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How to succeed (and fail) at a job interview in Japan

admin September 20, 2017 0

A student bows at a jobs fair in Tokyo. (Bloomberg/Tomohiro Ohsumi)

Ever thought about how many times to knock on the door when you are heading into a job interview? In Japan, it matters.

A shortage of young people means there are two job openings for every applicant in Tokyo, prompting some Japanese companies to consider hiring foreign workers. But an interview can be an etiquette minefield, particularly for a non-native. Even Japanese students have to be drilled on the code, so it’s all the more important for outsiders to be aware of the rules.

“It’s kind of a test of how well you’re trying to fit in,” said Rochelle Kopp, who runs Japan Intercultural Consulting, which helps multicultural workplaces function better. Here’s what you need to …

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Big salary gap between low, high level IT employees: Jobplanet

admin September 18, 2017 0

Based on the analysis result by Jobplanet, the average minimum monthly salary for IT workers is only around Rp 1 million; some even less than that. (Shutterstock/-)

The salary gap between low- and high-level employees working in the IT industry in Indonesia is quite huge, according to a report by kompas.com.

Based on an analysis by career reference website Jobplanet, which involved 6,500 IT workers across 35 provinces as respondents — 78 percent of whom were low-level employees and 22 percent high-level ones — the huge salary gap could especially be found in professions such as …

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Survey ranks public speaking, childcare as most stressful occupations in Indonesia

admin September 13, 2017 0

A recent survey involving staff from different industries countrywide examined stress levels based on the employees' own assessments of their work-life balance. (Shutterstock/File)

Public speaking and childcare have been named the most stressful occupations in Indonesia by research conducted by career site Jobplanet.

Other occupations deemed stressful are roles in dental clinics, the textile industry and radiology.

On the contrary, microelectronic engineers, copyright lawyers and UI/UX developers were recognized as the least stressful occupations in …

 

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Companies encourage holidays, weekends without email

admin September 11, 2017 0

Concerns about intraoffice emails on days off have been raised overseas. (Shutterstock/-)

Corporate employees often feel stressed and unable to relax from dealing with work emails on Saturdays and Sundays. Yet some companies are encouraging their employees to avoid emailing outside of working hours so their days off will be truly “off.”

The practice could also help eliminate useless messages and make work more efficient. The issue has been raised overseas in the form of the debate ….

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5 reasons working remotely is more beneficial for startups

admin September 4, 2017 0

A young woman works with a laptop on a pier, also using smartwatch and a smartphone. (Shutterstock/File)

Some say that working remotely provides them with a more flexible environment. Most importantly, they believe that it makes it less likely one will fall into the monotonous daily grind.

The concept of start-up establishment often involves employees working outside of office premises. One of the common advantages is that employees are allowed to spend less money than they usually do on transportation, particularly if their homes are far away from the office.

Below are five interesting points that may show the…

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The expert’s guide to crying at work

admin August 28, 2017 0

Recent research from the Harvard Business School has found the secret to turning tears into workplace gold: make them evidence of your professional passion. (Shutterstock/File

The conventional wisdom on crying at work is, well, don’t. It’s unprofessional, it makes other people uncomfortable, and women in particular come off as weak when they do it.

Yet, despite the stigma, many do it. In one survey of 13,000 people, 10 percent of respondents reported holing up in an office bathroom stall to let it all out. Another survey of 700 people found that 41 percent of female respondents and 9 percent of male respondents admitted to crying at work. I’ve done it at my desk in an open office space. And while reporting this story, many of my colleagues, men and women alike, have …

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Eight tips to maintain motivation while working from home

admin August 16, 2017 0

When the environment is too relaxing, there is a chance that one might neglect their work, especially if they work from home, a place where a certain sense of comfort would be considerably hard to resist. (Shutterstock/File)

Compared to working at the office, working from home is often considered a more convenient and fun option.

However, working from home can be challenging, such as in the necessity to maintain self-motivation. When the environment is too relaxing, there is a chance that one might neglect their work, especially if they work from home, a place where a certain sense of comfort would be considerably hard to resist.

To tackle such issues, here are several tips for …

 

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Jobseeker in the spotlight after self-promotion stunt on pedestrian bridge

admin August 7, 2017 0

A graduate of a state vocational school (SMK) in Kebumen regency in Central Java, Asrofi explained he wanted to set aside his ego to do something different and brave in order to stand out. (Shutterstock/File)

In the face of a tightly competitive job market in the nation’s capital, 21-year-old Asrofi wanted to stand out from the rest to score a career.

“Jakarta is crazy and I have to be even crazier to find a job,” Asrofi said on Monday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Asrofi recently gained attention on social media after a stunt on Wednesday last week saw him standing on ….

 

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Study: Smartphones lead to lower productivity

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The experiment, which was commissioned by Kaspersky Lab, unearthed a correlation between productivity levels and the distance between participants and their smartphone. (Shutterstock/-)

While smartphones help us stay in touch with colleagues, keep on top of our inbox, and complete urgent tasks on the move, they actually make us less productive when we are working at our desks, according to a new psychological experiment by the Universities of Würzburg and Nottingham Trent.

The experiment, which was commissioned by Kaspersky Lab, unearthed a correlation between productivity levels and the distance between participants and their smartphone. When their smartphone was …

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New skills to learn via online courses

admin July 24, 2017 0

Learning things online for free is very easy these days. (Shutterstock/-)

Not interested in those online university courses your parents keep nagging you about? We feel you. But who says online learning is limited to academic courses only? Below are 21st century skills you should consider picking up this summer.

A new language

In the ever-globalizing world we live in, the ability to speak several languages proficiently definitely constitutes a great asset. As enrolling in tutoring centers takes up a little too much travel time and perhaps can be a little costly, why not check out these language-learning websites for you to learn on ….

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