Just to let you know, we’re making some changes to the login process on PharmiWeb to make it more secure. Passwords are now CASE SENSITIVE – historically they weren’t. In future we wont know your password as it will be encrypted in our database.
While this shouldn’t affect most people, you may find that you need to reset your password using the “forgotten password” function.
Why Work Doesn’t Happen At Work
Think about it: When was the last time you ever had eight hours to yourself at an office? Co-founder and President of 37signals, Jason Fried theorizes that if you really want to get work done, the office is the last place you should be. He explores the idea that in-office workers have traded in their workdays for “work moments” and that similar to sleep, everyone needs uninterrupted time in order to get things done properly. He blames the lack of in office productivity on the “M&M’s” — and we’re not talking about the candy kind.
Here are 4 simple things that can make your day more productive
- Only read emails at set times
- Plan key tasks the night before, or first thing in the morning (before anything else)
- Pick 3 priority things that MUST be done – and do them!
- Delegate and fully utilise your team
Don’t rely on your boss to plan your career. Find someone who will be your mentor. A knowledgeable person who you can regularly chat to about your career and look objectively at where you’re going and what you are doing in your career. It could be a member of your family or a friend, but preferably someone who’s advice you trust.
Eye contact during an interview (or meeting) can be vital. If you let your eyes wander, it can make you appear disinterested, so it’s very important to keep looking at the person you’re talking with. If you’re being interviewed by more than one person, make sure you “share” your eye contact. By missing one person out, you can make them feel “ignored”. Similarly, by focusing on only one interviewer, you can make them feel awkward. Your task is to engage with everyone in the room.
Try not to look away during hard questions, and try to focus on mostly the eyes. – but don’t stare!
And last, but no means least – Don’t forget to smile!!
I recently had to sift through a big bunch of resumes for a role. I filtered them based on a manual review, and then saved them into a new directory.
It was then that I realised that a number of the candidates were missing an opportunity here to promote their personal brand.
Simply naming your resume “cv.doc” or “resume2012.pdf” is not very inspiring and also by the time the recruiter has 15 resumes in the pile, you can almost guarantee that there will be some duplicate file names based on CV which means they’ll have 2 files, one of which ends up being called CV(1).doc.
Now technically there’s nothing wrong with this, but how is the recruiter supposed to know which is which?. He may now want to pull yours out of the pile, and he doesn’t know which one it is! Why make it hard? – the last thing you should be doing is placing obstacles in the way, so here’s a few simple thoughts:
- Name your file something meaningful like “Mike_Wood_Resume.doc” or “CV_Mike_Wood.doc”
- Notice the use of underscores rather than spaces. OK this is a throw back to old computer file naming days, but why risk potential incompatibilities with tracking systems.
- Also while we’re at it, how about file format? Doc, RTF, Docx or PDF? Personally I’d always save it in a nice easy doc version. Not all systems manage PDFs very well, so a DOC is probably the best.
So there you are, it doesn’t take a moment to save your file and give it a name, but when you do, give it a little thought.
When you apply for a role, make sure your CV matches the “keywords” and experience requirements listed on the job description. If not either re-write it, or apply for a different job!