How to negotiate a salary increase

How to negotiate a salary increase can be tricky but below are some tips to help this process feel much easier.

Money..we cannot live without it. Prices are increasing all the time yet sadly our wages do not. Are you over worked and underpaid and feel you should be earning more. Have you ever asked your boss for a pay rise or do you think it is not worth it

A recent survey stated that only 37% of people actually ask for a pay rise. More worrying is that 18% of workers never ask for a pay rise.

In fact the main reason for not asking is fear. But why should you be scared of asking for a pay rise?

How to negotiate a salary increase

 

Well below are some tips to help negotiate a salary increase

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How to make your battery last longer with your mobile phone

How to make your battery last longer with your mobile phone is a major problem for many of us

Mobile phones are essential to our daily life. If like me you use your phone not only to make calls but for shopping, reading emails, keeping in touch with people and my morning alarm.

But how frustrating is it when your battery runs out and always at the most vital time.

Below are some tips to help you make the most of your mobile phone battery and more important to make sure your battery is charged as you never know when you need your phone for that major emergency.

How to make your battery last longer with your mobile phone

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Do you need a TV Licence?

Do you need a TV licence? If like me you love watching television especially the soaps and reality tv shows (don’t judge me!) you are quite happy to pay for the TV licence – or are you? Did you know that if you only watch certain ‘catch up’ TV programmes you do not need a TV Licence?

Below is how (if you follow certain criteria) you can save £150 a year on your TV licence and watch TV for free.

Do you need a TV Licence?

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Tips on how to stay healthy after the Menopause

It is vital that we stay healthy after the menopause.

If like me you have gone through ‘the change’ (I hate that word!) then you are looking at more than one-third your life still ahead of you which is great.

So the hot flashes and mood swings (and endless other menopause symptoms) may have stopped after menopause but you still need to make sure you look after  yourself post menopause

Below are some tips on how to make the most of your new life.

Of course these are only guide lines and if you are worried about any medical condition please do contact your Dr or Local Pharmacy immediately.

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Can you live without plastic

Can you live without plastic – the answer is 100% yes.

There has been a lot of media coverage recently regarding plastic packaging and many stores are now trying to become plastic free. Iceland is leading the way with their pledge to be plastic free by 2023 with their own brands.

If you visit you local supermarket you cannot seem to avoid plastic packaging in all forms from plastic carrier bags to plastic bottles. It is bad for the environment but how can we produce less waste? Can we live without plastic.

Below are 5 tips on how we can reduce our plastic waste and save the planet.
Can you live without plastic

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How long should you keep important paperwork for?

How long should you keep important paperwork for? If like me you probably have a lot of paperwork regarding your personal details lying around the house. Hopefully somewhere safe and within easy reach. You may think well all my details are on a computer (you may even have scanned all important documents to your PC). While scanning the documents is a great idea you must bear in mind that all digital records could be affected by a virus on your PC and your data could be lost.

So how long should you keep important documents before you have a clear out?

How long should you keep important paperwork for

 

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Why first impressions count in a job interview. Tips on how to help you secure a new role

 Why first impressions count in a job interview. Tips on how to help you secure a new role

First impressions count in a job interview. You never get a second change to make a first impression and this is never truer than when trying to secure a new job.

Did you know that it only takes less than 30 seconds for a potential employer to form an opinion of you? So you have to start selling yourself immediately.

Your body language will have a vital impact on how your interviewer will see you and so it is so important to get this right from the start of the interview. Just by walking through the door you are being judged even before you have sat down to commence the interview.

Why first impressions count in a job interview

Below are tips on how to make a great first impression and help you secure a new role.

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Is your phone charger safe?

Is your phone charger safe?

We all charge our mobile phones on a regular basis as we cannot be without our mobile phones. However, what happens if your genuine mobile phone charger breaks down. Would you just rush out and buy a quick replacement or just go on-line and find a ‘bargain’ cheap charger. How do you know it is the real thing and do you know if your phone charger is safe?

Fake unsafe mobile chargers have resulted in many house fires in the last few years. Did you know that near 2 million mobile phone chargers were brought online in the UK every year. But how easy it is to spot a fake mobile charger.

If you purchase a fake mobile charger it can be very dangerous and even life threatening. Below is a brief guide to safe mobile charging.

Is your phone charger safe?

 

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How to use the STAR skill in a job interview

 

How to use the STAR skill in a job interview

If like me you are interviewing for roles you will have often come up against competency-based interviews eg  ‘tell me about a situation’

Employers use this style for questioning to all interviewees to make sure everyone is being treated equally. Generally this is used in larger structured organisations (but I am now finding is is becoming the norm for all companies) and you could find these types of interviews challenging. However, if you use the STAR system you can ace the interview. It DOES take practice and it is worth rehearsing your responses prior to any interview so that it does not sound stilted.

How to use the STAR skill in a job interview

 

Your responses of course will vary  depending on the role you are applying for.  A PA could  be asked to explain a situation where there was a problem with travel and how did you resolve this. A customer service person may be asked how they solved a complaint without it being escalated to senior management.

So how to be a STAR

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