LinkedIn How To | Changing Your LinkedIn Background Photo

When browsing LinkedIn profiles, I am always struck by how few professionals have bespoke images as their background header. Your background header appears behind your profile photo in the ‘introduction card’ on your LinkedIn profile. Changing the default header image has an impact on the aesthetics of your LinkedIn profile: it makes your profile richer, more full and enables it to stand out amongst the crowd of bland LinkedIn profiles.

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How Keen is Too Keen?

As a favour, I once introduced a young soon-to-be fashion graduate to a friend of mine who holds a senior position at a fantastic luxury brand. This graduate wanted to be a buyer and there was a strong chance that with her excellent grades, an introduction might help her secure her a great first job. However, after they had met, I was somewhat disappointed when my friend said: “She didn’t get it.” He didn’t mean ‘it’ as in the job - rather, he meant that she did not seem to fully appreciate the brand, product and firm that he loves with a passion. I suspect that whilst she saw this as a brilliant career opportunity for a recent graduate, she had underestimated just how strongly people feel about the firm that they work for and therefore how much enthusiasm she needed to show.

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Networking: Two ways to make it easy and some magic words

Spending precious time investing in your network can seem like a drag until you are in trouble and really need help. By then, it is something that you can regret not having done in good time. As Harvey Mackay said, “Dig your well before you are thirsty”. Here are two ways to integrate networking into your working day, knowing that little and often will compound up and you will have a healthy, relevant professional network with a high level of social capital.


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Interview Archetypes and Why They Are Useful to Consider

Knowing who will be interviewing and what their concerns are will help you navigate your next interviews effectively and give you a competative advantage over your competition. This is where Archetypes come in. Read about the five Interviewer Archetypes that you can expect to meet during your job search journey.

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Stephen Wright
It Doesn't Have To Be Perfect

Here’s an idea on how a small investment in time now will save you a chunk of time later and perhaps more importantly, it will definitely save you a ton of stress.

When was the last time you upgraded your CV? I can almost feel you stress levels increasing from here. In my experience as a Career Coach, when clients need their CV, for whatever reason, they need it right now. The pressure is on to send it off, creating a stressful sense of urgency that could have been avoided with a small amount of work at the start of each year. Here’s my advice on whst you should to do revamp your CV this January - you’ll thank yourself later:

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The One Document To Write Before Every Interview

Yes, you should have a CV, and yes, it should match the job specification you are responding to, but there is another document that everyone should write before going in for an interview. It is this document which will set you apart as a candidate and will clarify your thinking.

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Stephen Wright
5 Red Flags That Say 'This job is not a good 'un'

So, you’ve spent weeks or months interviewing for a new role and you are almost overwhelmed with a sense of relief because at last you think that you are about to be offered a new job. However, at the back of your mind, you have an uneasy feeling that perhaps all is not well with the role, the form, or indeed, both. I

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50: Dodging The Chop

When a number of potential clients start mentiioning the same subject then it might be the time to address the issue in this blog. The subject is a feeling that there is a pervasive ageist attitude amongst employers and younger colleagues and as a consequence people approaching or past 50 years old feel vulnerable and fearful that they will be made redundant.

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Stephen Wright
The Bare Essentials Of Linkedin

I have for the past few weeks looked at over three hundred Linkedin profiles and have noticed that quite a high proportion are so weak that those people cannot be reaping any of the significant benefits of this platform. So hear are some reasons why it worth investing a little time and effort to getting it to a workable level and what specifically to do. Of course the irony of this blog post is that the very people who might benefit from these thoughts are unlikely to be reading it; so please feel free to share.

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Stephen Wright
The Hidden Challenge Of Moving Jobs

It is very easy to completely underestimate just how much professional collateral you have built up whilst working at a given firm for a number of years. By this, I mean two things. First, the value of the professional relationships that one has and how much ‘goodwill value’ has been accumulated. The second is the knowledge of how the firm works, its procedures and systems, hierarchy, values and ethos. 

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The Motivating Power of Why

Former US Navy SEAL, Commander Mark Divine, runs a series of ‘boot camps’ that are designed to give civilians a taste of the selection regimen that the SEAL recruits have to endure. The bootcamps represent a very significant challenge and can serve as a vehicle for personal development. The shortest course that participants can sign up to is 24 hours: that is 24 hours of non-stop hard and demanding physical grind. Divine asks his clients to complete a questionnaire before accepting them on the course. He says that the single biggest determining factor as to whether a participant will be able to endure and complete the course is how powerful their why is. Whether they have a strong reason for doing the boot camp course has a strong correlation with success. If they have a weak ‘why’ – or motivation – then failure becomes a very likely outcome.

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Overcoming the Hurdles of Career Change

Making a change in career direction, either within a sector or more significant shift, can often prove difficult. This is because recruiters and potential employers are risk averse and want a square peg for a square hole. Taking a candidate from a markedly different background is often considered risky and it's probably a risk that they do not need to take.

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