When Doing What the “Experts” Tell You To Do, Makes You Sick, Do This!


For the last 4 months of last year I was going through very difficult times with what seemed like constantly being sick, I felt worn out, burnt out, overwhelmed, and like my mind needed a rest! This year I am super pumped! More productive than ever before, with tons of goals I am working through one-by-one. This is the year I will, and am, achieve many dreams, because I am doing things my way, not how society and every other ‘expert’ keeps telling me I should do them. For example, when they say to get up at 4am and do work, I am working through the night and going to bed at that time or later! When they say to put everything on a planner in advance and mark everything on your calendar so it’s full, instead I am putting stuff on my calendar such as appointments, interviews, time with my family and friends, and things I have scheduled in advance, but the rest I am setting goals every day in my diary and ticking them off as I go along and this has catapulted my productivity levels to a whole new level entirely. I feel really motivated when I see myself getting my tasks for that day done. Last year, when I put everything on my calendar before, and planned way in advance, I was getting left behind with my own schedule, and two weeks later I felt deflated, unproductive, down about myself and my life, and last year I had no clear direction with goals, I just kept doing the same thing. This year I have clearly defined goals and am hell-bent on achieving all of them to the best of my ability as soon as I can. I am excited about what is coming up and the amount of new opportunities and challenges coming my way, so if you are going through hell or shit right now, just remember, this …

And don’t listen to the experts, do this instead!

Until next time, keep embracing your quirky, keep being you, and write soon.

Lots of love

Sandra xx

What’s Holding You Back? – Skills and Experience – Beat Redundancy Blues


Hi Everyone

As you may know, I am currently working on my first e-Book about redundancy and helping people to get back into work and I have another WordPress blog to support this mission at http://www.beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com

I wanted to share with you my latest post from that blog, as the information is relevant to any job you go for.

So here it is:

Now that we have settled into the new year, you will probably have noticed a lot of posts about goal setting and how you need to take action in order to move forward with your life. These posts are an invaluable source of information and inspiration and they are absolutely right, if you want to achieve your desired outcome, you need to take the steps to get there by setting goals and then acting on them but in the next few posts I want us to take a look at what may be holding you back from setting goals in the first place.

Sometimes in order for you to move forward you must reflect on the past and assess the present to see what changes need to be made. If you keep doing the same thing then you will always get the same result. If you are not happy with the result then you need to change what you are doing and there is no time like the present, so what are you waiting for?

Let’s consider some of the things that may be holding you back.

Not having the right skills or experience

There is no easy way to say this, if you haven’t got the right skills and experience for the job role that you desire, in these difficult economic times, you need to either obtain them or learn to convert previous experience and learnt skills into transferable experience and skills and if you can’t do that then you probably won’t get a look in because the competition is so tough.

Do not be fooled by a job advert that states: “Previous experience is not essential as full training will be given for the right candidate.”

If the interviewer can get a person with previous experience who has the correct basic skills, the right attitude for the job and is the right fit for the team, then they will go with them instead of someone with little or no experience. When I was a retail manager I recruited my own staff  and I advertised for the experience and skills that I required and yes I still got applicants applying with little or no relevant experience and as time is money in business, usually I would sift theses applications out on first look as I had a large number of applicants. Of the applicants that were sifted out there may have been some that had the right attitude or were a good fit for the team but because I didn’t put them through to the interview stage I would never know this, so having the right skills and experience is essential.

When I wasn’t working, on the odd occasion I would apply for a job that was out of my sector and one that I had little or no relevant skills or experience in, just as I thought, I would get a reject letter or worse, nothing at all. Upon analysis, the reason I got a rejection letter was because I appeared on paper to have some of the skills and experience that were relative to the job and some transferable skills but obviously not as good a offering as someone who blatantly had the skills and experience in that sector and therefore I wasn’t surprised I was rejected and took it on the chin. When I received no reply whatsoever, it was because on paper there were barely any skills and experience relevant to the role for which I had applied, so why should the employer bother to reply to me when it looked like I had randomly decided to ‘give it a go’. An employer wouldn’t like this attitude and to be honest neither do I and when I became a manager I understood that and if I were to apply for a job now I would always tailor my CV and Cover Letter to the Job specification and that’s why I get responses when a lot of other people don’t, so if you are struggling to get responses, now you know the secret, why not try it for yourself?

If you want to gain the skills and experience to get a job you desire, you need to do voluntary workwork experience and you may need to take a course as well.

To read about what else may be holding you back be sure to read the next post on http://www.beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com   and whatever you do, stay positive.

Sandra Bellamy

Tell me how you have got on with job applications?

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