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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.

How to be a better leader - Watch our video

Posted in: Career Advice, Inspiration, PR and Communications

26 Nov 2018 Comments

Let’s think about how to best define ‘a leader.’ A leader is someone who has a certain amount of expertise in their industry, and they are willing – and do – share their insights with those around them. They are good at not only sharing their knowledge and wisdom, but also at teaching others. A leader is trusted, inspiring and is viewed as a credible source by the team. They deliver consistent value with integrity and passion, they take responsibility for their actions, and they’re always willing to go the extra mile.

Managing Appraisals: 10 Points for a Perfect Appraisal

Posted in: Career Advice, The Working World, Work Advice

24 Sep 2018 Comments

Appraisals can be tricky to get right; Managers often under-estimate the power of a good appraisal system. They’re a great vehicle for motivating the team, reinforcing goals and boosting productivity. But they’re often handled badly by managers who are under-prepared or unclear about what they want to achieve. Avoid the pitfalls with these 10 points for a perfect appraisal:

In need of some inspiration?  Check out our Top 5 TED Talks!

Posted in: Career Advice, Inspiration

23 Aug 2018 Comments

Long enough to be credible and short enough to hold the attention of even the busiest of people, the global phenomenon that is TED Talks is a great vehicle for genuine learning, encouraging us to build on what we already know or simply gaining a new perspective on something. Choosing our favourites was a tall order but we whittled it down to these five talks which we think are truly life changing and definitely worth talking about!

What I learned from 3 days with the Army Training Regiment

Posted in: PR and Communications, The Working World, Work Advice, Work-Life Balance

29 Aug 2017 Comments

I have been part of a mastermind and training group for years. We meet up twice a year for a three-day ‘retreat’. In the past, we have basked in the Tenerife sun, walked across hot coals in leafy Kent, sung karaoke and hired out a casino for the night in the beautiful Scottish countryside. It’s always incredibly energising and we come away with fresh ideas and knowledge, ready to take on the world again!

Learning to listen

Posted in: Career Advice, Interviews, Jobseeker Advice

15 Aug 2017 Comments

‘No man ever listened himself out of a job.’ Calvin Coolidge, the 30th US President.

Listening may not be on your interview check-list, but it should be. If you can’t demonstrate the ability to listen in an interview, then can you listen in the job? Work-related mistakes are frustrating and costly; call it miscommunication, misinterpretation or just missing the point, half-listening is often a contributory factor. Let’s look at simple ways to improve your listening:

How to get noticed by recruiters

Posted in: Career Advice, CV, Jobseeker Advice

28 Jun 2017 Comments

If you’re looking for your next career move, then you’ll probably need help from some specialists. A high percentage of PR roles are filled with help from Executive Search and Recruitment Consultancy companies. Once you’ve made contact with the top consultancies, you need to stay pro-active. As well as having an eye-catching CV, there are other ways to ensure your name is on the tip of your consultant’s tongue when the right job comes up.…..

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