Starting your Career in mid-20s

Starting your Career in mid-20s

Once you graduate college, you are expected to find a job as soon as possible. Competition during this time is very fierce. Westhill Consulting and Employment has encountered so many eager new graduates who always ask for advice on how to make it through a very challenging real world. We have gathered a lot of responses from different twenty-ish individuals in Singapore, Ghana, Africa, Jakarta, Indonesia, Tokyo, Japan and Illinois, USA to know how they have faced the challenge in their own culture and values. The following are general guidelines that can help anybody in their work adventure.

  • Always show gratitude. If someone has done you a good turn, take a moment to express genuine gratitude by mail, email, text, or a few words and smile. It’s a gracious way to live. As old-fashioned as it seems, mailing a hand-written card to a potential employer or dinner party host leaves a lasting impression.
  • Remember this, too, shall pass. Never be early to burst out your complaints. Whether you’re riding high on good fortune or you’re wallowing in the dumps of tough times, things move on and so will you. Be grateful when things are good. And be grateful for the things that are good when other things are crumbling around you.
  • ever expect someone else to advocate for your best interest or to navigate major life decisions. While there are people who will want to help you, you know yourself and what you need best. Take whatever time you need to review, to research, to learn and to create your best options. From great options, make good decisions.
  • Maintain your professional reputation. Avoid burning bridges with those you’ve worked with. If anything, invest a little time to continue cultivating your past relationships with colleagues. You never know when you might cross paths again in business.
  • Exude confidence. You only have one body. So be comfortable in it. Confidence in yourself will spur confidence others will have in you. Don’t have the confidence? “Fake it ‘til you make it,” as they say.
  • Understand that job interviews are a two-way street. View them as career interviews. The company is as much of a candidate for you as you are for them. After all, if you’re going to be spending 40+ hours per week somewhere, it’s important to be fully informed about how much they will enable your career growth. I always ask job candidates if they have any questions for me. What you ask is sometimes as important as what you’re answering.
  • Mistakes can be gifts. Whether a learning experience, a happy accident, or a humbling experience, mistakes can serve us well. Don’t be afraid to make them. Just try not to make the same one twice.

Get Ahead

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Who would not want a promotion among us? I am sure than anyone of us would want to get ahead of others in a healthy competition. Westhill Consulting and Employment, an Australian based employment consulting company recognizes these needs.

Workers seeking to get ahead in their careers need to rely less on their talent and their experience and more on personal brand and relationship with their boss, especially in cities of developed and developing countries like America, Jakarta, Indonesia, Tokyo, Japan and Singapore which focus on their employees for economic development.

  1. Diligence
  • If you want to get ahead, you need to take on projects outside of your job description. If you see a new opportunity that your company could take advantage of, or you see something that can be improved, come up with a solution. Review, do research, develop a presentation outlining the opportunity, and present it to your management. Before you engage in any entrepreneurial initiatives, of course, you have to master your current role and prove yourself — because no one will invest in you unless they trust you first.
  1. Engage in activities outside of the office.
  • Extra outside projects and roles and learning opportunities can enhance their reputation at work. You can join professional organizations and social groups to expand both your network and knowledge of your industry and profession.
  1. Think twice before you friend your manager on Facebook.
  • Most managers don’t want to add their employees as contacts because they want to separate their personal and professional lives. Before you decide to friend them, think about the type of relationship you have with them and ask them what their comfort level is. You might have a lot of complaints filed at you when you cross the line. If you tend to share personal matters with your manager at the office, they would probably be more inclined to have the same relationship on Facebook.
  1. Develop your soft skills.
  • We found that managers, and even recruiters, value soft skills over hard skills: The most important soft skills for employees who want to get promoted are the ability to prioritize work, communicate effectively, and work well in a team. If you want to develop these skills, you need to actively pursue situations where you can both interact with other people and get feedback so you can improve.
  1. Become a subject matter expert.
  • If you want to stand out at work and gain visibility and recognition, you need to be an expert on a particular topic. Don’t be a fraud as you know many things but focus on a specific matter and master it.

