Julailah Wahid

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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Colleague’s Wedding Ang Bao – How much is enough?

Question: My colleague has just invited me to his Chinese wedding reception. While we are not particularly close, we do work together quite frequently. Forgoing the event is not an option, but attending it means that I would have to give the newlyweds a red packet, or ang bao, as a gift. So what is an appropriate amount to put in the ang bao?

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Foods to Avoid at the Office

With soaring food prices, unhealthy dining options and limited time on our hands, eating out may be a luxury that we can only afford from time to time.

It isn’t surprising then that many office employees choose to eat at their desks, either enjoying take-out or a homemade meal. However, since most workplaces are air-conditioned, strong odours have the tendency to stick long after lunchtime. (Read More Here!)

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Lessons from Our Beloved Teachers

By Julailah Wahid

Back in secondary school, I was quite the troublemaker.

Not only did I cut classes to hang with the cool neighbourhood kids, but I also sported coloured hair and multiple ear piercings (hey, it was an in-thing back in the day).

Needless to say, my devil-may-care attitude and potty mouth did not sit well with any of my teachers. To them, I might have looked like a hopeless cause destined for mediocrity. I never considered myself to be very smart or outstanding either – my self-belief was so limited that I refused to pay attention or participate in class.

That was until I met my Mathematics teacher Mr. Wilson. While many teachers showered my overachieving peers with affection, Mr. Wilson paid me extra attention. (Read More Here!)

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Career Fair Etiquette 101

With the JobsCentral Career and Education Fair 2013 coming up this weekend, 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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