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CV and Cover Letter Tips Blogs

5 Reasons to include a Cover Email

Including a cover letter with every application is important and in this blog, we’ll explain the reasons why.

Reverse chronological or Functional CV?

What’s the difference between a Reverse Chronological and a Functional/skilled based CV? And, what are the reasons for using each CV format?

How to start your CV from scratch

The 5 stages of writing a CV from scratch... If you are writing a CV from scratch then let me manage your expectations. Those who start by typing straight onto a Word document really need to take a step back. We’ve put together 5 stages of writing a CV...

How to cheat the Applicant Tracking System

It’s highly likely your CV will be filtered via an Applicant Tracking System ATS these days. So, you need to know how Applicant Tracking Systems work.

How do you tailor a CV?

Today it’s essential you tailor your CV for every vacancy you apply. Read here to find out how to tailor your cover letters, CVs and application forms.

What are the common lies told on CVs?

What are the common lies told on CVs? Recently invited to discuss the common lies told on CVs with Dave Monk BBC Essex Radio’s Drive Time presenter. According to the research there are still a high percentage of candidates submitting applications with inaccurate...

What are the benefits of hiring an interview coach?

What are the benefits of hiring an interview coach? 1. Identify your requirements. 2. Tailor a bespoke coaching session. 3. An opportunity to practice your interview skills. 4. Specific and objective feedback on your performance.

How your CV should flow

There’s plenty of information about the do’s and don’ts and what to include and what not to include on your CV. However, do you understand how all the information should flow throughout your CV?

6 Reasons why you should tailor every application

It’s essential you take time to tailor every CV, Cover Letter and Application form. Here are 6 Reasons why it’s so important.

How to write a powerful career profile?

A well-written career profile will entice the person to read the rest of your CV. The career profile is your introduction, explaining who you are in the workplace and what you bring to the organisation.

How to successfully complete Job Application Forms

Seriously, job application forms need to be taken seriously! Be prepared to spend some quality time carefully completing each application accurately and honestly. Check out these tips on how to successfully complete your job application.

Common mistakes to avoid when writing a CV

CVs have been around for decades, however they are still one of the most important documents in your job search. Avoid these common mistakes.

How to write a powerful and unique CV

As CVs have been around for decades it’s more and more challenging to stand out from the crowd!

Interview Tips and Techniques Blogs 

How to impress the interviewers when you’ve been unemployed!

How do you get the best from being unemployed? Being unemployed can be a worrying time.  You worry about paying the bills, having enough money to buy food, and whether longer-term you'll keep a roof over your head.  In the first two years of...

Why does the recruitment process take so long?

Why does the recruitment process take so long? You’ve attended an interview and you thought it went well, and then it goes quiet! What could possibly take the hiring managers so long to move the hiring process forward!

How to make small talk before an interview!

How do you make small talk with the hiring manager before the interview starts? It can be an awkward moment, here are some pointers.

How and when to negotiate your salary

How and when to negotiate your salary? It’s so important to calculate not just your basic salary but all the benefits. It’s also important to get the timing to negotiate just right.

Preparation Tips for Acing a Job Interview

Acing a job interview in today’s climate is challenging. Preparation is the key to success and we’ll share some useful tips.

Why hiring managers DON’T care about transferable skills

Why hiring managers don’t care about transferable skills. The problem with transferable skills is that the same set of generic skills are churned out on autopilot.

How do you prepare for a pre-recorded video interview?

How do you prepare for a pre-recorded video interview and what can you expect from a pre-recorded video interview. We’ll share some valuable insights, so you can excel during the interview and land the job.

How to handle a Public Sector Interview

Have you been invited to a public sector interview? It’s one of the toughest and most structured interviews you are likely to experience. That’s why it’s important you prepare and practise to maximise your chances of securing the job. Some of the information shared in this article isn’t common sense, so takes some quality time to read through this article.

5 Mistakes to Avoid on Telephone Interviews

Telephone interviews are a quick and convenient method of screening candidates. Telephone interviews are a cost-effective method for you and the business. However, avoid these common mistakes to increase your success.

What to do if your mind goes blank in a job interview

What to do if your mind goes blank during a job interview. It happens to the best of us, don’t let it affect the rest of your interview. We’ve included a few strategies to apply to help you get through this common problem in job interviews.

