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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Social work and satisfaction.

Writers have tons of reasons for using humor. One is it's easy to use yet effective in hooking readers. Those who have marketing jobs and media jobs that involve writing know this. You can't use it in academic writing where spock speak is the rule, though.

That's why the problem with having a writer job is you feel crazy all the time. You haven't written anything personal in years. You're always on the lookout for ideas to keep your perspective fresh. Your mind's always working and you lose your ability to judge what's normal.

Many tiring things come with being a writer, but we guess, this is also the case with other job positions. There's no job that's heaven, but chances of you meeting people who are really devoted to their jobs are still favorable. We can't totally discount that fact.

Professionals with accounting jobs dance with numbers everyday, but it's amazing that there are still some of them who look forward to tomorrows despite the tiring routine, for instance. Same goes for career builders with engineering jobs and IT jobs. Devotion simply means seizing the day everyday and they have it.

Most of the time, people associate the social services field with "devotion". And it's understandable why. People are expected to help each other. There's something really satisfying about lending a hand when it's most needed.

We know people who've always wanted to do social work. Ask them why and they will tell you the same thing: It's very satisfying. The catch? They don't know how. Industry Focus has interviews with hard-working people who have social services jobs at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerIndex/Industry-Focus/Social-Services?ID=184. D'you have the same desire? Reading these interviews will benefit you a lot:

World Vision - Building A Better World For Children at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerIndex/Industry-Focus/Social-Services?ID=184

Knowing that I'm in a place where I can actually help make a difference in the lives of needy children and their families around the world. And helping to provide the channels of transformation, not only for the lives of our beneficiaries, but for those of our supporters and donors as well. I also enjoy working with my team and colleagues - everyone shares the same passion and heart for serving the poor so it is a joy to work alongside each other as we help one another overcome the daily challenges of meeting and achieving our goals. -- Jenny Teo, Communications Manager at World Vision Singapore


HighPoint - Rebuilding Broken Lives at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/highpoint.htm?ID=129

It may seem quite hard to sympathize with men who have committed crimes, but it's also important to understand that by helping these ex-offenders to rehabilitate, we are enabling them to share their testimonies with others (particularly youth) that a life of crime does not pay. This is further emphasized in the fact that having strong role models for young men is very important to a society's stability. Ex-offenders trained by HighPoint will be entering into a competitive world to try to succeed. -- Daniel Jesudason, Executive Director at Highpoint


AWWA - We Are Looking For Stayers at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/we-are-looking-for-stayers.htm?ID=130

Before you consider working for a non-profit organisation, ask yourself, “Am I prepared to take less money in exchange for a better quality of life?” -- Maureen Fung, AWWA

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The recruitment industry in Singapore.

We can't count how many times we've talked about the industries of Banking and Information Technology over here. Accounting Jobs, too. So, where's this element called "variety" that's expected of blogs about career with overconfident moderators? We don't know either. But it's not that we're only concerned about getting clicks (these industries are, after all, always in demand). At least, we've finally realized the mistake. And we're starting the big fix today.

What's for sure is that the fixing won't take a lot of time. After all, there's Industry Focus to guide us every step of the way. Our editors have, so far, managed to fill this section with interviews with career professionals from 28 industries, from Real Estate to Social Services. The part that we've decided to feature for today is Recruitment at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerIndex/Industry-Focus/Recruitment?ID=182. Well, it's a doing-good industry too; top companies are becoming cautious in their recruitment activities and preferring to sign in the help of recruiters to get these jobs over with.

Having the knack for people development will make you a good candidate for a recruiter job or HR job. Similarly, achieving success in this field is all about being and communicating properly with people. Reading these interviews will help you strengthen your strategies:

Hays - Specialist Recruitment at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/industry-focus-recruitmen?ID=172
Features interviews with Chris Mead, General Manager of Hays in Singapore; Quennie Yap, Senior Consultant of Hays Banking in Singapore; Irene Triantafyllou, Head of Training & Recruitment of Hays in Asia Pacific
Highlight:

The world of recruitment is exciting as every day you meet and speak with new people and listen to their challenges - either in terms of hiring the right staff or finding that next step in their career. There are constant challenges that you get from that and delivering the best result for our client or candidate ensures a very rewarding career.



