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  • Is your Mission Impossible?

    • 22 Nov 2018
    • Julie Towers - Managing Director at Penna

    Julie Towers of Penna asks if the public sector’s capable of achieving their mission with their hands so tied.

  • Working for a Brighter Future

    • 15 Nov 2018
    • Kath O’Dwyer is acting chief executive of Cheshire East Council

    Kath O’Dwyer reveals how an LGA review of Cheshire East Council’s organisational culture has been used as a springboard to improving the skills and experience of the workforce as well as encouraging employee retention.

  • Facing the future with confidence

    • 8 Nov 2018
    • Gemma Taskas is deputy chief officer HR at Leeds City Council

    Gemma Taskas offers some personal highlights from the recent PPMA Northern HR Summit in Leeds and says it’s good to meet with others in the sector, share ideas and challenge ourselves to think differently

  • Kind words

    • 1 Nov 2018
    • Penny Ransley

    Penny Ransley breaks down the positive benefits of ‘the power of kindness’ and how it can become an effective recruitment tool for your organisation

  • A delicate balancing act

    • 25 Oct 2018
    • Anj Popat, consultant – local government, executive interim at Penna

    Anj Popat says local government has come a long way, and 2018 has been a big year for gender equality, but there is plenty more that can still be done to improve diversity in senior leadership teams

  • How to prepare for the future of work

    • 19 Dec 2017

    The way we work is transforming at a phenomenal rate driven by more and more disruptive factors in the workplace.

  • Psychometric testing in interviews

    Psychometric testing in interviews

    • 17 Jul 2013

    Employers often use psychometric testing to vet potential employees and help them understand a little more about your personality and ability to fit into the role they are offering – and this type of testing is becoming increasing popular.

  • Creating an alluring covering letter

    Creating an alluring covering letter

    • 17 Jul 2013

    The main aim of a covering letter is to encourage recruiters to read your CV. However, it needs to do a lot more than say, 'here is my CV!'. In short, it is the biggest chance you have to sell yourself.

  • Creating rapport in an interview

    Creating rapport in an interview

    • 17 Jul 2013

    Rapport is the connection between two people; the spoken and unspoken words that say ‘we are on the same page’. In an interview situation you can employ numerous techniques to maximize the rapport between yourself and your interviewer.

  • Negotiating the best starting salary

    Negotiating the best starting salary

    • 17 Jul 2013

    Understandably, many people find discussing salaries uncomfortable and embarrassing during an interview. However, most interviewers expect some bartering and, if it motivates you to put more into the job, it is worthwhile for both the applicant and the employer.

  • Do's and don'ts for developing a CV

    Do's and don'ts for developing a CV

    • 17 Jul 2013

    A Curriculum Vitae is a self-marketing tool and getting an interview can depend on how good your CV is. You will need to consider what to include, how much detail is needed and how to make your CV stand out from all the others.