Christmas party season is upon us.
For many, a time for paper crowns, office gossip and, of course…. photocopiers.
However, the festive season presents some great opportunities for anyone looking for a new job as it is an ideal informal setting to network, meet new contacts and learn about different companies. If you are considering your career and on the look out for new opportunities, here’s some tips to make the most of Xmas events:
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There was huge disappointment at the weekend as a last minute try denied Ireland their first ever victory over New Zealand despite the All Blacks being down 22-7 at half time.
A gripping game of rugby and one where motivation was evident throughout.
Ireland were motivated to clinch their first ever victory over the Kiwis, while New Zealand were motivated to come back and get their 14th consecutive victory this year and round off the perfect season.
Perhaps Cain Healy’s comments on Friday that he “hated the Haka” was motivation enough for the visitors. Perhaps the Haka has become a motivation to the opposition and it helps them to “psych up”.
It’s important to have that ambition, drive and determination throughout your own working career so that you too are determined to achieve professional goals and aid future job opportunities. But how can you motivate yourself and maintain passion throughout your career?
- Find a mentor. Build a relationship with someone you feel can help you to grow, develop new skills and provide an objective sounding board. Gaining the support and perspective of an experienced executive, either informally or through a Read the rest of this entry »
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They say every business needs a unique selling point.
One online recruitment company launched recently certainly believes it has found theirs- it only offers jobs to good looking people.
Dating site Beautifulpeople.com has started a spin-off recruitment service as, straight from the horse’s mouth, “Numerous studies have shown that consumers tend to respond more positively and are more receptive to attractive people.”
While, that site certainly believes it is one’s good looks that employers want, realistic (and non-chauvinistic) employers have identified the top qualities they are looking for when recruiting:
- Relevant skills. Be sure to highlight your skills by qualifying and/or quantifying how you used them to be successful in the past.
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You can’t escape reading the paper or surfing the internet on a Monday morning without a weekend’s round up of the X Factor. When the programme started nine years ago, there was clearly a market for it, but since then,many now argue that every year is just the same as the last. One recent online article which backed up this theory examined the vast number of times particular songs have been performed on the live shows. The winner? ‘Feeling Good’ by Nina Simone, followed closely by ‘One’ by U2 and ‘Don’t want to miss a thing’ by Aerosmith.
You could argue a job interview is somewhat akin to the X Factor- clearly practise makes perfect and evidently there are always typical songs performed/ typical job questions asked.
The following questions are invariably posed which are also not easy to answer if you haven’t thought about them beforehand. Read the rest of this entry »
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Last week Sean Connery topped the poll of the most popular British actors in the USA.
The American ‘Q score’ charts released their first ever ‘Brit Q’ rankings in which the 83-year-old actor triumphed.
Still recognised for “Bond, James Bond”, you would think that Sean Connery would relish in his 007 fame. But that’s not the case.
He (infamously) said: “I have always hated that damned James Bond. I’d like to kill him.”
So, how important is it to tell your former employees that the job really wasn’t for you?
One way is the “exit interview” which tends to get overlooked by companies here, but they are an effective tactic in understanding why people are leaving and how to most successfully enhance retention.
Important questions any employer should ask are: Read the rest of this entry »
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You can’t have escaped hearing about the phenomenon that is ‘Fifty shades of grey’ over the past year, but interest is set to grow still as news on the film adaptation emerges.
I’m not one to normally comment on such a salacious novel, but it was interesting to read that the lead actor, announced just a few weeks ago, has now quit before the director could even shout, “Silence Please…and action!”
News reports are suggesting that Charlie Hunman decided to resign after scrutinising the script in detail and making his own suggestions and amendments, which angered bosses and were, evidentially, denied.
It’s been a costly move for the film makers and reiterates the fact that, before starting any job, it’s essential to read up on the company, its ethos, and of course, the role itself, as making the wrong career move can be very detrimental and disruptive.
Clarifying your fit within indian pharmacy the corporate culture of a prospective employer should be one of your top priorities during the interview process.
I suggest you complete the following so that you get a better feel for future realities: Read the rest of this entry »
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Last week a headmaster who quit her job as head of a school in Westminster made the national news.
Someone resigning is not particularly news-worthy, you might say.
But the reason for the interest was the fact that the role was given to a 27-year-old with no formal teaching qualifications in the first place.
The experience vs qualifications debate is one which comes up time and time again.
Is someone more likely to be an effective business leader if they have years of experience behind them or the most recent and relevant qualifications?
Or perhaps both are important in equal measures, and the real test of effective business leadership is one’s character, traits or qualities?
For me, the best leaders possess the following features: Read the rest of this entry »
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An independent report published on Friday (4th October) found that the way in which the UK’s very first youth police and crime commissioner was recruited was “robust, transparent and well run”.
You’ll remember that 16-year-old Paris Brown was appointed to the high profile role in Kent in April, but quit in a blaze of criticism over comments (considered racist and homophobic) she had made on Twitter prior to taking up the role.
Kent’s police and crime commissioner argued that the force had not asked for social network vetting to be carried out, and the new report last week found that the entire recruitment process was, indeed, vigorous.
It comes as employers are, increasingly, looking at job candidates’ personal lives in order to help them make their important employment decision, such viagra online 50mg as their online presence, or contacting referees, not simply to find out if the candidate can “do the job” but to read between the lines of submitted CVs.
So what do potential employers look for outside of the application and job interview? I would suggest the following: Read the rest of this entry »
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A Twitter post from the new Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, last week shows that many of us feel the same when it comes to beginning a new career or starting a new position with a different company. “Panicking about my first Question Time. Especially difficult taking over from a brilliant Alex. Just ask David Moyes!”
Like Mark Durkan’s experience, accepting a new job will bring a whole range of emotions; excitement, enthusiasm but also apprehension and nervousness.
However, despite the highs and lows of the first few days, this is, in fact, the prime time to begin planning your career progression. Here is what we suggest: Read the rest of this entry »
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The recent labour market figures for Northern Ireland confirmed that 118 redundancies were notified in August 2013, taking the total number of proposed cut backs to 1,416 since the start of this year.
Having to let staff go is extremely difficult and can often cause high anxiety and low morale amongst employees.
Whilst the job market is becoming more buoyant and hopefully less redundancies will Read the rest of this entry »
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