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You’ve secured your dream job and the next hurdle is just around the corner… what should you wear on your first day of work? 

We chatted to style advisor Lesley Clarke, who has more than 20 years experience in the fashion industry, to find out how to impress with your first day fashion. 

What’s your style? Getting it right for work.

If you haven’t been in the job market for a while or have been in academia, the transition to the world of work can be challenging in many ways. One such challenge that many give insufficient attention to is how your wardrobe is going to fit into your new lifestyle and career choice – especially on a tight budget.

At home or as a student you can be pretty carefree; jeans, T-shirt and trainers can see you through most situations but when you make that leap into employment, what’s acceptable (or expected) is often ill defined. If you’re in a job that requires formal attire it’s not so bad, it’s easier to interpret smart corporate wear – you can’t go far wrong with a suit and scarf or tie. However, when you have a more flexible remit, things can get a bit tricky. What does ‘smart casual’ look like?

Here are some guidelines to help you on your way and navigate what’s considered acceptable in your chosen field of work.

Most people will tell you to research your company, to find out the dress code and their expectations…if only it was that straight forward. And then you’ve got the added challenge of your budget, especially when you’re coming back to work after a career break or have that student debt hanging over you!

So here goes:

AccessoriesIf in doubt – go smarter.

Be cautious with black– for several reasons, it can be seen as overly authoritative and quite harsh so can create barriers. The idea of building your new work wardrobe round a neutral colour is a good idea but go for a navy or charcoal grey instead – it’s a safer bet and can work well with so many other colours.

Yellow jacketAdd a splash of colour– to let your personality show through. Best to do this with your accessories and base this around your body shape.

The idea is to use colour to draw attention to the areas you want to be noticed first. For example, if you’ve got elegant hands, paint your nails; wear an interesting ring to draw attention to this feature (but make sure your nails are never chipped!).

 

Men's outfits For the men, if your six pack isn’t looking as honed as it used to think about avoiding contrast colours in this region!

Think about your shoes– it’s one of the first thing women notice.

Think too about your accessories – a good watch can complement your image.

What about a hankie in your jacket breast pocket? Or have you ever considered a waistcoat – less formal than a jacket but you’d look more distinctive! Of course your personality will be influential here – just because the other people you work with don’t wear a tie, there’s nothing to stop you; but if everyone else in the office is a bit more casual think about wearing it more casually, perhaps with a chambray/denim shirt?

Experiment beforehand– try out new outfit mixes at least in front of the bedroom mirror, preferably with a reliable, honest friend in tow. Don’t leave it till you’re flying out the door in the morning to catch the bus/train! Check yourself in a full-length mirror before you walk out of the door, not to be vain, but to make sure you haven’t got toothpaste down your top or forgotten to put your earrings in (that one always frustrates me and is so easy to do when your morning routine is changed).

Pick one thing that might stretch your budget – that says you know what you’re about. For example, a quality pair of shoes, handbag or jacket. If it’s something that will help you demonstrate your individuality and you can wear it regularly, it can make you look more styled. And ladies, a necklace can change the neckline and focus, transforming an outfit.

Timeless, classic pieces – have a few of these in your arsenal. These can be mixed in a contemporary way with more ‘fashionable’ pieces.

Keep it minimal with garments you can mix and match, then gradually add to this in time when you develop your ‘feel’ for what works best in your working environment.

If you feel good in what you’re wearing, you’ll naturally stand taller and express yourself more confidently. 

Still having those first day fashion worries? Get in touch with Lesley Clarke Style Advisor.

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An Award-Winning Success Story

I recently heard Paralympian Georgie Bullen talk at an event celebrating International Women’s Day.

Wow, what a woman. Georgie is one of five people in the UK with a rare form of macular degeneration, meaning that she has just 12 degrees of vision. When Georgie was told that she wasn’t going to be able to continue her A levels due to the dangerous straining of her eyes (which could have lead to complete blindness) she was devastated. Her dreams of going to University were shattered. Having been at a mainstream school all her life, for the first time Georgie felt disabled. Entering the world of work, she found that she couldn’t get a job as employers didn’t know how to adapt the role (or the workplace) to her needs.

Not surprising when you learn that 73% of blind and partially sighted people in the UK are unemployed.

Eventually Georgie picked herself up and thought perhaps I’m focusing on the wrong thing? Why do employers find it so hard to employ blind or partially sighted people? The misconceptions around blindness mean that employers often think you are blind, not realising that there is a spectrum. Why should everyone be labeled and assumptions made?

