Is Work-life Balance Really Possible?

In the Workforce Retention Study of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2012, there is a number of reasons cited why employees stay with their current employers. And the second top reason why employees stay with their employer is work-life balance. 

Yes, work-life balance is a wonderful goal, but is it really possible? This short film from The School of Life tells us it’s not possible, and it claims that’s a great thing:


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Negotiate your salary

5 Tips On Negotiating Salary

Have you heard the expression “If you do not have the salary you deserve, you get what you’ve been able to negotiate”?  That is the harsh reality. Reflect for a moment about your current salary. How much do you earn?  How much do you think you should earn in your next job? Remember: your negotiating skills play a key role in getting the salary you want and deserve.

Here are some tips to help you successfully negotiate your salary: (more…)

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Ace the most difficult job interview

4 Easy Steps to Ace the Trickiest Job Interview Question

Benedicto  enters the room, shakes hand with the interviewer, sits down, and wears his sweetest smile. Then, comes the first question: “So, why don’t you tell me about yourself?”

Benedicto might have seen that coming. But most of us, while we anticipate that question, finds it really difficult to answer it. He can answer the question in many ways. But what is the best way of answering the ‘tell me about yourself’ question’?

Before we answer that, a few reminders are in order:

First, you are in a JOB INTERVIEW not a celebrity show, alright? You are applying for a position in a company, not a slot in the Big Brother House. So, your goal is go get across this message: “Hire me not because I am cool (I sing better than Beyonce, or can breathe fire), but because I am qualified (I have the skills, the personality, and the experience relevant to the job).”

Second, you have competitors. Don’t be discouraged, be challenged. And when answering a question, do not settle for less. Make your point, and build your self in line with your career goal. But don’t be too talkative.

And lastly, remember what’s at the back of your interviewer’s head: “At the end of the day, I have to choose.” So, anticipate that every question is meant to compare you with the other candidates. You’re not drinking coffee in a cafe and are catching up, okay? You’re in a job interview. So give the interviewer a clear picture of you that is best suited for the job you are applying for.

So, now, how should Benedicto answer the question then? How should  you answer the “tell me about yourself” question?


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How not to be an askhole

15 Questions To Ask Your Future Employer Without Sounding Like an Askhole

Most of the time, job-seekers find it difficult to prepare for a job-interview, thus come to interviews ill-prepared. It is a general expectation among job candidates that the employer will be the one to ask all the questions. Well… that is logical, since the employer is the one hiring. However, contrary to popular belief, the most important questions of the interview might be those that you, the applicant, ask.

Interviews are like two-way streets. Employers would want to like the person they’d hire, and what is the best way to be liked by your prospective employer? Ask questions.

Asking questions may demonstrate your genuine eagerness to be part of the company. After all, the job description does not wholly describe what your job-to-be entails. So, you better ask questions — smart questions. While asking questions could tell your employer that you are really eager about the job, asking irresponsibly could also give your prospective employer a signal that you are an askhole.


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7 Mistakes You Must Avoid On LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a community. It is a massive community of 350 million users (with 2 new members signing up every second) worldwide. It is a powerful community or platform for connecting with industry peers and other people who might add value to our knowledge and professional network. With LinkedIn’s blogging feature, anyone can also grow their thought leadership or learn from others in the LinkedIn community.


Fast Facts About LinkedIn:

  • 95 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates;
  • 95 percent use LinkedIn to contact candidates;
  • 95 percent use LinkedIn to “keep tabs on” potential candidates;
  • 93 percent use LinkedIn to ‘vet candidates pre-interview (versus 32 percent on Facebook and 18 percent on Twitter);
  • 92 percent jobs on LinkedIn (versus 48 percent on Facebook and 39 percent on Twitter);


Yes, you can get plenty of benefits from LinkedIn if you are doing networking the right way. You can meet people who may have great opportunities for you, or opportunities may find you. But also, you can shoo opportunities away, or trash valuable prospective connections or learnings if you are unwary of the way you behave in the LinkedIn community.

As a community, LinkedIn is guided by values, such as professionalism, and unspoken rules. Could you be violating “standard operating procedure” on LinkedIn? Liz Ryan, a Fortune 500 HR SVP and writer, shared what she thinks are “don’t s” on LinkedIn.


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