Sustainability: Environmental Responsibility
Sustainability is a response to the growing environmental crisis we face today. Although not a brand-new concept, in the last decade, sustainability has proven to be an important policy for companies, and this tendency is likely to become even stronger in the future, with companies regulating and applying new green policies for themselves and the world. Sustainability has three pillars: Environment, Society, and Economy. Combined, if turned green, these three fundaments can change our future for the better. We all must do our part! Companies that apply sustainability reduce their negative impact on the environment but also lower costs.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Workplace for all
Companies need to create a fair and inclusive environment for all their employees. All should feel respected, valued, and supported. By this, we mean companies should address any biases or favoritism to optimize their working environment by promoting equality. No employee should be left out nor excluded from an opportunity because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. DEI translates into employees that are more motivated, creative, and innovative.
These techniques help you to structure the information and direct your focus to the roots of the problem.
Ethics and Integrity:
Ethics and Integrity are the pillars that build trustful relationships with your customers, suppliers, and shareholders. These two values stand for standards and can help companies build a positive public image, as well as a reputation for doing the right thing.
Social responsibility: Contributing to the community
Social responsibility intends to address environmental and social issues. Supporting causes and contributing to a better society is a value of great importance. Companies will increase their engagement in philanthropy in the future. There are two main benefits of this. Contributing to the community increases brand awareness and customer loyalty. Companies attract customers who share the same values as them.
Innovation: Embracing a new way of doing business
Companies need to invest in research and development of new technologies and business models. Although competitiveness is great, innovation is key to understanding customers’ and society’s changing needs. Innovation can create countless new opportunities and revenue streams.
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It is natural that work causes us stress and feeling of discomfort, but turning it into a satisfying place where we surround ourselves with good emotions in different ways can make it a real source of bits of happiness. Remember that happiness in the workplace is also responsible for increased levels of fulfillment and satisfaction in life, influencing your lifestyle as well.Turn your workplace into your happy place
Here’s what our colleagues suggest:
A pair of headphones is all you need to get in a good mood. Music helps you focus, inspires you, and makes you happy. Our colleagues say that during a difficult task, music helps them focus and makes it easier to find solutions. Listening to your favorite artist gives you joy. A tip, keep one of your ears out, so you won’t miss any calls.
Here’s what I’m listening to right now: Lana del Ray’s playlist.
A meaningful wallpaper on your computer can bring you to your senses whenever you feel like you can’t go on. A loved one, a goal, a desire, a dream vacation, just a picture that reminds you why you work and why you love what you do. Images have the power to inspire us, to make us smile. Make sure the company you work for doesn’t have any rules against this.
Thinking is half of reality. You’re not doing yourself any favors if you start each workday with a heavy feeling of impatience to get home. Work on yourself to have a positive mindset. At work, where you are sure to face awkward and tiring situations, being optimistic helps you overcome challenges more easily and increases your productivity.
Do you have ten minutes to spare? Open the book you are currently investing yourself in and read five or ten pages. Turn on the computer and get informed about an issue that interests you. When you spend your free time productively, you feel less stress and anxiety, and you don’t automatically see the place or the work process in a gray spectrum. Our colleagues recommend reading, going out to get some fresh air, or having conversations with each other.
Love passes through the stomach. This axiomatic idiom does not exclude your work experience either. The palette of food flavors ignites feelings of pleasure in us, brings back memories, and pleases us. During the next lunch break, we suggest you take a healthy meal with you, preferably home-cooked and which is synonymous with your food tastes.
Our colleague Laura presents us with an original idea that is very fruitful for her. There are many opportunities for you to learn new, interesting things at work, useful for the life you have outside work, so keep a notebook of curiosities where you can mark everything you don’t want to escape your mind.
When you need fast, focused, and relevant information, turn to Chat GTP, but don’t fall into the trap. Your work is YOUR work to do.
If the minimalistic style is not for you, an empty table is an ideal tableau to fill with things that represent you. Giving an identity to the space where you work makes you feel comfortable and satisfied.
