Have you discovered your ideal job yet? January is a time for change! With the New Year often comes new resolutions, new opportunities, new jobs and new careers. 

Many of our clients come to us having been made redundant or simply feeling uninspired by their current role. Did you know that the average person will spend approximately 90,000 hours at work during their life? That’s a lot of hours to spend doing something you don’t love. As Confucius said:

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

So how can you find your ideal job?Ideal Job Crossroads

Working with many clients who had found themselves at a career crossroads, most felt overwhelmed by choice. In order to help narrow down the search, we asked them to explore specific experiences from the past that they felt involved with and connected to. Perhaps they were totally lost in the moment, or it had a big impact on them.

One client recalled an important meeting with his company stakeholders. Beforehand, it was deemed that the meeting would be challenging so he understandably began to feel anxious. However, when the time came, he had the skills to step into the stakeholder’s shoes and see things from their perspective. This allowed him to diffuse any potential conflict and the meeting was a great success.

What did this experience highlight?

Our client was able to empathise with others and understand things from their point of view. In fact, when we explored other experiences from his past, we found that this was a common theme. He suddenly realised his value – and what he could offer a company.

Take a moment to recall career experiences that have resonated with you.

Ideal Job stepsIs there a common theme? Identifying your innate skills, such as being able to see things from someone else’s perspective, is a step towards identifying your ideal job. We often take these skills for granted; they’re so ingrained in us that we just do them naturally! We forget all about them.

Using these innate skills, we can steer ourselves into a more fulfilling career direction. Your ideal job will most likely be one that uses these skills every day!

What innate skills have you identified?

If they are more generalist (for example being able to empathise with others, being a great problem-solver or enjoying leading a team) then there are many occupations open to you, so it’s often hard to know which direction to choose. If your innate skills are more specialist (for example if you are an expert in a specific subject or area) then finding your ideal job will be easier, as it will be more obvious which organisations to target.

Whatever you do, don’t stay in a job that leaves you feeling flat. Take the plunge and find your ideal job in 2017.   

Need us to help steer you in the right direction? Get in touch with Katherine and Lindsey and take control of your career.  

Visit our events pages to see what’s happening to help you get there!

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We all know the power of words, but how often are yours being misinterpreted because of your body language?

© Leremy | Dreamstime.com - <a href="https://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-set-stick-figure-people-pictograms-representing-man-basic-posture-gesture-image30112467#res1220341">Man People Posture Body Language Pictogram</a>Before you read on, take a moment to assess your body language right now. Start at the top of your head and work down to your toes… Where are your shoulders? Your arms, legs and feet? Make a note of their positions – we’ll come back to this later.

From the moment we enter this world, the focus is on language. Learning to speak is an integral part of our growth and development – from the first ‘Mama’ to spelling tests, public speaking and even learning second languages. When are we taught about the power of body language?

In many situations, actions can actually speak louder than words. Take the following sentence: “I’m sorry.”

Say it out loud, with no physical movement. Now try it again, with your shoulders hunched and arms crossed. What differences do you notice? Crossing your arms forms a defensive shield; closing you off from those you are talking to and suggesting tension. Who is going to believe the words coming out of your mouth when your body is telling them that?

Now repeat the sentence one last time, holding your arms out in front of you. This open body language suggests friendship and comfort; you are reaching towards them to build bridges across the gap. Isn’t it amazing how simply moving your arms can change the sentiment of your sentence? The power of body language is astonishing.  

            “If language was given to men to conceal their thoughts, then gesture’s purpose was to disclose them.” John Napier

Body Language and the Brain

Some even believe that body language has the power to alter the chemical levels in our brains. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy suggests starting the day with a ‘Power Pose’ if you need a confidence boost. She believes that standing with your legs wide, hands on hips with your head held high for just a moment each morning, can dramatically alter your perception of yourself, providing a boost to the levels of testosterone/cortisol in the brain and even increasing your chances for success (watch Amy’s TED Talk here).

If you believe this or not, the truth is that body language is often forgotten about!

