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America's Answer To The Gender Pay Gap

America's Answer To The Gender Pay Gap | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
"The government argues that greater transparency will increase awareness, encourage culture change and help close the gap for good within a generation."- The Guardian
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The gender pay gap is global and pervasive, no sector or industry seems to come away from it untainted. It is very much topical today as businesses with over 250 staff in the UK must publish details of their gender pay gap by midnight tonight. 
Across the water in the USA, some states have decided that one way of proactively dealing with the gender pay gap is by outlawing employers from asking about previous pay. This kind of question is seen by many as perpetuating the gender pay gap for women who, already penalised by lower wages, carry this deficit throughout their career. What is your current salary? This kind of question is not illegal in the UK and the intention behind it will depend on the company. They could be trying to find out whether they can afford you, or how little they could get away with paying you or they might also be trying to get an idea of how much you value yourself, you just won't know. Many candidates  try and avoid passing on this kind of information to recruiters or interviewers in salary negotiations and this involves a well-choreographed dance between both parties. What do you think? Should employers be allowed to ask you how much you currently earn? What else do you think needs to be done to address the inequality of the gender pay gap? Let us know what you think!
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How To Use LinkedIn To Reach The Next Level Of Your Career (The Step-By-Step Guide)

How To Use LinkedIn To Reach The Next Level Of Your Career (The Step-By-Step Guide) | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
“When you know people, and those people know what you do, success knows how to find you.”- J Kelly Hoey
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As well as helping you raise your professional visibility by assisting you establish your online reputation and personal brand, LinkedIn is a very powerful research tool which can be used as part of your job hunting and career planning strategy. In terms of your career development, when it comes to using a professional networking platform like LinkedIn, quality trumps quantity. It is far more useful to your career to have a fewer high quality connections with whom you have a relationship, than thousands of superrficial ones. Having 500+ connections will really only work for you if are a LION (LinkedIn Open Networker) because you want to use LinkedIn to grow your business, use status updates to promote yourself, or if you want to find potential customers or job candidates. As someone who wants to career map, by reverse planning your strategy, you can research and connect with people who work in the sector and jobs you aspire to and reach out for insight. In this article, Abhishek Rathan Athreya, gives you his advice on how to go about using LinkedIn to network yourself into the next level of your career. Remember, there are other social channels you can use for a more informal kind of networking so, before you decide to start, think carefully about who you want your audience to be,  the message you want to send them and which channel or channels would be more appropriate to achieve your goals.
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Job Crafting

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"Job crafting can be a particularly valuable skill to develop when the economy or other factors prevent you from leaving your current job." 

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Do you feel stuck in your job? Are you starting to loathe Monday mornings? If the opportunity for promotion doesn’t exist and a pay rise is not likely any time soon, the grass may start to look decidedly greener on the other side of the fence.  You may not be able to quit your job but feel defeated by the loss of commitment you are experiencing. Why not job craft it? Find opportunities to re-frame what you are doing and be creative. You can proactively change the boundaries of your job, the nature of the relationships you have with colleagues and design new tasks which leverage your strengths and passions. Think of your job as a set of building blocks which you can re-arrange to add value and meaning to what you do. Changing the design and social environment you work in can positively impact your role, work identity and job satisfaction. Allowing people to do this will fundamentally allow organisations  and people to thrive.  Why not try it and see how you can develop your interests and make your job more congruent to your  motivational needs?
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My Illness Inspired Me To Launch 2 Nonprofits 

My Illness Inspired Me To Launch 2 Nonprofits  | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
“It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.”- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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Resilience is a life skill and inspiration for it comes from the most unexpected quarters. The story of Roxanne Black-Weisheit really shows that life isn’t just what happens to you but  how you handle what comes your way. This is the quality that makes the difference between being too positive to be doubtful and too determined to be defeated by circumstances. Rather than dwelling on the problems she faced which could foster a sense of helplessness and the feeling of being cheated, Roxanne decided to turn her focus outward and forge her situation into something positive  which would benefit others. Read her  inspirational story of resilience and how she discovered her career path.
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How To Become A Freelance Web Content Writer

