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Monday 3 November, 2014

5 Things To Do Before You Quit Your Job

 

Thinking Of Quitting? Follow These Steps First.

 

Quitting your job may be the first step in the right direction, or it could be a horrible mistake. Before you find out, make sure you think about the reasons why you aren't enjoying your work and how you could improve them. 

 

 1. Ask Yourself: Why Do I Want To Quit?

 

Make sure you ask yourself this question before you do ANYTHING. And don’t ask yourself this when you have just had a horrible day at work. Perhaps when you’re enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon you should list the reasons why you are not enjoying your current workplace.

 

It could be your salary, working hours, relationships with your boss or colleagues. Whatever it is, write it down. Why don’t I enjoy working here?

 

2. What Are The Advantages Of Your Job?

 

This is the next important step, to write down the things (ok let’s be honest, you’re just going to think about it, but writing it down is a good idea) you actually enjoy about your job. There has to be something, otherwise you would have left already.

 

In my opinion, this is possibly the most important step. The grass is always greener on the other side. In other words, you may get yourself a new job and find that the job you supposedly hated with a severe passion wasn’t so bad after all. You don’t want to feel that kind of regret.

 

3. Have The Talk.

 

There will be someone in your company, perhaps someone in HR or your own manager that you are able to speak with. Have a chat about your options and see if there’s anything that can be done to improve your situation.

 

Are you looking for more flexibility?

 

Would you like to take on more tasks that suit your skills?

 

Do you feel undervalued?

 

Ask.

 

4. Try To Make It Better.

 

So management didn’t really help, maybe you can help yourself. Depending on why you aren’t enjoying your work, there could be various ways to improve your work satisfaction. Think about getting yourself some new skills, avoiding the difficult colleagues, or improving your day by shaking up your routine outside of work hours.

 

5. It Could Be Time To Leave.

 

Tried all of the above with no luck? Maybe it’s time.

 

Quitting your job is a decision that should not be made lightly. Make sure you have taken steps to attempt to improve the situation before giving up and most importantly, make sure it’s the right decision for you.

 

If you found this helpful, you might also like: Top 5 Career Regrets

Tuesday 9 September, 2014

Kate Middleton Pregnant

 

Kate Middleton Pregnant!

The best twitter reactions...so far.

 

There is doubtful a person alive in the world that isn't aware of the recent #RoyalBaby news! Once again, the royal news will take over the world. Just like with all pop culture breaking news, Twitter has gone into frenzy mode. There's lovers and there's haters and it's everywhere! 

 

So, of course, it was my line of duty to have a look through what everyone is saying and choose my favourites from the millions of tweets! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did...

 

At first, we were confused about which Royal Baby?

 

Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

 

Then the Queen cleared it up for everyone...

 

Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

 

Just to reinforce how cool & down with it she is, the Queen thought she'd sneak in another tweet!

 

Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

 

Then people wanted to make name suggestions...

 

Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

 

Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

 

Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

 

Followed by pity...

 

Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

 

The one hater I will include, because I like her style.

 

Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

 

Then there were those who weren't convinced about the announcement...

 

Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

 

And to finish it off, Poor George has lost the spotlight, and he knows it...

 

Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

Tuesday 2 September, 2014

Best Part Time Jobs For Mums and Dads

 

Best Part Time Jobs For Parents

Looking for flexibility? Look no further.

 

As a Mum or Dad looking for work, flexibility is key (I can only assume). You are looking for part time jobs that compliment your schedule and allow for room to move. Working in a café is no longer the primary option for part time workers who are looking to work during the daytime. In fact, most workplaces are now realising the importance of having a flexible job available for their applicants, and that’s exactly what they’re providing.

 

Forbes.com reported on a 2012 study that revealed a huge 97% of parents believe that flexibility in the workplace would enable them to be better parents to their children. Well, look no further. We’ve got the list for you.

