A Job Offer Comes: Time to Celebrate? Not So Fast!

Consider Job OfferAfter being busy for crafting the best resumes and attending some stages of job interviews, your most-wanted result come: a job offer! Even some of you might more lucky to have more than one appealing job offers in some companies at the same time!

Whether you get a single or multiple job offers, you must have some considerations before saying ‘yes’ to  one of the good news.

Job seekers, both fresh graduates and the professional ones often choose a job offer with the highest salary, but is the payroll-orientation guarantee you to perform the best, even working at a long-term period?

Some additional consideration might be worth to think about as you will engage one-third of your daily live times to a working environment, do some specific tasks, meet and socialize with the boss and colleagues, handle the company’s customer and more.

Can’t wait to celebrate your first day working? Here are some considerations before accepting a job offer!

Salary

As what most job seekers would guess, money is the first consideration to select a job offer. If you also think about it, you are not wrong!

Today’s higher life expenses and lifestyle requires a balanced income to stay survive in this world. A salary offer might be very appealing, as some cash flows would better than none (when you are jobless).

However, this perspective might be true when you are in urgent conditions (no cash in your pocket, no place to shelter, no friends or families’ support), as you will die soon if you don’t get any cash immediately. If you are not in such urgent situation, you better to remember that money doesn’t always bring happiness.

A research study entitled The Journal of Happiness Study reveals that money increases happiness only when it allows people to move from a poverty to about $50,000 a year. Beyond that, more money doesn’t have a significant impact on happiness. So, are you sure to take the highest offer one? If not, the next considerations might help you.

Passion

Everybody has a passion of love and job seekers commonly follow it when they take the college studies. If you have a job offer that suits your passion and gives a high salary, you are the luckiest one!

However, the dreaming job seemed to not always happen in everybody’s life, sometimes you need to sacrifice the money orientation to follow your passion or vice versa.

However, working in the passionate job field could bring more happiness in your life, decrease the burnout and help you feel more valuable and confident. If the job offers you a standard salary (not the extremely low salary), view it as the milestone. Since you still need more experience, skills, proficiency, and self-development, it is worth to accept the job offer.

Company’s culture and people

Company’s culture and the colleagues are two things that already exist in a workplace, it is beyond your capability to change them to be ones that you are expected, indeed!

It is important for you to do a simple research about the company’s culture like how it treats the employees, awards the achievement and values the efforts. Go through the company’s websites to gain more information but if you are still curious, you can simply interview one of the employees or those who have worked in the company.

Reflect yourself, are you willing to try working in such company’s culture and socialize with those colleagues? If your answer is ‘yes’ then you can accept the job offer right now.

The Future Prospect

Not all kinds of occupations are immortal, some of them might be no longer needed in a business or perhaps replaced by machines and software applications.

It is vital for you to consider your future prospect while pursuing the recent career. Are your regular tasks and duties lead you to higher skills and capabilities? Conversely, does your recent job stuck you at the same proficiency? Such questions could be asked to yourself to determine your future self-development and career prospect.

Having a job offer is such a gift, but don’t stop to only consider the visible benefits such as the salary, allowance, insurance, and facilities. Job seekers are better to start thinking the invisible aspects like the self-development, skills, and proficiency enhancement and to follow the passion that could bring a brighter future career and happier life as well.

 

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Top 7 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Job (and No One Will Ever Tell You Why)

Why You Didn’t Get The Job Dozens of interviews and no job offers? To stay jobless after striving with multiple entrance tests and interviews is the toughest (perhaps the most embarrassing) thing you might ever experience!

You already nailed the interview, replied all types of questions, told the engaged stories, asked insightful questions and dressed up in the most impressive manner. However, the companies pay back your all-out performance with disappointing results in the form of rejection emails or no response at all.

Why? What’s wrong with you? You will be wondering why but unfortunately, companies won’t say much. They frequently end up with a fairly generic statement like “sorry, another candidate was much more qualified than you” or “We will consider your resume for future suitable positions”. Such responses cannot answer your curiosity, can they?

