Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Where to find jobs?

Where to find your next job?
Based on my experience there are several ways to find your next job.
1. Newspaper and Magazine: This is the most typical and common way of searching your next job.
2. Internet: This is one of the fastest most convenient way of searching for a job and at the same time applying for it at an instant.
3. Job Fairs: Expect the long lines and crowd,tough competition but also expect an immediate interview and if you are lucky expect the job offer the same day!
4. TV and Radio programs: Usually they would announce vacancy and would tell you how to apply.
5.Family and Friends: Not many people realize this that referral is a very powerful tool. If you are friendly enough to chat with a friend whom you just bumped into, you might know that they have an opening at their company and would like to refer you. This is your chance jump ahead of the line of those walk in applicants and be entertained especially if your referrer is doing very well in the company.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Working abroad on a month to a year contract

Working abroad 

Working abroad or working offshore is never easy. If you are single, well this could lead to a better experience, on the other hand if you are in a relationship, this could turn into a turmoil if not handle well. If you have a family this could be the most difficult part. Especially when your job assignment leads to a month to a year. No matter what the case is, there are things that is common for both in a relationship or a family guy.

You must keep the communication line open. This will make your love ones feel that though you're far away, yet you're nearby and can easily be accessed and talk to any time.With the current technology at hand there is no excuse for you not to be reached anywhere you are. There are times that your love ones would want to talk to you about their happiness, sadness and just to feel that your presence, It best not to deny them of that pleasure cause you would want them to answer the phone anytime you call.

Do not forget that you went offshore for a work not a vacation. Most people tend to mix work with pleasure when away, thus leading to unnecessary pressure.

Divert your attention; it is wise to keep a journal of your stay to keep your mind busy or collect pictures or souvenirs, little things that will remind you of this experience or a gift to your family when you come home.
Every body loves a gift. 

Socialize, If you have to work on a different country it is an opportunity to learn new things about their culture and society and meet new friends, but then again, This is just to keep you busy and also will allow you to share stories of your experience when your back home but remember your limitations after all you are a visitor.

The most difficult part of working away off shore is missing your love ones, that is why I laid out some things as some tips in case you ever had the chance to work abroad. I hope this will help you get over months of being away from home. Of course working with more than a year is another story.

Friday, September 17, 2010

It does not hurt to smile at work.

Ever wonder why you don't have that much friends at work?
Why your network revolve only a few officemates?
Well if you are satisfied with what you have right now and never had the feeling of ever wondering why some of the people in the office has so many friends in different departments, that's fine,but if you'd like to.. then you should start smiling.
If you find it hard to greet in the morning when you came across with someone on your way to your work station.Then why not trying to smile instead, its not much but its much better than greeting someone with sarcasm,yet a more simple one is a little nod, just to acknowledge the presence of someone. You will see, it will all start with a smile, then you'd feel at ease and also it will give others the impression that you are a friendly guy and would also return the smile, and before you know it, another friend has been added to your network,of course getting through a conversation is another story

Monday, September 13, 2010

Things you must do before you leave your job

You have carefully considered and the only option is to quit the job..
But wait,
Who is gonna do your job when you leave?
What are your pending transactions?
Normally since you are quitting your job, you would not care much what happen to the position and the responsibilities your leaving behind,But as an act of professionalism,you must care , a responsible person will make it sure that leaving will be as smooth as possible and that your unit or department's operation will not be hampered. After you left the company, it is not yet over, for what you did or how gracefully you left will be known to your new company with the process of background checking.So before you leave, make sure you leave properly.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

How good is your future company?

Can you tell how good the company is?
 Normally if you are looking for a position in the company, there things that you need to do in order to meet the requirements for the position,
These are researching about the company: brief but important history of the company, size of its operation, network and affiliates, preparing for the interview and exam.
But how can you tell how good the company is during the application process?
Here are some pointers.
  1. When you arrive at the company premises during your first interview, were you attended by the front liner instantly?
  2. How many hours have you waited before being interviewed? Were you constantly updated are reminded in case that you have to wait?
  3. Were you given directions regarding the recruitment process?
  4. During the interview were you told what to expect of in terms of benefits a regular employee?
A good company is an organized company regardless of the size; the recruitment process is gives the applicant the first impression of the company and it is also a means of saying “go ahead invite your friends to join us”.
Lastly a good company will not let you wait to hear the bad news. Your time is important and no matter what the outcome of your application, the sooner you know it the better.
After all the only way to break a bad news is to do it quickly.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Taking out the routine on your job.

Each day a man complains that he is doing almost the same thing for 10 years.
He said "I've been doing the same job since I started the company.."
Then I wondered.Did he ever tried changing his routine?
Taking new challenges?Asking his supervisor for a change of job function,
for additional responsibilities,taking risks?
I could say that there could be two reasons that I could come up why someone would be stock up with the same job for several years:
1.Satisfaction ? could be that you are satisfied with what you do and would plan of doing for more years.3
2.Afraid of taking risk?Of course additional work means additional responsibility and accountability.May be you are too afraid to take risk specially when you know the impact of responsibility to your career.
In that case.May be a little look within oneself would determine why we are where we are and no boss will ignore a potential leader however of a stubborn it may be.It pays to take a little risk from time to time.

Interview tips

Here are some tips that would help an applicant for an interview.
1.Know the company.Before going on an interview it is important to at least know some things about the company. The products or services it provides. The company's goal and objectives. The number of employee and its operations.
2.Know your resume.It is a good habit to keep track of the details of your accomplishment and to memorize each detail with accuracy.During the interview, chances are questions will arise from what is written in your resume and it will help avoid an embarrassing situation where you can't remember details about yourself.
3. Expect the unexpected. There is always a big question in every interview.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Before Quitting a job..

Based on my experiences,Quitting a job is never easy specially when your only source of income depends on it.
However, for some reason for those who wanted to quit your job, here are the some things that you might want to consider.
 1. Reason for quitting. Obviously the main reason is you are no longer satisfied with your current job,but is this the only reason?or maybe quitting is not the only solution perhaps a change of attitude towards your work would do it.Take into consideration that during the process of applying for the next job interview, this question my come up "why did you quit your job?".
2.  Are you prepared to quit? No matter how hard it has been for you with your present work, with your difficult boss, tiresome schedule, traffic and robotic routine, there is still the question, are you ready to quit? will your finance last until your next job?What will you do if you are unable to meet your expected deadline of acquiring the next job?
3. Is this the right time to quit?Consider your market value, if you think that your present job has not yet added years to your experience then maybe you should wait a little more.

Preparations for quitting a job.
If quitting a job is irrevocable then it does not hurt to be prepared for the worst.Save a lot and consider multiple options and different career paths.Also if you are able to find a new job without before quitting your present job, that could save you a lot of risk.If your company allows an indefinite leave or leave without pay, then utilize these breaks to find your new job.

What to expect of my blog.

Hi guys,
To start with as my title goes, Working Duke implies, that I would be sharing thoughts and ideas mainly about , looking for work, working in a foreign country,work related issues and also the pain of the process of looking for work,interviews, examinations and asking for the right salary and getting started with the job.
Feel free to express your thoughts and opinion that will enrich our discussion and help our dear friends who are in need for pieces of advise and tips.

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