5 times it’s totally OK to say ‘no’ at work

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a “yes” person. I love being the one to swoop in, agree to the impossible project, and get things taken care of.

But, everybody knows that nodding enthusiastically to every opportunity that comes across your lap is a recipe for stress overload. “You need to learn to say no!” is advice you likely hear repeatedly from friends and family members who are sick of listening to you complain about your packed schedule.

However, saying no is a lot easier said than done — particularly if you’re someone who has grown accustomed to being there in a pinch. And, while you should undoubtedly put some thought into every opportunity you walk away from, there are definitely times when you’re way better off turning things down.

So, here are five instances when it’s totally OK — and even encouraged — to walk away.

1. When You have a Better Opportunity

You only have so much time and energy, so you need to be somewhat selective about the opportunities, events and projects that fill up your time. As cutthroat as it might seem, there’s no

Eight Ways to Boost Your Future Salary

Hasil gambar untuk Eight Ways to Boost Your Future SalaryEveryone looks for a higher income. However, most people ignore some of the basic factors that influence salary growth, and thus lose out on potential increased salary levels. To help you out, the career experts at Bayt.com, the Middle East’s #1 Job Site, offer you top steps to follow in order to boost your future salary:

  1. Observing industry growth trends: Keep an eye on industry growth trends, as soon as you see the industry growth curve tapering downwards, or if the quarterly growth figures in your industry show a continuous decrease, it’s time to reconsider your career path. Some industries are more susceptible to economic transitions and it’s unwise to remain in a volatile industry for too long. Similarly keep an eye out for indicators of industry growth such as stock prices, large investments or an increase in vacancies in that industry.

If you are thinking of a career shift, it would be wise to plan and invest time in a certification or an academic qualification. This will diversify your skill-set and allow you to embark on a new career in a

Twelve Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner

Hasil gambar untuk Twelve Ways to Be a Lifelong LearnerAlvin Toffler said “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn”.

This quote more or less summarizes the importance of continual learning in today’s ever changing times. The best way to approach the process of ongoing discovery is with zest and ardour. The career experts at the Middle East’s #1 job site Bayt.com have twelve suggestions you can incorporate in your life to make continual learning work for you.

  1. Read voraciously literature related to your career 77.9% of respondents to a Bayt.com poll indicated they read constantly and 69.6% indicated they believe reading is vital to career progress. Many books are absolute business classics in a general sense and others may be very specific to your chosen domain; consult book reviews and industry journals when uncertain and always aim to stay ahead of the curve in your career reading.
  2. Develop interests and read in non-job related areas You would be surprised at the value you can derive both in your career and in your life

4 moves you didn’t realize make you look unprofessional in an interview

By this point, you know not to apply to any jobs with an email address that screams, “I created this in the eighth grade!” So, you’re no longer Lovescats11@aol.com as far as your prospective employers are concerned. You also know not to show up late for the interview. And you have a firm grasp on the importance of making eye contact and delivering a solid handshake.

But did you know that there are several other things that could negatively impact the impression you make with a hiring manager? I spoke to four career coaches to get the outside-the-box scoop on the truly unprofessional things that are bound to hurt you in your job search process. Read on so you can avoid them like you avoid crowds on Black Friday.

1. You’re Desperate—and You Show It

Laura Garnett, career coach and consultant, says that nothing makes you look more unprofessional than when “you feel desperate.” This is because, as the old cliché goes, “People can spot desperation from a mile away.” Garnett knows that it can be hard to mask if you’re actually feeling this way, but, nonetheless, “you have to ensure that you are confident, know the opportunity is a good fit for

How much time you should be spending on your job search

Finding a job can be a real beast! If you’re a new grad, recently unemployed, dying to get out of your current position, or debating the merits of moving on, how much time should you realistically be spending on the search?

As someone who just went through this process post-grad school, I can confirm what you already know: No matter what situation you’re in, looking for a new job is completely exhausting. From figuring out what types of roles you want to apply for to coming up with a good way to structure your resume to finding postings that look like a good fit and writing tailored cover letters, the process can be intensly challenging.

Personally, I also found the whole thing to be a bit of an emotional roller coaster—in any given day, I’d be stressed as I waited to hear back from a recruiter, then excited if and when I got an interview, and then invariably bummed when an opportunity I’d grown excited about didn’t work out.

Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to how many hours per week you should devote to the job search, because your individual circumstances and the urgency of your search are factors. However, in order to

6 simple job search tips people tend to forget

The irony of job search advice: There’s so much available that you don’t have to spend more than four seconds Googling about before you land on some nugget of wisdom or another.

