Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Whether you're looking for your very first job, switching careers, or re-entering the job market after an extended absence, finding a job whittles down to two main tasks: understanding yourself and understanding the job market. Presuming you've already chosen a career and are currently searching for jobs, here are several ways to actually get a job.
1. #Network. The best companies to work for tend to rely heavily (up to 40%) on employee referrals.Make a list of all of your friends, relatives, and acquaintances. Call each one and ask them if they know of any openings that they could recommend you for. Don't be too humble or apologetic; tell them what you've been looking for, but let them know that you're flexible and that if they have any suggestions, you're open to them. This is not the time to be picky about jobs; a connection can often get your foot in the door, and you can negotiate pay or switch positions later, once you've gained experience and established your reputation.
2. Volunteer. If you aren't already, start volunteering for an organization that focuses on something that you're passionate about. You may end up doing boring or easy work in the beginning, but as you stick around and demonstrate your commitment, you'll be given more responsibilities. Not only will you be helping others, but you'll also be gaining references. You should emphasize your volunteer experience on your resume, as companies that treat their employees well tend to favor candidates who help the community somehow.
3. Develop your personal elevator pitch. Many structured interviews, particularly those at large companies, start with a question like "tell me about yourself." The interviewer doesn't really want you to go back to grade school and talk about your childhood. This is a specific question with a specific answer...in two minutes or so, the interviewer wants to get you to relax and loosen out your vocal cords, understand your background, your accomplishments, why you want to work at XYZ company and what your future goals are.
4. Prepare for a behavioral interview. You might be asked to describe problems you've encountered in the past and how you handled them, or you'll be given a hypothetical situation and asked what you would do. They'll basically want to know how you'll perform when faced with obstacles in the position you're interviewing for. Be able to give honest, detailed examples from your past, even if the question is hypothetical (e.g. "I would contact the customer directly, based on my past experience in a different situation in which the customer was very pleased to receive a phone call from the supervisor"). You might find yourself listing facts--if so, remember that in this kind of interview, you need to tell a story. Some questions you might be asked are:
"Describe a time you had to work with someone you didn't like."
"Tell me about a time when you had to stick by a decision you had made, even though it made you very unpopular."
"Give us an example of something particularly innovative that you have done that made a difference in the workplace."
"How would you handle an employee who's consistently late?"
5. Research the company. Don't just "do an Internet search, memorize their mission, and be done with it." If it's a retail company, visit a few of their stores, observe the customers, and even strike up a few conversations. Talk to existing employees--ask them what it's like working there, how long the position has been open, and what you can do to increase your chances of getting it. Become familiar with the history of the company. Who started it? Where? Who runs it now? Be creative, and do whatever you think the other candidates don't have the guts to do.
6. Settle down. If you've moved around a lot, be prepared to offer a good reason for it. Otherwise, you'll need to make a good case for why you want to stick around in the area where the job is located. A company doesn't want to hire someone with wanderlust who still wants to relocate. Be prepared to outline why you are where you are today, how long you intend to stay there, and why. Give specific reasons like "This county has the best school systems in the entire state, and I have a daughter who might find the cure for cancer" or "I was drawn to this area because it's at the cutting edge of innovation for this business and I want to be a part of that." The more details, names, and specifics, the better.
7. Make a list of work-related skills you'd like to learn. Your employer will be interested in hearing about how you intend to become a better employee. Think about which skills will make you more competent in the position you're applying for. Public speaking, project management, team leading, and computer programs are usually beneficial. Find some books and upcoming conferences that would significantly improve your abilities. In an interview, tell the employer what you're reading and learning, and that you'd like to continue doing so.
8. Cold call. Locate a specific person who can help you (usually the human resources or hiring manager at a company or organization you're interested in). Call that person and ask if they are hiring, but do not become discouraged if they are not. Ask what kind of qualifications they look for or if they have apprentice or government sponsored work programs. Ask if you can send your resume indicating what field you want to go into. Indicate whether you would accept a lesser job and work up.
Reflect after each phone call on what went well and what did not. You may need to write out some standard answers on your list of skills so you can speak fluently. You may need to get some additional training to break into your chosen field. None of this means you cannot get a good job, only that you need to become further prepared to do so.
9. Change your attitude. There's a difference between making phone calls and going to interviews thinking "I'm looking for a job" versus "I'm here to do the work you need to have done". When you're looking to get a job, you're expecting someone to give something to you, so you focus on impressing them. Yes, it's important to make a good impression, but it's even more important to demonstrate your desire and ability to help. Everything that you write and say should be preceded silently by the statement "This is how I can help your business succeed."
10. Fit the job to the skills rather than the other way around. Many people search for jobs, then try to see how they can "tweak" the way they present their own skills and experiences to fit the job description. Instead, try something different. Make a list of all of your skills, determine which kinds of businesses and industries need them most (ask around for advice if you need to) and find businesses that'll benefit from having you and your skills around. It's important the nature of the job fits your personality and salary requirements, otherwise you'll have spent a significant amount of time to find a day job you dread getting up for every morning. There are numerous online resources available for this, such as personality tests, guidance counselors, CareerCritique, etc.
