3 Unconscious Mistakes to Avoid at the Beginning of Your Career

As much as we all like to think we are different, we are actually rather alike. Moreover, most of us end up having similar fears and goals: pursuing our life’s passion, finding a job that truly makes us happy... Without realising it, we often act in ways that are consistent with our socialization. But there [...]

By | 2018-04-15T10:13:04+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Students & Graduates|0 Comments

Employee Reviews: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Harnessing the best of technology with the positive use of social media opens the doors to greater and more informed choices. There are plenty of Apps out there to advise on trips and trusted services. For good or bad, league tables rank our schools, colleges, and universities. So, I decided to see what's available in [...]

By | 2018-04-08T09:47:06+00:00 April 8th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

How to Improve Your Note-Taking Productivity and Learning

In 2018, it's no surprise that some of us listen to lectures, workshops, and meetings while taking notes on a digital device. Phones and tablets are constantly on our persons, while laptops have never been easier to transport. And yet, does using these devices improve your productivity? A new survey from My Own Stationery reveals that [...]

By | 2018-04-02T12:25:40+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

How To Learn From Employer Branding In The Job Search

Here at Swanstaff Recruitment, we're really proud that we placed on the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For in 2017. But how does winning this award help you and your job search? Firstly, the award is talking about our employer branding, so what does that mean? Read on to find out! [...]

By | 2018-03-25T10:25:52+00:00 March 25th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

Management Style: Why You Need to Pull More

Managers are the butt of so much dissatisfaction in the workplace today. Often, they are piggies-in-the-middle between frontline employees, the wider organisation, and senior leaders. As the pressure to meet targets and deliver results pushes down, harassed managers face the tricky balancing act of trying to satisfy everyone. Depending on the culture, some succeed more [...]

By | 2018-03-18T10:09:22+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Professionals, Business/Employers|0 Comments

The Rise of the eMentor in a Digital World

The digital world in which we live transcends time and space so we can access people networks across the globe. Mentoring moments occur informally at astonishing rates as we give, share and reciprocate in an instant via online platforms and communities. People want and expect to use technology to make their lives easier. No surprise [...]

By | 2018-03-11T10:33:51+00:00 March 11th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

Mentoring Tips: Do You Want To Get More Professional?

It's National Careers Week (#NCW2018) and National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2018) from 5-9 March 2018. Mentoring plays a key role in career transitions and supporting apprentices. So, I've put together a free ebook on mentoring tips and modern practices. It will appeal to lifelong learners and employers interested in improving their understanding and enhancing their professionalism [...]

How To Help Yourself If Your New Job Sucks

You’ve been in your new job or internship for a couple weeks, maybe a month, and have thoroughly settled in. And you’ve come to a stomach-cramping conclusion: This job sucks! It happens to everyone at some point in their career. You find a position that looks great on paper… has an exciting title… the description [...]

By | 2018-02-25T10:04:13+00:00 February 25th, 2018|Students & Graduates|0 Comments

Job Interviews While Working? How to Stay Professional

It’s not easy to conduct your job hunt while working. Finding the time to search and apply for roles, sneak glances at your emails and pick up calls from employers take enough time as it is. One of the biggest challenges, however, is being able to attend job interviews when you’re working a full-time job. [...]

By | 2018-02-18T11:51:44+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

Feeling Stuck? Stop Confusing Wants With Needs

I need a job. I want a career. They sound similar, but they're not. We all have needs and wants. Sometimes, we confuse the two, resulting in faulty thinking and actions. Let's take a closer look to understand the differences and how it helps your next job or career decision. Wants v Needs Many of you will be [...]

By | 2018-02-11T10:08:58+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

How to Acquire The Habits of a Lifelong Learner

In every stage of life, we face new challenges and need to change, learn, and grow to overcome those challenges and become a more successful, well rounded, and productive person. That applies in the college classroom, in your post-graduation job search efforts, and in the new career you embark upon. In fact, being a lifelong learner [...]

By | 2018-02-04T13:01:06+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

How to Boost Your Creativity in the Modern Workplace

Creativity is an essential component of any successful business. It’s what separates good ideas from great ones, and turns impossible problems into unique solutions. In 2016, the World Economic Forum revealed that creativity would become one of the most important, in-demand employability skills by 2020. Despite this, new research reveals that the way modern offices currently [...]

By | 2018-01-28T15:03:41+00:00 January 28th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

New Mentor? How to Go From Fears to Cheers

Recognition of the business benefits of mentoring is increasing. Unsurprising, given the perfect storm of disruption as the norm and demographic shifts leading to a multi-generational workplace. This post looks at debunking some myths, new approaches to mentoring, and how a new mentor can overcome common fears. The old paradigm The stereotype mentor of the last century [...]

How to Break Free From a Fixed Mindset

As I walk past a local primary school, I see a banner attached to the railings. It proudly promotes the school's commitment to embedding a growth mindset in its children. Carol Dweck's concepts of a fixed mindset and a growth mindset are alive and mainstream. Whether they are in use as she intends is another [...]

By | 2018-01-16T10:15:10+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

Employers: How to Build Trust With Millennial Applicants

When it comes to landing a job, Millennials are experts at reaching out to employers. They follow up on questions and ultimately sell themselves and their personal brand. Millennial applicants are put off if their potential employer does not respond with similar enthusiasm and engagement. If employers are distant and non-communicative, they may second-guess their choice [...]

Top 10 Learning to Leap Blog Posts in 2017

Here's another list of blog posts to go with the millions of others at the end of the calendar year! My top 10 blog posts in 2017 are a combination of the most shared ones and personal favourites. They were published either on my website or as guest blogs on other platforms. It's tough writing [...]

By | 2017-12-31T08:47:28+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

Why You Won’t Change Jobs in the New Year

If you are unhappy with your current job or career direction, I'll guess it will cross your mind at some point over the Festive break. Those daydreaming moments when you wonder if or how things will change for the better. You say to friends and family that you want to change jobs but, before you [...]

By | 2017-12-17T17:27:51+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

How To Ensure a Great Induction in Your First Job

You land your first job in a corporate environment after a ton of rejected applications and near-misses at interviews. Finally, you escape the short-term, temporary and low-level jobs you take to survive after graduating. Your hard work and persistence are paying off as you look forward to an exciting new role. You arrive with a [...]

By | 2017-12-10T19:09:31+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Students & Graduates, Business/Employers|0 Comments

How to Be in Control When You Don’t Feel You Are

Do you like being in control of your job and career? Does not being in control feel uncomfortable and disabling? Wanting to be more in control of your life at work and beyond is a common coaching issue. Unsurprising, given today's perfect storm of tech, politics, economics, social, legal, and environmental changes. Uncertainty and the [...]

By | 2017-11-26T16:45:26+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Students & Graduates, Professionals|Comments Off on How to Be in Control When You Don’t Feel You Are

How to Maximise Your Internship For Job Success

Internships are a common way to 'try before you buy' for both a potential employee and an employer. However, not all internships are the same and depend on the industry or sector and the specific company or organization. Assuming it's a paid internship and there is a genuine commitment for mutual benefit, how can you [...]

By | 2017-11-19T09:55:34+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Students & Graduates|0 Comments