How to Take Your Career International
These are the hottest markets for an overseas career.
by JoVon Sotak,

You like what you do, but your job has become a little, well, blah. Or maybe you're just getting started in your career. Why not go international? If the idea of a new career overseas, or expanding your current career beyond U.S. borders, sounds appealing, read on to find out what sectors are hot in the international market--and which skills you need to go global.

What's hot
Juan Morales, the managing director for Stanton Chase International's Miami office (Stanton Chase builds management teams for companies throughout the world), says that several sectors are making a comeback, even sectors like finance, where the outlook has until recently been "dismal." "Overall, globally, consumer products, financial services, and life sciences are where we're seeing growth. The logistics and transportation sector is starting to come back. A lot of that has to do with industrialization in other countries and the movement of goods. Technology is also making a come back in terms of growth," says Morales.

Where's hot
Professionals in the know agree that China is hot. ABC News recently reported that China's economy is now the world's second largest and is growing at a rate of 9.3 percent, compared with economic growth of 3.8 percent in the United States. Morales says sectors to watch in China include luxury consumer products and financial services. There is also demand for top-level sales people who can speak Chinese.

Duncan McCampbell, of McCampbell Global in Minneapolis, a business consultancy that helps American businesses find overseas growth opportunities, notes that a rapidly growing middle class in China is fueling the leisure industries. More-esoteric professionals, such as museum curators and travel agents, are also in demand, as are commercial property managers.

According to Morales, these places and industries are also worthy of your attention:

The Czech Republic is showing growth and is in need of senior management to take on leadership roles and manage growing companies.

The financial-services and consumer-products markets in Dubai are growing.

Africa, particularly Lagos and Johannesburg, have industrial- and consumer-product industry growth, in addition to banking.

Consumer-products and financial sectors in Australia are also growing.

The economy in Brazil is "dynamic" and is experiencing growth in just about every sector including finance, operations, sales, and human resources.

Language barriers?
Working in another country raises the issues of language. America has been considered almost chronically monolingual, but that may be shifting. According to an April 2010 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, a lot more people are speaking a language other than English at home. That number has more than doubled in the past 30 years--and is rising at a pace four times faster than the nation's population growth.

Though English has been and continues to be the international language of business, professionals working in other countries frequently need to be able to communicate with coworkers and with customers. Lynne Sarikas, executive director of the MBA Career Center at Northeastern University in Boston, said that language competency can be a challenge when helping MBA graduates find international employment. "When there are students who have those language skills, they are in high demand," says Sarikas, who also noted that South America's job market is largely "untapped."

If you're considering an international job search, knowledge of language, as well as cultural customs, employment law, and visa requirements, can be crucial. According to Morales, "the little nuances of culture can make or break [an individual's] success in that environment. The world doesn't revolve around the U.S. any more. Cultural sensitivity is something people need to be aware of if they want to be successful in their careers in global or international kinds of roles."

Going global
If you need to take a little time to prepare for an international move, and your current company doesn't have any international offices, keep your eyes on jobs with companies that do. Sarikas recommends that her school's MBA graduates work in a company's U.S. office before going abroad, so that they can learn the company culture and make some internal contacts. Also, try to get on a project team so that you can get international exposure and build up your experience, recommends Morales. If you're not ready to strike now when these countries' sectors are hot, you can be ready when sectors in other countries come around.

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Email Tips For The Job Seeker by Nathan Newberger

This career article by Nathan Newberger will quickly give you eight MUST know tips on using email effectively in your job search.

Most people take the power of email for granted. For most people that is okay, but for job searchers, your email form and content is an expression of yourself. Its IMPORTANT that you cover the email basics.

The days of job searching using postal mail are vanishing. Some experts even say initial telephone correspondence during the job search process is being replaced by e-mail or "electronic mail". Mainly because its easy, inexpensive, and you can reach a large audience with a few keystrokes.

During the job search process you may be using e-mail more than you imagined. Before you know it you will be e-mailing recruiters, employers, previous co-workers, sending resumes back and forth, etc.

The following eight tips will help make sure that your e-mail looks professional and get the attention of the reader.

8 Tips To Make The Most Of your E-Mail

#1 - OBTAIN A SEPARATE (job search only) E-MAIL ACCOUNT:
Use this e-mail address on your resumes and for corresponding with recruiters, contacts and prospective employers. Do not give this out to your friends and family or your favorite on-line shopping sites. The purpose of this career only account is to help you stay focused on your job search. By setting up an e-mail account for only career purposes you minimize the potential for distraction.

This means at a minimum three times a day (morning, afternoon and evening). It is highly recommended that you log on more often as recruiters often use this medium to inform you of potential leads and possibilities. Ignore this rule and you may find that your golden opportunity has passed you by.

How would you feel if you left someone a phone message and he/she did not respond promptly? Offended because he/she did not take the time to respond back? Worried that maybe the message never made it to him/her? It’s no different with e-mail. The rules of common courtesy still apply. Whenever possible, reply within the same day. Make sure that you respond to all e-mail with-in 24 hours at the latest. Do this even if only to say that you received the original e-mail and will need more time to do what is requested.

The subject line is the first thing that a person sees when he/she checks his/her e-mail. Make it worthwhile. Best practice is to summarize the overall purpose/objective of the e-mail in the subject line. “ACME Brick position” will work. However, “Follow-Up: ACME Brick Fin Mgr Position” is better. Keep in mind that the person that you are e-mailing may receive dozens of e-mails each day. When short on time, he/she will scan the subject lines of his/her e-mails and answer the ones that seem most important first.

Poor spelling and grammar can make you appear at best careless and at worst poorly educated. Neither characterization is appealing when worn by the job seeker. Read over and spell-check each e-mail before you send it. If you don’t have access to spell-check, then utilize the services of a friend or your trusty dictionary. The extra few seconds won’t break your schedule and might make all the difference in your job search.

Think back to all the English papers you wrote in high school. Now make sure that your e-mail correspondence does not look anything like that (except as mentioned in the previous point). E-mail is a casual and direct form of business correspondence. As a general rule, try and keep your e-mail under a page. Do not waste time with fancy words or flowery phrases. Make your point using the smallest amount of words reasonably possible. Remember that your target audience is often short on time. If they open up your e-mail and it looks like an essay, they may become frustrated and not bother to read it at all.

Never forget that you are looking for a job. Save the smiley faces, colored fonts, exclamation points, etc. for your friends and family. For the most part, they do not belong in your job-search e-mails. Also, e-mails may be informal business communication, but do not throw all rules of etiquette out the window. Always be courteous in your writing.

#8 - Your Sign-off:
You should close each e-mail with a proper sign-off. It may be as simple as “Thanks-Jeff Smith”. Often times, it is useful to include contact information as well as any certifications in your sign-off. Many e-mail services (i.e., MS Outlook) have an auto signature function that allows you to set up a customized sign-off that can be inserted at the end of your e-mail.

