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Common Non-Verbal Job Interview Mistakes for Women

Above is an infographic from savvy.com on common mistakes made during job interviews for men and women in particular. The picture speaks for itself. In a survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers, 33% claim to know whether or not they would hire someone within 90 seconds. Statistics show that first impressions are determined by 55% – the way you dress, act and walk through the door. 38% – the quality of your confidence and grammar. 7% – the words you choose to say.

The things that have an impact on first impressions: 70% of employers claim they don’t want applicants to be overly fashionable or trendy. 65% of hiring managers say clothes can be the deciding factor between 2 similar candidates. And don’t wear jewelery to give a hint that you are wealthy. Be prudent in your dressing.

About 1/3 have a bad posture and fidget too much. 26% have a weak handshake. 26% play with their hair or touch their face. 9% use too many hand gestures.

Anyway, back to the infographic, one of the common non-verbal mistakes make during job interview is failing to make eye contact and knowing little about the company. Some cross their arms over their chest and don’t smile. Hence, for newbies and fresh grads, look out for these little mistakes before it is too late.

Doing Your Best

Doing your Best

Dr S.L.Tan has the same moniker as me, except that he has a PhD and called Victor while I am Diana Tan S.L. Credit should go to him for authoring the book, “The Secret of Change” which got into the Malaysian Book of Records as the first motivation book in poem. Below is his inspiring poem:

BEING THE BEST

Choose to be the best,
in a field to better than the rest.
Believe it to be a worthwhile conquest.
Be willing to take the test,
endure the stress.

When you are hard-press,
discipline yourself at the work desk.
Do whatever it takes to achieve progress,
take it all as part of a contest.
In the journey to achieve success,
being the best is not what you profess.
The true mark is when others attest.

To be the best,
have a passion on a quest,
which you work with zest,
where every motion is a fest,
every moment a great fun, no less,
in the process to reach the crest,
is not working without rest,
or engaging others in wrest.
Remember how to de-stress,
laugh often and indulge in jest.
At work, put on some jazz,
Whistle to the beat to achieve your best.

2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards

A world champion has been announced at the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards: AirAsia took the gold as the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the 9th-year running! Air Asia’s head honcho, Tony Fernandez certainly looked elated in this picture while carrying a lady (probably a staff or his wife!) flanked by his several air stewardesses in their signature red uniforms.

Thank you for your continuous support as it is your loyalty that propelled AirAsia to the top, according to the email that I received.

As always, you can redeem the best AirAsia flight deals on the best travel dates with the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app. Check out today for a rewarding flying experience.

Because of his business acumen, Tony turned an airline on the verge of bankruptcy to a prosperous low-cost airline that is emulated all over the world. The picture above reminds me of Virgin Airlines Boss, Sir Richard Branson scooping up an air stewardess and a photo of him carrying her was snapped for the press publicity.

Be Kind to the Poor

Dad taught me to be kind and generous to the poor. Who knows, some of them could be angels in disguise. Coming from a single parent background, he understands what it is like to be poor while growing up. His dad or grandpa died at the young age of only 39! Hence, we should be generous and not look down on the poor, the disabled, etc. Just imagine ourselves in their shoes and it is not a nice experience. No one wants to be poor, homeless nor disabled by choice.

The other day, I went to post letters and saw a few homeless people sleeping on the walkway at KOMTAR while another group was probably waiting for their free meals by Lighthouse or Kechara Kitchen soup. We should not let wealth get into our heads but remain humble and forgiving. This is because pride comes before a downfall. Many deaths could have been avoided due to pride and ego. Fighting to see who wins is not a solution. We should learn to let God take over and forget the unhappy incidents.

The poor, homeless, disabled and the marginalised should not be ignored. We should channel our resources whether labour or wealth to help these people. We ought to give a comfortable amount and not give till it hurts our pockets. These are desperate times and it calls for action on our part. Many are jobless with some graduates unable to pass the interviews in both Singapore and Malaysia and jobs opportunies are getting scarce. Hence, we should not job hop for greener pastures but instead remain loyal to our company and be grateful for a job with constant income.

Complimentary Ticket To Meet Mary Buffett LIVE!

