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..



Workers on the front lines: why lousy pay is not why people quit jobs

If you thought lousy pay was the main reason people left their jobs, think again. With Australia’s unemployment rate hovering at historic lows, “lack of challenge” is now the top reason for seeking new work, according to the Victoria-based Macro Recruitment. 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..


10 things to consider before ditching your day job

The Chinese star sign for this year, the dragon, symbolises indomitable confidence. So if, in a resolute spirit of change, you strike out and chuck in your day job, you may need all the confidence that the mighty sign implies.

After all, as everyone knows, most start-ups fail. And according to research firm Ibisworld, the Lucky Country is faring less well than you might think.

Australia has “felt the edge of the cold wind crossing the United States and the chillier winds across the European Union as a result of the ongoing Global Financial Crisis (GFC)”, according to Ibisworld’s report Prospects for 2012 and Beyond. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.


Bizarre business phobias

Pounding heartbeat, dry mouth, trembling hands: if you have a phobia, you know about it.
And you might well have an intense, irrational fear because, according to psychologist Tony Gunn, the author of Fix Your Phobia in 90 Minutes, at least one in 10 Australians does. And undiagnosed phobia cases may push the figure to one in four.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Beware the job to die for

Who wants to work in Japan? The Japanese have a reputation for being the world’s hardest workers.

Under sustained stress often involving unpaid overtime, some citizens of the land of the surging yen work themselves to death. Hence the word “karoshi”, which means “death by overwork”. 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