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Could you work 52 different jobs this year?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

I read an interesting article this week in which a 30-year-old man from London completed a year-long challenge to try out 52 different jobs in 2013.

Once a week, he tried his hand at a new profession in order to gain understanding of various industries. In fact, last year he worked at jobs such as a pizza delivery man, a personal assistant and a blacksmith.

While you mightn’t necessarily want to carry out the same sort of challenge to test the waters this year, 2014 may be an excellent opportunity to think about a career change or try something new.

There are a number of options for those wanting to cast their net:

Consider contracting: Consider becoming an independent contractor to your old company (more…)

Mull over your mulled wine

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

As we draw towards the end of the year, many of us will hear the familiar, “Any New Year’s Resolutions?”

This might be giving up a bad habit, going to gym more often, or trying to eat a little more healthily.

But there are also business resolutions we should consider in order to achieve both high productivity and employee satisfaction in 2014.

Here are some New Year’s Resolutions for you mull over your mulled wine.

  • Give more Respect: Nothing encourages good performance of team members more than knowing that their professional talents and capabilities are recognised and (more…)

Roy Keane – a leader?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Roy Keane. Two words which will immediately stir a variety of feelings with readers.

His recent television interview in which he didn’t hide his distaste for his old boss and arguably the greatest football manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson, may have been left you surprised, shocked or even amused.

Describing Ferguson’s greatest strength as his “ruthlessness” and his greatest weakness as “loyalty” seemed a little strange from Keane who played under the Scot for 12 years.

There’s no doubt Keane was a leader on the pitch. But his criticism of team mates, manager, coaching staff left many questions on whether he was the complete leader.

To be a good Leader you must first be able to lead yourself, and you will not be able to do this without self discipline.

A disciplined leader must possess: (more…)

Why Christmas parties are not just about the photocopier…

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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:

  • Do your homework. Find out who is going to be there, as this may help you target specific people. Learn about their role in their organisation, the company itself and their interests and hobbies.
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I hate the Haka

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

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 (more…)

“I’ve always hated James Bond” – are exit interviews a good thing?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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: (more…)

Fifty shades of research

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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 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: (more…)

Experience vs qualifications vs personality

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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: (more…)

Why the recruitment process is actually more than the job application and the interview

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

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 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: (more…)

Why the first few days of a new job will ensure long term success

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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: (more…)