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Employer Branding Talent Acquisition Workplace

Who Needs a Bio and Why?

Most job seekers will use two documents in their job search; their resume and cover letter. That’s a good start, but how about professional bio as well? They are no longer just for authors, musicians and politicians. Anyone that has an online presence across social media and blogging (which is just about everyone nowadays) can…

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Employer Branding Talent Acquisition Workplace

Career Burnout: Don’t Let it Happen to You

The first contact of the year came from the brother of a friend of mine. My friendship with my friend had started some years ago when he had returned from overseas and was trying to find an executive role in the UK. Now his brother needed help. These are bright guys – excellent academic backgrounds…

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7 Things Candidates Can’t Hide in Their Resumes

OK, I’m quite prepared to be shot down in flames from all sides for writing this. Shoot me down anyway for starting this blog with a cliché, but here’s what I (as a former recruiter) and other recruiters can work out while we are reading your resume. 1. You are not a native English speaker…

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Workplace

The Secret Cover Letter Headline Formula

How do you grab an employer’s attention? Simple. You hit them with an effective cover letter headline that entices them to find out more about you. By investing your time and creativity in a great cover letter headline you will maximize your chances of being picked for an interview. You have only a few seconds…

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Employer Branding Talent Acquisition Workplace

5 Good Ways NOT to Network

I went to this networking event a few weeks ago featuring a good speaker named Andy Lopata. I hadn’t actually heard of him before but apparently he’s known as Mr Networker for those in the know. I liked what he went on about as it seemed very aligned my own thinking. The points outlined below…

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How to Behave in Behavioral Interviews

What is a behavioral interview? Behavioral interview questions often start with: “tell me about a time,” “describe a time” or “provide me with an example.” The idea behind behavioral interviews is well founded research that past behavior is a reliable predictor of future behavior, that is what you’ve done in the past, will predict what…

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Timebound

How to Follow Companies on LinkedIn for Constant Updates

Another week, another update to LinkedIn. For most of us, Google Alerts have been very useful for tracking the movements of companies. LinkedIn with its 400 million professional users had to strike back with a follow feature for their most important target group which is job seekers. Why follow companies on LinkedIn? As with all social…

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Workplace

A Good CV: Do Candidates Really Need One?

Why do we believe that CVs are so crucial – admittedly only at certain times of our life? When we feel that we need one (or that we need to update our own), there is an almost manic sense of it being “mission critical” – the first thing that we ought to be doing. Whether…

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Workplace

Top 10 Job Interviewing Tips and Tricks

Do you know how to sell yourself in an interview? Have you found yourself freezing up? Have you ever had a question where you have not been able to work out what the interviewer was asking – or you could give an answer, but didn’t know if it was the right one? Here are my…