How to keep your CV updated in 2015

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If you’re thinking of getting a new job this year, make sure your CV is ready to go as soon as the perfect position lands in your inbox. Being first to apply doesn’t guarantee you an interview, but being ready saves time and stress when the right position appears. And a cool, calm, collected approach to the application process can go a long way to ensuring you make a great impression.

Craft and improve your cover letter 
Cover letters are very important. They introduce you to the employer, and if they don’t like what they see there, your application could be rejected without a second glance. Your cover letter is also a great place to put important information that you wouldn’t include in your CV. Help is at hand: here’s how to write a great cover letter.

Clean up your social presence
Potential employers and recruiters will look at social media channels to gain an understanding of who you are. Google your name. Like what you see? If not, take the time to update and improve your online presence and align your online reputation with your work interests. Help employers to see that you enjoy what you do and that you’re good at it too.

Stick to the job title

If you’ve worked in different industries you’ve probably gained experience in a variety of fields. When applying for a job, make sure you customise your CV according to the job you’re applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a position in sales, find the qualities and examples of strong sales experience in your previous jobs that would strengthen your application. Delete any information that is not relevant and remember to keep it short, detailed and always include supporting evidence.  Research the company and align your achievements and qualities to what the employer is looking for.

Prove you’re the best

Highlight your top achievements for each job or consider placing a “career highlights” section in your CV. The employer must see what you could bring to the team and why you’re the best choice. Be careful not to brag or be too vague. Offer specifics, such as how your contribution improved sales by 25% in the first quarter, or how your suggestions resulted in a 30% increase in online registrations.

Prepare your CV for sending
When an interesting job pops up, you should have a neat CV ready to go. Keep in mind that potential recruiters and employers might not view your CV on a PC – some might look at it on their mobile devices as well. Ensure your CV can be easily read on any device and always have a text-based version ready.

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How social media can make or break your career

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Once you have uploaded something to the web, it could very well be impossible to remove it. You’re lucky if it hasn’t yet been downloaded or screen grabbed and reshared.

The fact is that social media platforms are being used as a recruitment tool by employers – a practice that is becoming more popular – and it is your responsibility to know what content is associated with your name on the internet.

It doesn’t matter how impressive your CV is, you will not get called for an interview if your online persona puts recruiters off. Your online footprint is a reflection of your personal brand and your profile, status updates, threads and pictures form a picture that may influence a potential employer’s hiring decision.

Deal-Breakers:

- Not having a social profile. A candidate that is more visible online and therefore less of a gamble is more appealing.

- You liked a Facebook page that supports any form of illegal activity.

- You have advocated for controversial issues

- You spread gossip

- You constantly complain

- You insult others

- You’re always partying; drinking or drunk;

- You participate in dangerous or illegal activities and post images of guns, drugs or fights

- You’ve admitted to hating your job, boss and colleagues

- Your social updates contradicts your CV

Deal-Makers:

- When your name is Googled, the first results display positive information about you

- A professional snapshot or summary about yourself

- A showcase of your skillset is easily found

- Your accomplishments can be verified

-You naturally receive positive comments from peers

- You show interest in the company you’d like to work for, and like, share and comment on their social company pages

- Show interest in your chosen career path

- Participation in discussions and intelligent debates regarding current issues in your industry

- A good network of like-minded individuals

- Your unique personality shines through

Stand out by copying the tactics of these techies who landed jobs at their dream companies by honing their skills in a unique way:

    Eric Romer created a Facebook, Twitter, and blog campaign called “Hire Me, HeadBlade.” He was hired a day later.

    Louis Gray demonstrated love and dedication for Google+ on his blog and it got him hired as a product evangelist.

    Nicholas Allegra landed an internship at Apple after hacking the iPhone.

The internet is an easily referenced database of prospective candidates. Make sure your profile is the best.

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Network your way into the ‘hidden job market’

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Landing the ideal first job can be difficult, especially if you’re an inexperienced first-time job seeker. With so many candidates applying for the same positions, how are you going to ensure you give yourself the greatest chance of securing that prized role?

The hidden job market

Published author and career development expert Randall S. Hansen says “Career experts estimate that the vast majority of job openings are never advertised or publicly announced, but filled through word-of-mouth or networking – known as the ‘hidden job market.’”

