How To Approach Good Employers Directly

Hi again, readers. I have to say, writing this has been an eye-opening experience for me. I have been in the position before of being unemployed and camping out on the internet trawling through hundreds of job advertisements trying to find work. There is a tip in this post that I guarantee will change the way you see the job-hunting process and will result in a much more productive job-hunting experience. The writing that follows examines why approaching an employer directly in search of a job can be extremely beneficial. Below are some useful points to consider: Benefits to Approaching an Employer Directly: 1. Speculative…

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Are Video Resumes Better For Your Job Prospects?

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 Resume with a video one. You can compose a video Resume pretty easily and professionally, and the results can be truly unique. But is a video Resume 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 Resume is sure to make you stand out…

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Three Better Interview Tips You Don’t Hear Everyday

This is the second blog in the series I'm doing on interview tips. As an experienced job seeker, there's nothing I dislike more than ready cheesy interview tips which tell you exactly how to behave. My last post on the importance of body language in an interview ¬†offered some useful tips on the non-verbal signals you give out during the interview process. This post focuses on tips which you don't hear everyday. It's common knowledge that you shouldn't chew gum during an interview, but unless you have your head in the clouds you could deduce this using common sense and…

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The Importance Of Body Language

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 'appearance' because physical appearance usually means how you…

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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 Resume', '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

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 apply for 10 jobs a week you are more likely to be hired. The reality is: if you simply pick one a week, you have a much better chance.  Are You Crazy? ...is what you're probably thinking right now. No, I'm not crazy. I just know that there is such a thing as what I like to call 'application burnout'. When you apply for jobs frantically because you desperately need one, the process of…

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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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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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