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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, 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, 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 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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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, 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?








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


How to properly prepare for a job interview


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.

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11 tips for a job interview part 3

by Lauren

8. Show interest and positivity

A typical interview starts with the employer speaking about the company, its work ethic and the prospects for the future. This can help enhance the mood of the interviewer if you manage to show interest and a positive attitude with regards to what you hear. Do not interrupt at any time throughout this introductory part, unless you require clarification on some comments made. Curiosity and interest gives the interviewer a good impression of you but be moderate here too.

9. Dress to match

Your dressing style should match the job and place where the interview will be held. If it is a conservative finance company it is implied that you should not present with a ring in your nose. If it is a small web agency consider whether casual would be better than the dark suit. You should seek to be true to yourself but not at the expense of going to the other end of the spectrum with respect to the position you are applying for or the company you are seeking to get employed with. Do not wear clothes in which you feel overly uncomfortable as it will put you down before going in for the interview and your performance on the day will be affected. Try matching your clothes with what you think you would be wearing every day at work if you were hired by the company.

10. Proper conduct for a candidate

Behave as though it is your most important goal to get the job. Seek to try hard and do not hammer yourself psychologically with feelings that you are not the right candidate. Whatever you may encounter and what impression you may get of other candidates waiting for the interview just shut everything down and focus on your strengths and how you will be marketing yourself to the potential employer. Of course you should neither take anything for granted and feel the company cannot possibly turn you down. Otherwise the shock of not getting hired will have repercussions on subsequent job interviews. Be humble and hold back a little in the initial minutes until you have understood the rules and felt the mood of the interview.

11. Honesty pays

I have left this recommendation for last but it definitely is one of the top tips you can get. Answer honestly and make sure that this honesty is conveyed clearly to the interviewer even in your non-verbals. The non-verbal aspect will come naturally if you are completely sincere in answering questions being posed to you. Remember that even if you make use of false declarations you will ultimately be working alongside the same people who hired you. Your lies will be short-lived and your position will be put in jeopardy.

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Tips for a job interview Part 2 of 3

It’s important to use the right tonality while speaking and promoting yourself in a job interview.  Talk, but be moderate

by Lauren

5. Tonality

With respect to speech and tone it is a good idea to stand level on neutral ground for the first few minutes until you have read the situation and the person conducting the interview. The tone of the interview may be a more formal one or else there may be attempts from the interviewers to render it more comfortable in order to allow you to be at ease and express your concerns and prospects in a more relaxed environment. Go along with what you feel the interview atmosphere is. You need to be more extroverted or else curb your enthusiasm for jokes and spontaneous comments.

6. Promote yourself

When you’re sitting at the interview, it is largely up to you to place emphasis on your qualifications and sponsor yourself. You must not take it for granted that the interviewer has read your profile from start to finish. Remember that you will not be the only prospective candidate called to fill in the position. The interviewer may not be fully aware of what particular training you have undergone or even what sort of qualifications you have for there are many curricula and graduate degrees. Do speak also about other extracurricular activities and hobbies which may not be directly related to the job you are applying for but which can still in some manner interlink with the position you are applying for. They may have conveyed to you qualities which could well have developed you into a better person, now more mature for dealing with tasks expected of you for the potential job.

7. Talk, but be moderate

A good way of showing enthusiasm is to speak. Of course you should not talk too much as this wrecks up the interviewer’s structure for the interview. The interviewer would have prepared some questions in order to get a better insight into the candidates. Frustration will be the emotion you would convey if the interview plan is deviated from too much and you take centre stage with constant blabbering. You must not speak too little either as this makes you appear disinterested. It is not a bad thing to sticking to answering the interviewer’s questions.

This helps keep to the interview plan. However, you should not give quick and short answers. In this case short is not that sweet. Take some initiative in answering questions, draw parallels from your own experience and link them to the conversation topic. Do not be afraid in slipping in some questions otherwise you will may not be given time to do so when the interviewer has exhausted his planned interview questions.

The point to take home from this aspect of the interview is that the interviewer is interested in getting to know you as a person. The company already has its hands on your qualifications and job experience. All of that can be accessed by opening a file. The whole point of the interview is to try and get insight into your character and evaluate whether it would be compatible with the position currently vacant. Therefore, talk but keep your talking in check.

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11 tips for a job interview

by Lauren

Part 1 of 3

1. Gain insight into the company

If you want to produce a solid performance at the interview start by doing your homework and make sure to familiarize yourself with the company you are going to be interviewed by. This will not only give you the edge over other prospective candidates as it shows interest in becoming part of the team but it also allows you to gain insight and discover whether it is the right job for you.

2. Prepare questions

Before the interview is a good idea to prepare a few questions you can ask during the interview. You can, among other things, ask about professional development, such as asking whether there will be induction courses to attend or whether you will get assigned a mentor to guide you on what you will need to do on the job. Otherwise you can ask about lighter things such as how lunch program works, or whether there are some social events you need to know about. Remember that it is always a good idea to take along with you a copy of your application, CV, certificates and qualifications, any recommendations and the actual job advertisement, and most of all take a good look at them once again the day before going in for the interview. You do not want to be asked questions related to what you wrote and get thrown off on those.

3. Anticipate anxiety

It is very natural to be nervous before a job interview, but the stress can be attenuated. Your anxiety is not a factor which should a priori disqualify you from getting the position, and most of all it is you who should not think that. A common trick employed by many is actually revealing your state of mind to the interviewer before the session starts because it often calms you down. In addition, I recommend that you practice the interview situation at home. You might prepare answers to common interview questions and simulate the scenario from days before sitting for the interview. Alternatively, you can try out some question – answer role plays with friends or family members. In this case you may get direct feedback on what appear to be your strengths and weaknesses.

4. Avoid contact blunders

This is one reason why you should role play your interview if you think you will be overly anxious. First impressions count and it is important to avoid the classic blunders which provide for a dull first impression. Therefore practice the avoidance of such actions and mannerisms as fiddling with your hair or wringing hands, crossing your arms or adopting a fearful and depressed look which definitely inspires no confidence. Smile more often and be strong and confident in what you say and how you state it. Some may also advocate a strong and solid handshake but this is very subjective and may at times work against you so be neutral here. I personally think it stupid to try and gain points by entering an improvised strongest-handshake contest with a prospective employer. It is very helpful to ask your friends if you have any annoying habits or some particular mannerism that may come across negatively in an interview. If you have the possibility do watch yourself on video and notice any habits you would prefer to avoid.