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Are you the next one ‘falling-into’ recruitment? Do not become a recruiter until you have read this.
No one would dream of being a recruiter, but they would have ‘fallen into’ it I get phone calls every so often. This is how the conversation typically plays out. ‘Hi, how are you doing? It’s been a while!’  the other side asks. ‘Not bad, you?’ I reply. ‘I have been jobless for a while and wonder if I should be making a pivot into recruitment.’ No matter what industry they’re coming from, many individuals believe they can transition into recruiting at any given point in their career. Why is recruitment so attractive? It is true that the recruitment industry has a very low entry barrier. While you won’t require any formal qualifications to become a recruiter, the earning potential is massive. Recruitment agencies take a cut of 18-25% of the annual salary for successfully placing a...
The sales psychology you need to know to perfect your art of persuasion
Everyone is a salesperson.  Whether you are motivating a team to come up with a solution, asking your employer for a pay rise, or planning a night out with friends, you are trying to influence others with your negotiation and persuasion skills. These skills are crucial in fostering positive connections in both your career and personal life. These skills have, in fact, been widely applied in sales for decades. Studies show that it is primarily our emotional brain, not our rational brain, that drives our purchasing decisions.  By understanding how these strategies access our emotional brains, you can also subtly guide individuals towards desired outcomes without triggering resistance or skepticism. We like people who are like us Our brain naturally prefers what is familiar. Skills ...
Tackling Managerial Challenges of Our Time
Getting leadership training too late Let’s face it. We have fallen flat on our faces in leadership training. Harvard Business Reviews shows that on average, people only get their leadership training after being in a supervisory role for a decade!   Managers developed bad managerial habits, which got ingrained during the untrained period. Pouring more money into leadership training programmes doesn’t churn out better leaders because it’s often too late for the managers to unlearn their bad habits.   The three types of problematic managers As a recruiter, it is my job to understand why people want to leave their company. The most common reason provided is the presence of inadequate leaders. There are usually three types of problematic managers. On one end of the spectrum are those o...
Essential FAQs for Job Changers: What You Need to Know
Transitioning to a new job is among life’s most stressful events, often accompanied with a plethora of questions. These are the questions you don’t want to ask your colleagues because you don’t want words spreading prematurely — many would keep their intention to resign confidential until their plans are solidified.  Drawing from my experience as a recruiter supporting numerous candidates through their job changes, I ‘ve compiled this FAQ to address the nitty-gritty about notice period, bonus payout and other matters that surprisingly elude many.   Notice period Can I use my annual leave to offset my notice period? Depending on specifics outlined in your employment contract and pending HR’s final approval, many organizations offer employees the option to use accrued annual leav...
Strategies for Turning Job Search Blues into Triumphs
No matter where you are in the process, job search can wear your self-esteem down. It involves a pendulum of emotions — remember the cringe-inducing moment when you receive the LinkedIn updates about your connections landing on their next professional milestone?   The stress of job search can translate into physical ailments. Job search fatigue is a real thing and if you have experienced symptoms like emotional exhaustion, increased irritability, difficulty in concentrating, or sleep disturbances in your job-hunting process, you are not alone.   Tips to Navigate Job Search Fatigue Identify the causes Are you deflated because you have not heard back regarding your applications, or from your connections within the company you are interested in applying to? Or you have lost steam...
Is Your Company Ready to Give up ‘Work-life Balance’ for ‘Work-life Integration’?
Is ‘Work-life Balance’ the saviour it claims to be for Burnout workers? Many companies tout ‘Work-Life Balance’ in their job advertisement to attract talents. Strategies like trimming work hours, providing more annual leave, scheduling company activities during working days and embracing flexible work are often regarded as the ‘Work-life Balance’ offerings.    ‘Work-life Balance’ is an elusive concept. Afterall, our life is one seamless experience. Since when has our life become so compartmentalized that achieving a balance between work and personal life is seen as the key to completeness?   ‘Work-life Balance’ is a Century Old! The separation between work and ‘life’ has a root in the Industrial Revolution when people worked over 70 hours a week in factories miles away from home...
How Job Crafting Might Rescue Your Stale Career
Like the bagel that has passed its best before date, your job is difficult to chew when it becomes stale. When the payday gives you the only dopamine spike that you would ever get from your job, you know it’s time moving on.   But before risking it all to walk away from your current employer, there are options to increase your chances of ‘finding’ your dream job. Job crafting is one of them.   What is Job Crafting? Job crafting is a work design process initiated by individuals — to make proactive and intentional changes in their job roles to better align with their skills, interests and aspirations.   According to Dutton and Wrzesniewski, there are three ways of crafting your jobs: Task crafting: mindfully structuring the scope, sequence and the number of tasks involved in you...
Is Procrastination Costing You Career Opportunities?
Procrastination is an act of putting off tasks to the very last minute or past their deadlines. Psychologists suggest procrastination is a complex interplay of psychological factors. Fundamentally, it is choosing short-term pleasure over long-term gain.     Although some people argued that procrastination may be harmless, or even having the benefits of boosting creativity, when it becomes a habit, it can have severe repercussions particularly in a professional setting.   Why people procrastinate? On the surface, people knowingly delay actions for various reasons. They would say they don’t have the right skill sets to finish the tasks, confused about what is required of them, feeling overwhelmed not knowing where to start, or simply getting distracted. Psychologists found that the ...
What You Wish to Know Before Applying for Banking Jobs
Ready to embark on the job application journey? First thing first, fill out an application form!   To stand out from the crowd, some folks might pepper in a little extra magic on their qualifications and experiences. But here is the catch! Those who go overboard might find themselves in a sticky situation later.   The reality is, passing the interview and even getting an offer is not final victory.   A job offer can be revoked if the candidate failed the aptitude test or the background check. Some background check won’t start until the new recruit is onboarded. Starting a new job is typically filled with excitement and anticipation. Having to give up a newly commenced job is a plot twist you don’t want to see in your career story.   Understanding the aptitude test Aptitude test...
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