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  • COVID-19: Legal guidelines For UAE Employees

    We are now more worried about losing our jobs than ever before due to COVID-19. As the global effects of the pandemic unfold and in many countries continue to rise, governments across the world have been taking maximum precautions and advising their citizens of all precautionary measures. Here in the UAE, with the strictest regulations to protect its residents – employers, employees, visitors, and resident visa holders, the financial impact on businesses has forced many companies to maximize steps to ensure business continuity. While many employers have been forced to restructure or downsize, resulting in job losses, others have reduced salaries, bonuses, and benefits. The UAE employment law has always been strict in ensuring employee protection due to its vast ex-pat population. While it is important that you read and listen to the latest government updates on your legal rights, below are some important legalities that you need to know. Can my employer force me to undergo medical screening and tests for COVID-19? Employers are taking maximum precautions to ensure your safety and prevent risks to your colleagues. Before implementing medical screening tests for you, your consent should be obtained and what steps would be taken, if any symptoms arise. Being transparent and having a clear policy regarding the same becomes important for you to know. In a situation that you refuse to undergo medical screening, what actions your employer could take, also needs to be communicated and updated in the employee handbook or company policy manuals, or official company communication. Can my employer make me self-isolate and work from home? If you are showing the symptoms of COVID-19, then it is highly recommended that you be on sick leave and therefore not working. If you show signs of mild or no significant symptoms, then there could be a consideration for you to work from home in self-isolation. If you are a work-from-home employee, then your employer must be able to consider the necessary infrastructure is provided to you to help you execute your responsibilities. Remote IT access and IT and personal data security, Call divert or call answering and call enabling facility, Access or procedure to access the printer (if required), Home-based office setup including stationery and supplies, etc are some examples. Your transport allowance may be adjusted for a home to office and office to home commute. Can my employer prevent me (if I have refused to self-isolate), from accessing the company's premises or coming into contact with my colleagues or clients? You and your employer will require to review your employment contracts. Any adjustment to the contract must be incorporated in official correspondence by your employer. Your employer is obligated to ensure your safety and that of all its employees to ensure the illness does not spread. Suspension from work may be an option when you, who have been advised to self-isolate, refuse to do so. Disciplinary action may be warranted if your employer's right to take action is legally confirmed. If the suspension does occur without any disciplinary measures in places such as warning letter or final warning etc, this suspension would be on full pay but again it could damage your trust and career with your employer. Your employer would have sought legal advice prior to such a measure. Can I be put on annual leave, paid sick leave, or any other type of leave? This will depend on your contractual obligation with your employer, and also other factors such as your health and financial state. As per the updated UAE employment Law, your employer can ask you to take A voluntary period of paid annual leave; Enforce a period of mandatory annual leave; If you have COVID-19 symptoms, then allow you to take sick leave. (This is 15 calendar days with full pay, 30 calendar days with half pay and 45 calendar days without pay under the UAE Labour Law and 60 working days under the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Employment Law) Enable you to work remotely wherever possible; If you voluntarily self-isolate and remain away from the workplace without discussing this with your employer, there may be more scope for considering such leave to be unpaid. Legal Advice is the best course that your employer will seek before they have made changes to your monthly salary or annual leave entitlements. If you have sufficient proof that's your right as an employee has been infringed, then obtaining legal advice is best recommended. Are there any privacy or data protection issues for my employer to consider? All your medical records are dealt with strictly confidentially and only shared with relevant personnel on a 'need to know basis. It is good to know how your employer treats data confidentiality especially medical details and family information. Your employer must obtain written consent should any formation need to be disclosed outside the authorized personnel. DIFC laws have their data protection legislation in place. If your employer is a DIFC registered company, then it has to have the appropriate permission from you before any personal data is transferred outside of the DIFC or to a group company. Can my employer prevent me from traveling outside of the UAE? Official guidelines and travel restrictions are available with all travel agencies and government press releases. Most employers are asking their employees to avoid unnecessary international travel. However, only if the UAE government issues a specific travel ban to particular countries, your employer will enforce it else they will only ask, request or advise such travel precautions as a company matter and this would not be legally binding. Is best to follow company recommendations unless absolute life and death emergency and you do not have another option. How should my employer handle workplace bullying related to the pandemic? There are reports of a rise in racial workplace bullying with regards to employees from countries experiencing a high number of coronavirus cases. This has predominantly been experienced by Chinese employees. The UAE is very strict about protecting employee rights to ensure no racial discrimination. If you are being harassed at your workplace because of this, it is best to approach your human resource department or company management. Legal options should be your last choice when all other hope fails. Mr. Luke Tapp, Partner at Pinsent Masons Law Firm in Dubai has published an article regarding Employer-Employee Rights during COVID-19.

  • CV TIPS: Education is critical in your CV Format

    If you are a fresh university graduate, the education section in your CV Format will probably shape your career. Here are some CV Tips to tailor-make your CV for education qualifications. Also, ensure that your CV IS NOT TOO LONG and correct it NOW. Very often, you may find yourself at crossroads meaning you may want to choose a different career path. I am an engineer by qualification, tested my skills in IT, moved into sales and marketing, and now have gained a lot of experience in recruitment and executive search. Quite a lot of testing waters. I did not know much at that time but now I cannot think of moving because I really enjoy what I do. Sure, have wasted or invested time doing other roles, but then I use what I learned even now. So don't worry, if you have changed education fields. I'd probably say it is a big advantage. If you have missed the importance of writing a CV HEADLINE, then you can read it HERE or if you want to catch up on CAREER SYNOPSIS or WORK EXPERIENCE, I am confident you will get a lot of insights. If you have been applying for jobs and your CV is getting rejected or you are not getting a response, then here's probably why? Some important points when preparing the education section of your CV 1. EDUCATION is second most important to work experience If you are a fresh graduate, your qualifications, training, projects will be most important. Keep studying and learning even when you are 50. There is no replacement for knowledge. 2. Keep Education in REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL Your most recent qualification comes first. You don’t need to share your marks or grades, but mentioning “Honors”, if applicable, adds loads of value. Your post-graduation or graduation + Major subject + University name + City/Country is important. 3. SKIP the Graduation Dates? Maybe NOT Mentioning graduation dates may be important to understand what learning or training you have done since then. Lack of further education shows a lack of initiative to keep learning. Though some recruiters may feel that mentioning graduation dates may not be essential, I may tend to differ. 4. Highlight Your education ACCOMPLISHMENTS If you are an “honors” student or a top 10 student, then don’t forget to BRAG about it in your CV. If not, then no need to share your marks, grades, or GPA. If you are a fresh honors graduate, then it would be wise to tag it on top of your CV headline. E.g “Top Finance Graduate with Honors” OR “Leading Marketing Specialist and Honors Graduate”. Any learning, training, or education even if it online must be added to your CV. Do not feel that online learning is less important than attending classes. Online learning is better than no learning and shows your interest to keep developing. Every course and seminar needs a mention. You have the edge over someone who has procrastinated. This sums up the education section. We will next cover "Brag about Training and Development"

