Thursday, 13 September 2018

Discovering Malta!



Hello #Muovers job-seekers, here we go again!

Let's talk about some important facts in Malta:

Malta is officially known as the Republic of Malta.


Is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. Malta is one of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries, at over 316 km2 with a population of about 475,000. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area at 0.8 km.2.The official languages are Maltese and English.


Maltese is the only Semitic language to be officially recognised in the European Union.

Despite being one of the most populated countries in the world, it is not difficult to find work in Malta, since it only has a 4.4% unemployment rate (28/06/2018) Source:https://tradingeconomics.com/malta/unemployment-rate

About the cost of living,for years, Malta had a reputation for being a relatively cheap place. That does seem to be changing, as rents rise faster than wages. However, it’s still possible to live cheaply here as long as you keep away from the pricier tourist areas; website Numbeo estimate that Malta is 8.51% cheaper than the USA and that rents are 25.39% lower. Consumer prices are also  4.36% cheaper than the UK.
Source:https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Malta



The most demanded sectors are banking, hospitality and iGaming, which,without doubt, Malta has become the jurisdiction of primary establishment for most operators within the industry and even to be consecrated as the world capital of iGaming. Finally, we really hope that you can find useful this article and for you Spanish #jobseekers we give you the opportunity to take some advices from https://vivirmalta.com/podcast/trabajar-en-malta/  



Have a nice weekend and keep an eye on your favourite employment agency!


Friday, 7 September 2018

Take a break on the 8th of September!



Hello #Muovers job-seekers, how are you all?!

We know you are looking for a job in Malta, but at least you can take a break during this weekend since we celebrate 8th of September.

Victory Day is a public holiday celebrated in Malta, and recalls the end of three historical sieges made on the archipelago: the Great Siege of Malta by the Ottoman Empire ending in 1565; the Siege of Valletta by the French Blockade ending in 1800; and, the Siege of Malta during the Second World War by the Italian army ending in 1943.

On Victory Day, the Armed Forces of Malta parade on Republic Street, Valletta, reach the Co-Cathedral of St. John, where they salute the Prime Minister and the Maltese anthem is finally played. To mark the event, the President places a symbolic garland at the foot of the monument of the Great Siege to commemorate the victims of the World War.

During the afternoon, there will be a boat race, which is locally known as regatta, and takes place in the Grand Harbour, engaging the affiliated societies Cospicua, Vittoriosa, Birzebbuga, Marsa, Marsamxett, Kalkara and Isla.
This day is also famous for being Nativity of Mary’s day, and in fact feasts are celebrated in Xagħra, Naxxar, Senglea, and Mellieħa on the day.
Have a nice weekend and keep an eye on your favourite employment agency!

Friday, 31 August 2018

Much to see, much to do, much to discover!


Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and North Africa. It offers a unique culture and history that you may not be aware of and it has plenty of activities and sights that are definitely worth visiting. Malta is full of water adventures, has plenty of family-fun attractions and countless breath-taking sights.
Find our Top 10 of the best things to do in Malta below.
1. The Upper Barrakka Gardens are situated in the capital of Malta, Valletta, and offer a stunning overlook of the Grand Harbour. The garden terrace promises one of the best views of Malta.
2. St John’s Co-Cathedral is Malta’s best rated visited church. It is a gem of Baroque art and architecture. Built by the Knight’s Order between 1572 and 1577 it is considered as the most concentrated place of arts and culture in Valletta.
3. The Mosta Dome is one of the most impressive churches in Malta. Completed in 1860, this church has the third-largest unsupported dome in Europe. It has a stunning blue, gold and white interior, where you can also see a replica of the bomb that fell through it in 1942.
4. Marsaxlokk village is located in the south-eastern part of Malta which is famous for its big Sunday fish market and its many decorative boats. A local characteristic of these wooden boats is that they create a particular scenic effect, painted in bright red, green, yellow and blue. This fishing boat is called 'luzzu' in Maltese.
5. Mdina is one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled city and extraordinary in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture. It is largely free of traffic that is why it called the silent city. Mdina was once the original capital city of Malta and is much older than Valletta.
6. Blue Grotto: This popular site attracts over 100,000 visitors per year, with tourists flocking here to see the amazing grotto via local boat trips. It’s also an extremely popular diving and snorkelling spot, with very clear, clean and deep waters.
7. The sea at St. Peters Pool is crystal clear with an amazing azure and light green colours and offers excellent snorkelling opportunities. The flat rocks around St Peter’s Pool provide perfect sunbathing areas and the high rocks offer some shade from the strong sun.
8. A visit to Popeye Village, which was the original film set of the musical production Popeye is surely a must on your what to do list in Malta. This is a great place to meet world famous cartoon characters. The Sweet haven village as it’s also known occupies the hilly side of Anchor Bay.
9. The Ġgantija Temples in Gozo are one of the most important archaeological sites in the Maltese Islands and are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The temples derive the name from a popular local myth. Gozitans believed the temples were constructed by a gigantic race of people–Ġgantija means ‘Place of Giants’ in Maltese.
10. The Blue Lagoon is one of the best beaches in Malta, situated in Comino. The crystal clear waters in Blue Lagoon reflect the blue sky with a lovely cyan as well as let you see the pure white sand bottom of this part of the Mediterranean Sea. This long, narrow bay surrounded by rocks and a few small areas of sand is a natural swimming pool perfect for floating, splashing, snorkelling, scuba diving or simply relaxing.

