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Do you need a Valid Work Permit to Work in Malta?

Posted by | December 11, 2022 | Job Tips and Suggestions, Malta Jobs

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As a result of Malta’s accession to the EU ( European Union ), citizens of EU/EFTA countries and their immediate family members (spouses and children), even if the latter are not EU or EFTA (UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) citizens, do not require any employment licences to work in Malta. All other nationals, coming from non-EU and non-EFTA countries, and who are termed as Third Country Nationals (TCNs), must duly submit a single permit application to be able to work, live & reside in Malta.

What Kind of Work Permit Do You Need to Work and Live in Malta?

Single Permit procedure

Since 2014, all TCNs are required to go through the single permit procedure to be authorised to work and live in Malta. The single permit procedure involves the submission of a Single Permit Application form, which must include the following, amongst other documents:

  • a copy of a valid employment contract
  • a private medical insurance cover for 12 months
  • a position description signed by the employer
  • a covering letter from the prospective employer
  • a signed CV accompanied by references showing work experience covering at least a 3-year period These need to be submitted to Identity Malta. If the applicant does not have adequate work experience but is suitably qualified, the applicant must first obtain local MQRIC equivalence of the qualifications before the application is submitted. Read more about education qualifications recognition here.

 

The objective of the Single Permit Application, if successful, is the issue of a single document, which is commonly referred to as the e-residence card, which grants TCNs the authorization to both live, reside and work in Malta. When submitting an application to Identity Malta, the applicant should ensure that they have a valid visa to be in Malta.

The application is normally processed in approximately two to three months. If is successful, the residence card is valid for one year. Each residence card is tied to the employer whose contract of employment was included during the application process. In This case, the card would cease to be valid if the applicant no longer remains in employment with that employer. Single permit applications may also be submitted to Identity Malta by the employer on behalf of applicants who are still abroad. In such cases, once the application is approved, a document authorising the applicant to come to Malta and work is received by the employer. At this stage, applicants requiring a visa to come to Malta can use the authorisation document to obtain a visa and once they are in Malta they can complete the single permit process.

 

How Do You Get a Work Permit in Malta?

The process for obtaining single permits is long and takes time to be resolved. Employers have to prove, barring few exceptions, that they have tried to fill the vacancies with persons from Malta or EU/EFTA countries, before submitting an application for a prospective TCN employee. Each application must be accompanied by copies of vacancy adverts and a covering letter from the Employer who is required to state a reason for employing the TCN applicant. There are exceptions if the vacancies are for applicants in the areas mentioned below:

  • Health Related Professionals (Personal Care Workers, Chemists, Doctors, Nurses, Veterinarians)
  • Technical & Building Professionals (Architects and Civil Engineers, Engineers (Electronics), Geologists, Geophysicists, Engineers in aviation maintenance)
  • IT and Gaming Professionals (Computer network professionals, Computer Programmers, IT Consultants, Computer Hardware & Software Engineers, Systems analysts, Gaming Developers, Games Presenters, Product Owners, Site Developers, Search Marketers, Tech Developers)
  • Finance and Education Professionals (Accountants, Auditors, Tax Related Professionals, University and higher education teachers/lecturers)
  • Culture and entertainment industry

 

For regulated professions, approval from the respective Regulatory Body needs to be submitted with the application, indicating that the TCN is authorized to practice the said profession.

Private health insurance cover (hospital plan) is one of the requirements for an employment licence. This is usually taken out by the employer to cover the full duration of employment. The copy of the premium paid is required to be submitted with the single permit application. Such health insurance cover is not required for TCNs working in the public service or for home-based carers of elderly persons or persons with disability. Private health insurance cover is not required for renewal applications.

 

What is The Cost of a Work Permit Application?

The fee for a single permit application is €280.50. The fee must be paid when the single permit application is submitted. If the application is refused, there is no refund of the fee.

 

How Do You Renew a Work Permit in Malta?

Single permits can be renewed by submitting a renewal single permit application, which must be accompanied by documentation certifying that income tax and national insurance contributions have been duly paid for the previous 12 months. Other documentation needs to be submitted also (namely Form C, rental declaration form, copy of lease agreement, copy of valid passport). The same fee of €280.50 is levied once more. Renewal applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the expiry of the current permit as processing of such applications takes around 4-6 weeks. If the applicant submits the application early enough, s/he can hold on to the current valid e-residence card, which is then exchanged when the new e-residence card is issued. However, if the permit holder applying for a renewal applies at a very late stage, the e-residence card would be collected at time of application and the applicant would be issued with an interim authorisation to reside and work in Malta. This document confirms that a renewal application has been submitted, and covers the applicant to keep on working.

