Consulting: is it for everyone?

What are the most important skills the consultant should be proud of in order to be really good?

Most of prominent advisors say the basic requirements are:

  • Self motivation.
  • Being proactive.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Diplomacy.

First let’s make clear what the consultants do.

The consultants usually analyse the current situation first, afterwards point out the areas which need improvement and then prepare a crafted solution that should be implemented by the company-client.

What you should know is that although the consultants are experts in their area of interest, they have to in fact have an open mind and possess knowledge in various areas, be well informed of the changing world in all areas of economics, no matter whether it is finance, accountancy or management.

The proposed solution should be a so called ‘best choice’ from all possible alternatives – in order to achieve that, they need a holistic view on the company.

A Day in the life of a Webmaster

When I get into work a go through a process of checks in the morning.

  1. Check my email (for enquiries, sales orders, etc.). I keep my work email address separate from my personal address, otherwise I'd just be wading through joke emails and spam all day!
  2. Check the website (it's always good to have a look from time to time and make sure it's still there!). I also check the previous days statistics (no. of users, referrers, etc).
  3. Log on to whichever discussion forums I subscribe to (for Webmaster related stuff and I also moderate my own forum at www.weeboab.co.uk, and here obviously). I also check up on industry news and the competition.

When all my regular checks are done in the morning, the rest of my day consists of these bits and pieces depending on the time of the month and the state of development my site is in.

  1. Web Design - I use MS FrontPage to set up my sites. This may involve designing a new site or updating an existing site.
  2. Graphic Design - I use Macromedia Fireworks MX for my graphics work.
  3. Web Marketing - depending on the time of the month, the work that this requires differs. As I launch a site, I have to register it with many search engines and also try to get it listed in various directories. There's more to do, but I'm not going to reveal all my secrets!
  4. Continue checking up on my site, and my email.
  5. I spend as little time as possible in meetings, but they are sometimes necessary.
  6. Surfing the web (see below).

A day in the life of an IT Recruitment Consultant

I say a standard IT recruitment consultant as I work very differently now! (And I’m not going to tell you how I work now…… in case another recruitment consultant starts copying me!)

8.30 start after battling my way through hellish Bristol traffic, I have a company car so I might as well Drive the 2.5 miles to my office (I know this will upset a few people but……)

Check Emails from the online adverts I put on yesterday. Delete all of those not living in this country and have little or no hope of getting a visa.

8.40– 10am – Try to avoid everyone, by staying in the toilet or making coffee. Sometimes I’ll sit at my desk and look busy. Try frowning a lot at your screen, lots of big sighs help too.

10am Start the day properly!

Call all the relevant people who’ve responded to the ads and talk them through the job specs, email the irrelevant ones.

I’m trying to see if they are interested in the job, is it what they want to do and is the pay right. Some people just apply to anything and everything. I also have to decide if the candidate is or isn’t another recruitment consultant trying to blag the client name out of me.

As I call each candidate I send the job spec to them and get their permission to send their CV.

Women In The Workplace

It's extremely obvious that women have come a long way as successful professionals. Life in the workplace has become much more diversified as an increased number of women have made their presence felt in many industries and professions. The female task force has expanded with exponential strength, and thus has its dire importance in the professional world.

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Whether they like it or not, men have to accept, once and for all, that women are marching up the corporate ladder confidently and with full speed ahead.

Women used to be much more "quiet and passive" in the workplace due to the relatively small number of female employees in comparison to males. Women today, on the other hand, have begun assuming their positions by using all their God given powers of intelligence and organization.

Warren Farrell, author of Why Men Are the Way They Are , explains that men are jealous of the "beauty power" that allows women to get certain things based on their physical assets, so to speak. Perhaps it's less that women use their beauty, and more likely that men judge them based on their physical beauty... food for thought, Mr. Farell.

Logically speaking, though, even if a minute amount of women batted their eyelashes, wore nice perfume and subjective outfits to get to the top, wouldn't they still need to be clever enough to hold those high positions?

6 Reasons They Didn't Call You Back

In the best of times responding to a job listing can feel like sending your resume out to sea in a bottle. But at least you received a call or an email acknowledgement. Now, with the volume of applicants higher than ever, you're more likely to hear nothing.

If there is a resounding silence from your queries, keep looking and networking. But you can also do some sleuthing to give you a better chance of standing out next time. Recruiters and career experts agree that, if you didn't get an interview or phone call -- or even a thank-you email -- it may be due to at least one of six reasons.

1. They're just not that into you.

You're good, but someone else more closely met the qualifications. In a tight job market employers can usually get exactly the type of candidate they want. A polite "thanks, but no thanks" letter or email would be nice. But don't expect it these days.

2. They may be into you, as soon as they get to you.

Companies receive so many submissions these days that they don't even have time to send out letters or confirmation emails. "I know a major software company that's taking more than three weeks just to send out acknowledgement notes, and some companies are spending months sifting through resumes for just one opening," workplace etiquette expert Sue Fox tells Yahoo! Hot Jobs.

