PCC Profesyonel Kariyer Koçu & Kariyer Danışmanı, Ex-HR

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Career Strategy: Try to create more “I’m glad I did” moments

We tend to be more sensual and questioning the life, especially in Autumn.  That gloomy weather must have something to do with our mood, as well. As we go deeper in questioning, we bring the “if only” sentences. We take our little regrets and make mountains of them saying they are “the biggest mistake of our lives”. Yes, it is actually hard to go back on certain issues or take them back. We would love to use “ctrl + Z” command in our lives, too but what’s done is done in most of the cases. Whereas, it shouldn’t be this strict when it comes to career. It’s never too late, there is always a U turn. You only need to leave your regrets behind and start looking forward. Okumaya devam et

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Methods to Transform Your CV from “Nah” to “Wow”

According to Jacqui Barnett-Poindexter, career expert at Glassdoor, there are 5 tips to save your job application from being thrown away.

  1. Would I Hire Myself?

Have a look at your CV and ask yourself this question. If you say yes, then try to think about that there are 1000 applications apart from yours and ask the question once again. Is your answer still the same now? Okumaya devam et

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Ways to Change Job without Burning the Bridges

Many of us must have heard that “the best salary increase is when you start to work”. Maybe that’s why more than half of job-seekers are actually those who are already working. I can get to this conclusion by considering my friends and the candidates coming to our company for an interview. Especially, with common use of social media and willingness to expand the network via such platforms as LinkedIn, the frequency in getting job offers from unexpected places has also increased. This social media era has its perks; however, it also has a disadvantage about confidentiality. Okumaya devam et

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Is There Anything You Want to Ask?


When I ask this question to the candidates and they only thank me and say “you already explained everything in detail”, it is nice but I can’t stop the urge to say “we both know that you have hundreds of questions in your mind” and actually I expect them to ask something for me to say “wow that’s a really good question”. Because this stage is also a part of the interview and it will provide me to understand how much you are interested in this job. Okumaya devam et

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What are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?

Even if you have never been asked before, you will definitely get one day during an interview: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

The answer to this question will not be a copy-paste one. I do think the HR expert must know that he/she shouldn’t think like “Hmm, he/she is a perfectionist” when you define yourself as a perfectionist 🙂 Okumaya devam et

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Your CV is Your Trailer – No Show, No Audience!

I decided to write what I think about this issue for a long time upon the blog post of Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit and Dozuki – software and repair companies, on Harvard Business Review. When I saw Wiens’ approach, I realized that I am actually not that cruel. Okumaya devam et

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“You know the turnover rate is high in our sector.”

The most common phrase we hear for the staff circulation or labour cycle, and I think that is because it is more charming as it is not a Turkish phrase, is “turnover rate”. Turnover is a bad thing. It’s a good thing that it is low. If it goes up, then we should be panicking and questioning “what’s going on, where are the workers going, why are they leaving?!”

For the ones who heard for the first time, “Turnover 101: Introduction to Turnover” part is over. Okumaya devam et

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How to Request a Reference Letter?

Even though it is not common in Turkey, some companies can require reference letters for job applications, like almost all academic programmes including “2 reference letters” in required documents list for applications. At this point, both students and professionals start to think “how and from whom I will get this reference letter”. My advice is, if you are in academic life, it is best request it from the academic in the highest position who also knows about you. It similarly applies to professional life, it would be the wisest to request it from a manager having the highest title or largest network, again who also knows about you. Okumaya devam et

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Human Resources, AKA, A House of Cards Department

There is a common complaint I often hear from my friends who are working in Human Resources department and observe in companies from different sectors: “nobody likes us”. If you are reading this article as a Human Resources professional, you know the feeling. On the other hand, if you’re a professional from a different department, I am pretty sure you have some thoughts like “but you are like this, you act like that”. Maybe it is hard for you to believe but we have actually different tasks than wearing fancy clothes and walking on the plaza halls, having fun (!) with asking insulting questions to candidates during interviews, giving payroll/workpapers, organizing company dinners once in a while, gossiping about other employees and enjoying (!) low performance levels. Okumaya devam et

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10 Ways to Like Your Job Even If You Do Not Love It

  1. Try to change your task definition: If you like your job generally, but only have a few little issues that you cannot tolerate anymore, share your thoughts with your manager to make changes. If possible, ask for a new task sharing.
  1. Take part in different projects and teams: If you are bored of always working with the same teammate or if one of those colleagues is the reason why you do not like your job, create an opportunity to work with your new colleagues.

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What If You Have To Terminate Employment Without Notice?

I think, there is no way to inform an employee that he or she is being terminated without the risk of inflicting some emotional pain. Thus, it behooves the employer to state the reason for termination with the utmost care. An employee whose feelings are badly bruised or who feels slighted will be more likely to seek out a lawyer and explore a wrongful termination suit. It is not necessary to give the reasons for termination at the time of termination. A short statement face Okumaya devam et