E-mail is indeed a powerful tool for the job seeker, but keep in mind that the decision to use it or not may depend on your audience. While most employers have welcomed the technology age and happily accept e-communication, there are some who may not be as comfortable. With the latter, it is often a good idea to stick to the phone or postal mail for your correspondence. How to tell the difference? It’s often easiest to just ask. More often than not, they will be an e-mail aficionado.

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Holiday Job Searching Tips
by Nathan Newberger

The holiday season is just around the corner. To many people, that means bells ringing, carolers singing and job openings waning. However, the holiday season offers some rare career opportunities that are not available the rest of the year. The real problem is that many job seekers cannot identify these opportunities.

This article by Nathan Newberger explains the need-to-know-facts of performing a job search during the holidays. With a keen eye, you can take advantage of the opportunities that every one else misses by paying attention to the following:

  • Networking at holiday parties
  • Sending holiday cards with a purpose
  • Working around vacation schedules
  • Beating the holiday blues

1. Networking At Holiday Parties

The holidays bring more than a seemingly eternal string of parties. With these social outings come a string of fantastic networking opportunities. You can meet a wide array of people in many diverse fields. Even if you don't feel like attending a party, the opportunity is too great to pass up. To get the most out of the occasion, keep these points in mind:
  • BE CONSERVATIVE. You are trying to impress potential employers and colleagues. The party may not be an interview, but some restraint must be exercised. Avoid revealing or questionable clothing and limit your alcohol consumption.
  • BE CASUAL. Being overly aggressive about getting employment information will turn people away. You may be at the party to find a job, but everyone else came to unwind. As you meet new people, the topic of employment will eventually come up, and you can casually mention your job search.
  • BE PREPARED. As a job hunter, you should always have business cards with you. Anyone you might talk to about work will meet a plethora of people over the course of the night. Giving them a business card gives them a reminder of who you are.

2. Sending Holiday Cards With A Purpose

It may seem a bit cheesy, but holiday cards are a fantastic and easy way to get the attention of an employer or recruiter. There is a good chance you will be sending cards to friends and family already, so there is not very much extra work to do.

While the process is not complicated, it involves a little more effort than shoving a card into an envelope, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Avoid holiday specific cards. As a matter of professionally courtesy and respect for religious diversity, use generic cards with messages like "Happy Holidays", "Season's Greetings" or "Happy New Year".
  • Use a simple message inside your card, such as "Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year", "Happy to see you this holiday season" or "Best Wishes".
  • Do not send cards to people you have not corresponded with. The real advantage of sending a holiday card is that it serves as an unimposing reminder to people with whom you have interviewed or discussed work. A stranger will toss the card in the trash.

3. Working Around Vacation Schedules

The biggest obstacle that a job hunter will face during the holiday season is timing. People go on vacations, schedules become tight, and open time slots vanish. This does not mean that people have stopped hiring.

To have any success, you will have to fight the hands of time. This means leaving yourself available and flexible.

Consider these points:

  • The early bird catches the worm. If you contact a recruiter earlier in the holiday season, they will have more available time periods in their schedule.
  • Since the holiday schedule is so chaotic, recruiters have time slots appear and disappear all the time. You never know when a recruiter may unexpectedly be available so be prepared for a call at anytime.
  • Hold back on a vacation. If other job seekers are not available during the holidays and you are, you stand a much better shot at landing a job.

4. Beating The Holiday Blues

Regardless of financial position, people often get depressed and/or lonely during the holiday season. Being in between jobs cannot help the situation. In such a time, it is very easy to lose site of goals or suffer more serious psychological problems.

Tips on how to search for a job during the holidays are probably not going help you fight off clinical depression, but they can help you to kick those holiday blues out the door.

Try to remember:

  • Create a holiday schedule. Schedules allow you to allocate time for constructive job hunting activities and set aside time for relaxation or holiday celebrations. This way you can be productive and enjoy yourself.
  • 'Tis the season to give. During the holiday season, a tremendous number of volunteer opportunities appear. Helping others can give you a sense of pride and even put a smile on your face. Furthermore, volunteering gives you more experience to put on your resume and opportunities to network with other people.
  • At the very least, you will be contributing to your community


Many people fall into the illusion that career opportunities do not exist during the winter holidays, but this simply is not true. Some recruiters have even admitted that December is their busiest time of the year. This does not mean you are guaranteed to land a job, but it also does not mean that you should take a break from your search. With these tips and a bit of luck, you may just get the one thing you want the most this holiday season.

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How to Deal With a Colleague You Can't Stand

by Clea Badion, Robert Half International

You probably work with at least one person who simply gets on your nerves. Although you hate to admit it, interacting with him or her is a struggle, and the person's actions set you on edge. You dread collaborating with this colleague--and doing so negatively affects your mood and productivity.

Although you may not be able to change the coworker's personality or annoying behaviors, there are ways to work more effectively with him or her. Here are suggestions for working with four types of annoying coworkers:

The "Complainer"
When this person is given a new assignment or extra work, he reacts as if the boss told him he'd never be able to leave the office again. He makes his unhappiness known through words ("I don't know why I'm the only one who is given more work!") and actions (loud sighs and pained expressions). Worse, he searches for sympathy and tries to convince others of how he's been wronged by the firm. Any enthusiasm you have for your work quickly erodes in his presence.

When dealing with this person, keep the focus on the task at hand. If he complains about a deadline, offer suggestions for meeting it or reiterate the reasons the work must be completed on time. If the Complainer continues to groan and grumble, change the subject or excuse yourself from the conversation. You don't want to be seen as someone with the same attitude.

The "Bermuda Triangle"

You walk into his office for a quick project update and don't emerge until hours later--after she's filled you in on every detail of her weekend with the in-laws. When she stops by your desk, you know she's setting up camp, and you repeatedly glance over her shoulder, hoping to flag down a passing colleague who can rescue you.

To avoid getting sucked into a long, drawn-out conversation with the Bermuda Triangle, start conversations with her by saying, "I only have a few minutes to talk ..." When she strays off topic, explain that you have to get back to work but would be happy to catch up at a later rime. Use email or instant messages as much as possible; these formats make it harder to start--and easier to stop--a lengthy conversation.

The "Evil Genius"

Bring out your suit of armor when you encounter this person. She's brilliant at the technical aspects of her job, but the finer points of interpersonal communication elude her. Her conversations are always curt, her emails rarely stretch beyond a word or two, and any question you ask her is greeted with a "Why are you bothering me?" attitude.

The best way to deal with the Evil Genius is to modify your communication style to mirror hers. Be very brief and to-the-point in person, and think in bullet points instead of long paragraphs when it comes to email. She'll appreciate your efforts to quickly give her the information she needs. Also, try not to take it personally. Some people prefer to simply get down to business when at the office.

The "Coaster"
This colleague has an almost magical ability to get away with doing less work than everyone else. The Coaster may be a former star employee resting on his reputation, or perhaps he's simply very good at appearing busy and productive to upper management.

Whatever the case, it's not your job to point out that the Coaster has less on his plate than everyone else, as frustrating as this might be. You don't want to be known as the office tattletale. If his lack of productivity is affecting your ability to do your job, bring the issue up with him--for example: "I couldn't find you when I needed an answer right away. For future reference, what's the best way to locate you quickly?" If the behavior continues, bring the issue up with your manager (focusing on specific incidents, and without resorting to generalizations).

