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Early Openings In A Rising Market

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What opportunities are there in a rising market?
  • What downsides are there in the early openings in a rising market?
  • What questions should I ask specifically about early openings?

Our guidance on what specific areas to look at when looking at early openings in a rising market.

As we've said before, the employment "market" is not homogenous. Despite the doom and gloom in the media, there are geographic, industry and skill areas which are warm and even those where there is a shortage of skilled labor. As your market begins to warm up, what do you need to be looking out for?


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Getting Ready To Get Promoted - Chapter 2 - Experience

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What is the most basic experience I need to be a manager?
  • What 3 things do I need to learn to be a manager?
  • How do I get promoted?

Our guidance on getting promoted, part of a series.

This guidance starts what is going to be a very long series on how to get promoted. To begin with, we're going to cover the most basic of skills that any professional must have. You can start improving your skills in these areas immediately, and build the foundation for getting promoted.


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Choosing A Company To Work For - Chapter 7 – Questions

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What other questions do I need to ask myself when choosing a company?
  • What should I be looking for when choosing a company?
  • How do I decide between different companies?

Our guidance what other questions to ask when choosing a company.

In this series we've covered many of the essential areas you need to consider before deciding to work for a company: compensation, values, industry stability, reputation, opportunities, locations, financials and customer base. You thought we'd covered everything right? No. We haven't talked about you yet. In this cast, we will.


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Resolving Relationships That Have Gone Sour

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I restart a relationship?
  • How do I work better with my colleagues?
  • How do I reduce conflict with my colleagues?

Our guidance on restarting relationships which have gone sour.

When people describe situations at work that they're having difficulty with, they often describe the people involved as 'he doesn't like me', 'he's never liked me', or 'he doesn't want to work with me for x, y and z reason'. We've found ourselves in those situations too. What we've found is that with some work, if the relationship can't be totally restored, it can be improved.


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Answering Wacky Questions

Trick questions, such as 'how many baseballs does it take to fill a jumbo jet' seem to be less fashionable than they once were. Perhaps everyone has realized how ineffective they are. In case you are presented with a hiring manager who has not here is how to answer them.


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When To Ask For A Pay Rise

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • When should I ask for a pay rise?
  • What do I need to do to get a pay rise?
  • What should I not tell my manager about getting a pay rise?

Our guidance on when to ask for a pay rise.

Pay is one of the universal tensions when working for someone else. We're never paid enough. We know our boss has power to change that. Asking for more is fraught with difficulty. Who knows what our boss will do? He might give us the raise we want. On the other hand he might take revenge for us even asking. We're going to cover this topic step by step. First, when to ask.


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Work, Family And Social Media

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What can I post on social media?
  • What are different social media sites for?
  • What can’t I post on social media?

Our guidance on how to separate work, family and social media.

What you should and should not post on different social media sites is pretty controversial. Many believe in authenticity and believe you should be able to post whatever you want. We believe in authenticity (after all, you can't not be yourself), but we also believe in being smart. Here are our recommendations.


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18 Month Rule Of Promotions

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How soon can I be promoted?
  • What do I need to do to be promoted?
  • What do I do when passed over for promotion?

Our guidance on when to start thinking about being promoted.

Promotions are one of the black boxes of the workplace. We see other people being promoted, or people coming into our organization as a promotion, and we draw all sorts of conclusions about when and how we should be promoted, and how much of a raise we should get. In this cast, we'll try and demystify at least one part of the promotions process.


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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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