Don’t give up and check these top 10 reasons why you didn’t get the job and prepare for your next interview!

1. You’re not qualified

If you have been going for interviews, and none accepts you, the problem is most likely with you. Keep in mind that companies would certainly not choose candidates with a lack of qualifications and expertise, as this would bring about a significant loss for them in terms of expenses, times and effort.

Instead of looking for the highest salary offer, it is better to find a job that your skills, expertise and real passion. Remember, as your capability increases, the salary raise will always follow.

2. Incomplete applications

Reflect in your mind, did you sent the complete application as what the company expects? Detail matters such as dates of availability, employment history and accurate salary information might be crucial for some companies. If you did not mention them in the application letter, they could be your red flags that lead to your failure.

3. Resume issues

The HR might be too busy to compile the multiple resumes on their desks and select only the best to interview. They tend to look for the keywords present in the resume for quicker selection.

Is your resume well organised? Did you put the most important and relevant content near the top? Is it clear how you value-add in your previous jobs, internships, academic projects and volunteer work? If you aren’t answering ‘yes’ to all, you need to regroup and prepare a new resume from scratch.

4. Cover letter issue

Similar to the resume issues, a cover letter helps increase your chances to be accepted for a job position. Is it of a unproportionate length? Did you make it clear that you possessed the desired skills, experience and knowledge to get the job done?

Also, are you sure that your cover letter and resume are both error-free and well-written? If unsure, get a friend to check and proofread them!

5. References statement

If you were asked to provide employment references, make sure that they are going to give you a good recommendation instead of bringing your reputation down as companies do contact them before the interview.

6. Bad mouthing about the previous job/employers

There is nothing quicker to be weeded out from a job competition than bad mouthing. Whether your former boss was so annoying and you still can’t forgive him/her, or you feel that your colleagues hindered your work processes, keep it in your mind.

7. Failure to sell ‘You’

Time has changed, and the strict competition requires you to be capable of selling yourself! Be confident to express your skills, achievements and experiences that will benefit the job position to convince the hiring team.

To be confident is great, but don’t be over your head! Humans always have weaknesses, but some of them can turn into a positive challenge, that’s what companies expect from the candidates, indeed!

To fail in getting your desired job would significantly bring you down but it doesn’t matter how many times you are being rejected, take it as a learning experience. Try to execute the 7 things above for your next job application! Good luck! 

 

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4 Networking Tips for Job Seekers

Networking Tips for Job SeekersWhether if you have a rich educational background, great experiences and lines of achievements in your resume, in certain cases, networking is still the best method to secure a job. You commonly hear your friend getting a job through someone, or might be recommended by someone.

Your best friends, past co-workers, and bosses are those who recognise you very well. They will not inform or recommend any job offer that doesn’t fit you.Instead, they will help you to find the best ones that fit with your overall capabilities.

However, not all of job seekers possess great networking skills. If you are looking for a job and not sure about how to go about with the networking stuff, here are some tips you can do right now:

1. Your Network is Bigger than You Think

When we talk about networking, some of you might only refer those who have previously work with you or friends in your schools and colleges. Past co-workers and bosses are great, but there’s a lot of potential people who can be included into your networking lap.

Co-workers of your family and friends, parents of your child’s friends, your neighbours or anyone you see regularly are people who can offer you a job opportunity!

Explore all of your options and maintain a good relationship with them. Be a nice person and don’t hesitate to make friends with anyone surrounds you!

2. Contact Your Network Regularly (Even if You Don’t Need To)

Once you get a lot of networks, it’s time for you to nurture the relationship with them. Do not only contact them when you need them, as you will be considered as a profit-oriented individual who just pops out when you need something!

Instead, tie up your relationship through some easy ways such as emails or social media platforms. Simply by saying “Hi” or asking about how their condition will make them get closer to you. Else, you can send the links to articles and book recommendations, or anything they might be interested in to make them happy. The basis for the healthiest kind of network is to give and take. You scratch their back, and they’ll scratch yours!

