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Social media and your career

Are you aware that social media can affect your career? Online networking with colleagues and superiors often is unavoidable. Beware of risks in letting your social and professional worlds overlap. We’ve put together a list of some career-related content you should keep offline…

Complaining about your job

Ranting about work isn’t uncommon – we all have bad days at work. Sharing your work grievances online, even on a no-name basis, can create serious problems for you at work.

Sharing a job offer

After rounds of interviews and thankfully, you landed your dream job. Do not make a public announcement on social media…. not even in a cryptic way. Your job offer or any information from your job is confidential. Leaking confidential information will damage your trustworthiness and may jeopardize your offer.

Mocking your customers

In the hospitality industry, it is common to have to deal with challenging customers. You should never make a mockery of your customers. Posting negative comments about customer behaviour online demonstrates a lack of professionalism. Your current and prospective employers will find your behaviour to be unacceptable.

Caught lying

If you’re working from home or taking sick leave, posting on social media of your whereabouts and activities could be a serious breach of conduct. Abusing company policies will prove you are an unreliable employee and could cause you your job.

Posting at work

Using social network platforms to share content for promotional purposes is a common part of our jobs. Chefs post to share culinary process to attract more patrons. Bartenders post new cocktail creations to draw in enthusiasts. Constant checking and posting on your social media feeds is not acceptable at work . It reflects badly on your work ethic and productivity.

Don’t let your social media affect your career

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Handling questions about salary expectations

Congratulations! You have a job offer! How to handle questions like “What is your expected salary?”  Let us help you navigate through questions about salary expectations.

What to put as Expected Salary on job applications? 

You have to be honest.  What is the lowest salary you are willing to accept for this job?  Put down a range with your lowest salary as the minimum and a number 10-20% higher as your maximum.  If you are really not sure just put “salary negotiable”.  

Should I include Current and Expected salary on my CV?

Current salary – Yes. This helps potential employers gauge whether you are affordable. You don’t want to find out after a stellar interview that you are way above the budget for the opportunity. For graduates without work experience, you can include Expected salary in your CV.

Considering a new job, what salary should I ask for?

Prospective employers will consider your current/last salary when offers.  Consider asking for a range of increase based on the following:

  • How well do you fit the new job? 50% or 100%? This percentage correlates to your bargaining power.  If you fit the new job 100% and possess highly sought after skills, ask for 15-20% pay increment from your current/last salary.
  • Is this your dream job?  50% or 100%? This percentage correlates with how flexible your salary expectations should be.  If this is your dream job and yet you don’t have all the skills it requires, then lower your salary expectations.  Ask for 0-10% increment to show how much you want the opportunity.
  • Are you unemployed?  You have minimal bargaining power, so be flexible.
HR asking questions about salary expectations

When should I share my salary expectation with HR?

Only when asked.  In fact, never ask about compensation during an interview.  You don’t want your prospective employer to think you care more about the pay and less about the job.  Wait for HR to ask you. They will only when they are seriously considering you and not earlier than that.

Should I accept a salary that is below my expectation?

This really depends on how much you want and need the job? Do you have bargaining power? If the answer is you really want and need the job, then it’s a no-brainer… be flexible and accept the job offer! Landing a job that you want usually result in better performance. Trust yourself that you will get the salary expect eventually!

Performance review time.  What is a good pay raise? 

Year end pay adjustments are usually in line with the economy and inflation.  Variations will depend on the performance of the company, industry, and you personally.  In the current economic downturn, keeping your job and not getting a pay cut in the hospitality industry is considered lucky. 

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Interview for success

The only way to get over nervous jitters before an interview is to BE PREPARED. Never walk into an interview without preparation. Here is how to get prepared.

Know your resume

You may have many versions of your resume which could be confusing.  Get organised and make sure you know the version the Interviewer has before you walk into your interview! Make sure you know all the details (education, achievements, experiences, interests) in your resume.

Research

Interviewers expect you to know basic information about the Company.  Be sure to look beyond the Company’s website and read up on news articles about the Company and the industry.

Utilize your network of friends and colleagues to find out more information. If a recruiter or headhunter has arranged your job interview, ask them to provide you with job description, names of interviewers, and why this job is vacant.

