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July 10 2015

Careers for the Future

As the world evolves, so does the demand for jobs. There may be departments and workloads the world now doesn’t have. What would be the classified ads look like in the near future? In five years? Perhaps 10 more years? 

What does it concern you if there will be new jobs? 

Westhill Consulting and Employment thinks it is important to structure your career now so that when the time comes for your work to be in demand, you will on the top of the game. In recent reviews, here are the top careers predicted to have a big impact in the future: 

1.            Healthcare 

According to recent Labor Department data, an aging population will put healthcare workers such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, home health aides, and pharmacists in more demand. 

Developing nations will need more and more health workers as the world begins to turn its back to a healthier lifestyle. 

Less-skilled and lower paid workers such as aides may require as little as a certification course, depending upon the state they are living and working in, while doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and pharmacists require specialized schooling after graduating from college. 

2.            Information Technology 

This may be one of the obvious fields to boom in the near future. Think of all the technology we didn’t have just a few decades ago. Computers, internet, smartphones have changed business and communication. As technology slowly becomes more developed, IT professionals such as programmers and security specialist are in high demand. 

Those in this kind of field are enjoying analytical skills but should also be creative problem solvers. Asia is currently considered as home of IT specialists with promising practitioners from India, Jakarta, Indonesia and Singapore. 

3.            Alternative Energy 

         

People are currently realizing the problems we are facing in the environment. With warnings on natural hazards, calamities and disasters, people have become more conscious of energy utilization and will continue to do so. In response, alternative energy is being sought after as solution to the worsening uneven global climate. 

Don't say good-bye to oil and gas quite yet, but alternative energies such as wind power, hydrogen power, geothermal power, and solar power will create dozens of new careers, from mechanics and plant managers to scientists, engineers, and even sales and marketing professionals, as these energies become more mainstream. 

4.            Ethical Hacker 

Is it possible for a hacker to be ethical? It turns out that many companies hire these experts to purposefully hack systems in order to pinpoint problems in security measures before their less-ethical counterparts get the chance. You can even become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), a professional who’s tasked with network policy creation, intrusion detection and virus creation.

July 07 2015

Finding Experience Even When You Are Inexperienced

Many new graduates are scratching their heads when they are told in an interview that they are not qualified due to inexperience. Since they are fresh grads, it should be understandable if they have no experience, right? They need experience to work but cannot work without experience. Now, how can we solve this?

Westhill Consulting and Employment states that it would still be possible to find experience when you are inexperienced.

1. OJT

One of the best sources of experience is to get a job internship in the industry you are interested to work in. There are companies which offer on-the-job for incoming graduating students during summers. You will probably start getting coffees or run errand but you shouldn’t have any complaints. While it would probably be a long way to reach CEO, almost everyone experiences this kind of phase. Besides, you can still learn by observing

2. Volunteer

To those who hadn’t had a chance to get to an internship programme while still in college

(Yes, there are colleges who do not have internship on their curriculum, take for example those in Jakarta, Indonesia), you can start off by volunteering to your field. Many nurses, in order to get enough experiences undergo volunteer programs in hospitals and clinics for some months before finally finding a salary-paying job.

3. Setting up your own business

You could provide advice, sell products online or chase advertising revenue. Even if you don’t make much money, you’ll develop great networks and an attractive CV.

4. Try casual jobs

Any job can help you so don’t be too proud. You can apply as one of staff crew in McDonalds for a few months. This way, you can toughen some skills you have. In terms of communication, you can talk to the customers and engage them. If you are finding experience for accounting, you can count and take data of the profit you have gotten for that day. If you are a graduate of Marketing, you can find ways on how they can gain more customers. These casual jobs are a den of many other jobs

5. Extra-Curricular Activities

Getting involved in groups and societies will enrich your CV but also open doors. For example, joining the wine society at university could give you access to professionals in viticulture and provide you with good references and reviews; sales and numerous other fields.

