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Personality at Work

By Jessica Chivers, founder of The Talent Keeper Specialists (www.talentkeepers.co.uk) and author of Mothers Work! How to Get a Grip on Guilt and Make a Smooth Return to Work (Hay House, 2011). Nicky Dulieu (CEO of Hobbs) has called on women to be more authentic at work. Market research by...
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Value Your Achievements – Chilli Pepper Career Blog

“The problem is that most people focus on their failures rather than their successes. But the truth is that most people have more successes than failures” Jack Canfield In my last career blog I spoke about identifying your added value and recognising your transferable skills and how these skills are...
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Moving Past The Obstacles to Change – Part IV

Asssumptions….The Mother of All F*@k Ups? “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off once in a while or the light won’t come in.” Alan Alda Many personal ‘dilemmas’ that clients present to coaches can be addressed by helping the client to change the beliefs that created...
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What if women ruled the World?

Subtle sexism? A business man once told me (seriously) that I should “dress sexier” because “if a man doesn’t want to have sex with you, then he probably isn’t listening to you”. He genuinely believed he was giving me sound advice. Previously, a female partner at a city law firm,...
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Why does nobody do what you tell them?

So this week we learned that pressing the button at a pedestrian crossing is pointless. Well so is just telling your people what to do, explains careers coach Lucinda Harlow… ‘Powerless pedestrians’ hit the headlines this week as we learned the shocking truth – there is no connection with pressing...
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Can video interviewing work against you?

The latest trend to hit the realm of recruitment is video interviewing – the world is fast becoming a smaller place, and women everywhere are choosing careers abroad, so it’s about time they made the interview process a little more convenient. However, as convenient as the video interview is, can...
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Dressing like your boss could lead to promotion? | New Survey reveals

A recent survey suggests that a 3rd of workers admit to dressing like their bosses and colleagues because managers more likely to reward employees who imitate their look. Is this not really subconscious and not pre-meditated? Corporate uniform to improve productivity? More than half of employees said they were influenced...
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Are you a Career Chameleon?

Think you know what your career’s going to look like forever? Or are you savvy enough to know it’s survival of the most flexible in the modern workplace? Nothing is forever, says executive coach Lucinda Harlow. So read her expert advice on how to join the Career Chameleons… I went...
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Will learning another language really help your career?

When you’re in the midst of a busy job and using a variety of skills every day, you rarely consciously face any barriers because you only know one language. It can therefore be hard to grasp why so many people insist that a second language will help your career. Even...
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10 Ways to Manage Multiple Bosses

Guest post by Simon North, Founder of Position Ignition, the UK’s leading career development and career learning company and the Career Ignition Club. Simon is also the author of How to Get the Job You Want eBook. Having multiple people to report to is not a new phenomenon. Many organisations...
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10 Benefits of Career Change

Guest post by Nisa Chitakasem, Founder of Position Ignition and author of Make Your Career Change Happen and 85 Mid Life Career Change Tips. If you’re currently trying to decide whether or not to change careers, it’s a good idea to weigh up the pros and cons of making a...
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Moving Beyond the Obstacles to Change – Part III

“Man is so imprisoned in his type of thinking that he is simply incapable of fully understanding another standpoint.” Carl Jung How many ways do you think there are of seeing the same thing? At least as many ways as there are people looking at it. No, that’s not a...
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Do your own PR with our new IN-HOUSE PR package! – JHPR

PR is essential for any business, brand or service provider. It is the cornerstone to every business plan, and you neglect it to your detriment. More effective and cheaper than advertising, the beauty of PR is that the more effort you make to promote your brand, the greater the impact...
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Networking – Success by Design – not by accident

Networking is often something women find especially hard to do.  So what’s the point?  It’s all chewing the fat and having drinks with people you don’t really know – much better to get out there and be excellent at your job and deliver stuff right ? – well, perhaps not....
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Your way or no way?

My family have a tradition of a big family holiday once a year. Organising it is a serious headache and it’s that time again. To give you the lowdown, I’m one of four so used to a bit of rough and tumble. Mayhem could well be our middle name. Being the youngest I learned early on in the game how...
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Learn to Love the Job You’re In

Are you unhappy at work and feeling de-motivated but for one reason or another, are not in a position to change jobs at the moment?  This could be due to family commitments, location, financial reasons or because you are worried about the instability in this current economic climate. If you...
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Mindfulness and Communication

There is much talk of Mindfulness right now.  It’s creeping ever gently into the business arena – a trend I’m particularly pleased about (if not a tad cynical that it will become the latest fad…. “7 Habits of Highly Effective Meditators”….?) As a long-standing advocate of anything related to taking...
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Pregnancy and maternity related discrimination

Purely PA Recruitment will be working with Rumm Employment Law to bring you a series of these articles over the next year ….. A briefing by David Rumm Principal of Rumm Employment Law This is a very hot topic at the moment with us seeing lots of litigation in all...
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