  • Top 10 Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

    Congratulations! you have just been shortlisted for an interview, Now is the time to get ready for answering the interview questions. You are going to get one shot at this job and depending on how much you really want the job, you are going to leave no stone unturned to ensure that you are the best candidate for the job. You may want to read these interview preparation tips to ensure you have not missed out anything You will of course need to prepare for the most commonly asked interview questions. Below are the top 10 most common interview questions and how to answer them. You need to practice, practice, and practice, not only answering these questions but a lot more. Practicing will help you reduce some of the interview stress and make you feel a lot more confident when you finally face the interviewers. Questions 1. Tell me about yourself? The interviewer wants to know why you are an excellent fit for the job but from your bio not more about your personal life, not your work. So don't make this answer about your family, your personal life or your work. While out an start off by sharing your current position and employer talk more about what skills you have, what challenges you, what you enjoy doing at work, how you work with and support a team, how adaptable are you to changes, etc. Make sure each of these is directly related to a requirement in the skills mentioned in the job description. e.g "As a Sales Engineer, I find that the best way for me to de-stress when I’m not working is to challenge my interests. I am an avid hiker (individual challenges), enjoy soccer (teamwork and competition), love to read the "Top Performer Magazine" (corporate knowledge update), and doing research work. I participate in engineering quizzes and go up against those technically better than me, to help me improve, etc. " 2. Why should we hire you? The interviewer wants to know if you are the best candidate for the job. The hiring manager wants to know whether you have all the required qualifications. Be prepared to explain why you're the applicant who should be hired. Make your response a confident, concise, focused sales pitch to explain why you should get the job. e.g "You should hire me because my experience is almost perfectly aligned with the requirements you asked for in your job listing. I have seven years’ progressive experience in the banking industry, advancing from my initial role as a compliance associate with Standard Chartered Bank to my current position as a Compliance Manager with Citibank. I’m CAMS certified and an Anti Fraud Analyst and well-versed in regulatory compliance, fraud compliance, AML, CDD and EDD, and Sanctions. I have letters of recommendation from both my previous employers, Standard Chartered Bank, and Lloyd's Bank." 3. What is your greatest strength? This is one of the questions that employers almost always ask to determine how well you are qualified for the position. They will compare your answer with those of candidates to determine if it sets you apart. e.g "As an IT security specialist, my greatest strength is my intellectual curiosity. I enjoy researching the latest technology trends so that our critical information technology systems remain compromised. I have participated in quarterly information technology conferences. This has allowed me to build a network of peer resources—many of whom are leaders in the field—that I can call upon for strategies when new threats arise to our systems". 4. What is your greatest weakness? Another typical question interviewers will ask is about your weaknesses. Do your best to frame your answers around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee, turning seeming “weaknesses” into strengths. You can also share examples of how you have improved, providing specific instances of how you have recognized a weakness and taken steps to correct it. e.g "My greatest weakness used to be procrastination. Friends who knew my work style would tease me, saying, “Panic precipitates performance.” In college, I was the person who pulled all-nighters to finish their essay the night before the deadline. However, after I landed my first job as a content writer, it became clear that while this process worked for me and I never missed a deadline, it made my editor extremely nervous. And so I’ve learned to set “early” deadlines for myself, at least 24 hours before the actual deadline, so that my projects now always arrive with plenty of time to spare". 5. Why do you want to leave (or have left) your current job? The interviewer wants to know why you want to work for their company. When asked about why you are moving on from your current position, stick with the facts, be direct, and focus your answer on the future, especially if your departure wasn't under the best circumstances. e.g "I was very fortunate to be hired by ABC Company right out of college. They taught me a lot about digital marketing, and it’s been stimulating to work as a contributor to their creative teams. However, I’m ready for the next step. After 4 years at ABC Company who has a team of talented managers in place, there is little or no scope of growth since they won't be leaving such a good employer anytime soon. I’ve completed supplemental management training courses during my time there, and I know I can hit the ground running as your next digital marketing manager." 6. What are your salary expectations? The hiring manager wants to know what you expect to earn. It seems like a simple question, but your answer can knock you out of competition for the job if you overprice yourself. If you under-price yourself, you may get shortchanged with a lower offer. It would be best that you understand beforehand what the budget for this role is? Is it within your expectations? If not, is there any scope of negotiation, and how much would the safe bracket be? e.g My answer would be "given the cost of living, I’m open to negotiate the salary if you feel I am the right candidate for this job and salary and am offered some flexibility in managing my family time." 7. Why do you want this job? This question gives you an opportunity to show the interviewer what you know about the job and the company, so take time beforehand to thoroughly research the company, its products, services, culture, and mission. Be specific about what makes you a good fit for this role, and mention aspects of the company and position that appeal to you most. e.g "Construction design is in my blood—both my dad and my grandad were civil engineers who worked for reputed construction firms. From the time I entered college, I knew that I wanted my architecture career to be focused on sustainable, green design practices, so I earned my certification as a LEED Accredited Professional. XYZ Construction is the most respected sustainable design firm. I’ve been following reports of your LEED Certified projects in the Journal of Green Engineering, and I wrote my capstone project on the energy modeling you pioneered for the Dubai Business Park and the ABC Tech campus. Working here really would be my dream job since your mission aligns perfectly with my goals as a sustainability specialist". 8. How do you handle stress and pressure? What do you do when things don’t go smoothly at work? How do you deal with difficult situations? The employer wants to know how you handle workplace stress. Avoid claiming that you never, or rarely, experience stress. Rather, formulate your answer in a way that acknowledges workplace stress and explains how you’ve overcome it, or even used it to your advantage. e.g "I’m not someone who thrives in stressful environments. My first step in managing stress is to try to keep my work processes very organized, and my attitude professional. When there is an issue, I try to look at things from the other perspective and initiate a joint problem-solving approach to keep the situation from escalating. I maintain an efficient open line of communication which I feel reduces a lot of workplace stress. Sometimes unanticipated stressors will arise. When this happens, I just take a deep breath, remembering that the person I’m dealing with is frustrated with a situation, not with me. I then actively listen to their concerns and make a plan to resolve the issue as quickly as possible". 9. Describe a difficult work situation or project and how you overcame it. The interviewer wants to know how you respond when faced with a difficult decision. As with the question about stress, be prepared to share an example of what you did in a tough situation. It’s important to share details to make the story believable and engaging. e.g "I think the most difficult situation I face as a production manager is when I have to lay off staff, either because sales are down. When I can, I try to work with under-performing personnel to see if we can’t improve their efficiency. If not, then I give them straightforward reasons for why they are being laid off. No one wants to be fired without an explanation. When this happens, I keep my tone polite and avoid using too many “you” statements; I absolutely do not want to cast shame on them since it is the situation and not "them" 10. What are your goals for the future? This question is designed to find out if you’re going to stick around or move on as soon as you find a better opportunity. Keep your answer focused on the job and the company, and reiterate to the interviewer that the position aligns with your long-term goals. e.g "I’m someone who likes stability. My goal is to find a long-term job by becoming a valued employee and grow with an increased position and responsibility. I’m extremely interested in the executive job here at First Capital Bank because of your internal training program. My long-term goal is to eventually become a branch manager after I’ve proven my competencies in this position".

