workspace values its employees’ health and well-being. The company might not be able to transform the office to be a gym, but they could have a few healthy perks or even better, provide you with unlimited healthy snacks!

3. It inspires many

Some companies showcase some of the best quotes in the world inside the office. It reminds everyone to be motivated and be better every single day. Perhaps you can suggest putting some quote paintings or similar in the office. (again, decide as a team).
 

4. It’s spacious enough

Nobody feels comfortable in a crowded room, especially at work! Is your office spacious enough? A spacious environment allows employees to be more focused without breaking the team’s dynamic.
 

5. It has a quiet/break room

Some of the employees need a quiet environment to work when they have to focus. Does your office provide such a room (or rooms) in this case? It’s a ‘special’ room for everybody to calm down, relax, collect their thoughts while searching for innovative ideas or solutions.
 

6. It’s lively

A  comfortable working environment will also mean working in a vibrant environment with a good amount of sunlight streaming through. Also, have you heard? Adding plants to your workspace can boost your productivity too!
 

7. It’s all about good relationships

The workspace might be physically perfect, but if the boss and the employees don’t have good relationships, it won’t matter a lot. A great workplace is usually filled with happy people who support each other. It might be the last, but certainly not the least.

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.

Why Your Company Should Have a Healthy Work Environment

Do you ever consider healthy work environment before you accept a job? Most likely, no. Most people choose a job because of the salary, offered position, or the company’s reputation. But, even those three things won’t matter when you don’t have health.

Interestingly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) study cites living and working in an unhealthy environment causes around 13 million deaths globally each year! Still, you may not think healthy work environment as an important thing in the first place.

Here are a few reasons on why your company (or the company you are working for) should have healthy work environment:

1. Positivity

A healthy work environment will always lead to positive experience in the end. It started with the comfortable feeling when you are working in the office. Moreover, it encourages you to build good relationships with your bosses and colleagues, because a healthy work environment also means a good organisation culture.

Each day, you will be more satisfied and productive, since your motivation and happiness raised because of the healthy work environment.

2. Attractive for future employees

Great talents understand the importance of healthy work environment. This is why when a company have a healthy work environment, more and more talented people lining up. Those talents just want to work for them.

Sure thing, you heard about some of the world’s biggest companies which offer perks and benefits to make sure their employees are healthy, such as nutritional lunch or comfortable/green offices. Who doesn’t want to work for them, too?

3. Employee retention

Any company who has a healthy work environment will be easier to retain its employees. While other workplace’s pressures continue to mount as well as productivity demands, the company who care about a healthy work environment concerns on employee’s health, human well-being, and job satisfaction.

Indeed, the lower job stress level means lower absenteeism as well. This could lead to bigger problems, such as diminished productivity, employee turnover, and direct medical, legal, and insurance fees.

Thus, every company should realise the importance to create a healthy and stress-free environment to work in!

 

Do your company have a healthy work environment? Write your review on Jobiness, here.

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.

Is There Any Workplace Bullying in Your Office?

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

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

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

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

  • Ignoring

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

  • Isolation

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

  • Deceit

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

  • Undermining work

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

  • Impossible expectations

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

  • Creating a feeling of uselessness

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

  • Criticism

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

  • Intimidation

Any fear-inducing communication and behaviour to another employee.

  • Blaming constantly

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

  • Excessive compliments and flattery

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

 

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

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!