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What is ReferJobs, how is it different from other job recruitment sites and how can you benefit from it?

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If you’re reading this then you’ve either heard of ReferJobs or the name ReferJobs have obviously intrigued your interest to visit this site. In any case, we would like to welcome you as it’s a great pleasure to have you on our site!

 

Who are we?

Are you experiencing trouble recruiting the right people to join your organization? Are your job ads in job recruitment sites increasingly costly yet unfruitful? Do you feel like your potential is yet to be discovered by others? Is diluting a huge pool of applicants both redundant and taxing?

Enter Referjobs. Referjobs was born with the belief that job and talent referrals can be effortless yet amazingly rewarding. In addition by providing the best platform for expediting your job recruitment process, our aim is to spare you the redundancy of screening candidates, to help you with cost savings, better ROI and last but not least, excellent reimbursement for our referrals. Our objective is to allow you to widen your reach to untapped potentials through the social media as well as through our referral pool.

 

How does ReferJobs Work?

In most conventional job portals, employers will pay to get their job advertised. Jobseekers will then be allowed to apply for jobs that they’re interested/jobs that are relevant to their skill. Next, the HR department or the hiring managers will screen through and then select a list of candidates to be interviewed. Unfortunately, the process and results could be lengthy and perhaps unsatisfactory.

Employers may have to settle with someone who does not fit the organization’s culture while jobseekers would want to know more about the organization such the working culture and the awesome people who works there.

There are also other factors that are beyond something that’s written down on a piece of paper, such as both employers and applicants would like to get to know the person behind he paper

ReferJobs differs greatly in that aspect as we acknowledge the importance of a symbiosis relationship between employers and a jobseekers.

We advocate the simplicity of sharing jobs through the various online social networking platforms and more importantly, making job referrals rewarding.

 

In short, anyone can be a referral. You can refer your friends, peers or family and get rewarded via a referral fee for every applicants that successfully lands the job, while employers will be able to reach a far wider spectrum of quality applicants.

That’s it really. That’s how simple it is!

 

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Here’s how each will benefit:

Employers

  • You have the green light to post as many job ads as you please without any additional charges.
  • Your job ads will reach a wider range of spectrum, thanks to the option to share it on social media platforms through our referrals.
  • All you need to do is to post your job ads and our referrals will handle the nitty-gritty. They will even execute the screening process for you and provide you necessary information on the applicants that they’ve screened.
  • We’ll provide you the user friendly ATS (Application tracking system) for you to schedule interviews, update the hiring status and of course having the final say in the hiring process. Think of the endless amount of exposure that your job ads can reach! The sky is truly the limit. Still confusing? Just head on to our FAQ section to have a better grasp of how the process works.
  • Best of all, did we mentioned that you don’t have to pay a single cent for your job ads? We’ll only charge you when applicants are successfully hired.

 

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Referrals

  • You get to refer your people that you know, whether they are your peers, family members or virtually anyone who is ideal for the job.
  • You’ll be reimbursed for each successful candidate that you’ve referred! So in essence, the more candidates that you’ve referred gets hired, the more reimbursement you’ll receive!
  • If you’re concerned about the referring process fret not, because we’ll be providing you the necessary guidelines and information plus the portal tools to ensure a smooth and easy referral process.

Jobseekers

  • You’ll get updates from jobs that may have previously been unreachable to you.
  • Your referrals will also give you the edge by promoting your core values and if you’re hired we’ll even send you a little gift as a token of our sincerest congratulations to you! Getting hired and getting a gift? How often does that happen in life?

 

In a nutshell, we want to ensure that the job hiring process becomes as simplistic yet effective as much as possible. In the end, the employer will get the candidate that they’re looking for, the candidate gets a job, referrals will get to rewarded for their efforts, the HR department will save time and energy on unnecessary filtration of applicants and we’ll be happy because we’ve referred the right candidate for the right organization. A true win-win-win situation!

Learn Or Learn Not, From Star Wars Quotes We Can

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In light of the new Star Wars trailer that probably sent nerds all over the world into nerdgasm overdrive, let’s take a stroll back to look at some of the quotes from characters that we’ve come to love a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

 

1. Do or do not, there is no try

 

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Of course the original trilogy are deeply loved and adored by fans because it’s a pure space opera that has epic space battles while it also focuses on  human values such believing in oneself, not giving up hope and trusting those around you, instead of all the parliament and political nonsense that’s present in the new trilogy. The original trilogy also has characters that are much more memorable and to look past none other than one of master Yoda’s arguably best quotes, hard it is.

A young Luke Skywalker finds himself training with master Yoda on the swampy planet Dagobah so that he can learn to control the force. As he finds himself unable to execute the majority of Yoda’s training but nevertheless promises try his best, Yoda correctly points out that his lack of self-belief is his downfall and firmly asserts that he must do, not try.

 

2. Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is

 

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The only time when children are legally allowed to play with weapons. (Image credit: modernservantleader.com)

The second entry on this list is another immortal quote by our little green Jedi master. Yoda is over 900 years old and probably has enough wisdom, knowledge and experience of several lifespans. He commands huge admiration and respect from all walks of life, especially among the ranks of the Jedi – as a great teacher.

Despite this, he knows that there are things that even he – with all his knowledge and experience – doesn’t know.

However he is not dismissal or afraid to ask his students for their opinions and point of view – even children, as even great teachers can sometimes learn a thing or two from their students.

