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

Attractions, Coaches and Secondments: what junior lawyers are looking for from their law firm

Posted by Laura Brammar on 22-Mar-2016 10:00:00

You’ve recently graduated. You’ve landed a job at a major law firm. You’re quite vague about what you expect in terms of career development, right? Actually, wrong.

The Careers Group, University of London surveyed over 200 lawyers in the early years of their career to explore their expectations regarding their career development. We were keen to find out what had driven their employment choices and intentions, what career management activities they expected to do themselves and what support solicitors and barristers expected from their employers. What we discovered has implications for recruiters, graduates and university career services alike.

Here are 4 ways you can retain the best in new legal talent taken from our top rated report.

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Topics: law, Consultancy, leadership

If you're a boss, you should also be a careers coach

Posted by Laura Brammar on 15-Mar-2016 11:00:00

What do you expect from your own boss?  To let you know how you’re getting on in your job? To answer any questions you have about your work load?  How about to develop your long term career beyond your current managerial role?

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Topics: career choice, Consultancy, leadership, Research

You need careers advice. Have you asked your boss yet?

Posted by Laura Brammar on 03-Mar-2016 10:30:00

What do you expect from your boss?  To let you know how you’re getting on in your job? To answer any questions you have about your work load?  How about to develop your long term career and give you career advice?

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Topics: career choice, Consultancy, leadership, Research

How to successfully complete a job application form

Posted by careers consultant on 23-Feb-2016 11:30:00

Filling in a job application forms can be daunting. Most are designed to make candidates think hard about themselves and their suitability for the opportunities on offer, with the aim of putting off the fainthearted. We'll teach you some tips and techniques for successfully completing almost any job application.

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, CVs and applications, Consultancy

Want to take the next step and become a manager?

Posted by careers consultant on 16-Feb-2016 11:30:00

So you have your eye on that managerial role. But is it actually the best option for you? And if it is, how do you get it?

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Topics: career choice, Consultancy, leadership

How to successfully network

Posted by Amanda Taylor on 11-Feb-2016 11:30:00

Today, networking is an inherent part of most people’s lives. But how can you network you way into a job?

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Topics: networking, Consultancy

How to improve your presentation skills

Posted by careers consultant on 26-Jan-2016 11:30:00

A new employer may want to assess your oral communication skills during an interview and ask you to prepare and deliver a presentation. Can you present your case in a way that your audience will understand and find interesting?

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, Interviews, Consultancy

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

Is your CV good enough? Tips to make your CV stand out

Posted by careers consultant on 19-Jan-2016 11:30:00

Having an impressive CV is vital to capture your potential employer's attention, make a good first impression and help secure your dream job. But is your CV good enough?

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, CVs and applications, Consultancy

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