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How To Become The Creative Director

How To Become The Creative Director

Behold: The role of Creative Director – the pinnacle of a creative’s career, creative reign, six figures.


For most who’ve worked their way up, they’re finally in their natural habitat. But it won’t be a walk in the park. Here’s what your life could look like on a daily with the honour of those two chronological little letters: CD


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Plain Sailing

Plain Sailing

To many, the thought of the deep blue, leaves them feeling all at sea. For others, it’s a breath of fresh air and a welcome escape from busy city life. Calm waters, competitive regattas or just messing about on boats … (who doesn’t remember Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham?) … Here’s how: freeing the physical self, could also be your antidote to a busy mind and life…


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A Day At The Pictures - Time Management

A Day At The Pictures - Time Management

Speaking at the Designers Fiesta in September, were a number of experienced presenters, each of them using their unique brand of expertise to give the droves of millennials some guidance when shaping their own professional virtues. Upstairs in Hackney Picture House’s loft was a smaller stage; there the very fundamentals of what makes an office or individual tick were unpicked, with fresh takes on how to run a team or simply manage yourself efficiently.


Paul Sampson, who came to represent something of a business guru to me by the end of the day, spoke about time management. Being the master of time instead of a servant of time is important, he says. Set aside time instead of letting deadlines dictate what you’re working on was the core message of the talk. Managing time is essentially just managing yourself, anyway.


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High Flyer: Plane Tips For Travel

High Flyer: Plane Tips For Travel

Travelling the world is a dream for some, a reality for others and a bit of both for many. The ubiquitous question of how to travel resonates with us all. Today we’re talking globetrotting a-la-aviation and how best to avoid tailspin thirty thousand feet up. Whether you’re flying for work or leisure you want to get it right. Mastering the frequent flyer attitude needn’t be tricky.


My most basic advice for plane travel is: Comfort with a capital ‘C’. I would always fly with a reputable airline even if you’re in the cheap seats. 24 hours in, your self will thank yourself. I used to dread the long haul until a friend once said: I like the long haul, I can catch up on movies and not feel bad about relaxing for hours on end! This really made me think: why was I so averse to it?


Short haul or long, I’m taking you through my personal sky-high checklist, keeping you comfy in transit until you’re back on terra firma. There’s no need to feel scrambled, fasten your seat belt, sit back and relax…


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Top 5 Jobs For Travel Without A Degree

Top 5 Jobs For Travel Without A Degree

According to research conducted by YouGov, only 8% of British people have never been abroad. Furthermore, the data collected also found that 55% thought that travel was necessary for a more worldly perspective and 57% of us would consider moving to a foreign country.


Most people consider holidays as the bog-standard excuse to go and sun yourself, not really considering that the divide between work and travel needn’t be so firmly drawn. So, why not travel while you work? Here are the jobs where travel isn’t just a perk; it’s pretty much a necessity.


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A Day At The Pictures: Dealing with Difficult Customers

A Day At The Pictures: Dealing with Difficult Customers

A month back there was yet another mini-migration of young professionals to one of the many dynamic spaces around London. Calling on East London was the turn of Hackney Picturehouse, with the cinema screens that would ordinarily be showing a range of blockbusters and arthouse films, utilised to give chosen speakers the platform to demonstrate Photoshop, Illustrator and any of the software that has since become the designer’s bread and butter in the modern age.


Whilst the larger screens were employed as designer’s playgrounds; those orchestrating the day opted to make use of the smaller screens to give a voice to a sparse few senior executives, who then gave talks on the everyday trials of running and working for a business. One of these talks was on the title of this piece.


Paul Sampson, a former manager at P&O Cruises who now runs several businesses in Camberley, Basingstoke, and Golders Green, has had his fair share of difficult customers, he tells us with a small smile. At first, I wondered whether I would be told anything I didn’t already know but for a subject, so universally understood, his take on it was surprisingly lucid and practical.


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An Image of Professionalism, IS Professionalism

An Image of Professionalism, IS Professionalism

It’s a common belief that it’s who you are on the inside that counts. Let’s discuss that.


Being good at a job does not mean that you are a professional. You may be an exemplary worker with skills everyone else in the workplace will never have, but it’s not likely that this will stand you in good stead with your boss if you continue to act barbed or indifferent. Your immaturity in the workplace can cripple your ambitions and can cancel out any amazing work you might be doing. Being professional isn’t being good at your job, it’s having the correct attitude towards your job. Professionalism is a behavioral trait and one that is eternally useful as a working man/woman.


The way you are perceived by others is the way you are to the outside world. It doesn’t matter if you think you are a courteous and decent human being, because if nobody can see that, then as far as the rest of the world is concerned, that is not what you are. As important as competence concerning your profession is, you still have to behave in a way that convinces people you are competent.