How to deal with rejection

How to deal with rejection. There are not many people that enjoy being rejected. Clearly you are working towards a goal or objective and you’ve just missed out on hitting your target. However, it’s important to take the time to reflect positively and objectively.

5 Little-Known Facts about the Job Interview

And, how you can take advantage... Have you got an important job interview booked?  Do you sometimes wonder what goes on behind the scenes?  If you are a little nervous about attending a job interview have you ever stop to wonder how the interviewers are...

How do you prepare for your first job interview?

How to prepare for a first job interview. It’s both an exciting and nervous time.

How to prepare for a panel interview?

What can you expect when invited to attend a panel interview?The panel interview is one of the most structured interviews you are likely to attend.  It is likely to feel fairly serious and it's worth keeping this in mind.  You need to spend quality time...

How to prepare for a video interview

With our current social distancing measures set to be with us for some time, we expect video interviews to be the main method. Whether it’s Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp or MS Teams, this blog will help you think about how to prepare and handle this type of interview.

5 Tips for Handling a tough job interview

Job interviews can be tough. It’s important to research, prepare and practice your answers. Recruiters and hiring managers will know and appreciate you taking the time to prepare. Here are some great tips from Chris Stappard from Edward Reed Recruitment.

Why do interviewers ask these questions?

When you are actively seeking a new job, you need to keep in mind the purpose of the interview. In its simplest terms, they are looking for the right skills, experience and knowledge for that job.

What to do after the interview!

These days it’s unlikely you’ll receive comprehensive feedback after the interview. It’s just not practical for most businesses to offer this to every candidate. So, there are a few things you can consider doing after the interview.

What are the benefits of hiring an interview coach?

What are the benefits of hiring an interview coach? 1. Identify your requirements. 2. Tailor a bespoke coaching session. 3. An opportunity to practice your interview skills. 4. Specific and objective feedback on your performance.

Why am I too senior or overqualified for the position?

Have you ever been rejected because you are too senior or overqualified? It’s not necessarily discrimination. There could be a number of genuine business reasons that this could be an issue.

LinkedIN & Social Media 

How to use LinkedIn if you’re a student

You can never network too soon! If you’re a student the right time to set up a LinkedIn account is today. We’ll show you how to use LinkedIn as a student and more importantly, how to land a job when you have graduated.

How to write a LinkedIn summary with no work experience

How to write a LinkedIn summary with no work experience. Networking is one of the most important activities and you can network on LinkedIn. It’s never too soon to build up your networks and you never know where it could take you.

How to use LinkedIn Stories

LinkedIn has added a new feature. You can now add Stories to your profile. However, think carefully before sharing random stories! Everything you do on social media needs to align with your purpose and personal brand.

10 Top Tips for LinkedIn Profile Photos

According to LinkedIn, profiles with photos are 14 times more likely to be viewed than those without a profile picture. And, for this reason, your photo settings need to be “Visible to Public”  It’s also a good idea to follow some of the guidance on profile photos.

How to improve your LinkedIn profile in under 5 minutes!

How to improve your LinkedIn profile in under 5 minutes. LinkedIn is the most powerful tool you have during the lockdown and beyond. LinkedIn should be your ‘go-to’ platform to connect, engage, and network.

How to network on LinkedIn?

How to network on LinkedIn. It’s simply not enough to set up a great profile and then let LinkedIn work on auto-pilot. You need to show up and engage with the people you are trying to attract. So, whether you are looking for a job or clients, you’ll need to network.

Will having no online presence affect your job search?

Will having no online presence affect your job search? Technology has dramatically and significantly advanced and had a huge impact on the world of work. Ignore the opportunities and you will most definitely miss out and get left behind faster than you can run!

The importance of social media in your job search

Using social media as part of your job search is essential today. Recruiters are looking for you and if you don’t maximise your accounts you’ll be sure to miss out on opportunities.

How to get found on LinkedIn

It’s essential in today’s competitive jobs market to use multiple job searching methods and get found on LinkedIn.

How to become Blogs

Are you considering joining the RAF?

Are you considering a career with the RAF? We interviewed Gavin Crawley a former Intelligence Analyst and asked about his experience. Here’s a really valuable insight.

