In a fast paced and constantly evolving industry such as IT, it's never been more important to keep your skillset up to date and prove to recruiters your hunger for new opportunities. But we're not talking solely about seminars and training courses.
Starting a new job search can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve been in your current role for a while.
What’s the secret to networking properly? A question that many find themselves asking the night before a big event.
You’ve trawled your way through the vastly competitive jobs market, impressed at the interview and gone on to get the job.
There’s an apocryphal story that has been bandied about for years, about an interview where the interviewer asked a candidate: “Do something to surprise me”. The interviewee got out his lighter and set fire to the interviewer’s newspaper. It’s not an action we would advise emulating, but very definitely comes under the heading of utterly incomprehensible interview questions.
Waiting for a response to a job application can be a soul destroying experience. Even more so when you've applied for multiple roles but still your inbox stays resolutely empty. If that’s happened to you then you should take a closer look at the common element, your CV – especially if you know that you’re well qualified for the position.
Looking for a career match this Valentine's? Play the job hunting game like you do the dating one and the perfect match could be just around the corner.
An interview is a bit like a dating site: the questions asked are designed to figure out if you are compatible with that company. In a job interview, this will be from a skills point of view as well as from a cultural point of view.
Wanting a new job is one thing. Landing the right one is quite another. This is especially true if you work in competitive market. Even in a buoyant jobs market, there are always plenty of well-qualified professionals who can fill a vacancy, so how do you make sure that you get the one you want?
Stress is a fact of modern life: a direct result of more technology and less time. Before the computer, the mobile phone, the instant access to information and rapid exchange of emails, life was slower and more predictable.
The jobs market has changed considerably over recent years. With increased competition for many job vacancies it’s essential that your CV shows you at your best and, more importantly, makes an immediate impact.
Does anyone even remember a business landscape before the internet? Was there really life before Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn? These days, an online presence is essential to every organisation’s success, whatever its size and industry, so it’s not just larger employers that need to think about their digital shop window.
When you come to write or edit your CV it’s important to work out what approach suits you rather than following and abiding by every piece of advice out there.
Everyone’s CV credentials differ, so why stick to a traditional chronological CV, when perhaps a skills-based approach would suit you better? There are many reasons why this approach, rather than a traditional chronological CV, could be for you.
Recruitment is all about selling. Whether you’re a recruiter, a candidate or an employer it’s all about marketing yourself as strongly as possible in order to seal the deal. Candidates need to sell themselves to recruiters, recruiters want candidates they can sell to employers and, to secure the best candidates, employers will also need to sell themselves as the right fit.
So you’re over the first major hurdle: you’ve got an interview. Now the work really begins. Don’t be tempted to wing it on the day. The more thought you give the interview ahead of time, the stronger your performance will be.
A chronological CV, that lists your employment and educational history in date order, is an excellent way of showing your career progression and highlighting how you’ve grown in your roles, what you’ve learnt and what you’ve done.
In a crowded and competitive jobs market setting yourself apart from other applicants and getting noticed is becoming all the more important.
Recruitment agents and potential employers receive scores of applications for every job they advertise, so it’s essential your CV makes you stand out. Ensuring your CV says all it needs to without going overboard on the details is a tricky balancing act, but get it right and you’ll create an excellent first impression that could really take you places.
Most job adverts request you send your application form, or CV and covering letter, to a designated contact who’ll be receiving scores of others. All you have to go on is the job description and person specification, while all they have to go on is the written word, which may not even make it to the printer
A new year is on the horizon and the festive break will undoubtedly see your thoughts turn to whether or not you’re getting the job satisfaction and career development you want from your current role. This time of year is, unsurprisingly, a popular time for many of us to start the search for our next perfect career move, but if you haven’t done so for a while it can be rather a daunting prospect. Where do you start and what are the best methods?
When was the last time you updated your CV? Weeks, months – even years - ago? If you have an out of date CV lurking in your computer files then it’s time for an update. Your CV is your opportunity to sell yourself – it is the first impression a company will have of you, and it’s vital to get it right first time.
