The Power of Saying NO and Protecting Your Energy as an Introvert

The Power of Saying NO and Protecting Your Energy as an Introvert

All those motivational speakers, the people persons or perhaps even the very people who’ve raised you, encourage the practice of saying “Yes” to every opportunity that comes your way.

Many two-year-olds love saying NO, but they are quickly taught that the word no is very unacceptable. We are simply compelled to agree to things, even if we are inconvenienced by them. The concept may have its perks and good intentions behind it, but from a practical standpoint, it can become toxic, to say the least. 

Saying NO is a great way to control how you spend your time ⏲️ and take your power back. It’s about time you utilize the power of NO and earn more time in your day in, day out for doing what you really want to do. 

The Importance of Saying NO 🙅‍♂️

Say NO to Stress! 😞

So you’re probably wondering how saying NO can reduce your stress levels 📊. Picture this scenario: You spoke with twenty people today and each of them asked you to do something. You agreed to every single one of them and ended up inconveniencing yourself in some way. 

People would rather juggle a billion activities, even if that means taking away the time they would have had for themselves. 🤔

Overscheduling your time can bring about great chaos and stress. Learning to say no can gradually reduce your stress, as the most important asset we could ever have is ⏲️time⏲️. 

We understand that the first few times it will be a little stressful, because people tend to resent you for turning them down, but the freedom you experience will soon overshadow the fear of saying no. ✊

You’ll be Perceived as More Professional 👔

We hate to burst your bubble, but you can’t do everything or be in several places at once. The people who make these requests of you already know that, and most of them are understanding enough to respect your time. 

When you say NO, people tend to respect your schedule 📅 even more, because you have made yourself scarce. 

Individuals usually want more of what they can’t have, because they will perceive you as more 💎valuable💎 when you are less available (as opposed to always being ‘at their disposal’). 

If you already have something scheduled 📅 and cannot commit to another activity as a result, it is expected of a professional to say No. You don’t even have to provide a reason–just say that your calendar is full.

You’ll Improve at Tasks You Really to Want to Do 😄

Before you agree to spend your time doing something that may possibly make you miserable, ask yourself the following: Do I really want to do this? 🤔

When you’re not using up all your free time for someone else’s sake, then you’ll get to spend more time doing things that will actually benefit you.

Nobody wants to spend time doing things they dislike doing, but personal development teaches us to agree to these things – almost as if it’s wrong to turn them down.  

Stay away from being told what you “should” do from other people, who are sometimes looking out for their best interest, not yours

You’ll Become More Honest and Genuine 😎

When you’re kind-hearted and built to serve others, it can be tough to turn them down when they need you. You’ll even find yourself lying to them or avoiding their calls, all because you’re too afraid 😨 of their response if you were to tell them you can’t do it.

First of all, don’t be so concerned if they are upset with you because you weren’t able to drive them to the supermarket. You owe them NOTHING. 

Practice honesty by being real and letting them know that you either don’t want to do this or you simply can’t because you have other obligations to attend to. It’s hard at first but once you get the hang of this, it becomes a breeze and in return, you’ll gain more self-confidence. 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T is What You’ll Gain ✊

The sad reality is that ‘nice guys finish last’ because even really good people lose respect for those who are amenable. 

You’re really just trying to help but even nice people will take advantage of those who say yes all the time. Admit it: You’ve probably been guilty of doing this once or twice. 

There’s that one nice guy who will do almost anything you ask and you find yourself getting comfortable with asking them for random favors. On your end, you got what you wanted, but on his end, he might have really needed his time to do something important for himself. It’s okay, we’re all guilty of doing this.

You’ll begin to find folks popping up at inconvenient times, asking for favors at 3:00 AM 😴, popping up with last-minute requests and even asking you to do a solid for them when you’re sick. 

Some of them even forget their manners and have the audacity to make demands with an attitude 😠. 

They are so used to you agreeing to help them, that they have completely forgotten one key thing: You’re still human, hence, they’ve lost respect for your time, your wellbeing and your needs. Don’t allow this to happen. 

