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CV and Cover Letter Tips Blogs

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 

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.

How to succeed in the Gig Economy

CIPD predict in approximately 10 years half the workforce will be contractors. Have you considered going self-employed? Would you like to join the Gig Economy?

Should I share my tours of duty?

As a career consultant for military service leavers, I get asked: “Should I share my tours of duty?”

Will having a tattoo affect my job success?

Will having a tattoo affect your job success? There is no direct answer to this question. There are mixed opinions about tattoos. This is understandable when you consider for the first time in modern history we are working alongside 5 generations.

How to research the jobs market

How to research the jobs market using a PESTLE analysis. In today’s fast-changing world of work, you’ll need to keep up to date with what’s impacting your sector. This is the ideal tool to understand the big picture changes.

How to write a compelling cover letter

Don’t waste this opportunity to further tailor your application and demonstrate your genuine interest in the job and the company.

Spring forward with career planning

Spring has taken it’s time to make an appearance this year. So, is it now time to spring clean your career planning?

It’s all about the chemistry!

It’s all about the chemistry! An interview is a bit like a first date! There’s a lot of information being shared during this interaction.

How to successfully negotiate and evaluate a job offer!

How to successfully negotiate and evaluate a job offer. The aim should always be to achieve a win-win between you and the company.

Recruitment Agencies – What are they good for?

If you decide to work with a recruitment agency, do your homework before registering. Check that they have a good reputation in the local market and they can help you with your specific job requirements.

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.

How to handle the Assessment Centre

Assessment centres can be nerve-wracking occasions. However, they do give candidates a wide variety of activities to demonstrate behavioural competencies. A great opportunity if you go in with the right attitude.

How to use the S.T.A.R technique for a job interview

Using the STAR technique can really help you prepare some great specific examples, particularly when you are invited to a Behavioural Competency interview.

How to establish rapport in an interview

During an interview, there isn’t much time to build up trust and credibility. So, you’ll need to build rapport instead by listening, showing respect and most importantly being yourself.

How to write a CV with no work experience

Here are a few points to help you write a CV when you have no work experience.

Dress for Success

First impressions really are important in an interview. The way you dress is a very big contributing factor to making a great first impression.

What NOT to include on your CV

Today CVs need to be written succinctly and concisely. A CV is your marketing document with one main reason, to get you an invite to interview.

How to manage your Continuous Development Plan CDP?

Here are 10 ways of managing your Career and Continuous Development Plan CDP. The work doesn’t stop when you land the job! Take time to manage your Career.

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.

Do you know your transferable skills?

Have you been serving in the Armed Forces? Do you understand your transferable skills? Here to help with your transition from Soldier to Civilian.

How to deal with Rejection after Interview

It’s inevitable that most of us will receive a rejection at some point in our career. The higher the level position the tougher it gets to secure a job. Learn to move on quickly and spend your precious time focused on the next interview.

How to maximise your interview preparation time

Here’s how to quickly research the company to get a very good overview and broad knowledge of the organisation when you are short of time.

How to get the most from attending Job Fairs

Attending a Job Fair is a seriously good opportunity to network with Employers and Organisation of interest. Here’s how to maximize your time at these events.

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.

Here’s the problem with “Any Job”

It’s good to be flexible in a rapidly changing world of work, however here’s the problem with looking for any job!

Work after Maternity Leave

You’ve taken your maternity leave and it’s time to consider the next steps. Back to work? Start a business? Change career direction?

How to Avoid Five Common Interview Mistakes

Learn from others, stand out from the crowd and avoid these top five common interview mistakes!

How to make a good first impression!

It’s that cliché – you never get a second opportunity to make a first impression. Make sure you give yourself the best possible chance to land the job of your dreams!

How to answer tough interview questions!

Some of the most simple sounding questions, can be the most difficult to answer when under pressure or under prepared.

Career Coaching Blogs 

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.

What’s the purpose of a SWOT analysis?

What’s the purpose of conducting a SWOT analysis? If done correctly the SWOT analysis tool is an incredibly powerful tool. It can help you identify a new career direction or it can help you create a personal development plan.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AT WORK: How to take advantage of your job’s real purpose

Joanie is a part-time employee with a mission to end the Sunday Night Blues and start a new way of working. She uses what she’s learned from her experience to help employees have happiness, fulfillment, and high-performance in their jobs, with a revolutionary approach to goal achievement. Learn more at: useyourjob.com/about

Her books, Use Your Job: A 90-Day Challenge, and As Its People: A 90-Day Challenge, are available in paperback or Kindle at: www.amazon.com/author/joanelmore

Are you looking after yourself?

Are you looking after yourself? When you’re career orientated and ambitious it’s easy for everything else to take second place. If you don’t priortise your health and well-being it’s easier to get stressed and tired.

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.

