• Career & Money,  Living

    Cost Of Living In Malaysia VS Singapore

    Some people say it’s much cheaper to live and work in Malaysia, while in Singapore the cost of living is so high that you’d practically need to take out a personal loan just to survive for a couple of months. But is that really true? Read this infographic to find out more about the cost of living in these two countries.

    Brought to you by Loanstreet.

  • Career & Money,  Living

    Career Comeback Programme: The Answer For Women Returning To Work!

    Did you take some time off work and want to get back on to the work wagon but having difficulty in doing so?

    There’s good news for women who have taken career breaks because a new government grant was just launched to encourage companies to employ women who have taken career breaks. This is a part of a nationwide plan to increase female participation in the workplace in Malaysia.

    The grant is an answer to may women who have taken some time off to deal with family issues to look after dependants or for other family commitments and returning back to work for these women hasn’t been an easy journey. It was announced by the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) YB Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karim that this initiative is part of the Career Comeback Programme, which was launched yesterday.

    The programme has been set up to mainly provide opportunities for women to return to work. KPWKM together with TalentCorp launched a Career Comeback Grant to provide financial incentives for employers to implement programmes to recruit and retain women who have been on career breaks. This initiative will support employers in meeting their talent needs as well as increasing diversity and inclusion in their workplace to contribute to long-term business success.

    For women returning to work, there are many challenges they face and this programme helps to optimize the local talent pool that’s available in Malaysian women. It will help enable and empower them to succeed in their careers and at the same time, deal with their personal obligations.

    The grants – the Resourcing Grant and the Retention Grant – are structured for companies to attract and retain women who have been on career breaks for more than six months. Eligible companies may claim one or both grants.

    According to research carried out by KPWKM and the UNDP2, two out of every three women surveyed gave up their jobs to look after their children and were between the ages of 25-39, a pivotal time in career development. Others left to look after family members, or find an easier work-life balance.

    Whatever the reason it was for women who had to take a career break, KPWKM wants to encourage as many women as possible to return to the workforce. With this programme, it will ease the returning to work for these women and hopefully, they won’t find it too daunting a process.

    So far, this programme has gotten some great feedback. Recently, KPWKM and TalentCorp also organized a Career Comeback Fair where they saw more than 30 employers taking part and attracted more than 500 women at the fair. Companies such as Accenture Malaysia, EcoWorld, Maybank Group, Shell Malaysia, Sunway Group and Taylor’s Education Group took part in the fair.

    For employers who are keen to know more about the Career Comeback Grant, and for women who are interested to find out more about job opportunities and ways to submit their résumés, visit their website for more information.

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    [Infographic] 9-Step Cheat Sheet For Becoming An Expert Public Speaker

    The skin goes pale, the hands start shaking, sweat beads appear on your forehead and your mind is running at lightning speed and you start to feel faint.

    Do those symptoms sound familiar? It may be too close to home for some of you who dread public speaking. It can even feel like you’re falling ill and yet the instant cure for that feeling is when you step away from the podium.

    Some people really do feel nervous and have a deep dislike for public speaking. Unfortunately, not all of us who dislike public speaking can get away from it. Sometimes, there is a need for it, especially in a work environment. And when that falls to head, it can be a living nightmare for some!

    If public speaking is the bane of your life, try not to panic so much. We found this infographic that can offer some great advice on how to become a good public speaker. There are some very valid points in this infographic. So, if you need help in this area, read the information below.

    Before you know it, with these tips, you’ll be able to overcome your insecurities of public speaking and conquer it!

  • Career & Money,  Living

    Wobb: The New Recruitment Tool!

    We’re sure that most of you have heard about Jobstreet when it comes to looking for jobs. Well, there’s a new kid in town. And they’re called Wobb.

    Wobb?? Yes. Wobb. It is a new Gen-Y recruitment tool in Malaysia and it’s cited to be a hit with job seekers especially those with a creative or marketing background. The site covers a large variety of companies, from e-commerce, gaming, lifestyle, logistics, food & beverage, marketing and event, technology, software, media, education, mobile, telecommunications, trade, and even transport!

    Many of us have been in jobs where we had the unfortunate experience of being a job with a company culture that doesn’t suit us or that we’re happy in. With Wobb, it’s a different job-seeking process.

