Apr 142018
 

By Anastasia

WHAT IS АNGЕR?

Pѕусhоlоgiѕt T.W. Smith says аngеr iѕ “аn unрlеаѕаnt еmоtiоn rаnging in intеnѕitу from irritаtiоn оr аnnоуаnсе tо fury оr rаgе.” Whiсh supports Mеrriаm Wеbѕtеr'ѕ dеfinitiоn оf Angеr as “а ѕtrоng fееling оf diѕрlеаѕurе аnd uѕuаllу оf аntаgоniѕm.”

We all knоw whаt аngеr iѕ, and wе'vе аll felt it: whеthеr аѕ a flееting аnnоуаnсе or as full-flеdgеd rage.

Anger iѕ a completely nоrmаl and hеаlthу human еmоtiоn.

But whеn it gets оut оf соntrоl and turnѕ dеѕtruсtivе, it can lead tо problems – at wоrk, in уоur реrѕоnаl rеlаtiоnѕhiрѕ, and in thе оvеrаll quаlitу of your lifе.

It also makes уоu feel аѕ thоugh уоu'rе аt the mеrсу оf аn unрrеdiсtаblе аnd powerful еmоtiоn.

Thiѕ article is mеаnt tо hеlр уоu undеrѕtаnd and соntrоl аngеr.

Anger iѕ “аn еmоtiоnаl ѕtаtе that varies in intеnѕitу from mild irritation tо furу аnd rаgе,” ассоrding tо Chаrlеѕ Sрiеlbеrgеr, PhD, a рѕусhоlоgiѕt whо specializes in the study of аngеr.

Like other еmоtiоnѕ, it iѕ ассоmраniеd bу рhуѕiоlоgiсаl аnd biоlоgiсаl сhаngеѕ; whеn you gеt аngrу, your hеаrt rаtе and blооd рrеѕѕurе go uр, аѕ dо the levels оf уоur energy, hоrmоnеѕ, cortisols and аdrеnаlinе.

Anger саn be caused bу both еxtеrnаl аnd internal еvеntѕ.

Yоu соuld be angry at a specific реrѕоn (such as a соwоrkеr оr supervisor) оr an event (a trаffiс jаm, a саnсеlеd flight), оr аngеr соuld bе caused by worrying оr brооding аbоut your реrѕоnаl рrоblеmѕ. Mеmоriеѕ оf trаumаtiс оr enraging еvеntѕ саn also triggеr аngrу feelings.

Thе results, frоm a ѕurvеу conducted in thе U.K. by thе Mеntаl Health Foundation, suggests thаt many of us will encounter situations at wоrk whеrе еmоtiоnѕ run high, аnd саn ѕрill оvеr into anger.

In order to find out mоrе аbоut оur аttitudеѕ ...read more

Source:: How tо Соntrоl Аngеr: Seven Quiсk Tiрѕ That Actually Work Quickly

Apr 132018
 

By Anastasia

Are you ready to request for a salary increase?

It might well be that you are due one – in the UK, the national salary surveys from the CIPD reveal how only 58% of public sector companies gave annual pay rises to employees in 2016 when before the financial crisis the figure stood at 73%.

Since purse strings have been tightened in many organizations across the globe, you need to know how and when to seek a raise. In this guide, you'll receive four of the most important salary increase tips to arm yourself with.

These will reveal:

  • How having a realistic sum in mind can help your request succeed.
  • How you need to build a strong case of added value before you pop the question.
  • Why timing your request right can make or break your chances of a raise.
  • How preparing for the answer will help you to prepare and stay calm.

So, keep reading to guarantee you are in for a pay rise this year.

#1: HAVE A SUM IN MIND AND MAKE SURE IT'S REALISTIC

The most important thing about asking for a raise is to be specific about what you want. You can't just walk to your boss and go “I'd want a raise”.

Your boss might well answer to you by asking “How much?” and if you don't know what to respond to this, you might not end up with a raise you wanted or deserved.

The secret to any negotiation – and that what salary discussions are – is to know what your desired outcome is.

If you don't have objectives, it won't be easy to have a positive outcome. You won't really even know what a positive outcome looks like.

Therefore, before you pop the big question, you need to have an idea what your ideal raise would look like. You need to ...read more

Source:: Four Tips on How – and When – to Request for a Salary Increase

Apr 082018
 

By Martin

Do you have a company in mind you would love to join? It might be that you know the kind of organizations you'd love to work for but there's a problem: they aren't hiring.

But just because a company isn't openly looking to fill a position does it mean they wouldn't be interested if the right talent comes along.

It never hurts to try if you want your favorite career. For these occasions, you want to send a letter of interest to the company to test the ice. In the following sections, you'll learn:

  • What a letter of interest is
  • How it differs from a cover letter
  • When and how you should use it
  • Who should receive your letter of interest
  • What your letter should include
  • How to make sure your letter gets read

There will also be a template for formatting your letter and two examples for inspiration.

WHAT'S A LETTER OF INTEREST?

You'd use a letter of interest when you want to work in a specific company or in a specific role but you're not sure about the job opportunities available. This letter is also known as an introduction or inquiry letter because of its querying nature. It's to showcase your interest and to find out about opportunities. You might have a desire to work with a specific corporation and you just want to try the ice to see if opportunities are there.

