Connect: 8 things new employees should never do

Posted: August 27, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized
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.



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



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




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.

Find your employer!

Posted: August 17, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

With the amount of jobs seekers, researching your employer is fundamental. The amount of knowledge you have about a potential employer, and on the industry in which you hope to work can give you a competitive edge.  How does that work? It starts by making initial contact with employers and before going on interviews. Having information on a company is also invaluable when it comes to evaluating a job offer.  You should also know who is in charge of hiring for the position you are seeking.

How would you go on if you need to research your employers before you actually commit to work for them?

Ask for a mission statement

Did you know that not all companies have a mission statement on their websites, but this is something that jobseekers always want to know? If you are going to research potential employers, a mission statement is a good kick start. This will help you to find out why the company started and how are they doing a difference to people’s life. And this may also help you to be more keen to join the company.

Ask your network

Do not hesitate to ask your professional contacts what do they know about the company. You can also take a look to online resources available. Log in to your Twitter or Facebook account to know more about the company. This might be one of the best resources you can use to get reliable feedback on the company.

Connect: How to focus on your goals!

Posted: August 17, 2014 by connectlondon in Uncategorized

To reach your goals you need to work really hard for it. You need to keep your goals in your mind all the time. Make use of sticky notes and write down your goals.

If you have a plan worked out for your goal, it becomes much easier to stick to it. All you have to do is to follow the actions you have planned for the day. The best time to work out your plan is when you set the goal, because that’s when your motivation is the highest. Usually, I create my goal action plans right after I set my goal, after which I take action immediately – which helps create a positive momentum. If you want to be successful in your life then know that success is a matter of trial and error.

Do you often put your goals aside for other people? It’s okay to do that once or twice, but if you keep doing the whole time, something is seriously wrong. You can’t forever put your life on hold for others! I used to have trouble saying no to others, until I realized I was just doing myself and my dreams a disfavour when I say yes to something that’s not what I want. Learn how to say no and you may find a bigger pot of gold at the end of this rainbow.

Focus is what keeps us on track when we are trying to reach our goals.

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