Have you heard of the STAR Method? It is a popular tool for writing job applications and presenting interview responses, but when mastered, it can actually be used in other career-enhancing situations as well. So, let’s break it down. In this post, I am going to explain what the STAR method is, how you can become better at using it and I am also sharing four different situations where the STAR method can help you get ahead in your career.Continue Reading
Improving Your Current Career
If you subscribe to my weekly newsletter, The Hump Day Digest, then you will know that I have been working on a new project that will allow me to serve you better, on your journey to feeling fulfilled in your career.
The Career Fulfilment Framework is based on years of reflection, study and talking to my clients about their career goals. This has allowed me to delve deep into the elements that contribute to fulfilment and consider how each of these elements (or pillars as I call them) can be tweaked, massaged and adapted to achieve employment nirvana. In this post, I am sharing an overview of The Career Fulfilment Framework and in coming weeks I will be going deep with each of the stages and pillars to talk about how you can ensure that you are completely aligned with your career goals.
Last week I had my astrological birth chart done to explore what is in store for my career in 2017 and beyond. I know this sort of thing isn’t for everyone and it varies from the usual information I provide at Pop Your Career, but I have been getting to know a few of you through my email list and I know that there are quite a few readers out there who appreciate looking at things in a different light.
If this sort of thing isn’t for you, that’s cool. My next post will be back to providing you with super practical advice about improving your resume, but if you are intrigued by the idea of using astrology to guide your career or business, then read on. I’ll tell you all about it!Continue Reading
I recently decided to review my values and really get clear about how I want them to show up in my career and business. Previously, I have tried to separate out my personal values and business values but since my business is me, I decided to define my values in a way that they can work cohesively across all areas of my life. I used the process I show you in my free e-book, How to Define Your Purpose, Vision and Values (Then Use Them to Craft Your Perfect Career!) and in this post I thought I would explain each of the values I have chosen and how I make sure I am honouring them in my career and business. Hopefully this will provide you with some inspiration for choosing and defining your own values and finding ways to weave them into your work.Continue Reading
Managing a team is truly an art form and it is just as difficult as it is rewarding. Humans are unpredictable and for this reason, people management can sometimes feel like managing a zoo; so many different personalities, needs and feeding schedules. It can be an absolute nightmare trying to keep up.
But as I mentioned, managing a team can also be rewarding. Personally, I get a huge rush from helping people discover and maximise their strengths and this is one of the greatest rewards that I have taken from team management. One of the greatest difficulties I experienced was balancing the needs of my team with the needs of the organisation and this has prompted me to share my top tips for managing a team, with emphasis on both success and your own happiness.Continue Reading
Are you hoping to get a promotion? One thing that really annoys me is the belief that promotions should go to the longest serving member of staff. It is a bit of an old-fashioned belief, but it is one that leads certain people to think that they are deserving of that next rung on the ladder, whether they have put in the work or not.
You know me, I am not one to mince my words when it comes to that sort of stuff. Sometimes the guy or gal who has been with the company the longest is not the right choice. Regardless of how long you have been with your employer, if you see a promotion at any stage in your future, I would suggest that you start working towards it now. Demonstrate that you are interested in new opportunities using these thoughtful tips:Continue Reading
Are you craving the next step in your career? Looking for ways to get noticed by your boss? Perhaps it is time to stop focusing on yourself and start focusing on how you can lift those around you. This may seem a little counter-intuitive when you are trying to shine a spotlight on your own achievements, but lifting your colleagues can have a flow-on effect when it comes to the culture of your workplace and can be a great way to demonstrate your leadership skills.
In this post I am exploring a few different ways that you can lift your colleagues, the positive impacts that this can have on your organisation and the ways in which you can use these changes to advance your own career.Continue Reading
Do you wake up in the morning and dread going to work? Are your Sunday nights spent feeling stressed and anxious about the impending week? Do you wish you could be somewhere else.... anywhere else than at your workplace?
If this sounds like you, then you need to read on. I am telling you now in no uncertain terms. Living that life is no way to live. Holding onto so much negativity, anxiety and dread towards your job is not doing you any favours. It is both physically and mentally unhealthy for you to feel so battered and defeated by your role.Continue Reading
I know what it is like. A course or training program has caught your eye, but your bank balance is convinced it is not an option. You might be tempted to reach for your credit card, but what if I told you that you didn't have to rack up credit card debt in order to fund your study goals? Committing to your own professional development is a positive move, but as a woman in her early thirties who is still paying off debt from mistakes in my twenties, I am no advocate for the quick fix. Put your credit card back in your wallet and check out these ideas.Continue Reading
What is your why? This is a question that is kicking around a lot on the internet at the moment. I am seeing loads of small business owners and entrepreneurs talking about this topic in the sense of getting clear about why they started and continued to work in their own businesses. I think it is wonderful that this question is so in vogue and that people are reaching within to think about their core purpose when it comes to business ownership, as it is a question I like to explore with my coaching clients. That's right - you don't need to own a business to have a "why"!
Throughout my career, I have done a lot of work with individuals and companies about defining their purpose. You might be thinking that sounds strange, after all, most business' purpose would be to make money. Right? Well, actually that is not so. This question and its answers actually run a lot deeper than that and to illustrate this, I am going deeper too. In this post, not only will I talk about how to discover your purpose, but I am providing some insight into mine - both for me personally and for Pop Your Career!Continue Reading