8 Ways To Avoid Office Politics (While Still Looking Like a Team Player)

April 29th, 2014

  Office politics will be inevitable in any organisation where you have more than 2 people working in it. There will always be a difference in opinion and no doubt more than one person may be after the same promotion. But it can also be the end all and be all of how you are perceived. There is really no way of knowing what the politics is like when you first start at a job but below I offer my 8 ways to avoid getting caught up in it while still looking like a team player with your reputation intact.   1.Don’t engage in gossip. Now, the urge to engage in gossip will be high when you first start a new job because you’ll want…

My 7 Career Change Tips for Women Over 40

April 15th, 2014

       Image credit: aaronamat / 123RF Stock Photo What is it about the age of 40 that suddenly seems to provoke feelings of the best years of your life being behind you, that if you haven’t achieved all of your goals by now then what?? The world will implode? Or that you’re so old that you may as well stop dying your hair, wear sensible shoes (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and start taking it easy… Well luckily and rightly, these days, 40 is seen in a more positive light where women are looking better than ever, being fit, eating healthily and dare I say it, changing careers!! But if the nagging feeling that being in your forties is a hindrance…

How to be a Confident Career Woman

April 1st, 2014

Whether you want to excel in your career, have a voice in the boardroom, avoid office politics or go through a smooth career transition, the one factor that will help you achieve all these successfully is confidence.   Unfortunately though, sometimes women who are confident can be misinterpreted as arrogant or cocky  as there is a fine line between the two and for many women this can prevent them from speaking up or showing initiative so as not to be viewed in a negative way.   You shouldn’t have to worry about how you’re interpreted when you are confident because at the end of the day it’s the other person/s problem or issue if they choose to see you in a negative light not yours…

Career Change Tip – Write Your Own Career Vision Statement

March 18th, 2014

  If you’re still feeling stuck when it comes to your career or if you feel that perhaps you’re in the wrong career, one way to help you out of that rut is by writing your own career vision statement. I believe that it is a very effective way to clarify and provide the big picture as to where you’d like to be career wise.   First of all, what is a vision statement….   It is an aspirational declaration or description of what you’d like to achieve as your ultimate career desire. It will serve as a guide when choosing your course of action to help you get there and it can also include how you intend to achieve those goals.   How can…

How You Know When it’s Time to Leave Your Job

March 5th, 2014

It’s never an easy decision to make, especially if you’ve been in your current job for quite a few years and it’s become ‘easy’ and ‘comfortable’ to just remain where you are and not rattle the apple cart. But perhaps you start to notice certain signs where it becomes more than just a niggle that you are not happy where you are and the realization hits you that it’s better for you to just make the move. Below I’ve outlined what is in my personal opinion to be tell tale signs that you may need to consider to move on. 1. You dread the day ahead the moment your alarm sounds. I’m not suggesting that the moment your alarm sounds you leap out of bed…

My Top 6 Tips to Effective Networking

November 26th, 2013

Networking… there’s that word again, considered essential if you want to increase your profile, connect with like minded individuals, improve your knowledge on a particular subject or if you’re looking to change careers. It really is a most effective avenue to take but it also can bring up a sense of bewilderment, anxiety and fear, especially if you don’t consider yourself an outgoing person or an extrovert. But you don’t have to be any of those things to be successful at networking. The hardest thing really is getting yourself to a networking event the very first time, after which each successive event will get easier. To help you along, below I’ve outlined my 6 tips to networking effectively. 1. Meetup.com This is a great site to…