How To Become A Freelance Web Content Writer | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
"Content should ask people to do something and reward them for it." 
- Lee Odden
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Social media has brought a paradigm shift to the way businesses interact with their customers and content writers spearhead building that customer engagement that helps convert web traffic into sales and develop a community of customers. Whether in online articles, e-zines or corporate or business blogs, interesting and relevant quality content will really help build and elevate a brand’s voice and  identity helping a business rise in the SEO rankings. The feedback your content can elicit from customers can be priceless data for your employer's brand strategy. If a business doesn’t leverage the power of content writing, they are missing a useful marketing tool.  Sam Carney gives you the low down on - warts and all- everything you ever wanted to know about how to become a web content writer as part of a portfolio career. So if you are creative, love research and have a keen  eye for design, HTML and SEO- this article can help you find out more about the skills you need and the kind of  personal qualities that will set you apart from the crowd and help get you started!
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How To Be More Confident (The Definitive Step-By-Step Guide)

How To Be More Confident (The Definitive Step-By-Step Guide) | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it. ― Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
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Confident people are very charismatic; people get pulled like satellites into their gravitational field. You may imagine that this is something that comes very easily to them but for most confident people it is the result of practicing intentional daily habits which allow them to build resilience and self-belief. We all have that limiting internal script and negative monologue which can grumble away in the background like a Greek chorus commenting on the ebb and flow of our life experience but it is about developing enough self-awareness to be able to park that energy sapping chorus to one side and get on with realising that you are enough and that you are going to live the best life you can in terms of health, happiness and success. Coach Tracy Kennedy gives you her definitive step by step guide to being more confident. Share your thoughts on what helps you feel confident!
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Why Producer Brian Grazer Makes Eye Contact With Everyone He Meets 

Why Producer Brian Grazer Makes Eye Contact With Everyone He Meets  | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
"Eye contact is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to make a person feel recognized, understood and validated."- AJ Harbinger
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Communication skills are a key part of any job hunter’s tool kit; verbal, written and active listening skills but what about the other ways we connect and communicate as human beings? Our body language? Job candidates are assessed on their non-verbal communication. How comfortable do you feel holding someone’s gaze when you meet them for the first time? It can often depend on circumstances, gender and culture. Did you know that human beings have larger eye whites than other animals because it aids more complex forms of communication? Our eyes are definitely the window to our soul; we can express feelings in both very nuanced and blunt ways. Looking at another person acknowledges them and shows you are interested in them but analytics research also shows that to make an emotional connection we should be trying to engage in eye contact 60-70 % of time when talking to another person. Perhaps because we are so attached to our digital devices, we actually only manage 30%-40%. How you establish and maintain eye contact will communicate a lot about you and your intentions; it can express confidence, assertiveness, interest, affection, and dominance. In this article and podcast, Film Producer Brian Grazer  talks about his “curiosity conversations” and how he uses them to explore the power of eye contact after discovering how it helps help him develop a strong rapport with the people he meets. What does the way you make eye contact say about you?
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100 Top Banking Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

100 Top Banking Interview Questions And How To Answer Them | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
"At £50,000, starting salaries at some investment banks are more than twice the average City graduate paycheck, which Emolument says is £24,000." City A.M.
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A career in banking and investment attracts many graduates with great starting salaries,  opportunities to progress quickly  and impressive employee benefits. It’s a competitive sector but  you have done due diligence and have got your foot in the door of the work experience pipeline with the some internships and work placements under your belt. You have impressed them with your CV where you have showcased all the skills they are looking for: numeracy, analytical skills, communication skills, the ability to work under pressure, attention to detail, as well as self-motivation, teamwork, and the ability to learn quickly. Your cover letter has touched on the unspoken questions: Why this bank? Why this role? Why You? You have completed the online tests and now have an interview to determine whether you go onto an assessment centre. What kinds of questions might you expect?  Those which will give the interviewer some granularity around what you have shared about yourself and your USP. Do you want to make sure you are prepared for a banking interview? Sarah Butcher has pulled together 100 interview questions drawn from some of the big names in the sector to give you a heads up on what you could expect.
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17 Tony Robbins Quotes About Becoming Who You Were Meant To Be

