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Tattoos in the workplace – do they leave a mark on your career?

Living in a free country, we have the liberty to look and dress how we want. Some choose to entrench their sense of identity with tattoos, particularly younger people, having grown up with pop stars and sporting heroes inked from head to toe. When you’re a celebrity you have a certain carte blanche to do …

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A weighty issue: Does being obese damage your chances of promotion?

As I reported in my last blog, a person’s outer/physical image is not necessarily the most influential factor when choosing candidates for promotion – based on a recent study. However, you wouldn’t have to trawl the internet for long to find examples of discrimination against employees based on their physical appearance, and cases where workers …

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How much does your visibility matter when you’re chasing a promotion?

Over the next few blogs, I hope to provoke some thought, or even debate, on how much our physical characteristics influence our career, compared to our capacity to do the job itself. It’s often a common assumption: that the confident and beautiful climb effortlessly up the ladder (whether they’re capable of doing the job or …

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Should you follow your dreams, or acclimatise to a ‘sensible’ route through life?

There are many blogs posts out there urging us to follow our passions and dreams, inferring that we’re wasting every second of our precious lives if we don’t. Whilst this motion is well-intended, for some, dreams will always be that…..something we only ever explore in our head. It’s not easy or practical for everyone to …

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Is a fear of failure damaging your career? How to move through this mental block towards success…

I’ve written a couple of blogs on building confidence, and it’s quite often at the root of clients’ problems. When someone comes to a standstill in their career, it can often be a self-imposed plateau. Sub-consciously, we can be so afraid of failing that we remove the impetus to even try. Instead, we tell ourselves …

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Succession planning and talent management: helping those itching to climb the ladder make the best of each rung…

I’ve talked a lot about leadership and the different styles of managing teams, but there are always those in an organisation who are skilled at adapting and could slot into most teams or departments. Their ability to move and flourish makes climbing the career ladder easier, but how does this inflict on their colleagues? The …

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My tips for a successful interview…Part 2. Sell yourself!

Your name’s being called for your interview. Now’s the time to apply all your preparation and sell yourself…. Last week I shared how to prepare for the interview day, as if career coaching one of my clients: how to research the company/interviewer and practising appropriate answers to questions they may ask. Now the interview is …

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So, your C.V. was successful and you’ve bagged an interview. What now? (Part 1 – Interview technique)

Congratulations: your CV has won you an interview! But now what? Here are my tips on how to make the right impression…. So, your tailored, well-laid-out CV has got you a foot in the door and a fighting chance for the job. A phone call or letter has delivered an interview and your odds to …

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How to set out a successful C.V. – Part 2

Last week I demonstrated the best way to start a successful CV. This week I’ll go through the remaining sections, and explain what the employer will be looking for. If following my tips, you’ll have already covered your contact details, your ‘headline’/elevator pitch and your key skills and achievements. Now, let’s move onto the section …

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My tips towards a happy, healthy, effective work/life balance

Whilst technology and the ability to have a mobile office have made working easier it has also brought its problems. Being able to work anywhere and everywhere has left the decision of when to work firmly in the hands of the individual. Reports can be written during the commute; meetings can be held across oceans …

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