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Five unusual ways to find a job

Finding a job can be a tiring and repetitive activity at times. It involves a routine search and filtering of placement opportunities which might appear interesting to you.


Sometimes it might be a good idea to think out of the box!

 Thinking out of the box

Here are five unusual ways in which you can search for a job:


1. Be honest.

It is common for people to feel ashamed that they are jobless. Be honest when someone asks what you do for a living and say that you are currently looking for a job. This might open a door which you didn’t expect. Despite what you may think, this is a form of networking. The person to whom you said you are looking for a job might know of someone or a company which is looking for someone to hire


2. Don’t do what you love

Despite this going against what preached in the circles of career and life coaching, not following your supposed passion might be a way to finding a job.

Sometimes, if you insist on following a pre-existing passion, you might be blocking out possible job opportunities. It is common for you to find a passion of which you are not even aware with an unexpected job proposal


3. Invent and create your job

It may be easier sometimes to create your position rather than fitting yourself into an exsiting one. What is meant by this is that you should use your creativity in order to seek out a completely different position than that what you expect for yourself.


4. Listen to the market

Pay attention to what the job market is saying. Try to tune in and listen to what it is broadcasting. You may surprise yourself and find that you were approaching things the wrong way.


5. Start at the top and move down

Instead of searching for your typical everyday HR department of a company, try to reach the higher ups! Getting your CV into the hands of a high ranking executive can get you into a position which you didn’t even know was available.

The science of motivation

Motivation does not simply appear out of nowhere.

It must be found, cultivated and used as a fuel to reaching your objectives.

See this interesting infographic which summarizes the concept of motivation.



SOURCE: incblot.org

How to achieve a balance between work and leisure: Homing from work

Overworking is common in today’s fast paced world. Everyone should have time for themselves in order to wind off and from their daily chores. The concept of homing from work defends that professionals should use their typical work hours to take care of personal matters.

See this infographic which better explains the concept of Homing from Work.


SOURCE: Captivate

Five ways you are possibly corrupting your employees

Lack of honesty and trust are poisonous within a company. It can be that an employee is naturally like this because of their upbringing or perhaps life’s circumstances have made him this way.


But many times, employees become corrupt because of how things are conducted in your company.

Here are five ways in which you are possibly contributing to making employees unethical:

1. Making them be in the company of questionable coworkers

In a survey of 700 people, 80 percent of respondents reported they had been lied to, stolen from, cheated, or treated dishonestly by a colleague or supervisor.

Therefore, peer pressure is a factor which plays a strong role in the way your employees behave within the company. They can be forced and pressured into distorting procedures and rules, even if they are considered the most highly ethical and correct person in the world.

2. Temptation

Like tempting children with dessert before dinner, you shouldn’t make it easy on your employees if they chose a questionable conduct over a correct one. Demand that they be transparent and accountable with their dealings.

3. The right company with the wrong incentives

Monetary incentives may not be the best incentive you can give your employees. Establishing productivity goals aligned with money can result in a disastrous combination. Employees may begin to produce work in large quantities but with terrible quality.

4. Destructive culture

Some companies hold the end result as the most important aspect of a task, no matter what are the means utilized to reach your objective.

A company’s culture starts from the top and reaches the bottom. Executives must set the example to other employees on how to behave and conduct their activities, rather than simply leaving pretty words on a memo.

5. No time for a personal life

Lack of satisfaction with their job and little time for their personal life and needs can affect an employee very negatively, making them feel resentment towards how the company commands their lives.

It is central to make sure that your employees are happy and productive! Supervisors should create bonds with their team in order to feel their needs before they even get to ask for them.



Five more reasons to hire an overqualified candidate

Continuing our last post:


  1. Less steep learning curve – Due to the experience highly qualified individuals carry, their learning curve is less steep than a less experienced person, meaning they will learn all of the quriks of their function quickly.


  1. Not much training required – Highly qualified individuals are practically ready to perform! All they need is to know how things are done in your company because they already have a good general knowledge of the work involved in their area.


  1. Acting as mentors — Being considered seniors in the market, highly qualified individuals can act as mentors to others in the company. Their years of experience can translate into valuable advice and tips.


  1. More manageable than others – These people will typically be easier to manage once compared to others. Their familiarity with processes and the business flow will make them into automatic taskers.


  1. Think about the future – If your company has an expansion planned for the near future, you sure better have the right labor force for the job. Qualified people will help the company grow and shape into what managers and executives expect!