Dienstag, 20. Dezember 2016

Things you shouldn’t do at your office Christmas party

The morning after your office Christmas party – silence when you enter the office? Does your boss request you to have a word? And do your colleagues look at you funny? Do they whisper behind your back? But your memories of the night before are hazy and all you remember is having a really good time… Well, it looks like you’ve made quite a spectacle out of yourself. Office Christmas parties where things get more informal between colleagues and bosses are full of all kinds of traps. If you heed our advice, you can be sure to stay on the safe side!

 Be careful with the way you dress. Your outfit should never be too revealing, but the temperatures outside will definitely take care of that for you. Both women and men shouldn’t unbotton their shirts too much, though. If you and your team go to the party right after work, then you’ll already be wearing the perfect attire – business casual are the words to live by! In case your bosses invited you to a more formal banquet, adjust your outfit accordingly.

Don’t bring any unannounced guests. It’s common sense that you’d like your partner or spouse to attend the event with you. But still don’t do that before making sure beforehand that you are allowed to do so. On the one side, your request is sure to be accepted, on the other the planner will know how many guests to expect to the party.

Never gossip about bosses or colleagues. This should be self-explanatory, but we’ll say it anyway: gossip always comes back to you, may it be sooner or later! It’s best to elegantly keep yourself out of these kinds of conversations and rather check out the food and drinks, but…

Don’t raid the buffet. It’s true that everything is there to be consumed. And you can of course try everything, but please avoid looking like a hungry animal. That won’t leave a good impression. The same applies in case your boss takes the team out for a dinner. Don’t order the most extravagant dish on the menu, as that only shows your true priority – it‘s not spending time with your team, it’s just wanting a good meal.

Don’t drink too much alcohol. There’s really nothing wrong about a drink or two with your colleagues, but the bigger your alcohol intake, the greater are the chances to do something stupid. And you certainly don’t want to be known for your tasteless jokes or your heavy flirting with the other sex.

Dienstag, 13. Dezember 2016

Healthy snacks at work

Spending the day in the office often means sitting for far too long, which, in turn, is bad for your health and your figure. As we’ve seen though, things don’t have to be that way. It’s very easy to integrate a greater amount of movement into your office routine. Another trap that is fairly easy to overlook – your eating. Stress makes us overindulge. And the things we enjoy hunched over our keyboards are either too sweet, too salty or plain too fat. Nevertheless, there is hope, as there are a lot more options than chocolate bars, prepackaged snacks or cafeteria food. Here are our suggestions for healthy snacking.

Raw food. It may not sound overly appealing at first, but bear with us: when the urge to snack strikes every now and then, there are healthier options available than salty chips or peanuts. Why not prepare and have a big bowl with some carrots, cucumbers, radish, celery or any other fresh and tasty vegetables that you might like at the ready? It will have the same calming effect on your psyche as eating crunchy chips, but take a guess which one is healthier…

Muesli. One of the best sources of healthy energy is your muesli. But not every kind is equally good. Prepackaged, brand muesli from the store contains too much sugar, which renders all potential benefits moot. Our advice is to mix your own muesli, according to your own preferences and taste. Start with a base of unsugared cereal and add fresh fruit, milk or yoghurt. Still missing the sweetness? Try spicing it up using some cinnamon or vanilla.

Soft white cheese and fruits. Another good recipe for a snack is mixing fresh fruit and soft white cheese. It’s best to take a low-fat white cheese, but don’t stress about it – the regular one doesn’t really contain that much fat either. Just mix in some apple or banana (or any other fruit combination that suits your taste) and you can forget about the chocolate bar. You’ve just made yourself a much healthier snack. The fruit will give you a vitamin boost, while the cheese, as any dairy product, increases your calcium levels.

Sandwich. The traditional way to combat hungriness between meals is sure to stir up memories about childhood and school. A sandwich is a good option, as long as you pay attention to details. Don’t use white bread, but rather one made out of a multi-cereal dough. Fill your sandwich with grilled chicken or turkey breast, as regular salami is usually high on fat and additives. Don’t use too much butter or margarine either, but rather spread some soft white cheese on your sandwich. Top it all off with some tomato, cucumber or salad leafs and you're ready to go.

Montag, 5. Dezember 2016

Mobbing at work major topic in european countries

Mobbing can happen in almost all areas of life and harm concerned persons not only physically but also psychically. Nowadays the working world is affected dramatically by that problem. The job search engine Jobswype therefore asked its users whether they have ever been a victim of mobbing at work. It turned out that, in most of the countries where Jobswype is active, between 60 to 80 % of the responders have already been or felt like a victim of mobbing at work sometimes or even frequently.

This is shocking, especially considering that a person can hardly avoid mobbing situations when it comes to her working place he or she may be depending on. A common definition of mobbing at work is the one from Einarsen, Hoel, Zapf and Cooper describing it as follows: "Bullying at work means harassing, offending, socially excluding someone or negatively affecting someone’s work tasks. In order for the label bullying (or mobbing) to be applied to a particular activity, interaction or process it has to occur repeatedly and regularly and over a period of time. Mobbing is an escalated process in the course of which the person confronted ends up in an inferior position and becomes the target of systematic negative social acts.” Mobbing at work is typically expressed by gossiping about the concerned person, social isolation (the person is being ignored), the refusal to provide information necessary of the work of the person, insults or even threats.

If a person notices such a behavior towards him or her, this must not be ignored! It requires courage and especially overcoming but in the case of mobbing at work by other employees, the first person who has to be consulted is the chief. For this, it is necessary that the person being bullied provides the chief with concrete facts demonstrating and proving the mobbing by other employees. Afterwards, the chief will have to prove all of this and take care of the situation properly. Should the meeting with the chief not achieve the desired results, meaning the bullying continue to go on, it is the right of the person who is being bullied, to end the employment contract.

3200 users took part in this poll from November 2016.

