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Being more focused and successful in what you do - Say What? #27

November 30 · Issue #27 · View online
Say What?
Hello everyone!
It’s ~almost~ December, which means we’re almost at the end of the year. Is it just me, or did the year just fly by so quickly this time around?
I hope you have all made a dent in your new year’s resolutions. There’s one month left to finish off whatever projects that you have yet to complete before 2020 comes!

Remember how in my last newsletter, I wrote about how important it is to focus on your personal brand. Well, I got a first-hand experience recently about how important my online presence is.
I’ve been attending some interviews lately (mostly through Skype), and during one of my recent interviews, one of the interviewers actually said:
“You know, we actually Google-d you up, and you had some good experiences…”
And I was just like… Ooooooooooooooooooooooookay….
I mean, while I knew that potential employers might actually Google candidates up before an interview, I wasn’t expecting them to be upfront about it. But it does reinforce my thoughts and beliefs that it is important to at least maintain a good online presence (or personal brand) to some extent.
This does not mean that you have to put everything about yourself up on the Internet - of course not. Be selective about what you share and tell people online, but be consistent in the image that you try to create.
You don’t want to have conflicting personas online, which may look troubling for potential employers. You also want to make sure that you are not showing any red flags online, such as commenting racist things or badmouthing ex-employers or colleagues.
Helping you to be more focused and successful.
I recently read this article and can somehow connect to it on a personal level. My ex-colleagues and friends could probably attest to how I like to ‘personalize’ my workspace with some hobby-items (such as my Kuroko no Basuke figurines) and pictures of my family/husband.
4 'Useless' Items to Keep on Your Desk That Show Great Leadership |
Not that the figurines or pictures help me in doing or completing my work, but it’s more for a personal satisfaction and to remind me of who I am and what I’m fighting for. For instance, I relate to KnB a lot because of one particular quote from Aida Riko, Nothing beats cultivating talent. I relate to it so much that I actually used that quote in my personal statement when I was applying for graduate school.
So whenever I look at the figurines, I get a rush of happiness, both from what I feel from watching the anime (numerous times, as my husband can testify) and from what I learnt from it. It’s not much, but it does remind me of why I’m there in the first place and keeps me motivated despite all the shitty things in life.
Last graduation stuff - I promise.
Yay, I finished the graduation vlog! Well, it’s not much of a vlog, but more to a recap of what happened during my graduation day, plus some wishes from my friends. But feel free to watch it if you have the time :)
Huddersfield's November Graduation 2019 | Syaza Nazura
'Tis the season to be giving, fa la la la la~
If you don’t know yet, Suraya (author of Ringgit oh Ringgit) is having a Christmas Giveaway! If you’re in Malaysia, you can stand a chance to win cash vouchers, books, financial planning sessions, cash, clothes and many more.
I’m sponsoring one of the prizes for the giveaway (a RM100 MPH voucher) as my way of giving back this year (since I didn’t do anything for my birthday), so feel free to join. It’s free and you can get entries by doing small things on a daily basis, such as tweeting, visiting a page and many more.
Ringgit Oh Ringgit XMAS GIVEAWAY 2019: Cash, Cash Vouchers, Books, Financial Planning Sessions and More! - Ringgit Oh Ringgit
#SayWhat crossed the 100 subscribers mark!
Yes, you read that right.
We reached our 100th subscriber (and counting)! Thank you so much to everyone here for supporting this small newsletter project. I hope that somehow you’ve learnt a little something, however small it may be, from at least one of the issues I’ve written and sent out to you.
So… I’m doing a mini giveaway to celebrate all you readers here! It’s nothing much, but I bought an extra 2020 planner when I was out buying my own planner last time, so I’m planning to give it away to one lucky person (and perhaps with something special from Huddersfield as well).
To participate, you simply have to respond to this newsletter with your answer to the following question:
What’s one thing you want to achieve in 2020, and what steps / measures are you going to take to make it come true?
You have two weeks to send in your responses, and I’ll announce the winner in the next issue. I look forward to receiving your answers and getting to know you better :)
Alright, that should be it for this time around. Until I see you again, take care and stay awesome everyone!
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