All Careers Advice

  • In the post-pandemic world, recruiters have the opportunity to take a fresh look at how they view their interim candidates – and in particular how they support and care for them. Gemma Stevenson-Coupe outlines how Solace have approached this issue
  • Penna is proud to be long-term sponsors of the Senior Leadership Team category as part of The MJ’s annual Achievement Awards. Although the 2021 winner won’t be revealed until 17 September, Julie Towers reflects on the impressive calibre of senior leadership demonstrated by this year’s finalists
  • As the country attempts to recover from the impact of COVID, ‘place’ is currently being prioritised ahead of other corporate directorates and directives. And as Kate Wilson reveals, those with good local leadership and the best talent will emerge in the best position to cope with the economic fal...
  • Frazer Thouard looks at how recruiting the right candidates is set to become more challenging than ever – so anticipating what the market wants is going to be vital to future success
  • Rebecca Davis discusses the results of research into diversity within our organisations, and finds that the benefits can be significant if we hold the mirror up to ourselves and commit to long-term change
  • Are you having trouble hiring specialists and managers? You’re not alone. Jon Dilling and Gemma Matin of Penna recently hosted a webinar to discuss and share learning around tackling hard to fill roles. Its clear many organisations are experiencing challenges with recruitment – but as the webinar...
  • The ‘death of Dolly’? Jason Wheatley explains why it’s important organisations re-imagine their places of work to meet the changing requirements of a post-pandemic world
  • Has virtual working blurred the line between our personal and professional ‘self’? Nicola Chiverton asks the question as the workforce emerges from a post-pandemic world
  • Actions speak louder than words, says Anj Popat, and while having an inclusive recruitment process may help attract a more diverse workforce, without the right culture it does not guarantee retaining that talent
  • The development of the future leaders within councils, be that in children’s services or elsewhere, must start now, says Philip Emms.
  • Jes Ladva gives his assessment on the key leadership skills developing in local government for a bright post-pandemic future
  • The world of work has changed irreversibly since COVID, says Neil Lupin, and from leadership level onwards it is time to embrace the physical and emotional benefits of workplace transformation
  • Steve Guest says creating and maintaining COVID-safe and sustainable working environments is just the first step – and ‘workspace’ thinking is the way forwards – as we return from the pandemic
  • Toni Hall looks at the importance of looking after your mental health as an interim, and provides some tips for those needing support
  • Charlotte Croffie looks at how leadership roles have adapted since the start of the pandemic
  • Penny Ransley looks at why modern boards are increasingly turning to local government
  • Dino Christodoulou looks at the decisions organisations need to make to attract the best talent, and asks if a cross-sector approach will ensure a wider pool to choose from.
  • Josh Bembridge asks if, post-pandemic, the landscape has changed for future delivery of services across local government?
  • Agile working and remote delivery can offer a unique chance for organisations to achieve success in this post-pandemic world, including the ability to attract the best interim talent around. Stephen Hoban explains.
  • Dawar Hashmi discusses the importance of coaching, regardless of what level you work at, and how it is now time to collectively implement elements of coaching into your organisation’s daily routine.