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The Best Career Advice You Never Hear
Here’s an article with unique career advice I can guarantee you haven’t heard before.
We’re all used to hearing the same advice: do what you love. Find your passion. Always be on time. 
Here's the list of unique career advice:


1. "In a new job, accept those first few invitations to lunch or happy hour. If you decline them, for whatever reason, they will stop, and you may find yourself an inadvertent outsider." —Laura Cooke


2. "Don't look too busy. I've seen smart and dedicated employees fail to get promoted, because they have taken on too much, working too hard, and appeared too frazzled. If you appear stressed, people will think you aren't prepared to take on more, and you'll miss opportunities for new and innovative projects." —Mira Zaslove


3. "Never, ever cook fish in the office microwave." —Ryan Harvey


4. "As you move up, your future success depends on doing unassigned work and responsibilities. Anyone who made it past the hiring process can do the assigned job at the company, but it takes a lot more to deliver value to the company that wasn't assigned or even thought of." —Victor Wong


5. "Understand when people see you check your phone at every call, then don't answer when they call, they then know you put them on a low priority." —Mike Leary


6. "Help others even if there is no direct benefit to yourself. It takes so little energy to answer questions, provide referrals, open doors, etc., for people who need your help, even if doing so offers you nothing immediate in return. Your efforts will be rewarded in the future in wholly unexpected ways." —Scott Wainner


7. "The network of people you know who leave your current company are often times more valuable to you than those with your company." —James Schek


8. "The weaknesses that you're unaware of will hurt you the most. This is your blind spot. You must determine your hidden weaknesses and work to overcome them, and you're going to need the help from others to do this." —David Osborne


9. "When you want to learn some skill, look around for someone who is already good at it. Then just watch what they do, and copy it. Find what works for you, and modify it to your own abilities and style." —John Caprani


10. "Ask your boss what his biggest problem is, and make it go away." —Victoria Backaitis


11. "Don't just look up — look laterally as well, because people with diverse experience usually progress faster than people with more experience." —Vikrant Vaidya


12. "Entitlement is a career killer. Focus on staying grateful and working hard rather than feeling that things are owed to you." —Scott Miker


13. "Try to make the next person's job down the line easier. For example, if you are working on a project that goes through different hands, see what kinds of things you can do on your end that will make the process flow easier for the next person who performs the next step." —Richard Gary Butler


Source: Martin, E. (2017). The Best Career Advice You Never Hear. [online] Business Insider. Available at: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-best-career-advice-you-never-hear-2017-7 Accessed [17 Sep. 2017]
Common Mistakes When Looking for Your First Job
Pointers to help anyone looking for their first job.
Whether you are a fresh graduate or any adult, looking for your first job is a crucial time in your career. It can put you on the path towards prosperity if you play your cards right. The biggest thing to keep in mind when applying for your vacancies which may be your first job, is that you cannot be overly picky. To be honest, someone who has no work experience is usually a potential liability for any employer. There are lots of questions that arise in the employer’s mind, usually centered on wondering how this person will behave in the professional workplace.


Here are some pointers to help anyone looking for their first job:


  • Be open to anything and everything: So many people start out when they are young with a certain career path or profession in mind, then the work world takes them in a different direction. Often times this is a great thing even though it may be uncomfortable at first. Even if you have a degree from a university, do not feel like you must have a specific job for what you studied.


  • Be serious about your job search: Emailing a CV to a company is the easiest part of the job search and it does not take much effort. To get a really good job (or any job for that matter) you need to put in extra effort. Call companies and follow-up with them after you send an email. Go visit companies in person. Do not just wait for new advertisements to be posted, try and Google industries you are interested in and search out companies for yourself. An average job only requires average effort, so do not be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone to land that amazing job. 


  • You need experience for a quality job: The worst thing for a recruiter to see is a gap in your job history. It is understandable that in certain personal circumstances you may have to be out of work for an extended period, employers know this. But this point really applies to people who are unemployed and sit around waiting for jobs to come to them. A gap in your employment history usually raises a lot of questions in any employer’s mind, whether it is a college graduate who hasn’t found work, or someone mid-career who was unemployed for an extended period. It is normal to not find your dream job while you are unemployed, but if you willingly ignore job offers keep in mind that the more experience you have the better off you are in job searches.


  • Networking: Everyone talks about networking in the business world, but it is probably one of the best strategies for people trying to find their first job. Your immediate circle of friends and family is a great place to start because they know you. Having a friend who can give a good reference for you, and have a direct line of communication to their employer, can compensate for a lack of experience on your CV. Be aggressive when you do this. Call all your relatives, close and distant, and press them for information about their work, make them talk to their own friends and see if they can help you network. 


  • You have to want the job: One of the most frustrating things I have come across in the staffing industry is dealing with young people fresh out of their university who really do not care that much about finding work. You cannot throw a CV on a desk, tell them the salary you want, and walk out if the employer does not give you a job on the spot. An employer or recruiter can tell if you are serious about wanting a job by your demeanor. The more you want that great job, the more likely you are to find it because you will work harder.
Many of these points are related and go together, which is no coincidence. Always keep in mind that landing an amazing job takes an amazing out of effort. And for your first job remember that success does not happen overnight, and it will take years of hard work to get yourself up to that great job you have been dreaming about.
The Saudi Green Card
Benefits of having a green card
The Saudi Green Card program which provides various benefits to the expatriates is in its final stages. As per the statement made by the Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the green card is expected to be launched within the next five years. However one must also know that this green card will be given to foreign investors and highly qualified/skilled expatriates living in the Kingdom. The Green Card will cost an expatriate SR.14, 200 per annum.
So now let us look into the benefits the green card provides to the expatriates of the kingdom:
1. It allows the Green card holders to switch between jobs easily without any restrictions.
2. It allows the expats to process their self and their family’s exit/re-entry visas without any sponsors.
3. It allows the Green card holders to get a permanent residence in Saudi Arabia and be allowed to purchase real estate on their own name.
4. It allows them to practice business easily and run their own personal business in their own identity without the need of a sponsor.
5. The green card provides to the holders various privileges and they will also receive points which get accumulated in order to get the Saudi Nationality.
6. The green card holders will avoid paying for the Iqama residence permit and the Kafala system. The card holder will now become their own sponsor.
7. The green card holders can easily obtain visas and they can also easily extend their family members visas.
8. The green card holders will receive retirement benefits in terms of pensions similar to that of the Saudi Citizens.
9. The green card enables the expatriates to easily get two visas for their personal domestic workers/housemaids.
10. It allows the Green card holders to own up to 3 vehicles on their own name.
11. The Green card holders will receive unemployment benefits in times of unemployment.
12. The green card holders will receive free access to government hospitals and government education services similar to the Saudi nationals.
Value added Tax in Saudi Arabia
What you need to Know
Taxes are the primary source of revenue for the government. These revenues are required by the government to fund the expenditures on different sectors like the defense, health and the education sectors. Saudi Arabia, a nation which is heavily dependent on the prices of oil has to face a budget deficit of $97 billion after the significant decline in oil prices. So in order to have a positive balance between the government spending and the government revenues, Saudi Arabia has approved to impose VAT (Value Added Taxes) on the certain goods and services which shall come into effect from the start of 2018.The Gulf Cooperation Council countries has decided to impose a 5% VAT on different goods and services to increase its non-oil revenues. 
 Here are few things that should be kept in mind about this major economic reform
1. Will there be an increase in the cost of living in Saudi Arabia after the VAT imposition ?
It is undeniable that the cost of living will be increase after the VAT imposition with different products becoming expensive than before. So it all depends on the consumer to decide how to plan their monthly budget on these products. So it will be necessary for a consumer to change its lifestyle and its preferences of different products.


2. Are non-essential things included in the VAT plan?
According to a report written by Price Waterhouse Coopers it is indicated that most goods, including vehicles, electronics, business consumables, etc. are likely to be included in the VAT plan. Consumers will likely pay a 5% tax while purchasing these non-essential items.
3. Will airplane fares rise due to VAT? 
Currently there are no reports on VAT implementation on airline tickets. However one cannot exclude this matter as great revenues can be generated if taxes are implemented on ticket fares.


4. Is it necessary to pay VAT on each purchase of grocery?
 According to the second deputy premier and the defense minister that not all grocery items are tax inclusive.  It is indicated that VAT would not be imposed on 95 food items, but would be applicable for all citizens and residents alike. Health, education and social services would also likely to be excluded from VAT imposition.
5. Would other taxes be levied in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia?
It is not known yet whether other forms of taxes are to be implemented in the kingdom. However the second deputy premier of Saudi Arabia had indicated that VAT would be introduced but not as income, or wealth taxes. So it is too soon to strike out other forms of taxes in the near future.
Targeting Saudi Nationals
Top industries for Saudi Nationals
With the implementation of the recent Saudization initiative  called the Nitaqat program which requires private companies in most industries to employ at least 30% of employees to be nationals, Saudi nationals can now be easily targeted and get employed in the job roles they vision themselves to be in.
Let’s take a look at the top industries for Saudi Nationals :


1. Oil and Gas
Being the world’s largest producer and exporter of petroleum liquids and for decades, driving the strong success of Saudi Arabia’s economic development, this industry has become an attractive sector for the Saudi nationals to set its eyes on.
According to a professional survey about 52% of the Saudi Nationals prefer to work in this sector as it fulfills both motivational factors and job stability factor.


2. Banking and Finance

The second Industry Saudis are willing to work is the banking and finance sector of Saudi Arabia.  

“Banks are generally well-placed to weather a period of lower oil prices, aided by the fact that their exposure to the oil and gas industry is actually quite low, accounting for less than 4% of total loans,” assures Jason Tuvey, Saudi banks analyst at Capital Economics
About 46% of the Saudi Nationals prefer the banking sector as they feel it is a great career and development factor.
3. Government/Public Finance
 For many Saudis, the private sector seems more prone to insecurity compared with what the government, which has historically promised: a secure job from cradle to grave. 
About 31% of the Nationals prefer a government  job as it guarantees their secure future.


4. Health Care

With Healthcare being as one of the main focus areas of Vision 2030 and the many Saudi Nationals with motives in helping the country and/or contributing to the society, which has becomes an important industry for Saudi Nationals.
This industry attracts about 28% of the Saudi nationals who would like to work in the healthcare sector.


