Tag: Career development

  1. Dive in to a Board role!




    Adrian Moorhouse and Sue Anstiss, board members of Leisure Focus.


    Former Olympic swimmer Adrian Moorhouse is just one of the growing number of people who are offering to share skills and experience on a Board in order to help a local organisation.

    Adrian joined the Board of Leisure Focus – a not-for-profit charitable body that promotes sports in local communities across Berkshire – last year. As a former high profile athlete he’s an ideal candidate to endorse and encourage healthier lifestyles, but Board positions are open to anyone, regardless of skills and qualifications. And as well as giving something back to your local community, volunteering as a Board member often delivers a host of personal and professional benefits as well.

    Adrian says acting as a Trustee is a wonderful opportunity to champion a cause you feel passionate about:

    “I have lived in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for over 25 years and have a huge affection for the area. As I am passionate about the support and facilities for health and wellbeing being available to everyone in our community, it made perfect sense to join the Board of Leisure Focus. It’s great to work alongside like-minded people on the Board who really care about the Borough and I am proud to champion and be an advocate for all things Leisure Focus. The role of Trustee has challenged me in that my experience is not specifically from this sector so I am learning and developing new skills. Joining the Board has definitely been a worthwhile and rewarding experience.”

    One of Adrian’s colleagues on the Board, Sue Anstiss, is also well known in the sports and fitness sector. As a tireless campaigner for women’s sport, Sue was a founding Trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust charity. She says getting involved as a Trustee with Leisure Focus was a way to give something back to her local community:

    “I believe passionately about the importance of sport and physical activity for all ages. Having enjoyed the extensive facilities and services across the Borough over the past 30 years – both myself and for my three daughters – I wanted to give back in some way. Helping people maintain their mental and physical health has never been more important and I hope my involvement on the Board can play a part in ensuring our facilities are available for all.”

    Sue urges anyone who is considering volunteering with a Board to go for it:

    “You’ll get back as much as you put in. Come to the role with enthusiasm and be willing to share your expertise and experience. It’s incredibly rewarding to support the fantastic team on the ground at Leisure Focus and it’s a pleasure to watch and support the incredible work they are doing during this challenging time. We’re a small, proactive Board and I really feel as if we are able to have an impact.”

    Become a Trustee

    We are working with Leisure Focus to recruit a new Trustee to join the Board. For more information please download a Recruitment Pack. For an informal chat about the role please contact Phil Foster on philipfoster@oceanedge.biz or call 023 8000 1153.

  2. Feeling stressed?

    Its mental health awareness week, and there’s probably no one on the planet who hasn’t felt stressed at some point in recent weeks. No one knows what the future may hold and that means many people are feeling under huge strain at the moment.

    Financial pressures and concerns about job security are causing many to feel worried and anxious. Yet, despite the lockdown and the resulting uncertainty we’re all feeling, now may be a good time to consider your future career options. You’ve got time on your hands to research the market, hone your CV and take stock of where you want to go and what you want to achieve. Organisations are still hiring even during the lockdown so try and see this time as an opportunity rather than a reason to get stressed.

    Changing your mindset will help to change your stress levels too and hopefully result in an improvement to your general mental health.

    We have outlined some ideas and recruitment advice below that we hope will be useful in the current situation and will help you to turn your worries into positive actions.

    Consider your transferable skills – Many of the organisations we work with are looking for people who can hit the ground running at this time. If you’re looking to move departments or even careers, think about how your workplace skills and experiences can easily transfer to other areas.

    Hone your CV – there’s a lot of people looking to move or find a new job at the moment so that means every advert receives more than the usual number of applicants. Make your CV stand out from the rest with our advice articles on creating an outstanding CV.

    Use the time to learn – if you want to plug any skills gaps in your CV now is the perfect opportunity to undertake online training and research. Keep an eye on the industry and keep your eyes open for new opportunities, sign up to our jobs alert and receive all our latest roles straight to your inbox.

    Struggling to cope with home working? – read our useful guide on how to get the best from your home working experience.

    Don’t be afraid to move to the next level – the lockdown isn’t an excuse to stay in a job that isn’t fulfilling or enjoyable. We are still actively recruiting for clients at this time, so if you’re considering a move talk to us and see how we can help move your career to the next level.

    Choose to be positive – don’t dwell on the negatives, even if it feels like nothing is going your way. Take time to think about the positives in your personal and professional life. Consider your achievements and think about how your skills, experiences and personal attributes could be of value to a potential employer and could help secure your next promotion.

  3. How to handle negative feedback at work

    Employee receiving negative feedback at workTaking feedback is an important ingredient for developing your career and improving your performance. An outside view, whether it is sought or offered, should always be welcomed. However, receiving negative feedback at work is inevitably uncomfortable.

    Whether you are in a one-to-one with your line manager, are asking colleagues for their thoughts or you have applied for a new post and been turned down, here’s some tips for handling negative feedback at work:


    While negative feedback is always difficult to hear, listen to the other person’s point of view. They may not deliver it in the most sensitive way and you could disagree with everything that is said. But listen for fact-based feedback and use these as learning points.

