Whether applying for a job with a different employer or seeking an internal move within your current organisation, it’s important to check that the values of the new company or department are aligned with yours. In order to do this, we must first have a decent understanding of our own values. In day-to-day life, it can be hard to find the time and space to identify and contemplate our values. These tips are designed to help you carve out that time and space.
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We hear terms such as “life coach” and “career coaching” bandied about a lot these days, but if we’ve never had a coach it’s hard to know what coaching entails and why it would be useful to us. This article aims to lift the lid on why coaching could be useful to you, your career and your life in general.
Quite often we believe that networking with senior people will be good for us. Let’s examine why we believe that might be true. They are able to give us greater responsibility. They have had experience that we have not had. They can be role models for us. They may well have experiences in their past that if we knew more about we might think about for our own career. These are just some of the reasons why networking with our superiors might be useful. If you can relate to any of these reasons, you’ll be interested in the tips below.
When you walk into a job interview, you want to know you’re ready for it. Knowing you’ve prepared as well as you can gives you a confidence that can only serve to help you in the interview. Once you’ve covered the areas below in your interview preparation, you can be sure you’re ready for the big day.
It’s natural for our hearts to sink when we realise that we’ll be working closely with someone we just don’t get on with. We spend so much time at work that it can be a real downer to have to spend the majority of that time with someone we can’t actually stand to be around.
With friends like these, who needs a recruiter? If that’s not your immediate thought when you think about your pals in conjunction with your job search, perhaps it’s time for a rethink. Your friends are as much a part of your network as your boss, colleagues, fellow alumni, mentors and coaches and there’s no reason why they can’t help you find a job in much the same way as these other types of contacts can.
When do we manage and when do we lead? For some of us this is easy to answer in a work context because we are in a professional environment where we recognise those definitions. But in life, we use skills like this in lots of different ways. So how do we go about building leadership skills that we can use in all facets of what we do?
If you’re thinking of a career change, it may be that you want to switch sector or industry completely. Whether you already know which industry you want to shift to or you’re considering quite a few, you will need to do your research to confirm this is where you want to go next and to work out how to proceed. Here are some tips for carrying out that research.
If you neglect your network when you think you don’t need it, your network will neglect you when you do need it. Everyone hates that one person in their network who only gets in touch when they need something. Here’s why you need to continuously nurture your network.
You’ve finished school or university and you don’t know what to do next. All the career advice out there tells you to explore your options and try out different types of work, but how are you meant to fund this experimentation? Whether you’re looking to fund a gap year, a business idea or some other project that could help launch a long-term career, there are ways of making it happen.