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    Default How to choose the best candidate for your business

    2015 is looking like a year of growth for many medium and small businesses. Read these top tips to give you the best chance of finding the right employees for your business.
    1 Write an accurate job specification
    Lose the generic job specification and ensure that it is relevant to your business needs and specific to the role in question. Ensure the targets that need to be achieved by employing this new person are promoted through the specification.
    2 Identify an individual person specification for each role
    What are the base skills you require; how is the applicant's written and verbal communication? Are they a team player; is it about the business or about them? They need to be both motivated and driven; do they really want your job or just any job?
    3 Be sure what you're looking for
    Do not change your mind about what you're looking for in a candidate during the interview process based on applicants' feedback. However, do take time to review your processes to ensure you do not make any rash decisions.
    4 Work to a standard interview process
    To be fair and consistent, you should use the same interview process for every applicant. This might include telephone screen, psychometric test, first interview, second interview, include a related test for that role i.e. presentation for sales people. Telephone screens show if applicants are professional, clear and precise. An informal first interview should start the process and filter the applicants down.
    A second interview should be more formal with an increased number of interviewers to see how the applicant demonstrates themselves under pressure.
    5 Use an application form
    Ask all applicants to complete a standard application form and provide copies of all qualifications and ID prior to arranging any interviews. This is an opportunity to see if the person is qualified to the standards required to fulfill the role successfully.
    6 Use competency based interviews
    During each interview, ask plenty of competency based questions. What has the applicant achieved in their current role? What have been the career highlights? Establish their weaknesses and what they have done to overcome the weaknesses.
    7 Get references
    Before appointment, take a minimum of two written references. One must be the last and most recent employer. Ask for character references if the role involves a lot of trust. Try to gain a full understanding of that person; will they fit in with the team and can they fulfill the role in the long term.
    1 Write an accurate job specification
    Lose the generic job specification and ensure that it is relevant to your business needs and specific to the role in question. Ensure the targets that need to be achieved by employing this new person are promoted through the specification.
    2 Identify an individual person specification for each role
    What are the base skills you require; how is the applicant's written and verbal communication? Are they a team player; is it about the business or about them? They need to be both motivated and driven; do they really want your job or just any job?
    3 Be sure what you're looking for
    Do not change your mind about what you're looking for in a candidate during the interview process based on applicants' feedback. However, do take time to review your processes to ensure you do not make any rash decisions.
    4 Work to a standard interview process
    To be fair and consistent, you should use the same interview process for every applicant. This might include telephone screen, psychometric test, first interview, second interview, include a related test for that role i.e. presentation for sales people. Telephone screens show if applicants are professional, clear and precise. An informal first interview should start the process and filter the applicants down.
    A second interview should be more formal with an increased number of interviewers to see how the applicant demonstrates themselves under pressure.
    5 Use an application form
    Ask all applicants to complete a standard application form and provide copies of all qualifications and ID prior to arranging any interviews. This is an opportunity to see if the person is qualified to the standards required to fulfill the role successfully.
    6 Use competency based interviews
    During each interview, ask plenty of competency based questions. What has the applicant achieved in their current role? What have been the career highlights? Establish their weaknesses and what they have done to overcome the weaknesses.
    7 Get references
    Before appointment, take a minimum of two written references. One must be the last and most recent employer. Ask for character references if the role involves a lot of trust. Try to gain a full understanding of that person; will they fit in with the team and can they fulfill the role in the long term.
    1 Write an accurate job specification
    Lose the generic job specification and ensure that it is relevant to your business needs and specific to the role in question. Ensure the targets that need to be achieved by employing this new person are promoted through the specification.
    2 Identify an individual person specification for each role
    What are the base skills you require; how is the applicant's written and verbal communication? Are they a team player; is it about the business or about them? They need to be both motivated and driven; do they really want your job or just any job?
    3 Be sure what you're looking for
    Do not change your mind about what you're looking for in a candidate during the interview process based on applicants' feedback. However, do take time to review your processes to ensure you do not make any rash decisions.
    4 Work to a standard interview process
    To be fair and consistent, you should use the same interview process for every applicant. This might include telephone screen, psychometric test, first interview, second interview, include a related test for that role i.e. presentation for sales people. Telephone screens show if applicants are professional, clear and precise. An informal first interview should start the process and filter the applicants down.
    A second interview should be more formal with an increased number of interviewers to see how the applicant demonstrates themselves under pressure.
    5 Use an application form
    Ask all applicants to complete a standard application form and provide copies of all qualifications and ID prior to arranging any interviews. This is an opportunity to see if the person is qualified to the standards required to fulfill the role successfully.
    6 Use competency based interviews
    During each interview, ask plenty of competency based questions. What has the applicant achieved in their current role? What have been the career highlights? Establish their weaknesses and what they have done to overcome the weaknesses.
    7 Get references
    Before appointment, take a minimum of two written references. One must be the last and most recent employer. Ask for character references if the role involves a lot of trust. Try to gain a full understanding of that person; will they fit in with the team and can they fulfill the role in the long term.
    Source: http://vnmanpower.com

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    Default The skills required for a job in 2015

    Perhaps the time has passed when Bachelor's degree is a "ticket" to bring you a good job with an advancement opportunities open. Maybe your school name will make employers have more attention to you, but it does not mean they are ready to say "yes" immediately.

