Solar energy will conquer the labor market this year

Fortune, the prestigious global magazine on business and financial and stock market, reviews a report revealing that at the end of 2016 solar energy will offer more new jobs than the oil sector.

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The report is made by the job offers search engine Indeed, an American company with worldwide customers. According to Fortune, “the world’s biggest oil companies are slashing jobs to cope with decreasing revenues, and one knock-on effect has been the drop in oil job postings.”

Along with this decrease in activity in the oil sector there has been an increase in jobs in the solar sector. Indeed explains that if this trend continues upward in the coming months, solar energy will become the largest energy market in the fourth quarter of 2016, as it appears from the analysis of job postings in its work portal, the one that concentrates the most traffic worldwide.

The renewable energy market, recommended

Tara Sinclair, chief economist at Indeed, states that “the decline in oil prices has not just rocked that industry, but jobs linked to both fossil fuels and renewable energy.” That’s why Sinclair gives a piece of advice: “Whether or not solar overtakes oil on Indeed, energy workers would do well to position themselves for work in renewable fields such as solar, wind, and hydroelectricity.”

What is coworking?

When establishing an appropriate workplace, many freelances, small businesses and, in general, independent professionals, find a problem: prices of locals ands offices are unaffordable for many of these entrepreneurs that, especially at the beginning, can not make a large outlay in renting space and equipment. As a solution to this problem comes the coworking. Do you want to know what is it about?

The coworking concept was born in 1999, but it was in 2005 when Brad Neuberg created the first collaboration space in San Francisco: a loft where three freelances worked. Today, it is estimated that there are over 2,000 coworking centers worldwide.

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These spaces are ready to welcome professionals from any sector as long as they carry out their activities in an habitual environment with regular office equipment. As a rule, local facilitates furniture -tables, chairs, cupboards, cabinets…-, internet, printer and meeting room. In exchange, professional disburse an amount depending on their needs of use of the coworking space: if its for a specified period of time or indefinitely. In any case, rates will always be much lower than for the traditional rental office.

Advantages of coworking

According to the Infojobs website, as stated in the Spanish newspaper El Economista, the main benefit is precisely the economic savings in rent, computer, internet, water consumption and electricity … Since expenses, distributed among several workers, are much minors.

But it is not the only advantage, as the relationships generated within these spaces may prove fruitful collaboration. Professionals from different sectors come into direct contact and may establish labor negotiations and share useful information for both parties.

It also has its downside

Logically, coworking also has a negative side. To Infojobs, the primary drawback is that times are sacred, as another user might be waiting for us to finish in order to begin his duty. So, unlike in an office, it is not possible to lengthen a little the day or finish that last project before the end of the day.

In addition, there is also a lack of privacy compared to workinn in your own office or telecommuting, not to mention the possibility of excessive noise -or silence-.

ACCIONA Jobs: your talent for a sustainable future

Do you think your profile fits in with the values of ACCIONA? Would you like to work in our company and are looking for the best way to keep abreast of our offers? ACCIONA Jobs is your application. We have completely renovated our employment app and is now more useful than ever. It is available in English and Spanish for iPhone and iPad devices, is free and is updated daily with all the jobs we offer worldwide.

You can choose your profile -junior, senior or master- and through an entertaining question and answer game you will learn about different aspects of ACCIONA based on five categories: sustainability, innovation, excellence, people and corporate identity . Depending on your successes and the profile you selected we will show you the most suitable job vacancies for you and you will be able to apply for a job directly from the application.

You also have the option to filter offers by country and by business lines, so you can find directly the job you’re seeking.

Accept the ACCIONA Challenge

What is the Challenge ACCIONA? It is a questionnaire we have prepared for you to show how good you know us and to learn what you still didn’t know. We’ll show you a video with a question related to the company activity with three possible answers. If you hit, you score points, and if you fail, you get a clue to try again. Once you complete the challenge we’ll show your score, your percentage of affinity with ACCIONA and your position in the ranking of your country and worldwide. If you want, you can share your results in social networks to challenge your friends.

Download now ACCIONA Jobs and show your talent for a sustainable future.

Robotic automation: help or threat?

  • 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
  • 2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the 1st Law
  • 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the 1st or 2nd Laws

 

The Three Laws of Robotics, devised by Isaac Asimov 75 years ago, shoewd up the latent humanity’s fear of a dystopian future in which the machines could become aware of themselves and endanger the survival of their creator. Asimov was not the first to anticipate this fear of being displaced by machines, proof of this the evidence left by Charles Chaplin (Modern Times, 1936) and, to some extent, Fritz Lang (Metropolis, 1927).

