Career Resources

5 Top Gripes of Job Interviewers

By Koh Wanzi

Job interviews supply ample fodder for a bad case of nerves for many jobseekers. As they sweat it out in stiff-necked collars or too narrow heels, it is no surprise that many jobseekers struggle to make a stellar first impression on their interviewers.

There are so many things that could trip one up at an interview, and many people do indeed fall prey to one of these countless stumbling blocks, whether unwittingly or due to negligence. Here are the top five gripes of job interviewers – being aware of these annoyances could be the first step to avoid rubbing your interviewer the wrong way and make the interview a positive experience for both you and your interviewer. (Read More Here!)

How to Write an Effective Job Advertisement

By Koh Wanzi

In a world where the employed outnumber the employers, few people concern themselves with how to craft effective job advertisements that will attract the right calibre and type of employee. However, writing an effective job advertisement is as much a skill as writing an effective résumé. (Read More Here!)

A Second Chance for Ex-Convicts

By Koh Wanzi

18 Chefs cuts a fond figure among students and young working adults with its wide and affordable selection of dishes. However, this casual restaurant stands out for more than its delectable cuisine. Founded by Benny Se Teo, an ex-offender himself, 18 Chef prides itself on providing former offenders with jobs, effectively giving them a second chance at re-integrating themselves into society. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: How Can I Prepare to Interview Someone for a Job?

Question: I’m looking to hire someone to fill a recently vacated position. What steps should I take to prepare myself to accurately assess and respond to candidates, and how should I go about conducting the interview?

Answer: Most people think job interviewers have it easy as they casually sling questions at nervous candidates and watch them sweat it out in the hot seat. However, the most constructive interviews are two-way exchanges in which candidates are given a chance to assess the interviewer and company as much as the interviewer sizes them up for the job. (Read More Here!)

Innovating From the Bottom Up

By Deanna Bonaparte

As advocates for flexibility in the workplace grow increasingly vocal, it is evident that today’s workforce has begun to shun rigid bureaucracy in favour of a more democratic, flexible and progressive working environment.

In a time where the room to express yourself and be heard are much vaunted personal freedoms, the voice of the individual employee is louder than ever (although not necessarily heard). Companies should be able to tap on this fount of individual voices and ideas and create a cohesive body of engaged employees that contribute to the firm in new and novel ways. (Read More Here!)

Part III: Mixing Friendship and Business – Should I Work For My Friend?

By Desiree Yang

In the third and final part of our three-part series on mixing friendship and business, we explore perhaps the trickiest scenario out of them all: Should you, or should you not, work for a friend?

It’s crossed all our minds before – the rosy prospect of having working for a close friend and not having to straighten up nervously whenever they walk by. When your close bud offers you a position at their company that they think you’re perfect for, it’s almost impossible to turn down. But before you take up the offer without a second thought or write off the idea altogether, take the following into consideration. (Read More Here!)

How to Fit into a New Workplace

By Deanna Bonaparte

The first few days in a new workplace are the most daunting, and the thoughts that scurry across your mind probably won’t veer very far from “How do I fit in?” or “Will my new colleagues like me?” It is not uncommon to be faced with a crisis of confidence, even among the bold and self-assured.

In addition, new hires often worry about having to portray a first-rate impression that is at once professional and likeable. First impressions are no doubt important – good or bad, they can often disproportionately influence how people perceive you in the long term. (Read More Here!)

Kickstarter Pens: Revitalising Writing Tools in the Workplace

By Koh Wanzi

In an age of styluses, tablets, and advanced word processing, the pen – the most humble of writing tools – has been relegated to a secondary position. Unless you are a pen connoisseur, a battered old Bic pen which you hardly glance at twice is most probably your first resort when you need to pen something down at the office. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: Should I learn to Code?

Question: I’m stuck in a dead-end job with few prospects ahead. I want to make myself more marketable and I hear that coding is one of the most highly sought-after skills today. Should I learn to code?

Answer: Coding is often cited as the modern economy’s equivalent of core skills such as reading, writing, and arithmetic. In the US, coding is being introduced into school curriculums from as early as kindergarten, a move backed by, a group funded by tech heavyweights such as Facebook. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: My Colleague is Sucking Up To My Boss

Question: My colleague is sucking up to my boss and is passively trying to alienate me. What can I do to ensure that he doesn’t push me to the fringes of the office social network?

Answer: In the hierarchy of a corporate environment, there are bound to be certain dominant individuals who will seize every chance to elbow their way to the top of the social food chain. Dealing with a dominating colleague can be a challenge, and this challenge is compounded if said colleague is able to skilfully manipulate your boss to his advantage. Here’s how you can build up your plate armour and defend yourself from his insidious actions! (Read More Here!)