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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...
'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....
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...
Employees are motivated by a range of factors including salary and advancement opportunities. A recent study suggests that 95% of employees are looking for flexitime as a priority, so if you are an employer it could well be worth offering your staff flexible working conditions if you want to attract the brightest candidates and keep them. This article covers the benefits for employers. (For employee benefits  read part one here .) The...
Some people seem to know what they’re called to do from the very beginning. My brother, for example, knew he was destined to become a solicitor, and a solicitor he became. But there are other people, myself being one, who struggle to discover their life’s calling. Our calling could be to become an accountant, a nurse or to work with disadvantaged teenagers. Whatever we’re called to, when we discover the career or calling...
This question comes up over and over again. Whether you’ve just graduated or are looking for a new role or promotion, there are three simple solutions to this problem: Work out what skills and experience you need.  Obviously, if you want to become a doctor or a lawyer and haven’t studied for the role you won’t be able to get around that. But it’s worth looking at what you really need to get that dream job....
There are many myths doing the rounds when it comes to maternity leave and each workplace handles it slightly differently. However, it is important that you know your fundamental rights and obligations. This guide will give you a good idea of what you can expect and what is expected of you. You have the right to 52 weeks of maternity leave: 26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks of additional maternity leave 39 weeks of...
As well as asking about your skills and experience, your interviewer is likely to ask you tricky questions to explore your personality. The aim of these is to work out whether you are a good person to work with. Here are a few questions you may come up against and ways to answer them without ruining your interview or making yourself sound like a cliché. ‘What do you dislike most about your current manager?’ This is...
How to build an online profile   As well as posting jobs online, many recruiters will be actively searching for candidates, so here’s how to make yourself more visible in the right way:   Upload your CV.  If the job site allows, post your CV and allow prospective employers to view it. Use a Word or PDF format so it can be easily downloaded. It’s difficult to customise your CV in this instance, so...
Many millennials are struggling to get the jobs they want because they have plenty of qualifications but lack experience. With so many people applying for each role, it can be tricky to get a foot in the door. But don’t give up hope; the right job is out there for you. These interview tips will help you make a good impression when the big day arrives. 1.        Dress appropriately Money may be...
It’s vital that you do your homework before you make a decision, especially if it means moving to a place where you don’t know anyone or if you need to sell a property. Below are some of the questions to consider. How well do I know the relocation area? It’s important that you research this carefully, taking into account issues such as size, culture, travel links, schools, churches and clubs. Does it have more to...