Moving Tips: 10 Things to do to Have a Successful Move

moving tipsHaving recently moved, I can attest to how much work moving can really be. From my experience, of which I was reminded with this move, it’s often more time-consuming and physically demanding than one might think at the outset. It even took some time away from this blog, so I’m glad to be back!

While some level of work and effort is going to be a part of every move no matter what, there are ways to make it less stressful and somewhat easier. Some of these I did apply to our recent move, and some of them I didn’t but wish I did. Here goes:

Hire Movers

The days where I can move things on my own are long gone. Sure, moving on your own might work when in college or getting your first apartment when younger. However, as we get older, we accumulate more stuff. Some of it, such as furniture and beds, gets to be less temporary and more long-term in our lives when older. Thus, there is more total weight we need to move.

Additionally, as we get older, we’re just not as strong as when younger – particularly joints, muscle resiliency, etc. In particular, our lower backs can get injured.

These are all reasons to hire movers instead of taking a DIY approach to moving.

Start Packing Well-Ahead of Time

I think this is ultra-important when asking the question of how to pack for a move. We did start packing about 14 days in advance of moving. However, that was simply not enough. We needed to have the movers help pack. Even when you set aside weekends to pack, there are always things that come up that require your attention – particularly if you have kids!

I would recommend starting to pack at least 1 month in advance, if you don’t want to have movers pack. If you have been in the same place for many years, have kids, etc – these are all variables that could make this time even longer. It just depends on your situation, but start a month ahead of time at the least.

Don’t Hesitate to Have Movers Pack

Okay, so I just gave a tip above this on packing well in advance to avoid using movers for packing. Fine. But if you have a ton to pack, it can be a lot of work and more wear and tear on your body than you realize. It’s okay to spend a little bit of money to get your time and energy back, and have them do some packing for you. Maybe not all, particularly personal items, but some packing.

Take Pictures of the Layout of Your New Place

In advance of moving, perhaps you can take pictures of the rooms in the place you’re about to move to. Additionally, do some measurements of different areas of the rooms. Doing these two things can help you plan for where your things will go in the new home. This will help us with the next tip.

Label Your Boxes

When moving, don’t throw things into unmarked boxes and think that it’s easy to remember which box goes where. I’d strongly recommend marking each box and labeling according to which room they will go to. If movers are helping with packing, ask them to label boxes based on where they got the stuff in your existing house. Stay on them to do this. Mine didn’t fully do this, and it created some hassles for us.

Pack Your Valuables Separately

I noticed a mover looking through on old coin collection of mine, which happened to be a binder with pages of coin holders. He then asked me if they were worth a lot. Now, I realize we’re all human and have our curiosities of different things, but this is not what I would want someone doing. I did pack other personal items separately, but not this one. Now, nothing bad happened, but it was a reminder that would pack all personal valuables separately.

Set aside an overnight bag

After a day of moving, it’s not easy to go through boxes for clothes, supplies, etc. Pack a bag of clothes and toiletries for the first night and perhaps the second as well.

Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need

Before moving, be sure to go through everything and find a way to get rid of things you don’t need. If you haven’t used something in quite a while, such as over a year, it’s very likely that you don’t need it. There are some exceptions of course, particularly sentimental items such as pictures and the like. But don’t hold on to clutter. Throw it out. Even better, if you can donate it to an organization that can find better use for it and will pick up, consider doing that.

Use clothes pack breakable items and blankets to help

You could always purchase bubble wrap, but a cheaper alternative might be to use items of older clothing to help cushion certain breakable items. Things such as plates and glasses come to mind immediately.

Put immediate-use items in separate, well-labled box or bin

By this, I mean things such as silverware, plates, toilet paper, paper towels, and the like. Plastic utensils and paper plates may be good to have on hand as well.

This is a list of 10 tips that come to mind, based on personal experience. I’m sure I could come up with another 10 or 20, but this is a good start.

My Questions for You

Have you used any of these moving tips in the past?

What are some other suggestions you might have for people who are moving?

Beware of Pick-Pocketing Policies

If you live in modern society (and if you don’t…I don’t know how you’re reading this), you’re no doubt aware that it’s easier to lose money than ever before. Not only are there plenty of things to spend money on, there are lots of crafty people trying to figure out how to separate you from your hard-earned cash. The situation is like one of those tourist squares near the airport in Europe. Hang around too long without paying attention, and somebody’s gonna pick your pocket. There are so many things to be aware of if you are an adult with any money at all. I’m only going to focus on 3, but please comment and leave other strategies you may be aware of.