Hiring For Success at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/industry-focus-recruitment-industry-jac-recruitmen?ID=149
Features interview with Audrey Ang, Senior Consultant in the Banking & Finance team at JAC Recruitment
Highlight:

Challenges always exist – such as competition from other recruitment agencies, and job candidates sometimes use different agencies at any one time to help them get employed. So it can be disappointing when we present a candidate to a client, and they say that the candidate has already been presented to them via a different agency.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

On salary expectations.

If you've been a job seeker for quite some time now and you religiously read job hunt tips, you should know which way "over-pricing but under-delivering" leads to. It's for certain that today's job market is employee-driven, but the recruiting experts at Hays Singapore warn job seekers to keep their salary expectations realistic, we've read at todayonline.com. Regardless of how honed a job seeker's employee skills are, he/she should take note of the fact that the last recession has taught Singapore employers to be cautious. Yes, there have been news reports about top companies in Singapore having expansion pursuits and looking for suitable candidates to fill in the new posts. However, they know which candidates have a salary agenda and which have clear intentions.

So, review your asking price. While self confidence is good in career building, is this price too much? We invite you to browse Find Jobs to review the latest rates in your field. And then, there's also News Watch where our editors post press releases from partner organizations that can help you quantify things.

Perhaps, our Industry News section can also help. This section contains our editors' interviews with career professionals from different fields, from aviation to social services. Not only will get proper ideas, but also learn the crisscrosses of your chosen field. Tips to impress future job interviewers, anyone?

Exceptions to this case are job seekers in skills-short industries like accountancy and finance. Accounting Jobs, Bank Jobs, and Finance Jobs are very much in demand right now. If you visited this blog yesterday, you should know.

Oh, don't leave the site yet. Because this is our blog, we want to refocus your attention to the re-branded LearningDB at www.jobsdblearning.com.sg. Take a look at the latest offerings at learning.sg.jobsdb.com/sg/course_by_month?month=7&year=2011 again and see if anything else scheduled for the month of July catches your interest. Hey, attending career seminars will help you to increase credentials.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Good news for finance/banking professionals!

An hour ago, we sent this message to our followers on Follow us on Twitter!:

Good morning, everyone! Let's start off the week right!

Which makes sense. Could we have tweeted anything else better? It's a Monday, come on! Encouraging people to start off their days positively seems the most plausible route for us. Not that our creative juices have run out, but well, we feel the need to "professionalize" things a bit for once.

Which makes sense...again. Our editors have updated News Watch with press releases from eFinancialCareers and Robert Half. It just doesn't seem fit to be creative in introducing industry news. Given that premise, suspending our knack for humor and sarcasm seems the best way to get the ball rolling for our job seeker and career professional followers this week. Too many "seems"...

Anyway, job seekers of finance jobs and career professionals in the banking industry are the ones who'd benefit the most from reading these press releases. Robert Half's recent observations comprise of all good news in the finance industry. Here are their exact words (because we won't be able to say it any better):

Singapore’s banking and financial services sector continue to experience strong growth in line with the economy, and is leading the way in hiring as organisations expand their staff strength in the front, middle and back-office spaces. SOURCE

According to the findings of a recent survey by eFinancialCareers (which you can read at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Overseas%20Experience?ID=732), on the other hand, the most sought after Asian city for financial professionals seeking oversees experience happens to be Singapore. This just proves how much the Singapore job market has improved since the strike of the last recession.

So, can we interest you with the latest bank jobs and financial services jobs in Singapore? If you're not yet a MyJobsDB member, you know what to do.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The behavioural interviewing method.

Do you have a job interview coming up but don't know how to prepare for it? Fret not. Although we haven't written about interview techniques in a long while, Career Advice has kept our knowledge on this topic pretty sharp.

It starts with knowing that there are two types of interview questions. Afterwards, things will become easier to deal with. Knowing the difference between traditional questions and behavioural questions will help you to overcome the fear of sounding uninteresting during the interview. Making an impression is "the goal", right?

Your guess as to what traditional questions are may be correct. These are basic questions and can only only divulge your opinion on certain topics to the interviewer. They are also used to go about most other kinds of interviews, one common example being "how would others describe you?"