The Cache Of An Internet Job

As the job market is growing and expanding in many different areas, the Internet industry accounts for a huge part of the jobs available out there. Professionals are realizing that the cyberspace world is growing at a fast pace, providing more opportunities than ever.

THE WORLD WIDE OF DOT COMS

When we think of the internet, we immediately think of the many visionary minds that recognized this potential market and capitalized on it, becoming multi-millionaires thanks to their ventures. Names like Bill Gates from Microsoft, Jeff Bezos from Amazon.com, and Steve Jobs from Apple Computer, are now financially worry-free, to say the least.

In an industry growing at a rate of 20% on a monthly basis, employees must be hired constantly in order to keep up with the workload. For that matter, many young individuals turn to the famous Silicon Valley in their search for the pot of gold. Although research shows that one out of thirty people will become millionaires in their lifetime, many of those will make their fortune from venturing into the broad World Wide Web.

Outdoor Jobs

Who wants to be stuck in an office job every day from nine in the morning to five at night? Then again, who wants to be on the road traveling extensively or working in a trade getting your hands dirty?
There are obviously diverse people suited for various jobs, whether they're indoors or outdoors. If you’ve ever thought that you should pursue outdoor jobs, you’re definitely not alone.

Why are some people more suited for outdoor jobs as opposed to office or indoor jobs? Well, depending on what you study, many people just don't have a choice. If you specialize in a trade, you're spending most of your time at various locations in the field. And if you’ve studied economics or accounting, you're most likely going to be in an office environment.

If you’re sick of the office culture and chomping at the bit to get one of those seemingly unattainable outdoor jobs, you’ll be happy to know that transferring your office skills to the great outdoors is easier than you think. Whether you’re in IT or sales, trading your desktop computer for a laptop can be easily attainable.

To open your mind about the possibilities of outdoor jobs, here are some examples of careers that can be moved outside.

5 Ways To Make Yourself Look Foolish At Work

It's hard enough to get ahead at work. You take on extra projects, you pick up new skills to improve your marketability and generally run your legs off every day.

However, in the midst of trying so hard to get ahead, are you giving off the impression that you don't get it? Read on for five ways you might be sabotaging yourself and looking foolish at work.

1- Showing up late

If you want to project unreliability, indifference and incompetence in one fell swoop, just start showing up five minutes late for work. We know, we know: five minutes doesn't make that much difference in the amount of work you do each day, right? Guess what: Your boss doesn't care. You two had an agreement: You show up at 9 a.m. each day, do X, Y and Z, and he pays you X amount of money. If you have associates who report to you, and one of them shows up late each day, how does it make you feel? Like the employee is trustworthy and deserves more power/money? Hardly. If you want to get ahead, start giving more than your half of the bargain.

The foolish fix: Get out of bed on time. Better still, show up 15 minutes early and leave 15 minutes late. It's not much, but it will be noticed, and your boss might just add a little something to his side of the equation to equal that little extra you've been giving.

Top Etiquette Tips for Online Job Seekers

Etiquette is considered 'good breeding' that communicates politeness, respect and refinement. While this may sound particularly snooty, in fact this merely displays an employee's ability to conduct themselves in a sophisticated and presentable manner in the workplace.

Etiquette, in plain and simple English means good manners. While we could get technical and investigate the way this term has been described in the Oxford Dictionary, for the purpose of applying good manners when looking for a job online, it's best to keep things simple and user-friendly as such.

While most think only to apply etiquette during face to face situations, in fact this is defiantly not the case and etiquette should be practiced, rather, during person to person interaction. Netiquette or online etiquette is a term given to 'good manners' displayed when interacting on the internet and is fundamental to finding a job online. Job Seekers need to familiarise themselves with basic online etiquette (netiquette) in order to make a good impression and ensure that the correct impression is being conveyed during the job hunting process.

Stress and Stress Management in the Workplace

Unmanaged stress can have a serious impact on employee performance and overall wellbeing, which in turn, has crippling consequences on company output.

The results of poor stress management and workplace pressures can include decreased proficiency, higher absenteeism rates, low company morale, counterproductive team work and employee health related problems. Effectively assessing stressors, stress types and implementing the necessary measures to create healthy stress management programs can be the differentiating factor of a mediocre business to a productively efficient one.

What are stressors?

It must be noted that stress factors are subjective and what one person may find stressful, others may not necessarily experience as negatively. The way in which we experience and react to stress is described as an emotional condition which triggers physical, psychological and emotional responses from the individual.
Formally, a stressor is defined as an event or context that elevates adrenaline and triggers the stress response which results in the body being thrown out of balance as it is forced to respond.

Examples of Stress Triggers

  • Environmental stressors (elevated sound levels, over-illumination, overcrowding)
  • Daily stress events (e.g. traffic, lost keys)
  • Life changes (e.g. divorce, bereavement)
  • Workplace stressors (e.g. role strain, lack of control)

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