Sonntag, 20. November 2016

Ideas for a more active working routine

It shouldn’t be news to anyone that regular workout is beneficial to your overall health. Most people engage in some sporting activity in their free time, as it also helps releasing all the tension accumulated at work and maintaining a healthy balance. The benefits are obvious – a regular workout helps strengthen your immune system, protects your circulatory system, helps your concentration and boosts wellbeing, works wonders for your self-esteem and helps you keep your weight in check. Because you can basically never have too much of a good thing, here are a few pointers on how to bring more movement into your job routine and enjoy all the benefits of an active lifestyle.

1. Dont take a seat in public transport. You can do this already on your way to the office, but of course also on your way back home – for you are sitting long enough during office hours, aren’t you? So, why not enjoy your commute standing? Not only will you be doing something good for your own health, but there definitely are others who objectively need the seat more than you do. They will surely appreciate your nice gesture.

2. Get off public transport one station earlier or park your car further away from your destination. Just as efficient and easy to combine with the first advice, getting off the metro or bus one station earlier or parking a few streets away from the office helps you integrating some walking into your day, which in turn helps you clear your head and, while you are at it, also effortlessly burns a few calories.

3. Take your bike to work. If your commute doesn’t take much more than an hour and the weather is fine, there’s really no reason for not leaving your car in the garage and taking your bike. Taking into account all the lost time in the chaotic rush hour traffic, driving to work or home really doesn’t offer you any time saving benefits. What it will offer you, on the other hand, is stress and possibly road rage, even before your workday has started. Why not enjoy the air and some sunshine instead?

4. Change your sitting position frequently and don‘t forget to take regular breaks. Even when you are swamped with work, never forget to change your sitting position every 20-25 minutes at the latest. And bring some physical activity into your workday: you can, for example, position your water bottle and the garbage bin in such a way that using either will require you to stand up and take a few steps. Don’t take your phone calls sitting, stand up and walk around during those anytime it‘s possible. And, while you already left your desk, do a few easy stretching exercises.

5. Take the stairs. The easiest way to be more active – forget about elevators! Stairclimbing is one of the most effective exercises for strengthening the muscles in your buttocks and thighs.

Montag, 7. November 2016

Becoming your own boss – A few thoughts about starting your own business

Do you know the feeling, that you’d do a lot of things differently and better, if only you were the boss? Or do you want a more flexible working schedule? Or maybe you’ve reached a point in your career, where you’d like to do something else, something close to your own heart? And don’t they say: „Turn your hobby into your job and you’ll never have to work again“? If you‘ve already made your hobby into your job, we congratulate you! But for everyone else, there’s basically only one solution – starting your own business. Such a big step requires a whole lot of forethought, though. For one, the security offered by a steady job on an unlimited contract is gone. Still, there are many positive and successful examples. Here are a few thoughts to help you reach a decision.

First off, think about really being ready to take on so much responsibility to you and potentially for your family. Are you adaptable, resistant to stress, creative and manage to keep your cool even in the most chaotic times? Good, because as the owner of a start-up, you’ll need to be. Be aware that you’ll have to work more and longer hours than in your full-time job as an employee, at least at the start. That’s why it’s important to get all your family and friends involved in the decision making process, because you will need their support and understanding. Should everything work out according to your plan, you might also become an employer. Are you also ready to take responsibility for your employees and their jobs?

Every start-up needs a good business idea. Ideally, you already have one. If not, you must carefully weigh, where your strengths are. The challenge you must face is finding out, what your true passion is and how to turn it into a source of income. Search for inspiration in the stories of other successful start-ups and use the internet for research purposes, as it’s the easiest and most comfortable way to get info and good advice from entrepreneurs and business analysts. Keep in mind that customers are only willing to pay for such products and/ or services which fulfil one of their physical or emotional needs. Take a careful look at the market. Did somebody else already turn the same or a very similar idea into a business? And if so, is it successful? Competition is, of course, the heart of the market and very welcome to customers, but you should overthink your idea if the market is already saturated and you don’t bring anything new to the table.

Don’t underestimate the importance of a detailed and realistic list of necessary business expenses. Many start-ups fail because of their unrealistic budget projections. In order to avoid this from happening to you, make a list with all the known and foreseeable costs. How much starting capital do you need? And how soon can you make it back in the form of profits? In other words, create a good business plan that will help you keep track of all things financial, but also comes in handy when you need to persuade the bank or the investors to secure funding.

Whether it all is a risk worth taking – the final decision is up to you. Every business started out small…

Sonntag, 30. Oktober 2016

Europeans increasingly wish for childcare at work

The subject of childcare at work has become increasingly important in recent years. Employers and employees from different countries report that knowing the own child being cared for within the premises of the enterprise would be an incredibly relieving feeling. Additionally, it saves a lot of time not having to drive to the other end of town to bring their child to childcare and then driving to work afterwards. According to the recent poll of Jobswype, many more people would want this.

Even though childcare at work is not very common in most countries yet, there are some examples in Sweden, England as well as in the United States proving that it can work out very well. The investment-banking enterprise “Goldman and Sachs”, situated in London for instance, created an on-site childcare in 2003. Employees can make use of it free of charge four weeks after parental leave to facilitate the transition back to work. Later, they can use the full time on-site childcare throughout the rest of the year to a certain fixed price.

It is therefore not surprising that not a single country in our poll was against the implementation of childcare at work. The share of proponents in all countries lies between 64 % (Germany) and even 87 % (Hungary).

Of course, it is also important to note that the implementation of childcare at work must be well considered and requires not only sufficient financial but also special resources. But if there is a will on the part of the enterprise, there will always be an option: smaller enterprises could for instance join together with one or two other enterprises and form a child care for their employees´ children positioned between the enterprises, or first only offering a part-time childcare. Some enterprises for instance allow their employees to bring their children to work, should anything unpredictable happen or their plans changing unexpectedly.

