How EQ could enhance your salary!

Why one particular year-old study could inspire you to work on your EQ! 

We recently saw a Guardian career piece pop up as a recommended read. The piece claimed that EQ (AKA ’emotional intelligence’ or ‘EI’) could be ‘the secret to a high salary’.

In order to reach this conclusion, the Amercian study explored students’ emotional intelligence and then tracked their career path over the coming decade. As you can gather from the above, the students with the greatest EI also had higher incomes.

How EQ increases earnings…

Essentially, the salary effect is achieved by understanding how others are feeling and then using this to ‘accurately motivate and influence their behaviour’. Although the idea of influencing others may sound sinister, it can also be highly positive.

The research showed that people with high emotional intelligence make many friends in their work, allowing them to tap into a wider knowledge base, which boosts their performance (and salary!).

It also proved positive from a people management/mentoring perspective, as high EQ workers are more attuned to the needs and feelings of others. Helping employees and mentees feel ‘heard’.

How is emotional intelligence actually defined?

You’ll find a full definition here. Really, it comes down to being self-aware and able to identify and help manage emotions – both your own and those of others.

Wondering how high your EQ is?

There’s no single specific EI test. However, Pyschology Today offers a fairly comprehensive free emotional intelligence test. They predict this takes around 45-minutes to complete. At the end of it, you then receive a percentage score and a brief overview; without so much as entering a name or email address. Anyone wanting to receive a full report with advice can then pay around $10 for it.

This isn’t to say everyone’s onboard with the EI-salary connection…

If you take another look at the original Guardian article, you’ll see it’s received over 90 comments. Many of which are highlighting the successes of people with questionable emotional intelligence levels!

There’s certainly truth in this, however, what’s the harm in working on your own EQ levels? Even if it doesn’t immediately (or ever directly!) increase your income, it offers many benefits.

Forbes discusses some of these.

Further reading for furthering your emotional intelligence!

  1. In a separate Forbes post, they share 5 ways to develop your EQ.
  2. Medium has an interesting question-filled article to help you to work towards a greater score.
  3. Balance also shared 9 useful steps.

One final EQ tip…read more and read differently!

Don’t only read the research and news articles that strike you as immediately relevant to your life. Get in the habit of seeing what’s happening in the world, and what other demographics are saying and feeling.

Recruitment news makes for a perfect example! There are so many studies which highlight what matters most to employees and employers, what professionals fear or strive for, the similarities and differences between different groups, and the steps we can all take to reach our goals. We publish many such stories on our News blog. Why not pick a post that you wouldn’t usually read and spend some time considering the emotions experienced by the news item/study subjects, how you feel throughout, and how you would express yourself in the given situation?

Get in the habit of doing this often and let it extend to the audio and social media that you also consume.

Not enough work to keep you busy?

Do you have enough work to keep you busy each day? This topic is inspired by one of the Guardian’s recent ‘Working it out’ columns…

This column is designed to give readers the chance to submit their work-related problems. Rather than roping in careers experts to respond, it’s then fellow readers who get the opportunity to share their thoughts in the comments.

We were interested to read a recent post titled…

“I don’t have enough to do at work. How do I stay motivated and look busy?”

In this case, the person is part way through a job restructure and will soon have an increased workload. However, we know that this problem also affects many employees on an ongoing basis.

It’s the career world’s Goldilocks principle. People either don’t have enough work to stay inspired, or they have too much and risk burnout. Often they flipflop from one side to the other, struggling to find that healthy middle ground!

There are many reasons for this…

Perhaps it’s a job that sees strong seasonal shifts in demand. Maybe the business has hit an unusually quiet time. Or, perhaps, the team isn’t as well balanced as it should be and there are too many people trying to undertake the same job.

One group that can be especially affected is that of the brand new employee. Especially if the employee is not receiving much in the way of an induction, or the planned induction is delayed. Of course, the new staff member may also be ‘catching on’ faster than anyone predicted and is quickly outgrowing those early duties.

What to do if there’s not enough work to keep you busy:

We’ll come on to your team members in a minute. For now, we’ll think from the focus of the employee.

