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Recognising The Best Blogs

To be held this Friday, the World Bloggers & Social Media Awards is an inaugural event where numerous top blogs, bloggers and social media activists are nominated and voted for their achievements in the interactive media arena by the public.

Among exclusive awards to be presented are Best Lifestyle Blog Of The Year, Upcoming Blogger Of The Year and Best Social Media Icon Of The Year.

Recognising Best Blog

Organising this event is Malaysia Social Media Chambers , a premier non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing and advocating the discipline of credible social media. Through best practices, industry education and member value, SMC advocates social media as a channel of solution to business challenges and a key component in the creation of brands ethically.

According to SMC founder and president Shahul Hameed, 31 categories are being contested for the awards event.
“The public could nominate any of their favourite blog, blogger or social media site under any of these categories. However in terms of voting, an individual was only allowed to cast one vote for each category,” he says.

A total of 803 Malaysia best blog 2015 were nominated with a number of 47,045 votes polled. Judging criteria is based on 80 per cent public voting and 20 per cent on Judges Decision — where 10 per cent was allocated for site or blog content, five per cent for design and layout and another five per cent for ethics and effectiveness.

“Top bloggers and social media activists for this awards were nominated based on their contributions, achievements and of course their reach in the social media arena. Since 80 per cent of the judging criteria was based on public voting, it is the public who had the upper hand in determining which blog, site or blogger had touched their lives the most in whichever way, be it professionally or personally. Therefore, it is safe to say that the bloggers or entrants of this awards are seen relevant in their own fields and influencing the minds of today’s social media savvy communities and Netizens,” Shahul says.

He notes that through the lens of social media, the world gets smaller, where news, feedbacks and opinions travel at almost real time and reach almost all of the niche markets accessible through the social media space.

“Social media gives us the power to influence and persuade with maximum impact at such minimal effort. By this, the world and not to mention the country has seen an increase in the use of social media among organisations, corporations and even legal professions in marketing, promoting and branding their products and services.

“It is undeniable that social media, along with its ever revolving trends, can empower our future generations in driving economy and nation building,” Shahul says.

However, irresponsible use of it can also be devastating. “This is where Malaysia Social Media Chambers come in. Not only is SMC an NGO that advocates social media as a channel of solution to business challenges but it is also set to create awareness in the usage of all new and mobile media while being ethical social media practitioners,” he concludes.

10 Resume Mistakes That Would Cost You The Job

Resume Tips

1. Exaggeration and lies

Exaggerating or lying in your resume would definitely bring short and long-term consequences to your career. You are at risk of losing honour and trust. It is never a choice to lie in your resume. The stakes are high when you do that.

2. Distracting information

There is a difference between useful information and too much information. Including certain details may set you apart from other candidates but if it is not relevant to the job you’re applying for, it will become a distraction instead of a positive addition to your resume.

3. Immature email address

Inappropriate or immature email addresses are a big turn off for employers. They indicate lack of maturity and discipline. Create an email address that is professional to put on your resume. First impressions are very crucial.

4. Incorrect contact details

Be sure your contact details are written correctly. You may think you are not getting phone calls because you are not eligible, but there’s also a possibility that your contact information are wrongly written. Triple-check your resume to ensure that it is perfect.

5. Weird hobbies

Do not put strange hobbies or interests on your resume. There are better ways to show your individuality. You will not get hired if those hobbies have a negative impression to the employer.

6. Generic resume

It may be easier to send the same resume for every job that you are applying for. But a generic resume won’t show the hiring manager that you are the perfect candidate for the company. Match your achievements with the job’s requirements. Avoid the one-size-fits-all resume.

7. No structure

A well-written resume leaves a good impression on the employer. It shows attention to detail and can powerfully show the value that you can bring to the company. Be sure that your resume is systematic and rational.

8. Too many details

Your resume should only be between one and two pages. The goal is to make your resume short, yet readable for the employer. List only your selling points that are applicable for the job. Leave out details that are not relevant to the job at hand.

9. Overly-decorated resume

When you display your resume in an unconventional manner, the employer may assume that the reason why you decorate your resume with ribbons, unnecessary binding and much more is that you are unprofessional. Sometimes being unconventional does not help you to land a job.

10. Say no to odd fonts

Cheesy fonts just scream “I don’t know what I’m doing” to your future employer. Jokerman, Papyrus and Comic Sans are not meant for a resume. These fonts are for festive purposes only. Use fonts like Times Roman and Arial instead.

For more tips on resume writing and contoh resume kerja, please head on to contoh CV.