There are many possibilities of how a childcare at work could look like and all enterprises have to make that decision for them. But it is undisputed that childcare at work is a topic offering good potential for further developments in the future.

1000 users took part in this poll from September 2016.

Dienstag, 18. Oktober 2016

No job after graduation? – Don’t lose hope or waste time

What happens, when the dream job doesn’t come up right after graduation? Were your studies and good grades for nothing? Did you maybe choose the wrong major? These thoughts cross the minds of many graduates, who just don’t seem to find a job after university. Maybe you should have listened to your parents after all, when they advised you to give up African Studies or Philosophy in favour of something “real”. Or maybe you could have squeezed in one more internship? Our advice – don’t lose your hope, many others are in the same position. Rather concentrate on finding constructive ways out of your rut.

Generally speaking, it is true that engineers or programmers have an easier time finding jobs than humanists. The good news, however, is that „harder“ doesn’t equate „impossible“. Not even the highest degree from the best university can guarantee the immediate and successful transition into the workforce. Instead of blaming yourself and thinking about chances gone bye, you should rather stay motivated and focused and start looking for a job.

Think of this unplanned sabbatical as a chance. If you really went all the way into studying, there must have a been a lot of experiences you didn’t have time to make. Running and dividing your time between courses, the library and learning groups, you surely must have missed one or another opportunity to party or go on a holiday with your friends. Why not make up for all that now, at least partially, and try all the things, for which there didn’t seem to be enough time during university? As long as you stay grounded and don’t forget your goal of finding a job, go ahead.

You should keep your days structured still, even if now you can sleep in more often. But after a hearty breakfast, it’s time to look for job offers. JOBswype is a good place to start, as every day you’ll find the newest job openings. Sign up for a free account and start your search! Set yourself the realistic goal of at least three applications every week. And don’t forget to craft the most professional looking and sounding application documents. You’ll find enough tips on our blog. The experience that you’ll gain during this time in applying for jobs will be of tremendous help to you later on, when you‘ll be looking for jobs again. You can also use the time to gain new qualifications by taking language or computer or any other classes. This will also help you keep your CV without unsightly gaps.

Last, but not least, the really good news – you really aren’t in such a tough spot. Statistically, more than 95% of all university graduates find long term employment. So, stay motivated and good luck!

Sonntag, 16. Oktober 2016

You’d better not say this during your job interview - 4 real examples

Have you followed our advice on crafting the perfect job application documents? Very good, then you are on the right way to landing your dream job. The next step is the job interview. If you already got the invitation and set up the date, you must already have left a good impression and your potential employer is interested in getting to know you better and finding out, whether you are a perfect fit for the company. However, this does not mean you already got the job. To get there, the initial good impression needs to be backed up by the conversation you are going to have with your new employer. This time, we will tell you a few things that you should better not say during the crucial job interview.

You stay silent. Nothing destroys the good impression that your application has left faster than your icy silence during the interview. We are sure you can understand, even from personal experience, that somebody who answers in monosyllabic sentences won’t make a good impression during a conversation. Maybe you are just shy or insecure. Maybe even both. Your silence, however, will most likely be interpreted as a lack of preparation for the job interview. The recruiter doesn’t want to perform a monologue, but to rather have a lively conversation, even with questions from your side. Which brings us to…

What does your company do? This exact or any similar question will get you out of the game real quick. It’s the ultimate giveaway that you haven’t prepared at all for the interview. Of course nobody expects you to know every obscure detail about the company’s day-to-day business, you should however be aware of all the information that you can easily access online.

What is the salary and what bonuses can I expect?  Don’t be the first one to bring up work compensation during the initial job interview. Let the recruiter do it, if the conversation runs smoothly and they see fit. Generally, because of the high number of available candidates, the hiring decision isn’t made during the first round of interviews. It’s much more likely that you will be asked to a second interview, should you have made a good impression again. Therefore, we would advise caution in mentioning your expected salary even before you get the hiring offer. But in case the interview turns out splendid and the recruiter asks you to name your price, you’d better not say…

I’m sure we will reach an agreement.  When the recruiter asks you point blank about your desired salary, they are expecting an honest and real answer. There is some leeway for beginners who don’t have any experience in the workforce, as these are realistically more likely to be unaware of their net worth. Not so for candidate with work experience. The solution is, as always, very simple: prepare thorougly for your job interview.

Dienstag, 4. Oktober 2016

Using the right key words – the key to your application success

It’s not an easy task to find the right words in your application. The pressure, that the candidate is experiencing, is very high, especially if it’s a really coveted or badly needed job. The best advice we can offer is to always write an application that fits the job description. How to accomplish this? Easy – by using the right key words. Read on to find out, what these are and where to find them.

In the interest of keeping it short and simple, key words are basically technical terms, specific to a/ your field of work used by professionals. They also cover the traits and attributes that these professionals should possess. If you ever hear somebody else use them confidently in conversation, you’ll immediately know their chosen field of work. And you’ll also notice, whether they are a true professional or not. That is exactly what happens with a potential employer reading your application. The right key words, sprinkled throughout your phrases at the right moment, show the employer that not only do you possess all the required qualifications, but that you also have considerable experience in your field of work.

If you already have said experience, it shouldn’t be hard for you to pick out the right keywords. But what about those, who are just about to join the workforce or are unsure? We recommend the brainstorming method, involving close ones as well. Start by writing down all qualifications and personal traits that are necessary for the desired job and ask friends and/ or family to take a look at your list and add to it, if they see fit. Ideally, you would also seek the council of a professional already working in the field. Alternatively, read some user profiles on professional networking portals. In them, you can find a lot of key words that you can compare to your own list.

Last, but definitely not least (!), the ad for the open position is not to be forgotten, either. The company has used all the key words, that their recruiters are looking for, in the text of the ad. By doing this, recruiters try to appeal primarily to the required professionals. Read the text carefully and write down all the technical terms, that catch your attention, be they in the job description or the requirements for the candidates.

