Career Directed Blogs

In addition to the blogs below, we have a number of additional blogs listed that we hope you will find useful.  If you wish to discuss any of the content, please feel free to contact us or if you are working with a Career Directed Solutions coach or consultant, they will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

  • The availability of key skills is a major concern for CEOs according to the PWC Annual Global CEO Survey. We frequently hear criticism of the UK education system, in 2016 the accountancy body CIMA found that their members thought 80% of young people require 'significant training' before being put to work
    Posted: Thursday 1 February 2018
  • Over the last twelve to 18 months we have been asked about two key topics more than any other. Whilst traditionally CDS has offered a broad Executive coaching offering the subjects of mindfulness and resilience have featured very heavily. So when browsing through the flyer for the World of Learning conference and exhibition, to be held October 2017 in Birmingham I notice that the inspiration zones include a Mindfulness Zone and a Resilience Zone. I hope the two are close together as there’s a significant link.
    Posted: Tuesday 17 October 2017
  • In the current difficult economic environment a lot of employees are stressed, as organisations try to cut costs and ramp up efficiency while downsizing or restructuring. Management and staff have to deal with multiple pressure and challenges while trying to maintain engagement and high performance.
    Posted: Thursday 17 August 2017
  • We live in uncertain times, both economically and politically; of course, this can be problematic for our careers, but this isn’t new. We’ve been living with uncertainty for one reason or another, forever. It’s time to get used to it and stopped using ‘uncertainty’ as an excuse for not managing our careers.
    Posted: Thursday 3 August 2017
  • How did you feel when you started your first ‘proper’ job?

    Excited? Nervous? Both in equal measure and very uncertain? You were stepping into the unknown, full of fresh enthusiasm and keen to succeed. Chances are, the career success you enjoy today is down (at least in part) to exposure to a good manager; someone took an interest in you and helped you make good decisions in your early career, putting you on the right path.
    Posted: Thursday 15 June 2017
  • Although you may feel awkward you should ask for a little time and do some research and then negotiate your salary. Be polite and professional and show your enthusiasm for the role on offer but it won’t do any harm to ensure you are getting a fair deal and to ensure you understand all the elements of what is on offer.
    Posted: Thursday 4 May 2017
  • A lot has changed in the recruitment space over the last few years. You still need a good CV but perhaps you should consider a video CV and prepare for a Skype interview rather than a trek into an agency office.
    Posted: Thursday 30 March 2017
  • Over the last 3-4 years we have seen the evolution of the social network site LinkedIn become the centrepiece of recruitment both in the UK and beyond. Its simple functionality and relative security has made it a very effective tool for jobseekers and those recruiting alike.
    Posted: Thursday 16 March 2017
  • Use your network to find the information you need to make good career choices. Libraries and the internet are a good starting point but conversations with those in your network are invaluable as a means to collect market intelligence. The most up to date information about a career, comes from people actually working in that field.
    Posted: Friday 27 January 2017
  • Employers refine their interview techniques to improve their ability to select the best professionals, and competency based questions are now the norm at interviews.
    While these questions can be challenging, they also give professionals the opportunity to emphasise their accomplishments and valuable transferable skills at the interview stage. Ensuring that you effectively highlight your strengths is key to success.
    Posted: Thursday 22 December 2016
  • Whether you are planning to start your own business or need to update your current plan here are our tips.
    Posted: Saturday 17 December 2016
  • We live in dynamic times, the world of work is no exception and for many of us, living with change has become one of the few reliable constants which is why it’s very likely that you will be faced with a redundancy conversation at least once in your career lifetime. And, as life expectancy increases (if you’re 20 today, you can expect to live until 105), so do working lives, with careers expected to last some 20 years longer than those of our parents and grandparents, there’s a good chance you’ll experience it more than once.
    Posted: Tuesday 15 November 2016
  • A research project conducted with LinkedIn last year surveyed 3,000 people to determine the job hunting status of the fully employed.
    Posted: Friday 28 October 2016
  • The furore surrounding the England manager focused on the tenure and inappropriate behavior of a senior figure. Sensational, yes. Surprising, no! if this was any other setting than high profile professional support we would be looking at the events play out through a different lens.
    Posted: Friday 7 October 2016
  • As we pack away the buckets and spades after the summer holidays it is a little known fact that September is one of the peak months for marriage break ups and resignations. It seems that as we chill and enjoy fresh perspective we come home ready to make radical changes. I won’t go into the issue of divorce but the whole job change arena this autumn should be interesting and possibly more buoyant than many had imagined.
    Posted: Tuesday 23 August 2016

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