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Business Networking 101 We have seen the word a million times in articles, magazines, blogs, even Facebook, but it is very likely we do not have the slightest idea of what “Networking” actually means. We might relate it directly to Facebook and we definitely know it is an important tool when it comes to doing business. But, do we know its actual objective? Networking can be defined as the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions, and it specifically refers to the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business. Now that we finally know what it means, how do we get it done? Should we just go to parties, meetings, benefits, and events, talk to people about our company or business, exchange business cards and be sociable? Yes, that is exactly what a networker does. The main idea is to make new contacts with the objective of forming mutually beneficial business relationships. That is it! Now you are an expert on the subject. There is another aspect we have to consider, why go ahead and do business networking? Some entrepreneurs and business owners actually think business networking is a more cost-effective method of getting new clients than advertising or public relations. Business networking can be conducted in a local business community, or on a larger scale on the Internet. Social networks play a very important role for companies nowadays. Even law firms and oil companies have Facebook and Twitter in order to attract more clients and be able to get the word out there about what they do. Social networks make companies more approachable to the general public and potential future clients. That is the reason why the position of Community Manager has boomed over the last five years. If it is not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, your company literally does not exist. To be the greatest networker known to man, just follow these simple, yet life-changing, tips: Always be honest. No one likes a liar. Carry your business cards with you at all times. Try to meet at least five or more new people at an event. Be friendly. You will need to give to be able to receive. The business relationship works both ways. Go get them! Your job search starts here:   Australia  |  Canada  |  Ireland  |  United Kingdom |  United States
Getting a job using your second language Knowing other languages in a world that, thanks to globalization, has forced people to be bilingual and almost makes them forget their mother tongue, definitely, comes in handy when looking for a new job. Numbers do not lie, today, nearly 60% of job offers require the candidate to master a second language. English and German are taking the lead on the list for the most popular languages required by employers, especially in the areas of engineering, finance, new technologies, and health. However, according to recent surveys from Adecco, infoempleo and the Center for Sociological Research (CIS) in Spain, five languages will prevail among job seekers in 2016. To our surprise, these languages are Italian, Portuguese, German, French, and the ever-present English.  An astounding 89.5% of current job offers require a second language, so it is time to get enrolled in the language course of your choice. French is on the list due to the fact that it is the official language of over 30 countries and as one of the five official languages in the United Nations; it also stands out in the touristic and pharmaceutical areas. German — or Europe’s second most spoken language—, stands out in the tourism sector, as well as those languages mentioned above. Perhaps the most shocking fact about this list is to see the “nonna’s” mother tongue on it. Italian has had an impressive boom these last years in Europe, especially in Spain. Brazil’s peak as a first-power economy in Latin America led them to appear in this list and the fact that it is the official language in six countries. The near future looks very promising for Portuguese. Do we really need to say something more to convince you to go ahead and learn a second language? If you need a little extra motivation, Laura Centeno, Country Manager for People Working, indicates that a bilingual person could earn 20% more than those who speak only one language.  Your job search starts here:   Australia  |  Canada  |  Ireland  |  United Kingdom |  United States
5 Things to Do During Any Job Interview While applying for a job offer you need to take into account that any company starts their selection process by going through CVs and calling potential candidates in for an interview. If you already applied for the job and are waiting for that call, or if you already have that interview scheduled for your dream job, then you should definitely take into account the following tips our team of experts has put together just for you: Be on time: Not only do you need to be on time for your interview, but we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes early. You need to take into consideration traffic, delays in public transportation, the fact that you might not be exactly sure where the place is, etc. It is definitely better to arrive a bit earlier than expected than to show up half an hour late with a lame excuse. Remember, first impressions are extremely important in these cases. Dress appropriately: Sometimes, finding the perfect outfit is not easy, especially for women. For situations like job interviews, the best thing to do is choose the safe option. Go for the classics, pencil skirts, blouses, a modern pantsuit, in neutral colors with a little pop of color. Never exaggerate on makeup, leave the heavy eyeshadow and liner for the club. Just a few