 

3. Never tell me the odds

 

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A classic quote by the outlaw Han Solo and is widely used by fans humorously when they find themselves in a bleak situation. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we’re against the odds and have a mountain to climb – ala a David vs Goliath situation. We can only achieve what we want by having faith in ourselves in order to overcome them. After all, most successful people overcome obstacles by transcending themselves.

 

4. Who’s more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?

 

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When Han Solo, C-3PO and Chewbacca question Obi-Wan’s decision to do the seemingly suicidal task of infiltrating the Death Star, the ever-wise Obi Wan asked a rhetorical question that they could not conjure an answer.

It’s easy to blame someone for their mistakes, but if we blindly follow them without questioning their decision or without knowing the consequences, then the bigger fool would be us as it proves that we lack the cognitive brainpower from learning from their mistakes. A fool makes mistakes, the fool who follows the fool amplifies it.

 

5. The force is strong with this one

According to Obi-Wan in A New Hope, The force is “an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together”. Since the force plays a fundamental role in the Star Wars saga, it’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “may the force be with you” throughout the Star Wars films.

In general, the phrase is use to wish someone luck, but it’s also an analogy to trust your instincts and do your best because there are luminary powers that transcend beyond our physical bodies or what we can control.

 

6. You must unlearn what you have learned

 

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While he was continuing his training with Yoda, Luke’s perception of reality strongly contradicted Yoda’s spiritual and almost pristine teachings. He has difficulty accepting that something as magical as the force exists because it challenges his conventional beliefs. It is only then when Yoda gives him this phrase of wisdom that he allows himself to accept and learn, that he could finally grasp the foundation of Yoda’s teachings.

There are a broad range of factors that defines us in how we think and behave – age, gender, education, background and exposure are some of the examples, that is why everyone can formulate their own opinions and people believe what they want to believe.

We are learning everyday and sometimes the philosophy and things that we learn and come to believe challenges the conventional and conservative way of how we once perceive the world. It’s like discovering that an apple is actually an orange and not actually an apple after years and years of mislead.

So in order to allow creativity and change, we must allow ourselves to drop the traditional stigmas and to accept new ideas so that we can allow ourselves to evolve and progress. What may work in the past may not work at the present.

 

7. Your Jedi mind tricks don’t work on me

Despite Qui-Gon Jinn’s attempts to use the Jedi mind trick on Watto (who owns Anakin Skywalker) to manipulate him into letting Anakin go, it ultimately backfired miserably because he could see through Qui-Gon’s inconspicious Jedi trick.

Always analyze things from top to bottom and try to see through because some things are too good to be true as there may be a hidden motive. Stand firm, trust your guts and don’t succumb to greed then you should have a clear idea of what you want.

 

 

Top Things To Have At The Office Pantry!

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Other than the conventional 1 hour lunch break, we spend the remaining portion of our time at the office well, working. The general consensus is that the longer we spend our time working, the more it translates to our productivity (very far-fetched I know, but bear with me).

But a research done by Cornell University showed that work accuracy increased by 13% among the participants who were reminded to take short breaks between work compared to those who did not. The fastest typist also made 40% lesser errors compared to those who were not reminded to take breaks.

So what does this ultimately mean? Well for starters, it means that humans are unlike robots who can function on a consistent basis. We need to take a few minutes off from our computer screens every now and then to relax and unwind so that we can improve our cognitive thinking as habitual processes both restricts and kills creativity.

Some organizations have television sets, spa or beanie cushions for their employees to take a moment to take their mind off work.

For the rest of us who do not have the luxury like some offices, we can curse our luck or our fates all we want, but in truth, a relaxing and comfortable pantry that has most of the essential items would be decent enough for employees to take a moment to recharge and socialize with some of their colleagues in order to drift from work. Ideally, here are some of the things that every pantry should have:

 

1. Water dispenser/water cooler

 

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70 percent of our body consists of water, and that tells a whole lot about the importance of water to our body. Keeping hydrated is crucially important for the maintenance of the muscles and organs while it helps to eliminate waste products that are discharged from our bodies. So needless to say a water dispenser/water cooler at the office is much more of a necessity rather than a luxury. Without water there can be coffee, tea or even instant oats.

 

2. Coffee machine

 

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Speaking of coffee, Malaysians in general, have a craze for coffee. Besides the many western coffeehouse franchises such as Starbucks and other western-influenced cafe establishments, Malaysians have their own versions of different varieties of coffee that are available in kopitiams nationwide. So it’s safe to say that coffee is certainly part of the Malaysian culture and at work, it’s no different.

Some people are coffee addicts who simply need coffee to get the engine going, otherwise they would be stuck in second gear. To these freaks, coffee is like an elixir to them as that caffeine intake helps to boost their productivity and concentration. A pantry that doesn’t have any coffee may affect the morale of office.

 

3. Cutlery

 

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Whether if their disposal ones or not, cutlery should always be readily available in the pantry for obvious reasons – making coffee, eating and for spreading your favorite spreads on your bread/biscuits.

 

4. Microwave oven

With the high cost of living and inflation rates that are currently out there, it isn’t all that surprising to see people tightening their purse strings and finding ways to save cost – one of them being packing homemade lunches from home. However, it’s very likely that their food would be cold by lunch time so they would need to reheat their food, therefore a handy microwave oven is good to have around to boost the office morale.

 

5. Sugar, spice and everything nice

 


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Whether if it’s sugar, salt, ketchup, barbecue sauce or spices, there can never be enough condiments as different people have different tastes and there are a zillion ways to use those items.

