Should we embrace imperfect jobs?

“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work another day in your life.”

During our lifetime, we’re often told to strive for perfection. It’s great to have high expectations when you start a new role, yet often employees are quickly disappointed when the reality doesn’t live up to lofty expectations.

So, what is the perfect job? Does it even exist? Or should we be considering exciting but imperfect roles instead, as suggested by Lindsey Pollak, the author of Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work?

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Why you really should write a cover letter for your next job application

Sometimes, applicants can get a little confused about cover letters and profile summaries on a CV and if there’s really a need for both.

Many people can be guilty of spending time polishing the profile statement on a CV while overlooking cover letters, especially as there is evidence that many large companies who use Applicant Tracking System software don’t read them.

However, I think cover letters are  an excellent opportunity to make an early positive impact on your recruiter/hiring manager. This is especially important given the challenging marketplace post-pandemic, and when you are applying to smaller companies who do read every cover letter.

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Say goodbye and hello to new roles using LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social media channel that my clients discuss a lot and one that sparks unnecessary fear and trepidation. Am I posting enough? Is my content professional enough? Am I showing myself in the right light?

There are lots of advantages to posting on LinkedIn about all aspects of job transitions. Much like the Beatles song, it’s often a case of “you say goodbye, and I say hello” when it comes to making work announcements on LinkedIn. I’ll explain what I mean.

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Using your network to find a graduate job

I’m a strong advocate of using every channel possible to find yourself a new job – agencies and job boards are the obvious two, but there’s also a hidden jobs market which you need to tap into. Your network can be a powerful way of finding out about jobs which wouldn’t otherwise have hit your radar.

But is this still the case for graduates, who by their nature don’t usually have a mature or extensive professional network? Well yes, absolutely. You might be surprised at the people you know who could help you uncover a role you might not otherwise have known about. Continue reading “Using your network to find a graduate job”

Starting your first graduate job in lockdown

With many graduates starting jobs during lockdown, the challenges posed by taking on your first role after university have been amplified by what feels like a thousand times.

While many experienced workers would be happy starting a new role because of their previous experience, graduates walking out of university have had to not only learn about their new role, but master a huge list of additional skills too – and mostly without actually seeing anyone face-to-face.

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The advantages of lifelong learning

When was the last time you learnt something new?

Life is busier than ever, especially as the divide between the working day and home life gets increasingly blurred as a result of more flexible ways of working. It can be tough to stay on top of the ‘to do’ list as it is, without adding in the pressure of self-development. Continue reading “The advantages of lifelong learning”

Your five-point checklist to get your career back on track after furlough

One of the many challenges of the past 12 months has been employment, with over 11.2m people placed on furlough at some point during the Covid-19 health crisis. As well as the very immediate financial challenges this has caused, for many there has been a much wider psychological impact with the prospect of getting back into work a daunting one. Continue reading “Your five-point checklist to get your career back on track after furlough”

Job interview questions (the new type) – hypothetical situational questions

A new type of job interview question is gaining popularity – hypothetical or situational questions. Competency-based interviews have long been the preferred method of job interviews for large employers, but I’m finding my clients reporting hypothetical or situational questions being asked more often in their interviews.

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Returning to work after parental leave

In this third and final blog in the series, Charlotte Speak, founder of Power of the Parent, talks us through her tips about a smooth return to work after parental leave.

Charlotte works to help parents reconnect with their unique strengths, building their confidence and self-worth. She also works with organisations who want to make a positive difference to people by supporting their teams as their families grow. As a parent herself who had a corporate career in recruitment and coaching, she is passionate about the skills and abilities parents bring to the workplace.

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How to stay connected during parental leave

We’re continuing this series of blogs about taking parental leave with this insight into how to stay connected while you’re off.

I personally found this quite challenging when I took my second maternity leave so I was delighted to be able to get the inside track from Charlotte Speak, founder of Power of the Parent.

Charlotte works to help parents reconnect with their unique strengths, building their confidence and self-worth. She also works with organisations who want to make a positive difference to people by supporting their teams as their families grow. As a parent herself who had a corporate career in recruitment and coaching, she is passionate about the skills and abilities parents bring to the workplace. Continue reading “How to stay connected during parental leave”

Preparing to take parental leave – what you need to know

Plenty of people take career breaks to grow, care for, or support their family, but the whole process is fraught with concerns, assumptions and preconceptions.

I talked to Charlotte Speak, founder of Power of the Parent, to discuss some tips and advice about taking parental leave and career breaks for any kind of parenting, including adoption, maternity leave, shared parental, and paternity leave.

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Should we now move to a four-day working week?

It’s an idea which has been kicked around for years, but now with the context of a global pandemic having forced a shift in working patterns and employer attitudes, could the four-day work week become a reality for everyone?

The UK works more hours than any other country in Europe except Greece, with people putting in an average 42.5 hours, compared to the European average of 41.2. So could a move to a four-day working week with no loss of pay actually work? Continue reading “Should we now move to a four-day working week?”