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Develop Your Career Using Your Network

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How can I use my network to increase my skills?
  • What kind of skills can I get from my network?
  • How do I ask my network to help me?

This cast gives our guidance on developing your career using your network.

It seems like in every cast we record, we talk about the importance of building your network. We talk about how your network can help you with problems, get you a mentor and help you find a new job. We've told you how to build your network by being indiscriminate and adding everyone, and then, importantly, KEEPING IN TOUCH with them.

But how can you develop your career on a day-to-day basis by using your network? This cast tells you how.


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Interview Etiquette

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What is correct behavior during an interview?
  • Should I take a drink if offered?
  • What should I have prepared to talk about?

This cast gives our guidance on how to conduct yourself during an interview.

We've said it before, and we'll probably say it again, interviews are nerve-wracking. For everyone. In some ways it's like meeting your girlfriend's parents for the first time. There's that feeling of desperately wanting to impress and of being on your best behavior. We call the right behavior in that circumstance "etiquette" or "manners". Fortunately, etiquette rescues us during interviews too.

Debrett's Guide to British Behavior says of manners: Manners are valuable in this world for the simple reason that well-mannered people know how to set others around at their ease, know how to make the world feel a more civilized, friendly and calm place, and like to put others' comfort ahead of their own. Would you be more or less likely to employ someone who made you feel that way? Of course, you would be more likely, we all want to be around people like that. So, what to do?


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What To Take To An Interview

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Do I take a briefcase or bag to an interview?
  • Do I take copies of my resume to an interview?
  • What do I need to have with me at an interview?

This cast gives our guidance on what to take to an interview.

In our experience interviewing, we've seen everything. People who appear to have been away from home several weeks judging by the size of the bag they bring. People who 'travel light' and have to borrow a pen and a piece of paper when we give them details of the next step. People who want to show us their artist's portfolio. People who pull a large sheet of paper out of their bag and start drawing the intricacies of their invention.

There's a wide range behavior in interviews. What though, are the right things to take to an interview?

Here's an example of a portfolio.


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Create A Development Plan For Yourself

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I know what I need to do?
  • How do I find out what I need to do?
  • How do I keep momentum?

This cast helps you create a development plan for yourself.

One of the most common themes in the questions we get is 'I want to move from where I am, to where I want to be, how do I do it?' Whether the person is talking about promotion, a sideways move or a career change the steps are essentially the same. Companies used to do this for us. In some companies there are still structured career paths and structured moves, especially at the lowest levels and in senior management. Often though, the company is small and doesn't have a method for developing staff. Or you're stuck in a wasteland, somewhere between the plant floor and an office of your own.

So, assuming that your company isn't going to do it for you (and why would you rely on someone or something else to control your career, even if they were willing) what do you do?


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Getting A Bad Review

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do when I get a bad review?
  • Should I respond immediately?
  • How should I communicate with my boss after my review?

This cast gives our guidance on dealing with a bad review.

We hope this never happens to you. But like being fired, getting a bad review is not fatal. It is something you can get over, if you have a plan. And, like being fired, when you look back on it, it can turn into the best thing that ever happened. That's not to say we want you to aim for a bad review - but we want to give you guidance on what you do when you get one.

If you have never had a bad review and don't intend to, keep listening. There's another way to use this guidance at the end of the cast.


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Being Professional Working From Home

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I make sure I'm productive working at home?
  • How do I build my relationships when I'm working from home?
  • Do I need to get dressed when working at home?

This cast helps you work from home in a professional way.

Working from home sounds like Nirvana when you have to travel to an office every day. The reality is a little different. In this cast, we're going to go over some of the practical and career considerations whether you're working from home for a day or on a long term basis.


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Resumes For Graduates

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I create a resume when I'm still in college?
  • Can I include extra curricular activities in my resume?
  • How do I make a resume when I have no experience?

This cast helps recent graduates develop an effective resume.

This cast is another in the series of resumes for particular professions and stages in your career. New graduates can find creating resumes particularly difficult. There is lots conflicting advice aimed at them, including from their schools. The lack of work experience makes it difficult. The lack of perceived accomplishments makes it difficult. With this cast, we hope to make it easier.


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Dealing With A Personal Problem - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I continue to work when I have a personal problem?
  • What do I tell my boss when I have a personal problem?
  • How do I ask for help when I have a personal problem?

This cast gives our guidance on dealing with a personal crisis which is affecting your work.

In 2008 we published a podcast called Managing Through A Personal Crisis, a cast to help managers deal with directs who were having problems. Unfortunately, as yet, not every manager in the world has heard that cast, and will deal with your personal crisis in the way we recommend. What can you do to help your manager help you?


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Dealing With A Personal Problem - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I continue to work when I have a personal problem?
  • What do I tell my boss when I have a personal problem?
  • How do I ask for help when I have a personal problem?

This cast gives our guidance on dealing with a personal crisis which is affecting your work.

In 2008 we published a podcast called Managing Through A Personal Crisis, a cast to help managers deal with directs who were having problems. Unfortunately, as yet, not every manager in the world has heard that cast, and will deal with your personal crisis in the way we recommend. What can you do to help your manager help you?


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Dealing With Colleagues Who Don't Pull Their Weight

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do make my colleague do their tasks?
  • Can I complain about my colleagues to my manager?
  • Should I give feedback to my colleague?

This cast helps you deal with co-workers who are not 'pulling their weight'.

We are frequently asked by more junior team members, individual contributors and sometimes by managers what they can do about other people they work with who are not pulling their weight. People who are supposed to be contributing to a project, or who should have reviewed a process paper or who told your customer they'd deal with something and either dropped the ball accidently or because they just don't care.

The problem with the answer to this question is that the question is fundamentally wrong. You can't do anything about someone else's behavior generally, especially if you have no relationship with them. And, let's face it, if there's someone in our team who regularly lets us down, we're unlikely to want to have a relationship with them. So if we can't change them, what can we do?


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