One of the ways people like you and me pay too much is in taxes and fees. If you use one of the big Internet Service Providers, for instance, you can likely secure a lower subscription rate, simply by calling in and asking for one. Be willing to quit your contract if you don’t get what you want (or at least say that you’re going to), and you’ll likely be able to get a lowered rate. It’s a funny thing about services like these, they’re negotiable. It’s one reason why people hate the ISPs. Often, they’re charging what they can, not what they should. And you should make sure they’re not charging you too much.

The same holds true for credit. This isn’t as much of a problem in the United States, but for British readers, PPI is probably a very familiar acronym. PPI is a kind of insurance that got pinned on to lots and lots and lots of credit plans. But the courts are determining that this was done fraudulently in many cases, and people are suing to get their money back. It’s really easy to become part of a class-action lawsuit, using the services of a law firm that specializes in these matters. You can get your payments reduced and even see significant money returned to you, usually over and above what you actually paid out.

There are plenty of places in life where you’re probably paying more than you need to be. In cities, for instance, it’s very common for municipalities to determine property taxes in very, shall we say, laid back ways. The value of homes in big areas will be averaged together, and your house might be given a tax based on the value of much more valuable homes. If this is the case, you’ll have to do a little homework, getting your home reassessed and having its real value presented to the city tax service. But if this saves you hundreds or more year, this is certainly worth your time, as this will carry over year after year. Cities don’t mind charging you a little too much for stuff like this, so do the work to make sure they’re not taking too much.

It takes a little practice to spot these kind of overpayments. But once you learn to find them, you’ll start to enjoy kicking these suckers out of your wallet.

The Best Time to Start Investing is 20 Years Ago, The Second Best Time…

Is now. This is an old saying. Actually, it’s a saying about a tree, how planting a tree is best done well in the past. But how if it hasn’t happened before, it’s best to do it now. The metaphor is apt. As Buffett said, “Time is an investor’s best friend.” Starting a simple investment now can yield enormous benefits in the future. So I guess I’m writing these posts to two different kinds of people: the young and the not young.

Young people, if you are old enough to read, try to find a way to set some money aside for index mutual funds. What are index mutual funds, you ask? An excellent question. You may have heard of the stock market. American businesses are so big (think how big the Apple company is), that they don’t have single owners. Instead, they have what is known as shareholders. “Shares” are little parts of a company. They’re cut up so small that you can even buy one if you have $50 or so. People buy shares of companies because they think the companies are going to become bigger and more valuable in the future. If that happens, the person’s share that they bought for $50 might grow to be worth $100. But imagine if they had 1000 shares. They would make a lot of money!

The problem is, it’s hard to predict what companies will grow and which will fail. In fact, most companies fail. So mutual funds take tiny little pieces of shares for every American company over a certain size, and package them together in a single “fund”, which you can buy however much of you want. As companies come and go, they’ll come and grow from the mutual fund, based on the “index” of companies which exist at that time. Funds like these grow with the American economy, which is always growing, so your portion grows along with it.

Because any profits that you make on index funds can be used to buy more fund, you can start to get a snowball effect on your investment: earning more and more as time goes along. But you’ve got to start early to see this really take off. In fact, people who start at age 18 will see a lot higher earnings over their lifetime than those who start at 28.

But that doesn’t mean that older people shouldn’t start investing now, too. There are a lot of ways to get the money you need in order to invest. An annuity sold will give you a nice lump sum to throw into mutual funds. Other people use portions of their income each month. Other people, especially young people, might be able to get their parents or relatives to give them money, as long as these older people understand what they’re using it for. The point is that getting the money and starting it to grow is the most important step. Time is your friend when it comes to investment, so if you didn’t start 20 years ago, start today.

A Loving Legacy: Planning Pointers for Lowering Your Inheritance Tax Bill

Editor’s Note: This post is oriented toward UK readers, so those of us here in the US should consider our own inheritance tax issues and rules separately

Most of us want to make sure that our loved ones that we leave behind are taken care of financially if we can, yet too many leave it to chance when it comes to tax planning, which could actually leave a legacy that is within the grasp of the taxman.

When it comes to making the most of inheritance tax planning, you have to deal with these issues while you are still very much alive, so that your last wishes can be carried out in the most tax-efficient way possible.

