Posts Tagged: Job hunting

Is Your Work Working For You?

Research shows that between 30 and 45% of people want to change job. That is a hell of a lot of people not enjoying their work and feeling unfulfilled. Many of us fell into it by chance. Did you?

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What’s that Linkedin all about then?

Alot of people I come across haven’t heard of or don’t use LinkedIn. It is on-line networking, perfect for armchair networking in the winter months! It is also a great source of up to date contact details, great for getting a job and recruiting. Here are some tips for you:

• Originally set up as a recruitment tool• ‘Facebook for business’• Free (and paid version)• Know and use your key words• Set up a profile using key words and job titles• Connect with everyone you know and trust (software can help you do this with your Outlook address book or manually)• Ask for Recommendations (testimonials/written references)• Look at your connections’ networks and ask for introductions• Update your ‘Status’ regularly• Create settings to suit you• Have a clear goal – purpose and focus• Join relevant groups and contribute to discussions to raise your profile• Search Jobs/Find jobs• Look at jobs on relevant groups for your profession• Follow key contacts (like Twitter)• Invite people to connect• Search companies and named individuals• Use ‘answers’ – asking and answering questions• Search people interviewing you to find common ground for building rapport at interviews• Search for relevant events and networkHave a look at our profile as guidance and why not connect with us?: you haven’t joined Linked, do, and if you already have a profile, keep it updated and bear in mind these tips.

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Itchy feet?

Twitter can be like learning a new language, but very handyif you have itchy feet andare looking for ajob move. Here are some toptips:

Twitter tips

Twitter is personal and business

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Time or money? Which would you choose?

New research by The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows that there is a hidden and growing trend of ‘under-employed’ people stuck in part time unemployment or temporary work. It is the highest figure on record, an increase of 45% since the recession began and likely to stay at these levels for 5 years.

The world of work has changed forever, and yet I find from my career change Steer your career workshops for executives who have been made redundant, that not many people realise. Isn’t life ironic? Do you find that? When I do executive or personal coaching, people complain about never having enough time. Then when they have more time, they want more work.

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Bored at work? Variety is the spice of life

Metro newspaper today in London featured research showing that over half of women are bored. Bored with too much housework and their work being the same.

I refuse to iron – it’s against my principles and love linen as I can get away with it! Variety is one of my values and I feel ‘out of sorts’ if I don’t have enough variety, both socially and in my work. All my clients are different – the themes are similar e.g. fears about change, lack of confidence, challenging relationships, lack of time, and I learn so much from my clients. Often it’s like a mirror – they reflect the issues that I am facing!

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Career tips – meaning and purpose

Hi – how’s your year going? We have come out of hibernation now it’s Spring!

Changing world of work

The world of work has changed forever. It’s not just that there are less full time jobs and more competition for them, plus more contract and project work, it’s that more and more people are looking for meaning and purpose through their work and to have their values honoured at work. This can mean finding an employer with ethical values or doing work that makes a difference to the world. We have seen this trend emerging for a while, and it has grown hugely since the credit crunch. In our Energise Steer your career workshop, it is usually mentioned by 50-75% of the participants. So how do you find meaning and purpose in your work? It doesn’t have to mean leaving marketing and advertising and working for a charity. It could be simply finding an employer that better matches your values or working with a company with green/charity clients or a corporate social responsibility policy

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Career change – changing needs and wants

  • I have recently been analysing the needs and identifying segments of all the people who have attended our career change workshop so far.
  • They are all professionals, from diverse professions including marketing and selling. Common challenges are the restrictions that people have on doing what they want; jobs too far away, not being able to move location for work because of kids settled in school, lack of money for retraining, jobs with lower than ideal salaries, shortage of jobs at a senior level, no feedback from interviews, skills out of date, lack of self confidence and many more. I have identified 20 client archetypes so far and there are probably more….

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Insight-full career change tips

I was thinking the other day that I must make time to do an analysis of the different customers from my career change workshop over the last 6 months. It’s easy not to this, as there’s plenty of other tasks to do, but investing the time can create some really useful insights for better targeting and making the product even better and more relevant to their needs.

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Grabbing attention in a time-poor world

One of the hardest things at the best of times is getting cut through and grabbing the attention of your target audience. People are hugely busy and especially at the moment post redundancies, doing more than one person’s job. Frustrating recently at getting no response to a proposal I had submitted, I decide to have fun and be creative. I did empathise with their busyness, but I still wanted to know if the project was happening or not! I ordered a personalised humorous card from this web site sent an SAE back to me with the following tick box choices in a bright yellow jiffy bag:

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Career hates and fears

I did another career workshop yesterday and we had some great people and a very diverse bunch too. One lady was about mid 40 and realisedshe has always hated her career which made me think how many people out there hatetheirs and never get around tomaking a change until it’s forced upon them with redundancy.

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