The Importance of Eye Contact in a Job Interview

Posted: July 28, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

Making the right amount of eye contact in an interview can make the difference in whether you successfully snag a job. This means that your facial and eye movements are constantly being judged — perhaps even more so than the skills and previous employment listed on your resume. The eyes become the window into your interest level, confidence and professionalism during an interview. When you establish good eye contact, you’ll feel heard and appear likable.

Manage Your Stress  

Posted: July 23, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

 

 

Our own pressures can make us short-tempered. She suggests the following strategies for regaining a sense of control and managing your stress level:

 

Mark off daily time that you keep free of interruptions.

 

Learn to say no. Create realistic boundaries, and stick to them. That way, you won’t feel walked on, and you will feel more in control and less overwhelmed.

 

Exercise daily.

But the best way to avoid office drama is to refuse to engage in it. Nobody can cook up a full-scale conflict alone. If you can maintain a clear head, a good perspective on the issues, a sense of self-awareness and some compassion for your coworkers, you really can work in peace.

Tips to beat work stress

Posted: July 23, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

 

 

1.Take time for a proper break and look after your wellbeing

 

Eating well and taking regular exercise is essential for ensuring good levels of psychological wellbeing. Not only does physical activity release endorphins, which improve our mood, it also helps to relieve excess energy built up through stress.

 

2.  Don’t forget the power of conversation

 

Having face-to-face conversations can often solve issues quicker and establish a more personal rapport with colleagues. In particularly stressful situations, containing our emotions can actually damage our health, so taking time to have proper discussions with those around you will make a real difference to your wellbeing and performance at work.

 

3. Build strong social networks

 

Building relationships with colleagues will provide a reliable support network for episodes of stress and anxiety when the pressure is most intense. Working with those you trust and can rely on also boosts job satisfaction and motivation levels4. Make sure you unwind and take time out.

 

Manage Your Attitude

Posted: July 23, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

 

 

You Can Learn to Be Happy

 

Even though there is a gene for “positive affectivity” that gives you a natural tendency to be cheerful or grouchy, you can still learn to be more optimistic by examining how you think about situations and resolving to chase away negative thoughts when they overcome you. This is called disputation. The less the biases of others affect you personally, the less likely they are to throw you off track and diminish your effectiveness in your work.

 

 

How to Get Started

 

If you feel you’re in need of an attitudinal makeover, you need to meet two requirements for making use of Seligman’s ideas: You need self-awareness and a willingness to change. If you have these, you have already taken the first step.

10 Ways To Spend Your Free Time

Posted: July 23, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

 

 

Some people are very busy with work and other activities. If you’ve only got a bit of free time during your week, then it’s best to use it wisely instead of wasting the little time that you have to yourself. Here are 10 tips on spending your free time well:

 

1. Spend your free time resting or sleeping

 

While some may prefer to spend it on fun or exciting activities, if you are tired during your waking hours then getting some quality rest can be the best thing to spend your free time doing.

 

2. Catching up on your reading

 

If you’re an avid reader, then you could spend your free time catching up on those books that you haven’t had the time to read. Keep them in an area that you have easy access to and enjoy.

 

3. Clean or fix up your home

 

Being busy can make it hard to get your home tidy and clean. Try doing some housecleaning or rearranging of the rooms in your home.

 

4. Exercise and physical fitness

 

It’s always good to keep your body healthy. Go for a walk or visit the gym in your free time. Good health can make all other aspects of your life better including your work.

 

5. Relax and calm your mind

 

Meditating or relaxing in some other way can help clear your mind and make you feel better. You can also visit a sauna or get a massage to help you relax in your free time.

 

6. Catch up on your bills

 

Doing your finances is always good to do. If you’ve got some extra time, try doing your bills and making sure you’re aware of where all your money is going.

 

7. Watch some television

 

You don’t have to do something productive in your free time. Instead, just sit back and watch a movie or some television. Free time doesn’t have to be about more work, try renting a favorite movie and relax.

 

8. Surf the internet

 

The internet is full of fun and interesting things. Visit your favorite websites and learn new things in your free time. You can also play some online games and just enjoy yourself in your free time.

 

9. Visit some friends or family

 

Working too much can take away from your loved ones. Try calling some of them and having a chat, or organizing an outing to spend and bond with your friends and family.

 

10. Cook a great meal

 

Find a recipe and get the ingredients and cook yourself a nice meal. Making yourself a great meal can be very satisfying. 

 

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Connect: How to train your brain to stay positive

Posted: July 22, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

 

 

 

1. Express gratitude

Thinking about the good in your life can help balance that bias, giving your brain the extra time it needs to register and remember a positive event. To help your brain store positive events, reflect on what you’re grateful for and why at least once a week

 

2. Repeat positive affirmations

As any politician or advertiser knows, the more often you hear a message, the more likely you are to believe it.

 

3. Challenge negative thoughts

Each time a negative thought arises, we choose how to respond. If left to our own devices, we tend to dwell.

Next, challenge negative thoughts that are unfairly self-deprecating.

Connect: The advantages of networking

Posted: July 19, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

 

 

Networking is about new meeting people. Networking is fundamental in this modern era as it proves to be very beneficial if you are looking for a new opportunity.

For job-seekers there are some major advantages to networking over applying directly. For one, you’ll be able to bypass the gatekeepers. For another, you’ll increase your chances of being interviewed and hired. Even more important, candidates who are highly referred are judged more on their past performance and future potential than on their level of skills and experiences.

Networking is not about trying to meet as many people whom you don’t know. This is almost as ineffective as applying directly to a job posting. Networking is about meeting people you do know who can both vouch for your past performance and future potential, and willingly recommend you to others. Here’s how this should be done:

Research your connection’s connections and ask about specific people. In addition to asking people you know who they know, you can turn this around and ask them about specific people they’re already connected to who you’d like to meet. This is possible using LinkedIn, since you’re able to see your first degree connections’ connections. Networking is how you turn 4-5 great contacts into 50-60 connections in 2-3 weeks. As described above, networking should represent 60% of your job-hunting efforts. Within 2-3 weeks you’ll start hearing about some real jobs of interest. The person doing the recommending will think it’s a coincidence, but you’ll know it’s a result of your hard work.

Remember: Getting referred increases your chances of being interviewed and getting a better job.