Consultancy Center - Berkovitsa, 1 Atanas Kyurkchiev Str., Block "Kom", floor 0

Mrs. Lyudmila Filipova, director of the Consultancy center

Work time:

during the winter period (1st November  to 31st March) Monday - Friday from 16:00 to 18:00

during the summer period (from 1st April to 31st October) Monday - Friday from 17:00 until 19:00

Phone: +359 890943741

e-mail: berkpro.robg@abv.bg

 

Consultancy Center - Craiova, 21 Jiețului Street,

in the building of the Library of Dolj County "Alexandru and Aristia Amman"

Mr. Lucian Dindirica - Director of the Consultancy Center

Work time:

Monday - Friday from 08:00 to 16:00

19.07.2024

UNEMPLOYMENT IN BULGARIA FELL TO 5.3% IN JUNE

Registered unemployment in the country decreased to 5.3% in June. Its level is 0.1 percentage points lower than in May, according to the statistics of the Employment Agency. At the end of last month, there were 150,990 unemployed people registered in the labor offices. Their number decreased by 3,281 people on a monthly basis.

The Agency reports that unemployed persons who started work in June were, however, 2,423 fewer than in May. Their number has decreased to 14,964. 428 pensioners, students and employed people have also started work with the support of the labor offices.

In the labor offices in June, the number of new unemployed persons was 19,796 and grew by 7.7% compared to May. Another 2,820 people from the groups of jobseekers - employed, students and pensioners - have also registered at the labor offices. With this group, there was a decrease compared to May in the demand for the Agency's services by 596 people, the department stated.

The occupations most in demand by businesses in June are: staff caring for people; personnel employed in the field of personal services; machine operators of stationary machinery and equipment; drivers of motor vehicles and mobile equipment; workers in the mining and processing industries, construction and transport; sellers; teachers; waste collection and related workers; skilled workers in the production of food, clothing, wood products and related; cleaners and helpers etc.

18.07.2024

SMART PEOPLE DON'T STOCK MONEY BUT THEIR PEOPLE FOR CAREER SUCCESS

It's clear - you work to earn money and live well. Whoever claims that this was not his original career goal is not telling the whole truth. This goal, of course, is not the only one, because if what you do five days a week for 8 hours does not bring you at least a little pleasure, it is slave labor.

Both income and satisfaction will be helped if you adopt an old wisdom as your principle. It says that a smart person accumulates not money, but people. If you think about it, you will think of many times when it was extremely important for you to have friends to get out of a difficult time, to achieve success in your profession, to take a step forward in your career.

Specialists call the gathering of their people with the term networking. It can be translated from English as creating a network. It is a must for anyone who wants to do their job well and move up the ranks.

Networking means communicating with people who can be useful to you, making connections thanks to which you will achieve success faster and easier.

Maybe it seems a bit rude to you - you don't want to be "users". Networking is not about exploitation, it's about collaboration. And the role of valuable acquaintances is emphasized by all career development specialists.

"Good skills can help you get the boss's attention from day one. However, when they are the main focus of your job, over time they can become an obstacle to your growth. If you want to climb the professional ladder, the ability seeing the bigger picture and knowing how to select the right people are far more important than your personal skills," says Allison McWilliams, an expert in personal and career development at Wake Forest University.

Closest to the mind is that good relations with colleagues and with the boss are an essential factor for your professional growth. Not only because you will collaborate, but also because you can learn from them.

This also means not neglecting purely human communication during breaks during the day or after work. Never shy away from spending money to treat yourself when you have an occasion to go out for lunch or drinks together at the end of the day. "When your colleagues know that you are interested in their desires, aspirations, problems, worries, they are more likely to trust you," emphasizes Lolly Daskal, president of a large American consulting company.

Networking is also not missing business or informal company events where you will talk to people from other departments. A colleague from marketing or accounting can sometimes bring valuable information or give you a shoulder in a stressful situation.

"Initiative, motivation, the ability to handle everything that may be asked of you at work, will make you an extremely valuable employee for any company. To reach a manager's position, you must learn to rely on others. Relationships , you build with your colleagues is what will get you to the top professionally. The idea that you can only rely on yourself is self-defeating," explains Michelle Lederman, author of Seven Ways to Increase Your Influence.

It is good to look for your people outside the company you work for. At events to which other companies from the industry or partners invite you, you can make extremely useful contacts. Right there are the people you need to make your own by creating a good impression of yourself.