Body Language: The Basics

Let us introduce you to some body language basics:

Handshake: This doesn’t just say hello! It’s not about how strong your grip is, contact is key here! Palm-to-palm contact signifies honesty and openness, so it’s a great way to instill a sense of trust and transparency. Limp handshakes often mean that palms don’t touch, hence they are less effective.

Eye Contact: Holding someone’s eye contact can suggest honesty and openness, whereas avoiding eye contact suggests you are dishonest and untrustworthy, or uninterested. So make eye contact, but remember not to stare!

Standing up Tall:  By standing up tall, you make yourself larger. Stand with your feet hip width apart and imagine you are being pulled upwards by a string from the top of your head, like a puppet. Relax your shoulders down. This will make you appear confident and comfortable within your own skin, without appearing threatening!

The Angle of Your Body: Angling your body towards the person that you are speaking to is a subtle change that makes a significant difference. Animals challenge one another head on, and the same applies to humans! Angling yourself slightly opens up the encounter and suggests a friendlier situation.

Smiling: A simple smile has the power to change a situation. Smiling suggests friendship, comfort and openness. They can also offer warmth and encouragement to the person you’re speaking with. A smile is crucial for a good first impression.

            “The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one’s back.” Dale Carnegie

Playing with your Hair: Whether short or long, playing with your hair can be interpreted in many ways. When a woman tucks her hair behind her ears with her palm facing forwards, they may be flirting! Or perhaps they are just getting their hair out of their face? Beware your body language being misinterpreted!

Now go back to the beginning, when we asked you to review your own body language. How were you sitting? What could an outsider have interpreted from your positioning?

Synchronising Your Body Language

The power of body language is incredible. In fact, by synchronising your posture with the people around you, you can actually increase the effects. Next time you’re having a conversation, consider:

– Whether they have their arms folded, or by their sides?

– If they are leaning towards the left or right?

– What angle are they stood at?

Mirroring their posture and stance has been found to make people feel more comfortable and increase the chances of them liking you. The key is to be subtle of course, if they realise what you are doing then they may well start feeling the opposite…

Use Your Body Language to Your Advantage

When you’re in an interview, meeting a client, business networking or public speaking… Next time you step into an important situation, don’t forget to consider what your body language is saying. Non-verbal communication is just as crucial as the verbal.

As we have discovered, there’s no point saying sorry with your arms folded and shoulders hunched!

Do you need some professional support regarding how you connect with people at work or at Interviews? Get in touch with Career Ambitions today at support@careerambitions.co.uk or 01223 633535. Lindsey & Katherine offer coaching, reviewing and giving independent objective feedback to you so you build successful relationship through understanding the power of your body language.




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Authentic Leader – what are the qualities? The last few months have been dominated by the topic of leadership. Who would be a good leader?

With the unexpected victory of Donald Trump being elected President of the USA, the world has been left in a state of shock. The new Leader of the Free World has become well known for speaking his mind – but does this make him an ‘authentic leader’? It was interesting watching the first meeting of Trump and Obama at the White House; while Obama came across well with his usual gravitas and grace, Trump seemed almost submissive in comparison.

Similarly, when you compare the election campaign approaches of Clinton and Trump, she seemed to be saying what she thought the public wanted to hear, whereas Trump seemed to say what he thinks. But then the leaked tapes tell a different story…

Authentic LeaderIs either an ‘authentic leader’?

In the past, philosophers have suggested that authenticity comes down to autonomy, and whether you are living according to your own true beliefs and motives. Well if that’s the case, then Donald Trump appears to be our authentic leader!

But as we all know (and have seen played out in the press), “be yourself” is often the worst advice you can give some people. In a crisis or crunch moment, do we really want the President of the United States to just “be himself”?

What characteristics make a truly authentic leader?

You may have been following Career Ambitions’ #LeadingLights project over the past year, as they have been modeling inspirational leaders nominated by their readers. During the project one thing has stood out; they all have a growth mindset.