    Through Wobb, job seekers can get in touch directly with companies that they are specifically interested in. It helps to narrow down what the job seeker is keen on in terms of looking for a job. They specialize in helping to link job seekers looking for a company with the right type of company culture that suits the job seeker.

    Wobb was built to specifically help a job seeker make better decisions about who the best employers are in Malaysia. Wobb houses many progressive companies, that are purpose-driven, innovation-led, and have modern work cultures. Companies such as MyBurgerLab, Flexiroam, MilkADeal, and MyTeksi are some of the companies that have started to use Wobb with more companies on their website.

    So if you’re looking for a job and would like to try a different sort of approach in your job seeking process, perhaps you can give Wobb a try. You’ll never know till you try. Happy job hunting!

  • Career & Money,  Health & Fitness,  Home,  Living

    18 Ways To Be Positive At Work

    Positivity changes everything. It especially makes a difference when the clouds seem dark and when you feel things are hopeless. Don’t let those feelings get to you. Allow positivity to come in and rule the day.

    Having a good environment and a healthy outlook can really make any situation better. Being positive helps you to also become more productive. We found an infographic that identifies 18 actions and behaviors that will allow you to go through your workday in a more rewarding way.

    Everything can be a drag to us if we allow it to. The daily commute to work can often set the tone for how your workday is going to be. It is important to have a positive mindset for the start of your workday. Try listening to inspirational music to help calm you if you’re feeling stressed or groove along to some cool tunes if that’s what helps you de-stress.

    Plan ahead while allowing yourself to get into work a little earlier so you’ve time to set the tone for the day. Not arriving rushed off your feet does help to allow calmness in your workday.

    And to keep you in that more relaxed mindset which helps generate positivity, consider setting time aside to exercise. According to the doctors at the Mayo Clinic, exercise helps not just with overall health but helps to improve your mood, boost energy and promote good sleep.

    It is important for you to feel inspired to strive for personal excellence. Doing a good job for work is one thing but doing a good job for yourself is another. The sense of ownership and pride in doing a great job can be very motivating and this will help encourage you to continue to work positively to achieve your goals.

    At work, there can be quite a lot of criticism around you but there also can be positive things around you as well. It is what you make it be. So make it a better place by starting to have a positive attitude to work and to your life.

    Credit: www.bitrebels.com

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    How To Do Fearless Networking

    Do you hear the word “networking” and break out in a sweat? Or do you just groan internally because you dread the thought of having to do just that?

    Being a fearless networker allows you to develop a relationship with people from all walks of life and sometimes, you’ll meet some pretty amazing people in the process. Networking allows you to show your value to decision-makers and ultimately, help you better position yourself for more exciting opportunities.

    There are two main networking settings – in person and online. And if you’re worried about that next networking session, fear not for we have some tips for how to network in person.

    1. Do your homework and develop a plan

    • Prior to attending an event, do your homework. Try to find out who is attending the event. Then, use the internet and try to find out as much as possible about people you know that will be attending the event.
    • The internet can help you learn a lot about people and their backgrounds. Key information to research should include: where they work, what schools they attended (if that is available) if they have been in any news lately, what positions they hold at work and any commonalities. A great resource is an individual’s LinkedIn profile if they have one.
    • Information like this will help you speak to these people at the event.
    • Once you’ve researched the necessary information you need, rank the people you want to meet in order of importance to you. This means how you rank them will depend on your goal.
    • At events, there may not be a lot of time. Thus, it is important to manage your time and be able to network wisely.

    2. Execute your mission

    • At the event, use your ranked list of individuals to start introducing yourself to the people you want to get to know. If you feel you are not able to introduce yourself directly to the person, find ways of being introduced to them through a mutual acquaintance or a mutual friend.
    • Addressing people by their names and a firm but not a hard handshake gives good impressions. Making eye contact when you meet a person for the first time is also very important in making a good impression.
    • Once an introduction is made, the main important thing is to highlight commonalities to keep the conversation flowing.
    • In using commonalities, you’ll help create an emotional connection with the person, helping that person remember you.
    • Always remember to be professional when speaking with that person. Do not force an introduction or include in the conversation information about them that is not public knowledge. Be discreet and do not summarise their career for them. You’ll end up freaking them out instead!