5. Aviation

With a Strategic Plan to Upgrade Existing Airports and Build 34 new Domestic Airports and with Saudization in place, Saudi Arabia’s aviation industry can provide employment to plenty of Saudi Nationals, attracting about 20% to this industry.
How to find employment right after graduaion
5 Steps for fresh graduates to get employed:
 We have put here a set of steps that can increase your chances to get employed.
1- CV :
The first and most important, make sure to be thorough with your information set a job objective and practical achievements and avoid information that is not of interest to managers.
2- Personal development:
Corporations care about sophistication of the skills and experience  during the training period,  you can work on developing your skills through programs offered to the unemployed in addition to volunteering.
3- Interview:
Be Prepared for the interview, be presentable and you may have to speak in English for part of the interview. Speak of your achievements at university, and Don't hesitate to ask questions.
4- Enterprise:
Research the company, because it is likely you would be asked questions concerning the extent of your knowledge of the Organization and the nature of the work. 
5- The first impression:
First impressions are a big impact and may last for a long time, be sure to create good impressions on the first day of work, be bound by deadlines, and follow business rules and show your interest and serious at work and respect your colleagues.
Impact of Saudization
In the banking sector.
To reduce unemployment and reliance on expatriate labor, the government of Saudi Arabia has Implemented the  Saudization program to replace expatriates with Saudis. This has been successful in the public sector, but not in the private sector. As such, this study explores the impact of Saudization to recruit and retain in the banking sector to see what lessons have been learned and the necessary procedures. A systematic review of the literature was conducted, followed by questionnaires with 48 branch managers, and interviews with 12 human resource managers at major banks.
The results indicate that the Saudization has an impact on many aspects of recruitment and retention in the banking sector, in particular, banks must provide special training for Saudi employees, that the decline in working hours, and enhance the attractiveness of the job. You can adopt these practices to take advantage of the Saudi banking and contribute to the achievement of Saudi.
Expanding Healthcare
Careers in the Middle East
Healthcare worldwide is transforming because of changing demographics and uncertain economics. Countries in the Gulf region and in the Middle East are no exception when it comes to this change in point of view. With medical technology advancements and large amounts of medical data available worldwide the Middle East has an opportunity to transform their own healthcare industry into a model for the world to take note of.
The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are countering the conventional wisdom of cost reduction when it comes to healthcare by increasing funding to nearly $60 billion per year by 2020. This is approximate 4 percent increase shows the commitment that the region has in quality healthcare for their regions citizens.
Economic Realities
Though these expenditures are impactful on paper problems still arise due to the way medical care is funded through government administration. Oil prices, the main source of government revenue, are on the decline causing many administrative problems throughout GCC nations. Trying to offer more services with less money is counterproductive in terms of maintaining a viable budget.
Figures from the World Health Organization State that GCC countries have only half of the bed space that is available in other countries. The ratio of physicians per patients lags behind as well with 17.7 physicians per 10,000 patients compared to other WHO countries that have 33 physicians per 10,000 patients. Tighter control of budgets can increase efficiency but do nothing about these disparities within the health care systems of the GCC.
Education and Data Analytics
Medical education within the region is being advanced by new government initiatives in Saudi Arabia. A recently built medical College in Jedda which is a part of the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences is developing new models of academic leadership to increase effective academic leaders in the medical field. A new emphasis on medical data capture and analysis also points the way for physicians and medical students to learn from past procedures and experiences.
Despite funding problems, the increase in the region’s digital medical information and analytics keep increasing. Keeping concise medical records and using new tools like HealthMap predict future incidences and could help eliminate contagious disease outbreaks.
Mandates Cause Demand for More Staffing
The nation of Dubai recently enacted a government-backed insurance program that covers 95 percent of the nation’s population. According to Aster DM Healthcare’s Dr. Azad Moopen healthcare needs should be addressed by by the national governments however it can put a strain on the healthcare system that is not prepared. With many new hospitals in the works medical staffing will be a problem in the emirate for sometime to come. Dr. Moopen’s company, Aster DM Healthcare, is already expanding to take on the new challenge.
Dr. Moopen and other medical professionals in the region agree that there is a shortage of local physicians and support staff due to lack of training and education. In many cases staffing gaps have to be filled by professionals from abroad. But with a government that mandates healthcare for its citizens and backs it up with increased funding despite declining revenues it seems that healthcare careers will be on the rise in the Middle East for many years to come.
War for Talent
How to Attract the Best Saudi Nationals to Your Organization
If you’ve been following the news, then you’ve probably noticed that there’s a consensus expectation that Saudi nationals will be switching jobs within the next few years. Arab News notes that of those surveyed, nearly one third of Saudi nationals plan to leave their current place of employment within the next three years. With this volatility in the job market that is either already manifest or on the horizon, there is a tremendous opportunity to attract talented and highly skilled Saudi nationals to your organization. But, what steps should you take to attract these employees? Here are some general tips that should give you some guidance:
Network: In a country that is so family-driven, whom you know and the impression that you leave them with can be exceedingly important. Make sure that you and your business are taking the time to foster relationships with other people and businesses within your field. That being said, don’t simply confine yourself to networking solely within your sector. Branch out! You never know whom you might encounter in some other line of work that would make an excellent addition to your staff or management team.
Offer Incentives and Room For Growth: The secret’s out, Saudi Arabia is prosperous, and it has an economy that’s expanding with every year. Your potential employees know this, and they’ll be looking for ways to get their piece of the big national pie. When you’re crafting job postings and other materials targeted at Saudi nationals, make sure that you’re placing particular emphasis on the ways in which your company will be able to offer these potential employees room for growth. Also, offering incentivized compensation that’s tied to the performance of the company is something that’s sure to sweeten the deal, and doing so may, quite honestly, become the norm in the job market.
Keep Your Current Employees Happy: You probably already know this, but Saudis talk to one another. And in the same way that you’re networking for your business, you can bet that your employees are networking too. Make sure that you’re doing everything in your power to keep the employees of your company happy. This will encourage them to spread the word about what a great opportunity it is to work for your company. If this happens, you can bet that people will be knocking down your door once you post that you have positions available.
Cultivate Your Reputation within the Country: In the same way that you’ll want to keep your current employees motivated and happy, you’ll also want to make sure that you’re cultivating your reputation within the Saudi business community. Make sure that you take the time to publicize any recent accomplishments or accolades that your company has received. Also, participating in the many trade groups and niche business organizations in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East will help facilitate getting the word out regarding your company and the employment opportunities that it has to offer.
How to Succeed at Work
10 Steps to succeed at work
Many of us learn that career success and advancement can often be a matter of not "what you know but who you know," and yet it is not always the case. There are also those shining stars who reach the top positions due to proactive behaviors, positive attitudes, and a "can't fail" mindset.
How do you develop this in your career or workplace? There are ten steps for work success most commonly suggested. Let's first look at them, and then at a few additional steps.
Standard Recommendations
Set Goals - Be clear on one, three and five year goals. Create obtainable and realistic milestones that you update frequently and as you gain experience or knowledge.
Mentors - Finding a mentor is often key to success in your career. Identifying someone in your field from whom you can seek career advice is remarkably empowering. Refer to them when you have questions or challenges, or even major decisions. Alternately, count on them to help you with the basics.
Know Yourself - Many of us are not honest about our personal strengths or weaknesses. When we are, it sets the stage for growth. It also helps us to see ourselves through our peers' or colleagues' eyes, ensuring wiser and more productive career or workplace choices.
Company Goals - Treating your company as your key client is often an unspoken key to success. Never losing sight of the company's mission is one way to ensure you perform at optimal levels and get noticed.
Learn - Invest in yourself and become a lifelong learner, no matter how well-versed you are in your field. Updating or upgrading your skills is an invaluable step, and one that makes you increasingly valuable to your company or clients over time.
Network - Whether it is through professional associations, social media/marketing sites, and workplace gatherings, there is a huge significance and value to networking. Increasing your sphere of influence can alert you to new opportunities, jobs, clients, ideas and more.
No gossip - It is far too easy to bad mouth a peer or even an employer, but this is a step in the worst direction and may cost you in terms of advancement or even your job! It destroys trust, even if you do not work with the person you are discussing any longer, it reflects badly only on you.
Position yourself as an expert - If you seek to become a true professional or "star player", become an invaluable resource. Give 100% to each task, and employers notice. However, you can also do this through networking, publishing, and projects outside of your day to day work. This keys into the networking and learning encouraged above.
Be sure you are passionate about the work - Doing a job because it pays is not the same as loving the work or the industry. If you choose an area in which you feel genuine passion, you are far more likely to have success. Clients, co-workers and others will recognize this, and when they are equally passionate, they gravitate towards you.
Team player - No matter what you do, working well with others allows you to enjoy optimal work success. Cooperate, be willing and eager, and always pitch in to make any project succeed.
The "Other" Steps
While these are universally wise steps to work success, we all know that it often takes a lot more. Sometimes it can seem like luck, but usually it has to do with issues like patience, understanding and even strategy.
Consider what one business website said about business and work success in the Middle East:
doing business in…GCC countries is about planning, influential connections and above all, patiently working the deal…The typical sales cycle…is protracted and one must be patient. Newcomers to the region can protect their interests in the context of an unfamiliar business environment by a) becoming as familiar as they can with Gulf business culture and ethics; b) acquiring a basic understanding about Islam; c) thoroughly researching the companies they do business with in the Gulf (in particular, the company's track record in dealing with foreign companies); d) securing a reliable local partner or intermediary to guide you early on…
Interestingly, what we find here is really just an expansion on those ten basic principles. After all, you are setting goals by planning and using your patience, willingness to learn, professionalism, and other skills to function best in a somewhat unique business climate. While those who are creating and/or conducting business transactions may feel this advice is not as relevant, do reconsider.
Why? As an ideal illustration of the point when you take time to learn your environment, the culture of the company or the people running it, the other companies and related industry areas, and then identify and obtain a mentor, you are doing all of the steps advised!
Success begins with good plans, and using these pointed tactics can help you reach your career goals in any field. After all, the most effective steps for work success are a blend of common sense, intuition, and applied practices such as those listed here. Use them, and you will see your career grow exponentially.
Top 5 Female Pioneers In Saudi
Saudi Arabia’s Best of the Best.
Top 5 female pioneers In Saudi.
Saudi Arabia’s Best of the Best.
As its well known across the regions, Saudi women are the most ones that suffer from being deprived from their own rights especially when it comes to the working field. While most women receive their full rights in having a regular job after their graduation, Saudi women are struggling just to get proper education.
Despite this tragedy, there are lots of women in Saudi Arabia who has broken the rules, fought for women’s rights in their country and became one of the top well known female pioneers/leaders in the Arab world. 
1. Haifa Al Mansour who has accomplished more than most to give the planet a closer look into the preservationist universe of Saudi Arabia.
Her Movie Wadjda was nominated to win the Oscar, and although this has not been fully achieved the movie won lots of other numerous awards illustrated in three prizes at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.
It was in the lead to give an insight to others of the struggle often ignored by the media “she Said” that a Saudi women has to go through every day not to mention showing  intimate details of women in her country that are also wrapped by the media. She ran over many obstacles and gone through verbal threats and abuses but did whatever is in her hands to make her voice heard.
Another Saudi female with bravery is 
2. Lubna Olayan. She’s considered to be the most prolific women in business in Olayan financing Company as a CEO. Olayan is known as the first woman who spoke at a mixed conference in Saudi Arabia which was very easier said than done taking her gender in consideration. She brought several challenging threads and subjects to the table, during her speech she called for a nation in which "any Saudi subject, irrespective of gender who is not dismissive about discovering work, can discover a career in the field for which he or she is best qualified, prompting a flourishing white collar class and in which every single Saudi native, occupants or guests to the nation feel safe and can live in a climate where shared admiration and resilience exist among all, paying little notice to their social class, religion or gender." 
3. One who has put in 15 years working and prompting different UN worldwide offices, including the International Labor Office, the UN International Children's Fund, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is Dr Mona Al Munajjed who’s recognized as an award-winning sociologist. Al Munajjed has likewise completed work for the UN International Children's Fund (UNICEF). Around 2008 and 2011, she functioned as a senior counsel at Booz and Co's (Riyadh office), where she wrote top to bottom reports on social issues in the Arab district. She got the UN-21 Award for brilliance, exceptional coordination and individual efficiency in 2005. Mona had much more accomplishments that were extraordinary, for instance her famous book ‘Saudi Women Speak; 24 Remarkable Women Tell Their Success Stories’ was very divisive.
4. A lead obstetrician such as Samia Al Amoudi which also works in other fields as gynecology and is an assistant professor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah deserves a tremendous appreciation for her accomplishment as a Saudi woman. Dr Al Amoudi diagnosed herself to have breast cancer in April 2006, in which she composed a progression of articles about her involvement in a week by week section that was distributed in the Al Madinah daily paper. She has conveyed the issue of breast cancer to the front edge in a part of the world where side effects habitually go untreated. She is an author of 13 books.
5. Saudi-conceived Dr Nahed Taher was the main lady in the Gulf to head up a venture bank — Gulf One Investment Bank, which she helped to establish in 2005 after her residency as a senior financial analyst at Saudi Arabia's NCB. Taher has broken the discriminatory limitation in more than one occasion and has countless achievements in the business field.
These Saudi women have been and will always be role models for all women who seek liberty, power, and independency. As well as opening many doors for gaining respect and eager back to their gender after many years of being undervalued, they have served their country well and are considered a source of pride to Saudi Arabia.
Make Your Eight-Working Hours More Productive
4 tips to make your eight-working hours more productive
The eight working hours is an approach that was brought into plan in the 1760’s in connection with industrial revolution; simply the reason was to cut down the number of manual labors that were working on the floor factory.
The number of responsibilities a employee has today have Increased and sometimes productivity falls , Here are  4 tips to make your eight-working hours more productive:
Plan what you want to accomplish today, this week or even this month. Focus specifically on what you want to accomplish.
Divide your working hours on an hour-long interval: simplifying your tasks by breaking them down  would help you stay productive and more focused on what you want to accomplish.
Don't waste Time :   by using it to chat on your phone, checking your email, or going for a quick Instagram check. This will  ruin your approach and distract your focused energy.
Break :  Every hour give yourself a needed 15 minutes  break.
Dealing with job Rejection?
5 ways to deal with job rejection
Don’t take it personally
The decision to hire someone is based on variety of factors and very specific criteria. The fact that you weren't the perfect match doesn't necessarily reflect poorly on your professionalism. It could simply mean that the company was looking for a candidate with experience in a specific industry or a candidate who has experience with particular software.
Ask for feedback 
Constructive feedback is essential for your development. It is perfectly acceptable to ask the employer for feedback. But if you want honest feedback you have to be ready to hear something you may not like!
Focus on your strength 
It is easy to blame yourself when facing a job rejection. However this is the time to focus on your strengths and list down the opportunities that are aligned with your qualifications, experience and passion.
Accept reality 
Rejection is part of the job search process. Realize that more candidates are turned down for jobs than land them. Accept this fact and focus on the next opportunity.
Keep learning & developing 
Ask yourself what you have learned from the interviewing process. What would you have done differently? This way you will always be improving, developing and moving forward. Interviewing is a skill, like any other, that you need to practice in order to get better at. Once you accept this fact – you can treat rejection as part of this improvement process. 
Did Not Negotiate a Salary?
3 in 5 Employees Did Not Negotiate Salary
Women Negotiated Less Than Men
Glassdoor’s new survey reveals a majority of American employees – 3 in 5 (59%) – did not negotiate their salary in their current/most recent job. But, the numbers are even more surprising when broken down by gender. Women negotiated less than their male counterparts. 68 percent of women accepted the salary they were offered and did not negotiate, a 16-percentage point difference when compared to men (52%).


