Monthly Archives: September 2014

Before Accepting a Job Offer, Ask Yourself a Few Questions

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before accepting a job offer

You’ve been searching for a while, sending out CVs and cover letters, sitting in interviews and waiting patiently for the news. Your hard work and perseverance paid off because you were offered the job, congratulations! But before you pop open the champagne, there are still a few things to consider. A job is a commitment, a long term relationship that you’re better of researching thoroughly before giving the thumbs up.

Consider this, question that

Take an afternoon to go over the pros and cons of the job offer. Go over every nook and cranny to make sure that this job is the best one for you.

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NEVER Say This During a Job Interview

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10 expressions and attitudes to avoid during a job interview

what you can't say in a job interviewYou can bring out your dark side with friends and ex-colleagues because they know the real you and they’ve seen you at your best. But first impressions count and during a job interview, they are even decisive. We’ve come up with a list of the 10 worst messages you can give during a job interview!

1- What’s this about? Have you really not had time to research the company you want to be part of, and not to mention, dedicate most of your productive time to? Not knowing if the company sells apples or designs planes is only going to reveal your lack of interest. Yes, yes, that’s called lack of interest.

2- I just want a job. What you’re really saying is: “Hi, I’m desperate to get a job and I don’t care what I have to do. In fact, I haven’t even assessed whether I’m suitable for the role or thought about the responsibilities involved. Just contract me and we’ll figure it out later.” It may be true, but telling the world will not help in making a good impression – because that just makes us seem like jellyfish floating along on the tide.

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Lucky draw: ‘Pep Guardiola: The Philosophy that Changed the Game’

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We’ve drawn our 2 winners from Congratulations to MB and TELMO Please send us en E-mail before Monday October, 20 to claim your book!

This book is not just for football fans! In fact, the author Miguel Angel Violán, a born-and-bred Catalan and communication expert, is actually not a huge fan of the world’s most popular sport himself. He revealed so much to us at a conference in June. But if you grow up in Barcelona it’s impossible to avoid the fan cult that surrounds FC Barcelona. And so, one day fifteen years ago, Violán comes across his fellow Catalan Pep Guardiola and predicted that he will have a successful career. Violán has been keeping an eye on Guardiola ever since.

This book has soul. The subject matter is, of course, football, FC Barcelona and Pep Guardiola’s football career. Readers are given fascinating insights thanks to Miguel Angel Violán’s close relationships with local football luminaries and figures in Guardiola’s private sphere. However, the author is also a celebrated communication expert and he observes Pep Guardiola, whom he depicts in both an analytical and entertaining manner, predominantly from a sociological perspective.

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The Candidate Personality Test and Why Recruiters Are Using It

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presonality testThese aren’t like the usual tests you’ll find on the internet. You know the one’s I’m talking about; What kind of pizza are you? Who is your 90’s diva? Which Disney character is your alter-ego?

The tests I’m talking about are the psychological or personality tests recruiters are using to hire! They’ve been around for decades but as each year passes, personality tests are becoming more accurate, cheaper, and thus, more frequently used by companies.

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Career Stories: Coffee Beans & Good Vibes

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nomad_coffee_jobisjobIt’s early, 9am, but Jordi has been here in the coffee shop since 7:30 prepping; cleaning grinders, bottling his cold brew coffee and sampling the beans he’s roasted. Nomad Coffee is small; no tables, just the wooden bar and a few stools. The walls are lined with empty bottles that designer Red Pappa has created for his cold brew, with coffee grinders, beans, mugs and in the centre of it all, a poster describing the flavours of the bean. 

In the corner is Jordi’s bicycle and a green bench, and apart from the construction noise outside the window, Vampire Weekend streams through the speakers and he offers me an espresso, “Try this,” he says. “It’s from a sample of beans I’ve roasted.” I take a sip and it’s clean and syrupy and all the things you hope for in a coffee.

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