Having a growth mindset allows you to embrace the following qualities that allow you to be an authentic leader:

  • Being ready to listen. Be open to new ideas! Your team may have different ideas and new suggestions to add to the pile – open your ears and listen! It will make them feel more valued and consequently more receptive to your own feedback and suggestions. “Be curious!” says #LeadingLight Doug Shaw.
  • Transparency and honesty. No one likes an untrustworthy leader. Be clear where you stand from the beginning and be honest about your strengths and weaknesses! Remember, we are all human. Take #LeadingLight Karen Limor-Waisberg’s advice, “be humble and courageous”.
  • Energy and passion! You have to love what you do. If you don’t, your team will be able to tell from a mile off! Having passion for your work will help to motivate and energise your team, and ultimately encourage better results. #LeadingLight David Frost was nominated because “he oozes enthusiasm and loves to inspire people to develop and follow their dreams.” Passion is infectious!
  • Self-examination and being open to feedback. No one is perfect and we can all continue to grow, in fact our ability to continue learning and growing as we get older is quite incredible, and underappreciated! Evaluate your performance and continually reflect on what you could be doing to improve.
  • Collaboration. #LeadingLight Simon Chaplin sums this up nicely: “it’s about collaboration – not them, but us!” You can’t conquer the world by yourself. Having the right people around you will make all the difference, so don’t neglect your team! Invest in them and support them in achieving their goals and they will do the same for you. “Remember everyone has talent and helps nurture potential in those who aren’t always aware of it.” #LeadingLight David Crabb

Whether you think Donald Trump is the right person to be President of the United States or whether you think it’s the end of the world as we know it…

Take Career Management Coaches Katherine Wiid and Lindsey Reed’s advice and develop and connect with your qualities as an authentic leader. Ultimately, it will gain you the respect and support of your team – key ingredients for leadership success.

Read more leadership advice and inspiration from Career Ambitions’ #LeadingLights.

If you know a passionate and inspiring authentic leader, why not nominate your #LeadingLight today!

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Video Job Interview – have you experienced one of these?

Recruitment has changed. If you have not yet been asked to undergo a video job interview, the chances are that you will soon be asked to go through this process if you are looking for a new job.

As the job industry is flooded with more applicants than ever before, companies are increasingly turning to video job interviews in a bid to narrow down their candidates.

A video job interview can be a scary prospect. You’re under time pressure, you have no one to build rapport with, so it can seem quite clinical, and you only have one shot to get your answers right. So what is the secret to a video job interview success?

Firstly, become familiar with the process, such as:

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Remember that each company is different and their system may vary, so do your research beforehand and learn exactly what to expect from the process.

When you are faced with a video job interview your mind will inevitably jump to the negatives about the situation. Be positive! There are plenty of advantages to a video job interview:

The Pros:

  • You can choose the time and place to conduct the interview
  • Takes less time than a normal face-to-face interview
  • No travel stress or cost! You can do it from the comfort and familiarity of your own home
  • Time to compose yourself between questions and prepare your answers
The Cons:

  • Will the technology work?
  • No feedback or prompts during the interview
  • It’s an alien process! Reporters get hours of media training to talk straight into the camera
  • Wandering eyes – it’s hard to stare directly into the camera
  • Often no option to playback the video and check your performance

You will notice that all the negatives can be counteracted with just one thing: preparation!

Here are our Top Tips for Video Job Interview Success:

  1. It’s hard to talk to a computer! Why not have a photo of a friendly face on the computer screen (a family member or friend) so that you trick your subconscious into thinking you are talking to someone. This will help you to build rapport and talk in a more natural way.
  1. Practice makes perfect. Get as much practice as possible before your video job interview. Enlist a friend or family member to conduct mock interviews, record the answers and then watch them back to evaluate how you could improve. Make sure you are used to the technology and comfortable talking to the computer before you get started!
  1. Technology troubleshooting. A strong internet connection is vital. Think about the timing – when is your internet strongest? Which device will you use, a tablet computer or phone? Is the device fully charged or plugged in to power? Nothing should interrupt your video job interview once you start.
  1. Location, location, location. It’s vital to choose a good location for your interview. Think about where you will sit – is the lighting good? A plain solid-coloured backdrop is best, as it allows you to be the focus of the video. Ensure you choose a location where peace and quiet is guaranteed.
  1. Get your story straight. Prepare for your video job interview just as you would for any interview. Do your background research into the employer and their company first. Have stories and examples ready to illustrate your key skills, qualities and experience as and when is needed. This way you will be able to avoid the dreaded mental block!
  1. A professional appearance. Go to your video job interview as if it were a real face-to-face interview. Dress smartly, brush your hair and behave appropriately. Remember it will all be caught on camera! If your video job interview will be conducted via Skype, don’t forget to make sure your username is professional.
  1. Think about your body language. Interviews aren’t just about using the right words. Your body language can have a huge impact on the way you come across to people – even on camera. Try to maintain good eye contact with the camera, lean forward so that you come across as enthusiastic, sit up straight and smile when appropriate. The non-verbals are as important as the verbals!
  1. Last but not least… enjoy the process! It is a great achievement to have got through to the video job interview round of the recruitment process, so feel proud whatever the outcome.

Do you need some professional support regarding for your Video Job Interview? Get in touch with Career Ambitions today at support@careerambitions.co.uk or 01223 633535. Lindsey & Katherine offer coaching, reviewing and giving independent objective feedback to you so you have a winning video interview strategy.

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cv-stand-out-from-the-crowdDid you know that the first ever CV was written by Leonardo Da Vinci way back in 1482?

It’s not surprising to hear that CVs have come along leaps and bounds since Da Vinci drafted his with a quill and ink on a piece of parchment 500 years ago! Nowadays we see video CVs, digital CVs, CVs printed on balloons, edible CVs… if you can think of it, you can bet it’s been done. As the job market has become increasingly competitive, candidates are thinking of new ways to step outside the box and secure their dream roles. But are some of them stepping a little too far? Perhaps!

So what is the secret to making your CV stand out? It’s simple. You don’t need flashing lights, sponge layers or helium. When drafting your CV, rather than making it the history of you, tailor it to present who you are and what you can do for a company. Research has found that the average recruiter looks at a CV for just six seconds before deciding whether to put a candidate forward for a job. Make those six seconds count with our top tips for an outstanding CV…

  1. Who will be reading your CV?

Take time to understand who will be reading your CV: HR person, CEO, a recruiter… What are their needs? Recruitment teams often find themselves over-stretched, so making their job as easy as possible will be appreciated! Employers need to see at a glance whether you match the skills and competencies that they are looking for, so include a skills summary on the very first page.

  1. Think achievements, rather than tasks.

Rather than listing a whole load of tasks that you have been presented and completed, describe your achievements. Include the benefits that you bring to an organization, which will make you relevant to an employer, as well as illustrating how your past experiences could help you solve problems in the future.

  1. One size does not fit all.

You don’t need to rewrite your entire CV every time you do a job application. Before you send off your application, tailor it subtly for each company. Just by re-ordering your skills or achievements you will make it easier for the recruiter to spot the most relevant things, rather than those being hidden at the bottom and potentially missed. Don’t neglect the structure either; if you’re moving sector or changing career then there is no point having your current role top of the list! Identify your transferable skills, and make your CV relevant.

  1. Make sure it’s clear and easy to read.

Unlike Da Vinci, you don’t need to write your CV with a quill and ink. When it comes to formatting your CV, make sure you choose a modern font such as Calibri, rather than Times New Roman. These fonts have more white space around them, making them easier to read and less of a headache for potential employers to decipher!

  1. Think of yourself as a product being taken to market!

So often we work with clients who are professional Marketing Specialists, yet find their CVs to be quite bland. Don’t forget that the purpose of your CV is to market yourself! Your CV needs to be exciting and attractive in order to attract the highest bidder.

