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A Solopreneur’s Daily Formula For Success

Since making the leap from corporate life to solopreneurship a decade ago, I’ve honed the art of self-discipline. But as my interests evolve and change, the distractions soar. If I’m going to make a success of my online business, my daily routine needs some re-calibration. I’m a morning person, and prefer to be left alone as I set my course for

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Superpowers Unplugged

The first step for anyone confronting a career change is take a good hard look at themselves – in the nicest possible way of course. Each career pitstop is the perfect time to review and reflect on your roles and responsibilities to date. This includes identifying what you enjoy, what you do well, and what the market wants. The intersection of all three is referred to

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My Imperfect Day

My day will take on a new meaning and shape soon. The past two years have involved bold decisions and gutsy lifestyle changes. But after the death of my mother and sale of the family home this year, I’m at another crossroad. I’ve just returned from an indulgent winter escape. I soaked up the heat on my skin, dressed in over-sized pineapple-print shorts and

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Why I’m a Career Coach

Career Management has an image problem. It’s often led by organisations rather than individuals; an after-thought, just-in-time or overlooked altogether. I’m fired up about challenging the status quo, and want to give style to career transition and change. My mission is to help professionals make career moves on their terms. It’s easy for savvy professionals to lose touch with the

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My Own Career Style Challenge

Since breaking up with a conventional job and going solo 11 years ago, I have created a lifestyle which gives me the latitude and wriggle room that I love. It was a bold move, and I’m grateful for all the people who’ve given me the work to fuel my career aspirations, and earn my own living through feast and famine. I have leveraged

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Tips to Get Interview-Ready

You’ve got the interview. Now prepare for just about every situation with these interview tips from leading industry experts, on how to prepare for an interview, what to wear to an interview, what to expect during an interview, the most difficult interview questions, the strangest questions you may get asked, questions you should and shouldn’t ask during

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Carving Out a Career on My Own | Cathy Wever

It’s been 20 years since I joined the full time workforce, so I’m right on the half way point of my career. As a Gen X-er, I’m never sure how many different professional pathways I’m expected to tread throughout my working life (two? five? seven?) but either way, three key decisions stand out on the

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Referees, Reference Checks & Recruiters

Reference checks are more than a column of ticks on a template. Done well, they seal the deal between the preferred job applicant and a happy client. When I was executive recruitment consultant, I enjoyed  speaking to referees. I would get off the phone energised by the fresh insights I had about a candidate,  which helped confirm the person’s match for the role, and

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How to Manage the Job Search Roller-coaster

Wished for or imposed upon, redundancy, job loss and unemployment can profoundly impact our economical and emotional well-being. According to the American Psychological Association, recent research indicates that unemployment can change people’s core personalities, making some less conscientious, agreeable and open, which may make it difficult for their to find new jobs, particularly as their period of

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The Low-down on Recruiters (Part 4)

You’ve got the interview, now what? An interview is like an audition, and it’s important to give the interviewer what they want in the time available. It’s an investment of time and energy on both sides. If the discussion doesn’t lead to being considered for the position advertised, other opportunities may be shared with you.

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