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Nikki Vivian

Writer and Careers Coach

With ten years experience working for a top UK university as a careers professional, I now work as an independent Careers Coach and run a freelance writing and editing business.

Given my background, I write informed, researched, accurate articles, copy and email marketing on careers, education, self development and recruitment.

With experience writing content for online magazines and print publications, I also specialise in writing copy relating to parenting, health and lifestyle.

Portfolio

Careers

Hercjobs
08/08/2017
Salary Negotiation- A winner's mindset

Salary negotiation is often the elephant in the room. Whether you're discussing a job offer, you're a freelancer talking to a prospective client or you're already in a job and want to talk about a raise, it's the conversation that we tend to avoid even though it is probably one of the most important and often the decider over whether we take a job or continue in a position.

Hercjobs
01/13/2018
Five Questions to Ask Yourself to Improve Your Personal Brand

Branding is a concept best understood by looking at companies and products. However, in the digital age, it's not just CEOs that should be concerned with branding, you too have a personal brand. When you go for an interview, you are selling yourself.

Hercjobs
11/20/2017
How to say 'No' at work

Going above and beyond is a great trait to have. It will make you stand out as reliable and driven, it's admirable within a team if you can help colleagues out and ensures excellent customer and client relations.

WorkAlpha
Outstanding Grades VS Outstanding Personality

Once upon a time, when only the minority were able to study at university, good grades were enough to make you stand out from your peers. However, in this day and age, when an ever growing number of people are university educated, are good grades still enough to land you that dream job?

Hercjobs
09/18/2017
How to use your Skills as a Parent to Land your Next Job

When you become a parent, it's easy to fall into the trap of believing that 'that is all you are now'. This can be especially true if you take a break from your career to raise your family, as being out of the game can knock your confidence.

CV Writers
08/29/2017
How to address a career break on your CV - CV Writers

How to address a career break on your CV Being out of work for a while comes with the dilemma of how to address this break on your CV. You'll probably receive varying advice about this but the truth of the matter is, it depends entirely on how long the break was for and whether you are going back to a similar role or looking for a career change.

Hercjobs
06/27/2017
Soft Skills That Absolutely Must be on Your CV When you Work in Education

Thinking about everything that needs to be on your CV, whilst also making sure you don't overload it with everything you've ever done, can be a tricky balance. It's important to make sure it is written with a role in mind so that you can tailor it to include all the skills and experience relevant to that role and that role only.

Studentjob
Christmas Eve at the office

It's Christmas Eve and things appear to be winding down at the office. The Christmas jumpers are out, Michael Buble is belting out his annual festive medley and everyone seems in good spirits. The countdown for Christmas drinks is on!

Craftresumes
The Rise of the Portfolio Career

The prospect of a 'career' for life is one that is sadly in decline these days. Unless you set out in life with the dream of becoming a doctor, a teacher, a carpenter or similar, chances are you end up stumbling across your career a bit further down the line.

Give A Grad A Go
How to make your university work experience count after graduation

When you leave university and step into the "real" world, it can very often be a daunting and disheartening place. Being offered a job upon graduation is no longer the norm. Graduate jobs are competitive and employers are looking for more than just a good degree.

WorkAlpha
Your Degree Subject Doesn't Have to Carve Your Path for Life

If you went to university straight from college, you can be forgiven for not knowing exactly what you wanted to do for your future career. Chances are, you picked a course based on a subject you enjoy and now that you've finished it, you may be regretting your decision and want to change direction.

Craftresumes
How Not to Write a Cover Letter

You may think that a cover letter is quite a simple part of a job application. After all, you just need to state why you're writing, tell the reader your CV is enclosed and let them know you're looking forward to receiving an interview, right? Wrong!

WorkAlpha
5 Steps to a Great Speculative Application

When searching for work experience opportunities, you don't have to limit yourself to established programmes and formal application processes. If you have something in mind that you'd like to do or know of a company or organisation you'd really like to work for, why not contact them directly with a speculative application?

Craftresumes
How to Use Your Parent Experience to Find a Job

Becoming a parent is an amazing life changing experience. There is nothing quite like it and it is something I highly recommend to everyone, that is like another kind of career coaching based on real practice and leading by your child.

Craftresumes
How To Find a Job After Time Out

A gap in your career to do the most important job of raising your young family does not signal the end. Admittedly, it can feel like when you make the decision to return to work. Taking time off can result in a dent in confidence and a feeling that you've missed too much to be able to get a foot back in.

Craftresumes
How to Best Express Your Varied Career in a Resume

Having a varied career rather than following a specific career path and working your way up, may have been considered unfavourable in the past. It suggests to some that you are not committed and get bored easily.

