Author Archives: Heather

The portfolio career

When I first started helping people achieve a fulfilling career over twenty years ago, almost everyone was looking for a new job – full-time, permanent and with what they hoped would be plenty of opportunities for future progression within the organisation. It … Continue reading

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Change your way of thinking about job search!

Are you feeling frustrated by your progress in looking for a new job?  Is it time to change your strategy? The traditional approach                                    … Continue reading

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A clear and concise story

In the 1920’s, Ernest Hemmingway’s colleagues bet him that he couldn’t write a story in six words or less. They lost that bet when Hemmingway wrote “For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” This story has so many lessons for presenting yourself … Continue reading

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Networking to find a new role

How many people do you know? 200? 400? 600? More? Let’s say you know at least 200. If they each know at least 200, that’s 200 x 200 = 40 000 people you can get in touch with directly or … Continue reading

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Focus on your strengths!

I’ll be sitting there with a client and we’ll get onto the subject of how to answer questions about their strengths and weaknesses at interview.  Previously we’ll have spent a good bit of time working out what their skills are … Continue reading

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How to do your own SWOT analysis

A SWOT analysis is often used by businesses to give a structure with which to plan for the future by identifying their Strengths and Weaknesses from within and Opportunities and Threats from the outside world.  So why not use it to plan your own … Continue reading

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How to communicate your strengths successfully

When you are trying to persuade an employer to offer you a job, you need to be really good at communicating your strengths.  Think of this as marketing yourself as a product by packaging up and presenting yourself in a … Continue reading

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Where’s your fairy godmother?

Abraham Lincoln said: “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be .” No-one else is responsible for your happiness but you.  If you wait for a fairy godmother to come along and make your … Continue reading

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Tips for a great Skype interview

Interviews over Skype are becoming more and more common.  If you are not used to Skype, or have only used it for friends or family, the idea of selling yourself over it can be quite daunting. If you follow these … Continue reading

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Ten tips for managing upwards

A common theme with those of my clients who are unhappy in their current role is that they have difficulty working with their boss. It can make even the perfect job a miserable experience, hinder your opportunities for development and … Continue reading

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