In a fast paced and constantly evolving industry such as IT, it's never been more important to keep your skillset up to date and prove to recruiters your hunger for new opportunities. But we're not talking solely about seminars and training courses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for success. It comes in many forms and every route to achieving it is different.
Card-counting poker players aside, memory doesn’t appear to be central to most people’s jobs. But a good memory can help you out in a thousand small, significant ways every day.
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.
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?
Negative feedback can be difficult to take but it is an important way of understanding your strengths and weaknesses while identifying opportunities to develop.
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.
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.