 

June 24 2015

How to Manage Your Time

Many of us are not able to push our productivity efforts to the limit. We know we still have something to show and give in terms of our work but time always seems to run so fast. At the end of the day, we are left with a lot more on our plate than what we have hoped for.

Westhill Consulting & Employment, a well-established online source for the best and the most suitable career tips have this list of pointers on how you can manage your time wisely:

1. Know Your Priorities

You should know which ones are your top priority and the most important thing to finish first considering the given time frame of your task. If something looks like it will take less than two minutes – get it done straight away. But do not allow the smaller issues to delay working out the big problems, which will only get bigger while you spend time sorting out the smaller ones.

2. Plan Productively

Use the most productive time of the day to your advantage. In a survey conducted to one of our partner companies in Jakarta, Indonesia, many employees consider the morning right after they arrived as the best time to work but there are also some people who would need to organize their thoughts first before they can dig in. Concentration level can change on the different times of the day. Decide when you feel most productive and use this time to tackle the big tasks.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Delegate

It is not possible to do everything on your own. That is why there are different members of people in your team. You shouldn’t be thinking of their complaints especially if you are in the position to give them their designated task. First decide if a set task can only be achieved by you; if not, transfer it to someone who is equally capable.

4. Keep Notes

Notes can keep you organize. At the end of your day, you can list the things you need to do the next day so as not to forget anything. The next day, you can just review it and follow the written outline. It would also be advantageous on unexpected leaves. The note that you have written can inform your colleagues in case they would have to do your pending tasks.

5. Find Time For yourself

Even the most organized worker can find their train of thought interrupted by well-meaning colleagues. If you are being bombarded with calls, e-mails and questions, make it clear to your colleagues that you are going to step out and deal with your own material before you can become distracted. This is perfectly OK and many companies have formal leave to grant “Me Time” to employees.

April 27 2015

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.

· Never 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.

April 22 2015

Get Ahead

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. 

2. 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. 

3. 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. 

4. 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. 

5. 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.

April 10 2015

Stand Out, Never Stand Down

 

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.

 

April 01 2015

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.      
2. 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.    
3. 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. 

March 27 2015

Introverts: Why They Shouldn’t Be Underestimated

 

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.

 

2. 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.

 

3. 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.

 

                                                                                      

 

 

March 18 2015

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.

You might also like other articles on or Blog page. We have lots of other articles in helping you in your professional life.

January 30 2015

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. 

December 18 2014

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.

 

 

 

 

December 11 2014

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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.

A 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.

For more career tips just visit - Westhill Consulting Career and Employment Asia, Hong Kong, Jakarta Review.

December 03 2014

Increase Your Career Confidence

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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. To learn more how to increase your career confidences just visit Westhill Consulting Career and Employment Asia, Hong Kong, Jakarta Review.

December 01 2014

Handle Your Energy Better and Avoid Burnout

Take a break. Your work will be better for it and you will be more productive.

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Here's the simple truth: Your habits disturb your health, and your health influences how you work and how you live. When you're going 24/7, it's unavoidable that you will hit a wall at some instant. This wall could display as a lingering health issue, loss of energy, or just a gradual disconnection from work and will certainly lead to many complaints in life in general. 

If you don't replenish, your stamina, mental capacity, creativity, and focus will be affected. 

Having worked with countless top athletes and executives on the verge of burnout, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, in their article "The Making of a Corporate Athlete," in Harvard Business Review's "Bringing Your Whole Self to Work," put forth their recipe for energy management and high performance: Establishing rituals that energize you physically, promote mental focus, emotional connection, and spiritual alignment. 

A minor but powerful carryout is the advantage of just taking a break.

After 90-120 minutes, our mental and creative capacities naturally begin to decrease. To remain trudging away on something yonder that point interprets into more errors and lower overall work quality. So even if it's 5-10 minutes -- just take a break. 