  • Why Am I Getting Rejected After The Interview?

    Interview Scheduled. You are all excited! You want to make the right impression. You print and review your CV for last-minute errors, find the interview location, and on the appointed date and time, head off to meet the interviewer. After 30 minutes you are done, feeling confident that the job is yours. Eagerly awaiting your next interview round call. Suddenly your hopes come crashing down as your eyes read an email informing you that your interview was not successful. You feel distraught, disappointed, and frustrated. You do not understand how could an interview you were so sure about, not gone your way. Was the interview fixed or the interviewed biased, or the company no good? The negativity continues to bring you down for all future interviews. These are all situations we have faced. I have faced them too, I have felt it and hear it from job seekers all the time. But wait... there is a way to avoid this and to minimize job rejections. It will be only a matter of time when you get the perfect job with the desired employer all because of the impression you have created. You should know these top reasons why you may not be unsuccessful at the interview. Never assume you can do well at the interview just because you work hard and do the job right. Your Research – Knowledge is Power You must review the company’s website and google all the information you can find. “Knowledge and Information are Power”, gather all the details you can find about the company including business expansions, publications, and awards. Casually reference the information during the interview. Find out who you will be interviewing with and learn something about them and their careers - LinkedIn would be a good source. and quote specifics, such as “I see the company has expanded into several new markets over the past year.” You will project the image of someone who is interested, does their homework, and pays attention to details. ​ Your Rehearsal – Practice, Practice, and Practice There are several questions that you are pretty much guaranteed to be asked during an interview: “Why do you want to work for this company?” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” and “Where do you see yourself in five years?”—to name a few. You may want to go through some common and some tricky interview questions Be prepared with insightful answers. You can practice with someone (or mirror practice) and answering the questions out loud (you may even want to record your practice sessions). This preparation work will make you more comfortable and confident during the interview. ​​ The Job Responsibilities and Gap Analysis Understand the job description and how you will add value to it if you are selected. Go through your CV thoroughly. You must know it better than the interviewer. Remember the interviewers motive is to assess you on what you have done/doing at work, how many transferable skills to the new job do you have and how quickly you can adjust, your longevity and loyalty, your career aspirations, and your personal suitability (your communication, behavior in situations and cultural suitability). It may be good to written points on a notepad during the interview. It is easier to ask questions and review the notes later. Be careful not to use certain words during the interview which we will share in the coming posts. You must know the difference (gap) between the required job description and your own work/knowledge and be prepared to fill the gap. Punctuality – There is no excuse for being late Be present at the venue at least 10 minutes prior to your interview. (maybe a good idea to visit the venue earlier to be familiar with traffic, parking, and most importantly the correct route). Being late for an interview creates a “being regularly late for work” impression or that the interview was just not important enough that warranted your before-time presence. Carry at least 2 extra copies of your updated CV, in case required along with your credentials - certificates, reference letters, etc. ​ Your Dress Attire An interview may be the only shot you have to impress the decision-maker in person, so make sure you are dressed impeccably. Do some research and find out what the corporate dress culture is before you walk through the door. A dark suit (jacket and pants or skirt) and a crisp white shirt, manicured nails, simple make-up, and clean, professional shoes (very important that you polish them (they tell a lot about the person) will be perfect in most cases. And, definitely avoid dangling earrings, too much perfume, and multiple, clanking bracelets. ​ Your Body Language Be aware of what you’re communicating through your posture and stance—and make sure it is good. Break the ice with an honest opening compliment. A confident handshake (No “fingers-only” handshakes! The proper, professional way to shake is using the entire hand, extending your arm (first if possible) for a firm, but not an overbearing grip, while rolling the index finger around the bottom of the other person’s hand) and a smile (smiling naturally will make you appear confident, friendly, and approachable. A smile conveys that you’re someone who can get along with fellow employees, your boss, and your clients), which makes a lot of difference. An upright posture and eye contact are in the top 4 body language signs. Not making eye contact with all the interviewers(if there is a panel), portraits less importance to the others, (or makes the interviewer feel you could be hiding something in the case on a single interviewer) ​ For example, sitting with your arms and legs crossed sends a message that you are closed-off or feel defensive. If you keep your hands in your lap the entire interview, you could signal that you lack self-confidence. And, twirling your hair can make you look nervous or juvenile. Take the water (If your interviewer offers you a glass of water, take it, even if you’re not thirsty. This little act can help buy you time to formulate an answer to a difficult question or just give you a moment to center yourself) if you are offered. Next, always stand up when someone else comes into the room. Professionally, you lose respect and credibility by staying seated—it sends a weak and powerless message. Think your movements through ahead of time so you’re not distracted (or distracting) during the interview. ​ Your Table Manners Some interviews (usually second or third) are conducted over a meal, so being familiar with proper table manners is imperative to your interview success. Here’s why: The recruiter will be watching to see how you’ll conduct yourself at a meal with clients, how you handle accidents, and how you treat the wait staff. ​ Your Presentation Explain your responsibilities and your achievements clearly (don’t get boring with too much talk). Your answers must be to the point, in brief detail, and using the right keywords (such as if you are an accountant, use accounting terms, if you are a salesperson you must talk targets, numbers, achievements). Avoid closed-ended ("Yes" and "No") replies but try to fit in at least a one or two-line reply. It is very important that you realize, the duration of your interview is your "sales pitch" to convince the interviewer why you are most suitable for the position. Do not over exaggerate. Interviewers have the habit of cross-checking and you don't want to be caught misrepresenting or exaggerating. Be honest, be yourself, and/but be convincing. NEVER put down your current/previous employer. If you do so then you leave the impression that you may do the same if you get the job. Ask at least one positive and genuine question at the end of the interview e.g What is expected of 'me' if I am selected ? or How was my interview in your professional opinion? ​ Questions That You May Not Have Asked Keep in mind that the job interview is a two-way street. It’s an opportunity for you to sell yourself to the company, but also to learn more about the workplace to see if the position and environment are a good fit for you. Go in with a few questions, such as details about the type of work that the position entails, the corporate culture, and the typical career path of someone who holds the position. Typical questions can you can ask are Was / Is there a person in this position? Why is he/she being replaced? What has been most challenging that the company has found in this role? what are the interviewer's thoughts about your suitability in comparison with others? What are the future plans for this position? Is there any feedback that you can share about my interview? ​ And, don’t be scared to speak up: not asking questions can signal that you’re uninformed or uninterested. ​ A Proper Thank You Note You Missed Yes, even today, a handwritten note is mandatory. Sending a thank you letter via email is fine when the decision must be made quickly, but always follow up with written correspondence. (A voicemail message doesn’t take the place of a written note, either.) Express your thanks for the interviewer's time and for the chance to learn more about the company. It goes a long way in keeping your name on the interviewer's mind. A Different Person You cannot change the person you are. In most cases, it is not the best candidate who is selected, but the most suitable candidate. So even if you have done all of the above, there is still a chance that you may not get the job. A specific culture, approach, or behavior may be required by the employer. But needless to say, you will get a job soon with consistent interviews. ​ When it comes to interviewing, practice makes perfect, and knowing the rules ahead of time is a great start. So be prepared, be confident, and be yourself, and you’ll shine. Good luck!