Of course Malta has so much more to offer than the list, so have fun exploring and let yourself be surprised by the variety of this beautiful island.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Pay yourself first! The secrets to painlessly save more money

When you’re still getting to grips with your finances, your first concern is usually “Where did all the money go?” after you’ve burnt through your monthly student stipend or pay-cheque. The same can be said at the start of your career, when having financial independence from your parents, increases the temptation to go on spending sprees which rival the Kardashians.

Once the panic sets in, your go-to problem solvers are your older family members, who, let’s face it, are supposedly better at “adulting” than you. While their advice is useful, do not fall into the trap of doing what your grandparents may have done and simply save cash at home, or into a single savings account, pay all your bills and expenses first, leaving you with very little to call your own at the end of the month.

So what can you do to save money without acting like Scrooge?

Write it down

Monitor your expenses to get a good idea of what your spending habits are. Factor in one-time expenses like insurance payments, car expenses and periods of heavy outgoings like Christmas, birthdays and weddings.

You could use pen and paper, or create a spreadsheet to keep track of all your transactions. By far the easiest method is to do it on the go and have your financial overview constantly at hand on your smartphone. With a large number of money management apps available, it is very easy to keep tabs on your expenses.

Pay yourself first

Make yourself your first priority when it comes to financial loyalty. The best thing to do at the start of each month is to pay yourself a pre-established sum of money from your salary into a specific account. Do this by standing order and you won’t even notice it being taken out.

The remainder of your salary will allow you to pay bills and expenses, dictating your spending habits and making you a more conscientious and responsible consumer. At this point, multiple accounts are a must.

Compartmentalise your money

Diversify the way you channel your money by having different accounts for different purposes. A second savings account not affiliated with a debit card, means that unless you physically go into a bank and withdraw money from your account, you won’t be able to use those savings, which in turn means that you’re guaranteed to save that sum each month.

Creating a current account associated with a chequebook is also useful for large payments, while having to regularly check that you have enough capital in the account to effect payment. E-banking has now become standard practice, so make sure you become familiar with this method of money management as its features allow personal banking to be easier.

Get to know your Financial Advisor

Personalise your banking. Set up a meeting with your local branch’s financial advisor and explain what your long term savings plan is. Listen to his advice but be upfront about your financial limitations. You cannot over-stretch your incoming cash over a large portfolio. Make sure that you create a solid rapport with your financial advisor and meet them every six months to a quarter to discuss any changes to your accounts. Show an interest in making long term investments once you’ve saved a good lump sum.

Invest

Property is the most solid form of investment, but having the capital to start off with takes time. This is where your financial advisor comes in. Start small and invest in a mixture of low risk bonds and higher risk, higher yield shares and always insist that they are capital guaranteed. This way, if a specific fund you invest in goes belly up, you are at least guaranteed the return of the initial capital invested. However, long term investments tend to fluctuate and hanging onto them over a long period of time, can yield profit through interest.

Think of your future

Become knowledgeable about other physical, movable property you could invest in, like collectables, antiques or art and make sure that what you like is timeless enough to promise profit in years to come: perhaps turn these into investment buys. Think about starting a private pension plan or life policy which is, again a long term form of saving guaranteeing peace of mind.

Thinking about changing jobs? 10 tips to transition smoothly into your new career

Changing jobs is not a decision to be taken lightly, but it will inevitably occur at some point or another in your working life. Given that we spend the greater part of our adult lives at work, having a job which is fulfilling is important as it enhances our identity.