If the event will be crowded, decide on a goal - whether you will mainly communicate with acquaintances to refresh old connections, or make new contacts.

The first involves knowing which people you want to meet and seeking them out. In order to "hunt" for new ones, it is necessary not to stay long with acquaintances and to go around from group to group.

In both cases, in informal contacts, try to be casual, interesting and memorable. You will become likable by listening carefully and showing keen curiosity.

The golden rule of networking is sympathy first, business second. So don't ask for something from a person you just met. This way you can become a customer and earn money, but you will not make him your person.

You're not the only one making acquaintances at such events. When someone wants to get to know you, pay attention to them, even if they don't seem valuable to you at first. You never know who knows who and when it will come in handy.

You're not building a reliable network if you don't take care of your contacts. Don't wait until the next event to meet your precious people. The very next day, write emails or call on the phone to say how nice you are to meet and how interesting it was to talk. This is part of business etiquette, but few bother to follow it. If you follow it, the rapprochement is much more secure.

Networking everywhere is the watchword of the smart person with career ambitions. Find an opportunity to talk to those you meet at the gym. If you are there at the same time, then you are working, you have similar understandings (you value health and good looks), and probably approximately the same financial capabilities. No wonder acquaintances work so well for you.

It's even easier with fellow hobbyists. Once you have the same passion, topics to discuss and bond - a lot.

Similarly, make an effort to communicate with relatives, neighbors, parents of the children's classmates. The more people you are close to, the better chance you have of finding those who can help you succeed in your career.

----- Reverse the power of envy -----

You accumulate, accumulate your own people, and your boss praises a colleague for doing a good job. You have done yours no worse, but there is no praise for you. You feel dislike for your boss and envy for your colleague. And your inner voice asks "Why didn't this happen to me?".

It's not unusual to feel envious of people who have achieved success, explains Dr. AJ Marsden, a psychologist and associate professor at Beacon College in Florida. Everyone has a fundamental need to know where they fit in hierarchical systems. "When we see someone we perceive as a person on our level receive something we value highly - such as a promotion or praise, our first reaction is to envy their success. Then we begin to feel sorry for ourselves and look at the success of others as a sign that we have failed. Envy often leads to anger directed at the successful person," says Marsden.

It is quite possible to limit the negative influence of this feeling and turn it into an incentive for personal growth. It can be a tremendous motivator to push you to achieve more. Study the person you envy. Observe what he does and analyze how he achieved his success. Then ask yourself how you can do it too, says Marsden.

"Envy, by its very nature, can be illustrated by saying, 'I want this,'" comments Kathryn Shay, associate professor of organizational behavior at Carnegie Mellon University. When you admit that you envy someone for their success, you are telling yourself that you want to achieve the same This allows you to immediately start working on the desired goal.Envy actually gives you information about the things that are really important to you.

However, people tend to distance themselves from those they envy. And far more useful to spend more time with them. "There is some reason why this person is successful and you are not. It may be his skills, professional contacts, the fact that he is more liked by other people and can count on their support. Find out what the reasons are behind his success, and take advantage of his example," advises Shay.

17.07.2024

FROM VIVALDI TO PINK FLOYD: WHAT TO LISTEN TO FOR MORE PRODUCTIVITY IN THE OFFICE?

Music is an integral part of the work environment in most companies and serves as a background that looks simply as a pleasant addition to everyday life.

However, its impact on productivity is much more significant than it may seem at first glance.

Choosing office songs can have a serious impact on the performance and efficiency of employees.

Different genres affect differently.

For example, classical music, which is characterized by harmonious and soothing tunes, improves concentration and memory.

This genre is especially useful for tasks that require prolonged attention and mental endurance. Lack of texts is a key factor as it minimizes distraction, allowing the brain to process information more efficiently.

On the contrary, genres such as pop or electronic music can be excellent motivators for repeated or physical tasks. The rhythm and energy in these songs increase mood and energy levels, which makes routine tasks less monotonous.

This type of music can be especially effective in a team environment where collective energy increases are of great benefit.

The volume with which music is played is also a decisive factor. Too loud music can be intrusive and unproductive, overshadowing thoughts and conversations. Moderate music can create a pleasant and stimulating work environment.

In conclusion, it can be said that the role of music in the workplace extends beyond ordinary entertainment. Its ability to influence mood, concentration and overall productivity is significant.

The key lies in the choice of the right genre with the right volume and accounting for individual preferences. Given these factors, music can turn the workplace into a more dynamic, enjoyable and productive space.

