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Escape the Daily Grind: Take a Radical Sabbatical

Are you ready to run screaming from a party the next time someone asks you what you do?  Would you prefer to stab yourself in the eye with a fork than sit in your cubicle for one more minute? Do you ever feel like Free Willy before he escaped to freedom? You’ve come to the […]

Throwing in the Towel

By Anita Perkins Many people said it was a brave thing to do, though I didn’t necessarily feel that way. Nanna said ‘congratulations on throwing the towel in.’ As a languages person, this made me wonder whether the saying originated from the actions of a disgruntled medieval kitchen hand of some description, walking out on […]

6 Late Bloomers to Convince You That You’re Not ‘Too Old’

“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honour their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is ageing.” – Maya Angelou   You’re arrived at a career crossroads. You know the road you’re on like the back of your hand, but it’s also asphalt, […]

Type that personality: how Myers-Briggs can help you work better

What would a Myers-Briggs-informed work-life look like? According to the authors of Do What You are, Myers-Briggs can tell us much more than merely which Harry Potter character we would be. Knowing our personality type can help us find our mission, look for jobs, and even work more productively. Do Good Jobs blogger and INFP […]

How to create a job from scratch

The right job for you is out there. It’s just a matter of finding it. Scouring the job listings not doing it for you? Find a need in an organisation you like and meet it. Your role doesn’t exist? Create it. Really. That’s what I did. It worked… You’re a big fan of the work […]

Is low salary stopping you from working at an NGO?

Stories of people who have chucked in their corporate job to work for a charity often feature in magazines these days. Have you thought of doing the same? Those beaming photos of the people who have done it are a great advertisement for the switch. What’s stopping you? You’d be earning less to take a […]

Interview tip: you can’t fake passion

Long ago I applied for a job involving child care. Beyond quoting Whitney Houston – ‘I believe that children are our future’, I had nothing much to say. My CV showed zero contact or interest with kids – no volunteer work, no sports coaching, no teaching, not even a stint of babysitting. If my referees […]

Create an All-Star profile on LinkedIn

You might think of LinkedIn as just an “online resume site” or “the boring social networking site”, but now with over 575+ million members it’s a heavyweight in the online networking scene. LinkedIn has allowed you and your connections to be visible and these have powerful benefits.   But how can you make LinkedIn work […]

Seeking work? Think before you tweet

You’re being checked out. Unfortunately not in the way you want. You may not be aware but your social networking accounts are being scrutinised by company recruiters and possible employers. Online social media is here and part of our modern lives. We are more connected to the world than ever before in history. We have […]

Volunteer your way to awesome (jobs)

There are a bunch of different ways to improve your chances in the job market. One of these ways is volunteering. Yes, it makes you more employable. And, it makes your life more awesome. Here’s the proof. A Corporation For National and Community Service Study in the US1 found that: Volunteering is associated with a 27% […]

Don’t apply, get your foot in the door!

A year ago I took a receptionist role in an organisation I was interested in as a ‘foot in the door’. I wasn’t looking for a receptionist role. A few of my friends told me it was too basic for my level of skills but the problem was that my CV did not reflect that. […]

Change your career: 3 tips to find new & fulfilling work

You know you want to make a difference in the world right? But how? There are so many different ways to make a difference. You might be leaving high school and trying to decide what to do next, or you could be well into your working life and suddenly realise you aren’t being fulfilled. Either […]