  • Best Jobs and Careers for Remote Work in the UAE

    The flexibility of remote working allows most of us to perfectly balance family and work life. While quite a few of us may feel that the environment of working from home with family, may have its own difficulties and shortcomings, one thing is clear: no one can complain that “we do not get family time” Whatever your reason, remote work is a ticket to freedom and exploring our drive and potential. I have had a lot of personal experience working from my home in Dubai, more because I wanted to help my wife with the responsibility of bring up two new born babies, get maximum time to spend with them and work as much as I could (which was still 9 hours a day). I manage Genesis Executive Search, recruitment agency in Dubai and hence sales and marketing, digital marketing and IT were areas that I worked on. We subsequently set up two offices and a small team of recruitment consultants managing our customers and their job vacancies in the Middle East. In the wake of COVID-19, our perspective on what is possible for remote work is expanding on a daily basis. But even as we’ve seen an increase in remote work across a wide range of industries in Dubai, there are still certain jobs and careers that are more suited for remote work than others. 1. Marketing Jobs in the UAE Marketing encompasses anything that drives revenue growth through brand awareness and lead generation. Businesses are now prioritizing online strategy and that means lots of marketing jobs, most of which can be done remotely. Business owners want great marketers who can help them scale their business and grow revenue—even better if they can do that with less overhead cost by working from home. Specialists are people who have expertise in one area of marketing. Social media, paid advertisements, content marketing, SEO, and public relations are just a few examples. Usually, specialists work for bigger companies or agencies that have larger budgets to direct to marketing, or they might operate as consultants or freelancers. The skills you need depend heavily on which specialty you want to work in. A marketing role is ideal for someone who likes to exercise both their creative and analytical brains. Generalists and specialists alike have to be good communicators who can keep up with and adapt to new trends and technology in a rapidly evolving industry. Strong writing and data analysis skills are also important. 2. Sales Jobs in Dubai Though sales are typically seen as client-facing and therefore a role that must be done in person, it’s actually well suited for remote work in many ways. Companies that value face-to-face sales methods often need salespeople in a particular geographic location to be closer to prospects, but don’t want to—or can’t—commit to opening a new office. So remote employees allow companies to expand geographically with less risk. Additionally, a lot of sales can be conducted over the phone or the internet. Meeting are held on Zoom, Webex, Skype, Google Meet, and there are many tools available now to assist with distance selling. If salespeople are good at building relationships and can leverage these tools, then they can do their jobs well from anywhere. This would also be an excellent time to build new relationships and scout for new prospects Our own development in learning sales techniques from behind our desks will take an upstage if we must succeed (you can only imagine how better a salesperson we can be when we sit across our customer’s desk). 3. Writing / Blogging There are so many ways to build a remote career around a love of writing. Writing is needed across all types of companies and industries (and the pay varies widely). Branded content, content marketing, social media, copywriting, and technical writing are just a few avenues you can take to pursue a writing career in addition to traditional editorial or journalistic routes. Though there are many full-time, remote opportunities for writers, you might consider a career as a freelance writer / paid or unattached blogger if you’re seeking even more freedom. To be successful as a remote writer, you obviously need to have excellent writing skills. You should also have solid organizational skills and self-discipline to ensure you can take on multiple projects at once and never miss a deadline. 4. Software Engineering Software engineers get to creatively solve problems by building web applications and software that, ideally, make our lives better. At Remote Year, the most common jobs for participants were always software engineer, developer, and designer—suggesting that companies are comfortable with these roles being remote. Though software engineers work collaboratively with developers and designers, there is a ton of autonomy in this role, which makes it ideal for remote work. In fact, working remotely might be the best setup for software engineers since it allows them to minimize distractions typically found in office settings and find their flow when working on important projects that require focused attention. Additionally, because the demand is so high for effective software engineers, many companies are willing to hire remotely so they can expand their reach for potential candidates. Many employers would rather hire a better software engineer from outside their geographic area than limit themselves to who can come into their office. 5. Design Jobs Designers are needed across a myriad of industries, from tech to finance to media. They design marketing materials for Fortune 500 companies, logos and websites for new business owners, apps for scrappy startups, and even book covers for publishers. As is the case with writers and software engineers, the bulk of a designer’s work is conducted solo, is execution-driven, and increasingly takes place entirely digitally. All these aspects make it ideal for remote work. If you’re looking to become a successful full-time remote designer, you need to be a creative who likes to work independently, but who can still collaborate with a team. You will need to be a great visual storyteller, well-versed in a variety of digital communication mediums and social media platforms. To be effective in your role, you must also be able to bring someone else’s vision to life or contribute to crafting a larger vision if working with a team through the use of virtual collaboration tools. As a remote designer, you will likely be working on multiple projects at once; so excellent organizational and communication skills will support you in getting work done and sharing progress with stakeholders along the way. 6. Customer Support Customer support roles are responsible for responding to customers’ questions and helping them solve problems. Many of these jobs are great for fully remote workers because companies need support available 24/7 (i.e. support reps that span time zones) and most support is conducted via virtual channels like chat, email, and phone. Often companies only hire remote customer support, increasing the number of available roles out there. As a virtual customer support representative, you can take advantage of the fact that companies are looking for employees to operate in different time zones depending on what suits you best. Customer support roles are great remote jobs for people who still want to engage with others throughout their day but don’t want the pressure of sales goals. You will be great at customer support if you have strong interpersonal skills, excellent listening and communication skills, and previous experience helping people solve problems. 7. Online Business in UAE Owning your own online business is a true jack-of-all-trades job, especially when you’re just getting started. It’s great if you like the idea of doing a little of everything: marketing, sales, product development, customer service, and even accounting. However, along with that level of freedom comes a lot of hard work. Starting your own business takes a lot of time, dedication, and a certain set of experience and qualities. You might thrive as an online business owner if you’ve worked remotely before and maybe even work better when outside of the traditional 9-to-5 office routine. It’s also easier to get started if you have some understanding of marketing and sales because no matter what your business is, you will need to sell something to earn revenue, whether that’s your expertise, a service, or a product. You also want to have some specific expertise in the industry you’re starting a business in. This is important for designing a product or service that will be valuable to the market. For example, if you’ve been working in human resources, you could use your expertise to become a career coach, to consult for small businesses, or even to develop digital products such as online courses for human resources employees. The best online businesses come from a combination of your skills, experiences, expertise, and interests so that you are offering something that is based on both what you know and what you love. 8. The Job You Already Have It turns out that the best job for working remotely is probably the one you have now, especially if you’ve been a high performer thus far. If your boss and company already know you and trust your ability to deliver results, they might be open to trying out a new arrangement rather than risk losing you entirely. They can even opt for work-from-home for top performers and reduce office space and hence office rental costs. Consider this perspective: It’s quite expensive to replace an employee. Your company would probably prefer to try to keep you then hire someone completely new (assuming you are a performer). The COVID-19 pandemic has also changed many companies’ perspectives on remote work. The world experienced a massive shift toward remote work all but overnight, and this forced remote work experiment has revealed the real extent to which jobs of all kinds can be done from anywhere. As a result, companies may become more open to the possibilities of remote work long after the pandemic is over.

