actions

Actions speak louder than words

Body language is just as important as saying the right things during an interview. What if, instead of walking confidently into the room, you sneaked in like a burglar? Or squared up to the hiring manager instead of shaking their hand? Or cowered in the corner while discussing your personal strengths? Continue reading…

Interview

5 phrases not to say in an interview

The purpose of an interview is to put a face to a CV – you’ll be asked to elaborate on your listed skills and experiences of course, but it’s predominately an opportunity for your prospective employers to get to know you and for you to get to know them. Continue reading…

bank holidays

Your quick guide to: Bank Holidays

Statutory rights

As an employer, offering time off for a bank holiday is not compulsory. Evidently, in some businesses or industries, not offering time off for a bank holiday would be unfair and problematic. But any right to time off, including bank holidays, needs to clarified in a contract of employment. Continue reading…

social media

Is Social Media Affecting Your Career?

The number of employers using social media to screen candidates has increased by over 500% in the last decade. It’s become common practice to research potential candidates on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, and seeing as 69% of employers have rejected candidates based on what they’ve found on these sites it’s worth spending time ensuring your online reputation isn’t affecting your professional life. Continue reading…

Career Ideas

Transform your working life without changing career

It’s easy to become trapped by a particular career path. It can take considerable effort to break away from a profession you’ve been in for the majority of your working life – perhaps even bordering on impossible for some people – but there are ways to alter your job to be more in tune with your ambitions without dropping everything you’ve achieved and starting all over again.
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Diary

Pippa’s look back at 2016

Hello one and all – Pippa here.

How are you? How is the ‘build up’ going for you? Are you feeling glittery, warm inside and as though you’re starring in one of those brilliantly cheesy American Christmas movies which Channel 5 seem to love? Or are you strung out, toxic and cynical with a complexion like suet? I’m sort of oscillating between the two. One minute I’m trotting through the streets of London marvelling at how beautiful it is all lit up and twinkly, the next I’m twitching and terrified as yet another commitment my liver can’t cope with looms on the horizon. Continue reading…

interview

Your quick guide to competency-based interviews

Interviewer: What are your strengths?
Interviewee: I’m hard-working, confident and good at computers.
Interviewer: Interesting. Do you know how to use any design packages?
Interviewee: Erm, no…but it’s okay, because I’m a fast learner.
Interviewer: Great. You’re in.

Life isn’t that simple. And with interviewers getting the same answers to the same questions from more and more people, they’ve started asking more specific questions in order to filter down their candidates.

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