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Ask a recruiter: I’ve worked in construction for 10 years and would like to move to the Middle East. What should I emphasize in applying for jobs there?

I’ve worked in construction for 10 years and would like to move to the Middle East. What should I emphasize in applying for jobs there?   The construction market in the Middle East is one of the busiest in the world, however recent economic conditions have impacted this, which anyone looking to relocate should be aware of. Primarily in response to weakening oil prices, organisations were...

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CPD Stars: Mary Ogungbeje CMIOSH

IOSH’s research and development co-ordinator Mary Ogungbeje CMIOSH explains how a two-week work placement with London Fire Brigade benefited her professional development. One of my objectives for this year was to do a work placement to “develop an understanding for the practical application and challenges of delivering OSH within a workplace”. This really got me excited because, as ...

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Leadership insight: Dr Sayeed Khan, chief medical adviser, EEF

Leadership insight: Dr Sayeed Khan, chief medical adviser, EEF Dr Sayeed Khan says that good leaders are made through a combination of nature and nurture. “Your experiential knowledge is a stronger element than I ever thought was the case,” he says. “Because I’ve realised how many mistakes I’ve made and learned from them.” He explains that younger people promoted to senior positions h...

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Leadership Insight: Bill Gunnyeon, chair of trustees, IOSH

Leadership insight: Bill Gunnyeon, chair of trustees, IOSH Bill Gunnyeon has spent most of his career in senior management posts and says that setting a clear direction is critical. “Far too often people don’t know where the organisation is going. If you are going to lead people up a hill and you have a choice of three hills, then it’s fine to have a discussion about which hill with peop...

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Leadership Insight: Cormac Gilligan, vice president at PepsiCo

Leadership insight: Cormac Gilligan, vice president at PepsiCo Cormac Gilligan admits that one of the most important qualities he’s had to develop to be an effective leader is his “soft skills”. “I find building networks great, connecting with people is a strength to me. And on the flip side of that coin it’s when those networks are not working.” Collaboration is vital, he adds. Not o...

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CPD Stars: Ensuring CPD is up-to-date is a simple but vital task which brings huge rewards

James Bourne GradIOSH, health and safety manager at Green Frog Power, says ensuring his CPD is up-to-date is a simple but vital task which brings huge rewards for himself and his organisation.   The new postcards that IOSH introduced last year to help members with logging their CPD have been a great help for me. They really help you to focus your mind on the important things and avoid wr...

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Ask A Recruiter: I suffer badly from interview nerves. Is there anything I can do to reduce them?

First and foremost, we all suffer from interview nerves, there is nothing wrong with this. It demonstrates that you are passionate about the role you’re going for and care about the outcome of the interview. It’s wise, however, not to let these nerves get the better of you. We all have our own pre-interview rituals, but there are a few ways you can maximise your chances of success and keep tho...

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Ask a Recruiter: “I’ve been working in an OSH role in the UK for 10 years and am considering a move to New Zealand. Could you advise on what I need to do?”

“I’ve been working in an OSH role in the UK for 10 years and am considering a move to New Zealand. Could you advise on what I need to do?”   Firstly, it’s important to determine if you are relocating for the right reasons. International mobility often provides a fantastic opportunity to broaden your experience both professionally and personally. Ask yourself, what are you hoping to gain ...

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Leadership insight: Emily Ramsay, head of safety, health and environment at the Forestry Commission

Leadership insight: Emily Ramsay, head of safety, health and environment at the Forestry Commission   Emily Ramsay believes that a willingness to question others is an important trait in a safety leader. The need to show strength as a woman in a predominantly male sector means she has been slower to accept challenges. “If you are used to standing up for yourself a lot of the time, you...

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Leadership insight: Clive Johnson, group head of health and safety at Land Securities

Johnson has a small team of direct reports and very definite ideas about how to manage them. He has no time for micromanagement, he says, but believes in trusting his staff and sees his role as creating the environment for them to thrive. “I ask them ‘what can I do to help you do your job better?’ It’s crucial a leader asks that.” His interest in his direct reports’ work-life balance ext...

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