Nail that promotion

Posted by Laura Brammar on 14-Jun-2016 10:38:50

Snap. You know, the card game right? If you match the latest card exactly then you can go on to win. So what’s this got to do with securing your promotion? Actually, quite a lot.

Often clients I work with are a bit bemused (and often very disappointed) that they’ve not been offered the promotion they expected. They know they do a great job. They also know that their boss rates their work. It seems a forgone conclusion that when the next step up becomes available they will be in the best position to be offered the role.

In reality though, it is often the case that we need to put more effort than we might think into arguing the case that we are right for the next challenge. We need to show that we do really match perfectly with what they are looking for.

It’s easy to think ‘well they already know that I can do the job because they’ve seen me in action’. The truth is, whilst your line managers may believe you are ready they are going to have to justify your selection both to themselves and to other key decision makers, just as they would for an initial hire.

So what can you do to make the process go more smoothly?

Here are my top 5 tips which I’ll also be exploring in much more detail during our free Nail that Promotion webinar on Thursday 23 June 7.30-8.30pm.

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Topics: Consultancy, career coaching, career success

Career decision making? It ain’t easy. 5 hazards to look out for.

Posted by Laura Brammar on 18-Apr-2016 10:30:00

 All of us at some point in our lives will have made a decision about our career. In fact, we are more likely to have made several such decisions throughout our life time.  Whether to pursue a career based on your degree, or whether to work within a particular organization; these are choices which you will have made at different stages in your career development.

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Topics: career change, career choice, career coaching, career success

Is performance anxiety tripping you up in interviews & presentations?

Posted by Sue Moseley on 21-Jan-2016 12:30:00

Performance anxiety tripping you up in job interviews or presentations? Seeking the next step in your working life, yet it’s not happening for you? Know you are capable, yet find yourself daunted by new challenges?

These are regular issues. You may take some comfort from knowing you are certainly not alone in being affected by them to a greater or lesser extent. Research has long shown the high incidence of anxiety around public speaking and presenting for example, with large numbers affected and up to 1 in 8 severely so (1). Yet such knowledge does little to lessen the frustration and pain experienced.

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Topics: Interviews, Consultancy, career coaching

The 10 most popular Careers Group articles of 2015

Posted by Harry Picken on 11-Jan-2016 12:01:00

2015 was a busy year in higher education. It saw a higher education Green Paper, the proposal of a teaching excellence framework, and more students than ever seeking career advice from their university. But, let's not forget the hundreds of blogs published by The Careers Group for offering news and career advice for students, graduates, career centres and employers.

2015 also saw us launch a new-look blog platform where you can subscribe to email updates in addition to a new blog dedicated to graduate recruiters.

But which articles had you clicking the most? Here are the top 10 most-read of 2015.


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Topics: employability skills, CVs and applications, career coaching

Want that dream job? Here's how you get it.

Posted by Hilary Moor on 22-Dec-2015 11:30:00

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but one of the most effective way to feel more confident is to take the time for thorough preparation.   

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Topics: Interviews, career coaching

2 steps to your career (re)launch

Posted by Sue Moseley on 21-Dec-2015 15:00:00

Brilliant images of the launch of the latest mission to the International Space Station and UK astronaut Tim Peake have been everywhere this week. So with launches in mind as we close the year, what of work? As you close the year and look ahead to the next, here are two simple steps that will get your career thinking moving.

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Topics: career change, career choice, career coaching

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