Keep your cool
Many times, a pleasant attitude and a few simple steps on your part are enough to help you effectively deal with an annoying colleague. But keep in mind that sometimes your efforts might not be enough. If you continually clash with a particular colleague, or if someone's actions are significantly affecting your ability to do your job well, you need to involve your manager or human resources representative.

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Tips for Job-Hunting During the Holidays
by Susan Johnston, for Yahoo! HotJobs

While the holidays might seem like a slow period for hiring, career experts say the season also presents an opportunity for job applicants to make an impression.

"Around the holidays, many job seekers are preoccupied with family gatherings and other distractions that keep them away from their searches," says Shawn Graham, author of "Courting Your Career" and director of MBA career services at the University of Pittsburgh. "As a result, the volume of applications for non-seasonal work is often lighter -- and that gives you, as a candidate, a greater chance of being seen."

Adds Mary Rosenbaum, a career coach and personal branding strategist at Your Career by Design, "Most companies work on their strategic plans during the fourth quarter and tend to be more open to a variety of potential hires that might fit with their strategic goals for the coming year."

Industries that use a bonus structure, like legal or financial firms, also anticipate turnover during the first quarter, because some employees leave after collecting their annual bonus.

So, how can job seekers stand out during the holiday season? Here are four ways to start:

Call during off hours.

"As the holidays approach, people are in and out of the office, and those who are at work often use that time to play catch up," says Graham. "Recruiters could use that time to give applicants of interest a longer look."

Since support staff may be out of the office, job seekers have a better chance of reaching an actual hiring manager or recruiter. One of the ways Graham suggests reaching managers when they aren't running in and out of meetings is to call before the start of the business day or after 5 p.m.

Avoid holiday gimmicks.

Some job seekers use cutesy ideas like sending a plate of Christmas cookies along with a cover letter or printing their resumes on holiday paper in the hopes that they'll get noticed. But Graham and Rosenbaum warn that these gimmicks can backfire.

"I'm not a fan of the holiday-inspired gimmick ploys," says Graham. "It's better to be more conservative. Make sure the content of your email is written persuasively and impactfully." By focusing on your skills rather than gimmicks, you also won't have to worry about offending people who celebrate different holidays.

Use events to build relationships, not beg for a job.

Holiday parties, end-of-the-year conferences, and other events all afford opportunities for networking. But job seekers can also organize holiday drinks with people they want to connect or reconnect with, since people tend to be more open to socializing during this time of year.

"Get people together for holiday drinks at Joe's Pub or something," suggests Rosenbaum. "The idea right now is to have more face time and build a relationship. What you should be doing now during the holiday time is contacting them in a way that puts them on a more equal footing." She adds that if you're unsure about someone's holiday traditions, you can simply offer their family your best.

Don't lose focus.

Staying motivated during the holidays could give you can edge over those applicants who put their search on hold. According to Graham, "The biggest thing is to keep at it. Around the holidays, it's easy to get caught up in all the distractions. Set aside that time every day and continue to look for opportunities."

Says Rosenbaum, "The idea is for people not to assume that because it's the holiday season that they shouldn't redouble their efforts. This is a really good time of year. People are much more willing to go out for drinks and spend a little more time. Use this time to forge relationships, not just look for the job."

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Start Smiling: It Pays to Be Happy at Work
Happiness at work leads to better reviews, faster promotions, fatter salaries, and higher productivity.

by Vicki Salemi,

For Jackie Donovan, director of marketing and merchandising at Fairway Market, coming to the office every morning is a joy, despite the long hours.

Donovan manages 30 employees and fields approximately 600 e-mails every day. Although she's never worked harder in a role with "no typical hours," she's also never been happier. This happiness, she notes, trickles into her team's productivity and morale as well.

"There's a definite correlation between happiness and productivity on the team," says Donovan.

Jessica Pryce-Jones, the author of "Happiness at Work" and CEO of iOpener, says Donovan isn't alone in her assumptions.

"Happiness at work is closely correlated with greater performance and productivity, as well as greater energy, better reviews, faster promotion, higher income, better health, and increased happiness with life. So it's good for organizations and individuals, too."

The research Pryce-Jones conducted with her team at iOpener showed the old adage is true: The happy worker really is the productive worker.

After building questionnaires, conducting focus groups, and compiling results from 3,000 respondents in 79 countries, her findings proved that happiness has a distinct advantage over unhappiness. "What's the evidence that people who are happy at work have it all? The happiest employees are 180 percent more energized than their less content colleagues, 155 percent happier with their jobs, 150 percent happier with life, 108 percent more engaged, and 50 percent more motivated. Most staggeringly, they are 50 percent more productive, too."

The least-happy workers reported spending 40 percent of their week doing what they're there to do, compared with happy workers, who reported spending 80 percent of their week on work-related tasks. "This means they are putting in only two days a week of real [work], while their happiest colleagues are doing four."

Her results also showed the happiest employees taking 66 percent less sick leave than those who are least happy.

As for pay and promotion, Sonya Lyubomirsky, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of California, has researched happiness and how it pays off, showing positive outcomes when you're happier in the office. According to her faculty website, benefits of happiness include higher income and superior work outcomes (i.e., greater productivity and higher quality of work).

Pryce-Jones adds, "People who are at the top of organizations are significantly happier--about 20 percent--in all our key indicators, like goal achievement, resilience, motivation, and confidence."

On the other hand, if you're unhappy, you'll be "less creative, less able to solve problems--and you're likely to be spreading your misery, too."

Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of "The Happiness Project," refers to this as "emotional contagion" by which people can catch the happy, sad, or angry moods of others.

A happy employee will boost the mood of his or her colleagues, so it makes sense that "happy people are good for teams." This is "particularly important when that person is engaged with customers, clients, patients, or a work team."

A Happy Worker Is a Productive Worker
Of course, not everyone can work within the confines of a 9-to-5 schedule, and in instances like this, a little flexibility can go a long way. For Ford employees Julie Rocco and Julie Levine, flexible arrangements like job sharing add to their happiness quotient. As managers of the Ford Explorer, "the Julies" each work from home two days a week and in the office on Wednesdays.

Rocco, the mother of a three-year-old son, says, "The job-share arrangement enables me to be 100 percent program manager on the days I'm at work, and 100 percent mommy on the days I am home ... I think that happy and fulfilled people are far more efficient and productive. They can be focused and deliver without the distractions of guilt or regret."

Such productivity is a boon for Ford, notes author Pryce-Jones. "The happiest employees focus 80 percent of their time at work on what they are there to do; the least happy, only 40 percent of their time. That's a difference of more than two days a week per person, so you definitely don't want unhappy workers in your team."

Salaries Don't Buy Happiness
Job arrangements aside, a 2007 University of Chicago study revealed that the happiest occupations are not necessarily the highest-paying.