At long last, one piece of advice – don’t overuse those key words in your application, though! A good application should be intelligible even for laymen. 

Montag, 26. September 2016

What is the most important thing for Europeans regarding their jobs?

It can depend on numerous factors whether a person is content with his/her job or not. But what is it that can make the difference between dream job and a rather short employment relationship. The job search engine Jobswype therefore asked its users what mattered the most to them when it came to a job. The results are very interesting!

In the survey, users could choose between the factors „a good working atmosphere”, the salary”, “an interesting activity” and “flexible working hours”. Starting with the factor which is, at least with regard to the other criteria, valued the least important, the interesting activity. This factor however lay only closely behind the “flexible working hours”. The most important factors for the Europeans are a good working atmosphere followed by the salary.

In the comparison with the salary and a good working atmosphere, the working activities itself as well as the flexible working hours are secondary. This can be seen especially in Rumania, where only 8 % of the users stated that an interesting working activity was important for them and not a single person chose “flexible working hours”. In return, about 77 % indicated that a good working climate was important for them and for 15 % the salary was the most important factor. 

The only country where the relation between „working atmosphere and salary“ on one hand and  “interesting activity and flexible working hours” on the other hand was more or less balance, was the United Kingdom. There, the most part of the users (about 43 %) indicated that a good working atmosphere was the most important factor, whereas 17 % chose the interesting activity and 31 % chose the flexible working hours.

The results of this pol show once again how important a good working atmosphere is and that it can definitely be the reason whether a person is happy with his/her job and chooses to stay or would rather somewhere else. An investment in a good working atmosphere on the part of the respective company directors is therefor always a good idea!

3500 users took part in this poll from August 2016

Dienstag, 6. September 2016

Beware of these mistakes in your CV

Advice for a convincing CV, part two. You send out numerous applications, but almost never get any answers or invitations for the job interview? Only the standardized we-are-sorry-but-we-can’t-consider-you-for-this-position type e-mails? That’s definitely frustrating, especially since you’ve poured a lot of thought and work into your application, like everybody else, since no one applies just for the fun of it. It might pay off, though, if you’d take a second, objective look at your CV – maybe you’ve made some mistakes after all? Should you find yourself in one of the following scenarios, don’t fret! Now you know what needs to be bettered!

1. Your CV contains obvious spelling mistakes. It happened despite all the care in the world – you just didn’t notice and correct one spelling mistake. What might seem like a minor transgression to you (after all, it’s your qualifications and worth as a professional that should count to your potential employer), might seem a lot more serious to recruiters. They will infer that you are sloppy at your job and like to stay superficial. And no company wants employees like that.

2. Your CV looks unprofessional. Does your CV look like an unshapely and unreadable block of text? Or did you overdo the quirkiness and ended up having a lot of playful fonts and passages in italics? All in service of being different and getting the attention of the recruiter instead of being just another face in the crowd? Well, congratulations! The recruiter did notice your application, but sadly not the way that you’ve intended. To leave a lasting positive impression, try formatting your CV for maximum readability, in a way that shows off all the relevant info about yourself at first glance.

3. You have given little to no practical examples. Measurable, practical results and the successes that you have achieved in your previous positions are just as important as an accurate and all-encompassing list of all your responsibilities. CVs that have both will always leave a better impression.

4. It’s not clear enough, why you are good fit for the open position. Could it be that you didn’t give enough thought to presenting exactly those of your qualifications that are the most relevant for the open position? You could come to regret that, because recruiter very seldomly have or take the time to skim your application for all those details. Thusly, your chances grow exponentially if you pre-select and highlight just the right ones instead of indiscriminately listing all your qualifications.

Freitag, 2. September 2016

Make a good first impression with your CV

Whether someone finds you sympathetic or not, they will make up their mind during the first few seconds of meeting you. That’s a scientifically proven fact, which, in turn, makes your parents right when they’ve told you that first impressions count. While applying for a new job, your potential employer get their first impression from your CV. This is not to stress you out and make you worry more – it’s actually quite easy to have a good CV. Read on to find out!

The CV you are attaching to your cover letter forms the basis for the first impression that your potential employer has of you. If you want to make a lasting and positive one, make sure while putting together your CV that it will be a short, on point and easy read containing all the necessary info about you that is relevant to the vacant position. You can opt to format your CV as a table, but that is not a must. More important is the font that you use. Make sure it is a professional looking one and stay away from anything playful and quirky – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to show off your lighter and humorous side during the job interview!

The first part of your CV must contain your full name, address, telephone number and email. Info about your nationality/ citizenship, your civil status or about military ranks you might hold should only be provided if they are relevant to the position that you are applying for.

This should usually be followed by a history of your work experience. Don’t list all your jobs chronologically though. You should always start with the last postion you’ve held (or are currently holding) and work your way back from there. For every position, specify not only the title, but also the company and a short description of your actual tasks and responsibilities, as well as the starting and ending dates, preferably the month and the year. During the next step, do the same with your education – from your last degree downwards – and state the art of education, your degree, the educational institution and the graduation date. Here’s also the place to mention al other courses and trainings you night have undertaken over the years.

Do you have a knack for foreign languages or are you an IT-whiz? Don’t forget to list those under “Aptitudes”. Bonus points if you can back up your claims with certificates or at least good examples of using and further developing them in practice, in your working day-to-day. Make sure that the aptitudes you describe are as quantifiable, tangible and concrete as possible and stay away from common places. All of us would say we are “good listeners” or “good colleagues”. The aptitudes should in any event match the job description and offer some advantages/ benefits for your future employer as well.  Achten Sie darauf, dass es möglichst konkrete Fähigkeiten sind und denken sie daranThe same holds true for your extracurricular or volunteering activities – to the extent that they prove to your employer that you are a complex and dynamic personality with many different interests and there are paralelles to the job description as well, go ahead and list them! Or maybe you have some hobbies that could be relevant to the open position. In this case, list those as well. If this is not the case though, then you probably shouldn’t include a list of your hobbies.