If you're doing a thorough job search, you will get rejected sometimes. If you're not getting rejected, you're not putting yourself out there enough. And if you don't learn to see rejection as a chance to improve your approach, then you'll have a very difficult time getting a job.
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Sunday, March 8, 2009
Songkran is a Thai traditional New Year which starts on April 13 every year and lasts for 3 days. Songkran is a Thai word which means "move" or "change place" as it is the day when the sun changes its position in the zodiac.
It is also known as the "Water Festival" as people believe that water will wash away bad luck.
The most-talked about celebration takes place in the northern province of Chiang Mai.
During this period, people from all parts of the country flock there to enjoy the water festival, to watch the Miss Songkran Contest and the beautiful parades.
Most of this pictures is taken with the camera in a plastic bag. It´s necessary because you will get wet. It´s water everywhere.
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831km (515 miles) NW of Bangkok; 135km (84 miles) NW of Chiang Mai
Halfway between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son, the mountain road makes a winding descent into a large green valley carpeted with rice paddies and fruit groves. Mountains rise on all sides, and on warm afternoons, butterflies flit along the streets. Here you'll find a village called Pai, named after the river that runs through the valley. Pai is a speck of a place with main roads (all four of them) littered with homegrown guesthouses, laid-back restaurants and bars, local trekking companies, and small souvenir shops.
The Pai River itself is one of the main attractions here. Outfitters organize rafting adventures on some pretty raucous rapids from July to January. Trekking is also popular, with 2- and 3-day treks to Karen, Lahu, and Lisu villages. The adventurous can find a local map for self-guided hikes to nearby waterfalls and caves, but quite a few wayfarers just lounge in town living simply and enjoying the nightlife. In Pai it seems every day is a lazy Sunday. Many local business owners are foreigners, or bohemian Thais, who come here for a slower pace than bustling Bangkok or Chiang Mai.
Note: Pai was hit with devastating flash floods in September 2005. Flash flooding flattened the central market, and the overflowing Pai River claimed a few riverside bungalows. Over 20 -- mostly ethnic hill-tribe people -- were lost.
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For a vacation that combines your passion for riding a motorcycle with stunning scenery, a warm climate and relaxed surroundings, Chiangmai is the place to visit. Explore the wide open spaces and diversity of unspoiled landscapes via an extensive roading system that takes you through one of the world's most beautiful city where it is called “ The Rose of the North”.
Feel the freedom of the clean, green environment, the fresh air and amazing scenery
Chiangmai's stunning landscapes, lush forests and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. Society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural. The honesty, friendliness, and openness of “Kon Muang”(native Chiangmai local people) will impress you. Doi Suthep mountain rises 1,676m above and be hide the city makes it visually striking, providing a picturesque back drop. That will leave you asking yourself why you haven't come sooner.
However the biggest advantage of Chiangmai is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are within easy riding distance of each other!
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Saturday, March 7, 2009
If you like to be free to go where you want, when you want, at your own pace, driving is a good solution. It is not as difficult as it seems to some people and it is not as easy as it seems to others. You must be an experienced and confident driver because in Thailand it is tricky and not only because they drive on the wrong side of the road. If you're from the UK , you'll be ready!
Fact is, Thais don't learn how to drive before using a car, it will come as no surprise that they have a very high rate of road casualties. A liking for heavy drinking (beware at night) and the widespread use of mobile phones don't help. But if your careful for two you should manage.
To visit the city and its close surroundings, like the Doi Suthep, the Sankampaeng road (factories, hot springs, Borsang village) or the Mae Rim area (elephant camp, orchid and snake farms, waterfalls) a motorcycle is more than enough.
You can choose a full automatic scooter or a semi automatic one (auto clutch) better suited if you go in the mountain. Prices should vary from 100 baht to 300 baht a day (gas not included).
Note that there is no full coverage insurance, in fact if you're the culprit, you'll pay for any damage you cause. Nobody in the rental shop will ask you for a driving licence, but you better have an international driving licence ready if you ever need your own insurance to work. You will be asked to leave your passeport or a photocopy + 2,000 baht in deposit.
The police will not stop foreigners if they wear the customary helmet, most rental shops will propose some filthy plastic bowls for free... they are helmets. You may prefer to spend 300 baht to get a brand new one, especially if you're to spend a few days riding the countryside. 300 baht is also the price for the ticket if your caught not wearing a helmet. Past the 15 of the month, chances are greater to see policemen on the hunt (nothing to do with the lunar calendar, it is just that their meagre income doesn't last that far).
If you want to go farther away from Chiang Mai, like the Golden Triangle, the Mae Hong Son loop, or the Doi Inthanon Park, you'll need a car. You'll find local rental shops or international names in the city. The cheapest car you can rent is a Suzuki Carribean, 4WD, the closest thing you'll find to a tin can. But at 800 baht a day it's a good deal. Otherwise a good full automatic sedan is enough to deal with the roads as long as you don't venture into side tracks.