Stand Out, Never Stand Down  

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Equally as important as learning how to get a job is learning how to keep one. Working is much like dating: Keep the relationship exciting or your employer might get a wandering eye for greener pastures. You need to stay at the top of your game to prove to your employer that she was right to pick you in the first place. You can stand out at work by being a stand-up person. Be honest, act with integrity and treat everyone with kindness and respect. Westhill Consulting and Employment in Jakarta has recognized the need of many employees to stand out among colleagues. You cannot expect any development when you continue to stand down to others.

 

  1. Make a habit of introducing yourself. Whenever you walk into a meeting, go up to someone you don’t know and introduce yourself. People with the confidence to do this stand out. Work out a few questions to ask to get to know people, and you’ll quickly boost your visibility. More people you know more chances of being popular.
  2. Sit next to new people. As an extension of tip one, if there’s an opportunity to sit next to new people at a meeting, a talk, at lunch, on a training course – you should take it. Whether they may be from different nations like Jakarta, Indonesia, Ghana, Africa or Tokyo, Japan, treat them with respect. Often the shared experience creates an opportunity to build a relationship. Not only does this again demonstrate your confidence, but it’s also a great way to show senior managers you take an interest in other people and have the skills to develop a widespread network. If you can show that, it will be noted.
  3. Be first to act. If you’ve heard someone ask for a volunteer, or open the floor for questions after a presentation, you’ve likely experienced the awkward silence that follows. But by being the person to stand up and volunteer to be the one at the flipchart or taking the action points, or by having a question ready to start the ball rolling, you show you’re willing to get into action when the structured part of the meeting stops – something senior managers equate with leadership ability and the ability to make a career leap successfully.
  4. Smile. Even when it’s the last thing you feel like doing, still smile — and others will smile with you. Instead of having complaints with the system or any negativity in your workplace, smile and treat them with optimism.
  5. Seek opportunities to learn new skills and maintain old ones. Don’t make the mistake of becoming a dinosaur; keep yourself marketable by remaining current in your profession. Review what you need to improve on and learn where you need to excel more.

Pursuit of Happiness

We always find happiness anywhere in the world. Psychologists also say that happy employees are more productive, more creative and less likely to leave. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to create a fun environment at your workplace. If you embody your ideal corporate culture and integrate joy and laughter into your daily routine, your employees will follow. If you are a business owner, it is therefore wise to do things to benefit your employees and make them happy. If you are an employee, find ways to make your stay in the company a happy one to ease the stress in your workplace.

As a company ourselves, Westhill Consulting and Employment also face the same challenge in maintaining happy people as there are so many personal and business reasons for them not to. Fortunately, we have some steps that we follow that respond to this issues.

For Employers

  1. Lead by Example

As we all know, employees look up to you. If you are too serious, your employees may hesitate to smile in front of you, let alone interact and laugh with you. They may feel the need to be serious all the time. Although being serious is also important, loose your collar a little for you to let happy vibes around you. Add a little self-depreciating humor when it is appropriate to help your employees view you as human and approachable. A little fraud smile will also do despite the pressure. Who knows, they may see your odd smile and lift their hearts to you a little.

  1. Embody Optimism

Staff meetings can quickly become monotonous. Use each meeting as an opportunity to encourage positive team dynamics. When we are conducting a meeting with our partners once in Jakarta, Indonesia, we were surprised when the manager presiding the meeting encouraged us all to play a charade first before starting the meeting. Those 15 minutes of laughter are enough to bring out positivity around us even when what we are discussing may be a little too critical.

  1. Celebrate

There is no harm if you reward yourself and your employees once in a while. Recognize and acknowledge your employees successes, no matter how small. Staff celebrations don’t need to be fancy, planned or expensive. Acknowledgement can be as simple as sharing one team member’s accomplishment during a staff meeting.

Employees:

  1. Give a happy “Hello” in the morning with a smile. Psychologists say it is contagious.
  2. Learn the Art of Small Talk. Review what you learn about your colleague and engage him in little talks or even if it’s a general statement like the weather or how nice her skirt is.
  3. Avoid gossip.
  4. Pretend your kids are watching when dealing with a hard colleague which you have misunderstanding with.
  5. Retail Emails and Calls Promptly. It is to show that these people who took time to email you are also important to you.

Introverts: Why They Shouldn’t Be Underestimated  

Networking for Introverts

 

Are you an introvert? If you are not, then, perhaps someone you know is? Studies show that one-third to one-half of the population is introvert. All of us have introvert and extrovert personality within us but experts say that one or the other is dominating in each individual.

