How do you present yourself persuasively to employers when you’re making a career change? Package yourself in a way that is appropriate to the sector or role that you’re targeting. The research which you’ve carried out before deciding to make the change should be the basis for helping you to work out what transferable skills… Continue reading Marketing yourself when 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 day in your life.” So, life in 2021 is still fairly uncertain, and you have… Continue reading Planning a career change
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 assessing whether you would like to work for the organisation. Will the role play to your… Continue reading Do I fit in round here?
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 method used to assess who is asked to interview. The CV is your prime marketing… Continue reading How to write a CV that gets you to interview
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 to a potential employer when job searching. Choose your words very carefully to get across… Continue reading A Clear and Concise Story
We all know that first impressions count. So when you are in a job search situation the way you introduce yourself and answer the question “what do you do?” is really important. Sit down and write out what you want to say in a few sentences. 30 seconds is a good length to aim for.… Continue reading How to introduce yourself during job search
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 through a contact. These people will have a lot of information and advice available to… Continue reading Networking to find a new role
I’ll be having a session 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 and what the evidence is for these, so I am expecting them to wax… Continue reading Focus on your strengths!
What is the best way to negotiate a salary? Before going to any interview, you should have a broad idea of what you would be looking for moneywise. Research the market rate for similar roles as much as you can by checking what other organisations are advertising, talking to people you know or looking up… Continue reading Negotiating a job offer
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 career strategy? First think about your Strengths: positive things about you that are under your control… Continue reading How to do your own SWOT analysis