Nov 132017
 

By Cleverism Community

A lot of recent graduates, especially the most ambitious and talented ones, are dreaming of finding the perfect job right after college. They are looking for a position which would provide them not only with huge salaries but also career opportunities, recognition, and self-fulfillment at once.

However, this is so difficult to achieve that the odds are somewhere around one in a few hundred thousand. But our goal in this article is not to tell you that you will hardly get a dream job after graduation. On the contrary, our mission is to reveal that finding your dream job after college is actually a bad thing for you.

Although it sounds completely counterintuitive, it is really the truth in the vast majority of cases. Keep reading our article and you will find out why.

8 REASONS WHY IT'S NOT GOOD TO FIND A PERFECT JOB AFTER COLLEGE

There are many reasons why you should not be disappointed if you don't find an outstanding job right after graduation. According to HR experts at Aussiewritings, none of these reasons alone is big enough to slow you down but the combination of a few factors can really make a big impact on your professional development later on.

This is especially important for the generation of Millennials as more than 90% of them expect to stay in a job for less than three years. In such circumstances, young workers need to know why it is bad to do some things in the early stages of their careers.

One such mistake is to find the best job immediately. Below you will find a list of the 8 most important reasons why it is not good to chase the dream job after graduation.

Reason 1. It prevents ...read more

Source:: Why Finding Your Dream Job after Graduation is a Bad Thing

 Posted by at 12:47 am
Oct 292017
 

By Anastasia

What if I told you that you could strike a balance for your business that enables you to optimize your business to produce large volumes of high quality products from your current resources? Imagine how that would change the columns on your income statement. The good news is that you can achieve that with minimal struggle. The secret lies in two simple words: productivity, and efficiency.

Many people are under the impression that productivity is the same thing as efficiency. This is understandable, especially considering the fact that they are two things that every business owner would want to achieve in business.

Today, we are going to look at these two words and how you can revolutionize your business using both concepts. However, before we can go too deep into how you can balance these two for maximum effect, let's take a step back and try to understand what each of these concepts mean.

Let's start with productivity.

WHAT IS PRODUCTIVITY?

In most industries, productivity is measured by the output in a specific period. For example, if you produce 500 units in a week, and 700 in the next week, you were more productive in the second week than you were in the first one. It's all about how much you are able to produce.

Of course, this depends on your industry. If you are a salesman, your productivity will be measured by the sales volume you are able to generate. For a service provider, productivitywill be measured by the number of clients they are able to serve and so on. You get the picture.

We have all had one of those days when we felt totally useless. No matter how much you try, you just can't seem to get yourself to do any meaningful work. Even if you force yourself to work, the creative juices are ...read more

Source:: Productivity vs Efficiency and How to Balance Both

Oct 292017
 

By Martin

Have you ever wondered what makes human beings react in the way they do? Imagine how powerful you would become if you had the ability to accurately predict how people would react in different scenarios.

With this ability, you would most likely end up a rich car salesman who knows just what to say and do to make customers buy.

Human beings are curious by nature and we will always have a tendency to look for the reason behind why people act the way they do. When your set foot into a car yard looking to buy a car, you are bombarded with a number of options. Sometimes, you might even find two closely similar cars on display. After all has been said and done, you will only pick one car.

The same is true about work assignments. When you are given a task, you will usually have different possible approaches that you can take. However, you will only end up picking one approach.

What could have motivated you to react to the stimulus in the way you did? What could have driven you to choose a specific car from dozens of cars in the yard? What influenced your decision-making process that you went through to arrive at a final decision?

Certainly, one of the most difficult things to get a firm and full handle on is human behavior. It certainly doesn't help that individuals are unique in their own ways, and that they cannot be boxed in categories especially when it comes to behavior. Not all people react in the same way, or behave in the same manner, even under the exact same circumstances. There are various factors at play, and these are what psychologists and thinkers have been trying to study and make sense of in the past few decades.

Studies on human behavior ...read more

Source:: Theory of Planned Behavior

Oct 142017
 

By Cleverism Community

The Internet of Things (IoT) appears to be an industry ripe with promise. Gartner predicts the number of IoT devices will increase by 31%from 2016 to 2017, reaching a total number of 8.4 billion. By 2020, the number is expected to grow again: Gartner's analysts believe 20.4 billion IoT products and services will exist by that time.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) also forecasts a year-over-year growth of nearly 17%, resulting in slightly over $800 billion in 2017. Like Gartner, the IDC expects the numbers to continue their upward trajectory—the company says global IoT spending could equal almost $1.5 trillion by 2021.

