I have a two and a half year old son who I don’t often write about on this blog. He is a joy – this morning he stood looking in wonder at our town’s Christmas tree in the market square and was totally awestruck. It is amazing to watch someone discover the world for the first time. When he first starting speaking – not that long ago – the first words we taught him were ‘mummy’, ‘daddy’, ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘hello’, ‘bye’, ‘please’, ‘sorry’ and ‘thank you’. At two and a half, he is very good at saying thank you. Sadly many adults are not quite as polite. Continue reading
Category Archives: Careers
In September I’m going to be delivering a couple of careers guidance courses for Mumsnet Academy with Heather McGreagor, aka Mrs Moneypenny, in London. I’m really excited about these, not least because those people who sign up will be really keen to make the most of our advice and put our guidance into action.
I see a lot of CVs and the thing that most people struggle with is being detailed enough about what they do in their current job. The job you’re doing at the moment, particularly if you’ve been doing it for several years, is what’s going to get you your next job so it’s important you let future employers know exactly what you do so they can get a good picture of what you’re capable of. Continue reading
I’m a fan of infographics. They may be a bit old hat these days but I think they can be a really striking way of presenting information. I had a bash at doing one for ‘How To Get A Job In PR’ and this is the result. It’s surprisingly hard to get across the tone and content of a whole book in one infographic!
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I write about a dozen employment reference each year for the Taylor Bennett Foundation alumni. A well written reference can take some time to write and can make all the difference to whether or not you are offered a position. Usually new employers ask ex-employers for a reference once they decide to offer you a job and often the contract is sent to you ‘subject to references’ – meaning that they have the right to withdraw the offer if the references don’t come up to scratch.
So, how should you go about getting a good reference? Continue reading