Hercjobs
07/11/2017
Networking and the Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction states that your experiences in life are shaped entirely by you. You are in control of who and what you do and do not attract. Without going into the science behind it, the fundamental rule of the Law of Attraction is, that like attracts like, so in order to attract what we want, we must become it.

Hercjobs
09/05/2017
How to Make Your Varied Career Work for You on Your CV

Having a varied career can make writing a CV a daunting prospect. On the one hand, you have so much you can include, but on the other hand, it's hard to know how to structure your CV in a way that will impress rather than looking like you flit between jobs and passions.

Parenting and children

Parent Co.
01/11/2017
Please Sleep, but Not All Night

From the day we brought our little bundle home, she slept for five-hour stretches, though never at night. In fact, bedtime for a while was 5 a.m. But it was alright, we knew she could sleep, we just needed to work on her timing...et voila! Happy rested family.

Parent Co.
10/30/2017
The Determination of the Tiniest Fighter

They told us not to think the worst when we didn't hear a sound. They said a baby of your gestation wouldn't have lungs developed enough to cry. That tiny, determined cry as you were pulled from deep within me is etched in my mind for the rest of my life.

Pregnant Chicken
06/15/2017
My Daughter Ate A Roly-Poly (And 6 Other Things I Pretend Not To See) - Pregnant Chicken

Having kids is a glamour-less business. Until I had children I had never talked so much about bodily fluids, seen so many bodily fluids, touched so many bodily fluids. Ewwww! With so many things to address, so many things to clean up, so many 'don't touch that's' and 'don't stick that up there's' there are some things you've just got to let go.

Parent Co.
02/21/2017
A Letter to My Daughter's Imaginary Friend

I'll admit, I was a little concerned when I first got wind of you. I wasn't sure you were good for my daughter you see. No offense, but I wasn't convinced I wanted her hanging around with you. After all, you only eat chips and cake, you stay out all night and you throw so many wild parties.

Parent Co.
09/28/2016
My Daughter Spent 6 Weeks in the NICU, and I Wouldn't Change a Thing

I'm feeling particularly emotional for a Thursday night. You see, my baby girl turns three tomorrow. I'm sure many parents feel this way as another year passes and we all wonder where the time has gone, but aside from worrying life is passing by too quickly, it's the time of year I find myself looking back at photos of when she was born and reliving the experience.

Latched Mama
08/30/2016
Lessons Learned. Transitioning From One to Two - Latched Mama

If you've just added a new little bod to your happy family or are pregnant with your second, you might be starting to wonder what you've let yourself in for. Well, I'm not going to lie, the first few weeks were tough for us, despite having done it all before.

Travel

Sabotage Times
07/15/2012
Eating Pastilla & Swatting Flies In Marrakech's Djemaa El Fna

'Just looking, looking is free.' We had just been jumped by the next person to thrust a menu in our faces on the endless trail of tourist restaurants and stalls lining the Djemaa El Fna, Marrakech's main square. We politely declined and continued along in search of some authentic cuisine without the tourist price tag.

Urbantravelblog
Long Weekend in Cardiff | Urban Travel Blog

Birthplace of Roald Dahl, home of the Dr. Who experience, owner of the world's oldest Lovespoon... Cardiff has many claims to fame. However, as Nikki Vivian (G+) reveals, a better reason to visit is for the great nightlife, culture and people.

Food and Drink

Honest Cooking
10/24/2012
An Interview with Fuschia Dunlop - Honest Cooking

After attending a cooking Master Class with Food Writer and Cook Fuschia Dunlop at this year's Abergavenny Food Festival in South Wales, Nikki Vivian sat down with her to talk food. By Nikki Vivian Fuschia's book, Sichuan Cookery is a firm favourite in Nikki's kitchen and the Master Class saw Fuschia demonstrate some dishes from her new book, 'Every Grain of Rice'.

Honest Cooking
02/25/2014
10 Out of Control Cupcake Flavors

Nikki Vivian shares weird cupcake recipes that have been sent to her by her dedicated followers. By Nikki Vivian One of the best things about cupcakes in my opinion is that they come in so many different flavours and varieties. I get great enjoyment out of trying unique flavour combinations and experimenting with different ingredients.

Honest Cooking
07/10/2012
The Perfect Moroccan Mint Tea - Honest Cooking

Although served in an English tea-cup, Nikki Vivian shares her perfected version of Moroccan Mint Tea. By Nikki Vivian I have always loved tea. The thing is, while I love experimenting with food, trying new ingredients and different flavour combinations, my tea drinking has never ventured much further than your average teabag and the occasional herbal tea.

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