  

Top 8 Part Time Jobs For Mums & Dads

 

Teacher/Tutor

 

Let’s see. You’re looking for work that fits into school hours? Well, I’ve got a crazy idea – what about working in a school? If you don’t have the qualifications to teach, there are a bunch of other jobs in education. Administration, librarian, or what about dabbling in some tutoring? If you’ve got musical talents, try passing them onto someone else.

 

Babysitting

 

Ok, so it’s likely that since you have children of your own, you don’t want to be spending your days taking care of someone else’s. But hey, I’m just throwing ideas out there.

 

IT/Web Design

 

There are loads of tech-savvy jobs out there, which can be great for flexibility as you can work off a laptop! Part time jobs may include but are not limited to graphic design, tech support, and web & software development.

 

Personal Trainer

 

Personal training can be ideal as you can schedule your sessions for…well, whenever you like. Although I suppose you do have to be fit and all that…

 

Reception

 

Most receptions are open during light hours, where many can also offer casual work, which is perfect for you!

 

Data Entry

 

Not the most thrilling of part time jobs, but you don’t necessarily need any previous experience, which is a plus. It mostly involves, well, data entry. You transfer data from the company into their software, so you would need attention to detail and a high level of motivation (I would assume).

 

Call Center

 

Once again, no previous experience is essential to grab some call center work. 

 

Writer

 

Ok, so there are only a lucky few who are earning money through freelance writing but it is possible! And wouldn’t that be the best part time job? Making money off writing your own travel blog? There are even a bunch of parents who are running online blogs for other parents who are horrifically successful. My advice is to leave this as a hobby, but why not give it a go? If you’ve got the skills to make it happen, it could have some great rewards.

Friday 29 August, 2014

Bizarre & Fun Desk Accessories!

Office supplies to brighten your work day...

 

It's no secret that working eight hours a day at the office isn't the most joyful of occassions. You sit in a chair and you spend your day in a trance. Well, not for much longer. I'm bringing to you...my personal top 10 desk accessories that will be sure to make office life more bearable! 

Forget using the common fridge, or having your feet trapped in your shoes. You don't have to take it anymore! This is a new world people. A new world of desk accessories. Have a little fun...

 

The Top 10 Fun Office Supplies:

 

1. Forget water...

 

Fun Office Supples - Beer Cooler

FunForMobile

 

It may not hydrate you as well as water, but it would sure make meetings more fun!

 

2. Mini Vacuum!

 

Fun Office Supples - Mini Vacuum

ChinaGift

 

Bringing procrastination to you whenever you need it.

 

3. Ooooooh yeah. A hammock just for your feet.

 

Fun Office Supplies - Feet Hammock

ConnectDesign

 

A personal favourite of mine. Don't mind if I do!

 

4. USB with a touch of danger!

 

Fun Office Supplies - Gun USB

OfficeSuppliesJunkie

 

Maybe just keep it in your draw? You don't want to be arrested.

 

5. Mini Fridge

 

Fun Office Supplies - Mini Fridge

Vandal

 

Both practical and adorable! Seriously, why don't we already have these awesome office supplies?

 

6. Note Holders

 

Fun Office Supplies - Note Holder

LadiesGadgets

 

The only problem with this? You now have no excuse as to why you forgot to call Jeff...

 

7. Little Tape Dispenser Guy

 

Fun Office Supplies - Tape Dispenser

Cheezburger

 

Christmas is only four months away, I can wait till then. Right?

 

8. Nap Pillow

 

Fun Office Supplies - Nap Pillow

StudioBananaThings

 

"Add to basket". Need I say more?

 

9. Coffee Mug

 

Fun Office Supplies - Prescription Coffee Mug

ContentVerse

 

Please Doc, give me the good stuff! 

 

10. Lastly, something every office needs...

 

Fun Office Supplies - Bullshit Button

GetDigital

 

We all know it to be true. This button could solve many issues, and create even more.

Tuesday 26 August, 2014

7 Illegal Yet Common Job Interview Questions

 

There are certain interview questions that employers are not allowed to ask during a job interview. Just because they are illegal, doesn’t mean they won’t! You need to be aware of your rights and answer only the questions you feel are appropriate for the job.

