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6 reasons to keep your CV updated

Picture the scene: it’s your school reunion. 🍸 You’ve got past the awkward hellos when your brain is in overdrive trying to remember long forgotten names; you’ve done the whole ‘where do you live and with whom’ bit; and now you’re onto careers stuff. Laughing...

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Does your annual review work for you?

Do you have an annual review to take stock of progress and look ahead to where work is likely to take you in the next 12 months? If so, how do you feel about it? Mine have generally been positive and productive, but I know for others the prospect can induce eye rolling and even dread, so I thought...

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How to be more present in the moment at work

Are you content to live in the here and now, or are you more future focused, always planning the next week, next month, next year even? Staying focused on what’s going on around you in the present moment is often cited as a route to better concentration, self-awareness, creativity and relationships,...

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Give the gift of appreciative feedback

“Are you OK?” I asked, looking concerned for Clare. Usually so bubbly, she was strangely quiet and pensive.  “Not really.” she replied, a little distractedly. “Are you worried about the assessment?”  In just a few hours, we’d be demonstrating our...

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What makes letting go so hard

I love heels. They’re so elegant, so sophisticated, so…impractical, at least for my life, (heels down an allotment?!) which is why I rarely wear them. It’s all about the shoes Outfit choice starts with comfort and that’s determined by what’s on my feet....

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Is your workplace menopause friendly?

How supportive of those going through the menopause is your workplace? If that’s you, you’ll know if colleagues understand when symptoms like brain fog, tiredness, joint pain and irritability impact your work. Or whether your manager is comfy discussing how you are and what would help. But if you’ve...

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Is anyone else overwhelmed by their to-do list?

Are you a list maker? If you’d asked me ten years ago, I’d have said yes, definitely. I had lists of lists at times but increasingly, they don’t work for me. Why lists don’t work for me My husband motors through a list. I just get overwhelmed and fed-up. So I make...

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Learn to stop and recognise the fruits of your labours

Picking beans has to be one of my favourite allotment jobs. Firstly, you don’t have to bend down which is rare for allotment jobs, and secondly because of their incredible abundance. Hunting among the tangle of twisting stems and palm-sized leaves, you find the slim, silky pods hanging...

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Is it time to change job?

It’s the time of year when our minds turn to holidays and our holidays turn into time to wonder if we’re in the right job now we’ve stepped away from it. Where holiday reflection can lead I was chatting with someone the other day whose partner did just that.  They’d...

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How confident are you talking about mental health?

It’s June and the sun’s out so that can only mean one thing – it’s exam season! If your household is in the middle of exams, I hope they are going smoothly and the end is in sight. I’ve often thought how useful a GCSE in life skills would’ve been. Ya’...

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