Give Yourself the Opportunity to Say Yes… To Yourself 🥰

Choose yourself and stop choosing others. Like we said earlier, time is a valuable asset. 

You need to build yourself 💪. If you learn to say no to things that won’t add value to your business or your life in a measurable way, you’ll have more time to say yes to things that do.

You Won’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew 😩

When you agree to do 50 different things at once and then realize you barely have time for 10, you end up giving less effort to each obligation. 

It wasn’t your intention, but when you have too much on your plate, you end up being unable to do the tasks you agreed to do to the best of your abilities. If you just say no from the beginning, you can avoid this embarrassment.

HOW to Say NO Thus, Saving Time 🛑

Pause, Breathe Deeply, Check Your Calendar 📅

To honestly say NO, get into the habit of keeping a Calendar. You’ll be able to keep track of all your activities this way, so when someone asks you to do something (even if it’s a case where you actually want to do it), you can give a response that is genuine, that won’t inconvenience you in any way. 👍

Make it a practice to pause, take a breath, and check your calendar 📅. Give yourself a moment and really think about what is being asked of you and estimate how long it will take. 

If you do decide to take on this activity, it should be something you can comfortably start once you are done with the previous task. You shouldn’t be rushing into it. 

For example: If you had a meeting at 5:00 and your friend asks you to host an event at 5:30, you can’t accept that because it won’t give you enough time to prepare. 

You have to consider the time it takes to leave one location to get to the next, change your clothes, etc. You want to be there ready, looking 😎dapper😎 and well-prepared, not feeling hurried and overwhelmed. 

You may find yourself wondering: How do successful people who are super-productive get so much done? The way to explain it is that they’ve found what they want to do and they do it 🤔.

Prioritizing is Key 📋

A lot of us have a bad habit of using up our time to do things that really aren’t that important. Maybe you talk on the phone to a relative every day for an hour but you really don’t want to,  or you’re always running errands for that one friend.

You don’t have time to, but you don’t know how to stop it. Sit down and brainstorm 🧠 the level of priority amongst your activities. You have to gain clarity on what you need to do from what you want or don’t want to do. 

Schedule Everything 📅

When you’ve finished prioritizing your tasks and activities, use a good calendar to schedule everything, including leisure time. 

It might not sound romantic, fun and spontaneous, but scheduling in a date night 💑 with your spouse and sticking to it will ensure that it happens. Spontaneity is usually impossible for most people because you almost always have other obligations.

Ultimately, if something is important, it must be in your calendar. When you schedule things, be realistic about the time factor so you don’t overbook yourself. 

Turn Off the TV and Get off the Internet 📺

Time flies when you’re having fun, especially when you’re engrossed in that series you’ve been binge-watching for the past few weeks, or hooked on a marathon for your favorite cartoon. 

The amount of time your TV and the Internet sucks from your life these days is truly fascinating. 

Now that we have Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming technology, anything we want to watch is available on demand. 

Save binge-watching TV for when you’re sick 🤒, when there’s a bad storm 🌧️, or it’s that time of the month 😫. Try to limit your watch time to less than one hour a day. Only watch it if you can combine it with physical activity to help you stay healthy. 

While it’s fun, try to let go of doing it. Time yourself to find out how much time you’re wasting, then set a limit. As you blink, the year will be finished, and you’ll come to realize that all you’ve learned is what happened in that last episode you watched or the best memes of 2019. 

Automate What You Can ⚙️

There are so many things these days that can be automated, with the right time and money. For example, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can get things auto shipped to you, which will save you a trip to the grocery store. 

Look up “the internet of things” and you’ll be amazed at the type of automation that exists today 💪.

When things get overwhelming, you can outsource a lot of things such as yard work, housework, and even cooking if your budget allows for it. Give yourself that added time to do what you really like doing.

Follow Your Body’s Rhythm 🧘

Many people are running around, trying to beat time and tend to waste precious energy 🥱 doing so. Our internal body clock is not set to run from morning to night like our society tells us to do. 

It’s easier to do this if you have your own business, but try as much as you can to work and sleep when your body wants to, instead of forcing it out of its natural rhythm. 

