Julie Holmwood

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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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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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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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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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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Try to make sure all of your information is self-explanatory, even if that means leaving out some of the things you currently detail and include additional information on other items. It is better to say more about the things that are relevant and make it a document that speaks for itself than to be vague about a hundred things and try to demonstrate that you can do a multitude of tasks and have diverse experience. When a hiring manager is looking for xyz they want to know what you can do with xyz, not necessarily that you can recite the entire alphabet.

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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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When the job spec from the company looks like the left hand column and the CV you submit looks like the right hand column you look a great match. You might have done many other things that you are more proud of or would typically list but this is not about what you think about you. This is about what they will think about you. If the company wants what is on the left and you submit a list that doesn’t reflect that in any way, shape or form, the fact that you have done all of the things in the right hand column will not even be clear to them. They will not be able to read between the lines that you don’t write and they won’t be psychic enough to work it out. Make it obvious. It is your job to make their job of hiring you easy.

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If you are reading this article, there is a gap between where you are now and where you would like to be. The good news is that if you spot one of your habits within this list then we can arm you with some workarounds, suggest some new behaviours and you might just make that step into your vision sooner than you think.

Do not worry if you are doing all seven. We are where we are and that is the perfect place to start. So use this as a guide to find your current location on the success-ometer and then we can tackle moving you through to cultivating the habits of successful people. You can and will get there; we just need to get you on track.

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So what drives you towards your dream? What is it that keeps you focussed on your vision even when it is easier, in that split second of time, not to be? Even the biggest plans and the highest hopes are easy to tuck into the corner of your mind marked ‘tomorrow’. The trick to achieving anything and therefore everything is to move what you want into the present. Think about it now, dream about it now, remember it now and make one action step towards it now, today, before lunch if you can! Make what you want your priority; you are the only person that can. Take responsibility for your life and what happens in it

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When it comes to work, remote offices, international corporations and bosses in high towers in places you had to learn to spell when you joined the company, sometimes you are only known by the quality and quantity of your emails.

To create a great impression you need to be the king or queen of the great email. Okay, so that is a tall order, but you can be known for great content and for me, I would say, less is definitely more when it comes to quantity.

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Saying ‘I don’t like my job’ but that is only one part of my life and I will look at it tomorrow (read sometime never) is fooling yourself. The same as thinking that you will be at your most effective and likely to achieve great success, when your domestic life is in tatters. We all need a distraction but to be truly successful we need to address the general well-being of our life to achieve the feeling that all is well

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Those of you on an upward spiral might have had a grey area in your life for some time as to where work time stops and play time starts. Often a cause of marital discord the most offensive item has become the BlackBerry and / or the iPhone. A constant contact to the office and a perpetual reminder that other people, elsewhere, are working when you are not, they have us all checking and replying to work emails at obscure hours of the day and night. Whatever happened to the idea that we worked nine-to-five Monday to Friday?

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