17 Tony Robbins Quotes About Becoming Who You Were Meant To Be | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.”- Andrew Carnegie
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It’s Monday- a day when we can all do with some inspirational words to get us motivated. Working towards achieving our goals does not have to be an overwhelming experience - make them SMART - specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound. Cecilia Meis shares 17 of life coach, entrepreneur and author Tony Robbins’ quotes to help you neutralise those self-limiting thoughts and habits that stop you becoming who you meant to be! Which resonate the most with you?
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5 Ways To Ace An Interview With A Bare-Bones Resume

5 Ways To Ace An Interview With A Bare-Bones Resume | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
"This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” - Lao Tzu
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The right qualifications and relevant experience can definitely capture the attention of a recruiter- it is difficult to not be persuaded by hard data but what if, as a candidate, you don’t have a lot of the “ right kind “ of experience- what can you rely on to differentiate yourself and add you to  your professional credibility in what is a very crowded space? Those intangible soft skills can help you bridge the gap! Hard skills and experience may be the building blocks of a career but the cement holding it all together are your soft skills; key traits and abilities which recruiters are primed to recognise. The further up the career ladder you go, the more important these soft skills become so if you are a recent graduate or a motivated career changer, leverage the power of your soft skills as these will help you compete with industry veterans - don’t underestimate the impact these can have on your CV!
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Navigating The Job Market: Is Motivation All It’s Hyped Up To Be? 

Navigating The Job Market: Is Motivation All It’s Hyped Up To Be?  | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.”
- Lou Holtz
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You have decided to do something, you set yourself a goal and launched yourself full steam ahead into making it happen - but now the novelty seems to be wearing off and you are finding it harder and harder to keep the initial momentum going. You find yourself procrastinating and getting easily distracted. This can be true of many aspects of life but especially so when it comes to job hunting. How do you stay positive enough to keep on putting one foot in front of the other, to have the strength to complete applications for jobs you have found that have been left languishing untouched? It is all about how you approach the task in hand. Setting yourself small achievable goals and celebrating those small wins is what can make all the difference between staying on track and feeling so defeated by it all that you just throw in the towel. So the next time, you feel like it’s all too much work, stop and take a breath and ask yourself, what can I do to make this easier for me to accomplish? 
Career Coach Hannah Salton gives you some bite-sized tips on how to go about getting the momentum going again and re-gaining that self-belief and confidence in your ability to succeed in your goals. Let us know if they help you!
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The Way You Think About Your Job Interview Could Be Sabotaging Your Chances Right From The Start 

The Way You Think About Your Job Interview Could Be Sabotaging Your Chances Right From The Start  | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
"When you know your story inside and out, it’s much easier to apply examples to just about any interview question."-The Muse Editor
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Preparing for an interview can be nerve wracking; we have all been in the hot seat at one time or another and it can feel like you are throwing yourself into the unknown. The thing is that interviews are really largely predictable and solid preparation is the key to a compelling performance. Interviewers aren’t capricious; time is money and they have an agenda to find out more about who you are, what you can do for them and how they see you fitting in with team dynamics. Instead of focusing on the "hard questions" you worry they will ask you, prepare stories and use the power of storytelling to illustrate your achievements and strengths - this will help connect the dots for a recruiter in a very natural and relevant way. In Dominic Umbro's article, career expert Andrea Gerson suggests that how you approach interview questions can make all the difference and will ultimately give you more confidence in re-framing questions that allow you to shine. What do you think?
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5 Must-Know Graduate Recruitment Trends

5 Must-Know Graduate Recruitment Trends | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
"One of the reasons that employers are using strengths-based recruitment is because it relies less on one’s background and focuses more on future potential."-TargetJobs
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The War for Talent is hotting up and companies that rest on their well-worn recruitment strategies will soon be eating the dust of those who embrace the new technologies appearing on the recruitment landscape. There has been a refocus on the importance of the candidate experience and the need to engage and communicate with tech-savvy candidates in ways that suit they and that  they find engaging. More emphasis is  also being placed on Emotional Intelligence rather than qualifications  in the hiring process with organisations using psychometric tests as key aspects of their assessments and selection to ensure a good cultural fit in terms of behaviours and values. 
Offering a mobile experience and using gamification to assess candidates shows that a company’s Talent Brand is one that is modern, innovative and creative. Video interviewing is gathering pace with both live and recorded on screen interviews saving time and money whilst allowing recruiters to see  a wider pool of  candidates.  AI, VR, chatbots, avatars and blind applications are being used with the aim of eliminating any unconscious bias thus promoting greater workforce diversity resulting in more creativity and divergent thinking positively impacting social mobility. These new strategies and changing priorities are definitely transforming the  relationship that exists between Talent and Talent Brand. 
This article from The Undercover Recruiter explores in more detail  some of the trends you need to know about including why SMEs are becoming more attractive to Millennial graduates. Which have you already encountered and how has it affected your experience as an applicant?
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Get Some Great Phone Interview Tips

