Apr 022020
 

By Anastasia Belyh

Data Analyst

Are you a working parent?

Do you have the ideal work-life balance?

If not, then know that you can change that.

Times come when we have to make tough choices. Choices which reflect our beliefs and preferences. Sometimes these choices cab get tricky and we may take a long time before deciding on an option.

If you are a parent and need some income, you understand this situation well.

Some parents choose to take their young children to day care as they work to pay the bills.

Others decide to stay at home and take care of their own children. They look for ways of earning without staying away from home.

Deciding these two options may not be easy given the diverse situations which we find ourselves in.

But if you really want to bring up your own children, you can.

You just have to plan in advance.

And even if you're already a stay-at-home mom or dad in need of some income, there is a way out.

BEST JOBS FOR WORKING PARENTS

Below is a list of different jobs you can consider. These are suitable for different people.

Be assured though that regardless of your personality type, there is something for you.

The common and most important thing about all these jobs is that they offer flexible schedules.

You can easily create your own schedule according to your parenting needs.

These are especially useful if you desire to develop a connection with your kids from an early age.

1. Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants are becoming more and more common as businesses seek to minimize HR costs.

Also, the freelancing business model has picked up and more freelancers are looking for contractual business.

The biggest benefit for the business is the reduction in costs associated with tax, continuous training, employment benefits and perks. For you as the parent, ...read more

Source:: 15 Best Jobs to Balance Your Career and Parenthood

Mar 272020
 

By Martin Luenendonk

Every time the shot is fired in a sprint race, the athletes find themselves in a race against time to win the elusive gold.

What if the athletes were to sprint before the gunshot was fired?

They'd be disqualified.

Timing is key to starting a race or completing it.

Recruitment is no different. It's a race among candidates to land their dream jobs or trap themselves in a low-paying position.

That's why it's important to pay attention to the career gunshot known as recruitment cycles to ensure you walk away with an appointment letter and your desired salary.

THE SEASONAL RECRUITMENT CYCLE BROKEN DOWN AND ANALYZED

During summer, relishing an alphonso mango is a seasonal delight.

However, did you know the job search in the construction and real estate industry is exceptionally high during the summer too?

Seasonal recruitment cycles play a major role in supplying employment opportunities that many recruits are unaware of.

That's why it's important to understand the various recruitment cycles to give your job hunt an edge.

Let's breakdown the various seasons and offer a detailed analysis of what to assume during various seasonal recruitment cycles.

Late Winter Cycle – January to February

A brand-new year means a fresh session of recruitment is open. Businesses are going through a new budget year and there's plenty of job success to soak into.

In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a chart to demonstrate that this period sees the most recruitment happen than any other time of the year.

The high chance for recruitment is due to candidates having a good chance of directly being interviewed by the decision-makers of the company.

The first couple of months of the new year are also an ideal time when professionals seek out greener pastures and post their resignations around this period.

Spring Cycle – March to June

After the heavy-duty months of January ...read more

Source:: Knowing About Recruitment Cycles Could Give Your Job Search an Edge

Mar 272020
 

By Martin Luenendonk

Happy workplaces are a myth.

If recent statistics released by the State of the Global Workplace are anything to go by, only 13% of respondents are happy at their workplace.

Why are work areas considered a den of despair?

How do you identify a healthy work environment?

Allow us at Cleverism to illustrate signs of a flourishing and harmonious workplace.

10 SIGNS THAT DEMONSTRATE A PRODUCTIVE AND POSITIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT

A happy workplace nurtures talent and promotes camaraderie between colleagues. It's a blissful place where top quality services and product excellence are achieved daily.

No micromanaging bosses.
No negative gossip.
Just pure productivity and team empowerment.

But can such a fantasy truly exist beyond the depths of our desires?

Of course, they do. However, a happy workplace is more than just a relaxed atmosphere for the average employee.

A positive workplace exhibits certain signs like the ones listed below.

1. A Positive Workplace Promotes Fearlessness

That's right. There's no reason to fear the wrath of your managers or feel discouraged by the harsh words of your boss.

A fear-based workplace causes employees to work without the ability to express themselves openly. No ideas are shared around and there is less chance of innovative collaboration between coworkers.

A work environment that encourages its team members to share their ideas openly and discuss matters without fear of repercussions from a senior member is truly a wonderland.

In 2018's World Economic Forum, CEOs from around the world confessed that a positive workplace is of utmost importance in the modern world. Creating the right environment for your employees to come up with creative ideas is critical in shaping business growth strategies.

IBM Studios have restructured their work studios to host collaborative areas for their employees to come up with fresh ideas and brainstorm during coffee sessions.

The president of Carnegie Mellon ...read more

Source:: 10 Signs of a Positive Workplace

Mar 272020
 

By Anastasia Belyh

Nowadays, there's a lot of talk about the intellectual capacities, but no one seems to be able to put a finger on them.

Sure, there are tests that measure your IQ and there are even tests to help determine your EQ, but intelligence itself, can't be limited to any of the traits that we usually associate it with.

In order to assert the ways of increasing our intellectual capacity, we should first agree on what intellectual capacity really means.