Only One in Ten Successfully Negotiated
The study further reveals that when it comes to successfully securing more salary, only 1 in 10 (or 10%) of U.S. employees report negotiating their salary and getting more money in their current or most recent job. Men were also more than three times more successful than women in negotiating greater pay. Among U.S. employees, 15 percent of men reported their salary negotiations for their current or most recent job resulted in more money compared to just 4 percent of women.


Age May Play a Role in Salary Negotiations
The survey also revealed that older workers (aged 45-54) negotiated their salary less than younger workers – 66% accepted their initial salary offer and did not negotiate.
And a whopping 77 percent of women 45-54 reported that they accepted the salary they were first offered and did not negotiate.
These findings are especially interesting in light of a recent report from Glassdoor Economic Research that reveals the gender pay gap increases with age. While the “adjusted” gender pay gap in the U.S. is 5.4 percent, the gender pay gap for younger workers (18-24) is 2.2 percent compared to 10.5 percent for workers over age 55. These new findings substantiate a negotiation gap between men and women that increases with age.


What Should Employees Do?
With 59 percent of U.S. employees accepting the salary they were first offered without negotiating, what can people do to make sure they aren’t leaving potential money on the table? Employees can do more to empower their negotiations by making sure they know exactly what the salary range is for others in their role, in their city, and even at the company where they are interviewing. Sites like Glassdoor can help you assess what you should be making, based on what everyone else is reporting.
Additionally, there are salary negotiation tips especially to help women ensure they are being paid fairly.
How to Find and Secure the Best Talent for Your Business
How to Find and Secure the Best Talent for Your Business
Running a successful business these days means having a great product and superior customer service and care. To do that, you need more than good quality control and company policies, though – you need the best talent in your industry. Of course, so does your competition. Every business owner in the world wants to find and retain the very best talent in their field, but how can you not only attract them but also keep them and maintain their loyalty?
Don’t Settle for Mediocre Employees
First of all, whether you’re running a startup or an established company, you should never settle for employees who don’t really impress you in interviews. If you hire mediocre employees, you’re going to get mediocre performance. Then your company will get a reputation for being, well, mediocre.
The best of the best won’t want to interview with you, and you’ll be stuck with the same crop of average or below-average talent to choose from. So, even if the hunt for new staff takes a bit longer, it’s always worth it to insist on talent that knocks your socks off.
Prioritize Your Employees
According to famed entrepreneur and billionaire, Sir Richard Branson, “If you take care of your employees they will take care of your business.” Essentially, if you put your employees first and show them that they have your support in all of their endeavors, then they will put in the extra effort it takes to show your customers the best care and service possible.
You can do this by maintaining an “open door” policy with your employees and letting them know that they can always come to you if they have recommendations or problems. If issues arise, work with your employees to maintain a positive company culture and to show them that they are your highest priority.
 Show Gratitude and Appreciation
 You can also build employee loyalty by showing gratitude and appreciation. When one of your staff members goes above and beyond, don’t hesitate to publicly show them that you appreciate their work. This can be as simple as a pat on the back, or you can choose to give incentives and/or bonuses for employees who really go the extra mile.
 One thing to avoid, though, is punishing employees for a perceived lack of performance. If one of your employees is not performing up to the level you expect, handle it privately and positively. Find out what’s causing the issue and how you can help your employee fix it. This will show that you care about your employees, and it will encourage better performance much more than any punishment. 
When you treat your employees with respect and show them that you care about them and their job satisfaction, your business will gain a reputation for being a place where people want to work. Soon you’ll have the top talent in your industry seeking you out, and if you continue with this philosophy you’ll have no problem retaining them.
Affecting the Construction Industry in the Middle East.
There are several trends that are affecting the are affecting the construction industry in the Middle East so far this year, and not all of them relate directly to construction in general.
Oil Prices Cause Slow Down
As many might guess, the construction industry in the Middle East has strong ties to the oil industry. This is due to one simple fact: the price of oil on the global market will either sustain government spending in many of the GCC states (Gulf Cooperation Council) or hinder it. For example, Construction Week Online said that "Kuwait and Qatar…[and] the sovereign wealth funds of the UAE and Saudi Arabia…can cover multiple years of government expenditures; however, Bahrain and Oman cannot. Saudi Arabia and Oman are to run budget deficits this year…"
This means that many construction projects may be tabled until oil prices recover. In fact, because infrastructure has been the focus of government spending in this region of the world for a while, it is anticipated that a reduction in the work will occur in 2015.
However, there is good news for those involved in the industry. Expo 2020 in Dubai is still generating work and projects. The World Cup in Qatar is still requiring enormous work on infrastructure projects such as airports, roads, railways and more. As one expert noted, "2015 really is a focus on delivery" and this is going to be demonstrated by many projects going up to peak loads. This is why MEED.com reported that a demand for project managers has started since the beginning of the year.
Retail Projects
The investment in rail and transport infrastructure throughout the Middle East has also created a miniature boom in retail construction projects - and especially so as the economy stabilizes and improves.
Green Practices
Another expert pointed out that the slowdown can be seen as an exciting time in the Middle East construction industry. Pointing out that green practices can now be explored due to stalled projects, he explained that innovation in construction processes and technologies will now have an opportunity to come to the forefront.
Procurement Problems
Finally, the fifth trend that is going to affect the construction industry in the Middle East relates to materials and procurement. The fluctuating prices of materials has led to some contractors investing heavily in supplies during the period of lower pricing and it has also led to new types of contracts being used. This has created a higher than normal demand for qualified construction managers capable of handling the rapid fire changes in contracting and construction processes.
Interestingly enough, other trends have emerged relating to the changes in the construction industry. Financing of projects and alternative funding are now gaining attention thanks to the economic outlook in the region.
As is often the case in Middle East industries, a downward trend in one area has created opportunities within the same segment. Though construction projects may have slowed down with the fluctuations in oil prices, the industry in general has already adjusted and is creating a demand for workers in all areas.
4 Biggest Mistakes Employers Make
When Hiring High Calibre Candidates and How to Avoid Them
An article in the Arabian Gazette described some huge mistakes that recruiters make when seeking candidates for Middle Eastern firms. Here we explore some of the pitfalls to be aware of when attracting talent to your organization.
Interestingly enough, the filling of management, executive, and other key roles seems to be a struggle in the region's firms. This is due to more than just employer error during recruitment efforts, and includes:
1. Hiring the best interview - High level candidates are bound to be persuasive and effective people. Unfortunately, this can make it too easy to hire the person who performs well in an interview, but who may not perform well on the job. In other words, be careful about evaluating only the personality.
2. Positioning the work as an immediate need - Few experienced professionals are going to feel comfortable pursuing a position that is not a good fit to their overall career goals. If you are describing the work as filling a more immediate need rather than as one that can shape and steer the department or firm, you may not get attention from higher caliber recruits.
3. Not actually seeking the "best candidate" available - Hiring experts advocate always having face to face meetings when hiring upper level employees. However, there is a distinct trend in firms not talking to and meeting with enough of these high caliber candidates to allow quality to be accurately gauged. Noting that a "bell curve" must be created through the selection of candidates, one expert indicated that meeting with too few high level candidates does not give an accurate portrait of the very best.
4. Telling and selling - A lot of effort goes into making firms appealing to job seekers. Known as employer branding, this doesn't always touch on the things that higher caliber employees will find important. A different strategy may be essential to attracting the appropriate candidates. Avoiding specialized recruitment services - If you have access to a specialist recruiter familiar with your industry, niche, or Middle East location, you may find your recruitment efforts far more successful. They can help you refine job descriptions and even clarify goals that will allow you to identify and attract the most suitable candidates available.
Hiring high caliber recruits is difficult. Being aware of the mistakes listed above can help you and your recruitment team to avoid the biggest (and often the most costly) errors. Though some recent statistics pointed out that corporate career websites are a popular recruitment tool in many Middle East firms, there is still a lot to be said for working with recruitment companies with well established relationships throughout the region.
Why Failure is the Only Way Forward
Failure <=> Success

Failure is often seen as something to be feared. We tend to get self-conscious when we fail because we don’t want others to think we are not perfect. However, as humans we are not perfect, and we cannot be right all the time. In fact, the majority of the time we are wrong and that’s okay. But most of us choose not to acknowledge when we are wrong, or refuse to deal with situations in which we fail and carry on as if we were right all along, and that is our biggest mistake. We need to embrace failure – it is the only way we can move forward in both our personal and professional lives.