Case Study

The Brand: Nike

The Product: Trainers

What do you think of when someone says the word Nike? “Just Do It” by any chance? Instead of concentrating their marketing efforts on telling us about how their shoes are engineered, what they’re made out of, how they’re packaged… Nike start off by telling us the benefit. Just do it! Their shoes allow you to just do it. Rather than describing a potentially boring process, they’re telling us how they will change our lives, what they can bring to us. Think of yourself as a product, market yourself effectively with a powerful CV and go out there and sell yourself!

Ok, so perhaps you aren’t Leonardo Da Vinci, or a great inventor… but if you follow our steps and put a little more thought into your CV, then you will secure your dream job in no time at all.

Does your CV need a little more TLC? Get in touch with Career Ambitions today to find out how Lindsey & Katherine could help to coach your CV to the top of the pile.

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heart-and-soul-magic-ingredience-of-workplace-successWithout their employees, organisations would be nothing. Right?

So why are companies neglecting workplace morale, in favour of productivity-pushing, target-smashing and goal-beating?

Recent studies have found that the UK is one of the lowest performing countries in Europe when it comes to productivity. Why? Is it because we’re just plain lazy?

Productivity is a complex issue. Many of our clients say they feel disengaged – that they are overworked, don’t feel valued and have more and more demands put on them. Through coaching and exploring what’s important to them at work– our clients often realise that their values are being compromised.

So how can we get the UK workforce re-motivated so that they fall back in love with their careers?

Albert Einstein once said: “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Perhaps it’s time to inject a little fun (dare we say it!) back into the workplace. Rather than sticking to the authoritarian approach which is rather “old hat”, is it time to shake things up and take a more soulful route?

As Lisa Gill from Reimaginaire Ltd (a leading light in organisational change) says, “organisations are powered by humans and humans are messy, complicated creatures. It’s time we accept this and design our organisations to enable humans to thrive!”

It’s already been proven that fun increases workplace productivity (more on those findings here) as well as employee engagement. And a happy team makes for a happy workplace! After all, we spend an average of 30% of our lives working – and that’s a lot of time without any fun!

As Doctor Seuss puts it: “Fun is good.” And we agree, especially in the workplace.

Now fun may not be for everyone. However when there is heart & soul in the workplace and a sense of purpose to our work, we are able to respect people’s innate talents. This leads to people working to their strengths so that they enjoy and feel motivated at work.

Would you like to learn how to inject a little fun into the workplace, and increase your organisational productivity and employee satisfaction? Get in touch with Katherine or Lindsey today to find out how they could help.

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Made Redundant Jump over Speed BumpHow To Cope Being Made Redundant

A speed bump rather than a roadblock.

It’s the dreaded ‘R’ word: redundancy. We all fear it, and almost half of us will experience it at some point in our careers (according to research).

When roles are made redundant we have found that the people that lose their jobs tend to have an instant knee-jerk reaction. The first thing many people do is start looking for a new job and we find that they ask us to help them with is their CV. We discover that they have already plastered their CV on job boards, sent it to recruitment agencies, and emailed it to every HR manager they know, in the hope that they will find a job quickly.

You may wonder what’s wrong with this approach.

We find that by moving too fast they are actually slowing down their success rate. Sending out multiple unsolicited CVs without having a strategy in mind will inevitably result in countless rejections and negative responses – not a great start to a job hunt! This ‘spray and pray’ approach is unlikely to provide any great long-term career opportunities.

We recommend that when you are being made redundant, instead of turning to the job market right away, take a moment to reflect.

Think of being made redundant as a speed bump.

What’s the purpose of a speed bump? To slow us down. Being made redundant is a golden opportunity to stop, look and re-evaluate where your career is going. Ask yourself these questions:

            – What did I enjoy about my  job?

            – What aspects didn’t I enjoy?

            – What motivates me to work?

            – What would I like to do more of in my new role?

            – What is the market looking for?

Do you really want to replace your old job, like for like? Or could you use this bump in the road to lead your career in a slightly different direction?

