Understanding and categorising your strengths and skills

A skill is an ability, which can be gained from knowledge and practice as well as aptitude, and can be objectively measured. If you are proficient in a given area you can claim it as one of your skills; if you're really good at something, i.e. you generally find it easy AND you really enjoy it even when the challenges come along - if it gives you that buzz - then it's a strength. 

Once you've got your head around that, here are five ways to categorise your strengths and skills:

Equality in the workplace is not only about women

At a recent event held at Pearson HQ in London, a panel of the company’s directors came together to discuss the issues surrounding gender equality and share their perspective on the issue. I was asked to join the panel, which also included my peers from around the company.

The panel kicked off the conversation by sharing our experiences of gender equality with the room. It was interesting to hear my colleagues talking about how they perceive situations which I found myself experiencing first hand.

5 steps to uncover your personal values

When we have a clear understanding of what our values are, we are better equipped to make decisions that are 'right' for us, enabling us to lead happier and more fulfilled lives. For example, if you value honesty but your work involves 'twisting the truth' chances are you'll end up feeling conflicted and unfulfilled.

Pinning down what your values are might not be as straightforward as you think. So here are five steps to help you discover yours:

Optimising your LinkedIn profile for recruiters

Job hunting on LinkedIn can happen in more ways than one. While you might use the site to actively look for jobs and make new valuable connections, opportunities might also come to you through recruiters approaching your directly for a role. That is, if they can find you. Just because you have a profile on LinkedIn doesn't necessarily mean that you are coming up in recruiters' searches. Without knowing it, you might therefore be missing out on opportunities that aren't advertised or you simply missed in your search.

How to attract potential employers on LinkedIn

A LinkedIn profile can be a pretty handy addition to your life. With around 500 million members, chances are the companies and employers you want to attract are out there somewhere. That also means there are close to 500 million potential competitors also vying for their attention, so you need to play smart by giving off all the right signals. Here are some useful steps for snaring your top target:

How to get the best result from your references

Ask job seekers what they find the most tedious part of the application process and the answer is usually asking for references. Dreary as the process may seem, having the right people to backup your application is one of the most important elements of the process. Indeed, research shows that 85% of employers check at least one reference before offering a role to a candidate. As with everything in life, there is a certain knack to collating references that should make the process run smoother for all those involved. Here are our main DOs and DON'Ts for optimum referee management:

Can we all really be the best?

The word talent gets used an awful lot. Perhaps the best modern example of the words ingraining into our everyday lives and culture is demonstrated on so called ‘talent shows’, where the judges are looking to find the next big talent. Every now and again a person walks on stage in one of these shows completely bewildering the audience with their ability. We then conclude that this person has a mystical gift only some people are lucky enough to be born with or inherit. Never has the iceberg illusion been so apparent; it’s easy to see the ice above the water and not the colossal foundation it’s built upon.