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A lot of people would love to start the New Year with a new job and big uptick in salary, right? So why not help out someone you love this Christmas, with the gift that can help them get their career on track for 2016?

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Do You Get A Salary Increase This Year?

Do You Get A Salary Increase This Year?

Need access to tools for salary comparison? You’re in the right place.

Find out what others are earning, and check how social media impacts your job search here.

If you didn’t – you’re not alone. A whopping 17% of organisations didn’t increase salaries this year.

But what else has been happening in recruitment this year? We’ve taken a look over some the trends in recruiting this year and have come across some interesting facts from a number of surveys.

For instance, a survey by Hays showed that 56% of employers increased salaries by less than 3% last year (2014) and 22% increased salaries by 3 – 6 % last year.

The same survey showed that the top 3 benefits on offer were:

  1. 56% – salary sacrifice (What is salary sacrifice, you ask? It’s when an employee agrees to forgo part of their future entitlement to salary or wages in return for the employer providing them with benefits of a similar value. when an employer offers you benefits. Find out more here)
  2. 38% – above mandatory superannuation
  3. 34% – parking

Speaking of salaries, if you’re not sure where you stand in relation to others with the same skills sets as you, there are a number of great tools available in the market where you can compare your salary with what others are getting on sites such as Glassdoor or Emolument, or you can request a copy of the Hays salary guide here.

For some other interesting snippets (like what impact your social media profile can have on your chances of being recruited), check out the infographic from Jobvite’s 2015 Recruiter State of the Nation.

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How To Make People Like You In 4 Seconds Or Less

Become Instantly Likeable.

Within seconds of meeting you, people are already making judgments about your personality.

Those assessments can influence whether they want to hire you, date you, or be your friend.

So you’ll want to do everything you can to make the best impression possible — before it’s too late.

To help you out on that front, we checked out “How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less” by speaker and author Nicholas Boothman. The book highlights a key strategy for ingratiating yourself with your conversation partner while greeting them.

The best part? The whole process takes just four seconds. Read on to find out how to become instantly likable.

Step 1: Be open.

Boothman says you’ll want to open both your body and your attitude.

In terms of your body language, Boothman says you should aim your heart directly at the person you’re meeting. Don’t cover your heart with your hands or your arms. And if you’re wearing a jacket, unbutton it beforehand.

It’s equally important to cultivate a positive attitude. While you’re greeting the person, Boothman says you should feel and be aware of that positivity.

Step 2: Make eye contact.

Boothman says you should be the one to initiate eye contact, and let your eyes reflect your positive attitude.

If you feel uncomfortable making eye contact, he suggests a strategy for getting used to it: When you’re watching TV, note the eye colour of the people on camera and say the name of the colour in your head. The next day, do the same thing with every person you meet.

Just make sure to look away at some point — as Carol Kinsey Goman writes on Forbes, too much eye contact can feel rude or intimidating for the other person.

Step 3: Beam.

Boothman advises being the first one to smile. You’ll send the message that you’re sincere.

Research also suggests that smiling when you meet someone in a happy context is a useful way to get them to remember you.

Step 4: Say “hello.”

Whether you say “hi,” “hey,” or “hello,” or use another salutation, you should sound delighted to be making this person’s acquaintance.

Next, you’ll want to extend your hand. Make sure to give a firm handshake, which generally creates a more positive impression.

When the person you’re meeting gives his or her name, try to repeat it a few times. For example, you might say, “Sara. Nice to meet you, Sara!”

If you’re meeting multiple people and can’t shake everyone’s hand at once, Boothman says it’s possible to conduct a “hands-free” handshake. Do everything you’d normally do while shaking someone’s hand — point your heart in their direction, say hello, and smile — but don’t extend your hand.

Step 5: Lean in.

There’s no need to fall over into the person you’re meeting.

Boothman suggests an “almost imperceptible forward tilt” to show that you’re open to and interested in what the person has to say.

This article is courtesy of Business Insider.

Want your own copy of How To Make People Like You In 90 Seconds? Click here.

Great Places To Work Just Got Better

Every worked with someone who just drove you completely nuts? Or that person who no one gets on with, even the nicest person in the office?

Great Places To Work Are Places Like Atlassian.

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Yep – we have too. So we were pretty pleased to read about how Atlassian dealt with their resident ‘very annoying person’. Read on to see how what they did. It’s no wonder they make it to the Best Places To Work list each year.

