where’s the design stuff gone?

Market forces. I haven’t done any commercial design work for about eighteen months – it’s all been business writing and teaching. I thought I’d make the transition official so I’ve updated the website accordingly.

Nevertheless, if you’d like to look at my old design portfolio you can find it here.

ghost blogging

A selection of blog posts written for SES Recruitment between November 2015 and July 2016. SES gave me the themes they wanted to address each month and left me to write the content using their existing tone of voice…

How to improve your networking

10 tips for communicating within a business

5 ways to boost office morale during the winter

The dos and don’ts of office Christmas parties

Common hiring mistakes

10 New Year’s resolutions for businesses

10 tips for writing job and character references

A brief guide to LinkedIn

10 tips for running an effective interview

Experience vs Personality

Agency vs Consultancy

The pros and cons of hiring school leavers

Guide to hiring graduates

The real costs of hiring the wrong person

10 ways to invest in your employees

another q&a for faber & faber

I took part in a few more live chats recently for students on Faber & Faber’s online writing courses. Just like the chats in November, The Professional Writing Academy very kindly tidied up my answers and put them together into a blog post.

falmouth rowdy dickhead night bingo

Thursday night in Falmouth is Rowdy Dickhead Night. I don’t know why it should be a Thursday, I just know that it gets LOUD.

I used to live in a flat on the main street that overlooked the route between the pubs in the centre of town and a bar that has a licence until 3am. It was a typically narrow Cornish street which meant all the noise was directed upwards and, as the building I lived in was listed, there was no double-glazing to block out the noise. If I didn’t get to sleep before 11pm I was awake until about 3.30am when I’d get about an hour or so before the delivery vans for the shops and restaurants started thundering through town.

I did this on a night that I failed to get to sleep in time. I thought I might as well do something productive instead of laying there swearing and imagining what might happen if I had a crossbow…