At that moment, Georgie decided to start her own business, introducing her sport (Goalball) into the workplace as a team building experience. With the support of Prince’s Trust, Georgie now uses her disability to enable others.

Turning Adversity into Opportunity

Instead of giving up, Georgie found a way to turn adversity into opportunity. As the saying goes, there’s always a window open when a door shuts!

There are over 2 million people living in the UK with sight loss which is a lot of talent currently being overlooked or turned away by employers. And 7 million people of working age are disabled or have a health condition.

As a candidate with a disability, you are able to request that employers make reasonable adjustments’ to the role (such as changing working hours or providing equipment) to ensure that you’re able to do your job. The costs of which are usually low!

Candidates need to help educate employers so that we can overcome the barriers to employment that disabled people so often face. Employers shouldn’t turn away candidates just because they are different. Awareness is key there are many organisations working in the UK to help overcome disability bias within the workplace the world of recruitment just needs to embrace them.

Inspired by Georgie Bullen’s story? Read more about how she overcame adversity in the workplace.

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choose-the-right-direction-1536336_1920Career gaps happen for many reasons. From unexpected redundancy, to parenthood, time out, health issues or a change in career direction… Many jump to the conclusion that a career gap will look bad on their CV, but that doesn’t have to be the case!

The world of work is changing and careers are shifting and transforming more than ever. No longer is someone expected to stay in the same job for their whole working life. Flexible working patterns, transferable skills and freelancing are more common than ever. It’s up to you to own your career gap, use it as a positive time for reflection or even change, then head back into the job market ready to sell yourself to potential employers.

Avoiding The Careers Gap Trap

For many, taking a careers gap is not in ‘the plan’. Whatever the reason for your careers gap, realise that you are in charge! As Antoine Tirard and Claire Harbour-Lyell write in their book Disrupt Your Career: How To Navigate Unchartered Career Transitions and Thrive, “The difficulty with transitions is that most people are not well prepared for them… Transitions are seen more as exceptions, and are mostly viewed as negative events.”

Let’s take a moment to rewrite the age-old stereotype that career gaps are bad:

CAREER GAPS ARE NOT BAD!

Career gaps are only bad if you don’t manage to navigate this new landscape in front of you and find your way through.

Making the Most of your Careers Gap

If your career gap was involuntary, why not make the most of this time? Whether that means travelling to a country you’ve always wanted to visit, doing some voluntary work, retraining or just dedicating time to hobbies. Turn it into an opportunity for positive growth and development, which will give you energy and something to talk about when you re-enter the job market.

Going Back to Work after a Careers Gap

Going back to work following a careers gap can be daunting. Here are our top five tips to make sure your return to work goes smoothly…

  1. Embrace change. Your careers gap happened for a reason. Perhaps it’s time to change direction and find a new role that will leave you motivated and excited by work? Consider the parts of your previous jobs you’ve enjoyed, or not enjoyed. Talk to a careers coach, or ask me to do your LAB Profile! Use your careers gap to find a more fulfilling career.
  1. Be curious. It may be a long time since you were last applying for jobs. The job market, the world of work and the language changes all the time so don’t be afraid to seek help and advice. Attend events in your sectors of interest to get inside the heads of potential employers. What are they talking about? What challenges are they facing? What language do they use? Being curious is a great weapon and will give you amazing insights that will advance your job search.
  1. Grow your mind (and your mindset). Have a look at your CV. What’s missing? Maybe it hasn’t been updated in a while! Are there skills or experience gaps that you could use your time to fill? Open your mind to change. Don’t think about ‘when I did this’ or ‘when I worked at’. That didn’t work then, so why would it now? Have a growth mindset, you’re never too old to learn! 
  1. Tackle your career gap head on. When applying for new jobs, be up front about the reason for your careers gap! Employers are often put off by a gap on a CV but if you’ve already provided an explanation then you will overcome the first hurdle.
  1. Sell yourself (and your careers gap). How did you use your careers gap and what did it teach you? What did you learn about yourself and your motivations? People returning to work after a careers gap often have a clearer vision of where they’re going and what job they want to be doing, making you a strong candidate! Let the employer know.

If you’re facing a careers gap, look at it as a positive opportunity for change! It might be the push you need to go in a new career direction… 

Struggling to find your ideal career? Get in touch with Katherine to discuss how the LAB Profile could help you to find a job that leaves you feeling motivated and excited about work. Yes, that’s really possible!  