 Failing indicates that something we did was wrong. Having someone more experienced than you, like a colleague or a manager, tell you exactly where you went wrong lets you reflect on what led you to that decision and how you can be sure to avoid the same mistake next time. Failing lets you pick up on all the errors – big or small – that you are prone to make unless educated otherwise, and then gives you the opportunity to do this educating yourself; failing helps you learn and improve your experience and skills, thus building your strength and knowledge.

It also helps you grow as a person. The first time we fail is very scary, and it never stops being scary but the more we fail, the better we become at coping with it. (And don’t say you’ll never let yourself fail, or fail a lot, because you will – and very often, too. As humans, it is in our nature to fail even if we try our bests to prevent this.) It thickens our skin which in turn helps towards keeping us calm and collected when under pressure. This ability to keep a clear mind adds to your professionalism as well as your person.

If you see failure in a positive light, it can also increase motivation. Whether it is because you want to prove someone wrong, or refuse to give up on yourself, you will still find more motivation to achieve your ultimate goal. And, because of this new-found passion, you are more likely to succeed.

Once you fail and realise it is not as bad as society makes it out to be – in fact, it’s healthy – you will become more comfortable with taking risks. You know what failure is like; you know how to overcome it and not let it negatively affect you, therefore if you fail it will be less of a big deal. You know you can pick yourself backup and try again. And if you don’t fail first time round, the risk was well worth it. Either way, you will succeed in the end.

Another thing failure changes is your need for approval. You will slowly come to realise that, when it comes to happiness, you don’t need anyone’s approval or opinion on what makes you happy because, after all, it’s your life and not theirs. When it comes to work, you’ll realise you don’t need praise on every task you complete or on how well you coped/dealt with a certain job/client – you’ll know how well you did, and self-satisfaction will be enough for you. You’ll become more confident in yourself and your actions, and overall, happier.

Failure is inevitable. It happens to all of us and is going to happen often – and that is never a bad thing either. If you don’t have a positive attitude to failure you’ll give up too easily. You’ll become sad and stressed every time you fail, and this will de-motivate you. This negative attitude won’t lead to success, but instead can lead to physical and mental health problems. Failure is good for you. Embrace it. 

Motivate Yourself Through Organisation
Why organisation is important in increasing your productivity

Some people are open about how organised they like to be, whether it is at work or at home. Others say they feel they work better when surrounded by clutter. If someone tells me that doing something a certain way works best for them, I’ll take their word for it – however, when it comes to organisation I can’t help but feel they haven’t given it a proper go.

I am constantly told by the people who know me best that I’m the most laidback and lazy person they know. Even my teachers caught onto this – I once received a school report where one of them described me as “lethargic”, and my parents thought it was the perfect word to describe me with.

And, even though I’m all those things, I still find myself motivated by the act of organizing. Writing to-do lists and mapping out on paper how I am going to achieve my goals is all I need to motivate myself into tackling said tasks.

If you are extremely lazy (like me) but say you prefer to be unorganized with your work, I urge you to give these tips a go and see if organisation actually does work for you.

· Write a list.

The most efficient thing you can do to keep yourself organised is to de-clutter your mind. Writing lists allows you to do this by keeping track of what you have done and what you still need to complete. By having a written copy of your daily tasks (whether they are work or home related) you no longer need to worry about if you have forgot to complete something or not – your mind is completely free.

· Tidy your surroundings.

I’ll admit I’m very bad at this one in particular. My bedroom is constantly messy and, in my mum’s eyes, only serves to get worse day by day. It can sometimes take me weeks to give my room a quick dusting but when I do, I feel much better for it. In fact, the act of cleaning itself makes me feel so good that I end up feeling motivated to do other things (like bake a cake or go to the gym). To everyone too lazy to clean, push yourself to do it anyway and you will feel a lot fresher for it.

· Use a calendar or planner.

Trying to remember all the appointments you have scheduled each week clutters your brain and causes distractions. Not only that, but you are more likely to forget them which will only lead to stress. Use a planner to help you plan out your week effectively, and/or a calendar to remind you of your commitments. Knowing you have specific timeframes to complete tasks in will improve your productivity, and may often provide you with spare time to relax and spend however you want.

Remember: sometimes things can pop up unexpectedly that could get in the way of your other work. Give yourself some leeway to deal with these problems when they do arise.

· Do all similar errands in one go.

For example, if you have a lot of calls to make, do them at the same time; one after the other. If you need to pick up some stuff from the shops, but there are a few different stores you need to go to, visit them all in one outing. Combining your tasks into sections where they are all related de-clutters your to-do list, and makes each day easier to tackle.

Other brief tips that could help keep you organised:

1. Use sticky notes. They are great for reminders for small tasks that you often forget about or put off until another day.

2. Carry a small notepad and pen with you, either on your person or in your bag. Often we will find or remember things to do when we are far away from our desks or homes. To ensure we do not forget these ideas, write them down as soon as they come to you.

3. If you are organizing your home office (or just an average room in your house) buy folders/boxes/containers to pack things into that you do not use daily. It is best to buy containers that look nice and will fit in with your home’s design – when a place looks nice and clean, you will feel more productive. 

Hobbies Can Help Your Career
Why you should dedicate more time to personalising your CV

Everyone knows that we have a different persona when working than we do in our free time. We often make the mistake of assuming that everything about the job seeking process should be strictly professional too. This often leads us to writing generic, one-word hobbies in the past-times section of our CV, thinking that it will sound professional and therefore win us the job. But we couldn’t be more wrong.

‘Hobbies’ is the only section on our CV that allow us to express our individuality. Without that our CVs are nothing but formal information, which can be off-putting for a potential employer. After all, they don’t want to hire someone who is suitably experienced for the job – they want to hire someone who is suitable for the job in all aspects.

Our hobbies can show a lot more about us and our professional ability than we realize, so it is essential that we include them. It is also beneficial to expand on your hobbies rather than just name them. For example, if you have taken up sports, mention any competitions you were in rather than just ‘ski-ing’. Doing this shows dedication to the things you do, which is a highly valued skill in the workplace.

Each different hobby develops different skills – skills which are also useful in the workplace. By listing your hobbies (properly) it shows any potential employers that you not only hold these skills, but it shows them in context.

Which hobbies help your employability?

There are many, if not all, hobbies that help show skills that you might not even recognise you have. Here is a list of the more common hobbies fields that benefit your career.

1.Endurance Sports

Endurance sports show perseverance and persistence – when you feel like giving up, you drive yourself on anyway, which is a highly valued skill. All employers look for someone who won’t give up at the first hurdle. Or the second. Or the third…

2.High Risk

Activities such as sky diving or mountain climbing show that you’re not afraid to take risks. Or, if you are afraid to take risks, you’ll take them anyway. Either way, risk-taking is a part of everyone’s career at some point, though it’s more common in management positions or higher. So if you’re applying for a management job, having high risk hobbies will put you at the top of the interview list.


Music, painting, cooking, designing – they all take creativity. Creativity can be helpful in many different industries, and can help you come up with ideas on how to improve your company or workplace, which can be a huge plus with your boss. Photoshop skills/graphic design in particular shows more than just creativity, but attention to detail, too.

4.Team Sports

It’s all fine and well if you say that you’re a team player, but showing you’re a team player by listing the times you had to work in (or lead) a team comes off better.


Puzzle games like Sudoku and chess show logic (which often co-exists with reason) and strategic thinking. These skills are good for technical or managerial roles.


Reading and writing often seem like generic hobbies, but they do make an impact. Writing skills, whether you’re a creative writer or a blogger, show that you are confident enough in your writing to share it or inflict it upon other people. This shows confidence and good communication. Reading can show a thirst for knowledge – which all employers love to see as it means you will constantly be growing and improving not only yourself, but the company you work for – and good research skills, too.


Companies, of any industry, will always have to deal with multi-lingual clients and customers. Therefore, having language skills is a huge asset and will put you a step above all the other applicants. Not only do languages show great communication skills, but they can portray creativity, intelligence and culture.


If you have been part of a debating group at any point, even high school, it’s definitely worth a mention. It shows logic and reason, as you cannot make a valid point without reason. It also shows you’re opinionated and therefore will ask questions when unsure, be eager to learn when you don’t know something, and will stand your ground (which is good for managerial roles). Most importantly, it says that you are confident and hold public speaking skills, which is important for anyone with a ‘Team Leader’ status or equivalent/above.


Nowadays, coding seems to be a popular hobby of the youths of the internet. It can also be seen as an asset to potential employers. Coding – even basic coding – is the next step up from the classic ‘Microsoft Word’ and ‘Microsoft Excel’ computer skills. It shows technical ability, attention to detail, dedication (as it can get very frustrating sometimes) and creativity.


While traveling doesn’t necessarily give you extra skills, it does make you more cultured. It pushes you out of your comfort zone, shows confidence, willing to take on new experiences, and that you have a broad mind. All these can be assets in a potential employer’s eyes.

Next time you open up your CV to update it, make sure you spend as much time on your hobbies as you do on your job summaries. They are just as important as work experience and should not be ignored – if they are, you’re only dampening your chances of bagging your dream job.

Finding Your Dream Job from Scratch
How to calculate your dream job and get hired!

Every child is positive that when they grow up they’ll bag their dream job (no matter how ridiculous it sounds when they say they want to be the first ballerina on the moon). Unfortunately that is, most of the time, not the case. We get stuck in jobs we thought would be our dream job but turn out not to be, or jobs that we somehow fell into and never managed to break away from. Whether you’re young and have just left education, or have been in your current career for a number of years, it is never too early or too late to find and pursue your dream job.

If you’re unsure what you dream job might be, you first have to ask yourself one question: if money didn’t matter, what would you do? The main reason for working is money – so we can pay our bills, pay for food, and survive comfortably. This means that sometimes we have no choice as to where we work, but if you did, and money was no object, what job would you be working right now? What would you love to do day in, day out, as a career? While it may be financially impossible for you to do this – or it may not be, it all depends – you can still take aspects of this dream job and apply them to other career paths that are related in some way and are more financially suitable.

Once you have something in mind for your dream job, no matter how extravagant it sounds, break it down. What basic activities or roles in this dream job interest and motivate you? What components are the ones that attract you to this job in the first place? Believe it or not, there will be loads of job titles out there that carry these components you’re looking for, but the majority of them are unknown to us as we assume they don’t exist and never bother looking. Research what jobs and fields of work can give you these experiences – you’d be surprised at what, and how many, will pop up.

Figure out your strengths and factor them into your dream job search. Whether you love it or aren’t bothered by it, it would be a shame to leave out a strength of yours in the workplace, especially if it’s something you really excel at. Don’t be afraid to factor in your hobbies, too. There is no harm in taking enjoyment in what you do.