The very word “intellectual” comes from the Latin intellectus which means understanding.

Nowadays, psychology differentiates many different types of intelligence depending on the subject that a specific type of intelligence ought to grasp.

Howard Gardener, an American developmental psychologist pleaded for 9 types of intelligence as follows:

  1. Naturalist
  2. Musical
  3. Logical-mathematical
  4. Existential
  5. Interpersonal
  6. Bodily-kinesthetic
  7. Linguistic
  8. Intra-personal
  9. Spatial

Now, the problem with understanding is that there are no exact ways to determine whether someone understands something or not.

Not only that we can't assess whether someone understands something or not… we can't assess how much someone understands something which renders IQ tests useless… and we will see why that is so.

We usually measure intelligence (or understanding) in relation to the efficiency of solving problems. Furthermore, our problem-solving capacities are demonstrated by our behavior.

It would all be fine and dandy if our behavior was completely determined by our reason and the ability to understand. However, we are not absolutely rational beings. Au contraire!

Our behavior is determined by irrational factors as well. We're not purely cognitive beings.

Our behavior is driven by willpower. Enter conative aspects of our being: emotions, desires, urges, motivation, states, etc. All of those may impact our cognitive abilities in a positive or a negative way.

Furthermore, cognition itself is a complex issue. Understanding is not just connecting pieces of information into novel entities.

In order to form databases so as to ...read more

Source:: 10 Ways to Increase Your Intellectual Capacity

Mar 272020
 

By Anastasia Belyh

Source: zety.com/work-life/sleeping-with-the-boss

The times are changing. In the past, the workplace was a place where a great number of people worked together towards a common goal, where everybody knew their positions and their assignments, and together worked to improve and upgrade each others' knowledge and skills, in addition to contributing to upstanding reputation of the firm and its upper management and employees.

Even though nowadays the same premise still exists and is strived towards, there is an interesting occurrence that is becoming more and more prominent. That occurrence is affairs between a boss and an employee.

There are many things that are linked with an affair in the workplace, some good, but most are not so good.

In further writing of the text, you will find more about the occurrence and prevalence of workplace affairs, what are the possible advantages and disadvantages of an affair between a boss or a member of an upper management team and an employee, and what to do if you are somehow linked in such workplace affair in any way, either being involved as a direct participant of an affair or a mere observer of one.

WORKPLACE AFFAIRS AND LOVE TROUBLES

In the past, affairs or relationships between colleagues or employees who work in the same company were not popular or encouraged, due to the simple fact of the possible impact on the work and successes of the projects that it might have.

Nowadays, with the rise of more modern and forward-thinking companies, it is simply something that is not frowned upon, as long as both participants are aware that it should not have an impact on their work.

In a nutshell, the majority of employees who are approached at work, in an affair sense, are of the female gender, mostly approached by their male colleagues.

According to a research conducted by a site ...read more

Source:: Sleeping with the Boss: Affairs, Love & Sex in Numbers

Mar 272020
 

By Anastasia Belyh

Richard Branson had no formal education in business and still managed to make it into the “Billion-dollar club” not once, not twice but a staggering 8 times.

Yes! Eight of his companies are in the billion-dollar space.

While other billionaires would consider themselves lucky to strike gold once, Richard Branson proves that there isn't luck involved with his conventional and innovative industries that all point towards success.

To understand how he reaps success, let's go back a few years into Branson's past.

RICHARD BRANSON – THE MAN BEHIND SEVERAL MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR VENTURES

At the ripe age of 20, where most youngsters are dating and having the time of their lives, Richard Branson founded his company Virgin in the year 1970.

Before that, he risked everything by dropping out of school at the tender age of 16 to launch “Student magazine”.

While many middle-aged people fear to take risks, there was this young 16-year old ready to shake the world with his high risk and high stakes approach.

Branson managed to sell over 50,000 copies of “Student” during the first year.

He raked in $8,000 in advertising and his magazine was a hit among the youth.

All though he is known in the media for being the face of several successful ventures, Branson did have several failures that paved the way to his glorious future.

Here are some of his past business failures.

Mar 272020
 

By Anastasia Belyh

The term ‘Freelancer' expresses joy and freedom. After all, overseeing your own time and securing clients at your own pace is a dream job.

Statistics further support this fact that between 2014 and 2017, there's been a rise of 3 million freelancers in the United States alone.

Over 35% of the U.S. workforce consists of freelancers, who've collectively brought in a revenue stream of a mammoth $1 trillion according to a survey released by ‘Freelancing in America: 2016'.

With the increasing trend of people shifting over to a freelancing lifestyle, it begs the question – just why are freelancers a happy bunch and how do we determine the value of this happiness?

THE ADVANTAGES OF A FREELANCING LIFESTYLE

Why Freelancers are happier than traditional workers?

The ultimate battle that rages on – Employees versus Freelancers.

Which one wins as a career option?

Exactly why has there been such a boom in the freelancing space?

According to a 2015 survey, freelancers have the most important resource available to them over traditional employees – Flexibility.

The ability to manage time is the core reason many people shift to the freelancing market. Single mothers, university students, part-timers, businessmen, and just about anyone with a marketable talent tap into the freelancer's world.