Develop new skills
Your colleagues know more about basically everything. They have spent more time doing what they do and have developed skills and abilities that at some point, will be necessary for you too. The skills your colleagues will teach you have nothing to do with what you have learned at school. These are practical skills that will come in handy with little things you might need to sort out or tasks that cannot wait.
Spending time with your colleagues can develop good relationships with them, which will become part of the reason to be happy or content while working. Building relationships with them, it’s good for your personal and professional growth. They can provide you with guidance and support.
Increase your network
Your colleagues can have connections in the industry that can be helpful for you in the future. You can see firsthand how to handle meetings and events and approach new people.
Get industry knowledge
Your colleagues will help you to develop broader perspectives on the work you are doing. The industry may hold secrets you are unaware of, and your colleagues can be your Virgil, no pun intended.
What is freelancing?
Freelancing is a form of self-employment where individuals offer their skills, services, and expertise on a project-by-project and demand basis, including the rate. Freelancers work independently and are not obliged to long-termed contractual relationships with an employer.
Freelancing can be found in a variety of industries, including, and not limited to, content writing and creating, graphic design, web development, photography, consulting, etc.
Why freelancing is a tempting opportunity?
With the advancement of technology, freelancing becomes a great opportunity to work by your conditions and needs. Working remotely, setting your working hours, and being the boss of yourself.
Some of the benefits:
Autonomy and flexibility: Freelancing allows you to set your hours, choose your clients, and create a routine that fits your lifestyle. All you need is a connection to the internet. You also negotiate your contracts, rates, and the projects you’ll work with, making you more creative and more in control of your work.
Diverse job opportunities and better earning potential: Freelancing allows you to work with different projects, clients, and geographies which will lead to a broader client base and a more diverse portfolio of work, which leads to professional growth. The fact that freelancers set their rates for the services they offer and negotiate everything based on demand, as well as working on several projects simultaneously, gives them the potential to earn more.
Having a flexible career: If you’re a freelancer, you never know your career path. Develop so many passions simultaneously that the dynamics can take you where you want.
What is a Curriculum Vitae and how is it different from a resume?
As we said above, a CV is a document that gives concise information about your academic and work background. CVs are used almost exclusively when one is pursuing an academic job or education. Although a CV does not differ much from a resume and is used as a synonym even, some aspects divide the two as independent typologies. A resume is usually shorter, preferably a one-page abstract that helps create your professional identity. A CV, on the other hand, creates your scholastic identity, is longer, and includes other elements of one’s abilities and interests, that you won’t always find in a resume.Create the best Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Key principles when writing a CV
When you sit down to write your CV it’s essential to keep in mind some principal rules. Whatever reason is pushing you to write it, you should know that the number one rule is to be truthful from start to finish: no false academic or job experience-related information.
There is no standard Curriculum Vitae format, as there are specific emphasized contents for different disciplines. The best thing you can do is to include anything considered important to your discipline. A good starting place is to search and look at other people’s CVs (those of your field). Make use of the internet, or simply ask people you know that have recently been in the job market to take a look at theirs. However, your CV must remain unique and original. Don’t copy from others, study the ways you can present information effectively.Create the best Curriculum Vitae/Resume
CVs need to be simple and easy to read, as well as attractive to the eye. The way the information is presented, the visual presentation, can either give your CV a chance to get read or be overlooked. Be clear, and make the highlights visible; use bullet points, clear headings, and professional fonts. Try to keep it no longer than two pages.Create the best Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Overall, keep it classy.
The structure is everything for your CV
Although you may have a lot to say, and the content of your CV is rich, a missing structure can devalue your Curriculum Vitae. Structure plays a key role in CVs because it’s an indicator of many things. To begin, a good structure it’s a paradise for the eyes. Aligned text and structured paragraphs, give the impression of good work. That takes us to the second point. Structure makes you look professional, and gives a sense of professional seriousness and integrity. It also suggests that time and thought have been put into creating it.
