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Best Cities in the World to Find New Job Opportunities

Best Cities in the World to Find New Job Opportunities

Looking for world job opportunities? Perhaps this article can get you started in your search! It is based on the 2012 Cities of Opportunity report put together by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2012, and includes job outlook projections to 2025.

In this study, the cities were chosen based on the following factors:

1. Intellectual capital and innovation

2. Technology readiness

3. Transportation and infrastructure

4. Health, safety and security

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5. Sustainability and the natural environment

6. Economic clout

7. Ease of doing business

8. Cost

9. Demographics and livability, and

10. City Gateway

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For a full description of these factors, you can download the report here.

1. New York

Most jobs in New York are in Financial and Business Services and Healthcare

Originally named New Amsterdam, after its humble beginnings as a Dutch trading post, New York, while not actually topping of any of the economic indicator lists, did well enough in ten of them – including intellectual capital and innovation, global connections, city gateway, and technology readiness – that it earned the #1 place in the 2012 Cities of Opportunity Report. According to the same report, between now and 2025, New York will add plenty of jobs in a global economy that favors good education and connection. However, if technology takes a hit or protectionism puts the kibosh on trade, New York will eliminate as many jobs as it created.

If you’re in the healthcare field or love doing business, and appreciate smart, tech-savvy people – and you don’t mind the long commutes or high cost of living – New York might be your dream career destination.

2. London

Most jobs in London are in Financial and Business Services

London has the most overseas banks of any country in the world, and, as home to major music corporations such as EMI and Warner Music Group, is one of the major classical and popular music capitals. It is the winner of the “city gateway” prize, being a major hub for European travel. Also, in prosperous times, London leads the pack in job growth, whether the economy is growing as a result of technology, travel connections, or knowledge. However, if the global economy turns sour, London will also be forced to downsize its workforce.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and love having easy access to education, music, and good reads, and you don’t mind the cloudy skies, bad food, and the fact that it’s not the most sustainable city on Earth, London could be your Holy Grail.

3. Toronto

Most jobs in Toronto are in Financial and Business Services, and Healthcare

People from Canada are actually less common in Toronto than people from England and, surprisingly, China. But if you consider that Toronto did well in the “economic clout” category, which means, among other things, that a healthy number of Global 500 companies have headquarters in Toronto, perhaps this isn’t so surprising. Also, this Canadian city is good at getting funding from other countries for projects that create new jobs. If the global economy took a downturn between now and 2025, Toronto wouldn’t lay off quite as many workers as New York or London, although it would definitely feel the effects.

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If you don’t mind travel being a little more challenging, Toronto would be a great place to start and run your new business.

4. Paris

Most jobs in Paris are in Financial and Business Services, and Hospitality and Tourism

Not surprisingly, given its cultural wealth and amazing cuisine, Paris did very well in the “demographics and livability” and “city gateway” economic indicators, and was beaten only by Milan in the percentage of employment opportunities to be found in the financial and business services. Not surprisingly, this cultural hub is wildly popular with tourists, and ease of travel into and out of Paris makes it a great place for the hospitality and tourism industries. Long-term, Paris wouldn’t lay off quite as many workers as London or New York if the global economy flounders, but employment would definitely be affected.

Foodies, travelers, and lovers of culture of all kind will find Paris a city of dreams. Just watch out for the price tag, stay healthy, and keep an eye on your wallet!

5. Stockholm

Most jobs in Stockholm are in Financial and Business Services, and Healthcare

With very little heavy industry and a dearth of fossil fuel power plants, Stockholm is one of the world’s cleanest big cities. In the 90’s, it was also a trendsetter in fibre optic telecommunication. Easy access to libraries and universities helped Stockholm take the prize in the “intellectual capital” economic category, and the Swedish city also did well in “health, safety and security”. This Scandinavian city’s job market is projected to be relatively steady-Eddie long term, regardless of worldwide growth or shrinkage.

While it’s not the easiest city to get in and out of travel-wise, if you like good reads and being able to walk around at night without worrying about thugs swiping your stuff, Stockholm’s your place.

6. San Francisco

Most jobs in San Francisco are in Financial and Business Services, and Hospitality and Tourism

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”, contrary to popular belief, was actually not said by Mark Twain, but this hilly California city, famous for its cool, if not downright chilly summers, did pretty well in eight of the ten categories of economic development; its two strongest being “intellectual capital and innovation” and “sustainability and the natural environment”. No matter what happens to the worldwide economy between now and 2025, San Francisco will most likely avoid any major upsets in business-as-usual.

