I found one loose screw at the weekend, not just a small one either, it was huge. I had friends staying, the sofa bed was in use, and there it was on the carpet the next morning winking at me. Is this a sign, do I have a screw loose? Or was it presenting itself as a gift so I need to put it back somewhere, otherwise a piece of furniture will dramatically collapse in a heap unexpectedly? But if this is the case, how do I know where the screw’s home is?
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Did a career change workshop yesterday and it struck me from what people were saying, that career change is as scary for them as choosing a life partner - very scary! Not only that, but career change can cause divorce, because sometimes it means less money coming in for a while or forever, depending on the new career path. A loss of perceived (in the eyes of the partner) status. Whoever said that love was dead!
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One of the things I love about helping people in their careers is the variety. What people want and what they need varies hugely. It’s not just about achieving goals. It gives me so much pleasure hearing years after I have worked with people that they have made the changes they wanted happen and are enjoying more satisfying work and better work life balance/I remember one workaholic client forgetting to turn up for a coaching session which for me as his coach was great as it showed he was chilling out and getting more relaxed about work! Ironic success! Another client was so blown away by the new self-awareness about herself when we did her values that she hardly spoke for 3 days and her husband wrongly jumped to the conclusion that she was having an affair! Helping people to think about what they want and identifying how and why they stop themselves is hugely fascinating and rewarding. The career strategist part of what I do is very practical and about insights, trends and marketing and branding an individual and the career coaching part is also practical but psychological. Humans are really creative about stopping themselves doing what they really wan too! Part of my job is being a detective and work out how people stop themselves! ‘Aha!’ moments of insights and clarity and hearing the successful outcomes are so rewarding. What have been yours? What would be your next one?
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According to People Management *, the magazine for Human Resources professionals, (alias ‘company kicking post’ – the deliverer of bad news like redundancies and wage freezes), employees at Nestle are being encouraged to hold meetings while walking, as part of the company’s efforts to promote workplace health.
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Who are you and who do you want to be? Are you living the life you want, doing the job you want or running the business you want? If not, why not? Just imagine what it would be like if you were to not only believe that this is possible but make it happen. What’s going through your mind? Life’s not like that; I don’t have time; I don’t deserve it; I’m too stressed; I don’t know how to make those changes happen; it will cost too much; I can’t be bothered; I should look after other people’s needs and not think about my own; I didn’t have the right upbringing or the wrong education; it wouldn’t make any difference; I can’t affect fate. Really? Is that true or are they just excuses? Do you really know what you are capable of? How good you’d feel if you were to maximise your potential and what this would do for the world? Why wait? It is very easy to put it off. We all do it. Not quite getting around to making that first step. So you stay still and stay stuck, feeling out of sorts and counting the hours or days in at least one area of your life or work. Isn’t life too short? Imagine getting to the end of your life and looking back. Do you really want to carry on exactly as you are? I know it isn’t always going to be easy, I am not pretending otherwise. However, anything in life is a choice and both change and challenge are a great way to grow and learn. So how about it?
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Your CV is a very important document. It is a summary of who you are, where you’ve worked and needs to convince the reader very quickly to read on beyond the first page and that you are worth investing more of their time in. Its main objective is to gain you an interview and its second objective is to give an initial impression of you as a brand.
As someone working in the marketing and communications field, remember the skills that you apply to brands can also be applied to yourself, so keep your objective in mind and create a strategy and plan for your CV. In an ideal world, your CV would be targeted 100% to each individual job, but lack of time can prevent this.
A good CV:· Is no more than three pages in length· Its content and style is targeted to your target audience, i.e. the interviewer (s) · Its design/layout matches your target employer/profession, i.e. modern if modern, traditional if traditional· Says enough without saying too much · It needs to convey both what makes you different or better than your competitors, and give an indication about your ‘brand’ character.
Common mistakes on CVs
· Putting the education section first
· Not putting the most recent information e.g. jobs and qualifications first
· Making it too long/wordy so the reader switches off
· Having too much detail about what you do in your job, rather than how you’ve added value
· Including references
· Not giving enough thought to the design and font used
· Lying/exaggerating your role
Tips to create a good CV:· Create a clear and consistent structure using tables/borders/different size fonts or bold/underline/italics for headings· Put the key information on the first page, i.e. your name and address, paragraph summary about your years’ experience and achievements and initiatives. · Unless you have under 5 years experience, put where you’ve worked and what you’ve done further back in a tidy format· Include training and other information such as hobbies to give a flavour of you the person· Don’t repeat information – summarise your core skills· Think about what you want the reader to feel and think and then design your CV to elicit this response· Use action words and data £ budgets, % increases etc to build evidence e.g. achieved, initiated etc · Get feedback from people you know and trust and recruitment agencies and interviewers can also provide useful pointers·
For more information on CV writing Energise is running a workshop, please see below for details.
ENERGISE STEER YOUR CAREER WORKSHOP Next date 10 – 4 Sat 10th January 2009
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People don’t make decisions or take actions because they are afraid of failure and/or don’t like change. They often edit what they really want to say and do; thoughts and actions that could be gems or lead to gems that would make all the difference to solve business problems.
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Are you authentic? Who do you trust? Do you trust yourself? Do you trust… your boss? Your Bank? Your pension provider?
Trust is under threat. It’s a declining market. With collapsing banks, we don’t know who to trust anymore.
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Caught in the middle?
Are you caught in the middle at work?
Are you 40-55 and feeling a bit stuck and frustrated? You wonder whether you are having a mid life crisis or are just getting old in a young industry. Ageism is supposed to be illegal, but let’s be honest, it still happens in reality.
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Holidays are a rare opportunity to take a step back, to get off the hamster wheel and think about what you want to change. On a sun lounger, you can feel all fired up with enthusiasm and feel clear about what you want to change and how to do it.
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