If you payed attention to all these suggestions, you should have a convincing CV by now. As a last step, check, double and triple check your spelling and grammar and enlist the help of your favorite office software. Then attach it to your application and rest assured – you’re potential employer will get to know you from your best side!

Mittwoch, 24. August 2016

Saving up at work – This is how to make the most of your monthly budget

Do you find the title of this entry strange? Think about it before reading on. According to conventional wisdom, you earn money at work and don’t spend it. The reality of most jobs is that there are expenses during working hours as well. And they might amount to quite a large sum if we don’t keep them under control. Here are just a few ideas to cut down on unnecessary costs.

We are sure you are aware of the kind of expenses we are talking about. Working full-time means being away from home for most of the day. Expenses occur. Some of them can be prevented with a little bit of planning ahead.

1. Use public transportation. It is true that tickets are getting more and more expensive, but it’s still less expensive than taking your car to work every day. Driving through the city burns through a lot of fuel and not every company provides free parking spaces. As such, be aware that it might be more cost efficient to leave the care in the garage. If you really can’t get used to public transport, you could still car pool with your colleagues to keep costs at bay. Not only your wallet, but also the environment will thank you.

2. Take a book with you. Those who already use public transport know this issue – waiting time, not only because of traffic disruptions or lateness. The commute as such can be quite long as well. To tide you over, a magazine or newspaper is often impulsively bought from one of the many kiosks in the stations. Most of the time, these go straight into the paper bin once we reach home, regardless whether we have actually read them or not. We suggest a different approach. How about taking a book with you or, better yet, your e-reader? You’ll always have something to read on the go.

3. Brew your own coffee. Are you one of those who drink several cups of coffee per day? Then you’ll probably also prone to buy the one or other round of coffee to go. And we don’t have to tell you what that does to your overall budget… Luckily, most caffeine aficionados have their own coffee machines at home and also access to the company’s break rooms, where they can find coffee and tea and periodically recharge their inner batteries. All you need is a thermos cup, which doesn’t cost all that much, but has the advantage that it can be refilled anytime, without giving away a small fortune to the various coffee shop companies.

4. Pack lunch. When you get hungry around lunchtime, there’s more than one possibility – going to a restaurant, take out, the supermarket around the corner or your company cafeteria. All of them are valid options, but at a cost. There’s obviously nothing wrong with having lunch with your colleagues, but you should consider a pre-packed lunch at least on some days of the week. You think you don’t have the time to prepare a lunch for the next day? Try making a little bit more of whatever you are having for dinner and pack the leftovers up. If it’s one of your favourite dishes, you will enjoy it next day at lunch, too. And it’s a lot healthier that fast food!

5. Drink tap water. You can get it everywhere and you can trust that it’s of good quality. It’s not only cheaper, but a much healthier option compared to sugary soft drinks.

Mittwoch, 17. August 2016

Do the Europeans assess the Brexit as a threat for their jobs?

A few weeks ago, one subject has predominantly dominated the media: the Brexit. Great Britain’s exit from the European Union has not only caused some turmoil within the country itself but also internationally. Within these last few weeks, it has been proved that the Brexit has numerous proponents but even more opponents. But how do the Europeans assess the Brexit for their own professional future? We asked our users in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Rumania if they assessed the Brexit as a threat for their jobs.

You can see right away on our diagram that the amount of people who see the Brexit as a threat to their job is fewer than 50% in all countries. The 3 countries where the most people are concerned are Great Britain with 44%, which, for obvious reasons, is most affected by the Brexit, Ireland (46%), which has strong economic relations with the United Kingdom, and Poland (46%), which employs over a million migrant workers in the United Kingdom.

Even though many people from other Eastern European countries are also working in the United Kingdom, it seems as if the consequences of the Brexit weren’t considered as bad in the remaining countries like Hungry, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Rumania as in Poland. Especially Rumania seems not to be affected by the Brexit at all (only 7% indicated that they were concerned because of the Brexit), which can be linked to the fact that many Rumanians are working in  France or in Spain, but not so many in the United Kingdom.

And also in the DACH region (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) the majority of people doesn’t assess the Brexit as a threat for their jobs.

JOBswype polled its users in July 2016. 

Donnerstag, 7. Juli 2016

Don’t put off until tomorrow... – How to deal with procrastination

Surely, you can relate – you know how important the task you are about to start is, but you still can’t bring yourself to actually start it. Instead, you rather catch up on the news or check your social media profiles (if you are allowed to do so at your company, that is). Or you distract yourself with other tasks that are wholly unrelated to what you were actually supposed to do: you suddenly realize that you have to clean out your desk drawer or the shelf behind you. The result is the same. Your productivity level drops. We’ll tell you what you can do about it!

1. Start right away! According to the 72-hour-rule, the chances of you starting a task that you’ve been previously putting off for more than three days diminish to 1%. It’s best not to wait for that long.

2. Start with the most unpleasant/ difficult task! After you’ve finished that one, your motivation will soar and you’ll be looking forward to the more pleasant tasks ahead.

3. Plan your workday according to your tasks! Many are experiencing difficulties in starting a specific task, because they lack an overview and mistakenly assume they have too many things on their plate. Take care to plan your working day in advance and repeat that plan to yourself wehenever you need to.

4. Split your tasks! Does the sheer complexity of your task make you feel insecure? Split it up into more manageable chunks and work through them step by step.

5. Prioritize! You have more than one task to care of? Then decide whether you really have to power through all of them by yourself. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks or to ask your colleagues for help. You are only human, after all, and there are limits to what you can do.

