The ebb and flow of running a canal boat business

The Floating Salon Narrowboat, located nationwide, is run by Nicola Dawkins The Floating Salon was a crazy idea I thought up to combine my love of the water and my love of hair styling. It’s a haven away from the high street. Wherever I move the boat, it’s an advert in itself. I styled Prunella Scales’ hair for the Canal Journeys TV programme and that resulted in many calls over the months that followed. I have to be organised and plan ahead: the boat runs completely off-grid with solar panels…

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The ultimate guide to nailing any job interview – live chat

Competition for jobs is fierce, but if you’ve been asked to interview, you’ve already beaten the odds. On average jobs attract around 250 applicants and onlyfour to six of these are offered an interview. So if you’ve been invited to the office, you’re not far from success. But how can you make sure you get the job? The secret is preparation, says Andrew Fennell, founder of Standout CV. “Review the job specification and identify any requirements where your skills don’t match up. Once you understand your shortcomings, you can plan…

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Why resigning is the preserve of the lucky few

Quitting has been all the rage ever since the Britain voted to leave the EU. In the space of a fortnight, there have been farewells from prime minister David Cameron, Ukip leader Nigel Farage and thwarted Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson. The resignation craze has by no means been confined to politics. England manager Roy Hodgson walked after his team’s humiliating defeat by Minnows Iceland and Chris Evans announced he was stepping down from presenting Top Gear after just one series. Knowing when to go brings a welcome dose of…

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Lowest-paid workers to receive smaller pay rises, says thinktank

Millions of workers on the national living wage are set for smaller than expected pay rises by the end of the decade after the EU referendum, according to a thinktank. The “national living wage” introduced by the chancellor, George Osborne, is set to rise more slowly because it is linked to average worker earnings, which are now expected to come under pressure following the referendum. The real-terms value of the wage by 2020 could be up to 40p an hour lower than the £8.31 predicted before the EU vote, according…

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I dedicated 16 years to a regeneration project and yet didn’t get director’s post

Twice a week we publish problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremyadvice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts? I am in my mid-50s and for 16 years have poured everything into a regeneration project within a local authority. I initiated the renewal of a previously neglected cultural asset, setting the strategy, raising six-figure sums in funding, while…

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Apply for your dream job, even if you don’t match the criteria

The pressure isn’t letting up: you’ve only just finished studying day and night to get through your exams, but now your friends are talking about the offers they’ve received for graduate schemes, internships and trainee roles. There’s no doubt, it’s tough out there and the graduate job market is becoming ever more competitive. So, when you spot that dream job, don’t let it pass you by – even if you don’t quite tick every box in the job spec. Always an A for ambition Employers value ambition. More often than…

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I’m lucky – my manager supports me with my depression

My line manager has raised me from a newborn, guileless graduate to a fully fledged professional through her tolerance, patience, challenge and high expectations; I am, she says, her “little protege”. She believes in me more than I have ever believed in myself. So you can imagine the difficulty I had when it came to having to disclose my mental health condition. How not to talk to someone with anxiety Read more From the age of 16, the dark cloud of depression and anxiety has hung over my head. When…

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Sleeping pods, slides, snack bars – do you work in the world’s coolest office?

Forget office sleeping pods or snack bars – Amazon has gone a step further, building treehouses for its workers. The treehouse meeting areas will be located in the company’s new offices in Seattle. The buildings will be sited around three transparent structures Amazon has called “spheres” that will act as hi-tech greenhouses. As well as including treehouses, they will also be home to plants, suspension bridges and indoor streams. Amazon isn’t the first company to do something like this: Apple is planting 8,000 trees on its new campus in Cupertino,…

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Six tips on starting a career in fashion

Choose an area of fashion It’s important to decide which specific area of fashion you are interested in, says Alexandra Alberta Yeo, founder of jewellery label Alexandra Alberta. “Fashion jobs include everything from: photography, styling, merchandising, buying to designing. Hone in on one area and then go from there.” Lauren Gibson, who works with Fashion Awareness Direct, agrees that you should build focused experience on the area you’re interested in. “CV’s and applications that are focused and succinct are more successful than broad ‘I love fashion’ CVs.” Get work experience…

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Are these the world’s coolest offices?

Imagine going on your lunch break – but instead of just hitting the work canteen, you wander through plants, streams and even a few treehouses. This isn’t some vision of a utopian work future, it’s the reality for Amazon’s employees who work for the company in Seattle. The treehouse meeting areas are among many features (including plants, suspension bridges and indoor streams) of the new buildings, which will be laid out across three transparent, conjoined structures that the company calls spheres. The sites will act as hi-tech greenhouses for employees…

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