Career Bliss: How to Avoid Sabotaging Yourself (Podcast)

Career bliss? No, it's not La-La land, but something that Sabrina Ali of make.believe.for real. understands better than most. Based in Canada, she is a wonderful career counselor and writer for professionals under 40. So, I'm extremely grateful to her for sharing her insights and wisdom in this post. Please take time out of your [...]

By |2018-10-07T13:12:26+01:00October 7th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

How to Apply Neuroscience and Encourage High Trust

Trust is in short supply these days. Just ask disengaged employees or disillusioned job seekers. So, how do you encourage it as a leader or manager? As a job seeker, how do you know if a potential employer has a culture of trust? This post looks at helpful advances in neuroscience and how you can [...]

Work-Related Expenses: Are They Costing You a Fortune?

A new study from CV-Library reveals that the average Brit spends £205 a month on work-related expenses, including lunch, commuting and stationary. That’s equivalent to £2,460 a year! Do you think that's fair? How much does location make a difference? Learning to Leap explores the findings and hears from Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library. [...]

By |2018-09-16T10:09:17+01:00September 16th, 2018|Professionals, Business/Employers|0 Comments

CV Problems? Here Are 10 Ways To Impress an SME

Your CV or resume can lead to your dream job. So you want it to make a big impact when recruiters and SME owners get round to seeing what your skill set is. Here are 10 ways to ensure you’ve got the best chance of landing an interview. 1. Update your design If you’re still [...]

By |2018-09-09T15:52:54+01:00September 9th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|3 Comments

Lack Experience? How to Show Your Potential to Employers

You decide to go for a job you really, really want. Thankfully, you get through the initial hurdle of CV or online application. Now you worry that you lack experience at the level for which you are applying. That old friend, imposter syndrome, pays a visit chipping away at your self-confidence. Other people will have more [...]

By |2018-09-02T09:16:56+01:00September 2nd, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

Career Progress: What Is The Political Style You Prefer?

In this three-part blog series on career planning and management, we have already looked at career stage and career direction. Finally, to help your career progress, we consider the political style you prefer to manage your personal brand and navigate conflict in your organisation. What's your preference and how effective is it? What might you need [...]

By |2018-08-12T09:00:47+01:00August 12th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

New Dawn For Career Opportunities in the Automotive Industry?

What are your perceptions of working in the automotive industry? You might think it's filled with middle-aged men in suits working at your local car dealership. Maybe, you know someone's son who works as an apprentice mechanic. Perhaps, Top Gear is your reference point. Whatever your preconceptions, how vehicles are manufactured, bought and sold is changing radically [...]

Career Direction: How Do You Choose in a VUCA World?

How do you decide on the career direction for you when the world of work is so volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA)? Increasingly, it's tough when job roles are disappearing because of technology change and when new ones appear quicker than ever. This post explores four career directions to help you reflect on your current [...]

By |2018-07-29T10:46:59+01:00July 29th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

Career Stage: Are You Where You Want To Be?

Increasingly, with jobs and careers today, it ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it ♫. The career paradigm is changing from employment to employability security. It forces us to seek constant growth and professional re-development, aka lifewide and lifelong learning. These drivers apply to us all. Yet, some songs remain the same. [...]

By |2018-07-22T19:02:09+01:00July 22nd, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

Own the Process: How to Achieve Success like Gareth

Often, business likes to identify learning from the world of sport. The emotional peaks and troughs are rich pickings. Sometimes people dismiss sport as too different from business and the world of work. The analogies don't work, they say. It seems to me that the England football manager, Gareth Southgate, is reversing the trend and [...]

How to Re-Calibrate Your Attention To Be More Creative

Attention deficit is rife in daily life. Competition for our attention assails us from all directions. And that's a barrier to being creative, our wellbeing, and our capacity to grow. Understanding the true nature of attention will help. The attention paradox Here's a strange paradox about attention, beautifully captured by the French philosopher and teacher, Simone Weil. [...]

By |2018-07-08T09:54:07+01:00July 8th, 2018|Professionals|0 Comments

Businesswomen on the Rise: Positive Trends in the UK

The latest findings on the reasons that prevent women getting into FTSE350 boardrooms are depressingly familiar and shameful. Nevertheless, the shift towards self-employment, freelancing and independent working is having an impact on gender equality in the UK. The direction of travel is positive as the gap between the number of businessmen and businesswomen is closing. This [...]

By |2018-06-03T11:27:35+01:00June 3rd, 2018|Professionals, Business/Employers|0 Comments

Goals: How to Reach for the Stars (and Go Again)

When the captain of Manchester City, Vincent Kompany, held aloft the Premier League Champion's trophy this year, his euphoria and joy were a sight to behold. What's your equivalent? Have you experienced an exhilarating and emotional peak moment in your life? This post looks at the pros and cons of goals - what goals mean for you, [...]

By |2018-05-28T12:30:28+01:00May 28th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

How to Write a Winning CV for Your First Management Role

Do you feel ready for the next stage of your career but worry you lack management experience? Don’t let that put you off. In fact, there are probably plenty of ways for you to fulfil the criteria. It’s just making sure you know how to show off those skills that employers want. Here are our top [...]

By |2018-09-25T09:49:21+01:00May 20th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

Attention! How to Overcome Mass Distraction

I read somewhere recently that our average attention span is now less than a goldfish. Many of my coaching clients struggle with high workloads and mass distraction. It can make a mockery of priorities because distraction is the enemy of focus. Here are some approaches to help you get the right things done and feel [...]

By |2018-05-13T09:33:54+01:00May 13th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

5 Ways to Make Your First Impression Last

There are 1.47 million people out of work in the UK and the unemployment rate is currently growing more quickly than it has in almost five years. How can job seekers become more creative in their approach to finding work? One opportunity is the first impression you make.  For example, Quinnstheprinters recently ran a competition for job-seeking [...]

By |2018-05-06T08:40:51+01:00May 6th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

New Manager: How to Avoid These 7 Pitfalls

Being a new manager can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. You want to get off to a good start but you don't know what you don't know. Naturally, you bring pre-conceptions with you. Yet, the reality can be a whole different ballgame. What do you need to look out for as a [...]

By |2018-04-29T09:36:19+01:00April 29th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|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+01:00April 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+01:00April 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+01:00March 25th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments