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DESPERATELY SEEKING ‘SUCCESS’…

When I first started working all I wanted was to be successful.

The only problem was, I didn’t know what that looked or felt like.

Well, I knew what successful people looked like, but they tended to be movie stars.

They made success look bloody good.

I daydreamed glitzy images: smart suits for the guys, glamour and sophistication for the gals, trendy city offices, nice cars, fancy houses, always a good-looking other half, cocktails in chic bars.

That’s happiness, right?

Actually, I hadn’t thought much about how happiness figured in all of this.

In my mind, if I worked hard, there was no question that I’d be successful. I just needed to get a job, put my head down and get on with it. If I did well, I’d keep getting promoted and climb up the ladder till I’d made it.

And that’s where the glamour and sophistication would kick in and the handsome guy would appear at my side. Boom, I’d have nailed it!

Maybe I’d watched too many movies,...

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THE JOYS OF FOLLOWING YOUR HEART!

I recently left my life as I knew it, to start afresh and follow my heart. I left my friends, my job, my apartment, sold all my furniture, my car, left the city I’d called home for six years and the country I’d called home for 12. Yes, it was bloody scary at times but also super exciting! Fast forward a few months and I’m now settling into my new life in Italy and working with people from all over the world via Skype. The miracles of 21st-century technology!

You see the time had come to practice what I preach, and take a leap into the unknown. Having hit the big FOUR ZERO not so long ago, I couldn’t get past the thought that I’ll be working for another 20 or 30 years. Could I really stay in my role and profession for that long? What did I want to be doing, where, with whom, and how?

In my role as a recruiter, I was lucky enough to coach a number of people who were at a crossroads in their life and career. They felt stuck and were looking for more...

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THE SECRET TO FINDING THE HIDDEN JOB MAKRET…

I know, I know, you’ve heard all this talk about ‘the hidden job market’ but what exactly is it, and where is the wretched thing hiding?

In truth, there’s nothing particularly mysterious about the hidden job market. It’s nothing more or less than those unadvertised jobs that don’t appear on job boards. But did you know that recent studies show about 80% of jobs aren’t advertised! Now that’s a LOT of missed opportunities if you don’t know where to look.

There are a few different ways to tap into all that unexplored career gold, cut your competition and bypass the recruiters. The good news is it’s pretty easy to do. All it takes is a bit of time and effort.

Start by putting together a hit list of 10-20 companies you want to work for. Then:

  • Work out why you want to work for them. You’ll need this straight in your head when you introduce yourself. Tip: a bit of flattery will get you everywhere.
  • Follow them on...
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HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR SWEET SPOT YET?

We all know someone who has that look, that walk, that air about them that says, ‘Yep, I’ve found life’s sweet spot.’ Do you want to find the sweet spot in your working life? Do you want to wake up with a smile on your face every morning? If so read on!

I want you to get super-excited about work and life, and feel more energised and happy. And guess what? When you find your sweet spot, that’s exactly what you’ll be! Here’s a little diagram that will show you exactly where it is.

See that star in the middle – right where what you love and enjoy doing overlaps with what you can get paid for and what the world needs? BINGO. Of course, the location of your sweet spot won’t just fall out of the sky. You have to take a good, hard look at yourself first! Here are some questions to ask yourself.

What you are good at?

  1. Ask yourself – what comes easily and naturally to you?
  2. What do you do better or more effectively than other...
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ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM A NASTY CASE OF UN-FULFILMENT SYNDROME?

Are you feeling tired, restless, bored, uninspired, and generally a little peeved? Not sure why? You could be suffering from Un-Fulfilment Syndrome.

Un-Fulfilment Syndrome occurs when we spend 70% + of our time in a role we don’t like, in a job that doesn’t fit. The average person spends around 90,000 hours of their life at work. If you’re not in the right role with the right people, life can feel like it sucks!

How Un-Fulfilment Syndrome Strikes

We often set out on a career path before we are even legally allowed to order a beer. Everything feels fine at the start. You’re learning new things. You’re earning money. But as the years flash by, that little voice inside you starts asking a few questions. Is this it? Is this really what I want to be doing? How do I get off this ride when I’ve got the mortgage, the car loan, the shoes I want to buy or the school fees I need to pay? So you put your head down and get on with it. And that’s when...

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ARE YOU STUCK IN CAREER TRANSIT?

I’ve used to do a lot of travelling recently, and when you’ve got 10 hours to kill at an airport, there’s only so much coffee and duty-free shopping you can stand!  What being in transit did give me was a LOT of time to think. While I was waiting – and waiting – it occurred to me that there are a lot of similarities between travelling and our careers. Well, as a professional career coach, it’s hard not to let my mind wander in that direction!

When travelling, you’re in transit from one place to another. You’ve planned your journey, bought your ticket, and packed your bags. You know when you’re boarding and where you’re going. You also know why you’re going there. And here’s the thing: I see people’s careers as a form of travel too. We want to go places. We want to enjoy the journey. But when it comes to mapping out a path that will take us there, so many people are just sitting in...

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