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Procrastination: 9 Ways to Stop Putting Things Off – Starting Now

Most of us have experienced procrastination at some point. Putting something off right until the last minute. Or avoiding it entirely. Always choosing to do something easier, more comfortable or more pleasurable instead. I will happily admit I procrastinated recently. Over making my first LinkedIn video. Being

12 Things You Need to Know Before You Start a Business

People’s attitudes towards career have dramatically changed over the last 20 years. It used to be the case that working for a leading multinational company was the ultimate career goal. Now, with significant advances in technology, e-commerce and social media, there has been a dramatic shift.

Should You Quit Your Job? 10 Things to Consider Before You Do

In my article last week, I wrote about the tell-tale signs you’re approaching burnout. Whether you’re approaching burnout or simply overwhelmingly demotivated, it is natural to question if you should quit your job. And the temptation to throw in the towel and walk away can be hard to

5 Reasons Why I Decided to Fast this Ramadan

Having lived in Dubai for almost 10 years, I have had the pleasure of experiencing Ramadan 9 times. I will admit in the beginning I didn’t really understand it. To me, it was simply a month of not being allowed to eat or drink in

Still Looking for a Job? 8 Steps to Staying Motivated

Looking for a job should be exciting. But for many it’s extremely stressful. Particularly if you’ve just lost your job or are desperate to leave a job you hate. I’ve written before about my own experiences of being made redundant and how I dealt with it. It was

How to Figure Out What You Want in 2017 and in Life!

The start of a new year can be quite daunting for some. People are talking about their New Year’s Resolutions and goals for 2017. Around the office, socially and at home. Many seemingly hungry, focused and determined. For those who have no idea about what

The 3 Ps of Perfecting Your Job Interview

It often surprises me when I meet someone who looks great on paper, but falls flat as a pancake in a job interview. How can someone who can articulate themselves so well on their CV, fail to do so well face-to-face? I started to analyse

6 Traits of Positive vs Negative Thinkers

Most people aren’t aware thinking can be addictive. When we’re not actively engaging in the world around us, thinking can give us a feeling of importance and significance. If we’re not thinking about ourselves and our lives, who else will? If our problems weren’t important

7 Parenting Habits for Raising Happy and Successful Children

Parenting. Possibly the most wonderfully rewarding and heart-wrenchingly challenging role a person will ever have. As if being fully responsible for another human’s life isn’t enough, parents then have to teach their children how to be happy and successful in an uncertain world. And if

10 Ways to Build Your Self-Esteem in the Workplace

While many are too ashamed to admit it, the number of people experiencing low self-esteem in the workplace is significant. People with low self-esteem often spend a large part of their day comparing themselves to others in the office. They perceive themselves and worry others

How to Use Social Media to Land Your Dream Job

(Originally written by Zeta Yarwood, Career Coach and Life Coach, for Khaleej Times Online The invention of the internet has created quite the juxtaposition for job seekers today. The dramatic increase in accessibility to jobs worldwide has also meant an exponential increase in applications

The Workplace Habits Stopping Your Career in its Tracks

It has been proposed by a number of psychologists and behaviour theorists that 97% of our behaviour is subconscious. This means that 97% of the time we are on autopilot – reacting, making decisions and behaving out of habit rather than conscious thought. These could

8 Morning Habits of Happy and Successful People

“Start as you mean to go on!”. A saying that, while over 200 years old, is still used as a mantra by many of the world’s most successful people today. But why? Research has shown that starting your day in the best possible way not

Get That Promotion Faster Using These 10 Simple Tips

Speak to a large number of professionals about their career goals and career advancement and promotion will be top of their list. For some it’s about reward and recognition. For others it’s about learning, growth or having new challenges. Whatever your reason, if you’re hungry

8 Tips for Job Seekers When Recruitment is Slow

The summer can often be a frustratingly slow time for active job seekers. As hiring managers and key decision-makers go on vacation during July and August, the recruitment process can almost grind to a halt in some companies. While the slow-down might seem like a

9 Steps to Better Work-Life Balance

Success and fulfilment come when all aspects of our lives are in balance. We are able to look at our careers, relationships, hobbies, finances, personal development, physical environment, social lives, spirituality and/or religion, emotional well-being and health and say, “I am happy in every area”.