Behavioural interviewing questions are the exact opposite, what with the fact that they will give the interviewer an idea as to how you will react to stressful situations and other similar occasions. In other words, your answers to such questions can reveal deeper aspects of your personality if interpreted properly. In case you're wondering, one common example is "how would you if an office ruling that you don't exactly agree to gets enacted?" The interviewer may also ask you to recall a past event and will make follow ups to each of your answers in an effort to probe deeper.

The thing is, the behavioural interview method is gaining popularity because it suits today's job market. How should you prepare for the highly probable throwing of such questions in your next interview?

This article at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Questions-in-an-Interview?ID=458 will give you hints. Related resources for you to check:

Characteristics & Motivators of your Behavioural Traits

Behavioural Interviewing Strategies

Flexing Your Behavioural Style


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Retrospect: On Career Changing.

Been thinking about changing jobs? Our advice is still the same: Given the unpredictability of today's job market, don't just throw in the towel. Is moving on your only way out? If a career change is really the only option left, we won't force you to stay. Just make sure you have a fallback.

The prospect of needing to change careers is never enjoyable, what with the copious amount of stress that usually comes with it and all. This is the reason why we've written this article at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/career%20events?ID=290. To make things simpler so that we won't add up to the stress.

If your answer to our opening question is yes, we want you to ponder on these factlets again:
  1. Are you finished soul searching?
    Quitting "unprepared" will only lead to a disaster. Before you throw in the towel, look for industries that match your personal passions. And then find out whether these industries are actually hiring.

  2. Can you consider yourself "better" than most job hunters?
    Experience is not enough in today's job search. Figure out the skills that you need to be qualified for the new job that you want. Then try to attend as much seminars as you can. You might want to get a new degree too.

  3. Is your network enough to get you moving?
    We've always been saying that networking can do wonders in job search. When the going gets tough in your job hunting, your contacts will be the ones to keep your optimism intact as they can provide you first-hand job leads.

  4. Lastly, are you prepared for the stress?
    Chances are it has been a long time since you've been on a job hunt and the present situation of the job market may surprise you a bit. Always remember to look at things in a positive light and don't let your ego get in the way. If you need to post those words all over your room or have them in your wallet to be reminded always, then do so.
More career articles at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerIndex.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Resources for FRESH GRADS and STUDENTS.

Just because you're a fresh graduate doesn't mean your job search will automatically last for two or three months and you have no choice but to wait it out. Technically, your chances of winning against experienced candidates are very low, but your strengths -- those you've acquired during college -- can improve this number. If you present your strengths properly in your resume, they can improve your branding as a job seeker and give you better job prospects. That's why resume writing is a very crucial step for you guys.

What strengths? Even a start-up business has strengths. Were you an active student leader? You can claim to have management skills and leadership skills with appropriation, then.

Working as a student will not guarantee a high pay, however it is the experience that matters. --Joanne Chua, JobsDB Campus Interview(11-Jun-10).

Or perhaps, you were a working student? It is a common fact that balancing work and school is taxing. If you present this bit in your resume properly, it will give you an image of a career professional with polished time management skills.

Career articles FROM students and fresh grads FOR students and fresh grads can be accessed at http://campus.sg.jobsdb.com/. It's what JobsDB Campus for anyway. Don't hesitate to interact over there and have fun.

Annie Yap, founder and Managing Director of AYP Associates has shared with http://sg.jobsdb.com three tips for seekers of fresh graduate jobs. Our editors has it available for reading at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/JobsDB%20Campus?ID=327. Nevertheless, the reason why we're featuring this here is to balance things out -- we've focused on the technical aspect of resume writing too much, admittedly.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Singaporeans and workaholism

Can Singapore professionals be generalized as a workaholic bunch?

It's given that we, the moderators of this blog, are addicted to our writing jobs -- we'll do just about everything for feedback. And well, we're pretty sure most of our followers value their respective jobs as much as we do ours. But statistically speaking, we'd hardly make a good sample for the entire country's population, right? Given that we represent a well-respected website, we have to be really careful with our words. And so, we cannot just declare that Singapore is a laden of workaholic career professionals over here like we're from an ultra-competitive census firm...or something.

Thing is, we've always wanted to write about this career topic, but lack of time to do an actual survey with a correctly computed sample is preventing us from satisfying the desire 'til now. The results of the latest Robert Half Workplace Survey posted at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Singapore%20professionals?ID=729 has given us a sort of redemption, really.