With this in mind, CEOWORLD has analyzed nearly 12,000 public playlists related to work in Spotify and YouTube, including over one million songs.

The study found that Antonio Vivaldi's "four seasons" is the most popular job tune in the workplace.

Here are the others in the top 20:

Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi

Brandenburg Concertos, Johan Sebastian Bach

St Matthew Passion, Johann Sebastian Bach

VIVALDI: recomposed, Max Richter

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, opus 67, Ludwig van Beethoven

Vespers, Claudio Monteverdi

Symphony No. 6, Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky

Suite Bergamasque, Claude Debussy

Fur Elise, Ludwig van Beethoven

Requiem, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd

Angie, The Rolling Stones

Sultans of Swing, Dire Straits

Champagne Supernova, Oasis

Mrs Robinson, Simon and Garfunkel

Only the Good Die Young, Billy Joel

Whene Doves Cry, Prince

Hotel California, The Eagles

Don's Stop Me Now, Queen

Helter Skelter, The Beatles

16.07.2024

VOUCHER TRAINING APPLICATIONS FOR UNEMPLOYED AND INACTIVE PERSONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED

The Employment Agency started accepting applications for free training with vouchers for unemployed and inactive people from yesterday 15 July. The courses will be financed under the "Getting Started" project - Component 2 - "Training".

The project is implemented by the Employment Agency and is financed by the Human Resources Development Program 2021-2027, co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund Plus. It aims to train people to meet the needs of employers in sectors where a shortage of personnel has been identified. Its total budget is BGN 42 million. It is expected that 14,000 unemployed and inactive persons will be included in the training.

It is planned to provide vouchers for trainings to acquire a professional qualification or part of a profession. With the documents provided by the Employment Agency, people will be able to enroll in a course for language literacy, foreign languages, for mathematical competence or for one in the field of exact sciences, technology and engineering.

Unemployed and inactive persons will be able to undergo training in personal and social competence, as well as in acquiring learning skills. Vouchers will also be received for civic and entrepreneurial competence courses. A list of trainings and providers that offer them can be found here.

Applications for training vouchers can only be submitted by completing an electronic application available here. After submitting the application, the applicant will receive by e-mail information about the number under which he is registered in the system of the Employment Agency. If approved, he will be issued an electronic voucher for the requested training, and if not approved, he will receive a motivated answer.

The training provided for in the project will be implemented by providing named vouchers to the persons from the target group, according to the Regulations for determining the conditions and procedure for providing vouchers for training under the "Human Resources Development" Program 2021-2027, the National Recovery and Sustainability Plan and the Just Transition Fund, adopted by Decree of the Council of Ministers No. 48 of 04/04/2023.

Additional information, as well as consultation on inclusion in training with vouchers, can be obtained at all labor offices in the country.

15.07.2024

WHAT IS THE INFLATION RATE FOR JUNE?

Monthly inflation was -0.2%, and annual inflation for June was 2.5%. This was announced by the National Statistical Institute.

Inflation is measured by the Consumer Price Index, with monthly inflation for June 2024 compared to the previous month and annual inflation for June 2024 compared to the same month of the previous year.

In June 2024, compared to the previous month, the biggest decrease in prices was in the groups: "Messages" (-1.5%), "Clothing and shoes" (-1.2%), "Transport" (-0.9%) and "Food products and soft drinks" (-0.5%).

The largest increase was registered in the groups: "Restaurants and hotels" (+2.2%), "Miscellaneous goods and services" (+0.4%), "Entertainment and culture" (+0.3%) and "Health care" (+0.2%) ).

15.07.2024

INFLATION IN ROMANIA DECREASED FOR THE FIFTH MONTH IN A ROW

Consumer price inflation in Romania fell for the fifth consecutive month in June to the lowest level in nearly three years, according to data released today by the Romanian National Statistics Institute.

Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation was reported at 4.9 percent year-on-year in June, up from 5.1 percent in the previous month.

It is also the lowest level of inflation since July 2021, when price growth was also recorded at 4.9 percent.

The prices of non-food goods increased in June by 6.3 percent compared to the same month last year. In May, inflation of 6.4 percent was reported for this group of products.

Services rose in price by 8.8 percent on an annual basis, although here there was a decrease compared to the previous month, when the increase was 9.3 percent.

The data also showed that food prices rose by 1.1 percent compared to June last year.

On a monthly basis in June, consumer prices in Romania increased by 0.2 percent.