The best place to start building your network is with your family, friends and neighbours, and with their associates. But don’t stop there! We’ve gathered 4suggestions to help you network your way to a new job:

Build a network

Associate yourself with connected individuals at school, university, church, volunteer organisations and generally everywhere you see an opportunity, to improve and expand your network.  Joining sports or social clubs and charity organisations is a great way to meet people.

Your online options

Use job sites such as Careers24 and online branding platforms such as Who’s Who SA to get your personal professional profile out on the market. Connect online with influential people and follow them on social networks to be the first to know of new opportunities.

Consult recruitment agencies

Approach the professionals: recruitment agencies have an excellent knowledge of the labour market and possess a large network. As such they can usually get you in quick contact with great companies, as well as jobs that are not advertised.

Find a mentor

Find an influential individual with an established network. They’ll be able to connect you with potential employers and lead you in the right direction, while helping you to develop yourself professionally.

Courtesy: Careers24

How Successful People Stay Calm

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The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.

If you follow my work, you’ve read some startling research summaries that explore the havoc stress can wreak on one’s physical and mental health (such as the Yale study, which found that prolonged stress causes degeneration in the area of the brain responsible for self-control). The tricky thing about stress (and the anxiety that comes with it) is that it’s an absolutely necessary emotion. Our brains are wired such that it’s difficult to take action until we feel at least some level of this emotional state. In fact, performance peaks under the heightened activation that comes with moderate levels of stress. As long as the stress isn’t prolonged, it’s harmless.

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Research from the University of California, Berkeley, reveals an upside to experiencing moderate levels of stress. But it also reinforces how important it is to keep stress under control. The study, led by post-doctoral fellow Elizabeth Kirby, found that the onset of stress entices the brain into growing new cells responsible for improved memory. However, this effect is only seen when stress is intermittent. As soon as the stress continues beyond a few moments into a prolonged state, it suppresses the brain’s ability to develop new cells.

“I think intermittent stressful events are probably what keeps the brain more alert, and you perform better when you are alert,” Kirby says. For animals, intermittent stress is the bulk of what they experience, in the form of physical threats in their immediate environment. Long ago, this was also the case for humans. As the human brain evolved and increased in complexity, we’ve developed the ability to worry and perseverate on events, which creates frequent experiences of prolonged stress.

Besides increasing your risk of heart disease, depression, and obesity, stress decreases your cognitive performance. Fortunately, though, unless a lion is chasing you, the bulk of your stress is subjective and under your control. Top performers have well-honed coping strategies that they employ under stressful circumstances. This lowers their stress levels regardless of what’s happening in their environment, ensuring that the stress they experience is intermittent and not prolonged.

While I’ve run across numerous effective strategies that successful people employ when faced with stress, what follows are 10 of the best. Some of these strategies may seem obvious, but the real challenge lies in recognizing when you need to use them and having the wherewithal to actually do so in spite of your stress.

They Appreciate What They Have

Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the “right” thing to do. It also improves your mood, because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23 percent. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy and physical well-being. It’s likely that lower levels of cortisol played a major role in this.

They Avoid Asking “What If?”

“What if?” statements throw fuel on the fire of stress and worry. Things can go in a million different directions, and the more time you spend worrying about the possibilities, the less time you’ll spend focusing on taking action that will calm you down and keep your stress under control. Calm people know that asking “what if?” will only take them to a place they don’t want — or need — to go.

They Stay Positive

Positive thoughts help make stress intermittent by focusing your brain’s attention onto something that is completely stress-free. You have to give your wandering brain a little help by consciously selecting something positive to think about. Any positive thought will do to refocus your attention. When things are going well, and your mood is good, this is relatively easy. When things are going poorly, and your mind is flooded with negative thoughts, this can be a challenge. In these moments, think about your day and identify one positive thing that happened, no matter how small. If you can’t think of something from the current day, reflect on the previous day or even the previous week. Or perhaps you’re looking forward to an exciting event that you can focus your attention on. The point here is that you must have something positive that you’re ready to shift your attention to when your thoughts turn negative.

They Disconnect

Given the importance of keeping stress intermittent, it’s easy to see how taking regular time off the grid can help keep your stress under control. When you make yourself available to your work 24/7, you expose yourself to a constant barrage of stressors. Forcing yourself offline and even — gulp! — turning off your phone gives your body a break from a constant source of stress. Studies have shown that something as simple as an email break can lower stress levels.

