Finding Your Focus

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Ever have one of those days when you just can’t seem to find focus? When you fritter away your time on endless social websites, internet links, and social media feeds, wandering and scrolling about without really accomplishing something important?

Take a step back. Back away from the computer and the phone, and give yourself a moment’s space to think. What do you really want to do right now? What’s the most important task at hand? What kind of person do you want to be? Where do you want to go?

Once you’ve thought about these things and answered these questions, some things might just become clearer for you. When you finally reach this, it is time to banish all distractions. Bookmark your tabs and quit the browser if you don’t need it. Now sit there and deal with your task. Dive in. Don’t allow yourself to get sidetracked. Don’t let your previous ways let you get reel yourself back within its destructive claws. Think about the amount of productive and important things you can accomplish by just ignoring these distractions. Don’t waste away the time again and be tempted by your old ways.

If you have the urge to go check something, that’s a nice urge – just fight it and smile. Don’t act on it. Just smile and go back to what you really have to do.

Do this for 10 minutes and push the boundaries of what’s comfortable – just for a little bit. But of course, it shouldn’t just be all work and no play. Once you feel you’ve accomplished enough to give yourself a nice reward, don’t restrain yourself from it. Taking nice short breaks or giving yourself little rewards here and there wouldn’t hurt you. You can take a short walk, go for some stretches, have some tea, or look at the thing you had the urge to check. You need to know how to control yourself between doing all the work and letting yourself play a little. After this short little break from work, you can now go back to your task at hand. Repeat. Confidently, and with a smile.

Building Employability

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Employability is a set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes – that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.

-Professor Mantz Yorke, 2004

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Employability is the term used to refer to a person’s capability and gain of knowledge and skills that could be used to produce an individual’s economic value. This does not only constitute a college degree. A person’s employability includes “soft skills” that are crucial in order to work, which includes social or people skills. Some refer to employability as human capital, which is the stock of knowledge, habits, social and personal attributes, creativity and tact, among others, that are embodied in the person’s ability to perform well and contribute to the company, community, and labor force.

According to Gary S. Becker from The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, the most important investments in human capital are as follows:

  • Education
  • Training
  • Health

It is evident that high school and college education greatly raise a person’s income and potential to be given a high-ranking and high-paying job in the future. Although it is not a prerequisite to being successful in life, education is indeed a good investment whose benefits will surely be evident as one moves among the labor force. Other than getting a good education, a person should also invest in the hands-on training and application of the set of skills and knowledge that he or she has gained and acquired. Learning should not stop from just reading and getting information from books. Application and experience are vital in improving one’s potential for success. Every one of us should invest more in our own growth as individuals and also as employees. No one gets to the top by the instant flick of a finger. It is a continuous process of learning, gaining experience, harnessing knowledge, and interacting with people in order to develop one’s full potential to becoming a success.

Importance of Having a Career

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We all recognize the difficulty of finding a job in the current state of our country’s economy. It doesn’t just come to us overnight or with the flick of a finger. We need to show perseverance, hard work, and patience before we are able to truly find a stable job that could support us every day. We need income to pay for rent, buy food, pay for the bills, get new clothes, change the car tires, buy gas and other utilities, and also be able to enjoy the pleasures of life. All these are important in order to be able to get by with the numerous demands that consumerism has over our state and economy.

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However, we should not have the mindset that a job is there only to provide the material things that we need and want in life. We should start changing our mindset that money and economical comfort are not the only things that our jobs can give us. Having a job should give individuals not just a sense of contentment for being paid for what they are able to contribute to the company, but it should also give them a sense of responsibility and fulfillment. Aside from that, holding a job position also contributes a lot to the improvement of a person’s personality and outlook about life. It has advantage of boosting a person’s confidence – that you are, after all, capable of contributing to something big and important.

