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An interview with PR, Marketing Communications and Leadership Strategist Anita Hamilton

Posted in: Corporate Communications, Guest Interviews, Inspiration, PR and Communications

01 Nov 2016 by Sarah Leembruggen Comments

With over 25 years of consumer, corporate and internal communications experience, brand building and leadership expertise, Anita Hamilton takes part in our guest interview this week. Here she shares her insights into her career experiences, her involvement with leadership communications programmes to support women’s advancement in the workplace – and her definition of great PR.

What are the attributes of high performing internal communications talent?

Posted in: Career Advice, Corporate Communications, Inspiration, Internal communications, PR and Communications

26 Sep 2016 Comments

So what are the key traits and skills of a stand out internal communications professional in a competitive London market? Internal Communications Consultant at The Works Nadina Grad speaks to leading senior internal communications employers and professionals in her network to get their thoughts – and it makes for a very interesting read.

Don’t let rejection ruin your job search

Posted in: Corporate Communications, Inspiration, Interviews, Jobseeker Advice, PR and Communications

15 Sep 2016 by Sarah Leembruggen Comments

Is your job search not going the way that you want it to? Have you been to interview after interview but you’re just not getting the offers? Looking for a new job can be an extremely tiring, stressful and time-consuming process, and if you’re not getting the job offers you want it may seem as if you are doing it for no reward, and it may also be impacting your confidence in your skills and experience. It’s important that you’re not letting rejection ruin your job search – and here’s how.

Are you on course to be top PR talent? How to keep your development on track

Posted in: Career Advice, Inspiration, PR and Communications

22 Aug 2016 by Sarah Leembruggen Comments

The fast-paced, deadline-driven world of PR can mean that managing your professional development can be tricky. Are you gaining everything you want to be gaining in your role? Do you have the chance to be challenged and get new skills under your belt? Or do you feel as if the last six months have whizzed by without you really maximising your potential? This week we share our top five tips to make sure you’re managing your development successfully.

The surprising truth about when to prepare for an interview

Posted in: Career Advice, Inspiration, Interviews, Jobseeker Advice, PR and Communications

16 Aug 2016 Comments

Are you guilty of preparing for your interviews the night before? As an incredibly busy and fast-paced industry, PR and communications professionals are up against deadlines, long hours and work-life balance demands. So just when is the best time for you to be preparing for your interview? Career coach and hypnotherapist Lynne Wilkins is our guest blogger this week and shares her secrets to successful interview preparation.

What’s the biggest interview killer for PR pros?

Posted in: Inspiration, Interviews, PR and Communications

04 Nov 2015 by Sarah Leembruggen Comments

In this incredibly competitive job market, securing an interview is a big achievement, which means that the pressure is really on. You understand the need to do all you can in terms of practical preparation – buy a new suit, research the company and prepare your questions – yet you can’t seem to shake off the feeling that it’s all going to go pear-shaped. You start to fret that the other applicants are going to be more impressive and better qualified than you. In short, your mind becomes so occupied with doubts and negative thoughts that you end up anticipating failure.

Heads of Comms – Are the members of your team honking like geese?

Posted in: Career Advice, Inspiration, PR and Communications

29 Oct 2015 by Sarah Leembruggen Comments

One of my top reads for this year has to be ‘Gung Ho!: How to Motivate People in Any Organisation’ – a brilliant book that uses the behaviour of animals to demonstrate how people should interact in order to work more productively and make organisations more successful. If you’ve ever wondered why geese are so incredibly noisy when they fly overhead then I have the answer. They’re cheering each other on – not just the goose at the head of the group, the whole group. Honk! Honk! Honk! Which got me thinking – are all the members of my team honking like geese at each other to create a culture of praise and recognition?

What can we learn from Richard Branson? Sarah Leembruggen shares what she has learned from an icon

Posted in: Inspiration, PR and Communications, The Working World

01 Oct 2015 Comments

When Richard Branson was recently challenged to come up with a list of 65 lessons learned in business, I found myself nodding in agreement to most of the ‘gems’ on his list. Statements such as ‘Be passionate’, ‘Love what you do and do what you love’ and ‘Be your own champion’ are wonderful mantras and important practices to follow. We may have years of experience and a broad range of expertise in business, but all leaders – Heads of Comms and Richard Branson included – should take time out every so often to take stock of where they are, how they’re doing, and what they can do better. Here Sarah shares what she's learned from one of her icons.

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