CONNECT: PRODUCTIVITY HACKS TO MAINTAIN YOUR FOCUS

Posted: August 29, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

We’ve all been there. That time in the afternoon when you just can’t seem to focus, not because of a lack of stuff to do, but because your mind keeps wandering to things you could do to procrastinate. Maybe you take some time to check Facebookand Instagram on your phone, or browse the Internet to catch up on what’s been happening around the world.

It’s no secret that these things probably won’t help you with your productivity. But what if we told you that there were some sites that would help energize you, or that taking a social media break was good for keeping you motivated during the day? Here are four ways to help boost your productivity at work.

 

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DO SOME BUSYWORK

GET A DRINK AT YOUR BUSINESS LUNCH

CHECK YOUR FACEBOOK

USE THE INTERNET WISELY

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Boost your Career!

Posted: August 29, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

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There are some simple things we can do to steer our career into the right direction and find the next dream job. As we now live in a world where we can collect and analyse data on everything, we can use that data to power our career. Here are three easy ways to do that:

Ensure you have what employers are looking for.

Find the job opportunities.

Make yourself visible and interesting for a potential employer.

 

Connect: 8 things new employees should never do

Posted: August 27, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized
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When you’re new to a job, you’re subject to a whole different set of rules than you are once you’ve been there longer. Co-workers don’t know you well yet, so small behaviors can carry more weight. Actions that might go unnoticed six months down the road can raise concerns about your work ethic, reliability and judgment.
 
Here are eight things that you shouldn’t do when you’re new to the job – but that are OK to do later.
 
1. Asking for vacation time during your first few months. In most cases, taking time off soon after starting a job will raise eyebrows. Your manager is likely to think, “She just started, she’s still being trained and she already wants time off?” Exceptions to this are if a close family member is seriously ill or if you requested the time off before accepting the job.
 
2. Complaining to your co-workers about your new boss. Frankly, it’s not great to complain to your co-workers about your boss no matter how long you’re been at your job – but when you’re new, it comes across as especially tone-deaf. Even co-workers who aren’t your manager’s biggest fans are likely to be put off by it, simply because complaining so early on signals that you’re likely to be a prima donna who doesn’t even settle in before finding fault.
 
3. Bad-mouthing your old job or old boss. Once they know you better, your new co-workers might be thrilled to hear your war stories about your crazy former boss or your nightmare cubicle-mate at your old job. But if you share that stuff when you’re new, you’ll just come across as someone willing to bad-mouth colleagues. People are more likely to think, “Wow, that’s going to be us she’s talking about one day.” Wait until you know each other better before you break out the work horror stories.
 
4. Taking long lunches before you know the lunch culture of your new workplace. This sometimes trips up people coming from a workplace where hourlong lunches were the norm and are moving to an office where people take half an hour or simply eat at their desks. When you’re starting a new job, it’s smart to observe the lunch culture for a few days until you have a feel for your new office’s norms. It’s also fine to ask a co-worker, “What do people normally do for lunch?”
 
5. Pushing the envelope on business expenses. As the new guy, there’s no faster way to torpedo your reputation than asking to stay at a more expensive hotel during business travel or rent a nicer car. Once you’ve established yourself as a great employee, you might be able to get away with arguing the merits of these things – but if you try it as a new employee, it will define you in a way that will hurt you.
 
6. Using bawdy humor. It might never be OK to do this in your workplace, but there are certainly some offices that have a higher tolerance for risqué humor than others. However, if you plunge right in without getting to know your new co-workers better, you risk alienating and offending people if you’ve read them wrong. Wait until you have a much better feel for your new office’s culture before breaking out even borderline jokes. Even at that point, proceed with caution. Just because you’ve seen one person doing it doesn’t mean that everyone else is comfortable with it.

7. Spending time on Facebook or other social sites.
 Once you’ve proven yourself as someone who works hard and produces high-quality work, it might be entirely fine to take the occasional Facebook break. But when you’re new on the job, being spotted on time-wasting sites is likely to make your co-workers – and especially your manager – worry about your work ethic.
 
