Author: CareerWorx

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...

Choosing a career coach can be frustrating Choosing a career coach can be a minefield leaving you feeling frustrated and with more questions than answers. We’ve put together a guide to help you understand career coaching and how to choose the right coach for you. Get clear on your needs It’s vital you have a good understanding of what you are looking for in a career coach. Do you want to change careers and need someone to help you identify and explore options? Are you having difficulty finding a new job and need some guidance in the best job search strategies and methods for your situation? Do you need practical help with your CV, cover letters and interview coaching? Think about all the help and support you’d like and make a list of what you’re looking for. This will help you discuss your needs and expectations with prospective coaches. If you are...

Write a winning cover letter There's no doubt a well written cover letter can boost your chances of being invited to an interview. In contrast to your CV, your cover letter enables you to explain why you are a good fit for a position and your reasons for wanting to work for an organisation. If you’ve never written a cover letter or it’s been a while,the following guide will take you step by step through the process of writing a winning cover letter. First things first Your first task is to understand what the employer is looking for. Identify the key criteria which you’ll find in the job ad and in the job description. List all the skills, experience and qualities they have mentioned so that you can be sure to include these in your cover letter wherever possible.   Writing your cover letter Your information:  Your name, address, email address and telephone numbers. You...

[caption id="attachment_18626" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="What impact will Brexit have on the UK job market?"] [/caption] Many are wondering what the impact of Brexit will be on the UK job market. Here's what we understand: EU citizens in UK The Office of National Statistics has revealed that the number of EU citizens migrating to the UK for work has fallen to its lowest level in four years. Equally, record numbers of EU citizens are leaving or plan to leave the UK ahead the Brexit date of 29 March 2019. This has led to disruption in the labour market with employers struggling to retain and replace ‘Brexiting’ staff. The industries which appear to have been most affected are engineering, IT, hospitality and the health & social care sectors. Skills shortages While the Brexit camp may argue this presents a great opportunity for UK citizens to step into these roles, the reality is a little different. The...

[caption id="attachment_18425" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Hiding won't help!"][/caption] The biggest fear interviewees have not having the ‘right’ answers. The best way to overcome this is to consider the kinds of questions your interviewers are likely to ask and to think about how you will respond. Let’s look at some typical interview questions that leave interviewers shifting uncomfortably in their seats and how best to answer them. What do you know about us and what we do? Many hiring managers cite this as one of the most critical questions asked when interviewing candidates. One manging director went so far as to say that if a candidate was unable to answer this question appropriately it was a deal breaker. No matter how well they performed throughout the rest of the interview, they would not be hired. What is the right approach to responding to this question? Firstly, you will need to have done your homework by spending...