Your alarm clock is really there to tell you to wake up at a time you clearly don’t want to ⏰. 

In the end, the key takeaway from all of this is saving time to encourage your growth 🌺. When you say NO (not just to other people, but also to yourself such as in those instances when you are being way too unproductive), you’ll be able to gain a better understanding of what you truly want out of life.

You might think you’ll always be on that treadmill of working and sleeping without any breaks, but if you schedule things better, find a better job that harmonizes with your needs, and focus on what’s important in your life, you can manage to find more free time and you’ll be more at peace 🙏.

The Best Tools For Freelancers

Working as a freelancer is very different from working for a company or for someone else. Whereas before, you had someone else to take care of accounts, payroll, etc. on your behalf – now it’s up to you to manage it all. Many people dislike this element of being freelance, but luckily there are tools to help you make it as pain-free as possible. Get a handle on your business with these top tools for freelancers.

Project management applications

It can be difficult to stay motivated and productive once you leave the office environment. As a freelancer, it’s up to you to set deadlines and stick to them. With several clients to manage at once, it’s not always easy to stay on task. Luckily for you, there are some great project management apps available that can help you to keep up to date and manage your workload with ease. Most apps are free and are mobile compatible to help you work from anywhere.

Invoicing tools

The money management element of being freelance can be difficult for many people, especially when it comes to issuing and chasing invoices. The GigEconomy app is a great new app for helping you to oversee your work, send out invoices as well as keep track of the clients who are paying you on time. It also comes with a free trial to help you test it out before you subscribe. Invoicing tools can take the stress out of handling client transactions, leaving you free to carry on with the work itself.

Accounting software

As well as managing invoices and payments, as a freelancer you’re also responsible for paying your own business expenses, bills and taxes. Even if you’re not great at balancing numbers, you can manage your accounts with ease using free accounting tools. By using online accounting software, you can check your balances in an instant as well as have a hub to store all of your receipts and correspondence ready to prepare your tax return at the end of the year.

Marketing tools

Finding clients can be another challenge associated with freelancing, and having a marketing strategy can help you keep your time filled and ensure you have a steady stream of clients. Take a look at social media scheduling tools like Hootsuite and Orlo to help you manage your feeds and make it easier to keep your content going. Meanwhile, services like MailChimp make it easy to send out communications to your clients, which is great to alerting them to special offers or reminding them of what you offer.

While freelancing involves putting a lot of responsibility on your shoulders, there are more and more useful tools being launched to help you do the job. From tools to help you set up a website to tools that will help you manage your time more effectively, make sure you take advantage of what’s out there to help make your freelancing a success.

4 Reasons Why You Should Do CISSP Certification Training

If you have clicked through to this article, you probably know what CISSP training is and why it is an excellent investment for your career. For those of you who are wondering what it is and how it can help you to move your career forward, read on!


What is CISSP?

CISSP stands for ‘certified information systems security professional’ – a bit of a mouthful, we  know! A CISSP is a highly qualified position (see below for how to get into it) who looks after IT security. They have an excellent understanding and knowledge of IT threats, how to control, prevent and minimize security attacks and oversees software development, amongst other things. It’s a job which is in high demand at the moment – so if you do your CISSP certification, you are likely to be able to command a high salary.

What do you need to do become a CISSP?

As we mentioned above, it is an extremely highly qualified position and takes a lot of training to get into. Minimum requirements for it include:

Having proof of five years minimum of security work experience – this experience has to be full time and paid in at least two of the eight common body of knowledge areas. This experience is essential for both the certification process and the exams.

Pass the CISSP exam – to pass, you need to get a minimums core of 700 out of a possible 1000. It’s a six-hour long exam with a mix of multiple choice and questions that require longer, written answers.

Be endorsed – once you have completed and passed the exam, you need to subscribe to a particular code of ethics and be supported by another professional who is (ISC)2 certified.

It’s also really important that you research and choose an institution that is regulated and authorized, such as Alpine Security CISSP training.

What benefits are there to CISSP training?

