Hope is a complicated feeling
It can keep you going through tough times, a ray of light behind the clouds to hint at a brighter future. It helps you to overcome obstacles and learn the painful lessons that lie on the path to your goal. Your belief in your hope inspires others to believe in their dreams – it is contagious, and one of the most uplifting feelings that you can experience.
However, not wanting to burst the bubble, when hope is irrational, it can also be one of the most limiting feelings that you can experience. It can hold you back at the vital moment when you need to change something, and paralysis can swiftly ensue. Just crossing your fingers and hoping for the best makes you feel good, but sometimes, unless you act to make things happen, your desired outcome is unlikely to come to pass.
No matter what we do in life or at work, there is nearly always an amount of headroom for further growth. It is human nature to want to become better versions of ourselves – the question is whether our bosses are happy to facilitate this. Maybe they feel that their position may be threatened? Maybe they are just so comfortable with you in your role that they don’t want to let you spread your wings?
The responsibility to do the “right thing” by an employee is a great one, but for a certain type of employee, the irreplaceable type, for some bosses it is tempting to keep them in the fold for as long as possible. Of course, these are among the worst types of bosses, but I hear more than my fair shares of stories like this.
Don’t Judge a Book By The Cover
I shook him by the hand, but something didn’t feel right.
As a recruiter, I am used to listening to my gut feelings, but on this occasion, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I have changed some of the details in this story to protect the individual’s identity, but it was one of the biggest eye-opening interviews that I have ever conducted.
According to research, 20% of us are “highly-sensitive.” This seems high, but the majority of us (especially the men), won’t always want to advertise it. Actually, those people who are more sensitive than others can be a huge asset to any organization – they are astute influencers and are always the first to react to changes.
However, in order to get the best out of them, there are a number of things that the caring manager should bear in mind:
So last week I offered a free review on Engineering CV’s………..
Yes, there was a common thread as to the structure and type of things missed off of the CV. Remember that the CV is your first opportunity to impress, so don’t let it slip by in a blur of words and pictures. So, here goes the top 5 common mistakes:
NO well not yet anyway.
Obviously in my role within recruitment this is a common question that many of my friends and associates ask me.
I always answer with the same response.
Take some time to think about how you feel and write a list.
Look at the black and white elements of your thoughts but more importantly list the ‘grey’ elements that are maybe not so obvious, the things that make the days and hours pass happily or the reasons for the gloom you may feel.
Picture this…You’ve worked hard to find some great candidates for the important role you have in your organisation, they all match the specification and person fit and they have all attended first interview. The hiring manager likes them all but decides to invite three back in an effort to get to a hiring decision.
Two pull out (including the best fit) and you’re left with one!
Why would this happen?