When you find a job that sounds like it will suit you, study it. Find out the ups and downs of this job and what career path it will take you on. A job title can look good on paper but the job itself may be completely different. Be sure to really delve into researching this job so you are sure whether or not it is perfect for you.

If you have stuck with that same career choice this far, good! You can now look at some listings for this job and get a feel for its demand and also what the requirements are. Do you meet these requirements? If not, could you take any courses on the side to up your qualifications to meet them?

Whether you meet these requirements or not, experience is the most important when applying for a full time job in any line of work. Volunteer, or apply for an internship or apprenticeship in a related career path to the one you want to take. If volunteer work is not an option, try integrating into another department within your current company that could serve as stepping stones into your new career. Not only does work experience benefit you, but it also gives you a feel of the job you’ve chosen for yourself and confirms if it’s really the right job for you. However, gaining experience may be difficult for you for a number of reasons (money, field of work, time) but you should never be deterred by your lack of experience. It may be important, but it’s not always essential. 

How to Beat Procrastination
Tips to help overcome procrastination and improve your motivation!
Everyone struggles with procrastination – some more than others. While some people can push themselves to overcome this, others need a lot more help to become even the slightest bit motivated. No matter which of these types you are, following these tips should help increase your motivation and make you feel a lot better (and less stressed!) because of it.
Start easy and break down each task. If you struggle with motivating yourself, diving straight into a huge project will only increase this struggle. Pick a relatively small task to ease yourself into your work, and break it down into stages, too (this also applies to every other task you take on). This gives you an idea of what you will have to do to complete this task, and therefore makes it simpler to do so.
Effective planning. However, don’t ‘just plan’. Plan effectively, especially when you move onto bigger tasks. Don’t just say “I’m going to do [this] from [this time] to [this time]” – work out how you are going to complete, or at least start, this task, then break down your idea and timeframe into lots of smaller timeframes in which you will complete each stepping stone leading to the final product.
Don’t be hard on yourself. We tend to beat ourselves up over how often we lay about watching TV rather than doing something productive, however this can just create more laziness. Accept that you have been unproductive and move on; focus on your work ahead of you rather than the work you could have done in the past.
Go to sleep and wake up early. This point seems overused but it is true that you will feel more productive if you wake up early in the morning and with a full night’s sleep behind you.
Write a daily to do list – even if it has simple things on it like loading the dishwasher or hoovering the carpets. Physically crossing out your achievements as you complete them, no matter how small, gives you a burst of satisfaction and increases your motivation to complete the rest. If you have long term goals, write them down, too, and place them somewhere where you will see them often (e.g. on your fridge). Remember to revisit them every month to see if you have made any progress on them or if they have changed.
Remind yourself that nothing is perfect. Sometimes we stop ourselves from completing necessary tasks or doing what we want out of fear that it will not be perfect. Newsflash: nothing is ever perfect. No matter how long you wait to do it, your work will never be perfect. The best thing to do is get it over and done with so you can spend the rest of your time worry and stress-free, and, as long as you do it to the best of your ability, no one is going to fault you for it.
Cut out distractions. While you are working switch off the TV, distance yourself from your social media accounts (or switch off your internet entirely) and even switch off the radio if you have a tendency to sing along. When you allow yourself breaks, try to stay away from all these things then, too – sometimes we can get carried away and a 10 minute break can turn into 45 minutes in the blink of an eye. Instead, make yourself a snack and some coffee and sit down for 5 minutes to relax in silence.
And if you need to use the internet for your work but don’t want to get dragged into checking your social media accounts, use an application like Cold Turkey to block yourself from certain websites for whatever length of time you need.
5 Career Tips We Can Learn from Star Wars
Use the force
1. Use the Force
“The Force”, in Star Wars, is a supernatural energy field that is present in all places of the universe. The Force enhances the abilities of whoever can harness its power, both physically and mentally, e.g. strength, telekinesis, precognition, etc.
While we humans cannot move the TV remote from one side of the room to our hands using only our minds, we do have limited precognition that we usually call a “gut feeling” or “intuition”. Harness this particular force inside you and use it. Sometimes it can turn sour (Anakin, I’m looking at you!) but the majority of the time your gut feeling will be right, so learn to trust it, because it’s not going anywhere. The Intuition will be with you, always.
2. Do, or do not. There is no try.
We can all learn a lot from Yoda. This particular moment can apply to not only your career, but to all aspects of your life. Sometimes you will win and sometimes you will lose, and you never know what outcome you are going to get until it actually happens. Regardless, you should always put your all into everything you do.
To “try” at something sounds like you will approach this project half-heartedly. Say what you can do, be positive and strong, and do not be afraid to admit there is something you cannot do, either – always be honest with yourself and with others when it comes to your capabilities.
3. Find yourself a Jedi Master to mentor you.
Just as mentors are a huge part of climbing the Jedi ranks, they are a key element to your development in the workplace. Pick a mentor and build a good relationship with them; let them guide you on the right path. Let them criticise you and help you improve yourself and your work ethic, so you can smoothly move up in your career. Remember: “All mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It’s the only way we grow.”
4. Don’t give in to the Dark Side.
There is always going to be an easier way to complete a certain job, or options to get out of something important that you can’t be bothered dealing with. However, that does not mean that it is the right choice. Do not let your laziness corrupt you. Do the right and most effective thing and you will be rewarded for it in the long run. Don’t, and it could have awful consequences.
5. Fear is the path to the Dark Side.
“…Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” Don’t fear the outcome of a risky move. Everything comes with its risks but, by following through regardless, you could be rewarded with immense success or praise, possibly leading to your big break. If you fail, you can always adjust your tactics and try again. Failure is not something we can escape – we all fail multiple times in our lives – so embrace it and move on; learn from it. Never let fear have influence over you.
Make the Most of Your Time When Searching for a Job
Use every minute


Job searching can be hectic and time consuming, especially if you are still working a full-time job. Spending too much time searching for a new job can actually hinder your chances of scoring an interview as it dampens your productivity and motivation, which in turn affects your emails and applications. By following these tips not only will you find yourself with more time to spare, but you will succeed at being effective with your job search.

Spend at least a few minutes per day searching and contacting employers. If you spend a little time working on your job search each day, you’re less likely to waste your time overall as small bouts of searching can go further than hours and hours of continuous surfing of the internet. Spend a little time looking at the newest postings on job websites or sending out emails/applications. Don’t waste your time with the old posts that you’ve seen before – if they weren’t a good fit the first time, they’re not a good fit now. Be patient with your job search.

Create an email template. Try not to be generic otherwise you won’t stand out, and remember that a template is just that – a template. Do not just change the name of the recipient and company for each new email. Spend 5 minutes tailoring it to the company and role you are applying to/for. While it saves time to use a template rather than write a new email each time, it is not entirely effortless. Take time to tailor your email to make it a strong contender.

Use mobile applications and web portals. A lot of our time is wasted checking social media. If we used that time to check up on our emails or on job sites instead, we would have a lot more spare time that we could use to further our job search or relax after a stressful day, yet we’d still get the same amount done (if not, more). Download some job search apps onto your phone and check them whenever you feel the need to go on Facebook or Twitter.

Sign up for email notifications. Most job websites will offer an email alert system that will inform you when a job role suited to you has been posted on their site. This can minimise your time searching for jobs as you won’t need to continuously check websites that may not have any new vacancies suited to you.

It has been said that – during your time searching for a new job – you should spend 70% of the time networking. 10% should be spent on job boards/websites, another 10% with agencies and recruiters, and the last 10% should be spent at career fairs (not only do you get to learn more about the company at career fairs, but 90% of the time the companies there have vacancies to fill). As you can see, networking is a huge part of the job seeking process.

If you are interested in a particular company, you could try connecting and mailing with someone already working within that company. Learn if they have any vacancies – if they do, a referral from someone already inside the company (even if they are just passing your CV along) will impress HR and make you stand out; if not, there is a chance your new friend will remember your enquires the next time a similar role does open.

Increase online presence. Upload your CV onto jobsites and/or LinkedIn, and even update your LinkedIn profile page, too. Prepare all your professional social media’s and jobsite profiles so you are still out there in the job loop even when you’re not physically sitting down and looking for a job.

Using niche jobsites is time-saving as that jobsite is specific to your line of work so, potentially, most job postings on that website will be suited to you. This is opposed to the general jobsites that have all industries, as you can easily get lost in the thousands of other jobs that don’t apply to you at all.


How to Write a Cover Letter
How to write a cover letter


Crafting a Cover Letter


A lot of people don’t send cover letters along with their CVs. They feel it takes up too much time and doesn’t make an impact on the hiring manager’s impression of them – but actually, the opposite is true. Cover letters are very important and can be the difference between you getting an interview or getting rejected.
On their own, CVs are bland; informative regarding aptitude but useless for determining attitude. When hiring, employers will (or should) always look for both. Your CV shows that your experience and qualifications meet their requirements, and that is all. But cover letters tell them how you are suited to the role itself and why they should choose you – they are the pitch that sells your CV, and therefore they sell you.
Cover letters give you the chance to provide the employer with relevant information that doesn’t fit on your CV. But it is also the employer’s first impression of you, so you have to get it right. Rushing your cover letter is worse than no cover letter at all.
Although that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t send one. As mentioned earlier, cover letters are very important and someone who as send one along with their CV is more likely to get the job or an interview than someone who hasn’t. It shows that you are eager to get the position you are applying you and (if written well) that you have done your research, which in turn shows dedication. These three things will work in your favour and be valued by the recruiter.


What to Write:


Cover letters should always be addressed to someone, whether it’s ‘to whom it may concern’ (although this is very bland), ‘[company name] Recruitment Manager’, or ‘Mr/Mrs/Ms. [last name]’. A direct name is always preferred, as it shows you took the time to find out the appropriate contact details for recruitment in that company.
In the body of the letter, talk a little bit about the company and what you like about it. If you will be working within a certain department, e.g. Marketing, talk about certain aspects of that department that you would love to be a part of or learn more about.
Outline your relevant skills. Explain why they are relevant to the job you are applying for and how you can use them to improve and benefit the company. Although, before you talk about how well-suited you are to this position, tell them why you want to apply for the role in the first place. This could tie in well with what parts of the department you like or want to know more about.
If you have any recent work gaps or a career change, explain why (city/country move, traveling, children, industry move, etc). On your CV a work gap could look lazy and unimpressive but, if you have a legitimate reason for this break, including your reason for taking it will help put the recruiters mind at ease and work in your favour.
Finish on a positive note. Conclude by briefly highlighting why you would be a suitable candidate for the role again, and that you hope you could discuss this job opportunity with them further.