  • Speak to your manager, if appropriate. The best way to broach this topic is from a positive, proactive perspective. Rather than raising any flags that suggest you’re bored, explain that you have completed your day-to-day tasks and wondered whether there’s anything specific they’d like some extra support with.
  • Where possible, use an example. It often helps if you can identify a project that may need some extra hands; especially if the rest of the team is busy (and possibly too busy to draw up a list of fresh tasks).
  • If it feels inappropriate to ask (for instance, there has been a major work situation to deal with and you don’t want to distract your manager): use your initiative. Brainstorm all the ways that you could complete your day-to-day duties better/support the rest of the team. Is there some research you could undertake from your desk; a system that you could put in place or a skill that you could learn to facilitate your role? You should still aim to discuss this with your manager at the next convenient opportunity (making sure they’re happy with the way you’re focusing your time). Meanwhile, don’t just ‘look busy’ ensure you stay busy by completing these tasks.
  • Steer clear of non-work related tasks. Many of the Guardian commentators suggest working on what sound to be personal projects. Yet, however bored you are, you’re still being paid to support the business.
  • If you’re that bored for that long: it may be time to consider a more challenging role. Our jobs page is regularly updated with the latest opportunities.

What to do if there’s not enough work to keep your team members motivated:

  • Watch out for the signs. Your current team/particular team members may think and work faster than previous groups that you’ve managed. This is no bad thing if you take a proactive approach; watch out for any signs of boredom and speak to your employees when needed.
  • Invite an open response. Ask your team how they feel about their current workload. This open question will hopefully spark more than a one-word response. If the person says they’re fine/happy yet you feel they’re holding something back, ask if they feel ready for some additional tasks.
  • Keep a list of business development opportunities. Use quiet times to commence new projects that support your business goals. If it’s a temporary lull, these can be soft projects that can be picked up and dropped as necessary. For example, research, creative brainstorming, and similar.
  • Consider training opportunities. Is there a skill you’d like your team to work on in quieter moments? There are so many online courses that can be completed from a desk; often these are free.
  • How about giving your employees some say in how they should be using this time? Rather like Google’s infamous 20% time, employees could be invited to do whatever they wish to do during quieter moments yet with one condition: they must be able to explain precisely how this task will benefit the business.
  • Consider your current structure and the health of your company. Is this a good time to support business growth? Would offering internal promotions allow you to recruit new staff members and grow your team? And/or could employees take on some additional duties for the company’s benefit?

For further advice on team restructures and recruitment plans, please call the office on 01225 313130.

Over on the Appoint LinkedIn!

Did you know that the Appoint LinkedIn page also houses exclusive content?

As you know, we use the main Appoint news page to update you on the latest recruitment and business happenings. That’s whether you’re reading the news as a job hunter or manager/employer. In fact, you’ll find many articles detail specific advice for all parties.

Alongside this, and as an extension of our recruitment news, we also have active social media feeds. Feeds which are regularly updated with exclusive content alongside new job alerts.

Recent examples on the Appoint LinkedIn page include…

  1. How not to irritate your work colleagues. A roundup of the 10 things that most irritate British workers, according to HR News and EBuyer!
  2. Over 2 in 3 candidates have declined their dream job. Why this is and what businesses can do about it.
  3. Take action this spring. There’s still time to use the season to your advantage – just as Success Magazine recommends!
  4. Oldest, middle or youngest child? How your birth order affects your career choice. Or so says the Independent.
  5. The 15 sentences your interviewer does not want to hear. Also including an extra link to support their advice!
  6. 19 successful people who made big career changes post-30. Because new careers aren’t reserved only for school leavers. There are so many possibilities post-30 and far beyond!
  7. How to shrink your stress levels without hurting your salary, via HR News’s quick-fire guidance.
  8. Will you be one of the 6 million people working into their 80s? With findings from the ‘working late’ report.
  9. Whether working when sick is our unhealthiest national obsession. A topic discussed fresh after winter, yet one that’s still making regular news headlines this spring.
  10. Is your job costing you more than £1.5K a year? Why this might be and the costs that most frustrate workers.

Please note: you may need to sign into your LinkedIn feed to access the above links. Don’t forget to follow the Appoint LinkedIn page so you receive all future updates directly to your feed.

Do let us know if there’s a particular topic you’d like to read more about. You can also share your thoughts and access more exclusive content via Twitter.

Report: 10 years of changing workplace trends

How workplace trends have changed, according to the findings of a 10-year study…

The purpose of this study is to explore how ‘Alternative Workplaces’ have influenced and impacted today’s businesses.

