How to give a talk about yourself

giving a talk

Back when I was new in my previous job, I was asked to stand in for my boss to give a talk about my career. My boss was quite well known, had started her own business. I was someone who had just jumped from a year-long stint in apprenticeship recruitment into this company.

I said yes to the opportunity but I felt like a fraud. Why would these people want to know about my career – I have done nothing?

The theme was alternative careers in education, so I detailed my work in Japan, what I had done in the apprenticeship company and what my new role was. I peppered my slides with photos of me along my journey. [Read more…]

Should you send a thank you after an interview?

Interview Advice

 

A few weeks ago, I received a DM from an American follower: “I’m advising someone on their job hunt and was shocked that they didn’t send a thank you message after their interview. Do you not do that over here?”

I replied that it’s not so common – I’ve always found it to be a very American thing to do, but didn’t think it was done in the UK. But as you know, I always like to back up my advice, so I set out to find out how people felt about thank you messages after interviews. [Read more…]

How to Achieve Your Goals Better

reach goals

 

This year has gone so quickly, and it only seems like a few weeks ago that I was setting myself a goal for the year.

It seems such a shame that we only look over our goals once a year, though. I remember reading years ago that goals set at the start of the year are much less likely to be achieved than at other times of the year. [Read more…]

3 Things For Your CV You’ve Not Considered

cv tips

Last week something a bit crazy happened. A guy asked to connect with me on LinkedIn, then when I accepted, offered to look over my CV for a free check. I thanked him, told him that actually I have my own CV writing business on the side, but thank you anyway.

He replied back: “Looking at your background you wouldn’t have a clue how to write a CV. I bet you put References [sic] available on request at the end” [Read more…]

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