Your social media

Have you ever tried to Google yourself?  Most Employers Google job applicants before or after interviews to help them make hiring decisions. 

Be aware of your own Social Media Profile. Could something in your profile (i.e. pictures, posts or comments) potentially jeopardize your chance at the new job?

Be prepared to answer these questions

Tell me about yourself. 

  • Give a brief overview of your work experiences, achievements and goals
  • Here is the chance to highlight experiences that make you the best person for the job.

What are your short-term goals? 

  • A clearly thought-out plan demonstrates maturity and commitment to your career.
  • Remember your goals should be ambitious but also realistic.

What is your greatest strength? 

  • Know your achievements and how they relate to the job
  • Use real experiences to support your strengths

What is your greatest weakness? 

  • This is not the time to confess all your shortcomings.
  • Focus on a weakness that can be improved through experience and training.

Why do you want to leave your job?

  • Honesty is important but be sure to stay positive. 
  • Never speak poorly of your former employers or colleagues in front of prospective employers.
  • Focus on your desire to explore new opportunities to further your career.

What is your salary expectation? 

  • Discussions on salary should be avoided until you are certain you will be offered the job. 
  • If asked, just tell the Interviewer you expect a fair offer.

Prepare questions for the Interviewer

Ask about the Job

  • Is it a new opening or a replacement? 
  • What are the job duties? 
  • What does the Interviewer expect of the person filling the Job?

Ask about the Company

  • How large is the company?
  • How many people do they employ?

Ask about the Interviewer

  • Why did he/she decide to join the company?

Last tip – Never talk about salary and benefits without being asked.

Now you are prepared.
Good Luck in your interview!

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CV tips to land you a job

Keep it short

  • For fresh grads and anyone with less than 5 years of experience, keep your CV within 1 page.  
  • For experienced job seekers with over 10 years of experience, keep your CV within 3 pages.

Customize for every job

  • Every time you apply to a job, customize your CV to highlight experience and skills that match the job requirements.
  • Make sure your CV prioritizes prior job duties to match the job description of the job you are applying to.

Check and recheck

  • Ask someone more experienced and diligent than yourself to proofread your CV.
  • Carefully check for spelling and grammatical mistakes.
  • Use Spellcheck!

Be factual

  • Do not embellish any detail in your CV, especially your duties, achievements or salary
  • Don’t alter the dates of your employment or education
  • Expect HR of prospective employers to do reference checks

5 sections you must include

1 – Contact information

  • Full Name – Use the largest font
  • Telephone/WhatsApp
  • Personal email – do not use unprofessional email addresses e.g. drunkskunk@ or hellokitty@

2 – Career Summary

  • Use 2-3 sentences to sum up your past experiences and where you are heading.
  • Highlight skills, experience and achievements relevant to the job you are applying.
  • For fresh grads, include your degree and GPA
  • For experienced job seekers, include your achievements

3 – Work Experience

  • List all your jobs (start with most recent in reverse order)
  • Length of space for each job should reflect the length of time you worked there (longest job should include job duties than shortest job)
  • Include “Reason for leaving” for each job. Gaps in time is fine as long as you can explain them.
  • For each job, include the following:
    • Company Name
    • Location
    • Department & Job Title
    • Start and End Dates
    • Job duties and achievements
    • Prioritize points relevant to the job you are applying
    • Use action verbs (e.g. “Managed a FOH team of 10”; “Achieved annual turnover of $1 million”)

4 – Education

  • Fresh grads may place Education section before Work Experience
  • List all your education including universities, colleges, vocational training schools (most recent first).  
  • For each school, include program/certification name, school name, location, date of completion/graduation

5 – Others

  • Computer Skills
  • Language Skills (include level of fluency e.g. Fluent English, Native Mandarin, Conversational Spanish)
  • Memberships in any professional associations (e.g. Member of the SKAL)
  • Ability to operate special machinery/equipment (e.g. Point of Sale terminals; driver’s license)
  • Volunteer positions, only include current involvement and organizations widely recognizable
  • Sports – participation in sports is often an indication of personality traits such as team player, discipline, competitiveness and perseverance
  • Other skills and information that will help you get an interview