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LinkedIn Lockdown Spring Clean: Top 5 Tips – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

During these uncertain times, you may question whether it is worth putting any energy into your job search, LinkedIn or career management. Many of you may be facing furlough or a downturn in workload. A LinkedIn Lockdown Spring Clean, may be just the thing to support your longer-term goals and career aspirations. So, what is a LinkedIn Lockdown Spring Clean? It is a term I have coined to encourage you to undertake a deep dive into your LinkedIn connections, to…

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Cover Letter Mistakes Causing Your Applications to Nosedive – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Forbes reckons that 90% of cover letters never actually get read. So, why should you bother writing one? The answer is simple. You should do everything you can to ensure that your application stands out from the rest of the pack. And if that means going the extra mile by taking the time to write a cover letter, it will only work to your advantage in your job search. Your cover letter is the first contact you’ll have with the…

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Why Values are Important: 4 Key Messages for Organisations – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

‘I love the job but I can’t stand the macho environment any longer’ one tearful client complained to me recently. Another, newly qualified as a medical consultant, loves the huge scope of his role in public health but is unhappy with his lack of autonomy. A third client, an expert in fund raising doesn’t feel recognised or part of the bigger picture. These three individuals typify the dissatisfaction we sometimes encounter at CCS, caused by a mismatch between an individual’s…

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Job Tools to Help You Make Better Job Choices – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

So you are unclear about what your next job should be. You’ve thought about your skills set perhaps and the job tools available to you, and maybe what you enjoy doing? But have you included your Values – what is important to you? At CCS, we often see people for career coaching who are a bit stuck. This is often because they have conflicting values. Consider Rena. Rena works for an organisation with 30,000 employees worldwide. She is the mother…

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Give & Take of a Good Career Conversation! – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Posted by Kate Mansfield, Senior Career Coach, CCS on October 22, 2019 CCS Top Tips on having career conversations in the workplace A good career conversation increases the chance to retain and motivate good people. An honest and open career conversation builds their sense of value to the organisation and helps individuals and managers plan for future work opportunities and scenarios. So why is it that these career conversations are often just not happening? In our work as career coaches…

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13 Top Tips for Staying Optimistic While Looking for Your Next Job – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

‘I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going and going and going’.Sylvester Stallone In today’s complex world of work, searching for a job with all the plethora of social media job apps and online networking sites available, as well as more traditional methods, can leave jobseekers feeling overwhelmed and demotivated. It can be hard to stay optimistic while looking for your next job. At CCS we often see…

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