Top Tips For Getting A Job Or Keeping A Job

Last month I chatted through top tips for starting a business or finding a business, so this month the the gorgeous Danny Smith on Radio Verulam I thought I’d talk through jobs for those that I put off starting a business ;)  I know that with Christmas coming up there will be lots of job opportunities, and then afterwards, some lucky people will get the chance to stay, so I thought that tips put together from 13 years of working in IT, 15 years as a therapist and a year as an employer might help!

(Please do let me know if they help – I’d love to know!).

(You can listen again for a week here – I’m around 5.30)

To Get A Job

Look at thingsObviously it’s not all about you – sometimes there will be so many people going for a job, that there is a little bit of luck involved.  In that case I like to have the attitude that the ‘right job’ will come along, but help it by making sure I’ve done all I could.

1) CV – Adapt your CV for each interview.  I get people sending CV’s that list EVERYTHING, and they are clearly applying for different jobs.  I tend to ask people to send me a simple list of what they can do (or can’t is often easier) and where they worked and how long for.

2) Don’t Use Text Speak – Yes, I’ve had people using text speak in their emails or Facebook messages.

3) Don’t discuss your nights out – Yes, I’ve had someone discuss how wasted they were from the night before!

4) Clean up your Facebook – either make your Facebook private or clean it up – drunk pictures with a spliff don’t do you any good.

5) Be clean and appropriately dressed – an office job means a suit, a beauty job means great nails, hair and makeup.

6) Be on time – and set off with time to spare.  Although, I actually employed a girl who was late, because she handled getting lost so well and didn’t cry!

7) Don’t lie – there is no point, it will come out later that you mislead your employer and they will be very unhappy.

8) Google the company – make sure that you’ve done some research.  So many people apply for my Spa and don’t even know it’s in Radlett with free parking, but difficult to get to if you can’t drive.

Update:

During the show Danny and I had an interesting chat about wether people should ask about the pay early on.  For myself with the pay structure being pretty similar across my industry, I’m looking for someone who is most interested in our Salon, but with a healthy interest in their compensation.  So anyone who’s first question was about the pay in an email, I tended to ignore.

But Danny raised an important point: For some people if they are offered a job that will put them in a worse position than they are in currently (if on benefits), then they need to know earlier in the day if there is going to be a problem.  In this situation I would explain to the company in question your requirements in as polite and professional a manner as you can – that the pay structure isn’t your primary concern, but because of your situation you need to be sure that the pay is over a certain minimum amount.

Also, it can be very frustrating when going for a job, where the company knows your current pay level, but then offers you less; we all automatically assume they will offer more.  In which case, turn all the tips I’ve suggested above on their heads, and now you know how to NOT get offered a job!

 

To Keep Your Job

Tips on keeping a job

I’ve spent years as a manager, as has the big hairy northerner, and we have had many conversations about how crazy having staff can sometimes feel.  I remember my husband saying ‘I just need them to be able to add up correctly’ – which considering they were qualified accountants, wasn’t unreasonable!  Whatever kind of job you are doing, these rules will apply, from a shelf-stacker to a CEO.

1) Work Smart

Being busy, isn’t enough.  What you need to do is ‘work smart’, i.e. do the job, don’t do stupid things.  (Unless you work in one of those ridiculous firms that only care about the time you arrive and leave).

2) Do Your Job

If your job is at all complicated, then you won’t have the headspace to get involved in someone else’s job as well.  So focus on getting yours right and don’t worry about the others – that’s your managers job.  I had to sack a really lovely person for this, because she ended up making lots of mistakes in her own job, and I was gutted.

3) Give To Get

I heard this phrase last week and it really works in the workplace.  Generally I would say that giving is just a great thing to do, without expecting anything in return.  But this is more about the fact that if you would like something from your employer (e.g. promotion, training, pay rise), then you need to prove yourself to them.  An attitude of ‘expectancy’ or ‘I deserve more than this’, tends to be very wrong – it often means you don’t understand what is going on in the business or what is generally available.

4) Be Professional

It doesn’t matter how much you work smart, do your job well and prove yourself to your company, but if you behave unprofessionally then it’s a deal breaker.  There is NO industry (sorry Gordon Ramsay!) where it is OK to be sexist, racist, rude about disabled people, swear at people or steal stuff.

5) Understand The Brand

Learn about your company.  There will always be a case of ‘if the face fits’, especially if there is a strong brand image.  For instance there are some companies that have really strong brand images – some you might never be able to fit, but others might just take a little effort e.g. how smartly or fashionably dressed do they like you to be?  How strong on customer service are they?  What are their values – do you understand them?  (Here is my vague excuse for putting Wolverine in – after all he wouldn’t be great in a job that required calm and measured responses!)

 

Let me know what you think and if these tips help you to get and keep a job this Christmas!

Keep at it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to start your own business?

Wow it’s been a while!  Sorry about that – this business malarky is taking up a lot of my time.  But as I’m popping back in to speak to Danny Smith on his Drivetime show for Radio Verulam, I thought ‘maybe I should start blogging about what I’m doing’?