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jens-johnsson-205843Within 10 years, research predicts that 4 million UK jobs will be lost to robots. Robots have already become well established in many industries, taking over simple, more mundane workplace jobs as well as complex tasks.

They manage our stock rooms, farm our lands, vacuum our home. Robots can disarm bombs, operate our telephone systems, deliver our parcels and even perform complicated surgery! Technology is mind blowing.

As automation and artificial intelligence gets increasingly sophisticated, robots are going to be able to step in and complete more tasks more efficiently and more cost effectively than humans.

How can we compete with this new wave of super-candidates?  There is something we’ve got that they haven’t got!  Robots will never have soft skills…

What are soft skills? 

Soft skills are the personal attributes you have. Things like, being a good listener, or a team player. They’re the skills we have that are interpersonal, and ultimately affect how well you will get on with people both in and out of the workplace.

The most sought-after soft skills (according to Recruitment Buzz) are:

  1. Management skills
  2. Examples of responsibility
  3. Experience of training others
  4. Communication skills
  5. Planning skills
  6. Organisational skills
  7. Ability to be flexible
  8. Being competitive
  9. Being motivated
  10. Friendly! 

Why are soft skills so important when job searching? 

Job adverts often focus on the hard skills required to fill a role – technical skills that are directly relevant for the job advertised.

But employers are increasingly looking for candidates who have a mix of both hard and soft skills. They need to get an idea of HOW you do what you do as well as WHAT you do.

Soft skills will allow you to fit in with the organisation and excel in the role. What’s the point of an employee who can write software, but can’t listen to his manager and therefore doesn’t know what’s required? Or an employee who can speak fluent French, but can’t build relationships with clients?

No employer wants to hire a candidate who won’t get on well with their existing team. Soft skills are the key to finding the right fit, and avoiding unnecessary workplace issues.

How many soft skills are you demonstrating on your CV?

It’s astonishing that on average only 1 in 5 CVs mention soft skills, so most candidates are missing out on being considered for positions. I see a lot of technical CVs that don’t reference a single soft skill. No wonder employers aren’t interested in interviewing those candidates!

Next time you’re applying for a job, don’t forget to think about what soft skills might be required to successfully fill the role. Do you need to be a good communicator? A team player? Quick to make decisions? A strong leader? Great at networking? A strong negotiator? Confident when presenting? Or love to teach or train others?

Go back to the top 10 most sought-after soft skills we listed above. How many of those do you have? Which would be most relevant to the role you’re applying for? Now find a way to demonstrate those on your CV and showcase why you would be perfect for that role.   

By adding soft skills to your CV, you can stand out from the crowd and become the 1 in 5 who actually make it through the to the interview stage.

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Work-life balance is to blame for almost 30% of employee departures. Has a lack of balance ever forced you to resign from a job? 

In 2017 we’ve seen a lot of change, from Prime Ministers to Presidents and everything in between… and of course, the world of work is changing too. Brexit uncertainty has significantly impacted the European job market, with more people seeking jobs closer to home.

With change comes opportunity, and we believe that in 2018 there’s going to be huge change in the UK job market. Employees are demanding more flexible working opportunities and employers are starting to respond.

How could flexible working opportunities benefit you?

For many, work-life balance is something that seems unattainable. But that’s not the way it has to be. Sara Horsfall of Ginibee, has created a platform that allows employers to open their roles (however senior) to talent partnerships. Think job-sharing, but without the chaos!

Talent partnerships allow you to take on a full-time, high-level role but to share that responsibility with another talented professional. Meaning that you can retain a healthy work-life balance, without sacrificing your career.

How do talent partnerships work?

Two talented professionals choose to take on one full-time role and share it between them. This allows them to deliver more than full-time, and ultimately more than a single employee ever could (in terms of productivity, efficiency, skills and experience). So employees get a work-life balance, while employers get great value for money!

What are the benefits of entering into a talent partnership? 

Talent partnerships offer a fantastic opportunity when you have other priorities besides career, whatever they may be. You don’t want to give up your career, and you shouldn’t have to! By forming a talent partnership you are offering employers two for the price of one. However you will also gain from this setup:

  • Better health (mental, physical and emotional)
  • The opportunity to continue your career and development, at whatever level
  • A fulfilling role that leaves you mentally stimulated and feeling motivated
  • The chance to work alongside another talented professional who may have complementary skills or experience – learning from one another on the job
  • A healthy work-life balance.

