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Young people entering the workforce often face a frustrating cycle. Employers keep turning them down for not having any experience, which doesn’t allow them to gain any experience to be a better job candidate in the future. What can young workers and college students do to subvert this cycle? Let’s look at some tips to help young people in their job hunting. #1.  Do Some Volunteer Work There’s no way you’ll be turned down for volunteer work, so use that to pad your…

Disclaimer: I will preface this post by stating that I am not a lawyer. The information below is my understanding from having worked in this industry for a number of years but is provided in good faith and with no warranty of any kind. You should check with your legal advisors for your business. If you’re in business (anywhere in the world) you have probably heard about the US CAN-SPAM Act. The goal of this federal law was to control the unsolicited marketing email imposed on individuals…

It is very difficult for an employee to get along with all of their co-workers. Usually there is somebody who can give us a difficult time and make our jobs difficult. Whenever somebody doesn’t do their job or comes in late or is hard to please it can make things challenging. Here are 7 tips on how to get along with most of the people in your office. #1. Study your work environment and the people who work there When you start a new job it is important to get a feel of every person who works…

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my short time in business to date is the importance of a happy motivated workforce. The people who work for you are your greatest asset. If you need ANY convincing on that one then I would suggest you’re wasting your time in business. I’ve seen first hand time and time again the value of people who enjoy working for us and understand how we do what we do and why we do it the way we do it. They ‘get it’ and there…

Working from home is the dream for many people and ensuring you get the most out of your home office is the key to success. Maintaining a level of professionalism and organisation will allow you to conduct business from your home office more effectively and more efficiently. #1. Keep your work life and personal life separate Okay, so this is probably one of the most obvious tips but mixing business and pleasure, especially in a home office setting is just not a good idea. There is no denying…

So in part one of this series we discovered that the first principle of productivity is to work on the right things in the right order. The Pareto Principle As with so many other things, when we look in this area we find that a nineteenth century Italian man has been here first. Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian engineer and economist who discovered among other things that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. This distribution was discovered to apply in many other areas and…

Great ideas deserve a chance to prove how they can really make a dent in the world. Till recently, ideators and budding entrepreneurs had institutional options like bank loans, equity investors or government subsidies to choose from, to fund their dream projects. With the rise of crowdfunding, the barriers to entrepreneurship have tumbled quickly and the power of the internet has fuelled new businesses like never before. “Crowdfunding platforms raised $2.7 billion and successfully…

Nowadays, it is important to be an important and valuable employee. Many companies are laying off people and are downsizing so it is imperative that you have something to offer for the company you are working for. Here are some suggestions on how to become a valuable employee for the place you are working for. #1. Understand Your Company’s goals Many employees do not take the time to understand the goals of the place they are working at. It is important to know the short and long term plans…

I came across this article the other day – Warren Buffet Sounds Worried About Self Driving Cars –  and I got worried. I’m a lawyer, I run a law firm specialising in personal injury law. The linked article is essentially about how Warren Buffet, who owns large insurance investments among many other things, is worried about the effect self-driving cars might have on the insurance industry.   Incidentally I am a big fan of Buffet’s writing, if you haven’t read “The Essays…

When it comes to employment law, organisations have policies and procedures in place for numerous reasons, reasons which include transparency, consistency, fairness and clarity. Accordingly, when an Organisation has a policy or policies in place why are these not always adhered to? Motives For Not Following Policies There are multiple motives to compel an Employer not to follow their policies and procedures, for example to reward an Employee by paying for a period of leave that the policy…