So I had my interview yesterday and it went well and I actually enjoyed some of it :).... my new job is a great stepping stone..... it opens many more doors in the future.....Anyway, thank you so much for all your help and confidence building.   - Mel, recently redundant

  • Next steps after exams: managing your job search effectively


    Congratulations, the long exam season has finally closed and you either have your results now or are waiting till August to learn the details for your next options. Many students I work with, regardless of their age, often want to leave job search till this point in order to concentrate on their studies. Read more »

  • How to help your children onto the career ladder


    Well, James Caan has certainly got us all sharing horror stories about nepotism and the fear that comes from getting stuck in that vicious "No work experience, no work" cycle. Yes, "pushy" parents are trying to do all they can to help their children into work in a very difficult climate. Read more »

  • Some practical help for finding work experience or your first step on the career ladder


    Next Saturday, 25th, I'll be offering advice on CVs and job search to everyone who can reach Stratford Upon Avon Waterstones. As exam season gets into full swing, the more organised young people are beginning to think about life beyond exams and how to reach their first step on the career ladder or secure some meaningful work experience. Read more »

  • Young jobseekers:research supports Nail That Job's approach to job search


    Research just released by my professional organisation, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, shows that younger jobseekers are approaching the job market with poor understanding of what employers are looking for when they recruit. Read more »

  • Getting your social media right for job applications


    In recent days we have seen a news frenzy around people losing their jobs as a consequence of comments made on Twitter. In one case, a young woman had not yet even taken up her job before she decided to resign, or was pushed into resigning, depending on which news source you read. Read more »

  • It's time to just blow your own trumpet


    Over recent weeks, I've been working a lot with people to identify their achievements and describe their core offer on CVs and it's interesting how difficult we find that. Is this due to the traditional British reserve; all those childhood messages about "not showing off'? Read more »

  • So what does 'retirement' mean now for workers?


    Over the last few weeks, we've seen a queen retire at 75, an Olympic gold medal swimmer retire at 23 and now the head of an international church at 85.  Read more »

  • You've gotta have a plan, if you don't have a plan, how you gonna have a dream come true?


    I've been working with several young people lately to support them in making big decisions about their next steps. Whether they are 17 or 26, they have all been considering whether to study, travel, volunteer, find temporary work or commit to that first step on the long trerm career ladder, or whether the next academic year should include several of these activities. Read more »

  • New year graduate job search techniques


    Take a look at my blog just posted on the excellent Guardian Careers site; Read more »

  • New Year, New Job


    Are you in a rut at work, but don't know how or where to start looking for a fresh job? Next week, I will be at Waterstone's in Stratford Upon Avon, signing copies of Nail That Job, the complete guide for the less-experienced jobseeker. I'll also be presenting a few  hints and tips for you to find a new job in this new year. Read more »