And how about food, the connection between food and mood is genuine and can modify your energy, focus, and attitude. Yes, it's that enormous. If you need some mental clarity, fresh berries such as blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries upturn attentiveness and increase energy. Why, for the reason that they are packed with polyphenols that support brain cell communication. 

Furthermore great are plant foods that contain folate, and vitamins E and K, such as spinach. Spinach's antioxidants can improve motor skills memory as well. One more great source of folate is avocado and don't fear the fat -- its good fat! 

Better yet, toss all of the above into a blender and make your own power smoothie. Actual, maintainable alteration occurs over time. Begin small and see what come about.

November 27 2014

Habits to Sleep Your Direction to the Top

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Take Power Naps: Our hunting-and-gathering tradition may have prepped us for these days’ power naps. Research demonstrates that 20 minutes of sleep in the middle of our workday -- about eight hours after rising --is in fact more replenishing compare to 20 minutes more in the morning. Lengthier naps, those of an hour's value, put you into deeper sleep, which may disturb your night's sleep or allow you to become groggy. Contrariwise, this quantity and depth of sleep is more restorative -- increasing your cognitive functioning significantly.

 

Meditation: If you can't catch a good spot in the office to nap, or feel uncomfortable, meditation might help. Close your eyes. Breathe deep. Simple mindfulness can decrease stress, revive energy, and increase focus.

 

No Coffee by 3 p.m.: That denotes Red Bull, as well. Likewise re-consider those sugary or carb-heavy snacks. Substances like nicotine, alcohol, decongestants and pain relievers also damagingly disturb sleep.

 

Paying Off Your Sleep Debt: Over-sleeping is not the answer, over-sleeping on weekends to make up in general doesn't do the trick. Sleep deficiency is accumulative. Twelve hours on Saturday can't recompense for the limited five hours you get each work night.

 

Sleeping With the Enemy: Warning! Research demonstrates that sleeping with your smartphone, as some 75% of Millennials confess to performing, disturbs your sleep. Even checking your devices near bedtime has a negative  outcome on the length and value of sleep.

 

Check into a Sleep Lab: An increasing quantity of sleep labs and specialists are available to help counting the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic at the University of California Berkeley. These scientists are the ones who learned the link concerning weight gain and lack of sleep.

 

Become a Sleep Evangelist. Let's all pledge to the need of a good night's sleep. Let's share our fully-awake-and-refreshed mantra with others in the workplace. Challenge and review our company executives, managers, and human resource professionals to create policies, particularly for after-work technology usage, that support the New Sleep.

 

November 19 2014

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Here are the reasons why you are tired all the time

According to New York clinical psychologist Michele Berdy, whose clientele includes many in their 50s and 60s "Exhaustion is the expression not just of a lack of sleep, but a much more profound underlying response to the conditions in which we live."

Westhill Consulting & Employment is based in Australia, 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, will share you these reasons why you always feel tired at work all the time.

Running At Full Tilt

Economics and technology enhance the exhaustion cocktail. Whereas one's 50s and 60s were supposedly a time to slow down since they are heading toward retirement, today's boomers are usually still in high gear working and achieving, on occasion playing catch-up to replenish retirement funds after being laid off or taking a financial hit.

This feeling of having to defeat the clock, so to speak, has trained them to a 24/7 work life. "It's not unusual for people to feel like they have to be available to work at all times through smartphones, texting and email," says Berdy. "That creates a sense that work is not bounded, which means leisure is always poor. There is never a sense of fully being on your own time."

Warning! Numerous boomers who came of age with a profound sense of idealism and possibilities see today's world - with its economic realities, unwelcoming job market and even global terrorism - and answer back by feeling tired, an existential tiredness.

Compounding that are concerns regarding their children's futures in a slow economy, which causes more worry.

"It's a step away from despair," says Berdy. "On the one hand, being fully awake in one's life is desirable, but the reality of how most of us live our lives is far afield from that."

Seek Passion to Lessen Fatigue

According to research from the National Institute on Aging in Washington, D.C., retirement after decades of being in the workforce can also be accompanied by anxiety, a low-level depression and even a sense of boredom, all of which can be expressed as fatigue.