  • 5 Common Resume Mistakes That You Can Fix All by Yourself

    We’ve all heard that recruiters toss our resumes for something as simple as a typo—which is why it’s always a good idea to have someone proofread it before you hit submit. However, it’s not realistic to get someone to review it after every little tweak. But, it also doesn’t change the reality that it gets really tricky to pick up on your own mistakes, especially after a few edits. So, what can you do? Try to be as careful and thorough as possible, of course. But also be extra mindful of these five areas whenever you’re editing it yourself. 1. Mistakes in Words in All Caps I can’t tell you how many resumes I’ve seen with “United Arab Emirates” misspelled—and I work with a pretty talented lot in Dubai. But, once you put that word in all caps, it’s easy to not catch an errant “s” with the naked eye. Or with spell-check, since it conveniently doesn’t screen words in all caps. Pro Tip: Spell-check is great, but you can’t always rely on it. Go through your resume and manually check all spellings in words that are in all caps. One of the tools I use is Grammarly and you can find more information on which has a free option 2. Little Inconsistencies If you want to stand out (in a good way), you’re going to have to pay attention to the details in order to keep the entire document consistent. That means getting into the nitty-gritty details and deciding whether or not you are going to have periods at the end of your bullets or how you’re going to format employment dates. Yes, that means not switching back and forth between dates that feature months, just years, or seasons. Tip: Make up some rules for your resume and stick with them. Consistency will help create one that’s easier on the eyes. 3. Incorrect Contact Information When proofreading, most people skip the name and contact info section and go straight to the content. You would think that’s not a big deal. Well, I have a confession to make. I’ve definitely sent out a few documents with a typo in my email address before. Don’t let this be you! Tip: Mentally make a note to go edge to edge when you proofread your resume. Take nothing for granted. 4. The Wrong Verb Tense It is easiest to make a mistake on the verb tense of your bullets when you’re trying to update an out-of-date version with your most recent accomplishments. It’s common to forget to change older experiences to past tense or switch back and forth between simple present tense and present continuous tense. You might not notice the weird tenses, but a recruiter definitely will. Tip: Do a run-through of your resume where you just check to see if you’re using the right tense for each bullet. Since it’s not a spelling error and not technically a grammar error, you’ll have to catch these discrepancies on your own. 5. Lack of Context Probably the hardest thing about editing your own resume is that you will always know what you mean—even if you write some incredibly vague and incoherent sentences. Your goal, however, is to make sure recruiters and hiring managers who have never met you before or heard anything about your work history will understand what you have written. Tip: Attempt to look at each bullet as a stand-alone entity and see if your bullets make sense without any additional context. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s better than not trying. You may want to read more about designing your resume and cleaning up your social media because hiring managers are checking

  • Resume Tips To Attract Maximum Attention - Formatting Your Resume

    I thought there is too much of a time gap between Telling Your Story and Formatting Your Resume, so here goes Formatting 8. Keep it Simple We’ll talk about getting creative in order to stand out in a minute. But the most basic principle of good resume formatting and design? Keep it simple. Use a basic but modern font, like Helvetica, Arial, or Century Gothic. Make your resume easy on hiring managers’ eyes by using a font size between 10 and 12 and leaving a healthy amount of white space on the page. You can use a different font or typeface for your name, your resume headers, and the companies for which you’ve worked, but keep it simple and keep it consistent. Your main focus here should be on readability for the hiring manager. That being said, you should feel free to… 9. Carefully Stand Out Really want your resume to stand out from the sea of Times New Roman? Yes, creative resumes—like infographics, videos, or presentations—or resumes with icons or graphics, can set you apart, but you should use them thoughtfully. If you’re applying through an ATS, keep to the standard formatting without any bells and whistles so the computer can read it effectively. If you’re applying to a more traditional company, don’t get too crazy, but feel free to add some tasteful design elements or a little color to make it pop. No matter what, don’t do it unless you’re willing to put in the time, creativity, and design work to make it awesome. 10. Make Your Contact Info Prominent You don’t need to include your address on your resume anymore (really!), but you do need to make sure to include a phone number and professional email address (not your work address!) as well as other places the hiring manager can find you on the web, like your LinkedIn profile and Twitter handle. (Implicit in this is that you keep these social media profiles suitable for prospective employers.) 11. Design for Skimmability You’ve heard before that hiring managers don’t spend a lot of time on each individual resume. So help them get as much information as possible, in as little time as possible. The below 12 formatting changes will make a huge difference. Don’t Center Any of Your Text Align Your Dates and Locations to the Right Don’t Justify Your Resume Keep Everything the Same Size Font Pick Either Your Roles or Your Companies to Bold Use ALL-CAPS Very Sparingly Maximize the First 5 Words of Your Bullets Keep Bullets Under 2 Lines Use Digits When Writing About Numbers Have a Separate “Skills” Section Keep Your Resume Formatting Consistent Try to Have Some White Space Left Over 12. Get Help From a Professional Know that design skills aren’t your strong suit but want your resume to look stunning? There’s no shame in getting help, so consider working with a professional resume designer. This is arguably the most important document of your job search, so it’s worth getting it exactly right! Next: Work Experience

