I've recently been seeing a PT to help me with my back, which I injured a few months back rowing. A big part of this has been in the activation or re-activation of muscles that have been lying dormant. The muscles that should be in use but instead let other parts of the body absorb the load and suffer the undue stress. Now, while I'm a little way off being back to full strength, it’s so far been an interesting lesson when you look at the similarities in the way we look after our physical performance and how we lead our professional lives.
We’ve been having a good look at our user data at JobAdvisor and have uncovered some really interesting insights into what candidates are looking for – insights that have implications for everyone trying to fine-tune their talent attraction strategies.
A few weeks back I wrote an article about how to deal with a micromanager which seemed to hit a nerve with a few people who responded along the lines of “yeah, but you don’t know MY boss.” That’s true, I don’t know your boss and no doubt it’s their fault they’re micromanaging you. Certainly it’s not your fault and so you’re not responsible, right?
If there’s one thing you can guarantee, it’s that at some point in your career you will be faced with change. Maybe it’s in your immediate team or the wider company, it could be that you've changed jobs or even industries. Change can be uncomfortable and scary - when we don't know to expect, fear creeps in. But it doesn't have to be scary and having the ability to adapt is a very powerful skill to have. So here are 4 things to remember when you're dealing with change in your job.
We’ve all had them, those bosses who feel the need to know every little detail about what you’re doing at any moment of the day, require you to ask permission for everything and can’t go 5 minutes without telling you what you need to do next. It’s frustrating and demotivating, but the good news is you can do something about it.
I’ve seen a lot of articles recently about what makes a good manager. These are great but sometimes the mistakes we make are the best teachers. Rather than rely on your own mistakes, it can be a bit less painful if you can learn from the mistakes of others, so here’s some of mine!
A common complaint I hear from HR and Talent Managers is that they find it hard to get buy-in and support from their marketing departments to help them attract talent. So, I thought I’d cover off a few good reasons why it’s not only necessary, it’s essential.
When someone asks me for advice on finding a job I invariably suggest that they stop relying on job boards and start approaching the companies they want to work for. But there is a real art to approaching companies so I wanted to share what I’ve found works best.
We’ve heard it all before, too much TV is bad for your health. In fact, some say it’s as bad as smoking or being overweight because it goes hand in hand with a sedentary lifestyle. But is it also bad for your career?
I get asked a lot for advice on how to get a pay rise. Usually the first thing I ask is, “what have you done to deserve a raise?”. Here I’m looking for responses like, “I’ve over achieved on my sales targets for the past 12 months” or “my job has grown to include a lot more than I was originally hired for”. But you’d be surprised by how many times the response is something like “because I haven’t got a pay rise for 12 months."