7 skills to start your career: 2. Communication

I haven’t seen a job description yet that didn’t say strong/good/effective  communication skills were essential. If you can’t communicate well, you can be sure of challenges ahead – job interviews, team working, dealing with issues, dealing with customers, selling products, selling yourself – whatever your job involves, this skill is something that must be developed … Continue reading 7 skills to start your career: 2. Communication

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Scared of criticsm? It’s much scarier to get none at all.

Everyone gets criticism, everyone handles it differently. Imagine a piano with its wonderful 88 keys. Comparatively speaking, our tolerance of criticism is often at Middle C - on a scale from the most debilitating reaction and fear (the lower octaves) to being welcomed and encouraged (the higher octaves). "Don't take this the wrong way but..." … Continue reading Scared of criticsm? It’s much scarier to get none at all.

Think your boss should be working for you?

Several people think like this.  Some are right, some are wrong. Either way, working for a boss who you think is less qualified than you, is a very frustrating position to be in.   And waiting for them to leave is even more frustrating.  Managing this situation requires 3 actions: Assessment of facts. Analysis of the … Continue reading Think your boss should be working for you?

Keep getting rejected after a job interview? (Hint: there’s a good chance the feedback is not helping you).

"We would like to offer you the job", are those fantastic words that everyone wants to hear after an interview. You may be even more desperate to hear that wonderful sentence if the interview process has consisted of several interviews, assessments and whatever other hoops the potential employer has made you jump through. I haven't … Continue reading Keep getting rejected after a job interview? (Hint: there’s a good chance the feedback is not helping you).

Will a potential employer discriminate against me for being off work with work-related stress?

This is a common question and one I wish I could answer with a simple "no of course they won't" but if employers are honest, they will accept that this is not the world they live in yet.  Even those rated the best employers will struggle, if at interview you tell them you have been … Continue reading Will a potential employer discriminate against me for being off work with work-related stress?