 

The KEY Employee Initiative

The KEY is a newly-launched scheme by Identity Malta that provides a fast-track service to highly-specialized TCNs who wish to work and live in Malta. The scheme facilitates the issuing of single permits to prospective key employees within five working days from the date of submission of the application. Applications for a single permit under the KEY are open to managerial or highly-technical posts which require the relevant qualifications or adequate experience related to the job being offered. Applicants need to satisfy the criteria below:

  • annual gross salary of at least €30,000;
  • certified copies of the relevant qualifications, warrants OR the necessary work experience supported by references covering at least a 3-year period;
  • declaration by the employer stating that the TCN has the necessary credentials to perform the assigned duties.


The KEY is also extended to innovators involved in start-up projects which are specifically endorsed by Malta Enterprise. Applications are submitted in the same manner as other single permit applications, namely when the applicant is physically in Malta or still abroad. Approved applications will be issued with a permit valid for one year and which, if renewed, may then have a validity of maximum three years, subject to the presentation of a valid employment contract, and the original annual tax declaration form stamped by the Inland Revenue Department.

More information about the Key Employee Initiative can be found here.

The EU Blue Card

The EU Blue Card offers a one-track procedure for highly-skilled non-EU citizens to apply for a work permit which will be valid for at least one year, but may be renewed thereafter. These applications will be treated favourably, but certain conditions – including proof that the job in question requires highly-qualified individuals and that it involves the payment of at least 1.5 times the average annual gross salary paid in Malta – have to be met. It is also essential to note that an EU Blue Card is not withdrawn if the person falls out of employment, unless it occurs more than once or the unemployment period exceeds three consecutive months during the period of validity of the card.

Employment Licence Through JobsPlus

Jobsplus is the government entity responsible for issuing employment licences which are usually valid for one year from the date of issue. Applications for employment licences need to be submitted by the prospective employer and are subject to labour market considerations. There are exceptions for long-term residents, asylum seekers, refugees and those subject to temporary humanitarian protection, who can apply for jobs on an equal footing with Maltese and EU/EFTA workers. These exceptions may also personally apply for an employment licence and have it granted in their own name. Employment licences cannot be transferred from one employee to another or from one employment to another. If TCNs terminate the job early, they cannot move to another company without first going through a new employment licence application. If applications are rejected following labour market considerations, applicants may submit one request for reconsideration within one calendar month from the rejection letter date. Self-employment permits are only granted to TCNs in exceptional cases. Candidates must meet one or more of a set of criteria, including an investment of at least € 500,000 capital expenditure in Malta. TCNs can also apply for an employment licence through a Maltese registered company in which they are shareholders or ultimate beneficial owners, if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • the TCN shareholder must have a fully paid-up share capital equivalent to at least € 100,000 which may not be redeemed, reduced or transferred to a third party during the first two years of the employment licence;
  • the TCN has made a capital expenditure of at least € 100,000 which consists solely of fixed assets (such as immovable property, plant and machinery) included in the business plan submitted with the application;
  • the company is a sole representative of a reputable overseas company (established for at least three years abroad) wishing to set up a branch in Malta;
  • the company is leading a project that has been formally approved by Malta Enterprise.

Browse Jobsplus Resources for checklists and forms.

Please note We are not in a position to guarantee that this content contains the latest update or all relevant information required. It is advisable that you refer to the relevant Government entity for more comprehensive information.

Useful Information

Authority responsible for issuing Work Permits

Opening times

  • Reception Desk and Customer Care Section are open from Monday to Friday between 7:30 and 14:00
  • Applications for Single Work Permit can be submitted from Monday to Thursday between 7:30 and 12:30

Contact details

  • Address: Evans Building, St Elmo’s Square, Valletta
  • Telephone: (+356) 2590 4800 / (+356) 2590 4871
  • Email: [email protected]

Download relevant forms

Forms required to submit your Single Work Permit can be downloaded online from here

Relevant links

  • Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) is the competent body within the NCFHE that recognises qualifications against the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF).
  • Jobsplus is the government entity responsible for issuing employment licences which are usually valid for one year from the date of issue.

 

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How Much Tax Is Deducted From Salary In Malta?

Posted by | November 11, 2022 | Job Tips and Suggestions, Malta Jobs

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Tax Deduction From Your Salary in Malta

If you’re interested in living and working in Malta, it’s important to know how much tax will be deducted from your salary. At Malta Jobs, we can match you with great jobs on an island location that’s bright and sunny all year round.

Fortunately, Malta has one of the lowest costs of living in the European Union, making it relatively easy to get by as long as you can pay your rent. Transportation costs, as well as utilities and groceries, can be purchased for fairly cheap (especially if you opt for local products instead of imported name brands). Rent can be a little on the expensive side due to the stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, but costs decrease the farther inland you look for a home. Renting an inland apartment may cost as low as 550 euros per month, as opposed to the 1000 or more euros you might spend for a seaside view.

