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How to conduct your own skills audit

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been discussing how to draw up a Personal Development Plan that works for you.  From why you need a plan, how you can discover who you are and what you want, how to complete a PEST Analysis and looking at defining your […]

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Defining your Career Objectives

Now that you are clear about your strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities available to you, start thinking about where you want to go. Create a career “mission statement” that sets out your long-term career aspirations.  Break this down into a set of Major Career Goals that will help you […]

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It is time to look at the bigger picture – PEST Analysis

Personal SWOT Analysis looks at the factors within you and close around you that influence your success.  PEST analysis, on the other hand, digs deeper into the “big picture”.  External factors that can either help or hinder your career success.  Using it makes the difference between choosing an exciting career […]

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Discover who you are and what you want

Personal development planning is all about creating a long term goal for your career, and then planning how you’ll get there. Before you can know what it is you want to do in the long term, some serious reflection is in order. What are you good at? What are you […]

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Why A Personal Development Plan?

Here we are at the end of another year.  Are you feeling like you are stuck in a dead-end street?  Does everyone around you seem to be going forward and achieving their dreams while you sit doing the same thing day in and day out?  If so, it is time […]

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Conversation Do’s and Don’ts

Have you ever been in a situation, where you are in a room full of people that you don’t know, and you need to spark up a conversation quickly, but you do not even know where to start. To help you out, we at OPSA have come up with some […]

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Refining Your Professional Presence

First impressions count, especially in business situations where you want to convey a professional image and be remembered as serious.  Fair or not, most of us take about 10 seconds to form an impression of a new acquaintance.  Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure that the immediate impression […]

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Scripting yourself a 30-second introduction

To take the edge off new situations and make the prospect of meeting strangers more comfortable, develop a networking script to introduce yourself.  Think of your script as a 30-second elevator speech.  If you had only half a minute to tell a stranger who you are, what you do for […]

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Networking is a Two-Way Street

In the world of networking, your success as a receiver is directly proportional to your generosity as a giver.  Take a “me, me, me” approach to networking and you will be met with limited success.  Be generous with the information you share, and you will find people equally willing to […]

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Records Storage Systems

Last week we spoke all about File Integrity, confidentiality and security.  This week we look at the different record storage systems. (a)  Subject storage method The subject storage method is widely used in organisations.  Filing by subject requires that each record be read completely to determine the subject which can […]

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