Author: Zaid Tabaza (page 1 of 2)

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 there are no guarantees that you will succeed. 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 his/her respective career. 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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Cold Calling for a Job: 4 Pointers on How to Attract Attention

Isn’t the conventional process of applying for a job demanding and stressful as it is? What if you desperately need to land a job in a corporation that hasn’t officially announced its job openings? The apparent absence of the organization’s need for recruitment doesn’t necessarily mean that you will not be offered the role you aspire for, it only means that there’s a “hidden job market”.

Making cold calls can be very stressful for most job seekers as trying to reach out to someone you don’t know out of the blue can make you feel awkward. But cold calling can be an effective way to tap into the hidden job market.... Read More ...

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Working at the Same Company as your Spouse – Pros and Cons

Creating a healthy balance between work and personal matters is a common struggle for most employees, and your ability to to draw a clear line between them can add so much value to your well-being and happiness in general. But what if you worked with your spouse at the same company? For those who are married, the following questions might cross your minds: Can this affect our relationship? Can we turn off work at home? These are all valid questions that are worth exploring. In fact, many couples are introduced to one another at the workplace or end up working together later on in their careers.... Read More ...

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How to Handle Difficult Conversations

Handling difficult conversations is amongst the most frequent challenges that are encountered at work but often overlooked. But you will have to face this challenge at some point in your career, regardless of your position,  job role or industry. Whether you’re the one to initiate an awkward conversation or you are suddenly ambushed by one, you can’t help but feel uneasy about it. Most of you tend to shut down, withdraw or even feel lost for words, rendering you embarrassed and possibly stopping you from conveying your thoughts in a coherent manner. Unfortunately, such situations are unavoidable at work, but that doesn’t mean that the discomfort associated with it cannot be prevented or dealt with in a smart way.

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3 Effective Habits of Successful People

Many attempt to define a successful person as one characterized by passion, resilience, tenacity, responsibility, skill, discipline, independence, etc…We could go on and on. While all such attributes are commonly associated with prosperous people, what many fail to consider is that they are mostly acquired and are difficult to maintain. So, how is it that the most productive people in the world manage to gain and sustain such qualities? What gives them the stimulus to do what they do? Many successful people have revealed following certain habits and have attested to their efficiency. In this article, Akhtaboot will try to demystify the secrets of the world’s most successful people by sharing with you three of their effective habits that might be worth giving a shot.... Read More ...

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4 New Year Resolutions to Help Improve Your Career in 2018

2018 is finally here! This is a time to celebrate the achievements of the past and to contemplate objectives for the future. During this time, we are overwhelmed with feelings of anticipation and excitement for the coming year. However, it is also a reminder of the passage of time and is an alert that makes us feel the urgency of meeting our long set goals. If you’re reading this and struggling to recall your achievements, or panicking over the fact that you are still searching for a job (or trying to advance in your current job), then stop worrying immediately. It’s time for change.... Read More ...

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4 Movies About Work and the Office to Watch During the Upcoming Holiday Season

The holiday seasons are approaching and soon, you’ll be lying down with absolutely nothing to do! You’ll find it difficult to believe that the intimidating pile of workload that was mounting on your desk has suddenly disappeared and the sound of your boss telling you to get on with it has escaped your mind. You might feel relieved at first, but many people struggle to reengage themselves into the working mindset after a long holiday has passed.. So, what can you to do to detoxify after an exhausting couple of months while remaining in touch with the atmosphere of an office environment?... Read More ...

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Taking the Right Actions to Attain your Desired Promotion

If you’ve been seeking a promotion for a long time now and your efforts are being wasted in vain, then you might feel compelled to give up on this goal. However, you might have been moving in the wrong direction. You can get the promotion that you want if you take the right actions and avoid making some common mistakes. This process should involve indicating your desire to get a promotion, showing your dedication to your organization and your added value to it, acquiring the necessary skills if you lack them and finally summoning up the audacity to ask for your promotion in a suitable manner.... Read More ...

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