3. Be Helpful Whenever You Can

Be a nice, helpful person as you can benefit more good things as the returns. Let your network of contacts know that if there’s anything you can help them, you will be happy to.

4. Be Honest to Your Contacts

If you are now jobless and need information about job offers, be honest! Humans love to help others naturally, so don’t hesitate to ask for their help!

The vast numbers of contacts on your mobile phones, Facebook and emails are nothing if you can’t nurture a good relationship with them. These 4 networking tips might be helpful to build up your better networking, and good luck with your job search!

 

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Did You Choose The Wrong Career Path? What are the signs that say that you did

success_roadThe idea of growing a steady career is always a personal challenge, especially so when you seem to know a lot of things and too often unrelated to one another. That is, you could be an IT personnel and have a knack for marketing. You have the potentials of a human resource manager yet some of your hidden talents can very well be used in sales. For others, being gifted with more than one skill is far better than just knowing one type of work all your life, in that there is nothing else to fall back on in cases wherein you have finally burned out in your work. It is sad news that not every working individual is happy where they are; this not only affects their work productivity but also their personal career growth. To most people, financial gain is not always the reason when looking for the right job. Since it takes at least 2 decades of career before finally retiring from work, they believe you should at least love what you do. Here are a few signs that tell you’re in the wrong career. When you find yourself relating to these issues, know that it only takes a matter of boldness to make a career switch or try to work something out.

1. Every day is not a new day During your first months or years in the work you’re probably excited as can be, but all too sudden the excitement of going to work wears off and it didn’t take you long to finally realize you’re almost dragging yourself up for work each day. Studies show that this feeling is non-existent to those who are in the right career yet remains a frustrating feeling for those in the wrong one.

2. Mediocrity seems normal Success seems far-fetched where you are, it’s as if you can’t seem to see the light in your long, dark tunnel. If any, success in your work is not even something that excites you. For you, it’s enough that you go through the daily grind with no intention of making extra stretches. Status quo is how you’d describe your career.

3. You strongly feel you should be doing something else Career advisors agree that a lot of individuals put themselves in a place of work on the merits only that others were successful in it and with the hope that they will reap the same results. Marrying yourself to a job that has no soulful bearing will not only make you feel lost in your job but that it makes everything a big joke. This is simply because you just can’t force yourself to like a job you’re not meant to do, let alone love it.

4. Your work performance is forgettable Being in the wrong career creates a chain of reaction, one of which is unremarkable work performance. You’ve become a passive worker avoiding any leadership responsibility for possible recognition. While you still finish your work on schedule, nothing about it is significant to even merit you commendation from your team leader or your superiors.

5. Stress is getting its way into you This is not to say that your role or load of work is so much so that it causes you great anxiety. The takeaway is the amount of stress you’re experiencing even in the tiniest amount of tasks. In the same way that you can’t even determine your stressor even if you plan on managing it.

6. You begin to feel sorry for yourself This could probably be the greatest blunder of all. Just when you see your colleagues experience the taste of success in their career you feel nothing but disappointment in yourself. The feeling gets harder to bear when you know to yourself that you’re just as competitive as everyone else, if not better.

 

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Your Body Language – How Your Boss Sees It


Body language at workplaceActions do speak louder than words. Most of the time, it is not your mouth that does the talking, but your body. What do I mean? Your body language speaks louder than your words. In fact, non-verbal communication accounts for 55% of communication while words only make up 7%, leaving 38% with tone. The last thing you would want to do is to give your boss a bad impression of you. While you wish to impress your boss with your words, your body language may just ‘help’ to ruin it all! What does your body language say about you today, especially in front of your boss? Let us explore how your boss sees your body language. 

1. Posture Even before you utter your first word, your posture has already done so. By walking, standing and sitting up straight, you show yourself as being confident, even if you aren’t on the inside. We want to be comfortable when talking to our bosses. But, that doesn’t equate to slouching. By slouching, it tells your boss that you are lazy and not interested. 

