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Completing Self-Appraisals

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I complete a self-appraisal?
  • What scores should I give myself on a self-appraisal?
  • What information do I need to complete a self-appraisal?

Our guidance on completing self-appraisals.

Whether your company does appraisals on the anniversary of your start date, or at the end of the year, it's common that you have to give yourself an appraisal too. And, we can tie ourselves in knots with what score we should give ourselves. In this cast, we're going to tell you.


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Interviewing For Your Own Job

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I interview for my own job?
  • I'm interviewing with my current manager - what should I do differently?
  • Do I have to wear a suit for an internal interview?

Our guidance on interviewing for your own job.

Interviewing for your own job - that is, having to interview for the job you're already doing, often with the same manager - is not common. It happens most often in mergers or acquisitions when companies need to reduce the numbers in their workforce, and they have two teams of people with the same skills. It also happens relatively often in the public sector, as a product of the 'fairness' principle which the public sector often puts ahead of other considerations. If you're in this position, what do you do?


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Choosing A Company To Work For - Opportunities - Part 2

The conclusion of our podcast on choosing a company to work for based on the opportunities available.

When we're fed up at work and looking idly for jobs, or when we've become unemployed, we can't imagine choosing a company. We just want to get out, and anything will do. Smart people though, take time to think about the companies they could work for and why some of those may be better or worse. Then they set about cultivating contacts at that company. In this series, we're reviewing the factors to consider. We've already covered compensation, values, industry stability and reputation. In this cast we'll cover opportunities.


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Choosing A Company To Work For - Opportunities - Part 1

The sixth part of our series on choosing a company to work for: the opportunities available.

When we're fed up at work and looking idly for jobs, or when we've become unemployed, we can't imagine choosing a company. We just want to get out, and anything will do. Smart people though, take time to think about the companies they could work for and why some of those may be better or worse. Then they set about cultivating contacts at that company. In this series, we're reviewing the factors to consider. We've already covered compensation, values, industry stability and reputation. In this cast we'll cover opportunities.


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Covering For A Colleague – Chapter 2 - Their Return

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I hand someone’s job back to them?
  • What information do I need to hand over?
  • What’s the best way to do a handover?

Our guidance on dealing with your colleague’s return when you’ve been covering for them.

You've been covering for your colleague while they were lucky to be sunning themselves on a beach somewhere. Now they're back, you just leave the paperwork on their desk and walk away, right? Wrong.


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Sunday Evening Planning

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I ensure my work week is effective?
  • How do I prevent time management problems?
  • How do I prevent work/life balance problems?

Our guidance on what you do on Sunday to make your work week effective.

We all know about Sunday evening dread – the feeling that you really don’t want to go to work on Monday. If you’re in that position, you need to be looking for a new role. If not, and you want to make your week as effective as possible, you need to spend 45 minutes on a Sunday night preparing for the week.


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Finding A Job In Your Own Backyard

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I find a job near where I live?
  • How do I find out about companies near me?
  • What do I do to get a job locally?

Our guidance on getting a job near to where you live.

The whole transition process to a new job is often experienced as so difficult, that people don’t think that they can make choices about location and company in the way that we recommend. There are jobs locally to us, often ones that we don’t see because we’re only looking for consumer companies. Here’s how to find out what else is out there.


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Dealing With Difficult Bosses – Bosses Who Are Disorganized

Our guidance on dealing with bosses who are disorganized.

We’ve covered angry and bosses who can’t make a decision, but there’s a lot of difficult bosses to deal with. We’re working on that with Manager Tools, but in the meantime what can you do about your boss who won’t make a decision? Here’s what to do.


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Covering For A Colleague Chapter 1 - The Work

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do in advance of a colleague’s vacation?
  • What do I need to know when covering for a colleague?
  • What do I do need to keep track of when covering for a colleague?

How to cover a colleague’s work in their absence.

We talked about how to cover someone’s email account in the covering for your boss podcast. When covering for a colleague, you often have to do at least some of their work as well. How do you make that a successful endeavor and ensure they come back to a clear desk? All that and a special hint for managers at the end in this cast.


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Choosing A Company - Reputation

The fourth part of our series on how to choose a company. Our guidance on reputation.

So far in this series, we’ve covered compensation, values and industry stability. In this guidance we’re going to cover the company’s reputation, which can have as long lasting affect on your career as any of the previous factors. As the saying goes, you can’t go wrong with buying IBM. In the same way having IBM on your resume will give you a career boost for life.


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