Is hope real for jobseekers? How to be the right hire during pandemic

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However, it is possible to live a financially fit life in the emirate, and save extra cash for your security. Here are top 15 tips:

15. Plan your yearly holidays so you can buy your airline tickets in advance. Airline tickets are usually cheaper when bought at least six months ahead of your travel date. Also, try booking online at around midnight when some airlines offer “midnight sale” on seats. You can also subscribe to airlines’ email alerts so you’ll always be the first to know of any promotions.

14. When sending a considerable sum of money home, don’t go with the flow. Exchange rates are usually high at mid-month or end of the month because this is when people receive their salaries and are likely to remit money. If possible, wait when the exchange rate dips (which means you get more peso for your dirham) before you send money to the Philippines.

13. Prefer to buy quality, used items that you need. You don’t have to spend a fortune on new furniture, unless you want to. There’s plenty advertised on online classifieds, or in second-hand stores in Dubai. Another Filipino favourite is the bi-monthly flea market in Safa Park.

12. If you don’t have accommodation or transportation paid for by your company, rent a place that is closer to your workplace. You can save time and money if you are spared a long commute.

11. Plan your trips using public buses or the Dubai Metro. The fares are a fraction of what you would spend compared to riding a taxi. If you must have a car, it is more economical to buy one in good condition (to spare you from maintenance woes) than lease one. However, make sure you have free parking space, and factor in yearly costs like vehicle registration renewal, vehicle insurance and toll fees.

10. Look for free entertainment. Beaches or parks are great places to unwind and entertain yourself with friends or family. You can also check out free shows and events at the malls, particularly during the shopping festivals.

9. If you are living alone or renting a shared apartment, it might be a good idea to buy cooked food in small portions from supermarkets and hypermarkets like Carrefour, Spinneys or New WestZone. You can ask for servings within your budget. This way you are saving time and effort from preparing your food.

8. If you must cook, include more vegetables on the menu. They’re cheaper, quicker to prepare and healthier, too.

7. Regularly check supermarkets and hypermarkets for special offers or deeply discounted prices on stocks for clearance. Most Filipinos head to Baqer Mohebi for discounted prices on boxes of chocolates to ship home, while New WestZone or Al Maya Lals are the go-to places for cheaper Philippine food items. For other commodities, check out three of the biggest hypermarkets in the country: Carrefour, Lulu and Geant.

6. Shop, dine or get service from establishments that offer loyalty points or rewards. Also check out offers on deal websites. There is usually a buy one get one offer on leisure trips, restaurant meals and other deals.

5. Get a pre-paid internet subscription on your smartphone that will allow you to use software like WhatsApp, Skype or Viber so you can call or message folks back home for free anytime, or when you are feeling homesick.

4. Try not to eat out frequently, but when you do, don’t be embarrassed to have your leftover food packed so you can eat it at home later.

3. If you can’t wait to do your shopping during sale season, shop at outlet stores instead (ask the store staff for the location). A more popular destination is the Outlet Mall, which houses all the outlet stores in one mall.

2. Don’t use a credit card, unless you can pay what you owe in full before interest accrues at the end of the month. But remember: It is always better to spend only what you have.

1. Save a portion of your salary. Always. The money you save now is not just for your retirement, but it can also be a much-needed fund for emergencies.” byline=”Sangeetha Ramesh”]

How to be the right candidate during pandemic –  Insights to organizational psychology during these unprecedented times

 

DUBAI – The rattling effect of the recent pandemic has left many people jobless. Some are still going through reduced wage. But there is still hope. Companies are hiring and people are finding new jobs.

These are challenging times for job seekers and organizations alike. Organizations are now very conscious about their business. Talent is always going to be a key aspect.

When redundancies happen

Redundancies are painful. While this impacts the employee in a big way, it is difficult for companies too.

Companies have relied on their talent for long and letting go is not easy. How are they going to cope?

The only way is to get more out of less. Employees in existing roles should stretch and offer support. Contribute and go an extra mile. If your company grows, everyone will benefit.

Who is the right candidate?

Organizations are very cautious about their hiring. Even when they don’t have a potential vacancy, finding a “right candidate” could be very tempting. Smart companies are able to attract promising talent from competitors.

The definition of right candidate varies from organization to organization. Experience or qualifications are not the only determining factors.

The ability to stir change and navigate in these challenging times are key. A candidate who can demonstrate that they can add value are sure to convince potential employers.

Positive attitude matters

Let us turn the tables. Imagine you are the employer and you have two equally qualified candidates, both impacted by recent job loss. One demonstrates enthusiasm, professionalism, positive attitude and the other is looking for sympathy. Who will you select?

Remember: Companies have to generate revenue to sustain business and are inclined to hire someone who will be valuable.

Role of social media

Like it or not your potential employer, HR and agency recruiters are constantly looking for talent. They want to immediately spot a talent as soon as a position becomes available.

Candidates who are ranting, posting disparaging remarks or negative comments could jeopardize a potential opportunity with a future employer. Don’t be the cynic or trouble maker they want to avoid.

If you must, then disagree in a respectful way. Chasing the employer with “hi” and “good morning” will not help.

Working for a lower wage

Many candidates assume that once they take a lower wage, this becomes their benchmark for the next role.

Organizations see more in a candidate than just the remuneration. If you are able to demonstrate your achievements in the role, they will be flexible on the pay you’re expecting.

For your next move, remember to negotiate a better title, wider scope and look for learning opportunities.

Apply for the role only when you fit in. Imagine a civil engineer applying for a finance manager vacancy? The interviewer does not see your desperation but assumes that you have poor attention to detail and are lax.

Organizations want to recover and grow. Help them. The competition is tough but you have to outperform to outlast. Hope is real for those who have faith and are willing to work for it. SR/Expat Media


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About the author
A people’s person, Sangeetha Ramesh is a senior HR leader, thoroughly results-driven with international experience in global and strategic HR roles. Sangeetha holds a Masters degree in both Psychology and Human Resources and has acquired extensive HR expertise in different business sectors focusing on people transformation, innovation and organizational development areas. The views expressed here does not represent the current or previous organisations of the author. Follow her on LinkedIn


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