promotion

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 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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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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Many people never receive any formal management training before they take on the role and yet they are expected, by their employer, their peers and their subordinates, to do a great job. So how can you be a fantastic manager, get great results and be the person that the majority of your team talk about as the best boss they ever worked for? Because if you can be that person, two things will happen; you will have a happy time in the role and you will be in line for promotion and/or being headhunted!

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You’ve probably heard the saying ‘tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand’. This is true for all knowledge and training; doing the course is all well and good but you need to be involved in doing whatever it is to really understand and become skilled in something.

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Making yourself more valuable is a very responsible way to manage your career. It is the choice of leaders. It is the choice of empowered people. It is the choice of Olympians!

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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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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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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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Anything is possible but most likely in a large corporate environment time is a factor in the promotion stakes. It seems that three years is average to stay at one level before being considered for the next step, so it might be that you want to set your plan in three year blocks. Now it might be that one step only takes you two and a half and the next one four but if you keep on the path towards your goals you stand 100% more chance of reaching them

93% of people don’t have written down goals. Welcome to the focused, go-getting, achieve-the-stars 7%!

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