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Appleby Associates Executive Career Coaching
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Appleby Associates – Executive Career Coaching | Support – Helping you find and secure positions that are right for you.
Appleby Associates – Executive Career Coaching | Support – Helping you find and secure positions that are right for you.

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As you move through your career it’s imperative that you make time to take a step back and reflect on your experiences. Reflection is an important tool in developing self-awareness and an understanding of your skill set. Humans have a natural tendency to recall their failures in great detail and to overlook achievements along the way. Celebrating your successes in a constructive way is great for self-esteem and developing the confidence to tackle new challenges. Take the time to absorb and reflect on different experiences, approaches and attitudes as you come into contact with them and you may begin to see life through a different lens.http://ow.ly/j7mv30gJUMG
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Your working style is about how you interact with people, how you approach a challenge and your priorities. Doers get excited about implementing and finishing tasks but can be perfectionists. Leaders inspire people to believe in an idea but may over-delegate and not get involved enough. Solvers enjoy coming up with ideas for solving problems though tend to lack the skills to implement them. Supporters make a team work as a unit, they are good negotiators but detail often bores them. When applying for jobs understand your preferred working style, highlight your strengths and show you are aware of and working on your weaknesses. http://ow.ly/2gIz30ikQte
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Your CV is your intellectual property, therefore you need to think carefully about who receives it and when. http://bit.ly/2AejmNs
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Three Steps to Executing an Effective Career Search Campaign http://ow.ly/dnKk30g3BJv
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What is a portfolio #career and should you get one? Portfolio careerists juggle different freelance pursuits or business interests. They tailor their work commitments around their personal lives to fit in other interests. Whilst a comfortable living can often be earned, most have to forgo the regular increments in pay that result from plugging away in a full-time role. On the other hand, they develop the ability to duck and weave between different professions; having these transferable skills can make them highly employable should they decide to return to the workforce. http://bit.ly/1By9k43
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A telephone interview may seem more informal than a face-to-face one, but because the interviewer can't see your facial expressions or body language it's even more crucial to get your tone of voice and delivery right. Prepare as you would for a face-to-face interview: research the company and industry and know your CV inside out. Speak clearly and confidently and vary the tone and pitch of your voice to avoid sounding monotonous. Use key points rather than full notes or you'll sound too scripted and don't be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat or rephrase a question. Remember to follow up with a thank you email. http://ow.ly/7aV030kG7Bc
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During an interview, the stress of getting across your experience and knowledge of the industry may mean you forget all about your personality. Even though competency-based questions may send you into a panic, always remember that it is you, as a person,that they are hiring.
So if you are a fun, friendly person, show it; if you are prepared to have a go at anything give examples. If you tend to think differently to others describe those situations. Recognise your brilliant personality traits and make sure you let them shine the next time you meet a hiring manager. http://ow.ly/OhJt30b6832
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INTERVIEW. While it's important to research the organisation you're applying to, knowing a little about the person/persons you'll be facing can prove extremely useful. Their personal bio on the website should provide background information as well as evidence of their work or links to articles they've written. Check out LinkedIn to see the kind of groups they're members of and the people/organisations they're following. Have they posted recently, or linked to any industry articles? These extra details can offer an insight into their interviewing style, the character traits they deem important and the kind of questions they might ask. http://ow.ly/JfsQ309IQcF
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ARE YOU AN EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT BOSS? Are you secure enough in your abilities to put your own career to one side to tune into the people you are managing, their work performance, feelings, interests and problems. http://ow.ly/Ts0b30ic8Wg
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The impossible question: what are your weaknesses? What you’re really being tested on is your self-awareness and how well you stand up to pressure. Don't trot out the “I'm a perfectionist” line. Offering a weakness that's really a strength is an age-old tactic. Instead identify a weakness you have worked to overcome. This is an effective technique for illustrating your resolve as well as a willingness to develop your professional skill. If you're struggling to think of any weaknesses try taking a working styles assessment. It's really important that you understand your weak spots if you're going to add value in a new work environment.
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