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Under The Cover of Darkness: A Guide to Learning by Night

Under The Cover of Darkness: A Guide to Learning by Night

With autumn well under way, kids up and down the country have adjusted themselves to new classrooms, teachers and friends. Half term is here! It’s a time for new beginnings and a fresh pair of eyes. However, just because we automatically associate the months of fall with new starts for school kids doesn’t mean they should have all the fun!


When I mention adult education courses, a lot of people shudder. For some, swapping an office for a classroom just feels like a step backward. Furthermore, who has time, when you’re working nine-to-five, trying to make progress in your career to go and learn? At a glance, adult education courses may be dismissed as a frivolous luxury that only those with too much time on their hands are able to do.


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Swim! Replenish Yourself

Swim! Replenish Yourself

The age-old division of ‘work and ‘play’ is the separation of labour and leisure. People consider their downtime to be sacred and also as an equal counterweight to the time they dedicate to working. This delicate balance, if left neglected, can impact your performance at work so it really is in everyone’s best interests that you make the most out of your time outside of work.



So, swimming; that’s the case you’re going to hear over the next few paragraphs. It is from personal experience that I can tell you that you can reach the zenith of your Zen by a good few lengths in your local pool.



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Confidence Over Arrogance: Bag The Job You Want.

Confidence Over Arrogance: Bag The Job You Want.

There is a subtle equilibrium you can, and definitely should, harness if you are preparing for a job interview. The idea is to project confidence whilst concurrently reining it in. Like a controlled blast of dynamite, you have your purpose but you don’t want to go overboard, causing unnecessary collateral damage to your career prospects. There has to be a proverbial line in the sand that you do not cross between your confidence and your potential arrogance. There are subtle differences and it can sometimes be difficult to tell what constitutes arrogance especially when playing it by ear in a job interview.


The essence of a job interview is to sell oneself to whoever is sat in front of you. You need to lay bare your talents whilst also making it crystal clear that you still have a lot to learn. If you think of the relationship between employer and employee then you essentially need to figure out what you both offer one another. They advertised the job. This means it’s more than likely you have the required capabilities to serve a function to the organisation. Make them apparent.


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How The Workplace Is Evolving Mentally. A New Space For A New Generation?

How The Workplace Is Evolving Mentally. A New Space For A New Generation?

Much has been made of the current cohort of millennials. They have caused inter-generational friction just as every generation before them has. Their own unique brand of problems with the modern world plastered over every nook and cranny of social and print media.


On the 16th July this year, Google’s Hackney/Islington-border-straddling campus hosted hundreds of young people invited from various start-ups dotted around London. This mini-exodus is something not uncommon in 2017, drawing the under 30s like an electromagnet by their sanctified buzz-phrase- mental health.


It’s easy to laugh at the current version of young people in the UK: the snowflakes and their safe spaces. However, we learn much more from engaging with them rather than dismissing them. I would say that, though, I am one.


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Privacy and Cookie Policy Changed

Privacy and Cookie Policy Changed

Your data privacy and security are important to us. Therefore, we have updated our privacy policy to make it even more transparent.


Our privacy policy updates will give you more clarity and control over how we collect and use your personal data.



Here are the main changes: 



  • A clearer, simpler privacy policy. That means less legal-speak and a clearer explanation of what data we collect, how we use it and the rights and tools that are available to you.

  • We have also created a clear and straight forward page that tells you exactly how we use your data (How We Use Your Data).


Please find the new policies here:



We hope you'll find these updates improve your customer experience and reinforce our commitment to your data privacy and security.

Parent Or Professional? What The Numbers Say…

Parent Or Professional? What The Numbers Say…

The number of children living in workless households continues to fall. As of 2017, 58.7% of children live in working households, 30.6% live in mixed households, and 10.6% live in workless households. The 2015 equivalent of this data is 55.7%, 32.1% and 12.2% respectively.


The natural reaction would be to interpret this data positively. During a two year period there has been a significant rise in the number of parents that are working whilst also having children. Despite this the number of children living in mixed households continues to fluctuate.


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A Day At The Pictures: Time Management

A Day At The Pictures: Time Management

Speaking at the Designers Fiesta in September, were a number of experienced presenters, each of them using their unique brand of expertise to give the droves of millennials some guidance when shaping their own professional virtues. Upstairs in Hackney Picture House’s loft was a smaller stage; there the very fundamentals of what makes an office or individual tick were unpicked, with fresh takes on how to run a team or simply manage yourself efficiently.


Paul Sampson, who came to represent something of a business guru to me by the end of the day, spoke about time management. Being the master of time instead of a servant of time is important, he says. Set aside time instead of letting deadlines dictate what you’re working on was the core message of the talk. Managing time is essentially just managing yourself, anyway. 


