LinkedIn isn’t working…

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 … Continue reading LinkedIn isn’t working…

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Managing someone with more experience: The Baby Manager

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." Tracey must have been around 15 years older, at first this wasn't intimidating as I figured being … Continue reading Managing someone with more experience: The Baby Manager

How to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?

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 … Continue reading How to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?

Office Etiquette – It’s ok to…

Saw this kicking about. Thought it was nice reassurance for working in an office to show that doing these things are ok...

Fearing the future

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 … Continue reading Fearing the future

The time I was an expert on the Guardian website

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 … Continue reading The time I was an expert on the Guardian website

Vision…

I had been told I had been ready for the next level for the last three months. The only problem was where I worked has recently had a freeze on recruitment, so I didn't have any opportunities to move up. So I grew restless and impatient and decided to look for work elsewhere. It never … Continue reading Vision…

How I make the most of time

It was a regular Wednesday morning - where I always get the train to work.  The only difference was that my alarm did not go off. With 20 minutes to get ready it was a difficult task to get the train - usually it takes me at least 20 minutes alone to get ready! Almost … Continue reading How I make the most of time

How do you handle a bragger?

If there is one type of attribute I despise in a person it is a lack of humility. But it is inevitable in life that we will encounter braggers on a regular basis. The best approach for these people – absolutely nothing. I came to this conclusion, because the reason a person may brag is … Continue reading How do you handle a bragger?

Show em’ what you got

There is a reason they say actions speak louder than words.   And that is because people despise people who talk about what they want to do or what they have done in the past.  That is no good for other people - it may be a combination of envy or just that it is … Continue reading Show em’ what you got