Yet, at the same time, there’s so much available (some of which completely contradicts other advice you’ll find) that it can easily overwhelm you. Which, in fact, is probably the exact opposite outcome you’re looking for when you go sleuthing for genuinely useful counsel in the first place.

So let’s do this: Let’s boil things down to a short list of sound, timeless job searching tips that’ll help you fine-tune your strategy so that you may sail through the process (or at least cut out some of the unnecessary time and frustration).

1. Make Yourself a “Smack-in-the-Forehead” Obvious Fit

When you apply for a job via an online application process, it’s very likely that your resume will first be screened by an applicant tracking system and then (assuming you make this first cut) move onto human eyeballs. The first human eyeballs that review your resume are often those of a lower level HR person or recruiter, who may or may not understand all of the nuances of that job for which you’re

Achieve More Happiness at Work in Six Easy Steps

According to Bayt.com’s October 2011 MENA Employee Engagement Poll 77% of professionals in the MENA feel engaged in their jobs. Whether you have just landed your dream job on the Middle East’s #1 jobsite Bayt.com or are still checking in online every day to find that perfect opportunity, there are a myriad of very simple ways to make your current professional life even happier. Here are some top tips from the Bayt.com team.

  1. Communicate More and Better: Open channels of communication are key to a functional workplace and to forming closer bonds with bosses, co-workers and clients. Keep the communication constructive and professional and calm and always listen at least as much as you speak. You will be seen as much more co-operative and friendly if you engage with those around you more and express your thoughts and feelings better. The majority group (35%) of professionals polled by Bayt.com in Q4 2011 say what they want most from their managers is open respectful communications while 18% in a separate Q4 2011 poll indicate what they need most for higher engagement at work is a better relationship with managers or colleagues. So start improving your relationships today and watch your job

How can career fairs work for you?

Career fairs are one of many great resources when exploring career options and looking for employment/internship opportunities.

Below are 5 tips from Bayt.com, the Middle East’s No 1 Job Site, to make the most of this experience.

  1. The 5 Ws: Gather information about the career fair, when and where is it taking place, what is it about (ex: engineering career fair, Marketing and advertising career fair, etc.), who will be there, and why you would want to attend. It is very important to know which companies will be represented at the fair in order for you to research the ones that interest you, learn more about their corporate culture, their values and their mission statements and then assess whether you would like to be part of their corporate vision. Define the reasons why you would like to attend, set your goals so you can work towards achieving them and making the most of this fair.
  2. Prepare your toolkit: Make numerous copies of your CV and different versions tailored to the employer you’re targeting, the company’s business, and the industry in which it operates, making sure you shed the light on the CV sections that are most relevant to the company’s requirements

Staying Relevant in the Workplace

If you want that raise and that corner office, in fact if you want any modicum of long-term career progression and success, an essential nugget of advice to you from your trusted team at Bayt.com is to channel a great deal of energy into ensuring you stay “relevant”.

What does ”staying relevant” mean? In these days of outsourcing, cost-cutting and continuous radical shifts in the ways companies produce, communicate and interact, not to mention source candidates, it is crucial you remain attuned to demands, trends and developments in the marketplace and fine-tune your qualifications and skillset accordingly and fast enough. Some simple pointers to help you formulate a framework for this:-

  1. Understand the dynamics of the industry you operate in: Myopia serves no one. If you are too busy for instance poring over data sheets day in and day out in the exact same manner you have done for years you may miss out on the fact that competitor companies have largely outsourced a key segment of their CRM systems for example, or imported new CRM systems that are far more efficient, or redefined standards and parameters for measurement and monitoring completely. Keep your eyes and ears open to developments both

How to Find a Job You Love

Confucius said “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Jobs for life may be a luxury of yesteryear but with new opportunities opening up in brand new sectors and more employers increasingly seeking out, or at least accepting professionals with unconventional and rather unrelated CVs, the environment is rife for individuals to explore the topic of career satisfaction in a serious and creative and original manner. But how do you find that ideal job or analyze if your current job is in fact the right job for you? How do you determine for sure what it really is you want to do for the rest of you life?

Below is a general framework for just that from the Careers Experts at Bayt.com:-

  1. Be realistic about job satisfaction: Every job has its ups and downs, its good days and days you wish you stayed in bed; so don’t expect perpetual euphoria; but if you are in your element you will know it. When you love your job it will feel like an extension of your identity, not a grueling chore or ordeal you are committed to from 9 to 5. You will on

Are You an A-Player? Target an A-Employer!