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British Banking to Backward Bends

British Banking to Backward Bends

Do you want to leave the boardroom behind and start your own business?


For some, the corporate world offers a dream job, for others being the captain of the ship is key. Michelle Chan explains how she took the leap of faith, turning her back on an established career as a chartered accountant.


Waking up at lunchtime and following her dreams has revolutionised her life.


If the words: 'I don’t even have a CV anymore!' Excite you, read on…


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Robots Make The World Go Round

Robots Make The World Go Round

The future is here! After decades of speculation, reels of science fiction media and the odd eureka moment, it seems that we are finally on the cusp of the age of robotics…sort of.


The great wheel of progress seems to be in full spin as we reach the tail end of 2017, with reports of a spike in robot production being recorded. People throughout the 20th century wondered what the dawn of the millennium would bring and whilst there are no flying cars and summer holidays to Neptune just yet, we do have something of a breaking story in the march to find man’s successor in the workplace.


According to a study conducted by YouGov in correspondence with The Royal Society for Arts, at least 15% of the current workforce in the private sector alone will become robotic. Automated synthetic drones will become the new face of the British workforce, slowly but surely.


The jobs most likely to be affected by the alteration to more artificial labour are those within the industries of finance, accounting, transport, media and distribution of media. The last of those has already seen significant change particularly in Switzerland where robots have replaced a fair few local posties in the city of Zurich. With mail delivery seemingly becoming an obsolete profession for human beings, is it time we handed the baton over to our cybernetic associates?


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National Work & Travel

National Work & Travel

We interviewed one of our directors about International (Work &) Travel and now we’re interviewing a project lead in finance who travels nationally over a hundred miles on a weekly basis for work. This article could be speedier than the Birmingham to London express, blink and you’ll miss these fast-paced answers. If you’re situated outside of a city and want to commute, read on for his insight on all things national and travel.


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International (Work &) Travel

International (Work &) Travel

With the topic of travel, in general, bouncing around our offices at the moment at The Job Auction, we threw some paper airplanes with questions on in the general direction of one of our directors and here are some thoughts they had to share.


Are you interested in International Travel or International Work & Travel? If so: Look no further… It’s a meaty response, you’re in for the long haul!


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Career Crossroads - Doing What You Love Versus Doing What You’re Good At

Career Crossroads - Doing What You Love Versus Doing What You’re Good At

Having to adjust the lens once in a while is a good habit to get into. The truth is that all of us have to prioritise and make sacrifices to live the life we want. There is no magic wand that is going to allow you to have everything, all at once. Some spring cleaning wouldn’t go a miss when it comes to the clutter that is your life. So, lets get to work on how to decide what to keep and what to throw away…


As we know, talents come in all shapes and sizes. This means that there will be variation on how much your talent is likely to make you, if you chose to pursue it professionally. A recent study conducted by online platform doolid.com put it to the general public that the top three industries that were the toughest to get into were art, fashion and film. This may seem, instinctively, like bad news for creatives but do not be disheartened just yet.If you have a surplus of natural talent or you simply have a knack for the aforementioned big three then don’t just give up. It may be tough at first but if it’s really what you want to do, let nothing stand in your way. The magic combination here is being passionate and being able, if you have those two things, letting anything deter you would be ludicrously counterproductive.


If you have a surplus of natural talent or you simply have a knack for the aforementioned big three then don’t just give up. It may be tough at first but if it’s really what you want to do, let nothing stand in your way. The magic combination here is being passionate and being able, if you have those two things, letting anything deter you would be ludicrously counterproductive.


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Blog - Ladies, Dress To Impress For An Interview

Blog - Ladies, Dress To Impress For An Interview

Interviews are seriously nerve-wracking, and in my experience the more you want the job, the more nervous you’ll feel. There are so many things to worry about; what if they ask you a question you haven’t prepared for, what if the boss is horribly rude and awkward, what if you need the toilet halfway through… what if they hate your outfit?! A study by Frank Bernieri (Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University) shows that in the first 10 seconds of meeting your interviewer, they’ve already made a judgment based on your appearance. That’s some pressure for a good outfit!


I advise you walk in there feeling as confident and prepared as you can, and the best way to get a head-start on that is by dressing to impress. Now, don’t get ahead of yourself and reach for that sexy black bodycon dress just yet – it’s important to stick to a couple of guidelines…


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Blog - Gents, Fifty Shades Of Grey

Blog - Gents, Fifty Shades Of Grey

Business-wear is the face of the city of London. Below the canopy of the iconic towers and structures that comprise London’s skyline, the city’s inhabitants work and play. To match the lustrous black windowpanes and the sleek chrome and steel staircases, there needs to be a calibre of worker that projects an image of success. An image of professionalism.


