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A new breed of influencer is transforming LinkedIn as it turns 20

A new breed of influencer is transforming LinkedIn as it turns 20

You probably don't immediately think of LinkedIn when someone says social media. But there's no denying that the business networking site has gone the distance: It is 20 years since it was founded in Silicon Valley.

It was the brainchild of Reid Hoffman, a US entrepreneur who worked on an early social media platform for Apple before launching one of his own in 1997. Sociale was a dating and professional connections site but folded two years later after failing to find a big enough userbase in those early days of the web.[...]

Know your worth when it comes to negotiating a salary increase, says a career coach

Know your worth when it comes to negotiating a salary increase, says a career coach

Three in five employees in Singapore want a pay increase of more than 6 per cent next year due to inflation and fears of a recession, a survey by global recruitment agency Robert Walters showed.

According to a CNA commentary earlier this year, negotiating a salary increase, whether in a current role or when looking for a new job, remains one of the most dreaded tasks for employees and job seekers.

However, with research and a game plan, salary negotiation does not have to be daunting, certified career coach Samantha Ng told CNA's Work It podcast.[...]

Why HR needs to go back to basics

Why HR needs to go back to basics

Pity HR. From hybrid work to quiet quitting, a few current management preoccupations do not end up becoming the human resources team's problem.

"Human capital" is this decade's business buzzword, a rebranding of the "our people are our greatest asset" cliche for an age when financial capital has been easier to come by than skilled labour.

If tight employment markets have made HR's basic tasks of recruitment and retention more challenging, its job has been complicated further.[...]

askST Jobs: What to do when you disagree with your performance appraisal

askST Jobs: What to do when you disagree with your performance appraisal

A good performance appraisal should enable employees to give and receive feedback, as well as let them know where they stand in relation to performance expectations, said Ms Low Peck Kem, president of the Singapore Human Resource Institute.

Such an appraisal should also inform employees how they have contributed to their team's overall performance and how they can further improve at work.[...]

New job, new you? Well, maybe . . .

New job, new you? Well, maybe . . .

I met an undergraduate recently who was working alongside her studies. Not in a traditional student job, pulling pints or stacking shelves, but advising a marketing agency on youth trends.

"Is that what you want to do when you graduate," I asked naively. "God no," came the reply. "That's not my passion."

I nodded sympathetically. This was no place for a lecture on the difficulties of pursuing passion at work, which can put undue pressure on jobs to be not just a means to a paycheque but a calling. [...]