 

6. Refrigerator

 

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A fridge will allow everyone at the office to store their lunches, fruits, candies, chocolates, milk, cakes, cheese, chilled drinks, those expensive organic spreads and last but not least, for tea and coffee lovers – creamers. A nice bottle of champagne for a future celebration wouldn’t hurt either.

 

7. Tidbits

 

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We get our fuel and energy mainly through consuming food and there are but a few things that makes people happier than food, so it’s great to have a few biscuits, bread, canned food or potato chips laying around so that people can work without an empty stomach. For a more healthier and nutritional alternatives, nuts, fruits and carrots would be ideal for the health junkies around.

 

8. Newspapers/magazines

Of course the pantry doesn’t need to be just about food, some entertainment would be something welcoming as well. It can be a breath of fresh air to read an interesting article in a magazine or newspapers instead of staring at a phone or iPad while enjoying a short coffee break. Different varieties of magazines would be an icing on the cake.

 

9. Cool decorations

Computers, laptops, photocopy machines, the endless noise of buzzing phones; the office environment can feel extremely mundane to many, which is a bad thing because as mentioned above, it restricts and kills creativity. People become creative through inspiration and there’s nothing inspirational about computers and office desks. That is why many organizations invest heavily in making their employees feel less like needing to come to work but rather wanting to come to work, to make them feel comfortable and above all, happy.

Decorations such as an inspiring art piece, a painting or even a seasonal decoration in the pantry such as a Christmas tree, could help in reigniting the spirits of employees so that they can feel better and not like a lab rat.

 

5 Types Of Property Agent You Don’t Want To Meet

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If you are one of those who have experienced being part of the buying and selling process in the property business, then chances are you may have encountered or dealt with these kinds of estate agents before:

 

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The slob – The unshaven face, the unkempt hair, the strong body odour, the coffee stains on their shirt; you would be forgiven if you mistakenly identified the slob as a homeless person. Prepare to be shocked when your stereotypical projection of an estate agent in suit and tie come crashing down as soon as you crossed paths with the slob.

Don’t be surprised if he/she turns up wearing a hoodie and flip-flops while smelling like they missed their yearly shower, all while trying to sell to you what may be the biggest property deal that they will ever have. The slob also seem to have no sense of understanding of the term “professional attire” and has zero sense of remorse for his presentation.

You can read a discussion about this topic here.

 

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The overly dressed agent – The direct opposite of the slob in terms of appearance. Granted, a person in suit and tie is viewed as a person who’s both professional and confident in what they are doing, and it’s not wrong for an agent to show up in their suit and ties, but it’s not always necessary.

Imagine if you are attempting to rent a small unit in a low end apartment. You arrange to meet up with your agent during the weekends and you are in your t-shirt and shorts – but in comes along an agent, all dressed in formal attire as if he is about to sell you a holiday home in Dubai. Besides the fact that you may feel uncomfortable and slightly underdressed, it also shows that the agent lacks confidence in in sealing the deal hence they have come dressed up to impress.

 


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Mr. Know-it-all – Claims to know everything about property like it’s their middle name. Bombards you with countless jargon and statistics that will leave you scrambling to put 2 and 2 together after a brief conversation with him/her. You’ll be glad that your brain did not explode from the overwhelming information when he/she finally stops yapping.

They will explain to you redundant information such loan tenure, floating rate loans and the base lending rates when all you asked was the price for a unit, just to gloat to you that they are highly knowledgeable in their field and to prove to you that they are the ideal agent.

 

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The “Kiasu” – Unethical, afraid to lose out to other agents and always wants to be on the top of things. Will do just about anything in the dirty book to sabotage other deals including ripping signage of other agents, formulating lies and posting a ton of their own signage at one property.

Can be also be found posting the same ads for the same lot on multiple property portals to drown out competition, thus tricking potential buyers that he/she has a different lot. The only plus point is that the property industry is a small one, so people will soon learn to avoid these agents.

More on this discussion here

 

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The irresponsible/Don’t want to get involved agent – Also known as the magician for his/her ability to mysteriously vanish when they are needed most.

Thinks that their only responsibility is to show buyers around properties and negotiate deals but after the Sale & Purchase (S&P) is concluded and they claim their loot, leave clients in the dark on what to do and to sort out their own mess. Oh and did we mention that they inhibit typical Malaysian culture for not being punctual and are always late? Waiting for them to show up on time is like waiting for snow to fall in Malaysia.

 

 

What to know more? Looking for the right home? Suffer from information overloads? For more insights about property-related topics head on to www.propsocial.my to get the latest reviews and feedbacks from communities of home owners, buyers and property agents to make better buying decisions.

 

 

 

 

7 Late Bloomers That Proves It’s Never Too Late

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You look around and you see your friends doing pleasantly well with their careers while you’re stuck in a room doing a job that you don’t even know what you’re doing half of the time. You start to wonder if you’re doomed to remain at a standstill for so long that roots will start growing from your feet as far to the Great Land Under, and that achieving your dreams are now a distant memory. You’re afraid of letting go and even more afraid of being stagnant in this abyss that you can’t get out off in years to come. You think it’s too late for you, too late for anything.