Technology enables constant communication and the expectation that you should be available 24/7. It is extremely difficult to enjoy a stress-free moment outside of work when an email that will change your train of thought and get you thinking (read: stressing) about work can drop onto your phone at any moment. If detaching yourself from work-related communication on weekday evenings is too big a challenge, then how about the weekend? Choose blocks of time where you cut the cord and go offline. You’ll be amazed at how refreshing these breaks are and how they reduce stress by putting a mental recharge into your weekly schedule. If you’re worried about the negative repercussions of taking this step, first try doing it at times when you’re unlikely to be contacted — maybe Sunday morning. As you grow more comfortable with it, and as your coworkers begin to accept the time you spend offline, gradually expand the amount of time you spend away from technology.

They Limit Their Caffeine Intake

Drinking caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline is the source of the “fight-or-flight” response, a survival mechanism that forces you to stand up and fight or run for the hills when faced with a threat. The fight-or-flight mechanism sidesteps rational thinking in favor of a faster response. This is great when a bear is chasing you, but not so great when you’re responding to a curt email. When caffeine puts your brain and body into this hyperaroused state of stress, your emotions overrun your behavior. The stress that caffeine creates is far from intermittent, as its long half-life ensures that it takes its sweet time working its way out of your body.

They Sleep

I’ve beaten this one to death over the years and can’t say enough about the importance of sleep to increasing your emotional intelligence and managing your stress levels. When you sleep, your brain literally recharges, shuffling through the day’s memories and storing or discarding them (which causes dreams), so that you wake up alert and clear-headed. Your self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced when you don’t get enough — or the right kind — of sleep. Sleep deprivation raises stress hormone levels on its own, even without a stressor present. Stressful projects often make you feel as if you have no time to sleep, but taking the time to get a decent night’s sleep is often the one thing keeping you from getting things under control.

They Squash Negative Self-Talk

A big step in managing stress involves stopping negative self-talk in its tracks. The more you ruminate on negative thoughts, the more power you give them. Most of our negative thoughts are just that — thoughts, not facts. When you find yourself believing the negative and pessimistic things your inner voice says, it’s time to stop and write them down. Literally stop what you’re doing and write down what you’re thinking. Once you’ve taken a moment to slow down the negative momentum of your thoughts, you will be more rational and clear-headed in evaluating their veracity.

You can bet that your statements aren’t true any time you use words like “never,” “worst,” “ever,” etc. If your statements still look like facts once they’re on paper, take them to a friend or colleague you trust and see if he or she agrees with you. Then the truth will surely come out. When it feels like something always or never happens, this is just your brain’s natural threat tendency inflating the perceived frequency or severity of an event. Identifying and labeling your thoughts as thoughts by separating them from the facts will help you escape the cycle of negativity and move toward a positive new outlook.

They Reframe Their Perspective

Stress and worry are fueled by our own skewed perception of events. It’s easy to think that unrealistic deadlines, unforgiving bosses, and out-of-control traffic are the reasons we’re so stressed all the time. You can’t control your circumstances, but you can control how you respond to them. So before you spend too much time dwelling on something, take a minute to put the situation in perspective. If you aren’t sure when you need to do this, try looking for clues that your anxiety may not be proportional to the stressor. If you’re thinking in broad, sweeping statements such as “Everything is going wrong” or “Nothing will work out,” then you need to reframe the situation. A great way to correct this unproductive thought pattern is to list the specific things that actually are going wrong or not working out. Most likely you will come up with just some things–not everything — and the scope of these stressors will look much more limited than it initially appeared.

They Breathe

The easiest way to make stress intermittent lies in something that you have to do everyday anyway: breathing. The practice of being in the moment with your breathing will begin to train your brain to focus solely on the task at hand and get the stress monkey off your back. When you’re feeling stressed, take a couple of minutes to focus on your breathing. Close the door, put away all other distractions, and just sit in a chair and breathe. The goal is to spend the entire time focused only on your breathing, which will prevent your mind from wandering. Think about how it feels to breathe in and out. This sounds simple, but it’s hard to do for more than a minute or two. It’s all right if you get sidetracked by another thought; this is sure to happen at the beginning, and you just need to bring your focus back to your breathing. If staying focused on your breathing proves to be a real struggle, try counting each breath in and out until you get to 20, and then start again from 1. Don’t worry if you lose count; you can always just start over.

