Tactics to bowl over the boss

The line between worthily striving to impress the boss and just being a smarm can be fine. In fact, just chatting with colleagues about how to wow the chief executive could make you look like a bumptious yuppie, or worse. The English language abounds in adjectives that skewer servility.

Still, nobody would claim that you are judged purely on the calibre and quantity of your work. The personal impression you make is vital and not just dependent on genetics, experts say. How much you charm the chief executive apparently hinges on behavioural areas that you can tweak: your attitude and habits.

So here is some expert intel on how to shine. Become an irresistible candidate for that promotion or pay rise without looking smarmy; although, it seems, flattery works. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..


Jobs giant: how Matt Barrie built a global freelancing empire

Matt Barrie, 37, is chief executive of Freelancer.com: a giant outsourcing marketplace connecting 3 million professionals from around the globe. Last year, the website racked up $US35 million in turnover. The site ranks in the world’s top 250.

Freelancer.com debuted in January 2009 when Barrie bought GetAFreelancer.com: a Swedish marketplace with 500,000 users ranked the 5000th biggest website in the world. Tweaking the business model, Barrie used the cash flow to buy several regional marketplaces dotted around the globe.

Now Barrie, who is based in Sydney, says Freelancer.com is a household name in the developing world. For example, he says in Bangladesh, Freelancer.com is the 21st biggest website, outranking Microsoft.com, Amazon, Apple and Bing.com.

The top jobs are website design, search engine optimisation, graphic design and copywriting. While the United States posts the most jobs, India does the most freelancing, according to Barrie.

Here, Barrie, who won last year’s Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award, talks about how he achieved international success. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..


The great Aussie mining boom

Australia’s mines are at the heart of its robust economy. The provide a wealth of job opportunity. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald

Nose jobs: work incorporating a sense of smell

The average office’s strip-lit sterility can drive you crazy. Imagine, however, if you could swap death-warmed-up corporate drudgery for sensuality. Imagine if you could work amid a swirl of intoxicating aromas.

It happens. Prepare to meet some Aussies who live that dream, professionally operating in the exhilarating realm of scent. None of the case studies makes big bucks from working with the sense locked into that seat of emotion, the brain’s limbic system.

Many scarcely make a living. Still, all exult in their fragrant field, whatever dynamics nudged them into it. Memorably, in one case the spark was a bad smell in a tight space. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald





Enter the dragon: great Hong Kong jobs boom

Hong Kong-based expats were once branded FILTH (Failed in London Try Hong Kong). No longer. The former British colony with the money bag-shaped harbour is now widely reported to be awash with opportunity.

According to recruitment company Hudson, 69 per cent of Hong Kong employers plan to “increase headcount”. That is the highest figure since Hudson began conducting quarterly surveys of Hong Kong hiring managers in 1998.

The managing director of Michael Page Hong Kong and southern China, Anthony Thompson, says Hong Kong now offers “enormous opportunity” — much more than London. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald


Shine with a little polish

Does your CV ooze flair? At a time of low unemployment – a squeak under 5 per cent – it is tempting to slack off, to forget about updating it and making the document as attractive as possible. Learn how to give your CV dazzling allure at the Sydney Morning Herald…


How to beat psychometric testing

Good news. The job of your dreams has just become available.There’s just one hitch.

Your potential new boss is using psychometric testing to screen candidates and you suspect you’re not quite what they’re looking for.

Perhaps you’re not so good at being a team player or you’re not as outgoing as some people.

Or perhaps you have a fiery temper and are prone to fly off the handle.

Can you beat the test and come across as the model employee you wish you were?

Yes, experts say. Within limits, you can improve how well you perform. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald…