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Labels at work

Posted in: Career Advice, Work Advice

08 Apr 2013 Comments

We know how damaging labelling can be when it is racial, sexual, ‘rich’ or ‘poor’ but what about more subtle forms of labelling that you might come across at work? And if you have a label is it possible to lose it?

Learning to listen

Posted in: Career Advice, Interviews, Jobseeker Advice

27 Mar 2013 Comments

‘No man ever listened himself out of a job.’ Calvin Coolidge, the 30th US President.

Listening may not be on your interview check-list, but it should be. If you can’t demonstrate the ability to listen in an interview, then can you listen in the job? Work-related mistakes are frustrating and costly; call it miscommunication, misinterpretation or just missing the point, half-listening is often a contributory factor. Let’s look at simple ways to improve your listening:

Is it possible to enjoy a job interview?

Posted in: Interviews, Jobseeker Advice

19 Mar 2013 Comments

Jelly legs, the sweats and a dry mouth could be holding you back. I’ve known great candidates, who’ve cancelled last minute or not represented themselves well on interview because they’re wracked with nerves. But it’s not worth stifling your career over something that can be easily overcome at home, for free, and with little or no embarrassment. Follow these tips and you might find you actually enjoy your next job interview:

Telephone interviews - How to get the best out of them

Posted in: Career Advice, Interviews, Jobseeker Advice

28 Feb 2013 Comments

Telephone interviews: Recruiters like them as an effective and inexpensive way of whittling down a strong shortlist of candidates to meet.
They’re good for job seekers too: no random time off to explain to your boss and you won’t have to think about what to wear.
But a surprising number of people don’t take telephone interviews seriously and end up disappointed or red-faced. Here’s how to get it right:

A Manager’s Guide to the Office Winter Blues

Posted in: Management, Seasonal

24 Jan 2013 Comments

The PR profile for the month of January and its paltry neighbour February, needs some work. The mood board for these months is grey and black; empty purses; flu symptoms; drenched hair; cancelled trains and a production line of repetitive routines. Motivating a team wallowing in a place like that isn’t easy. But with a bit of PMA and some classic PR, it can be done. Here’s how:

Interview Prep: A Guide for Senior PR Managers

Posted in: Career Advice, Interviews, Jobseeker Advice

16 Jan 2013 Comments

When you reach a certain level in your career, you may think that your CV says it all: Wrong. Despite dazzling PR credentials, you still need to sell yourself if you want to step up the ladder. In our experience, it’s mid to senior management PRs who are most likely to let themselves down through sloppy interview prep. So, we’ve compiled The Works pre-interview checklist as a reminder:

Business wealth through employees’ health: Get involved with a reader’s offer

Posted in: Guest Blog

11 Jan 2013 Comments

Stress is endemic in many UK companies with 60% admitting that it damages staff retention. So it’s no wonder that there are a growing number of companies investing strategically to support their employees’ good health; keeping their best talent happy, engaged and motivated.
This week guest blogger and ex-Financial PR, Anna Keeble, tells us about her new service, which plans to take care of your employees’ mental and physical wellbeing. Ditch notions of scented candles and think valued, energetic, staff and tangible financial results. Anna explains how it works and invites your company to get involved.

New Year’s career resolutions?

Posted in: Career Advice, Jobseeker Advice, Seasonal

03 Jan 2013 Comments

New Year, new job? If that’s your New Year’s career resolution then you’ll need to think about keeping your CV up to date so that when your dream job comes up, you’re ready to apply. People often leave it too late and risk missing the boat, particularly in the current recruitment climate. Make your CV your gateway to a great opportunity.

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