Marketing yourself when planning a career change

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

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

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 assessing whether you would like to work for the organisation. Will the role play to your… Continue reading Do I fit in round here?

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 to a potential employer when job searching.  Choose your words very carefully to get across… Continue reading A Clear and Concise Story

Focus on your strengths!

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!

Negotiating a job offer

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

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 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