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So where do you see yourself in five years? Why recruiters ask clichéd questions

By on Dec 1, 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

So where do you see yourself in five years? Why recruiters ask clichéd questions

There is a moment in every interview situation that all interviewees dread, and it’s what feels like the inevitable cliché question. However, while they may seem to be standard rollout questions, they serve a very important purpose. One of the things about clichés is they sometimes have a basis in a particular need and in the case of the interview questions they...

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Actively promoting the upside – Why a positive workplace culture is vital

By on Nov 7, 2017 in candidate advice, employer tips | 0 comments

Actively promoting the upside – Why a positive workplace culture is vital

Anyone who has ever worked in an environment where the attitude towards work is sliding into the toxic will tell you how unpleasant it is. By contrast, if you have experienced the opposite you will know just how productive it can be. Toxic workplaces don’t happen overnight. They are a slow burn process where the little niggles and moans that we all have start to...

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Never forgotten on the internet – How to avoid social media hurting your career opportunities

By on Oct 18, 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

Never forgotten on the internet – How to avoid social media hurting your career opportunities

It is a matter of weeks since Facebook announced they had passed the 2 billion user milestone. Let’s stop and consider how many that is for a moment. Written as a number that is 2,000,000,000 people. The whole population of the world is roughly 7.5 billion, so it means more than 1 in 4 use Facebook worldwide. Just because you are probably curious now, the nearest...

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Returning to work after a career break – Five questions about getting back in the game

By on Oct 1, 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

Returning to work after a career break – Five questions about getting back in the game

Firstly, let’s dispel a myth. There is a common misconception that a career break is frowned upon by employers. We can promise you that this is not the case. Whatever the reason for your career break, your individual circumstances are not the issue for a potential employer. When you decide it is time to return to work, the employer will be looking for a valuable...

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Ping pong endings – How to avoid the trap of offer and counter offer

By on Sep 16, 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

Ping pong endings – How to avoid the trap of offer and counter offer

Not very long ago, when you left one role to move to another that tended to be it. You resigned, you worked your notice (or if you were in a sensitive position and lucky enough) you got garden leave to finish up your contract and then you started your new role. At the moment though we are seeing a very low unemployment rate and a skills shortage, and the result of...

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Experience talks, wisdom listens – Developing good leadership skills

By on Aug 10, 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

Experience talks, wisdom listens – Developing good leadership skills

Leadership is an elusive quality but, for me at least, it isn’t a magical one. Certainly, there are some people who seem to have a natural ‘something’ that makes people more likely to follow them, charisma I suppose we would call it. However, a charismatic personality doesn’t make you a good leader. Leadership is not just about being popular (although in fairness it...

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