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If you appreciate great city planning, sustainability, and counterculture, leave your heart in San Francisco. But be prepared to open your wallet wide to pay the rent, and if you want to work for a Fortune 500 company, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

7. Singapore

Most jobs in Singapore are in Manufacturing and Construction

One out of six households in Singapore has a million dollars or more in disposable income, and this city did well in the “transportation and infrastructure” and “ease of doing business” categories of economic development.  Like London and New York, this Southeast Asian city promises to thrive between now and 2025 if the global economy grows, but may not fare so well if protectionism spreads or the tech industries hit a slump.

If you love easy access to public libraries or universities, Singapore might not hold much appeal for you, and all of those millionaires have sent real estate prices through the roof. But if you love being able to zip around a city easily without the bother of a car – and you adore Asian cuisine – look no further.

8. Hong Kong

Most jobs in Hong Kong are in Hospitality and Tourism

Low taxes and free trade make Hong Kong one of the easiest cities in the world in which to do business. Hong Kong is also a major Asian travel hub, making it an awesome “city gateway”. This Southeast Asian city will add a fair number of jobs between now and 2025 if trade rises due to education and connection, but will definitely feel the pinch in the event of a global economy that suffers from a scale back in industry or information technology.

If you are an entrepreneur who wants to open a restaurant or a hotel, you aren’t too concerned about the environment and sustainability, and you don’t mind rubbing elbows with lots and lots of other people, Hong Kong may be in your future. 

Featured photo credit: Henry at 206 amazing landmarks of the world/Leong Him Woh via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Increase Work Productivity: 9 Ground Rules

How to Increase Work Productivity: 9 Ground Rules

We all have those days when completing our assigned tasks seems beyond reach. With the temptation of social media, mobile games, and the internet in general—not to mention the constant bustle of people in the office—it’s easy to fall prey to disruptions and distractions at work.

So, what can we do about it? How to be productive at work?

While we don’t have a foolproof system that can completely eliminate disturbances and diversions, we do have 9 ground rules that can be applied to help give your productivity levels a boost.

Keep reading to find out our tips on work productivity.

What Does It Mean to Be Productive?

How to be productive at work?” is the age-old question plaguing employees and employers alike around the world. Regardless of where you work and what you do, everyone is always looking for new ways to be more efficient and effective.

But what does being productive actually entail?

Completing more tasks on your list or working longer hours doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being more productive. It just means you’re more busy, and productivity shouldn’t be confused with busyness.

Productivity means achieving effective results in as short amount of time as possible, leaving you with more time to enjoy freely.

It involves working smarter, not harder. It means refining processes, speeding up workflows, and reducing the chances of interruptions.

Productivity is best achieved when looking at your current way of working, identifying the bottlenecks, flaws, and hindrances, and then finding ways to improve.

9 Ground Rules on How to Be Productive at Work

1. Avoid Multitasking

Multitasking can give the impression that more tasks can be accomplished as you’re doing multiple things at once. However, the opposite is true.

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Research has shown that attempting to do several things at the same time takes a toll on productivity and that shifting between tasks can cost up to 40 percent of someone’s time.[1] That’s because your focus and concentration is constantly hindered due to having to switch between tasks.

If you have a lot of tasks on your plate, determine your priorities and allocate enough time for each task. That way you can work on what’s urgent first and have enough time to complete the rest of your tasks.

2. Turn off Notifications

According to a Gallup poll, more than 50 percent of US smartphone owners admit to checking their phones a few times an hour.[2]

Switching off your phone—or at least your notifications—during work hours is a good way to prevent you from checking your phone all the time.

The same applies to your computer. If you have the privilege of accessing social media on your work desktop, switch off the notifications on there.

Another good tip is to logout from your social media accounts. Therefore when you feel the urge to check it, you might be swayed because your page isn’t so easily accessible.

3. Manage Interruptions

There are certain disruptions in the office that are unavoidable such as your manager requesting a quick meeting or your colleague asking for assistance. In order to deal with this, your best approach is to know how to handle interruptions like a pro.

Be proactive and inform the people around you of your need to focus. Turn your status on as “busy/unavailable” on your work chat app.

If you’re on a deadline, let your colleagues know that you need to concentrate and would really appreciate not being interrupted for the moment, or even work from home if that’s a feasible option for you.

By anticipating and having a plan in place to manage them, this will minimize your chances of being affected by interruptions.

4. Eat the Frog

Mark Twain once famously said that:

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“if it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

What this basically means is that you should get your biggest, most urgent task out of the way first.