11.07.2024

TECHNIQUES TO FIGHT THE BAD HABIT OF POSTPONEING UNPLEASANT WORK

So you don't feel like going to work in the morning, that you hang around and are late. Then you don't like that task so much that you put it off until the last possible moment. You end up being late with her performance or beating her over and over again.

If it happens a few times, don't get mad at your boss at all for his policy of firing employees who are consistently late. From his point of view, the logic is ironclad - subordinates who hang around and do not meet deadlines are not motivated enough to work. And it's his fault because he lets them. And unpunished non-compliance with the rules is contagious like the flu. Before he knew it, the epidemic had engulfed the entire team.

In his book "Manager's Tattoos - Rules of the Modern Leader", published in Bulgaria by AMG Publishing, the Russian Maxim Batirev tells how he found confirmation that he was right to chase his late subordinates. While clearing the folders, he came across one with explanations from employees who had been late twice in two weeks. The explanations were more than a year ago. He was surprised to find that none of these people worked for the company anymore. "Being late is a litmus test for the attitude to work. A person who does not know how to organize himself treats every task in the same way. And then either he himself will quietly move out, or you will have to part on your own initiative," he believes the manager.

Getting to work on time is a matter of both self-organization and self-respect. You do understand how infantile it is to explain every day that you are late because something extraordinary happened. Either you are the world's biggest dork, or you haven't mastered one of the basic skills of an adult - managing your time. So buckle up and leave on time for service.

It's far more difficult, once you get there, to learn not to put off tasks, no matter how unpleasant they may seem.

Fear vineyard guard

Managers and HR professionals are adamant that the strongest reason for employee disengagement is the consequences. If someone puts off work until the last minute and submits a mediocre project, but is not punished for his negligence, he will continue to do the same until he sees negative effects for himself. In short, the fear of being fired or some other kind of sanction stops the desire to procrastinate.

It sounds harsh, but millennia of experience have proven that awareness of the "crime-punishment" relationship is a powerful motivator for human behavior.

Maybe you're smart enough for now and the boss didn't catch you hanging around until the last minute. Try to shock yourself. If you're in the habit of procrastinating, you're bound to screw up. Then you will damage your professional reputation, your career, your income, etc. Instead of taking that risk, it's wiser to fight the bad habit that will inevitably fail you at some point.

Why is it inevitable? Well, because if the work could be done with quality in two days instead of three, your boss would have given you a two-day deadline. His main duty is to take care of the efficiency of his employees. This means organizing things in such a way that no one does for three days something that can be done in two.

The carrot is your own backbone

Fear is a powerful motivator, but as positivists say, success is even stronger. And more precisely, the reward for it. Knowing what you will gain by completing your tasks on time and with quality will undoubtedly make you not procrastinate. It is not by chance that the infamous carrot and stick theory exists.

But the bad thing is that in the performance of current duties, the relationship "work - reward" is quite mediated. You know the reward is basically the salary, but that's not enough of an incentive. Especially when you have to do things that are boring to you. Usually, in every profession and in every position there is no shortage of tedious tasks, and with them people who have the habit of procrastinating until the last moment suffer the greatest downfall.

Experts advise fighting the urge to put them off for later by rewarding yourself.

First, think realistically. It is clear to you that you are only delaying the inevitable - no one else will do it, it is waiting for you. Tasks will pile up and overwhelm you like an avalanche.

Then think optimistically - look at these tasks as part of a bigger picture. They are moments of your professional life and your income, your chances of promotion, your career depend on their fulfillment. By seeing the particular task as an important step of something bigger, by reminding yourself of your ultimate goal, you'll give yourself the impetus not to procrastinate.

Finally, think pragmatically - set a reward that you will give yourself by doing the work. Make a promise to yourself before you even start. For example, as soon as you write that analysis that the boss wants, you will go eat a piece of cake.

If the task is longer, break it up into stages and give yourself small rewards for progress in each stage to keep you interested. This will keep you motivated all the time, and you won't be tempted to stop halfway through and put off finishing until tomorrow. And in the end, you'll get both the reward and the satisfaction of getting the crap done.

By making it a habit to counter any urge to procrastinate, your brain will get used to motivating you, ie. to say why you are interested in taking on the task.

He, the brain, is very much to blame for the procrastination drive. It secretes hormones it likes and becomes dependent on them.

Addicted to hormones like drugs

When you do something that interests you, the brain releases dopamine - the so-called hormone of happiness. When it's boring, you know the dopamine won't be there and you lack the desire to start. But since you are not sitting completely idle, but doing some more pleasant task, your brain is "having fun" and its immediate dopamine is an excuse for procrastination.

