Day 15 of F.O.O.D. – using CAPERS to build your resilience

Day 14 of my FOOD Advent Calendar is about Resilience and I’d like to share my CAPERS technique, a versatile ingredient for adding distinct flavour to whatever you are doing.

I think it’s really important to understand that challenges will happen and the best thing is to plan for them so that we don’t feel knocked off course if and when they do.  Also it’s good to remember that we often learn most from challenges and things not going right first time.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  When we include others we can see the same situation from many perspectives.

Problem solve by looking at what you can do rather than what you can’t and then getting started

Create the most helpful environment to help you thrive eg stop reading social media and comparing yourself to others

Understand your daily routines.   Who and what is helping and hindering you?  What can you do to alter them?

Develop your positive self-talk as it builds your confidence and self esteem.  And when you hear yourself saying you can’t do something, add ‘yet’ to the end of the sentence.  It will give you a sense of optimism that you will be able to do it in the future

Day 5 of F.O.O.D. – Using RADISH to add piquancy to your CV

It’s day 5 of my Advent Calendar and today I’m sharing the RADISH technique to help you sharpen and crisp up your CV!

Think about the R as the reason you applying for the job. What attracts you to this role? What makes you feel this job has your name on it?

Adapt your CV for each specific role. Too many people use the scatter gun approach sending the same CV to a number of organisations hoping that one will stick. Adapt your CV to show how your strengths play to the position for which you applying.

What differentiates you? What makes you stand out? Do you have latent skills or interests that will make you the best candidate?

Show interest in the company. Carry out your research to understand the organisation’s vision and values so that you can demonstrate how your values help you fit in with authenticity instead of bland words.

A CV is your shop front to highlight your skills and competence for the role. What activities have you done that demonstrate yours in the best way?

And finally what are your top 10 hits? What achievements/outcomes are you proud of? How are they relevant to this role?

F.O.O.D. – Fixing the Out of Office Dilemma

Take it in the way it’s intended!

Have you ever fallen in love with a project and become sooooo close to it that you don’t see some glaring opportunities for improvement?  Others can see it but you can’t.  You’ve locked into the project so much that you’ve locked out everything else and it’s created a kind of blind-spot for you!

Recently I’ve been testing out a new product that I’m working on with friends and colleagues and I thought I’d share the interesting observations I’ve had during this process.  As you know, it’s lovely when people agree with what you’re doing and like the concept.  However, it becomes more interesting when you’re challenged about something you’ve become wedded to during the creation process or someone is on a completely different page to you and throws the proverbial spanner Continue reading