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5 Career Benefits to Being Active on LinkedIn

business career networking Sep 16, 2019

Do I really need to be on LinkedIn?

The short answer is YES, and here’s why it’s a no brainer!

There are around 33 million people in the UK who are working or available to work.

There are 27 million UK users on LinkedIn which is, as I’m sure you’ve just worked out, very much the majority of the working population.

There are plenty of jobs on LinkedIn these days, but it’s primarily a networking site where you can start conversations that will enhance your career or business. Have a look at this short video (it’s only a minute long) to see more.

Here are 5 Career Benefits to Being Active on LinkedIn:

  1. At the simplest level, it’s a place to have a public professional profile and be found
  2. You can network with other professionals in your field to;
    • build and enhance your reputation
    • gain contacts and information that will be useful in your current role and organisation
    • build networks that will help you research your next career steps (in the same...
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How do I get motivated at work?


If you’re struggling to get motivated again after the summer (or maybe you’ve been feeling de-motivated for a while), I’ve recorded a short video to help you get re-motivated.

Three key things to remember to underline the points in the video:

  1. Don’t wait for someone else to motivate you. Make it happen yourself.
  2. Getting motivated will give you more energy and make you feel happier.
  3. When you’re motivated, you’re likely to be in control of your career (rather than letting other people direct you).
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How do you maintain income when transitioning to self-employment?


If you’ve been working in an organisation all of your life transitioning to self-employment can be a challenging and perhaps stressful time. One of the biggest fears is about whether you’ll make enough money to live on.

Here are three tips to make the transition to self-employment easier.


Get your mindset right for self-employment

This is some advice that I really could have done with when I became self-employed in 2001. I’d been working in organisations (public and private sector) all of my life and was used to getting a paycheque at the end of every month.

When you’re self-employed, particularly at the start, you’re likely to have months that are fairly low income which are balanced by those that are very financially rewarding. Getting in the habit of looking at your income over a year, rather than each month, helps ease the pressure. As long as you’re doing all the other essential activities to run a successful business, you’ll...

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Three actions to help you create a success mindset

business career mindset Aug 26, 2019

As we come to the end of this four week mini-series reducing stress and increasing calm, our focus turns to gratitude.

The Gratitude Attitude

There’s a lot around about the power of gratitude. You may have come across it. It links to one of the key mindsets for success:

What you focus on consistently you tend to get more of in your life.

There’s no magic to this. Your unconscious mind filters information based on what you’ve told it is important to you. By focussing on what you want and like, your unconscious mind will filter so that you notice more of those things.

Gratitude helps you to make sure that you focus on the good things – from the big fabulous achievements, to the smaller things like that nice cup of tea you made this morning, the smile you exchanged with someone in the street, or that you just caught the train this morning.

I’ve got three actions for you below which will help you get into the habit really easily.


  1. Every morning when...
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Where is your calm place?

business career mindset Aug 19, 2019

Here in the UK August is traditionally holiday season and holidays are a great way to switch off from work and recharge our batteries.

But what about the rest of the time! It’s just as important to be able to stay calm and manage any stresses right through the year. If you’ve read the last couple of Monday Munch’s you’ll already have some strategies that will help.

This week I’m going to share a couple more.


Where is your calm place?

Think about a time when you felt really relaxed and calm and happy. Make it a specific time. Take a moment to go back there in your mind and re-live the moment, remember it clearly. What could you see, what could you hear, taste, smell, feel?  As you recall that memory and all the details of it, you’ll start to feel that lovely relaxed, calm and happy feeling that you had back then; and the great thing is that now you’ve got it right here and right now.

Mine is on a hillside above Ullswater in the...

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Border control for your career

business career mindset Aug 12, 2019

Do you ever feel like you’ve got so much on, and there are still people asking you for more things, whether it be bits of work or meetings or problems to solve?

It’s not something you have to put up with. You can choose to do something about it.

Setting Your Boundaries

When I talk about setting your boundaries, I’m talking in terms both of your time and the things that you do. It’s very easy to get into a situation where you feel like you just haven’t got time to do everything. 

 So, take a few minutes to step back and take a new look.

  • What are you doing that you don’t have to do?
  • What are you doing that someone else could (or perhaps should) be doing?
  • Are you taking work home at night, or answering emails at all hours?
  • Are you working way more hours that you’re contracted for?
  • Do you have so much work that you can’t possibly do it in the hours available?

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Taking control of your emotions

business career mindset Aug 05, 2019

As we move into August, many people are on holiday, the rush hour roads and trains are quieter and it’s perhaps a chance to reflect and get some strategies in place to reduce stress and increase your levels of calm and peace.

August is a 4 Monday month this year, so look out here and in my Monday Munch email, for some top tips to help you move into the autumn in a positive and stress-free state.

Emotions: reflex or choice?

Have you ever had any of these reactions (either yourself or you’ve heard someone else say it), or something similar:

  • You make me so mad!
  • He really knows how to push my buttons!
  • She makes me feel stupid

The common factor in these examples is that “you”, “he”, or “she” (i.e. someone else) is doing something, and you are reporting an emotional response. That response (reaction) is probably in the way that you always react, and you probably do it almost instantly.

It has become an almost instinctive response and you...

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What has your employer ever done for you?

career interviews Jul 29, 2019

In this week’s Monday Munch I’m getting readers thinking about what you get from your employer.

This short video expands on that. It will take you less than 2 minutes to watch and give you some real nuggets to help you feel happier at work and create more of what you want.

If you’re not already receiving the Monday Munch sign up by clicking the yellow button on this page. 

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There be gold in them thar hills

cvs interviews job market Jul 22, 2019

This week I’m thinking about your skills and qualities. The things that you’re good at and the things how you do them.

Think about each thing you do, each contribution and each achievement, as a hill or mountain in the landscape of your career. As you look closer, you’ll see that each is made up of skills and qualities and actions.

Take a look at this short video (it’s less than 2 minutes) to find out how to discover the gold in there than can help you thrive in your career.

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The Importance of Feedback

career Jul 15, 2019

How seriously do you take feedback? Do you even go and ask for it? It can be really beneficial in many different ways for you in your career. Take a look at this video (less than 2 minutes) to find out how.

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