Employment Tips & Advice

Yet more weird and wonderful interview questions
  | James Innes
Continuing the series looking at weird and wonderful interview questions which have been asked by companies like Microsoft and Capital Asset Exchange and Trading. James Innes, best selling author of "The Interview Book" and "The Interview Question & Answer Book", looks at examples of such questions and gives practical advice on how to answer them....
Why is my job search failing?
  | James Innes
Some people spend ages looking for a job and yet either fail to get any interviews, or get interviews and never the job. If you fall into either category, then take some simple measures and change your approach. Get your CV up to date and your interview technique in order....
January- a great time to get a new job
  | James Innes
Although we have yet to finish Christmas, January is looming which is traditionally the start of the hiring season. Many employers will begin recruiting in January as financial budgets are released, and key decision-makers are available to take hiring decisions. If you are one of the many who are considering a career change in 2017, make sure that you have an updated CV and LinkedIN profile, and ready to take the plunge with your job search....
Stop lurking and enjoy Christmas
  | James Innes
A new study has revealed that people who spend hours lurking on social media sites like Facebook can get depressed and envious because of unrealistic social comparisons with the lives of others. Better to actively engage others in conversation than passively clicks on friends' photos and posts. Better still give Facebook a rest for a week. It will improve your emotional well-being. ...
The stress of commuting
  | James Innes
Commuters in southern England face more travel misery this week as train guards have started strike action, the latest in a long-running series of industrial disputes. Yet even when the trains are running their daily commute can be a stressful experience, in crowded, unpleasant conditions, subject to frequent delays and cancellations. They are not alone. Millions of people around the world are forced to commute for hours to get to work. This leads to chronic stress and a less productive workforce....
Ask more and ask more often
  | James Innes
Despite the fact that many jobs are never advertised but are filled through networking and direct referrals, many people are reluctant to ask their personal networks for help with their job search. This is a mistake and underestimates the willingness of most people to help in these situations. But this is still your job search, so you must take the lead in following-up....
Can't get an interview? Don't give up, get smart!
  | James Innes
Some people, however hard they try, never seem to get an interview, let alone a job. If you find yourself in this situation, don't give up. Some simple changes in how you present your CV and approach your job search can radically improve your chances of landing that next role....
Should I stop my job search for the holidays?
  | James Innes
Many people believe that the holiday season is a bad time to look for a job because "no one is hiring". They are wrong. There are many companies looking to hire right now and, even if they are not, being pro-active now can give you a head start when the January recruitment cycle begins....
Mastering online job applications
  | James Innes
With recruitment now increasingly technology based, more and more roles now require candidates to complete online job application forms. Yet, a recent survey has found 6 out of 10 candidates abandon online applications in the middle because of the complexity of the process and the number of questions. Learning to master such forms could give you a significant edge over the competition....
3 Ways to Tell If You Need More Than One CV
  | James Innes
You've probably heard that employers expect to see an exact match to their skills on your CV, and that you should be tailoring your CV to each job. But, you might think if I do that, I'll be writing forever!...
A Few Great Blogging Tips To Assist You
  | James Innes
Blogging can be a great way of sharing your passion with others, or to get your message out to a wider audience. But what do you need to know before you start blogging?...
If in doubt, leave it out
  | James Innes
Too many candidates include unnecessary personal details in their CV, without realising that this superfluous information can give recruiters the chance to reject their application at the initial stage. If it is not relevant to the job for which you are applying, leave it out!...
The Importance of Getting CV Tips from Professionals
  | James Innes
Writing a CV entails a lot more than just listing your experience and qualifications. Therefore, before you write your CV, it is imperative that you seek advice from a professional....
Top 7 Article Marketing Tips
  | James Innes
So you've written an article. It's passionate, high-quality, and you really think it will benefit somebody. Great! But, unless you can attract readers to your article, all that work will have gone to waste. How can you make sure what you have written finds its audience?...
