Julailah Wahid

Maximise Your Time at a Career Fair

Whether you’re a veteran of career fairs or a newbie braving the crowds to land that coveted job, walking through the expansive halls can be a tiring and unrewarding experience if you’re not sure what exactly you’re looking for. (Read More Here!)

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Career Fair Etiquette 101

With the JobsCentral Career and Education Fair 2014 coming up, throngs of jobseekers will be navigating their way through the expansive halls of Suntec Singapore Convention Centre.

Seeing that more than 90 employers will be present at the fair, proper conduct is important if you want to leave a positive impression and raise your chances of securing a job offer.

Here are five basic protocols to follow to show employers that you are a serious job applicant (and one with good manners): (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Explaining Your Long Unemployment Period

Question: I have been unemployed for over nine months. How do I explain my long unemployment period at an upcoming job interview?

Answer: The interviewer may or may not have an unfavourable impression of your gaping unemployment period. But it can be typical for some employers to link this to something negative – perhaps a bad work ethnic or undesirable personality.

The last thing you want to do is to shrug your shoulders nonchalantly and give an awkward smile. So how do you weave your way through this dreaded question?
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Tips for Adjusting to a New Work Schedule

With Singapore’s thriving economy, workers in Singapore are able to view a wide variety of positions from numerous employers, and this may be a reason why job-hopping in Singapore remains prevalent as employees have ready access to better job opportunities.

And amidst all the jobseeking buzz, the odds are that you’ll probably find yourself facing the challenge of having to adjust to a new working schedule. In fact, you might have reason to adjust to a new work schedule (even in your current role) if you’re taking on night classes while juggling your full-time job, converting from a part-time to a full-time schedule or stepping back into the workforce after an extended leave period (due to maternity, medical or disability leave). Regardless of the situation, here are some tips to make adjusting to a new work schedule easier. (Read More Here!)

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3 Lessons from Running

By Julailah Wahid

Confession: I am a running junkie.

While others spend their weekend mornings in bed, I lace up my Nikes and head outside for a six-mile run. Running is an invigorating and therapeutic experience – it rids my mind of negativity, empowers me and allows me to appreciate life’s simple pleasures.

With that said, a runner’s journey is not always a walk in the park (it’s often several sprints). It involves many uphill battles (literally) and requires plenty of discipline, commitment and most importantly, patience. (Read More Here!)

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Should I Ignore A Bad Reference?

Question: As a hiring manager, I believe that reference checks can sometimes lessen the chances of making a bad hire. However, when is it wise to ignore a bad reference?

Answer: While you can never completely eliminate the risk of bad hires, references can help you make a more informed decision as they provide insight into an applicant’s strengths, weaknesses and past experiences. That said, there are times when you should think twice before taking someone’s feedback at face value, particularly when:

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