Pre-Letter Research & Other Tips:


However, before writing your cover letter, do your research. Set aside some time to look up the company you are applying for. Subtly slip information you’ve learned about the company into your cover letter to show you’ve done your homework, which will give you the advantage over other candidates.
Try and find a name. If you can’t, ‘Sir/Madam’ or ‘Recruitment Department’ will do – but, to make yourself stand out, personalisation of the cover letter is key. If you come out with no name, that’s okay, but always put the effort in to find one.
Don’t be boring and drone on. Don’t be fancy and flourish. Get straight to the point and tell them what you can do, how you can/have achieve(d) this, how you can benefit the company and why you want to work there.
Always write a new cover letter for each job you apply for. You can create a template for yourself and use it as a vague base for your cover letters, but always tailor it each and every time you apply for a different company or position. Read the job description thoroughly; research the company – work the information you take away from both those things into your letter.
Include your contact details at the end of your cover letter. It shows confidence in yourself which is something that every company values in their employees. Or you can create your cover letter with the same detailed header (full name, contact number, email address, city of residence, Skype, LinkedIn, etc.) as your CV. It makes your cover letter look more professional.
How to Choose Your Best Job Reference
Think before you select a referee
Most potential employers will ask you for references. They are very important in the interview process as one sub-par reference can spoil your chances of getting the job you really want. This is why you should never just pick a referee because you used to work for them; you should take the time to find the best person to speak on your behalf. Here’s how to go about choosing your strongest references.
Think before you select a referee – really think. You want someone who can speak highly of you as a professional, so choose someone you trust who can give a clear and impressive illustration of you and your work ethic. It helps if you have worked closely with them recently, or in the past, as they will have a better knowledge of what you are like. It also helps if you had a friendly working relationship with this person as they are more likely to want you to succeed. 
Once you have found the best person to give you a reference, ask their permission. It is unprofessional not to inform someone that you want to use them as a reference, and it is unfair on them as they are put on the spot if contacted for one. These two things put together, if you do not attend to them properly, will end up giving you an average or poor-quality reference and you could end up suffering because of it. In most cases, whoever you ask will be happy to be a referee for you, but some people are uncomfortable giving out employment recommendations so it is always necessary to ask.
If you receive permission to use your selected person as a referee, you then have to collect all the important contact details to give to potential employers. Make sure you have their full name, current job title, company name, your professional relationship with the referee (former/current boss or colleague, etc.), and, most importantly, their phone number and email address. 
Now you’ve picked your references and got all the necessary contact details, it’s time to coach your referees about what you expect from them. While they can give a fairly strong reference to potential employers, it could be even stronger if they are up-to-date and well-informed about you and your strengths. (Bear in mind that while they might have witnessed some of your strengths in your previous job, they might not know the ones that you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for now.) 
Help your referees give the best and relevant recommendation of you to potential employers by discussing with them your strengths, skills, important projects you have worked on, and best accomplishments.
You should never put references on your CV. Your CV is about you and you alone, therefore your referees should be on a completely different sheet. You should also never give your reference list to your interviewer unless requested, but you should still take a copy with you to an interview. Arriving prepared works in your favour.
One important point to consider about recommendations is that they don’t only need to be from former or current employers. You can ask colleagues, past colleagues, or anyone that has worked with you or seen you in a professional light. Selection of the referee is essential; make them appropriate to the role you are chasing.
It’s always good practice to keep up with your contacts who may be required as referees. Email or phone them every now and again, keep up to date with their movements and experiences. Not only is it a good practice for you to maintain contact up with people from your past – provided they aren’t a current employee/colleague – but it benefits you when it comes to the time you need their recommendation. They will remember your friendship and you will be at the forefront of their mind, thus they are likely to be more enthusiastic about their recommendation of you.
10 Tips for Your First Day at your New Job
First Day at your New Job
10 Tips for Your First Day at your New Job
First days are always nerve-racking. But here are some tips on how to push through that anxiety and turn that first day into a positive experience.
1.   Remember: First Impressions Count
Dress appropriately and act professional. If you don’t know the dress code, email or phone the person who offered you the job and ask – it shows you take care in your appearance, and therefore the appearance of the company. If it didn’t occur to you to do this and you find yourself tearing apart your wardrobe the night before, go with smart. It is always better to over-dress than to under-dress.
Once you arrive, make a point of introducing yourself to your co-workers. Try your best to remember all their names (if you can’t, don’t worry). After meeting them, be sure to build those relationships – teamwork can be a huge part of your day-to-day duties, so it is a plus if you know and get on with your co-workers. 


2.  Be Prepared
Background reading can do wonders. Whether you read up on the role you are taking on or on the company you are joining, it will give you a better grasp of what is expected of you. It will also give you a good idea on what to expect from them.


3.   Be Confident
You wouldn’t have been offered the job if they thought you were the wrong person for the position. You are meant to be there; you are capable of the role you’ve been given. Remember that. Be confident in your role and of your abilities. Don’t be afraid to speak out or ask for help.


4.   Be Organised
Be organised with your time. Estimate how long it will take for you to complete a task, stick to it, and only take on one at a time. Know your priorities and complete the most important tasks first, followed by the rest. Prioritising is very important when it comes to being successful.


5.   Keep Healthy
When you are healthy, you glow; you feel better about yourself and therefore better when it comes to work. And this applies to every day, not just your first. 
Eat healthy. Have breakfast in the morning and try not to work through your lunch! Take a break and fuel yourself with food and drink, and recharge your mind by not thinking about work for awhile. Taking breaks improves your motivation when you return to your work.


6.  Listen
As much as you are used to joining in discussions, the first day (and the first few weeks after that) is an important time to take a step back and listen. Listening gives you all the information you will ever need about your new company and job, and will set you up and give you ideas on how the company works. 


7.  Take Notes
Taking notes means you won’t have to suffer that embarrassing moment of asking questions more than once. You will look enthusiastic and smart, and you will thank yourself later for doing it.


8.   Arrive Early and Leave Late
Drive to your new workplace a few times before you start the job. Time how long it takes to get there in the morning and arrive at least 10 minutes before you are due to start on your first day. Be the last to leave, too. Not only will it give a good impression to your co-workers and bosses, but it will give you a better idea for the office culture.


9.   Aim to Be a Casual Professional
A casual professional arrives on time to everything, meets deadlines, works well and is respectful to their colleagues. While they are professional, they ensure that everyone still knows they are human. They can mix professionalism and fun (the appropriate amount of fun for the workplace, anyway), and know the right times to do this, too.
Humanize yourself; let your colleagues know you’re not a robot. Show them a glimpse of the real you and what you personal life is like, but don’t overdo it and give them too much information! More often than not, the casual professionals are the ones who succeed above the rest.


10.   Acknowledge Your Colleagues’ Efforts
Your colleagues will always be there to help you during your first day on the job, and every day after, for that matter. Be sure to thank them for that help. Consider sending out a thank-you email at the end of your first day, or your first week, to show your gratitude to all the people who took the time out of their day to assist you and make you comfortable.


Still Not Promoted?
Remember, your promotion is not just about you
Remember, your promotion is not just about you. Your employer is taking into consideration not only how you will fill a new role, but how it will affect them and the team. Make sure to let them know you can make the transition smooth and the promotion will be beneficial for everyone.
They are usually quite simple reasons and they often come down to these,
You need to speak up, Employers cannot read minds, sometimes you just need to ask for your promotion and give all the reasons why you’d be great for the job.
You Lack the Skills to do the job. A misconception employees have about some promotion decisions is that they are based on performance in their current role... For example, someone who excels in a sales role may not have the experience to manage a team and may need additional training for a job that requires strategic thinking and team motivation.
You don’t take criticism well. We all need to accept when we are wrong and learn from it. Most of us do not like to be told we are wrong, but you need to accept that criticism is a way of improving our skills/knowledge, so resist the urge to defend yourself, as a little advice can go a long way if used correctly.
Are you acting like you already have the role? I have always urged people to assume they are in the role they want to get promoted into. It can be difficult for an employer to see how you would fit into your new role, but if you have already assumed that it’s yours and are acting out the responsibilities the decision can be easier for your employer to make.
Do you think like an employee or a manager? Throughout the years it has been easier to spot who the future managers will be. Do you clock in early or leave late, wither you have extra work or not? Have you showed any initiative? Do you show interest in your work even when you’re not being watched? If you are saying NO it is usually a sign you are an employee and not a manager.
Do you act professional? It’s only normal to be expected to conduct yourself more professionally, as you want to move up the ladder and not just when the boss is looking. Remember, your employer is always looking and listening.
You don’t have to change everything you do and work 23 hours a day, but if you tweak a few things and are willing to grow into your new role, anything is possible.


Jamie Groom 


Back to Basics
Hints to help your job search for a new role

I’m a Senior Recruitment Sourcer and  I specialize in recruiting Quantity Surveyors and Senior Commercial Staff for Consultancies across the MENA region.
As a Quantity Surveying recruiter, I’ve learned that many graduates and junior staff really don’t know the huge difference between working for contractors and consultants.

In simple terms, a Consultant Quantity Surveyor or PQS works directly for the client commissioning the project and is usually involved in the early stages of the project right to the end. A PQS works on the cost management and initial designs of a project, right through the project, cost monitoring until completion. PQS’s are typically office based with regular hours and usually visit the sites of their projects once or twice a week.

A Contractor Quantity Surveyor is typically employed to keep costs down in a project, and to maximize the profit for their employer by ensuring the project gets completed on time and within budget. They typically are involved with subcontractors and ensure the smooth running of the project on site, gaining more technical knowledge. Contractor QS typically stay on site and may do variable hours, but have the advantage of being on the ground during a project.

Below are a few helpful hints to help your job search for a new role:

       -       Please read the job description thoroughly!

This cannot be stated enough. You should be able to determine from the job description if it is for a consultant or a contractor, allowing you to apply for positions you want.

-          Have a concise, well formatted CV.

Your CV should not be more than two pages long, all in the same font and use clear and positive language to get your point across.

-          State why you would like to work for that company.

Give the consultant looking at your CV a reason to call! Tailor your cover letter to show what you know about the company, what previous experience you’ve gained and also, where you see your career going.

-           Give examples of transferrable skills used in Construction.

 Many skills that you have learned in previous positions including internships, voluntary roles can be very useful in your new construction position:

·         Communication

·         Teamwork

·         Commercial awareness

·         Problem solving

·         Time management

You can show off these skills by using specific examples in your CV and being savvy about what is going on commercially in your industry.

Best of luck on your venture into the wider world of Quantity Surveying! 


Natasha Ivers

Senior Recruitment Sourcer

Healthy Work Places - Manage Stress
Tips on How to Deal With Work Related Stress.
You are not alone stress doesn't affect only you it affects more people than you think. More than 8 out of 10 employees are stressed out about their jobs for various reasons such as job security not meeting targets, goals or deadlines.
Excessive stress levels can cause detrimental effects to your health people who tend to suffer from high levels of daily stress tend to encounter chronic health problems several years down the road. Some symptoms of stress are reduced immunity and Increased hair loss. Here are 4 easy steps to curbing those excessive stress levels generated by being in the workplace.
1.Unplug, Shut Down and Log off
People nowadays are spending enormous amounts of time on Electronic gadgets ranging from smart phones to computers to watching TV. Lowering stress can be as easy as clicking a button or turning off digital devices for example not looking at emails once you are finished work. Everything is good in moderation treat digital devices the same. If the thought of giving up your mobile for the day or turning off the TV causes you to have cold sweats start off small by not touching your phone or the TV for an hour, read a book listen to some uplifting music. Just unplugging shutting down or logging off for a few hours a day dramatically reduces stress levels.
2.Eat Healthy (The magic of Dark chocolate.)
You know the saying healthy body healthy mind. There are some foods that you can eat that will help you reduce stress levels try dark chocolate it reduces stress by lowering levels of hormones in your body lowering blood pressure and cholesterol it also releases endorphin's, which cause your mood to be increased. Try chocolate with at least 65% cacao.
Citrus fruits.
Fruits with Vitamin C like oranges and grapefruits can also help reduce stress levels.
Studies have shown that exercise is a great way to reduce anxiety or stress by releasing endorphin's. Endorphin's are chemical transmitters released in the brain, which cause a person to feel happy or have an increased mood in a positive way. It was also proven that the effects of exercise last long after the physical activity so aim to try and exercise 3-4 times a week to help in reducing stress and anxiety levels.
Everyone loves sleep but if you’re stressed about work related issues you may find it difficult to have a good nights sleep. Poor sleeping patterns have been linked with lowered immunity heart problems and feelings of anxiety and depression. Stop stress in its tracks by implementing these better sleep tips.
Skip the afternoon coffee. Caffeine stays in your system for at least six hours, so skip your afternoon cup of coffee if you want to sleep more soundly.
Power down. Watching TV or checking your Facebook feed before bed can keep you awake, so turn off the technology when you get in the bedroom.
Ready your room. Aim to make your room dark,cool,and quiet. This will help lull you into a more restful sleep.
Try implementing just a few of these tips and trust me you will feel a lot a lot better.