How to Manage Your Time Effectively
  | James Innes
You may have been told at some point that you need to manage your time more wisely. However, doing so can be more difficult than it seems at first. How do you make the most out of every day? Here are some tips about the art of proper time management....
5 Top Tips For a Winning Cover Letter
  | James Innes
Cover letters are the most important part of an application, although the majority of people spend the least amount of time working on them. When recruiters have 100's of CVs to shortlist from, cover letters are the first document they read. ...
Need Help Finding A Job? Look Here For the Info You Need
  | James Innes
The state of the economy has financially crippled many. Suddenly finding yourself unemployed or under-employed is a scary thing. This article is filled with advice that should aid you in finding a job. Put these tips to work in your life and finally find yourself back in the working world!...
Behavioral Tests - 7 Q&A That Will Help You Get Your Next Job!
  | James Innes
Conducting behavioral tests during the recruitment process is no longer a trend—it's the standard. The more competitive the market place becomes; the more employers try to improve their hiring processes. Here is a quick look at the top 7 Questions to behavioral tests and their Answers!...
5 Top Tips to make your CV stand out - No. 1 (Maximise readability)
  | James Innes
We take a minute to go into a little more detail on how import Maximizing readability is as part one of our five part coverage on the top five tips to make your CV stand out....
5 Top Tips to make your CV stand out!
  | James Innes
We take a minute to give you some insight into what makes a good CV with these 5 top tips....
Follow-up Application Letters
  | James Innes
Many people spend hours preparing a job application, send off their cover letter and CV and simply sit back and wait. By sending an appropriate follow-up letter, you can significantly improve your chances of being chosen for interview....
References - a waste of time?
  | James Innes
Many employers are now scared to give honest references for ex-employees because of the fear of subsequent legal action. While many recruiters know this and will use other means to research a candidate's background and character, if you are asked to give references, contact them in advance and find out what they are likely to say about you....
Passed over for promotion? Don't let it get you down
  | James Innes
Being passed over for promotion can be upsetting. But let the disappointment get you down, Try and find out why you didn't get the job - and what you can do better next time....
How to resign from a job - gracefully
  | James Innes
Many people dream about telling their current boss and employer some home truths when they get a new job offer. Resist the temptation. Act professionally throughout. It will stand you in good staed now and in the future. ...
Our Premium CV Services
  | James Innes
By giving clients access to someone widely considered to be one of the world’s leading careers’ experts, they are gaining the advice of somebody who has worked in the field for nearly 20 years, written or read thousands of CV s, and who has the inside track on what works...
Common CV/Resume Mistakes You Shouldn't Make!
  | James Innes
In today's competitive job market, having an effective CV is usually a must. However, too often candidates fall at the first hurdle because their CV is full of errors. What are some of he common major mistakes people make on their CVs?...
Graduate CVs ? Stand out from the crowd
  | James Innes
For many people, the first CV they write is prepared just before or after graduating. In many cases, there will be little work experience on which to draw, so it is important to stress education, skills learned and accomplishments....
Applicant Tracking Systems what they are and how to beat them?
  | James Innes
More and more companies are turning to Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to process CVs. This means candidates need to prepare their CV not just with the needs of the human recruiter in mind, but also so that it will pass the computer review process....
Emailing your application? dos and don?ts
  | James Innes
Whilst the vast majority of job applications will be made by email today, there are still rules that should be followed when sending anything online to a potential employer....
Does your CV format matter?
  | James Innes
Whilst often overlooked, the format of your CV is very important. A poorly formatted CV creates a bad impression on the reader. You can?t be bothered to take the time to perfect your CV; why should they, in turn, bother to read it?...
Can't quit the job you hate?
  | James Innes
Recent research has indicated only 33% of employees feel empowered at work. The rest are stuck in a job they either tolerate or hate. Why are people scared to quit a job they hate?...
Should you use a Professional CV Writing Service?
  | James Innes
Is it wrong to use the services a professional CV writing service, or do they offer skills and experience that you may lack?...