This task may seem too easy or even a little silly, but you’ll be surprised by how calm you feel afterward and how much easier it is to let go of distracting thoughts that otherwise seem to have lodged permanently inside your brain.

They Use Their Support System

It’s tempting, yet entirely ineffective, to attempt tackling everything by yourself. To be calm and productive, you need to recognize your weaknesses and ask for help when you need it. This means tapping into your support system when a situation is challenging enough for you to feel overwhelmed. Everyone has someone at work and/or outside work who is on their team, rooting for them, and ready to help them get the best from a difficult situation. Identify these individuals in your life and make an effort to seek their insight and assistance when you need it. Something as simple as talking about your worries will provide an outlet for your anxiety and stress and supply you with a new perspective on the situation. Most of the time, other people can see a solution that you can’t because they are not as emotionally invested in the situation. Asking for help will mitigate your stress and strengthen your relationships with those you rely upon.

Courtesy: Author of #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and president of TalentSmart, world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence.

Every introvert’s guide to successful networking

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Preparation is key
Before your next social event, compile a few questions that could help you get to know your potential connections. Questions like: How did you kick-start your career? Why have you chosen your career? Think of questions and practice them ahead of time to ease any nerves that you have. Also think of what you’d like to share about yourself to help the conversation along.

Team up with a friend
There’s no reason why you have to attend social events alone. Take a friend with you and it might make the event seem less intimidating. If you can’t, try to make just one connection at the event – someone who has the same interests as you would be a bonus. That way you’ll feel less alone and you might even enjoy yourself.

Be the person to know
Yes, as an introvert it’s the most difficult thing to do, but if you prepare enough, you’ll feel a bit more confident. Remember, every person in that room is probably as nervous and as scared as you are to strike up a conversation. Worrying about you’ll say will only make things worse. Instead, try talking to that girl who is sitting at a table alone. She’s probably hoping that someone will talk to her as well. Help to ease her nerves and yours by starting a conversation. “Have you been to this event before?” is usually a great way to start.

Listen and stop worrying
When you do manage to strike up a conversation, listen and stop worrying about what you’ll say next. Try to relax by asking your new contact lots of questions.

Positivity and a smile goes a long way
Body language speaks volumes. If you’re standing against the wall with your arms crossed, you’re not giving a great impression. Instead, smile and appear warm and friendly. That way, more people will want to chat to you.

Give yourself a challenge
Every month, meet with four people you know and make an effort to meet four new people. These connections could be leads to your next interview, next job offer and the people that could refer you for vacancies. You might find that stepping out of your comfort zone a little bit gives you new-found confidence and better results for your job search.

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Revealed! Secrets of unbelievably successful people

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Successful people are not your average Joes. They’re different. They do things differently and think differently too. Successful people have a goal in mind and will work smartly to achieve it. We’ve identified key habits that set successful people apart from the rest. Here are a few key characteristics they possess.

They have one plan and stick to it
If you have one plan you’ll work harder to achieve the goals you set out; a back-up plan creates a backdoor for you to escape through just in case you don’t succeed with your initial plan.

Having a plan or a goal and sticking to it will naturally make you work harder and smarter to achieve it. The plan will require your full attention and commitment because you know that if it fails, that’s all there is. Moral of the story? Pick a plan and stick to it.

Successful people aren’t afraid of work

Average workers are average because they have average skills. If you want to be excellent you have to put in the effort to be excellent. The only way you can achieve this is to put in the hours needed. Are you prepared to work the hours that no one else is for the sake of mastering your art? You can be good with a little effort. You can be really good with a little more effort. Greatness needs a great amount of work. Get it?

Office hours don’t matter
Putting in an extra half an hour won’t make a difference to anything. Successful people work much harder and (happily) much longer than the average worker. These people have their own to-do list that they want to get done before the next day so they work until they do and not until the clock strikes five. If you don’t want to take on a big workload, don’t count on being highly successful – it obviously isn’t as important as you thought it is.

They follow their own path
Very successful people don’t follow an idea that’s trending at the moment, they work hard to find a gap in the market and go where the crowds haven’t been yet because they know there’s very little competition on the road less travelled.