A fresh retiree whose high-intensity career extend over four decades may wake up to long days with very slight things to do. The best cure for that form of tiredness is volunteer work or uncovering a passion or pastime that restores a sensation of creativity and productivity. Review things that you may be able to do.

Given that, tenacious tiredness is sometimes a result from sleeplessness and insomnia, which is furthermore more usual as people get older. According to Dr. Michael Irwin, a psychiatry professor and director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, some people have frenetic workdays and go to bed with a high level of arousal. They can't maintain sleep.

But a mild, non-restorative sleep can worsen daytime sleepiness and furthermore take a grave toll on health. In his fresh study published in the September issue of the journal Sleep, Irwin and his team of researchers documented for the first time the advantages of handling insomnia to decrease levels of inflammation-causing C-reactive protein (CRP), an indicator for disease in older people. The research moreover documented cognitive behavioral therapy as the most successful treatment for insomnia.

Whether your tiredness is the cause of non-restorative sleep or life's stressors, the following antidotes recommended by the National Institute on Aging may help lessen persistent tiredness:

  • Keep an 'exhaustion diary' so you can pinpoint certain times of the day or situations that make you feel more tired.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid long naps during the day that leave you groggy and make it harder to fall asleep at night.
  • Stop smoking, which can lead to diseases that zap energy.
  • If you feel swamped and overwhelmed, ask for help. Working with others collaboratively can make tasks easier and diminish a feeling of tiredness.

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November 13 2014

Habits to be a better mentor

Mentoring modifies lives. Studies demonstrate it can lead to better school attendance and lessened depression. It as well increases graduation rates (by 4 percentage points) and income — by up to $5,600 to $22,000 in higher yearly salaries matched to those who lack a mentor.

Look at Yan Bai, who arrived to the U.S. from China just five years ago. She says that, without her mentoring program at New York’s Baruch College, the first free public institution of higher education in the U.S., “I’d still be looking for a job.” As it stands, she has multiple job and internship offers. 

At a time when we all desire to have an impression, whether on our own children or others, helping as a mentor can profit a lifetime of returns. 

Through the nation and across companies, programs and platforms occur, letting you to influence one or many: 

Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia: 3 Ways to be a better mentor 

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Company-sponsored programs. Many companies work internal networking and educational programs that transport in speakers on everything from career choices to new job skills necessary in technology and other developing fields. 

Over and over again, these speakers are the executives from the firm. The programs are frequently developed to lessen employee turnover, build candidate pipelines, and /or make a more varied workforce. Specialized networks exist in numerous companies to support particular audiences, like women. 

One-on-one mentorship. You don’t have to partake in a company sponsored program to mentor one or even many. Think about a professional association’s potential programs, a local nonprofit, or even your specific network of friends and relatives. 

Remarkably, studies demonstrate that women have a tougher time finding a mentor. A LinkedIn survey discovered that while 82% of women say having a mentor is significant, only one in five in fact had one. 

On the other hand, several in the financial industry really aspire to mentor others. And the impact can be deep. 

Social Mentoring via LinkedIn. Lastly, for the millions of people and the 300,000+ financial professionals on LinkedIn, there’s the chance to bid help by joining student groups as well. 

Replying to a question or posting a comment is a technique to mentor many. Consider it as delivering top-tier advice to those who can’t afford it. But be wary of scams on the internet since you might be talking to a fraud.

November 06 2014

Circumstances Your Personal Brand Could Be Damaging Your Career

Review yourself. Are most of your co-workers has complaints against you? If you’re not certain which employee you’re more like, think through these three circumstances your personal brand could be harming your career. Information gathered by Westhill Consulting Career & Employment, world's largest free online jobs website which is funded by UK government however headquartered in Australia until it expanded and now almost every country is being served by the company, such as Jakarta Indonesia in SE Asia, Toronto in Canada, New York in the US and many more. Westhill Consulting Career and Employment

You Have an Excessively Wild and Crazy or Unfavorable Online Image

“Nearly 80 percent of employers Google an applicant's name at the start of the evaluation process,” says Mary Rigali, director of career services at Post University. What they discover when they do this search can conclude if you get the job or not.

