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 as we begin to think about coming out of this uncertain period? First… Continue reading How to do your own SWOT analysis
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 way which will be attractive to your target market. You are the same person with… Continue reading How to communicate your strengths successfully
Living a life of fulfilment and happiness is so much more achievable if you have a healthy level of self-confidence. Too often when we feel we our life is not going to plan our self-confidence is low. So what can we do to try to improve it? First remember the things you’ve already achieved in… Continue reading How to improve your self-confidence
Abraham Lincoln said: “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be .” With what is happening to all of us just now, it seems more important than ever for us to make the most of our future lives and do everything we can to be happy. No-one else is… Continue reading Where’s your fairy godmother?
Winston Churchill said “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” So just how do you keep positive if you don’t seem to be getting anywhere when you’re looking for a new job? Get up, get dressed and get going early. Starting your day with purpose is key to ensuring that… Continue reading Keeping your spirits up during job search
One of the most useful seminars I ever attended was about selling. Selling anything – products, services, yourself. The presenter talked about how the language you use can help the listener to feel either positive or negative. Think of listening to someone talk. If they include a word like “unfortunately”, “but”, “however” or “although” in… Continue reading Using positive language to sell yourself