Gas stations are plentiful, only a few accept credit cards, so be sure to have some cash with you.
On the mountain roads, trucks and buses can be agonisingly slow. Overtaking is an art you have to master if you don't want to be stuck in dense black fumes for 10 minutes. There are no rules, Thais can overtake in curves, or just 200 meters from you. There is only one thing to do, stay on the left side as much you can and stop if necessary because the incoming car won't.
Expect to be stopped by the police along the way (at least 3 times if you go to Chiang Rai). They may or may not check your papers, your car, yourself... just smile and hope they like the football team of your home country.
A number to remember : 1155, that's the Tourist Police. In case of problems, they're the ones you need to contact. Don't let the local police handle your case.
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DAY 1 09.30 a.m. Departure Chiang Mai for local market (Mae Malai) pick up truck about 1 hour. Continue driving to Akha village for 1.5 hours. Lunch will be served. Start trekking to visit Karen village about 2 hours. Keep on walking to another Karen village. Dinner overnight.
DAY 2 After breakfast, hiking for 2 hours to visit Karen village. Lunch en rout. Walk to the elephant camp for 20 minutes. A memorable elephant riding for 1.5 hours to absorb beautiful natural view. A trek to visit Lahu village about 30 minutes. Dinner overnight.
DAY 3 After breakfast, get ready for an advanturous bamboo rafting from Lahu to Shan village for 2-3 hours. Lunch will be served. Adrive by pick up truck to visit the waterfall. Walking to visit the waterfall about 2 hours. Enjoy shower and relaxation. Return to Chiang Mai and drop off at 4.30 p.m.
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Sunday, October 19, 2008
10.00 Memorable elephant ridding through the jungle for an hour.
12.00 Lunch will be served. Thai food dish (fried rice or pad Thai and fruit)
13.30 Crossing the Tang River by hanging basket.
14.00 Hiking 45 minutes to visit water fall, enjoy sight seeing and swimming.
15.00 Get back to the raft station, safety orientation by the raft instructor.
15.30 Exciting a rapid White Water Rafting and Bamboo rafting for 1 hour.
16.30 Drive back to Chiangmai Make a stop at Akha hilltribe.Drop off at the hotel at 6.00 p.m.
Excursions Trekking Chiangmai
Highlights of Chiangmai by foot, elephant ride, bamboo rafting
Thailand is one of the most delightful places in south-east Asia, a land of idyllic beaches, tranquil bays, coral islands, spectacular mountains, valleys and primal forests, and is home to a warm-hearted and hospitable people. The striking and varied landscapes, from high rolling hills to undeveloped beaches, are a traveler's paradise and cover a wide range of climates. There is plenty to see from a long, varied history and not least in a serious interest in food.
Chiang Mai's rich history goes back hundreds of years. Because of its prime location and fertile land, the valley that extends from the base ofSuthep Mountain to the Ping River was settled in early times by several different ethnic groups, including the hill tribe group know as the Lua tribe. Later, King Mengrai unified the different towns and villages into what came to be known as the Lanna Kingdom. In 1296, he fortified the fertile valley area with a rectangular shaped brick wall measuring 1.6 Kilometers (1 mile) wide, and 2.0 kilometers (1.25 miles) long.
There are many hill tribe people living in the mountainous districts surrounding Chiang Mai such as Omkoi, Mae Jam, Chiang Dao, and Mae Ai. Statistics reported by the Tribal Research Institute of Chiang Mai stated that in the year 1992 there were 1,049 hill tribe villages in the Chiang Mai province, constituting a total of 174,195 people. Of this amount, 106,116 were from the Karen tribe, 27,392 from the Lahu (Musur) tribe, 17,198 from the Hmong (Meo) tribe,10,873 from the Lisu tribe, 8,862 from the Lua tribe, 2,609 from the Akha tribe, 1,145 from the Mien (Yao) tribe, and 485 from the Palong tribe.
The hill tribe people are agricultural; planting fields, raising animals, and hunting for a living. Since each tribe has its own culture and language, they blanket the hills of Chiang Mai with an interesting patchwork quilt of diverse variety. Whether you are mountain hiking or mountain biking,Chiangmai offers a variety of colours, cultures and scenery to ensure you get a different scene for everyday.
These following excursions Chiangmai trekking with a difference, from the quiet mountain villages stuck. A superb mixture of the adventurous and cultural activities. This tour has it all with diverse culture, good food and amazingly friendly locals.
We start Chiangmai trekking in the northwest and work our way on foot, elephant ridding and adventurous bamboo rafting. The scenery on hiking is such you forget about time and distance as the surroundings become so fascinating. The ability to interact with the locals in the local markets and villages is a highlight of the trek and you will be left with an amazing feeling towards the Chiangmai trekking.