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.

Connect: Not motivated to go to work?

Posted: July 19, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

 

 

 

Do you never feel good about getting up and going to work on Monday and any day of the week? Do you feel that your work is not challenging enough?

If you continue to participate in any of these situations, you will ensure that you will continue to hate your job. And, hating your job is one of the main reasons of a miserable life. Why not find another work?

Remember: If you wallow in misery and unhappiness, and listen to unhappy, difficult people, it cannot help but bring you down. Unhappiness and criticism are contagious.

Stay in a job in which you feel stuck. There are many reasons why you may feel stuck. Your company is small and there is nowhere to go. You’ve been passed over for promotion because of a lack of education, experience, or mentoring opportunities. You’ve sought additional responsibilities and an expanded job to no avail.

Remember: If you are ambitious and want to expand your knowledge and career, it’s time to go.

You try to make contributions and come up with ideas to improve the work or work environment, but your ideas are never implemented. Worse, they go into a dark hole and you never hear a response to your suggestions at all. Staying in a work environment that fails to respond to employee suggestions will eventually make you question the value of your suggestions. Any environment that promotes you questioning your value or your contribution is toxic to your self-esteem and self-confidence. Find a more supportive work environment.

You want to live your life as if the glass is half full, not half empty, so consider each of these described situations carefully. Are you settling for less than you can have or be? If so, you may want to consider other options.

Ready to quit your job, or looking for ways to make your current job – work? Share what makes you miserable at work.

Connect, connecting the best candidates to companies.

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10 Ways To Spend Your Free Time

Posted: July 17, 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. Share it with your family and loved ones and you’ve got a great way to spend your free time.

 

 

 

Connect: Job Search Guide

Posted: July 17, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

 

 

Before you start sending out your application to employers and sending your CV to recruitment agencies, it is vital that you emphasize on several stages. From identifying your key skills, to ensuring your application is perfectly tailored to the desired vacancy. Below is some advice that will help guide you through the job searching process.

Self-Assessment

When deciding on the type of vacancy you are going to apply for you should carry out a self-assessment about where your career skills, values and qualities lie. Once you have worked out your key skills you will be able to highlight them in your application and continue to promote them through to the Interview stages.

Role Identification

Working out your key skills will allow you to identify a vacancy that fits your self-assessment.

Ensure you research and review what the role will entail and whether you could see yourself carrying out the tasks required.

Gain the Skills for your Desired Job Role

Do you want to gain a new career but you don’t have the right skill set to support the role?

British Jobs is offering a range of training courses that will enable you to learn, whilst still earning money in your current role. Whether it is a Diploma in Psychology or a Care skills Certificate we have a course that will suit you. Search career courses now!

Writing your CV

When writing your CV you should use all the points that you identified from the self-assessment, including an accompanying cover letter specifically explaining why you are suitable for the vacancy. To receive further advice visit our CV tips now.

Using Job Sites

Using job sites is a fantastic method of searching for your new vacancy as it allows quick searching and narrowing down the type of role that you are interested in. Vacancies are displayed in terms of relevance and location, with the date of posting clearly shown.

Attending the Interviews

If your CV application is successful, you will be invited to an interview or even a second interview for the role. Prepare for this by researching the role extensively and maybe even preparing a couple of potential answers to questions that you could be asked.

Feedback

If you are unsuccessful in your application try and maintain a positive approach and outlook. Even contact the employer or recruitment agency for feedback, so that you are less likely to make the same mistakes in the future.

Connect, connecting the best candidates to companies

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Connect: Interview Advice

Posted: July 17, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

 

 

Key Interview Points

Research – Carry out thorough research on the company and all the services it provides, as it is likely they will put your knowledge to the test.

Practice and rehearse – Before your interview rehearse with a friend or practice in the mirror, this will help to build your confidence.

Location and transport – Check your route to your interview location before you leave the house to ensure there are no delays; if necessary take satellite navigation with you.

