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Can You Ever Get Personal with Your E-Mails at Work? September 27, 2008

Posted by dapinoyemployee in Da Pinoy Employee, Working with Bosses and Officemates.
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When it comes to electronic mails, there is a fine line that separates work and personal communications.  In most cases, there are few problems regarding this issue, particularly if you work for a company that doesn’t really mind if you use your company e-mail to receive personal mails.  WZ, a company I used to work with, had this policy.  The IT department just didn’t care how many personal e-mails got sent to its employees as long as the online interaction didn’t interfere with the work.

My next company didn’t feel the same way.  The IT department imposed a strict policy on incoming e-mails from external sources (friends, ex-colleagues, former bosses, classmates, potential employers 🙂 etc.).  They even restricted the size of the files that came in. 

In many ways, it was helpful in that it controlled those cutesy but annoying slideshows running on Powerpoint that inevitably got forwarded endlessly around the office.  It also minimized the risk of our servers getting infected.  Unfortunately, it also left you at the mercy of the IT department.  So how personal is personal?

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Is Your Body Betraying You? Body Language No-Nos During an Interview September 27, 2008

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When you’re being interviewed, know that you will be placed under another person’s observant eye.  In a way, you will be judged – the way you dress, the way you talk, how you speak, how you move, what gestures you use, etc.  Since interviews can be rather nerve-wracking and to some extent, terrifying, learn how to manage your physical movements.  Here are some of the gestures and body language mistakes you should try to avoid:

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Working with Employment or Job Placement Companies September 25, 2008

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There are companies that help individuals get a job as local hires.  In Metro Manila, they are known as consultancy or placement firms.  A few of the more known companies include John Clements Consultants, ZMG Signium Ward Howell, and Asia Select, among others.

Essentially, these companies act as a job applicant’s contact with a potential employer.  The system works like this:

Employer gets in touch with the placement agency with a list of job vacancies the employer may have.  The list may contain just one possible position, although many employers do place multiple postings. 

The list will also contain the most basic requirements that the employer would want the candidate to have.  In placement firm terms, it’s called the ‘specs’, short for specifications.  This will include the must-haves an applicant should be able to offer, such as educational background, work experience, skills, certain personality traits, training, etc.

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The Workplace Snitch: How to Handle Them and Survive September 23, 2008

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Remember way back in school when you ganged up on the kid who would tell the teacher on you?  We hated snitches then and we still don’t like them now.  But you know… these kids grow and become adults and pretty soon, they’re working in that cubicle next to you.  And there’s more good news: they haven’t changed their snitching ways.  They may have been a bit harmless way back when but now, they could cost you your career.  So how do you handle workplace snitches and survive?  Here are ways to deal:

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The Job Description: Know What It Is and How It Defines You September 15, 2008

Posted by dapinoyemployee in Da Pinoy Employee, Jobhunting Pinoy Style, The Application Process.
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One common mistake that job applicants make is ignoring the job description.  Or if they do read it, they usually do so in a cursory manner, not really comprehending what the job entails.  On this post, I will attempt to define the job description and show you why you should fully understand what it stands for.  It can be a good tool to help you advance in your career – provided you know why it exists and how it will define you.

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How to Deal with an Officemate Out to Sabotage You September 12, 2008

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If you have been the unlucky recipient of someone’s bad vibes, brace yourself.  Depending on how bad that person has it in for you, you might have to rely on your common sense and survival skills just to shield yourself from an attack.  Here are ways you can deal with an officemate who has made it his life’s purpose to sabotage you:

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Questions You Should Ask Your Employer During a Job Interview September 11, 2008

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During a job interview, the employer will usually let you ask questions about the job and the company.  This is so you can get to know the job opening better and learn more about their organization.  When offered this opportunity, don’t miss out.  Below are some of the questions you might want to ask during a job interview.  Pick out the ones that you can use and rephrase them to suit your purpose.  Just make sure you’re asking a question that hasn’t been answered yet or the interviewer will think you weren’t listening.

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A Practical Guide to Making the Proper Introductions in Business September 11, 2008

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There is only one chance to make a first impression.  Once that chance is gone, it’s gone.  You can’t take it back.  That means when you’re making introductions in a business setting, you should make it right the first time.  If you’re still unsure about making the appropriate business introductions, here’s a practical guide on how to do it properly:

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Dos and Don’ts About Working on Another Job While Employed September 11, 2008

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Blame it on the economy.  Used to be that 500 bucks went a long way.  These days, that’s probably your expense for one or three days, depending on where you work and how you spend.  Small wonder people are taking on other jobs even if they’re already employed.  But are you doing the right thing?  Should you tell your boss?  Here are a few dos and don’ts to help guide you should you decide to take on another job while employed.

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Handling Nasty Officemates III September 11, 2008

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Here are more ways to handle those nasty officemates:

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