 

The interviewer must only ask questions which are relevant to the job you are applying for.

 

7 Interview Questions Which Are Illegal:

 

1. What is your first language?

Yep, no go zone. You are allowed to be asked if you are fluent or can write in a specific language, however, you do not have to reveal where you are from, your first language or anything regarding your cultural background.

 

2. How old are you?

Unless it is directly appropriate to the job (such as being over 18 to work at a bar), age is off limits. You don’t even have to supply your birthdate!

 

3. Are you married?

This may reveal your sexual orientation and is therefore also a no-no. Which leads to number four…

 

4. Do you plan on having children?

The marriage and kids questions could be regarded as sexist. You are not allowed to employ someone on the basis that they may in the future have kids, which could restrict their time commitment and also take maternity leave.

 

5. Have you ever been arrested?

You are allowed to be asked if you have a criminal record, however, not if you’ve ever been arrested. Similarly, it is against the law to ask about past drug use!

 

6. Do you observe any religious holidays?

Much the same as number one, employers are not allowed to base their decisions on the religious beliefs of an applicant.

 

7. Do you have any medical conditions?

Questions regarding medical conditions may only be asked if it’s in directly reference to the job at hand.

 

 

Have you ever been asked these questions? Let us know in the comments below!

Thursday 21 August, 2014

Top 5 Career Regrets

 

You always regret the things you didn’t do rather than the things you did.

 

 

This is no different to career regrets; they are always the opportunities you didn’t take the risks you didn’t make.

 

Your career is where you spend the majority of your life. It’s a space for you to express your interest, your skills and your passion. It’s not an area in your life for you to let slip by. I find that people are always waiting for the right time, the right moment to make their decisions, and somehow that time comes and goes. There is only now. If you want something, grab it. No one else will. If you find yourself regretting the industry you are working in, then educate yourself to a spot where you can change direction. It’s never too late.

 

It was recently revealed in a survey conducted by OneShift that 49% of university graduates felt that their studies did not adequately prepare them for the workforce, while 80% also said that they believe experience is more highly valued than an education. This highlights the changing nature of the workforce and the competitive nature of graduate roles. However, this was further highlighted by the SMH who recently reported that those who did not complete tertiary education were more likely to feel regret in their lives, presumably thought to have limited their opportunities. 

 

After interviewing a diverse professional group of thirty people, The Harvard Review listed the top five career regrets. Note that they are all opportunities they didn’t act upon rather than ones they did.

 

Top 5 Career Regrets

 

1. I wish I hadn’t taken the job for the money

2. I wish I had quit earlier

3. I wish I had the confidence to start my own business

4. I wish I had used my time at school more productively

5. I wish I had acted on my career hunches

Tuesday 19 August, 2014

Jobs That Travel

 

Want to mix a little travel and adventure into your career? Yes, these jobs do exist! You don’t have to put up with your small office cubicle, the standard commute to work or your micro-managing boss. Here are ten jobs that travel, go with it:

 

1. Flight Attendants

Everyone was thinking it so I thought I’d put it out there first. You could be literally travelling the globe with your job, city-to-city, country-to-country. And the best part? Not only is it free, you’re getting paid to do it!

 

2. Events

This is such a broad industry; you could take your career anywhere (both metaphorically and geographically). Whether you delve into corporate events, theatre, festivals, music tours or even the circus – there are a bunch of jobs that travel with events!

 

3. Which leads me to my next job…

Musicians. Touring is a way for bands and artists to get known, to build a fan base. Depending on their fan-base and budget, they could be travelling a few hours or to the other side of the world. If you don’t have the musical talent (like myself), then consider becoming a roadie!

 

4. Au Pair

Au Pairs or ‘Live-In-Nannies’ might just have the right idea. Many families overseas love having nannies from New Zealand to be able to teach their young children English. It would be a great way to travel, enjoy free lodging and perhaps learn a new language!