1)   You can show what you are worth

A CISSP certificate is an excellent way to demonstrate your vast range of knowledge and skill. You might have a passion and understanding of cryptography. You might be excellent at developing and implementing cybersecurity policies, but it is little use if you cannot prove it, especially if you are lacking in practical work experience. The CISSP  validates this knowledge, and being able to put CISSP next to your name allows any prospective employers to see that you have those skills immediately, without having to pour through endless resumes.

2.  It is an in-demand job

Almost every day, around 10,000 positions are available on U.S. job sites that request a CISSP. This shows a lack of qualified candidates so your skills will be highly sought after. As the internet continues to develop and evolve at a rapid pace, someone who is able to fight off increasingly sophisticated security attacks will become even more in demand.  Not only will this make finding a job a lot easier, but it allows you to ask for a lot more money than someone without these qualifications, and gives you more chance of career advancement.

3. You will make yourself indispensable

With massive advancements in technology and the rise of artificial intelligence and automation, many IT based jobs – even those within security – are under threat. As a leader in cyber security, your CISSP will prove that you have the skills, to make decisions that others can’t, implement strategies and prevent attacks from happening – a job that can’t be done by a robot or a computer.

4. You can command a much higher salary

We have covered this point in some of the others, but it is probably the biggest benefit for some people. Because you have to have so much proven experience to do the training, because you have to pass such strict criteria, because there is a shortage in CISSP qualified personnel and because you are indispensable, you can rake in a lot of money. According to some surveys, across the world CISSP professionals earn on average 25 % more than their non-certified peers.  The average salary for male CISSP professionals is between $78,788 and $119,184, making this one of the highest paying positions within the IT industry.

As you can see, becoming a qualified CISSP is so much more than owning a piece of paper saying you have a qualification – it allows you to join an exclusive club of professionals who are in demand on a worldwide scale and who can ask for a salary to reflect that.

What Should You Expect From A Floristry Course?

Do you have a keen interest in flowers? Are you someone who enjoys their beauty and their meaning? A course in floristry is attractive to many. We will never see the day whereby flowers are deemed unattractive or undesirable, and so a floristry course can indeed open many doors.


There is flower arranging or floral design, flower delivery, floral display, merchandising, flower care and handling, and much, much more. If this is a route you would like to go down, you should definitely explore more about it.


People often remark that a career in floristry is rewarding since you are often putting a smile on people’s faces and dealing with pretty and colourful flowers. Plus, every day can different! Keeping that in mind, we’re going to reveal a little bit more about what you can learn if taking a floristry course, so keep on reading to find out more…

Firstly, it is imperative to stress that every floristry course is different, and so this post will give a general overlook of the different things you can learn. If you decide this is a path you wish to take, you should then spend the time assessing various different courses until you find one that has a curriculum you are entirely happy with.

When on your course, you can expect to learn a whole host of things. This will begin with plant care and conditioning fresh material. You will also learn all about the different types of plants, flowers, and foliage.


Aside from this, you will be given a lot of lessons on how to store plants, how to present them and how to display them. This includes displays in shops and gift-wrapping for customers, and it also includes designing professional arrangements for weddings, funerals and other events, as well as sympathy tributes.


You will also gain knowledge regarding what it is like to work in the industry. It is advisable to take photographs of all of the displays you create so that you can use them in a portfolio later on. Nonetheless, it is likely that this will be required of you during your course anyway.

Aside from this, the best courses will arrange for you to engage in some work experience. You will contact a flower shop, a floral design company or something similar whereby you will conduct several weeks of work experience. This will not only help you when it comes to flower design and care, but you will also gain the necessary retail experience, which is often essential when it comes to working in the world of flowers.


Additionally, you will likely be presented with opportunities to go to trade fairs, wholesalers, exhibitions and such like, as well as the possibility of competing in different national and local competitions. It is advisable to take advantage of all of these.

So there you have it, a great insight into the different things you are likely to learn if you are to take a floristry course. However, as stated every course is different, and so you should never assume the course you select is going to teach everything that has been mentioned without delving deep into their curriculum yourself.