The two research firms explain that this growth rises from widespread use and value in numerous industries, ranging from healthcare and manufacturing to utilities and smart building technologies. These IoT applications will only grow because, as John Greenough and Jonathan Camhi at Business Insider explain, the IoT “will be the future of the way businesses, governments, and consumers interact with the physical world.”

Yet despite these astounding statistics and projections, IoT-based projects today seem to be failing. Below, we'll explore some common pitfalls and how you can overcome them and remain successful for the future.

THE IOT IS GROWING, BUT CHALLENGES REMAIN

Turning the IoT into the future of interactions with the physical world presents many challenges, a fact demonstrated in Cisco's 2017 research study “The Journey to IoT Value: Challenges, Breakthroughs, and Best Practices”:

  • Nearly three-quarters of IoT projects are failing.
  • Roughly 60% of respondents reported that IoT programs look ideal during the planning stage but often prove more complex than expected.
  • Only 26% of surveyed companies achieve success with their IoT initiatives.

The report analyzes the differences between companies that succeed or fail, eliciting several ...read more

Source:: Why the IoT Fails: Avoiding Communication, Planning, and Budgeting Pitfalls When Implementing IoT Projects

Oct 082017
 

By Anastasia

Are you one of those lucky people who loves his or her current job? Perhaps you belong to the other group, anxiously browsing for your next career move. Whichever group you belong to, chances are you aren't working in your final job position – according to the latest statistics, the average person holds around 12 jobs in his or her lifetime.

The majority of those changes won't – hopefully – occur because you were fired, but rather because you were jumping in on another opportunity. Indeed, there are many reasons for quitting your job and all those reasons require you to write a resignation letter.

A resignation letter tells the employer you're voluntarily terminating your contract. While it might not be mandatory, it does make the whole process less messy and ensures you don't burn the bridges with your previous employer.

Indeed, according to an OfficeTeam survey around 86% of HR managers say the way you've quit your previous job affects your future career opportunities. You don't want to do it the wrong way.

So, how do you write a resignation letter like a pro? Here are the five keys to a good resignation letter, the main things to consider when writing one, and an example template for you to use.

THE 5 KEYS TO A GOOD RESIGNATION LETTER

When writing a resignation letter, your focus must be on five things:

Keep it short

Don't turn a resignation letter into a novel. You shouldn't use it as an opportunity to explain your life story and you definitely don't want to make excuses in your resignation letter. This is not a document for lengthy explanations as to what happened and why you're resigning.

If further discussions are needed, you can ask to do so with the manager face-to-face. Your resignation letter should ...read more

Source:: Resignation Letter Sample for Quitting Your Job Like a Pro

Sep 242017
 

By Anastasia

Being lazy is a wonderful feeling. The guilt of knowing you should probably be doing something more productive can be exhilarating. Laziness also isn't something to fully avoid – sometimes it really is for the best to rest for a bit and recharge those batteries.

Yet, laziness does also have an ugly side. Being lazy can easily snowball – if I haven't done the washing up in the previous three days, why shall I do it now – and your inactions can have serious consequences in your personal and work life.

What can you do when “I'll do it tomorrow” seems like the easier option and getting started feels like climbing Mount Everest? You can trick yourself out of being lazy by implementing these clever strategies and habits to your daily routine. These tricks work whether you're facing household chores or work problems.

UNDERSTAND YOUR LAZINESS

Before I outline some tricks and ways you can stop your laziness in its tracks, it is helpful to consider spending time thinking what is causing you to be lazy.

Why are you putting off certain tasks? If you know the reason, you'll be better able to eliminate avoid the triggers that make you want to jump on the back of the couch.

When you notice yourself procrastinating or putting things off, stop for a minute and ask yourself:

  • Am I finding this task too difficult?
  • Do I feel I have too many things to do and I'm scared I don't have the time to finish them?
  • Am I scared of the consequences of failure or not being able to achieve the tasks?
  • Do I have zero energy to actually do anything?
  • Where is my motivation?

Answering these questions will help you find the root cause to laziness. Let's say you actually feel like there's no energy to do anything. Your diet or sleep routine might ...read more

Source:: How to Trick Yourself Out of Being Lazy

Sep 232017
 

By Martin

Everyone wants to be happy, yet no one seems to know how to do it. The act of being happy has sparked a lot of discussion and thousands of studies have been conducted trying to solve the problem with happiness.

Psychologists and scientists seem to have found the solution: little habits create big changes and lead to happiness.

Activities involving looking after your mind and your body can boost how fulfilled you feel. Furthermore, helping others and organizing your life can guarantee you find happiness.

So, let's get started with adding these 15 habits into your life – you'll be surprised at the power of these tiny changes.

HABITS THAT TREAT THE MIND

Mind is where happiness comes from – if you want to feel more fulfilled and happy, you need to treat your mind. Here are the most efficient ways to do it and the habits you should aim to adopt.