MetropolisMore or less like those science fiction, these modern times have arrived. We are in an era in which, although robotics do not challenge our lives directly, automation of many processes is taken as an ominous threat to millions of jobs.

It is right, therefore, to wonder whether we should take as a partner or an enemy the cold stainless steel mechanical arm that aims to avert the hand of flesh and blood of the worker. Is there a reason to resist the robotics work? Or on the contrary it is a positive fact that will rise the security and welfare of the employee?

There is no reason to fear…

Mano robóticaAs the expert in robotics Luis Moreno, professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid, explained in a report by BBVA Innovation Center, robots will not replace people in their daily work. “The most robotic countries are the richest and the ones with more employment. Japan, Korea, USA and Germany do not use robots to replace people, there is no interest in doing that. A robot is expensive, very expensive, and is used to improve product quality. Car industry did not automate to replace people, because the robot was likely more expensive, what happens it is that the robot makes the welds with high precision.”

… Or a future with more rivals than allies?

However, according to a study published last year in Germany by ING, which was elaborated with collaboration of about two thousand technology experts, scientists and academic, some sectors indeed have reason to fear for their future careers. This report states that in the upcoming decades the use of machines and computer software will be gradually replacing labor until “in 20 years robots will have replaced 18 million people only in Germany” the 59% of the current workforce in this country.

An industry that will have much to say in this process will be the automobile, that’s why the opinion of Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan-Renault, is encouraging for those who fear being displaced by automation:

Anyways, what seems sure is that man and machine will have to learn to coexist to build a productive symbiosis to achieve success in the XXII century.

What does my signature say about me?

In a previous post we talked about graphology but according to Charlotte Dugheyt, “No handwriting study should be conducted if the text is not signed and, likewise, no handwriting study should be conducted if the signature is not accompanied by a hand-written text”. So, to come full circle and as we didn’t do it before, this post will deal with the signature.

Height of the signature

Large (over 18 mm): tendency towards extraversion
Medium (between 12 and 18 mm): a focused, cautious person
Small (less than 12 mm): tendency towards introversion

Slope of the signature

Slopes heavily upwards: self-demanding and a desire to excel
Slopes upward: ambition and a desire to excel
Horizontal: a balanced person who accepts their successes and mistakes
Slopes slightly downward: indicates apathy, resignation

Shape of the signature

Curved or rounded shapes: kindness and good manners
Straight, angular shapes: discipline, order

Pressure of the signature

Light: a subtle, adaptable temperament
Intermediate: a practical, active temperament
Heavy: a strong temperament

Signature speed

Over 5 seconds: a cautious person
Between 2 and 5 seconds: self-controlling
Less than 2 seconds: an agile, dynamic person

Legibility

Legible: sincere, authentic
Some letters: moderately reserved
Illegible: very reserved, especially during first contact

Name/Surname

Includes both (complete or initials): shows a balance between the family and social role
Just first name: indicates a very strong, self-accepting inner “me”
Just surname: pride in the family and the social-professional roleb

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As Max Pulver (leading graphologist) would say, “the signature is an abbreviated biography”.

 

Ramón Rodríguez Lago
ACCIONA S.A. Human Resources Organisation Dept.

Headhunters: Five reasons to speak with them

If you are thinking about changing jobs, it is important to pay attention to the companies specialised in searching for and selecting professionals, known as headhunters.

Below are five reasons why you should speak to headhunters as part of your search for new opportunities:

1. Specialised in executives and managers

In addition to being professionals with vast experience in business and management positions, headhunters often have knowledge of psychology, finance and administration, giving them valuable tools to find excellent candidates.

2. Understanding of the sector and company needs.

Headhunters analyse the needs of the company and combine them with their knowledge of the sector and useful skills in their area of business to find the best executive.

3. Extensive contact networks.

This is essential for reaching the ideal professionals to fill high-ranking positions. Headhunters’ contact networks often extend to various business sectors and numerous countries: it’s good to be included in them.

4.  Objective assessment.

Headhunting companies regularly use an objective assessment methodology in which candidates can demonstrate their skills and competencies, ensuring the ultimate selection the most qualified executives.

5. Career support

Headhunters usually follow the professional development of the executives they select and may even keep them in mind for future opportunities.

 

Juan Antonio Fernández
@juanan747
Head of Talent – ACCIONA

Managing frustration with growth mindset

Much is needed in a job search including patience, planning, networking, etc. But one extremely important thing to keep in mind is managing frustration.

