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Job hunters are being tracked online

Do you really need a traditional, two-page, paper CV in this day and age to find a job? It’s an interesting question and one I’m not sure I should be asking, seeing as I spend some of my professional life writing CVs for my coaching clients.…


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Do you really need to go to university?

This Wednesday saw the release of the Select Committee’s Report on Career Guidance which “examines the impact of the new duty on schools to provide independent and impartial careers guidance for young people”. The Education Committee Chair Graham Stuart MP says “We want face-to-face guidance…


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In the news on Monday was a new scheme proposed by Labour to offer the long-term unemployed a guarantee of a six-month job.   Of course with Labour in opposition this idea is only hypothetical however it does lead to a broader question for job hunters;…


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It’s all about you!

Next time you log into your computer call up Google, or any other search engine, and type your name into the search box. What do you find? Well it’s an interesting question because that’s precisely what many recruiters do when they have a candidate for…


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The Brain Drain

A recently published report from the Home Office reveals that executives and senior managers are leaving the UK at the rate of 1500 every week. With almost daily news of redundancies and City job numbers expected to hit a 20 year low next year it’s…


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How to find unadvertised jobs

Research suggests that as many as 60% of job vacancies are unadvertised. Here is some advice on how to make sure you’re making the most of the unadvertised job market Advertised roles only represent the tip of the iceberg in terms of the number of…


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Searching for a job overseas

A recently published report from the Home Office reveals that executives and senior managers are leaving the UK at the rate of 1500 every week. And with almost daily news of redundancies, and city job numbers expected to hit a 20 year low next year,…


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Five steps to get back to work

Richard is an experienced manager with a good degree in Computer Science. He’s a qualified Project Manager and he’s been searching for a new job for over six months. During that time he’s applied for over fifty jobs and he hasn’t had a single interview.…


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Competency Interviews

I often speak to candidates who haven’t attended a formal job interview for quite a long time. They’ve been working with the same organisation for several years but now find themselves back on the job market. Very often these job hunters have difficulty adapting to…


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Dealing with “bizarre” questions at interviews

‘What colour is Wednesday?’ ‘How many bicycles were sold in the UK last year?’ ‘How do you weigh an elephant without a weighing machine?’ Yes, they’re genuine interview questions! These rather bizarre types of questions are much favoured by university dons who are probably rather…


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