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Montag, 16. März 2015
Dienstag, 10. März 2015
Private life and profession shape the life of each and every working person, but whether they affect it positively or not, depends on your ability to reconcile them. By creating an even-keeled balance, you ensure your success, happiness and satisfaction. In contrast, neglecting one of these areas of life leads to frustration and discontent.
Suppose you work overtime in order to finish a project. Next time, you stay longer because you don’t want to forfeit your chance of being promoted, until it slowly but surely becomes a habit or even an expectation. At this point, if you don’t continue to fill in you won’t only jeopardise your advancement but your job as well. Working too hard, however, occurs at the expense of the time you can spend with family and friends. Your job may make it impossible for you to relax and recover, which leads to frustration, fatigue, isolation and even more stress. This in turn impairs your performance. As a consequence, both your career and your personal life are affected negatively.
The opposite is also true, however. If all goes well at home, you do better in your profession. Therefore, the question that arises next is apparent: How can you balance your career and private life effectively? There is no easy answer, if only because each and every situation in life is different, but it’s already helpful if you think ahead. Consider what really matters to you. What kind of sacrifices are you ready to make in order to ensure it? Of course, it’s obvious that concentrating on your career means having less time off, but making sure you still have a private life doesn’t mean you have to give up your profession as such. You just pursue somewhat less ambitions in order to reconcile both areas of life, to strike a real, healthy balance.
There is one more fact that has to be brought to attention: work-life-balance is an ideal that can only be achieved temporarily. Even if you succeed in striking a balance between career and private life momentarily, one unexpected occurrence is enough to turn everything upside down. This, however, is no reason to despair. Occasionally neglecting this or that is not the end of the world. Just make sure it doesn’t happen in the long run.
Montag, 2. März 2015
The concept of unsolicited application is nowadays widely known. But how do you have to put in a speculative application in order to obtain the desired result? What distinguishes it from other application types and what are its benefits? These are the questions discussed below.
Like other application types, an unsolicited or speculative application aims at getting a job at a specific company. Instead of applying for an advertised position, however, you are the one who contacts potential employers in order to find work at the hidden job market. You take the initiative and make the first move by reaching out to the company.
There are different ways to do just that. You can choose to email your application or send it by post. Furthermore, many companies offer standardised application forms that can be filled out online. In most cases, it’s easy to find out which method potential employers prefer by taking a look at their website.
You’d be well advised to read up on these kind of details as well as on the company itself because a speculative application can’t be submitted without thorough consideration and diligent preparation. By making an unsolicited application, you state that you’d like to work for the company in question. In order to have a better chance of getting the desired job, you have to address your writing to a specific contact person, and not at the personnel department as such. The information you read up on helps you to determine who that person should be. You may also learn a lot about what the company distinguishes itself in and which concepts it values. Armed with this knowledge, it’ll be much easier to awaken interest and to state why you’re the one the company should employ.
By submitting an unsolicited application, you can avoid having to contend with a lot of competitors. If the application arrives at the right moment, it may lead to the desired outcome very quickly. Another advantage of speculative applications is that the decision whether you write a brief application or submit a complete application portfolio is up to you. That said, you should always keep in mind what is more suitable for the job in question. Finally, no matter which form of speculative application you decide upon, you have to adhere to the basic rules of drawing up the application papers at all times.
If you’re hunting for a job or about to apply for the position you strive for, you surely wonder how best to go about it. What does it come down to? One of the determining factors is the decision how you try to obtain the job in question.
Regardless of whether you’ve found the right job advertisement or it’s an unsolicited application you plan to submit, there are three possibilities: you can post your job application dossier, send the necessary documents per email or fill out an online form on the website of the company.
Which way you best choose has to be decided ad hoc. If there are directions in the employment ad referring to this, you should adhere to them – otherwise, your application may be disregarded. If a potential employer provides an online form, you have to apply this way, even if this modus operandi isn’t pointed out specifically. By contrast, if the decision is up to you, you should consider which way of application is preferred in a particular line of work.
Naturally, the pros and cons of an application depend on what form it takes. On the one hand, applications per email are easier, faster and cheaper to send. On the other hand, it’s easier to leaf through printed documents and to size them up at one glance. The optical impressions they make also differ.
In the case of applications per mail, details matter a lot. The documents you post determine if you have a real chance of getting the job. The first impression counts – thus, your letter has to carry sufficient postage and the address must be written legibly on the envelope. If you’d like to appear to be a decent and respectable person, your dossier shan’t be crinkled, or contain spelling mistakes or typing errors. When designing the application documents, you should also keep in mind that they’ll be produced in hard copy. That doesn’t mean they can’t be fashioned inventively – but you should always consider what kind of impression a specific detail conveys.