6. Visualize yor success! Sometimes, all it takes is a little boost of motivation to inspire you to achieve more. Take a look on your extremely well organized to-do-list. On it, you’ll notice that a lot of your tasks are already marked/ checked off as finished. You’ve accomplished quite a lot, haven’t you?

7. Reward yourself for your accomplishments! Do you know the best way to stay motivated? It’s rewards! Plan for a little reward everytime you accomplish one task or reach one goal. It doesn’t have to be anything big, oftentimes just the thought of savoring a piece of your favorite chocolate after finishing is all it takes to keep you going.

8. Take advantage of your most productive phases! It doesn’t matter whether it is early in the morning or rather later in the afternoon – we all have our phases of high productivity. Use them to accomplish as many of your goals as possible.

Freitag, 1. Juli 2016

Home office or working at the office – what ist he preference of the Europeans?

In times where everything is shifting, in which things, thought natural in the past, are questioned and in which things, taken for impossible in the past, are getting possible, it is no wonder that also the working world is changing a lot. Thanks to the internet and the mobility coming with it, a new trend named “digital nomads” has evolved within the last years. The concept of digital nomads is that you can work from everywhere in the world, as long as you have a proper internet connection to do your work. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you inevitably have to relocate to another continent to work free and independently thanks to the internet, which is why we asked our users whether they prefer to work from home or at the office. One thing can be said in advance: Our users have never before agreed that much!

The diagram is not hard to interpret; you can see at first glance that our JOBswype users in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Rumania agree in one opinion: they prefer working from home! With a span from 67% (Slovakia) to 86% (Rumania) our users give priority to the flexibility and independency allowed by a home office compared to the personal contact to the colleagues and the chef. Only 12% (Hungary) to 41% (Poland) prefer working at the office.

It is elf-explanatory that both variants have their advantages and disadvantages, nevertheless these clear results represent an unmistakable direction the working world could develop towards.

1015 users participated in this survey carried out in June 2016.

Sonntag, 26. Juni 2016

Business emails – a practical guide

The email has increasingly become the favoured way of communication on all levels. Billions of them are being sent every day using the most diverse email providers. Especially at work, it therefore often seems to us that we are drowning in emails, but there is no way back at this point. Following our guide for the perfect business call, this time we give you a refresher on all the things you need to know about the efficient use of business emails. And we also tell you how not to lose sight of your ever growing inbox.

1. Sort your emails. Make a special folder for every project/ assignment that you are working on and move all messages pertaining to that matter into it. This way, you can successfully minimize the time spent searching for that one important information.

2. Reserve one or more time windows every day for working through incoming emails and stick as much as possible to them. It will free you up to work on the tasks on your to-do-list without interruptions, while still keeping you updated on the latest developments.

3. Opt out of any newsletters that you receive, but never read. All they do is just unnecessarily cluttering up your inbox.

4. Mark your emails according to priority, so that you can avoid working under time pressure and always have an overview of the tasks that need to be tackled next. Should processing the email take you less than five minutes though, then it’s best to do it immediately and free up space on your to-do-list.

5. Always write good subject lines. Your colleagues and business partners won’t just be thankful to you for a good subject line, but they will furthermore know on first look what is expected of them or what information they get. And should there be a deadline, then also mention that date in your subject line. You are not the only one organizing their emails according to priority!

6. Write simple, clear sentences. Always re-read your email before sending and try to put yourself in the recipient’s shoes – do you understand everything? Writing things in short has the side effect of making you leave out potentially important pieces of information thinking that the recipient knows them, too. They can’t read your mind, though!

7. Don’t put too many (often unnecessary) names in CC and/ or BCC. It will only make it more confusing for the recipient.

Montag, 20. Juni 2016

A new look for JOBswype

Predating the runway fashion shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York, JOBswype can soon be seen sporting a brand new look. Starting with July, you can search for your dream job on our all new website. To ensure an improved, faster and more seamless experience, we’ve made a few changes. Details below.

JOBswype took the first step towards better readability and therefore an improved user experience as early on as November 2015. Since then, our landing page welcomes you with a modern interface. We kept the layout simple and eliminated all unnecessary bloat. Naturally, all the new features introduced back then (sorting according to job categories, improved search suggestions, similar job names, mobile view on Android and iOS) are here to stay and keep on guaranteeing you the best and most complete search results. We are happy to help our users from ten different EU-countries to find the easiest and fastest way to their new job. For all of them, reading newspaper want-ads, time-intensive online searches, visiting countless job portals and company websites are a thing of the past.

That was not enough for us, though. In order to offer our users the most comfortable experience possible, as well as making sure they are never missing out on any relevant advertised positions, we continually develop and improve our systems and technologies and react to the needs of job seekers. One such improvement is the new layout of our landing page. Minimal and intuitive are two words that perfectly describe the new design philosophy. Users are presented with a brand new interface, where they are able to choose, whether JOBswype displays the job categories as photo or text tiles. Nothing changes about the tried and true JOBswype functions, like saving interesting jobs for later or requesting jobs on email. We feel like with these newest improvements, that are being implemented starting with July 2016, we are one step closer to our goal – offering job seekers the quickest orientation for a seamless and successful job search. 

In February 2016, our job search engine was being used by 1 million users per month.

Dienstag, 7. Juni 2016

Answering business calls – friendly, polite and helpful are still the ways to go

A friendly voice over the telephone still is one of the best ways to advertise your business. It doesn’t matter whether you work at the reception, assist your supervisor or communicate with customers and business partners – the importance of the right phone etiquette should be a no-brainer. Your caller will surely appreciate that. Since business calls are such an everyday occurance that we tend to do it automatically, we have put together a checklist so that you can know about the things you possibly need to change. Maybe there is room for improvement.

1. Don’t let the phone ring for too long before you take the call. Ideally, it shouldn’t ring more than three times before you answer. Whatever the caller wants to know or discuss must be important to them and therefore they will be displeased with waiting.

