The offer letter hits your email or your desk. Panic washes over you. You sit for a moment and hope that the grass will truly be greener on the other side of the fence and that the new job will more than deliver on all the things you want to get out of it.
by Ethan Sia
I believe it’s fair to say that one of life’s greatest pleasures is to be able find a person who you can relate to. In the workplace, nothing is more satisfying than enjoying the company of the people you work with. Especially those who can create a fun and lively work environment that help inspire your work and attitude.
By: Alythea Ho
So you survived another year of work. You've met your targets, got a nice appraisal, and managed to dodge a couple of flying 'knives' in the office.
You even braved a Mayan apocalypse. Well done, you.
As people around the world dust off 2012 and prepare for another exciting new year, we decided to share some of our top career tips with you to help you get a headstart.
Disclaimer: Tips for the next end-of-the-world not included.
Job interviews are similar to the presidential debates that occur every election season. Two people are given the opportunity to ask and answer questions so that they can see if the candidate is right for the position. In both an interview and a debate, much thought is given to wardrobe. If you’re running for president, you’re probably going to incorporate the patriotic colours of red, white and blue. If you’re applying for a job, you’re going to stick with conservative tones. Why? Because clothes are the first impression you make — even before you speak a single word to the interviewer.
Let’s face it — job searching is stressful. So if anything can be done to help bring positive energy to the experience, it’s worth exploring. That’s why the practice of feng shui is so intriguing. While feng shui may seem like something you do when decorating your house, its applications can extend beyond the abode and into your job search.
Congratulations on your new job. You worked hard to get it — you added your résumé to online databases, you networked both online and off, and you got your portfolio in tip-top shape. Now that you’re working, you don’t have to think about anything job-search related until the next time you’re looking. Right? Wrong.
Shew. You finally have an offer on the table, and you’re so excited you could just scream. But now that you’ve jumped through the hoops to get to this point, the real work is still ahead of you. It’s time for negotiations. Typically I think there are two types of people – those who love to intellectually spar and those who would rather play rock, paper, scissors instead.
Luckily, you can overcome that aversion to negotiating by preparing yourself for what becomes crucial to you in a new job and what becomes more of a “nice to have.” As R. William Holland states in his book, you get what you negotiate for, not what you deserve. What’s important to take away from that is you don’t have a third-party fighting for your interests; you must muster up the gusto and self-awareness to enter into negotiations as a skillful opponent.
“Today, negotiation skills are an absolute necessity for successful career management,” says R. William Holland in his book “Cracking the New Job Market.” Most of us go through what he terms the “postoffer honeymoon” where we’re so elated that we just blindly accept the offer without knowing that we have every right to accept it and review it. “The truth is that you are in your strongest bargaining position during the time between when a job is offered and when you accept it.”