 

5. Photographer

How many photographers do you know that snap their pics all in the one town? Maybe just a few of your instagram friends. Whether you’re a destination-wedding photographer, travel blogger, or have just got the gear and the ticket – go!

 

6. English Teacher

Speaking of teaching English…why not just do that?

 

7. Volunteer

You may not be getting paid in cash, but you would be fulfilled in a much more superior way. Volunteering could take you anywhere, there is no place in this world that isn’t in need of something.

 

8. Journalist

Don’t get me wrong, there would be countless amounts of people after this job, it’s not an easy one. But once again, it could take you anywhere! You could work for a network or become a freelancer reporting on war-torn countries. Or a travel journalist, documenting the most amazing places around the world!

 

9. Tour Guides

No prior qualifications needed, just a good understanding of the history and city where you are situated! Chat to fellow travellers while you guide them around beautiful cities in every corner of the globe.

 

10. Pharmaceutical Representative

Otherwise known as “Drug Reps”. They are required to sell pharmaceuticals to various physicians around an area, state of country. It might not be as luxurious as travelling across Europe, but it gets you out of your swivel chair.

Wednesday 13 August, 2014

Paper Image Found Here.

 

Do you want the cold hard truth about cover letters? The majority will go unread. Companies and employers are slowly crawling away from the traditional methods of recruitment. No longer are the days of handing in your resume and articulate cover letter. Most employees are hired through networking, whether that is personal or online.

But what can you do? When an online job ad requests a cover letter, you can’t say no. You’ll never know which company will be the one to read your cover letter, so you may as well make it worth reading.

 

 

  1.      Short & Sweet

A long cover letter is an immediate turn off. One page maximum is a general rule of thumb.

 

  1.      The Trick Is In The Job Ad

In each job ad there will be a list of skills they are looking for in an applicant. These will differ depending on the job but may include assets including ‘good communication skills’, ‘organised’, ‘great leadership skills’ (I actually got these off a OneShift job ad). Your cover letter should focus on discussing these attributes and when you were able to put them into action, giving specific examples to back yourself up.

 

  1.      Do Not Repeat. Do Not Repeat.

Your cover letter should not be a summary of your resume. It’s your chance to provide new information to convince your future employer that you are the right person for the job! Don’t tell them what they already know.

 

  1.      Relevance is Key

Sending out the same cover letter to every job ad wont get you anywhere. You should be customizing it to each job! Don’t be lazy. Sure, you can have a template on general things you want to include, however, make sure you are including why you want this specific job and altering your cover letter around Tip #2.

 

  1.      Spell Check

Your application will go straight to the bottom of the pile if you can’t even proof read your work. Use spell check.

Tuesday 12 August, 2014

 

 

One of the best decisions I ever made was to jet set to England for twelve months after leaving school. At just 18, I travelled to over 15 countries while working a casual job in an array of English pubs on the outskirts of London. There’s something about living abroad, not just snapping pictures around the Tower of London and the Eiffel Tower, but actually embracing other cultures that opens your eyes up to a whole new spectrum of possibility while also learning about yourself.

 

Not only does working overseas provide you with an opportunity of a lifetime, it also pays off when you return home (if you ever decide to leave). A friend of mine recently had an extremely important job interview after completing his Masters, something he had been strenuously preparing for for weeks. Memorising numbers, data, examples, information that was going to blow his interviewers out of the water. What did they end up questioning him about? His year in France where he was a Nanny for a young family. They were more interested about this part of his life and experience than what was relevant to the position. He got the job.

 

Living abroad helps you to develop your people skills tremendously. Without even realising it, you enhance your self-confidence; which is extremely important when applying for jobs and approaching an interview. One of my lecturers at University swore he could pick out the students in our class who had travelled and those who hadn’t – although, he never did name names.

 

It also shows you are adaptable and open to new ideas, which is a great attribute to have on your belt. And better yet, you will broaden your network over the globe. This will prove to be invaluable when you find yourself wondering “where to next?”

