New job

Sometimes, something is so right, you just know. That was how I felt when I first joined LinkedIn. I knew I’d found my route to career success. Now let me show you how you can make it yours too.

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You have unlimited potential. But how do you get from here… to where you want to be? Time to talk through some options?

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Every vacancy has a list of must have skills you need to meet to be in the running. But what if you have too many? Can you be too good for the job? Is there any such thing as over-qualified?

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Written by Julie Holmwood   This morning I read an article written by a job leaver.   Published in yesterday’s New York Times it was entitled ‘Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs’.   With 366 comments listed, I thought it was an article worth reading. I was right!   The basic thread was that Goldman […]

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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 Christina Watson   Many business pundits claim your network is your most important asset, and they well may be right   Who you know goes much further than what you know, since you can’t possibly know it all – but you can know someone who knows more in a certain area.   So […]

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Written by Anne-Marie Jennings   I finally got my first pay cheque in my new job this week. I feel like a real person once again Starting a new job is a humbling experience. You don’t know what the people you will be working with are like. You have no understanding of the policies and […]

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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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My absolute favourite site for recruitment is LinkedIn. A professional site that almost asks for you to post your CV as your profile it is ideally geared to career advancement. You can see people to three degrees and can make contact with your 2nd and 3rd degree network via referral or by upgrading to a business, business plus or pro account which buys you InMail credits. Headhunters, recruiters and employers themselves love this site and use it regularly to search for candidates to fill current vacancies so if your profile contains the keywords that a typical search would include be assured you are going to be appearing in some shortlists and will no doubt be getting a call or an email to assess your interest in position ABC.

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Prepare to be happy. Prepare to enjoy your work. Remember you had a first day in your last job too and know that this is a fleeting moment in the story of your life which will pass. Feelings of discomfort will diminish and be replaced with a sense of knowing where you fit within the cog of this organisation. Be confident that you can get through this day.

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