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Why you need a career plan

As the old adage goes, 'fail to prepare - prepare to fail', and this very much applies to your career. Without a plan, what hope do you have of achieving your goals? Of course, there is an argument for remaining flexible and open to new opportunities as they arise, but this does not need to happen at the expense of long-term goals and a clear view of the direction you are heading ...

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You'll reach your earning peak 'during 40s'... correct?

Conventional wisdom says that the majority of employees will reach their earning peak during their forties. This coincides with the age when most individuals reach the zenith of their career curve, having progressed through a structured career ladder and gained around 20 years of experience in order to reach a senior position within an organisation.   At this age, experience is ...

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Top tips for being the new person.

Top tips for being the new person. Being the new person on the job is nerve-wracking and exciting in equal measure. So how can you ace your first few days and ensure that you fit in?   Take your time   It's wise to get a sense of the hierarchy - both formal and informal - and the team culture when you begin in a new role. This will help you to negotiate it effectively ...

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Top 5 reasons people quit their job

Every organisation fears losing its best staff. Not only is staff turnover an expensive cost within the business, but every departing star takes with them a mass of vital organisational knowledge that takes time and energy to replicate in a new hire. Nearly every time, it is better for the business to retain good staff, rather than need to recruit good replacements. So what are the top five ...

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Questions you should be asking that head hunter when they call.

The best guys and girls in the business will be regularly contacted by headhunters selling new opportunities. But what if this happens to you? Apart from the satisfaction of knowing that you are a target candidate - how do you deal with the call?   Firstly, know that the role is likely to be a senior one. Headhunters work at executive search level, and usually recruit for high ...

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Is the traditional CV dead?

Is the traditional CV dead? Many believe that the traditional CV is becoming obsolete, as the use of social media and digital communication becomes ever more prevalent. But is it the case that the traditional CV is no longer relevant, or does it still have its place in securing you that dream job?   Ultimately, the rise of social media profiles, videos and other more engaging CV ...

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How to make your mark when entering a new team?

When you enter a new team at work, you'll want to make your mark quickly, effectively - and for all the right reasons! Our guide will help you to position yourself in the best possible way from the word go.   Look the part   First impressions count, so make sure you are wearing your best workwear and look utterly presentable and professional on your first few days. Even ...

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How To Answer The Question 'What Was Your Last Salary?'

Many people apply for jobs that pay more than their current roles. Equally, some individuals will apply to roles that they particularly want, but will be afraid to ask for too much money for fear that it knocks them out of the running. Knowing that the salary question will come up at interview either way, what is the best way to deal with it, and prepare with a great response?   Be ...

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So, you have lost your job

So, you have lost your job. Being made redundant can be a very frightening time. Not only might you feel helpless and angry, but you may also find yourself sinking into a bit of a depression. This is easy to do, especially if you have a family or big financial commitments to fulfill.   You may have a hundred and one questions running through your mind about how you will cope and ...

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Most people will be dealt a curveball at some point in their career but dealing with disappointment and setbacks can make you stronger

Most people will be dealt a curveball at some point in their career but dealing with disappointment and setbacks can make you stronger, more resilient, and more likely to make the most of future opportunities.   There are many career setbacks that can befall even the most able of employees, but being passed over for promotion is one of the most common and disheartening. You may ...

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Many organisations are of the opinion that they can call the shots when it comes to hiring new talent

Many organisations are of the opinion that they can call the shots when it comes to hiring new talent, and while an economic downturn can give a recruiter the upper hand in finding suitable candidates, generally speaking, the best candidates will be picky when job hunting, no matter what the economic climate.   The goal of any organisation is to attract the best candidates for an ...

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It is a sad fact that almost everyone will encounter a mean boss at some point in their career

It is a sad fact that almost everyone will encounter a mean boss at some point in their career. A study of 4,500 workers in Denmark's public services revealed the truth in the old statement that people do not leave jobs, they leave bosses.   It can be tempting to jump ship if every day feels like a battle working for someone who does not appear to value you or offer you the support ...

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You have just had the news that despite all of your hard work

You have just had the news that despite all of your hard work, your dream job has gone to somebody else. No matter whether you receive the news face-to-face, over the phone or via letter or email, that sinking feeling of disappointment is always the same. The news is especially hard to take if you had felt positive about the interview or interviews.   Of course on the outside it is ...

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Why it is important for your recruitment process to be first class

Businesses must invest in their recruitment processes for a number of reasons. Failure to get it right won't simply result in a bad hire, but can also result in a poor employer image. Let's take a look at some of the risks - and opportunities - involved in recruitment.   Giving feedback to candidates   Many businesses today are stretched in terms of their work ...

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Whether you are a small start

Whether you are a small start-up business or a large multinational, every organisation will want to attract the best candidates to come and work for them. If you have a job post advertised and the response from potential employees is lukewarm, or you are just not attracting the right calibre of candidate, then it is possible that you are not doing enough to make your company and the role sound ...

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The managerial essentials needed to win a World Cup

Winning the World Cup is considered to be the crowning glory for any football manager, as it showcases an ability to reach the very highest level.   But overcoming the very best that the world has to offer is no easy task from handling the pressure to keeping all of the star players happy, there is plenty to consider.   The best managers in football, as in any ...

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What should you reveal during salary talks?

Salary negotiations are always an exciting and potentially tense time within an interview - particularly for the candidate, but equally for the hiring manager, who will be working to a specific budget, and looking to play 'salary poker' accordingly!   If you are applying for a role within the ERP sector and keen to maximise the rate at which you might be offered the role, you need ...

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Is Salary Transparency a Good Idea?

One of the most controversial topics in business today concerns staff salaries and transparency. Employees have always wanted to know what their peers earned, but in former years there was rarely a suggestion that this information could - or should - be shared, particularly in the private sector, where salaries were set by individual.   Other sectors avoided the problem entirely ...

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How to know your staff are overworked?

As an employer, it's easy to see if your staff are overworked if you know what signs to look for, and staff generally broadcast rather clear signals that they are struggling to cope, are extremely stressed or are under too much pressure.   For employers, line managers or any other person in a position of control it's important to keep your eye out and identify the signs of ...

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How not to end up taking your work on holiday with you

Recent research has revealed that 44 per cent of people do some work while they are on holiday.   Staff and managers should be encouraged to take a real break, however, to help them to return with renewed energy and be less likely to burn out.   Setting the right example   It is a fact that working without a break can lead to reduced productivity and ...

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How to grab attention when presenting in a meeting

The challenge of meetings Meetings are an essential component of every business. They give manager and staff members the opportunity to gather together, and disseminate information, as well as enable discussion and answering of any questions. However, for most people presenting in a meeting, there is often the challenge of ensuring that how they present and what they have to say will maintain ...

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