Good morning, I hope all is well with you.

Last week was busy. I took 2 days away for my husbands’ birthday treat. We went to Lincolnshire so he could do a taxy ride in a Lancaster Bomber. There are only 3 left – one is in Canada, one at the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and this one. As Simon’s guest, I had a good look around the bomber, and had my photo taken in the cockpit. Just one day at home and then needed to stay with my mum who had an eye operation. So, something had to give and so rather than create a second-rate newsletter I waited till this weekend. I used to beat myself up for not being able to do it all. Now I accept I’m human.

Less than 3 weeks till our travels, and I’m working smart, helping clients to reach a point where they are ready to job search while I’m away. A deadline is focusing me, and them. Still time left if you have been thinking about a session with me, a CV re-write or a LinkedIn makeover.

In this weeks’ newsletter, I remind you about the importance of LinkedIn, tell you about the second online course for my Career Discovery Programme and give you ideas on how to make money in your spare time.

Enjoy your weekend, I’m dancing again. 2 days of Balboa classes and 2 evening dances. It’s good to use the creative side of my brain.

Wishing you a great weekend and week ahead. Till next time

Denise x



Sometimes I’m asked to contribute to a marketing campaign. The PR company needs some expert input. Recently I’ve been working with Premier Inn on a report about the importance of meeting face to face. You can watch a video (scroll to the bottom of this page) and download the paper. You can read my input on pages 8 and 9. I’m also quoted in the press such as this in the Yorkshire Post.



There’s so much social media, and it’s tempting to think you can ignore it, but for career management and job search LinkedIn is the place to be. I’m working with a couple of clients who didn’t realise how it can be used for research, to find jobs to apply for, to raise their profile and find interesting connections.

How to get it wrong

  • Too many people have an incomplete profile; they don’t have a photo and provide very limited details on themselves.
  • They contact people using ‘select all’ from their address book and send out requests to connect using the generic message rather than personalising it.
  • Their privacy settings are too high; no one can find them.
  • They only start using it properly once they have lost their job.
  • They collect connections but don’t follow up and create a working relationship with them.
  • They have too many Twitter status updates.  (If using Twitter, it’s certainly not an essential social media tool to use).
  • They pretend to answer questions but are just doing self-promotion.
  • They focus too much on what’s in it for them rather than how they can help others. You need to network when you don’t need help so you have some goodwill in the bank for when you do.
  • And it’s just downright boring! It’s just a rehash of their CV.

If you wonder how your LinkedIn profile measures up, I’d like you to take this quiz; use my email as the access code and you will get a complimentary report. I usually only offer this to people who have bought my LinkedIn online course so it’s priceless!

Read more about my LinkedIn service here.


Career Discovery Part 2

My career discovery programme is being refocused for 2017. I have a 6- module programme, divided into 3 parts

Part One: Understanding Me

  • My life and career (module 1)
  • All about me (module 2)

Watch the intro video and read more here (use this link for 25% discount, good until 8 November)

Part Two: Creative and Practical

  • Let’s be creative and dream (module 3)
  • Practical considerations (module 4)

Watch the intro video and read more here (use this link for 25% discount, good until 8 November)

This second two-module programme is perfect for you if you find it hard to think of new ideas – I’m sharing 17 ways to identify jobs in module 3, and practicalities including environment, money, personal style (risk and motivation) and action planning.

I love this, and know it will be helpful for you. Even if you don’t need it now, it could be useful for the future, so buy either or both on this introductory special offer for this weekend, I have 25% off both.


Making money in your spare time

I attended a breakfast meeting at my local high school on Thursday. They are seeking more links between the school and local businesses. I got talking with some of the students from Y12 and a couple of them spoke about their business ideas. I liked that and made some encouraging comments about starting small in their spare time.

If you would love to make money on the side, you will want to read this article. One of the many great links I share on social media.

Call it the sharing economy, call it peer-to-peer commerce, call it collaborative consumption, but no matter what you call it, it’s having a massive impact on how we do business and disrupting established industries at a breakneck pace.

I’m talking about the renaissance of people doing business with people — instead of giant companies — a movement facilitated by an ever-growing array of marketplaces and apps.

If we think back in time 200 years, almost all commerce was peer-to-peer, right? We traded in small town squares and knew our neighbours. Then big corporations came in and took over the world.

The “sharing economy” — with the help of websites and apps — is displacing some of those corporations and getting us back to our roots.

The premise is we have underutilized assets in our lives (our house, car, stuff, expertise, time, money, etc.), and we can sell or rent those to our neighbours in win-win transactions.

These app-powered peer-to-peer transactions are unlocking an estimated $300 billion in economic activity by 2025. Want your piece of the pie?

This post is all about how you can get in on the action.

Here’s the link to read more.


Meet me on FaceBook

I’m still sharing interesting career related articles on my FaceBook page.

I personally review masses of career related articles and share the ones I think are of most interest.

If you visit my FaceBook page you can read them, and perhaps you may like to ‘Like’ my page?


How’s your love for your job?

I want you to love your job and be happy in your life. If your Sundays are full of dread for the week ahead or you realise you have been chasing the money or someone else’s dream, it’s time for us to talk. Feel free to get in touch to schedule your complimentary 15-minute discussion so we can see if I can help.

And if you know what you want to do but you aren’t getting shortlisted then I can help with CV reviews, LinkedIn makeovers, Interview coaching and more.



Wishing you a lovely weekend, and I’ll talk again soon.


Denise x

Published On: November 5th, 2016 / Categories: Uncategorized /

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