It gets even worse if in the meantime the boss cancels the tedious task or someone else does it for you. Then the happy hormone comes in to tell you how right you were to wallow.

From that moment on, the brain starts to make you procrastinate in order to get the desired dose of dopamine, either because you will fill your time with something better, or because the unpleasant thing can get away with you. And procrastination becomes a habit.

It sooner or later leads to a disaster, so provide yourself with the hormone of happiness by that technique - promise yourself a reward for the work done, which will give you dopamine.

The other dangerous hormone that causes you to procrastinate may be adrenaline. The so-called stress hormone comes when you have to get the long-delayed work done in a short period of time. This naturally leads to great tension.

Adrenaline is also addictive to the brain. Without realizing it, you may have developed a stress hormone addiction. To get your dose of it, you do everything at the last minute.

You will deal with this problem by not letting your addicted brain dictate your work decisions, but by providing it with adrenaline in another way. For example, take up a competitive sport, climb mountains, bungee jump or skydive.

Besides, you can also get adrenaline by periodically repeating to yourself that you should not be late either in the morning for work or with the performance of your tasks, because you will be fired. It gives as much adrenaline as skydiving.

---- Classic Cause ----

Very often, employees put off work not because it's unpleasant, but because they don't know where to start. In these cases, it is foolish not to seek help from a colleague or the boss. Don't worry about looking incompetent. You will expose yourself more if you are late with the task or perform it poorly.

When you feel insecure, procrastination further reinforces the impasse. If you take it upon yourself to think, make a clear plan, provide yourself with the necessary resources, including help, it will surely turn out that the task is not so scary.

10.07.2024

HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE BEST EMPLOYERS?

In order to recognize an employer as a good one, it is necessary to provide for its employees a safe and healthy working environment. He must appreciate your work and respect you. If you know how to successfully identify good employers in advance, applying more technical positions will be a far more enjoyable process.

Worktalent.com advises how to recognize a good employer. We bring to your attention some key features:

  • An innovator and a good visionary who thinks of how to develop the company and move it forward. This is an employer who presents his ideas to his employees, proactively seeks their opinion. This is a company that is developing with its employees.
  • An employer who offers flexible working hours. Tolerates the work commitments of employees in unconventional hours, giving them complete freedom to adjust to their personal commitments. In short, anyone can choose when and how to work as long as it carries the added value of the company. All this should be discovered discussed during an interview with both sides agreeing.
  • an employer who is an effective communicator. This means that he has to speak with meaningful phrases, understandable language and respectful tone. He must inform his employees on time of any upcoming changes and stick them with them. All this prevents future misunderstandings. He must encourage his team to share his concerns, suggestions and perspectives.
  • An employer who enables additional results of financial bonuses beyond the agreed regular remuneration. This contributes to the feeling of employee satisfaction and the security of their work.
  • Good employers make the work environment inspiring and motivating. They actively discuss with their employees their strategic plans, their goals, a vision and a mission, which creates in the employees the feeling of being valued, and they are becoming more productive, effective and engaged.
  • An employer who is a good listener does not interrupt employees when they express their opinion and opinion. This creates a sense of good feedback. Usually the growth of the company is that the employer is open to new ideas and listens carefully to its team. This also leads to improvement of labor morality.
  • An employer who does not press his employees in fulfilling their tasks and gives the necessary time to unleash their potential and achieve the desired results. He is a good mentor and gives clear guidance, encourages dialogue between employees and teamwork.
  • An employer who gives a field of expression for the development of the skills of his employees. It gives them opportunities for career development, encourages personal and professional growth. It provides its employees with good and timely feedback on their development. An employer who is able to give positive evaluations and share them with the whole team. One who is able to delegate responsibilities.
  • Employers who demonstrate respect for their employees in the workplace, regardless of the circumstances. This is true even at times when employee ideas are contradictory or even non -compliant with the goals. All this limits the generation of tension and its growth into future major conflicts.
  • Successful executives and businesses also encourage honesty, despite the difficulties and fluctuations in the development of the company.
  • Employers who abstract from personal preferences and favorites. It is fair to take action without investing personal bias so that there are no subsequent tense situations. Honesty and openness helps an employer recognize the work and dedication of its employees.
  • Employers who ensure the safety of the workflow.

Experts also give advice on how to find good employers. In a job interview ask questions аbout:

  • Company culture
  • values
  • stability