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Common sexist scenarios   You are subjected to irrelevant and insenstive questions.  If you’re of childbearing age, you may be asked if you are planning on having children (and passed over for a job if you say yes). You may also be asked about childcare arrangements if you have children. It’s unusual for male employees to be asked this question, but women are often probed about their family life. I even...
A common reason for not pursuing a new career in later life is a concern over finances, although many choose to pursue a new direction at this stage because their financial responsibilities have diminished. Where there’s a will there’s a way, especially if it’s God’s will. Why not explore whether there’s a part-time route to getting a new direction going, running it alongside an existing employment. Perhaps...
Having watched my daughter compete in her first running race at the weekend, I know that age has some impact on our ability to complete and deliver physical tasks at the highest level. However, at 26 she gained the fastest time in her age group. Running was a new experience, and while she needed her Ventolin inhaler at the end she is already planning her next, longer race. She tried something new and, despite the challenges, has found she...
Here’s what some firms are reportedly offering their employees:   Google.  The search engine provider offers free gourmet cafeterias with a range of cuisines as well as onsite massage rooms, nap pods, haircuts and free medical checkups. Huddle.  Employees receive a £5,000 joining bonus (the ‘Huddle Cuddle’) plus a gift worth £500 each year they stay with the software company. The...
Perhaps you work with someone who has lost a relative or friend and you just don’t know what to say. You may struggle to deal with tears or mood swings. Maybe you want to be supportive but you’re not sure how to do so without overstepping the mark.   If you’re grieving…   …take some time out.  You may feel like you want to get on with life straightaway, but if you don’t start...
Are you searching high and low for that perfect job, but unsure how to get out of your not-so-perfect job? I might just have an answer. Let me share a secret with you. For years I had a punchbag with the face of Confucius and his gloating lines pinned below: ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life again.’ Well good for you, Confucius, that you found your ideal job, but your clichés...
Being made redundant can be an upsetting experience, but being prepared can help to soften the blow. Here are some tips and advice to help you get through redundancy and take the next step in your career. First things first   There are some important things to do and information to collect from your employer before you your job comes to an end:  Collect your P45 Ask your HR department to give you written details of...
'For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, "It might have been."'  (John Greenleaf Whittier) Imagine looking back over the years and deeply regretting not having done something you wholeheartedly wanted to do. Did you not pursue your dream job because you put yourself second to everything else in your life? Or maybe it was because you were afraid to try and became dejected about not being good enough to make it...
It’s impossible to know exactly what you will be asked in your job interview, but there is a good chance at least a few of the questions below will crop up. Here’s a guide to how to answer them to your best advantage. ( Click here for part two of this article .) 1.        Why do you want to work here? The key here is to research the company well and to know what its key objectives are....
You’ve found the perfect job and need to get a CV together, but how do you make it stand out from the hundreds of others that land on your prospective employer’s desk?  Here are five top tips to putting together a CV that ticks all the right boxes: 1. Check your personal details.  Make sure your personal and contact details are correct or you may never get the call you are waiting for. Include qualifications, work...
If you are looking for work or a new career direction, here are nine questions that you should ask yourself before making your next career move. God’s promise to you today is that, regardless of the number in opposition, if you trust in him and take some practical steps you will begin to see him move on your behalf. After all, if God is for you, who can be against you? 1.        Are you...
Perhaps you’ve been looking for a job for months or even years and are starting to despair. You’ve prayed about it and just can’t seem to get an answer from God. But whether or not he has given you a giant nudge in the right direction or not, rest assured that he is with you in your job search. God values work God himself created work. He spent time making the universe and everything in it, and he gave Adam the...