Some people would think that introverts have no hope of finding an honest job since they only keep things to themselves and too shy to face people. However though, many experts in a study held in Jakarta, Indonesia say that there are better chances for introverts to pass and interview as they are better listener which many employers really need from their employees. Moreover, they can switch back and forth between introversion and extroversion depending on the environment.

Introverts have become the headlines – albeit ironically since they do not want to get attention for themselves- to many major media reviews and press releases. We at Westhill Consulting and Employment also became intrigue in this personality that we also made our own research regarding this.

Brian Little, author of Me, Myself and Us: The Science of Personality and Well- Being said, “Being a high self-monitor, a standup chameleon as I like to call them, that can shift positions to suit the situation is most effective in the early stages of entrepreneurship”. His reviews and research has been too intriguing that we cannot help but make an article about it. He points out the introverts’ following traits:

 

  1. Introverts Should Avoid Coffee

–              According to Little, introverts are more receptive to brain stimulation, and too much of it can actually deter from clear and effective thinking. Similarly, being in a noisy, crowded environment also can over stimulate an introvert’s brain activity. They do their best work under relaxed circumstances.

 

  1. Introverts Works Well with Extroverts

–              Know what they say how different objects attract? The law of Action and Interaction by Newton also applies to people who are introverts and extroverts. A common misconception about introverts and extroverts is that they speak different languages, especially in workplace scenarios. “There are exceptions,” Little points out. “When an extrovert and an introvert engage in conversation, the introvert takes on the role of interviewer.” This can actually lead to an effective way of sharing information and communicating.

 

  1. Introverts can be Extrovert

–              Now many people would think that this is a scam that many introverts do to fool people. They may also be a lot of confusion but the truth is according to Little, Adults are not fixed into just one personality paradigm and have the flexibility to “act out of character,” especially when a job or project requires them to take on a certain role. Oftentimes introverts take on the role of a pseudo-extrovert in order to engage in highly social situations that frequently occur in professions like public relations, communications, and marketing.

 

Westhill Consulting Career & Employment in Jakarta: Manage Anxiety and Stress

According to studies, over 120 million people worldwide are affected by the black dog of depression, as Sir Winston Churchill described it.
Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, missed work, broken relationships and more. Chances are you are to suffer it in your lifetime.

Westhill Consulting Career & Employment is the world’s largest free online jobs website funded by UK government with our headquarter in Australia and has expanded to other nations such as Jakarta, Indonesia in South East Asia, Toronto, Canada, New York in the US of A and others. We have here the following common but absolutely effective tips on how to manage your anxiety and stress in your workplace:

• Take a time-out. Listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem for a while helps clear your head.

• Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.

• Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.

• Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.

• Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. Check out the fitness tips below.

• Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.

• Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.

• Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn’t possible, be proud of however close you get.

• Accept that you cannot control everything. There is a lot of stress that are already beyond your capacity. Let it go and do not problem about it much. Instead, focus on what you can take hold of.

• Welcome humor. A good laugh can lift some of your stress away.

• Remain optimistic. How you think about the reason for your stress is a big factor in managing it. Stop dwelling on negative thoughts.

• Get involved. Involving yourself to other things help you maintain the balance in your life. It may serve as an outlet later on to fully manage yourself.

• Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.

• Talk to someone. Dwelling about your stress for yourself might break you. It is better to have someone to act as a listening wall for your anxieties. Who knows? Their advices may somehow make you see the light.

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Remember Everyone’s Name

The most successful and operational leaders are those who make you sense that they are really listening. Most outstandingly, they at all times remember everyone’s names.

So how will you improve at remembering names even those people you met from you Jakarta Indonesia trip?

Some circumstances will make you shy away more than being in one room next to someone you’ve met numerous times and not remembering his name.

A lot of business deals and romantic engagements have been blocked for the reason that someone flunked to remember names at the right moment. In the Web age e-mail and social networks bid dependable shelter; being able to use someone’s name in a personal circumstance can spare you. Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia presents you these tips and advice on how to remember names with no effort at all.