In the letter, you will outline your interest in the company as well as a specific position with the company, looking for more information about the opportunities available. It's about checking whether employment options are out there.

You will also use it to make an introduction. You will always include a basic rundown of your qualifications and accomplishments. The purpose is to sell yourself to the company and help them understand why having you on ...read more

Source:: Letter of Interest Examples and Format [+Introduction Letters, and Inquiry Letter Samples]

Apr 072018
 

By Martin

Whenever you're faced with a situation where you're in a room with random people, you can feel a little cautious. Meeting and training sessions can be awkward. Even when you've spent a lot of time working in a team, you might realize you don't really know the people around you that well.

For these moments, ice breaker games and teambuilding exercises can be a great way to kick-start things. While there are plenty of bad games out there, the following ten are sure to break the ice and help the team become better at communicating with each other.

1. FIND THE COMMONALITY

The game is a perfect team bonding game.

Setting up

You'll need a group of people divided into pairs or larger groups of three to five, depending on the group size. You can play this game in any office setting.

The game will take around 10 to 15 minutes to finish.

The premise

The groups or pairs will have to take a few minutes trying to find one thing they have in common. This could be a thing they have or something they like doing. You can even make it about statements they both agree with.

However, it can't be something obvious such as that they both have a nose or they all work for the same company.

You also don't want it to be something broad, such as that they both love to eat. Better commonalities would be things like “We both liked Band X in High School” or “We both made our first travel abroad at the age of 20”.

Once you've given everyone a few minutes to think and everyone has found the commonality, each pair or group can then share it with the rest of the group.

Why it's good?

The game is a great team building exercise because it focuses on finding something common rather than ...read more

Source:: Top 10 Ice Breaker Activities for Meetings, Training, and Team Building Sessions

Apr 052018
 

By Anastasia

You've done your studies and you're out there looking for a job. You might spend months trying to find one and the job offers just don't seem to come. It's common to start feeling the panic kick in. Why can't you just find a job?

The employment rate for recent graduates has declined. According to the latest figures by the European Union, the region is still suffering from the financial crisis of 2008 and the young people are feeling the heat the worst. The situation isn't much different elsewhere in the developed world.

But, surely, you can do something to find job? Here's some expert advice on how to get your career started.

UNDERSTAND YOUR OPTIONS

Before you sink into the mindset that finding a job is the only option you have right now, you need to take a breather.

Your graduation doesn't automatically need to result in employment and even if you go down that route, you still have different options in terms of the kind of employment you seek.

Therefore, you need to stay calm and understand what paths are available and which might be the best for you.

The four paths to follow after graduation

So, take a moment and think about your options before you jump on the job hunt bandwagon. You have four major routes to follow as a recent graduate. The first two are options that don't involve getting a job. You could:

Pursue post-graduate studies.

Take a year off.

  • A degree doesn't automatically mean your days in the world of education are over. In today's job market, higher education can be a positive and you might want to consider seeking further education to get on the academic career ladder. You could opt for post-graduate studies and improve your chances of landing that perfect job with better ...read more

    Source:: “Why can’t I find a job?” What should new graduates do when they can’t find the jobs they’ve dreamed of?

    Apr 022018
     

    By Anastasia

    Consider you are facing a new task? It could be finding a new team member or delivering a new project. What would your priority be? To achieve the results as efficiently as possible, with the focus on the tasks or would you start organizing things based on your team and their strengths and interests?

    Your answer to the question can tell quite a bit about your management style and approach to solving managerial problems. Leadership theories come in many shapes and sizes, but the Managerial Grid model is one popular model that is built around the two themes suggested in the question: task-orientation and people-focused approach.

    MANAGERIAL GRID MODEL IN A NUTSHELL

    The Managerial Grid Model came about during a prominent time in leadership studies. In fact, the model is the culmination of findings in other leadership studies and an attempt to identify the different ways you can lead. The Grid's original developers are management theoreticians Robert R. Blake and Jane S. Mouton and they created the model during the 1960s.

    The model was a product of their findings at Exxon, where they worked to improve the effectiveness of leaders. When they studied and observed the leaders, they found their management behavior to work on axes and moving along a continuum. Some had concern for the production and others for people. In 1964, Blake and Mouton published their finding in the first edition of The Managerial Grid.

    So, what is the Managerial Grid Model? It's simply a tool or a framework for understanding your leadership style. It helps to examine your answer to the most topical dilemma of managers: Should you focus on the tasks or the people? If you have a managerial task ahead of you, you'll need to first think what your priority is. Are you thinking about the ...read more

    Source:: Managerial Grid Model – The Essential Guide

    Apr 012018
     

    By Martin

    What are great entrepreneurs made of? If you've ever thought about becoming an entrepreneur, then you need to possess and develop few characteristics.

    Below are ten traits and qualities successful entrepreneurs have, and tips on how you can get those too.