Draw people in with your writing
Don’t mistake compelling writing for artistic style. A CV cannot encompass all your experience. That is clear to all recruiters, but it is important to make yourself believable in your intentions and the appearance you want to deliver.
The work description entries are the most important if applying for a job position. It is suggested that you try to be as laconic as possible. It is not always in your favor to use long sentences. Laconic use of words is valued, as it is clearer and concise. Explaining in a few words your job experiences get you to the point and makes the CV fluid.
If you are struggling with other sections on your CV keep in mind that you can make good use of your space. If you tend to use somewhat long phrasing, bullets might help you to separate information in a way to communicate better to the reader.
It is of great importance that you dedicate a section of your CV to your profile, describing yourself in a synthesized way, and what you want to achieve, as it is common practice, especially if you are applying for a job position, but don’t have many job experiences. In this case, we would encourage you to pay attention to other elements that can make your image complete. We’ll talk about that in a minute. Even if you are applying to an educational institution for academic pursuit the profile helps a lot. It can be an organic summarized overview of your motivation letter.
To add, or not to add a picture of yourself?
There are two main theories about adding a picture to one’s CV. Some consider it to be an unhealthy practice, as appearance can lead to misjudging, so adding your face to your CV is optional, however, it is common practice to add it for two main reasons.
Firstly, adding your picture gives the CV a complete feeling and form, and also quietly translates as more professional. Some people believe this comes from the idea that our picture makes the CV believable and gives the perception that we take 100% accountability for what we present in it.
Another reason to add a picture to CVs is the type of job you are applying for. There are certain professions where appearance plays a key role. When you work as a travel agent, you are the image of a company, so a neat, clean look can lead to a good first impression. Even though this can come as a sensitive topic, it’s recommended that you add your picture to your CV.
Adding general/contact information
Name: of the applicant
Telephone/cellphone number: +00 000 000 00
e-mail address: email@example.com
Address: your address
LinkedIn: your LinkedIn can serve as a source to know your profile better, and it’s recommended to include it
Other important elements:
Training is an indicator of perseverance, knowledge, and qualification.
Soft skills have taken another importance in this day and age, so adding those to your CV shows you have a good comprehension of the job market.
Interpersonal skills are another great element you can add. This can indicate your behavior in the workplace.
Interests and hobbies. It’s good to add some personal information to your CV. Makes your profile more diverse. Don’t forget that is also of interest (not always) to your employers.
Social media it’s an optional element that relies on the way you have constructed your image. Feel free not to add it, but remember to analyze if and how connects with your experience, and goal.
Languages are a must. Knowing languages, it’s a skill like no other. Include them in your CV, as they’re only going to help.
Review your CV
Grammar mistakes are the first thing to go unnoticed when writing your CV, so take your time and make a thorough check for grammar/spelling mistakes, irrelevant information, or wordy sentences. Read your CV out loud, and make sure it sounds natural. Give it to someone else to read, as they are not familiar with it, and can deliver better criticism or mistakes finding. Don’t forget the structure!
The Covid-19 pandemic transformed the job market and worldwide job demand in ways we had never imagined before, creating difficulties and new ways of thinking and understanding humanity’s needs in the future. Fortunately, the job market in the future will show impactful tendencies toward sustainability and a green economy. There are many more colors beyond these after 2023, so continue reading.Understanding the job market
Since 2020 there has been a wide spread of working remotely, as it is not a problem anymore to create flexible and comfortable working timetables for everyone. Technology has made it possible to work cozy, away from the office. Naturally, when employees hire, they offer different working possibilities. Take me, for instance. I work two days in the office, then five more days from home. I work as a hybrid. There are no missing opportunities!
Automation and AI taking over the job market are polarizing themes raising serious questions about the existence of certain professions in the future. AI and automation are expected to take a permanent place in our jobs, and though they’ll replace workers making professions disappear, they’ll also create new jobs in demand of new workers and skills.
Healthcare service demands will continue to grow
A lot of countries are experiencing the phenomenon of population aging. These countries are in rising demand of healthcare services and staff, such as doctors, nurses, medicals, and researchers, leading to higher education demand and, you guessed it, new workplaces. Another interesting phenomenon also exists, where these places ask for specialists and professionals from other countries, letting open for discussion its influence in the future.
Green jobs will dominate
The shift that companies and governmental systems have made toward renewable energy and sustainability practices has created a new path that is getting consolidated soon. The job demand for green construction, renewable energy, and environmental engineering will increase. This trend is expected to have benefits for the planet also.
Step Five: Implement the Solution
This step is when the solution comes to life. An initial project planning is necessary to implement successfully your solution. Set up the key factors that assure the trajectory of the solution in real practice.
The use of charts, timeline or log frame are very helpful between step 5 and 6. These can organize and coordinate the whole process and implementation group or can disorganize it totally.
Soft skills will experience high demands
With AI and automation taking over, employees are increasingly valuing soft skills. Creativity, adaptability, and emotional intelligence will be among them.
The gig economy will continue to rise
This field of economy belongs to freelancers that offer in-demand services. Digital platforms have consolidated, making numerous services shift entirely in this direction. The demand for flexible work arrangements helps it out even more.
While the job market remains unpredictable and uncertain in the short-term, in the long term, specific industries and fields will experience growth and development. Considering these, employees must seriously think about new skills and professional growth.
The need for new skills:
In a situation like this, businesses and companies have realized that to have sustainability and not fail, the future belongs to reskilling and upskilling. With many professions transforming, other and new skills will be needed to succeed!
the difference between reskilling and upskilling?
Upskilling means training employees to improve and develop existing skills.
Reskilling means preparing employees for a new role. Their positions may no longer exist in the future, but businesses may not want to replace them, so they train employees to take a new direction.
The benefits of Upskilling
Upskilling allows employees to develop their professional careers. Some employees don’t want to stay inside a box throughout their work, so upskilling allows them to learn. Also, when employees see that the business is investing in their growth, it can affect their productivity and performance.
The benefits of Reskilling
Reskilling is the most important investment of the moment for many businesses. To cope with market demands, companies must ensure their staff is up-to-date to keep up with modern changes. If reskilling is not applied, employees won’t be able to move to new positions to keep the company running.
Top reasons why hands-on learning is a formula for success:
Because hands-on learning stimulates the use of many senses, it helps to remember or retain information and knowledge because our brain associates it with touching, seeing, and hearing. We all turn our heads when we hear a familiar voice because our brain associates it with a sign that our senses have picked up.
Practical learning confronts real situations that require solutions. In this way, students can apply their knowledge to solving a real-life problem enabling problem-solving, creative and innovative skills.
Contrasting hands-on learning with traditional learning, the former is more motivating and engaging, as we feel some sense of fulfillment and satisfaction after completing a task or project. These two components (motivation and engagement) help in better concentration, resulting in more productive learning.
Experience and practical skills gained from hands-on learning are valuable components of success on the job. We bet you’ve heard hundreds of times that “someone with experience is needed.” Well, hands-on learning provides that experience.
Hands-on learning pits students against each other, and they must work together to succeed. Such experiences develop communication, leadership, and teamwork skills, all highly valued by employees.
What does a waiter/waitress do?
Waiters and waitresses provide excellent dining experiences through watchfulness ang great costumer service. In fact, they do numerous things: provide menu information, serve, collect payments etc.
What are a waiter/waitresses’ duties and/or responsibilities?
It’s easier to list some of their duties, so here we go:
Note that there are many more services a waiter/waitress does.
What requirements does a waiter/waitress need to meet?
How to know a waiter/waitress is good?
Good waiters/waitresses have a friendly personality and display willingness to serve and be helpful to the clients. Interpersonal and multitasking skills help them a great deal.
Who does a waiter/waitress work with?
Waiters/waitresses commonly work with colleagues and can report to a supervisor, depending on the working outlet.