Jobs Within The Medical Industry That Don’t Require Extensive Training

The medical industry provides us with treatments and cures to ailments that we have during our lives, and without the incredible people that lead these clinics and surgeries, the state of the world’s health wouldn’t be anywhere near as good as it is now. As you’re probably already aware, becoming a medical professional takes a lot of time and training so that you’ve got the knowledge needed to help people. However, there are some roles that don’t require you to go through extensive training, and if you’re looking to make a difference in the medical industry but don’t want to or can’t take on training, take a look at these job roles you could take on instead.



Medical administrator

Better known as a Doctor’s receptionist, a medical administrator performs tasks such as answering calls, making appointments, making referrals on behalf of Doctors, following up on appointments, coding patient’s medical records, and also chaperoning. While you will likely receive training on the job, you normally don’t need to have any special qualifications before entering this kind of work.


A phlebotomist takes blood from patients when Doctors or other clinicians require their patient to have a blood test. You’re probably used to seeing a nurse for a blood test, but phlebotomists specialise in this area only. You will need to take a course in phlebotomy, and you can read more about it at Phlebotomy U to see if it’s something you’re interested in pursuing.

Medical equipment repairs

Perhaps you want to make a difference in the medical industry, but don’t think you can handle the pressure of having to deal with patients face to face? A career in becoming a medical equipment repairer might just be the ideal solution for you. You’ll need to have strong mechanical skills beforehand, but you won’t need to go through qualifications such as a bachelor’s.

Suicide hotlines

Too many people in this day and age get to a point where they feel like they can’t continue, and it’s a sad fact that even though there are plenty of suicide hotlines, that there simply aren’t enough people to man the phones. Becoming someone who answers the phone and helps save someone from taking their own life is a challenging, yet very rewarding job. Again, this is a role in which you’re likely to receive training on the job.

Care assistant

Finally, becoming a care assistant is a great way of getting your foot in the door of the medical industry without extensive training. Care assistants help people who are unable to fully care for themselves and more often than not, training is provided as you work.

Why Women Shouldn’t Dull Themselves in the Office


Regardless of your personality type, it is important to be authentic in all areas of your life- including the workplace. Often times, women feel the need to alter their personality so that they are not perceived in an ill light. We have all seen women in the media pictured as being the stereotypical passive employee or over authoritative boss, and it is exactly what we don’t want to be. Instead of focusing on this, we should focus on who we really are!


Regardless of whether you are an introvert or extrovert, you are as capable as any man in the office. So how do you harness the power of your personality instead of conforming? That is precisely what we are going to explore!

So… You Are An Extrovert

When people think of extroverts they picture outgoing, daring, and sociable individuals. Extroverts are often strong willed and outspoken- which are elements of their character they may feel they have to tone down in the workplace. This is a grave injustice to not only yourself but your company as well. For example, if you see a systemic problem within your company you should voice your opinion to a higher up. Chances are, other employees recognize the same issues but don’t have the courage to voice their opinions. By letting the problem perpetuate, you are stunting the growth of your company and your career.


A major issue many female extroverts share is the worry that they will be seen as bossy or harsh to other employees. Because of this, they shy away from leading projects or teams. When it comes to managing your extroverted character, it is important to be both a team player but step up when needed! Your ability to voice your opinion and stand up for your ideas is valuable. It also makes you a valuable member of your company, so never dilute your spirit.

So… You Are An Introvert

People often define introverts as timid and shy people, when it is far from the case. Introverts solely enjoy recharging by themselves. Their interests are often self directed, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy socializing with friends, coworkers, and family. With that being said, introverts can make powerful leaders in many arenas. In fact, they tend to be quite charismatic in social situations!


Many people, introverts included, may feel scared to voice their opinion in the workplace. This feeling is amplified especially if it is not a popular opinion or that of the majority. Introverts’ thoughtfulness and ability to take the time to think about a situation from all angles makes them extremely valuable to organizations. The key to harnessing your talents is to be confident and know that your ideas are perhaps the most well thought out.


