Archives: Abr 2015

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