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How to be a truly exceptional Account Director in corporate communications

Posted in: Career Advice, Corporate Communications, PR and Communications

09 Mar 2016 Comments

With exceptional Account Directors in the Corporate Communications area being highly sought after, we know a thing or two about the key skills that our clients are expecting when they come to us in search of a star player to fill this role. The following gems will help you identify if you have the skills that will take you to the next level, and make you a truly outstanding Account Director.

How to succeed in your job search in 3 easy steps

Posted in: Career Advice, Jobseeker Advice, PR and Communications

26 Jan 2016 Comments

For many PR and communications professionals, fitting a job search into a busy job schedule, let alone succeeding in a job search can be a challenging process. In order to land your dream job there are some key factors to think about, and having a strategy to support your search can be instrumental in defining your success. This week we share our three key steps for your strategy which will guarantee success in your job search.

Have you got a clear promotion plan for you and your team? If not, why not? Sarah advises PR Week

Posted in: Career Advice, Management, Market Views, PR and Communications

19 Jan 2016 Comments

It’s a well-known fact that progressing your career can leave most comms professionals frustrated and scratching their heads. In a recent survey, lack of progression came as the number 1 reason for losing your staff. Surely it is time to get some clarity on the situation. What do you do as a Head of Comms wanting a seat at the board table? Or an agency Director wanting the next step up? Do you know how to go about it? Or perhaps you want to move from agency to in-house, like many PR professionals.

The headhunters reveal their goals for 2016 - What are yours?

Posted in: Career Advice, PR and Communications, Seasonal

12 Jan 2016 Comments

Resolutions are typically focused around attempting to deny your own deeply ingrained habits – the usual suspects; drink less, give up sugar, go the gym every day. Whereas goals are usually set with a view to where you want to be at the end of the year – a vision of where you will be on your career path, where you want to have travelled to, your financial situation. We ask the team to share their goals for 2016 and spread some inspirational cheer for the New Year.

Heads of Comms – Are the members of your team honking like geese?

Posted in: Career Advice, Inspiration, PR and Communications

29 Oct 2015 Comments

One of my top reads for this year has to be ‘Gung Ho!: How to Motivate People in Any Organisation’ – a brilliant book that uses the behaviour of animals to demonstrate how people should interact in order to work more productively and make organisations more successful. If you’ve ever wondered why geese are so incredibly noisy when they fly overhead then I have the answer. They’re cheering each other on – not just the goose at the head of the group, the whole group. Honk! Honk! Honk! Which got me thinking – are all the members of my team honking like geese at each other to create a culture of praise and recognition?

How to be a better leader - Watch our video

Posted in: Career Advice, Inspiration, PR and Communications

25 Aug 2015 Comments

Let’s think about how to best define ‘a leader.’ A leader is someone who has a certain amount of expertise in their industry, and they are willing – and do – share their insights with those around them. They are good at not only sharing their knowledge and wisdom, but also at teaching others. A leader is trusted, inspiring and is viewed as a credible source by the team. They deliver consistent value with integrity and passion, they take responsibility for their actions, and they’re always willing to go the extra mile.

Step up and be that Superstar Head of Comms you aspire to be

Posted in: Career Advice, Corporate Communications, PR and Communications

20 Aug 2015 Comments

What makes a successful Head of Comms? Certain skills and qualities spring to mind immediately: a fantastic people manager, a great breadth of comms expertise across numerous disciplines, a source of sound senior counsel, incredibly well networked both inside and outside business, and a contact book that is the envy of many, brimming with the names of journalists and professionals across the industry. However, what is it that makes a truly remarkable Head of Comms?

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