Mohamed Gargoum


Attract top talent in Saudi Arabia
7 Ways to Attract top talent in Saudi Arabia

A recent article in Arab News called attention to the fact that nearly one third of employed Saudi nationals plan to leave their current workplace within the next three years. With this kind of volatility in the Saudi employment market, it’s never been more vital (and more possible) for your Saudi business to employ effective methods for attracting and retaining high-quality talent. Here are 7 ways that you can attract highly qualified candidates to your Saudi Arabian business.

1-Craft Compelling and Informative Job Postings

Just like anywhere else in the world, it’s important that your business take great care when crafting your job postings. You’ll want your job posting to give an accurate and thorough description of the position and its requirements, as well as an idea of what your business’ corporate culture is like. Remember, with a job posting, you’re not just advertising an open position; you’re also advertising your business.


The job market in Saudi Arabia is extremely interconnected and family-minded. That’s why it’s doubly important that you take the time to network and meet other business owners and managers in your field. Also, with the volatility in the job market, you never know when one of those people that you’ve networked with might be knocking on your door for employment.

3-Build Your Reputation

Like any other job market, people shop around. So, you’ll want to make sure that you’re taking all the necessary steps to build your reputation in the business community. This can be easily accomplished by becoming an active participant in trade groups and events, as well as by advertising your business’ accolades and accomplishments on your company website.

4-Impress Your Current Employees

Word of mouth is your friend. Again, because of the inter connectivity of the Saudi job market, you’ll want to make sure that you’re keeping your current employees happy. If they are, they’re likely to tell talented friends and relatives about your business and encourage them to apply when there are positions open.

5-Incentive Compensation

Because the Saudi economy is on the upswing, potential employees will be looking for ways to tie their income to the performance of the business. By offering incentivized compensation, you’ll not only be encouraging talented people to apply, you’ll also be improving the chances that your company will retain them once they’re brought on board.

6-Offer Room For Growth

No one wants to be stuck doing the same thing for years on end. Make sure that you offer different avenues for employees of your company to advance through the ranks. Also, make sure that you make potential employees aware of this by highlighting the room for growth you offer in your job postings.

7-Sell the Benefits of Working in Saudi Arabia

Don’t forget to sell Saudi Arabia itself. It’s a vibrant and exciting place to work, with wages that are typically far superior to wages employees are going to find elsewhere. Plus, there’s no income tax, and that’s something that will make any potential employee’s ears perk up!

Handing in your CV
Internet vs. in-person

“Back in the day” handing in your CV used to be a relatively simple affair. Your only options were going to the company in person, or maybe using mail or fax. Today applying for jobs is more complex, with a dizzying array of company websites; job boards; and online databases to navigate.

Every job seeker should be concerned about what is the best way to maximize exposure and visibility of their application, with so many options it can be quite confusing. Younger people and new people in recruitment vocations are more likely to favor email and the internet. While ‘old-timers’ will be quick to point out the advantages of doing it the ‘old-fashioned’ way, face-to-face, or by telephone.

But here is the bottom line: the way businesses are structured today, and the computer systems they use, REQUIRE everyone to apply on the internet. But how does a job seeker put this into practice?

UPLOAD YOUR CV TO EVERY DATABASE. This is what separates the superior job seekers from the mediocre. Personally I have been through the rounds of applying for work in the GCC while I was living in America, and I know more than anyone how tasking it can be. But if you are simply glancing at job boards without uploading your CV then you are absolutely wasting your time.

When you go to a job board like Babsaudi you must upload your CV to the database, this goes for every job board, not just Babsaudi. It can be daunting going through every website; filling out all the forms; constantly reformatting your CV to every website’s standards; but this is how you will find a job. The same rule applies for individual company websites with their own databases.

If you are searching for a job and just browsing websites without uploading your CV, how will companies find you? Simple: they won’t.

Everyone wants the perfect job, and people with a lot of experience have a tendency to feel like they can spot the perfect job posting; but this is usually wishful thinking. Often times the perfect job finds you. If you do not upload your CV to online databases then you are cutting yourself out of a majority of jobs that are available.

A major hindrance to jobseekers is that they usually do not fully understand how online job boards function from the recruitment/employer side. It is normal to find a candidate for a job completely by accident. Sometimes a candidate applies for a job themselves which is not appropriate, but a recruiter will pass the CV on to another colleague or company which may suit them. Or other times recruiters perform database searches for CVs and accidentally stumble on a great candidate they were not looking for.

There is another important advantage to using the internet to apply for jobs. Your CV is permanently in the computer system/database. Even if you just email a CV and a recruiter “deletes” it; it is still possible to retrieve it from their email database for an extended period. Many companies have systems set up where CVs emailed automatically get entered into their databases. And of course, if you go to a job board and upload your CV it will always be there.

If you hand in a CV in-person, by regular mail, or by fax it is very common for a recruiter to look at it and just put in the trash if they do not have a need for it. And now you are shut out from any future vacancies which may have suited you. But when using an electronic method your CV is in their records forever.

But the ‘old-fashioned’ methods still have their place. Here are some simple steps to maximize your chances to secure a job:

1.)    Upload your CV to every database that serves the markets/locations you are interested in.

2.)    Email recruitment agencies or companies directly after you have uploaded your CV (and always attach your CV to any emails you send).

3.)    After doing these two steps call the company yourself to confirm they have received your CV, and try to speak to a recruiter so they are familiar with you.

4.)    If you have done these steps and you live near the company/agency you applied to go to them in-person and try to speak with someone working for the company.

5.)    After a phone call or speaking to a company in person always send a follow-up email thanking them (and of course attach your CV to the email).

If you follow these steps you will combine the positive aspects of the newer application methods, and the advantages of more personal ‘old-fashioned’ application approaches.


Matt Gadziala

Senior Recruiter

Is There Such a Thing as the Perfect CV?
The Perfect CV?

One of the most pressing questions for any job seeker, and even recruiters, is how to make that perfect CV. A properly formatted CV can mean the difference between a deleted email, or an impressive CV urgently passed on to superiors. Job seekers need a topnotch CV to better assure their chances of finding a job; while recruiters may often times tweak a CV they receive to make it more presentable.

Many websites, people, consultants, and organizations offer services (usually for a fee!) to make you the perfect CV. Some websites today even have a standard template you can use, and all you have to do is type in some information, and they will format the CV for you. Now I am going to tell you why this is a bad idea, and why there is no single general specific format for a CV.

A fresh college graduate or a young adult with little experience should NEVER need a CV that is more than one page. I have had more than one college student looking for their first professional job tell me they had to have their CV at 3-5 pages so they could highlight all of their skills in lieu of professional experience. But is there any reason a young adult should have a CV that is the same length as candidates seeking executive positions?

Mid-career professionals seeking management positions should try and keep their CV to around 2 pages. Depending on your profession, another page may be acceptable. Someone who is an engineer might need an extra page to highlight the projects they have worked on; a sales representative might need to highlight quantitative data from their jobs; an IT professional will probably need some information about projects they performed, etc. If you fall into the ‘mid-career’ professional category, try to keep the core of your CV at 2 pages, but you really should not need much more than that.

Senior management and executive level positions are very unique. Given the fact that someone in this category probably has at least a decade of management experience, plus numerous qualitative and quantitative achievements; they must have a CV that is at least 3 pages. But they probably should not have more than 6 pages at the most, anything more than this and you are probably wasting some space. For more senior positions keep in mind that most employers are mostly concerned with the most recent 5-10 years experience, and any jobs held that are more than 10 years old only need minimal information.

Now I know you are asking youself, “what do I put on my CV”? The most important part of your CV is job experience; this is what employers are most concerned with. Many people like to type up something about themselves, but this is more fit for a cover letter. Another common issue for recruiters are CVs that list qualifications or skills in the beginning of the CV, but then the CV has little or no information about what the candidate actually did in their past jobs.

Quick Tips:

  • Be concise! It can be tough to find a balance between not enough information, and too much, but strive to be concise.
  • More information is not always better, it can be wasteful.
  • Write down your duties at your most recent jobs, and what the company did.
  • The most important part of your CV is what you actually did at previous jobs.
  • Only write detailed information about your jobs of last 5 years (for more junior positions), or 10 years (for more senior positions)
  • Pictures are not necessary.
  • Only need university degrees for the education section. If you take up space about your secondary school it is wasteful.
  • Try to keep references within the page lengths mentioned earlier. A good trick for references is to put “available upon request”. You generally only need them later on in the interview process, so writing this down can save previous space.
  • Keep consistent formatting.
  • CV should be easy on the eyes. Text that is too small or too big will irritate a recruiter, same goes for too many funky fonts, or strange formatting.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask a recruiter or HR person for feedback on your CV! Recruiters are too busy to give lessons to everyone who brings them a CV, but I have never seen a recruiter turn down someone who asks for help.
  • Always adjust your CV for the job you are applying for. Edit keywords in your cover letter and CV to better match the job description.

Always keep in mind that there is no specific template for a perfect CV. Every CV should be different depending on the person’s past experience, and the job they are applying for. CV advice is good and helpful, but be watchful of anyone who wants money from you with promises to create an amazing CV. It may be good for them, but the CV they give you might not be good for you.


Matthew Gadziala

Tips for Smart Job Searches
Searching Isn’t Enough

Everyone has been at that point in their life where it’s time to search for a new job. You might be unemployed at rock bottom, or you might be in a comfortable job but just want a better career opportunity. Looking for a new job is always an incredibly stressful endeavor and can be full of surprises. Sometimes as a recruiter you can land someone a great job on the first day they walk into your office, other times the best candidates sit in your database for months while you hunt for the right opportunity.
Everyone knows how to look for a job, but simply searching is not enough anymore. Any prospective job seeker must search smart when looking for work. Here are some tips to utilize all potential resources to identify your next career move:

1.) Follow-up on applications: Everyone goes on the well known websites that post vacancies, but if you want to be smart in your search you need to put in extra effort. Do not stop after you press a button on the website and send your CV. Send a follow-up email to the company and call them yourself. If you do then you have already put more effort in than most job seekers and separated yourself from them.