About ‘Alternative Workplaces’:

  • This label applies to any “non-traditional work practices, settings and locations that supplement or replace traditional offices.” For instance, the flexible working, remote working and shared office spaces that we’re all now familiar with.
  • This research commenced in 2008 when Alternative Workplaces (‘AW’) really were alternative.
  • The 2018 report marks the fifth biennial study of its type.
  • These latest findings come from 130 companies, employing in the region of 2.3 million employees worldwide.

Key workplace trends:

The primary motivations for implementing AW have changed dramatically over the past 10 years.

  • In 2011, soon after the recession, Cost Savings came joint top of the list alongside Business Agility (72% each). Cost Savings then plummeted by 34%, yet returned to second place in the latest survey (63%).
  • Employee Productivity is now in first place (64%).
  • The authors recognise that the core drivers tend to reflect the economic picture. In other words, today’s focus on staff depicts an improved economy and employment market.

Yet drivers also vary by the formality of the arrangement.

  • Businesses with formal AW programmes are vastly more likely to value Cost Savings (first place/76% versus 9th place/28% for informal programmes).
  • Also in the top five, businesses with formal programmes state that collaboration, attraction/retention, health/well-being and productivity are their most important motivations.
  • Conversely, productivity comes in first place for 86% of Informal AW programmes. This is followed by work-life balance, attraction/retention, agility, and health/wellbeing.
  • This reflects the tailoring of aims towards business goals as programmes mature and develop.

Internal mobility is on the increase!

  • The practice of ‘internal mobility’, where employees don’t have a designated seat yet rather work in and around a set building, has increased by 10% in four years, taking this up to 1 in 5 businesses.
  • External mobility (where the person doesn’t have a designated seat and also works on the road or spends 1-2 days each week working from home/client offices/satellite offices) has, however, reduced by almost the same amount in this period.
  • The number of people working from home 3 or more days a week has also reduced, although by just 3% (to a total of 6%).
  • Almost half of all employees still have their own designated workspace (48%).
  • It is suggested that businesses are making their workplaces more appealing. And, as the authors say, ‘people are happy to be mobile but they still want a place to call home.’

Employees may not be involved as much as they should be.

  • Respondents were asked how their employees were incorporated into planning, implementing and evaluating AW programmes. The results were as follows:
  • Ongoing evaluation, such as surveys (61%).
  • Choice of specific AW offerings, such as remote working (50%).
  • Planning the programme, including work styles and places (36%).
  • Choosing supportive technologies (22%).
  • The report states that the reduced involvement at the planning stage ‘could be a dangerous trend towards trying to shortcut the AW implementation process’. It’s recommended that involvement is increased via the use of champion groups (compiling feedback from others).

 Employees are no less productive! 

  • Previously, employers have worried that remote workers will not be as productive as in-house staff. However, this concern is now only shared by 5% of businesses.
  • That said, overworking has become the primary AW problem; an issue affecting 56% of respondents. Past surveys have also reflected this to a lesser degree, yet it may have been amplified by the increased ‘attention to people factors’.
  • Respondents are also increasingly struggling to obtain feedback from their managers. It is speculated that this may relate to the fact managers are also adopting AW ways!
  • The authors recommend that both managers and employees are, therefore, trained in how to work in AW settings. In addition, they say ‘stop worrying whether your remote employees are actually working. Like everyone else, they should be measured by results and outcomes’.

These are only some of the fascinating findings on how workplace trends have evolved over the past 10 years; as a result of the AW offerings at our disposal. You can download the full report via the Advanced Workplace Associates website.

7 of the latest features on shifting workplace trends:

  1. The empathy economy
  2. Training for the future
  3. Your future job – and reasons to feel optimistic about it!
  4. Why customer service employees will be most in-demand
  5. The career skills you’ll need by 2020
  6. Measuring your soft skills
  7. The secret of success: for job-seekers, colleagues, managers & bosses!


This year’s research comes courtesy of Advanced Workplace Associates, Global Workplace Analytics and Haworth, with the support of Workplace Evolutionaries. Research from 2008-2014 was conducted by New Ways of Working in association with Haworth.

Keystone habits to transform your career

How to introduce keystone habits into your working week. Plus how they might help you, wherever you are in your career.

What are keystone habits?

‘Keystone habits’ is a term first used by Charles Duhigg (author of ‘The Power of Habit‘). In an article in Success, Duhigg describes keystone habits as the “lead domino in a powerful series of change.”

