Being neither up nor down: reflections on job searching limbo

Oxford defines the word ‘limbo’ as ‘an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition’.  According to this definition ‘limbo’ has neither a negative or positive connotation. Another definition from the same source, Oxford, equates limbo with ‘a state of neglect or oblivion’.  It might seem appropriate to… Continue reading Being neither up nor down: reflections on job searching limbo

Green shoots need nurturing

Job searching can prove troublesome, especially for career changers. Getting noticed can be tough. Even when there is something that seems to fit securing an interview can be tricky, especially when recruiters canvass according to a strict criteria of ‘must have’ essentials where role specific experience, rather than looking at aspiring candidates’ potential, takes precedence.… Continue reading Green shoots need nurturing

Authenticity carries greatest weight

Why do you want this job? My pre-planned, pre-rehearsed answer was suddenly nowhere to be heard. Worn out by lack of sleep brought about by the arrival of my wonderful baby daughter my mind went blank. My mouth was dry, palms sweaty and, worst of all, my mind had gone blank. Instead of the confident… Continue reading Authenticity carries greatest weight

Resonance and reflection: what really matters to you?

The simplest messages often resonate the most. Twenty plus years ago a local preacher came and addressed my High School year group. His name and the denomination he belonged to have long since escaped me; but the core message of his sermon has not.  The man of the cloth said that we live in a… Continue reading Resonance and reflection: what really matters to you?

Listen, learn and move on

Listen. Listening to what our customers have to say is crucial. And it is not just the words that count, take heed of the non-verbal clues too.  The following is an example of how I learnt having failed to understand two clients’ strengths. Context is always important. During my year in Germany, I took a… Continue reading Listen, learn and move on