Channel your inner Gwyneth: How to Consciously Uncouple from your Place of Work

Hey Sweeties,

As celebrities go, Gwyneth Paltrow is not somebody I particularly rate but I don’t mean that disrespectfully… we all laughed when she named her daughter Apple, and then we laughed some more when she referred to her divorce from Chris Martin as ‘consciously uncoupling’. But then we thought, maybe she is on to something and actually, there is a way to adopt a better attitude to things, situations, and people we no longer feel the same for. So today I am asking you to channel your inner Gwyneth and to let me tell you how to consciously uncouple from your place of work. Why? Because even though you’ve made the decision to leave because a few things have soured, or you have got bored etc. it’s important not to burn your bridges because you never know if down the line you may need them again, or them, you.

How to Consciously Uncouple from your Place of Work

How to consciously uncouple from your place of work

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Reasons why an Interview is Stressful for Someone with Anxiety

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At various points in life, you will recognise that change is on the horizon and it is time to get a new job. If only one could get a job from your credentials on paper alone, eh? I have written before about my top interview tips, and five questions you could ask at interview, as well as my advice for having a career in marketing. But there has been a gap until now identifying the reasons why an interview is stressful for someone with anxiety, and about applying those tips and advice I have shared previously, to somebody with anxiety… somebody just like me.

Rightly or wrongly, I go into an interview and treat it like a performance, a display of my best self demonstrating my personality and my capability for the role I am in contention for. The fact that I am a ball of insecurity on the inside; my throat drying after every answer to each question; every part of me wishing the performance to be over with and I can escape back into the security of my car. As it happens, to my mind there is only one interview that I would say went badly and that was right back after university when I was trying to get my break. I don’t lie in an interview, my ‘performance’ is my true self, but it is certainly a struggle to keep my anxiety at bay.

Reasons why an Interview is Stressful for Someone with Anxiety

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Recognising the Need for Change & How to Get a New Job

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I think it’s important to acknowledge that not all recognition for change means getting a new job, sometimes solutions can be found and suggested internally, that introduces a new process for colleagues to follow. However, sometimes even with the best intentions at heart, trying to enforce change within a workplace and/or team proves too challenging and the change you seek can only come from acknowledging it’s time to move on elsewhere.

Part One: Recognising the Need for Change

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What to Ask at Interview – Five Questions that could help get you that Job!

Hey Sweeties,

It’s the end of an interview for a position you really want, and the interviewer asks if you have any questions for them and you say “no”. Sound familiar? Yes, me too. We all make mistakes in interview, during my process of seeking employment after graduating I asked in a couple of first round interviews about salary because I had read somewhere that this is good to ask. SPOILER – do NOT talk about salary at a first interview; negotiate salary once the job is actually yours, not before.

Interviews are one of those things that you get better at with experience, there is so much advice out there it’s easy to get conflicting information. I’ve already spoken before about how to nail an interview, and how to start your career in marketing, but I thought I would now focus on what YOU should ask at interview. Some times questions to ask are obvious if there are things you need some clarity on, but oftentimes it can be a struggle.

Here are some examples of things you could ask at interview

What to ask at interview

What to ask at interview

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So you want a career in Marketing? My Four Tips to get you Started

Hey Sweeties,

A colleague recently came to me for some advice about how to get started in marketing, acknowledging that it is a career path they would like to explore, but not too sure where to start.

For the lowdown for how I (finally) landed in marketing, you want to read my Graduate Experience Post, and if you have an interview coming up, you might want to read my post about How to Nail an Interview also. Meanwhile however, I thought I would put together a post sharing some advice (and experience) about how you can start a career in marketing.

Career in marketing

 

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