In case you haven't visited http://sg.jobsdb.com in a while, our editors have just boosted Career Advice's already credible line-up with the addition of this press release from Robert Half. According to the press release, 69% of Singapore employees tune into work even when they are out of the office or on holiday, higher than the regional average of 66.1%, confirming something we've long expected from SG's general employee populace. Here are the survey's other findings:
  • Reasons cited include the need to be available in case of an emergency at work (66%) and filtering through work emails to ensure less stress when returning to the office (60%), suggesting rising work pressures.
  • 96% of Singapore employers expect employees to be available/ contactable while on leave or during out-of-office hours.
  • Of those expected to be available/ contactable while on leave or out of office hours, the highest demands are placed on senior management/ director level (75%) staff, followed by middle management (79%).

So, are you a part of "this" majority? What's your reason for extending your working time? Use the comments section below to write your thoughts. We'll be waiting!

Related articles:

Remaining Relevant in The Workplace

Getting a Promotion

15 Ways to Beat Stress at Work

Simple Tips To Relieve Stress In Your Work Day


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

JobsDB Learning | The one-stop learning portal for your training and development needs.

Education is an important aspect of life. But now that we've managed to sound like preachers, this has to be made clear: This is all for our followers' career development. It has been established many times that education doesn't stop after college; career professionals who are inclined to achieve success in their careers someday understand that continuous learning is an inevitable part of the journey. This is for the simple reason that the work world of today is never at rest and continuously experiencing changes from many factors. To be a successful "player" in this ever-changing plane is to keep oneself updated with learning opportunities and be willing to spend time and money for them.

You don't even have to worry about WHERE to find such opportunities. If you've been a My JobsDB member since a long time ago, you SHOULD have knowledge of JOBSDB Learning -- what it is and how rewarding its career seminars have been/are. Perhaps, you've attended one or at least you've been inclined to hit the Sign Up! button in a subpage of it once.

Okay, why do we sound like naggers? Here's the thing: From being "just" www.learningdb.com.sg, JOBSDB Learning has just been re-branded to become a better provider of seminars on communication skills, sales & marketing, customer service, management & leadership, information technology, and finance. Have you already seen the improvements at http://learning.sg.jobsdb.com/? But obviously, the improvements go beyond the physical...if you know what we mean.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Resources about office etiquette.

Many are confused about the real definition of office etiquette. What is it about, anyway? And if it doesn't concern pay increase, why is it a hot topic on social networking sites?

Simple answer: Office etiquette has something to do with corporate culture. Remember what we said about it yesterday? That corporate culture affects the overall quality of one's work life or how one does his/her job? That's the point.

We ask you this: Will sitting beside a slacker help to make you more productive or just turn you into another corporate bum? If your seatmate listens to very loud metal music all the time, can this improve your general perceptions on things in relation to your pursuit for career advancement like perhaps, incline you to attend more training seminars?

The answers to those questions are glaringly obvious. That's why consideration must be exercised all the time in offices. Because the office is a social space, while inside its confines, everyone is expected to act appropriately in order to harness productivity.

Not sure how to act? Career Advice happens to keep a good number of articles about office etiquette; you might want to check each of them out. We strongly recommend the following:

Top 10 Ways to Become Someone You Would Respect and Admire at Work at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Respect%20&%20Admire%20at%20Work?ID=651
Author: Gary Alger, Solutions EAP
Article Highlight:
Accept responsibility for your words and actions, especially your mistakes. ("Personal power means never fearing to say you're sorry.")


5 Golden Rules of Good Office Etiquette at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Career%20Guide?ID=278
Author: Agnes Koh, Director of Etiquette & Image International
Article Highlight:
We need to conduct ourselves in a professional and genuine manner in the workplace so that our managers, colleagues and clients will respect us. Although working life can be very stressful at times, it's important that we do our best to be in control of our emotions and not get too worked up. This is because showing our anger and venting out our frustration inappropriately in the office leaves a very bad impression and makes everyone feel uncomfortable too.


15 Tips for Thriving in a Cubicle Environment at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Thriving-Cubicle-Environm?ID=498
Author: Excerpt from What to Do About Personnel Problems and HRnext
Article Highlight:
Recognise that the cube is a public space - don't say anything you don't want everyone to know.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

After a merger...

