Author: CareerWorx

A recent survey revealed that 62% of UK workers would like to change careers.  If you’re in your 40s or 50s and concerned about making a career change, know that it’s never too late. By 2025 there will be one million more people aged 50 or over which means that one in three of the working age population will be over 50. The growing skills shortage and low unemployment presents a unique opportunity for those in their 40s and 50s to change careers more easily. In order for your career change to be successful however, you’ll need to plan your next steps carefully. From self-assessment to upskilling and updating your CV, here’s your to-do list for a successful career change when you’re over 40. Self-assess  To make the right career change, you need to understand your motivations and what inspires you. You should also ask: What's important to me? What do I want to achieve in the next...

You may have heard the term outplacement and wondered what it means. Outplacement is a service that helps employees transition to a new role, usually as a result of redundancy. When an organisation undergoes a restructure for example, roles can become redundant leading to employees no longer having a job. This is where outplacement services come in. Outplacement services are provided by specialist outplacement companies and by career coaches with expertise and experience in this area. The role of an outplacement company is to provide support to help employees transition into a new role. Some employees might require career counselling to help them deal with any emotional distress caused by redundancy or may require help making career decisions. Redundancy can be an ideal time for employees to consider their their career coals which might include changing careers or moving into self-employment for example. What does outplacement support include? Outplacement services...

How to spot a job scam We all know how stressful job-searching can be. After investing so much time preparing and submitting applications, it can be disheartening to receive numerous rejections. On top of that, there are job scams to look out for. In this blog post we share what you need to know about job scams and how to avoid them. What is a job scam? Job scams often involve fake online job advertising which target jobseekers via email, phone or social media. The end goal is to gain personal information from candidates or steal money from them.  Sadly, job scams are on the rise. According to a survey conducted by ActionFraud, “Over 700,000 jobseekers reported losing more than £500,000 through job scams – a 300% rise over the last two years”. Jobseekers aged 18-24 are more likely to be targeted as they are less knowledgeable about the job market and are often more desperate to find a job.  8 ways to...

Update your CV with these three quick and easy steps Updating your CV to apply for your next role can be a daunting task. What you once thought of as a great CV, might now look tired and irrelevant. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your CV, it’s likely to be outdated and will fail to get the attention of a hiring manager or recruiter. Don’t fear though, here's three ways you can quickly and easily transform your CV into a powerful marketing tool. Step One Include your most relevant key skills and experience in a summary or key skills section. You can identify these skills and experience in the job advertisement and job description. For example, if an IT Service Desk role calls for candidates who possess a minimum of 5 years’ 1st line technical IT Support experience along with expertise in AutoCAD, be sure to highlight this at...

Step-by-step action plan to help you launch your business successfully Around 15% of the UK working population is now self-employed which represents about 1 in 7 workers. With more of us setting up our own businesses than ever before, taking the right first steps can make the difference between success and failure. Here's 5 steps you can follow to get your business idea off to a good start: 1. Clarity – It’s vital that you have clarity about your business. You need to be very clear about your product or service, your customer and your business strategy. This will involve researching the market and understanding where your business fits in that market. While it’s inevitable (and often necessary) that your business will evolve over time, it’s important you set some key goals, aims and objectives. Whatever your product or service, you need to identify the market you will serve and niche you...

Is it your career or your job that's making you unhappy? People often seek me out as a career coach as they are looking to change something in their lives, to get happier. Some are keen to identify a new career path as they feel they’ve made a wrong choice, believing doing something different will lead to career happiness. Sometimes, it’s not a wrong career path that’s making someone unhappy. It’s their current role getting in the way of their career happiness. Do you feel like you’ve had enough, that it’s time for a change? If you can relate to any of the following, it might be time to make some changes. You: Hate your jobDespise your boss or colleaguesAren't using your knowledge, skills and strengths Can’t handle working such long hours any longer Don't feel like you can be your authentic self at workFeel like you've hit a glass ceiling and can see...

Are you in control of your social media profile? An online survey of over a thousand hiring managers and human resource professionals across a variety of industries and company sizes was conducted by CareerBuilder in 2018. It found that 70% of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates during the hiring process. It also found that 48% of employers admit to monitoring employees on social media and that a third of employers had fired or reprimanded employees as a result of content they found online. The reasons employers gave for researching potential or existing employees via social media were: Gain information in support of their qualifications for the job (58%) Determine if the candidate has a professional online persona (50%) See what other people are posting about the candidate (34%) Identify any reason not to hire the candidate (22%) What content is most damaging? The kind of...

Be happy at work! Whether you love your job or hate it, we can all benefit from doing what we can to achieve optimal happiness at work. Even if you love the job you do, there are bound to be times when you can use a lift. Here’s some easy, practical strategies for creating happiness at work: Mindful communication How we communicate with others has a profound effect on how they feel about us and how we feel about ourselves. When communicating with others it can be helpful to filter your thoughts before speaking. For example, when having a conversation or in a meeting, consider if what you intend to say is helpful, necessary and factual. It’s very easy to blurt something out in the heat of the moment or in a pressured situation. If someone puts you on the spot, don’t be afraid to tell them you’ll need to get back to them with a response. It’s far better to give someone...

What are insight days and what should you do to prepare? Many organisations, especially those in the banking, finance and professional services sector, hold regular ‘Insight’ days. Insight days are primarily information events for potential candidates to learn more about the organisation and career opportunities, but also offer a fantastic opportunity to stand out from the crowd and get invited for an interview. There are several things you can do to boost the success of your insight day including: Research Ahead of the insight event you should set aside some time to research the organisation and the role you are targeting. The organisation’s website is a good place to start and the ‘careers’ or ‘work for us’ section will generally contain a lot of useful information about the organisation’s values and business goals. You can also read the organisation’s annual report, blog or newsletter as well as monitor news stories and social media to gain a broader insight...

The digital nomad lifestyle continues to grow in popularity as people seek out new ways of working What is a Digital Nomad? The term digital nomad is generally understood to describe someone who works remotely while they travel. While the majority of people who refer to themselves as digital nomads travel the world, some stick closer to home travelling instead within their own country. While digital nomadism has been talked and written about since the 1990’s, global technological advances allows more of us to work as digital nomads. Those who can work online are no longer bound to a single geographical location to carry out their work. People become digital nomads for a variety of reasons. Some roles have become solely 'remote working' no longer requiring staff to be in a particular physical location to do their job. Others choose digital nomadism to escape the constraints of working set hours in the...