How I failed

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20 Jan 2020 Comments

For Christmas, I was gifted a book called ‘How to Fail’ by Elizabeth Day – an apt choice, as the gift giver and I have been through some tough times together. It got me thinking about what I considered my failures, and one that instantly came to mind was the business a few years ago.

Don’t sit back and wait for a headhunter to call; it’s time to get proactive in your job search

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07 Jan 2020 Comments

Looking for a new job is a proactive decision – not many senior corporate comms professionals realise this. You may contact one or two search consultants, and perhaps apply to a LinkedIn advert you have spotted, however this isn’t enough, not in this market. It takes energy and focus when it comes to your job search, especially when you are at a more senior level. There are fewer roles, the higher you climb.

Why is getting great cover for parental leaves such a headache?

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25 Nov 2019 Comments

We have had a run of ‘emergency’ calls this year from Head of Communications wanting cover for their role or a Comms Manager in their team. This would normally be great, however, calling us two weeks before someone walks out the door isn’t realistic to find you someone great.

There has been a pattern of last-minute calls and so we thought it would be wise to talk about it.

5 ways to support your employees with their mental health

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12 Nov 2019 Comments

More and more companies now acknowledge the physical toll of an ‘always-on’ corporate culture by offering health insurance, wellness programmes, and benefits like gym memberships and yoga classes. The PR and corporate comms industry is fast-paced, demanding and requires most employees to be connected at some level 24/7. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that PR routinely finds a mention in the list of most stressful jobs.

Why hiring is more painful than ever for Agencies – but doesn’t have to be

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21 Oct 2019 Comments

A former candidate of mine, now an MD, recently got in touch as he was wondering why, in three months of advertising an Associate Director role and working with a few preferred recruitment agencies, he had only received one CV worth considering. Sadly, the candidate turned out to be the wrong fit for the role – and he was no further along in what was proving to be a very painful hiring process.

How to plan your next agency move?

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07 Oct 2019 Comments

It’s approaching the last quarter of the year and you might be thinking about your next PR agency move. As with anything else in life, good preparation will bring better results. You are more likely to achieve a fair compensation at a role that is more aligned with your long-term career goals if you take time to think about your next move. Perhaps you would like a little help too?

Ladies, it’s time to ask for a pay rise – follow these five steps

Posted in: Career Advice, PR and Communications, Salaries and Trends

01 Oct 2019 Comments

For our Annual Salary Guide 2019, we asked both male and female PR and Corporate Comms professionals what kind of salary increases they received. Among respondents who received an uplift, across the board, more men were getting a pay rise. And just 6% of men said their salary remained the same, compared to 17% of women.

Even when we feel we deserve a promotion, a pay rise, or a better starting package, not everyone finds it easy to ask. As our survey shows, this can be especially true of women, who continue to struggle with being confident in the benefits they bring to an organisation.

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