The gym versus the books

It’s the first week of 2022 and aside from the spike in COVID-19 infections, thus the expected return of quarantine restrictions, there’s a soaring demand for or lack of vegetables in the market, at least in our area. It’s as if we all got tired of reheating leftover food and suddenly have this weird craving for healthier meals. Anything that’s not grilled, or sauced, or sweet. The veggies, perhaps a prelude to our seemingly unending journey to lose the weight we gained from the past holiday binging. Or the gym that we’re not really fond of signing up to but go to anyway to prep up for summer. And why can’t we get our old waistline back just by lounging and reading books?

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Rapport versus selling

The biggest challenge for a salesperson is how to not sound like one when spilling spiels. That’s because “people love to buy, but hate to be sold to.” That means most customers would want to do their shopping undisturbed. One of the many reasons why e-commerce locally has seen record-breaking growth, especially since the pandemic lockdown started last year. But this came with a price of people getting scammed easily of their hard-earned money and having more trust issues with online sellers. Which makes it more important these days for telesales professionals to focus on rapport-building, at least during the first few interactions, than traditional selling with which we’ve been trained to close the deal every chance we get.

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Running versus jogging

Running versus jogging? What fits your fitness journey.

I miss running at night after work. Back then pre-pandemic, no matter how busy my day was, I’d make it a point to run at least 30 minutes at the park near my office as soon as my schedule’s clear. When friends or colleagues ask at which gym I go to, I’d joke that mine was big but free and round and have lots of greeneries. Now two years into the pandemic, I invested in a watch for health though I have not done any running outdoors. Instead, I’ve been casually doing quick jogs at home with a treadmill. Now given the circumstances, how can we best improve our cardiovascular fitness?

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On time versus out of time

Time is precious

The pandemic has changed and influenced our work schedule. While most are back to the daily huddle of being physically present at the office, such as in my case, a lot of companies have implemented the hybrid work set up – a combination of stay at home or telecommuting and working on site. Of course, this is entirely dependent on the industry or type of business your company is in but given the challenges of the new normal – health and safety protocols and varying travel restrictions per city – are you able to clock in at work on time, and consistently? Or fixing your schedule is a breeze thus running out of time on tasks or catching up on deadlines were never problematic?

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Bullied for the right reasons

I guess I’m lucky to have not experienced getting bullied at school. It must be because I have been in the company of good classmates that turned into good friends. But I couldn’t say the same for work. When I was a young student, I was an introvert but talkative, soft-spoken yet loud, studious and equally naughty, and jumping from one classroom to another in the hopes of being everyone’s friend. Because my family moved several places, from elementary to high school and up until college I would find myself adjusting to new environments and meeting new faces, but thankfully worked my up to the best classes. But nothing can prepare me when it was time to join the workforce and get a taste of what it’s like to earn a living.

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How to win interviews during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us the new normal. And companies are adapting to keep business as usual. If you’re having a hard time acing your interviews and landing your next job in this pandemic, perhaps you’ll need to change how you prepare and anticipate questions that may sound too easy but are asked to reveal what most recruiters and hiring managers take as signals to flunk candidates.

Most interviews these days, if not all, are done remotely through video calls. Which is both challenging for the interviewer, who now has a bigger pool but will want to save time with speedier screening in gauging suitability for a position, and the applicant who’s weighing options if it’s the ideal company to work for but will have a tough time without the opportunity to dazzle through the interview in person.

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Getting by

It’s getting tougher each passing day. As in the photo, it’s like praying for the heavy rainfall to stop and urging the sun to come out because the rusty, leaking roof can’t take it anymore and will break your house anytime. The irony that is life. We’ve been dealing with the pandemic for over a year now. How many times have you heard somebody say “COVID is real!” Perhaps they got sick and hospitalized and lost a loved one, or among those who believed the virus and the vaccines to be a hoax or scam. You’d think you’re lucky you haven’t caught it yet and still alive. Unfortunate that the new variants of the COVID-19 virus are now widespread, causing the health statistics to get broken again and lockdowns becoming the usual, vicious remedy. And our social feeds becoming an online obituary is not exactly helping.

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Vax on the rush

Pasig's vaccination card you'll be proud to show off.

On the day my wife and kids and others in our compound are getting their 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Caloocan, I finally also got mine in Pasig. It’s only my first jab and had to sign up in the city where my work is located because I just couldn’t miss work and probably won’t last if I line up at 4:00 am and spend more than 8 hours waiting in too long a queue. Because that’s what my family had to endure, and many others in our barangay and perhaps in other cities as well, just to get vaccinated. Everyone seems to be rushing to get vaccinated now because of news that vaccines are scarce and running out of supply. And that some establishments are now requiring proof of vaccination before you’re allowed entry.

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