 

Obviously this is a great opportunity for the younger generations, for those finishing school or university and aren’t at risk of losing their careers to take time off. Why not just grab a part time job overseas and take the time to travel, see new sights, meet new people and enjoy life? You will thank yourself later.

Thursday 7 August, 2014

 

Part time work is starting to find its feet in the corporate world, step-by-step. Whether it’s your boss that gets every second Friday off, my friend who is forced to take his annual leave every year, or even the ability to work from home from time to time. These are just baby steps towards what will become a corporate revolution, steps towards living a lifestyle that focuses on work/life balance. We are beginning to realise that the stress of full time jobs isn’t worth the repercussions; that work doesn’t end at 5pm but instead sneaks it’s way into our personal lives, stealing our sleep & the possibility to think about anything else (a little exaggeration never hurt anyone).

 

When you make the move to working part time, it’s not about what you’re giving up; it’s about what you’re gaining. Time. Sleep. Balance.

 

These three key things are what create a happier and healthier lifestyle. They allow you to enjoy life, whatever that may mean to you. Beats working overtime and only having 20 days of holidays a year, that’s for sure.

 

I’m not going to lie to you, working a part time job is not going to give you the same cash as working a full time gig. But I’m not talking about money; I’m talking about a change in lifestyle. Do you really want to be working the majority of your days to save…for what? For retirement? I’m talking earning money to live life…now. And plus, if I’ve learnt anything in my journey, it’s that you spent to your limits. If you begin earning less, you begin spending less. It’s not like you need that set of golf clubs anyway.

 

This isn’t something that I’m rambling on about, this is a lifestyle that people are currently living. I spoke with a fellow OneShifter who is making her part time graphic design job work for her! Here’s what she said:

 

“Working part time allows me to stay on my career path and contribute financially yet still stay focused on raising my beautiful daughter.

On my weekdays off I do all my chores and grocery shopping so that the weekends are spent having fun as a family.

I also don’t miss out on taking my daughter to ballet lessons and playgroups that most stay-at-home Mums get to do, which I love!” ­

 

Keep in mind: It’s about making a lifestyle choice, not a career change.

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    03 Nov 2014

    5 Things To Do Before You Quit Your Job

     

    Thinking Of Quitting? Follow These Steps First.

     

    Quitting your job may be the first step in the right direction, or it could be a horrible mistake. Before you find out, make sure you think about the reasons why you aren't enjoying your work and how you could improve them. 

     

     1. Ask Yourself: Why Do I Want To Quit?

     

    Make sure you ask yourself this question before you do ANYTHING. And don’t ask yourself this when you have just had a horrible day at work. Perhaps when you’re enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon you should list the reasons why you are not enjoying your current workplace.

     

    It could be your salary, working hours, relationships with your boss or colleagues. Whatever it is, write it down. Why don’t I enjoy working here?

     

    2. What Are The Advantages Of Your Job?

     

    This is the next important step, to write down the things (ok let’s be honest, you’re just going to think about it, but writing it down is a good idea) you actually enjoy about your job. There has to be something, otherwise you would have left already.

     

    In my opinion, this is possibly the most important step. The grass is always greener on the other side. In other words, you may get yourself a new job and find that the job you supposedly hated with a severe passion wasn’t so bad after all. You don’t want to feel that kind of regret.

     

    3. Have The Talk.

     

    There will be someone in your company, perhaps someone in HR or your own manager that you are able to speak with. Have a chat about your options and see if there’s anything that can be done to improve your situation.

     

    Are you looking for more flexibility?

     

    Would you like to take on more tasks that suit your skills?

     

    Do you feel undervalued?

     

    Ask.

     

    4. Try To Make It Better.

     

    So management didn’t really help, maybe you can help yourself. Depending on why you aren’t enjoying your work, there could be various ways to improve your work satisfaction. Think about getting yourself some new skills, avoiding the difficult colleagues, or improving your day by shaking up your routine outside of work hours.

