Posts in Job seeking success
THE HOURS YOU SPEND ON YOUR RESUME - part 1

I remember sitting with my then colleagues in a London office, and having one of them exclaim - look at this CV, this person has been working for 30 years, which is longer than I've been alive! This was met with sniggers and head nods from all present. Except me. When I stated that I too at that time had been working for 30 years, I was met with shocked faces. 

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You put what on your résumé ?!

Make sure your Linkedin profile features a professional photo.  Frolicking on a beach holiday, glamour shots fit only for your boy/girl friend, receiving (what appears to be) a lap dance in the company of your mates, or getting sozzled at a wedding might all make for fun pics, but not for your professional profile and especially not whilst you're hunting for work.

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Quit with class

There may be short term satisfaction in telling your bosses or colleagues what you really think about them, and emphasising this with some colourful insults, but there is nothing to gain in the mid to long term.   This is also a good reason to avoid last day drinks – in the emotions that practically everyone feels on their last day, it’s too easy to say the wrong thing with a little artificial courage…

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Competancy Based Interviews

Competency based interviews (CBI) are a trend that is not slowing down. Many of our HR community will be familiar with the CBI approach and may well have used this format to conduct interviews in the past. However the experience of being on the “other side” of a CBI process is likely to be quite different, and to help your interviewing success, it is useful to understand the reasoning behind use of CBI as a screening and selection tool.

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Expatriate advice - part 1

The chances of them returning to their homeland and finding an employer who will pay for their children’s international schools, their rent, their nannies and cleaners and caterers and chauffeured cars, their tax advisory support, their private family medical costs in top rate international hospitals……these chances are slim to none existent.  A reality check is needed. 

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Keeping sane on the job searching merry-go-round

Find fun.  Amuse yourself with B.S. bingo (heavens knows recruiters alone are full of it).  Giggle at the nonsense written in job ads and job descriptions.  Reward the achievement of your goals with fun activities (seriously – why shouldn’t you treat yourself after sitting through 20 mind numbing interviews in a week or getting 100 targeted applications out today?!) 

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