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  • 11 ways to eliminate stress in the workplace‏

    11 ways to eliminate stress in the workplace‏

    Stress is a fact of modern life: a direct result of more technology and less time. Before the computer, the mobile phone, the instant access to information and rapid exchange of emails, life was slower and more predictable.

  • Is the way you look affecting whether you're hired?

    Is the way you look affecting whether you're hired?

    What you choose to wear to a job interview can seriously impact whether you’re hired or not. Turning up to an interview for a financial advisor role dressed in dungarees and flip flops, for example, is a no-no. A sharp, smart look will boost your confidence and count towards that all-important first impression.

  • How to turn your weaknesses into strengths at work

    How to turn your weaknesses into strengths at work

    We’ve all been asked the ‘strengths and weaknesses’ question at interview. Accepted wisdom tells us to extol the virtues of the former and put a positive spin on the latter, seeing so-called weaknesses as something that can in fact be beneficial.

  • Increase your emotional intelligence to get ahead

    Increase your emotional intelligence to get ahead

    Emotional intelligence is not a prerequisite for success. Some very successful people aren’t particularly good at dealing with others. There is even a suspicion that to do well in business you need to lack emotional intelligence. Hard-nosed, self-obsessed narcissists are sometimes portrayed as the type who do best in the corporate world.

  • How to use your creativity to boost your career.

    How to use your creativity to boost your career.

    Are you creative at work? No, we’re not asking if you’re a dab hand at watercolours – we mean are you a creative thinker? Do you problem-solve easily and enjoy thinking laterally? If so, you could be boosting your career opportunities, and contributing to the success of your business.

  • Key soft skills of successful people

    Key soft skills of successful people

    Some things in life are easy to measure, while others are a bit trickier. We’re not talking room dimensions or sales targets; we’re talking about the ‘soft’ skills in your arsenal and how to use them effectively. How do some people manage to progress in their careers with a never-wavering focus on the ‘hard’ traits of business success, while others walk a path less obvious and still manage to achieve it?

  • How to handle negative feedback

    How to handle negative feedback

    Negative feedback can be difficult to take but it is an important way of understanding your strengths and weaknesses while identifying opportunities to develop.

  • Why continuous learning is so important for your career

    Why continuous learning is so important for your career

    In a rapidly evolving workplace, where technology and best practice can change at breakneck speed, it’s essential that your knowledge and skills are kept fresh and current. By demonstrating that you are across the latest industry trends, are aware of key insights and can apply these to your work ethic, you will set yourself apart from the competition.

  • How to prioritise to boost your performance

    How to prioritise to boost your performance

    Ever increasing workloads and endless to-do lists can floor even the most efficient employee. It’s likely, however, that there will always be a large amount of work competing for your attention. The trick isn’t getting it all done immediately, it’s working out which things need to be done first. Successful people know how to prioritise effectively and when to move on to the next task.