Focus – When you happen to meet someone and seconds later don’t recall their name and you may think it is it a memory problem but it is not, it is a focus problem. You weren’t paying attention and this will lead many complaints in any aspect! You were more focus on what they think of you or what you are going to say next. So you can focus your brain each time you meet new people, give yourself this question while you are approaching towards them, ‘What is their name?’ But don’t say this out loud though.

File – Compare your brain with a computer, to recover information fast rather than having everything messing up your desktop, you need files. Likewise, your brain must have a file, a room to keep the name. Choose a unique feature on their face. This is will be your brain trigger, or file. Or you can form unique pictures for common names. For instance: Steve = stove

It requires time to improve this mental database nevertheless constrain to make every person’s name you pick up over the next month into an image. Now after a month of this you will have made hundreds of usual names into pictures. When you pick the picture never replace it.

Glue – Action plus emotion. With action plus emotion perceive the picture for the name on the face. If the distinguishing feature is the eyes and the name is Steve imagine a stove in his eyes with action plus emotion. This denotes see the stove cooking his eyes. If his unique feature is the mole then see that on the mole.

Review – Constantly revert and review at the end of the day. Recall who you meet today and who you meet last week, apply the above tips.

Career risks that one must never take  

You have to be ready to take big risks if you want big returns but it doesn’t mean that you must take risks just for the sake of taking it. Taking gambles may be crucial; however it’s not a reason to toss your attentiveness away. Your career is generally in up to you. That denotes you have to make sure you make intelligent choices.

 

It is just natural to desire to grow and advance in your career. And some risks do need to be undertaken to be able to advance. All you have to determine is if the risks you are taking are the right one. This involves wisdom to take sensibly dignified risks on purpose. It as well indicates you have to be ready for failure.

 

Taking a vigorous part in your life and work takes in going for some risks. How you handle risk-taking can have a major influence on your career.

 

When you’re rendering career decisions, your comfort level in risks-taking have a tendency to hinge on the type of risk you’re thinking and the amount of control you sense you have concerning the circumstances.

 

When reflecting your next career change, remember Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia’s career risks that you should never take

 

Stop bad terms. Stay on good terms with ex-coworkers and bosses. Who knows you may need their help again. You never know you may have to return to the company again or go back to the country of Jakarta Indonesia you once work again, and if this is the situation, it will be an effortless transition if you have upheld pleasant relationships even after you leaving. One more dispute is that in many fields populace are much interrelated, so if you depart a position on bad terms, those in other organizations in your similar field may catch the news and judge you for that reason.

 

Badmouth the boss. This is one more possible career destroyer that appears innocuous since most people seem to be drawn in it. Though, uttering something undesirable with reference to the boss to the unsuitable person can be the highest formula of self-sabotage. And even if you voice something destructively regarding the boss to somebody you trust; there is at all times the risk that somebody else with a not the same agenda may possibly hear your conversation. So you better get all the complaints together and properly address them to right authorities.

 

Become satisfied in your present title. There is at all times the chance that your job could be cut even if you are good at the job you do or how steady your organization may look like.  And for that, you should keep on being attentive.  You should particularly remain on the lookout for the following warnings that may imply that your job is at risk.

 

Rest satisfied with your present knowledge base. You must invest in yourself.  Retain your skills the latest in your present position and let your boss recognize about any new certifications or licenses that you have achieved. Remaining well-informed of what is current in your field, place you good as a valued employee, and it as well makes you sought-after in the event your job is abolished regardless of your best hard work.

 

Make the most of a tuition reimbursement program on the job if possible. If that is not obtainable, you can nevertheless invest in yourself. Read want ads to discover what skills or qualifications are stated as being favored. At that point take the necessary stages to get these skills and qualifications.

 

Be contingent exclusively on posted job listings throughout your job search. Most job hunters depend on job boards as their lone job search technique when eyeing for a new position. Job boards are where you will discover the most match. Even though you must use job boards as element of your job search mix, you must as well include networking, recruiters, and professional relations into your job hunt to upsurge your job search outcomes.

 

 

 

Things every job seeker should have

Job seeking is tough and nerve-wracking. Here are things you need to have that make it easier to find a job by Westhill Consulting & Employment is based in Australia. It is a well-established career tips and information for Ozzie’s website that specializes in providing information, advice and guidance to help people make realistic choices about finding work in South East Asian countries such as KL Malaysia, Bangkok Thailand, Jakarta Indonesia, Beijing China and many more.