2. Handshake Remember the time when you shook someone’s hand that felt like a dead fish? What impression did he give you? Offer a firm handshake to project confidence. Of course, don’t be a bone crusher and try to wring their hands off! Even while offering the best handshake, do not forget about your…… 

3. Eyes Maintaining eye contact while speaking to another person shows that you are giving that person your attention. Decreased eye contact while talking to your boss shows a lack of interest. 

4. Hands Never place your hands in your pocket or fold your arms. These reflect your disagreement and disinterest. As much as you want to use hand gestures to emphasise your point, avoid pointing your finger at your boss. That would be very rude. Place your hands on your lap as much as possible to avoid those. 

5. Face Facial Expression sometimes speaks even louder than words! Do be aware of the expressions you are putting on your face, especially when discussing about serious matters with your boss.   You may see such minor details as unimportant and insignificant. Perhaps you should consider this. If you pay so much attention to your words, which make up only 7%, what more your body language, that makes up 55%.

 

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Effective Workplace Communication

Workplace CommunicationCommunication is something that we do at work daily. Talking to colleagues and sending emails to our bosses are common in the workplace. But, have we been communicating effectively? We have become too familiar with these that we begin to neglect the need for effective communication. If you are looking to put an end to those unnecessary misunderstandings and unhealthy conflicts that arise among colleagues. Effective workplace communication is the key! Communication comprises of 3 main components: words, tone and body language. It is important to give attention to these when communicating with our colleagues.   

Words

  • Choice of words

Your words can be used to encourage, enrich, scold or criticise others. We want to use the right words so that we don’t cause arguments to take place in the workplace. How you phrase your sentence will also affect how other interpret it. So do think before you speak!

  • Check for errors (especially in emails)

Read through your email to check for errors (such as grammar and punctuation) before sending. Such minor errors can cause messages to be misinterpreted.  

Tone

  • Be careful with the tone used

It pays to be careful with the tone that you use when speaking. Your tone can show if you are sincere and polite or demanding and rude. It is a little tad more difficult when it comes to online platforms like email. What you meant as a joke may be interpreted otherwise. So, ensure that your message is clear. Do remember to end your email with a ‘Thank You’ or ‘Have a Nice Day’. Ending an email abruptly might cause people to think that you are being aloof.   

Body language

  • Read

Body language can reveal more of our thoughts than our words. For instance, your colleague may say that he understands the task but his facial expression may have betrayed him. Be alert to pay attention to body language (gestures and facial expressions).

  • Listen

To listen is more than just to hear. Listen attentively to what your colleague has to say even before thinking of your reply. Display active listening through your body language. Maintaining eye contact and nodding your head can show the other party your agreement or understanding. Take steps to improve your communication skills and see a better workplace!

 

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How to Make Remote Working Work

working remotelyRemote work is fast becoming a select practice and work culture in most organizations. What was once thought to be just a privilege enjoyed by workers of higher categories is now a common work scheme offered by many companies. Remote work offer many benefits not only to the employee but to the company as well. Work efficiency such as as savings for manpower and infrastructure cost are the reasons why remote work is now mostly preferred. And with the advanced digital technology, collaborative work can now be done online anytime, anywhere. 

1. Work-life balance Telecommuting or remote working arrangements have become an excellent tool for recruitment, offering applicants flexibility to make work-life balance possible. This arrangement allows employees to work on-site just occasionally. They are allowed to manage their own schedules as long as work deliverables are met on time. 

2. The unfavorable side For managers, leading a team in which the members are dispersed in different places prove to be very challenging. It’s difficult to physically check the project process unlike in on-site work where time to time checking is quite possible. On the other hand, workers may have the tendency to feel disconnected from its company, on-site team members as well as the manager. This saddening truth may make the remote worker lose focus on the job’s objective. HR management therefore must create work program that encourages timely interaction with virtual workers and among teams.

3. Make communication a priority Team managers as well as human resource managers must make communication a priority in order to clarify accountabilities as well as maintain workers’ engagement. The more remote workers understand the project goals and objectives the less margin of work errors. When managers regularly communicate with workers expectations are easily reiterated. This raises workers’ motivation, efficiency as well as deliverables. Remote workers should also connect regularly with managers and team members; this will provides the impression that the worker is very much engaged in his assigned task or project. 

