Mittwoch, 23. März 2016

How to get an early start and have a successful day

We have already told you the little secret of successful people – they wake up early. It makes perfect sense that they accomplish a lot more having an earlier start than the rest. Nevertheless, it’s not that easy to bring yourself to do that every single morning because there are days when you just want to sleep in. Although there is nothing wrong with that, these days shouldn’t become the norm. Here are our recommendations for an early start in the day!

1. Go to bed early. Your body needs the rest and regeneration during sleep, so sleeping less is not the answer. Try it the other way around and go to bed early!

2. Plan your next day. A productive day starts on the evening before. If you have a clear picture of everything you want and need to accomplish the following day, you can already look forward to it, which in turn motivates you to get out of bed in the morning!

3. Go to bed and wake up at the same time, every day. Have you ever noticed how getting up on Monday morning feels infinitely more difficult and unpleasant after two days of sleeping in? Your body gets used to a certain rhythm. Don’t mess with it too much!

4. Find a nice ringtone for your alarm. You hate the incessant ringing of your mechanical clock? You can say good-bye to that using electronic alarms or your smartphone – why not wake up listening to your favourite song? It will instantly energize you!

5. Get your blood pumping. If possible, let in some fresh air and natural light and exercise. Or take a run outside and fill your lungs with the cold morning air. It doesn’t really matter, what kind of exercise you prefer, as long as you do it as soon as you are out of bed!

6. No hot showers in the morning. You want to start your day feeling energized, not sleepy and ready for bedtime. Not everybody is a fan of cold showers and that’s ok, but it doesn’t mean that your bathroom has to turn into a turkish bath. Shower at body temperature and you are on the safe side!

7. Don’t skip breakfast. In order to be ready to navigate all obstacles thrown in your way during the day, your body needs new energy after the sleep cycle. Don’t make it wait too long!

Mittwoch, 16. März 2016

Best ways to lose your job during the probationary period

During the probationary period, you are supposed to do your best in order to prove to your employer that they were smart in picking you out for the job. After all, your goal is getting an unlimited contract at the end. But what if during this probationary period it becomes clear to you that you don’t want this particular job anymore, because colleagues and superiors as well as your tasks get on your nerves? Don’t worry, if you follow our (decidedly not serious) advice, you will be out of that job in no time. But should you like it (and we sincerely hope you do), then do the exact opposite. 

1. Be unreliable! Ignore the tasks that seem beneath you, be late on a regular basis and don’t even bother keeping up with established deadlines. It will definitely make you look bad!

2. Be a know-it-all! Did you notice that not everything runs smoothly in your company? And didn’t everybody just wait for the newbie, who changes all that in his first week and tells everybody how it should be done? Don’t hold your opinions back!

3. Start flirting with the staff immediately! The new co-worker looks nice? Fortunately, a new job is a new opportunity for dating! Forget about paying for those online platforms for singles, you can have that for free at the office.

4. Ask for a two week vacation! All the job interviews and that whole selection process must have worn you out, not to mention the tons of new information you’ve had to absorb during your first week on the new job. Perfect timing for a little vacation to recharge your batteries! You don’t want to lose all your energy already, do you?

5. Do your part in spreading office gossip! Identify those co-workers, who are best informed about the private lives of the others, get all the info and spread it as soon as possible. Everybody will trust you immensely!

6. Don’t admit to making mistakes! Do you remember primary school, when you used the excuse of your dog eating your homework? Unfortunately, you can’t do that anymore, but you can blame a lot of mistakes on technology. Or on the colleague, who didn’t want to lend you a helping hand. Remember: it’s never your fault!

7. Reject feedback! You were hired because you were the best candidate for the job, weren’t you? Then why would you need any advice from others? They are the ones who should be listening to you.