The Inner Game Of Searching For A Job

Job SearchingWhen the winds of change blow hard upon us, it’s more important than ever to know how to build inner stability. If you are negative in your thinking, unclear about who you really are and the vast inner resources at your disposal, you risk being uprooted.

People in a job search today are like athletes going into a high-pressure competition, particularly if they have suffered a setback. How do athletes achieve peak performance in the face of adversity?

How do they get back on their game? What can you learn from them that will help you achieve your job search goals?

Professional athletes and senior executives have some simple tools that have helped them develop inner stability – what athletes have long referred to as mental toughness – one of the keys to achieving success in whatever we do.

1. Your present thoughts determine your future

Our minds can make a situation far worse than it actually is. “I’ll never get a job in this market.” “I was terrible in the interview. They won’t ask me back.” “I’ve been in financial services all my life. My skills don’t transfer.”

This kind of thinking can prevent people from taking action and have a dramatic impact on how they approach and perform in interviews.

Take-action Challenge: Watch out for your judgmental or negative self-talk. Ask yourself, “Is this really true? Am I making more out of this than it is?

Am I focusing more on the negative than the positive?” Silencing the inner critic and developing a nurturing, supportive inner voice is critical for success and enjoyment in any activity.

2. Have a clear intention

The most successful athletes and executives have a clear idea of what they want and then go for it. They set goals, map out a plan for achieving them, and stay the course. In the face of adversity many people forget or change their intention without realising it.

Also, the latest neuroscience research tells us that when we set an intention, the brain (the Reticular Activating System) takes in important, relevant information we might otherwise miss. For instance, when you are driving on the highway few cars stand out in your attention.

But as soon as you decide to buy a new car model, you “suddenly” notice them everywhere!

Take-action Challenge: Develop a clear intention of what kind of job you want and then notice anything that stands out in over the following two days.

3. Hope is not a strategy

Focus your efforts on what really matters. In the face of a setback, such as getting laid off or losing out on a job search, it is easy to get derailed and let our emotions get the better of us. We then hope that things will change or get better.

While it is important to know that feelings of frustration, anger, grief, and/ or helplessness are normal, it is also important to be aware that they can cause you to lose motivation for doing what you need to do to achieve your goals.

Regardless of how you feel, it is important to continue to take action and focus your efforts on what really matters.

Take-action Challenge: Identify three important things you can do each day and commit to doing them! This will keep you moving, meeting people, networking, and interviewing.

4. Control only what you can control

Athletes who focus exclusively on winning often find themselves nervous or tight in competition. This is because they are trying to control the outcome, over which they have no control.

The same can happen to executives. You can’t control what’s going on in the economy, or in the job market, but you can control your marketability – how you present yourself and define your experience and skills – and the research and networking you do to broaden your potential marketplace.

You can’t control whether a company will hire you, but you can control how you prepare and practise for your interviews. By letting go of what you can’t control and focusing on what you can, you’ll rediscover a sense of certainty and peace of mind.

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Develop Your Communication Skills Now!

Have you ever been in a situation where you would like to strike a conversation with someone but you are not able to because you lack the confidence to do so?

Do you feel like a loner when you attend group sessions, parties or even during lunch with your colleagues?

Has there been a scenario during a job interview where you failed to land the job not because you are technically or intellectually incompetent, but because you are overly introverted?

Developing social skills is imperative to achieve success in any area of your life be it in your relationships or career advancements.

Social skills are needed to engage positively with families, colleagues, bosses and friends.

Communication Skills

Social skills are essentially a set of skills people use to interact and communicate with one another including verbal and non-verbal communication.

Verbal communication includes the choice of words and phrases. Non-verbal communication which is equally important comprises facial expressions, body language and eye contact.

With good social skills you can effectively improve what you say and how you say something during an interaction.

Max Messmer Jr in his book Managing Your Career for Dummies writes that “your career success in the workplace of today is independent of technical expertise and depends on the quality of your people skills”.

That statement goes to great lengths to illustrate the importance of social skills in your life.

Daniel Goleman, expert on emotional intelligence, once shared that social intelligence emerges as the make-or-break leadership skill set as for one, where leadership is the art of accomplishing goals through other people.

He adds that to lead, you need an additional interpersonal skill set: you have to listen, communicate, persuade, and collaborate.

To be an effective leader, you need to be able to build relationships, inspire, motivate and communicate powerfully and that is when your competency in social skills will shine and bring you to the next level.

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, a renowned entrepreneur uses his admirable social skills to interact with his workers and to assist him in making business decisions.