Well believe it or not, there are others who are like you out there, experiencing the things that you’re currently going through. But fret not, we’ve compiled a list of late bloomers whose careers didn’t exactly have the brightest of starts, but got better as they’ve reached their twilight years and became better with age – just like a bottle of wine:

 

1. Colonel Sanders

 

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The famous face of a multi-billion fast food franchise, he was the epitome of a late bloomer. Before founding KFC, he had a long and diverse career where he worked as farmer, steamboat pilot, insurance salesman, lawyer, fireman and a tire salesman among other unsuccessful businesses and careers.

He eventually opened up his own service station at the age of 40 and started selling chickens that are cooked through his now famous pressure frying method. His way of cooking chickens became popular among his customers and he saw the potential of franchising his secret recipe all over the United States.

He founded the Kentucky Fried Chicken company at 65 years old with massive success. However, he sold the company for a mere $2 million at the age of 75 years old. Today, KFC is the second largest restaurant chain in world with more than 18,000 outlets operating in 115 countries.

 

2. Ang Lee

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When I sent those scripts, that was the lowest point of my life. We’d just had our second son, and when I went to collect them from hospital, I went to the bank to try and get some money to buy some diapers, the screen showed I’ve got $26 left. – Ang Lee

 

The Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director is the first Asian director to win an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA. Currently, he has the world at his feet, but things were very different for him back then.

After he graduated from NYU, he was unable to land a job, was unemployed for 6 years and stayed at home as a full-time-home-dad while he continued to work on scripts. Thankfully, he has an understanding wife who not only was the sole breadwinner of the family at that time, but she supported and encouraged him to not give up on his dreams.

It was until he was 31 years old when he finally got his big break when both of his screenplays, Pushing Hands and The Wedding Banquet came in first and second respectively in a competition – which attracted heads and landed him the directorial role for Pushing Hands and as they say, the rest is history.

 

 3. Morgan Freeman

 

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Before he became the luminary figure we’ve come to love in roles such as The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, Bruce Almighty and Seven, his roles were mainly limited to theatre and commercial works. It was not until the release of Glory in 1989 when he landed his first major film role – at the age of 52. Check out one of his earliest and cheesiest commercial work in this link.

4. J.K Rowling

 

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Today, she’s worth £1 billion, is the most influential woman in Britain, created a series of successful books (450 million copies sold worldwide) that sparkled the imagination of children across the world and spawned a series of mega blockbuster films (the highest grossing series to date with $7.7 billion). But to say that she had a rough early career is an understatement; prior to becoming the phenomenon she is today, the Harry Potter creator once taught English in Portugal.

Her marriage lasted very briefly and she became a single mom. She was also once jobless, lived on welfare and was in deep depression. She regarded herself as a failure and described herself as “poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” But she kept on going. She wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone for 5 years.

After being rejected countless time by publishing houses for Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone, she finally got her break in 1997 when it was published. She was 30 years old at that time.

5. Ray Kroc

 

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He may not be the founder of McDonald’s, but he was crucial to the expansion of a potential idea into a multi-billion dollar business that it is today.

Just like Colonel Sanders, Ray Kroc took many odd jobs roles. At 15 years of age, he lied about his age to serve as a Red Cross Ambulance driver during the First World War.

After the war ended, he worked as a paper cup salesman, a pianist, and as a DJ at a local radio station in Oak Park, Illinois.

His curiosity in the restaurant business lead him to work at a restaurant, and soon he utilized that knowledge to work as a traveling milk shake salesman. He would continue on for a further 17 years until he met the McDonald’s brothers which ultimately brought him to his destiny.

At the age of 52, attracted to the prospect of the potential of the brothers’ restaurant, he volunteered to franchise their business and soon opened his own restaurant in 1955. He bought the rights from the McDonald’s brothers 6 years later.

Under his leadership and strict guidelines in quality and food preparation, McDonald’s blossomed and vastly expanded its reach globally. Today, McDonald’s is one of the most valuable brands in the world and is worth a staggering $92.5 billion.

 6. Albert Einstein

 

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The face of a poster that you should have hanging in your room. (Image credit: memolition.com)

One of the smartest person in human history (with an IQ of 150), so smart that the phrase “Einstein” is actually a compliment for someone who’s smart. Famously known to have developed the theory of relativity and a Nobel prize winner, he was however, not considered a bright spark until he was relativity (pun unintended) older.

As a child, he had difficulty speaking until he was 3 years old and was considered to have speech challenges. His parents also feared that he might be cognitively challenged at one point. He failed his university entrance exam after failing several subjects like history and geography although he excelled in math and science, but eventually made the cut after retaking the subjects.

 

7. Bryan Cranston

Before he played the ruthless meth lord “the one who knocks” Heisenberg in the television drama Breaking Bad, he was largely unknown to the general public. He started his career in several cheesy commercials like these:

 

 

 

Besides landing minor roles in television series such as Seinfeld, X-Files as well as minor film roles such as Saving Private Ryan, he had several voice acting roles such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Yes, Power Rangers!

If you’re a fan of Malcolm in the Middle, then you would probably remember him playing as Malcolm’s often humorous dad, where he was nominated 3 times for his performance. Although he has been acting since the 80’s but Malcolm in the Middle was arguably the role that truly kick-started his career as it was his first major role – at the age of 44 years old. From there, the sky was practically the limit for him as his fame increased noticeably after that.

He’s now won 3 consecutive Emmy awards for Outstanding lead actor in a Drama series for his role in Breaking Bad (he was 52 when he landed the role) and landed roles in films such as Drive, Argo and more recently, 2013’s Godzilla. But who would’ve thought that someone who wore a skunk suit in a soap commercial would one day become one of television’s most iconic characters in Breaking Bad?

