We have had such an unusual year 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 do things we wouldn’t normally do like online poker or clearing out the attic! Has it… Continue reading Time for a change?
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 in a job search situation
So many of us are now working from home at the moment in these strange times. What are some tips to help you to make it work? -set a clear boundary between work and family time. (this only applies to those who are not looking after small children at the same time!) -identify when you… Continue reading Making a clear boundary between work and home
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 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 and what the evidence is for these, so I am expecting them to wax lyrical… Continue reading Focus on what you are good at!
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
It is interesting that many of the “key workers” who are essential to keep our daily lives running smoothly during the past year are amongst the lowest paid in society. If we could grade every job in relation to its value and necessity to our world, and pay accordingly, where would your job fall in… Continue reading Is your job really of value?
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