What you choose to wear to a job interview can seriously impact whether you’re hired or not. Turning up to an interview for a financial advisor role dressed in dungarees and flip flops, for example, is a no-no. A sharp, smart look will boost your confidence and count towards that all-important first impression.
We’ve all been asked the ‘strengths and weaknesses’ question at interview. Accepted wisdom tells us to extol the virtues of the former and put a positive spin on the latter, seeing so-called weaknesses as something that can in fact be beneficial.
Emotional intelligence is not a prerequisite for success. Some very successful people aren’t particularly good at dealing with others. There is even a suspicion that to do well in business you need to lack emotional intelligence. Hard-nosed, self-obsessed narcissists are sometimes portrayed as the type who do best in the corporate world.
We’ve all come across toxic people who have a nasty habit of making you feel inferior or manage to effortlessly sabotage your every move, when all you’re trying to do is have a positive impact on your workplace and contribute to your company’s success.
It takes a certain type of person to be an entrepreneur, yet there are no specific rules about the kind of venture they can turn their attention to and be successful at. From sole traders to self-employed owners of SMEs to the founders and figureheads of the biggest companies in the world, entrepreneurs can be found in every industry at every level.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for success. It comes in many forms and every route to achieving it is different.
A bad boss can have a significant impact on your day-to-day working life as well as your career in the longer term. Whether it’s a chaotic workplace, a lack of feedback or unwarranted negative performance reviews, the knock-on effect of bad management can be substantial.
Card-counting poker players aside, memory doesn’t appear to be central to most people’s jobs. But a good memory can help you out in a thousand small, significant ways every day.
Are you creative at work? No, we’re not asking if you’re a dab hand at watercolours – we mean are you a creative thinker? Do you problem-solve easily and enjoy thinking laterally? If so, you could be boosting your career opportunities, and contributing to the success of your business.
Some things in life are easy to measure, while others are a bit trickier. We’re not talking room dimensions or sales targets; we’re talking about the ‘soft’ skills in your arsenal and how to use them effectively. How do some people manage to progress in their careers with a never-wavering focus on the ‘hard’ traits of business success, while others walk a path less obvious and still manage to achieve it?
Negative feedback can be difficult to take but it is an important way of understanding your strengths and weaknesses while identifying opportunities to develop.
How you behave at work can significantly impact how you are perceived by your colleagues and employers. Are you self-aware enough to know how you’re seen by others and able to gauge what they think of you? Most of us have little or no idea about the facial expressions we display or the body language we use yet are acutely aware of other people’s. It’s little wonder, then, that we read so much into the way colleagues come across through their actions – and vice versa.
In a rapidly evolving workplace, where technology and best practice can change at breakneck speed, it’s essential that your knowledge and skills are kept fresh and current. By demonstrating that you are across the latest industry trends, are aware of key insights and can apply these to your work ethic, you will set yourself apart from the competition.
A wise person once said: “All the decisions we have to make are hard, because the easy ones have already been taken,’ or words to that effect. Nowhere does this ring true more than in the business world, where livelihoods and huge sums of money are at stake. For some, decision-making is an easy process they barely have to stop and think about, whereas for others it causes a great deal of anxiety and stress. This has to do with personality types, to a certain extent, but it’s also about experience and having the right skillset to handle things in the best way possible.
Ever increasing workloads and endless to-do lists can floor even the most efficient employee. It’s likely, however, that there will always be a large amount of work competing for your attention. The trick isn’t getting it all done immediately, it’s working out which things need to be done first. Successful people know how to prioritise effectively and when to move on to the next task.
So, the big interview is over and now you’re replaying every minute detail of it in your head. Did you prove that you could think on your feet and react well under pressure? Did you give enough detail and choose the right examples to highlight your skills? Were they won over by your experience and wowed by your ideas?
Conflict in the workplace needs to be managed carefully, but it doesn’t have to be a big problem. In our conflict-averse world it can feel like any disagreement is a bad thing, but conflict is actually a natural part of working with other people.