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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
    Jul242014

    10 Ways to Manage Up and Across  

    Getting what you want and need from your colleagues and superiors is not always easy but can make a real difference to your professional life, from enabling you to do your job well to affecting your chances of promotion. Take a look at these tips to help you get what you want at work.

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    Tuesday
    Jul222014

    10 Steps to Negotiating Working From Home

    Although the press would have us believe that remote working is “the new normal” – and for some employers and employees it is— it’s unlikely that your boss, or anyone else’s, is going to let hitherto office-based workers start working from home at the drop of a hat. Your organisation allowing you to work from home will naturally be conditional on the setting of specific boundaries and guidelines. Here are some tips on how to negotiate both the opportunity to work remotely and the conditions of such a psychological re-contracting between you and your employer.

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    Thursday
    Jul172014

    10 Key Elements for a Career Map

    Mapping out the tools you need to advance your career can really help set you on an upward path. Take a look at these ideas to help you get where you want to go.

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    Thursday
    Jul102014

    10 Ways Career Coaching Can Help You Get a Promotion

    There are times when you might want a third party specialist to help you move upwards within an organization. Getting promotions these days is not always as easy as we think and it can be helpful to have a career coach on board.

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    Tuesday
    Jul082014

    10 Ways to Explain a Gap in Your CV

    Gaps in CVs are anxiety-inducing. It can be tempting to lie on your CV and pretend that you have no long gaps between jobs. However, the right option is always to tell the truth. Here are ten tips on explaining gaps in your CV honestly while still selling yourself as the right candidate for the job.

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    Thursday
    Jul032014

    9 Key Board Level Challenges

    For many people, reaching the level of a board appointment is a critical achievement in their career. Whether you join a small-to-medium company or a medium-to-large one, the board is a significant forum, one that is respected internally and externally as the pinnacle of the organisation. Here are the challenges that you’re likely to face when you get into the boardroom.

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    Tuesday
    Jul012014

    Animation of the Month: 7 Tips for First Time Leaders

    Being the boss for the first time can be a daunting experience. Get some help to set you on your way with the latest in the series of our career animations.

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    Thursday
    Jun262014

    What You Need to Know About Job Interviews

    Are you a first-time job seeker who’s just left school or college or is in the final stages of university? Perhaps you’ve been in the same role or at least with the same employer for ages and you haven’t had to go through the job search process in all that time. If we find ourselves in any of these scenarios, our impression of what a job interview is may be very far from reality. We can all benefit from a reminder of what a job interview is by definition, what we can expect from interviews, and what’s expected of us.

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    Tuesday
    Jun242014

    10 Ways to Develop Your Professional Toolkit

    Steven Covey in his book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” talked about “sharpening the saw”. How can we be not just good at what we do but better? We have to attend to that, in his view, on a regular basis. There are others who have reflected on a similar theme. The human drive is to be better tomorrow than we were yesterday, whether that is conscious or unconscious. We don’t deliberately desire to be worse than we were yesterday. We live in an environment that insists upon standards rising. If we subscribe to that view we will have a professional toolkit that we have to build on and develop and get better at regularly. How exactly can we develop this toolkit?

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    Thursday
    Jun192014

    11 Ways to Better Understand Others 

    When it comes to being professional in our careers, a “me, me, me” approach is only going to get you so far. As the old adage says, there’s no “I” in team. In order for us to be successful, we need to understand other people better. These are tips to do just that.

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