Regardless of whether you live inland or along the coast, Malta is a beautiful place all throughout the year, and because it’s a small island (only 122 square miles), almost everywhere you will need to visit is within walking distance or is a short drive away. If you love island living and the culture and architecture of Europe, you’re sure to love living in Malta (and benefiting from its available tax deductions) too.

Tax Rates

The short answer to the question of how much tax is deducted from your salary in Malta is that income tax ranges between 0% and 35%. Non-residents pay considerably less income tax than residents do.

It’s also worth noting that residents of Malta are protected by a double tax treaty, which prevents a resident’s income from being taxed more than once in two different countries.

Residency

The main factor that determines how your income will be taxed is your residency status in Malta. You must spend at least 183 days per year in Malta to be considered a resident. If you are not a resident and are also not domiciled in Malta, then you will only be taxed on income and capital gains that you receive while in Malta. Foreign capital gains are not subject to income tax even if they are received while you are in Malta.

The tax rates on personal income will be 15% for up to 5 million euros per year. If you make more than 85,000 euros per year, the additional income is tax-free. In order to qualify for this tax incentive, the income must have been earned by business that happened in Malta, or from time that was spent away from Malta but was connected with a business that is located in Malta. Additionally, an employee must:

  • Earn the minimum yearly salary in Malta, which is 75,000 euros.
  • Have at least five years’ of professional experience
  • Disclose all taxable income
  • Not benefit from conflicting tax incentives that are applicable
  • Possess a valid travel document
  • Have a valid health insurance policy
  • Not be domiciled in Malta

Taxes For European Union Nationals In Malta

EU nationals will pay reduced taxes while in Malta. EEA and Swiss nationals may benefit from reduced taxes for ten years, and any third-country national will be able to pay reduced taxes for four years.

Taxes For Non-Residents In Malta

Malta is a beautiful island that thrives on tourism, but tourism alone isn’t enough to sustain it. This means that in recent years (and for the projected future), growth in the business sector has been booming. Unfortunately, a lack of skilled workers in Malta has stunted that growth.

For about a decade, Malta has actively been seeking qualified foreigners to work in skilled jobs in Malta, so the country has designed tax incentives to encourage non-residents to settle on the island. Non-residents will have 0% taxes deducted at the source of their income when it involves dividends, royalties, and interests.

Other Great Reasons To Consider Living And Working In Malta

  • Malta has a rich cultural history. It hosts some of the oldest surviving buildings in the world (the Megalithic Temples) and was once used as an important naval base for the British navy.
  • The hospitality and tourism industry is exploding. Many stunning sights around the island are well cared for and open to the public, and roads have been greatly improved in the last few years to improve internal public transportation.
  • Malta is rapidly growing into a grand technology hub and a home for many young start-up companies.
  • In Malta, you are entitled to public holidays and 24 days off each year, not including two weeks of sick leave per year.
  • As a country, Malta is greatly interested in skilled professionals, especially entry-level employees. Even if you have limited job experience, it’s easy to get started in Malta.
  • There are many expats in Malta, leading to an active and friendly community of expats from all around the world. If you’re an expat, you are sure to meet many new friends both from your home country and from foreign countries too.
  • Malta hosts several international schools where classes are taught in English, so if you are an English-speaking expat, you can enjoy the experience of living in a foreign country and still ensure your children have access to English-speaking classes.
  • All Maltese residents over 18 years of age are entitled to benefits from the social security act, as long as the resident is employed and pays at least 10% of their salary towards social security.

If you’re considering a job in Malta, you can try Malta Jobs’ salary calculator to help you determine how much you will likely make and therefore how much you will likely be paying in taxes.

 

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How to negotiate your salary while employed

Posted by | April 24, 2017 | Job Tips and Suggestions, Malta Jobs

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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How to negotiate your salary during a job interview

Posted by | April 15, 2017 | Job Tips and Suggestions, Malta Jobs

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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.

Browse jobs by salary brackets in Malta here:

 

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

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10 simple ways to make your work colleagues like you

Posted by | April 3, 2017 | Job Tips and Suggestions, Malta Jobs

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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Poll: What languages are you fluent in?

Posted by | March 7, 2015 | Malta Jobs

What languages are you fluent in?

With so many new job opportunities being created in Malta and Europe it’s becoming more vital to be able to speak more than one language. Take on our poll and let us know what languages are you fluent in (ideally both spoken and written).

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Tips for Finding Happiness at Work

Posted by | October 25, 2014 | Job Tips and Suggestions

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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

 

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Poll: Do you invest in learning new skills?

Posted by | July 25, 2014 | Malta Jobs

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?

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How to properly prepare for a job interview

Posted by | July 15, 2014 | Job Tips and Suggestions

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.