Churchill Brook

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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Why am I telling you this? Because this also relates to your CV. When you are wondering what out of your extensive list of skills and abilities to list in your four pages think achievement rather than activity. It is commendable that you are able to overcome adversity, but your new boss doesn’t want to know about the 150 times you thought you might have failed. Rather, they want to know about the one time that you know you were able to succeed

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It seems that this weekend has been eventful for almost everyone I know. Things have been going boom-bust all over the place. Lives that seemed to be heading in one direction, now seem to have had their seemingly secure path crumble into a thousand pieces. So what do you do when life hands you a curve ball?

1. Realise, that no matter how bad things seem right now, that this too shall pass

2. Know that you have come through challenges before and that you will come through this one. Remind yourself of some examples; this will increase your confidence and you will immediately feel better

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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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Now what?

If you’re like most humans, it’s likely that you’ll sabotage yourself in “having it all”. We here in the Western world are actually socialized to be in continuous striving; that is, we don’t know how to have and enjoy everything we’ve worked for and received because if we have it, our culture says we’re not working hard enough, or infers that we don’t know what to do if we don’t have tangible goals.

Imagine a train chugging up a steep incline, with its engine working hard… when it gets to the top, what does it do? It goes down – logic says that there’s no other way to go. But what if there WAS another way? What if when the train got to the top, it got to cruise along a plateau rather than drop down? If you can now put yourself in that picture as the train, you’ll see that you naturally keep working hard (going up) or know how to cope with not having the top (going down); however, you likely don’t know how to cruise the topmost plateau you’ve attained. I call this the “Havingness Quotient”. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it is descriptive.

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When you feel that discomfort in a new role know that it is normal. Although we all like to think of ourselves as dealing with change well, the human, by nature is a creature of habit. Remember that it takes six months to settle in to anywhere. If the feelings you are experiencing can be attributed to new job blues then try to push through; because wherever you go you will be the newbie and therefore these emotions will go with you. Finally, just be easy on yourself. You might have imagined a nirvana awaiting you ‘on the other side’ but for most people that happens later rather than sooner. So just keep your head down, try to absorb as much as you can, keep smiling, be helpful and diligent and before you know it, you will be training the newbie because you are the experienced member of staff!

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There are times when you know what you want, all 4000 things. You’re excited, life is going well. But you just can’t seem to want to get up in the morning and when you do you can’t find that first thing. The place to start. What to do. So you end up doing nothing at all. Ever had those days? Weeks? Months?

Yes, we all have! They are called periods of overwhelm. It is when your mind is so full of different ideas that you can’t really grab onto one fast enough, before the next one spins around and knocks it off it’s pride of place. Kind of like everything you want is on a rotating wheel that is spinning too fast

Fear not, help is at hand!

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Often when we have lost our jobs our lives can come to a standstill until we are back in gainful employment. This is a rather peculiar state because “life” never stands still. It is like a river that continuously flows and should we dam it up i.e. come to a stop then it will continue to rise on the other side of the dam until the inevitable consequence, it bursts.

I often work with career guidance agencies and in particular with clients who have lost their employment for one reason or another. However my work with the client has a different focus.

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To be good at anything takes a level of knowledge and a lot of practice. To improve takes more practice and additional knowledge. To stay at the top of your professional game involves making learning and training part of your regular schedule.

There is such a range of training available. We live in an information age where sometimes it would be easier to receive less ‘noise’ rather than more.

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Now though it seems we have entered a brand new era. Companies are creating policies that tell you what you can and can’t say on Facebook. Out of hours! How does that work? You are at home, in your own house, where you pay the mortgage, using your own computer, that you paid for too, logged onto your private Facebook account and you can’t talk about certain things. Has it happened to you yet? Do you mind?

