Prioritising your Skills for a better Career Plan

You may be setting yourself up for a frustrating job search if you are not clear about what roles you would be suitable for.

One of the best way to prevent this happening is to narrow your options by focussing on the skills that you have developed to a professional (marketable) level and that you enjoy using. You are more likely, according to author Richard Nelson Bolles, to be successful if you are clear about your top four or five skills – because they can give vital clues to the jobs that will be a good match for you. Richard Bolles’ best seller What Colo(u)r is Your Parachute featured a prioritisation grid that has helped millions of job hunter to narrow their choices and be successful in their job hunt. I have just completed a short video that will teach you the technique. Try it for yourself here. 




Finding your Skills

Finding your transferable skills set may be as easy as telling a story – your story.

In fact we all have so many stories to draw on; they are a repository for our skills. All we have to do is to decode them.

Heres’ the latest episode of the pilot videos for my new Career Zone site.

See for yourself here


What drives your Career Choices?

Knowing the difference between wants and needs.

Oscar Wilde once said that when the Gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

In changing a career or looking for a job the classic mistake is following a career path based on following what you want (Money, Security) but not necessarily what you need.

It’s worth taking time out to understand the difference in practical terms. Our drivers determine our choices and actions – both consciously and unconsciously.

Take three minutes to explore the difference


What Colo(u)r is Your Parachute? Career and Life Planning Workshops

A major inspiration in my career work has been Richard Nelson Bolles, author of the best-selling What Color is Your Parachute?

In 1996 I took a flyer and went to Bend in Oregon to participate in his International Career and Life Planning Workshop. It was two weeks that changed my life.

As well as being full-on, it was fun. This little video might give you a flavour of the magic.

Thank you Dick.

Career Zone Preview

I have been working on putting an on-line career training package on the website. There has been a lot of interest in this. 

I shall share elements of the package free of charge over the next while to give you an idea what to expect. 

Today, what do you mean by success?

Six minutes of your time, please. 

A Lighthearted (?) Introduction to Competency Interviews

Are scared at the thought of a competency-based interview?

Are you uncomfortable with the notion of “selling yourself” at an interview?

Do you sometimes feel that only Superman or Superwoman would live up to the standards expected at your next job interview?

Welcome to my world.

In this podcast I put the notion of Competency-Based interviewing into its box. I take the sting out of one of the most feared techniques in interviewing.

It will only take four minutes of your life. Get out your earbuds and listen up!

Career Direction in 150 Seconds!

I am working on a new learning resource: The Career Zone.

As a sample of what it contains here is a 150 second guide on choosing a career direction.

It’s based on the principle that once you know your skills set you become clear on suitable roles.

Once you have identified the best of your expertise and experience new fields will suggest themselves.

All you need is a bit of imagination, creativity and a little bit of persistence.

Tell me what you think. I would love to hear from you.

Career Detection Digest to become a Free Podcast

In the next few month you may be looking to change your career. To get started I am working on a new on-line learning package.

As part of that I am putting up a podcast on SoundCloud which will be a 30 minute introduction to the steps of career change.

Getting jobs in the next while may be difficult.

You may need to sharpen up your CV and your professional offering.

Here’s a taster of what will be on line soon – for FREE.

This Too Will Pass

Covid 19 is presenting serious problems to everybody on the planet – particularly those whose jobs are under threat.

To help you deal with this I have provided free tools to help you prepare and manage interviews.

Welcome to the Interviewing Zone

Now is the time to get your application, CV and interview strategy into place.

You have time to prepare yourself for the time when normality returns.