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Useful Feng Shui Career Tips

If you manage an office, you can use these tips to increase the overall productivity of your staff. There are a number of factors that can hinder the career growth of a person, as well as hinder the development of the entire company. The ancient Chinese notion feng shui is here to help eliminate the potential hindering factors, and increase the beneficial aspects.

Furniture positioning: The main feng shui career tip is the proper positioning of the desks. Some types of positioning are very disadvantageous, while others on the contrary, are extremely beneficial. A bad desk positioning includes: when a person’s back is to a window or door, a desk crammed into a corner, a desk facing another desk, or a desk next to the entrance door.

Sitting with the back to a door or window can make one feel “unsafe”, and is best avoided. If there’s no way to move the furniture, consider placing a mirror on the table. Sitting crammed in a corner will not allow the positive energy to circulate around the person’s desk. Facing another person may hinder concentration and cause the energy of both people to dissipate. Sitting next to the entrance door can be very agitating due to the constant annoyance of a passerby.

The best way is to sit with your back to the wall, facing the entrance door, but being a sufficient distance from it. This way, you feel protected by the wall, you see those in the doorway, and you are removed from having to answer questions by a passerby.

Clutter: The feng shui career advice states that clutter and dirt are to be avoided. The clutter and dirt prevent the free circulation of positive energy, and cause the negative energy to concentrate and stagnate instead. If at all possible, try to clean the office. Pay attention to the cabinets and shelves, and keep them free of unneeded documentation. If there are any unused objects or equipment in the office, they are best moved to storage rooms. Try to wash the curtains, keep all surfaces dusted, and the floors clean.

Lighting: Most modern buildings have fluorescent lighting. This type of lighting is bad for the overall health (it can cause problems with the eyes and blood pressure; it can cause dermatitis; it can bring out certain nervous conditions like bipolar disorder or panic attacks). Additionally, it can hinder the perception and concentration of the worker. Many people complain about the flickering and humming of such lamps, as well as they may complain about headaches. All in all, this type of lighting can prevent them from being efficient at work. If possible, replace these lamps with regular “Edison lamps.” Consider adding calming decorative floor or wall lamps in pleasant colors. Another good feng shui career tip – whenever possible, keep the window curtains open.

Materials: Some of the best materials to use in the office are wood, glass, and metal. It’s advised to use wood the most, followed by metal and glass. Synthetics (plastic, etc.) can also be used, but in moderation. It’s best to use natural materials (cotton, etc.) for the furniture upholstery also.





Top 7 Career Tips for the Unemployed Looking for Work

With the economy suffering greatly, there are tricks to getting hired online because it can be a tough market out there. Right now, career tips outlined in the following article should help on ways to become employed.

The first tip would be to join a professional group or organisation. Around 70%-80% of jobs are given due to networking or referral programs. This makes it hard for those who are not included in these networking circles. So become involved, and join a group with similar interests and struggles. This can provide the path to getting hired. It is always helpful to be surrounded by people with the same ideas and backgrounds.

Volunteering is another way to join the social circle. This creates a surrounding with important people that may remember you when the time is right. Providing free time is very outstanding, and it can send red flags up to the right people.

A job club may help as well. By starting or joining a job club, insight on jobs available online may occur. Again, everyone involved is there for similar reasons. This creates insider knowledge on what is out there, and the group can discuss strategies and ideas on attaining jobs.

While online, remain positive. This is a huge benefit, and some companies do a check about online activity. Positive comments and feedback is suggested to represent a person well.

Another way to decide on a career path is to host informational interviews with professionals in the interested field. The future employee can know and understand the guidelines of the desired position.

A good rule of thumb would be to make looking for a job a full time job. It is not very successful to just apply to a couple of places. Put a CV on as many websites as possible. The more out there, the better chances that it has to get noticed.

A final idea is about the interview. This is the last chance available to be chosen for the position. Leave fairly early in order to plan for any last minutes problems that may arise. When arriving, fill out all necessary paperwork carefully. It will not matter how long it takes if it is correct. Also, make one final trip to the bathroom for any last minute grooming techniques.

Top Five Career Tips for New College Students

It’s September, and that means college campuses across the country are filling up with returning students and a new crop of freshmen.

If you are just beginning your college career, or even coming back for the sophomore year, it is not too early to start thinking about career planning. No one says you have to know right now exactly what you want to be doing when you grow up, but it doesn’t hurt to start thinking about it, or at least do things to figure out what you do want to do in the working world. Having a good understanding of your future goals can help you plan out what you study in college and what extra-curricular activities might give you an edge when you do start looking for work.

To get an idea of what you should be doing now, I turned to several college career center directors for advice, including Fred Burke from Hofstra University and Lonnie Dunlap from Northwestern University.