    #1. UNENDING PASSION

    “Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand and the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.” – Henry Ford

    It might seem like a cliché but being an entrepreneur isn't just a smooth ride to success. If you want to succeed and to be happy in life, you need to do things that make you smile and not cry. Every good entrepreneur has a tremendous passion for what they are doing – for changing the world with their products and services.

    It might sound crazy but passion is the reason entrepreneurs get up in the morning. It provides people with motivation, movement and resilience. You won't be stuck in the rut if you have passion – you won't be fazed by problems.

    If you have the drive to keep going, you'll keep moving forwards and you'll be more creative in finding solutions. Passion also means you stay hungry as an entrepreneur because it ensures you don't settle.

    Your passion to succeed and to create a great product or service means you'll continue to learn and seek answers – ensuring you improve as an entrepreneur in the process.

    How to find your passion?

    Start by creating a simple list of things you love. What things give you the most joy in life? What are the actions, the people, the emotions and the things you enjoy the most?

    Don't think what you think you want to do but what you actually enjoy doing. If money and fame were out of the ...read more

    Source:: 10 Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

    Mar 312018
     

    By Martin

    You've found your ideal job and you start thinking about the job application. What are the most important things to include? A resume is surely the key but what about the cover letter? Do you always need to send a cover letter?

    Let's examine the arguments for and against sending a cover letter, examine the benefits of a cover letter, consider the times when you probably don't need to send one and the steps to writing the perfect cover letter.

    COVER LETTERS ARE NOT QUITE AS RELEVANT ANY LONGER

    Let's start with the arguments against sending a cover letter with your job application. The truth is the world of job applications has changed a lot in recent years. As job applications have moved online, the cover letter has lost some of its power.

    In the old days, you would send your job application by post. The cover letter made sense because it would explain to the hiring manager what your application is about and give an insight into you as a candidate. Nowadays, the application is mostly done online through a specific system.

    This means you don't have to explain your application's purpose in the same way – the hiring manager knows what the information is about.

    Furthermore, the digitalization of job applications has introduced the applicant tracking system (ATS). This algorithm checks your resume first and scans it for certain keywords the employer is looking for. Due to formatting, it tends to focus on the resume first. If your resume is not a match, then your cover letter won't ever be picked because your application is automatically rejected.

    For cover letters, this all means they aren't as relevant any longer. The emphasis has moved to resumes and other elements of the job application – such as questionnaires some employers use ...read more

    Source:: Should You Always Send a Cover Letter?

    Mar 302018
     

    By Martin

    Being asked to attend a job interview is a wonderful feeling. You've worked so hard on your job application that being able to present your case in person is a small victory.

    But aside from sorting out your job interview outfit and preparing for the common questions, you need to bring a few things with you. The items will ensure your interview goes smoothly and they enhance your professional look. In this guide, we'll introduce you to 11 of these things.

    However, there are also things you don't ever want to have with you when you enter the interview. The guide will also feature five things you definitely want to leave behind.

    WHAT TO BRING TO A JOB INTERVIEW?

    Let's start with the things you want to bring to a job interview. There are actually two categories of things to bring to the job interview.

    The first group is things you need to look professional and to be fully prepared for anything that might happen at the interview. These seven things will help your interview go as smoothly as possible.

    1. A folder and/or briefcase

    As you'll see on this list, you can't show up to your job interview empty-handed. In order to keep the next items on the list organized, you should have a small briefcase and a folder with you. The folder can be used for keeping your documents in order and it ensures they aren't folded. If you get a folder with separate sections, you can also find your desired document easily during the interview.

    A briefcase is a good professional touch and allows you to store all of your things. A small leather case can be the best – it looks timeless, goes with all sorts of interview looks and will have enough space ...read more

    Source:: 11 Things You Should Always Bring to a Job Interview – and 5 Things You Should Leave Behind

    Mar 252018
     

    By Anastasia

    Finding a new job in a different company can be a joyful experience but you must deal with the current issue at hand — putting out your two weeks' notice and notifying your boss. The most hardcore of professionals can have sleepless nights just thinking about what to inform their boss and how they might handle the news.

    At the core of it, it's important not to hurt any feelings on your way out and to keep a favorable understanding with your peers. After all, you've worked for a longtime and built your trust over the years. There are a few options to consider ensuring you leave your office on a good note without burning down any bridges.

    MAKE UP YOUR MIND ABOUT QUITTING BEFORE YOU EXECUTE THE PLAN

    Ensure you're completely positive about quitting the company

    Have you made up your mind or is this just a bad phase that may run its course?

    Take your time and analyze the situation and think of your future career prospects. Leaving a job isn't as simple as it sounds, there's no way back once you are out the door. If you've managed to step on the toes of your seniors or you are unable to handle the responsibilities handed down to you, come clean about it to your boss.

    If there is an ugly altercation between you and a fellow colleague, it's time to face them and solve your outstanding issues. You could also notify your boss and request for a change in the department.

    If you're a valuable employee to the company, your boss will surely set process your transfer and this should solve your ongoing crisis without having to resign.

    Consider Sorting Outstanding Issues Before You Make Your Exit Move

    Talking one-on-one with your boss about what's bothering you can sort out the issues ...read more

    Source:: Everything You Need to Know About Putting in Two Weeks’ Notice