Our Christmas message from Career Ambitions to you…

In 2018 there will be increasing demand for flexible working opportunities, and in response more opportunities. Be open-minded to these, and find a career that really works for you.

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If job applications were reviewed as a series of tick boxes, we would all be out of work.

Why? Employers don’t always know what they’re looking for. Job descriptions often become a list of skills and requirements that put the right candidates off, and no perfect match is found.

It’s time to look beyond the lists, beyond the labels, and see that we are more than all that. The key to securing your ideal new role? You need to learn to S.U.R.F.

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U = Unconscious

R = Relevant

F = Flexible

What does S.U.R.F.ing have to do with your job search?

Read on, and we really hope you enjoy the ride…

S. = Skillful

If someone asked you “what do you do?” how would you answer? You will probably answer with a label. “I’m a teacher” “I’m a scientist” “I’m a….” But does that label really describe all that you are? Labels narrow down our options and often stop us from applying for jobs that could actually be a perfect fit.

We need to be skillful at identifying our skills! One of the main reasons I see for people being unmotivated in their careers is because they neglect to see half of the skills that they have. If they can’t see them, how will a potential employer?

It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with what you’ve got!

S.U. = Unconscious  

We all have skills that are innate. Those things we do without even thinking about it – that we wouldn’t necessarily add to the skills section on our CV (and that’s where the problem lies!). What motivates you at a deeper level? Knowing yourself and what makes you tick is an extremely attractive quality in a candidate.

Ask yourself what’s important to you? What gives you the greatest buzz at work and makes you excited? If money was no object, what would you really love to do?

Remember, it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with what you’ve got!

 S.U.R. = Relevant

Now that you’ve identified those hidden skills and motivations, you need to make them relevant to the job market. They may not match the exact skills listed on a job description, so it’s time to delve deeper and discover what your unique skills and experience could bring to an organization.

Step into the shoes of the employer and try to read between the lines of their job description. You may not be a perfect fit for the skills they’ve listed as ‘required’, but how could your skills actually provide answers and solutions to their problems?

What are their strengths and weaknesses? What are the external opportunities and threats for the organisation? Now do the same exercise on yourself. What are the strengths you have that might minimize their weaknesses and threats? What have you got that will enable them to take advantage of an opportunity.

Tailor your CV and cover letter accordingly, and send it off with confidence. By offering a solution to the initial problems posed by the job description, you are going above and beyond and demonstrating to the employer how skillful you are.

Always remember, it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with what you’ve got!

S.U.R.F. = Flexible

The key to S.U.R.F.ing your way to a new career, is to be more flexible. Whilst job descriptions can often appear rigid with a list of non-negotiable skills and expertise, you don’t need to be the same! Experiment with new career ideas, try new roles and embrace change. Your skills are far more flexible than you may think! Keep your mind open to the possibility that you may be suited to a role that you would have previously dismissed.

One last time, it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with what you’ve got!

Learning to S.U.R.F. is easier than you might have thought!

It doesn’t have to be sink or swim. Ride the waves of the job market and find a career that leaves you excited, motivated, and looking forward to Monday mornings…

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Lately, I’ve attended a number of recruitment events. Sadly, I wasn’t amazed by how many fantastic candidates, enthusiastic employers or amazing job vacancies there were. Instead, what struck me most was how unprepared many attendees were! Both the candidates and the employers.

As a candidate, recruitment events can be invaluable. A chance to get face to face with employers who have real jobs, and show them who you are. But are you ready to grasp that opportunity?

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This is where the 6 Ps come in! As the saying goes, “Prior Planning Prevents P*** Poor Performance” and here that certainly applies! Don’t waste your time attending recruitment events until you are ready and can put your best foot forward through that door.

After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression. 

If you follow these steps and are prepared to network your socks off, you’ll leave a lasting impression at your next recruitment event!

Be Prepared! As you approach a stand, an employer may ask you… 

  • What could you bring to our organisation?
  • What motivates you?
  • Where do you see yourself in 1, 3, 5 years time?
  • We need someone who can XXX. Can you?

How would you respond?

Have some questions for them! This is a good way to demonstrate that you’re proactive and keen to know whether the company would be a good fit for you and your personality. Prepare questions such as: 

  • What are you looking for in a new employee?
  • Are there training / development opportunities?
  • Are you looking for skills or attitude?
  • What is your policy on work-life balance?