    The reason is extremely simple: Colleges are "universal" everywhere (in some developed countries, a master's degree is required when apply for a job), employers will need to add other elements to select the most suitable ones.

    So what do employers need?
    National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has released the results of the survey in 2014, in which HR professionals will tell us what skills they most appreciated in recruiting. You may be surprised with "top 10" skills below:

    - Teamwork ability;
    - Ability to make decisions and solve problems;
    - The ability to communicate with others (both inside and outside the enterprise);
    - Ability to plan, organize and division of work, receive and process information.

    You can see all above elements are soft skills which could help people work together more effectively. And all is determined by EQ. Therefore, you would be hard to find a specific course in school only teach these skills.
    - Ability to analyze data on technological knowledge related to work
    - Ability to use computer software fluently. Ability to write / edit reports
    - Sales ability and influential to others

    The next 5 skills in the ranking focus more on specific skills including the ability to analyze, writing skills and proficiency in the use of computers




    Analysis capabilities are increasingly appreciated
    If you look closely a little bit, we can see the importance of analytical capabilities are increasing rapidly due to the above skills more or less relate to the ability to make decisions based on data analysis. The world is filled with digital technology, if you are not proficient in the use of computers and data processing, it will make you become less prominent in the eyes of employers. So Vietnam recruitment advises you should really focus on this skill in 2015.
    Of course, only analytical ability is not enough if you ignore soft skills.



    Soft skills are paramount

    If you feel EQ is significantly affected to job applicant, consider the following:

    Have you ever highlighted your soft skills in CV? It may seem complicated, but the reality is much simpler. For example, you can list work experience and manage a team, it will be easier to score in the eyes of employers whenever industries you are in: Constructions jobs, engineer jobs, offshore jobs, hospitality industry, etc . However, make sure what you write in CV is the same with answers in the interview.

    Do you want to change yourself? If you find yourself still not completed 1 of 5 above soft skills, learn how to improve it. For example, you have problems with time management and teamwork, take the time to read a book or take a certain course to help you improve and mention your changes (if appropriate) in the interview.

    All efforts have been recognized by employer. Have you ever received comments about yourself? If you are not sure whether your soft skills were good enough or not, do not hesitate to talk to friends and close colleagues about this. The specific comments from them will point out weaknesses that you need to overcome.

    Besides, in the above survey, 71% of responses rated EQ is more important than IQ in recruitment. This is probably what we have heard so far, but I think this is worth to recall. So, make sure your soft skills are always trained and cultivated every day because it was never redundant in the current trend.


    BLOG: http://vnmanpower.com/en/blog.html

  3. #3

    Default Job sharing: The next trend in the “share economy”

    With the development of collaborative consumption and rising of the Empires like Uber, Airbnb, where people could take advantage of something they are not using such as a car, house to a stranger rents. Catching up with this trend, the labor market has created a new work method with standout benefits: Job Sharing.


    <article class="article" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Titillium Regular'; font-size: 14px;">What is Job Sharing?
    According to US Department of Labor “Job Sharing means two (or more) workers share the duties of one full-time job, each working part time, or two or more workers who have unrelated part-time assignments share the same budget line”.


    Don’t misunderstand job sharing as two people doing a part-time job, but they do one job, one mission change-over with the agreement between the boss and these employees.
    Which challenges will you have to face?
    Job sharing requires the pioneers have to face some challenges without any models to emulate. First to mention, to two-person work well and spend all of their working time to complete the same targets, they have to get along with each other. If there are any doubts about the other support or productivity and abilities, the conflicts are inevitable. Job sharing needs the willingness to overcome the differences in personality, ego, and method to reach the best results.
    Equally significant, for one reason or another, the job sharing relationship is hard to last forever. For example, one of the sharers may find this job is no longer attract him and decide to choose a new path for the career. In some cases, when their kids have grown up and they want to get back with full-time jobs and don’t need anyone to share with.
    But at the end of the day, all employers have agreed that the advantages exceed the above disadvantages.
    What will employers and employees gain?
    #High productivity.
    The working hours flexible will make employees have more energy and work-life balance as well as the sense of creative, which help boost their job performance.
    # Work-life balance.
    With someone to share the work burden and stress, you could spend more time on your family or yourself, do what you like.


    # A new way to improve human resources
    Teaming a new employee and a current one is a way to train company workforce. Working in a new position and method could be an attractive way to recruit the potential candidates.
    # Loyalty
    Job sharing demands a strong sense of accountability attached between the partners. If it works out, they will feel empathy, create the opportunity for loyalty develops – loyal to each other and loyal to their employer.
    In a nutshell, not all kind of jobs could be sharing, which depends on their features. But with these benefits above, it’s worth to employers try to apply this new method for their companies and receive the unexpected results.
    </article>


    Source: http://vnmanpower.com/en/job-sharing...3HL8xbTYrwH.99

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    Default Which countries are the easiest to do business in?

    Entrepreneurship is a key driver of economic growth and development, and it flourishes where there are minimal barriers to doing business.
    The World Bank’s Doing Business project, launched in 2002, ranks the ease of setting up and running a business across189 economies and selected cities in the world.