No room for complacency

The fact that the Chancellor George Osborne has very recently announced plans to scrap inheritance tax on homes valued up to £1 million is good news for many of us if that promise to raise the threshold from April 2017 is kept.

Inheritance tax planning is about taking all of your assets into account and making sure that you have a will that directs the appointed executors of your will as to how you want your assets and cash distributed, so you cannot afford to be complacent and think that your estate won’t attract an inheritance tax bill.

Pension changes

There have been some significant changes to personal pension rules recently and from April 2015, savers who are aged 55 and over are able to gain full access to the cash in their pension pot.

Whilst you should definitely take detailed expert advice on this subject when considering your options, these changes do offer a number of tax-planning opportunities as well as some risks that you need to quantify.

In simplistic terms, the new pension rules do offer a significant chance for wealthier investors to legitimately avoid or substantially reduce their inheritance tax bill, provided they follow the professional advice and steps that you need to take in order to take advantage of this scenario.

The pension rules are still complex and your personal financial circumstances do dictate what advice is best for you but basically, the change in rules allow you greater flexibility to re-arrange your assets prioritise your spending, by putting as much money as possible inside your pension as you can, whilst you are able to do so.

Lifetime limit

The current pension rules state that your pension assets can’t exceed £1.25 million within your lifetime and this figure is going to actually drop to £1 million from April 2016.

It is a bit of a balancing act when it comes to funding your pension pot in the most tax-efficient way but the basic target is to try and minimise non-pension assets above the £650,000 current death tax threshold (for couples, and changing to £1 million as proposed by the government).

More people than ever before are using non-pension assets to generate a retirement income, which means that their pension pot could be passed on to your heirs virtually intact and potentially tax-free, if your situation allows you to do this and you take sound professional advice to achieve this goal.

As the old business adage goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This is not something you want to do if you intend to leave a loving legacy.

Richard Hardy has held a number of senior roles in relation to tax planning. He is passionate about sharing his suggestions and tips on this subject with a wider audience online. He has already written a number of articles which have appeared on other relevant websites.

5 Ways to Save Money at Amusement Parks

amusement park savingsRecently, I went on a trip to a major amusement park here in the Midwest (Six Flags Great America). It was just my youngest child and I, taking a 1:1 day at the park just like I did a few years back with my oldest. I recall going to this same park with my parents when younger, so it has some extra meaning to me even though I don’t’ visit often.

We had fun, and it was a great day. The temperature was quite cool for a summer day, at about 68 degrees for a high. At night, it got a bit chilly, actually! However, it was refreshing and actually ended up being great weather to spend a day at the park.

In terms of spending money, I think I did a good job in some areas, and a poor job in others. An example of the latter is my purchase of a snack early in the afternoon. I got a bit hungry, and bought a pretzel with a topping. Yes, I know that isn’t exactly grown-up food – but it’s okay to be a kid once a while, especially when spending the day with one! Anyway, I ordered without checking the price first (extremely unusual for me) and was stunned when they asked for over $8.

Yes, it was over $8 for the pretzel!

So you get the idea, there were some things I could have done differently. But as I said, some things I did well. Anyway, this day served as a reminder to me that there are definitely some ways we can save money at amusement parks. Here is a list of 5:

Look for Discounted Tickets Ahead of Time

In my case, this worked out well. My ticket was a discounted one, purchased ahead of time and not at the gate. My child’s was through his school, where he actually got it as a free ticket via a reading program, if I recall correctly. Anyway, this all helped the total day’s cost be quite a bit lower than it could have been!

Eat a big meal first

Ok, this may sound a bit funny. But do you want to pay over $8 for a pretzel? One, by the way, that tasted terrible and came with an equally terrible-tasting topping?

Imagine doing this for a family of 4. You could be dropping over $30 at once, for mediocre snacks. That’s not to say that they’re all like this, but why risk paying exhorbitant sums for less than stellar food.

We had a good breakfast and an early lunch, but we could have made that a bigger lunch. Lesson learned!

Carpool or Get a Ride

In this case, with 2 of us, there was no need to carpool. However, I got a ride from some people nearby, including one family member who dropped us off. Another person living just one mile away picked us up.  Conveniently, near the gate there is a drop off/pick up area.  This saved $25!

