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    Career Blog

    Welcome to the Position Ignition Career Blog, where you will find career advice for your career change, job search and career development. Explore our advice on career planning, how to change careers, personal and professional development and more.

    Tuesday
    Sep302014

    8 Ways to Deal with Competitive Peers

    At work, you may have noticed people in your peer group who are clearly trying to make their way to the top of the organisation. They don’t care whose toes they have to tread on – and that includes yours. Although you’re also obviously trying to make a good impression in the workplace, there’s no point getting into a “tit-for-tat” situation with competitive colleagues as this rarely ends well for you or for the organisation as a whole. You have to strike the balance between being able to understand and work with these people and not letting them get in the way of your own ambitions.

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    Thursday
    Sep252014

    8 Professional Soft Skills That Shouldn't Be Underestimated (and Why) 

     

    Soft skills are often underestimated, yet their importance can’t be overestimated. They are what mark us out from the rest of the crowd as exceptional job candidates, employees and leaders. Many of us may struggle to define what a soft skill is or to name specific ones. With that in mind, here’s an explanation of 8 different soft skills that you should strive to develop or, if you’re already conscious of having them, aim to use more often. 

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    Tuesday
    Sep232014

    The Biggest Barrier To Career Change And What To Do About It

    Stuck in a rut, but petrified of taking the big leap? Trapped by a high salary, strong track record or the expectations of family and friends? You know you want out, but everyone around you says you’d be insane to give up what you have? Lucy Watson explores how to overcome the voices holding you back.

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    Thursday
    Sep182014

    10 Most Common Issues a Manager Has to Deal With

    Being a manager is not nearly as easy as it sounds. If you take on that type of job, there are two main categories of problems that you will immediately become aware of. The first is the time pressures. The second is people issues. What are the most common issues that crop up within each of these categories and how do you deal with them?

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    Tuesday
    Sep162014

    The Power of Conscious Listening

    In this recent Tedx Talk, Julian Treasure explores the power of conscious listening, one of the silent skills of communication, and explores ways to improve how we listen, and how in turn this can positively impact our lives and relationships.

     

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    Thursday
    Sep112014

    10 Ways to Manoeuvre a Change in Roles Internally

    The issues you have to consider when attempting to switch roles internally are very different to what you have to deal with when you’re trying to change employers. Here are some tips for succeeding in the face of the very specific challenges that an internal job change brings with it.

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    Tuesday
    Sep092014

    10 Reasons Why You May Need a Career Change

    Sometimes the need for a career change pops up at very short notice and rather surprises us with its intensity. Sometimes our need for a career change lingers for a long time, almost festering in the back of our mind, rumbling away and causing us anxiety because we’re not doing anything about it. What are the reasons why we may need a career change? Let’s look at the range of possible issues.

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    Thursday
    Sep042014

    11 Tips for Making it as a Freelancer

    There are now millions of people working independently, as freelancers. If this is something that you’re interested in pursuing here are some handy tips to help you make it.

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    Tuesday
    Sep022014

    Animation of the Month: 7 Ways to Improve Your Listening Skills

    The ability to listen well is often an undervalued skill and can bring a wide range of benefits to both your work and everyday life.  What's more, you can become a much more effective listener in just a few simple steps.  Take a look at our latest animation and see the difference it makes.

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    Thursday
    Aug282014

    10 Steps to Starting a New Career from Scratch 

    Although starting a new career from scratch when you’re already secure in your current one may seem like a thankless task, it is a direction that many of us want to go in. Here are some tips for getting started.

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