This boils down to that one change that will spark a number of successes – and results in overall change or improvement.

Duhigg uses several examples to illustrate this point. The first relates to swimmer Michael Phelps’ ‘videotape visualisations’. The second is perhaps a more relatable example of a woman struggling to start her days with healthy choices.

This got us thinking about how the rest of us could use keystone habits within our working lives.

For each example, let’s use Duhigg’s system of identifying…

  1. Your motivations and triggers
  2. Your roadblocks
  3. How to trigger the change

Creating keystone habits: as a job-seeker

  • What’s your motivation? Is it financial, career progression, a desire for change, or unhappiness with your current working situation (or lack of)?
  • What’s stopping you right now? Not knowing what to apply for, not being invited to interviews, something else entirely?
  • How can you trigger change? This will depend on your answers to the ‘roadblock’ question. Let’s consider both examples. You don’t know what to apply for, yet you will know some of your job search requirements. Start here and refer to ‘Day 3’ in this post. If you’re not being invited to interview, you’re either applying for jobs that you may not be suitable for (see Days 4 and 5) or your CV isn’t ‘selling you’ well enough (see Day 6!).

Creating keystone habits: as an employee

  • What’s your motivation? Increased productivity, day-to-day enjoyment, workplace confidence and target-hitting all spring to mind as examples. However, motivation is highly individual, so there may be something totally different triggering your need.
  • What’s stopping you right now? Is there knowledge you need to seek out online or in person? Are you letting fear get in your way? Which single behaviour is your biggest block right now?
  • How can you trigger change? Do your research, ask for help, consider the ways in which you could overcome that negative behaviour through continued practice.

Creating keystone habits: as a manager or boss

  • What’s your motivation? Inspiring your colleagues, encouraging improved performance, re-inspiring yourself, creating a more innovative workplace, garnering more respect?
  • What’s stopping you right now? Do you need to get to know your team better? Are you struggling to lift morale through your current methods? Are you always using the same methods? Do you find you struggle to get on with those who work for or with you?
  • How can you trigger change? It could be organising more informal meetings, 1:1 mentoring,  training sessions, brainstorming opportunities, team building or social events. Or simply starting by researching your problem on a deeper level.

Now to turn your findings into keystone habits:

Set yourself 15 minutes each morning, lunch and/or evening to focus on overcoming your block. Your block might be very different from today’s examples. If it is, research the possible solutions/ask us if we already have a career advice post on this topic!

TIP: record your progress in a notebook, diary, spreadsheet or app! Tracking the changes will help you see how far you’ve come with your habits and whether there’s another aspect that you need to work on next.

Don’t forget to try this outside of work too. It’s ever so easy for personal challenges to eat their way into your working week. For example…

  • What’s your motivation? You’ve noticed you always get a bout of the Monday blues (often starting as the Sunday blues!). It makes it hard for you to get going each week and you arrive at work feeling quiet or moody.
  • What’s stopping you right now? Habit/you don’t know another way.
  • How can you trigger change? Look for solutions. We have a tip-filled article here. Pick a starting tip to experiment with and track your changes.

Returning to Duhigg’s feature, this could also apply to even more personal elements such as your diet or exercise regime, which also rub off on your mood and motivation at the office.

Let us know if there’s an area you’d like some extra help with – you’ll find us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Shutting off your mind at work?

Are you guilty of shutting off your mind to make it through the working week? If so, you’re far from alone…

The research says:

80% of worldwide workers are shutting off their minds as a survival strategy of sorts. This is according to the London Business School’s professor of organisational behaviour, Daniel Cable.

So why are employees needing to use any such strategy? It all comes down to our natural instinct to explore, experiment, learn new things and generally innovate. Something that few workers get to do in the midst of their daily (often highly routine!) tasks.

This causes us to subconsciously override our ‘brain’s ‘seeking system’ and, as Cable mentions, risk “seeing work as a commute to the weekend.”

What’s the answer?

Increased innovation! If this topic feels familiar, it’s because we have discussed aspects of this before in…

What can we do?

Today we’re going to focus on this issue from the employee perspective. If you’re a manager or business owner, you’ll find a selection of recommendations here.

As a worker or job-seeker, you can reinvigorate your creative mindset by exploring a side-project, as linked above. This will remind you that you can think in new ways – and how doing so can bring a real buzz.

Alongside this, you need to increase your innovation through the working week; even if your boss isn’t living up to their end of the creative bargain!

