Professional Reputation

Written by Julie Holmwood At this time of year feet start coming off the gas and relaxation, longer lunches and early finishes start to become the norm. How lovely, time to have fun … for some!   Of course, I am talking about the people that made it into the office at all. With this […]

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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   We all know about brand names. We know the supermarket specials like Heinz, cars like Mercedes and television broadcasters like the BBC. But what about you? Can you be a brand? Should you be a brand? What should your brand say about you? When you think about leaders, you think […]

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Bob Burg 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’

Whatever you want to achieve in your career, wherever you want to go, whatever pinnacle you have set as your target you are on a journey. One that takes steps every day from here to over there. What you do is the vehicle to take you on that journey

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You may have had a tough time, but nobody wants to hear about your problems and baggage. Especially in the job interview. Rule one of Interview Etiquette.

Some people’s lives begin to sound like a Soap Opera, because there have been so many extenuating circumstances. The following is some advice to handle those tricky situations that may be difficult to talk about, let alone explain, so that you display great Interview Etiquette

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Traditionally people shouted from rooftops. In these modern times (and bearing in mind the many health and safety regulations) I think it is time to shout it from your laptop (iPhone, BlackBerry, iPad … )

What should you shout? All about YOU! The subject you know more about than any other living person. You are an expert on the topic of you and your combination of skills, experience, character and ambition is uniquely yours

So how do you do that?

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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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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 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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When you are looking to advance your career you need to gain recognition above and beyond the skills and responsibilities you demonstrate now. What you do right now is perfect for the role you currently hold. The next step up, or the step above that even, has completely different criteria that you will either need to demonstrate, or demonstrate capability of to reach.

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Have you been posting anywhere about the long lunches, extended shopping trips and exaggerated expense claims you’ve been getting away with? Are you setting up meetings with friends for social purposes during work hours when you’re not on annual leave? Are you slating your boss or current colleagues? Is every photo posted from drunken nights out with you semi-conscious or behaving badly? Any or a combination of all of these things, seen by somebody that doesn’t know you and who has no way of putting this information into the context of you being ‘the nicest person Joe Bloggs has ever met’ will count against you.

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We did a survey a couple of years ago and found that damage to an organisation’s reputation was the fastest, surest way to pull the plug on it’s business. Likewise, damage to reputation for a person is the quickest way to curtail their glittering career. Think about the impact you have on others, work on your behaviour, practice having a great attitude and just as the athlete gets fitter with training so will you. Hire a coach and really give yourself the gift of being the best possible you. Once you get known for being exceptional the world really is going to be your oyster!

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Whenever I post anything on the Internet I do two quick double checks; is it ok for my grandmother and is it ok for my best client / boss? If the answer is yes then I post, if the answer is no I am back at my drawing board. No matter what you think your privacy settings give you and how few people can see your profile, once you post online it is just that, online.

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When faced with a busy diary and an active social calendar spending more time online might not be top of your agenda, but if you are looking to either change direction or further your career in some way then half an hour a day might be just the career workout you are looking for.

There are lots of sites, I get invited to a new one that I hadn’t previously heard of at least once a month but if you are looking to be found then sticking with the bigger brands is probably going to the right route to go; they are already being picked up by the search engines and they are also where someone who is looking for someone just like you (in fact it could even be you) is going to go.

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Take responsibility for yourself, your decisions and your actions. Make yourself a promise to avoid excuses and reasons in your vocabulary. Yes the tube was slow this morning but you could have taken a bus; take responsibility for your decision to get the tube. Yes your client wanted to talk for longer on a certain subject but you could have scheduled the call for a time other than ten minutes before a meeting with your boss. Take responsibility for choosing that time to make that call. Get the idea?

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Your colleagues may also be feeling emotional. They might well have bought you a leaving gift, there is frequently a card and if you are very valued by your co-workers there can also be a speech. All of these things can make you feel very much part of the team you are just about to leave and extremely jittery. Is this how you felt when you left home? Was that the right decision? Have you felt this way at any other time? What was the outcome of that situation?

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Remember that not everyone is leaving, so although you might be de-mob happy and deep down doing a little jig every time you realise that a deadline doesn’t involve you and the next batch of meetings won’t be yours to schedule, try to keep that to yourself. Your colleagues are there for the duration and it is important to both your employer and to each individual colleague for their sanity that they continue to get as much fun out of each day as possible.

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