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Job Hunting – Where Should I Begin?

Everyone in the UK is keenly aware of the redundancy problem. Whilst unemployment fell in May, the number of applications for Job Seeker’s Allowance is up. And really, with government plans to streamline and cut jobs over the next few years, redundancy is not a problem that will go away anytime soon. The best place […]

I Received a Job Offer, But It’s the Wrong Salary

You’ve been job hunting for months – dozens of CVs, numerous interviews, and finally, you’ve received the long-awaited job offer! Unfortunately, it’s £7,000 less than what you need to just survive and pay the bills. The dilemma is agonising: It pays more than nothing, but you still can’t meet your daily needs. What do you […]

10 Job Boards and I Still Can’t Find a Job – What Am I Doing Wrong?

  If you’ve plastered the job boards with your CV and spend hours each day on your job hunting efforts without gaining a single interview, your error most likely lies in your CV and cover letter, or the process by which you submit them. Job boards seem easy enough to navigate, but you would be […]

Help! I’ve Been Made Redundant!

Redundancy. It has hit every industry, every job class and every nation. For those in the UK, redundancy is a long-term problem that does not seem will end soon. While there is strength in numbers, this is one area where more is not merrier – they are competing with you for very limited job resources. […]

Knowing Your Worth

Part of your ability to succeed in obtaining a job is knowing your worth. If you overvalue yourself against the market, you are unlikely to get a job offer – there are plenty of similarly qualified candidates willing to take less. However, undervaluing your worth will leave you unsatisfied and may even raise questions with […]

Working the Job Boards

There are a large number of job boards available for those out of work in the UK. Before I get into a list of those you should use, I want to discuss how to use them for maximum opportunity. The Right Fit First, you need to choose the one that is right for you. If […]

Dressing Up a Job Title

I’ve seen a lot of people looking for employment who struggle with making mundane job titles sound somewhat more exciting. To some extent, selecting a job title that is more descriptive of your actual job duties can be, at times, a good idea. For instance, if you hold a generic job title, such as ‘Clerk’, […]

Over-qualified vs. Under-qualified – How to Overcome Objections

Many employers have a mental image of the perfect candidate for each job. In most cases, this includes a list of the must-haves, the nice-to-haves and a salary range. Their objective is to get the person with the most skills at the lowest cost. Unfortunately for the employer, rarely do ‘perfect’ candidates walk through the […]

Smokers Beware! You Might Be Killing More Than Your Health

Smoking is bad for you. Yes – yet another unsolicited opinion on why you shouldn’t smoke. But I have a slightly different point of view on this issue. You already know that smoking is bad for your health, so I won’t bother rehashing all of the medical arguments. Smoking can kill your chances of getting […]

Using a Recruiter: Tapping into the Hidden Job Market

As a recruiter, I am often asked why job seekers should use a recruiter to help them with their job hunting. Most job seekers go it alone and locate open positions through advertisements and online job boards. What can a recruiter do for me? This is the top question I hear in my profession. Firstly, […]

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