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Imagine a person as a fully fueled F-15, standing at the end of the runway. Now imagine that jet with full power on and full brakes. That plane will never fly unless the pilot releases the brakes and allows the engines to do their job. Do you think the pilot actually knows the physics of a two engines capable of producing 60,000 pounds of thrust in an airplane that weighs only 30,000 pounds? Probably not; the pilot takes for granted, or perhaps on faith that as long as each engine performs he can take that plane vertical like a rocket. How many clients understand they possess that same power…and yet lack that same faith? How many are willing to test their boundaries?

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When you’re looking at new roles, whether it is pre or post interview, or indeed at offer stage, it can be a veritable minefield knowing whether the Company is going to be for you or if you will be jumping from the frying-pan into the fire.

What I’m going to suggest next might sound a bit sneaky, but in this modern age of Social Media, when everyone is talking about candidate selection via Facebook and LinkedIn, what about Employer selection via the same means?

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“Business more than any other occupation is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.” ~ Henry R. Luce
When you hit the turning point of wanting “it” in your soul-driven business (or life!), you’re on the verge of big magic. Getting to the turning point is a big enough deal in and of itself, because you’ve had to get full enough of what you don’t want any more to know that it’s time to claim something different. That turning point can be precipitated by pain, trauma, tragedy, endings or a desire for something better. But, for now, let’s assume that you’ve hit that turning point and made the decision you want “it” – your new desire – to happen. What happens now?

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Have you heard the saying ‘when life hands you lemons, make lemonade?’ Ever wondered how best to do that? Do you wonder what they really mean by that?

It is all about making the best from an otherwise bad situation. So taking your event and working out how to best use it to serve you. You go for an interview, but you don’t get the job – lemon. You use the feedback to improve your interview performance – lemonade. You miss out on a promotion – lemon. You are able to add an extra function to your current job and discover a skill and passion you didn’t even dream you possessed – lemonade.

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I have one enormous, ground-breaking, earth-shattering, quite shocking thing to say and suggest. How would you behave if the person of all your discontent were your young child? What would you do then? If you don’t have children think of your favourite person; the one you love above all others. The one that always gets the benefit of the doubt. The one you always see through loving eyes. The one who really doesn’t do such a thing as wrong in your book.

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Go back to the drawing board with your CV. Have a go at writing a new one from scratch. When you amend the original it is so tempting to see bullet points you like and although they are not strictly relevant, because you like them, you leave them in. Using either ‘Creating a Targeted CV’ if you know the exact role in a specific company that you are applying to, or ‘Generally This CV Works’ if you have a job title and want to send it in multiple directions, sit down with a blank sheet of paper and start your CV from scratch. You might be amazed what you write in contrast to the one you were using.

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Have you noticed that people can encourage you to anger, happiness, rage or joy. The mood others around you are in rubs off, for better or worse. When you are around a hypochondriac too long, you get sick. When you’re around someone that swears too long, you pick up bad language. When you are around an optimist too long, you get going in the right direction.

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When a company is hiring they are doing it for a business purpose. We need to have a Head of Marketing so that our company continues to be promoted, we remain in our client and prospects focus and gain new opportunities to generate revenue. This is an easy one to see; we all know that without revenue a company falls into decline. What if you work in the post room?

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I have seen SO many people that are unhappy with their lives in general change jobs. Only to find that they are still unhappy. Perhaps it is because I’m an outsider looking on, or maybe it is because I’m a coach, but that holds no surprises for me. However, it always amazes the person in question; probably because they are too emotionally involved in the day-to-day minutiae of their lives to stand back and see the bigger picture.

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When you look at people that have achieved your dreams; they have the money, the house, the relationship, the family, the job, the stuff that you want … what is it about them, that is so fundamentally different to you? What makes them able to achieve your goal while you are still in the dreaming about it state? Have you ever asked yourself the question; because I have? What answers did you come up with?

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I admit in advance, I’m using a play on words using the titles of books from the mid-nineties. What am I talking about? Those of you in the corporate world that are housing an inner entrepreneur. Sometimes it is fun being a square peg in an otherwise round hole. I have seen entrepreneurs thrive within the corporate environment. Of course, they tend to get promoted because they go the extra mile. Either that or fired for being different.

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