The greatest difference you can make to your job search is changing the way you think about it. Jill Boggiss explores how reflecting on what you want and why, and adopting a positive approach, are key to a successful and satisfying future.
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If you are attending an event, you might be going there wanting to make some new connections and to make a good and lasting impression. It is also a brilliant opportunity to build your brand and reputation in your industry and to become better known for your particular area of expertise.
As we get older our priorities change. We have more, or at least different, responsibilities, both in financial terms and in terms of our families. This affects the way we work.
If you find yourself exhausted in the office, surviving off regular doses of coffee and collapsing when you reach the weekend, your work is already affecting your health and it’s time to make changes to your work routines and general lifestyle before you become completely burnt out.
In an interview in 2009, Charles Handy, who has long predicted the changing shape of businesses and the workplace, stated that our leaders in the future would be younger (in his view the core enterprise would be led by individuals under the age of 40). His rationale may be predicated on the need to understand technology and the impact of it. Everything moves faster and you need to be fit enough physiologically to maintain that momentum. As the years roll on and you naturally slow down, leaders over 40 years will become less likely to hold their positions for long.
With personal branding, there are no hard and fast rules. However, if you want to be ahead of the competition as a professional, it would be wise of you to avoid thinking or doing any of the following things:
All of us, to a greater or lesser degree, are multitalented. Knowing that, it can be difficult to make choices about what to do with our career. There has never been a moment, in Position Ignition’s experience as career specialists, where we haven’t come across a client who has multiple career options.
Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. In this TED Talk she offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.