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Is your CV strewn with jargon?

One-third of employees have used business jargon in a meeting without fully understanding the meaning; 81 percent of employers say that a job candidate using a word in the wrong sense is unforgivable; 77 percent of managers would be more likely to hire a candidate who uses a wide and varied vocabulary.

Article by: Andrew Arkley | Published: 11 April 2019

From apprentice to director:  Melanie’s journey

‘Blaze a Trail’ is the theme for National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2019), which runs from 4-8 March, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to choose an apprenticeship as a pathway to a great career. The week will showcase the high-quality apprenticeship opportunities available across a wide variety of sectors. 

Article by: Melanie Nicholson | Published: 16 March 2019

The pros and cons of zero hours

Some like these non-specified hours as they can do ‘a bit on the side’ and mix their tasks to get extra income. Shifts may be shorter but taking up a selection of these will provide great variety and many smaller incomes, contributing to a larger lump sum. It becomes a convenient way to make money. 

Article by: Rebecca Dunne | Published: 15 February 2019

How do you solve a problem like career?
Print – Issue 168 | Article of the Week

Talent pools, fast track graduate schemes and high-performance development programmes, businesses will try anything to convince talented employees that their aspirations are part of "the big picture". But what motivates people and understanding career aspiration has never been more complex.

Article by: Clare Barnett | Published: 10 October 2018

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How to make career changes easier than ever

The average UK employee is said to spend 1/3 of their working life dissatisfied; due in part to heavy workloads and unproductive team members failing to pull their weight. However, despite this lack of vocational fulfillment, 77% of unsatisfied employees are reluctant to leave a job they dislike because they feel they lack the required skills to pursue a different career.

Article by: Bruce Rayner | Published: 22 September 2018

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Three Career Killers to Circumvent

With one U.S. Jobs Study revealing that “tectonic changes are reshaping U.S. workplaces as the economy moves deeper into the knowledge-focused age” amid the stark reality that lifelong skills development and training have evolved into mandatory, mission-critical facets of one’s sustained career success.

Article by: Merilee Kern | Published: 28 August 2018

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“I will go anywhere, provided it be forward”*
Print – Issue 164 | Article of the Week

While the business may be perfect for today, it could be utterly unprepared for the future. Not surprising as most investment into organisational development focuses on protecting and growing today’s value creation priorities. If organisations continue with this strategy, their plans have tomorrow’s failure written in.

Article by: Chris Nichols and Philippa Hardman | Published: 13 June 2018

Eye candour
Print – Issue 162 | Article of the Week

I was talking with an MD, a month into the job, contemplating his inaugural ‘talk to the troops’: “I’m going to set out a new strategy - it’ll be visionary!” I burst his bubble: “What they want to know is, ‘who is this guy? What does he stand for… do I trust him'? Answer those questions first, "the vision" can wait.

Article by: Jennifer Holloway | Published: 25 April 2018

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British employers have their eyes firmly on the future

British employers are looking to future, and increasingly creating new job titles, roles and departments to equip their organisations for the changing demands of customers and the increasing role of technology in society, showed latest research from jobs search engine Adzuna.

Article by: Doug Monro | Published: 13 April 2018

How to reduce employee turnover rates amongst millennials

Millennials are predicted to have exhausted four different jobs by the time they are 31. This characteristic is crucial for business owners, especially when they consider the fact that millennials are expected to comprise up to 75 percent of the workforce in just seven short years from now.

Article by: Victoria Willis | Published: 10 April 2018