76: What recruiters REALLY care about - with Zena Everett, Author of Mind Flip

In this episode, I speak with Zena Everett, author of Mind Flip. Zena talks about becoming an author and shares some of the wisdom she’s gleaned from her years in recruitment, her Masters in Organisational Psychology and more recently, her coaching, which she boils down to helping people in their careers. Sounds simple, but we know it isn’t. Recruiting Recruiters In her early career as a recruiter of recruiters, Zena began to wonder exactly what it was which made the difference to career...


75: Why job shadowing is a crucial step for your career change - Lucy Standing of Viewvo

Led by her love of psychology, Lucy Standing put her successful career as a head-hunter on hold to pursue her passion through a Master’s Degree.   Afterwards, she honed her skills further as a graduate recruiter for investment banks. It’s an expensive and time-consuming process and she realised that the traditional series of interviews didn’t always yield the best results. Seeing that former interns had a higher success rate in terms of job matching and staying power, Lucy developed...


74: Which career books to pack in your suitcase this summer holiday

It can be overwhelming to look in the career section of a bookshop and try and work out which career book to take away with you if you want to take the time over the summer to reconsider your career. So I want to make that choice easier for you by picking out my top 2 choices for summer 2017. One is (of course!) the book I co-authored called Taking Charge of Your Career, published in January 2017. I make no apologies for this as the book covers pretty much everything Camilla and I know about...


73: How to raise your profile at work - with Personal Branding Specialist, Jennifer Holloway

Jennifer Holloway is the author of 'Personal Branding for Brits', which is now in it's 4th edition and is a best seller on Amazon in the category of 'Personal Branding'.  With a background in PR, running press offices and dealing with journalists,  Jennifer now runs workshops with organisations such as Santander, Vodaphone, RBS and Asda, as well as working one to one as a specialist coach . A common question ...Jennifer gets asked is, 'I need to raise my profile, how do I do that?' Her first...


72: How to use social media effectively in your job search - Tony Restell, founder of social-hire.com

Entrepreneur and social media expert Tony Restell regularly delivers webinars and workshops for our clients on how to use social media in job searching and how to get results in your business. Tony was originally a strategy consultant but had always wanted to set up his own business. He founded niche recruitment site www.top-consultant.com which he went on to sell to Jobsite, part of the Daily Mail group. He then founded his current company Social Hire,  originally set up as a kind of free...


71: Bank Manager to Sustainable Fashion - Career Changer Sara Shaw of Violet

With a background in banking and financial management, fashion is something Sara never thought she wanted to do. Travel, finance, starting again and the value of a great team Leaving school at 16, Sara started out in the travel industry and worked her way up to be the manager of a travel agency. Realising she could go no further she moved to banking and finance. She liked banking as she is quite a methodical and logical person - so enjoyed organising and sorting through problems. She started...


70: Behind the scenes in setting up a cafe and restaurant with Paul Rawlinson from Baltzersens and Norse

How do you set up a cafe and restaurant with zero experience? This was the question I had for Paul Rawlinson, formerly a Platoon Commander and Training Officer in the British Army.  I interviewed Paul in the new premises for his Scandinavian inspired restaurant, Norse, in my home town of Harrogate (North Yorkshire, UK). Upstairs Downstairs Norse used to share a small kitchen in the basement of Baltzersen's, Paul's successful (and also Scandinavian inspired) cafe. Service prep during the day...


69: How to become a brilliant speaker - BBC TV and radio presenter Jeremy Nicholas

In this episode of 'Grow Your Own Career' podcast,  I interview the BBC TV and radio presenter Jeremy Nicholas. Jeremy teaches media training techniques to clients that he’s acquired from thirty years on TV and radio, and is also an accomplished host of business events working for clients such as IBM, Carling, Ericsson, Boots and Samsung. I met Jeremy at the Professional Speakers Association (PSA), which I joined last year. Fourteen years ago when I lived in London I joined Toastmaters,...


68: What I learned from writing and publishing "Taking Charge of your Career"

So this month it's me in the spotlight! 2016 was a tumultuous and extraordinary year. But for me and my co-author Camilla, a huge chunk of it was taken up with writing "Taking Charge of Your Career", a major update to our 2011 book "If not now, when? How to take charge of your career". First time round the book was published by A & C Black. This time round we were in the hands of Bloomsbury (who bought A&C Black a few years ago). We are incredibly proud of the end result. It was hard...


67: Journalist, author, festival organiser, garden designer and sometime minicab driver - Kit Peel

There is a definite thread running through Kit Peel's career, and that is a love of writing and nature. These are the cornerstones of his working life to date, as he has transitioned from journalism, to managing a team of foreign correspondents, to driving a mini cab, to becoming an author of the children's book Snow Summer, to setting up a garden design business, to launching a festival! Phew! During this time Kit has moved to Yorkshire, done up his family's farmhouse high above Pateley...