All Careers Advice

  • Ahead of the curve

    Jamie Harris speaks to Russell Wood – an ambitious facilities manager who has climbed his career ladder “about five or six years sooner than expected”. His company, Close Brothers Asset Management, has been rewarded through putting its faith in him. Here, he details what he’s learned along the wa...
  • Harry and Paula Cox are husband-and-wife – and both in facilities management. Having met as client and contractor, their relationship developed into one more personal.
  • As facilities managers, says Jon Isaacson, we are used to responding to buildings behaving badly – but may not have in place a framework for managing badly behaving people. A criminal justice system approach based on risk, needs and responsivity (RNR) may allow us fresh insight to better understand and reduce such recurring negative behaviours

  • Tom Booton was an officer in the Royal Navy before discovering FM and spending more than 10 years working for Mitie and Anabas before taking his current in-house role as head of corporate real estate at The Law Society two years ago. We ask Tom to share his experiences.
  • The BIFM Awards are open for entries. But what sets apart a winning entry from the others? What are the judges looking for? And what’s in it for an FM or organisation? Here’s all you need to know about the process, and advice from this year’s judges on what makes a good entry.
  • Most of us would rather avoid negotiating a pay rise if possible. But if you are planning to ask for an increase, it’s worth calculating your approach beforehand. Peter Forshaw, managing director at FM recruitment firm Maxwell Stephens, shares his practical advice.
  • Getting ‘buy-in’ on a particular project or initiative often rests on how well you present your case. You may also be required to speak to potential clients, or present to an external audience to share best practice with peers.
  • With the whirlwind of the day job demanding your time and attention, it is understandable that FM professionals can revert to unhelpful leadership behaviours, says Simon Ford
  • Most people find interviews nerve-racking. If you’ve reached the interview stage you have already stood out above perhaps hundreds of other applicants, so go in with confidence, ready to prove you are the best person for the job. David Rousell, senior business director at Hays Facilities Manageme...
  • Emotional intelligence, the capacity for recognising our own feelings and those of others for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships, is an essential component of the buyer/provider relationship, as Liz Kentish explains
  • Changing your way of thinking can improve your communication skills at work, says Anne Lennox-Martin. Neuro-linguistic programming is one method that can reap rewards in negotiation and communication at the workplace
  • Today’s recruitment market is more competitive than ever. FM recruitment firm Maxwell Stephens outlines what sets great CVs apart from the rest.
  • LinkedIn has become the de facto social media site for professionals, with more than 15 million users in the UK, and ambitious facilities management professionals are taking full advantage of all the opportunities it offers.
  • In research by CV Writers two thirds of recruiters would read a CV regardless of whether a cover letter is included, so is a cover letter necessary for FM roles?
  • LinkedIn is widely used by jobseekers and professionals in the field of Facilities Management. What is the best way to optimise an FM LinkedIn profile?
  • When it comes to writing your facilities management CV one thing you should always do, but often overlook, is consider the reader. CV Writers can help
  • How can training in facilities management, and qualifications give you the edge in your facilities management career and is it worth it? FM World explores
  • FM World ran its 2012 search for the rising stars of the facilities management industry with the London Olympics just weeks away and the coalition government at the peak of its powers.
  • The FM professional standards, introduced in early 2014, represents the BIFM’s aim of embedding a set of performance standards as the norm for FM professionals and for business.
  • Achievement of a qualification demonstrates your skills, knowledge and competence, but is it also a key factor in building self-esteem and confidence?