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Tips For Salary Negotiation While Employed

Prepare your arguments well in advance

If you’re well into your nth year working for the same company and believe you deserve some form of recognition which goes beyond the usual “Good job, Bob,” then it’s time to start planning a meeting with your boss. Even if your manager happens to be your mentor (and perhaps close friend) it is very important to show that you have given this some thought. Why are you asking for a raise? What new roles have you been tasked with since starting out? How has the company benefitted from your work? In a nutshell: show them just how good you are at what you do and how you believe this should be appropriately reflected in your pay check.

Be realistic

Asking for a 30% increase in pay, when the usual increase in salary for job promotions in Malta get a 7% – 10% increase, would be overshooting and missing the point completely. Remember, you’re here to negotiate, not to bulldoze over everything and everyone with your salary expectations.

Show confidence

At the end of the day, you could have all the research, charts and graphs in the world: if you show them you doubt even yourself, then the case is all but closed. Talk clearly and project your voice well. Be frank with your (realistic) requests and honest in your presentation. Confidence is key to success, ladies and gents. Even when it comes to salary negotiations.

Whether you are negotiating you salary at an interview stage or while you are employed you should take note of some valuable points in mind:

If their salary offer disappoints you…

Very often, your employers or prospective employers will give you a figure which does not add up to what you had in mind. If you’ve made your research on average salaries in Malta carefully and strongly believe you have a case, counteract with another offer. They might need time to consider your proposition but if you believe you’re being fair and if you’re justifying your offer, then let it run its course.

If you show the right enthusiasm…

A positive person is usually a successful one. Let them see you are not there just for the money, that this design job excites you and that you look forward to getting started on it. It will probably be this aspect which tips the scale in your favour and lands you the job of your dreams – with the salary to match it. Or, if you’re already employed, that satisfying feeling you were not quite getting after the hundredth “Well done Bob.”

From all of us at Maltajobs.com.mt, we wish you the best of luck!

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For many of us, whether still setting out on our career path or with years of work experience behind us, negotiating or even speaking about our salaries is almost considered taboo. Will they think I’m presumptuous? Should I even mention this now? Is it a good time? Will it ever be a good time? What IS a good time to talk about salaries? These questions are only a fragment of the thoughts running through our mind as we chew on this very important, yet so hard to put in words, topic.

While securing jobs in Malta has become as easy as making a few clicks through maltajobs.com.mt, many people – both at job interview stage and afterwards – still find broaching the subject of salaries like threading on very thin ice. One wrong move and the ground breaks beneath your feet. Here at Maltajobs.com.mt we want to show you how, with a bit of insight and preparation on your part, negotiating salaries is not as treacherous as you might believe.

Check out our Tips For Salary Negotiation At Job Interview Stage

Do not broach the subject too quickly

Job interviews in Malta are typically held over a number of sessions. This allows your prospective employer to get to know you and to be given the chance to assess your qualities better. Broaching the subject after your introduction during your first ever meeting will only give your interviewer the impression you’re there for the money – which does not help your prospects. Ideally, you let them mention the subject first but if they don’t and they allow room for questions later on, you can include a polite question about the expected remuneration for this role.

But what if they ask me what salary I expect?

Before you attend any interview, it is CRUCIAL that you do your homework. Apart from the usual research about the company, check out what the average salaries in Malta for someone with similar responsibilities and experience are. Say you’ve just graduated in commerce and seek a job in Accountancy, check with family or friends what the yearly average gross salary for a fresh-out-of-uni accountant is. It is useless firing sums at random. If this is your first job, you’ll probably be undervaluing yourself while if you’re just changing jobs, be aware that jobs in Malta belonging to different industries might also have different remunerations.

See the whole picture

It is often discouraged to compare one salary in Malta to another, simply because the job in question very often presents a whole package which could include a number of other perks: health insurance, bonuses, paid travels, etc. This particular Marketing agency you could work with might just be able to offer you training in your field, all expenses paid. Or perhaps that architectural firm often brings over renowned experts in the field to give talks. Therefore, before you come to any conclusion, make sure you’re taking everything into account.

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Have a look at our other tips talking about negotiating your salary while already employed.

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Work: it stimulates the body and mind, gives meaning and purpose to life for many of us and occupies more than half of our time on this planet we call home. A broad definition, but definitely one that many of us can relate to (whether we actually agree with it or not is a totally different thing). Because of the length of time spent within the office walls, colleagues have a tendency to grow on us. Some of the strongest friendships were formed between managing projects or brainstorming creative marketing campaigns. These relationships should not be dismissed.

Working in Malta is very much the same, with a few extras. Given the size of the islands, the chances of bumping into colleagues outside work at an alarmingly frequent rate, are extremely high. Getting on well with our workmates is therefore essential for many of us.

