Sometimes, small things make a big difference – like forgetting to attach a speech to an important email that you sent before logging off for the weekend… Yep, I did that in my first few months of work. The CEO of the company in Singapore needed it for an event, and of course everything was perfect, except for how I forgot to attach the document! Well, luckily small positive things can also make a big difference. With that, here […]
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Christian is a salesman if you’ve ever met one. Whether it’s convincing you to have one more drink at his favorite local pub in London, or negotiating prices with a vendor at the market, he stays true to his profession regardless of if he’s in or out of the office. Specifically, Christian is on the sales side of trading.
Have you ever been in an elevator and had someone say ‘tell me about you’? Me neither. But the fact remains that you need an elevator pitch before you realize it and step into the proverbial elevator. The thing is, when the need arises, it’s too late. You can’t wait till that moment to then start looking up this blog post and ask the person to wait while you think of something articulate and effective to say.
First things first – we all have to accept that doing a good job just isn’t good enough. You need to let people know about your achievements. Lots of people hate hearing this – but I’m telling you it because it’s true! Critics will say work should speak for itself. Well here’s another angle on it. Why shouldn’t you be proud of the accomplishments you’ve contributed to the company – big or small? Why wouldn’t you want to make […]
Whether it’s an unpaid internship at an NGO or an Analyst gig at an investment bank, you have to make a good impression. Once someone has an opinion of you, research shows that they have to be proven wrong not once or twice, but 14 times before they’ll change their mind. So get it right the first time. Here are 5 must-do’s for your first week (drum roll….):
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Is audit not the world’s most boring sounding word ever? Sorry to my friends who work in Audit but it’s true… Well, one thing you’ve GOT to do is a social media audit. We all know that whether they should or shouldn’t, recruiters and hiring managers are increasingly checking out candidates’ online lives – and I’ve seen some pretty funny things happen thanks to simple internet searches.
Most of the time, you’re counting on your resume to do the heavy lifting when it comes to your job search. Lots of people don’t bother reading cover letters (especially since most are so horrible – click here for more) and focus more on resumes, which are quick and easy to scan. That said, people make the same mistakes time after time. I have to admit that when I get sent a resume, I almost scan for these mistakes […]
So you got your dream job? Congrats! Now don’t screw it up! ;) So many times, I’ve seen people’s career prospects go down the drain thanks to seemingly irrelevant things. You probably will say these aren’t ‘fair’ and that they shouldn’t impact your progress. I know! I get it! But it happens whether we like it or not – we only get to choose how we respond.
Does the idea of negotiating $ make you want to crawl under the bed covers? Too bad! Don’t do this and you are destined to a life of under-earning and fake Louis Vuitton bags. What’s important to realize is that your biggest opportunity to ‘negotiate’ often starts before you’ve even been offered the job.
An almost universal piece of business jargon is ‘stakeholder management’ – which is basically how you deal with others within and even outside of the company. Or as Urban Dictionary says, “A term widely used in the corporate environment usually by management or workers aspiring to be managers without any intelligence or sense of how stupid they sound”. Since they don’t suggest anything better, I’m sticking with it.
In your first few years at work, there’s almost no scenario where you want to stand out at work for how you dress. This goes for girls and guys, and I’ve seen both get it very wrong…
Straight after doing my undergrad, I signed up for a one year Masters program (International Employment Relations and HR) in the UK. School there started at the very end of September, and in December, I came to the terrifying realization that I had missed a lot of the ‘milkrounds’ – what they call the job application process for new graduates!
At school, we’re constantly taught not to plagiarize, right? Don’t steal someone else’s ideas. Don’t copy words from another article or book. Only use original arguments. And so on… Well, years ago I kinda came to realize that work is different. In many roles, whether we realize it or not, writing is a big part of the job. You might not necessarily be drafting papers or major reports always, but almost everyone in a corporate job has to produce updates, […]
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