    Take your time

    It’s not essential to respond to negative feedback immediately. It might be to your advantage to take a step back before reacting to what you have been told. It’s possible to say something you regret in the heat of the moment. Reflecting on the discussion and writing your thoughts down is a good tactic for moving things forward positively.

    Don’t take it personally

    It’s human nature to take any kind of negative comment as a personal attack. Try to absorb the information you have been given in a non-emotional way. Feedback should be viewed as a catalyst for changes that will be good for your career and the business.

    Ask questions

    If you need more information to understand the feedback you have received, then ask for it. This could be at the time or later, once you have been able to reflect. It’s better to fully understand negative feedback in order to put in place your next steps.

    Be grateful

    Giving negative feedback can be just as uncomfortable as receiving it. In order to maintain a good working relationship with the person giving you feedback, thank them for sharing their thoughts. This will help to defuse any negativity around your discussion and enable you to both move forward.

    At Ocean Edge our mission is to help people take the next exciting step in their career. This may involve working with them to act on feedback and identify opportunities that play to their strengths.

    If you are looking for new opportunities in the affordable housing sector then speak to us about our services for candidates. Alternatively, you can talk to our teams in London and Southampton by calling 023 8000 1153 or emailing info@oceanedge.biz.

  4. 3 things you must do when you negotiate your salary

    Business people negotiating a contract in officeMany people find discussing money difficult. But when it comes to your wage, this is no time to skirt around the issue. Whether you feel your current pay packet doesn’t reflect your worth or you are about to start a new position, it’s important to negotiate your salary.

    Why negotiate your pay

    The first thing to appreciate is that negotiating your salary is not about being greedy. The money you take home at the end of the month should be fair compensation for your efforts, skills and overall contribution to your employer’s organisation.

    If you don’t think your current salary or the offer on the table reflects this, then you are right to ask for more.

    A salary isn’t just about your bank balance. Think about it holistically. You can negotiate other benefits like flexible working, health care, child care and career development through training and qualifications. It all goes into the mix.

    Here are the things you must do to negotiate your salary, so you get the reward you deserve:

    Do your research

    If you feel your pay doesn’t add up to your worth then start researching what people in similar roles earn. Factor in your experience and unique skills. Also be aware that a job a city will command a significantly higher salary than in a rural town where cost of living is lower.

    Make the case

    Go to your boss or prospective employer with a carefully planned case about why you are worth more. Having a figure in mind, reasons why you deserve a raise and what you will continue to do to earn it will put you in a good position to negotiate your salary with confidence.

    Be prepared to compromise

    Budgets are tight – always – so you may need to be flexible about what salary increase will meet your expectations. There may be other benefits that you can negotiate to get the best deal possible.

    Importantly, don’t be put off by initial resistance to your request. Be firm about the things that matter most to you but expect some compromise may be necessary.

    New opportunities

    If negotiating your salary hasn’t resulted in the outcome you want then maybe it’s time to look for new opportunities. Ocean Edge has 20 years’ experience helping candidates find the perfect job in the affordable housing sector.

    Take a look at our services for candidates or read more of our blog posts for anyone looking to progress their career. Alternatively, you can speak to our teams in London and Southampton by calling 023 8000 1153 or emailing info@oceanedge.biz.

  5. Why is CPD important for your career?

    Audience listening to a speaker at a conferenceQualifying for your profession is a task that can take years of study, training and practical work experience. So it’s an amazing feeling when you are finally ready to start your job. However, if you want your career to progress in leaps and bounds then Continual Professional Development is a must.

    The good news is that CPD can take many forms – it doesn’t just have to be a formal training course. You could attend a conference, read recent research, or tune into a podcast about the latest developments in your industry.

    Furthermore, if you join a professional body, like the Chartered Institute of Housing, they will have a CPD scheme with resources and suggested activities to support their members.

    But why do it? Here’s why CPD is important if you want to boost your career:

    It’s the edge in interviews

    When you put yourself forward for a new job, being able to demonstrate you are committed to Continual Professional Development will impress employers.

    It proves that you are interested in your industry, are up-to-date with your professional skills, and can hit the ground running. This could give you the edge over other candidates who have let their CPD slide.

    Make a better contribution

    Keeping up to date with best practice and the latest developments in your profession means you are better equipped to do a great job.

    You’ll be able to use the new skills and knowledge you gain from CPD to make a more meaningful contribution to your team. Not only will this leave you feeling more satisfied in the workplace, it could also lead to greater responsibility and prove you have the potential for promotion.

    Stay current in your industry

    Using CPD to stay on top of new practices and news within your profession will enable you to respond swiftly to outside influences that may impact your business. This will be valuable to your employer, making you a key asset within their team.

    Looking for your next opportunity?

    Of course, the question ‘why is CPD important?’ is a significant one for anyone looking for new career opportunities. Ocean Edge has nearly 20 years’ experience helping candidates find the perfect job and guiding them on the things they can do to make themselves stand out from the crowd.

    Take a look at our services for candidates or read more of our blog posts for anyone looking to progress their career. Alternatively, you can speak to our teams in London and Southampton by calling 023 8000 1153 or emailing info@oceanedge.biz.