Monthly Archives: October 2009

Snippets: no pretence, just be yourself

Be yourself when you are at interviews. The least you should do is to pretend. Be sincere. Be genuine. Show interest in the job that you are applying for. Your qualifications may not meet their requirements but employers are also … Continue reading

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Powerful lessons

Garry Kasparov’s book gives food for thought. A FEW weeks ago, I came across this book by Garry Kasparov, world chess champion from 1984 to 2000. Kasparov, possibly the greatest chess player we’ll ever know, has retired from the professional … Continue reading

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Making yourself more marketable

What can you do to make yourself more marketable to prospective employers? Here are a few tips to consider: Take a little time off to get your head together. A week or two, maybe longer. Then, tackle it head-on. It … Continue reading

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Keep your emotional bond while travelling

Many of us travel overseas as part of our work and sometimes, these travels take up a lot of time and separates us from our families. Our emotional disconnection from our families and loved ones can often affect us in … Continue reading

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Petronas name being used on job offer scam

I was forwarded a copy of this spurious Job Offer Letter recently and could not believe how people can still be gullible enough to fall for it either out of ignorance, naivety or sheer greed. Of course, I have no … Continue reading

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Just before the Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysia Open (DATMO) chess tournament concluded last August, I had cornered Mok Tze Meng, 41, to ask him how he felt before the final round started.   Pretty nervous, he admitted. As he looked … Continue reading

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Snippets: don’t over-talk!

What to avoid when you go for job interviews: rambling on and on and on. Employers have a hearty dislike for those who over-talk during the interview. They get the impression that you are either too disorganized in your thoughts, … Continue reading

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Online scams that target job seekers

This is not a new incident but we’ve been reading – and hence, here we are to remind you – that there are always online predators who target unsuspecting job seekers with emails that look like genuine employment opportunities. An email … Continue reading

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Be careful of Job Search scams

An excellent story on Job Search scams during the recession. This article by BabaraKiviat first appeared on TIME’s online version on 8 Oct 2009. Like I said, it makes excellent reading. Do be careful of job scams. Job-Search Scams on … Continue reading

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Contest of contrasts

The first knock-out match of the Malaysian Masters was an interesting one, with about 300 rating points separating the two contenders. IT’S time to wrap up the coverage of the first round of knock-out matches in the Malaysian Masters tournament. … Continue reading

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