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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

Are you ready to hire an intern?

Having interns within a company can be very beneficial for both the company and the intern. It is common for many interns to stay for many years to come within a company and become high ranking executives.


But before hiring interns, reflect on these three questions:

1. Why do you want to hire an intern?

An Intern is not supposed to be an alternative for cheaper labor. When a young person enters an internship, they expect to have the opportunity to learn and expand their abilities though getting to practice hands on a possible future career.

If your business wants to train and mentor young minds, then hire an intern. If you expect to hire interns and use them as substitutes for labor, forget it. Interns are not necessarily considered an investment which you will have a return over.

2. What can I offer an intern?

Just offering experience to an intern is not enough as is paying him money for his work. You must offer growth opportunities to your intern. Make him feel that he has a future in the company! Think, would you be motivated if you knew that your work contract has a set end date?

If you intend on not hiring the intern after his internship is done, make this clear to him since the beginning.

3. Do I have a function I can give to the intern?

Make sure that the intern will have something do work on. He must have tasks which are not extremely complex or high priority. These tasks should be of importance to the business as a whole, but not essential to its existence, as errors will be committed by the intern.

Based on: TLNT

Six more steps to keep motivated

Keeping up with the last post we made on motivation, here we have more ways on which you can maintain your motivation.

As you can see, there is no mathematical or magical formula for motivation, but there are a few steps you should always take as a base to build upon your motivation.

Check this infographic which gives you six steps to ultimate motivation!

6 Steps to Ultimate Motivation [INFOGRAPHIC]

SOURCE: www.virtuallinda.com