    Three Asian economies appear in the top five spots: Singapore (1st),Hong Kong SAR, China (3rd) and the Republic of Korea (5th).
    The other top rankings are shared between some of the largest Anglophone economies– New Zealand (2nd), the United States (7th),The United Kingdom (8th), Australia (10th)and the Republic of Ireland (13th) –and the five Nordic economies: Denmark (4th),Norway (6th), Finland (9th),Sweden (11th) and Iceland (12th).

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  5. #5

    Default Tips for the successful business in Asia

    Asia with its fast economic development is becoming a favorite and potential investment destination of many entrepreneurs and institutions


    <article class="article" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Titillium Regular'; font-size: 14px;">While global economic powers China, Japan, India, and South Korea continue powering through, some countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Sri Lanka have entered the path to long-term and stable growth.

    Their charming culture and people may hold you back for an idea of expanding or starting up your business. What do you need to know and prepare?
    1. Culture differences.
    Undoubtedly, every country has their own an interesting culture and which sometimes really strange to others. However, taking time to discover a culture where you want to do business is necessary. You can find a common model for local customers, potential partners. Don’t try to change them, but change your company to suit them.

    Another mistake that some foreign companies could suffer is they treat all Asia as one country "We’ll do business the same way in Indonesia as we do it in Japan or China." If that thought has ever come to your mind or that’s what you’re doing now: fail to respect the cultural differences of each country, sadly to say sooner or later you will end up paying the price.
    2. Local employees who understand the language
    English is the second language in many Asia countries, but it is still an obstacle when you consider to start up in here. Planning on hiring some staffs who could easily communicate with you and local customers as well as deeply understand the culture will boost your successful rate.
    3. Showing your commitment
    Expressing a strong commitment to long-term relationships with your business partner whether in prosperous or difficult duration is a key element to success.
    Most Asia people have a strong sense of loyalty to people and to communities, which creates a good company image and builds the trust and confidence with your customers.
    China is a striking illustration, trust lies at the core of all relationships and it is critical given guanxi is regarded as the key to unlocking profitable and highly productive business dealings
    </article>
    BLOG: http://vnmanpower.com/en/blog.html

  6. #6

    Default Looking for new job opportunities for skilled workers

    We would like to send you our warmest greetings.
    Our company, VMST are the professional manpower supplier from Vietnam. We supplies all types of manpower (skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled) with good qualifications and experience such as Drivers, Engineers, Masons, Tilers, Plasterers, Computer Operators, Welders, Fitters, Turners, Plumbers, Carpenters, Furniture Carpenters, Electricians,etc. Now, we are looking for jobs for Vietnam manpower.

    Call us: (84) 949594116 or get an access to http://vnmanpower.com to know more details and recruit the right workers for your business.

  7. #7

    Lightbulb "Follow Your Passion" isn’t a Good Career Advice

    You have heard a lot and been advised of ‘following your passion’. That motivation sometimes turns out to be bad advice, making you bush around what you love doing and what you are doing, and end up being on the wrong track.

    Most passions fail to match paying careers



    You are passionate about dancing though, your current conditions, your ability, and others don’t support that passion. Your family and beloved ones are your passion; still, there isn’t much space in the job market for those things. Obviously, they are just-so-beautiful passions, and often times, the best option is to look for a career that roots for you enough to follow those passions outside of your work.


    It’s not that everyone has pre-existent passion


    ‘Follow your passion’ means you have pre-existent passion, and if you match it to your job, you will love that job. That seems uncomplicated, but otherwise. People often do not have pre-existent passions. As per the study onmanpower satisfaction at workplace, people enjoy their work for more subtle reasons than that it lines up with their interests.




    Cultivate your passion instead
    While ‘follow’ means you find out the passion before matching it to a job, ‘cultivate’ means you build your passion along the way you work. The later process is considered longer though, it can be more rewarding. You will need become a craftsman in your work. Refining your ability, and then making use of your value and shape your work life towards the lifestyle type resonant with you.



    Excitement
    vs. True passion


    There are times you find yourself being excited over an idea, but run out of steam quickly and lose momentum to dive into that idea.
    If so, that is not the true passion, but excitement instead. The excitement about a specific idea is often different from the deep passion that motivates you to a fulfilling and rewarding career. Whilst your excitement would come and leave, your true passion would arise after you putting in long hours to become a real craftsman in your field, and then make use of this value to attain autonomy, be respected, and pull off your occupational destiny.

    How to find my true passion?


    There is none of special passion awaiting you to discover. Instead, it’s something cultivated. Your passion can be cultivated in multitude fields. Thus, to say that you don’t know what your passion is doesn’t make sense. It would add up to say that you haven’t cultivated one passion yet; you should scope down things to focus on and start that cultivating process.

    Source: http://vnmanpower.com/en/follow-your...ice-bl160.html

  8. #8

    Default How to achieve a better work-life balance?