Sandra Naiman, the author of "The High Achiever's Secret Codebook: The Unwritten Rules for Success at Work," points out that many of these happiest occupations, including special education teachers and actors, involve interaction with others, and the majority of them provide a service.

For instance, for Elizabeth Kemp, chair of the acting department at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, happiness at work is all in the creativity. "One is an artist not for fame or fortune, but for love and passion. I am always in the work, whether teaching, coaching, or directing."

Vinjaya Selvaraju, on-air presenter and blogger for, says that her collaborative work environment adds to her happiness. "Working in a collaborative environment means being able to share my ideas openly without judgment, and being able to see how my contributions help shape the outcome of the series. I wake up every morning excited to work, and go to bed every night anxious to get up and do it all over again."

Ultimately, this sense of happiness will boost your magnetism and increase the recognition you receive for your work. Pryce-Jones remarks, "Who wants to work with a pessimist? Everyone is drawn to energy naturally, and that's because it's a secret indicator. People who are happiest at work have 180 percent more energy than their least-happy colleagues." And that definitely translates into increased productivity.

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How to Deal with an Annoying Boss

by Susan Johnston,

We've all had bosses who made our lives difficult: the chronic micromanager, the chatterbox who over-shares embarrassing details from his personal life, or the Houdini who magically disappears whenever you need her. How should you handle a boss's annoying habits? We turned to the experts to find out.

1. Micromanaging
Often a micromanager is insecure and feels the need to constantly check on employees to protect his position and exert authority. If you're dealing with this type of boss, Lynn Taylor, CEO of Lynn Taylor Consulting and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant," suggests that you "over-communicate, send frequent emails, and anticipate problems before they arise." Sometimes there's an element of neediness, too. "If you want to go on vacation, your boss may feel some separation anxiety," adds Taylor. "You have to give a countdown, but let them know upfront you have everything covered."

2. Rapidly changing expectations

If your boss doesn't know what she wants or can't articulate it, your job can feel like shooting arrows at a moving target. Blaine Loomer, president of Mitchell Publishers and the author of "Corporate Bullsh*t: A Survival Guide," says the key is to ask questions and take notes. "If you want to follow up with email, say 'This is what you're expecting, this is the project deadline,'" he adds. "Make it clear what you're responsible for."

3. Unexpected, inconvenient disappearances
You need your boss to approve a press release, and poof!--she's nowhere to be found. Or you send an important email that sits unanswered for days. One strategy for dealing with a disappearing boss is to figure out which communication style he or she favors and then use it. "If you find that they're always texting you or their emails are never longer than four lines, take note," says Taylor. "Go into the meeting and make sure they're participating. Ask them, 'What do you think of this?' Find out what their project du jour is, and forward them some articles or links that pertain to that project. Become an ally to what's important to them."

4. Over-sharing
Some bosses use employees as therapists, dishing about their messy divorce proceedings, complaining about medical procedures (in gory detail), or bragging about the amazing accomplishments of their kids. This may be awkward for you, but the good news is, you're getting lots of face time. Taylor recommends that you diplomatically bring the conversation back to the work at hand. "When they're sharing too much information, that gives you a great segue to questions that you need answered," she says. "Say, 'I'm so glad you're here. By the way, I've been dying to ask you this question.'"

5. Taking credit for other people's work

It's highly frustrating when a manager takes your carefully compiled data and passes it off as his own. "It's typically done over email," says Loomer, "and it's one of the oldest tricks on the book." His advice? Bring up the project in a group setting where other higher-ups are present. "Say, 'Our group has done X," and ask for an opinion on your efforts," he suggests. "It's usually a pretty good eye-opener, because it's hard to politic in a public forum."

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How to Leave the Office at 5:00
by Sara Eckel,

The recession has certainly been hard on the people who have lost their jobs, but it's also taken its toll on those left behind. As staff sizes shrink, employees are under more pressure than ever to do more work in less time. So the ability to say no at strategic times is crucial.

"Time management isn't about magically finding more hours in the day. It's about making the most of the ones you have," says Laura Stack, a productivity expert and the author of "SuperCompetent: The Six Keys to Perform at Your Productive Best." "So stop hunting for spare minutes and start refusing to fill your calendar in the first place."

Here are some ways to start doing that:

Don't assume it's urgent. Your boss hands you a novel-length binder at 4:30 in the afternoon and says, "Would you take a look at this?" Guess you can kiss that after-work softball game good-bye. Not necessarily, says Stack. "Many times we assume people mean 'right now' when they make requests, so ask them specifically, 'Do you need it today, or will Monday be okay?'"

Make your manger manage you. If your laid-off colleagues' work is piling up in your in-box, ask your boss to help you prioritize. It's a great no-complaint way to show just how thinly you're being stretched, and it will enable you to devote the bulk of your time to the projects that matter most to her. "Where most managers and employees bump heads is when something the manager felt was of critical importance gets overlooked," says Debra Yergen, the author of Creating Job Security: Resource Guide.

Save everyone's time.
If you find that the weekly staff meeting is mostly a repetition of things that everyone already knows, you're probably not alone. So instead of telling your boss you're too busy to attend the meeting, Stack suggests pointing out that it might be a better use of the group's time if you met monthly instead. Newsletters, reports and conference calls can also be right-sized to a more reasonable time frame.

Say yes to something. Shift the focus from what you won't do to what you will do. "Say no with an alternative," says Diane Gottsman, etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas--for instance, "I won't be able to stay late tonight but will be happy to take lunch at my desk tomorrow to spend dedicated time on this project."

Don't "have a minute." Interruptions are one of the biggest office time-wasters, which is why Stack says it's important to teach your coworkers that, no, you won't just drop everything each time they want help. "When a co-worker pops his head in your office and says, 'Hi, gotta minute?' you can reply, 'I have just one. Will that be enough?' And do not smile."

After he sheepishly admits that he probably needs fifteen or so, Stack says you should either ask him to schedule a meeting or tell explain that you're busy and suggest a time that's convenient--for you!

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How Office Gossip Can Be Good for Your Career

by Susan Johnston,

We grew up learning that gossip was something to be avoided (and definitely "not nice"). But it turns out that office gossip can help us get ahead at work--if used carefully. "It's not realistic to say, 'Don't participate in [workplace] gossip,' because if you don't participate, people tend not to include you in the conversation," says Nicole Williams, the author of "Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success."

Plus, knowing who's leaving the company or who's about to be promoted can help you align yourself for your next promotion. Here's how to effectively handle office gossip--without being labeled a blabbermouth.

1. Remember, not all gossip is bad. But some is.

Mean-spirited, irrelevant gossip, like who's having an affair or who's had a nose job, is best ignored. But when water-cooler chatter turns to the boss's pet peeves or unusual preferences, that's when your ears should perk up. Frances Cole Jones, president of Cole Media Management and the author of "The Wow Factor: The 33 Things You Must (and Must Not) Do to Guarantee Your Edge in Today's Business World," suggests paying attention to management's likes and dislikes, such as sports they're playing, volunteer activities they're involved in, or how old their kids are. You can also find out what habits they appreciate or what quirks drive them crazy and adjust your behavior accordingly.