They start where others don’t
Of course all people have a goal, that isn’t special, but the way in which each person starts is. Work from the back and decide what you’d like to ultimately be. Decide what you’d like to achieve at the end of it; do you want to be the fastest employee or have the largest variety of goods in your store? Remember, the bigger you dream, the harder you’ll work to make it a success and the better your chances are of becoming a success.

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Entrepreneurs, avoid these mistakes to avoid failure

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To be a successful entrepreneur you have to develop the business skills and have knowledge about your respective venture, but it’s also vital that you remain healthy and happy to avoid burn-out and failure. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Think of your end result
As an entrepreneur you should have a vision of what you want for your business. You should know what your logo needs to look like, who your target audience is, who you want to ideally network with and what you’d like to work on, or even expand into. Although this might be very exciting and you might be tempted to jump straight into everything, it’s important to structure things in order of importance or you might end up exhausted and on the verge on burn out.

Remember what you want and need
When most entrepreneurs start out they try to do everything at once and neglect their personal life and well-being – don’t make this mistake. You have to set your boundaries for work and personal life or you could become the grumpy entrepreneur no one wants to network or do business with.

Think of yourself as the face of your business and your brand. To attract clients and build a top quality network, you have to be vibrant and full of ideas. If you don’t come across as driven and determined to succeed, your network and client base won’t want anything to do with you. Let’s face it, the only way to ensure you’re performing at your best is to establish a healthy balance between nutrition, work, sleep, exercise and your social life – basically, be happy.

Establish your limit
It’s not okay to work with someone who is rude and treats you badly for the sake of “not missing out on a golden opportunity”. Many new entrepreneurs work with anyone who is willing to give them business, don’t make this mistake. Working with someone unpleasant will only affect your mood and the way you do business, and eventually drag you, as well as your business, down. Work with people who are professional, pleasant and just as driven as you are to be successful.

Don’t be a walk over
This is your business; you wouldn’t have started it if you didn’t believe you had a great product. Your time is valuable – never allow anyone to waste your time by rescheduling a meeting five times, for example. You decide and be firm about how flexible you are and who you want to see.

Never assume
Success is a state of mind. Just because your business is doing badly right now, don’t assume that it won’t succeed; your business could be the next big idea – the one that’ll make you millions. It’s important to keep your state of mind positive and to always work towards the vision you have for your business. With this in mind you’re more likely to maintain your hours and work towards a successful business. Value yourself and your company from the start and you’ll maintain the drive and motivation to work hard and succeed.

Be passionate and stay that way. No one wants to work with a miserable businessman or woman. If you love your product and put the hours in to make it a success, people will see that and would want to be part of it.

Tips to Help You Eliminate Work Stress

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We all get stressed out every now and then, that’s normal. What’s not normal is when stress starts taking over your life. Stomp out stress by implementing these top stress buster activities.

Breathe in, and out
When stress builds up you may find that your breathing patterns become disrupted and irregular; it could feel like you aren’t getting enough air. Tackle this problem by performing breathing exercises.
Yoga could help restore your balance by easing your anxiety and emotions. Sign up for yoga classes after work – yoga not only provides an outlet for your stress, it also gives you a sense of peace and adds flexibility to your body. Yoga sessions vary from beginner to advance sessions so be sure to choose the right option for you. If you don’t have time to sign up for yoga classes consider meditation and easy breathing exercising that you can perform at home or at work. Meditation has been known to clear your mind, ease your stress and help you regain balance.

Eat well
Eating well doesn’t mean chewing on a carrot all day. Be good to your body by eliminating the unhealthy stuff like junk food and fizzy drinks. You’ll find that all the sugar and grease was probably leaving you tired and more anxious than usual. Under-eating could also be leaving you feeling drained and weak. Find a balanced diet that works for you and your body and make sure that you’re getting all the correct vitamins and nutrients to keep your energy levels up.

Get active
It’s a fact that exercise releases good endorphins that leaves you feeling invigorated and full of life. It’s a much better stress buster than sitting in front of the television. Not only will it make you feel good, you’ll be working towards a better body as well. Try to exercise at least three times a week – whether you go for a simple jog, take your bicycle for a spin or hit the gym. Work out a realistic exercise plan and see how much it could help your mood and decrease your stress levels.

Put a record on
Classical music has its advantages. It’s been proven that this genre of music in particular can sooth your nerves and bring you back into the land of calm. Find some Mozart, Chopin or Italian opera music, sit back and feel your stress fade away.  If classical isn’t for you, try some Arabic, jazz or anything that you like really. It all has the same soothing effect.