2. Greet the caller in a friendly and polite manner and keep smiling while you do it.  Your facial expression won’t be seen at the other end of the line, but your sunny attitude will be noticed. Start with stating your company’s name followed by your own. The first spoken information is oftentimes lost on the caller, which isn’t that big of a deal, since they know where they have called.

3. „How can I help you?“ – this simple question suggests that you are treating the inquiery with due respect. Listen carefully to your caller and keep your answers clear and simple. Write down their name and use it in the conversation. You should never say „I don’t know“. Should you really not know the answer to their question, offer to redirect them to somebody who might.

4. Take notes during the call, so that you can remember the conversation later. Or maybe you’ll be asked to take a message. And in case a business partner calls und the two of you agree on any terms, these should definitely be written down. In this scenario, it is best if you summarize the discussion points in a short e-mail that you send out to your caller afterwards. This way, you will keep misunderstandings to a minimum.

5. End the conversation on an equally positive note by sending the caller your best wishes and using the appropriate good-bye.

Always keep in mind that you could be the caller at any time as well. And you will surely wish that your inquiery will be handled by a friendly, polite and helpful employee!

Dienstag, 31. Mai 2016

Love at work – outdated long ago or still contemporary?

Finally it’s getting warm outside! The sun is baking down, the degrees are increasing rapidly and the parks and open-air pools are filled with happy people. You can practically smell them in the air – the spring feelings! But what about romantic feelings at work? Are they a No-Go or maybe the best thing that can happen? JOBswype asked its users in its last poll if they have ever fallen in love at work. The results are presentable!

Most of the JOBswype users in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Rumania indicated with a span from 43%-64%  that they have never fallen in love at work. The other half of the users however indicated that they have indeed fallen in love at work and in some cases it was the love of a lifetime.

About 15% (Slovakia) to 29% (Rumania) of the users indicated that a long-time relationship or even marriage was the result of their romance at the workplace.  For 17% (Germany) to 35% (Slovakia) of the users their spring feelings at work haven’t developed into much more than what it was – namely a romance at the workplace – but still these results show that love at work is still a real thing and not happening that rarely at all. And who wonders? After all, most of the people spend a lot of their time at work and they spend it with like-minded people, since in most of the cases they are interested in the same fields. And let’s be honest: What makes work a more pleasant experience than a little romance? J

JOBswype polled its users in May 2016. 

Dienstag, 24. Mai 2016

Avoid stress at the workplace

The fact that stress has a negative influence on employee productivity shouldn’t really be news to anyone. In the worst-case-scenario, stress can lead to health issues and even the dreaded burn-out that renders you unfit to work for an extended period of time. That’s why you should pay attention to the warning signs that your body gives you and try to diminish stress as much as possible. Prevention is key – reason enough for us to give you some pointers about avoiding stress altogether.

1. Prioritize. Are you once again working simultaneously on three different projects? Unsure about which task you should tackle first? You don’t always have an influence on the number of projects assigned to you. Divide each one in smaller steps and establish, which ones of these steps are more important and urgent. Keep this ranking in mind when planning your workday. Multitasking is a sought-after capability, but realistically you can‘t focus all your attention on more than one task at once.

2. Use breaks. They give you the opportunity to move a bit and clear your head. Use these opportunities for relaxation and don’t spend your breaks preparing for the next meeting.

3. Stay healthy. Did you know that fatty and calorie-rich food paired with a lack of exercise can increase stress levels? Don’t shy away from the salad bar during your lunch break and try to eat as healthy as possible and to get enough exercise in your free time as well. Ancient Romans were right when they said: „Mens sana in corpore sano“. Exercise triggers endorphines that will lift your spirits considerably and fast.

4. Manage your time well. Keep your calendar and organizer in check and assign each task the necessary amount of time, so that you experience as little pressure as possible. Time pressure is one of the main culprits when it comes to generating stress. In order to combat the feeling of carrying all the responsibility on your shoulders, appoint a replacement in-house. Should you be away, you don’t have to worry anymore about your projects standing still.

5. Say no. This doesn’t come easy for a lot of people, but you should consciously say „No“ to tasks for which you don’t have the time for or which are simply not your responsibility. This doesn’t turn you into a mean co-worker. Simply offer your help when you do have some time to spare.

6. Don’t neglect your hobbies. People who define themselves solely by their accomplishments at work are a lot more prone to stress when things don’t go according to their plan at the office. Take time for your hobbies, so that you can feel successful and accomplished outside of work as well.

Dienstag, 10. Mai 2016

Gender Pay Gap still an issue in a Europe-wide comparison

According to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, women earn 16% less than men in the EU. This phenomenon is called “Gender Pay Gap” and there is hardly anyone who has never heard of it. But what is the personal experience of our users? The recent poll of the Job search engine JOBswype addressed its users in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Rumania with exactly that question. The results were mostly homogenous – the majority of participants answered with a clear ´”no” to the question, if men and women are getting paid equally at their work.

There are many different reasons for that gender-specific imbalance when it comes to salary, but one of the major reasons surely is the parental leave of women, in which the man continues climbing the career ladder whereas women oftentimes only slowly return to working life. And also when it comes to promotions, this could be a possible reason why men oftentimes are favored, regardless of the women’s expertise or other factors. Fortunately, this cannot be said about every enterprise and there are more woman in the position of chief than ever before, but still the gender pay gap seems not to be a thing of the past yet. This can be seen in our survey results in which – apart from the United Kingdom – users of all countries said that men and women were not equally paid at work, regardless their competence. With 43%-62% of users who said so, this still represents an alarming majority which should inspire enterprises to reflect. Expertise and competence should be the only criteria deciding on the salary of an employee. 

JOBswype polled its users in April 2016.

