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How to Respond to 4 Awkward Job Interview Questions

Jobs interviews can be very demanding and stressful, and you’re likely to feel apprehensive when you’re preparing for them. However, this worry often fades away as soon as the interview starts. Most job interviewees don’t have trouble answering the standard, generic questions, and their responses often flow smoothly. But what if the interviewer suddenly presented you with an unanticipated, difficult, and even personal question that catches you off guard? Being in a situation where you have to be quick to respond might cause you to feel awkward and at a loss for words. Although it might seem like the interviewers are out there to get you, such questions, if conveyed properly, can in fact open up employment doors and will give you an edge over other candidates.... Read More ...

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How to Conduct Efficient Meetings

Almost every job nowadays entails partaking in or conducting meetings at some point. In many situations, meetings can be slow and tedious, and one can’t help but feel apathetic towards them. That being said, the ability to orchestrate a meeting in which there is high engagement, thought stimulation and tangible, productive results is a rare skill, but one that can highly displace you ahead of others. The following are a few considerations that can assist you in running meetings more effectively.

  1. Is the meeting necessary?

Can you do without the meeting and have its purpose achieved through other methods, such as an email or a phone call?... Read More ...

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Passions that can Transform into Careers

Unfortunately, deciding on a career path has seldom been a matter of pure personal interest, and is often swayed by extraneous variables, such as societal expectations, which have restricted our views of what defines a career, and what makes it a successful one. Misconceptions of what constitutes a rewarding career can lead us astray, and can influence us to such a great extent that we lose sight of what we truly relish in doing. In some cases, that particular passion of yours that you’ve set aside as merely a leisure activity can in reality make the best career from which you reap the most benefits both on the personal and professional levels.... Read More ...

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Pros and Cons of Working in a Family Business

There is an endless array of possibilities that you can consider when seeking a job or attempting to gain employment. In many cases, family members have mutual interests and target similar work fields. This can prompt the creation of family-run businesses, which call for ongoing commitment and involvement on behalf of family members. For that reason, many people in a similar situation are propelled to look into the non-conventional path of working in a business owned or run by a family member, and are sometimes coerced to partake in it. Working in a family business is a delicate matter that can be convenient in many regards, but one that will inevitably turn against you if you don’t manage it properly.... Read More ...

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Tips on How to Survive and Make the Best out of your Probation Period

The process of adapting to a new work environment and job position can be quite challenging. Meeting your new coworkers and your boss, getting yourself acquainted with the responsibilities that are expected of you, and building a positive emotional connection with the new role can be a lot to take in all at once.

To top it off, your position is not guaranteed for the first three months or so, as you go through what is typically termed as a “probation period”. While the probationary period allows the employer to terminate you if you’re not doing well at your job, it also gives you the opportunity to assess the workplace and the job that you’ve been given, and can choose to leave if it doesn’t fit what you’re looking for.... Read More ...

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How to Optimize your Experience for a Temporary Position

Job security is one of the most sought after characteristics that career seekers nowadays look for when looking for jobs. As many workers place the stability of their income as a priority, coming across a temporary job vacancy can seem to be risky. Temporary jobs can take form in any field of employment, ranging from administration, HR, education, etc… Depending on your situation, there are upsides as well as downsides to accepting such an opportunity. In this article, Akhtaboot puts forwards some considerations to take into account when making your decision, in addition to tips on how to make the best out of your experience if you opt to pursue it.... Read More ...

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Intrapreneurship: Be an Entrepreneur with a Secure Job

The notion of being an entrepreneur is often romanticized and depicted as an extremely lucrative alternative for job seekers trying to make it in the workforce. Yet, many shun away from such a path because they dread facing any unfortunate outcomes that may emerge from it, or because they deem it to be unpromising in their case. Such reasons are completely understandable, and they constitute reasonable grounds for shying away from such a decision.

However, your choice not to take pivotal risks on the large scale doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to abide by a strictly conventional work style. Most people mistakenly perceive work styles as a very nuanced matter, while in reality, they can be extremely flexible.... Read More ...

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Returning to Employment After Your Startup Fails

Attempting to establish your own startup is a risky gamble that certainly demands much of your time and effort, and offers no guarantees for success. While many don’t mind taking a shot in the dark, most people are incapable of contending with the repercussions of failure that may follow. The painful truth is that witnessing the failure of your startup can be psychologically devastating and can take a toll on your financial resources. However, although it might feel like you’ve hit rock bottom, bouncing back from such a failure is a very possible, yet quite challenging endeavor. It involves not only replenishing your emotional stamina but also working on arming yourself with the skills you acquired from this experience and transferring them into your desired employment field.... Read More ...

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A Guide to Pursuing a Career Outside the Focus of Your Degree

Our Middle Eastern culture has always been hung up on the notion of choosing a “safe” and “reputable” study major with little regard to one’s abilities and personal preferences. That’s why many job seekers consider their university degree as generally definitive of their respective careers. So they end up living their whole lives doubting their career choices and dwelling over what they perceive to be missed opportunities.

The good news is that you can conform to the general realm of your degree and still be able to tweak your career path according to your passion. Nonetheless, the idea of taking risks beyond that, and pursuing a career that is unrelated to your degree is not endorsed by many, and is generally perceived as an ill-advised choice.... Read More ...

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Is Your Salary Fair?

Most workers nowadays are experiencing job dissatisfaction and turnover rates are reaching an all time peak. Such displeasure doesn’t necessarily stem from employees’ disinterest in their jobs, but rather might be linked to how fair they perceive their salary to be. Whether your salary isn’t enough to meet your demands or you feel like you deserve a pay increment, you certainly have every right to question that. You deserve to be aware of your market worth and to be paid according to it. However, randomly speculating over this matter will not lead you to a definite answer. Instead, by following a systematic approach you can gauge the compatibility of your salary against what you have to offer, and reach a well-reasoned conclusion.... Read More ...

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Feeling Burnt Out?

With the continually rising demands of the workplace, it is nearly impossible to be stress-free at all times. Whether you like it or not, all workers nowadays have to go through some periods of distress due to urgent tasks or increased work demands. While stress can be caused by things outside of your control, the good news is that it can be easily contained such that it does not affect your personal life or work productivity.

However, in some circumstances when stress is more frequent than normal, it can intensify and eventually can lead to job burn out. At this point, it will begin to trespass onto your personal and work lives.... Read More ...

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Buried in your Email? Tips on How to Manage your Communication

Due to its easy accessibility and the growing demands of the work environment, email has emerged as the most dominating form of communication endorsed by workers. This has made it one of the prime determinants of one’s work stance and career development. Hence, prosperity nowadays has favored employees with impeccable email skills over others with substandard email-composition abilities. The way you write an email bespeaks much about your character and the relationship you share with the recipient. Hence, possessing this skill can move you a long way in your career and is likely to promise you more success.

However, quite often, we fail to attend to our mails on a frequent basis, and unsurprisingly, we are confronted by an overloaded inbox that is meshed with a variety of work, personal, and advertisement emails.... Read More ...

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