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Johnson Underwood’s Agony Aunt - Ask Cory

In our 28 years of experience within the recruitment industry, Johnson Underwood (JU) recognises that looking for a new job or facing problems at work can be extremely stressful and can lead to other challenges. Common difficulties such as anxiety, health issues or work conflicts can often get in the way of promoting yourself as a great candidate or employee.

Our new agony aunt page Ask Cory, is for anyone who wishes to seek advice and guidance relating to finding a job or work-related issues in general. We are also here to offer support on personal matters when you just need a non-judgemental person to talk to about life in general. Naturally, we cannot provide legal or medical advice and would not dream of doing so. 

JU’s Agony Aunt team is supported by recruitment experts here at JU and Cory, a qualified Life Coach, Counsellor and Wellbeing Advisor. Each question will be reviewed and answered directly by the appropriate Ask Cory team member. If we feel that a certain post would help others; we will post these onto our website with your name removed for utmost confidentiality. 

We invite you to participate; ask questions, share your experiences and what concerns you have in the work place. By sharing experiences, problems and workable solutions; our Ask Cory page could bring a smile back to your face! 

If you would like to submit a question to the Ask Cory team you can do so here

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Meet Cory
Hi,

My name is Cory and I am a qualified Life Coach, Relaxation Therapist and Counsellor specialising in Cancer. I am also a Wellbeing Advisor and have been working in HR for 7 years; counselling and coaching employees and their families. People are my main focus and as such, I support and provide advice and solutions for people in all walks of life; from those just starting out in their careers, through to Directors.

You never know what issues you may hear about when clients come in to see you. My career so far has mainly involved confidence and self-esteem issues, depression, work and marriage related problems and counselling employees who are managing health conditions.

I always feel very privileged to be a part of someone’s healing process because it is so personal to them; knowing they are confiding in me and sharing with me their deepest fears and concerns. I am also aware that in some situations, if I feel I cannot help the client or they need a different type of support from someone more qualified than myself, then I will refer them on to the appropriate parties.

I look forward to connecting with you and helping you to achieve a positive outcome.


If you would like to connect with Cory through her website, you can do so here

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Ask Cory
Dear JU,
 
I have been working in the same teaching job for 12 years and not really been enjoying it. I thought it was my vocation but it just keeps getting harder and harder and I’m now ready to pack it in and move on.

I’ve no idea where to start with job hunting though, what should I do first? I don’t want to work in teaching anymore (or maybe just not a school) and have lots to offer in other areas but it’s making me so miserable I’m finding it hard to motivate myself. 

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Dear JU,
 
I have been running my own business for most of my life but sadly the time has come to move on to pastures new and find myself looking to be hired. I am finding it difficult to locate someone who is willing to give me an opportunity as I am now 41 years young.

Can you offer any advice on the best way forward?

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Dear JU,
 
I currently work as temp at a large organisation. There has been little in the way of training, and permanent staff are thin on the ground. Everyday feels rather stressful, and I am currently looking for alternative work. I wonder if you can suggest any handy survival strategies to help me out until I find a better job? I don't want to just 'walk out ' but some days I really feel that's exactly what I want to do!

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Dear Cory,
 
My boss is having an affair with one of my colleagues and it’s making work miserable for the rest of us. Nothing is confidential and the person with whom they are having an affair is getting away with murder – hours, overtime and 2 hour lunches! Myself and the rest of the team have to cover and take on more work and it means any form of promotion is no longer on the agenda, as we know who our boss’s favourite is! We’re finding it really frustrating but don’t know what to do. Have you got any advice about how can I tackle this problem?

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Dear Cory,
 
I’ve had a cancer related diagnosis from my doctor and I’m at a loss of what to do next. I’m the main income earner for my family and although it was caught early and is treatable, I don’t know how long the treatment will take so I don’t know what to tell my work and I’m worried about broaching the subject with my colleagues.

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Dear Cory,

I have a thirteen-year-old daughter is unwell but the doctors cannot seem to find anything wrong with her. They have asked her in for some scans and this will be our third attempt to have the scans as my daughter won’t go. I’ve had so much time off work because of her and I don’t know what to do.

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