Poll results: Which ungracious act irks you the most?

Not giving up seats to the needy. Cutting queue. Road hogging. These are just some of the numerous ungracious acts we come across everyday in Singapore. As most of you might agree, kindness isn't exactly one of Singapore's key strengths.

And if being ungracious isn't enough, Singaporeans also think of themselves as being kinder and more gracious than other fellow Singaporeans. This unhealthy level of self-centeredness and self-absorption among Singaporeans is one of the key findings of a survey recently carried out by the Singapore Kindness Movement.

Based on the hot topic of graciousness in Singapore, JobsCentral conducted a poll from 7 July to 22 August, to find out which ungracious behaviours irk people the most.

The 2011 Employers of Choice survey results are out!

The 2011 JobsCentral Employers of Choice (EOC) survey results are now out! With a total of more than 3,000 respondents this year, this is the most current and comprehensive university graduate-focused survey in Singapore.

Keen to know which are the most popular private and government sector employers among students and recent graduates from NUS, NTU and SMU? Download a copy of your free extract report here!

Poll results: Has university equipped you with practical skills needed to survive in your job?

According to the results of a survey conducted by a UK recruitment website, almost half of all recent graduates believe their university education did not adequately equip them for working life, and a quarter of them would not recommend higher education to those who are currently studying for their A-levels. The survey also revealed that more than one-third of recent graduates have claimed jobseeker’s allowance since leaving university.

Based on this topic, JobsCentral conducted a poll from 23 May to 7 July, to find out if graduates feel that university education has equipped them with practical skills needed for the world of work.

Make The Most of a Career Fair

The JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2011 is almost upon us. Here's a primer on how best you can take advantage of the numerous opportunities there are up for grabs.

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.

However, career fairs will reward those dedicated enough to do the legwork with a treasure trove of new networking contacts, job openings and learning opportunities. We’ve put together this short cheat sheet that will come in handy when you’re pounding the concrete halls of the JobsCentral Career and Learning Fair 2011.

Brand Yourself Better

With over 5 million people in our tiny red dot jostling for space, education and jobs, it can be quite difficult to stand out from the maddening sea of chaos.

I know I feel the same way. The endless waves of commuters while taking public transport and the constant queues for anything remotely popular sometimes leaves me wishing that I could move to a remote island somewhere far away, except that my island would come with an Internet connection and a supply of Magnum Gold ice cream.

The same frustrations set in when I apply for jobs, spamming resumes to as many organisations as possible with nary a response, except calls from financial planners purportedly offering me a career that will change my life.

Managing Your Manager

Unless you’re self-employed or a business owner, chances are you have someone higher up the corporate food chain to report to – a supervisor, a manager, even a board of directors.

Since this is the person holding the key to your success, it is important to know how to manage him/her correctly.

A group of working professionals interested in maximising their career results decided to attend our Career Excellence workshop – "How to Manage Your Manager", to learn how to develop a win-win relationship with their managers.

Poll results: General Election 2011 - Which issue would be the key determinant to your vote this year?

May 7th, 2011 was the day that marked the turning point of Singapore politics, where more than 1.9 million valid votes were cast for Singapore’s 11th General Election.

This year, Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party faced its strongest challenge since independence, where 82 out of 87 parliamentary seats were being contested, way above the mere 47 out of 84 seats in the last parliament. In addition to the increased number of seats contested, candidates representing the city’s opposition parties are of a higher caliber than they have ever been, where top corporate lawyers and former high-ranking civil servants are being fielded this election.

With so many high-calibre candidates standing for election this year, the usual perks offered to citizens including local estate upgrading and beautification programs do not seem to be able to win over peoples’ hearts anymore. Instead, citizens want the ruling party to do something fast about pressing issues which include the escalating cost of living, influx of foreign workers, and the affordability of public housing.

Based on this contentious topic of discussion, JobsCentral conducted an online poll to find out which issue would be the key determinant to citizens’ votes this general election. A total of 348 respondents participated in this poll.

Learning How To Resolve Conflicts

Work is already stressful enough without having to deal with colleagues sniping at each other and passing the blame to each other. If only there was a way to walk through the minefield of workplace relations and come out on the other side unscathed.

A group of eager beavers felt the same way and signed up for our Career Excellence workshop - The Art of People Management: Dealing with Workplace Conflicts. Here's what some of the participants had to say.

Speaking with Charisma and Confidence

Amusingly, death is not people's greatest fear. It only comes in second to speaking in public, which has consistently ranked number one in the greatest fears that people have.

Speaking in public, or private for that matter, to a group of strangers should not be a difficult matter. However, a lot of people have problems with this. Recognising this, we collaborated with The School of Personal Excellence to organise a workshop "How to Speak with Charisma and Confidence". It attracted 40 eager beavers who wanted to learn how to communicate better.