2. Listen more than you talk.
It's always better to be the person receiving gossip rather than the one spreading it. "You do not want to be branded as someone who initiates or spreads gossip about the company or people within it, as this will hurt the company and your reputation and personal brand," says Chris Perry, founder of Career Rocketeer, a career-search and personal-branding network. You can also watch for subtle clues like who's taking extra long lunches or cleaning out their workspace, as these can be signs that someone is about to give notice.

3. Verify before you act.
Just because you hear rumors or spot signs that someone is leaving the company, don't stake your claim on their corner office. If you're friendly with the person, you might casually chat them up and see if they volunteer the news themselves. Or you might initiate a conversation with human resources. "You don't have to mention that you heard that so-and-so was leaving," says Perry. "You can just mention that you are interested in an opportunity in a specific area--conveniently, in the area in which that person just happened to be--so that you are in the consideration set when the next moves are announced."

4. Be careful about what you share.
"Sometimes, in order to initiate the good gossip, you have to be willing to ante up with something," says Williams. She says to make sure that you're giving information that multiple sources have so it can't be tracked back to only you. Gossip is risky business, so don't share anything that violates confidentiality clauses or someone's trust. And avoid spreading rumors about people's personal lives.

5. Lastly, never put gossip in writing.

As Williams points out, gossip spread via email can "come back to bite you, and you can't spin interpretation or deny it." Plus, you never know who might be reading or forwarding emails.

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Top 6 Consulting Fields to Get into Now
Are you looking for a new direction in your career? Consulting offers opportunities in every sector.

by Claire Bradley,

It's a tough job market out there: people are staying put in jobs they don't like, or are stuck in the unemployment line. If you're one of these highly skilled, educated employees who can't get a solid footing in their field, have you ever thought of consulting? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a staggering 82 percent growth in consulting services across a variety of career fields by 2018. Here's where you can find the top consulting jobs.

Computer and information systems
If you're wondering where to find job growth in the future, look no further than IT--especially in the field of computer software engineering. The industry is expecting growth of 32 percent by 2018, much of which is likely to be in consulting. If you're already experienced in this industry and want to consult, look at specializing in areas like cyber security, networking, troubleshooting, banking, and finance. If you're looking for a new career, this industry may be a good place to start: many consulting jobs require just certification and the skills to do the job.

Human resources
Often seen as a soft sector when it comes to jobs, human resources is the place to be for consultants--overall job growth in this industry is expected to increase 22 percent by 2018, according to the BLS. Look for consulting positions within a corporate structure, advising on ways to improve anything from hiring policies to record keeping. With a more fluid job market, you'll also find good HR consulting opportunities in recruitment services (like temp services) or headhunting. An undergraduate degree is generally required for success in HR consulting.

It's not easy to run a corporation, which is why jobs in management will see a growth of about 24 percent by 2018. Management consultants comprise the largest part of the consulting industry in general, but expect the competition to be stiff in this sector. To be successful as a management consultant, a graduate degree (like an MBA) and a good sense of sales and marketing are key.

Environmental and conversation
Energy is a hot commodity and so are jobs in the field of conservation of the environment: growth in this sector is expected at 28 percent by 2018. A large portion of work is in the government sector, but consulting jobs will increase in the private sector as regulation and cost savings will force corporations to improve waste management and other practices that have an environmental impact. Consulting makes up 21 percent of the environmental engineering sector--a great place to be if this is your niche.

If you know your way around financial statements, consulting is a great career move. With increased regulation, accountants and auditors will be in high demand; the industry as a whole is projected to grow 22 percent by 2018. For increased success as a consultant, consider specializing in forensic accounting, accounting software, or international finance law, and continuing your education to a master's degree if you don't have one already. CPA licensing is a plus.

Sales, marketing, and public relations
Do you have a nose for sales or marketing? Consulting may just be for you--though expect the competition to be fierce in all sales and marketing consulting branches. The overall industry is projected to grow steadily at 13 percent by 2018. For success as a consultant, look at specializing in areas like international business or Internet marketing utilization.

The bottom line
This is just the tip of the consulting iceberg; if you're an expert in your field, no matter what it is, you can be a consultant. With corporate outsourcing and cost cutting measures being made across the board, you may find that your old job is now being performed by a consultant. Look for new career paths in consulting, for instance as a personal trainer, an image consultant, or a graphic designer. (Learn more about the field of consulting in "Consulting--Everybody's Doing It, Should You?")

If you're unsure about consulting as a career path, consider this: consultants make on average 50 percent more than their employee counterparts. If you use your connections, plan your consulting business carefully, and take the leap, you may find you're blazing a great, profitable new career path.

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JunoIT Solutions Consulting

We are a growing IT Consulting company with main products and services such as ERP Implementation, and Custom Software Development. We urgently need outstanding programmers. We will always try to provide your needs as an employee. We believe that by doing so, we will increase our employee's performance, and thus the overall company's productivity. A win-win-win solution for employee - clients - company.


Kami adalah sebuah perusahaan IT consulting yang sedang berkembang. Fokus kami adalah Implementasi ERP, dan Custom Software Development. Untuk itulah kami memerlukan tenaga-tenaga IT berkualitas. Kami akan selalu mencoba memenuhi kebutuhan anda sebagai karyawan, dengan memberikan fasilitas yang akan menambah effisiensi kerja. Kami percaya bahwa pemenuhan kebutuhan anda sebagai karyawan akan menghasilkan peningkatan effisiensi kerja dan meningkatkan produktifitas perusahaan secara menyeluruh. Solusi win-win-win bagi klien-karyawan-perusahaan.

Lowongan Kerja Fresh Graduate - Business Analyst ( IT Consultant / Konsultan IT / Analis Bisnis)

Interested in a challenging career which provides unlimited chances in learning about the newest technology in IT? Interested in learning the methodologies used in building coorporate aplications?

Be an IT Consultant!

There is a limitless potential in growing and following the latest trend in IT. We will always try to put you in different projects so that you will have the chance in learning something new on each project.

For one of our on-going project, we urgently need a business analyst with the following criteria :

  • Have the ability to analyze business user requirement, and translate them to an accurate business process flow and functionalities.
  • Min experience 1 years as business analyst.
  • A Minimum degree of D3 in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Management or Information System.
  • Have good knowledge for information technology (web based, client server, network, database, etc).
  • Have the ability & experience in creating system specification document (FSD, etc)
  • Good communication skills
  • Previous involvement in an ERP implementation project is a plus.
  • Knowledge in Accounting is a plus.

Please send your Resume/CV, and application letter to :
hrd (at)

Ingin mencoba karir yang menantang dan kesempatan belajar teknologi baru di bidang IT? Ingin mempelajari proses pembuatan aplikasi untuk perusahaan besar?

Jadilah seorang Konsultan IT!

