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I support and help people to get paid more, promoted faster and feel more satisfied. HR professional, career coach and trainer. Everything you need for career success just add your own talent and stir! I work extentensively in the public sector with Housing Providers and Local Authorities and sit on the Baord of  housing association providing career coaching, redundancy coaching, interview coaching, recruitment  support and HR consultancy.

Blog posts by Mary Hope

Back to basics - 9 top tips for getting your CV right

March 3rd, 2013 by Mary Hope

Getting your CV right – understand the basics First thing you need to know about your Cv is what it is for. The Cv is not what gets you the job, it’s what gets you the interview. So don’t assume that you need to tell the reader everything about you, every single thing about you, there a...

Seven things an employee wants to hear from their manager

January 10th, 2013 by Mary Hope

I was coaching a real ‘high flyer’ the other week and she felt that the trust between her and the owners of the business she runs here in the UK, had been broken. Part of the reason is that they had not done what they said they would, they had not honoured their promises. But another part of...

Ten ways to power up your networking skills….

November 14th, 2012 by Mary Hope

Love it or loath it, networking is powerful way of learning, giving and relating to others.  However sometimes people feel they just don’t know where to start. So here are ten top ideas on ways that you can power up your networking skills: Know who you know – professionals would call thi...

Stop BME staff losing out in restructure

October 5th, 2012 by Mary Hope

I was interested to see that there is a thought that BME middle managers lose out in restructuring.  If they can get into middle management in the first place, what is happening in the internal competitions?  The implication of the article is that the sector is not giving these candidates fa...

CV - Be Keyword savvy!

September 4th, 2012 by Mary Hope

When it comes to putting together your CV, you need  (as with all communication) to think about who will receive and read it. Of course in this day and  age the 'reader' may well be a machine! When you send your Cv to an agency or potential employer, they will likely put it into a database (Ap...

Succeeding in your interview as if going for gold.......

July 14th, 2012 by Mary Hope

Succeeding in your interview as if going for gold....... I’d never heard Sally Gunnell speak until this year’s speech day and, wow, how much we have in common. Sally talked about how she won her gold medal at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992 and for those of you that know me personally wi...

Eleven things you need to know about an organisation before accepting a job offer

June 1st, 2012 by Mary Hope

  In the current economic climate it is tempting to accept the first job that comes along but you do so at your peril. You may find  yourself  a captive of circumstances in a job you hate or be out the door.  So before you accept any role that is offered think carefully about whether the organisation ...

Job hopper or career strategist?

April 20th, 2012 by Mary Hope

The days of anyone having a job for life are largely over. The recession has resulted in massive changes in the job market. New skills that no-one would have considered just a few years ago are now essential. Patterns of employment are shifting, with frequent down-sizing and a lack of hierarchy in many o...

Five Reasons why it is the most important interview question.

March 10th, 2012 by Mary Hope

There are lots of questions that can been seen as ‘killer’ questions in a interview. Employers interview in order to assess your skills, your knowledge, your experience and your ‘fit’, but there is one question that can kill you before your have even get going. And that is the motivation question. Why is it ...

Assessment Centres and how to crack them!

December 14th, 2011 by Mary Hope

What happens in an assessment centre.. and what do they do with the results? Mary Hope Career Success Basics –understanding recruitment and selection… An assessment centre is a way of selecting candidates for a role. They might be internal candidates for promotion, external candidates for a job, or it ...