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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The Risks and rewards of Self-Employment

Have you been unemployed for a while and are slowly realizing that getting a job isn't as easy as you thought it would be? Are you tired of working the same mediocre jobs that don't satisfy you or pay well? Maybe you're a dreamer who has always wanted to start your own business. When you're unemployed, unachieved goals or ambitions can seem out of reach. Add to this the fact that starting a business involves passion, dedication, organization, and money. Money is perhaps the key factor here. When you're barely making ends meet on benefits, how on earth can you…

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Gender Inequality in the Workplace

In October of last year, the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations story broke in The New Yorker. The publicity surrounding this scandal has caused a lot of questions to be asked about women's position in modern society. In a time of supposed social progress, how is it that male authoritarian figures are still getting away with behavior like this? Almost as disturbing as the rape and unwanted touching accusations in the Weinstein story was the seeming complicity of his staff and colleagues. It is as much a moral stain on those who stayed silent as it is on Weinstein himself.…

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Robots, Machines, and Automation

Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great July. I'm in Florida and we've had some scary thunder and lightning that's as loud as fireworks! It's been a great month so far aside from that though. Anyway, this blog post is about...scary, foreboding music...drum roll...robots, machines, and automation. I just got a shiver down my spine thinking about the worrying progress of computers designed to act more and more like humans. Bladerunner eat your heart out. Machines that Learn Like People Part of the general wariness surrounding technological progress is a subconscious fear that machines will take over the world. This…

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Bizarre Global Trends: Bitcoin

What is Bitcoin? You may never have heard of it, but it's time you did. Bitcoin is taking the online marketplace by storm. But what is it? It's a form of digital currency: money you can't touch, feel, or smell, but money all the same. It is what's known as a 'crypto-currency': a digital cash system. It is also completely decentralized, meaning that it is not backed by a physical commodity (gold) or any government or bank. Japan has legalized crypto-currencies, and other countries will likely follow: just a few days ago (June 23rd) news of China developing its own…

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Practical Advice for Finding a Job

There is a wealth of job-finding advice on the internet, but much of it is highly impractical: suggestions like 'networking' and 'putting yourself out there' are incredibly vague, and sometimes reading such advice will actually discourage you. Networking is for people who read magazines that tell us about things like LBDs (little black dresses), it isn't for those of us who just want a quiet life with a normal job that pays enough to do the things we have to do and maybe even some of the things we want to do. Luckily I'm here to help. Because I find…

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Name-Blind Recruitment

As soon as I read the definition of name-blind recruitment, or blind recruitment as I'll call it from here on out, I knew I'd be a bit of a skeptic. Nonetheless, this form of recruitment is gaining momentum, so it's worthy of discussion. Blind recruitment is the practice of removing information that personally identifies you from your job application. Things that are often removed from a blind application include your name, gender, age, and education. Immediately I'm wondering why on earth education would be removed from an application, considering the fact that you need B.Sc's, B.A's, PhD's, A.B.C's and the…

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How To Create a Good Computer-Readable Resume

I've previously written about what information should appear in a Resume, and how to divide information between a Resume and a cover letter (here if you didn't read it yet). The points in my previous writing were concerned with general Resume writing. This post, however, focuses specifically on how to write a good Resume for online applications. The title above, 'How To Create a Good Computer-Readable Resume', is illuminating. Many job-seekers aren't aware of the fact that the actual layout of their Resume can impact their chances of getting the job they're applying for. This is because many companies use…

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What is your Greatest Strength?

This month's blog continues the series of most popular interview questions. So far I've addressed 'What Are Your Weaknesses?', 'Tell Me About Yourself', and 'Why Do You Want This Job?'. Now I'm going to address the 'What is Your Greatest Strength?' question. When you prepare for an interview and want to think of a smart way to answer this, remember the following: The strength you highlight must be relevant to the position you're being interviewed for A lot of interviewees make the mistake of being familiar and transparent when they formulate their answer. For example, you may think of yourself…

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