Next, complete our essential job event check list: JobFairChecklist

  • Get your Elevator Pitch right: Prepare a clear, concise pitch that you’ll be ready to present to potential employers. Remember, jobs fairs are essentially just networking events so prepare accordingly! Read more in our Career Ambitions Club (you can become a member for free!)
  • Go armed with an up to date CV and LinkedIn Profile: It’s important to have a current CV on hand at jobs fairs. But don’t neglect to update your LinkedIn profile too! If an employer finds discrepancies, they’re unlikely to hire you. Follow our tips to optimise your LinkedIn profile.
  • It’s not just your words that count! Your body language can give a lot away to a potential employer. Make sure that you are confident, open and make a good first impression. Read our guide to getting your body language right.
  • Know what you want. There’s no point wasting time attending recruitment events for the sake of it. The key is to know yourself, your innate motivations and what makes you tick. That way you’ll find a career that suits you – so you don’t have to repeat the process! This is where the LAB Profile steps in.

Now, scroll back up and give that quiz another go… what’s your goal this time? 

If you’ve followed all the steps in our guide, then you will be ready to impress those potential employers at your next recruitment event! Check out our events calendar to see what’s happening in the Cambridge area in the next few weeks. Good luck!  

If you’d like to have an informal chat with Katherine about preparing for your next career move, email her or call her on 01223 633535.

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Lately the headlines have been full of large companies making their employees redundant. And sadly, its true.  

Pre-Brexit, organisations are tightening their belts and preparing for the challenges that we are about to face. And as a result, we’ve seen an increasing number of companies and HR people coming to us asking for outplacement support to help their team through the redundancy process.

 So if the ‘R word’ is mentioned in your work place, how can you ensure the right support is in place?

Redundancy has been found to be hugely damaging to the mental health of all involved. That includes the senior management, the decision makers, the HR team, those made redundant and those that are left behind.

Redundancy leaves people with questions and worries, causing them to feel anxious about their career and future, unsure where to go next. A few questions we often hear:

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Before these concerns become huge problems, it is the organisations responsibility to provide adequate support and to help their staff through the situation.

 If redundancy is affecting your workplace, its time to ask for support.

Don’t be left feeling anxious or worried about your position. Whether you are facing redundancy or you’ve remained in your job, the process can fuel worries and leave you unable to do your job (or move onto a new one). If you talk to your HR team or manager, they will be able to request outplacement support – giving you an impartial ear to air your worries and find a way forwards. The last thing your organisation will want is a demotivated and uneasy workforce!

What is outplacement support?

 As coaches, we provide outplacement support to many organisations and for many reasons. Recently, redundancy is often sadly the reason we are brought in.

What do we offer? A non-judgemental, impartial person for you to share your worries with. After all, it’s no good keeping these feelings bottled up. Whatever your questions and concerns, we are there to coach you through it to a more positive outlook and a proactive plan of action. Together we can look at your skills and see what tools you have in your back pocket that could open new doors. Is it time to change career? To try something new? Or does your workplace just need a more of a support network to keep communications open for those left behind?

The benefits of a strong support network are never ending.

Whilst dealing with redundancy, decision makers often neglect the after-care for their team. If you hear the Chinese whispers spreading among your colleagues, people feeling anxious or uncertain about the future, speak to your manager. Redundancy often sparks anxiety, a lack of productivity, increased staff turn over and an unhappy workplace.

Whether you’ve been made redundant, or your colleague has – ask your employers for support. Be proactive, and they’ll thank you for it in the long term!

If you would like to talk to Katherine about organising Outplacement Support for your organisation, please email her or call 01223 633535.

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The world of job seeking has been transformed by the introduction of social media websites such as LinkedIn. With over 500 million users, and two new members joining every second, LinkedIn dominates as the job seekers social site. 

LinkedIn_graphicHas LinkedIn replaced the need for the humble CV? The answer is no – not yet at any rate. Why? The two are really quite different. Read on… 

CVs and LinkedIn Profiles have different purposes. 

Recruiters spend on average just 6 seconds looking at each CV they receive, so it’s a seriously limited time and space in which to impress. For this reason, CVs should be role specific, tailored to each and every job that you’re applying for. They use more formal, third person language (no use of I or My).

On the other hand, LinkedIn is an online portfolio designed to sell you. It’s colourful, allows for slightly less formal language with first-person allowed, and more in-depth descriptions and posts. It’s your space to link to projects, share graphics, results and achievements that will help to demonstrate your well-rounded skills and career expertise. They need to reveal more about you as a person, rather than just a job history and list of skills! 

