Author: pauldrury

10 Words About Me

These #10wordsaboutme define me. Wordsmith. Restless. Doodle. Rebel. Solitude. Attitude. Social. Hawk. Waves. Daddy. Wordsmith For me, there is a definitive difference between the written and the spoken word. When I speak, I sometimes find it hard to engage my brain before I open my mouth, and I could definitely be a little more considered…

By pauldrury 15/10/2019 Off

How Right-Brained Storytellers Ace Interview

Tell me a story, paint me a picture and sing me a song….. The best interviews are multi-coloured voyages of discovery through your past, present and future. They appeal to the basic emotions of your interviewer – not by machine-gunning them into submission with endless facts and analysis, but by playing to their emotions, involving…

By pauldrury 14/10/2019 Off

Why it is Foolish to Expect an Internal Promotion

Your employer is paying you to do your current job because you are good at it. Over the period of your employment, you have built relationships, hit deadlines, smashed budgets, completed projects, shared ideas and added value. You feel secure in the knowledge that you are a worthwhile asset to your colleagues and bosses. It…

By pauldrury 10/10/2019 Off

That Job Search Moment When We Forget Who We Are

Apologies in advance if you haven’t watched the most recent Game of Thrones episode (S8 Ep3), but I won’t delve into the backstory of a certain (epic) character to explain this blog. Arya. In the library. With the Wights. How many of you have faced a terrifyingly life-defining moment and felt paralysed with fear like…

By pauldrury 03/10/2019 Off

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Have you ever been walking on your own in a wood in the late evening, a murky darkness creeping closer, the path ahead becoming less clear with every minute? Your pulse starts to quicken ever so slightly, and you consciously walk that little bit faster. Your hairs stand up on the back of your neck,…

By pauldrury 23/09/2019 Off

The Value of Throwing to Clear Your Mind

I have always found a certain peace in throwing something. At school it was a rugby ball or a javelin, at university it was darts or a frisbee, and as a young adult it was skimming stones and scrunched up paper at work. And who doesn’t love the gentle arc of a well-made paper plane?…

By pauldrury 18/09/2019 Off

Why I Am Fed Up of Living Like a Zombie

Some people are more susceptible to ingrained habits than others. Now, I’m not an expert on zombies, but it seems to me that there is not a lot of free will hiding behind those lifeless eyes. If some warm flesh comes onto their radar, they might stumble after it, but that is pretty much the…

By pauldrury 08/09/2019 Off

How E2E Advertising Might Work for Job Seekers

Employee-2-Employer advertising…. I don’t think that it is such a bad idea to explore. There are two (or maybe three) obstacles before a candidate can seek to influence a hiring manager, the person with whom they will be spending the vast majority of their working life. Recruiters decide whether to put a candidate forward to…

By pauldrury 02/09/2019 Off

Ice-Cream Can’t Choose Not to Melt

When ice cream is taken out of the fridge, it changes its state. I find that it usually takes a couple of minutes to go from “so rock hard that you’re going to bend the spoon” to “the spoon slips in so nicely that it would be rude not to have another.” However, if you…

By pauldrury 22/08/2019 Off

Outsiders Will Always Beat Insiders

You’re standing outside looking in through the windows. You can see everything in each room, but you have no walls to confine you. You can stroll along the street and understand what is going on in every house. You simply have to look through their windows to get enough of an understanding. Sometimes you might…

By pauldrury 10/08/2019 Off

Why Everyone Should Doodle More

Steve Jobs was a successful doodler. …….End of article. Well, okay then, I will go into the science a little more…. According to The Doodle Revolution, a brilliant book by Sunni Brown, doodling unlocks your creativity, enhances your memory and lights up neural networks that allow for cognitive breakthroughs that otherwise would have been lost in…

By pauldrury 13/07/2019 Off

You Miss 100% of the Shots You Don’t Take

The “big breaks” in our career often pass us by. Windows of opportunity come and go all the time, and circumstances dictate whether we take advantage of them or not…. An email from an unknown recruiter may lead to our dream job, but unless we are open to a change, we will never know. Moving…

By pauldrury 04/07/2019 Off

6 Mindfulness Tips For Your Job Search

So, work isn’t going so well, huh? Maybe you’ve not been working for a while now? It’s a pretty hard place to be. Your head is filled with doubts, fuelled further with well-meaning but unsolicited advice from friends and relatives which clouds the issue yet more. With all these different thoughts and different choices, it…

By pauldrury 08/06/2019 Off

Nine Steps to Dismiss Disappointment

Disappointments are an entirely natural part of a fulfilling life. When your hope or expectation of something is not met, you feel let down. However, if you are shooting for the stars, disappointment should be your friend – it gives you a renewed focus on your path. There is nothing like a short, sharp shock…

By pauldrury 02/06/2019 Off

A Job Search Is the #1 Catalyst for Life Change

When one aspect of your life is changing, it is natural to assess how your potential new circumstances might fit within the wider picture. In actual fact, assessing how the wider picture fits your desired new circumstances could be an alternative way of looking at it. You are making one positive choice for change, so…

By pauldrury 01/05/2019 Off

20 Seconds of Insane Courage

“You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. Just literally 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” I have a serious man crush on Matt Damon and I’m not afraid to admit it. His film “We Bought A Zoo” always springs to…

By pauldrury 03/04/2019 Off