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I’ve got an interview – should I tell my boss?

Posted in: Career Advice, Interviews, Jobseeker Advice

12 Apr 2013 Comments

If you haven’t got an offer in the bag, a start date and a contract then keep shtum about job hunting; there are some things your boss doesn’t need to know, and this is one of them. But if you’re working in PR it’s long-hours, with the day being re-written and re-scheduled with no notice - there’s never a convenient moment to pop out for interviews, without being missed or sussed out. It’s a problem; so what do you do?...

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:

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:

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.

Beating Workplace Bullies

Posted in: Career Advice, The Working World, Work Advice

21 Nov 2012 Comments

People leave their jobs for many different reasons; bullying is one of them. It may not be stated as a specific reason, but as a professional recruiter, it’s not difficult to piece things together and realise that it’s behind the desire to move on. There’s lots of advice out there about dealing with this insidious issue, and as this week is National Anti-Bullying Week we’d like to do our bit and share some of it with you.

The Secret of Keeping Good People in a Difficult Market

Posted in: Career Advice, The Working World, Work Advice

07 Nov 2012 Comments

This week we hear from guest blogger, Dave Kibby, a specialist in 'thinking' and the impact of motivation and mindset within business. He has coached Executives and International sports people to help them make sense of their thinking and get the very best results. Dave shares his thoughts about how to retain your best people, in a market where budgets are being slashed but money still talks.

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