    One day you suddenly realize that your work has been becoming your life for a long time. When was the last time you spent time with your family, your friends or enjoyed your favorite hobbies? A lot of people spend a lifetime pursuing career success without understanding that it doesn’t necessarily guarantee a happy life. Work-life balance is definitely not a new concept, but it’s becoming the ultimate goal of more and more people, no matter who you are, a well-known billionaire entrepreneur or an entry-level employee.
    Work-life balance helps us to become healthier, enjoy happier life and even work more productively than usual. So, how to achieve work-life balance? Of course, there is no exact step-by-step approach for all of us; but hopefully these few tips will somewhat help you find the best way to strike a balance between work and life.


    1. Assess your current situation

    To get started, you need to analyze all aspects of your work (job characteristics, short and long term goals, ambition) and personal life (personality, personal habits, general lifestyle, family obligation, spirituality…). Then you have to identify your problems with your work and personal life to discard and figure out your top priorities which really matter to you to focus on.

    2. Master your time

    Time management is the key to strike a balance between work and life. Everyone everywhere has 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You may sometimes wish to have more time a day to do more work, but the fact is you can change anything! So, all you need to do is master your time instead of complaining. Time is a valuable asset, so you should manage and use it effectively. Just focus on your priorities and eliminate time wasting in unnecessary stuff. Work smarter, not harder, to have time for your personal life. Be sure that you always schedule your work and plan your life.


    You need to clearly understand your boundaries and personally respect them. For example, you want to work at your office from 8 AM to 5 PM every workday and you do not accept work overtime or bring work to home. Evening time you want to spend with your family.


    3. Ask for support

    Depend on each job characteristics, your work – life balance can be easier or harder to achieve. For instant, you are working as a travel agent, who coordinates tours and takes care of tourists. A work-life balance in this case is nearly unachievable, because you have to always ready to response to your customers, even at night or weekends.



    If you want to achieve work – life balance, make an open conversation with your manager. I believe that he/she will empathize because he/she also wants the same thing, especially if you are a standout employee. Make sure that you understand the company policies and can make benefits for both employer and you if following your time arrangement. You need also ask your colleagues to help you some tasks or avoid contact you for work purpose after you leave the office. And if you can’t reach any agreement, it’s time to consider a job move which allows you more flexibility in time.

    4. Love your health, love your job, love your life

    You can never achieve work-life balance if you do not enjoy everything you do. Remember to take care of your health first. A healthy diet with good nutrition and a quality sleep will provide enough daily energy for you to do your job and enjoy your life. Of course, don’t forget to do regular exercise or play your favorite sport as an effective way to manage stress, stay healthier and have a nice figure.



    In your work time, try to turn your work into your passion and do your job with 100% of you. When coming home, you should turn off all technology devices using for only work purpose such as laptop, tablet, and smartphone and spend your quality time for your family, lover, friends and yourself as well. Technology, on the one hand, could be the efficient tool to achieve work-life balance by improving our productivity, but on the other hand, it can steal our personal time by unpaid working-from-home hours.
    Obviously a perfect balance between work and personal life seems unachievable for anyone in a short time. It’s a continuous journey which we have to change day by day. Hopefully these tips can improve your work-life balance to have a better and happier life.
    Source: http://vnmanpower.com/en/4-steps-to-...nce-bl205.html

  9. #9

    Lightbulb Working for money? Should or Should not?

    Nowadays problem is people are working the job they don’t even like, only for money.
    Basic purpose of human being when working is making money and feed themselves. It’s reality. Graduated students blind their eyes for a thousand dollars salary and forget all about whether that job bring back development, promotion opportunity or not.


    Successful people usually pursue their passion, do what they love and earn money from it. If you are one of the money-oriented, a highly possibility is one of these things will happen:
    1. You will never get enough of money.
    Even you are paid one of the highest salary compare with people in the same position, you will still feel that it’s not deserve. Therefore, you cannot stop complaining about your salary and always struggle to get a better wage. As a consequence, you are unhappy, dissatisfied.


    2. Constantly change your job.


    When you think you are not paid a deserve salary, it’s time to move on. At first, maybe you will feel so much fun to have chance to meet many new friends, work in a new environment. However, once you become familiar with these changes, the attraction you find from the start will disappear fast and you continue look for a new job. This circle cannot stop except you find your real dream job.
    3. Having money but not the time.
    I have a friend who used to work at a famous commercial company. He share that working there could easily make you rich because of a high salary and more important you didn’t have time to spend it with a strictly work schedule from morning to midnight, or even weekend. I haven’t ever though nobody could feel happy in this perspective and like I said: keep you in long-term. My friend left the position after few months.


    When you choose any kind of jobs, work-life balance is an important factor. Do not let your life pass by with full of working hour till exhausted.
    4. You are not a good candidate


    I have met an applicant who in every interview never forgot to ask again and again his salary and welfare. The good site is all candidates should understand what you do and what you get in company. But for the bad, you repeat all the same questions, calculate your salary, show your self-fish side with recruiters. Remember, if everything you could see in the company to apply is money, probably you will fail. Because employers know for sure that you will quit this job for a better salary right away, which what they need is an employee connecting with team, feeling passion with job.
    To find the real happiness in job, do not hesitate to devote your best for something meaning, something you love. Do not put money is your life’s objective as well as your job.