Overall, women in the workplace are concerned with being perceived in an inaccurate light. Because of this fear, we police ourselves and our personality when we shouldn’t. The best way to get a seat at the table is to be yourself and harness your talents! If you aren’t sure where you lie on the scale of Introvert to Extrovert, take a Myers Briggs Personality Test! Not only will it help you understand yourself better, but it will give you insight into what your future can look like as well.

Careers You’ve Probably Never Considered, And Why You Should

There are plenty of career choices out there, and some of them you just wouldn’t know about until you looked. If you’re a bit of an introvert, you may find some that some jobs look terrifying, but there are still unique careers out there that don’t involve standing in front of thousands of people and laying your extrovert personality on the table. We’ve looked for the best, and most unique, jobs out there, so that you can decide what you really want to do. And forget the stereotypes of some jobs only being for extroverts, because they can work out for anyone!



Professional pilot

Being a pilot is probably something that most people have dreamed about at some point. I mean, who doesn’t want to learn how to fly a plane? There are different levels to this, and you don’t have to learn how to fly commercial airplanes straight away. Nevertheless, signing up for a professional pilot program is the first step to securing you this unique (and awesome) career, and if you’re an introvert, it’s a job you’ll surely enjoy.


Art curator

There are many unique creative jobs out there, if you’d prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground. Yet being an art curator is certainly one of the the most unique choices you could make, as you get to put together exhibitions in art galleries, and decide what kind of work you want to show. Basically, anything the public see will be curated by you, but it’s still a great idea for an introvert who would rather just get on with their work. Sounds good, huh?



This is an introvert’s dream (no working in an office where you have to make small talk about what Sandra had for dinner last night, thank you). Freelancing can involve anything from writing for PR companies or blogs, and you can do it from anywhere with an internet connection. Not only does this mean that you’ll have a great deal of freedom over your work, but you can have freedom over where you are, too. Want to spend a week in Thailand? Cool, just take your laptop.



Introverts are highly emotionally intelligent, and usually very sensitive to the needs of others. This makes them perfect counselors; you won’t have to speak to large groups of people, just one person who will open up to you. If you’re a good listener and you take an interest in the emotions of others, then this could be a great career choice for you. Don’t be put off by the amount of interaction with people; you’ll be creating meaningful relationships and helping people.


There are many career options that you may not have considered, and aren’t as daunting as you may have first believed. Being a pilot is a great idea for somebody who has always dreamed of a career in the skies, but art curating, freelancing, and counselling, are also great jobs for those who aren’t very extroverted. Of course, there are a variety of careers out there, and you’ll find the perfect one for you; don’t let being introverted hold you back!

Easy To Come By Careers

I am going to try and make this sound like a breeze, because that’s the one thing that we don’t associate with our careers. Usually, all we can think about is the stress that they cause, and how many years we have left until retirement. We bet that gave you a bit of a fright didn’t it! To know that the majority of your life is going to be spent working is a scary thought to think. But, once you get your head around the prospect, you start to realise that you really do just want the easy life with your career, and that all starts with the ones that are easy to come by. In a world where people seem to be struggling with employment more than ever, we think this article will really help a lot of you. Here are some easy to come by careers, and how you can get your hands on one.





This is a bit of a unique one, isn’t it. If it’s so unique, you might be wondering how you could ever make a career out of it? Well, it’s easy. You either start your own company up, or you could easily find a trainee role to start in. If you were to go it on your own, you could set up your own mini farm to earn a living from. You would need things such as livestock, farming equipment, slimline water tanks and housing for the equipment and animal. It sounds like a lot doesn’t it, but in comparison to a lot of other business ideas, you would need a small startup loan here, and it would be easy to make your little farm profitable. Of course, you could go for the completely easy route and just go in as a trainee. You’ll still earn a nice amount of money, earn a trade in whatever part of agriculture you decide to go in to, and have fun whilst doing it!


Self Employed Work


Ooh, doesn’t going self employed just sound lovely!? You’re going to have the freedom to do pretty much whatever you would like to do, whenever you would like to do. We feel that this is the easy option in terms of getting the most enjoyment, and when trying to figure out what it is that you might want to do. For example, people can end up making a lot of money from photography, all that needs to be done is a big portfolio, finding what type of photography you’d like, and setting up social media pages. The same goes with anything else that you might want to set up for yourself, you just have to find something you enjoy, and sell yourself well!