At Atlassian nothing is more important than culture.

So when Scott Farquhar learned that the company had hired somebody who was difficult the company co-founder had a simple response.

“A little while ago there was somebody that everyone thought was an arsehole basically, and I asked people ‘well why are they still here?’”he says.

“And we made the choice that they were not really right for Atlassian.

“It was instructive that even as you get larger you need to spend more time explaining to people that culture is more important than job performance, and I will support you at making sure we hire the right people. Or let people leave the company if they don’t fit that culture.”

At Atlassian Summit in San Francisco overnight, Farquhar and co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes spoke of the importance culture at Atlassian.

The company has been named Australia’s best place to work for two years running, and the second best medium-sized workplace in the United States.

But what is “culture”?

Farquhar says while values are a part of the company that never changes, culture is the environment in which work gets done, and naturally evolves as a company grows.

“How work gets done in a 20-person organisation is very different to how work gets done in a 200 or 2000-person organisation,” he says.

And the most important ingredient of a company’s culture are its employees, Cannon-Brookes adds, that’s why it’s important to manage hiring practices as a startup grows, something Farquhar admits the duo didn’t get right initially.

“The first 50 people we hired, Mike and I interviewed and hired personally, and then the next 50 people, we were less involved in the interview process,” he says.

“We hadn’t put any values in place, or really structured the types of people we were looking for.

“And then one day we looked at the types of people that were coming to join Atlassian because we had free food and a pool table and ping pong and all these perks. People were joining Atlassisan because of the perks, not because we built amazing software that helps teams change the world.”

Realising they were attracting the wrong type of employee, Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar took a bunch of their first employees on a company retreat, and asked them “if you were going to rebuild Atlassian, what would be the properties you would look for in employees”.

The duo then did the same thing with Atlassian’s executive team.

The results were pretty similar, about 80% Farquhar says, and it was those attributes that became and remain Atlassian’s values:

Open company, no bullshit
Build with heart and balance
Don’t #### the customer
Play as a team
Be the change you seek

Those goals aren’t aspirational, they aren’t attributes Atlassian expects its employees to grow into.

They’re attributes Atlassian makes sure its potential employees fit into, before hiring them.

“We have a lot of customers from a lot of different types of companies and often we get (asked) ‘It’s great that you have these values but I can’t change my X’ and I always say, you can change the people around you,” Cannon-Brookes says.

“You don’t have to have values for a company. They can be a team, department, office, anything right. I think the act of getting a group of people together and sitting down and saying ‘ what do we stand for’ and ‘what do we not want to lose’ is more important than ‘what do we want to be?’

“The other thing we that we didn’t write down that we were very clear on at the start is that we didn’t want to have basic human values [on the list], like honesty, integrity, those sorts of things, those should be inherent or assumed. Otherwise you end up with a set of platitudes that aren’t useful or instructive to people in any way shape or form.”

This article appeared in Smart Company.


Oh, to tap dance to work every day!

Choose A Job You Love

According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, Warren Buffett says he’s tap dancing to work every day. I reckon I would too, if I was him.

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The 85-year-old businessman says choosing a job you love is the key to a long and fruitful career. “I’m tap dancing to work every day. There’s nothing more exciting than to get there. It doesn’t get better than that,” the Berkshire Hathaway executive said Tuesday, according to Business Insider.

“My Social Security check is coming every day. I don’t need this,” Buffett said of his work, adding there’s nothing he’d rather do in the world.

While money is clearly not a concern for the self-made businessman, whose reported net worth is around $72.7 billion according to Forbes, he advises young people not to chase money.

“I tell the students when they come to see me…. You want to be doing something you would do if you didn’t need the money,” Buffett said.

It seems, he loves his job so much, he doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon, either. Buffett said it would be “crazy” for him to quit his job. “If I quit today — I see these people. They spend a whole week planning their haircut. That is not my idea of living,” he said.

And though he’s pushing 90, Buffett said he’ll continue to power on with his work even if his physical capacity diminishes, saying he’d still be able to buy and sell and do business as usual.

Buffett has previously said his longevity is due to his unusual diet, which includes drinking five Cokes a day, sometimes having chocolate-chip ice cream for breakfast and snacking on Cheetos.