Social media profiles that show or deliberate drug use or drinking, make orientations to other unsuitable matter, or even consist of recurrent errors can all ban you before you even reach the interview phase. Rigali furthermore warnings that undesirable comments about prior employers or educational institutions can be a huge turnoff to possible employers.

Rigali says she advises her students to look over their social media presences, keeping in mind that any negative information will appear to potential employers without context and may be interpreted as a lack of professionalism. “While I always recommend turning on any available privacy, it is imperative for job seekers to clean up both their public and private profiles. After all, you never know who may be looking.”

Your Relations with Professional Contacts Are Impolite or Absurd

As significant as your online appearance is, your behavior when you’re interrelating with professional contacts in your industry may be even more so. Through Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, your writings and retweets can rapidly return you a status as being humorous and outgoing, a hot-headed bully, or an unyielding whiner, amongst others. If you’re cuddling the wall at meetings, no one will recall you. If you make a squelch saying dirty jokes or with boundless witty cracks regarding your old job then you’ll be unforgettable but not in a upright way and you may look like a fraud in the future.

Tim Halberg found this out the hard way. The Napa, California-area wedding photographer says he started calling out some leaders in his industry when he didn’t agree with them or when they made mistakes. Rather than showcasing his own innovative ideas and expertise, pointing out others’ flaws earned Halberg “more enemies than supporters.”

“I basically stopped using Twitter because I found myself only getting involved in conversations where I was calling people out,” he says. When Halberg recognized his behavior was limiting his brand and his business, he put a stop to the negativity.

You’re Appearance

Unfortunately, society critics people by their appearances. It doesn’t count how fit you are for that promotion, if the boss has to doubt if you’ll dress suitably at that conference next month when she’s not present, you won’t step to the next level.

Everybody should appear fresh, clean, and well-rested at their job at all times. It’s also important to invest in well-fitting professional clothing and tasteful accessories, including shoes that “aren’t used for hiking,” says Ron Hequet, entrepreneur and career author. Pay attention to your personal grooming, as well. That comprises facial hair for men, makeup for women, and hair and nails for both sexes.

October 28 2014

The 15-Minute-a-Day Practice That Can Improve Your Career

It’s the period to begin a writing habit if you’re intrigued in a stress-free technique to get better at your job performance and improve your career. A study from Harvard Business School confirmed whether taking 15 minutes at the end of a work day to ponder on that day’s work enhanced their performance and discovered the participants tasked with everyday written deliberation did 22.8 percent improved on an assessment compared to the control group. 

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But wouldn’t internal reflection by itself be sufficient to boost performance? “My speculation would be that writing things down would be more beneficial as the act of writing imposes a discipline on us to stay focused,” says paper co-author Brad Staats, an associate professor of operations at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. 

Reflection forced people to process their days, find patterns and link actions. Some people might think the experiment focused on the successes of the day, but Staats says the parameters of the experiment when explained to the journaling employees didn’t specify giving the reflections a positive or negative slant. 

“What we wanted was for them to reflect more on whatever they thought was most important from the day,” Staats explains. “The positive/negative point is a great question, but not one we looked at here. In other research, Francesca and I have explored how individuals struggle to learn from failure, but when they accept internal responsibility for their actions then they learn from failure.” 

One notion of the reason of the writing habit helps is that contemplations streaming within your mind about your day unexpectedly developed important and thoughtful catalysts for alteration by thinking them over, and review and writing them down. “Reflection on experience and learning facilitates deep processing, which allows you to retain information for a long time — as opposed to simply cramming it in your brain and promptly forgetting it after the test,” says career coach George A. Boyd. 