If you’ve reached your full potential within your current job, change is a must. The psychological benefits of leaving a place where you are feeling tired or burnt out, are not to be underestimated. Lack of stimulus is as bad as financial and intellectual stagnation, and any combination of these three is a major cause of unhappiness.

So if you’re reconsidering your employment options, here are some pointers to help you make the move seamlessly.

Do your homework

Preparation is key. Whether you want to change job within the same industry or change your field completely, lists are your friends. Make a list of pros and cons of your current job and then adjust the pros list to the new position you’re looking for. This will help you focus better.

List your transferable skills if you’re looking outside your current field. In previous blog posts, we highlighted how important it is to clean up your CV and keep it relevant to the job you’re interested in: the same applies to cover letters.

Do your fieldwork

Once you’ve established the area you want to move into, get in touch with professionals already working within the market and get an insider’s view. Sometimes, job descriptions can be overly positive to attract possible employees, and nothing beats an honest outline from someone in the know. You do not need to have formal sessions, simply pick an acquaintance’s brain while out socially – from a wine bar to the gym.

Network

Use your contacts wisely and involve yourself in events like public lectures, open days, charity events and sponsored meet-ups which will allow you to meet and make a positive impression on the right people and make useful professional links.

Embrace social media

With more than 80% of the Maltese population having a Facebook account and checking it multiple times daily, these apps are the way to go if you want to put yourself out there, while simultaneously keeping a finger on the pulse. Follow the companies you think might be potential employers and actively engage with them.

Make sure you set up or update your LinkedIn profile, clean up your Facebook page, get yourself onto Snapchat and organise your Twitter and Instagram wisely. You can bet any future employer will find a means of assessing your social media presence. While media exposure is good, don’t allow it to compromise your integrity. Sell yourself for the right reasons, with the right pictures and comments, and focus on internet fame rather than infamy.

Find specialist recruiters

Narrow your search for a new job by getting in touch with recruiters who specialise in your field of interest. Establish a good relationship with them and be clear with what you want. The more they know you, the more likely they are to find the right fit for you.

Be honest with yourself

Assess your ability to perform within your new job and identify areas which require improvement. Then take action. A prospective boss who sees an employee willing to take a genuine interest in their development and training, will be more reassured of your commitment.

Hang on to your old job

Until you find a new one. Consider your financial situation and ask yourself whether it is sensible to spend some time unemployed until you find new work. A gap in your CV also raises questions with future employers, so have an explanation ready.

Keep it under wraps

Take a friend or family member into your confidence but don’t make your new job search too public. Minimise the potential for your current employer and colleagues finding out that you plan to leave. Maintain professionalism and commitment to your current job and don’t run your job search on company time. This will facilitate the severing of ties without the animosity.

Try an internship

Yes, it’s probably unpaid; but the benefit of gaining some valid work experience while on an internship can be invaluable. If the internship cannot be fitted around your current working hours, try taking a sabbatical and use it to improve your chances of employability.

Consider part-time or freelance work at first

Breaking into a new business or profession can be hard work and might involve a pay cut at first. Many jobs require experience in the field and nothing beats the flexibility of part-time and freelance work to give you a leg-up into the workings of your new career. Proof of having explored your new field part-time could help you fast-track your progression in your new job.

Finally, keep training – your brain is only as old as you allow it to be. Recent research on brain plasticity in adults has proven that the adult brain can be kept agile and taught to develop new skills as easily as that of younger teens and children. All it takes is the right attitude and effort.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Job-Hunting Means Breaking a Sweat

Just a few months ago we wrote about how to keep sweat at bay when going in for an interview.

However, the lead-up to the interview should be anything but sweat-less.

In keeping with the recent closing of the 2016 Olympics, job-hunting should seem similar to the undertaking of a decathlon or triathlon. Finding the job that you want takes perseverance and determination, sure, but it also involves jumping through a number of hoops to get to the all-clear ‘employable’ area.

Here at Muovo, we’ve outlined the four top priorities that should be keeping you busy if you’re currently out on the hunt for your next job:

Get creative with your CV

We can never stress enough how important it is to make sure that your CV is not only up to date, but also presents your qualifications in as unique a way as possible.

