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
Job requirements. The first thing you look at when hoping to apply for a job. The first thing that worries you when hoping to apply for a job. Failure to develop certain key skills will affect your career development and opportunities regardless of any qualifications. We believe there are 7 key skills everyone needs to … Continue reading 7 skills to start your career: 1. Resilience
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.
In August 2018, Epic Games said nearly 80 million people played "Fortnite". (source) 'Carried in squad', a common term used in this game normally means you haven't contributed to the team but you can stay in the game and your team can still win - they have carried you. You can be carried in squads if … Continue reading Carrying a team member? Good for you.
Have you ever been too scared to speak up at meetings? Knowing that if you had to speak up - whether about a certain topic or to certain people, would result in an unhealthy level of anxiety? Chances are if you have had a few jobs by now, you may have been in this position … Continue reading Too scared to speak up in meetings?
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?
"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).
The only mistake you are making in this situation is by not taking action. It doesn't matter how many times you hear "everyone makes mistakes", being stuck in a job where you feel you keep making too many mistakes is a very anxious corner to be in. It takes a lot of work to fight … Continue reading Worried about making mistakes at work? Take action.
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?
One of my worst jobs was my very first job upon leaving school. I hated it and it made me miserable. Stuck in a job you hate is a horrible feeling and one that can seriously affect your own wellbeing. There are steps you can take though to improve the situation... It was in the … Continue reading Hate your job? Don’t ignore it.