It has been forecasted many times: Mergers and acquisitions will increase over the coming years. More and more Singapore employers are starting to believe in the potential of such corporate moves, but do you know what to do with your career development if ever your company decides to undergo either of the two?

It's common knowledge that corporate culture affects the overall quality of your work life or how you do your job. Since a merger will result to an entirely new corporate environment, it's important that you design coping plans.

The question now is HOW? Don't worry because Career Advice has articles from experts about adjusting to a new corporate culture after a merger. It's a shame that we haven't featured these articles over here ever before, proving just how problematic our prioritizing skills really are. But yes, here's their long-overdue debut at http://jobsdbsingapore.blogspot.com:

How to adjust to a new corporate culture after a merger? at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Work%20Tips?ID=672
Author: Ruby Chen
Article Highlight:
Learn how information is exchanged and adopt the same methods in your own approach. Each company communicates in different ways. For example, one company may have a stronger emphasis on face-to-face or are heavy e-mailers. If you are unsure, schedule meetings with key stakeholders to get an understanding of each other's working habits and preferences.



Keep Your Career On Track Following A Merger at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/merger-career-advice.htm?ID=181
Author: Hays Singapore
Article Highlight:
Your workplace is not the same. Accept this fact and use every opportunity to get to know the new company and the way they want things done. Act as you would when you first start a new job - dress professionally, act professionally and communicate professionally. Aim to impress.


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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The real deal about career development.

How well do you know us? Okay. Perhaps, we have to rephrase that question to "how well do you know our writing quirks?" We're not trying to be smug here, but really, we expect those people who have been following us since the very beginning to be able to list down our favorite career topics easily or at the very least, they should be able to name one from the roster. Job interviewing is one. Career development is another. In particular, we enjoy exploring the concept of career development to its most specific subtopics of stress management, skills training, and salary increase.

It's never easy to write about career, many career experts say. And it's very easy to understand why they do. Success is relative for the simple reason that no two people are alike. Achieving success in the realm of career doesn't mean following a rulebook from a certain "career doctor"; help books and websites like http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerIndex exist to give you ideas and that's it. The application is up to you.

For some people, reading too much information about career online and through other sources can only complicate things. Do you feel the same? Now, do you understand what we mean by describing career success as "relative" concept?

But we're not saying that career development cannot be defined. Basically, here's the deal: Career building is a matter of improving the skills one was born with and acquiring more so he/she can keep up with today's fast-paced work world. This is basically the reason why this article at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Career-Development-Basics?ID=486 by Jay S. Prince, Ph.D. is a particular favorite of ours. "Development is about knowing yourself even better--well enough to make true, lasting behavioral changes--and a viable plan to meet your change objectives", says Dr Prince.

How will you do that? Three things:

  1. Solid, valid feedback about all of your strengths and weaknesses
  2. Multi-lateral motivation to make the necessary changes
  3. Change partners for your development initiatives

Related resources for you to check:

Career Mastery - Choosing a Career Coach

Purposeful Action Leads to Success

Getting a Promotion

Maximum Achievement

Positive Expectations

Monday, June 6, 2011

Inducing productivity by pacing

Blank. Our mind's blank, for some reason. It's frustrating; we don't know why our brain's refusing to cooperate with us at all.

Needless to say, this is a problem. Our words haven't been this robotic since we last forced ourselves to write while with fever. We wanted our post to be intelligent for once (uhm, like most career blogs?), but we couldn't pull out the right words.

Actually, we're supposed to talk about scheduling as a stress management tool for today and we feel bad that we couldn't even make a proper introduction. But don't worry, we're not going to force out words just so we can make this longer. Anyway, if you've been following our blog since the very start, you probably already know what inspired today's discussion topic. At least, we have the assurance that the message will be shared properly.

In particular, our favorite article whose title is "15 Ways to Beat Stress at Work" and can be read at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Beat%20Stress%20at%20Work?ID=649 is what inspired this post. Every item in the list is worth the try, but we'd like to stress out point 14.

Pace yourself. Schedule the most taxing jobs for the times when your energy is naturally high. Likewise, if you are prone to low energy late in the day, for example, use that time to read industry journals or opening mails.


