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  • New year, new job, new you

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    A new year is on the horizon and the festive break will undoubtedly see your thoughts turn to whether or not you’re getting the job satisfaction and career development you want from your current role. This time of year is, unsurprisingly, a popular time for many of us to start the search for our next perfect career move, but if you haven’t done so for a while it can be rathe...

  • Why emailing your CV is NOT the way to get a new job

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    Most job adverts request you send your application form, or CV and covering letter, to a designated contact who’ll be receiving scores of others. All you have to go on is the job description and person specification, while all they have to go on is the written word, which may not even make it to the printer. So how do you make yourself stand out from the piles of other appli...

  • How to spring clean your CV

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    Recruitment agents and potential employers receive scores of applications for every job they advertise, so it’s essential your CV makes you stand out. Ensuring your CV says all it needs to without going overboard on the details is a tricky balancing act, but get it right and you’ll create an excellent first impression that could really take you places. Yes, it’s great to tal...

  • Market Update November 2015

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    More than three quarters of employers think that the economy is improving, albeit at a slow pace. As a result, almost all employers plan to either hold or increase permanent headcount in both the short term and the medium term. These are some of the findings of the latest Jobs Outlook produced by the REC this week. The permanent picture A good proportion of employers - 84% -...

  • How to hit the ground running in your new job

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    You impressed at interview, played things perfectly during negotiations and have numerous ideas for making your mark. But it's only now that you’re about to start your new job that the real hard work begins. So how do you hit the ground running and prove to your boss that they made the right decision? Get a head start Familiarising yourself with the company, the people and t...

  • 8 habits all mentally strong people demonstrate

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    Their secret is mental strength – their ability to not allow external things to affect their internal sense of self. The good news is that this is something everyone can learn to do. Take a look at these key habits mentally strong people develop to frame their outlook on life. 1. They don't expect to be happy all the time Western society is obsessed with happiness. We want i...

  • How to network your way to your next job

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    Networking is nothing to be ashamed of. Let’s be honest - it can be regarded by some people as a cynical exercise in shallow personal promotion. And for some people perhaps it is. The truth is that we all network all the time. It’s an essential part of being human. We depend on networks of support in every area of our lives, and work is no exception. It makes sense to have a...

  • How to follow up after a job interview

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    So, the big interview is over and now you’re replaying every minute detail of it in your head. Did you prove that you could think on your feet and react well under pressure? Did you give enough detail and choose the right examples to highlight your skills? Were they won over by your experience and wowed by your ideas? As well as this cold, hard, forensic analysis it’s also i...

  • How to prioritise to boost your performance

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    Ever increasing workloads and endless to-do lists can floor even the most efficient employee. It’s likely, however, that there will always be a large amount of work competing for your attention. The trick isn’t getting it all done immediately, it’s working out which things need to be done first. Successful people know how to prioritise effectively and when to move on to the ...

  • 11 things great business leaders get right

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    The central tenet of meritocracy is that the best are rewarded and the very best rise to the top. But being the boss of a team or company isn’t just about being the most successful person. To succeed as a modern business leader you need a set of skills as varied as it is long. Get it right, and you can expect to reap the benefits which flow from a happy and productive workfo...