    Source: http://vnmanpower.com/en/working-for...not-bl115.html

  10. #10

    Question The Oil and Gas Market Is Back to 1990s Again?

    There are striking parallels between OPEC’s current situation and 1990s. During 1997-1999, OPEC lost the market control and the oil price slipped to below 10 USD/ barrel.



    Whilst investors may wonder whether the markets will follow the same trajectory this time, it is important to remember that it was OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) that emerged from that crisis to see the oil prices rebound to just about 150 USD/ barrel. If the history is repeating itself, OPEC would regain its control over oil prices.
    Big OPEC members uplift production


    In 1992, Venezuela had a growth surge that pushed its output from 2.2 million barrels/ day to 3.5 million barrels/ day. Saudi Arabia responded by raising its own production, the market becoming oversupplied. This time around, Saudi Arabia has hit record on output when pumping 10.6 million barrels/ day early this year, while Iran is planning to boost daily output by up to 1 million barrels next year after the sanctions are lifted.
    Asia’s economic slowdown


    In 1997, when OPEC lifted their production, Asia headed into the economic meltdown.The devaluation of the baht – the currency of Thailand in July that year, sparked a financial crisis that pushed Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand into the recession. According to data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the group’s GDP decreased 8.3% in 1998 as compared to the average growth of 7.5% in the previous decade. This time around, Asia is not collapsing though, China is experiencing slowest expansion in 25 years.
    ‘Ghost of Jakarta’

    Back in 1997, at a meeting in the Indonesian capital, OPEC decided to raise production quotas just right in the time the Asian economic crisis began, making oil prices drop to as low as $10. Veteran oil ministers still refer to the ‘ghost of Jakarta’ haunting OPEC’s decisions. Indonesia has now come back to the center of OPEC after this nation rejoined the group last week after suspending its membership in 2009.
    El Nino


    During 1997-1999, the oil slump is associated with El Nino that curbed demand for heating fuel. The ocean surface in the equatorial Pacific became warm, making fall and winter in the Northern hemisphere became milder than normal.

    Back to 2015, El Nino has been becoming an issue of significant concern. The U.S and northern Europe’s heating oil stockpiles are high, potentially impacting the overall crude demand.

    Naimi vs Zanganeh

    al-Naimi (left), Bijan Namdar Zanganeh (right)
    Just as they were around 2 decades ago, al-Naimi - the Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral, and Bijan Namdar Zanganeh - Iranian Oil Minister, stand in opposition across the Vienna’s conference table. Both have a long history of working together in resolving oil gluts, but this time the differences loom larger. Saudia Arabia and Iran are standing in the conflicting position in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, which gets in the way of the oil business.
    Political change in Venezuela

    Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela (1999–2013)
    In 12/ 2008, Venezuela witnessed an abrupt political change when Hugo Chavez won presidential elections, opening a new era of socialism and creating the turning point for the oil and gas market. He joined Saudi Arabia in cutting the production, putting an end to a decade of increases, even though his policies slowly drove out of a number of the country’s foreign oil investors. After 16 years, the country’s crude production has fallen by 10%.

    Early last week, the world has witnessed the change in political power in Venezuela when the opposition has won its first elections, taking a majority in Congress.
    Source:
    http://vnmanpower.com/

  11. #11

    Post The A - Z of Indian Business Culture

    In the increasingly global business world that teams work across borders, understanding business cultures where you go is the key to success. One of the biggest challenges to overcome when entering the India market or doing business in India is definitely its work culture. People do things differently in India. Indian business culture is the product of thousands of years of influence of Hinduism with an overlay of British Raj, Islam and recent Western business systems. Understanding its business etiquette can help improve hugely your chances of success in this market. Let alone, among many countries, there are just two business cultures that shine out as being so remarkably different. One is Japan. The other one is India.

    1.
    Retaining talent is a key factor in growth strategies



    For an Indian CEO, time spent on HR issues is as much as, even more than time spent on market shares and revenues.In India, there is a high demand for talent; that’s why lots of attention is being paid to securing and engaging the talent. Though in the U.S, it is important to do so, the stress on it mayn’t be as high. By contrast, in India, the top priority is retaining the key talent pool. There is flexibility in deployment of policies related to people here. A good example is healthcare. In most US enterprises, it would be stringently by the process; a clear definition is given to what the employer will pay for and what it won’t. Differently, in Indian companies, flexibility and compassion would find a place in that regard.
    2. Greeting

    U.S. President Barack Obama uses the Namaste during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential Palace in New Delhi, India on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

    Indians themselves use the Namaste when greeting. This is where palms are brought together at the chest level with a slight bow of the head. Using Namaste is a sign that you understand Indian etiquette. Whilst Namaste is perfectly fine in the North, Namoskar (holding the palms of hand flat together, touching thumbs first to third eye area between eyebrows, and then touching the thumbs to the heart) is more appropriate in the East. Standard English greetings are fine in South, Web and the North-East.
    If you do business in India, giving a handshake is common in meeting etiquette. One may like to combine handshake with Namaste, so do the Namaste and shake hand if the nonverbal cue says so. In urban India, it is absolutely fine to shake hands with women unless the nonverbal cue says otherwise. A male-male hug isn’t recommended, nor a kiss on the cheek of a woman even if you know that woman very well.