CV writing tips - chronological and functional CVs
  | James Innes
Read on for the difference between a chronological and functional ${cv). When might you prepare a functional CV. ...
Executive Search versus Recruitment Consultants - what's the difference?
  | James Innes
A common misperception is that executive search firms and recruitment consultants are the same. In fact, there are big differences of which candidates should be aware....
How to lose your job in one day!
  | James Innes
You'd think that most people would try to make a good impression on their first day in a new job!...
CV versus Resume - a question of language?
  | James Innes
What is the difference between a CV and a Resume? Which version should I use and where?...
Should I Stay or Should I Go? Considering Relocating for Work?
  | James Innes
Current employer wants you to move to a different part of the country or to post you overseas? New job on offer but you have to relocate? Should you go or should you stay?...
Rejected at Interview? It's nothing personal.
  | James Innes
Don't look back in anger! If you have failed to get a job after an interview, it's nothing personal. Learn from the experience and prepare for the next opportunity....
Graduate Tips For Building Employability
  | James Innes
Too often graduates leave it until finishing their degree before beginning their job search. This may be too late. Start preparing early for your transition from college to your working life. It will give you a head start over the competition....
Temporary jobs - a stepping stone to a full-time role?
  | James Innes
Companies are turning to temporary workers as they look for flexible staffing options. However, there may be benefits for the employee as well as the company. Taking a temporary job can lead to a full-time role....
Why September and October are good months for finding a new job.
  | James Innes
September and October are amongst the best months of the year to find a new job. There are sound reasons for this from both an employer and candidate viewpoint....
Just Say No - Rejecting a Job Offer
  | James Innes
There can be very good reasons to turn down a job offer. Never be afraid to say no, if the job does not match your needs or is not a good fit....
Holiday blues - The Hunt For A New Job!
  | James Innes
Summer holidays are a time to take stock. Many people return from vacation not refreshed and ready to get back to work but, instead, determined to get a new job and leave the old one behind....
Been made redundant? - What should I say on my CV?
  | James Innes
Many people in their lives can expect to be made redundant at some stage, due to no fault of their own. But being made redundant doesn't mean you can't have a long and successful career....
8 Amazing Tips on Writing A Cover Letter!
  | James Innes
Preparing a simple and effective cover letter can often be the difference between your { cv } being read or joining the pile of rejects. Yet they are often neglected by candidates or receive far less attention then their CV....
What Not to Say in an Interview
  | James Innes
There are some thing that candidates should never say in an interview. Here are some of the commonest mistakes - and how to avoid them!...
Virgin Trains helps stop ex-offenders going off the rails
  | James Innes
Every year, the estimated cost to the UK taxpayer of reoffending is estimated to be up to £13 billion! Imagine what the government could do for the NHS with £13 billion ... but that's a subject for a different blog post altogether. ...
Great Advice For Those Crazy College Years
  | James Innes
Starting college can be like entering an entirely new world. You have more freedom than you've ever had before and you are in total control over your own life. This increased responsibility however can make you susceptible to some serous pitfalls....
The Employer Perspective
  | James Innes
Think it’s unfair that your carefully crafted $ { CV } gets only a few seconds’ attention from a prospective employer? Try and understand it from their viewpoint....
Olympic Athletes - Rich in Talent but Poor in Money
  | James Innes
For many competitors at the Rio Olympics, their only reward is being there. They will earn nothing from the experience, and could end up seriously out of pocket at the end....
How Social Media Can Harm Your Job Prospects
  | James Innes
Your social media presence can harm your prospects of getting hired before you even meet the employer...
Working From Home - Pros and Cons
  | James Innes
With changes in technology and companies looking to adopt a more cost-effective business model, many organisations have begun to allow staff to work from home. However, whilst the idea may sound very attractive, there can also be challenges which may not make this the ideal solution for everyone....
Is Your Job Boring You to Death?
  | James Innes
Following news a Frenchman is suing his former employer for boring him to death, evidence suggests a tedious job can be bad for your health and well being....
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