Here at maltajobs.com.mt, we’ve drawn up a list of 10 tips which should help you out on exactly this front: building solid relationships with your work mates.

  1. Be punctual

You’d be surprised by how much people can tell about you by simply noticing the constant lateness of your arrival at work. Never more so than if you leave an early meeting hanging because “traffic was a nightmare”. If it was a nightmare for you, it was a nightmare for everyone. To be punctual is to be respectful.

  1. Make your co-workers feel important

Making your co-workers feel important goes beyond praising them for a job well done. Most of the time, it’s a simple matter of sticking to promises and deadlines made to them. If you really can’t be timely with your work, make sure you own up to your shortcomings. Honesty will always be the best policy and your colleagues will definitely appreciate it more than a half-baked excuse for your delays.

  1. Be tidy and neat in your work 

People love nothing more than working with someone who won’t leave meeting rooms in a mess, dirty plates and cutlery in the common kitchenette or an old banana peel in the waste basket attracting more insects than they’d care to see. Being tidy (and generally clean) will definitely help you win points with your colleagues.

  1. Be sensitive to situations around you

Working with people will undoubtedly create an ever-fluctuating set of dynamics. Many of us can perceive the general mood of the office as soon as we step in and – very carefully – act accordingly. There are those however who barge right through everything, oblivious of how people are feeling or made to feel. Be sensitive to what your colleagues are going through. This will help you avoid awkward moments.

  1. Make the most of your colleagues’ celebratory events

Whether it’s a birthday, work anniversary or any other occasion which requires celebrating (and cake), do try to spread it around at the office. It will make your colleague feel appreciated and will get all the office sharing in the happy event. Happiness is a contagious bug and a smile or a laugh can go a long way into building strong relationships. Perhaps you have a designer in your company you can co-ordinate to create funny, personalized cards or caricatures just for the event. If not you can always hire a designer through a service like Spotlancer. Or you could decorate your colleague’s desk before they arrive with the help of other co-workers. Simple, genuine actions are usually the most fondly remembered.

  1. Know when to draw a line between the personal and the private

So you’re working in IT and your bench mate is a developer who graduated with you. Although that’s all well and good, it does not mean this shared life event entitles you to exclusive insights into his personal life. If you feel that he or she is not opening up, then it’s a clear sign to back off with the questions.

  1. Offer help when you feel your colleagues need it

The oldest rule in the book – but the one your colleagues will be most appreciative of. Don’t simply assume control of things however. Show them you’d be more than happy to assist and let them come to you.

  1. Never take credit for something you did not do

This applies across the industry board – whether you’re in the Legal industry, Telecommunications, Health Care – you name it, credit where due. Always. If not, it’s surely your one-way ticket to the office’s darkest recesses from which a return to good graces is very unlikely.

  1. Be pro-active with out-of-office events organisation

Usually, the individual responsible for organising social events between colleagues is the one with the most pats on the back, and this is not just for jobs in Malta. So why not lend a helping hand next time your HR manager announces there’s going to be an event soon? (We won’t tell you’re just doing it for the pats.)

  1. And if you feel you’ve over-stepped and someone at the office holds a grudge against you, there’ only one way to make things right with the world again… Take food!

Remember, you’re working in Malta and as jobs in Malta go, you can never go wrong with a dozen pastizzi early in the morning when everyone is still bleary eyed and not too sure why they came to work. Grudge? What grudge? Another pastizz, anyone?

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Tips for Finding Happiness at Work

We all spend a whole lot of time at work, and even though we browse through hundreds of job vacancies, the reasons why each and everyone of us chose the current employment are much more complex than it might seem. We need to earn an income somehow to survive on. This might not make us feel full filled though, no matter how much huge the paycheck might be you might still feel that you are missing happiness at work. Stress, the working hours, the demands of works, difficulty in adjusting ourselves to environments and dealing with your superiors are a kind of situation that is hard to be avoided.

So, what can you do to deal with such a situation and feel happiness at work? Check out our guide below to help you master happiness at work.

Find your true passion

This might be the holy grail for finding happiness at work – Do what you love doing most and you will never work another day in your life. You can easily spot the difference between someone who is coming to work just because he has to and someone who comes to work because he wants to. Finding a job in which you can actually feel you belong to is a key factor to not only manage to stay sane but also to feel satisfaction in what you do. Knowing what you want and what you like can help you decide better your career steps when browsing job vacancies.

Improve your relationship with your employer

How often do we feel uncomfortable with an entity who has power over us? It does happen to you too right? This feeling will only get worse and grow if you feel like you’re just doing your job in order to get through the day. Making that extra effort to put yourself in your employer’s mind and understand your superior’s true goals and hopes, will help you to align the work you do with the employer’s mission. Identifying yourself with what your employer is working to achieve will make you feel like a team-member instead of just a number and you could drastically increase happiness at work.

