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Written by Delwin Keasberry Tuesday, 24 September 2013 09:14

Ever wondered about the process employers and recruiters go through when leafing through resumes and applications? According to Jobvite, an online recruitment platform, you are reviewed both offline (via your resume and references) and online across your channels. Take a look at the infographic below and then take a step back to think about the content you are creating and sharing online.


As a bonus, here's a quick (tongue-in-cheek) checklist for you jobseekers out there:

1. When did you last update your profile picture? First impressions count.

2. Build a resume that stands out from the rest. No idea where to start? See these four tips. To really stand out, see here on how to put your best foot forward online.

3. Received an award? Smashed your company's sales targets? Increased your department's productivity by 10%? Don't just brag about it. Update your LinkedIn account.

4. Are you a social butterfly and do your friends have a habit of tagging you on Facebook after a fun night out? Then it is time to review your Facebook privacy settings. (There have been a number of changes on FB, so it is probably time to review your settings anyway.)

5. Do you have a habit of complaining about your boss and / or colleagues online? Well, don't. We live in the era of WhatsApp. Screenshots are a click or two away.

6. Love taking selfies? Well, if you must, at least make sure you score yourself loads of likes for it.

7. Do your customers and clients adore you? Be bold and request for a testimonial or two. [Note: In order to first receive raving reviews, you have to be good, nay, GREAT at what you do.]

Written by Delwin Keasberry Wednesday, 18 September 2013 08:56




Photographs sourced from the Entrepreneurship At Campus FB page

I was recently invited to speak at the Entrepreneurship At Campus Hari Raya Open Office. I was the last of three other speakers - Sabrina Wong of Sab Five Five, David Chen of Sunland Agri-Tech Pte Ltd and Hj Azaman, Chairman of GDG Brunei. The Entrepreneurship At Campus or E@C is a collaboration between the BEDB, the iCentre, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and their Entrepreneurship Club. According to their FB page, they exist to "nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship among the students in Brunei; regardless of age and level of education attainment." They invited the four of us to share around the topic of entrepreneurship from our life experiences. Of course I agreed.

I arrived. I scanned the room for familiar faces. I caught up briefly with mates. I sat down, right at the back of the hall. As much as I like having a "Reserved for Mr Keasberry" sign flopped on a seat on the front row, I also enjoy sitting at the back. When I speak, I try my best to speak to speak to the ones least interested in being there. They are often lurking riiiight at the back. Sitting at the back gives me different perspective which is usually followed by last-minute adjustments to my message and tone.

I should also say that sitting at the back is a great way to hide nervousness from the organisers and other speakers.

My turn. I walked up to the speaker's platform, set up my digital timer and started with a disclaimer. "I am a hybrid-entrepreneur." Within 10 minutes, I had touched on snippets of my journey including how BruneiTweet started, the power of social media, lessons from my journey to date, but I probably spent an extra moment explaining what I meant by hybrid-entrepreneur. In my opinion, "true" entrepreneurs are purists, fully immersed into their business without a safety net (read: assured salary) to keep them afloat. Me? I have a nine-to-five, but I also wear other hats, including managing this website. I also spoke about the importance of having an entrepreneurial spirit which is the other side of the entrepreneurial coin.



When it came to q n' a time, there was one question which caught me off-guard. It went something like this.

Q: What do you consider as your strengths?

A: Good question. Hmm. *looks at the clock wondering why time suddenly stopped* Well, one of them is in communications. Offline and online.

I then went on for a bit about the importance of being able to communicate.

Afterwards, I hung around for a bit, got to know a few of them, took a few group-selfies, had a play with Google Glass, thanked the organisers and walked back to my car (parked precariously at a location I will not talk about). It then hit me. Q n' A remorse, specifically regarding the question about strength. Marketing folks love talking about strengths. Why? Because it is easy to mask a shallow answer with fanciful words. I did give an answer anchored to past and current experiences, but in hindsight I should have shared around one of my favorite quotes: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

Chew on that.

Shoutout the all you folks at the E@C!







Written by Delwin Keasberry Thursday, 05 September 2013 15:36

Greetings from London folks! In case you are wondering what I am doing here, I am here for work...and a bit of play. I was invited by the British Foreign & Commonweath Office for Olympic and Paralympic Legacy visits and meetings. The focus has been on the Olympic Park in transformation and I have had meetings with businesses involved in the London Olymic Legacy. This including ES Global, the London Legacy Development Corporation and UK Trade and Investment. Along with me, there are representatives from Al Jazeera, Gazeta, the Today Newspaper, The Voice, etc.

Official meetings ended yesterday and I will be here for a couple more days soaking in the UK. Here are snippets from my time here so far. To keep up to date, you can follow my journey through my Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:19

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Six Travel Misconceptions You Need to Forget About

By John Gower

With traveling, as with many other things, the conventional wisdom is not always so wise. Before you book your next trip, be sure that you are not laboring under any of these six delusions about traveling.

1. "Booking in advance will save me money"

If you need to be in a particular place on a particular date for business, or you are looking at a trip during a holiday weekend, go ahead and book your trip well in advance. But if your schedule is open and you are flexible about destinations, you can save a great deal by biding your time and keeping an observant eye on changing airfares. When spots open up at the last minute on flights or at hotels because of cancellations or over-bookings, you can snag a fantastic deal and go on a dream vacation for a killer price. This approach takes patience, flexibility, and no small measure of luck, but can pay huge dividends.

2. “Traveling isn’t safe”

Thanks to films like Taken and Hostel, many have an overly negative idea of the safety of traveling in general. While there is no doubt that some countries are more dangerous than others (I do not recommend a trip to Somalia or Syria any time soon), visiting most foreign countries is not the game of Russian roulette that many fear it to be. Two rules of thumb to be safe in foreign countries: when traveling, do not make it obvious to everyone that you are a tourist as doing so can make you a target for pickpockets. Second, in the fun and commotion, exercise the same amount of caution, awareness, and common sense that you would on the streets of your hometown. Keep these suggestions in mind, and you are likely to have a safe and enjoyable trip to a foreign country.


3. “I can get better currency rates at home”

Many travelers make this false assumption and hope to be proactive and save money by getting foreign currency before they leave. In reality, domestic currency changers will charge you a heavy commission and will usually offer poor exchange rates. You can get traveler’s checks or foreign currency from your bank, but this opens up the danger of physically carrying around all of your cash with you in a foreign country, which is rarely a good idea. Instead, use the currency vendors at the hotel you’re staying at to get small amounts at a time—or, in the best case scenario, get foreign currency through a credit card with your bank to avoid high tourist rates and get a better exchange rate while staying safer.

4. “Duty-free zones offer great deals”

For the shopping-inclined, “duty-free” zones are one of the biggest perks of traveling. No one likes taxes, and a big sign proclaiming goods without them is automatically enticing. The reality, however, is not quite as simple. Several magazines and news outlets have done side-by-side comparisons of duty-free prices versus normal prices and have found that the former are often actually more expensive. While a handful of products (like cigarettes and alcohol) may be cheaper, most of the goods you will be browsing (especially traveler-type items like souvenirs, toiletries, and cosmetics) will be more expensive than they would be at a “normal” store.


Written by Delwin Keasberry Wednesday, 28 August 2013 17:31

I came across this while browsing the other day. Apparently made by a YouTube user (Mik2048) from Google Earth and "a lot of pictures taken by lucky visitors". He adds that "the scale is 1:1 (1m = 1 block)" and confesses "I never had the opportunity to go in Brunei and to visit the palace so it's not perfect!"

What do you folks think?


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