Your sexual orientation can prove a barrier to getting back into work, even though it shouldn’t, if you have a narrow-minded potential boss for an interviewer. At the end of the day, if they cannot accept your sexuality in an interview, you are going to have more problems down the line and that speaks volumes for the type of ship they will run. Yes, it’s true you don’t have to mention your sexuality in an interview, and I am not saying you should, but you can’t hide it forever – What happens when you are seen in town together with your ‘partner’, or you get asked to bring your ‘partner’ along to the Christmas party. And although you can’t be asked about your orientation as an interview question, you usually have to fill in an equal opportunities monitoring form. If this is done and handed it at the interview stage, and they know your orientation without asking it, they may use subtle questions to ask you about it or it may go against you, so just be mindful of this. I was once asked in an interview if I liked to go out with the girls from work clubbing – this should never have been asked in an interview. At that time I didn’t, and surprise, surprise, I didn’t get that job for a retail assistant at a young women’s clothing fashion brand, which eventually closed down. The girls in the shop, clearly wanted me to say I would go clubbing with them. Now, I do like going clubbing sometimes, but it’s not the point!
This week from 19th-25th of October, is Asexual Awareness Week. Become educated about Asexuality Awareness with my new Asexualise My Asexual Life YouTube channel
“For far too long many Asexuals have been living in fear of coming out about their sexuality, due to society’s pressures to conform to a majority sexual population. That’s all about to change!”
You are redundant from your old job but not from your future.
It’s 2014, time to look forward to the new and exciting path that is before you, full of opportunities, hopes and dreams.
If you want to get back into work, try these 14 Top Tips.
- Put up a good fight against other applicants by having the best cover letter and CV.
- Keep applying for jobs.
- Be ready to change and adapt.
- Be strong and stay strong.
- Work hard and work harder.
- Work smart and work smarter.
- Believe in yourself and your abilities.
- When you look at yourself in the mirror or in a photo, be proud.
- Be positive and stay positive.
- Be the best version of you.
- Boost yourself up, with positive self-talk.
- Reward yourself for working hard in your job-hunt.
- See job-hunting as a challenge that you will conquer.
- Keep looking forward and know – ‘You are on your way’.
If you are redundant and thinking of starting your own business or of trying a new approach to life, this book may be for you.
Voted best business book 2011 by Brad Burton’s wife, Get of your arse too , is a no-holds barred, tell-it-like-it-is, book about taking action to succeed in all aspects of your life. Brad speaks in his plain talking no-nonsense, meeting-a-mate-down-the-pub voice, making it easy to relate to whatever he is talking about.
In this book you will discover:
- Brad’s own story and what propelled him to move his life forward, both personally and professionally.
- How you can make positive changes to make more progress in your life and career.
- That as you are your business, being true to yourself in all aspects of your business, is essential for it to succeed.
- Ruling fear, instead of letting fear rule you, is a basic principal in getting ahead of whatever is holding you back in your life and career.
- The only way to live your life to its full potential, is your own unique way and only you can lead the way to what you want.
- It’s up to you to rely on yourself to make things work.
- Your success and happiness depends on you.
- There are no short cuts, running your own business means work, work, work, not a quick-fix cash machine.
- What results you get depend on what you put into your life and your business. It’s up to you to work hard, to put the hours in and get off your arse to make things happen.
One of my favourite quotes from the book is on page 5. “There is nothing worse than working for years only to realise that your ladder to success is leaning against the wrong wall.”
In short, Brad continually emphasises throughout the book, that it’s you who must take charge of your own destiny by really thinking about what you want and want really makes you happy. You must then face your fears, learn new stuff, make changes and get of your arse to achieve it.
If you want an unconventional business book to read, or a fresh approach to life and business, then make sure this one is on your list.
Are you currently unemployed? Do you think you would like to run your own business? Are you asking yourself, have I got what it takes to become a self-employed businessman/business woman?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, there is no better opportunity of finding out if you are suitable to run your own business, than enquiring about the New Enterprise Scheme and attending an Enterprise Club Start-up Training Course. To learn more about what the course has to offer, read my guest blog article “Have you got the guts to run your own business?’ on Sage One uk.sageone.com/2013/08/23/guts-to-run-your-own-business. The course is free and if you don’t want to go on the New Enterprise Allowance after you have completed the course, you don’t have to but you will receive lots of invaluable information that is vital to starting your own business. When opportunity knocks, don’t close the door.
As always, terms and conditions to attend the course and be able to have the New Enterprise Allowance, do apply.
Let me know if the blog article for Sage One is helpful?