4. Leverage on online resources Execution of remote work would not be possible if not for the many available online resources and tools. Both managers and workers must take advantage of these tools that help manage projects in real time, share files, validate works delivered and, of course, face time. Even social media can also be considered a good resource where team members from different geographic locations can come together to build camaraderie. It is important however to first determine the company policies with regards to these available online resources.

5. Prompt recognition Despite being remote, workers would have a sense of belongingness when organizational leaders or HR management give prompt recognition for a job well done. Recognition engages workers more and helps them see their professional progress. If the work performed is exceptional then managers should not think twice in promoting the worker if the result would be loyalty to the organization or company.

 

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Make Your Resume More Data Extraction Friendly

Not many jobseekers know that 72% of resumes are never seen by human eyes. Well, a myriad of employers are now using the recent technology called ATS (applicant tracking system). In order to get your resume to the next round, you need to win over this system which has its own complex rules. ATS itself will assign the jobseeker a score based on how well he/she match the job that the employer is trying to fill. Then, the sophisticated machine will rank and sort all candidates. Only the potential employees with the highest scores are able to be reviewed by a human. This is why it’s more important to format resume to be more data extraction friendly than a fancy resume. The program can analyse a document, and extracts its elements of what the writer actually meant to say. In this case, a CV’s elements are usually the basic information, skills, work experiences and education. Unfortunately, the way jobseekers write their resume is infinitely varied. It will confuse the system to understand what you actually meant. ATS has to capture all these different ways of writing through complex rules and statistical algorithms. Do you want your ability to be recognised by the system? Here are several tricks on how to format resume data extraction friendly:

1. Get rid of images and graphics

As much as you want your resume to be of eye-candy quality, the ATS will not be able to read or understand an image. Thus, forget the images and graphics. Be wordy, instead.

2. Avoid unfamiliar fonts and special characters

Only use standard fonts, such as Arial, Tahoma and Trebuchet. Also, use standard characters like bullets. Other characters, such as arrows, can cause some problems for the ATS to understand your information. Also, avoid fancy borders and shading. Make sure your resume is easy to read.

3. Use the language from the job description

Read the job description carefully to determine the skills required by the employer. Then, put the buzzwords the employer is using into your resume. Spell out your skills and include industry-specific abbreviations or acronyms that the employer may also search for when finding candidates with the right experience. Of course, you can only put those keywords if you are literally capable. The ATS will be looking for these keywords. A resume that is filled with the keywords will obviously get a better score. If you have other skills or irrelevant information that aren’t required, consider to leave it out. Only mention the past positions and skills that are relevant, since the ATS will not assess it as valuable or not.

4. No typo

Any misspelled words will be ignored by the ATS. Even though, you might have the right skills to fill the position offered by the employer. It’s important to read your resume all over again and spell check. Ask some help from a friend to run through your resume might be even better.

5. Put the basic information at the top

Don’t forget to include your basic information at the top of your resume. The phone number and email address are significant for further communications. The ATS is even able to send you an email after you’ve applied to the position with additional instructions.

6. Tailor your resume

You will read different job descriptions from different companies. It means their ATS has different keywords and phrases too. Be thoughtful for each resume. You must tailor your skills and experience according to the employer’s requirements. Are you ready to beat the ATS? Go format your resume with the tricks above.

 

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Developing Your Executive Presence on LinkedIn

Executive presence is a term that is often not clearly defined but has a nice “ring” to it. Some would associate it with proper communication, personal appearance, confidence or even body language. And because it is often indescribable, others would dub it as the “it” factor. Human resource consultants agree that teaching professionals or top managerial applicants the art of building executive presence may be a bit complicated because it can’t easily be described. Still, building executive presence helps in defining you as a credible professional in your field as well as the level of expertise you can offer an organization in need of your services. LinkedIn, being one of the most relevant tools of recruiters in executive search, is a great online platform where you can showcase your expertise, in that you can create a profile with all “the works” in order to establish your personal brand. 