We all have that big, important task that we don’t want to do but know we have to do because it holds the biggest consequence if we don’t complete it.

Eat the frog is a productivity technique that encourages you to do your most important, most undesirable task first. Completing this particular task before anything else will give you a huge sense of accomplishment. It will set the ball rolling for the rest of the day and motivate you to eagerly complete your other tasks.

5. Cut Down on Meetings

Meetings can use up a lot of time, which is time that can be used to do something useful.

You have to wait for everyone to arrive, then after the pleasantries are out of the way, you can finally get stuck into it. And sometimes, it may take a whole hour to iron out one single issue.

The alternative? Don’t arrange a meeting at all. You’ll be surprised at how many things can be resolved through an email or a quick phone call.

But that doesn’t mean you should eliminate meetings altogether. There are certain circumstances where face-to-face discussions and negotiations are still necessary. Just make sure you weigh up the options prior.

If it’s just information sharing, you’re probably better off sending an email; but if brainstorming or in-depth discussion is required, then an in-person meeting would be best.

6. Utilize Tools

Having the right tools to work with is crucial as you’re only really as good as the resources you have at your disposal. Not only will you be able to complete tasks as efficiently as possible, but they can streamline processes. Said processes are essential to a business as they manage tasks, keep employees connected, and hold important data.

If you’re the manager or business owner, ensure your team has the right tools in place.

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And if you’re an employee and think the tools you currently have to work with aren’t quite up to par, let your manager know. A good team leader understands the significance of having the right tools and how it can impact employee productivity.

Some examples of tools that could be used:

Communication
  • Slack for team chat and collaboration.
  • Samepage for video conference software.
  • Zendesk for customer service engagement.
Task Management
  • Zenkit for task and project collaboration.
  • Wunderlist for listing your to-do’s.
  • Wekan for an open source option.
Database Management
Time Tracking
  • Clockify for a free tracker.
  • TMetric for workspace integrations.
  • TimeCamp for attendance and productivity monitoring.

You can also take a look at these Top 10 Productivity Tools to Help You Achieve 10x More in Less Time.

7. Declutter and Organize

Having a disorganized and cluttered workspace can limit your ability to focus. According to researchers, physical clutter can negatively impact your ability to concentrate and take in information.[3] Which is why keeping your work environment well ordered and clutter-free is important.

Ensure you have your own system of organization so you know what to do when the paperwork starts to pile up.

Being organized will also ensure that you know where to find the appropriate stationery, tools, or documents when you need it. A US study reveals that the average worker can waste up to one week a year looking for misplaced items.[4]

Here’s a useful guide to help you declutter and organize: How to Declutter Your Life and Reduce Stress (The Ultimate Guide)

8. Take Breaks

Taking regular breaks is essential for maintaining productivity at work. Working in front of a computer can lead to a sedentary lifestyle which can place you at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Even a 30 second microbreak can increase your productivity levels up to 30 percent.

As well as your physical health, breaks are also crucial for your mental and emotional wellbeing. That’s because your brain is like a muscle, the more it works without a break, the easier it is for it to get worn out.

Ensuring you actually take your breaks can prevent you from suffering from decision fatigue. It can also help boost creativity.

Take a look at this article and learn why you should start scheduling time for breaks: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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9. Drink Water

Although we know we should, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water during the working day.

Many of us turn to tea or coffee for the caffeine hit to keep us going. However, like taking breaks, drinking water is essential for maintaining productivity levels at work. It’s simple and effective.

Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and also headaches, tiredness, and weight gain.

A good tip to avoid dehydration is to keep a water bottle at your desk as it can serve as a reminder to constantly drink water.

If you find the taste of water a little bland, add some fruit such as cucumber or lemon to give it a better taste.

You can also get more ideas on how to drink more water here: How to Drink More Water (and Why You Should)

The Bottom Line

The preceding 9 ground rules on work productivity aren’t the be-all, end-all. You and the company you work for may have other tips on how productivity is best increased and maintained.

After all, it’s something that can be perceived differently depending on the exact job and work environment.

In saying that, however, the 9 ground rules serve as a good foundation for anyone finding themselves succumbing to disruption and distraction, and are looking for ways to overcome them.

A good tip to keep in mind is that change doesn’t happen overnight. Start small and be consistent. If you slip up, just dust yourself off and try again.

Developing habits happens gradually, so as long as you keep up with it, you’ll soon start to notice the changes you’ve been making and eventually enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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