Sounds like an excellent recipe for staying young at heart!

This article first appeared in The Huffington Post.

Nurses Resumes

Are you a Doctor? Are you a Nurse?

Need a Medical resume? Need a Nurses resume? Medical and Nurses resumes are a speciality of ours.

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Lucky for you, we are expert in Nursing Resumes, having had hands-on, in-field experience ourselves.

Better still, we’ve just discovered that Sweden is moving to a 6-hour work day, and a University Hospital and a couple of nursing homes have already made the switch, without any changes to wages. How good is that?

They’re a clever bunch those Swedes. And so are we. Before you pack your bags for Sweden, we can help you get your nurses resume in order.

Read on for the full story.

Sweden is shifting to a 6-hour work day
*Packs up life, books plane ticket*

Despite research telling us it’s a really bad idea, many of us end up working 50-hour weeks or more because we think we’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. And according to a study published last month involving 600,000 people, those of us who clock up a 55-hour week will have a 33 percent greater risk of having a stroke than those who maintain a 35- to 40-hour week.

With this in mind, Sweden is moving towards a standard 6-hour work day, with businesses across the country having already implemented the change, and a retirement home embarking on a year-long experiment to compare the costs and benefits of a shorter working day.

“I think the 8-hour work day is not as effective as one would think. To stay focused on a specific work task for 8 hours is a huge challenge. In order to cope, we mix in things and pauses to make the work day more endurable. At the same time, we are having it hard to manage our private life outside of work,” Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm-based app developer Filimundus, told Adele Peters at Fast Company.

Filimundus switched to a 6-hour day last year, and Feldt says their staff haven’t looked back. “We want to spend more time with our families, we want to learn new things or exercise more. I wanted to see if there could be a way to mix these things,” he said.

To cope with the significant cut in working hours, Feldt says staff are asked to stay off social media and other distractions while at work and meetings are kept to a minimum. “My impression now is that it is easier to focus more intensely on the work that needs to be done and you have the stamina to do it and still have energy left when leaving the office,” he told Fast Company.

The thinking behind the move is that because the working day has been condensed, staff will be more motivated and have more energy to get more done in a shorter period of time. Feldt reports that not only has productivity stayed the same, there are less staff conflicts because people are happier and better rested.

No doubt Filimundus was looking at the several Toyota service centres in Gothenburg, which switched to a six-hour day 13 years ago and report happier staff, a lower turnover rate, and ease in enticing new employees to come on board. “They have a shorter travel time to work, there is more efficient use of the machines and lower capital costs – everyone is happy,” the managing director Martin Banck told David Crouch at The Guardian, adding that profits have risen by 25 percent.

Back in February, a Svartedalens retirement home in Gothenburg implemented a 6-hour work day for their nurses with no changes to wage, and will be running the experiment till the end of 2016 to figure out if the high cost of hiring 14 new staff members to cover the lost hours is worth the improvements to patient care and employee morale.

“The Svartedalens experiment is inspiring others around Sweden: at Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska University hospital, orthopaedic surgery has moved to a 6-hour day, as have doctors and nurses in two hospital departments in Umeå to the north,” The Guardian reports.

While impressions of staff being happier and full of energy aren’t exactly scientific basis for declaring 6-hour work days as ‘better’ than the 8.7-hour work day endured by the average American, we do have evidence that what we’re doing right now isn’t working.

A study published in The Lancet last month analysed data from 25 studies that monitored health of over 600,000 people from the US, Europe, and Australia for up to 8.5 years found that people who worked 55 hours a week had a 33 percent greater risk of having a stroke than people who worked a 35 – 40 hour week, and a 13 percent increased risk of developing coronary heart disease, while a separate study found that working 49-hour weeks was associated with lower mental health, particularly in women.

And as we reported earlier this month, we probably shouldn’t even be forced to clock on at 9am anyway, with expert Paul Kelley from Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute saying that society is in the midst of a sleep-deprivation crisis, because our 9-5 working hours are at odds with our internal body clocks. “Staff should start at 10am … Staff are usually sleep-deprived,” Kelley said. “Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to. We cannot change out 24-hour rhythms.”

Hear that? Everybody is suffering and we don’t have to. I guess until the rest of the world catches up with Sweden – which btw is also making moves to become the world’s first fossil fuel-free nation – we’ll all just have to move there.

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