Although hard work normally comes with its reward, sometimes it takes longer than we’d like. When that happens and we feel like throwing in the towel and saying “I can’t take it any more!” we are experiencing the feeling of desperation or frustration.

Frustration is a poor companion in a job search, so you should know how to get through these moments and overcome the anxiety and negative thoughts that flood your brain and hold you back. Yet the best solution to frustration is: Move forward! Keep it up! Put one foot in front of the other!

One of the keys is having a goal, be it a dream, an aspiration or a challenge you’ve set out to achieve. Your goal will set the path you need to follow and you just have to plan the various steps you need to take to get there. The results will not always meet your expectations in terms of when and how they arrive, and at those times you will feel frustrated. That is when you need to stop, think and look for new solutions and paths that will lead you to your goal.

The best cure for frustration is enthusiasm, effort and, above all, ACTION. Remember to get motivated for the process and every step in it, not just for the outcome.

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” in this TED video you may watch:

 

Juan Antonio Fernández
@juanan747
Head of Talent – ACCIONA

What does your handwriting say about you?

Some job listings ask for a handwritten and signed letter in addition to a CV. If this is the case it’s very likely that a graphologist is involved in the recruitment process.

Graphology is a pseudo-science that purports to characterise personality, skills, attitudes, motivations, emotions and even pathologies through handwriting analysis.

Abate Flandrin is considered to be the father of modern graphology; he established the first rules.

Graphology has applications in many areas such as health (graphotherapy), legal (handwriting experts), education (vocational assessment and guidance) and human resources (recruitment).

If this is true, it may be useful to learn about some of the elements involved and how they are interpreted, while still remaining sceptical about the validity of the tests and analysis.

Elements assessed

The shape of the letters:
– Round conciliatory
– Angular energetic, disciplined

The size of the letters:
– Very small poor self-esteem
– Very large need for attention

The slant of the lines indicate the person’s mood:
– Upwards optimistic
– Downwards pessimistic

The spaces between the letters:
– Close together predominance of logic, social skills
– Far apart predominance of intuition

The spacial distribution of the text on the page. This indicates the person’s organizational capacity

The pressure used gives us an idea of the person’s determination and commitment

The spaces between words, lines and margins give us an indication of the person’s predisposition to accepting or rejecting established rules

The signature receives special attention. Although we are still sceptical about this pseudo-science, it certainly says a great deal from very little, which is not an easy feat. But we will address that in a future post.

 

Ramón Rodríguez Lago
ACCIONA S.A. Human Resources Organisation Dept.

ACCIONA World, learn about the company and come work with us

ACCIONA’s goal is to have the best professionals, people who want to contribute to building a more sustainable future. With that in mind, we have developed several tools to provide access to job offers, assistance in preparing for the hiring process, compatibility tests and much more.

When looking for a job, it’s not only important to have information about vacancies at the company where you want to work; you must also be aware of what the company does, its vision of the future, its revenues, history and, of course, its latest achievements.

With these important preparations for the hiring process in mind, we created ACCIONA World: an iPad app that provides all the important information about the company in one place. A different, fun way to get to know the company.

ACCIONA World gives you a look at all of ACCIONA’s businesses and lets you explore what they do. Learn about the company’s main projects all over the world and its sustainable development approach. Access the company’s latest news, stock information, and job offers around the world.

ACCIONA World uses Augmented Reality, allowing you to make a virtual visit to some of our facilities, such as a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant and a desalination plant.

The app was created with you in mind, to give you access to the most important information about the company.

Discover ACCIONA. Download ACCIONA World

Scan this QR code with your iPad and download ACCIONA World

Scan this QR code with your iPad and download ACCIONA World


Rafael Rodríguez Gallardo (@rafagallardo)
Digital Marketing ACCIONA

Five steps to improve your organisational skills

1. Sort: separate out anything that is unnecessary. Eliminate anything from your work that serves no purpose and arrange your tasks according to how urgent they are.

2. Order: Put some order in your work area and arrange things so you can find them easily.

3. Clear up: keep your work area tidy Get rid of anything you no longer need.

4. Standardise: Standardise some of your work processes and tasks, and create one system for locating the things you use most. This increases your productivity and reduces the time you spend on tasks.

5. Be consistent: Incorporate the tips above so that you can achieve your goals.
Laura Alcaraz Escribano
Development Department- ACCIONA Human Resources