Author Archives: Heather

Find your Ikigai

The inhabitants of the Japanese islands of Okinawa are known for their longevity.  They also believe in the idea that everyone has an ikigai – a reason for living, the source of value in your life.  They believe that to … Continue reading

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Resolutions for a happy 2021

As we made our New Year’s resolutions this time last year, we could never have imagined what the year would hold. For many of us there have been difficulties – concerns about loved ones, financial stress and loneliness to name … Continue reading

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Should I aim for a lower level job?

If you’ve been out of work for a while and money is running out then applying for a lower level job can seem like an easier way to get into work quickly. Maybe you’ve been in a situation in the … Continue reading

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Planning a career change

Do you dread Monday mornings?  Are you going to look back at your life and think “if only I…..”? Are you in the wrong job? As Confucius said: “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a … Continue reading

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Do I fit in round here?

When you go for a job interview, it can feel like a beauty parade, where you are being assessed for your suitability for the role and the company. But interviews are a two-way process: you have an agenda too which includes … Continue reading

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How to write a CV that gets you to interview

Job search is a marketing exercise, with you being both the product and the salesperson. Online tools such as Linkedin, video CVs,  twitter and blogs are increasingly being used in recruitment but the CV document is still the most common … Continue reading

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Change your 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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Can you increase your contribution to our future?

A recent Yougov poll found that hardly any respondents want us to go back to the economy we have had pre coronavirus.  The pandemic, for all the suffering and hardship it has caused, has given us an opportunity to rebuild … 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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Time to plan a change?

We have had such an unusual few months with big changes to the way we lead our day to day lives.  It’s been hugely worrying and difficult for many of us.  For many people, it has also given time to … Continue reading

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