 

 

 

6 Things We Can Learn From Mulan

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She may not have long and strong hair like Rapunzel or is she the fairest in the land like Snow White, but Mulan is one of the few strong and independent female characters in the Disney world.

She isn’t the typical damsel in distress who needs a man to save her and she doesn’t need to marry the prince, live in a castle and live happily forever after. She’s perfectly capable on her own and is a character with strong core values such as bravery and selflessness that we can all learn from – no matter your gender, age or race. So without further ado, here are 6 things that you can learn from the girl who saved China from being invaded:

 

1. Have courage and be selfless

 

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The smell of gunpowder in the air, the bloody bloodshed in battle and leaving your home and family behind knowing that you might not see them again – most would be terrified of facing battle, but not Mulan. Hell no.

When the emperor’s decree demanded one man from each family to go to battle, Mulan, being the only child in the family, is forced to make a choice: either allow her aging father to leave for battle (which would likely result in his death) or bravely volunteer herself in place of her father instead so that she can save him (although she could’ve just said that her father is too old and that he doesn’t have a son). Despite not having any experience in combat and fully knowing that she would be executed if the truth about her were to be discovered (the law prohibited women to go to war), she unselfishly chose to go into the field of battle.

She also risked her life to protect things that were much more important than her, such as serving her country, protecting her family and honoring her family’s name.

2. Prove yourself and respect will follow

 


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Physically, she’s weaker than her fellow male colleagues and initially struggled to compete with the physical demands of her training regimes. In addition to that, her colleagues – including her captain, viewed her as weak, a shame to the army and incapable.

Determined not pack her bags and wanting to prove her doubters wrong, she decided to give her best shot to prove that she deserved a place among the ranks of the army. In the end, not only did her colleagues and superiors respected her, but the entire nation and the emperor bowed down to her as a sign of respect.

 

3. Forge Your Own Destiny

 

 

She struggled to find herself and failed to honor her family’s name because she wasn’t the “perfect” daughter and bride. She isn’t graceful, obedient, polite or delicate; she’s clumsy, she speaks her mind out and she rides horses like a man on steroids.

However, she eventually understood that she couldn’t force herself to be something that society wanted her to be. Instead, she chose to be the true person her reflection showed (as seen in the video above) and followed her strengths and abilities.

Eventually, she was the difference in the war as she saved her nation and defeated the Huns.

 

4. Don’t be too hard on yourself

“My, what beautiful blossoms we have this year. But look, this one’s late. But I’ll bet that when it blooms, it will be the most beautiful of all.” – Fa Zhou, Mulan’s dad

 

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Mulan felt ashamed because she disappointed her family when she failed the matchmaker test. But her father gave her words of immortal wisdom to not to give up as every flower will bloom eventually, just cause some bloom a little late doesn’t mean that they suck or anything. Cause, that’s just life.

Never judge a person at the beginning of their career as they might be late bloomers who could be one of the most successful people in the world.

 

5. Anyone can be a hero

 

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Mulan isn’t an archetypal hero, Mushu the dragon isn’t the biggest and strongest dragon around and Mulan’s colleagues aren’t exactly the strongest of men either, but they’re all heroes in their own unique way. They inspire us to believe in ourselves, teach us to fight against tyranny, to stand up for what’s right and last but not least, to have hope even in the most unpleasant situation.

 

6. Don’t be afraid to take risks

 

Even though she was afraid, but she was willing to do anything necessary for a greater good as she risked her life for her father, her family and her country. She’s also one who’s not against crazy ideas that are out of the box and used her intelligence to outwit the enemy – something that even the might of the imperial army of China couldn’t execute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Lessons That We Can Learn From The amazing Spider-Man

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What’s not to love about Spider-Man? He’s unselfish, responsible, ethical, humble, determine, caring and hardworking. He may not have the “cool” factor like many other superheroes (he isn’t rich or owns fancy gadgets and protective suits like Batman and Iron Man, nor is he born with the power and force of Superman), but in the eyes of many, he’s a people’s hero because he’s accessible to the general audience.

As a teenager, he’s nerdy, unpopular, gets picked on a lot, is socially awkward (especially towards girls) and has inferiority complex. One bite from a radioactive arachnid later, he transforms into a person with superhuman powers and abilities to execute amazing things, thus the name “The Amazing Spider-Man”.

He comes from a humble background too. He’s an orphan who lost his parents and is brought up with old-fashion moral upbringings such as treating others with respect and always helping others with what you can – moral upbringings which are sadly to say, that are increasingly vaporizing in today’s families and societies. Today’s societies have become more cynical; we’re told to mind our own businesses and not to trust others – especially strangers.

His early origin story is well known: his decision not to stop a burglar because “it wasn’t his business” caused the death of his uncle Ben, which ultimately led to the now famous immortal lesson: with great power, comes great responsibility. What can we learn from everyone’s favorite wall-crawler?

Always use your powers for good

 

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With superhuman powers at his fingertips, he could’ve succumbed to the temptation of using his powers for his personal interests and gains, but instead he chose to use his powers for a greater responsibility because he understood the significance of helping others in need, even if it meant sacrificing himself and his time.

That’s why he’s a people’s hero – he’s willing to neglect his own interests for a greater cause – despite not getting the credit that he fully deserves and being negatively ridiculed by parts of the public.

 

Perseverance

What’s uniquely different about Spider-Man is that even though he’s a superhero, he’s actually a grounded character. Like everyone else, he’s a normal person who has to deal with everyday teenage and later, adult problems.