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"A telephone interview isn’t just about showing your social skills, but also your listening abilities."- Total jobs

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If you have a phone interview, congratulations! Your CV and cover letter or job application has done its job and you have passed the crucial first stage which is often the hardest. Now it really is down to you and how you present yourself. You have a date and time so and have the opportunity to hone those communication skills so that you make a great first impression.
Have a targeted elevator pitch to hand to introduce yourself, your skills and experience.  Be ready to tell your story and give them an idea of why you are suitable for the role by preparing some mini stories to illustrate how you can add value and transition well into the role. Your voice is your tool in a telephone interview and will communicate a lot about your personality so be aware of your tone and pitch and any little speech mannerisms you may have. Practice in advance and record your voice. People are always surprised at how they sound to other people because how we hear ourselves talk is affected by vibrations inside our skull set off by our vocal chords as opposed to sound waves hitting our ear drum. Don’t be lulled into thinking this is not formal-it really is. Dress the part- your posture and breathing will be different - it will come through if you are lounging around in sweatpants or jeggings. Above all, put the effort in to prepare in advance – you will be glad you did because you can then actually enjoy the experience, be enthusiastic, confident and perform well. If you struggle with your telephone technique, read this article for some other  tips  to help you ace that telephone interview!
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Why You Probably Need To Make A Career Pivot 

Why You Probably Need To Make A Career Pivot  | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain,
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Are you in your sunshine spot or are you living under a cloud? Are you able to shine, create value for others and be passionate about what you do? Many people are not and spend their professional lives in careers they have become skilled at,  but for which they no longer have any love or energy. Is this what you envisage for your career future? It  doesn't have to be this way because it is never too late to pivot around your passion; no matter what your age. The right way to do the seemingly unthinkable,  is to take control. Take the time to reflect and discover your passion. What excites you? What motivates you so much that  when you do it, it energises you and those around you? Couple your passion  with research- understand  how to  bridge the gap between where you are now and where you need to be.  You must be committed to pushing yourself past your comfort zone and learning new skills; train, study, develop yourself. Start now and help yourself by finding out what are the things you need to consider  to make things happen and align yourself with where you really want to be and need to be. Read Darren Menabney's article to check out where you are on your career matrix  and for his advice on how you can pivot your career so you don't stay one of the 87%!
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Mental Health Matters - How Barclays Dispels Stigma In The Workplace 

Mental Health Matters - How Barclays Dispels Stigma In The Workplace  | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
"At least one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life and one in six adults has a mental health problem at any one time."- The Guardian
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There is still a lingering stigma attached to mental health problems and the discrimination and social exclusion which people experience often makes managing it and recovering from it even harder than it has to be. This social stigma can impact people with mental health problems in all kind of negative ways making them even more reluctant to seek help. This prejudice stems from a lack of knowledge about mental health, and entrenched societal negative stereotypes which help create attitudes which impact people’s life opportunities. More campaigns to educate people about mental health will help create a more supportive environment. This article look at what Barclays is doing to support students and graduates deal with challenges related to mental health by promoting a company culture which is supportive and open. The message is very clear; mental health problems can affect any one of any age, culture and socio-economic background but they are  not a barrier to someone having a very successful and fulfilling life and career.
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These Are The UK's Most Sought-After Companies To Work For, As Revealed By LinkedIn 

