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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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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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Beware the Job Spec

Getting hold of a job specification before going in for interviews is clearly a great chance to understand what the employer is looking for. It can therefore be used as a guide for your preparation, in that you can be ready to explain exactly in what ways you fit with their Crete. However, there are one or two words of caution which will help you use any given job specification even more effectively.

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The Emotional Rollercoaster of Being Made Redundant

One of my key roles as a career coach is to help my clients manage their emotions. I know that in those moments of euphoria or staring at the abyss, decisions are made which will have a profound impact on getting that new assignment - a job that will match your criteria and which you will find truly fulfilling. 

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Hinterland: Life Beyond Work

Earlier this week, I was talking a CEO who was under a great deal of stress at work. The more we spoke, the more I began to consider the possibility that some of this stress was self-imposed. As I tried to broaden the conversation to other aspects of their life, I began to realise that there really wasn't anything else - this role, being a CEO, was it. This reminded me of the words of a very wise mentor: "Build a hinterland". What do I mean by a hinterland and why is it so important?

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