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  • Why the over-50s are a hot commodity in the job market!

    Recently a client of mine wanted to hire an administrator. We had several candidates booked for interviews, but two cancelled because they had taken another job by the time of the interview. Both these candidates' CVs had been online for only a week, and both were nearly sixty.

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  • How to conduct a personal SWOT analysis

    By nature I am a “hurry up” person; I like to crack on with things and used to find people who are detail-oriented and cautious to be challenging to work with. Sarah, a former colleague, was a different personality type: skilled at writing processes, she was great at taking time to review things and to think carefully before taking action. She taught me the value of not letting my emotional response to a situation be my only response.

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  • Five must-read books for successful people

    Whether the subject is helping yourself to be the best you can be, finding your creative spirit or nailing those elusive truths about management, here are the books recommended by our MD Helen Floor.  

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  • How to get your CV right – FAST!

    Some advice on getting your CV right - in the amount of time an internal recruiter will spend reading it*. (*On their second pass, if you're lucky!)

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  • Dear Diary: why pausing to reflect on your career can be your best competitive advantage of all

    In our last blog we thought about some actions that anyone can take to deliver quick but small marginal gains in their search for a job. But I'd also encourage you to delve a little deeper. Here are some actions you can take that may take a little longer, but that can help you to be the best you can be in your career. In the true spirit of Kaizen, which we touched upon in the last blog, some of these ideas work best as part of an ongoing project or process of review.

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  • Jobseekers: eight ways to give yourself a competitive edge

    When we become a jobseeker, we become a competitor, vying with a crowded field of candidates for the same role. The comparison with sport is inescapable, so it makes sense that sport can teach us a thing or two about job-hunting. 

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  • It’s good to talk! Why conversation is at the heart of recruitment.

    Last Friday I wanted to get away from my laptop for a while, so I printed off some CVs and started calling candidates. I had some lovely conversations and ended the day buzzing, knowing that I’d made a positive impact to my candidates’ days, as they had to mine. How lucky I am to be able to feel that way after a long time in the job.

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  • 12 things that will help you end the year on a high and come back raring to go!

    For employees and employers alike, the next few weeks are a strange time. In some ways the time flies by, speeded by the daily countdown to Christmas and our preoccupation with buying gifts and preparing to visit or receive family or friends.

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  • Looking for work? Six more ways to make your social media work for you

    In our last blog we discussed the idea that social media is now a shop window for job seekers. Here are some more ways to make sure your online presence is working for you rather than against you.

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  • Jobseekers: how to make your social media work for you

    Not so many years ago, when social media was still new to most people, a lot of hiring managers were squeamish about checking out prospective employees’ social media profiles. Those days now seem oddly quaint.

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