2.) Contact companies directly: Most people fall prey to limiting their job search to vacancies they see posted online. This works, but you want to make sure you find every possible opportunity available. Use the internet and your personal connections to find out what companies work in your industry. Call the HR departments of these companies yourself, now they can put a face or voice to a CV, instead of a CV simply sitting in their inbox. There are always an abundance of job openings that are not posted online!

3.) Make sure your CV is current: This sounds silly, but anyone who has worked in recruiting or HR knows that it is actually quite common for people to send around CVs that do not have up to date information. It may seem like a minor detail, but you need to exert all effort to sell yourself to the prospective company. Make sure your most recent jobs are always on your CV.

4.) Only send your CV to applicable positions: It is important to get your CV out to as many companies as possible, but you have to be smart about it. It is normal for a recruiter to receive a CV for a job advertisement that is different than the posted vacancy, but still is applicable to the work the company performs. But if you are an IT person do not bother sending your CV to a posting for an oil engineer. The recruiter will usually just delete it without even looking at it. Now your CV will not be in their database when they do have an applicable opening, and you wasted time applying for that position.

5.) Edit your CV for each job you apply to: This is a big one that really separates the average job seeker from the more successful ones. You are doing yourself a favor if you fine tune your CV every time you apply for a different job. Even if you are applying for the same positions and job titles the specifics of each job will be different. Read over the details of the job advertisement and see if you can change your CV a little bit to highlight what they are asking for. Just because you know you have the requisite skills, it does not mean the person reading your CV will know this. It will take an extra twenty minutes to do this sometimes, but it is required for smart job searching.

6.) Be assertive when speaking with a company: Sometimes a company or recruiter will call you just to get some more basic information. Even if you are not sure you want to work with that job or company do not let the recruiter know this. Always sound excited and convince them you are truly interested. Candidates who are looking for work but sound unsure or non-committal are a big headache for HR departments and recruiters. If you give off the sense that you are not serious about pursuing the vacancy, the company will find another person who wants it more.


Matthew Gadziala

Recruitment consultant

Interview Tips
Leave an Impression

Leave an impression. The ultimate goal that goes through every candidate’s mind when they’re about to have an interview.

Here are some tips on how to handle the questions that come your way during an interview.

1.   Tell me about yourself.

First impressions are important, avoid the cliché answer and sell yourself. Your body language is important, portray confidence and focus on your strengths. Speak about your career path and accomplishments, mentioning how important networking is to progress.

2.   What is your greatest weakness?

Don’t drag this part of the interview. Give a precise answer and make it clear that you plan on solving this issue. Confidence is key.

3.   Have you had any clashes with your previous supervisors?

Be honest. Explain your side of the story, your opinions and reasons. Shed light on the fact that you listen and that effective communication is extremely necessary.

4.   Describe your strengths.

Apply yourself to the position at hand. Relate your answer on how it could be of immense value to the job you have applied for. Focus on a few skills and explain them in detail.

5.   What do you do when you’re not at work?

Talk about your hobbies implying that you do not like to waste time and stay idle. Let the interviewer know that you are socially active.

And finally,

6.   Why did you quit your last job?

Keep away from answers such as “the company is going bankrupt”. Your integrity will be questioned if you release confidential information regarding your prior workplace. Always conclude your answer in a positive manner, highlighting the lessons you’ve learned and the challenging experiences you’ve been through. Look forward to the future post and how much it interests you.


Farah Fneiche


Beyond the Basics How Can You Pass Your Interview ?
Beyond the Basics How Can You Pass Your Interview ?

Beyond all formalities , beyond formal clothing , beyond elegance , how can you nail an interview and impress your interviewer with an impression that they might not forget.

Wether you Believe it or not what you will be told is an undeniable fact ! the secret to nail an interview is yourself .. It always been yourself ! You been born deferent , special , original .The difference that you have been looking for all along was inside of you all the time. Let loose of society and stop trying to fit in , the difference inside of you that differentiates from everyone else might be what your interviewer been looking for to fill in a certain position .Believe in yourself , believe in who you are and most importantly be proud of who you are and that dear reader will lay down a path of your own a path of excellence.  

10 Super-Successful Leaders Give Their Best Career Advice for Millennials
These successful leaders have offered their words of wisdom to milennials:
Warren Buffett: Exercise humility and restraint.
"Never forget, Warren, you can tell a guy to go to hell tomorrow -- you don't give up the right. So just keep your mouth shut today, and see if you feel the same way tomorrow."


Maya Angelou: Make your own path.
'If the world puts you on a road you do not like, if you look ahead and do not want that destination which is being offered and you look behind and you do not want to return to you place of departure, step off the road. Build yourself a new path.'"


J.K. Rowling: Embrace failure.
"I don't think we talk about failure enough, It would've really helped to have someone who had had a measure of success come say to me, 'You will fail. That's inevitable. It's what you do with it.'"


Eric Schmidt: Say yes to more things.
"Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids."


George Stephanopoulos: Relax.
"Almost nothing you're worried about today will define your tomorrow.”


T.J. Miller: Work harder than anyone else around you.
"It worked for me, and I have mediocre talent and a horse jaw."


Deepak Chopra: Embrace the wisdom of uncertainty.
"If only I knew then, as I know now, that there is wisdom in uncertainty -- it opens a door to the unknown, and only from the unknown can life be renewed constantly.”


Cynthia Tidwell: Be patient enough to learn, but impatient enough to take risks.
"I encourage taking risks. What is the worst thing that can happen? You can go back and do what you were doing before."


Diane von Furstenberg: Keep it real.
"In order to trust yourself, you have to have a relationship with yourself. In order to have a relationship with yourself, you have to be hard on yourself, and not be delusional."


Rick Goings: Be nice to everyone.
“How you treat others means the world!"


Inc.com. (2017) 25 Super-Successful Leaders Give Their Best Career Advice for Milennials. [online] Available at: https://www.inc.com/business-insider/25-successful-leaders-give-their-best-career-advice-for-millenials.html [Accessed 5 Oct. 2017]
8 Ways to Stay Energized at Work
Innovative Ways to stay Energized at Work
Constantly feeling tired? Exhausted? See yourself falling asleep in the middle of a conversation? We’ve all been there. There are days where even the 5th cup of coffee makes no difference. Good news – there are innovative ways to get and stay energized at work.

Make sure your alarm is not a noisy shock every morning. Waking up slowly will determine how the rest of your day goes. 

Don’t over do it with caffeine. Having too much coffee can actually make you too alert and unable to focus rather than energized. There’s a science to having a cup of coffee at a perfect time.

There are natural remedies to keep yourself energized and awake; i.e. have snacks at work, try to fit in a 15 minute power nap during your lunch break, go outside to get some fresh air, 

Stretch every hour or so to keep your body from falling asleep. Do chair twists, chew gum, and take a couple of deep breaths every hour.

Avoid heavy meals during lunch, having a light and energy-filled lunch will keep you going without feeling the urge to pass out on your desk. 

Exercising daily keep your energy levels up, so try to fit a workout in whenever possible.

A power nap is your best friend at work. Whenever feeling exhausted, try to fit in a 10-15 minute nap when everyone’s busy, you’ll come back to your desk completely refreshed. 

Other tips include: listening to music that keeps you motivated, staying hydrated, and taking small breaks every hour or so.

Career Advice
The Power of Asking the Right Interview Question

 up the potential candidates, but isn't there a bit more that could be done?

For example, have you taken a step back to look at your firm or business to ensure that it is the ideal match to that person? Are you offering the candidates the kinds of challenges and opportunities that they want or can fulfill? This is something easily overlooked, and yet there are ways of finding out if you have the ideal person seated across from you during an interview.

Ask and Receive

If you use the traditional routes for identifying likely candidates for your company, you may have a lot of good options. It is narrowing them down to the "just right" candidates. That is the trick.

The simplest way of doing this is by asking them the right questions. While there are the stock questions such as:

Why do you think you are a good fit for this firm?Did you know that the first cell phone was made because of this question?

"Why is it that when we want to call and talk to a person, we have to call a place?”

This was asked by an engineer working at Motorola, and it is a good illustration of asking the right question at the right time. This also serves as a good model of the importance of asking the right questions when interviewing possible employees.

Ask the Question to the Right Candidate

A lot of employment experts say that many companies, businesses, and firms have a high turnover rate because they are not looking for employees in the appropriate way. They don't mean that people are doing a search in the wrong way, but that they are not looking for the employees that they really want or need.

Here's what we mean: A firm is looking for a go-getter and starts scouring the usual channels to find the ideal "match". They let someone else identify themselves as a good fit based on things like their resume or CV and by their stated interests or professional goals. That is a logical method for matching

What do you think are your best and worst professional features?

Where do you see yourself in five/ten/fifteen years?

There are other, and more befitting, questions to be asked.

Understand the Big Picture

What are you hiring this person to do? We cannot give you that answer, but you must have a very clear understanding of it before you can choose the right candidate. For instance, let's say you want a project manager. That's a pretty clear answer. However, will this person also work with additional staff? Will they have interns? Will they do fieldwork? How difficult is it to market the product or service related to their work? How long will they be doing this task? What sort of growth opportunities does this job present?

The list goes on and on. You have to have a truly in-depth understanding of this work before you can identify the strongest questions to ask them in their interview. As a good example of this, we'll stick with that project manager position. Let's say that it is a long term position that requires working with a small group of experienced employees. Let's say that one part of this job involves a bit of liaison work between several offices. That tells you that this person has to be very organized and capable of tremendous flexibility and communication.

You might ask them something like the following:

What resources and methods would you use when communicating with an array of different project participants?

This is just one example, but it shows that asking only general questions gets general answers. When you want the "right" person for a job, ask the right questions.

Exceptional Advices to Capture Your Audience Attention During a Presentation
The Presentation Skills that You Never Been Told About


1.     Dress up for the occuasion :

Know your audience before dressing up for the presentation , people genuinely feels comfortable lestining to someone of their own , lets take a product launch presentation for example , presenting the latest technological improvements of companies latest cell phones , inventions ..etc, has been a tradition among each other yet when it comes to the technical part of the presentation of the product the person who’s presenting that part usually wears casual clothing it just gives that feeling of confidence to the audience to hear that part of the presentation from someone who’s dressed like that!


2.     Break the Walls :

Capture your audience attention at instance , tell a joke , start multiple conversations with some of the audience , get comfortable with people that you are going to present to .


3.     Keep things intresting , clear yet abigues at the same time …

Stuffed presentations makes a bored crowd , always try to keep things intresting , tell a joke now and then if it suits the segement of audience that you are presenting to and never expose where you’re going with your presentation until you have reached their, because people loose intrest into lestining to someone once they have figured out what he/she is going to say in the first place its just as simple as that.


4.     Own Your Crowd !

Get comfortable with the venue before the presentation , so whenever you start presenting you would feel comfortable walking arowned the place , moving while presenting is essential specially when dealing with large audience it makes everyone feel like they’re equally important.Yet moving during a presentation depends on what kind of segment you’re presenting to.


5.     Never Let Anyone Get the Best of You :

Always show up prepaired don’t give anyone a chance to hit you from your blind side . Get a full understanding of what you are going to present from a different prospictve, angles & different view points. Finally , Practice ..Practice ... Practice . Practice dosen’t make perfiction but it would take you somewhere close to there .