accessories and you will be ready to knock their socks off! Be honest: Try to have your strengths and weaknesses all worked out before the interview. The company will definitely value your honesty in this regard and, this way, you can put aside the so-called “perfect candidate” profile. Use the resources at hand: If you already have some work experience, take advantage of the knowledge and tool you acquired while at those jobs. Furthermore, recruiters tend to ask about the reason you are leaving your current position; the best you can do is give an honest answer, always try not to talk negatively about your current or previous employer. Do your homework: Never go to a job interview without having done a bit of research about the company and about the position you are applying for. This way, you will not be caught off guard by the interviewer. You are now officially ready for your next job interview! Remember, do not be scared of being yourself, doing that and following these great recommendations, we are sure you will get that job you have always dreamed of having! Your job search starts here:   Australia  |  Canada  |  Ireland  |  United Kingdom |   United States
How to stretch your salary like a pro We have all been there. We have all found ourselves without a cent in our pockets on the last days of the month, yet we never seem to know where all the money went to. In a world where global economy deteriorates more and more each day, everyone should know how to manage their money in an efficient manner. It does not matter the amount of money we make, if we know how to manage it, we will be able to stretch it without being financial experts. Is this really possible? The secret to saving money is –pause for dramatic effect- establishing priorities. But how do we know what to give priority to? If your hard earned money is vanishing at the end of the month like magic, it is time to sit down and evaluate your expenses once and for all. Planning has to become a monthly or even a daily routine for messy spenders. First of all, there are three things that must be taken into account: income, debt and our expenses. The easiest part is establishing our income, the rest will be like seeing our worst nightmares come true, but it will be over soon. No one actually likes knowing how much money they spend each month, but the good thing about planning is that we can figure out how not to bleed out our bank accounts each month and maybe even save up to a 10% for that beach trip you are dying to take. The experts have spoken, and they recommend we divide our income this way: 30-35% for living expenses (including utilities). 16-20% for food and groceries. Invest 17-19% in transportation (including insurance, gas and public transportation). 5-7% for clothes and services (including dry-cleaning, washing, and drying). Invest 5-9% in health (insurance, pharmacy expenses, etc.). 3-6% for entertainment (it cannot be all work and no play). Save 2% - 10%. For miscellaneous expenses like newspapers, education, personal grooming, contributions, etc. destine about 7% to 12% depending on your other expenses. Once we have a clear vision of where our money is going, it will definitely be easier to organize and follow our parameters each month, until we get a constant flow on our bank accounts. There are thousands of useful apps to help us get our prioritizing on (Daily Budget for iPhone, for example), but the most important thing is taking that first step towards economic stability. All we have to do is reach out and take it. Your job search starts here:   Australia  |  Canada  |  Ireland  |  United Kingdom |  United States
Are you one of those employees who works extra hours every day? Do you sleep with your smartphone on? Do you check your email at night and on weekends? Do you feel it is necessary? If your answer is yes, you are probably wrong. Working extra hours is not beneficial for either the employer or the company unless it is completely and utterly necessary. What we really need to figure out is how to organize our time efficiently to be able to improve our performance in the workplace. In order to make this happen, you just need to follow these five simple steps:  Wake up a bit earlier. You will have more time to organize your pending tasks and you will definitely have a more productive day. Make the most out of your day! Plan your daily tasks by giving priority to the most complicated ones. Always put the most important and complicated tasks first. Our concentration is always better during the morning and we have more energy. Leaving those tasks for the end of the day can be counterproductive due to the fact that, by the end of the working day, fatigue takes over, which can even lead to making mistakes. Rest from time to time. Every two hours or so, get up from your chair, stretch, walk across the office, go get some water, talk with your coworkers about subjects that are not job-related and then get back to work. Delegate responsibilities. If you have a team that you trust, try to delegate some of your tasks, especially when you are in charge of a big project. Your employees will also thank you for the fact that you trust them enough to give them more responsibilities. Organize your workspace and your computer. If your workplace and your PC are organized, your ideas and tasks will be too. It is almost impossible to be efficient when your workplace is disorganized. By following these tips, you will be able to improve your productivity and you will manage to reach for the stars in the workplace without having to drain yourself working extra hours. Your job search starts here:   Australia  |  Canada  |  Ireland  |  United Kingdom |  United States