Carry a Water Bottle

This one isn’t something we did. I’m really not sure why, other than I had it in my mind that we wouldn’t be able to bring anything inside the park. However, it’s good to at least try to bring in a low-cost bottle for the day. Even if you have to pitch it if not allowed in, perhaps you might lose $1 by taking the chance.

Once inside the park, I noticed that vending machines were selling water for over $4. A water bottle, refilled at fountains, would be a lot cheaper!

If Parking, Bring a Cooler with Food for the Car

Obviously, I didn’t do this since I was dropped off. But if you’re parking, bring a cooler with lots of ice and some food. Check first if you can do this, but if you can get stamped for re-entry, you might be able to go to the car and eat a healthy, homemade lunch or dinner instead of eating at the park.

What might cost you $50 for a family of 4 could cost you only $15 if you bring food and drinks this way.  Plus, you can make it healthier and more energetic, so you can enjoy the rest of the day!

Bottom Line:  You can save a lot of money at theme parks by thinking ahead, and making the right money-saving moves in advance. Perhaps a better way to put it is that you can avoid spending way too much : )

My Questions for You

When is the last time you visited an amusement park?

Have you found them to be very expensive?

What have you done to save money at parks?

If You Want to Save Money, Just Ask!

ask to save moneyThe “squeaky wheel gets the grease”, so to speak. Or, in some instances, “loose lips sink ships”. These concepts apply in so many aspects of life, when your decision to speak up can either help you out or potentially negatively impact you.

Focusing on the positive aspects of speaking up, there are many situations in which it can really help. One such context is public speaking in your career, when having the willingness to speak up and learn how to do it well can be beneficial to making money.

Of course, as we know, it’s about both making money and saving money. For the latter, it can also help to be willing to speak up. In some cases, there can be very little downside to asking for discount. If we stop and think about it, once we get past our fears of looking “cheap” or getting rejected, the end result will most likely be either status quo or better.

And sometimes, just by having a conversation, good things could happen.

I’ve written about asking for a discount previously, in an article on asking for discounts at restaurants as well as in this article on asking for a discount on a mattress. But it’s been a while, so I have yet another example of speaking up to save!

This time, the setting was downtown (Chicago), where I had an appointment. Unfortunately, parking downtown can be incredibly expensive. Now, I would normally think about using a parking app to try to save money by reserving a spot, but I went downtown on relatively short notice and simply forgot to do so in the rush. So, as I arrived there, I pulled into a garage knowing it would be pricey.

The prices at this particular garage were really steep though. I was going to be there a little bit less than 3 hours, for which I would be expected to pay $44. Yes, you read correctly: $44 for 3 hours of parking! Welcome to Chicago…or for that matter New York, San Francisco, etc.

There was a way out of it though. Or, at least a way out of being gouged. The garage was attached to a retail store, thus the parking rates sign had a line saying that with validation and a $10 purchase, you could park for 3 hours and pay $15.

So, if I quickly zipped into the store after my appointment and spent $10, I could effectively park for $25 and get some merchandise in the process. Not cheap and not ideal, but it’s better than $44!

But then I started thinking……in my limited time available in the store after my appointment, I would have to hurry up and find something in order to make it out within the 3 hour window. And realistically, it’s not like I’d find something useful for exactly $10. Maybe something would be $15, or $20. So that parking price might end up being in that $40+ range anyway.

Clever pricing scheme, indeed!

So, here’s what I did to save money. Before even buying anything, I walked up to an information/concierge desk and asked if this is where I am supposed to get the discount. The guy said “Yes”, and asked me if I had the parking ticket. I said yes, and gave it to him, but then said I hadn’t purchased anything yet.

He then proceeded to stamp it with the validation, and gave it back to me.

Notice how there was no receipt involved, or any purchase necessary. I didn’t even ask for it directly. I just engaged him in some conversation by asking a question, and he validated the parking ticket.

Instantly, $29 was saved, which represents savings of nearly 66%!

Now, this may really be more of an example of good customer service. It might not be equivalent to the best customer service experience I’ve ever had, but this is really good nonetheless! Or, it could have been his mistake. Regardless, as far as I’m concerned, the employee was doing his job well and representing the store the right way in terms of long-term customer value and creating a true win-win.

Yet another example of how if you just ask – or at least start a conversation – you can get a discount!

My Questions for You

Do you try to ask for discounts?

What is your best example of obtaining a discount?

The Empty Nester’s Mini-Guide to Financial Freedom

The kids might be gone, but the bills and expenses are still there. You’ve done everything you can to make sure your children have a good life. Now it’s your turn so here are some tips to help you prepare for retirement now that the kids are gone.