Even though taking a fraction of time out of the work day, basically working less than the control group, the fresh spreading of energy concerning reflection deeply impacted performance. Even Staats was astonished by how much of a change the application made. 

“I thought reflection might help a bit, but I didn’t expect it to make such a meaningful impact on performance,” Staats said. “These people weren’t spending extra time at work — they were spending 15 minutes less on training each day so they could reflect, however by reallocating their time in such a small way we see a significant, positive impact on performance.” 

Turn into writing a habit could be an undemanding way to both collect your attitudes and be an improved employee, however it is likewise a tough habit to implement and preserve constantly. “In talking to people, one of the real challenges with reflection is finding the discipline to maintain it,” warning given by Staats. “That means people need to find ways to continue the practice — whether that is blocking your calendar, finding an accountability partner who might also reflect at the same time, or something else that works well for you.” 

 

October 22 2014

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Techniques to be Very Successful at Your Performance Review

Performance reviews are nerve-racking for everybody concerned. Managers do not pleasure evaluating their employees, and staff members seldom relish the extra inspection. Augment into the reckoning that promotions and bonuses can center on these reviews, and it’s not a shock reactions can course high when review time starts.

 

Preparation is the secret to being successful in reviews as easy as possible and by this you can avoid complaints against yourself. Whether you’re anticipating a painstakingly optimistic review or an undeniably terrible one, there are points you can do prior or while the meeting to aid it go more effortlessly and to leave with your dignity and job definitely intact.

 

Shape a praise file from day one (or start one now)

In the condition that your company does reviews only once a year, it can truly extend your recall to contemplate of all the jobs you worked on ever since your previous evaluation. Maintaining an email folder, computer file or document of all you worked on will benefit you to ensure nothing falls from the cracks. You should have a warning to yourself so that you will be always ready.

 

“As soon as a deal or initiative is completed successfully, employees should maintain details of their contribution in a ‘kudos file,’” advises Tatum Soo Kim, director of advising and student services at New York University. “The kudos file is a self-maintained record of achievements and impact. Impact should be supported with hard evidence such as quantitative data, internal reports, public record or even the boss's previous feedback.”

 

Have the right attitude

Decide before your meeting that you won’t just “weather the storm” and get it over with as soon as possible. Instead, you should view this as a chance to bring attention to accomplishments your boss may not have noticed, says Mat Durham, director of Skyblu, a Web design company based in Worcester, U.K.

Durham says there are two other possible attitude traps to avoid: First, while confidence is the key, arrogance can be detrimental and overshadow the accomplishments you’re trying to highlight. It’s also possible to put yourself into an overly subordinate mindset, which can undermine your confidence. Instead, he recommends trying to “think of yourself as an equal, selling the service that you provide.”

 

Come equipped with resolutions for your weaknesses

Soo Kim advises you bring up weaknesses very carefully. If there are areas you’ve ignored or haven’t significantly improved since your previous evaluation, most supervisors will find that unacceptable, she says. If you must bring up weaknesses, you should also discuss your previous efforts to improve and how you plan to address problems going forward. Listing areas of weakness with no plan for progress won’t help.

 

Pay attention properly and follow up

No one is perfect, so there’s a reasonable possibility your performance review will consist of some negative comment. It’s significant that you attend to this with an open mind, not turn out to be self-justifying and not get distraught. After all, negative feedback is a demonstration of trust from your boss. She’d fire you and not trouble proposing recommendations for improvement if she believed you were a lost cause.

 

It’s seamlessly okay to take notes throughout your meeting so long as it doesn’t delay with your attending to your boss and gripping the message she’s attempting to convey. It’s also fine -- especially if you get some unexpected negative feedback -- to request a follow-up meeting after you’ve had time to absorb the information, says Fred Cooper, managing partner at Compass HR Consulting.

 

It’s better to take time and compose yourself than to react from hurt or anger during the initial meeting, he says. A follow-up meeting or email can furthermore be useful after a constructive assessment to verify any new projects or responsibilities.

 

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