Unfortunately for over-stretched candidates, it’s important to have both! 

While a cover letter and smashing CV is your foot in the door, 94% of recruiters follow up by using LinkedIn to vet potential candidates. So even if your CV is incredible, if you have an outdated, unprofessional LinkedIn profile its unlikely you’ll stand a chance against the competition.

Your CV and your LinkedIn profile shouldn’t just be duplicates. Use these two platforms to create a 360 degree view of you,

Don’t panic, we have put together our top tips to ensure that your LinkedIn profile secures you your dream job… 

Top Tips for LinkedIn Success: 

– Your photo. It can’t be a cropped out selfie or you on a night out. While LinkedIn is a fraction more informal than a CV, you still need to create a professional looking profile. How recent is it? No good having a photo of you from 10 years ago! 

– First impressions. The design of your LinkedIn profile has changed, and viewers now see less information on first click. Your headline is just 120 characters, so it needs to be short and sharp and sell you! It’s your place to brand yourself. What are you all about? Don’t mention that you’re currently unemployed or looking for new opportunities. These phrases as a huge turn off for employers … 

– Paint a picture of you. While CVs have to be kept concise, LinkedIn allows a little more room for vivid description. Think of this as your online portfolio where you can add digital media, links to websites, graphics, presentations… even videos! Unlike a CV, your LinkedIn profile isn’t tailored for a specific job application or role, so show how diverse your skill set and interests really are.    

– Keywords really are key. When recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn to look for potential candidates, they do a keyword search. Based on the job description and key requirements, they will ask LinkedIn to filter their results. Make sure your LinkedIn profile features the keywords relevant to your industry or the role you are looking for. 

– Real recommendations. A much more efficient version of ‘references’ on a CV! A place where real people can leave real endorsements and recommendations. These build up a picture of you and your work history, making you more trustworthy. The more recommendations you have, the more you will stand out against other candidates. 

– Engage. Remember, LinkedIn is a SOCIAL media channel, so get social! Engage with your connections, comment on their posts, ask questions and get involved in conversations relating to your industry and interests. If you want to, write an article to publish on LinkedIn. This will help to assert your authority and again, build up a picture of you and demonstrate your skills.

But whatever you do, don’t neglect your CV! 

While LinkedIn may appear to have taken over the job seeking market, CVs are still just as important. Don’t forget to keep yours updated whenever you change your LinkedIn. Invest time in tailoring your CV to each and every job you apply for – it may seem like a lot of effort but your success rates will be much higher. Hiring professionals can smell a ‘scatter-gun’ approach from a mile off!

If you’re left feeling out of touch and left behind, get in touch. We specialise in helping candidates to secure their ideal role and we’re ready to share the secrets with you! Just email Katherine on  or call 01223 633535.

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cork-796138_1920When it comes to careers, self-awareness is one of the most powerful career tools out there.

So many people drift through their working lives, never really knowing what they want to be doing with their careers. We often ‘fall into’ jobs, and then find ourselves stuck and feeling frustrated. What a shame!

40% of people at work ‘fall into a career’ they didn’t choose.

Some of these people actually end up loving the job they ‘fell into’, but others wish they had fallen into something else. The other 40% chose a career because of the possibilities, the variety and the way that job made them feel. Then the 20% in the middle did a bit of both, falling and choosing. Which camp do you sit in?

What most people don’t realise is the power of knowing what drives you subconsciously. By finding out what makes you tick at work, you can consciously choose a career that will involve more of what you love, and less of what you don’t.

This is where the LAB (Language And Behaviour) Profile steps in.

The LAB Profile allows us to understand exactly what motivates us, through simple analysis of language. This understanding allows us to pinpoint the traits that make the difference between behaviour that is very effective and behaviour that does not provide the desired results. With this new knowledge, you can identify your ideal career – based on your innate motivations and passions – and ultimately find a job that will keep you interested and engaged!

How can you discover your ideal career with the LAB Profile?   

That’s easy! Unlike a psychometric test, the LAB Profile can be carried out on the phone, Skype or face-to-face. All you need is a LAB Profile Master Practitioner, such as Katherine. After a 30-45 minute conversation, Katherine will help you to understand what makes you tick., what motivates you, and what leaves you feeling disinterested! Once you know that, choosing your ideal career is easy.

We spend around 90,000 hours at work during our lifetime, and that’s a lot of time to be stuck in a job you don’t enjoy. Don’t wait a lifetime to figure out your ideal career!

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