  • Resume Tips To Attract Maximum Attention -Telling your Story

    When you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be hard to know where to start. What experiences and accomplishments should you include for the jobs you’ve got your eye on? What new resume rules and trends should you be following? And seriously, one page or two? Well, search no more: We’ve compiled all the resume tips you need into one place. Read on for advice and tricks that’ll make sure you craft a winning resume—and help attract maximum attention I have broken up 43 tips into. Telling Your Story, Formatting, Work Experience, Education, Skills, Awards, and Interests Gaps and Sticky Resume Situations and Finishing Touches. This week we will cover Telling Your Story 1. Don’t Put Everything on There Your resume should not have every work experience you’ve ever had listed on it. Think of your resume not as a comprehensive list of your career history, but as a marketing document selling you as the perfect person for the job. For each resume you send out, you’ll want to highlight only the accomplishments and skills that are most relevant to the job at hand (even if that means you don’t include all of your experience). 2. But Keep a Master List of All Jobs Since you’ll want to be swapping different information in and out depending on the job you’re applying to, keep a resume master list on your computer where you keep any information you’ve ever included on a resume: old positions, bullet points tailored for different applications, special projects that only sometimes make sense to include. Then, when you’re crafting each resume, it’s just a matter of cutting and pasting relevant information together. Think of this as your "brag file" 3. Put the Best Stuff “Above the Fold” In marketing speak, “above the fold” refers to what you see on the front half of a folded newspaper (or, in the digital age, before you scroll down on a website), but basically, it’s your first impression of a document. In resume speak, it means you should make sure your best experiences and accomplishments are visible on the top third of your resume. This top section is what the hiring manager is going to see first—and what will serve as a hook for someone to keep on reading. So focus on putting your best, most relevant experiences first. 4. Ditch the Objective Statement The only occasion when an objective section makes sense is when you’re making a huge career change and need to explain from the get-go why your experience doesn’t match up with the position you’re applying to. In every other case? Consider whether a summary statement would be right for you—or just nix it altogether to save space and focus on making the rest of your resume stellar. 5. Keep it (Reverse) Chronological There are lots of different ways to organize the information on your resume, but the good old reverse chronological (where your most recent experience is listed first) is still your best bet. Unless it’s absolutely necessary for your situation, skip the skills-based resume—hiring managers might wonder what you’re hiding. 6. Keep it to a Page The three - (or more!) page resume is a hotly debated, topic but the bottom line is this—you want the information here to be concise, and making yourself keep it to one page is a good way to force yourself to do this. If you truly have enough relevant and important experience, training, and credentials to showcase on more than one page of your resume, then go for it. But if you can tell the same story in less space? Do. 7. Consider an Online Supplement Can’t figure out how to tell your whole story on one page, or want to be able to include some visual examples of your work? Instead of trying to have your resume cover everything, cover the most important details on that document, and then include a link to your personal website, where you can dive more into what makes you the ideal candidate. Next week: Formatting Your Resume

  • 6 Phrases to Impress your Boss in a performance review

    If the mention of “performance review” makes your heart race and your palms sweaty, you’re not alone. Many people get unnecessarily anxious when it comes time for the common annual evaluation. Personally, I’m not a huge proponent of the performance review as I believe feedback should be ongoing, but I understand why companies rely on them and how they’re used to help employees grow within their roles and department. But rather than approaching this with an overblown sense of dread, I recommend that you view it as an opportunity. Along with receiving feedback on your past year’s performance, you’ll also have a chance to brag about your accomplishments, address shortcomings, ask questions, and get direction for the upcoming year. If you are prepared to make the most of this sit-down, it’ll be a relatively painless process; in fact, it might even be eye-opening and super insightful. At a minimum, you should bring a list of accomplishments and a catalog of questions. Think of how you can self-promote, but also be prepared to respond to your boss’s feedback. (Or, fill out a 10-minute worksheet weekly.) The following phrases can apply to numerous situations and will help you navigate the annual loaded meeting with aplomb. 1. Can You Tell Me More About That? Maybe your boss throws a surprise your way during the evaluation, or perhaps she vaguely comments on upcoming expectations. Let’s say she says, “I’d like to see you be more assertive.” There is zero context or further explanation, but as this is your evaluation, you have every right to ask for clarification. You might say, “I’m a little surprised to hear that. As you’ve seen from the accomplishments I shared with you, I had a productive year. Can you tell me more about what you mean?” Ask follow-up questions as necessary. Understanding your supervisor’s feedback and acting accordingly may help you be even more successful in the year ahead. 2. I Want to Be Sure I Understand Maybe your boss tells you he wants you to take the lead on some market research this year (good news!), but by the time you are wrapping up, he still hasn’t volunteered any specifics. This is your chance to have him elaborate. Say to him, “I want to be sure I understand your expectation with the market research. I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to start taking the lead on some of this. We have a meeting with a new client later this week, and I think this would be the perfect opportunity for me to step into a lead role. Does this align with your expectations, or did you have something else in mind?” 3. Let Me Provide a Little More Context You know what you do every day, but your boss can’t possibly know the ins and outs of your work because she’s not in your head and is busy leading a team of people. So, if your supervisor brings up a situation that doesn’t exactly paint you in a good light, you should feel at liberty to speak up. I’m not advocating that you make excuses or avoid ownership. "But, if there’s something missing in the history of events that your boss is recounting, then it is your right to enlighten her as professionally as you can". If, for example, you deftly handled an out-of-control client, but your boss is under the impression that you angered a client, setting the record straight helps her understand what really happened. It may positively influence her opinion of you and your abilities, and that’s something you obviously want going forward. 4. What Would it Take to Score Higher? First, keep in mind that some companies won’t allow supervisors to give perfect scores. So, if you get a couple of “4s” instead of a top-ranking of “5” on every section of your evaluation, it may have more to do with company restrictions than your performance. Nonetheless, you are certainly within your right to ask how you can improve, or what it would look like if you performed at a top level. Additionally, if you truly believe you deserve a higher score, asking your boss what it would take to reach that score makes him think his way through his expectations. If your performance closely aligns with his answer, you just might earn an upgrade. 5. I Would Like to Discuss My Priorities for This Next Year Always wrap up an evaluation by ensuring that you know what your boss is looking for over the next year. If your review includes goals for the upcoming year, be sure you have a clear grasp of what they entail. The last thing you want is a miscommunication on what your supervisor is expecting and what you think he is asking of you. And if your evaluation doesn’t include goal-setting, you’ll want to be sure to address agreed-upon priorities and vision for the new year so you have something to point to in next year’s review. 6. How Will I Know I’m on Track Between This Evaluation and the Next? Hopefully, you have a boss who communicates with you more than once a year (and if not, you may want to think really hard about your future with your company). However, if you feel there is room for improvement in your communication with each other, don’t be afraid to ask a question like the one above. As with anything else, your word choice is key. Even a slightly more pointed, “It would really help me to have some more frequent feedback about my performance between evaluations. Can we talk about a way to make that happen this year?” invites conversation about your needs and the way feedback is communicated. The performance review really doesn’t need to cause you anxiety. Be armed with ways you can learn from the conversation, and don’t forget that for many managers, the yearly evaluation is a chance for them to dish out the praise, and thank you for your hard work. #performancereview #performanceappraisal

