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  • What's the best way to incentivise your team?

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    Being a good manager is a complex job, knowing how to balance the need to chase and meet targets for your boss while keeping a team happy, motivated and productive is something that takes effort and skill. The best managers understand what makes their people tick, what rewards work with which individuals and, crucially, when to use them. One thing is for sure, one size does ...

  • What should you do to prepare yourself for a job interview?

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    So you’re over the first major hurdle: you’ve got an interview. Now the work really begins. Don’t be tempted to wing it on the day. The more thought you give the interview ahead of time, the stronger your performance will be. Here are our 7 top tips to help give you the edge: Do your homework Knowing the company’s plans for the year ahead, the chief exec’s name, their expans...

  • Sack the internet to land your next job

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    Remember that thing that sits on your desk hiding behind a pile of paper? It’s a telephone, and back in the 20th century people used it to communicate with each other. Instead of firing off strings of emails, we talked directly to each other, and discussed issues and problems. We even solved some of them instantly. That might be an exaggeration, but in an age where we’ve com...

  • How to rediscover your work mojo

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    It’s fair to say that however happy you are with your working life there are going to be times when you lose your spark. Maybe things have become a bit of a chore or maybe you’ve just lost your way a bit. It can be especially tough if you’ve been in a job for some time and you may feel like there’s no immediate prospect of promotion or other tangible goal to motivate you. Of...

  • 5 skills recruiters are looking for in candidates

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    Recruitment is all about selling. Whether you’re a recruiter, a candidate or an employer it’s all about marketing yourself as strongly as possible in order to seal the deal. Candidates need to sell themselves to recruiters, recruiters want candidates they can sell to employers and, to secure the best candidates, employers will also need to sell themselves as the right fit. A...

  • Boost your productivity with the best email habits

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    Email is an extraordinary tool that, used well, can increase productivity and promote communication across organisations. Managing it though is increasingly a skill in itself as the sheer quantity of email seems to show no sign of decreasing.So what can we do to make sure that far from overwhelming us, we instead use it to make the most of our working life? Here are the seve...

  • How to decode your job interview questions

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    Preparing for an interview can be a daunting prospect as you work through all the questions that might get thrown at you. So it’s really useful to think about what the interviewer will actually be trying to get out of you in the first place. When you know this it’s easier to interpret their questions. There are really only 3 core things an employer is usually trying to find ...

  • What should your CV objective statement look like?

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    Most employers will only spend around 20 seconds on their first look at each CV, which means your statement has to be tightly focused and highly relevant. Time invested in getting your statement right is time well spent. These three guiding principles will help: Keep it short Your statement should be no more than 50 words, and it should sell your skills and strengths in the ...

  • How to manage your nerves during a job interview

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    We've all been there. Butterflies, nausea, sweaty palms, a sense of fear and dread. But what happens when job interviews make you so nervous you can barely function? And how can you control that potentially crippling mix of adrenalin and excitement so that it works in your favour? Be well prepared As well as researching the job you're trying to get, be sure to pay attention ...

  • How to communicate effectively at work

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    Communication is a fundamental part of being human, we all do it all the time, consciously and unconsciously. We are constantly transmitting signals, some verbal some unconscious but we’re always letting other people know our moods, our feelings, our thoughts and showing our reactions to the things or events around us. The people who know how best to use these channels are t...