How to become a Police Officer

Are you considering joining the police? Do you have the necessary skills and behaviours to take on the challenges of a police officer? Read this blog from someone who has been there and done it.

How to become a Bookkeeper

Would you like to know how to become a bookkeeper? We’ll share what essential behavioural competencies you’ll need to be a good bookkeeper. And share resources to help you get to be a good bookkeeper.

Job Searching Blogs 

How do you find local jobs?

How do you go about finding local jobs? Your research and networking starts and ends with LinkedIn.

Why are jobs hidden and what are the benefits for you?

During and after lockdown, networking to secure employment is essential to your success. Networking will uncover those hidden jobs and opportunities. Take advantage of networking on LinkedIn while we continue to practice social distancing.

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7 LinkedIn Hacks to Boost your chances of securing a job! 

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How to Succeed at ANY interview?  

If you go blank, or feel underprepared, or keep getting rejections, we’ll share all the techniques you need to be successful. 

Recruitment and Selection Blogs (Hiring Managers)

Questions NOT to ask candidates in an interview

Unlawful questions for a job interview.  Do you know what questions not to ask candidates?   Despite Employment Law being in force for many decades, I'm still surprised at the questions still asked during an interview.  Everyone involved in the recruitment...

The Best Exit Interview Questions

Are you monitoring the reasons employees are leaving your company? The exit interview is the last chance to understand why people are leaving your organisation.

Interview Questions for Hiring Managers: How to make your old questions effective

If you ask these questions to the “polished” or “prepared” candidates they’ll get out the PowerPoint Presentation, the laser pointer, and talk you through the ready-made textbook answer! Here’s one I made up earlier!
Wouldn’t you rather get to know the real person? The real person that you will be working with you Monday to Friday 9 to 5!

10 Common mistakes during the hiring process

What are the biggest mistakes during the hiring process? Knowing what could go wrong will help you to avoid the biggest mistakes!

10 Practical ways to reduce the cost of hiring

10 Simple and Practical ways to reduce the costs of hiring.

Why am I too senior or overqualified for the position?

Have you ever been rejected because you are too senior or overqualified? It’s not necessarily discrimination. There could be a number of genuine business reasons that this could be an issue.

How to manage unsuccessful candidates

What are you saying to your unsuccessful candidates? Every candidate post-interview deserves some feedback to understand how a decision was made about their fit.

Career Coaching Blogs 

Why taking a holiday is good for your mental health!

Find out why taking a holiday is good for your mental health and wellbeing and the consequences and impact if you don’t take a break. Even if you love what you do and enjoy your job, it’s important to take a break and get involved in other activities.

Why you should NEVER accept a counter-offer?

Why you should NEVER accept a counter-offer before, taking into consideration many important factors and aspects. And, thinking about the consequences of accepting and declining the counter-offer.

How and when to negotiate your salary

How and when to negotiate your salary? It’s so important to calculate not just your basic salary but all the benefits. It’s also important to get the timing to negotiate just right.

Why hiring managers DON’T care about transferable skills

Why hiring managers don’t care about transferable skills. The problem with transferable skills is that the same set of generic skills are churned out on autopilot.

How do you prepare for a pre-recorded video interview?

How do you prepare for a pre-recorded video interview and what can you expect from a pre-recorded video interview. We’ll share some valuable insights, so you can excel during the interview and land the job.

How to start a new career at 50

Is it too late to change your career at 50? The simple and quick answer is no! However, there are some things to carefully consider before making the move. Do you have a well-formed plan? Have you thought through the consequences?

What is the role of HR professionals during a crisis?

What is the role of HR in a crisis and how you as an HR professional can contribute positively? There has never been a better time to share your knowledge and expertise. We consume a high volume of information and most of us will be seeking out quality data and the truth…

How to deal with rejection

How to deal with rejection. There are not many people that enjoy being rejected. Clearly you are working towards a goal or objective and you’ve just missed out on hitting your target. However, it’s important to take the time to reflect positively and objectively.

Why is taking time out for Self-Reflection important?

Why is it important to take time out for self-reflection? How do you know you are on track? How do you measure and monitor success? If you are always looking forward how will you learn or improve or develop?

Don’t quit your job when you’re angry!

Don’t quit when you’re angry! Understanding the triggers and giving yourself some space and time will be highly beneficial.

 

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