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Leveraging your personal brand online

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Your personal brand is essentially how you present yourself or your business to the world, and particularly potential employers, colleagues, and business partners. Building your brand is the same as building your reputation, and this can be used to your advantage if you want to improve your job prospects, progress your professional networking or grow [Read more…]

The importance of following up on a job application

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

The number of applicants for every job vacancy is rising each year and the competition within the job market is fierce. The Covid pandemic has, unsurprisingly, made things even tougher and stories of huge numbers of applicants chasing roles are not hard to find.   Evidently, today’s job searchers need to do something to make themselves stand out from the crowd. But if you’ve [Read more…]

Why a career in engineering has unlimited possibilities

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Nearly 5.7 million employees currently work in engineering enterprises in the UK and the industry is expected to deliver a wealth of further opportunities in the coming years. Forecasts indicate that engineering employers will need to recruit 265,000 skilled entrants annually to meet demand, through to 2024.   The average salary has also been increasing [Read more…]

New to giving interviews? Here’s how to get the most from your time

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

As an employer, it’s likely that you’re inundated with applications for the job vacancies you post. Hiring the wrong person can be expensive and damaging to your business. Once you’ve whittled down your hopefuls to the final few, how do you make the most of your interview time and ensure you select a candidate that’s [Read more…]

What are soft skills and why are they important?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Research led by Harvard University shows that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft skills, while only 15% of success is based on technical skills. But what exactly are soft skills?   Soft skills can be defined as personal qualities or traits that allow the individual to interact harmoniously and effectively with other [Read more…]

Tips for internship success

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Even without the extra pressure from the pandemic, there’s no denying that today’s job market is competitive. The average ratio of job applications to getting invited to an interview is twenty-to-one, according to graduate-jobs.com. Their research also found that “graduate job seekers fail to hear anything at all in response to three out of five of their applications.”   [Read more…]

Blogging for your business (An introductory guide)

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Want more visitors to your website? Of course you do! Including a blog on your website is an extremely effective way to increase visits.   Let’s start with the basics. What is a blog, really? ‘Blog’ is an abbreviation of ‘web-log.’ It’s a chronological series of web posts, similar to an online diary. If you’re [Read more…]

It’s time to stop stereotyping older jobseekers

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Are you worried you might be missing out on job opportunities because of your age? Don’t be. According to the most recent government employment statistics, “The number of people aged 50 and over in employment has grown strongly in recent years,” increasing by 30% since 1984.   Yet against this background, ageism is still alive and present in [Read more…]

How to be more productive in work or study

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Since the advent of the smartphone, our attention span has rapidly decreased. A study by Microsoft concluded that our average attention span has decreased from twelve seconds to eight seconds since 2000. That’s officially shorter than goldfish that come in at nine seconds. So, what does this mean for our productivity?   Concentrating is harder than ever, but we don’t want [Read more…]

Surviving your probationary period and first appraisal

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

The prospect of a probation period in a new job can be daunting, as can a first appraisal. So, what are the key things you should know about these two? Firstly – both are in place for your benefit as much as your employer’s. “Probation periods work both ways,” explain Jobsite.co.uk. “For one, both employer and employee [Read more…]

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