Dienstag, 15. März 2016

Sexual harassment at work

Sexual harassment at work, unfortunately, is still omnipresent. And even if one might think that growing emancipation as well as the sensitization of the society for sexual harassment might have contributed to a reduction of sexual assaults at work, it doesn’t seem like it. According to an EU-level study “Working conditions in the European Union“, there is evidence that violence at work is even to rise.

It is for this reason that the job search engine JOBswype polled its users in all ten countries in which JOBswype is operating if they have ever experienced sexual harassment at work. The three possible answers suggested were “never”, “rarely” or “frequently”. The results are mostly homogenous and it is pleasing to see that in all participating countries the percentage of people who have never been sexually harassed is more than 60%.
It is also striking that the figures of the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) are notably similar whereas the same can be said about the figures of the states of the former Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic and Slovakia). Rumania is the country, where the largest number of employees have never been sexually harassed (80%). 18% of the Rumanians answered “rarely” and only 2% answered “frequently”. The United Kingdom as well as Poland are, in contrast, the two countries, where employees seem to be experiencing sexual harassment at work most often – or at least those two countries, where employees have the courage to state it most often. The figures in both countries represent 21%. But it must be indicated that polls concerning a critical subject like this should be handled with caution since victims of sexual harassment often feel ashamed or don’t dare to talk about such an experience for other reasons. The country with the second largest percentage of people who have never been sexually harassed is Slovenia with 77%, followed by the Czech Republic (75%), Austria (72%), Ireland (71%), Switzerland, Germany and Poland with 67% each and Hungary (64%).  The country where sexual harassment at work seems to be the case more often is the United Kingdom with only 62% who have never been sexually harassed and 21% who experience sexual harassment frequently. 
These numbers – even though in some countries more than in others – are still too high and it is clearly unacceptable that employees are being harassed at work by their own colleagues or supervisors. A reduction of sexual harassment at work could be achieved by raising the awareness of that issue in enterprises all over the world, by teaching employees in how to react and how to handle sexual harassment as well as by providing psychological support for victims.

JOBswype polled its users in February 2016. 

Dienstag, 8. März 2016

Mobile jobhunt made easy

Are you reading this blog on your mobile phone or tablet? By any chance after browsing JOBswype to find your dream job? Congratulations! No, you didn’t win anything… but at least you are part of a larger trend! Mobile job hunting is getting increasingly popular these days. Even if you don’t do it yet, read on! We have sensible advice to get you started.

The reasons why so many users choose to use their phones or tablets to hunt for jobs are easily understandable. These gadgets have become our constant companions to the point where it would feel strange to not have them any longer. They do much more than just keeping us in touch at all times – making emails, news, e-books and videos accessible at the touch of our finger anytime we have some time to spare, be it in during our daily commute, while waiting or just relaxing. The fact that they are always connected to the internet makes them into our primary information hubs. It’s only natural to use them while looking for a new job, getting instant access to job portals, search engines or company websites and thusly staying up to date. Our mobile gadgets complete the research done in print or on our desktop computers.

Did we get your attention? Before you turn into a mobile power user, there are a few things to consider. First of all, you should make sure that you are well acquainted to all functions of your gadget and don’t have any troubles in handling it. Second, you should be prepared to apply on the go, as well. To do this, we advise you to store your application documents as either .doc, .pdf. and/ or .jpeg files on your device, so that you can quickly access them from wherever you are. Third, make sure that your data plan supports the increased traffic that these activities generate and avoid any unpleasant surprises at the end of the month.

Next, spend some time getting to know the mobile version of your favourite job site or search engine. Most providers have versions of their main sites that are optimised for viewing on the smaller screens of mobile devices. Their layout may differ from their desktop counterpart, but the functions should be the same. Use the built in option of your jobs search engine to flag job ads, read through all of them on the go, pick out the ones that are relevant to you and save them für later reading on your home computer. And don’t worry, these mobile versions are just as user friendly and intuitive as everything else on your desktop!

Did we convince you? If so, we are happy, because your chances of finding your dream job have increased significantly!