If ever you find yourself trundling along the DLR past Heron Quays or Canary Wharf, take a moment to really breathe in the surrounding area. This compact, little piece of land is home to some of London’s most majestic buildings. No lime greens or searing crimsons here, the palette here is modest, conservative and muted. So, with this in mind, when picking out your outfits for the week- keep it fairly low key. The shades of grey available to you are endless. Don’t think of it as dull and unimaginative; make it your opportunity to appreciate the nuance of colour. From a light blue-grey all the way to a bold and deep ash, grey is a versatile colour and can be experimented with, within the bounds of taste. It’s a colour that connotes a serious, professional attitude whilst also signifying reliability and familiarity. Make of it what you will.


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Blog - Top Jobs for Introverts

Blog - Top Jobs for Introverts

No human being is the same as another; it’s a fact of life. We all have our individual preferences and whether we feel stimulated or drained from being around other people is down to a pantheon of environmental and genetic factors that we’re not going to go into because we don’t have time!


If you’re the latter and don’t feel energized by social situations, then we have some job ideas that you may be interested in.


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Blog - The Work Jacket That Works

Blog - The Work Jacket That Works

Spring officially sprung a while ago now but with rainy showers creeping in around The Smoke & autumn not too far off, we’re digging out those custom jackets with all of the delights of spring/summer that we saw earlier in the year on the catwalk, in a bid to keep semi-warm & more importantly, dry…


Here in London one thing is guaranteed: rain. So how do we get to the office looking on trend while keeping those light rain showers at bay? Hot to trot little jackets cracks it. You wont overheat on the tube and you’ll look stylish nipping across the city.


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Want to Work for a World Bank?

Want to Work for a World Bank?

We’re interviewing a Wall Street wonder woman working for a global custodian bank. In a sector worth over 700 billion dollars, the banking world is known for taking no prisoners. Hear how one lady dropped out of college and went on to become everything that she set out to be. Proof that go-getters really can go and get just what they want.


As she explains: When I was 10 or 11 years old, did I think I would end up in finance for the rest of my life? Probably not but from the moment I stepped into that world aged 17, I felt completely comfortable and I knew, this is me.


Inspired? Here’s her advice for those wanting to follow in her footsteps…


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New Year, New Job: Career-Based Personality Test

New Year, New Job: Career-Based Personality Test

It’s only natural that at some point in your life you are going to wonder where you are and more importantly where you are going. As we approach Christmas, work may be powering down but heading into 2018, what are we gearing up for? For many, thoughts of: Who am I? and What am I good at? Will be an all too familiar niggle. We know that to do our best work, we need to be our true selves and really enjoy what we do.


It’s easy for some of us. We have clear ideas about who we are and what we want to achieve in life. Some of us have very obvious talents and that makes it very obvious what we should be doing. However, not all of us can see as clearly as we would like. Our paths aren’t clearly defined for us. This can be because we do not understand our own characteristics and our own attributes and virtues properly.



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Extreme Health Resorts: How the Wealthy Wind Down

Extreme Health Resorts: How the Wealthy Wind Down

The spa break is evolving. Facemasks and bubble baths at Champneys no longer cut it if one is to keep up with curve, I am told. A new trend in the luxury travel industry in order to cater for the needs of a new generation of elites has announced itself. There is no room for relaxation at these nu-wellness boot camps. The road to replenishment is rough, and those who seek physical, mental and spiritual enlightenment better be prepared to put in the work. Ah, who wants to have a nice time on holiday anyway?


A recent article published in Travel, an offshoot magazine as part of the publication City A.M documented the various activities available to you if you want to get well at one of their camps. Just a glance and you see phrases like ‘colon massage’ ‘coffee enema’ and ‘self-imposed starvation’. Yep, as I said, these ‘treatments’ are seriously not for the faint-hearted. Now we ask with the utmost respect, that burning age-old question, what is the point?


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Newsflash: Sectors Seeing Growth

Newsflash: Sectors Seeing Growth

According to data from the office of national statistics, from December 2016 and May 2017, the number of people in work increased significantly. With 112, 000 people no longer unemployed or incapable of seeking work or categorically not seeking work and the rate of unemployment decreasing at a steady rate, we cast our minds to the question- which sectors are responsible for the growth in the jobs market?


According to an article published by the Telegraph from May 2017- the industry that has experienced the most growth over the past year has been real estate. Unsurprisingly, engineering and construction is in second. This is unsurprising because the link between construction and housing should be clear. Two industries that benefit one another and are intrinsically linked; one could almost say that they are totally reliant on one another to prosper at times.



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