My name is Helen Roberts, a Career Development expert with 17 years experience in the industry. I’ve never seen a market quite like this one.

In today’s economic climate many people are ‘hurting’ like never before, financially & emotionally. We have record numbers unemployed across the length and breadth of the UK, US and Ireland. It is my passion to help as many people as I can, help themselves, move forward in their career.

Here are some top tips to help you through your career transition.

1) Think Positively! Easier said than done, I know! Try to look at this career transition as an opportunity for personal growth. Look at what you have achieved and prepare and get excited for the next chapter.

2) Know What You Want, Not What You Don’t Want! During my career I have worked with over 50,000 individuals, assisting them moving forward in the career. Most people know what they don’t want however are not clear on what they do want. If you’re not clear on what you want, how can you ever expect to achieve it? Take some time out and work out what it is you want and how you can create for yourself in the next chapter of your life.

3) Brainstorm & Have a Plan, A, Plan B & Plan C. Plan A should be the absolute ideal scenario for you, Plan B could be the stepping stone to get you closer to your ideal, Plan C again a stepping stone, the more options that you have in this current market, the more successful you will be.

4) Set Goals. Many people in life never set goals. If you don’t set goals how do you know where you’re heading? Get in to the habit of setting goals on a daily basis. Set short, medium, and long term goals. And feel the sense of achievement when you tick them off when you have achieved what you set out to do. Make sure you use the SMART tool to ensure you set goals effectively.

Specific – make sure you are clear on the goal set
Measurable – capable of being measured
Achievable – is it achievable
Realistic – be realistic, what’s realistic for you?
Time bound – always set a date on your goal, if you don’t reach it, set another date and make sure you do

* Write your goals down, and look at them often, be clear on what it is you setting out to achieve & why.
5) Make Job Hunting Your Full Time Job. Identify some key Recruitment partners to work with, aim to work with niche specialists in the locations you are considering. Register your CV online on Job Boards. Create a profile and actively use Linked In (there are 80 million people on that business networking portal) and other business networking portals. Make a list of everyone you have in your network and reach out to them and let them know you are looking.

6) Create a cutting edge; best practice CV that gets results. Make sure it is tailored to each job that you apply for. Access advertised and unadvertised jobs. When looking at jobs, be objective, make sure you shortlist your CV to the role appropriately. I would use this rule of thumb; if you can do 80% of the job outlined on the job profile apply for it, if it’s anything less, save yourself and the employer time.

7) Interviews – put in the preparation, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Champions are made in training. Use the job profile, company information & your CV as your road map for interview.

8) Personal Development. Use this time for personal growth. Many of us get so wrapped up in our career we sometimes forget about who we are and what we’re all about. We don’t give ourselves quiet time. Use this time to rediscover who you really are and what you really want. I would highly recommend you make time to read – check out The Law of Attraction (Esther & Gerry Hicks) or the movie The Secret based on the Law of Attraction, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kyosaki.

9) Get Happy! Be grateful for everything you have in your life. Spend time with people that make you happy. Do things that you love every single day, make that time. Play golf, go running, tennis, horse riding, cooking, movies, theatre, socializing whatever it is for you; build it in to your day.

10) Dare to Dream Again. When did you stop dreaming and why?

It is absolutely my passion to help as many people as I can, help themselves, move forward in their career. If I can be of any assistance to you now or in the future, please feel free to get in touch.

Helen Roberts
Career Development Expert
0207 193 5885 London
01 442 9503 Dublin & 518 882 4064 US


During the last few years we have gone through the biggest recession since the depression. We have record numbers of unemployed in the US, UK and Ireland.
Redundancies or job lay offs have slowed down however people that have lost their jobs are in trouble, as competition for jobs is at its highest. Employers want to hire the very best talent available on the marketplace. They not only want to achieve all of their criteria set, they want to bring on a “value add” hire.

Hiring Managers are under increasing pressure today to get it right, to bring individuals on board that can hit the ground running and instantly add value. In recessionary times, it is even more critical to get hiring decisions right. People are a company’s greatest asset, and in turn can transform company’s results.

Employees today are under increasing pressure to perform at their optimum. Many companies are operating with fewer staff because of redundancies/layoffs therefore in turn placing greater workload on those that remain. Employers are continuously reviewing employee performance against objectives set to ensure they are obtaining the very best from the individual for their business. Shareholder value is paramount in these challenging economic times!

As a career coach I have worked with thousands of people over the past 2 years in the midst of this recession. Many highly educated, skilled people who are unemployed. I know many of you are frustrated and feel like you’ve been through hell and back. You’ve had interviews and gone through the interview process many times, sometimes having 4 – 5 sometimes 6 interviews and then to be told the job has gone on hold, filled internally or the company does not have the ‘budget’ to recruit or have just not heard anything back. It is frustrating however unless you tick absolutely every box and the employer does not perceive a risk by hiring you, it won’t happen!

Job Hunting – The future of recruitment as I see it:

a) Jobs found will almost exclusively be found on the internet or through a recruitment/search agency.
b) Networking – is essential, recruitment is becoming much more referral based. Recruitment via groups, alumni and communities of interest.
c) Organisations competing for the very best talent available – will be focusing on Employment Branding
d) Job Seekers will focus on Employee Branding, building individual brands, showcase through their personal websites, video CVS, self publishing.
e) Web Syndication of information – multiple channels
f) Rich Media – video, audio, via high speed broadband/wifi and mobile devices.
g) Use of Search – to find jobs, to screen job seekers, to check organisations.
h) Reverse candidate driven recruitment – advertising people rather than advertising jobs
i) Interactive and proactive sources – active and passive seekers, meets short and long term needs, saves time and money.

Job Hunting – Here are some Top Tips to Find a Job at this difficult time:

1) Make Job Hunting your FULL time job!
2) Utilise the internet – job boards, business networking sites such as Linked In, Academy …
3) Network – who do you have in your network? Reach out to every single person that you have in your network and let them know you are looking for employment.
4) Review companies in growth mode or start up businesses.
5) Identify some key recruitment partners to work with – considering geography, area of specilialty, expertise and access to high value clients.
6) Your CV/Application – this is your chance to stand out, to be unique. To create an impression. Your CV/Application is the first step in the process of getting hired.
7) Be consistent and persistent and believe your ideal job is out there.

You can achieve anything that you set your mind to.

This is a quote I really resonate with and like to share it with as many people as I can.

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people that get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them” –
George Bernard Shaw

About Helen

Helen Roberts is a gifted leader, a popular trainer at live events, a coach and a mentor. Her fast-paced, authentic style, her incredible energy and passion will not only inspire you, you will be empowered knowing you can overcome your personal obstacles to be the best that you can be and live an incredible life!

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