I always believed that we are all capable of something more, and not just the little whims and urges that all individuals have. All decent jobs are hard-earned and not just given out like a piece of paper you asked from your classmate in third grade. Financially, having a job is your guarantee that you can support yourself and live on your own. Is not it a triumphant moment when you spend your hard-earned dollars? It is, right? Socially, having a job also gives you a place and a definite purpose in the social strata. If you have your own family, it also gives you the purpose of providing for their needs such as food, shelter, clothing, education, and pleasure. Morally, being hardworking and persevering in your chosen career gives you the purpose for your existence, as well as boosts your self-confidence.

It is a milestone in one’s life to have a career. Look at your career as an opportunity for self-growth. Look at it as an avenue for you to show what you know, what you can give, what you can sacrifice, and what you can contribute to the rest of the world.

Ways To Expand Your Traffic In Social Media

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A lot of people use social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the likes to communicate, to expand their network, and to build up their profile for their careers. Now, a question we need to ask ourselves: how are we going to attract followers, viewers and potential clients?

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Here are some easy tips you might want to follow:

  1. Use a name that you are most known for. This will be the first thing that people will see in your profile so you should give a good first impression by staying away from clever, witty or funny names you may have used during your high school or college years.
  2. Upload photos and videos related to your craft or line of expertise. You may post files not related to your chosen career as long as they are decent, professional-looking, and suitable for all readers and viewers. After all, you want to build up your career and PR properly.
  3. Think twice before posting your status. Refrain from using foul, vulgar, and offensive language that might degrade other people, ethnicity, and other beliefs.
  4. Be accurate with your information, but do not totally dispose your private contact information online. Your home address and mobile digits don’t have to be posted online, but you should leave an email address, a business or work number, and a website where other people can contact you for inquiries.
  5. Be careful on posting comments on other people’s posts to ward you off from future disagreements and misunderstandings. This doesn’t mean you should limit your interaction with other people online, this just means that you have to make sure that all your comments are written in decent language so as to avoid offending people and creating conflict.

I hope I have been helpful with these tips. These are just some of the bare essentials that you should bear in mind. Now you can start editing your profile to make it attractive for potential clients. Configure it to open the countless doors to new possibilities and career advancement.

Online Profile Making

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The 21st century brings with it the birth of  social media kwon all over the world such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Myspace, Pinterest, and Multiply, among others. Although some of these has been present for more than a decade now, these social networking site still lead the popular trend of maximizing the use of social media to socialize with people, not just in your local vicinity but throughout the world.

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            Aside from the obvious advantage that this technology can offer in bridging the gaps between people all over the world, social media is also a great avenue for people to build connections that can be later utilized for a professional career. These can be platforms for opportunities where job vacancies can be passed on directly from current employees in certain companies. Aside from that, online job posting can be easily shared and seen by people who are out searching for a job prospect. Social media opens up a gate for a lot of  opportunities for individuals to grab, if they know how to use it. So the question that individuals typically have in mind is: how do we use social media to build-up a profile for one’s career?

Here are some few easy tips you might consider in creating an online presence for yourself.

  1. Be accurate and honest.

Never confuse people with your employment records. Other companies look into social media to check on your past employment experiences, as well as how you interact online. They can also determine if you are the right fit for the position you applied for. So, as much as possible do not mix-up dates, employer’s name, companys name, and other credentials.

  1. Use your real name.

Refrain from using out-of-this-world, far-fetched names. To make it simple, use your given full name. You want to make your profile as formal-looking as possible just in case your potential employer is Google-ing your name.

  1. Be truthful with your contact information.

You may write your mobile number, but it is advisable to just leave your email address or website where they can inquire about vital information that they might want to know from you.

  1. Do not lie about your information.

Your online profile will serve as a preliminary resume for some employers. They see it as to what your personality is like. Your online presence should mirror your personality that’s why it is crucial to put the correct information.

  1. Be simple.

Refrain from uploading too many photos or posting status with unlikely contents. Always remember, you are building-up a professional looking online profile for your future engagements.