Sports Based


A sports based career as a PT for example, is often the best way to go if you want an easy career. This is obviously going to work if you have a passion for exercise and sports. But people can do a short personal training course, as well as any other desirable courses, and then become a fully fledged PT. There are plenty of gyms that are taking on PTs to work within the gym, and then earn commission on each private PT session they have. It’s a win, win situation!

9 Things To Look For When Hunting For A New Job


Looking for a new job isn’t easy. Whether you’ve been made redundant or feel like it’s time to move on from your current position, finding a new job can take up a lot of your time and effort – especially if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.


Without knowing too much about a company when you are on the hunt for a new job, it’s hard to know whether or not they’re going to be the right fit for you. To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of 9 things to look for when hunting for a new job.


From a bigger salary to employee benefits, these are the things you need to be sure your new job has:



  • Job Security



One of the most important things in any job is whether or not it has job security. Whilst you can’t predict everything, try doing your research beforehand to find out how secure our job is. Ask current employees – if you know any – search reviews on or do some research into the financial state of the company and industry.


If you get through to the interview stages, this is always something you can ask if you’re still uncertain. Whilst they can’t say the job is unsafe, you may be able to gage from their reaction.


  • Long-Term Career Prospects



If you’re looking to work your way up the career ladder it’s important to find out what your prospects are before you start a new job role. If there is no room for you to grow, it may not be the position for you.


If the job description doesn’t mention career progression, it’s worth getting in touch with the recruitment consultant or HR manager asking if this is something they can envision happening.  If the role doesn’t have any career progression, will you learn skills that will allow you to progress in another company when it’s time to move on?




  • A Bigger Salary



As much as we hate to admit it, salary is a big deal for most people when looking for a new job. Luckily, 90% of job adverts detail the salary before you even open them, so you can tell straight away whether or not a job is going to be for you.


If you find a job role that sounds perfect for you but the salary is not enough, it may be worth talking to the company who posted the job advert to see if there is room to increase it. It may be that there is a higher budget available for the right person and there is absolutely no harm in asking.



  • Lots of Employee Benefits



Whilst they’re not everything, employee benefits are important for job satisfaction. Whether it’s discounts at local retailers, team retreats or incentives for the highest earners – employee benefits can be the difference between choosing one job over the other. Usually, benefits are detailed in the job description to attract applications, so look out for them there. To see what employee benefits could be available to you, you can visit Vitaassure here.



  • A Great Team of Employees Around You



This is something you won’t necessarily be able to judge unless you have got through to the interview process, however, its an important factor to consider when job hunting. Being able to find a team that you work well with is difficult so if you do manage to find one, hold onto them.

The best teams are ones that have people who you get on well with, can bounce ideas off and don’t mind sharing a pint with at the end of the day. It makes the job much more enjoyable and you’ll work harder as a result.



  • Management You Can Work For



One of the most important things to look for when searching for a new role is management you think you’ll be able to work for. Managers that treat their employees well and know how to keep them happy at the same time as running an incredible team are hard to come by, but definitely something you should be factoring into your job search.


If you get a chance to interview for a position you’ve applied for it’s a great chance to see if the management team are what you’re expecting and if you think you will work well together. Ask them questions about their management styles and what a typical day in the role looks like.



  • Premises That Inspire You To Work



Gone are the days are boring offices with desks lining the walls, as companies are starting to put much more effort into making workplaces an inspiring place to work. If you get through to the interview stage it gives you a chance to scope out the building and whether or not its a place you can see yourself working day in and day out.



  • A Feeling Of Trust And Self-Worth



Although this is hard to tell from just the recruitment process, you will be able to get a slight idea of whether or not you will be trusted and respected within the new company. If you get a chance, speak to other employees that are there to find out their thoughts and if it comes to it, make a decision based on your gut feeling. Trust and self-worth are so important when it comes to job satisfaction, that they can’t be overlooked.