Take a holiday!
Perhaps all you need is a good break from work to help recharge your battery? If this is the case, take some time to just unwind. If you can afford to fly abroad or to an exotic island, great! But if you can’t, don’t worry about it; there are plenty of local spots you can settle in to. Treat yourself to a spa getaway or lounge beside the pool of a local resort. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you enjoy it and come back refreshed and ready to take on the world!

Courtesy: Careers24

How to Survive the Year-End Office Party

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Office parties can either aid or destroy your reputation. Many a great worker has made a fool out of themselves at the office party. Make sure you aren’t the next person with egg on their face. Here are a few guidelines to help you survive the office party.

There’s always room to network

Use the office party as a way to meet new people that you don’t necessarily talk to on a daily basis. Mingle and casually chat to unfamiliar faces – you never know where a new friendship or connection could take you.

Stay below your limits

Know your limit and don’t go above that. Take it easy on the alcohol; you’ll be thankful that you heeded this advice and avoided causing a scene. Bad things can happen from drinking too much alcohol, and they include getting into an argument with people or even worse, flirting continuously with your bosses wife.

Keep things light

You’re attending an office party – everyone has worked hard all year and the last thing they want to discuss is the robbery or murder that happened the past weekend. Keep things light and fun and try to maintain a positive attitude. You want to enjoy yourself and so does everyone else, so avoid dark and gloomy topics that might just bring the mood down.

No flirting

If you have to get involved with someone at the office, do it off company hours. You do not want people gossiping. Also, it can look highly unprofessional on your part, so it is important to keep these things in mind.

Dress appropriately

An invitation to your office party is not an invitation to dress provocatively. This is still an office event. You’re not attending a party at a nightclub. Dress casually, but not over the top i.e. that dress with the slit right up to your hip is a definite no-go.

Keep an eye on your colleagues

If you see that someone has been drinking a little too much, offer them water. The thing to keep in mind is that you just want to be the voice of reason if things look like they might get out of hand; you don’t want to be a party pooper. Your colleagues will be grateful that you helped to keep their reputation in tact.

Don’t forget where you are

If you don’t usually swear uncontrollably, don’t start doing it at your office party. Also avoid bad or dirty jokes – your colleagues will remember what you said long after the office party and you’ll be left with egg on your face.

Stay away from office gossip

Everyone might be in a more relaxed mood and chatting away, but if you get involved with a he said, she said game, you’ll be labelled as a gossip monger – and nobody likes to associate with them.

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Is It Time to Change Jobs?

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You may have loved your job when you first started, but as the years passed and your job became less challenging, you started losing your enthusiasm for it. Sound like we’re describing you? Maybe it’s time for a change? Here are 5 signs that it’s time for you to move on.

You’re not happy. While you might not be jumping out of bed to go to work, you shouldn’t feel miserable about going. Unless you’ve had a disagreement with your boss that’s been weighing heavy on you or your colleagues are not the friendliest of people, you shouldn’t be deeply unhappy about your job. Also, if you find yourself looking for vacancies ‘just out of curiosity’ maybe what you’re really trying to tell yourself is that you no longer want to continue in your job.

You’re not considered for other roles. When you’re so good at your job that your employer would rather have you in your role, than grow you for another position, it may be time to consider changing jobs.

You’re bored. If you’ve worked hard in your current position to understand and perfect your tasks, and are now bored because you feel unchallenged, it’s time to change jobs. You should feel excited and motivated to do your job – if you no longer enjoy what you do or find it uninteresting, it’s time to find a job that challenges you again. You’re wasting eight or more hours a day doing something that you dislike – why? There are better, more challenging jobs that you could excel at.

You’re getting paid too much. If you’ve reached your peak in your salary bracket it’s time to find a bigger job with a new salary bracket. If you’re getting paid more than the value you bring, you could find that someone else is willing to get paid less to do your job and could eventually get trained to be just as good as you are.

Your skills are not needed as often. Your employer can sense when you’re bored with your job – your work is no longer of the same high standard, you’re not enthusiastic about your tasks, you’re unhappy… these are only a few things your employer is bound to notice. When others start getting the bigger projects that were previously yours, it’s a good sign that your manager knows how you’re feeling and can spot a lower work ethic.

Courtesy: Careers24