Career Resources

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!)

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!)

Juggling the World Cup and the Workplace

By Desiree Yang

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has once again descended upon our football-crazy nation, and (un)fortunately for football fanatics in Singapore, most if not all matches are being screened at the most unearthly of hours, essentially forcing fans to choose between sleep and viewership.

Cue the snowballing ‘sleep debt’ of office drones, who could probably pass off as a zombie on The Walking Dead (US TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies).

Being sleep-deprived kills work productivity – whether it is having to fight the constant urge to rest your head on the desk for a quick nap or staring at the computer monitor trying to concentrate – and your superior is unlikely to be impressed. As an employee, is it possible to give your 100 per cent at work while ‘moonlighting’ as a soccer fanatic - or as an employer, how can you keep employee productivity high during this period?
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Mixing Friendship and Business (Part II) – Should I Invest in My Friend’s Startup/Company?

By Desiree Yang

For a moment, consider the following: who is one of the world’s wealthiest men and a successful investor and businessman to boot? It’s none other than US business magnate Warren Buffett, chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of multinational conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, and this is what he has to say about investing.

“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the IQ of 160 beats the guy with only an IQ of 130.”

Well, if only it were really that simple! Investing your hard-earned money to secure your financial future is a no-brainer, but there are countless factors for you to consider when you’re deciding whether to invest in a bedrock stock like Apple or Coca-Cola or in a friend’s startup/established company.

For the latter, let us return to the age-old adage mentioned in the previous article. And if you are seriously considering investing in a friend’s startup/established company, consider the following before diving in heart/head-first. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: How Do I Manage My Higher-Ups Effectively?

Question: I feel that being able to manage my superior is important to have a good working relationship with him/her and avoid any misunderstandings about not meeting work expectations. With that said, how can I ensure that I manage my manager effectively?

Answer: The role of a manager is self-explanatory, even in its layman definition – he or she has the rightful authority to plan, control and manage all aspects of their team.

In fact, HR practitioners agree with you – the majority suggest that managing your higher-ups is just as imperative as managing your subordinates. And given Singapore’s dynamic workforce in modern society, the workplace wheels have to be constantly turning to maintain a ready workforce of competent communicators. (Read More Here!)

Is the Five-Day Work Week and Eight-Hour Work Day an Outdated Model?

By Koh Wanzi

Many of us are familiar with the daily grind of a Monday to Friday, nine to five work schedule. Few people question it or even think of overturning the status quo, but as we embrace new economic models and knowledge-oriented economies, the time appears ripe to rethink the five-day work week as one of the fundamental aspects of our jobs. (Read More Here!)

Mixing Friendship and Business (Part I) – Should I Venture into a Startup with My Pal(s)?

By Desiree Yang

We all know the age-old adage – never mix friendship with business. The Facebook success story provides a good illustration, what with the lawsuit that co-founder Eduardo Saverin filed against the Chairman and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, in an attempt to claim a share of the company based on his involvement during the development phase of Facebook on the crest of the social network’s astounding success.

But in contrast, the founders of (Brooklyn-based) Blue Marble Ice Cream are testament to the idea that it is, in fact, possible to be friends with your business partners. In an interview with BBC News earlier this year, the dynamic duo made no attempt to discount the challenges that they have faced in running the company together – instead, they shed considerable light on how they have managed to drive their business to where it is today.

So, if you’re toying with the idea of venturing into a startup with a friend(s), consider the following before diving in heart-first. (Read More Here!)

Building Brand Loyalty

By Desiree Yang

With hits like The Wedding Singer, Don’t Mess With the Zohan and his most recent romantic comedy Blended (which hasn’t been sitting well with critics) to his name, Adam Sandler is no stranger to the box office. Take a quick look at Sandler’s filmography and you’ll quickly notice a large majority of the roles that he has played are in movies that are wacky, goofy, and altogether entertaining.

“[I]f Sandler’s movies have taught us anything, it’s that, no matter how bad his movies get, they will always do well in [theatres].”

This is a case in point for brand loyalty, and the power it has to keep businesses running, or in the case of Sandler – his Hollywood career. So, how does one go about building brand loyalty? (Read More Here!)

Q&A: How Should I Deal with Being Demoted/Reassigned?

Question: I have been demoted at work and am in the midst of re-evaluating my status in the office. Does my demotion suggest that my boss deems me unworthy and is subtly nudging me to leave?

Answer: One thing’s certain – if your boss wanted to give you the boot, he/she would have. For your part, learning about your demotion must have been harsh – even humiliating – but before you go about bashing yourself up and turning in that resignation slip, here are some things you should consider (and to keep your motivation from falling into a slump). (Read More Here!)

What’s Brewing? The Singapore Microbrewery Scene

By Desiree Yang

Singapore’s world-famous tropical weather never fails to leave its inhabitants drenched in either their own perspiration on most days or in rain on others. One good source of comfort and solace after a long, hard day at work is (fittingly) ice-cold beer!

Cue the success of Beerfest Asia, which boasts an array of 400 different beers from more than 20 countries (and making its 6th appearance on our sunny shores this weekend from 12 to 15 June) and is testament to the passion we Singaporeans have for after-work drinks.

Let’s turn the spotlight on the ‘unsung heroes’ i.e. microbreweries (a brewery that produces limited quantities of beer) that have revolutionised the beer scene in Singapore. (Read More Here!)