He adopts a “walk about” management style and even works on the ground or as a cabin crew for a few days every month.

When it moved from the 737 to the Airbus, his employees said they needed belt-loaders which would have cost millions.

During his experience working alongside his staff he almost broke his back loading the plane and he understood the dire need for the belt-loaders.

His leadership style requires effective social skills that in turn helps improve the business overall.

Social skills are extremely important during job interviews. Believe it or not 55% of your communication relies on your body language. That implies how you say something carries more weight that your actual words.

Focus on being articulate and appearing confident without being arrogant. Your likability during an interview process plays a determining role in hiring decisions.

You ought to build a rapport and make a strong connection through your body language such as smiling appropriately and listening attentively.

USA Today published an article about how several human resources executives said that prospective employees between the ages of 18 and 34 most commonly displayed inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour.

It blamed the social media for the stunted social skills of the young people due to the casual way of communication via tweets and text messages.

Here are several ways to improve your social skills.

1. Interacting with new people

Even if you currently lack social skills, the only way you can improve is by practising and meeting new people. The more you interact with people, the better you will become.

2. One at a time

When you are trying to improve your social skills, it can be overwhelming when there are many different skills to work on such as conversational skills and body language. Choose one skill that you wish to improve on a certain time frame and patiently work on it.

3. Get to know socially skilled people

Interact with people that practise good social skills. This is one of the best ways for you to improve your own social skills as you will naturally over time gain insights about their good mannerism. As Andrew Carnegie once said “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”

4. Variety of resources

There are various resources to effectively improve on your social skills. You can visit websites such as TipsTemuduga.net, a website that guide you on interviewing tips and questions or contoh soalan SPA.

To sum up, mastering social skills is a great opportunity to scale new heights and beyond as this will assist you in breaking your comfort zone and broadening your horizons. The best part is that social skills are learnable! It takes time and effort to master this valuable set of skills but it is certainly worth accomplishing.

They Can’t Ignore You Because You’re So Good

Career Guide

“Why do some people end up loving what they do, while so many others fail at this goal?” Author Cal Newport realised that the advice to “follow your passion” might not be as helpful as most people think in the context of creating the work you love.

Newport was a postdoctoral associate at MIT, and was on his way to becoming a professor – the natural progression path, and professorship is a job for life. It was then that he started his obsession of figuring out what makes people love their jobs.

Since there was a recession, plus Newport’s research specialty was not particularly popular at that time, an academic job was not so feasible. He was forced to start thinking about what he would want with his life, and this brought him to the question: “How do people end up loving what they do?”

Rule No.1: Don’t follow your passion

The passion of Steve Jobs

The Passion Hypothesis: The key to occupational happiness is to first figure out what you’re passionate about and then find a job that matches this pre-existing passion.

It is a well-worn theme, the de facto motto of the career-advice field. However, if you were to study how passionate were people like Steve Jobs were when they began, or ask scientists what really determines workplace happiness, it becomes more complex than that. You might realise that “follow your passion” might just be bad advice.

Do what Steve Jobs did

Less than a year before Jobs started Apple, he was something of a conflicted young man, seeking spiritual enlightenment at the All-One commune/Los Altos Zen Center and dabbling in electronics only when it promised to earn him quick cash.

With this mindset, Jobs stumbled upon his big break. He noticed that the local “wireheads” were excited by the introduction of model-kit computers that enthusiasts could assemble at home.

So to electronics whiz Steve Wozniak, he pitched the idea of designing these kit computer circuit boards to sell to local hobbyists. He visited Paul Terrell’s computer store Byte Shop, offering the circuit boards for sale.

It was then that Terrell demanded fully assembled computers, which led to the birth of Apple. Jeffrey S. Young, author of Jobs’ biography noted: “Their plans were circumspect and small-time. They weren’t dreaming big.”

The messy lessons of Jobs

So we see that Apple did not result from passion, but from luck – a little plan that flourished, albeit unpredictably. Of course, the Jobs we knew unarguably became passionate about his work. So, how do we find the work that we will grow to love?

Passion is rare

The Roadtrip Nation Revelation

Roadtrip Nation, is a non-profit started by graduate students, that interviews people who live meaningful lives and keeps an impressive video archive of the interviews.

They once asked public radio host, Ira Glass, the way to figure out what you want and know what you will be good at. Glass responded by saying that he does not believe in the “follow your dream” idea. For him, realistic things happen in stages.

“To get good at something, it takes time,” he said. Just as it took many years for him to even have interesting options laid out. He thinks that the toughest phase is when you force yourself to work and force the skills to come.