Many of our clients come to us in a panic, faced with being made redundant and wondering which road to take. And that’s understandable – it’s a scary prospect! We help our clients acknowledge what they enjoy doing, and what they want to do more of in their careers. Then we ask them to step into the employer’s shoes for a moment – what might they be looking for?

If you’re facing redundancy, don’t be afraid. It may not feel like a positive experience at first, but with the right support and coaching, redundancy is an amazing opportunity. Don’t rush the process and leap into a new job. Taking the time to focus your job search will ultimately result in more positive and long-term results.

Always remember: redundancy is a speed bump, not a roadblock…


“Katherine was able to read through me, identify my transferable skills and put words to things I’m good at. It allowed me to have a better understanding of my skills, but also to identify the things I wanted to get from a job. It also helped me not to sound like “please give me a job, anything will do!” My CV has never looked so accurate!” Anthony Blatz

 “I have just started a new role in Project Management this week. I applied for 5 positions in total and received 4 offers!  A big contribution to achieving this was the help and advice I received from you both.  Thank you for your time and assistance over the past few months – I will be recommending you to my contacts. Stephen Lorking, Cambridge


Get in touch with Katherine or Lindsey at Career Ambitions today and find out how we can enable you to safely get over the speed bumps to help you accelerate your career or book onto our next Career Clinic.

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Turn Weaknesses into Strengths

Turn Weaknesses into Strengths “What are your weaknesses?” 

 It’s a question that we’ve all heard. From job interviews, to annual reviews… So ask yourself, what are your weaknesses?

Perhaps you’re impatient. Maybe you are dis-organised, or stubborn. Awful, right? Who would want to employ you?

Hold on a second. Let’s flip those ‘weaknesses’ on their heads and turn weaknesses into strengths:

  •  Impatient? Actually you’re an extremely passionate person, who wants to act now and get the ball rolling!
  • Disorganised? You are probably a creative, who wouldn’t work well confined to structure and timetable.
  • Stubborn? Read “dedicated”. You know what you want to achieve and you know just how you’re going to get there.

When you put them like that, are those traits really weaknesses? Absolutely not. Yes, they may be areas that could do with improvement. But in reality, we can turn weaknesses into strengths; these can actually be perceived as strengths and vice versa. So identify your weaknesses and then flip them!! See them in a different light.

“Believe in yourself. Our strengths grow out of our weakness.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s all about mindset. We all have weaknesses, however it doesn’t take much to turn weaknesses into strengths that can actually enhance your career prospects.

One of our friends used to be very shy as a teenager. He found it difficult to start a conversation with a stranger. Over the years he has practiced and practiced. And now, he is amazing at chatting with people – engaging, asking open questions, interesting and interested.  In fact he didn’t realise that his weakness has now turned into his strength!

Once you’ve identified your weaknesses, instead of trying to ‘fix’ these, embrace the strengths that come hand in hand, and build on them.   Reframe these or decide to grow, and develop your skills and push your personal boundaries.

Katherine has done just that – pushed her personal boundaries. When we started our business together and ran our first career skills workshops, she would spend hours practicing and rehearsing as she was petrified of public speaking. She then pushed herself and joined Toastmasters. Through developing skills and overcoming fear she has been able to turn weaknesses into strengths. Two years later she now actively seeks out opportunities to speak in public.

We are often told to only ‘play to our strengths’. But actually, in order to achieve greater career success, should we be taking risks and paying more attention to our weaknesses?

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.” Marilyn Vos Savant

Next time someone asks what your weaknesses are, what will you say?

Get in touch with Katherine or Lindsey at Career Ambitions today and find out how we could help to accelerate your career, so you can turn weaknesses into strengths or book onto our next Career Clinic.

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CIPD report: 1 in 5 Employees Are Looking For New Jobs – Don’t Let Them Be Yours!

