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  • The skills outlined in a job description will vary from role to role and industry to industry, but there are skills that are valued by employers across the board. Employers seek candidates who possess and are able to demonstrate a wide range of transferable skills which will vary depending on who the role you are applying for. Look at the job description and person specification to see what each company wants and don’t just assume the same role at two different companies will want the same skills.
    Posted: Thursday 27 June 2019
  • Portfolio working is about building a multi-strand career, undertaking two or more jobs on a part-time basis. This ‘mix-and-match’ approach is a way of life that has become an increasingly popular choice in recent years; it appeals to those who want to take control of their work, focus on what they choose to undertake and their commitments beyond work. Technological disruption, changing working patterns, alternative contract arrangements, the skills shortage and the appeal of work-life balance mean that more people seek a portfolio route.
    Posted: Tuesday 11 June 2019
  • “Being wrong is not the same as being creative, but if you’re not prepared to be wrong you’ll never come up with anything original”, said Sir Ken Robinson.

    Creativity always involves some measure of risk, you will have to deal with uncertainty and possibly failure and this holds true whether you are making an artwork or starting an entrepreneurial venture. In fact, balancing opportunity and risk is a skill we all use in all aspects of life.
    Posted: Tuesday 21 May 2019
  • The company's culture sets the tone for the workforce and how they behave.
    A positive and engaging workplace will attract talented and motivated candidates. When prospective employees are evaluating job offers they look for organisations which are employee centred and promulgate a clear vision for the future. Existing employees are an organisation’s best asset in terms of sourcing and hiring good potential candidates.
    Posted: Thursday 9 May 2019
  • Gallup* claim that 70 percent of the variance in employee engagement scores is attributable to managers and how effectively they guide their teams. Research shows that it is managers who transform teams by engaging their people and enabling each to play to their strengths and organising work to best leverage the talent of the team for the benefit of the organisation.
    Posted: Friday 3 May 2019
  • Stress is a natural part of life, but we don’t have to willingly accept its detrimental effects. Effective performance depends on overall wellbeing so it’s important to monitor and manage stress levels at work. Organisations that promote and value the health and well-being of employees benefit from improved engagement and retention with consequent gains for performance and productivity.
    Posted: Friday 19 April 2019
  • Employment levels are at a high point but part-time working is on the increase and it seems likely that a lot of work is no longer offered in the form of full-time salaried posts. The workforce is more mobile and increasingly work can be done from anywhere, so flexible work is a real option for more of us.
    Posted: Wednesday 17 April 2019
  • Employment Minister Alok Sharma said: "While the global economy is facing many challenges, particularly in sectors like manufacturing, these figures show the underlying resilience of our jobs market - once again delivering record employment levels."
    Posted: Wednesday 10 April 2019
  • My 23 year old daughter who was in her first role in HR recently took her first steps towards a first career move and somewhat dauntingly came to Dad for advice. Not feeling under any pressure at all I reflected on the wisdom that I would impart. It suddenly struck me that in recent years so much of the advice we, as career professionals provide is based on traditional corporate structures, career paths and development but the landscape for first generation career movers is changing at quite a rate.
    Posted: Friday 22 March 2019
  • Last week in parliament was pretty unsatisfactory for all of us who lead businesses, large and small. The parochial politicking around the process is now costing business money in terms of time, stock and re-work. So as we enter the next phase where are we with Brexit in terms of the UK jobs market.
    Posted: Wednesday 20 March 2019

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