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Fay Wallis
Career Coach and Founder of Bright Sky HR
Career Coach and Founder of Bright Sky HR
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Are you quite hard on yourself at work? Alway striving towards the next goal? Often beating yourself up that you aren't achieving more. Perhaps you compare yourself to other people who seem to be achieving more, or you feel like you're just 'not doing as well as you could be'. If any of these things speak to you, this tip might help. #TipTuesday
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So, it's Financial Capability Week... the perfect time to work out whether you are being paid what you're worth 💰. Sadly, we're still a long way off having total pay transparency at work but there are still lots of places you can turn to for benchmarking your salary (and then use the info to help negotiate a pay rise). I've always thought the 'Salary and Recruitment Trends' guide by Hays is good for this: https://goo.gl/BtEKHg
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LinkedIn For Your Career - Weekly Tip

TIP 2 - UPDATE YOUR PROFILE PHOTO

Read on for WHY, HOW, WHEN & TRICKS OF THE TRADE: http://bit.ly/2vKTX87
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If you have children and they will be either 3 or 4 years old this September, you will be eligible for new government funding towards childcare. As childcare is so expensive, this will be a huge help to many working parents. Here's more info about the scheme and details of how to sign up: https://goo.gl/kMSj1V
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Learn how to look at time, goals and tasks differently, to fit more in to your day and achieve the things that are most important to you. https://goo.gl/yDFUVR
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This is the (depressing) headline that I saw on the Evening Standard when travelling home from London last night. Read on to find out how to find out whether women are being paid less than men at the organisation you work for (spoiler alert - they probably are)...

The fact that women are paid far less then men at the BBC isn't a huge shock. The reason it has become compulsory for all organisations (with 250+ employees) to start reporting their gender pay differences is because on average women earn 18% less than men (when doing identical jobs) in the UK. The hope is that with organisations forced to recognise the differences in the way they pay their employees, it will motivate them to change.

If you work for an organisation with 250+ employees, you can find out what the gender gap in pay is here: https://goo.gl/YMYM6R

(Your organisation's results may not be detailed straight away because it has until April 2018 to publish the results. Extra tip - organisations are supposed to publish the results on their own websites as well as on the site I've listed above).
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So many of us are scared to do something that will help our careers because we are afraid. One way to tackle this is to identify what you are afraid of and say this out loud. E.g. "I'm afraid people will laugh at me." (This used to be my big fear about public speaking).
Then, follow this up with two questions for yourself:
1. Is this likely to happen?
2. If this happens can I handle it?
These two little questions can have a big impact on reducing your level of fear and help you to take action.
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This is an interesting read from the perspective of someone trying to hire a new member of staff. One of the things that stood out to me in this post was the fact that only two candidates (out of 500) called him to discuss the role and their job application. When I was responsible for internal recruitment, I was struck by the same thing. Very few people pick up the phone to learn more about the requirements of the role and introduce themselves to the company/hiring manager. If anyone did call me, I would always take note of their application because it showed they were proactive. I even took people off of the 'rejected' list and moved them to my 'CVs to show the hiring manager' list, if they impressed me on the phone.
So, next time you are about to apply for a role, my top tip is to pick up the phone and try to speak to the recruiter or hiring manager. This one act will make you stand out above 99% of the applicants (because so few other people will do this).
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