Potensi untuk terus berkembang mengikuti trend IT yang terbaru selalu tersedia. Kami akan terus berusaha menempatkan anda di projek yang berbeda- beda agar anda mendapatkan kesempatan untuk mengembangkan pengetahuan IT anda. Ini adalah pilihan karir yang cocok untuk orang dengan background IT yang ingin selalu berkembang mengikuti tuntutan jaman.

Untuk salah satu projek berjalan kami,kami membutuhkan segera programmer dengan persyaratan sebagai berikut:

  • Bisa menganalisa kebutuhan user, dan menerjemahkannya kedalam dokumentasi yang akurat mengenai proses bisnis mereka, dan fungsi yang diperlukan oleh user.
  • Pengalaman minimal 1 tahun sebagai bisnis analis.
  • Min experience 2 years as business analyst.
  • Pendidikan minimal D3 jurusan Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Management atau Information System.
  • Memiliki pengetahuan yang memadai tentang Information Technology (web based, client server, network, database, dsb).
  • Memiliki pengetahuan dan pengalaman dalam membuat dokumen spesifikasi dari sistem (FSD, dsb).
  • Pernah terlibat dalam projek implementasi ERP adalah nilai plus.
  • Pengetahuan di bidang akuntansi adalah nilai plus bagi aplikan.

Surat lamaran dan CV harap di email ke:
hrd (at)

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Arista Group merupakan perusahaan yang bergerak dibidang penjualan otomotif baik mobil dan motor. Saat ini Perusahaan merupakan salah satu group dealer motor Yamaha terbesar yang mempunyai ± 35 cabang yang tersebar di berbagai kota besar. Selain itu, perusahaan juga mempunyai 5 dealer resmi mobil Honda yang tersebar di beberapa kota besar.

Saat ini Perusahaan sedang berkembang pesat dan membutuhkan para profesional berkualitas yang mempunyai motivasi tinggi untuk bergabung bersama Perusahaan untuk menjawab tantangan sebagai berikut :

Lowongan Kerja Fresh Graduate - Management Trainee Sales ( MTS )

Tugas dan Tanggung Jawab :

  • Memimpin team sales dalam pencapaian tingkat penjualan dan unit entry bengkel yang telah ditetapkan perusahaan
  • Membantu dan mendorong team sales dalam pencapaian target of sales dan unit entry bengkel
  • Melakukan penetrasi pasar dengan mengembangkan coverage area melalui sub branch atau channel
  • Menjaga stock level (unit kendaraan/spare part) dengan baik
  • Mencapai tingkat keuntungan sesuai dengan target yang telah ditetapkan
  • Menganalisa dan menentukan discount sekecil mungkin
  • Meningkatkan revenue part dan service

Persyaratan :

  • Bersedia ditempatkan di seluruh cabang Arista Group ( Luar Pulau )
  • Pria usia maksimal 33 tahun
  • Pendidikan minimal S1 semua jurusan
  • Pengalaman minimal 2 tahun di bidang otomotif dan pernah menjabat sebagai Kepala Cabang
  • Berorientasi pada pencapaian target
  • Memiliki komitmen dan motivasi kerja yang tinggi
  • Memiliki jiwa kepemimpinan, sanggup bekerja keras, teliti, bertanggung jawab
  • Jujur dan dapat bekerja sama secara team
  • Dapat mengoperasikan komputer Excel dan Word


Bagi yang memenuhi persyaratan : kami memberikan gaji, kompensasi dan benefit, pelatihan, serta jenjang karir yang menarik bagi yang terpilih.

Datang & bawa Surat Lamaran,Daftar Riwayat Hidup,Copy KTP,Pas Photo Terbaru,ke alamat:

Hari : Senin dan Rabu
Tanggal : 16 – 18 Agustus 2010
Waktu : 08.30 – 10.00 WIB
Tempat : Gedung YAMAHA ARISTA Kalimalang
Jl. Raya Kalimalang No. 19
Jakarta Timur 13440

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JunoIT Solutions Consulting

We are a growing IT Consulting company with main products and services such as ERP Implementation, and Custom Software Development. We urgently need outstanding programmers. We will always try to provide your needs as an employee. We believe that by doing so, we will increase our employee's performance, and thus the overall company's productivity. A win-win-win solution for employee - clients - company.

Kami adalah sebuah perusahaan IT consulting yang sedang berkembang. Fokus kami adalah Implementasi ERP, dan Custom Software Development. Untuk itulah kami memerlukan tenaga-tenaga IT berkualitas. Kami akan selalu mencoba memenuhi kebutuhan anda sebagai karyawan, dengan memberikan fasilitas yang akan menambah effisiensi kerja. Kami percaya bahwa pemenuhan kebutuhan anda sebagai karyawan akan menghasilkan peningkatan effisiensi kerja dan meningkatkan produktifitas perusahaan secara menyeluruh. Solusi win-win-win bagi klien-karyawan-perusahaan.

Lowongan Kerja Fresh Graduate - Senior Programmer ( IT Consultant / Konsultan IT / Software Developer / Programer )

Interested in a challenging career which provides unlimited chances in learning about the newest technology in IT? Interested in learning the methodologies used in building coorporate aplications?

Be an IT Consultant!

There is a limitless potential in growing and following the latest trend in IT. We will always try to put you in different projects so that you will have the chance in learning something new on each project.

For one of our on-going project, we urgently need a programmer with the following criteria :

  • Knowledge in ANY Object Oriented programming
  • Knwledgeable in MySQL Database
  • A Minimum degree of D3 in Computer Science, Information Technology, or Information Management.
  • Minimum 3 years Work Experience is Required.
  • Previous involvement in an ERP implementation project is a plus.
  • Knowledge in Accounting is a plus.

Please send your Resume/CV, and application letter to :
hrd (at)


Ingin mencoba karir yang menantang dan kesempatan belajar teknologi baru di bidang IT? Ingin mempelajari proses pembuatan aplikasi untuk perusahaan besar?

Jadilah seorang Konsultan IT!

Potensi untuk terus berkembang mengikuti trend IT yang terbaru selalu tersedia. Kami akan terus berusaha menempatkan anda di projek yang berbeda- beda agar anda mendapatkan kesempatan untuk mengembangkan pengetahuan IT anda. Ini adalah pilihan karir yang cocok untuk orang dengan background IT yang ingin selalu berkembang mengikuti tuntutan jaman.

Untuk salah satu projek berjalan kami,kami membutuhkan segera programmer dengan persyaratan sebagai berikut:

  • Menguasai Bahasa pemrograman dengan konsep Object Oriented.
  • Menguasai database MySQL
  • Pendidikan minimal D3 jurusan computer science, teknik informasi, atau management informasi.
  • Minimum 3 tahun pengalaman kerja diperlukan.
  • Pernah terlibat dalam implementasi ERP adalah nilai plus.
  • Memiliki pengetahuan dibidang akuntansi adalah nilai plus.

