A Little Friday Bee Story

Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 in careers, exploring, job search, Uncategorized, work | 0 comments

A Little Friday Bee Story

The moral to a story usually comes at the end but because we’re all very busy and the internet is a wonderfully distracting thing (always calling on us to make that next click and visit a new page) I’ll save time and give you the moral to this little story up front… “It can be done and sometimes you’re the best person to do it” I’ve often been the first person to doubt whether something can be done. ‘No’ is kind of my default, internal setting. But then I get a doubt, an idea, a feeling or – if it’s strong enough – the...

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People, groups and careers

Posted by on Aug 12, 2011 in careers, exploring, job search, origins, Uncategorized, work | 0 comments

People, groups and careers

To get any group of people talking about work and careers, you need to put every single one of them first Which might not be as impossible as it sounds… All groups are just people joining or working together. Every member of a group has their own reason(s) for being there and their own set of priorities, When a group can help its members appreciate their own reasons for being there and make progress in-keeping with their priorities, That group is putting every one of its members first. A group that puts individuals first and helps everyone make progress is the only career group worth...

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The hidden factors behind hiring choices

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in careers, exploring, job search, Uncategorized, work | 0 comments

The hidden factors behind hiring choices

Hiring decisions say as much about the company making them as they say about you. Another writer on another website might add the word ‘Discuss‘ to the end of that statement, All I want to add is your experience… Companies make decisions and they have their own reasons for doing so, But then again, so do we. The factors that lead up to a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ in a hiring decision go way beyond our influence, Even when we’ve done the best we can. As individuals all we can do is our very best when we’re looking for work, While remembering that...

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Loving the Covering Letter

Posted by on Jul 5, 2011 in careers, exploring, job search, Uncategorized, work | 0 comments

Loving the Covering Letter

The cover letter is much greater than a necessary evil. So much more than a pointless hoop to jump through or a repetitive waste of time. In many ways the cover letter is the most creative, immediate and persuasive form of communication available to us when we’re not (or can’t be) there in person. It’s the part of our career and our job search where we start with a blank piece of paper time and time again. Today we have social media rock-stars, maverick careerists and job-seekers who have taken the essence of the cover letter and turned it into something wonderful and new....

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Adam has a Plan

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in careers, exploring, job search, Uncategorized, work | 0 comments

Adam has a Plan

Adam’s future wasn’t clear but he worked out a plan nonetheless. It’s not a complicated career plan, actually it’s quite simple. Adam looked at his work history and chose a way forward that made the most sense. His overall plan was to get back into the work he liked the most. Adam had done a few different things but he preferred construction work. He liked getting hands-on, the teamwork, the satisfaction, Maybe not the winters spent outdoors but there were plenty of good experiences, And they all went into his plan. This time around Adam was going to see if he could...

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Job-Seeker’s Interview #6 – Contessa

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in careers, exploring, job search, the job seeker's interview, Uncategorized, work | 0 comments

Job-Seeker’s Interview #6 – Contessa

Want to find out what The Job Seeker’s Interview is all about? Click here to learn more In the meantime here’s what our latest interviewee said…   1. What’s your name? Contessa 2. Where do you live? Scotland 3. How long have you been looking for a job? 3 months 4. What’s the story of your job search so far? I chose to accept a voluntary redundancy offer after 22 years with a public sector careers and skills agency. I was in a management post and expected to be able to apply for similar jobs in public, private and third sector organisations, with a lower pay...

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