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Dienstag, 3. Mai 2016

How to be convincing during job interviews – Our 7 recommendations

If you have always asked yourself how to be more convincing during job interviews, we have good news for you. It’s not hard at all! You can use some of the tricks employed by good sales- and marketing people. After all, what are you doing if not selling the prospective employer the best of merchandise – yourself. You can‘t go wrong following our recommendations.

1. Prepare for the interview! Nothing makes the conversation run dry faster than being out of good arguments and nothing makes you more nervous than imagining not knowing the answer to the next question. Your conversational partner, on the other hand, mustn’t see you sweating in anguish. Avoid all this by thoroughly preparing for possible questions regarding your personal traits and qualifications and don’t forget to do your research about your potential employer.

2. Be polite! It shouldn’t have to still be said at this point, but people tend to be less and less polite with increasing levels of stress. Show your interviewer that you are able to remember your good manners even under the most stressful of situations.

3. Mind your body language! Take a good look at yourself in the mirror while you imagine and practice going through your job interview. Are your head and shoulders slouched forward or do your gestures betray your nervousness? No problem, you can now change all that. Practice to be perfect.

4. Speak the language of your interviewer! And we don’t mean good command of foreign languages, but something altogether different; have you ever noticed how good salespeople can match the pitch and tone of their voice to those of their customers’? You can do that, too. Does the interviewer talk softly and calmly? Then don‘t get too loud either.

5. Smile with your voice! Whatever you say, always think about smiling while saying it. It will not only relax you, but also make your voice sound a lot warmer and more sympathetic.

6. Mind your talking frequency! Job interviews should not be viewed as opportunities to prove the maximum amount of words you are able to say in one minute to your conversational partner. It should be neither fast, nor slow. Slow talkers seem more competent, but tend to be tiring in the longer run, while fast talkers might go misunderstood. It’s best to vary the frequency of your speech.

7. Be a good listener! Last but not least, be a good listener as well! Nod your head, repeat information when given the opportunity and don’t interrupt the interviewer.

Dienstag, 26. April 2016

The most common reasons for being fired

We oftentimes advise you about all the ways in which you can convince potential employers about your qualities and, thus, attain your dream job. But what about those who already have it? They most certainly don‘t want to jeopardize it in any way! Should any of the following sound familiar to you and remind you of your own actions – and we sincerely hope it doesn’t – start changing your ways fast and hope that nobody noticed it yet. This time, we will shed light on the most common reasons for getting fired.

Be honest: did you ever take a pen, a notebook or some other small items from your office and kept it without thinking too much about it? Or did you “borrow“ some stamps from the supplies provided by your employer because otherwise you would have never mailed that particular letter in time? Sure, they sound like small things, but the reality is that you can easily be fired for stealing from your employer. For them, the value of the items is not really the point, but rather the breach in the trust they have placed on you.

Speaking of trust – your employer also trusts that you respect your working hours and don’t miss them without a good reason. After all, the pay you receive at the end of the month covers your contractually agreed working hours. Are you regularly late for work or do you take excessively long lunch breaks? Do you also leave work noticeably sooner than your colleagues? Well, then you shouldn’t be surprised to be out of your job very soon. In case your working hours differ that dramatically from everyone else’s, take our advice and talk to your supervisor as soon as possible and negotiate a new working schedule. Only then will you be safe. Frequent sick leaves are the next red flag for your employer. Everybody gets sick at some point, of course, and in that case it is perfectly fine to stay away from work until you are healthy again. But if you frequently call in for those up to three days, for which you don’t need a doctor’s certificate, well… think again, because you could be on your way out of the company.

Do you make a lot of private calls using your office phone? It’s just as tricky as private surfing on your office computer. If you don’t overdo it, the company will probably keep quiet about it as well. But be sure that your phone and browsing history will be archived somewhere!

At the office, everybody gets fed with something at some point, nevertheless, this should not be a reason to vent during cigarette breaks or on social media, especially not if you use insulting language about your colleagues or superiors. Quite the contrary: it could get you fired! And please don’t turn to alcohol either, at least not in the office! Alcoholism is a good reason to terminate someone’s contract.

Montag, 18. April 2016

Do you know what phase of your job life cycle you are currently in?

It happens more often than not: employees are that fed up with the conditions of their current job that they don‘t see any other way out than quitting and starting in a new job. The clever ones among these are aware of the fact that even the best of jobs turns to routine at some point. Then they start looking for new opportunities and are quick to find some. What is their secret? They know what phase of their job life cycle they are currently in. Now, you can too and use this advantage to better plan your career!

According to HR specialist Jörg Stegemann, you can split the life cycle of almost any job in the following seven phases:

Phase 1 – The first days and weeks in your new job: new responsibilities and tasks, new colleagues, new superiors, new company. Everything is noticeably better than in your last job.

Phase 2 – Six to ten weeks after starting your new position, you reach a first moment of reckoning. You start being aware of some of the weak spots of your new employer and come to the conclusion, that not everything about your old one was necessarily worse by comparison.

Phase 3 – After one year of activity in the new company, you are fully integrated in the new team and your work results are getting better and better.

Phase 4 – Two to three years since your hiring have passed and you are still achieving solid results. You have mastered all aspects of your position and gained the trust of your superiors.

Phase 5 – You reach your personal best level after three to five years. You have built a solid network of contacts in your company, as well as externally.

Phase 6 – Your motivation drops noticeably and for the first time you start to question your company‘s overall strategy. A bad feeling is setting in and you seriously start considering looking for another job.

Phase 7 – You have reached the lowest level of motivation, are talking about your superiors behind their backs and conflicts with co-workers arise.

It’s obvious that even the best of jobs can make you unhappy in time. If you aren’t aware of this, it might be too late by the time you notice it and you may have difficulties finding another job with similar or even better benefits. Lack of motivation and anger won’t help you on the job market either. If you decide to pursue other career opportunities and aren’t looking to retire from your current company, you should start your search for a new job right around the time you are having your best results in the current one.