Things every job seeker should haveA custom-made resume:  Over 90% of the resumes HR receives are not customized for specific jobs. That is how they do the first round of cuts. Canned resume = no additional in process. They don’t want anybody who obviously doesn’t put forth any effort. A customized resume is without question essential.

A web presence: You need to have a LinkedIn profile and it should be always updated. You possibly will have to have a Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, or Instagram account, be subjected to your industry. You might as well really take into consideration a personal website if you don’t already have one. At the very least, you need to be at least able to be seen – and your social media profiles must be clean and mirror the very best description of you. Always review and keep your profile posted. Employers are going to Google you, and if they won’t be able to acquire anything, they might just transfer to the next person. Not having a web occurrence these days is like not existing. But always be warmed of scams on the internet.

A decent picture of yourself: Employers want to identify what you look like and whether they are fond of what you look like. And no, opposing to general belief, it is not illegal to make hiring decisions based on physical appearance. Your LinkedIn profile should have a pleasant, professional looking headshot that is not too close, not blurred, and doesn’t have someone else cropped out of it. Hire a photographer, and take a decent picture.

A wingman: Usually, a wingman is someone you carry along when trying to pick up girls. In the job search, the term is applied to your sounding board friend. You must have a friend to check your resume and cover letters, practice interview with you, and inform you if what you’re wearing looks unwise. This individual must be smart and cruelly honest. You need to have at least one friend who is.

A good interview outfit: At all times, you must have an outfit ready. You don’t want to have to go clothes shopping at the last minute. Clean shoes, pressed pants, tights with no runs. One must generally blunder on the side of formality for the interview; however some research into the company discernment wouldn’t hurt. When in doubt, go more conservative like wear black, grey, or blue. Choose colors carefully.

Increase Your Career Confidence

Westhill Career and Employment’s six things you should do before any big ask.(Westhill Consulting & Employment is based in Australia. It is a well-established career tips and information for Ozzie’s website that specializes in providing information, advice and guidance to help people make realistic choices about finding work in South East Asia such as KL Malaysia, Bangkok Thailand, Jakarta Indonesia and many more.)Practice makes perfect: Despite the fact its factual some people are born in nature confident, for the rest of us it takes practice. See confidence as one more skill you must to practice, learn, perfect and earn.

Dress in a power outfit. Today we must be dressed with a modern suit of armor. Get a go-to power outfit. Whatever you pick must make you look great while correspondingly feeling confident and powerful. When we look our best we’re usually more up for a work challenge.

Identify your fear. We frequently lose our confidence when we aren’t ready. Confidence is realized through experience. Do your homework in advance to your next meeting. Do the research and distinguish the hard numbers and facts off the top of your head as contrasting to checking notes while in a meeting or presentation. Don’t let yourself be in the situation to fail. Focus on using your knowledge and expertise to persuade your boss, co-worker or client.

Videotape. It’s very hard to picture ourselves in high stress circumstances when we aren’t at the office. Videotape yourself the night prior to a presentation, business trip or sales meeting. You’ll discover points where you stumble or use filler words. You are stumbling in these sections because you aren’t as ready as you should be. If you haven’t persuaded yourself of your words then you won’t be able to influence anyone else. You’ll also be conscious of your body language as these are all dead giveaways to a listener that you are not confident.

Speak up. If you have complaints, say so – with respect of course. With confidence comes respect. You must learn how to speak out and pull-out your expert view into the workplace conversation. On your subsequent staff meeting, put on your go-to power clothing and make a point to improve your two cents on the meeting’s agenda. Get ready in advance. This is the time to modify your company’s view of you. Become a voice your boss and co-workers look for in a packed room. Don’t nibble your tongue if you’ve got a great idea — broadcast it.

Warning! Don’t’ stress over stress. Everybody gets stressed out from time to time. Rather than thinking of that stress as a confidence buster — use it to your benefit. We frequently get stressed out when we’re working on a challenging mission. Stress happens in the expectation of working on an assignment out of our comfort zone. Pursue these types of opportunities. If you are getting complacent or uninterested at the office, that’s when idleness and disordered work ethic come.