Archives: Jun 2014

One of the premises. Never stop learning

More and more frequently, we encounter news, posts and comments about “the professions of the future”, “the top 10 in-demand jobs for the years to come”, “future work skills”, etc. as we travel down the jobseeker road.

Allow me to share with you something I read recently in a book about learning. This book makes a comparison between birds and humans. Nobody has to teach the birds to fly south or how to get where they are going, while we have to check calendars, maps and GPS devices. Birds instinctively know how to look after their young, while we need to consult books on childcare, ask for help on nappy changing, etc. Birds instinctively know how to build their homes, while we need to learn how to build walls, ceilings and/or pay someone else to do that work for us. We live in a constant state of beta.
Even so, we humans are the creatures that rule the world, we build enormous skyscrapers to their feeble nests, we learn to look after our children better day by day and the human race becomes stronger, taller and healthier generation after generation.

There are a few conclusions to be reached from this metaphor: we humans are flexible and adapt to our surroundings – traits that are increasingly more important in a person and key to all present and future job candidates.
European jobs are not disappearing, as is sometimes thought. In fact, there are even estimates that say there will be more jobs in 2020 – with a special emphasis on qualified positions in professions with a high demand for knowledge and skill.

Because one of the premises is you, companies will keep searching for and recruiting the best talent that will enable them to maintain their leadership status and because we have decided not to be birds. Never stop learning.

 

José Miguel Baeza
ACCIONA Corporate Training Department

7 Advices for first day at work

One of the moments which could cause nervousness is the first day at work. To feel part of a company, as elsewhere, takes time, so a good starting is a point in favour.

In the event that you have doubts about what to do, we provide you some advices that will help you to face this day in the most competent way.

1. Be informed about the company: knowing about their business is always valuable, because is a sign that you are attentive and an interested person. This point will help you to understand some conversations where you will participate in that day.

2. Rest: Even if you’re nervous the day before, try to go to sleep as soon as you can, because lack of sleep is a negative factor for attention and mood.

3. Do not delay: For a good starting, study the route in detail and leave home with plenty of time in advance. To arrive before is better than making the person who will receive you wait.

4. Bring a notepad: being prepared to take notes is advisable during this day. Surely, you will feel that you are receiving a lot of information, so you will appreciate to have notes which help you to remember things later. Anyway, do not worry if you need to ask, your workmates also lived this experience and do not have problems to help you.

5. Ask for schedules: knowing what time your workmates eat is a way to engage with them and immerse yourself in the culture of the company. It is also important to know if the company keeps the same schedule during holiday periods.

6. Read company policy: Surely, the first day do not start with the tasks entrusted to your work position, so taking some time to read the company’s corporate documents will help to future possible queries.

7. Be grateful: Education is always an important value in human relationships, so please thank people when they help you or report on a topic. The fact that people see you as an educated person will improve their relationships with you.

 

Ana Gómez Regidor
Development Departament, Acciona S.A.

10 tips for a successful job interview

1. Be prepared
In an interview, the interviewer needs to notice a genuine interest on your part. If you want to demonstrate that interest, there is nothing better than devoting enough time to prepare the interview. This fact is the difference between good and not so good applicants.

2. Don’t forget paper copy of your CV (without crumpling)
It can be used as the guide for your explanation. If the interviewer has not printed the CV, you can always offer it to him/her.

3. Rehearse some answers, but do not memorize.
During your interview preparation you must keep in mind your main ideas you would like to transmit, but you have to avoid learning them by heart, because your performance could be unnatural.

4. They have all the information about you, do the same.
You must research some information about the Company. A good analysis of organizational culture, the position you are applying to and your career plan is important both for asking questions that are truly relevant for you and for making a good impression.

5. Arrive ten minutes before, not an hour earlier.
If you arrive too early, wait outside the bulding. In this way, you can avoid pressuring the interviewer.

6. Speak positively and as a self-confident person.
Your attitude in a job interview should be attractive to your listener. You must speak in a good mood, with positive sentences. This is how your body language will be perfect.

7. The interviewer could offer you the job.
Be nice with him/her, even if some the questions make you feel uncomfortable. He/ She is the person who decides among a list of applicants.

8. Take time to prepare your answer.
Do not be afraid of remaining silent for a few minutes to think about your answer. In an informal conversation, you take time to think, so it is not unreasonable in an interview either.

9. Breathe, breathe, breathe
Breathing is the only way to control those signs of nerves like turning red, sweaty hands, shaky voice… When we are in a tense situation, we hold our breath as frightened person does and it causes those signs.

10. Accept you can make mistakes
Perfect job interviews do not exist. You can make mistakes, so in that moment you must go on and keep your self-confidence.

Ana Castán
HR Analytics Departament
Acciona Human Resources