How to Increase Your Value in the Workplace

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The ability of an individual to interact with others in ways that will encourage them to cooperate and collaborate with others is referred to as reciprocity by social psychologists. We can always learn a lot from day-to-day activities and interactions. Important life lessons are always right in front of us, whether it be from the different kinds of people we interact with every day, or the concrete knowledge that we are able to gather while accomplishing tasks at work. There are a million ways that the world increases our learning, we just have to keep our eyes open.

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Here are some guidelines on how to increase your value in the workplace, as well as making the most out of your relationships at work.

 

  • Resist the urge to be smarty pants.

Undoubtedly, you were hired because of your skills, talents, experience and other credentials that prove you are the right fit for the job. You were hired because they believe you have the potential to become successful, and they want to give you a chance to prove yourself. Despite this, you have to remember to stay humble. Be grounded, while still excelling at the various tasks at work. But remember that no one knows everything, even those at the top level in the industry or business you are in. Don’t be a show off: you have to learn to interact and control yourself from being a Mr. Know-It-All. In the real world of grueling and competitive workplace, individuals are expected to bring out the best in each other, not to outgrow or compete with one another.

 

  • Listen to learn, not to judge.

For some people, listening seems to be a little more than insincere courtesy of letting someone else talk while they prepare their negation. This should never be your mindset when listening to the ideas and opinions of you co-workers and employers. “The most capable people in the industry are excellent listeners.” This is a very basic yet ultimately important lesson that individuals have to keep in mind when working on their workplace interactions. Make the most out of your conversations. You will surely be able to pick up a lesson or two with anyone in your workplace. You listen because you are eager to learn. So, listen to learn.

 

  • Ask engaging questions.

Do not be afraid to ask. Engaging in meaningful conversations includes exchanging points, opinions, and views on certain topics or issues within the workplace or particularly on the work itself. Keep the lines open, however as mentioned above, be careful to not be offensive, invasive, or unprofessional.

 

  • Practice empathy.

Be sensitive to others. Keep in mind that your workplace is your second home. Make sure to keep your relationships with co-employees intact. You should think twice about harming your relationships with them and one day becoming the work villain or antagonist. Always think before you speak. Learn to evaluate your words and actions well. Be sensitive of other’s feelings even before you act or say something.

Negotiating Your Salary

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We all want to have a good paying job. Every employee who delivers tasks excellently and diligently most often expect a salary increase once in a while. However, you should not demand for it. You should be able to know for yourself that you deserve it. This would clearly be reflected on your performance in the workplace. Always be mindful to be polite and tactful because you are on the employee end of the negotiation. You might not want your employer to get irritated or offended by the way you ask for a raise.

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 Here are some do’s and don’ts in negotiating your salary.

  • Reflect before you ask.

Take a step back and thoroughly think first if you deserve the raise you will be asking for. Take time to assess your performance objectively. Were you able to do your tasks flawlessly? Have you outdone yourself for the benefit of the company? Weigh things over carefully. You should be prepared to answer the possible questions that your employer will ask you: why do you deserve this raise?

  • Ask politely.

You will never get answers if you will never ask. Asking is a crucial step that must be done with tact. This is the part where your misconceptions and questions will be cleared by your employer. Avoid beating around the bush. Get to the point but always keep in mind to ask politely. You are asking for a raise, not a piece of candy.

  • Do not demand.

Demanding is very different from asking. When you want a raise, ask directly and politely. Give them time to think it over to give it to you or not. Do not rush them into a decision. Avoid sounding demanding by letting them evaluate your performance and your ground for a raise.

Negotiations on salary increase will always be complicated, but there will always be a deal that is beneficial for both parties: the employee and the employer. You might get what you are asking for, but in some cases you might not get it immediately. Just be patient. In time it will come after you’ve proven your worth and abilities to share and become an asset to the company.