These Are The UK's Most Sought-After Companies To Work For, As Revealed By LinkedIn  | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
"Showcasing your company culture is a powerful way to secure your employer brand and show that your organization truly puts its people first."- Forbes
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Which are the companies that people in the UK are lining up to work for? If this is this is something you have ever wondered about, LinkedIn have just released research showing you exactly which Talent Brands are the most sought after in 2018. There has been a spike in the ranking performances of financial companies but which company’s reputation and image do you think took star  billing? Read Rebecca Smith’s article to find out!
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How To Master A Competency-Based Interview In IT

How To Master A Competency-Based Interview In IT | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
"Remember, the interview isn’t just about assessing your technical know-how, but also how well you interact with people."
- AllAboutCareers | 
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IT underpins every aspect of business today and if you are prepping for an interview for an IT role, it’s not enough to be selling just your technical knowledge, dazzling them with your analytical and problem solving. You also need to show you are a well-rounded prospect and show off your soft skills. You will need to get on and work well with colleagues, clients and suppliers so impress the interviewer with your outstanding communication and team working skills.
This is where less experienced candidates who have potential and great soft skills are on a more level playing field  when competing with perhaps IT Gurus who have experience but poor people skills. 
Competency based questions are becoming more prevalent in IT interviews as past performance is seen as  a key indicator of future performance so be prepared to give comprehensive answers to questions about projects you worked on and how you handled challenges and problems.  Preparation and practice will  really help you shine and this article from Jobsite looks at some commonly asked competency based questions for IT interviews with advice on how to approach them. Let us know if they help!
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7 Super Successful Women Share The Book That Influenced Them The Most

7 Super Successful Women Share The Book That Influenced Them The Most | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
-William Styron
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It is always good to try and see things from someone else’s perspective. To understand things that can inspire success in others can often get us to reflect on our own lives, on developing our own sense of personal power, moving us to realign ourselves with where we want to be and allowing ourselves to feel unrestricted by self-limiting internal scripts. Sharing in other people’s stories can transport and inspire us. In this article Jessica Stillman explores the titles which have inspired seven exceptional women from scientists to entrepreneurs; books which they feel helped shape them most. Which book would you choose?
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EYVoice: Generation Go Wants It All: Flexibility And Career Advancement

EYVoice: Generation Go Wants It All: Flexibility And Career Advancement | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it

"Once you label me, you negate me" - Søren Kierkegaard 

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Millennials have come in for a lot of flak in recent years being frequently labelled as entitled, lazy or even as Generation Snowflake. Much has been written about their perceived lack of resilience in comparison to previous generations. How right or even accurate is this? Studies such as the recent one undertaken by EY have shown that this is actually not the case. Millennials are dealing with experiences not encountered by previous generations. When you label someone or some group,  there is no nuance,  you really show that you have decided to stop trying to learn anything more about them and when it comes to millennials, you deny them a certain part of what makes them unique - a penetrating sense of purpose. They need to know why they are doing what they are doing. What positive growth are they creating or contributing towards? EY, as a Talent Brand  is  Walking the Talk. When you think that by 2025, 75% of the workforce will be comprised of millennials, Talent Brands need to start wanting to learn more about what drives and motivates their millennial workforce. EY’s recent study has referred to millennials as Generation Go  and in this article, Karyn Twaronite, EY's Global Diversity and Inclusiveness Officer lays out what EY thinks Talent Brands need to be doing build an organisational culture (and a CSR agenda) which is more  holistic, flexible and aspirational  reflecting millennials’ values  and ultimately inspiring and engaging top millennial talent.
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Here's Why Your Attitude Is More Important Than Your Intelligence

Here's Why Your Attitude Is More Important Than Your Intelligence | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
“To truly grow, you have to be ready to leave the version of you behind that you once celebrated growing into.” - Mischaela Elkins
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What is the one thing in your job search you have control over? Your attitude  - and the good news is that it is your attitude that can tip the balance in your favour when it comes to selecting a candidate. Do you have a fixed mind-set or a growth mind-set? It is important to know this because it will affect how you are perceived by employers. You have studied hard for your degree but you are competing against lots of equally qualified candidates. How do you differentiate yourself from them? Showing that you are someone who embraces challenges and is a problem solver rather than a problem dweller will make you shine  Showing commitment and positivity with examples you can draw on to highlight your focus and hunger for new things will set you apart and show you are adaptable and not afraid of failure seeing it as learning and tempering process. In this article, Dr Travis Bradberry talks about how developing a growth mind-set will help you build your emotional intelligence and explores research suggesting that your attitude is a better predictor of success than your IQ.
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Gender Pay Gap Means Women Work 67 Days A Year For Free, Says TUC 