    3. Follow-up your conversation

    • Following up on your conversation with a timely note highlighting parts of your discussion and expressing both your interest in staying in touch with them and your willingness to be of help is key.
    • Exchange business cards and if it’s possible, send them an invitation to connect on LinkedIn, to help you keep that connection.
    • Learn to read the person you are talking to. If they are not willing to share much information about themselves, learn to take a step back and not push so much. No one likes someone who pushes too hard.
    • If you find that they do not have a LinkedIn profile, that’s fine because, with their business card, you’ll be able to keep in touch with them via email or even through a phone call.
    • The sooner you follow up, the less likely it is that a person going to forget you.

    Do not hesitate to work that room and connect with people who interest you. Quell that fear because networking is all about getting to know people and also reaching out for opportunities that there are out there.

    You know that saying that you don’t ask, you don’t get? Well, it’s true in some cases, so don’t lose out. Work that room fearlessly and may good opportunities flow your way.

  • Career & Money,  Living

    Risky Vs. Safe Investments

    One of the quickest ways to grow your money is to do some investments, but it is also one of the fastest way to lose it all.

    However, just like everything else in the world, there are always two parts to it – in this case, there are safe and risky investments.

    Risky investments are basically investments with a higher risk of losing your money. Safe investments are investments with very low risks, but also low returns. Obvious explanations aside, there is actually more to that.

    Risky Investments

    To go into details, risky investments are deemed ‘risky’ because there’s a higher risk of losing money in the investment. Nonetheless, if there are gains, they would usually be better returns. In regards to those who are suited to invest in high-risk investments, it all boils down to perception – some see the fear of losing money as an acceptable undertaking for the chances of higher gains. Examples of risky investments include:

    (i) Stock Market Investment: 

    Although there are good and bad things about investing in stock markets, the fact that the industry is a roller coaster ride makes it subsequently a high risk. A pro tip would be for potential investors to opt for blue chip stocks as they are stocks with a positive record of paying dividends.

    (ii) Gold: 

    Many believe that investing in gold metal is a solid plan; but that is only if the price and time is right. Truth is, the price of gold will nonchalantly fall over time. In fact, according to The Telegraph, gold finished as one of the worst-performing asset classes in 2013. Noted as its sharpest fall in 30 years, gold was down almost 28pc at about $1,200 (£725) an ounce. Proving that gold is indeed a risky investment.

    Safe Investments

    For safe investments, returns are pretty much guaranteed. In addition to that, your investments would be “safer” when you get a financial education, actively invest your money in investments you understand, receive majority of the returns, and become your own financial advisor. To put into perspective, low-risk investments include:

    (i) Fixed Deposit:

    If you have an undying fear of losing your savings, opening up fixed deposits in banks are one of the safest bets. It’s safe, backed by the government, works in a way that’s easy to understand and carries little risk. The drawbacks include annual bank fees, and that returns would generally be not that attractive.

    (ii) Investment-linked Insurance Plans:

    While there are those who might not see this as a safe investment, it can’t be denied that the pros outweigh the cons. Generally speaking, an individual would be killing two birds with one stone with investment-linked insurance plans – you secure your funds while having an insurance plan under your name.

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    6 Tips To Manage Your Time More Effectively

    We can get lost in the day-to-day business of our lives; here are some tips to help you manage time more effectively.

    via Huffington Post

    Two words – importance and urgency! As humans, it is the norm to focus on things which demand an immediate response, like notifications on phones, and to delay things which are most important, like exercising.

    But to be really productive, you need to look at what you spend your day doing. In most cases, the tasks are not things you chose; rather those are what being asked of you. So it is a constant battle between things that are most important and things that are most urgent. To fix that, here’s what you can do:

    Say no

    We, humans, tend to operate on the basis that when someone asks you to do something, you almost always say yes. Don’t be afraid to say no once in a while just because you were asked nicely. People tend to instinctively respect those who can say no.

    Balanced leisure

    It’s ok to watch TV or surf the Internet but do so in a manner that does not require you to be glued in. You can do a lot with those hours you spend catching up on the latest series or Facebooking. It is just about balancing your time with what’s important.