Another factor that adds to the happiness of freelancers is variable contracts.

While an employee in a company gains experience from a single source – the company itself, a freelancer has a range of clients to work with simultaneously as his or her time allows.

Being tied down to a permanent cubicle versus having their own personal workspace makes freelancing a sought-after market.

Personal Group carried out a poll which demonstrated that only a meager 48% of employees were happy when working for someone while an ...read more

Source:: The Freelancing Lifestyle 5 Factors to Work on that Contribute to a Freelancer’s Happiness

Mar 262020
 

By Anastasia Belyh

Why do we get all teary-eyed when we witness a person who has nothing to live for suddenly confront their difficulties and come out of it as a successful entrepreneur?

Is it because we put ourselves in their story?

Or do we hope that we too can come out of the plight that we are stuck in?

Whatever may be the case, one thing is certain – motivational stories serve as a guiding light and provide us with a path to our own lives.

And that's why we bring you four such real and touching stories that will motivate you on your own successful journey.

MOTIVATIONAL STORIES AND HOW IT CAN BRING US BACK FROM THE DEAD

Motivation can't be seen. Motivation can't be heard. And motivation certainly can't be touched.

Yet motivation is something human beings desire to shield them from the burden of their daily obstacles.

Going broke or being born into poverty isn't something we can control.

But getting out of our bad situation is certainly under our control.

When we realize that there are survivors among us that have not only gone through dark days but have also become famous beacons of light for the masses, it truly makes us wonder – What their story is and how do we emulate them?

WHY BOTHER WITH MOTIVATION?

Imagine working with someone who has no passion to work. You watch him come to his desk every day and leave with no ounce of emotion.

Do you think that person is happy?

Absolutely not.

There is no inspiration behind his work. He is like a worker bee that goes out to gather honey and returns before daybreak to the hive.

An unfulfilling life is what it is.

Without motivation, a person has no soul behind the work he does. He is a slave to the job and the job is his prison.

A ...read more

Source:: Totally Broke to Millionaire – Real Life Motivating Stories to Rejuvenate Your Success

Mar 252020
 

By Anastasia Belyh

The modern salesman needs to constantly reevaluate his or her tricks to ensure they win over their clients. Old school enthusiasm is of the past. Gone are the days where persuasive gimmicks landed the deal.

The current era is customer oriented.

Let's find out just how professional salesmen woo their patrons in today's marketing labyrinth.

MASTERING THE 3 CORE FUNDAMENTALS OF SALES

Your first thought at the term “Fundamentals of Sales” is — Confusion? You ask yourself – Is there an official code of ethics that you somehow missed during your sales 101 class?

We don't mean to pull out official guidelines and say you missed the basics of salesmanship, but these fundamentals are necessary to ensure you remain an effective salesperson.

It doesn't matter if you're a professional salesman returning for a refresher course or a trainee breaking into their first deal.

The 3 fundamentals are a critical aspect and will strengthen your overall sales training.

1. Handling Rejection

Does the following scenario feel familiar to you?

You nervously pick up your phone on your first work day and begin dialing the number allotted to you on your sales sheet. The phone rings and there's a voice on the other end.

You start to feverishly sweat and recollect the sales pitch that you promised you'd never forget this morning.

Now there's an awkward silence with a few words uttered that make no meaningful sense.

Time's up! The customer angrily slams the phone while hurling an abusive phrase or two for interrupting his valuable time. Before you know it, your hopes of closing your first sale remains a distant dream.

But fret not. That's how a sales call usually turns out for novice salesmen during their first few weeks. Unfortunately, the rejection by your customer has caused an involuntary mechanism to trip in your brain.

And it's called ...read more

Source:: 4 Effective Strategies for the Novice Salesman to Close a Deal

Mar 242020
 

By Anastasia Belyh

Source: CNBC

Picture the following two situations.

You have been through a series of interviews at a great company, you love the prospect of working for the company, and it looks like you will get the job offer.

During the final interview, the interviewer informs you that they are ready to offer you the job, but you realize that the salary they are offering is lower than you expected.

You ask the interviewer if the company has any flexibility on the salary, but she answers with “There is more to this job than the money. Does this mean you won't take the job if we don't increase the pay?”

You have been in your current job for four years, and you love the work you do.

However, a recruiter has been reaching out to you, insisting that you are not making us much as you should be.

You love your job and don't fancy the idea of quitting, but you would like to be compensated fairly for your work.

Unfortunately, budgets are tight, and you don't know how your boss will react when you ask for a pay raise. What do you do?

If you have been in such situations, you know how difficult negotiating for your salary can be.

Since your boss is unlikely to immediately give in to your request for better compensation, these negotiations are even harder for people who hate conflicts, because the negotiation might seem like you are putting yourself in conflict with your boss.

According to a survey conducted by Salary.com, only 37% of people negotiate their starting salaries every time.

The study also found out that an astonishing 18% of people have never negotiated their first salary.

According to the study, 44% of respondents have also never broached the subject of getting a pay increase with their bosses during ...read more

Source:: How to Be an Ace Salary Negotiator (Even if You Hate Conflict)