Gender Pay Gap Means Women Work 67 Days A Year For Free, Says TUC  | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
“When we pay women less than men we’re telling women their work isn’t as valuable. We’re all equally valuable. And we should be paid equally.” - Maria Shriver
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Yesterday was International Women’s Day,  a chance to celebrate women’s contribution internationally to society, culture, economics and politics. 4+ million people also marched for women’s rights across 60 countries. It is sobering to reflect on the fact that although the Suffragettes won women the right to vote in Britain 100 years ago, gender discrimination is still very much alive and kicking in the UK. A report from the TUC highlights that this Gender Pay Gap means that if you are a woman working in the UK, you are effectively working for free for the first 67 days of the year. The Office for National Statistics looked at full time and part time workers and they reported that the pay gap is at 18.4% The Equality Act already makes  pay inequality illegal but blatant discrimination,  glass ceilings, caring responsibilities and societal traditions  are what still allow this anomaly to persist.  Companies should take the lead on closing this pay gap, those that do step up to the mark will be  showing themselves to be innovative, egalitarian and culturally attractive places to work for all genders. Share your thoughts with us!
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Best Stories To Tell In A Job Interview 

Best Stories To Tell In A Job Interview  | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it

"Life happens in the narratives we tell one another"-

Harrison Monarth

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Storytelling is a very compelling way to weave your career narrative in an interview. When it comes to behavioural questions, this is certainly the case. Interviewers will want to get a more rounded idea of who you are as a person and not just what your qualifications say about you. The questions they ask are to get more granularity around your potential future performance as past performance is a strong predictor of this. So, your future self will thank you for preparing various mini-stories which you can draw on to give the interviewer a real flavour of who you are. Kat Boogaard suggests some key topics to start working on. Let us know which you would use!
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Frances McDormand Proved Real Leaders Help Others

Frances McDormand Proved Real Leaders Help Others | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
“Leadership is not just about giving energy ... it's unleashing other people's energy.” – Paul Polman
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We have often spoken about the different styles of Leadership in our blog - here is an expression of key leadership traits in action. Frances McDormand using her moment of glory- her 2018 Oscar acceptance speech to really pay things forward. By asking people to recognise the other female attendees and by leaving people with her final two words “Inclusion rider” she showed herself to be someone using her leadership position to help set others up for success, inspire them and break down barriers to their success, encouraging diversity. In two minutes she made a huge impact for others taking  one step closer to breaking that Glass Ceiling.What could you do working from where you are now and with what you have right now? Think about it and let us know!
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The 4 Brain Superpowers You Need To Be A Successful Leader, According to Neuroscience

The 4 Brain Superpowers You Need To Be A Successful Leader, According to Neuroscience | Careers & Employability | Scoop.it
Leaders who understand how brains work can make themselves and their teams more nimble, innovative, and resilient.
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There is no one size fits all approach to leadership, a good leader will be agile and adopt their style to suit the needs of the environment and situation. One thing is self-evident; leaders need to be emotionally intelligent; this allows them to get out of their own way. Innovation drives business and innovation means embracing change - the one constant in life. This growth mind set will predict whether leaders succeed in relationship building, are resilient and adept at leading and handling change. 
Leadership  with a fixed mind-set can have an insidious trickle-down effect negatively impacting both relationships and productivity. It is lonely at the top and depending on whom you surround yourself with, often a lonely echo chamber. This is why resting on your laurels is not an option for those in leadership, they need to have keen self-awareness and a desire to self-actualise. A strong sense of self-belief and and openness to new opportunities will help them to tear up any limiting internal scripts and ditch any unnecessary and toxic anchored behaviours. 
Our experience shapes our neural connections and decades of research confirms the brains’ plasticity. Strong leaders need to be in a position to identify activities which reinforce new, desired behaviours and stay the course suggesting more than ever that leaders are made and not just born that way. In this article, Leigh Buchanan explores how understanding brain science can really help leaders focus and soar.
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