Let’s face it, other people are likely to have qualifications and interests which are similar to yours. Instead of relying on qualifications only, try and infuse your CV with some creative methods of representing your capabilities in meeting and overcoming challenges. Read up on our top 3 tips for writing CVs to find out more on this subject.

Writing CVs takes time and hard-work. You shouldn’t approach it as just another thing to check of your list before you go looking for a job. Book off an entire day or two to really nail it and impress your potential future employer with.

Sharpen your interview skills

An interview is probably the first time you’ll be meeting your prospective future employer, or at least major representatives from the company you want to be working for. We all know that making good first impressions, maintaining them and then sealing the deal doesn’t come easy. It takes deliberate practice and experience.

From the clothes you wear to the language you use, everything gets racked up by your employer during an interview. Head on over to our detailed interview guide to get the basics of interview skills down. Once that’s over and done with, you’re sure to get the next job that you interview for.

Keep up to date with your profession

You’ve gone through all the steps at school and now you’ve got your degree, diploma, or other certifications in the bag. You should be set for the next phase in life: tying down the full-time job that you want. Right?

Not really.

Plenty of people will have the same certification as you do. But, you could have an advantage over them that nobody else does. An up-to-date insight into your professional area.

Signing up for a journal subscription, taking side-courses and having an internet presence on the subject contribute to your acquiring a holistic confidence in your area that few others will have. You might not be able to write it down on a CV, but it’ll definitely come through in an interview.

Network with people in your area of business

Establishing a rapport between yourself and someone else in your field is crucial to getting a foot into the industry. Given Malta’s tendency for tight-knit communities, it pays a lot to know people.

But there’s more to networking than just showing up to key events. You have to get an idea of who’s going to be there, what you’re going to say to them beforehand and, perhaps the most challenging of them all, how you’re going to stay in touch with your new found contacts after the event. There isn’t much space for social fumbling in these kinds of situations, which is why it requires some serious research as preparation.

Job-hunting may be hard and involve breaking a sweat a couple of times, but it will certainly pay-off in the long run when you find yourself in your dream job position and set for the future. Put in the time and effort now so that you can look forward for what’s to come.

Friday, 17 June 2016

How to beat the summer slump if you're a student and unemployed

We’ve all been there; the school year is over and done with, you’re unemployed and your friends aren’t, and you’re left staring at the blank wall in your room trying to fight the summer heat. What to do? Below are a few ways which will still help you look to the future and build up your CV, paying job or not.

Do some voluntary work

Help out an elderly home, become a receptionist with Caritas, give a hand to nuns who are have their own hands too full with taking care of less fortunate children - the possibilities are endless. Just google voluntary work in Malta, or the country you’re living in, and take your pick of the one that seems to most suit you.

You’ll be doing much needed work for your community, while showing your potential future employer that you have good people skills. If you choose wisely, voluntary work is also very valid work experience and helps build skill areas that are perhaps still underdeveloped. Not to mention, voluntary work helps give you a sense of purpose and a boost of self-confidence like no other.

Do an internship

Sure, it doesn’t pay in cash. But it does pay-off in experience. Internships give you the hands-on experience that no course at university or otherwise can provide. You’ll learn things which will be invaluable to your own personal skill-set and which your future employer will appreciate welcoming into their company.

Don’t wait around for an internship to be advertised on the usual platforms, send emails to the companies you want to want to work with in the future or which you know are of a certain calibre. Who knows, if you work hard enough they might like you so much that they’ll ask you to stay on and you’ll have your future job secured and waiting for you already.

Network

People, people, people. Knowing as many of them as you can is always a good thing. You might need to exercise your social media skills to the full and nose out where the crowd of people relevant to your field will be hanging out in the weekend. Are there any specific events that are happening specific to your area?

In this case, it’s best to keep an eye on the student organisations from the Faculty or Department relevant to you. They’re usually quite active and set-up a number of social gatherings which will help you get a foot in the door somehow.

Sign up for a course

You don’t need to pay vats of money to undergo a course which will help you hone your skills and fluff up your CV. There are loads of online free courses which are genuinely good and respected enough to be valid to your potential future employer. Graphic design, Photoshop, programming, digital marketing, and more…

All you need to do is conduct some well founded research on the courses available, and sign up. They usually don’t take long to complete and are easily adapted to fit your schedule.

It’s easy to let yourself go a little too much when you hit that summer slump, but follow these four alternative ways of building up your CV and you’ll soon be out of it. It’ll definitely give you that extra edge over fellow competitors when it comes to sitting down in that interview seat.

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