The number of employers looking for A-Players is once again on the rise after a worldwide financial crisis which forced many top employers to lay off key staff. Employers today are demanding top credentials and are well positioned to source top candidates given the number of unemployed and under-employed A-players in the marketplace today.

In demand are candidates with outstanding technical skills, excellent education backgrounds, unblemished professional experience histories and admirable personality traits.

You are all of that…and more. Will you simply go with the flow and jump at the first job opportunity that comes your way? Don’t you classify yourself as an A-Player who is entitled to work for an A-Employer? Shouldn’t you look for a company that has what it takes for an A-player such as yourself to want to join its ranks?

Our recommendation is simple: Ask yourself what are you really looking for? What are you worth? What company would satisfy your professional ambitions? The career experts at Bayt.com, the Middle East’s #1 jobsite, share some insights below regarding what to look for in a potential employer company regardless of its size or capital!

  1. A company with a vision: Gone are the days of corporate visions revolving around lofty

The Ultimate Guide to Professional Email Etiquette

In today’s fast-paced world, professionals tend to simply scan emails, hit reply, write what they feel is appropriate, and send. The entire process has become incredibly short and, at times, even careless. What professionals don’t realize is that email etiquette can make or break your reputation and can hamper your image. This is why you should always take email etiquette seriously. You don’t want to be known as the person who writes harsh or rude emails.

Here, the Bayt.com career experts have compiled a list of tips to serve as your ultimate guide to professional email etiquette:

  1. Introduce yourself: Don’t assume that the person receiving the email knows, or remembers, who you are unless you have already established a working relationship with them. Tell them your name and designation before getting down to business – keeping it short and to-the-point.
  2. Refrain from discussing private matters: When sending out an email, exercise caution as you never know who will read it apart from the recipient. Ensure that your email discusses primarily public matters and keep any other private or personal matters for a phone conversation.
  3. Curb your exclamation marks usage: Using too many exclamation marks can come across as childish or rude.

Ten Reasons You Weren’t Hired

Here from the career experts at the Middle East’s #1 job site www.Bayt.com are the top ten reasons candidates often fail to secure the job of their dreams.

Your CV was prepared by a professional, you did all the necessary groundwork before the interview and you thought the interview went extremely smoothly. So why aren’t you celebrating an offer letter yet? Here, from the career experts at the Middle East’s #1 job site Bayt.com, are the top ten reasons candidates often fail to secure the job of their dreams.

1. Your CV missed the mark

Many jobseekers make the mistake of using the same generic unfocused CV to apply for very different positions in different industries. Your CV should to the extent possible be tailored to the specific job you are targeting and should show in a very direct manner skills, qualifications and experiences that directly come to bear on the given job. If you are targeting a number of different jobs, have different CVs for each job type so that your CV can be customized to the unique requirements of each industry. Find out what skills and qualifications to showcase in each CV by looking at the job description, researching the position

Ten Ways to Stay Upbeat During the Job Search

Job hunting getting you down? Don’t lose confidence! Bayt.com presents you with 10 ways to avoid the job search doldrums and stay motivated and upbeat.

1. Recognize if you are in a slump

The first step to getting out of the doldrums is to recognize that you are indeed in a slump. If you are suffering from the jobseeker blues take the time out to re-energize and seek the focus, strength and inner peace you need to pursue your job search and get ahead with your career. Talk to people you trust and seek professional help if you need it.

2. Organize your day

Even if you are out of a job, structure your day with the same discipline as you would a work day. Lounging about the house being unproductive will not further your job search and will only feed your inertia and panic at being unemployed. Treat your job search as u would a full time job and approach it with the same vigor, organizational skills and discipline as you would a work day. Build into your day a multitude of tasks that will further your job search including networking activities, research activities, training activities, visits with your mentor, cold calls etc.

How Do You Choose the Right Career Path for You?

Choosing the right career eludes some of us right up until retirement. Be one of the lucky ones who have truly found their calling. The following tips from Bayt.com should help.

Franklin D Roosevelt once said “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” Thankfully, we live in trial-and-error times where growth and change are expected and employers have learned to tolerate if not wholeheartedly appreciate and welcome the diversity in background and skills that come from career changers.

In lieu of life-long job and career stability, many of today’s professionals espouse a career trajectory that is open to responding to new challenges and opportunities as they arise. These may be motivated by entirely extraneous factors such as economic restructuring, downsizing, upsizing, the emergence of lucrative new industry sectors or motivated by changes in personal situation which could include age, changes to marital or family status, geographical preferences, new life demands, desire for better work/life balance etc.

Whatever the motivation, career change is no longer the frowned-upon sole recourse of the unemployed but a common turn of events and one that is expected to become more

Finding Your First Job

To help you out with your first job, here are a few steps that are essential for success.

