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
Time for a change? If you are looking for something new, or a fresh beginning, start your job hunt strong in 2015 with these simple steps.
Start with a clean slate.
Literally. Before you dive into resume editing and job applications, take time to clean your workspace. Organize papers, clear off your desk and put all those miscellaneous items away. A clean environment can help refresh your brain and make you feel ready for a new start.
Don’t stop there, clean up your digital workspace as well. Is your computer a maze of folders, shortcuts and files? How about all those items in your downloads folder you haven’t ‘put away’ yet? Manage your email folders and aim for Inbox Zero. Cleaning up your digital workspace feels just as satisfying as cleaning your physical one. Continue reading Job Hunting in 2015: Starting strong
If you are currently in your first several years in the workforce you will have seen job postings that you like, but that ask for 4 or 5 years of experience. With only one, two or three years under your belt, should you even bother applying?
The short answer? Yes.
Here are the reasons why you should apply for those jobs that are a stretch:
What’s the worst that can happen? You get rejected. That’s it. Well this is no surprise: you know the job is a long shot anyway. What’s the best that can happen? You get called in for an interview. Even better, you land the job. There’s really nothing to lose here.
Get over your fear of rejection. You will be rejected for countless jobs and opportunities throughout your life – being afraid of hearing ‘no’ shouldn’t be a barrier to making the attempt.
Get your foot in the door. You may not be the right fit for the job you applied for, but the company may like what they see and consider you for a similar position. By applying, you are making potential connections and getting your resume in front of the companies you’d like to work for.
When is applying a bad idea?
When you don’t have even close to enough experience. If you are fresh out of school and applying for jobs asking for 5 years experience, your expectations are too high. You will appear completely out of touch with how workplaces function and possibly come across as arrogant or entitled.
If the job is way outside your field. Missing a few years of experience is not as big a deal if you are already on the path to earning that experience, but don’t apply for a job that is outside of your career path. You need to show you have excelled at similar jobs, and if you don’t have much related experience, you simply can’t show that.
Make your application top notch.
The only way you will be considered for a position when you are under-experienced is if your resume proves you have the potential to do the job. You have to give great examples of how you excel at your current position and related positions, how you have gone above expectations and how you are a top performer. Without a stellar resume, your long-shot application simply won’t be considered.
Do you hate waking up in the morning? Are you someone who feels most productive at night? Everyone has a time when they feel most alert, most comfortable and have the most energy. For some, this is during the day, but others are happiest at night.
If you are struggling to pull yourself together for a 9-5 job and relying on coffee to make it through the morning, it might be time for a change of scene. There are plenty of jobs that are perfectly suited to night owls. Some require extensive training and education, while others are entry-level. No matter where you are in your career, if you are a night owl, one of these jobs might be life changing: Continue reading Jobs for Night Owls
Have a look at this list of ridiculous (and real) job titles. Are companies just trying to make an average job seem more unique? Or are they trying to prove how ‘edgy’ or ‘out-of-the-box’ they are? Whatever the reason, there are some bizarre job titles out there:
1. Digital Prophet: a role at AOL
2. Retail Jedi: This may be a case of making retail jobs sound much better than they often are. Anyone else think this term is more humiliating than cool?
3. Innovation Sherpa: So they carry around a lot of other people’s ideas?
4. Happiness Heroes: This one is all about social media of course.
… see the full list over at Mashable.