  • A Place That Will Challenge You



Although it’s easy, most people don’t want a job that doesn’t challenge them on a day to day basis. It’s boring, slow and you’ll begin to hate going to work each morning. Finding a job that will test you, challenge you and put you through your paces will make every day that little more enjoyable.


What do you look for when hunting for a new job? Do you look for great management, unique offices or a better salary? Let us know in the comments!

The Pros and Cons Of Living And Working In Dubai

In recent years, Dubai has become an increasingly popular destination for driven people wanting to move their lives and work to another country. While Dubai is renowned for its stunning architecture, wild nightlife and luxury shopping, what else attracts so many to uproot and move to this country? And are there any drawbacks?


We already know what incredible places like Australia have to offer, and now we want to find out the secret that Dubai holds too!


Booming business

If you are a professional person or an entrepreneur, Dubai is looking for you. As far as business goes, you couldn’t be in a place with more resources to flourish, and more desire for your skills. If you start or relocate your thriving business here, you stand a good chance at succeeding due to its vast economy. With this in mind, you can expect to earn a substantial amount of money there too!


Tax-free earnings

The previous point leads nicely to this. Not only can you earn a considerable amount of money in Dubai, but the money that you earn is also tax-free! It almost sounds too good to be true. This is indeed a driving factor behind why so many people make the move there. Even if the move is temporary, just think of how much saving you could do, being able to bring an attractive lump sum home with you.


Renting a home

Although purchasing a home in Dubai is an expensive and somewhat arduous task, renting apartments is much more straightforward and cost-effective. So, if you’re not planning on living there forever, these short-term leases are definitely the way to go. There are serviced apartments throughout the city, most of them already furnished and offering an excellent standard of living. This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet new people to explore your new home-city with.


More liberal than you may expect

It is common knowledge that the UAE has strict rules and laws to follow, most of them reasonably different to what we may be used to at home. Despite this, Dubai is a little less firm and a little more liberal than its fellow Emirates. Their smoking and drinking regulations are relatively easy going, as are the restrictions on uncensored tv. But be aware that rules such as no kissing or fondling in public, no topless sunbathing or revealing clothing in public and no premarital sex, still stand.


Religious freedom

Dubai is home to a multitude of faiths. Despite it being a Muslim city, the people of Dubai are welcoming to many other practising religions and have a reasonably multicultural society. There is a variety of places of worship such as mosques, churches and temples. Some Islamic traditions are still observed strictly – the most important being the month of Ramadan, where you will struggle to find a public place to eat or drink during fasting in daylight hours.



Of course, Dubai is not all sunshine and rainbows (or is it?). Where there are pros, it is inevitable that there will be a few cons too.


It’s not easy to get a job

It has been discussed that if you’re a professional person, you can achieve great things in Dubai, career progression wise, and financially. But it can be challenging to find a job. Due to the popularity of these opportunities, often the competition is exceptionally high. The attractive salaries make for very comfortable living so, in general, people tend to keep their jobs longer – meaning fewer job opportunities for you! Helpful sites like StaffPlace can aid your job hunt.


Driving drives you crazy

Perhaps due to the various nationalities travelling on Dubai roads, you can expect to see driving standards that are not to your taste. Driving can be hazardous – despite the traffic cameras and the promise of a hefty fine, many people find that road users in Dubai drive dangerously. There are a large number of supercars in Dubai, meaning that roads are often used as racetracks for those showing off their flashy fast cars. Mix this with a massive volume of traffic? It doesn’t make for comfortable, relaxed driving.


Too hot to handle

Many of us claim to love the sun and heat, and daydream of living in a warmer climate, but Dubai is hot. Very hot. All year round the temperature is scorching, with the only minor relief from the heat being November to March when you can expect temperatures in the mid-twenties. Humidity can be unbearable for most of the year, making enjoying that sunshine not so enjoyable after all.


All in all, there are pros and cons to every big move that you decide to take. Weighing up what is essential for you and comparing it with what Dubai could offer you, you will soon discover if Dubai could be the place for you next.