Khanya Matlala

Have you ever experienced the emotional roller-coaster that your thoughts can send you on in just one day?

If I asked you to walk through one of two doors labelled ‘successful’ and ‘unsuccessful’ respectively, which door would you choose to walk through and why?

The most important lesson I’ve learnt about stress (especially the kind you experience at work) is that if you don’t find a way to deal with it as soon as it shows up, it grows more intense and will eventually find a way to deal with you.

Catch part 1 here: 7 Ways to Relieve Stress at Work

Have you ever walked into the office and thought to yourself, “How on earth am I going to make it through this day?”

I won’t waste any time asking you about your holidays, because I’m sure you’re reading this hoping to find some powerful, no-nonsense motivation to get you running towards your goals for 2015. I applaud your energy and I’m ready to take you there.

In just a few of days we’ll be toasting the end of 2014 and welcoming 2015 with open arms.

How did your first day at work go? Were there some good and bad surprises you maybe weren’t expecting?

You have to impress people with the types of questions you ask and make sure you always appear to be looking to learn more about them, the company and what they do.

I asked a recruitment specialist what advice she would give to a new graduate about negotiating their salary for the first time and she said, “A graduate should not try to negotiate their salary on their own – especially if they’ve been sent to an interview by an agent.”

Salary negotiations may be the most nerve-wracking part of the interview process for you, but they don’t have to be.

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