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9 ways to shine in your first 100 days

Posted in: Career Advice, Jobseeker Advice

21 Jun 2013 Comments

When you start in a new job, making a good impression is one thing, but knowing how to shine and to keep on shining through your first 100 days is a different proposition. In PR you want to be known and be seen, but achieving that without labelling yourself as the latest self-publicist to join the agency requires some subtlety. Here are some tips.

Time wasters at work: The worst offenders uncovered

Posted in: Work Advice

29 Apr 2013 Comments

We’re all guilty of frittering away a few minutes at work now and again; Facebook, LinkedIn, online shopping, organising your social life etc etc. And then there’s the extra pressure caused by disorganised work colleagues. They’re the people whose poor time management impinges on your day. So what’s the best way to deal with time wasting and time wasters? We have some answers:

How to get noticed by recruiters

Posted in: Career Advice, CV, Jobseeker Advice

20 Apr 2013 Comments

If you’re looking for your next career move, then you’ll probably need help from some specialists. A high percentage of PR roles are filled with help from Executive Search and Recruitment Consultancy companies. Once you’ve made contact with the top consultancies, you need to stay pro-active. As well as having an eye-catching CV, there are other ways to ensure your name is on the tip of your consultant’s tongue when the right job comes up.…..

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:

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