Surat lamaran dan CV harap di email ke:
hrd (at)

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Lowongan kerja pertambangan/ mining - Senior Geologist

Our client is coal mining group base in Samarinda. And Jakarta. Currently they are looking for Senior Geologist to oversee their plant expansion.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum 10 (ten) years experience, preferable in mineral exploration
  • Bachelor degree from faculty of Geology
  • Computer Literate in using MS office & Internet
  • Able to operate mining software: Surfer, Surpac, Minescape, MapInfo, AutoCad, GPS Mapper)
  • Able to make progress report on designated project
  • Able to identify geological structure, out crop, and bedrock
  • Resource definition and estimation, including quality assurance and quality control procedures
  • Coordination (with the Group) to develop and maintain official and audited Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve estimates
  • Preparation of technical reports for the various feasibility studies and quarterly statutory government reports
  • Good knowledge about Safety / K3 procedure
  • Good health and able to work under pressure with good result and always seek best solution to solve problem
  • To be located in remote area, with rotation schedule

All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence. If you are a suitable match for this position please send your application to Industrial (at)

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A well-established Mining Company in Indonesia seeks for young, enthusiastic, self-motivated and dynamic individuals to join in our company for these following positions:


Requirements :

  • Male, ages round 38+ years old
  • Hold Bachelor Degree from University, preferable graduated from Overseas University
  • Minimal 5-10 years experience in mining company
  • Fluent in English and Mandarin language for oral & written is a MUST
  • Deep understanding of mining industry in Indonesia
  • Excellent communication, self starter, creative and dynamic person
  • Ability to work proactively both independently and in a team
  • Detail oriented and have good leadership
  • Honest and responsible

Please submit your complete resume (in English or Mandarin) and recent photograph to :
hrd.hangpogroup (at)

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We are the largest Content Provider and Telco Software Company in Indonesia looking for Technical Support and System Engineer with the talents, skills, and attitude to succeed.

Lowongan Kerja Telco Indonesia - Technical Support and System Engineer


  • Handle 24/7 supports on existing applications
  • Create, manage and monitor problem status and provide them to correlated team
  • Initiate and coordinating with Developer and other team members on performing System maintenance and troubleshoot, and bug fixing
  • Monitor system performance and create necessary system alert to achive the tasks


  • Bachelor in Computer Science or Electro Engineering
  • Hands on experience with Solaris/Unix/Linux scripting and administration
  • In depth knowledge of TCP/IP Networking
  • Team player with strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Initiative, proactive and fast learner
  • Willing to work overtime
  • Able to work individually under minimum supervision as well as a team member

More information about Code Jawa can be found at our website

Qualified and interested candidates should forward their resumes to:
jobstech (at)

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PT. Simpatindo Multi Media adalah perusahaan yang bergerak dibidang trading dan distribusi produk telekomunikasi dan Multimedia. Produk yang didistribuskan di antaranya adalah komputer, Data Card, Gadget (Modem HSDPA / 3.5 G), dan lain-lain.



  • * Pria, usia max. 30 tahun
  • * Pendidikan min. SMA
  • * Pengalaman 1 tahun dibidang yang sama
  • * Menyukai pekerjaan lapangan dan bekerja berdasarkan target
  • * Dapat mengoperasikan komputer
  • * Mempunyai kendaraan bermotor
  • * Memiliki jiwa kepemimpinan, jujur, disiplin dan bertanggung jawab
  • * Penempatan di Jakarta dan Karawang

Segera kirimkan lamaran Anda beserta CV lengkap & pas foto terbaru, ke alamat email kami atau via pos paling lambat 1 Minggu ke alamat :

Jl. Panarukan No.7 Menteng
Jakarta Pusat 10310
E-mail : hrd (at)

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We are one of the leading and well established Coal Mining Companies in Indonesia seeking dynamic and creative professionals who successful track record in their field to join and grow with in the position of :

Lowongan Kerja Pertambangan / Mining - Drilling Operations Engineer

Requirements :

  • Fluent in Indonesia and English both spoken and written
  • Computer literate
  • Minimum of three years of drilling or oil field experiences
  • Possess minimum IWCF/IADC Well Control certificate or MIGAS JB III ( Juru Bor ) certificate
  • Good knowledge of all aspects of the drilling operation, maintenance and work

If you meet the above requirements, please send your application with a full detailed resume and your recent photograph, via e-mail to : recruitment (at)

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VERITY HR provides Human Resources consulting services to new and established companies in Australia and Indonesia. Verity HR has a team of consultants that partner with clients to deliver Specialist and Generalist HR Management. Our team of specialists with over a decade’s experience in Mining, Engineering, Manufacturing, Architecture, Oil & Gas and Energy & Water pride themselves on providing exceptional service to clients nationally and internationally. Verity HR also provides Employment Services for individuals looking to create new employment opportunities and maximize their current employment situation within the Resources Industry.

Lowongan Kerja Pertambangan / Mining - Legal Department Head (Ref No. 436)


  • Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree in Law.
  • At least 5 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position.
  • Experience in Public Law Firm
  • Experience in Public Company.
  • Good knowledge of legal aspect in the Mining Industry.
  • High level of English language capability, both verbal and written.
  • 1 Full-Time position available.


  • Salary is negotiable.
  • Attractive packages are available for top candidates.

Please email your applications (in English and MS Word format) to:
windro (at)

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Perusahaan Industri Sepeda terkemuka mengajak Anda bergabung dan menjawab tantangan untuk maju bersama, membutuhkan tenaga profesional untuk ditempatkan pada posisi sebagai berikut:



  • Pria / Wanita usia 25 - 30 tahun
  • Pendidikan S1 jurusan Sistem Informasi
  • Menguasai dan Mampu mengaplikasikan:
  1. Program MS SQL Server
  2. Jaringan komputer LAN & WLAN
  3. ERP, Hardware & Trouble shooting
  4. Web Base Applikasi (ASP.NET / Php / AJAX)
  • Pengalaman lebih diutamakan
  • Bersedia di tempatkan di Jakarta

Kirimkan aplikasi & CV beserta foto terbaru via email ke:
itsby (at)

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The future depends on what we do in the present

~ Gandhi

As one of the leading investment company in Indonesia, we are offering you the challenges and opportunities to meet your dream and ambition. As a company, we are dedicated to be a professional in this industry and first choice of our client.

  • Building up a promising CAREER PATH in Financial Industry with outstanding PERSONAL GROWTH;
  • Serving the clients with your PROFESSIONAL knowledge.


Basic Requirements:

  • University graduate (Fresh graduates are welcome);
  • Will to learn and able to work under pressure;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Dedicated, ambitious, looking forward, focus and eager to learn.

Remuneration Package:

  • Excellent career path
  • Basic salary, interesting commission scheme, and bonus
  • Professional training program
  • Annual overseas trip

Interested parties, send your comprehensive CV complete with your recent photograph to :
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We are fast growing company lookout for energetic talents that are interested in developing a career with an international café chain. If you are dedicated, hardworking, service, quality conscious and innovative, we want you!


