changing jobs

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...

[caption id="attachment_18523" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Do you have an elevator pitch ready for when the opportunity arises?"] [/caption] What is an elevator pitch? The term elevator pitch evolved as a way to describe a 30 second spiel about who you are, what you have to offer and why someone should hire you. The premise is that if you were ever lucky enough to share a 30 second elevator ride with someone with the potential to hire you, you could confidently describe why they should. How do I create a good elevator pitch? By far the easiest and most effective way to create your own elevator pitch is to first identify your unique selling points. Try brainstorming on a sheet of paper or digitally if you prefer. Identify all those things that describe your skills, abilities, experience, interests, passions etc. Think about your accomplishments and include these in your pitch to really make you stand out. Have...

[caption id="attachment_18136" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="If your job is affecting your health it might be time to move on"] [/caption] When your job begins to impact on your physical or mental health it could be a sign that it’s time to reassess your career. Some people report feeling physically sick at the thought of going into work, feeling unwell the whole time they were at work or suffering from a range of other symptoms of stress, depression or anxiety. They reasons they attribute it to their jobs is that once away from their work environment, the symptoms either diminish or disappear altogether. Whatever the cause for your decline in physical or mental health, it’s something you shouldn’t ignore. The first step should always be to contact your GP. Once you have the all clear from your GP, it’s worth taking a look at the reasons why you feel your physical or mental health...