1. Celebrate your expertise by using an appropriate professional headline

Not many professionals are comfortable in celebrating themselves other than carrying their professional titles. While you may be tempted to just use usual title that defines your role, you are encouraged to dig deeper and create a good description of your expertise. A good description can likewise help headhunters locate you when they type in keywords on the LinkedIn site and in search engines. 

2. Personalized URL

When you personalize your URL, you’ll have your name or a combination of your name and title in it. In order to edit your URL on LinkedIn or change the generic one they provide go to “edit my profile” and under the profile header click “edit” next to the listed URL on the right of public profile.

3. Be proud of your professional story

Take advantage of LinkedIn’s feature where you can create a profile based on your professional story. This story help recruiters and searchers make an initial judgment of your expertise and assess whether you should be considered for recruitment. Another bonus when you do this is that LinkedIn will be able to analyze your profile and recommend job suggestions you might be interested in. 

4. Don’t forget to include keywords

Make it easy for people to find you by using appropriate keywords in your headline, profile, job title, or even occasional posts. By using keywords, you strongly establish the many things that your expertise can do; this also makes it easy for your network connections to endorse you or refer you for a job or recruiter that they know. 

5. Use a professional image to look the part

People are visual being and enjoy looking at images. By using a clean, clear image of yourself taken by a professional photographer will help complement your profile. Avoid using images with cluttered background of seem to have been taken from a private party, regardless if you look good in it. Impress your would-be recruiter that when it comes be being “professional” you know what that means. 

6. Create regular posts that establishes your expertise

There is a good reason why other people on LinkedIn would like to connect with you – they value your expert opinion. Regularly create posts that demonstrate that; it could be describing a work situation that you have helped improved, a basic FAQ in your line of work, or professional hacks that help improve work productivity where your service is involved.   

 

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What Does Your Social Media Says About You?

The job application process is not always easy for most talents, especially when there are thousands of applicants out there in the online job market. If you want to stand out from the crowd then you must create a personal brand that attracts potential employers. Personal branding is not a new concept; this is simply going beyond honking your horn on paper via your resume. Recruiters and headhunters see this approach as a personal assertion that you treat what you know as a “package” that you promote, and that you keep this “package” spick and span. However, not all talents are well aware that maintaining a personal brand requires keeping a positive image all across your portals of identity which include your social media pages. If you continue to commit mistakes in your social media pages then know that these will negatively affect your personal brand.

1. Being too personal: Social media pages are created for public consumption, therefore don’t think that private matters are kept private once you post it there. Too many individuals go overboard by not minding the impressions created on the minds of potential employers when they post images that are better left posted on traditional albums, or rants better expressed privately with friends.

2. Not being mindful of social media etiquette: Just because majority of social media users share irrelevant information and postings for amusement doesn’t mean that you will do the same. Likewise, avoid at all cost in creating and participating in arguments or heated debates that may go way out of line. If any of these is of your concern remember that you’re better off taking the issue somewhere else (in private, of course).

3. Badmouthing a potential employer: When a job application didn’t turn out well it is not reason enough to post a displaced criticism on your recruiter, interviewer or potential employer. Nor should you enjoin a thread of discussion with your friends that points to the direction of employer criticism. What you post online is always subject for interpretation and debate regardless how you rightly feel about it.

4. Not taking advantage of your LinkedIn account: Potential employers agree that your LinkedIn account is another gateway for them to know your professional background in that the more connections you have, the more credible you are. Spend more time on updating your LinkedIn profile, instead of hanging out in Facebook, to attract more work opportunities.

5. Not using social media to demonstrate your professional expertise: When personal branding is concerned, you should use the influence of social media to fully establish your expertise. If you are a software developer, instead of sharing irrelevant information (showbiz gossip, for instance) why not share information on how the emergence of online tools help the speed of growth of businesses. If you are a project manager, why not post information on how to effectively manage projects through teamwork. Of course, just share information that is within the domain of your knowledge so as not to mislead potential employers.

 

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