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Thought for the day….21/2/17

How to end an email if you want a response, according to an analysis of 350,000

I've always thought of obsessing over your email openings and closings as a bit like obsessing over your outfit - not worth it. As long as you don't do something outrageous - say, sign an email to your CEO with "xoxo" or show up to a job interview wearing a clown costume - you'll be fine with whatever you choose. I was wrong. According to a new analysis from Boomerang, an email productivity app, different email sign-offs yield different response rates. And woe to the unappreciative emailers among us: The analysis found that the best way to end an email is with gratitude. Specifically, results showed that the most effective email sign-off is "thanks in advance". For the study, Boomerang looked at closings in over 350,000 email threads from mailing list archives in which, they wrote in a blog post, many emails involved "people asking for help or advice, hoping for a reply". Then they picked out the eight email sign-offs that appeared over 1000 times each and figured out the response…

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10 Bad Habits You Must Eliminate from Your Daily Routine

You are the sum of your habits. When you allow bad habits to take over, they dramatically impede your path to success. The challenge is bad habits are insidious, creeping up on you slowly until you don’t even notice the damage they’re causing. “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” - Warren Buffett Breaking bad habits requires self-control—and lots of it. Research indicates that it’s worth the effort, as self-control has huge implications for success. University of Pennsylvania psychologists Angela Duckworth and Martin Seligman conducted a study where they measured college students’ IQ scores and levels of self-control upon entering university. Four years later, they looked at the students’ grade point averages (GPA) and found that self-control was twice as important as IQ in earning a high GPA. The self-control required to develop good habits (and stop bad ones) also serves as the foundation for a strong work ethic and high productivity. Self-control is like…

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get the Job

Have you ever struggled with a job hunt and asked: “Why can't I get a job?” Sometimes it's just bad luck, but often there is something you're doing wrong in your job search. Reasons exist for why you can't get a job. Employers reject candidates with these behaviors. Here are 10 reasons why the recruiter is rejecting you. You're Underqualified You don't need to have 100 percent of the skills and qualifications listed on a job description, but you do need to have a high percentage. Aim to apply for jobs where you fit at least 90 percent of the qualifications. (That number drops for highly specialized jobs.) If the job description asks for someone with three-five years of experience, your 2.5 years of experience may qualify you for the job if you're strong in all of the other areas. Six months of experience isn't going to cut it. You're Overqualified It can seem illogical that employers would reject you for having too much experience…

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Thought for the Day 31/01/17

Five Rude Emails You Send Every Day

Even the most likeable and well-mannered among us can still look like jerks in an email. Writing an email that comes across just like you do in person is a fine art. During a conversation, you adjust your tone, facial expression, gestures and posture in order to fit the mood of what you’re conveying. You do this because people tend to be much more responsive to how you say things than to what you actually say. Email strips a conversation bare. It’s efficient, but it turns otherwise easy interactions into messy misinterpretations. Without facial expressions and body posture to guide your message, people look at each word you type as an indicator of tone and mood. Most of the mistakes people make in their emails are completely avoidable. The following list digs into these subtle mistakes and hidden blunders. 1. The Compulsive CC And Reply All CCing people all the time is one of the most annoying things you can do via email. I’d say…

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Thought for the Day – 17/1/17

How to take a good selfie for your CV….

Building your professional brand is essential to career success. One of the most important parts of creating the right impression is having the right profile picture on your curriculum. All you need is a smartphone to take a “cv-selfie”. Get started with these tips:   Be aware of your surroundings – Using a clear background, such as a white wall, will ensure the focus is purely on your face and not on the surroundings Use natural light – Avoid direct sunlight as shadows can be harsh on faces Use the right camera – Phone cameras work well if you have a fairly recent Smart phone Think about the angle – Look up at the camera it’s a more flattering angle, because it emphasizes your eyes and makes your face and neck seem smaller Think about what you’re wearing - Head and shoulders make the best “cv-selfies” - don’t be afraid to wear colorful clothing Don’t centre yourself - Your eyes should be one third of…

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Things never said by a Head Chef….

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