Career Development

Keep your career on track with our career development advice. Watch our video on how to ask for a promotion, learn how to create a career development plan and more.

Video: How to ask for a promotion

Asking for a promotionIf you’re craving additional challenge at work or eyeing a recently vacated position in your company, you may also be thinking about the possibility of a promotion. With 7 key strategies identified such as preparing your case and planning your next steps, Neil Owen, Global Practice Director of Robert Half looks at how to ask for a promotion.

How working abroad can boost your finance career

Working abroadOne of the ways finance professionals can stand out from the crowd is by adding international work experience to their CV. Many employers offer the opportunity to transfer to an overseas office - potentially in a global finance hub such as Hong Kong, Singapore, New York or Frankfurt - on a temporary basis.

How long is 'too long' in the same job?

Too long in the same jobIt is increasingly rare for professionals to join an organisation straight out of training and remain with them for their entire career. In years gone by, employees may have looked on their role as 'a job for life', but in the 21st century, the UK has a more mobile and agile workforce.

Do you have what it takes to be a manager?

Managerial aspirationsRather than thinking about how it would feel to be a manager, some people would rather sail along in their career and not be the ones to make decisions, but for those who long to have more control and say in how the company is run, management is the only option.

How to improve your relationship with your boss

Improving relationship with bossKnowing how to communicate effectively is a critical aspect of success in the business world. If you want to improve your relationship with your boss, understanding how they prefer to communicate can provide immediate results. View our career advice video here to improve yours.

Understanding the power of business networking

Business networkingWhether you are a small or medium-sized business owner, an employed professional or a top FTSE executive, the power of networking cannot be underestimated. Networking can open your eyes to opportunities you may not have been aware of, or necessarily had the confidence to consider.

9 common networking mistakes to avoid

Networking mistakesWorking a room can uncover hidden job opportunities at the executive level, as long as professionals avoid some common networking errors. Networking mistakes are easy to make, especially for those who are out of practice. Here are 9 common networking mistakes and tips to avoid them.

What skills do aspiring managers need?

Manager skillsSo if a person is looking to move from one to the other, what skills do they need? Companies will have different layers of management, with some people looking after day-to-day 'shop floor' matters and others dealing with issues further up the company ladder.

Developing your own continual learning plan

Continual learningIf you are an ambitious professional, the chances are you have a clear idea about where you want to go in life and what you want to achieve in your career. But the big question is this - how will you go about achieving your goals? In order to keep moving forwards, and to progress at the desired rate, employees need to take responsibility for their own professional development.

Career progression routes in financial services

Financial Services careerIndividuals entering the financial services sector have a wide range of options to choose from, and various potential career paths to follow. Some choose to join retail banks or building societies, dealing with the supply of money, loans, mortgages, pensions, insurance and other products to consumers and businesses.

Accounting skills in demand

Accounting skillsAccounting skills are almost always in relatively strong demand, such is the nature of the profession. During economic downturns, organisations often turn to accountants to help steer them through the tough financial climate. And when the outlook is more positive, enabling firms to focus on growth, employers recognise the value they can add to the strategic planning process.

How to become a high performing employee

High performing staffAre you a high-performing employee? Do you receive praise for your work in team meetings? Do your colleagues call upon you for advice because you’re known as the expert in your field? Estelle James, Director at Robert Half, gives advice on how to become a high performing employee in our video here.