Any-one faced with the daunting task of finding their first job is likely to find themselves in a quandary of perplexing proportions. Their CVs are thin if not non-existent, their industry knowledge is limited and their contacts in the business world are few and far between. The good news is that a record number of jobs in Middle East region exist for fresh college grads and with the roaring economies of the Persian Gulf and the emphasis on training, human resource development and growing from within, this is unlikely to abate soon. To help you out with your first job, here are a few steps that are essential for success provided by the career experts at the Middle East’s #1 job site Bayt.com.

Know Thyself

You will not sound very convincing to a prospective employer if you are not convinced yourself of your strengths and weaknesses and that you will be an asset to his team. Take the time to understand what types of jobs interest you, what areas you enjoy and excel in and what skills/competencies you have that can translate in meaningful ways

Starting a New Job

Starting a new job can be a daunting task. The Career Experts at Bayt.com outline how to start off on the right foot.

Starting a new job can be very daunting especially if you have been with your last company for a while. You will have to meet new people, learn the ropes, get accustomed to new processes and procedures and learn how to excel in a brand new environment. Below the career experts at Bayt.com, the Middle East’s #1 job site, outline some key points to keep in mind to start your new job off on the right foot.

Be prepared

Read up on the company beforehand and make sure you are well versed in the products, competition and company culture and direction. Ask your new boss if there are materials you can read before you join and try to meet some of the people you will be working with beforehand so the terrain is not completely unfamiliar.

Arrive early

Make sure you are not late to the job the first weeks and that you put in all the hours required. Taking long lunch breaks and leaving before everyone else will set a bad tone and will not earn you the good will of

Ten Signs You May Be Damaging Your Career

career-damaging behaviors to avoid.

“O, how full of briers is this working-day world!” is the famous Shakespearian quote from ‘As You Like It’. External pressures, thorns, obstacles and difficulties aside, how many of us are responsible for unwittingly hampering our chances of career success through our own misplaced and misguided attitudes and behaviours. Below are ten common faux-pas that can ruin a career and should be avoided at all costs.

1. Poor Time Management

Missing deadlines, failing to abide by agreed timelines, arriving to meetings late and generally disrespecting approved schedules is a surefire way to lose credibility and professional respect. Try to value each and every minute.

2. Failure to Deliver on Promises

A promise made should be a promise kept if your professional credibility is to remain intact. Avoid making promises you cannot deliver on. Unless you are known as someone who can be strictly depended on to follow through and deliver on-time you are likely to be passed over for promotions and key assignments. When you do need more time or resources for an assignment communicate the requirement formally and professionally and manage the situation to show you are in control and will not be sacrificing on quality of delivery.

3. Poor Accountability

Accountability,

8 college habits that will fail you in your career

Question: What habits that work in college do not translate well to the workplace?

Pat’s Take: I spend a great deal of time interacting with young professionals, so think this question is highly relevant and important. I find these individuals to be highly talented and tremendously capable, on the whole, but see them consistently tripping over themselves with bad (but fixable) habits that impede their growth and credibility within the organizations in which they work.

  1. Not responding to emails on a timely basis – or at all. I am literally blown away at how consistently college interns and new grads do not respond to emails. Interestingly, they read them and do the requested work, but never acknowledge receipt of the email or communicate progress. When college students do respond to emails, they tend to do so on their own timing, thinking that a one to two-day turnaround is fine. In the real world, it’s not. You should always acknowledge an email – and the longest you should go without responding to an email from a business colleague is 24 hours. The best professionals I’ve seen respond and two hours or less, even if just to say that they are engaged on

Management Traps and How to Avoid Them

Don’t fall prey to the following management traps.

Much has been written about the secrets of good management and few will argue that the best managers are inspired, visionary, dedicated, industrious, energetic, energizing and display integrity, leadership, common sense and courage. So where is it that managers commonly fail or falter and lose their precious foothold on the corporation’s top rungs? The following, from the career experts at the Middle East’s #1 job site Bayt.com, are ten of the most basic management traps and tips to avoid them:

Weak managers set weak goals

As a manager your role is to get specific jobs completed by employees in the most optimal, efficient and innovative manner and in order to do that, you need to set clear objectives. Successful managers set SMART goals – goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based. They are able to communicate these goals clearly, simply and concisely to their employees so that none are vague or uncertain about expectations. By all means reach for the stars in your objectives but to do so without supplying employees with the training, resources, flexibility and freedom they need to accomplish their goals and a schedule of regular supervision and feedback is