8. Calling in sick during your first month, unless it’s truly dire. Rightly or wrongly, if you call in sick while you’re new on the job, your manager is likely to worry that it’s going to be the start of pattern and that you’re not reliable. Of course, if you’re truly sick and especially if you’re contagious, you might have no choice. In that case, you should make it clear that it’s an unusual occurrence. It doesn’t hurt to add, “I’m mortified that this happened during my first month.” The idea is that you want to reassure your new manager that this isn’t the first of many absences.
 

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Research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and XpertHR of the National Management Salary Survey shows that there is a growing pay gap in the upper echelons of employment which means that women aged 40 and above in senior positions are being paid 35% less than men.  This implies that, based on a pension age of 65, women would have to work until they were almost 80 to earn as much over their working life.

 
 
The research which was carried out with 68,000 professional workers found that female executives suffer a “mid-life pay crisis”, with women aged 46 to 60 earning an average of £16,680 a year less than men in the same age range.
 
Ann Francke, CMI chief executive, said that  despite the fact that Women and men should be paid on the basis of their performance in their particular roles, there is still a large pay gap between men and women.
Cultures that excuse this as the result of time out for motherhood and tackle gender bias in pay policies that put too much emphasis on time served must be stamped out.”
The pay gap hits women harder later in their careers, with the gender pay difference across all ages standing at £9,062, with women earning on average £30,392 compared with £39,461 for men – around 23% less.
When it comes to bonuses, male directors receivE an average payout of £53,010, while their female colleagues are handed £41,956.
 
Mark Crail, head of salary surveys at XpertHR concluded that the data shows that women begin to fall behind at the age when they are most likely to be starting a family. 
 
It appears that employers often give up on women in mid-career and are missing out on a huge pool of untapped knowledge, experience and talent.

Creative ways you can use to land in an interview!

Posted: August 20, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

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Think Creative

 

If you’re in a creative industry or applying to an especially creative company, you don’t have to be confined to a black-ink-on-white-paper resume. Instead, treat your resume like part of your portfolio—something that showcases your skills and originality.

 

This approach obviously isn’t the right fit for every company or position, but it can be a great way to make your resume stand out—literally—from the sea of others out there.

 

Create Your Own Campaign

 

Finally, some candidates take creativity to a whole new level, submitting their job applications or “resumes” in a completely non-traditional format. One marketing candidate decided to hire a boss, and launched a website with her requirements for a position, organization, and manager. Conventional? No, but her efforts resulted in 26 “applications,” 10 interviews, and a dream job offer.

 

Five ways to make the most of a gap year

Posted: August 20, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

 

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Many students decide to take a gap year before they begin university. This can be a productive way to spend a year and is viewed as a positive experience by many universities and employers. However, you must use your year productively in order to show universities and employers that it was worthwhile.

  • You may be worried that it will be hard to settle back into your studies. However, students often feel more energised and refreshed after a gap year and more motivated towards their studies.
  • You may have the chance to work or study in an area related to your course, which will help prepare you for further studies.
  • You may choose to travel, see new places and gain new experiences.
  • Gap years can be expensive, for example if you decide to travel or do unpaid work experience for the whole year. However, many people work for part of it to save up some money and then spend it on the other part travelling, volunteering etc.
  • If you decide to work or volunteer, you can gain new skills and develop existing ones.
  • Students are often more mature when they begin university after their gap year activities.

How to stay active after a job loss?

Posted: August 17, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

 

 

Do you often panic when you lose your job? Did you know there are many organisations available to offer help when you actually lose a job?

The first place you need to contact when you lose your job is the job centre. The local advisors in your job centre will help you to find what benefits you are entitled to and help you with training courses you may need to enhance your CV and job search.

Update your CV

Getting your CV up to date is a challenging task for some people, especially those who have been employed a long time, but remember, your CV is the first and most important tool you will need when starting to search for a new job.

There are many organisations that can help you with writing your CV, including the job centre and library. Once your CV is updated, you can start posting it on websites such as Monster / Reed / CV Library etc. (certain websites will be more suited to certain job specifications)

Think of a career change

It is now the best opportunity to pursue your dream!

Did you always wish to work in a different industry but got stuck in full-time job just to pay the bills. If that is the case then it is time to start looking into a career change-after all, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You can also potentially think to start a business. If there is a particular role you have always wanted then it’s time to kick-start it.

Also if you always had a dream job that will you give you personal satisfaction then it is now the right time to work towards it.

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