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Last updated: 31 Mar 2017

10 digital marketing tools to try for your business

Published: 02/07/2015

The digital marketing landscape is fiercely competitive, and being successful is highly dependent on your ability to learn from past efforts, correct mistakes and focus on what works.

Easier said than done. Luckily, however, the number of tools available to measure, track and improve your marketing efforts continues to grow. Here are just a few you should try out.

Topics: Marketing
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7 signs you're not responding well to change

Published: 02/07/2015

Change is a difficult thing to deal with no matter where and when it happens. But resenting change and reacting negatively will only complicate your life (whether personal or professional) further.

Are you displaying any of these tell-tale signs of resistance to change? Learn to recognise the warning signals and act before it's too late!

How to improve your emotional intelligence at work

Published: 02/07/2015

Employers now seek much more than technical expertise in those they hire. Among the soft skills they look out for, emotional intelligence is always likely to be among the top three.

Learning to read and recognise emotions isn't easy, but if you don't have time for a full course, why not try these quick ways to train yourself on-the-job?

Top five reasons to get into compliance

Published: 02/07/2015

Compliance may not be the sexiest sounding profession, but it is a crucial and increasingly valued function that organisations know they need to invest in to avoid costly mistakes.

So why not think about getting into compliance? David Robson from International Compliance Training (ICT) outlines his top 5 reasons for joining the profession.

Topics: Career Tips , Finance
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The most annoying office personalities

Published: 26/06/2015

Offices are fragile ecosystems where co-habitation requires a delicate balance of professionalism, respect and consideration.

Yet all too often our comfort and focus are jeopardised by colleagues who haven't learnt to do away with a range of quirks and behaviours that drive us completely up the wall. Do you recognise any of these personalities in your office?

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Why you might need Agile Project Management

Published: 25/06/2015

There's a reason why the Agile method has become more and more popular over the years, and not just in the software development industry. Though by no means perfect, Agile resolves many problems commonly encountered in traditional project management, particularly in terms of requirements.

Find out why in this article by Parallel Project Training.

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7 tips to improve work-life balance

Published: 24/06/2015

If you’re finding yourself working after work hours and can’t seem to disconnect yourself from your laptop or smartphone to regularly check anticipated e-mails from work while feeling tired almost all the time then you possess most of the attributes of a workaholic.

Read 7 strategies to help you manage the ultimate balance between your job and your life that you have always hoped for.

Topics: Career Tips
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Top 5 UK training industry blogs

Published: 22/06/2015

Keep up-to-date with developments in training trends with these 5 premiere UK blogs that will keep you informed on educational technology breakthroughs, learning and development research, and the constantly evolving best-practice for developing employees.

Each of these blogs has unique insight to offer - whether you're working in learning and development as an HR professional, deliver training, or take a keen interest in your professional development.

Top 20 skills employers look for in a Team Leader

Published: 17/06/2015

Looking for a Team Leader job? Findcourses.co.uk has crunched the numbers and collected the most requested skills for anyone aspiring to work as a Team Leader - in any sector - in the UK.

Find out what employers are after and make sure your CV and interview show you have what it takes to beat others to that  position.

10 skills to improve while you're bored at work

Published: 08/06/2015

Bored at work? Many would envy you for it, but you're probably not having the best time. So don't sit there idle twiddling your thumbs - get a bit creative and take the chance to learn something new or develop an existing skill.

Here are 10 suggestions that will cure you of your boredom but also help you grow both personally and professionally.

8 tech terms worth knowing

Published: 04/06/2015

Interacting with the tech department is a tricky but necessary part of many professionals' day-to-day.

Are you tired of drawing a blank every time you do? Here are 8 important tech terms that can help make your next interaction that little bit easier.

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6 tips to help you save money on training

Published: 03/06/2015

Training is by now accepted as a necessary part of employee development, but can be a difficult commitment to honour when budgets are tight.

The key is learning how to save in the right places. Follow these 6 tips to ensure you develop your employees in the most cost-effective way possible.

How to build a culture of learning in your organisation

Published: 29/05/2015

Want to keep your team motivated and engaged? Findcourses.co.uk gives you some tips to help you build a learning culture in your organisation.

Find out how to encourage your employees to try learning at work, inspire your team and help them develop in their roles.

10 reasons why you should run apprenticeships in your organisation

Published: 22/05/2015

With the UK Government increasingly emphasising the need for young people to develop the skills they need succeed in the workplace, apprenticeships have become a primary area of focus.

But while the benefits are fairly clear from the apprentice's point of view, what can an organisation hope to achieve with an apprenticeship programme? Here are the top 10 benefits as outlined by key industry players.

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The difference between coaching and mentoring

Published: 21/05/2015

Today's focus on the individual isn't limited to our personal lives; increasingly, companies recognising the need to cater to their employees' individual needs have begun to use coaching and mentoring as means of helping them develop.

But how do coaching and mentoring differ, and how are organisations using them in practice?

10 qualifications you can go global with

Published: 12/05/2015

In a highly globalised and inter-connected world, progressing in your career and landing that dream job may increasingly require you to relocate to a different city or country.

The question is: do you have the qualifications that will help you stand out from the crowd in the eyes of international recruiters?

How to define project scope

Published: 11/05/2015

Projects vary massively in terms of size, complexity, industry and a number of other factors. Yet there is one key principle that impacts the likelihood of success of any project: the definition of the project scope. Without it, failure will inevitably be around the corner.

The good news is: you can make sure you define scope effectively with these tips from Parallel Project Training.

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8 common 'top-up' careers

Published: 11/05/2015

Whether it's to find an outlet for your creative passions or to earn a little extra cash to spend on your personal interests, many professionals these days choose to "top-up" their primary careers with secondary positions in what are often completely unrelated fields.

Here we reveal some of the common (and a few of the more unexpected) combinations.

Gain an APMP qualification by building on your PRINCE2® skills

Published: 27/03/2015

If you already have a PRINCE2® qualification and practical experience in project management, you may well think this is enough to last you for your whole career.

But the truth is that no project management approach is perfect, and exploring new methodologies can bring you significant benefits. With many overlapping areas, stepping into the APMP arena can thus be a highly rewarding and relatively pain-free process.

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Finding the power in your communication

Published: 10/03/2015

Power gravitates towards those who communicate well. But communication is about more than choosing the right words - it's about appearance, tone of voice, body language and the kind of impression you are ultimately able to make.

The good news is that you can teach yourself to be a better communicator: all you need is a good dose of self-reflection and a few tricks of the trade.