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Just Say No: When to Turn Down a Job Opportunity

By Chai Fook Tien

So you’ve been frantically looking for a job for quite some time – applying for any position that fits your criteria and interviewing with anyone who’s interested. When a job offer finally comes in though, learning to say “no” may actually be the best thing to do. (Read More Here!)

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How to Address Gaps on a CV

By Matt Tarpey, CareerBuilder US

Job seekers put a lot of time and effort into what is included on their CVs, but often what causes them the most stress is what they leave off. If you’ve been unemployed or left the workforce for personal reasons, you may be a little anxious about how to explain that gap to potential employers. (Read More Here!)

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Answering Tricky – but Common – Interview Questions

By CareerBuilder US

If you’ve been on a lot of job interviews, you may have noticed certain questions get asked almost every time. Yet even though they’re commonly asked, many jobseekers struggle with finding the right answers. (Read More Here!)

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What You Must Know Before Negotiating Your First Salary

By Adrian Tan from CareerLadder

Salary negotiations are unnerving, especially when the difference of few hundred dollars might lead to the company choosing another candidate. So how do you find the right compromise between company budget restraints and your expectations? (Read More Here!)

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A Guide to the Healthcare Industry

By Chai Fook Tien

Healthcare is an essential human right. Because modern society cannot function without health services, health professionals are always in demand. Additionally, rising consumer healthcare awareness is expected to fuel demand for non-essential and therapeutic treatments. If you’re considering a career in healthcare, then read on to find out more about the industry’s landscape in Singapore. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: My Company is Encouraging Me to Retire Early. Should I?

By: Alythea Ho

Question: I've been offered the chance to retire early by my company. And I'm not the only one. I'm not upset at all, but I'd like to know if it's a good idea to accept the offer? Thanks.

Answer: Good question. The main thing to consider is whether you can afford to retire early. A recent JobsCentral poll shows that the majority of our respondents (37%) would accept an early retirement offer if the retirement package is attractive enough. (Read More Here!)

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Coping With Career Burnout

By Winifred Tan

If constant stress at work has you feeling exhausted, helpless, unappreciated, resentful, and disillusioned, you may be suffering from career burnout.

Similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), burnout occurs when you undergo a prolonged period of stress and feel increasingly overwhelmed and unable to keep up with the constant demands on your time, be they self-imposed or externally imposed by your surroundings and the people around you. Burnout is a state of complete emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. As the stress escalates, you find yourself running out of energy and plummeting in productivity, until you eventually feel like you have nothing more to give.

People suffering from career burnout often report experiencing “little or no control over their work”, a “lack of recognition for their contributions”, and doing work that is either “monotonous” or “overly demanding”. Other manifestations include:

 Sense of failure and self-doubt
 Change in appetite and/or sleeping habit
 Lowered immunity, with frequent complaints of aches and illnesses
 Withdrawing from and procrastinating in work responsibilities
 Increased irritability and taking one’s frustrations out on others
 Self-isolation, coupled with an increasingly cynical and negative outlook
 Turning to food, drugs, or alcohol to cope with the stress
 Skipping work frequently or coming in late and leaving early

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Your former workplace enemy shows up at your new job - what now?

By Justine Thompson

One day you come into work merrily sipping your coffee, mentally preparing to make the best of the day ahead of you. You’d heard rumors that a new person is starting, and you’re excited about a new addition to your team. It means your workload will be lessened, and you’ll be able to focus on accomplishing more important tasks. But when your boss stops by to introduce you to your new counterpart, your stomach drops.

As if ripped from the pages of a soap opera script, you’re standing face-to-face with a workplace arch nemesis from a previous job. Two thoughts cross your mind: “Oh @@##” and, “OK, try to make the best of this awkward situation.”

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