Fighting crime and supervillains on his own are already mountainous tasks but he has to balance his life between being a superhero, his job, taking care of his aunt and his studies.

On top of that, despite risking his life to serve people, there’s still an air of scepticism about him by the public. He has to deal with financial problems, his enemies are always attacking the people that he cares deeply about, he needs to deal with his obnoxious boss, the negative press and finally the stress from being a superhero such as hiding his secret identity for the safety of his love ones.

Superhero or not, the amount of stress and burden of being Spider-Man are huge. His perseverance, tolerance and willingness to carry all the weight on his shoulders makes him a prime example that we can all learn from.

 

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Stay true to your passion

Peter Parker is an avid photographer. He works as a freelance photographer to take photographs of Spider-man fighting criminals and sells the photos mainly to The Daily Bugle – a fictional local tabloid newspaper that’s run by his boss, J. Jonah Jameson.

He doesn’t make much in the beginning, but gradually his photos begin to have more demand as Spider-Man’s popularity and the substance in his photographs gave him more acknowledgement and respect.

Granted, one could argue that his job as a freelance photographer is sensible because he’s actually working while “working” but he takes pride in what he does and always gives his best shot (pun intended).

 

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His real passion however, is to be a scientist as he’s a science whiz. After graduating from university, he got a job as a scientist at the fictional Horizon Labs, where he has his own personal lab for him to work on the latest technology for the benefit of the advancement on technology and science.

Inspire others

 

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Like many other superheroes out there, Spider-Man’s costume isn’t only to shield his identity, but it’s also to be a symbol to inspire greatness, hope, to do good and not to hold grudges.

For example, although he has superhero abilities, he’s actually inferior to most of the enemies that he encounters and yet, most of the time he overcomes them because of his will to protect people and to fight against tyranny.

He lost people that he cared about and his enemies are always targeting his family whenever they have the opportunity but he has always been a character that never acts on revenge or hold any grudges towards his enemies. He gets back up after every defeat and rises above it.

 

Have a sense of humor

 


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If there’s a trademark that Spider-Man is known for, is that he usually jokes during fights or makes fun of his enemies to either annoy or distract them. His trademark self-referral “your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man” when he saves someone from danger is actually a sarcastic remark to the public for being “friendly” because the public perceive him negatively. Despite having a rough day, he rarely shows his temperament or becomes all gloomy. Instead, he finds way to enlighten the mood by joking around.

 

Conclusion

Spider-Man is a great character that has been through countless amount of analysis and case studies. He’s been made into several feature films and he’s one of the most profitable and marketable characters out there. There are definitely lessons that we can pick up from him such as being humble, lending a helping hand and of course, being responsible for our roles. He’s willing to forego his love life and risking his job to put on the mask to save a couple of children on the street or help the police with some robbers at a nearby bank because of the duty that he puts on himself, and when a person places the lives and priorities of other well before him, that makes the person a true hero.

 

 

10 Part-Time Jobs You Can Do As College Students

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A wise woman once said to me, your student life is the best time of your life. Naturally, being too young at that time to truly grasp the wisdom of her words, I didn’t believe her because I couldn’t wait to be an adult in order to break free from adhering the rules set by the school and at home. Only years later when I realized how true her words were.

The time we spend at college is indeed one of the best stages in our lives. It’s the time when we have a lot of freedom and are at a legal age for a lot of things, including driving. It’s also the time to discover more about ourselves and what we want to do for the rest of our lives.

However, even though our college life might be a hugely enjoyable ride, there are instances when we overspend and find ourselves surviving on canned tuna near the end of the month because of budget constraints. That boys and girls, is a sign that we need a job.

It’s not uncommon to see college students with part-time jobs and it’s actually easy have a job while balancing your college lifestyle of studying and partying, so here are 10 jobs that you can do as a college student that can provide you sufficient income (only for you to waste it on a new iPhone):

 

1. Promoter

The most common job among college students because it usually gets you a lot of money in a short amount of time. If there are multiple events on the calendar, you could be raking up some serious money too.

As a promoter, your task includes handling flyers, handling free samples and using your persuasion skills to attract potential customers to buy your product or service. You may also need to do a demonstration to show how your product or service stands out.

 

 2. Waiter/waitress

Probably does not pay as much as a promoter, but is still more than enough for the average college student. It’s also a good learning experience to get a taste of what to expect from work and learning to deal with fussy customers. Depending on the place that you work, your pay could be reasonably high if you manage to work at a reputable restaurant or at a hotel that has a high star rating, plus there’s always big tips to be hopeful for.

 

 3. Cinema crew

The pay is significantly lower than most jobs that are around, but the flexible working hours make up for it. Also popular among movie buffs because it means that you can get to watch movies for free and have access to the snacks and drinks at the cinema.

 

 4. Writer

Aspiring young writers would probably start their writing careers early by writing for various websites, blogs, TV shows, magazines and newspapers. There’s also the possibility of taking small writing jobs to build your portfolio and acquire clients for the future. Working for the traditional media or for the college newspaper/news portal is also a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand journalistic experience.

5. Instructor

Whether if it’s a swimming, music, art or tutoring, undergrads can use their knowledge of what they know to teach others while earning a decent paycheck. Everyone’s learning all the time, so you don’t necessarily need to be an expert in what you teach, but as long as you have knowledge and other people are willing to pay you for acquiring that knowledge, then you can provide them something which they are keen to learn. As the saying goes, you learn better by teaching others.

