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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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Permanent or Contract – Which is best for you?

By on Jun 9, 2017 in candidate advice, contractors | 0 comments

Permanent or Contract – Which is best for you?

We speak to contractors who always have been, and always will be, contractors, driven by the higher hourly wages and the diversity of work offered by contracting, and permanent employees who would never ‘risk’ life in the contract market. As with everything in life, there are pros and cons to consider, and the bottom line is that while you could put up a valid case...

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Bridging the gap – The continuing skills shortage

By on Mar 28, 2017 in candidate advice, employer tips | 0 comments

Bridging the gap – The continuing skills shortage

The IT world is a complex and often difficult one to work in. In our recent blog about the danger of obsolescence in a role, we looked at one of the main reasons why IT is so unusual: Where some industries have a steady change through technological advancement and implementation of new methods, the IT industry is commonly the source of those changes. What this means...

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