I really love my job, it is probably the best one I have ever had.
It is strange because when I got the new job it was a step up from the old one. I have more responsibility and more money. But unlike my other job I am back at the bottom – basically I am the office junior and have to do all the tedious work that comes with that. Continue reading “Competition in the work place”
I used to volunteer as a manager at Oxfam.
One day a customer was arguing the toss on getting a discount on the set price.
This was normal practice in the shop as everyone who tried to haggle had the same argument
“But you got it for free – so what does it matter what you charge?” Continue reading “The Customer is always right”
Want to know how to make a job application or covering letter more appealing to your potential new employer?
For many years when I completed job applications I always thought from the perspective of myself – the skills, knowledge and experience that I could offer – which in theory sounds right because I am showing why I was the most qualified person to do that position.
But the problem is I was competing against a pool of applicants who were also just as qualified to do the job. Therefore I didn’t stand out to be offered interviews.
Continue reading “One simple way to improve your job application”
In the corporate world there seems to be a big hard-on to aspire towards top level leadership.
Answering e-mails on your holiday or at your son’s football game doesn’t really sell it to me.
As a by-product of this thinking many organisations almost shove this level of career development down it’s workers throats.
But what if someone doesn’t want to?
Continue reading “Cogs”
As a “professional” I am signed up to LinkedIn.
At the moment the only function I can really see is to increase my connections, of people I once networked with in a professional setting. Essentially has become some sort of organisation Pokedex where I have to catch them all – or rather got to network with them all. This usually results in a mundane loop from the newsfeed where I get to see what my network “liked”.
Continue reading “LinkedIn isn’t working…”
My mum always said you knew you were getting older when you started to see policemen that were younger than you; so I don’t know what Tracey thought when I walked in and said:
“Hi, I’m James, your new manager.”
Continue reading “Managing someone with more experience: The Baby Manager”
A common question asked at interviews is
“What is your strength and what is your weakness?”
I have heard a number of methods for answering this question and thought I would focus onthe second part of this question as usually people are quite good about talking about a particular area that they excel in.
The whole purpose on an interview is to sell yourself and show that you are the right candidate for the job. But this is what makes this question interesting because it is deliberately asking the candidate to say something negative about themselves. Here I talk through some potential answers to this question. Continue reading “How to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?”
Saw this kicking about.
Thought it was nice reassurance for working in an office to show that doing these things are ok…
Ricky the temp is being his usual sassy self. I am in an adult job now, but his bitchy manner to me feels like bullying. All because I don’t want to divulge my sex life at work.
For some reason he uses this as an opportunity to have a dig at me at every opportunity. Normally a temp would get canned quickly if they got a bit too big for their boots. But Rick the prick was clever and charmed the management so he was the golden boy who could do no wrong.
But he was low on my list of problems – I had been stuck doing this job for the last four years. I felt I was destined destined for more, but whenever I tried to better myself I just got put back down. I had been snubbed for promotion twice in the last three months and had begun to question my future in the job. Continue reading “Fearing the future”
A little known fact about me. I once featured in the Guardian website as part of a panel of experts for a Q & A discussing the benefits of postgraduate degrees to improve careers. This fact is so little known that I only remembered I did this the other day.
So how did I get to be an expert on a national newspaper website? Continue reading “The time I was an expert on the Guardian website”