    Unplug

    Modern technology has made it impossible to focus properly. With emails and social media demanding our constant attention, these are now an addiction of sort. The solution is simple – turn off all your notifications! Choose to check these things when you have the time to be distracted, like lunch break.

    Schedule your priorities

    Change the mindset of “I’ll get round to it” and give your highest priorities a set time in advance. Say no to anything that would stop you from accomplishing things that matter to you and arrange to do it. This is about being disciplined with your time.

    Ignore

    Again, everyday you will find things that demand your attention but do turn off from unnecessary requests. There are people or task you won’t find time to reply to and these are requests you can allow yourself to forget. The payoff is you get done what really matters.

    Less volume, more time

    There’s always millions of thing you need to do but the trick is to pick no more than 1 – 3 a day and relentlessly pursue those. Your brain will try to go against this limit and other people will not like it but do it anyway. Refocusing your all on one task at a time is definitely more efficient that multi-tasking. It gives you time to excel at your job.

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    9 Ways To Be Productive Everyday

    Productivity is probably a word that both sparks determination and draws disgruntled sighs from many of us. We’re expected to work our darnest and deliver results, so the question is how do we get there in the most efficient way?

    Thanks to Ninja Infographic, you can adopt these nine tips to achieve the most productivity in a day. We’d also like to add one more to the list – cursing! Not kidding, you can read how this will help you here.

    Have a productive day ahead folks!

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    Rocking 9 to 5: Songs for the Workplace

    Noisy colleagues? In need of some motivation? You know what they say..Happy workers equals better productivity, so put those records on!

    Research has shown that listening to music in the workplace leads to happier employees and boosts office morale and creativity. In a global survey commissioned by leading music streaming service Spotify, nearly two thirds (61%) of people revealed they listen to music while at work with Adele topping the list as most popular (16%), followed by Arctic Monkeys (14%), and folk foursome Mumford & Sons coming in third (13%).

    Dr. Anneli Haake, an expert on music in the workplace, whose own research took place in hundreds of offices and showed that music can provide relief from stress and improve concentration, supports the research that shows over a third (36%) of workers find that music helps to get them through the day, while a fifth (20%) find that listening to music is a welcome distraction from their “boring” jobs.

    While people clearly feel music makes them more productive at work, 16% admitted that they listen to music to drown out colleagues. Furthermore, workers need to choose their tunes carefully as the research revealed that one in ten (10%) revealed that they have judged a colleague based on their choice of music.

    Spotify’s research also shows that the most popular genre of music in the workplace is pop/chart music, with over a third (34%) choosing it as their preferred genre, closely followed by rock (29%).

    Spotify and Dr. Haake’s top office playlists to match your mood include:

    To block out background noise from chatty colleagues:

    Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
    Dr. Haake said: “Select music that uses several different instruments and has a steady sound and tempo to increase concentration and block out office distractions.”

    For motivation:

    We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
    Dr. Haake said: “If you want to use music for motivation or to stop daydreaming, select something that you like and that makes you happy –something rhythmic, pumping or upbeat.”

    For concentration:

    Drunk in Love – Beyoncé
    Dr. Haake said: “For the easily distracted, listen to a track you know well for a lesser level of distraction.”

    When you need a pick me up:

    Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
    Dr. Haake said: “Reward yourself with your favourite tune for three minutes after working hard. Get out of your chair and do a little dance to get the blood flowing to increase the flow of endorphins which are vital to reducing stress.”

    What’s particularly interesting from this research is that attitudes towards listening to music in the workplace are changing – whereas people may have once raised a few eyebrows by playing music in the office, it’s finally been proven that this not only boosts morale but creativity and productivity too.

    Dr. Haake adds: “One really interesting thing for me during this study was the way that listeners seemed to balance their individual music needs with the demands in the workplace. People were really careful about not disturbing each other, or appearing unprofessional in front of clients.

    “We know that listening to your own music makes people happy – and a happy worker is likely to be a more productive one.”

    To make life easier for you, Spotify has created a Music in the Workplace bespoke playlist that has been developed to provide the ultimate soundtrack to the working day, incorporating tracks to help get office workers through the 9 to 5!