    If you give a firm handshake, don’t always expect to get the same grip in return. Not all Indian businesspeople give firm handshakes as a limp handshake signals respect, not weakness. When addressing an Indian that you don’t know personally, always use the appropriate formal title, whether Mr., Mrs., Doctor, Professor or Sir/ Madam if you don’t know their names. Even when you know them personally but meet them in the presence of others, default to formal.

    3. Business cards
    Contact and networking are really important in India; that’s why Indians like to give and receive business cards. Business cards are often exchanged at the first meeting, generally after the handshake and greeting. It is unnecessary to have your card translated into Hindi because English is widely spoken in the Indian business community.Your business card should include your name, company name, title, email address and such information as your company mailing address and website, any higher degrees or honors that you hold. For Indians, the business title on the card is greatly significant. Don’t be surprised to see the education qualifications on lots of Indian business cards.Think twice about including your mobile number on the business card. If you give your cell number to an Indian, the lucky recipient may use it freely. Indians deal with this by writing out their cell phone numbers on the cards they present to a select few.Many Indians don’t fill up their business cards with acronyms, and you can follow their lead. Still, Indians greatly emphasize academia, so note it on your card if you hold a doctorate degree or the like.Make sure you give and receive cards with your right hands. This practice is followed in Islamic countries and many parts of Africa.

    4.
    Language

    English is the common language when conducting business in India. If you aren’t from an English speaking country, then you must have your brochures and any promotional material prepared in English.Though English is widely spoken and used, there are nuances of Indian English. For example, there are such local meanings of terms as 'godown' (warehouse), 'Himalayan blunder' (grave mistake), 'deadly' (intense or very good), etc. Likewise, you may find people here using terms like 'cousin-sister', 'cousin-brother', or overuse such terms as 'obviously', 'simply', 'actually', etc. in their sentences.In addition, the pronunciation varies across the country, which can sometimes make it hard to understand spoken English. However, you can request a person to repeat what he/ she has said slowly. Such a request from a foreigner isn’t regarded as a discourtesy.

    5. Building relationships
    Indians just deal favorably with those they know and trust. Then be mindful of the importance of good working relationship. Take time to engage in small talks, get to know your prospective partner and pull off your positive traits of honour and trustworthiness. Rush straight into the business issue can be perceived as rudeness.
    Related reading:

    Tips to make a better cooperative relationship all over the world

    6. Meetings and negotiations



    Meeting should be arranged in advance. This should be done in writing and confirmed via phone. Avoid meetings close to or on national holidays – for example, Independence Day, Diwali (Festival of Lights). Avoid hot weather by scheduling between October and March.Punctuality is expected. Still, being 10 minutes late won’t cause disastrous consequences. Flexibility is of prime importance. Family responsibilities are prioritized over business, and then it is possible for last minute cancellations when doing business in India.When entering the meeting room, you must always approach and greet most senior figure first. Meetings often start with some conversation – this is part of get-to-know process. Favorable topics of conversation are latest business news, fortunes of Bombay Stock Exchange or cricket. Just avoid talking about personal matters, religion, Pakistan, Kashmir, the poverty, or beggars.

    If your business dealing in this country involves negotiations, then bear in mind that they can be slow. If trust has not been established yet, then pour your efforts in developing a rapport. The highest level always makes decisions. If the Director or owner of the company isn’t present, then the chances are that those are early stage negotiations.
    Indians don’t just make their business decisions based on statistics, data and engaging PowerPoint presentation, but intuition, feeling and trust. Always be patient, show good character, and never show frustration or anger. Business decision making is slowed down also because your direct contact isn’t authorized to give decisions and has to consult with his boss. That’s why you should always try to get in contact with most senior managers at business meetings. Their influence will accelerate the process and save you valuable time.

    Avoid high pressure tactics when negotiating. Don’t be forceful or confrontational. Express criticisms and disagreements using the most diplomatic language. Indian society averts saying ‘No’ because it is deemed rude due to possibility of triggering disappointment or offense. Carefully listen to Indian’s responses to your questions. If such terms as “We will see”, “I will try”, or “possibly” are used, the chances are that they’re saying ‘No’.When negotiations end successfully, keep on the relationship-building process with a celebration dinner.
    Source: http://vnmanpower.com/en/the-a-z-of-...t-1-bl200.html

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    7. Take tea

    Bad news for those in love with strong black coffee at meeting – when meeting with Indians, you will be offered a sugary, milky tea, coffee, or soft drink. Don’t refuse them, and don’t expect you can avoid them after finishing your glass or cup because it will be refilled as soon as it’s emptied.