CIPD ReportThe CIPD report that was published in March 2016 looked at employee views on working life and found that 21% of employees are currently looking to change jobs. Why are so many people unhappy in their current roles? We have taken a closer look at some of the most worrying statistics in the CIPD report. We’ve dug a little deeper into the reasons behind the numbers…


“31% of employees believe they are over-qualified for their current positions”

Why is this? The job market is more fluid than ever before, yet increasing numbers of University graduates find themselves taking jobs that don’t require a degree (according to the ONS). Despite this, employers continue to require degrees when advertising their roles. But what does a degree say about a candidate’s less tangible skills – their interpersonal skills, their ability to be flexible and adaptable? Very little.

Managers and recruitment teams often focus on technical skills rather than the soft skills and work ethics of the candidate. Are you employing over-qualified staff who, if you are not stretching them intellectually, become de-motivated, bored. They then then leave; costing you time and money?


“56% of employees are dissatisfied with their current level of training and career development”

Skills shortage is increasing. Instead of recruiting external candidates, we recommend that organisations focus on their staffs’ potential for growth and development. Invest time and resources in training existing members of your team will help with staff retention. It will also increase team productivity as well as satisfaction levels.


The CIPD report found that the two main reasons employees gave for failing to meet career expectations are:

  1. Ending up in a career that does not allow them to show their strengths (29%)
  2. Poor career advice and guidance (26%).

We found it interesting to read that approximately 27% of 35-55+ year olds stated the latter reason, while 47% of 18-34 year olds stated that they were in the wrong career.

At Career Ambitions, we don’t just look at a person’s knowledge and subject expertise. We also explore values, motivational factors and use a strengths-based approach to help employees understand how they can increase their job satisfaction.

Often we find that by changing their perception of their work encourages them to craft their careers based on what is important to them. (Find out more about Career Crafting here.)

Once a professional has been in the workplace for a few years, the amount of career advice and guidance they are offered dwindles. This in turn can damage their self esteem and levels of motivation. We believe that an impartial professional view is paramount for all staff during their career cycle, to ensure that they achieve career satisfaction and perform at their best.

Don’t let the statistics in the CIPD report damage your business! Losing 1 in 5 employees is costly, not to mention the time and effort of recruitment process that will follow.

To find out how Career Ambitions could help you and your business, get in touch today by calling us on 01223 633535 or email support@careerambitions.co.uk




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If you’re unhappy in your current job, you’re probably planning to hand in your notice. As the Dalai Lama said: “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” So if you’re unhappy in your job, perhaps it’s time to move on and identify your ideal job?

But how can you ensure that your next role is more successful?

It’s time to take a new approach to identify your ideal job. Start by throwing out everything you know (or think you know!) already. In order to find a role that’s compatible with you, you need to firstly identify the following three things:

lockedKey Skills: List all the industry specific and specialist skills that you own, along with your transferable skills (the skills that carry across industries and jobs – such as communication and organisation skills).

favouritesAttributes: Now identify the attributes that you possess. From being a problem solver, to a strong leader or a great listener!

.alertInterests: What interests do you have? If your job doesn’t interest you, you won’t last long.

Once you’ve identified your key skills, attributes and interests, it’s time to find the job opportunities that are on the market. If you are looking in the Cambridge area, we recommend using the Recruitment Gateway. Make a list of the roles that you would have previously applied to. But this time, before you reach for your CV…  STOP!!!

The Careers Matrix: A simple tool to filter out roles that are and aren’t suitable

Instead of applying to all those jobs on the list, it’s time to complete a Careers Matrix

Career Matrix

The purpose of a Careers Matrix is to help identify which roles will really be suitable for you – beyond what’s down on paper.

People tend to simply look at a job description and tick the boxes – and if they meet the specifications they fire off an application. The problem with this process is that box ticking overlooks the deeper attributes and interests that make an ideal candidate.

By identifying not only the key skills but also the attributes and interests that you have, you will be able to streamline your job hunt and increase your chances so you identify your ideal job.

Come and join us at Cambridge Network’s Job Fair on 6th May 2016  where you will have the opportunity to talk to key Cambridge businesses. PLUS we will be running 3 short Career Workshops.

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