Isn’t it funny how a weekend feels like two minutes instead of two days but a working week can feel like five years instead of five days? You might think that your week is destined to last a lifetime simply because of the work element, but you really don’t have to spend the whole of it just waiting for 5pm on Friday.
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Are you in a good job? Are you feeling safe and secure in your environment? Do you believe there are prospects for you? If you can say yes to these questions, well done. That is a great position to be in. Even if you’re in that position and you’re reading this, you may still want to consider what you can do. Why do we pose that as suggestion to you? The reason is that, what with the uncertainty that there seems to continuously be in our national economies, anything can happen at any stage. This may be obvious to you, but you may still have been flowing through your career without giving much thought to a contingency plan.
Social media is impacting the world of work. It is here to stay, necessary and fundamental when it comes to managing your career.
What is social media? Social media is about social science, not technology. Social media channels are a conduit to building virtual social networks and relationships with feeling, caring, passionate, thinking professional people. Social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest provide people with channels to engage in productive conversations in the virtual world; connecting, sharing, learning and exchanging ideas, thoughts, feelings, work and business opportunities.
The HR function makes a superb contribution to organisational life. That’s one view. Another view is that actually they are difficult and it is wise for us to understand how we can manage our way round it. Is HR a friend or a foe?
The way that organizations are led, governed and regulated is increasingly important in the 21st century. There is increasing attention being paid by regulatory bodies to ensure that companies are well led. But also there are practicalities around just how possible it is to assure that this is so.
Position Ignition runs a webinar entitled “Becoming a Non Executive Director (NED)”, which is run successfully for alumni of business schools. The webinar treads carefully through the main components of what a NED is. NEDs have privileges. And these privileges grant them status, influence and sometimes big rewards. Directors have responsibilities and if these responsibilities are not met and if mistakes are made they can be hugely costly. They can cost a person their reputation, cost them their assets and, in extremis, can end them up in jail. So it’s an important subject with high stakes and anybody interested in becoming a NED needs to understand the range of issues. Some of these issues are about the context of board of which the NED is a member.
The webinar covers why NEDs exist and why they are important. It covers what a NED is and what they actually do as a board director. It covers also what working at board level entails and how NEDs operate in different environments, different sectors of the economy and different sizes of organization. The webinar also covers practical issues such as how you go about becoming one, how you build a portfolio career, how important networking is and how you actually get started on this road.
Recent guides on this subject have identified the importance of independence and challenge from NEDs. They’ve also identified the criticality of objective decision-making and of avoiding areas of conflict. NEDs must demand the highest quality of information for which they can make their best judgements and decisions. They must personally take responsibility for ensuring that their training and development is not only good enough but ongoing.
In a world where more independent workers are arriving into the market than ever before, the role of NED is a crucial one. These professionals are healthy, serious people with quite a lot of time and energy still to give to the economy. This role will continue to attract individuals from many different backgrounds who believe, quite rightly, that they have much to offer.
Do you want to be a Non Executive Director? Do you know what it takes and how to become a NED? Watch this 80 minute webinar on-demand Becoming a Non Executive Director and discover what it takes to become a successful NED now.
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Following our involvement in the Guardian Careers Live Q&A on using your hobbies to get a job, we thought we’d put together some thoughts on the subject. You can’t just shove a Hobbies & Interests section into your CV and expect it to land you a job. You have to show how your interests are actually relevant to the job you’re applying to. Here are some tips for doing just that.
Have you ever thought about re-locating and building your career in another country?
This is a guest post from AP Executive, leading global financial recruiter, who in this article, shares with you why if you’re in the money business it may make financial sense for you to uproot and move to Switzerland.
In recent years, more and more Britons of all ages have been relocating to Switzerland to work in the country's burgeoning financial sector.
The executive recruitment process is one like no other, and businesses can ill-afford to leave room for error during it. It’s important to match candidates accurately to the job requirements in order to identify the perfect match.
This is a guest post from Pareto who will share with you a brief summary of one of their most recent white papers, ‘Filtering out the best’.
LinkedIn has over 200 million members in over 150 countries. The power of the site’s tools and methodologies are starting to show how impressive a community has been created. There are many facets of LinkedIn, of which getting recommended is but one, albeit an important one.
The most effective way to leverage your network for a career change is to pay attention to it and nurture it well in advance of going through any career transition process. That way, when the time comes to ask people for help with your career switch, you’ll already have positioned yourself to get more out of it than if you just appear out of the blue to take without giving.