Over the last several years I have been on a mission to increase my confidence. I am better than I used to be but still have some bad habits. Until recently I was blissfully unaware until I got some feedback from my last job interview
“you know your stuff but you need to show more confidence in yourself”
This was pretty surprising as I thought I was coming across confident. Upon reflection I realise that there are areas that I can focus on to make myself appear more confident.
Fēijī – it means Airplane in Mandarin Chinese.
When I was at University we had the option to do an additional language course on top of the regular degree. As it was evening study the courses weren’t too popular as most students were too busy getting drunk. But studying Business it seemed logical to learn Mandarin. Continue reading “Fēijī”
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?”
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 felt quite right as I filled in the application – I struggled through it even though it didn’t feel right. To try and make me feel better I asked those close to me their thoughts. Continue reading “Vision…”
I had finished University and I thought “What do I want to do with my life?”
I decided that I wanted to help people and took on a voluntary job for an environmental charity. It was interesting to see how unorganised the voluntary sector was. My job title where I ‘worked’ was called ‘Campaign Officer’ and even in reflection I still have no idea what the job role was. Continue reading “My own world”
I really think we say sorry too much. If I clash with someone coming out of the gents as I am going in 9 times out of 10 I hear “oh sorry…”
Why do you need to be sorry? Isn’t excuse me a more appropriate word?
As I try to make my way up the career ladder I have found the support of others is essential. I really do miss having a good mentor to coach me and call me out on any bullshit though.
I have a number of experiences of ‘mentors’ – one was good, one was bad. Continue reading “Good Mentor/Bad Mentor”
This week has been my most testing time in my new job.
I have been optimistic and upbeat since starting, but this is the first week where I seem to have been fighting the forces of negativity from all sides.
With people leaving, going on holiday or being off sick, things look light on the ground. Continue reading “Fighting the Forces of Negativity”
I have had a bit of a hiatus from posting recently.
Since starting the blog I have been well disciplined to ensure that there has been new content every week (or more) because when I started I knew that I did not want to be one of the those blogs that post inconsistently and started with one of those weak, pathetic opener of:
“Sorry I haven’t post in a while guys, my life has been super hectic right now…”