  • When Work Stress Becomes Burnout

    What Is Burnout…Really? Unfortunately, there hasn’t always been one centralized definition of burnout to point to. However, in May 2019, the World Health Organization announced the 11th revision of its International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), which includes an updated and much more detailed entry on burnout. Previously defined only as a “state of vital exhaustion,” it’s now classified as a “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” The WHO emphasizes that burnout is specifically work-related—it “should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life”—and is characterized by: A sense of exhaustion or depletion Mental distance from or negativity or cynicism about work Decreased effectiveness at work This new description echoes some common themes that most researchers and experts tend to agree on. “Burnout is when somebody just feels depleted from doing the task at hand,” says Alice Domar, Ph.D., Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health. “It happens when the demands being put upon you exceed the resources you have. The tank is empty.” Domar points out that burnout is more than a bad day or a tough week—after all, every job has those. “Burnout tends to be when you just don’t have any good days, and it goes on for a long period of time,” she says. What Are the Signs of Burnout? Sure, you get the overall idea and understand that it’s something that persists for longer than a week or two. But it can still be challenging to turn the magnifying glass on yourself and recognize when you might be veering straight toward feeling burnt out at work. Take it from someone who’s been there before: I totally get it. So let’s try to make things as black and white as possible by looking at a few of the most common and prevalent symptoms of burnout. 1. You Can’t Get Excited About Work Anymore Domar explains that one of the telltale signs of burnout is a lack of interest or enthusiasm about what you’re doing. Even the projects that used to make you feel fulfilled now leave you feeling completely depleted. “They don’t get the same level of satisfaction,” says Domar of people who are experiencing burnout. “They don’t get the same thrill if it goes well.” In the worst-case scenario, this attitude of indifference can extend beyond your work and negatively impact your interest in various aspects of your life outside of the office. Put simply, if you’re struggling to muster up even a shred of enthusiasm for things that used to energize you, that’s a giant, waving red flag not just for burnout, but for depression. (If you think you might be depressed, talk to your doctor or mental health professional.) 2. You’ve Stopped Putting in the Effort That lack of excitement often leads directly to a negative and even apathetic attitude. “A lot of it is just not caring anymore,” Domar explains. “You think, ‘Okay, I’m going to go to work and I’m going to complete the tasks that are set in front of me. But I’m not going to put myself into it and I’m not going to go out of my way to improve it. I’m just going to do the bare minimum to get by.” She adds that people who struggle with burnout are often those who have reputations as high achievers, so these signs of burnout on the job are typically a stark contrast when compared with their normal approach to their work. 3. Your Performance Is Suffering As you might expect, this disinterest in daily tasks often leads to poorer performance—because people who are burnt out simply don’t care enough to do things well. Personally, this was one of the biggest warning signs that I was majorly struggling. I’m normally compulsive about double-checking my work and meeting deadlines. When my editors kept pointing out errors and I was letting submission dates slide by without a single care, I knew I had a far more significant issue on my hands. 4. You’re Totally Exhausted Fatigue and an overall feeling of exhaustion are commonly cited indicators of burnout, Domar explains. You’ll not only deal with a lack of energy physically, but you can also feel emotionally depleted and drained. So if getting yourself out of bed and to the office each day is a more demanding challenge than normal, you could be tiptoeing into burnout territory. 5. You’re Dealing With Physical Ailments Burnout doesn’t have a consistent physical manifestation for everyone. However, there are numerous physical complaints that have been reported with burnout, including: Insomnia Chest pain Headaches Increased illness Heart palpitations Shortness of breath Dizziness or fainting Gastrointestinal pain Of course, there could be a slew of other explanations for these sorts of aches, pains, and issues as well. But particularly if you’re experiencing them along with the emotional changes discussed above, they might serve as a physical indicator of your burnt-out state. You’re Burnt Out...What Now? Okay, so you recognize several (or even all) of these signs of burnout from work in yourself. what? What can you do to stop this train from speeding down the tracks—and eventually off the rails entirely? Oft-repeated advice would tell you to take some time off, and it’s true that a break can at least give you a bit of breathing room. But Domar explains that if a vacation is all you do, it’s really just a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. “If you take a day or even a week off, you’re still coming back,” she says. “You’re still the same person and the job is the same job.” Instead of merely pressing pause and removing yourself from your situation, for the time being, you need to do something to actively change it. Domar says that really boils down to two things: Changing your attitude Changing your workload To change your attitude, you’ll want to learn to recognize negative habits and thought patterns and work to stop them when they happen. “For example, thinking, ‘I have to do this perfectly or I’ll be a failure.’ You challenge some of these thoughts and get away from that all-or-nothing thinking,” Domar says. Research suggests that perfectionism is closely linked with burnout. So recognizing and then removing some of these self-imposed pressures can help you breathe a little easier at work (and hopefully feel a little less stressed on a daily basis). The second change is to decrease your volume of work. Burnout can happen when you simply have too much on your plate, and in those cases what you really need to do is lighten your load. Approach your boss to have a conversation about the fact that you feel overworked and identify ways that you can manage a more reasonable workload moving forward. In my own situation, I finally (after a lot of convincing and cajoling from my loved ones) ended up dropping some of my clients to free up a little more time for myself. That action alone helped to decrease my anxiety, increase my energy levels, and help me feel at least a little bit like my old self again. Finally, to tie this all back to the “changing your attitude” aspect, it’s important that you also recognize those moments when you find yourself saying “yes” to an obligation—when you know you should really turn it down. Catch your tendency to overload yourself, and you’ll (hopefully) kick that bad habit to the curb and prevent this same situation in the future. Here’s a lesson I had to learn the hard way: Burnout is hard to recognize, and it doesn’t go away on its own. Nope, it doesn’t get better because you finally reached a new week or checked off another item on your to-do list. Identifying and then addressing burnout requires some conscious thought and effort (which, I know, is pretty much the last thing you want to think about when you’re already feeling worn down). However, one final thing I realized is that I was ultimately the only one who could do something about my situation—I needed to settle into my spot in the driver’s seat and take control over what wasn’t working for me in my career. #workstress #burnout

