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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.

    Thursday
    May262016

    Plans for a Clear Future

    At some time in your life, you start doing a very basic calculation about life itself. Maybe it’s related to one particular stage in your life or maybe it’s part of your middle life crisis but you begin to think about questions like “how far is my life going to take me?”,  “how long do I actually think I’m going to live?”, “how effective am I going to be and for how long?

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    Tuesday
    May242016

    Can a Career Break Help You Change Careers?

    So you want to change careers and either leave the field of technology, or break into it. With a specialist career area such as this, it can be a challenge to decide what to move onto if you’ve been working in the industry for the past 20 years, or to pick a particular sector to focus on if you’re trying to get into the industry.

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    Thursday
    May192016

    7 Things to Think About When You Start a New Job

    Starting a new job brings a mixture of emotions. We feel excited and anxious. We cannot wait to get going and yet we step in with trepidation. Here are some things to think about before we start and in our early days.

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    Tuesday
    May172016

    Reward and Motivation – How it Can Work in the 21st Century

    Some time ago and employee share scheme paid out a significant amount of money to its members. At the time, it created a positive stir. Hundreds would share the rewards of a successful business. Whilst this was a good thing, many thousands of contributors did not share in this largess.

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    Thursday
    May122016

    6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Notice Period

    Once we’ve handed our notice in, it can be tempting to just go through the motions of working our notice period. However, just because you know you’re leaving doesn’t mean it’s alright to tread water for the remainder of your time with the company. Both you and your employer deserve better than that. Here’s how you can make the most of the time you have left instead of just clock-watching for an entire month.

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    Tuesday
    May102016

    What Are the Key Stages in Career Change? 

    Career change is usually a big deal and not a decision that’s to be taken lightly. If you’ve decided to change careers it’s probably something you’ve been thinking about for a while. Changing careers isn’t something that happens overnight; it’s a complicated process that involves a number of stages. Below is an explanation of the main stages.

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    Thursday
    May052016

    10 Steps to Aligning Your Cover Letter and CV 

    The prevalent way to gain attention when looking for work is still the CV and the cover letter that goes with it. If you choose to take this route, here are 10 tips on how you can align those two documents with one another.

    1. Think About Who’s Reading

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    Tuesday
    May032016

    7 Ways to Identify the Right Role for You

    While there’s no such thing as the “perfect job”, somewhere out there is the role that’s right for you at this particular stage in your life.  Before you can go get it, however, you need to know what it actually is. Here are some steps you can take towards identifying what type of role is right for you, right now.

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    Thursday
    Apr282016

    Why Listen to Careers Podcasts?

    A podcast is effectively any piece of digital audio recording that you can listen to by streaming online or downloading to a device such as a computer or smartphone. Many such recordings that are explicitly branded and marketed as podcasts are produced as a series of regular episodes that listeners can subscribe to. Given this format, it’s no surprise that more and more podcasts that feature job search tips, career change advice and thoughts on general career development and employment issues are appearing on the internet. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth giving these careers podcasts a listen.

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    Tuesday
    Apr262016

    Learning to Lead: Understanding Self and Understanding Others

    Whenever we think of leadership or management we make an assumption that the person who is the leader or manager has the necessary resource available to them. This resource comes in many guises. It could be projects and tasks with people and money or responsibility for assets, which could include buildings, ships, computers. But the one thing that is likely to be most crucial to the performance of a leader or manager is how they manage the people resource that they have available to them. These days that isn’t always as crystal clear as it might be if you have a shared resource or you live in a matrix management environment.

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