Career Advice Blog

Interview questions: which ones catch you out?

Be ready for the “simple” questions I was working with a client who, fresh from an interview, explained that she was pleased with the way she’d answered the competency-based interview questions about her skills and experience. She then said she …
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Can you retire gracefully?

Do you dread the thought of stopping work? As work increasingly dominates our waking and sometimes dreaming hours, we may identify more and more with the part it plays in our lives. We not only work longer hours, but also …
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Tapping into the hidden job market: 8 top tips

At the thought of interviewing someone for information how many times have I heard clients at the end of a career coaching programme typically say: I don’t want to waste people’s time I’ll come across as nervous and unconfident I’m …
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How to build an effective Personal Brand

What is a Personal Brand? A personal brand is what you are known for and how other people experience you. It involves bringing who you are to what you do and how you do it. For example, it includes: – …
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Redundancy: crisis or opportunity?

Bill is 39. He worked for the same company for the past 8 years, as a Management Accountant. He did his work ok, but his real passion was restoring old cars. When he was told that his department was being …
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Could I earn a living as a career coach? 5 top tips

Can you earn a living as a career coach? This is a question we are constantly asked. You may be working within an organisation right now, and considering your options for the future. You have done some career coaching and …
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Will 2017 be the year of career change for you?

At this time of year, I take out my grubby notebook that sits by my bed, and write down my ‘positives’ from the last twelve months. It stretches my memory, but it’s worth it because: it forces me to focus …
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Strength spotting: a simple tool to improve your career development

Strength spotting is not as hard as you might think. People who use their strengths at work: have more energy have higher levels of self efficacy (the belief that we are able to achieve the things we want experience less …
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How to manage your career effectively

Are you fed up with your job? Disillusioned with working for an organisation you don’t believe in any more? Struggling to make your relationship work with your manager? Worn down by constant restructuring? So, you need to find out how …
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Three tips to keep motivated at work and increase your job satisfaction

Just how do you keep motivated at work? Read our top three tips to keep motivated at work and increase your job satisfaction and re-energise your career: What makes you most motivated at work? Typically management theorists have focused on: …
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