Recruiting outside London? Follow the US Army’s lead

When recruiting for jobs outside London, it pays to watch the US Army

Covering letters are more important than your CV

Make it quick and easy to read as people today are more time-poor than ever

For opportunities’ sake, let us hope the Scots vote to stay

Young Scots should vote to stay in the union

Tips for parents of post-GCSE children

Do not wait until they are eighteen to discuss your children’s career interests

UK parents, plan now for your 16-year old’s career success

The coming months are critical in preparing post-GCSE children for their careers

Tips for a healthy workplace

You could consider working standing up or maybe cycling to and from work

Stand up for yearly check-ups and stay in good health

Prevention is more cost-effective than cure

Control in a cockpit is usually clearer than in a corporation

The person in charge is not always the one behind the impressive-sounding name plate

Board appointments for women show virtues of self-regulation

‘Let’s fight one battle at a time. Let it be the one with greatest advantage from winning’

Mrs Moneypenny Recruitment column

UK leads the way on NED term limits

As Glencore today became the last FTSE 100 company to put a woman on its board, the UK’s more subtle approach is showing its merits

Top tips for hiring a business coach

You are never too good for coaching – it makes good business sense

My coach may have it tougher than Amélie Mauresmo

You need a coach, even if you think you are too old or too good for one

Don’t underestimate girl hurricanes, editors

‘As for a ‘top-down’ style of managing, what else are you expected to do as a boss?’

Helping hand for ousted MEPs is good for democracy

‘I don’t know about you, but I want someone representing me, because who knows what the EU would decide if we had no one doing so?’

Top tips for the Chelsea Flower Show Gala

Apply early and for dinner tickets. They are more expensive but the odds of getting a ticket are better

The power of Chelsea’s flowers lies in their admirers

‘Flowers are good for your career, at least if you aspire to public company boards’

Top tips for getting ahead in the car industry

Start early. Getting your career going at 19 always helps

The shocking truth of Citroën’s new CEO

Is Linda Jackson an anomaly or a trend starter?

Big changes at Barclays need deft handling

As with any change programme, inevitably there will be a lot of personal uncertainty for those involved

Ability, not sexual orientation, is what matters for CEOs

‘Thirty years ago, people worried about others knowing they were Jewish – such concerns are unheard of in the UK today’

Top tips: how to stand out on LinkedIn

Navigate the corners of your career like Lewis Hamilton

Like Formula One, LinkedIn levels the field ... up to a point

The quality of information on LinkedIn varies from person to person, and so do their chances of being tapped for career opportunities

Educating Richard is a job for life

Women at senior levels are A Good Thing. But how to get rid of the unconscious bias that keeps them out?

Farewell print – why I’ve decided to move online

‘Technological change has moved the human race forward, not backward, in terms of what we can achieve’

Scottish independence and the CV problem

‘When it comes to recruiting beyond our national borders, small companies suffer’

Why equal pay still isn’t in the bag

‘It is largely because we don’t ask. We are so grateful for our jobs, and we value flexibility sufficiently highly to give it a monetary value’

How much can you burgle in 11 minutes?

‘I returned from Davos to find our office had been ransacked’

The incredible shrinking pay packet

‘It seems to me that the one thing rising faster than the rate of inflation is the growth in inflation measures’

How to dress for Davos

‘My guidance to other female delegates has always been to pack that staple of every working woman’s wardrobe: the black trouser suit’

Blue skies thinking

‘Why is so much money spent on amazing tarmac strips and airport lighting in places where the population is so small?’

A flight of fancy in the lucky country

‘I feel very lucky, not least because at the age of 51 I have fallen in love again’

A flying start to the New Year

‘I always find the New Year very cathartic; a reminder to reset my objectives for the year, more so than, say, my birthday’

Dear Mr M – my very own sporting hero

‘He keeps me firmly in my place should I try to exert any influence over matters about which I know nothing’

Following in Gertrude’s footsteps

I frequently tell women to get out and build stronger networks to support their careers

Part of the union

‘Far from simply knowing my own show inside out, I had to be ready for anything that was fired at me’

I’m no cook ... get me out of here!

‘When I agreed to do ‘Come Dine with Me’, I had never seen it ... How difficult could it be?’

Shooting pains – and gains

‘I am inconsistent in how I mount and hold my gun, and so I should not be surprised that I am inconsistent in my shooting’

How to ask for help (with bells on)

‘I wonder why it is that I find making a direct charitable appeal so challenging’

One hour that could launch a lifetime

‘Raising aspiration was part of what we were supposed to achieve that day for the girls we met but it raised mine too’

Half-term meltdowns and breakdowns

‘Who invented the two-week half-term? Surely I cannot be the only parent who does not view this as a positive development’

ABOUT MRS MONEYPENNY

Mrs Moneypenny is a former investment banker and has an MBA from the London Business School and a PhD from the University of Hong Kong. She is a visiting professor at Cass, City University Business School, and a trustee of a major educational charity. She is married to a wine merchant who plays a lot of golf, and has three children who she refers to as the Cost Centres.

Mrs M began writing for the Financial Times in 1999 while still based in Tokyo. Subsequently, she returned to the UK and bought into a small but profitable business in the West End of London, where she was the youngest and worst-groomed of four owner-directors. She later led a management buyout and is now the majority owner. She is the author of Mrs Moneypenny: Survival in the City (2003), and Mrs Moneypenny: Email from Tokyo, (2006).

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