7 Things Confident People Do Differently

Do you sometimes wish you were more confident? Don’t worry. You are not alone. Over 65% of people have experienced a lack of confidence at some point in their lives. It is often believed that some individuals are born with confidence and as a result are naturally

How to Overcome the Fear of a Career Change

Statistics have shown an average of 60% of professionals dream about making a career change. Sadly, less than 10% actually go through with it. The biggest obstacle standing in their way? Fear. Fear is an emotion induced by perceived danger or threat. To overcome fear,

Top 7 Signs You Are In the Wrong Job

(This blog post was written exclusively for Al Arabiya English, the world’s most visited Arab news website.) According to Gallup’s most recent statistics, only 34% of working professionals are fully engaged and motivated at work. This means a huge 66% of professionals are, on some

8 Ways To Reduce Your Stress Levels – Starting Now

In January 2016 I went through a fairly significant period of change in my life. Multiple changes that were, for the best part, unplanned and unexpected. Emotions were raw. There was the added pressure of time. To say it was challenging would be an understatement.

12 Reasons Your CV is Getting Rejected

Job-searching can be quite a stressful process, and often disheartening at times. Sending your CV again and again, and not getting a positive response, if any, can be particularly demotivating for any job-seeker. If you’re not getting any response, particularly from online applications, it will

Is Using a Recruiter the Best Way to Find a Job?

As a career coach, I often get asked “Should I be using a recruitment agency?”. And as an ex-recruiter, it’s always a funny one for me to answer. To know when to use recruitment agencies, you need to have a basic understanding of how they

Is Peer Pressure Keeping You in the Wrong Job?

Only 13% of people worldwide feel satisfied in their jobs, according to Gallup’s 2013 study. With a number that low, it begs the question – why? While there could be several reasons, many people know deep down that, instead of following their heart, they chose

How high is your emotional intelligence?

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is currently a hot topic and one that global leaders and HR Directors are taking seriously. For many it’s an essential requirement when it comes to recruiting and promoting employees. So what is so important about emotional intelligence? Is it something we need

Are you better suited to leadership or management?

What’s the difference between leadership and management? This is a question that continues to spark debate from company meeting rooms to leadership seminars worldwide. It used to be believed that anyone in a management position was effectively a leader. However, most experts now agree that

Communication Skills. Are yours as good as you think?

Effective communication. The fundamental component to any success story. Whether it’s having a successful career or a successful marriage. Successful relationships with co-workers, customers, friends and family. Being a successful leader or manager. It all essentially comes down to one thing. How effectively you communicate. If

6 ways you are sabotaging your own career

Any people make a mistake in assuming that career success is simply a matter of working hard and getting the job done. As long as you commit to this, your boss will promote you and the path to success will be clear, right? Unfortunately not.

Can’t find a job? One fatal error you could be making

If you’re struggling to find a job, it could be because you’re making this one fatal mistake: You don’t have a proper, effective Job Search Strategy in place Sending your CV to every company, job portal and recruitment agency known to man is not an effective

CV writing workshop with Career Coach Zeta Yarwood Dubai

4 signs it’s time to hire a CV writing expert

Global employment rates continue to be unpredictable, but one thing is clear. The competition for jobs remains fierce. Job-seekers in struggling economies face desperate competition due to lack of available jobs. Job-seekers in growing or recovering economies face competition from the significant influx of over-seas

How to deal with difficult people

Whether it’s a nightmare boss. A drama-queen friend. An angry neighbour. Screaming kids. Or a pushy mum. Dealing with difficult people can test anyone’s resolve. While sometimes it is quite tempting to scream and air your frustrations, this might not be the most conducive form

5 Questions to Help You Discover Your Value in the Workplace

Many people find it difficult to recognise the value they offer to current or future employers. It’s something I see surprisingly frequently when coaching. Some are too modest. Others have trouble in simply identifying their talents. This usually impacts their self-esteem and stops them from