Reflecting on 2018

Let’s take the time to reflect on the last 12 months and start planning and looking forward to the next. Wishing you all a very successful, peaceful and prosperous 2019!

How to conduct effective self-reflection

How do you conduct effective self-reflection? It’s important you select a process or model you feel comfortable implementing.

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!

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.

Considering changing your career?

Considering changing your career? Before you quit your job, you’ll need to conduct some personal analysis. You need to know what you offer the next employer. You will need to understand your transferable skills and conduct some market research.

How to succeed in the Gig Economy

CIPD predict in approximately 10 years half the workforce will be contractors. Have you considered going self-employed? Would you like to join the Gig Economy?

How to exceed at work appraisals

Do you dread the annual work appraisal? It doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable meeting with your manager. Here are some suggestions to help you exceed work appraisals.

Should I share my tours of duty?

As a career consultant for military service leavers, I get asked: “Should I share my tours of duty?”

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.

Will having a tattoo affect my job success?

Will having a tattoo affect your job success? There is no direct answer to this question. There are mixed opinions about tattoos. This is understandable when you consider for the first time in modern history we are working alongside 5 generations.

How to research the jobs market

How to research the jobs market using a PESTLE analysis. In today’s fast-changing world of work, you’ll need to keep up to date with what’s impacting your sector. This is the ideal tool to understand the big picture changes.

How to recognise and reduce workplace stress

How to recognise and reduce workplace stress. Learn to spot the early warning signs and techniques to reduce stress.

Spring forward with career planning

Spring has taken it’s time to make an appearance this year. So, is it now time to spring clean your career planning?

How to create well-formed desired outcomes

Since January I've been sharing techniques on creating career plans and sharing some insights on how to create well-formed desired outcomes. There is a reason why most goals or New Year resolutions don’t succeed. There’s not much thought goes into the planning and...

Is it necessary to love your job?

We spend most of our time at work, so isn’t it more satisfying and fulfilling that we enjoy what we do? It’s about enjoying the journey.

How to future-proof your career

How to future-proof your career in a rapidly changing world of work. With technology, politics, economy, demographics and the environment, having a huge impact on the jobs market it’s time to protect your value and worth to employers.

Career Mapping & Planning

Are you a believer? Yes, this is spelt correctly! When you are planning your next career move, do you factor in your values and beliefs? It’s important to your success that you believe you can achieve your goals.

The process of Self-Reflection

Everyone talks about December being a great time to reflect however do we actually take the time or use a proven process?

It’s all about the chemistry!

It’s all about the chemistry! An interview is a bit like a first date! There’s a lot of information being shared during this interaction.

How to successfully negotiate and evaluate a job offer!

How to successfully negotiate and evaluate a job offer. The aim should always be to achieve a win-win between you and the company.

Recruitment Agencies – What are they good for?

If you decide to work with a recruitment agency, do your homework before registering. Check that they have a good reputation in the local market and they can help you with your specific job requirements.

How to handle the Assessment Centre

Assessment centres can be nerve-wracking occasions. However, they do give candidates a wide variety of activities to demonstrate behavioural competencies. A great opportunity if you go in with the right attitude.

How to use the S.T.A.R technique for a job interview

Using the STAR technique can really help you prepare some great specific examples, particularly when you are invited to a Behavioural Competency interview.

How are you managing your 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.

How to establish rapport in an interview

During an interview, there isn’t much time to build up trust and credibility. So, you’ll need to build rapport instead by listening, showing respect and most importantly being yourself.

How to write a CV with no work experience

Here are a few points to help you write a CV when you have no work experience.

Dress for Success

First impressions really are important in an interview. The way you dress is a very big contributing factor to making a great first impression.

What NOT to include on your CV

Today CVs need to be written succinctly and concisely. A CV is your marketing document with one main reason, to get you an invite to interview.

How to manage your Continuous Development Plan CDP?

Here are 10 ways of managing your Career and Continuous Development Plan CDP. The work doesn’t stop when you land the job! Take time to manage your Career.

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.

Do you know your transferable skills?

Have you been serving in the Armed Forces? Do you understand your transferable skills? Here to help with your transition from Soldier to Civilian.

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.

Here’s the problem with “Any Job”

It’s good to be flexible in a rapidly changing world of work, however here’s the problem with looking for any job!

Work after Maternity Leave

You’ve taken your maternity leave and it’s time to consider the next steps. Back to work? Start a business? Change career direction?

Your Interview Coach Highlights of 2016

Time to reflect, evaluate and give thanks for all the opportunities, successes and support in 2016. Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2017!

How to make a good first impression!

It’s that cliché – you never get a second opportunity to make a first impression. Make sure you give yourself the best possible chance to land the job of your dreams!

Recruitment and Selection Blogs (Hiring Managers)

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 are you managing your 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.

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.

LinkedIN & Social Media 

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.

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