1. Meditate to unplug

If you've been following the self-help industry at all in the past few years, you would have noticed the talk about meditation. The benefits of meditation are not just a fad – it can have a truly transformative impact on your life. Studies have found meditation or the act of quieting things around you to reduce anxiety and stress.

When you meditate, you become more aware of your emotions, making it easier to appreciate the good and control the bad. The practice of mindfulness or meditating has even been linked with better self-awareness and perspective – those annoying things might actually seem rather unimportant when you learn to meditate.

You don't even need to be a rocket scientist to start or have lots of free time to get started– you definitely don't need to buy a rope and move into the ...read more

Source:: 15 Habits Psychologists Have Linked with Happiness

Sep 222017
 

By Anastasia

A Cheat Sheet for Crushing Your First Workday in Your Next Job

You've made it! You've gone through the application process, you've nailed the job interview and you've landed a contract. Suddenly the realization kicks in:

I'm about to have my first day and now I'll scream internally for a moment!”

While you're undoubtedly excited about starting at your dream job, you're most likely also scared and nervous. We all know first impressions matter so what you do (or don't do) during your first workday can have a huge impact on your future career and place in the organization.

To ensure you're able to crush the first workday in your next job, take a moment to memorize this cheat sheet of things you must do (and those you shouldn't).

WHAT TO DO THE DAY (OR TWO) BEFORE

If you want to crush your first workday in your next job, you can't just turn up and hope everything goes well. Preparation is key to success. If you do the following things on the day before (or a few days before), you have more chances of getting the first day right:

Pick you work outfit

Getting your outfit right is not essential just for the job interview, you also don't want to show up dressed up improperly on your first workday. This is the day to meet a lot of new people and you want to dress to impress.

So, how to get the work outfit right? You need to:

 Posted by at 10:46 pm
Sep 222017
 

By Martin

Leadership 101: Definition, Traits, Styles and More

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter

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Leadership is a concept everyone is aware of, but only a few master it and its implications. In this guide, we will examine what leadership truly stands for and what it means in the modern world. We'll explore the traits and characteristics of leadership, as well as the skills needed in order to lead. We'll also explain the different leadership theories and the styles which current and future leaders can take advantage of.

DEFINITION OF LEADERSHIP

Defining leadership might seem straightforward; you just go to Google and type in ‘definition of leadership', right? But the results tell a different story. Instead of a single definition of what leadership is and isn't, you'll be greeted with millions of pages analyzing the subject. Leadership is not an easy concept to characterize.

If you examine the definitions in the Dictionary, you get a selection of descriptions. Leadership is defined as “the position of function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group” and “an act of instance of leading; guidance; direction”, for example. But these definitions tend to feel like they are just scraping the surface and providing a stripped-down version of the word.

The attempts to define leadership have been around since the start of the 20th century, when theorists started to tackle the issues surrounding leadership and management in more detail. One of the influential leadership theorists, Dr Bernard Bass, has said in the book Stodgill's Handbook of Leadership: A Survey of Theory and Research in 1981, “There are as many different definitions of leadership as there are persons who have attempted to define ...read more

Source:: Leadership 101: Definition, Traits, Styles and More

Jul 232017
 

By Martin

Why Employers Care About Your Intelligence Quotient

When it comes to hiring employees or workers, all employers agree on one thing: they should hire the best. This is why a lot of thought and planning go into designing recruitment and hiring processes, so that, at the end, they will be choosing the best and the right person for the job.

But “best”, in this case, can be highly subjective. A lot of factors go into the consideration of what constitutes the “best” person for the job or position. What is best for one company may not be the same for another company or organization.

Further, Company A may have a set of criteria or qualifications that is different from that of Company B, especially if the position they are trying to fill is highly technical or requires specific skills.

Specific skills and technical aspects aside, however, there are traits or characteristics that are looked for by employers in their potential hires. In this article, we will talk about one of them: intelligence. After all, which employer would say no to having an intelligent employee?

THE INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT

Just to set things up properly, let us go over what we know about intelligence so far. We know that it refers to our ability or capacity to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. The most common alternative phrases and words used include brain power, mental capacity, logic and reasoning, and judgment, to name a few.

If there is one way to measure human intelligence using a systematic scoring system, it would be through subjecting a person to a series of tests. The resulting numerical score obtained from that test is the intelligence quotient, more popularly known as “IQ”.

German psychologist and philosopher William Stern coined the term “intelligence quotient” to refer to a scoring method he formulated for intelligence tests conducted at the University of Wroclaw. ...read more

Source:: Why Employers Care About Your Intelligence Quotient