I saw a mum on Facebook the other day asking for advice on starting a business, so I thought that having worked for myself for the past 15years, I’d give some tips on starting your own business.

There are lots of different types of business.  For some reason I feel that Espiritu . . . → Read More: How to start your own business?

Do you feel unappreciated?

I’ve come across a few people feeling unappreciated recently, so I thought I’d give some tips on how to deal with it.  As poor old Danny Smith on Radio Verulam is considered one of St Albans’ hidden treasures, I thought I’d go through them on his Drive time show.

Fancy listening to our dulcet tones?  You can listen again here.

Do you feel unappreciated?  Is it at work, at home with the kids or with your friends/partner?

The good news about feeling unappreciated is that it can be dealt with pretty easily ……

 

Tip 1: Have you told anyone?

To . . . → Read More: Do you feel unappreciated?

Anger – what the hell is it all about?

Frustration and anger

I was chatting with Curly headed boy the other day, as he’d been giving us some serious attitude for a few weeks.  He was clearly angry with me, but I couldn’t work out what on earth was the matter.

So I picked one of those evenings – you know the ones when they want to chat lots, and talked him through anger and explained what it is.

The problem with anger, is that most often it comes from us not actually knowing how we are feeling and what has triggered us.  So it often doesn’t achieve what we really need.  By understanding it a . . . → Read More: Anger – what the hell is it all about?

18 Months On From My Diagnosis With Fibromyalgia

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I’m so sorry, it’s been sooooo long since I wrote about my Fibromyalgia.  I feel especially guilty having been selected as one of the Top 16 Fibromyalgia Blogs worldwide.  I totally meant to blog as I went, but it just didn’t happen.

But I have GREAT NEWS, so maybe it’s been more important that I focussed on myself for a while.

I hope that the information below really encourages people with Fibromyalgia or other similar syndromes, to keep on.  For the first 6 months of trying things, it really felt like I didn’t make any progress at all.  But . . . → Read More: 18 Months On From My Diagnosis With Fibromyalgia

Big Decisions, Crufts and Ruff Guides!

Irony of Making Decisions

It’s one of those funny things isn’t it – make a big decision and then irony of ironies, something challenges it.

A few weeks ago I was so up to my eyeballs that I turned off all notifications on Facebook groups.  Every now and again I check them all at the same time, and it has saved me loads of time.

But I then had to face facts that where I thought I was just going to take a few months off paid blogging work, I needed much longer.  So one day I took the big step of removing myself from . . . → Read More: Big Decisions, Crufts and Ruff Guides!

Ten Tips On How To Take Care Of Yourself!

Mum with energy

I’ve been wondering what to talk about with the gorgeous Danny Smith on his drive time show to Radio Verulam for a couple of days.

Should it be my improvement with Fibromyalgia, should it be that the minute the sun comes out we panic about bikini’s or should it be more relationship stuff?

But then I realised it’s all about something simple.

Something so simple that we are rubbish at it.

TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES.

Having Fibromyalgia has been my teacher in how to take care of myself.  So I’m not that bright either – it took a chronic pain . . . → Read More: Ten Tips On How To Take Care Of Yourself!

Top 3 Tips For Getting And Keeping Relationship

Is it possible to have romance and kids?

I was chatting with the gorgeous Danny Smith online about relationships the other day, so we thought we’d talk about it on his drive time radio show on Radio Verulam.

Missed us?  You can listen in here (5.30-6pm).

Now I’ve talked about relationships LOADS at times on this blog.  But I was thinking, what are the Top 3 tips for finding and keeping a relationship?  Here is what I came up with:

 

1) Love Yourself And Be Clear On What You Deserve

Oh I know it’s cliched.  But you need to know why you are wonderful. . . . → Read More: Top 3 Tips For Getting And Keeping Relationship

Comparison – helpful motivation or the source of pain?

I was chatting to the lovely Danny Smith from West Herts Drivetime on Radio Verulam today about New years and comparisons ….. (If you fancy listening to us, you can do so here, but only for the next week).

Life Check

Cup Of Tea and a chat is good for the soul

This is the time of year when people are looking at their lives and thinking of what they want for the new year.

Personally I hate new years resolutions – they don’t work.  It’s too cold and people are too tired to maintain them.  Spring and September is the . . . → Read More: Comparison – helpful motivation or the source of pain?

My house’s journey in 2013 – from salon to normality

Loads of people do reviews of their life for the previous year, I’m going to do a review of my house’s life last year.

For the first quarter of the year I saw lots of my house because I was still getting to grips with my Fibromyalgia – I basically needed a jolly good rest.  Gradually it brought me the healing I needed and I started to recover.

Then suddenly at the end of May we had a meeting with my friend and hair dresser Tony and a plan I’d had for over 10yrs suddenly burst into life.

. . . → Read More: My house’s journey in 2013 – from salon to normality