    8. Don’t be too direct

    Indians don’t like direct confrontation, and for the most part, avoid saying ‘No’ directly. This means one has to look for words and phrases that imply ‘No’ – for example, “I’ll try” or “Let me consider and tell you later”. The notion of losing face is very important in Indian culture. Ensure your actions don’t make a person lose the face – particularly in group situations.
    For those who may be interested in:
    10 sayings should be avoided in the workplace

    9. Love to talk

    Indians love to talk. Talking often comes at the expense of written words. Don’t be offended if the email doesn’t come with a written reply but an oral one.
    10. Food

    Is it true that India is a vegetarian nation?
    It is often assumed that India is a vegetarian nation. This is just not true. As per 2006 Hindu-CNN State of the Nation survey, only 31% of Indians are vegetarians whilst another 9% are eggetarians (also, vegetarians who eat eggs). This study also found that vegetarianism has a pattern that women are more likely to be vegetarian than men, and so are those 55 years and older. Also, as shown in the findings, vegetarianism is a function of the inherited cultural practice in preference to individual belief. Religion and community matter here. Up to 55% of Brahmins (upper caste Hindus) are vegetarians. Hindus that worship daily are more likely to be vegetarian, but most of all Hindus are non-vegetarian. Interestingly, 8% of Christians are also vegetarians. Non-vegetarians can be vegetarians during some days of the week or some parts of the year. If you are hosting Indians for a business or social meal, just ask about their dietary preferences.

    11. Alcohol

    India doesn’t permit any public advertising for alcohol though; they do drink a bit of alcohol. Alcohol is commonly taken before and not with a meal. Sometimes, some people drink alcohol at some places, and then in other times, the same people don’t take alcohol at a different place or in the presence of some people. For the best, just ask “What would you like to drink?” rather than “Would you like a glass of wine or beer?”

    12. Gift giving

    Flowers, chocolates, sweets are appreciated gifts in India.
    In India, interpersonal relationships are essential building blocks of a successful business. For a long-lasting connection, you should try to engage in festivals, dinners and other social functions. There are numerous festivals and celebrations providing an opportunity to present and receive a small token of appreciation. Those include festivals of Holi (the celebration of colors), Rakhi (the summer holiday, when brothers give presents to sisters), Diwali (the festival of lights), Ganesh Chaturthi, Dussera, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Valentine’s Day.
    Gift giving is common in India as a display of affection or friendship, a fashion to start or tighten a relationship, and in some cases even a manner to transition into the next life. If you get a chance to give your colleague a present, it’s vital to choose appropriately. Though the host doesn’t seem displeased or offended in front of you, you are advised to avoid some types of items that may weaken your relationship.
    • Indians are conservative and don’t appreciate expensive presents. Except for family members, very close friends or such special occasions as weddings, avoid presenting expensive items. Symbolism, spiritualism, and a sense of karma (a term about the cycle of cause and effect) are all around, which translates into the value for reciprocity. By presenting a costly or delicate gift, you’re expecting the recipient to return your favor. This may trigger embarrassment for your colleagues.
    • Any type of jewelry is deemed a very intimate gift. It’s acceptable for women to exchange jewelry, but generally, presents of jewelry are for family members. What is appreciated is a present that is representative of your culture. Another appreciated gift is a box of chocolates or sweets. Flowers make great presents; still, different flowers have different meanings in different countries. Be aware that frangipanis are related to funerals. You are advised to check with the florist about the flower meaning, but to be safe, you can buy roses.
    • Avoid giving alcohol or leather. The cow is regarded as a holy animal in Hinduism; that’s why giving a leather item could be really insulting. There are Indians that are vegetarians and don’t drink alcohol. Yet, if you know that your host drinks, a qualified bottle of scotch of other whiskey can make a great present.
    • If you give money to an Indian, be sure that it’s an odd number. Often, this is done by adding a single dollar - for example, $11 instead of $10.
    • White and black are deemed dull and unfavorable to wrap a present. Try to use such bright colors as yellow, green, red. Generally, presents aren’t opened in front of the giver to avert possible embarrassment. If your host gives you an item and insists you open it in his presence, you should show appreciation.
    • Gifts are often given at dinner. If you’re invited to an Indian home for dinner, don’t forget to bring a gift. Flower, chocolates, sweets are among favorite Indian gifts. It’s advised to find out if your host has kids. If they do, a small, reasonable priced toy or book will be appreciated.
    • You should give gifts with both hands to show your respect and heart.

    13. Business dress

    Suits and ties are normal business dress for men. Still, due to warm climate, a full-sleeved shirt and a tie can be also accepted. It’s also significant to select neutral colors that are subdued. However, in most enterprises, especially in the IT industry, the dress code is more casual. It is usual to find people wearing T-shirts and jeans with sneakers. Still, as visitor, conservative dress is advised.
    For foreign women, pant suits or long skirts covering the knees are the most acceptable business dress. The neckline of the blouse or top should be high. For women, a salwar-suit is also acceptable for business dress.
    Jeans with a short-sleeved shirt or T-shirt are acceptable as casual dress in informal situations for both men and women.
    If invited to social gathering, you can wear casual dress. Still, if you, as foreigner, wears Indian costume (Kurta Pajama for men, Sari or Salwar suit for women), it is also appreciated and often seen as a friendship gesture.

    Source: http://vnmanpower.com/en/the-a-z-of-...t-2-bl201.html

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    Post How to keep productive when you are in sleep deprivation

    Most people need 7 to 9 hours every day to sleep. There is no doubt that sleep deprivation has a big impact to your job performance. Did you always see yourself need a cup of coffee to join the rest of society activities? You are not alone.


