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CV and Cover Letter Tips Blogs

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 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.

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?”

LinkedIN & Social Media 

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.

Career Coaching Blogs 

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.

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.

What are career anchors and how do they help you plan?

The concept of the Career Anchors was introduced by Edgar Schein. A Career Anchor is something that develops over time and evolves into a self-concept, shaping an individual’s personal identity or self-image
and includes:

* Talents, skills, and abilities: the things that we believe we are good at, and not so good at.
* Motives and needs: what is important to us and take the form of goals, e.g. money, status, challenge, autonomy.
* Attitudes and values: the kind of organization that we feel comfortable with, one that matches our own values and beliefs.

4 tips for looking your best at your work Christmas party

Christmas is the perfect chance to wow your co-workers and wear something special. But how do you know if you’re getting the right balance between professional and festive? In this article, Steve Cochrane from luxury fashion retailer Psyche offers his tips for looking your best at your work Christmas party.

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.

Recruitment and Selection Blogs (Hiring Managers)

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 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.

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