Dress for the occasion – First impressions are very important and make an impact straight away with a sleek and smart outfit.

Strong handshake – When you arrive at your interview, try to appear confident and give a firm handshake – a good handshake will communicate a lot to a potential employer.

Sell Yourself – When asked questions on your skills and strengths you need to sell yourself, this is your one chance to shine.

Ask questions – Asking questions are a sure sign you are paying attention, try to be as enthusiastic and interest in all elements of the role.

End on a high – When your interview comes to an end, ask when you are likely to hear back and give another confident handshake.

Follow up – You are well within your right to follow up the interview for feedback, if you don’t hear back within a week, you might want to consider contacting them.

Potential Interview Questions

Here are some potential questions that you may be asked in your interview. Carefully plan some answers to these questions in preparation for your interview.

 

Key Interview Points

Research – Carry out thorough research on the company and all the services it provides, as it is likely they will put your knowledge to the test.

Practice and rehearse – Before your interview rehearse with a friend or practice in the mirror, this will help to build your confidence.

Location and transport – Check your route to your interview location before you leave the house to ensure there are no delays; if necessary take satellite navigation with you.

Dress for the occasion – First impressions are very important and make an impact straight away with a sleek and smart outfit.

Strong handshake – When you arrive at your interview, try to appear confident and give a firm handshake – a good handshake will communicate a lot to a potential employer.

Sell Yourself – When asked questions on your skills and strengths you need to sell yourself, this is your one chance to shine.

Ask questions – Asking questions are a sure sign you are paying attention, try to be as enthusiastic and interest in all elements of the role.

End on a high – When your interview comes to an end, ask when you are likely to hear back and give another confident handshake.

Follow up – You are well within your right to follow up the interview for feedback, if you don’t hear back within a week, you might want to consider contacting them.

Potential Interview Questions

Here are some potential questions that you may be asked in your interview. Carefully plan some answers to these questions in preparation for your interview.

What do you know about our services?

When was the company established?

What makes you suitable for the role?

Are you willing to relocate?

Why are you seeking a career change?

What makes you a suitable candidate for the role?

What is your greatest strength?

What methods do you use to cope with stress?

Where do you see yourself in three year’s time?

Connect, connecting best candidates to companies

www.connect-london.com

6 things you can do right now to improve your CV

Posted: July 11, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

Trim the excess

Employers will want to see relevant information that makes you an interesting candidate for an interview, so it’s up to you to give it to them clearly and succinctly. Use plain English, avoid cliches and jargon and make sure you’re not waffling.

It’s tempting to pile in everything you can think of to sell yourself, but you want to catch their attention with facts, figures and achievements. You can dazzle them with the rest at the interview! If your CV goes over two pages, you need to do some editing.

Get rid of trivial information

 Tidy it up

The presentation of your CV is as important as its content, so try to space items evenly and fragment long paragraphs with line breaks. Draw the reader’s eye to key statistics by using bullet points instead of listing them in sentences.

Avoid fussy fonts like Times New Roman. Use a simple, clean font like Arial, Verdana or Tahoma to make it easy to read. Try it now – you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!

Font size should never go below 10 points. Bold, italics and underlining are fine, but don’t go too crazy.

Tidy up a messy CV

3. Don’t forget your keywords

It might surprise you to learn that your CV might be read by a piece of software before it gets seen by a human being. These programs will look for specific words or phrases that relate to the job spec or industry.

Look at similar job descriptions to get an idea of specific keywords, or try typing the job title into a search engine. For example, keywords for reservations manager include:

Communication skills

Friendly

Confident

Polite

Organised

It might also help to speak to people who do a similar job or work in a similar industry.

Include keywords for CV success

4. Include a personal statement

A good personal statement can be extremely effective if you get it right. Keep it short, highlighting your level of experience, strongest skills and the personal and professional qualities that make you right for the job. If you get stuck, why not ask a trusted friend or colleague to write down your strengths? You might be surprised and flattered!