Come 1st April 2017, for the first time ever, you’ll get to meet 3 investing legends, Ms Mary Buffett, Mr Ken Chee and Mr Sean Seah, up close in person at the inaugural Investopia 2017 at Wisma MCA. By the way, Mary Buffet is the daughter-in-law of Warren Buffet, the richest investor and is highly sought after for his ideas.

Even rarer, is the chance to meet THREE of such titans in the world of investing, at the same time, at the same place, under one roof, right here in Malaysia. And it’s indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity where you can do this … for FREE at Wisma MCA on 1st April from 9:00am – 6:00pm.

A bit about the speakers:

Ken Chee is a highly successful entrepreneur who started his company with ZERO capital and turned it into a 9-figure business based upon the principals of value investing.

Sean Seah is a highly sought after financial writer who has appeared in front of international audiences around the world.

And of course, there’s Mary Buffett, best-selling author, international speaker who is flying all the way down from California, USA, to meet with each and every one of you LIVE in person.

Here’s a sneak peak at what will be covered in this FULL-DAY information packed event:

How can you invest even with a little capital?
Should you invest in companies in Malaysia?
What kind of companies can you invest in Asia?
What about the US market? Is the economy going up or down?
How can you protect investments and still profit no matter what?
And much more!

When you learn directly from these masters, you can’t help but leave the conference a wiser, more confident investor.

Here are the details of the event –

DATE: 1st April 2017
TIME: 9am – 6pm
VENUE: Wisma MCA
INVESTMENT: RM97 FREE

If you miss this event, you will never get to learn directly from the 3 investment experts under one roof ever again.

So go ahead and register for your free seat today! Enquiries please call us at 03-2201 8089 or email to customersupport@8investment.com

I have already registered and shall be attending this whole day event at Wisma MCA. At the same time, I have also booked to stay at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in KLCC from 1st April to 2nd April using corporate rate for RM 780+ total including 10% service charge and 6% GST. Mandarin Oriental Hotel is just 5 minutes walk away to Wisma MCA.

Blessed to Work at Home

Working at Home

I never take my job for granted and am appreciative for the blessings to work in a home office – a dream job for many with average income from a few sources such as my fixed deposits, rental income and commissions from projects secured via my company website OlympicVenture.com. I also write articles now and then for some allowance, sell stamps and used printer ink cartridges. My boss is my spouse at the moment and 19 years my senior. We may be partners in business, but he is still the commander-in-chief.

As long as I complete the company work like preparing invoices, Purchase Receive for GST input tax, etc, he is ok. But if I pay too much attention on my own work, he can go ballistic. This is also probably because he had set up 7 different companies in the past including a hardware shop in Johor which never really took off. As a result, he had to downgrade from a double storey semi-detached house to a small single storey terrace house due to financial difficulties. Now we make enough money to pay back his various debts, including income tax which he was not supposed to pay but due to wrong move, he is now liable for payments every 2 months. It has reduced to about RM 10k now from RM 35k in the past. He is also paying back his second sister. I find it strange that all the while she never asked for her money back for more than 10 years and it appears to have been given to him. But since he is making some cash and more prosperous than before coming to Penang, it is payback time to the debtors.

Through God’s grace, we met online, he became my website customer and now business partner staying together in a condo in Penang Times Square. We get a few enquiries almost every day from our company website that I built and based on search, clients find us through Google. I am thankful for the knowledge and skill to build a fully functional website that pulls in customers and brings in projects for our Bangladeshi workers so that all of us can put food on the table for our respective families. At the moment dad asked for RM 1,050 or 233.33 USD a month as contribution to the household expenses from me, with RM 250 going to the Catholic church construction and the rest for his expenditure.

I am happy to be able to contribute this much and it is pay back time to him who taught us this: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; Teach a man How to fish and you feed him a lifetime!

Now in KL

I am now in KL for work and to meet up with clients. Yesterday, went to 3 places with the help of GPS with the first one to collect a cheque and I promptly banked in thereafter. Then went to a condo and another place of an existing client. The day was done and completed with a visit to Sunway Pyramid Mall where we had dinner at the ground floor food court in Sunway Pyramid hotel. Window shopped around at Marks & Spencer and did not find anything interesting to purchase, so I saved money in the end. Before that I aslo went to an open air shopping mall on the way to Subang Airport, located midway though. Had hot tea at Mac Donalds and read newspapers.

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