Reconfigure Your Monthly Budget

It’s time to take a second look at your monthly budget. Your post-retirement expenses will probably change significantly and now’s the time to deal with it while you still have income coming in.

Develop a new budget that includes both ongoing expenses as well as “one-offs.” It’s important to manage your finances in such a way so as to minimize your discretionary spending. Right now, you’ll want to go on a spending spree. But, if you’ve been taking care of your kids for the last 18 or 20 years, what you need to do now is focus on your own future.

According to Money Looms, a 401(k) is one of the best ways to get started saving if you haven’t been doing a very good job up to this point. Most employers will give you $0.50 for every $1 that you contribute to the plan. Some companies pay less, but most match you with something.

Another thing to look at is your debts.

Pay Off All Debts

As a general rule, you should try to pay off all of your debts as quickly as you can. Do not go into retirement with a significant debt load.

Mortgages don’t necessarily have to be paid off if you plan on buying a reverse mortgage, but all other debts should be – and your mortgage should be if you don’t plan on getting a reverse mortgage.

Downsize

In fact, you should also consider downsizing if you can. Don’t wait like most people do. It’s tempting to keep the house you raised your children in. But, the truth is, it’s probably way too much house for you now.

Sell it, and move into a smaller place. If you’ve got a 4 bedroom home, downsizing to a 1 bedroom might seem like a huge jump. But, it’s going to save you a lot of money. Depending on how much money you have left on your current home mortgage, you might be able to cash out and buy your next home free and clear.

Monitor Your 401(k)

Keep and eye on your 401(k). Now is the time to up your savings contributions and dial back the risk. Most people do the exact opposite. But, if you lose money now due to a stock market correction, odds are you’re not going to make it back inside of 10 years, and you’ll have to delay your retirement another 5 to 10 years – probably longer.

Balanced funds, target-date funds, and a more conservative investment allocation of 60 percent bonds and 40 percent stocks will probably work out well.

However, you should contact a professional financial advisor to see what specific funds make sense, as well as the specific allocation given your age and income goals at retirement.

Consider a Second Job or Career

You don’t have to fully retire at age 65 or 70. If you want to work into your 80s, don’t be afraid to do so. Realize that you might be able to (physically) or your employer might want to push you to retire. But, there are lots of jobs out there for seniors.

Boost Your Savings

Ramp up your savings. If you’re not saving at least 25 percent of your income, now is the time to do that. It might seem like a lot, but you need it. Once you hit 25 percent of your income, try to squeeze another 25 percent out of your income for savings.

Allen Foster has been involved in financial consultancy for a number of years. He likes to offer his views and ideas on this subject to a wider audience online. His thoughts on financial matters have been published across a diverse range of sites.

Increasingly Brazen Tip Requests

Will we eventually enter an era where a tip is expected for just about any service?

I ask this question because of what I’m seeing lately in terms of where tips are expected, and how this is expanding into increasingly direct requests for money.

Now, from my experience it wasn’t that long ago when a tip was given only in certain situations. If we focus this discussion on restaurants, we can see how the trend is that some businesses are becoming tip-focused these days.

Before we go into these examples, let me share my view on tips.

  • I respect the work that restaurant servers and quick serve/takeout employees do. It may not be glamorous, but it’s hard work and they don’t make that much money
  • To show appreciation for their work – and to compensate them for their low base wages – I tip servers 15% to 20% of the bill. I almost always do this, and very rarely go lower, unless the service is atrocious. 99% of the time, I’m leaving a tip.
  • The aforementioned servers don’t ever expressly ask for a tip, or at least they shouldn’t. It’s bad form to come out and ask. However, as I mentioned, I pretty much always tip.
  • I don’t tip employees at quick serve/takeout places, as that’s not been the custom. Additionally, their wages can be different based on my understanding.
  • Thus, keeping in line with how things have generally been over the years, I only tip servers and do so at a very fair percentage.

Having said all that, let’s go through 3 levels of Brazen Tip Requests

Level One – The Tip Jar

I’ve written about this before, but it seems to be more prevalent with each passing year. I recall one place this year where there was a tip jar placed front and center at a coffee shop, right in front of the cash register. The sign read:

“You’re not required to tip, but we would prefer if you did :)”

Well, okay then!

