Advice

How to Become a Stellar Conversationalist

October 1st, 2019|Advice, Career Advice|

Part 1: 5 question types to boost your communication skills Communication is the key to mutual understanding and respect. In today’s information age, communication and listening skills can be one’s greatest asset for finding the best career, expanding knowledge, building stronger relationships with family and friends along with many other benefits. Asking the right question [...]

A Brief Guide to Interview Preparation for Recruiters

September 26th, 2019|Advice, Business Advice|

Yes, you read that right! It is common sense that you need to prepare for the job interview if you are the candidate, however, interview preparation is equally important for the recruiter. Not only is applying for a job a two-way process nowadays, but also the recruiter is usually the first point of contact and, [...]

9 + 9 lessons about running your own business

September 16th, 2019|Advice, Business Advice|

Seems like nowadays everybody wants to be a manager or to become self-employed. Being an entrepreneur sounds so tempting with promises for success, power, financial independence, and freedom. But is it actually that great? Our managing partner Martin Konstantinov started PFG Bulgaria 9 years ago. For this period he has learned his fair share of [...]

Personal Items at the Workplace

February 6th, 2019|Advice, Career Advice|

Personalizing your work space can make a huge difference for your motivation and mood at the office, especially during those busy, crazy days. Having items at work that remind you of happy times, of home and of your family and friends is a great custom which has lasted in time in spite of all the [...]

Should Your Coworkers Become Your Friends?

January 22nd, 2019|Advice, Career Advice|

There is a reason we use two different words for people we work with and people we enjoy spending our spare time with. The first fall into the category of people we did not exactly choose to spend time with, but we have to because we work at the same place. The latter fall into [...]

10 Must Have Soft Skills for Software Developers

January 9th, 2019|Advice, Career Advice|

The definition of soft skills is: “Personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.” Keeping in mind this definition we could say that all jobs require more or less the same set of soft skills. Yet, software developers usually work individually and only periodically communicate about the work with their [...]

Job Benefits Expected by People from Different Generations

December 12th, 2018|Advice, Business Advice|

Instead of using terms such as Millennials, Generation X, Z or Y and dividing groups of people in 30-years periods, we are going to take a different approach and divide groups of people, born in different decades, since we believe people’s values change more rapidly. Some value the sense of security and fear the lack [...]

How to Communicate Professionally at Work

December 6th, 2018|Advice, Career Advice|

Your professional reputation, your career growth, keeping your job and succeeding at work all depend greatly on the way you express yourself verbally and in written form. Yet one could be surprised how often otherwise good professionals break basic communication rules and create a negative image for themselves by saying the wrong thing to the [...]

Music to Boost Your Performance at Work

November 29th, 2018|Advice, Career Advice|

There are many researches on how music changes our brainwaves and brain function. You probably have come upon many articles about the benefits of classical music on performance, intellect, concentration and even fetus development during pregnancy. Although none of those researches are conclusive and there are many other factors influencing the brain performance, there seems [...]

How to Choose Your Next Employer [Part 2]

November 19th, 2018|Advice, Career Advice|

In the first part on How to choose your Next Employer we talked about the steps you must take when picking up your future employer. We talked about the research you should make – gathering information both provided by the company itself, as well as details from present and past employees, how to interview the [...]