actions

Actions speak louder than words

Body language is just as important as saying the right things during an interview. What if, instead of walking confidently into the room, you sneaked in like a burglar? Or squared up to the hiring manager instead of shaking their hand? Or cowered in the corner while discussing your personal strengths? Continue reading…

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Pippa’s advice on How to Achieve Better Recognition in the Workplace

At school I used to quite look forward to receiving my end of term report. Or at least I did until I was in year nine at which point there was a phase during which I dreaded it. This phase coincided with being best friends with Cassie Robinson and also being at my most hormonal. Not a great mixture. I remember trying to ‘infiltrate’ our faintly alarmed postman one morning, hoping I could get to my report before my parents did. Mum was onto me though. She was deeply suspicious of my early morning appearance so was essentially spying on me from her bedroom window. And so it was that I had to suffer her ‘I’m very disappointed face’ when she discovered that Cassie and I had been, shall we say, a bit disruptive that term. Still, other than that particular time, I was a pretty diligent student on the whole, so usually a report meant proud looks all round and maybe even a few quid to spend. Continue reading…

Interview

5 phrases not to say in an interview

The purpose of an interview is to put a face to a CV – you’ll be asked to elaborate on your listed skills and experiences of course, but it’s predominately an opportunity for your prospective employers to get to know you and for you to get to know them. Continue reading…

bank holidays

Your quick guide to: Bank Holidays

Statutory rights

As an employer, offering time off for a bank holiday is not compulsory. Evidently, in some businesses or industries, not offering time off for a bank holiday would be unfair and problematic. But any right to time off, including bank holidays, needs to clarified in a contract of employment. Continue reading…

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Pippa’s Advice on How Executives should handle their Assistants

I’ve been a PA for years now. I love it and, as my experience and pay packet grow so does my sense of fulfilment. I realise how lucky I am to have a job I enjoy, so maybe the best piece of advice I can ever give is this. Find a job you’re good at. The rest will follow. Continue reading…

social media

Is Social Media Affecting Your Career?

The number of employers using social media to screen candidates has increased by over 500% in the last decade. It’s become common practice to research potential candidates on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, and seeing as 69% of employers have rejected candidates based on what they’ve found on these sites it’s worth spending time ensuring your online reputation isn’t affecting your professional life. Continue reading…

Career Ideas

Transform your working life without changing career

It’s easy to become trapped by a particular career path. It can take considerable effort to break away from a profession you’ve been in for the majority of your working life – perhaps even bordering on impossible for some people – but there are ways to alter your job to be more in tune with your ambitions without dropping everything you’ve achieved and starting all over again.
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