I don’t see this as a place where a tip is in any way required, so I agree with them. But why put up a sign asking for a tip, and telling your customers that you’d like them to spend more than required?

Level Two – The Touch-Screen Tip

So, I was at a sub shop getting a sandwich to go, when I was all set to pay by credit card. As I was in the process of swiping the card and paying, there was an option for different levels of tip…along with an option for no tip. And oh, by the way, the employee who rang up the order was staring right at me the whole time.

I don’t see how wrapping up a sub in two minutes, as a part of a job, warrants a 15% to 20% tip. Frankly, this type of job has historically not been one that received tips. Therefore, I used the stylus to hit the no tip button. And off I went.

To me, this is more a more brazen request than the tip jar.

Level Three – The Verbal Request for a Tip

I was at a different place very recently where I was again at the register paying for my food. This time I gave my card to the employee as she rang up the order, and she proceeded to ask:

“Would you like to add a tip today?”

This at a take-out/quick-serve type of place where there are no servers. You wait for your food and pick it up. And, just as with the aforementioned sub shop, the employee was looking me right in the eye as the tip request was made. Though this time, it wasn’t via a screen – it was her directly asking me!

While I’m not at all a confrontational person, and generally an easy person with whom to work and interact (from what I’ve been told, anyway), this was not a situation where I was going to be afraid to say no. She got a very nice, but direct, “No thank you”. I don’t think she liked it, but I don’t see how a tip should be given for a fast take-out order, much less asked in this way.

Are things changing?

I think they are. As I look at my reaction to these events, I’m confident that I reacted appropriately and that my belief that no tip is warranted in those situations is totally fair. However, I wonder if 10 years from now, tipping in those situations will go from being unusual to expected. And, that brazenly asking for a tip where none is warranted will then become unnecessary, as it might eventually be seen as brazenly rude to not leave a tip for a take-out or quick serve counter worker.

We’ll see. But I’m sticking to my story for now!

My Questions for You

What are your thoughts on tipping at take-out or quick-serve places? Do you see this as being under a different set of “rules” and expectations than tipping a restaurant server?

Do you find each of the three tip requests I described to be brazen, or just one or two of them? Or, perhaps none? If you think this is all totally normal, feel free to share as well – I’m welcoming different points of view here.

Do you think we’re potentially moving to a situation where tipping becomes much more widespread in different situations in the future?

3 Easy Ways to Kickstart Your HR Career

Every successful business needs well-drilled HR advisors.

Whether it’s a multinational in Malaysia, a warehouse in Wigan or a shop in Singapore, dealing with employee relations, sorting out salaries and coordinating training is just the tip of the iceberg for busy HR professionals around the globe.

Get it wrong and a company is likely to feel the retaliatory wrath of its staff, with a long line of unhappy workers making an angry beeline for the HR department, holding burning torches aloft and baying for blood.

Perhaps a tad dramatic, but you get the drift.

Get it right, however, and you’re all set to enjoy a challenging yet rewarding vocation – although there are a number of things you must take into account if you’re looking to kickstart your own career in human resources.

Here are three easy ways to get the inside track …

Gain the Relevant Skills

While many facets of modern HR are automated, HR professionals still require a solid educational background. Whether it’s a dedicated degree in human resources or a qualification in another discipline, prospective employers are keen for you to have a good grounding in academia.

After all, a university degree will provide you with the transferable skills – organisation, multitasking and communication, among others – and the confidence you need to thrive in this fast-paced industry, which should help your career flourish.

Learn to Network Effectively

If you’re anything like the rest of us, hobnobbing with individuals on the same wavelength at networking events is something you’ve considered but never followed through on. Indeed, a recent survey has found 62 per cent of British adults have never attended a networking event.

However, networking is one of the best ways to make useful contacts in the HR industry, allowing you to gain the names and numbers of people likely to help you take the next step in your human resources career.

Display Your Flexibility

Enjoying a successful career in HR requires you to be something of an organisational gymnast, offering your company a diverse range of skills in an effort to accomplish the defined objectives outlined by the business.

This often means a flexible approach to work, which may involve working from home or job sharing, depending on the needs of the company. Typically, however, this enthusiasm for bending with the business will hold you in good stead for climbing the ladder.

Now it’s over to you …

Are you involved in the HR industry? What tips would you give to someone looking to make moves? Is there anything our list has missed out? Please let us know by leaving your comments below – we’d love to read your thoughts on this subject.