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  • How spending two mins in the loo can help you ace the interview

    Article published on: July 30, 2014 by Anthony Taylor

    There’s really an attitude to winning. You have to see yourself winning before you win – Arnold Schwarzenegger

     

    Imagine the following scenario. You’ve arrived 15 minutes early for the second job interview and you’re in the waiting room. There are several other people there and you aren’t sure if these are other candidates or not. There’s someone about your age, also looking very well dressed and exuding an air of confidence who gives you a slightly condescending look.

    You’ve prepared well, but you really want this job, and suddenly you are feeling just a little less confident. The butterflies in your stomach are doing an action replay of the Battle of Britain, your palms are sweatier than a hot yoga session and your mouth resembles Death Valley.

    You’ve got around ten minutes to turn this around before you are called in.

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    Anthony Taylor writes about all things related to changing jobs whether planned or unplanned including job hunting, cv writing, interviews, the first 90 days in a new job and more.

    What does your social media presence say about you?

    Article published on: July 23, 2014 by Anthony Taylor

    A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

    - John C. Maxwell

     

    OK hands up, how many of you have actually paused to think about that question properly?

    “I’ve got a LinkedIn profile you say, and I’m on twitter.” Chances are many of us also have Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media profiles. Excellent, but what do they all say about you? Are they consistent in conveying what your brand is? Do you know what your brand is? Are you consciously cultivating that brand or just blowing in the breeze like a piece of scrap paper?

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    Anthony Taylor writes about all things related to changing jobs whether planned or unplanned including job hunting, cv writing, interviews, the first 90 days in a new job and more.

    5 pitfalls to avoid when job hunting

    Article published on: July 16, 2014 by Anthony Taylor

     

    He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.

    -          Lao Tzu

     

    It was April 2003 and a 30 year old man was beginning to get pretty down. Despite a successful early career in PR and then four years abroad, turning around a small loss-making publishing company into a thriving business, this man just couldn’t get a job.

    Married only two years and with plans to start a family, he’d been looking for over six months and just couldn’t seem to find anything appropriate. It got the point when he’d find it hard to get out of bed and would sometimes not answer the phone even though it might be good news.

    Thankfully the slide into the abyss was stopped by a combination of things: a refusal to quit, support of family and friends and doing, and not doing, a few simple things.

    That person was me and this is what I did….or didn’t do. In no particular order.

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    Anthony Taylor writes about all things related to changing jobs whether planned or unplanned including job hunting, cv writing, interviews, the first 90 days in a new job and more.

    Successful candidates believe in themselves – 7 ways to cultivate inner confidence

    Article published on: July 9, 2014 by Anthony Taylor

    We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.

    -   Eleanor Roosevelt

     

    Sounds an obvious statement doesn’t it – successful candidates believe in themselves? But whether you admit to it or not the chances are you suffer from varying degrees of self-doubt. And if you are anything like most people, and funnily most people are, self-doubt increases the more stress you are put under.

    Even famous and successful people suffer from it. Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post calls it her “obnoxious roommate”. [1]  Prolific writer Steven Pressfield wrote the quite brilliant, Do The Work, based on his own battles overcoming self-doubt.  And Mike Myers admits to expecting to be arrested by the no-talent police at any time.

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    Anthony Taylor writes about all things related to changing jobs whether planned or unplanned including job hunting, cv writing, interviews, the first 90 days in a new job and more.

    Knowing when it’s time to go

    Article published on: July 2, 2014 by Anthony Taylor

    When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier

    - Roy E. Disney

     

    Chances are if you are waking on up on a Monday morning with that sense of dread in your stomach; or worse, it started on Sunday afternoon and ruined the last part of your weekend, then it’s time to think seriously about changing jobs.

    What may have started as your dream job has lost its lustre. Just like some relationships the spark has gone, the passion has died or worse still maybe you just can’t stand the sight of each other.

    There can be many reasons for this. Perhaps, it’s just that you realised you weren’t cut out for this, it really doesn’t interest you. I had this epiphany at the age of 26, but did nothing about it. Finally, aged 42 (I’m a slow learner!), I’ve realised what I want to do with my life and am committed to pursue my passion for coaching.

    Or perhaps your feelings are down to your boss. It’s an old adage that people leave people they don’t leave the company. When you have good reason not to respect your boss then it can often be impossible to turn it around.

    Whatever the reason, it’s important to pause for a moment and take stock and really think about whether it is time to move on or whether it’s just a blip.

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    Anthony Taylor writes about all things related to changing jobs whether planned or unplanned including job hunting, cv writing, interviews, the first 90 days in a new job and more.