As suggested in our feature on ‘experimentation culture’, it is worth testing the waters to see whether your manager is open to increased brainstorming before dismissing this as a no! If it is a no, there’s still no reason that you can’t…

  • Turn small routine tasks into novel experiments. See how you can boost your productivity through new methods. Research the latest productivity systems, such as bullet journalling or one of the systems in this list (in your own time, so you don’t anger the management!) and put them into action. See what works best for you and how you can build upon your successes.
  • Set yourself challenges. This can be run in tandem with the above. Set yourself goals to hit and challenge yourself to find different ways of reaching them.
  • Find someone else who feels the same. Meet before or after work, or over a lunch break, and brainstorm some ideas together. Tie this in with both of the above tips to see how you can transform the monotonous into a hive of innovation.

Do it well and your boss is sure to notice the difference. If they don’t or things just feel too stale, perhaps see whether there’s anywhere else that will offer you more of a creative challenge. Our jobs page is an excellent place to start.

[Shutting off stat source: HR Magazine]

What’s your purpose at work?

How often do you consider the purpose or meaning of your work? The latest career news suggests this topic is growing in importance for many employees. Some of the findings may also surprise…

Far from any career-hopping stereotypes, millennials are looking for meaning:

The first news item that we’d like to discuss today comes from the Independent. For reference, this article classifies millennials as those born from 1980 to 1999.

Using research from education charity Teach First, we’re told:

  • Millennials aren’t really switching and swapping between careers as casually as the media might suggest!
  • More than 1/2 of millennials have actually opted to stay in the same career sector for fear of starting from scratch – or the possibility that a new route ‘will not work out’.
  • Only 19% of respondents would choose a high salary over personal fulfilment.
  • And, right at the crux of today’s conversation, this group is primarily seeking ‘greater meaning’, social impact, and a role that ‘will make a difference to other peoples’ lives’.

Managers would accept a pay cut for a sense of purpose:

Our second news item appeared in HR Review. In a separate survey focusing specifically on managers of unspecified age (so, this may also include some millennial workers), we hear:

  • Over 1/4 of British managers would take a pay cut to join a company with a greater purpose than making a profit.
  • 32% of people would leave their current role if they could not see evidence of this.
  • While 53% would resign if they realised the business’s values didn’t match their own.
  • All companies looking to recruit and retain talent should consider ‘the importance of having a defined company purpose that marries commercial success with social progress’.
  • Purpose-led employees are found to be ‘more positive, more engaged and have greater career confidence’.

In some ways, this shouldn’t surprise…

Purpose is proven to support our mental and physical health.  The sense of purpose lends us all some extra motivation. Including the motivation to stay well enough to hop up on a Monday morning and head to work. It also reduces stress and (rather helpfully!) minimises the risk of premature death.

Is finding a greater sense of meaning or purpose part of that niggle that something’s not right in your work? You may find our FAQ on ‘what next’ for your career a helpful read.

Why you need a creative side project

Are you achieving your creative potential? Do you even consider yourself creative? We look at the research from Bloom and how this may benefit your career…

Creativity is calling!

The majority (64%) of people say they haven’t reached their creative potential; a statistic which increases among younger respondents (reaching 71% for 18 to 34-year-olds). These findings come from a new art app named Bloom, with the study capturing the attention of a number of media outlets.

While you may be one of the many people that don’t deem themselves creative, the experts argue against this! After all, as children, most of us were naturally able to play creatively. The definition simply being “relating to or involving the use of the imagination or original ideas to create something”.

So, your creativity is within yet, for whatever reason, it’s hidden away. Most likely due to lack of time, workplace priorities or feeling that play is only for children.

Why we all need to be more creative 

Perhaps you think we should just leave things be and get on with our daily lives? Your career could think otherwise! You see, creativity can:

  • Provide another form of self-expression
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem
  • Offer a feeling of reward and self-efficacy
  • Lead to a sense of ‘flow’, wherein you lose yourself to the task at hand
  • Reduce stress and increase mindfulness
  • Foster new skills
  • Help work through personal and workplace challenges
  • And even increase your income! As positions requiring creative thought can be more resilient against technological automation.

