Twelve Jobs that Robots cannot do

The Hadrian X robot is made by Fastbrick Robotics from Australia.  It can lay 1000 house bricks in an hour.  The average bricklayer lays around 500 bricks a day.  We will soon see robots doing much of the standard work in building assembly with a small number of skilled craftsmen supervising them, applying finishing touches or completing tricky tasks.  McDonald’s is trialling a “Create Your... Read More--

How to Get Promoted at Work

If you work in a large organization and are ambitious for career progression then here are a number of tips to help you gain promotion. 1. Do your job well.  I know that this is stating the obvious but it is the starting point. For promotion it is a necessary but not a sufficient requirement that you perform your current duties diligently. Many people think that this is all they need to do and that... Read More--

Great Questions to ask at a Job Interview

If you are going for an interview as a prospective employee then you should do some research. Read the job description and requirements carefully. Browse the web site to see how the organization presents itself. Search for news items and comments about the company on news sites and blogs. For the interview itself you should dress smartly and appropriately. It is important to have some questions prepared... Read More--

How to Cope with Overload at Work

Are you one of the many people who complain that they are overworked, overloaded and over-stressed? Although they work hard every day, these people find that they never seem to get ahead. Tasks just keep piling up. What can you do if you are in this situation? Here is a seven point plan to sort the problem. 1.  Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.  Revise your to-do list every day. Identify the really... Read More--

Six Reasons why you are not Fulfilling your Potential

Very few people can claim that they have achieved all that they are capable of. In the Western world most of us do moderately well. We get an education and a succession of jobs; we have some relationships that work; we are well fed; we avoid penury and destitution. We can take comfort in modest achievements. But for many people there is a nagging feeling that they could have done much, much more with... Read More--

How to Write a Great Resume in Seven Steps

I am a facilitator at Bracknell Careers Springboard which is a jobs club for people seeking employment. One of the most important key topics we focus on is the candidate’s resume. If you are looking for a job then your resume (or CV) is the key document which will either get you an interview or put you on the reject pile. Most recruitment agencies and most recruiting managers receive hundreds... Read More--

Advance your Career by becoming an Innovator at Work

Bill Gates Bill Gates said, ‘We are in an economic downturn but an innovation upturn.’  When times are tough most people focus on the downturn and the dangers it poses rather than on the opportunity for innovation. Many businesses are restructuring and streamlining their operations. How can you benefit from the change rather than being its victim? One way is to take a positive approach... Read More--

Lose your Fear of Losing your Job

If you work for an employer then try asking yourself these three questions: 1. What are you paid to do? In other words, what is it that you were taken on to accomplish? What is it that you are supposed to be doing? Most people answer this question with some form of their job description or objectives. 2. What is it that you actually do? When I ask this second question in my workshops people often say... Read More--

Ten great questions to ask yourself about your job.

Take a moment for a reality check. Ask yourself these questions – how many positive answers do you get? Is what I do really worthwhile? In other words: Does my work make a difference to people? Does it help people? Am I adding something of value to the world? Doing something worthwhile makes us feel worthwhile and can compensate for other shortcomings in the position. Do I enjoy my job? Do you... Read More--

How to cope with a Difficult Boss

What should you do if you really cannot get on with your boss at work? Maybe there has been a breakdown in trust, in communication or in respect. In any event it is ruining your time at work and making you frustrated and unhappy. Let’s call your manager John and see how we can approach the situation. (The advice here works equally if your boss is a man or a woman). 1. How do other people find... Read More--