September 2012

The Two Career Search Essentials

By | September 17th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Often in the enthusiasm of getting to the job market, job seekers forget to consider the top two essentials needed to be successful. There is a flurry of activity to dust off the CV, track down relevant recruiters and look up old contacts, which are all necessary, but the order of priority may be a bit skewed. The two things you need to know intimately BEFORE going to market are: […]

October 2011

The Best Career Advice You Could Ever Get

By | October 26th, 2011|Uncategorized|

 Career Advice There’s no doubting it, I’m a realist. I hear stories from many clients and recruitment contacts about their experiences in the current job market and I know it’s tough. But I am a realist with an optimistic streak. I don’t have my head in the clouds, but I do strongly believe that if we really want something we can work hard to achieve it – no matter the economic climate. Developing a better career or working towards gaining a new role certainly fits into that category. But unfortunately many people don’t focus on the right things to make a difference. Through my years of commercial roles, headhunting and career coaching I have realised that those who successfully achieve their goals get the basics right. The fads come and go – the essentials remain, slowly evolving. So the best career advice is……… […]

August 2011

Can I influence you?

By | August 19th, 2011|Uncategorized|

There are many factors that allow HR and other professionals to achieve success, but I have noticed more and more that there is a common element that makes the stars stand out internally and/or externally. It is the art of influencing. To better yourself internally you are likely to have to enhance your impact and earn even greater respect. In the external market many headhunters will be requiring you to prove how influential you have been, so I thought it may be helpful to highlight a few ways in which I have seen this done. […]

March 2011

The Power of Mentoring

By | March 24th, 2011|Uncategorized|

In collaboration with two of my partners we have recently conducted a survey looking at HR’s view of mentoring. The survey results certainly didn’t disappoint! The highlight was that for those individuals wanting to further their commercial knowledge (and let’s face it, this is a priority in most HR Functions), their preferred choice for gaining this development was to have a mentor. The respondents acknowledged the power of these relationships, the learning opportunity and the potential direct outputs. Why then did only 32% actually have a mentor? […]

January 2011

New Year Resolution or a Career Strategy?

By | January 18th, 2011|Uncategorized|

I met loads of people over the Christmas period. Inevitably when they found out I was a career coach many said that one of their New Year resolutions was to move their career forward in some way. I actually like New Year resolutions (the concept of out with the old and in with the new is refreshing) but when it comes to careers I have a firm belief that one has to maintain an on-going momentum to reach the pinnacle of your career. Once the momentum is lost, meaning a resolution is necessary, you have already potentially missed some opportunities. Sure, career development is not a ‘straight line’ activity; many external factors can knock you off your chosen path, but keeping sight of your goals, by means of working to a career strategy, can mean that your ambitions are always in focus. How many people can honestly say that they have a career strategy? Just like any other business venture, a career path needs thought and planning and by setting a strategic journey you are far more likely to keep on track. […]

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