Guest post by Vanessa Fardi, NEUVOO
Knowing other languages in a world that, thanks to globalization, has forced people to be bilingual and almost makes them forget their mother tongue, definitely comes in handy when looking for a new job.
Numbers do not lie, today, nearly 60% of the job offers require the candidate to master a second language. English and German are taking the lead in the list for the most popular languages required by employers, especially in the areas of engineering, finance, new technologies and health. Continue reading Getting a job using your second language
Often what sets one candidate above another for a job are their ‘soft skills’. These skills aren’t specific to any job or industry, and will make you more successful on whatever your chosen career path is.
Some people are naturally great with these work skills, but anyone can learn and improve their soft skills.
In work and in life, I’ve found that most mistakes and arguments are caused by simple misunderstanding and miscommunication. Being able to convey a concept clearly to another person determines how they respond, eliminates confusion, and keeps a project running smoothly.
How to improve? Listen. Always give 100% of your attention to the person you are talking or listening to. Ask questions to clarify anything that seems unclear, no matter how silly it seems. A lot of verbal communication is about empathy: understand that the person you are explaining something to can’t read your mind, consider things from their point of view, not just your own.
Continue reading 4 Skills Needed for Any Job +How to Improve Them
Flexible work leads to higher productivity, lower stress and an expanded talent pool among other benefits. It’s no wonder that more companies are embracing flexibility and changing the definition of today’s workplace.
Have a look at this infographic from TechnologyAdvice for insight into what types of flexible work exist, why people want greater flexibility and why 9-5 will be a thing of the past.
Guest post by Noel Griffith
Have you decided that you have had enough of your current job, you want a change of career? Well, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that the average person will make a career change up to 5 times in their lives.
You’re right to feel a little trepidation however, the economy is not at its strongest position, and there are a lot of unknowns going into a new career. But as Alexander Bell said himself, ‘‘before anything else, preparation is the key to success’’.
This could not be more relevant to a change of career, if you prepare fully you will make a successful change. I have seen it myself countless times, and I have narrowed it down to the 5 most important areas to prepare around. These are as follows: Continue reading How to Properly Prepare for a Career Change
During a job search, you want to be sure your references are available and willing to speak to potential employers. When is the best time to reach out and re-connect with your references?
Before you start applying
At the beginning of your job search, reach out individually to your references and re-confirm their willingness to act as a reference. Mention the types of jobs you will be applying to: this will help give them an idea of what an employer might ask them.
Contacting references at the start of your job search is very important. This will jog their memory, make sure they are still willing, and give them a chance to make some notes so they are ready for a phone call. Being called out of the blue to talk about someone they might not have worked with recently is very challenging: don’t put yourself or your references in that situation.
After a great interview
When you’ve completed an interview and you feel like you have a good chance at the job, is when your references are most likely to be contacted. This is also when an employer will ask for your references if you haven’t already provided them.
If you want, you can touch base with your references again, saying to expect a call, and what the position is. This is not necessary, but if it has been a while since you first talked to them, it’s nice to give a heads up.
When you’ve landed the job
You’ve been hired! While this proves your experience, knowledge and interview skills have paid off, your references played a big role in vouching for you as a good employee. Now is the time to send a quick thank you message to them. Tell them you got the job, you appreciate their help, and will continue to stay in touch. Your references will want to know if you were hired and if what they said was helpful – don’t keep them in the dark here.
The most important time to contact your references is at the beginning of the job search process. Not only is this nice for the references, but will benefit you as they will be more prepared. Keeping in touch through a long job search, and notifying them you were hired are nice gestures that will keep this professional relationship strong.