Allow me to set the scene for you.
One Friday morning while travelling by train in the rush hour on my way to deliver a job search workshop in south London, a little boy, accompanied by his mother, arrived in my carriage. Instructed to take the only available seat at the aisle he exclaimed, “I wanted to sit at the window!”
I remember thinking, ‘well, we can’t always have what we want’, then what happened next caught my attention (and that of everyone else in the carriage)...
This five year old boy made eye contact with one lady who was occupying his ‘chosen’ window seat and asked boldly, “Could we swap?” His mother winced in embarrassment, I and my fellow passengers smiled in unison and the lady in question willingly accommodated his request. His delight as he admired the views from the window was infectious!
In that moment I recognised three of the best principles for successful job search or career change:
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