Add positive energy to your workplace

Dependent of the nature of your job, some work environments might not be that much accommodating as others. Most of us will be more focused on their tasks all day long and little do we try to add some positivity to the day during working hours. Take a minute or two to add some spice by printing out a funny saying and stick it to the wall, add some plants in the room or even offer to make coffee to your colleagues. This will make you feel in control and can bring you the satisfaction of having some power to make things better for everyone.

Exercise or move around

Research has shown that doing some exercise, even slight ones can increase your level of happiness, reduce stress and become smarter too. Take advantage of every pause, such as coffee or lunch breaks to just walk around the office block or near. Parking your car a bit further off the office is a very effective way to force yourself in doing some exercise. Maybe you can also get a gym subscription once walking from the car the office becomes way too boring. You will be amazed with the results of how a simple walk can free your mind out of all the stress and increase happiness overall, especially at work where we spend most of our time at.

It’s also highly advisable to team up with colleagues for motivation.  This will not only help you in keeping up with your daily walks but will also better the friendship with your co-workers.

Check out part 2 of how to find happiness at work

 

Learning new skills.

With such a fast paced world, depending on the nature and industry of your work most of the time you need to keep yourself updated with what’s new to ensure you stay on top of your job and up to expectations. But let’s be honest, it’s not an easy job at all to fit in more time in your lifestyle to learn such new skills. So how important is it for you to keep up to date with new skills in the industry you work in?

How to properly prepare for a job interview

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Getting nervous about your upcoming job interview? Are you fearful of getting tongue-tied while being interviewed? Here are some tips that can help you prepare  yourself before setting off to the interview.

First things require getting to know about the company that you are interviewing for. Know about the company’s services, products, policies, ventures and so on. This information will facilitate conversation during the interview. Knowing about the company also reflects your interest in it. Stand out by proposing appealing ideas and/or suggestions for the company. You might also want to prepare interesting questions to ask during that final awkward moment when the interviewer asks you  whether you have any questions. This continues to demonstrate your interest in the job.

Read through your CV highlighting key responsibilities and skills utilised in previous jobs which are related to the one that you are interviewing for. It might be useful to note these down for easy referral prior and during the interview. Try to come up with creative ways of letting your interviewer know about them.

Your bathroom mirror can turn out to be your best friend. You might want to rehearse your speech and language expressions prior to the interview. What does your body language convey? Interest or boredom? Self-confidence or anxiety? Since employers read much into nonverbal cues, the mirror enables you to acquire insight on what you are transmitting through your body language and facial expressions. Use it to your advantage by eliminating off-putting body gestures and replacing them with the signals that reveal the poised person that you are.

First impressions are key. Your love for dogs and salsa cannot be deciphered through your clothes during the interview. A positive self-image starts with dressing smart. Don’t forget that your choice of outfit says a lot about you. Be sure to let your interviewer know that you take your future job very seriously by what your wear for the interview. Feel good about yourself in dressing comfortably and appropriately. Your choice of clothes can also serve as a confidence booster for the interview.

Now that you’re all set, remember that a smile is priceless and a hand shake goes a long way.

Applying with your Linkedin Profile for job vacancies

We are happy to introduce a new feature which will not only help you to get hired faster but also to minimize your time when applying for jobs. All registered users will have the ability to apply for jobs via their linkedin profile.

How does it work?

It’s pretty easy, all you have to do is to click the “Apply with Linkedin” button found at the bottom of each job listing. Once you log in to your Linkedin account we’ll generate a C.V. which is sent directly to the employer / job lister.

Benefit for Job Seekers:

  • No need to have C.V. in hand
  • Faster and more efficient way to apply
  • Employers can view your friends recommendations
  • Better chance of getting employed

Benefit for Employers:

  • In depth history of user applying for the job
  • Receive much more feedback from job postings
  • Faster Response time from the time you post your job listing
  • Can view job seeker friend’s recommendations
Start making use of this feature, register on www.maltajobs.com.mt today.

Malta Public Holidays 2013

List of all public holidays in Malta for the year 2013

Tuesday 1st January New Year’s Day
Sunday 10th February Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck
Tuesday 19th March Feast of St. Joseph
Friday 29th March Good Friday
Sunday 31st March  Freedom Day
Wednesday 1st May Worker’s Day
Friday 7th June  Sette Giugno
Saturday 29th June Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul
Thursday 15th August Feast of the Assumption
Sunday 8th September Feast of Our Lady of Victories
Saturday 21st September  Independence Day
Sunday 8th Decemeber Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Friday 13th December Republic Day
Wednesday 25th December Christmas Day