 

6. Model

Being on the cover of magazines, websites and as the face of advertisements, all while earning big money are opportunities that are too good to turn down, especially for the young, confident and charismatic souls out there.

 

7. Web developer

The job scope of a web developer includes writing codes in different web languages to create functioning websites/apps, correcting glitches that are on the site/apps and occasionally, writing and editing contents on the site. With the success of many entrepreneurs from the tech industry, everyone is vying to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or creating something big like Facebook and who knows, you could be the next big thing!

 

8. Retail worker

Working in retail stores is another common job among undergrads. While it may not be the most interesting or highest paying job, it’s a job that nonetheless requires a lot skills to perform.

You need to be a specialist in your product/service to deal with questions and inquiries from customers, communicate with the customers, coworkers and boss, and market your product/service wisely. Working at retail stores also encourages you to polish your language skills or learning new ones in order to communicate with your customers.

 

9. Bartender

If you’re a night owl, want to make quick cash, have some sick bartending skills and know your drinks, then bartending is a job that can easily grant you all three of those in a blink of an eye. Plus the tips you get as a waiter are peanuts and laughable compared to the tips that you get as a bartender.

 

10. Singer

If you have an amazing voice and wish to use fully utilize your god-given talent, then you singing is a great way showcase your potential. If you’re good at singing you could also keep this option open for your career path. You could be the next sensation on YouTube and it’s a bonus if you can play musical instruments or have a band.

 

 

The Pro’s And Con’s Of Working From Home

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Working from home is now a common and popular practice in today’s society, especially true among the stay-at-home parents and independent business communities.

It’s also the most attractive prospect among the generation of the baby boomers and millennials when they’re job hunting as they find the conventional 9-5 working hours less appealing.

In addition to that, some question the need to work in an office when they could literally get the job done at home and send it via email.

From having a much more flexible working time to spending more time with their families, working from home is also attractive to the people who are more results oriented because it allows them to complete their tasks early instead of waiting for the time to pass by at the conventional 9-5 hour job.

But like everything else in this world, there are pro’s and con’s to everything – including a prospect as attractive as working from home:

Pros

You don’t have to commute to work!

 

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Think of how appealing it is when you can avoid congested traffic, the overly packed trains and the often tardy buses plus the stress that comes along with it! Working from home means that you won’t have to waste precious time getting caught in traffic and waiting for public transport.

 

You can ditch the office dress code!

The way we dress is the manifestation of our personality. Most workplaces have a dress code so we need to abide and respect it. It may not be a problem to some but to others it can be mundane to follow a particular dress code while to others, it may restrict them from expressing themselves.

Working from home means the dress code rule does not apply to you, you can be in your singlets, pyjamas or in your shorts. You can wear what you truly feel comfortable with, without offending anyone or violating any dress code.

 

Lesser distractions!

No more listening to nagging colleagues, loud chatters at the workplace, loud typing sounds, loud music, the sound of the photocopy machine or the endless annoying sound of doors opening and closing. You get to focus on your work in a state of tranquility.

 

Flexibility!

The thought of being free is both exhilarating and a new breath of fresh air right?

If you feel like taking a break, no one is going to berate you for it. You can sit wherever you want and turn on the music as loud as you want.

Feel like working at a cafe? Just bring along your laptop with you and you’re good to go!

Hungry but it’s not even lunch hour yet? Why, simply take a few steps to the kitchen and whip yourself a tasty and fulfilling meal. Don’t feel like getting out of bed? No problem, just work on your bed then!

You get to work at the comfort of your own home as well as the flexibility that you won’t normally obtain at a workplace.

 

Be closer to your family!

 

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Let’s face it, we spend a large chunk of our day at work that by the time we get home it would be already dark and we would also be too mentally tired to spend time with our loved ones.

Some of us might even need to do some house chores when we arrive home. Coupled with the work-related stress and the stress from heavy traffic sandwiched in between, the amount of time and energy that we can spend with our family members are truly limited.

However, if you work from home, you get the luxury of spending more quality time with your family, especially if you have kids. You get to bond with them better as well communicating with them more often.

 

Cut your expenses!

Renting an office space is out of the picture, so is spending money on overly priced meals, parking fees and traveling costs. Plus you get to save a ton on clothes/uniforms as well!

It’s also a plus point for those who live far away from the office and have to either rent or buy a place that’s closer to work in order to shorten the distance that they travel each day.

 

It’s great for stay-at-home parents/ retirees who want extra income!

If you’re a stay at home parent who needs to take care of your children but also need some extra income, working from home is a win-win situation for you. There are also plenty of work from home jobs for retirees such as writing and telemarketing – whether if it’s part-time of freelance work.

 

Increased productivity!

 


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Working from home creates an environment that’s calmer, less restrictive and more comfortable – which stimulates your creative juices.

Lesser distractions equals more work done, more work done equals more productivity, more productivity means more work completed, more work completed means more free time! Who doesn’t like more free time?

 

 

And now, for the cons. Cue the sad music.

 

Cons

You need to be highly self-motivated!

 


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With all the benefits of being at the comfort of your home and more, it can be slightly challenging to find motivation for you to work.

Firstly,you’re in a much more relaxing environment compared to a conventional workplace, so you might find yourself relaxing more than working, especially true when you’re trying to work but you’re on your sofa with the TV turned on in the background.

