Author: pauldrury

Invest in Your Mental Health Before a Job Search

No one has an unlimited capacity for stress. When you have multiple worries popping in and out of your head, it can be hard to concentrate on the task at hand. However, when chronic overload risks spiralling into depression, the initial impact is like falling into quicksand. The more you struggle, the deeper you get…

By pauldrury 01/03/2019 Off

Why I Love my HB Pencil

There is a high probability that my pencil is defective, but I don’t care. (No innuendo intended, for those who are already sniggering….) As a creative chap, there is nothing like the feeling of scribbling notes with a sharp HB pencil. The distinctive woody smell lingers on your fingers, and the lead of the pencil…

By pauldrury 28/02/2019 Off

Find Your Gift. Then Give It Away.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picasso We are all on a road trip, feeling our way through our careers, searching for ultimate fulfillment and purpose in what is an increasingly manic (and seemingly short) life. This article is not for those…

By pauldrury 07/01/2019 Off

Four FREE (Totally New) Recruitment Marketing Tactics

As the spectre of a potential downturn haunts the globe, recruitment businesses are understanding that the last few years of QE-fuelled headcount growth are gradually coming to an end. Certain recruiters have ridden the accompanying social media wave to build an engaged audience whose loyalties may be called upon when times get harder. However, many,…

By pauldrury 03/01/2019 Off

Daddy, Have You Lost Your Job?

“Daddy, why are you spending so much time at home now? You never used to be home this early? I heard you talking with Mummy. Haven’t you got a job anymore? Didn’t they like you Daddy? Does this mean we don’t have any money?” “You’re very observant, aren’t you sweets. Mummy and I wanted to…

By pauldrury 02/01/2019 Off

Eight Lessons in Creativity from John Cleese

There is no one in the world more qualified to talk about creativity than John Cleese. For those of you that don’t know him, Cleese is the British comedy genius behind Monty Python and Fawlty Towers. He has mused on the creative process at various events over the past two decades, and he is an…

By pauldrury 01/01/2019 Off

Your Dream Job Is Behind One of These Doors

You never know whether a door is locked until you have tried to open it (with the obvious exceptions of public toilets and passenger plane exits). Generally speaking, doors are there to be opened. They are not designed to be a permanent barrier, merely a relatively simple challenge for anyone who really wants to walk…

By pauldrury 20/12/2018 Off

Don’t Let Fear Influence Your Job Search

When stock exchanges are crashing and a potential recession looms, fear and insecurity can wreck havoc with rational decision making. If you are anything like me, it is morosely easy to stare at the various depressing statistics and graphs and imagine that your life and career might be on the same trajectory. Yesterday, a leading…

By pauldrury 18/12/2018 Off

How to Keep Going When You Are Exhausted

Maybe the title of this blog should be “How to start your own business, working at home as the sole breadwinner at the start of the recession with a newborn and an 18-month-old.” Everyone has those mad times in their lives where you look back, and you don’t quite know how you coped. I spent…

By pauldrury 17/12/2018 Off

But Daddy. No One Passed to Me.

Ah, the lessons that we can learn from our kids… My son Danny played his first competitive game of (field) hockey on Sunday. He hasn’t been playing for so long and is a year young for his U10 team, but in the name of inclusivity, he was given a chance to get some game time.…

By pauldrury 17/12/2018 Off

Vulnerability Is Not a Weakness

In the first month of my graduate scheme job, I announced to everyone that I wanted to be Commercial Director within five years. That cringe-worthy moment will stay with me forever, and it took about ten years and a load of extremely hard lessons to knock the youthful arrogance out of me. I’m not sure…

By pauldrury 17/12/2018 Off

Futureproof Your HR Content

The role of the social media algorithm is to create an online “experience” that retains our attention for long enough to analyse our behaviour and harvest our personal data. In second-guessing our thoughts, it attempts to populate our social world with content that it deems worthy of our attention. I do not believe that it…

By pauldrury 04/10/2018 Off