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+00:00May 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+00:00May 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+00:00May 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+00:00April 29th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments

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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 25th, 2018|Students & Graduates, Professionals|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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00January 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+00:00January 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 17th, 2017|Students & Graduates, Professionals|0 Comments