A couple of weeks ago, Pete, an ex-colleague of mine was told he was being made redundant. I predicted this four months ago, but for Pete it came as a bolt out of the blue. He had been blind to all the little hints and nuances that suggested redundancy was calling his name. Pete had laughed when I had suggested the redundancy warning signs, saying that he’d worked for the company for 15 years and the big boss would always look out for him. Continue reading
Some years ago I worked for a Search and Selection firm – a business that is now defunct. Despite meeting my husband there and making life-long friends, I was deeply unhappy in my job. I dreaded making cold calls; I loathed the hypocrisy of some of the managers, the chauvinistic bullying of the Managing Director and the cutthroat pressures of having to meet weekly sales targets. My unhappiness meant I rarely met those hefty sales targets and I certainly didn’t achieve career success. I was, most definitely, a round peg in a square hole.
It wasn’t because I didn’t have the right skills or the innate ability to fulfill the job, it was because the role and the company didn’t match any of my values. Continue reading
Just removed another scam. Again Nigerian!
PSI Incorporation claims to be a securities company, located at 4245, Kemp Blvd., Wichita Falls, Wichita Falls, TX 76308, USA.
A quick search on the net reveals that there is no mention anywhere of this company. A check on Whois.com reveals that the site was registered only a short while ago, somewhat strange for a company of that size. If the company had been trading Continue reading
It’s April Fool’s day. Did you smile this morning when you sat down at your desk? Did you play a little trick on your colleagues or your boss? Do you remember that wonderful story about the spaghetti tree that had the world laughing? If nothing else, the 1st of April should bring a grin to your face.
But how often do you smile at work? How often are you in stitches with laughter? If you’re having to think hard to dredge up a moment of hilarity, the chances are that humour doesn’t feature much in your workplace.
Laughter and humour are essential components of Continue reading
Always wanted to live and work without restrictions in the European Union?
Now you can! Bulgaria has a foreign investors plan that will give investors who bring €511.292 (BGN 1,000,000) into the country a Bulgarian passport (but no job). As Bulgaria has signed up to the EU and the Schengen agreement you will eventually be able to live and work anywhere in the European Union.
This has been in place since 2009 and only recently attracted the attention of the UK based Telegraph newspaper, who blew it up into a big media frenzy. There is currently a bit of Bulgaria/Romania scaremongering going on in the UK media and this fits the bill for journalists who want to create sensationalist, finger pointing articles.
Had the Telegraph done their homework Continue reading
These hotel job scams keep on coming. This time the website of the Courthouse Hotel in Central London has been copied and abused for a job scam. The site has been renamed as the “PrimeSpring Hotel”. All pages, with the exception of the Careers section are the same. The purpose of these scams are to make people pay for fake visas, work permits and other ‘costs’. Once these fees have been paid, the ‘recruiter’ disappears.
So, don’t apply for these fake jobs, unless you want to lose money.
How can you protect yourself against these fake jobs?
1. Do a search on whois.com to find out who registered the site. If it’s not related to the website, stay well away. In this case this London based hotel website was registered by a Nigerian woman called Continue reading
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As a result of a stagnant economy and a huge lack of opportunities, read jobs, in Italy, many young graduates are packing their warm clothes and are moving to Berlin.
The German capital is home to such a large number of Italian immigrants that many Italians are able to set up Italian inspired businesses, from newspapers, to cafes and clothing shops.
There is a nasty, cold wind blowing from Switzerland now. Yesterday’s Swiss vote to cap immigration is another indication of jobs being ring fenced for local voters. Switzerland is at the heart of Western Europe, but is not part of the EU. Given it’s location it has relied on immigration to keep it’s highly developed economy going and growing. Nearly 25% of the population are immigrants these days and this has resulted in the far right, populist movement to demand a vote on capping the immigration levels.
Against all expectations (in the media that is), the Swiss voted by the slimmest of margins (50.3%) to impose quotas on newcomers to the country. As the Swiss Continue reading
Slovakia’s overhaul of foreign work and residence permits imposes stricter rules and new processing time frames.
What does the change mean? Employers will face several stricter requirements, including an in-person meeting with the Slovak Labor Office for local labor contracts, longer notification of vacant jobs, and apostilled educational documents.
- Implementation timeframe: Jan. 1, 2014.
- Visas/permits affected: Continue reading