From the advice I heard, I came up with the Top Five Career Tips for New College Students.

  1. Get involved in campus activities as soon as possible.
    When you get on campus at the beginning of a school year, you will usually find some big event in which almost all of the campus clubs and organizations set up booths to recruit new members. Definitely go to these and see what is out there and what attracts your interest. If you think you might be interested in a communications career, for example, you could work for the campus newspaper or radio station, or join the student chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
  2. Take advantage of your school’s career center.
    Career centers are an amazing resource that some students don’t ever use. A recent study showed that students who use the services of a university’s career center are three times as likely to land a job after they graduate. Career centers don’t just help set you up for job interviews or list current Job openings. As Lonnie Dunlap pointed out, they can also help you figure out what you want to do with your life. Through various assessments, students can help themselves identify their interests and skills and what types of jobs would match up with them.
  3. Get to know your professors.
    Professors do more than just teach. They do research. Many are also still doing professional work outside the university and belong to industry associations. And, most schools encourage professors to make time available to meet with students individually. Professors can give you great advice and guidance, and often even contacts, to help you figure out what career you want to pursue.
  4. Seek out internships.
    Most schools reserve formal internships that count towards academic credit for juniors and seniors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look for a volunteer position in an industry that may be of interest to you. If you think you might be interested in a career in education, see if a nearby local school district has any volunteer programs to help out students.
  5. Keep an open mind.
    This may sound a bit contradictory, but you don’t have to start your college career knowing exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life. Explore lots of options. Take some courses that may seem completely out of left field for you. Try something you have never done before.

I had one student who knew she wanted to work in television. But, while spending a summer in Spain taking an intensive Spanish language course, she wound up teaching students English during her summer there, and discovered she loved teaching. When she came back to school, she changed her major from broadcast journalism to education.

The key to all of this is to take advantage of all the resources your university provides to you, and to explore as much as possible. Every single career advisor I talked to told me that it is O.K. if you don’t know what your major is going to be right from the start. The important thing is to get to know yourself and what truly interests you. Hey, that’s what college is all about.

30 Top Career Tips

Here are our top 30 career tips to help you to be more effective in your job, work or career.

  1. Consider all parts of your life when you change your career, e.g. work/life balance, salary, career progression.
  2. Have a career plan. Do you know where you want to be in 1, 5 or 10 years time?
  3. On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with work right now? What would make it a 10? How will you get there?
  4. What three things are annoying you in your job? Write them down. What can you do to reduce their effect on you?
  5. What three things do you enjoy about your job? How can you make these even better?
  6. If you want to change your career, first find out about other opportunities in your organisation.
  7. Understand what your strengths are. Then make sure these are recognised and work to these strengths.
  8. When was the last time you did a SWOT analysis on yourself? Take 10 minutes now to list these.
  9. Want to change your career? What are your transferrable skills and strengths? What job or industry inspires you?
  10. Never stop learning.
  11. To future-proof your career, keep up to date with technology. What skills do you need for your job and in the future?
  12. CV stands for Curriculum Vitae, which means Life List. Your CV should sell your unique skills but not tell your life story!
  13. Create a personal profile for your CV to outline your main achievements, skills and abilities to make recruiters read on.
  14. Create a record of your achievements and successes, as well as your professional development plans for your future.
  15. Listen to your colleagues, boss, and peers. You can learn a lot from their experience and knowledge.
  16. Want to learn something new, but feel stuck in your job? Ask for extra responsibilities or a new project.
  17. Develop your perfect pitch. Who are you and what do you do? How do you convince someone to hire you?
  18. Join a professional organisation to meet potential contacts or organisations, & attend interesting presentations.
  19. Build and maintain professional networks both in and outside of your organisation.
  20. People make a first impression of you within the first few minutes of meeting you. Tips – eye contact, firm handshake, smile!
  21. Embrace the change going on around you. See each change as a new opportunity to grow, learn and develop.
  22. If you want to make changes in your job, stop moaning or worrying and take action. What’s the worst or best that can happen?
  23. Who do you want to meet to get ahead in your career? What can you do today to do this?
  24. Do you want a pay rise or promotion? Ask yourself what you have done to deserve this. If you have enough reasons, just go for it!
  25. Go on a complaints diet. Avoid negativity, office politics and unhelpful comments.
  26. When someone asks ‘how are you?’ instead of saying ‘fine’, ‘not bad’ or ‘OK’, say something more positive instead.
  27. Be a coach at work. Ask great questions, listen attentively and help others to succeed.
  28. Ask for feedback from your colleagues, managers and peers and work on their tips.
  29. Learn from others, observe their skills, talents and abilities.
  30. Become a mentor for others and share your own knowledge and learning.

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