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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Power of Positive Paradigm

Career Events Seminar at National Library on 25 October 2008.

The Seminar -

The ability to harness the power of emotions to motivate self can enhance an individual's performance. Everyone can rise above the dampening and challenging circumstances and bloom if one can manage one's mindset and transform it to become positively powerful.

It is not fun, and of no value to be in the dumps. It is about time, one should stand up and take charge and press forward confidently.

The Facilitator -

Chiang Wen-Wei is a certified Life Skills Coach and certified Results Coach. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and BSc (Hons) from the UK.

He is a US Certified Behavioural Consultant for DISC profiling and is also certified for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Personality Profile Analysis and the BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) for Emotional Intelligence profiling and coaching.

He has more than 10 years experience in training and development, consulting and coaching.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Questions for Jobseekers to Use in Job Interviews

We see a lot of job interviews in the office since JobsDB also has placement services. Some interviewees were okay and some obviously did their homework. Apart from answering questions on how the company can benefit from you, how the company’s nature of business interests you, there are also more in depth questions that a job seeker can ask on the exact nature of work expected from him or her. Interviewing is after all a two way process

To help you prepare and even rehearse your upcoming job interview, here is an article by Neen James, Global Productivity Expert on the possible questions you can ask. Some of them include:

• Will I be reporting to you in this role?
• Who will I be reporting to when I join your team?
• Who will I be working with?
• How many people are in the team I will be part of?
• Are we required to work on public holidays?
• How long is the induction program?

Read up on Questions for Jobseekers to Use in Job Interviews for more.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Singapore Career Expo 2009

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sanden-Keeping Cars Cool

We'd like to focus on various industries to keep fresh graduates in the know of what's ahead of themin their careers. For those planning on becoming engineers, Singapore's Industry Focus speaks with Raymond Cheow, an automobile engineer at Sandend International Singapore.

Sanden started developing compressors, heat exchangers and airconditioning in 1971 in Japan.It now owns 25% of the global market share for car ac's.

Raymond, who worked in the company fresh out of university believes on the employee's side, it takes:
  • a passion for cars
  • an understanding of fuel and energy management
  • keeping abreast with the latest technology.

He also believes that as a company Sanden has succeeded due to its precise and scientific R & D.He also believes that success is also dependent on employee satisfaction. At Sanden for example,an employee is allowed flexi time as long as they log in 44 hours a week to be able to spend time with the family.

Read more in Sanden-Keeping Cars Cool.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Prioritising Your Day to Accomplish More

This article is perfect for figuring out if you work too much or spend too much time relaxing. Read about work habits that are just right & healthy for you & your work.

Prioritising Your Day To Accomplish More
by Carol Halsey

Prioritising is a very important function of being organised. It is another method that puts you in control of your work responsibilities. In order to effectively prioritise, learn to recognise the difference between the important, the urgent and the unnecessary. It may seem that everything is urgent, and must be acted on first. This is not necessarily so. With good planning and prioritising, urgent situations will become less and less frequent.

Your first step to prioritising is to select those tasks you need to take action on tomorrow. These will come from your master list, along with new tasks generated during the day, which most likely are a result of phone calls, new assignments and mail. This list will be your daily "to do" list.

"Take 15 minutes at the end of each day to prepare a "to do" list for the next

I suggest taking 15 minutes at the end of each day to prepare a "to do" list for the next day. There is no better time to be aware of what to accomplish tomorrow. Evaluate each item on your list as to its importance and urgency, and eliminate the unnecessary.

Next, prioritise your daily "to do" list. Select the top three most important tasks which must be completed, no matter what else happens that day. Number them 1, 2 and 3. It is essential to identify them in order of importance. During the day, an unexpected crises may erupt, or any number of things can happen that you did not plan on that will take time you hadn't counted on. But you will know that those top three tasks must be taken care of no matter what!

"Select your top 3 most important tasks which must be completed"

After identifying the top three, select, in order of importance, the second three most important tasks and number them 4, 5, and 6. However, these three may not be acted on until the top three are completed. This is because you have already determined they are not as high a priority. Following this process puts you in control of your "to do" list.

Keep your "to do list" small - no more than eight items. After all, it is a daily "to do" list. As you tick off completed tasks, you will have the feeling of accomplishment.
Accept the fact that you cannot do everything in one day. What may not be on the top of today's priority list, may very well be #1 on tomorrow's list. If you accomplish five or six items on your "to do" list each day, consider it a very productive day.