How to set up your creative side project

Your creativity can take so many forms. It can be free; it can be quick. Or it can be more of a time/financial investment. Some ideas include…

Free to cheap pursuits:

  1. Set up a YouTube channel or blog
  2. Grow something/s in a container
  3. Take part in an Instagram challenge, such as a photo-a-day
  4. Dust off your camera (or phone!) and up your photography skills
  5. Draw, paint, sketch or colour

More indulgent endeavours in & around Bath:

  1. Sign up for cookery classes and/or work your way through those listed on Visit Bath
  2. Get crafty at The Makery workshops
  3. Book in for a Digital Photography class at Bath College, or perhaps a Creative Writing Course
  4. Take up a local dance class
  5. Check out the Autumn Programme at Bath Artists’ Studios and/or Verve

Of course, these are only a handful of ideas to get you started. Feel you lack the time to do so? You may want to read this post.

[Facts & stats via Refinery 29Stylist (warning: may auto-play video with sound); High50]

Your Summer Reading List 2017

Summer Reading List essentials to motivate and inspire…

Have you noticed how many business and personal development books now line the shelves at airport newsagents? It seems there is an increasing appetite for something beyond the stereotypical beach read.

Definitely a trend that’s worthy of your support when it helps to motivate your career choices and job search. You’ll find more on the latter in our last post.

10 books for you to read this Summer…

Actually, we have 20 books for you to read! As today’s Business Brunch also includes a link to last year’s Summer roundup.

Within our suggestions you can expect to find plenty of conversation starters (something original for your next networking event!) and thought-provokers. We cover everything from business journeys to social psychology, and even a dash of neuroscience.

Don’t be alarmed by the sound of the neuroscience! We promise these are accessible books, perfect for a lunchtime trip to one of Bath’s many parks.

To top it off, there’s even a local author included in this year’s recommendations.

You can read the Business Brunch in full here. Don’t forget to join us for future editions of this popular fortnightly resource.

How to: Stay Motivated Throughout Your Summer Job Search!

It can be hard to stay motivated throughout your Summer job search. Especially when it feels like everyone but you is jetting off on a relaxing break (a thought which often goes hand in hand with the idea that they’ll all be returning to their dream jobs)…

First off, let’s look at the facts!

As we saw last week, 1 in 4 employees are unhappy at work. So, rest assured that you’re not alone in wanting to make a change. Furthermore, you’re part of the group that is actually proactively seeking a remedy.

Alongside this, you’re searching at a fantastic time. Your fellow job-seekers may not be in a position to submit their applications. Yet you are!

This isn’t to say that the Summer job search might not take an extra spot of patience. Processes can take a little longer when key decision makers may also be on leave. Though you can still be the first to have your CV at the ready for their return.

We hope these facts alone may offer a small boost. Yet there are some additional tips we’d recommend…

Simple motivational boosts!

  • Summer is not lost; you don’t have to spend every waking moment on your job search! It’s all about planning your time well. The tips we shared in our Bank Holiday Job Search post very much apply here as well.
  • If you’re not currently in work, consider applying for Temporary roles. This offers multiple benefits – the chance to make some money, an opportunity to experiment with a new working environment, and a way in which to explore those roles you may not have considered otherwise. You’ll find many Temporary jobs in Bath and surrounding on our Jobs page. Even if you don’t spot a specific position of interest, it’s always worth submitting your CV for future consideration.
  • Use any extra time wisely. Time in the garden (and/or at the beach!) can be spent on some homework. Is there something you could swot up on that would boost your skills? Perhaps you could volunteer in an organisation within your target industry? Even small pockets of time can offer your CV an added boost.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. It’s easy to feel despondent when you’ve been job searching for a while. Make sure to stay sociable with those friends and family members that most support and encourage. Additionally, share any concerns with your Recruitment Consultant. Their experience and insights can give provide a real lift.
  • Feed your mind! There are so many great books on positive thinking, personal development, career success and more. Sign up for our next Business Brunch (sending Friday 14th July) to receive a free Summer reading list.
  • Take breaks. Allow yourself days, weekends, or even the odd week in which career thoughts remain absent from your mind! It’s vital to recharge. And, yes, these will often be the times in which you get a great news call about your last interview!
  • Take care of yourself. Eat well, sleep well and stay active. Remember, these are core themes when it comes to how some of the most successful people start their day. Each of these factors goes a long way to supporting your mood, which is vital for maintaining motivation.
  • Stay informed. Keep scrolling through our News feed. It’s regularly updated with advice to help you stand out this Summer.

Finally, remember to join our Business Brunch list for a free fortnightly injection of motivation