Andrew Steel the astrobiologist also expressed his disapproval of systems that propose that one should decide in advance what they were going to do. He only ended up as an astrobiologist because he first wanted options.

Al Merrick, founder of Channel Island Surfboards, thinks it is depressing that everyone is in such a hurry to start their “lives”. He himself did not set out to make a big empire before this. Instead he began by being the best he could be at whatever he did.

These interviews tell us that compelling careers often have complex origins that reject the simple idea that all you have to do is follow your passion.

The science of passion

The CliffsNotes summary on social science research tells us why some people enjoy their work and some don’t. Workplace satisfaction has factors that originate from a variety of sources, but matching your job to a pre-existing passion is not one of them.

Three conclusions from the research are:

No. 1: Career passions are rare

Canadian research has shown that 84% of 539 students surveyed were identified as having a passion. However, upon closer scrutiny, the top five identified passions were dance, hockey, skiing, reading, and swimming – obviously not passions that can be turned into real jobs.

In fact, less than 4% of the identified passions had any relation to work or education, with 96% describing hobby-style interests. The question is this, how can we follow our passions if we don’t have any relevant passions to follow?

No. 2: Passion takes time

Amy Wrzesniewski explains the distinctions between a job, a career and a calling:

Job: A way to pay the bills.

Career: A path towards increasingly better work.

Calling: An important part of your life and a vital part of your identity.

A survey found that most people identify their work with one of these three categories.

The passion hypothesis predicts that occupations that match common passions (a doctor or a teacher), should have a high proportion of people who experience the work as a true calling, while less flashy occupations should have almost no one experiencing them as a calling.

To test this explanation, Wrzesniewski surveyed a group of college administrative assistants (similar position). To her surprise, she found that these employees were pretty evenly split between perceiving their position as a job, a career, or a calling. In other words, the type of work alone does not predict how much people enjoy it.

When figuring out why they saw their work so differently, Wrzesniewski discovered that the strongest predictor of an assistant seeing her work as a calling was the number of years spent on the job. It was thus concluded, that with more experience comes more love for one’s job.

The experienced workers were happier because they stayed on long enough to become competent in what they did – they developed a feeling of efficacy, grew closer to their co-workers, and had seen instances of their work benefiting others.

No. 3: Passion Is a Side Effect of Mastery

The Self-Determination Theory tells us that we will feel motivated to work once we possess these traits:

Autonomy: The feeling that you have control.

Competence: The feeling that you are good at what you do.

Relatedness: The feeling of connection to other people.

The last point is self-explanatory. The closer you are to your co-workers, the more you will enjoy the work. However, autonomy and competence are only attainable if you put in the hard work required for mastery, which takes time. This explains why the experienced assistants enjoyed their work more.

Passion is dangerous

The birth of the passion hypothesis

Newport realised that the passion hypothesis convinces people that somewhere out there, there is a magical right job waiting for them, and that if they find it, they will immediately recognise that it was the work they were fated to do.

Of course, when they fail to find it, which is highly likely, bad things such as chronic job-hopping and crippling self-doubt follows. There are statistics to prove that there has been a consistent downward trend in job satisfaction levels over the past two decades since the passion hypothesis was popularised.

Twenty-something Scott thought he had matched his job with his passion for politics, yet he eventually did not find the job as fulfilling as he had thought it would be. While desiring to explore other options, he faced a problem of not even knowing what interested him anymore.

This shows the harm the passion hypothesis can pose. Not only is it not a mere statement of innocent optimism, it is also the basis for a future career filled with worry and uncertainty.

Beyond passion

Rolling Stone film critic, Peter Travers, is an exceptional case that substantiated the passion hypothesis. He used to bring notebooks into the movies to record his thoughts. Similarly, a pre-existing passion for a profession is evident for many famous athletes. Nevertheless, this does not validate the passion hypothesis for the majority of people.

If “follow your passion” is bad advice, what should you do instead? To find out more, do grab a copy of So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport.

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10 Career Quotes That Will Motivates You

Searching for a job and feel blues? Do you stuck in a career that you really hate? Light your motivation with these great career quotes:

  1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” (Confucius)
  2. “It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” (Carlton Fisk)
  3. “Work to become, not to acquire.” (Elbert Hubbard)
  4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” (Katherine Whitehorn)
  5. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” (Michael Jordan)
  6. “Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” (Robert H. Schuller)
  7. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” (Abraham Lincoln)
  8. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” (Thomas A. Edison)
  9. “I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.” (Lou Holtz)
  10. “I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything.” (Jon Stewart)