This, I have found to be a pretty comfortable standard, because so many other events take place each day that cannot be planned for, but take time. And remember, 5 or 6 a day adds up to 25 to 30 tasks completed each week.

By prioritising, you will know, every day, the top three most important tasks to be tackled before hitting your desk in the morning.

"You cannot do everything in one day"

Being organised requires commitment - your commitment - to try something new and to break old bad habits. The methods and techniques I offer are simple, easy to learn, and I guarantee they will work and your job will be a whole lot easier. You will also notice that you are less stressed.

©2001 Carol Halsey

Carol Halsey is Founder and President of Business Organizing Solutions. She is a professional organiser, consultant, speaker, and author of "93 Organizing Tips to Simplify Your Business Life." You can get this booklet and articles, ideas and a free Idea Kit, filled with simple tips for saving time, simply by visiting her web site:

Monday, October 6, 2008

Riding The Tourism Boom

Whatever field you come from, as long as you enjoy meeting new people and promoting what your country has to offer, this article will pique your interest in the tourism industry.

Riding the Tourism Boom

Kenneth Ng works at Universal Studios Singapore, which is one of the upcoming tourist attractions at Resorts World at Sentosa

Kenneth, what do you do at Resorts World at Sentosa?

I am part of the Universal Studios Singapore projects team that plans and coordinates everything from design, construction and the completion of Southeast Asia's first and only Universal Studios theme park.

I am also involved in the master-planning of our six zones in the theme park, which includes –
¡ Jurassic Park
¡ Super Hero City
¡ New York
¡ Hollywood

Universal Studios Singapore will be one of our two anchor attractions here at Resorts World at Sentosa. The other project is our Marine Life Park, which is the largest oceanarium in the world.

Your job sounds really exciting. Can you tell me more about it?

We are in the business of fun, and it's a great feeling to be creating joy for our customers when we open in 2010.

I work with our designers in the Universal Studios office in Los Angeles to create one of the best theme parks in the world. We pick the most exciting rides to be featured here – which is a feat, because all their rides are so exciting, and we have finite space.

Being spoilt for choice, we have to carefully scrutinize the designs of our attractions, and then decide what would be most attractive to theme park goers in this region. We then tweak it a little to make it either more relevant to our audiences here, or give it a fresh new twist so that even the most jaded theme park patron will find Universal Studios Singapore refreshing.

We are going to create 20 new attractions and two new zones which will be the first of its kind in the world. The privilege of being involved in this process is indeed very exciting. Of course, another key highlight would be the fact that I’ll be one of the first to ride on our dueling roller coasters in two year’s time, signifying the fruition of all our efforts!

Resorts World at Sentosa looks set to revolutionize the tourism sector with these fantastic attractions. How influential will they be in terms of promoting Singapore as a tourist destination?

The region has never seen such an integrated project that will change the tourism landscape of Southeast Asia forever.

Resorts World at Sentosa is slated to be one of the world’s most exciting family destinations, with a myriad of fun-filled offerings for the entire family.

With twin mega attractions, six hotels, a galore of entertainment and retail options, our S$6 billion mega- resort will be something Singaporeans will be very proud of.
Ultimately, we are looking to change the face of family holidays.

Do you find your job challenging at times?

This is probably the fastest rate that a mega theme park has been built, and with that, decisions have to be made very quickly.

But when it comes to the design of theme park rides, it's never easy as they are rather subjective. For example, some would prefer the rides to be steeper, or scarier. Some prefer more scenic rides. It's all about striking a balance, and ensuring that the entire experience has something for everyone.

Having said that, we are well on track to create one of the best tourist attractions in the region. So my long hours are well worth it at the end of the day.

What do you think are the prospects for the tourism/hospitality industry?

I believe that Resorts World at Sentosa will change the tourism and hospitality blueprint of Singapore and the region. With 12,000 direct job opportunities and 35,000 indirect hires, we are almost instantly creating some 47,000 jobs.

Singapore can also expect a surge in tourist arrivals, with the daily number set to jump by some 55 per cent when the two Integrated Resorts (IR) open in 2010, as highlighted by Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Lim Hng Kiang, during our ground breaking ceremony in April 2007.

Besides a complete overhaul of the tourism and hospitality industries in Singapore, many sectors within the economy – from banking and finance, to transportation, infrastructure, engineering, education and even real estate, will enjoy the extra buzz with the spillover effects from both IRs. Did you like this story? We'd like to hear from you. Write to us at