Qualifications :

  • Male/Female
  • Age max. 27 years old
  • Min height 160 cm (F) and 165 cm (M)
  • Min. SMIP/SMK from Hotel & Tourism or SLTA
  • Having min. 1 year experience in the same field

Write to us with the position code clearly stated on the top right hand corner of the envelope and sent to :

Jakarta Barat
Or e-mail to:
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There isn’t a person alive who does not suffer from stress. Some people don’t even know they are suffering from stress because they don’t take the time to notice how they are feeling. Such people often feel overwhelmed, burned out, or stressed out much of the time, no matter whether they are at work or at home. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Only you can control how you feel, but you can’t do that unless you are aware of how you feel. Once you become aware, you can choose how to react to whatever is happening around you. But the key is that you have to be aware of what is going on in your body. This guide will help you learn to take a few moments out of your day and check in with yourself so you can go through your workday as smoothly and stress-free as possible.

1. Take a few moments in the morning to be silent, gaze out the window, take a slow walk, or meditate. Orient yourself to being awake and notice how that feels. It will help if you can start out your day with a feeling of inner peace.

2. Take a few minutes to do nothing but breathe while your car is warming up. Check in and see how you are feeling right now, knowing you are on your way to work.

3. Become aware of any tension within your body as you are driving to work. Consciously work at releasing that tension. Notice the difference in what it feels like to drive while tense and while relaxed.

4. Decide not to play the radio and just be with yourself instead.

5. Stay in the right lane and do not go above the speed limit. Do not succumb to societal pressure to rush everywhere. It’s ok to get where you are going in your own time.

6. Pay attention to your breathing when stopped at a red light. Don’t wait impatiently for the light to change to green—just sit.

7. Take a moment to orient yourself to your workday after you park your car. Allow yourself to transition from home mode to work mode.

8. When you are sitting at your desk, periodically monitor your body tensions. Consciously attempt to relax and let go of any excess tension you may have.

9. Use your breaks to truly relax, rather than grab a quick snack or smoke. Take a short walk or meditate.

10. Change your environment at lunch. Perhaps eat outside in nice weather. Or find somewhere quiet where you can talk to co-workers or eat alone.

11. Try closing your door if you have one for a few minutes for a time-out. You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone or anything else.

12. Stop working for a few minutes every hour or so in order to become aware of your breathing and bodily sensations. Take time to get back in touch with your feelings.

13. Use everyday cues from your work environment, such as the phone ringing or the time on your computer terminal, as reminders to stop and take a moment to breathe.

14. Take time during your lunch break to talk with your coworkers about non-work-related topics.

15. Choose to one or two lunches in silence each week. Eat slowly and mindfully.

16. At the end of the day, make up a “Got Done” list and congratulate yourself on all you accomplished.

17. Pay attention to the walk to your car—how does the air feel? Is it cold or hot out? If it isn’t to your liking, try to accept it rather than resisting.

18. While the car is warming up, consciously transition yourself from work to home. Just sit and enjoy the moment.

19. While driving home, notice if you are rushing. How does that feel? What can you do to change it? Remember, only you can control how you feel.

20. When you park your car at home, take a minute to come back to the present. Orient yourself to being at home again.

21. Change out of your work clothes as soon as you can. It helps you make a smooth transition from work mode to home mode. Then, if possible, take 5-10 minutes to be alone and check in with yourtself.

Stress can kill, but you don’t have to be a victim if you make a conscious choice to focus on your feelings and choose what to do with those feelings. You don’t have to react to stress; you can choose how to respond to it.

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How to Work a Room
Unusual advice about networking at a group gathering

by Susan Adams,

On a couple of occasions lately, I found myself in places where I felt I had to do some serious networking. One was my thirtieth college reunion; the other, a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. Though I'm not a shy person, I felt stymied. I had trouble starting conversations and, then, once I did, figuring out how long to linger before moving on. If only I knew how to work a room.

In hopes of doing a better job next time, I've interviewed four professionals who have focused on the subject. One of them, Ali Binazir, a hypnotherapist and author in Santa Monica, Calif., has put together an eight-step plan. A Harvard graduate with a medical degree from the University of California at San Diego, Binazir has worked as a McKinsey & Co. consultant to biotech and pharmaceutical companies and has spent time studying Eastern philosophy. He wrote "The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible."

I find some of Binazir's advice a little off the wall--he recommends walking up to potted plants and introducing yourself--but I figured that perhaps if I could put his steps into practice, I'd improve my networking skills.

One of his suggestions seems easy to follow and especially useful: Arrive early. That way, you take on what he calls "host physiology." If you're one of the first in the room, you can adopt the mindset of someone who is there to meet and greet, as opposed to walking into a room of 200 people who are already talking to one another.

Binazir also recommends that you wear something that can make for a conversation starter, such as an unusual brooch or lapel pin. His own signature: a jaunty white hat. And he suggests you always be prepared with some conversation starters drawn from news headlines, like, right now, Mark Hurd's resignation as Hewlett-Packard's chief executive. He exhorts you to get into what he calls "a powerful state" before walking into an event, by engaging in five minutes of meditation or closing your eyes and taking ten deep breaths.

Next, one of his oddest suggestions: Make friends with your environment. Go up to an object in the room, like a plant or an armchair, and introduce yourself. "It creates a shift in your mind, and the whole environment goes from feeling foreign or hostile and becomes yours," he says. He also recommends positioning yourself so that you're framed by a doorway, in order to look more inviting to others.

Warm up by using your prepared conversation starters with the next person you see. Binazir likes to begin on the periphery of a crowd and work his way in. You can also stand by the bar, or, if you're female, near the restroom, where there's often a line. He also likes what he calls a "two-hit technique," where he starts a conversation, excuses himself, and then returns later to the same person. "If you see someone multiple times you feel as if you know them," he explains.

To establish rapport, mirror the other person in word and gesture. He also recommends what he calls the "million-dollar handshake." Imagine that the next person you'll meet is your best friend from elementary school, whom you haven't seen in decades. Shake the person's hand as though he were that person. Cover both hands with your free hand, and count off three seconds before releasing.

Another technique: Tell a memorable story about yourself.

Don't wait until the end of a conversation to exchange contact information, he advises. He carries a digital camera to events and snaps pictures of people he wants to remember. When he follows up with an email, he attaches photos.

It's tough for me to swallow all of Binazir's ideas. I've never meditated, I'm not interested in conversing with a piece of furniture, and I don't know any party tricks. I find it enough work to strike up an engaging conversation without trying to calculate the moment to snap a photograph. Besides, I'd feel embarrassed doing so.

Other networking professionals I interviewed disagree with several of Binazir's tactics. Don Crowther, an online marketing consultant at, says you should wait until a conversation's close before exchanging contact information. Marcie Schorr Hirsch, a career coach and consultant with Hirsch/Hills Consulting, says it's unrealistic to be so strategic about working a room. "Networking is a non-linear function," she insists.

Nicholas Boothman, the author of "How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less," says it's better to start in the middle of a room rather than skimming the periphery. But Boothman also maintains that working a room is a fallacy anyway. "It's nonsense," he says. "People who work a room are off-putting to other people." At large social or business events, your goal should be to make connections with two or three people, he says. "That can be much more valuable than flitting around like a social butterfly."

In that case, maybe I'm not so bad at this networking thing after all.

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