Secondly, no one is around to look over your shoulders to keep you on your toes or compliment you and lastly, you might lose some of the competitive spirit inside of you because you don’t compete with anyone around.

Working at home requires tremendous amount of self-motivation, so you need to constantly find reasons and inspirations to prevent you from slacking off.

 

Distractions!

Now, you might say “hang on, isn’t working at home supposed to be LESS distracting?”

Well, it is and it isn’t. Although you may avoid being distracted by your colleagues at work, the truth is, you could equally be subjected to many other distractions if you work from home.

If you have kids then you might need to attend to them. You may get tempted to spend more time in the world of social networking platforms, or  watch television programs when you should really be working.

Then there’s the urge to do your chores, to read a book, or the annoying sound of your neighbor’s dog who just won’t stop barking. The TV remote is also at arm’s reach, and it could be really tempting to watch Television instead and neglecting your work.

Even if you’re not distracted by any external stimulus, your friends might surprise you by paying you a visit while you’re working. Talk about out of a frying pan into another eh?

 

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No colleagues to hang out with!

 

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When you’re alone, you start to miss those annoying coworkers of yours.

Maybe Jane types so loud because she’s can’t hear herself typing. Maybe Hanisah is always so stinky and always seems to smell like garlic because she’s afraid of vampires. And maybe, just maybe, deep down Greg is sad and wants someone to walk over and talk to him because that would explain the loud music that he plays on his computer. And it’s not even good music.

Maybe you were too hard on them. Maybe you’re the overly dramatic one who just can’t appreciate anything but whine all the time.

When you work from home, you can kiss the dream of having a beer with your colleagues or playing a mini game of badminton together, goodbye – because you don’t have any.

 

Your productivity might decrease!

That’s right, working at home could mean that your productivity might decrease because there’s lesser pressure from your employers. Even if you did an outstanding job, it’s likely that your boss/employers won’t notice your improvements.

 

Conclusion

With more and more organizations adopting the idea of allowing their employees to work from home, in addition to it’s popularity, it seems that this trend is here to stay. Although working from home is still a fantasy for most employees, its popularity among freelancers and some professionals’ means that it’s an interesting prospect. If you want a change of working environment or want to spend more time at home with your family and have the opportunity to do so, then it’s a prospect that’s too good to turn down.

 

 

 

“Emergency” Items That You Need At Work

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In case of emergencies, break glass. You may have seen some of these glass boxes in areas such as shopping malls and in a train, and are usually for well, just like the glass box read, emergencies.

If the workplace has one such as these, then they would most likely contain these emergency items because you never know, they may prove its worth to you in those “if only” type of situations:

 

1. Toothbrush, mouthwash and floss

 

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Have a meeting soon? Need to get rid of your suicidal breath because of the strong pungent food that you had for lunch? Then you should definitely include these 3 items into your emergency list. Not only will they aid in eliminating your toxic breath, but it’s actually beneficial for your overall oral health too.

2. Caffeine


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We’re all addicted to different things, whether if it’s TV shows, cat videos, online shopping or pizzas. But generally, most can agree that caffeine is common addiction that people can relate to. If there’s one thing that should be in the list of your emergencies, then caffeine would definitely be at the top of that list.

Whether if it’s green, black, yellow, red, Chinese, Japanese, English, Arabian, bitter or sweet, there are all kinds of tea and coffee out there that fits your preference. Bring along a few bags or packets with you to work and trust us, it’ll help you tremendously at work, especially when due dates are near. Bag it, drink it, keep going. Thank us later.

3. Tissues

 

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Cheap, compact, light and they have multiple uses ranging from blowing your nose to wiping accidental spills. Also extremely handy around the office. Never leave home without at least a packet with you.

4. Extra clothes

Speaking of accidental spills, extra clothes can be a lifesaver especially when you have a meeting and accidentally spill coffee on your trousers. It’s always convenient to have spare clothes around in case of any accidents. Keep them in your car or better yet have a set of spare clothes in your bag so that you won’t have to worry about getting weird stares from people when you have mayonnaise stains on your trousers/pants.

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5. Hand sanitizer

 

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There are germs everywhere – door knobs, your phone, the office equipment, tables, the list goes on.

Granted, you may wash your hands regularly but there are instances that it’s much more convenient to use a hand sanitizer instead of going to the washroom. Besides, it helps to ensure that you’re extra protected from germs.

I might be an overly exaggerating germaphobe but in my defense, you’re sharing a ton of things with a bunch of other people and they might not have the same hygiene standards as you, plus who knows what on earth happens in the washroom or where their hands have been.

6. Medicated oil

 

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Other than the occasional headaches and migraines from work, we might experience slight back and muscular problems as well as stomach aches from time to time. A handy “all-in-one” bottle of medicated oil helps to temporarily but effectively relieve those unpleasant feeling and it’s much safer than the conventional pain reliever tablets.

7. A good set of headphones

 

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Sometimes, your workplace can be tad bit noisy. You always hear endless office gossips, your colleagues conversations over the phone, phone lines ringing and colleagues who listen to the radio/songs from their laptop with the volume too high. Imagine facing this day in day out, it can be suffocating, no?

This is why a good pair of headphones at work is like a beam of light in a dark cavern. If you have the bread, the invest on a good pair of headphones if you want to listen to your music without all the additional distractions happening around the office.

8. Plasters

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Handy when in the time of need. Being the clumsy person that you are, you might accidentally get a paper cut or may just need a plaster to cover your wounds. It’s also handy for those occasional cut and wounds that you might get every now and then.