     

    5. It Could Be Time To Leave.

     

    Tried all of the above with no luck? Maybe it’s time.

     

    Quitting your job is a decision that should not be made lightly. Make sure you have taken steps to attempt to improve the situation before giving up and most importantly, make sure it’s the right decision for you.

     

    If you found this helpful, you might also like: Top 5 Career Regrets

    09 Sep 2014

    Kate Middleton Pregnant

     

    Kate Middleton Pregnant!

    The best twitter reactions...so far.

     

    There is doubtful a person alive in the world that isn't aware of the recent #RoyalBaby news! Once again, the royal news will take over the world. Just like with all pop culture breaking news, Twitter has gone into frenzy mode. There's lovers and there's haters and it's everywhere! 

     

    So, of course, it was my line of duty to have a look through what everyone is saying and choose my favourites from the millions of tweets! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did...

     

    At first, we were confused about which Royal Baby?

     

    Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

     

    Then the Queen cleared it up for everyone...

     

    Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

     

    Just to reinforce how cool & down with it she is, the Queen thought she'd sneak in another tweet!

     

    Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

     

    Then people wanted to make name suggestions...

     

    Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

     

    Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

     

    Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

     

    Followed by pity...

     

    Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

     

    The one hater I will include, because I like her style.

     

    Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

     

    Then there were those who weren't convinced about the announcement...

     

    Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

     

    And to finish it off, Poor George has lost the spotlight, and he knows it...

     

    Kate Middleton Pregnant - Twitter Reactions

    02 Sep 2014

    Best Part Time Jobs For Mums and Dads

     

    Best Part Time Jobs For Parents

    Looking for flexibility? Look no further.

     

    As a Mum or Dad looking for work, flexibility is key (I can only assume). You are looking for part time jobs that compliment your schedule and allow for room to move. Working in a café is no longer the primary option for part time workers who are looking to work during the daytime. In fact, most workplaces are now realising the importance of having a flexible job available for their applicants, and that’s exactly what they’re providing.

     

    Forbes.com reported on a 2012 study that revealed a huge 97% of parents believe that flexibility in the workplace would enable them to be better parents to their children. Well, look no further. We’ve got the list for you.

      

    Top 8 Part Time Jobs For Mums & Dads

     

    Teacher/Tutor

     

    Let’s see. You’re looking for work that fits into school hours? Well, I’ve got a crazy idea – what about working in a school? If you don’t have the qualifications to teach, there are a bunch of other jobs in education. Administration, librarian, or what about dabbling in some tutoring? If you’ve got musical talents, try passing them onto someone else.

     

    Babysitting

     

    Ok, so it’s likely that since you have children of your own, you don’t want to be spending your days taking care of someone else’s. But hey, I’m just throwing ideas out there.

     

    IT/Web Design

     

    There are loads of tech-savvy jobs out there, which can be great for flexibility as you can work off a laptop! Part time jobs may include but are not limited to graphic design, tech support, and web & software development.

     

    Personal Trainer

     

    Personal training can be ideal as you can schedule your sessions for…well, whenever you like. Although I suppose you do have to be fit and all that…

     

    Reception

     

    Most receptions are open during light hours, where many can also offer casual work, which is perfect for you!

     

    Data Entry

     

    Not the most thrilling of part time jobs, but you don’t necessarily need any previous experience, which is a plus. It mostly involves, well, data entry. You transfer data from the company into their software, so you would need attention to detail and a high level of motivation (I would assume).

     

    Call Center

     

    Once again, no previous experience is essential to grab some call center work. 

     

    Writer

     

    Ok, so there are only a lucky few who are earning money through freelance writing but it is possible! And wouldn’t that be the best part time job? Making money off writing your own travel blog? There are even a bunch of parents who are running online blogs for other parents who are horrifically successful. My advice is to leave this as a hobby, but why not give it a go? If you’ve got the skills to make it happen, it could have some great rewards.