Need a Job?

Vacancies are easy to find. The right vacancies are another story. Who do you want to work for? How do you know they are a good employer? Will you really want to work for them after the glow of getting that job has worn off?

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You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone! That is true of many things… including great connections who can help you get that job. At some point you knew someone who knew someone who could open that door for you. Did you keep in touch? Who you know, makes more impact than what you know pre-interview.

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  Getting a job is easy when you already have one!   That might well be true. But not because employers prefer employed people per se   The real reason is employed people interview better   Here are 5 reasons why:   (1) CONFIDENCE   When you have a job, you feel confident. Confident that […]

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Written by Anne-Marie Jennings   Does being a permanent jobseeker make life hard?   It’s been a while since I’ve told you anything about my precarious employment situation             Not because writing no longer holds any interest for me (nothing could be further from the truth)             I simply haven’t been able to sit down […]

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Written by Bob Howard-Spink   Never a better time to work for yourself!   What?  Surely that can’t be true.  What with all the economic gloom and uncertainty surrounding us.  With unemployment rising, banks not lending money, high street retailers closing down – could now really be a good time to cut loose and work […]

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100% of the time who you know can and will open more doors for you than what you know. If you are looking to change fields, get that big promotion or sidestep into a new industry knowing the right people is going to take you all the way. Bob Burg takes it one step further when he says ‘it isn’t just what you know, and it isn’t just who you know. It’s actually who you know, who knows you, and what you do for a living’

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Written by Julie Holmwood   Do you know about Google Alerts? Do you use it as part of your job search or promotion planning?   Have I confused you? Let me explain   Google offer a free service called Google Alerts. As the name suggests it is an alerting system, bringing you back news of […]

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Written by Anne-Marie Jennings I've been on the 'hire me' treadmill and it’s been a while since I’ve contributed anything for you.   Mainly because I really haven’t had much to say. I have, of late, been fighting that heartless demon despair. I have been looking for a job for some time now, and the […]

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Written by Julie Holmwood You know the size of your current salary and if you are like most people, you would probably like it to be a bit bigger … but how BIG can your salary go from here? According to an article in today’s Daily Mail Newspaper there is a move to cap public […]

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Written by Julie Holmwood Sometimes it seems that even with your best foot poised it is hard to step into the interview. Why is that and what can you do? I noticed a lot of yes let’s hire, no don’t hire, from clients during my recruiting career. It seemed that many a company could spend […]

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Bob says working on contract is the way forward. He explains why

My friend Julie (Holmwood) at Churchill Brook posted a discussion recently on the trend towards short term contract employment. A real prospect in the current business climate, it immediately triggered a thought back to the 80’s and early 90’s when Total Quality Management …Business Process Re-engineering …Management De-layering were all collaborating to change the shape and reduce the permanent headcount of businesses. Welcome to the growth industry of the contract worker.

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Because these are the feelings that many experience when seeking employment after years in a secure familiar role. But just like my moments this morning – they are illusional. We create these perceptions ourselves. Once set aside we find that all is familiar and we are as good as we ever were.

So that’s the message to every jobseeker then-

Find your “widget” …create your story … get out there …be early …and don’t wear a Retro-Bookmaker’s suit

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How many fixed ideas do you have about what you want, where you want it and the shape it needs to come in? These are your peanuts, trapping you to the tethered jar

The changing world is the hunter; it is coming whether you have your hand clenched around the peanuts or not. If you are flexible and believe in an abundant world you will let go of your peanuts and forage throughout the vast forest for alternative sources of food. You might even find peanuts

You are the monkey, but what type of monkey are you?

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But in the face of such instability, there remains a silver lining. For every job we take on, for every contract we accept, for every work experience we gain – regardless of the actual length of time – we gain valuable insight and experience that can only serve to benefit us in the long run. Everything we learn, every skill we either develop of hone, every job contributes to the type of employee we ultimately become.

The trick becomes in finding the job experiences and important skills that will allows us to find the right path to our true calling. In some ways, it is a case of doing the job we have until we get the job we want – a crude way of putting it, but not that far from the truth.

So many of us have become Jacks of all trades, and Masters of none.

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According to the “experts” (whoever they are). the job market in the near future will be very much like this: highly-qualified individuals working in jobs that are slightly or even far below their level of experience. Some people believe that this is the new world economic order for the next few years – or maybe even longer.

It seems to me that if this indeed our new future reality, knowing exactly what we want to do “when we grow up” is that much more important.

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Ok, you need a job. You know that. You are well acquainted with work you DO NOT like or want to do. You could get one of those jobs again, but you know that is not the answer. So what DO you want to do with your life?

This question of self discovery is one that many find to be daunting, and most never bother finding out. But if you will have the courage to ask it and follow the steps to find the answer, your life could be magical instead of mundane.

What are these magical steps? Allow me to share…

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Is your workplace fulfilling the needs of your people? Traditionally the contract was pretty simple. People come to work and do a job for you. You return the service by giving them money. A simple agreement really!

But times have changed. It seems people are seeking more from the experience. Many employees are seeking a greater sense of belonging and perhaps importance in their workplace. For some, the pay packet is no longer adequate acknowledgement of the service they perform.

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In fashion brown becomes the new black and a new trend is set. Well, hold the front page, a new trend in working is whispering it’s way through corporate life and we predict might set a new trend, particularly in the SME market (Small & Medium Enterprise)

What is it? There is a shift happening with people moving into permanent part-time roles. There have always been part-time jobs I hear you say and I agree, yes, there have. But not like this.

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