  • How to resign from a job when your manager is not in the Office

    You have just signed and accepted a new employment offer and now are ready to turn in your resignation and commence serving your notice period. However your manager is on leave or works remotely, then what do you do? It is always best to give notice in person. If your manager will back in a day or two and you can afford to wait, then that perfect. But that is not always the case. If your manager is working remotely or on vacation but reachable, sending a quick email or message like “Something has come up that I need to talk to you about. Do you have some time for a quick call?” And if you're disturbing him/her on vacation, apologize for the interruption. Once you are on the phone or on a video call be really descriptive about why you came to the decision, which can usually get lost in translation. You might also want to follow up with your manager when he/she is back in the office to go over a transition plan. That way, even if the timing is not good, you are taking responsibility to make the process as easy as possible on them. If your boss is away and truly unavailable—for example, “On a holiday with little or no mobile coverage or email access”—the best would be to still call from your mobile and send a "Need to Speak Urgently" email or even approach their manager with whom “you can start to lay the groundwork.” And although this situation will not be liked by your manager (when access is gained), you can make the best of it by putting together a suitable transition plan.

  • Best 6 tips for effectively working from home

    I have been mostly working from home since late early 2017 since our first child was born, very prematurely. Due to the help and support that my wife needed at home and with frequent hospital visits, I decided to convert a small area of our home into a full-fledged executive search office desk not realizing that 3 years later this experience would be much needed. I worked from home for 2 years and so I absolutely understand what it takes to have to work from home. I had to do it out of necessity while now we have to do it because of social distancing and COVID-19 protocols. The outcome of my home-based recruitment work was that Genesis Executive Search grew slowly and steadily gaining clients, building relations, and increasing our revenue streams with the help of a small yet resourceful team. Believe me, there is a way to work from home successfully. Pre Corona Virus many companies had begun to incorporate “work from home” for a few employees to keep operational costs lower. So what is the difference now? Well, many companies and institutions have implemented work-from-home infrastructure at speed without much warning or preparation and with the addition of a quarantined situation. As a result, the reality of working is now the norm. I wanted to provide you with some tips to help you succeed whilst working from home; 1) Act As If You Are Going Into The Office Working from home once in a while is a luxury and most people were excited by the prospect, however here we are presented with the reality of working from home being imposed upon us as a full-time obligation. You may not need to break your usual routine. But it is important to get up, get ready for work, and set up a space that you can work from comfortably and hopefully ergonomically. That means, your bed or your sofa is not your work desk. You would need to get a proper work desk, an ergonomic chair, and the necessary infrastructure to get you going. Remember you save at least an hour to two in travel time, the cost in car maintenance and fuel paid parking in the office, etc. You can get a lot more work done or be able to use this as home distraction time if at all. 2) Dress the Part and Plan Your Day Dressing the part, helps you get into the role. I learned that in drama classes. Dress for office (you need not have a tie and blazer or suit but at least a semi-formal or smart casual attire) to get into the responsibilities that you need to be accomplished. You would not want to have a video call with a client dressed in shorts or with a very casual background. Clients will understand but they will be impressed when they see you in a home-based office. Structure your day, You are now your own manager and therefore you have to manage your productivity (and potentially those in your team if you have to manage others). At the end of each day, write your to-do list and goals for the next day so that you have clarity/ focus and you do not have to waste time in the morning. Segment what you will do and when you will do it over the course of the day; provide yourself with breaks so that you are able to keep focused and avoid burnout. Without office-based distractions, you may actually be more productive! 3) Think Like An Entrepreneur As the Corona Virus pandemic affects the global economy and worst our household income, it is on each of us to decide how we add value to our organizations and teams. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The company will watch how you think out of the box to make things happen while those who take it easy in a comfortable work home base, will risk being “on board the titanic” situation. You and your team will make sure the business survives. Have an entrepreneurial mindset as if it is your own business. What would you do to help, how could you add value - if your job was on the line how would you approach each problem? 4) Stay In Contact Working remotely does not have to mean working in isolation. Team and client meetings can be held on Zoom / Microsoft Team, Google Meet, Webex, etc. You now have more time to get work done from one place. I would have said that changes to your environment are important. Meeting a client at their office, or working from a local coffee shop or hot-desking office but if we are in lockdown that might not be allowed. So, why not keep the team spirit going by scheduling calls and meetings as normal, checking in your colleagues to see if they are coping OK or if they need your assistance. Go on that online course that you have been pushing back but that would make you stronger or add to your value when things are back to normal. You might even find that you are able to increase your productivity at home and have more meetings without office distractions. I am into my second month of digital marketing and yes, I am absolutely enjoying learning SEO, Content Marketing, Link building, etc., and looking at ways I can implement it in my work area. So do visit us on or like us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 5) Accept Distractions You are at home so there will be a flood of distractions that you are faced with : · The Doorbell / Deliveries · Children · The TV · Social Media · The Spouse Some of these distractions can be prevented while others cannot. Do not allow distractions to gobble up your whole working day. I spent a lot of time with our babies, nights were sleepless and tiring and I still managed an 8-hour workday 6 days a week and I enjoyed the time with my babies. I had a schedule and ensured I got to spend time with them and give my work a break – 3 times a day. At two and three years old I could hear my toddlers say to each other “dada is in the office…sssh” (I work from a bedroom converted part office). While TV time is completely eliminated, I use it as an exclusive spouse time from 09:15 PM to 10:30 PM daily. The final point on this; 6) Get Some Exercise I have always found the best time to pray and exercise is early in the mornings. A quick set of stretching exercises, some sit-ups and push-ups...and fresh air. If you have the opportunity to walk or cycle or even a quick run in the parking area, jogging track, etc., and establish it into your daily routine, it would be great. Even a quick-paced walk around the block will add value. If you are working from home and struggling with the feeling of isolation, remember to reach out to others. I am sure they are feeling the same!

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