The Importance of Body Language

The Importance of Body Language in Job Interviews  This blog marks the first in a series of posts that focus on detailed interview tips. There are countless articles written about the broad subject of how to do well in an interview, but I'm genuinely hoping I can offer you some new and insightful advice that will help you clinch the deal. Let's start with this first post on the importance of your body language during an interview.  While it may sound shallow, your physical attributes can make all the difference in your next job interview. I say 'attributes' instead of…

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What are ”Transferable Skills”?

The recruitment industry is chock full of jargon. On your job seeking journey you've probably come across a variety of popular phrases like 'tailored CV', 'job criteria', and 'employee satisfaction'. However, those terms mean pretty much what they say (even though they sound a bit high-brow). With regards to the phrase 'transferable skills', however, can we say the same thing? What are transferable skills? And now that we're on the subject, what on earth are 'soft skills'? Why do these things matter? How do they impact your career prospects? Let's find out:  Let's Start with Transferable Skills: You might learn…

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The Pros and Cons of Freelance work

In today's technological age, freelancing or working from home is becoming a more realistic option for many jobseekers. With the rise of casual and temporary contracts in brick-and-mortar businesses, going freelance is slowly beginning to make more sense. The logic behind its rise in popularity (53 million people in the United States alone work freelance) is based on the idea that permanent, traditional jobs are perceived as much less stable than before. This is due in large to the economic crises that have occurred regularly since the 80s. Thus, people are more likely to look toward less traditional types of…

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Leaving a Job or being Fired

We talk a lot on this site about how to find a job, as it is essentially a jobseeking website. However, for this month, let's change the pace a little. There are times when you have a job, and you simply want to leave it. There are other times when you like working at a certain place and you're made redundant. When people think about someone being fired, it's logical to assume that the worker did something wrong. However, in today's work environment, where casual contracts are the norm, being 'fired' is usually for reasons such as company budget or…

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How to Actually Find a Decent Job

I occasionally scroll back through old blog posts I've written to make sure everything connects and I continue on as promised. Low and behold, the March 2018 blog post New Enterprise Allowance promised an upcoming blog on how to actually find a decent job. A quick glance at the following month's blog revealed that I completely skipped this (accidentally). Thus, here we are. I am going to help you actually find a decent job. You might not like this advice, but this is how I have found work successfully:  Less is More Don't fool yourself into thinking that if you…

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Are Video CVs a Good Thing?

Thanks to today's obsession with social media culture, it's no surprise that job candidates are looking to vamp up the application process by boosting their paper CV with a video one. You can compose a video CV pretty easily and professionally, and the results can be truly unique. But is a video CV going to land you a job, or will it actually decrease your chances? There are contradictory elements to this argument. Let's examine some:  Make Employers Notice You If you apply for a job with lots of candidates, a video CV is sure to make you stand out…

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The Realities of Graduate Recruitment

You've just received your final exam results, and you've passed with flying colors. The next exciting phase will be getting to wear the fancy hat and robe and taking obligatory pictures with said hats flying through the air. While these memorable experiences are incredibly worthwhile, finishing university and entering 'the real world' can be a very scary and anti-climactic reality for many graduates across the UK.  Being a graduate looking for a job introduces a number of complications into your life, including the most disheartening of them all: you will most likely most get the job you thought you would…

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The UK’s Gig Economy

The recession may be over, but the UK's economic landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years. The idea of job stability has transformed from an expected reality into an idealistic one. Today's economy might be thriving on paper, but the rise of what's known as a 'gig economy' leaves many workers at the wayside.  What Exactly is the Gig Economy? The gig economy is an umbrella term used to describe the current economic climate occurring within Britain. It encapsulates the idea that people are hired in a way that promises maximum benefit to the company, and an uncertain…

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How To Create A Business Plan

Last month's blog focused on how to get funding for a new business. If you're unemployed, or looking to switch things up a bit in your career, you might be interested in finding out how to become self-employed. There's no sense in applying for government funding if you don't know what you want to have a business in. Being your own boss has its perks, but you'll lose interest quickly if you don't have a solid goal and business plan in mind.  So, before you try to finance your new business, it's imperative to consider the specifics of it. This…

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New Enterprise Allowance

Last month's blog post was a brief examination of the risks and rewards of self-employment. One of the stepping stones from unemployment to starting your own business is figuring out how to finance the initial costs. This is where the New Enterprise Allowance becomes relevant to the discussion.  What is the New Enterprise Allowance? The New Enterprise Allowance is a government scheme designed to offer unemployed people the money necessary to start up a business. It was first started by the Thatcher government in the 1980s. Some well-known entrepreneurs and public figures got their start this way, including the founder…

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