    According to a recent survey of Inc., a third of U.S. workers only sleep less than 6 hours per night and it cost more than $63 billion as a consequence of reducing productivity. Is there any better alternative? Take a look at our solutions below.


    How does sleep affect your health and productivity?


    Get enough of sleep will keep you feel sufficiently relax and full of energy. While sleepless is harm to your brain, which slows your process information function, reduces your creative ability, creates a state of being irritable and memory lapses or loss.

    Stay a good job performance at work when lacking sleep


    1. Talking to other




    One of the secrets to awake your brain function is communication. Engage another person in a conversation makes you have to operate some physical gesture and emotion such as: listen to the story, how to respond, evoke other related anecdotes. Spend from 30 minutes to an hour on some small talks with your friends or co-workers will make the rest of the day be more efficiently.

    2. Drinking water


    Too much coffee is not good for your health, but water both is good for you and keeps you stay awake. Recommended by doctors, 2 cups of water are perfect to gives your body cell a kickstart. Coffee includes caffeine leading dehydrated symptom while with water, you will be fresh, clear your mind and more active.

    3. Surround your job environment with the smell of coffee




    It is not necessary to drink coffee to be productive. Some studies actually proved that smell of coffee have a certain influence to brain’s ignition and make you happier. As you know, happier means more productive.

    4. Writing


    Whenever you feel tired and want to sleep, grab a pen and start writing. You could even move your body around for a little bit to get your thoughts flowing fluently and boost some creative ideas. Try to start with the first thing in your head or whatever you just thinking of at that time. It’s an easy and prompt way to do, isn’t it?

    5. Choose the right kind of background music




    If you want to keep concentrating on something like reading, writing or editing, turn on your favorite song seems to be a bad choice. It could help you feel sober but lose the focus. In this situation, simple instrument music is a good solution. Having a bit of consistent background noise arouses the brain without lost the track or overloading it

    How about you? Do you have any other ways to keep productive at work in sleep deprivation? How about their effects?
    Share with us!


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    Thumbs up Working in foreign country: Some notices for you

    You just received an invitation to work in a foreign country? Too cool! Future and hundreds of opportunities are opening to you. But before "pack the luggage and go", take a couple of minutes to read these tips!

    1. Life is not a dream

    Check carefully the important information such as visa, visa support and insurance policies of the company, salary, accommodation,...is never enough.
    Check your important stuff carefully

    These procedures are boring but it plays a very important role to the success or failure of the trip and your career development later. Do not get too excited and forget!

    2. " He who sees through life and death will meet with most success"

    Working in a completely unfamiliar country, you will need certain knowledge about human, culture, society and (especially) traffic. Do you know in Bulgaria, shaking head means agree and nodding means refuse? Or in India, shaking hands with your left hand is disrespect and rudeness? (More: culture and etiquette all over the world)
    Take the time to learn this information to avoid unnecessary shocks: ask a few friends and relatives have experienced or are living in that country, or you can also ask directly HR in charge of contact and contract with you, I believe they are willing to help.

    3. Adaptation

    The third factor is equally important. Temporarily set the excitement aside (though that is hard!) to view real problems and carefully consider to difficulties ahead: new languages, new home, new job, work environment and new friends.

    Will you be comfortable with a totally new life? You must be adaptable? You can get up and catch up with the work environment quickly? However, do not worry too much.

    Take out a sheet of paper, a pen and list all the obstacles you may encounter, then put in two columns: "Can" and "cannot". Too many things in the column "cannot"? It's okay, you calmly look at each problem and find a specific adaptive direction. If you have prepared carefully, it's nothing cannot overcome right?

    4. For those who just have the first job

    If this is your first job after graduation, you should remember and be prepared for this sudden change, you will not have the long-term break, cannot travel freely whenever you want and there are certain constraints with work.
    Besides, you will have hundreds of things to wonder: When do I get an advance? How long can I be promoted? Should I stick with the company in long-term? Am I really comfortable with this field? ... Think carefully about the next step is of course something completely correct and should do, but do not embark on this mess before having these first jobs’ experiences, learn how to love and be familiar with it.

    Let’s give away before calculate what you'll be received from this work, instead of busy wondering and create pressure for yourself

    5. And FINAL: prepare your luggage!

    Things to keep in mind when packing the luggage, remember to check out before cramming all the things and irritable because you just have only two suitcases.

    - Firmly goodbye to clothes unused from 3 months or more: sooner or later you will throw it away, do not bring them and leave other important stuffs at home

    - Sports shoes and warm clothing: Depending on each of places, these items will be needed or not, but remember to bring them along because the price for this item is high in other countries.

    - Work clothes: Remember that you are going to use them for 8 hours / day, 5 days / week, do not too engrossed with nice clothes to forget.

    - High-tech appliances: Do not forget the charger! Ideally, you should prepare and arrange before you put everything in the suitcase. The other electrical appliances should be considered carefully because some countries use 110V power, means that sooner or later you have to buy new ones.

    - Food reserves: Some instant food will be your savior in the early days not familiar with exotic food, but do not bring too much.

    Now you can be assured to discover the new land and your dream job. Wish you a successful life!

    Source: http://vnmanpower.com/en/working-in-...-you-bl69.html


 

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