Like most career experts, we believe that productivity is a "Relative" measure. What boosts your mood for work, may not work for another. Major project? It is suggested that you do it during the part of the day when you are most active.

Related articles:

Managing Stress

15 Ways to Beat Stress at Work

Simple Tips To Relieve Stress In Your Work Day

How To Deal With Stress


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Friday, June 3, 2011

Of lists and hospitality jobs.

Lists. People like them. And for reasons you probably already know, we have a problem with that. See, we haven't quite figured out how to improve our writing skills when it comes to lists yet. We admit to being wordy, and well, you know what they say...old habits die hard. But here's one thing we can assure you: We're striving to improve...we never stop in our search for ways to get better on this aspect. Once we're confident enough, you'll see.

In the meantime, get your fix from Career Advice. We told you yesterday: this section at sg.jobsdb.com is also filled with lists from career experts. In fact, we featured the best ones in the post below this one. If you're not yet done studying that list, do so asap.

And when you're finished with that, check this article at sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Work%20Life%20Balance?ID=665 out. We regret that we failed to include Judy Worrell and Brian Ward's Top Ten Tips for Improving the Quality of Your Work Life in yesterday's list, so allow us to make "proper" promotions for it now.

The list is basically for career professionals who are experiencing problems. But what makes it so noteworthy is that the tips "apply as much to the CEO as they do to the front line worker". Here's a snippet:

Learn, and keep on learning - go to training sessions and in-services, enroll in college courses, read books. Know why, not just how.


Guess we're done with lists for today. But you're not free to go yet; we still have good news to share (though, if you're an avid news reader like us you probably won't find this surprising at all).

From TodayOnline.com: 3.12m tourists visited Singapore in Q1. It is safe to expect the hospitality industry to prosper some more and generate hotel jobs, IR jobs, travel jobs, and tourism jobs. You already know why that's a good thing, right?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Career checklists.

This question has been asked a thousand times in the fields of politics, religion, education, science ...well, in every field of inquiry there is, really: "Why complicate things?"

We admit to having this troublesome vice of sensationalizing otherwise simple issues, but well, you know that we HAVE to make sure that everything that gets published on this blog makes sense, right? In other words, the premise we're in is sensitive enough to warrant the extra words that have been spoken.

But we've contemplated on this question many times. And we still do so once in a while, trying to come up with ways we can practice simplicity over here without compromising on quality. We think we've improved, actually: these past few months, the articles we've released are strikingly shorter. And they didn't get sloppy, right? We mean, they're still insightful enough?

It is never easy to write about career building or job hunting; we feel blessed to have Career Advice as our guide to mastering these topics' respective crisscrosses. And the fact that this section at sg.jobsdb.com also keeps career articles in the checklist format is a great motivator for us to improve on our "word-limiting" journey. Here are some noteworthy ones:


See...we're trying.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Persistent action.

Job dissatisfaction and prolonged unemployment are arguably, two of the most discussed career topics on the web. Proof is this blog: publishing something about either of the two over here will automatically result to getting feedback. You know us, right? Given our uncanny addiction to receiving reactions from our readers (due to our insecurity, perhaps), this is something that we've long taken note of (and practice as much as we can).

These two career problems could have developed popularity online because they seem difficult to get out of. But truth be told, though different in context, there's actually only one way to get out of their brand of rut: persistent action. Popular e-book writer, Athul Mattur shared it best with our editors for Career Advice once: "The key to solving sticky problems is not to succumb to negative, depressing thoughts but to stay motivated."

You know our favorite lines, right? To confused job seekers, we always argue that competition in the Singapore job market is tight, so it is important that one recognizes the power of patience. For career professionals, things are a little bit different, but it all boils down to confidence in one's abilities and skills -- in other words, one should know how to present these properly to the top executives.

"Getting motivated is another issue entirely!", you may be complaining. Here's the thing: thinking that lack of motivation is the reason why you've remained down in terms of career to this date is surely lighter in the heart than any other. Are you facing one of these career problems? Well, do you lack motivation? Athul's tips are simple:

  • Meditate
  • Bathe with inspiration
  • Write away your worries

His full article can be read at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Stay%20Motivated?ID=666. Believe us, trying his suggestions is going to improve how you perceive the task of career development.

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