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THE REDUNDANCY GUIDE

Redundancy is a difficult stage to find yourself in. The aim is to maintain focus. Take a step back and give yourself time to get to grips with the loss of your job.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years, not 2-3?
One of the most tempting options is to start applying for every job you see; this is not the most productive route. Once you have taken time for yourself, really consider what it is you want to do. Many people find that after redundancy, they want to move in a new direction. However you must maintain focus. Don't apply for a range of jobs with the off chance that your skills are tr... READ MORE

THE INTERVIEW PREPARATION GUIDE

So, your CV and application have been successful and now you need to prepare for the next stage, the interview. This preparation is crucial as are the examples you provide.
You need 5 things to start your preparation:
1 Your CV & covering letter
You must know exactly what you have written in your CV & Covering letter. When asked, you must be able to evidence anything you have highlighted with examples of work or scenarios.
2 The job specification
Understanding every element of the role and demonstrating knowledge in those areas will ensure you are not be caught out in th... READ MORE

THE BEING READY ON THE DAY GUIDE

Arrive early to prepare yourself for the interview

On the day
There is a lot more to your interview than turning up. Consider how are you going to look, where are you going to park, whether you have enough petrol, does your pen work? Read the following for flawless day of the interview tips.
What to wear
An interview is a formal business occasion and the dress should be considered thus.
Plan what to wear the night before so to avoid a rush/panic in the morning.
Try and reflect what you think the interviewer will be expecting.
Be comfortable.
Your arrival
Plan to arrive 15-20 m... READ MORE

THE PERFECT COVERING LETTER GUIDE

It is a widely known fact that employers take 20 seconds to skim through a covering letter. That means you need to say something that ticks the boxes immediately.
Be clear.
Don't use long sentences when a short, concise and informative one will do. All you need to do is highlight the important points as easily as possible.
Know who it is you are writing to.
Do some research. Take a look on the website or on LinkedIn to find the appropriate contact to whom you should address your letter.
To start,
you want to be strategic in your approach. Consider the following layout:
Why are you att... READ MORE

THE ONLINE IDENTITY GUIDE

Approximately 25% of HR professionals have considered what is said online as a reason to reject an application and 60% of recruiters do this for every application.
Managing how you are seen online is important. The chances are that your online identity is more active than you imagine. If you use Facebook, make comments on Twitter or update your work employment details on LinkedIn, then your reputation is online and is constant.
Even if you are not blogging or networking online on a regular basis it may still be possible to find out about you online. Normally this might not be a consideration... READ MORE

THE BAD CV GUIDE

The Definitive don't do list...
Don’t apologise or mention anything negative
Always be positive, don’t be negative.
Don’t use technical jargon, abbreviations or in-house terms
Remember the initial person reading your CV may not be from the intended department.
There is no need to mention your age, height, weight, religious/political preferences or even your salary expectations.
Don’t ask about the salary, but please mention your own salary if asked about it, be honest and don’t exaggerate.
Photographs are unnecessary unless they have particularly asked for one
If so, use a profession... READ MORE

THE GOOD CV GUIDE

Writing a CV can be daunting but with a little preparation, research and some insider tips, your CV will become the canvas you need to pinpoint your talents and achievement. The CV is a recruiters first insight into you as a candidate. The aim is to highlight why you are suited to the role, how your skills reflect what they are looking for and offer a personal insight into your character.
The best way to start your CV is to consider it as a Sales Brochure that tells employers what, when, and how well you have achieved your objectives. It should be concise, accurate but full of relevant inform... READ MORE

ARCO CALLS ON BUSINESSES TO HELP END EXPLOITATION

Arco, leading safety business and our client, are leadingthe charge to end exploitation in the workplace.
This comes after the chief executive of New Look underlinedhow conditions in UK factories can be just as bad as those in places such asIndonesia and China.
Danny Hobson, ethical and quality improvement manager atArco, said: “Businesses not only have a responsibility to ensure they are tradingethically, but establish support mechanisms for vulnerable workers whose basichuman rights and livelihood may be compromised, such as children and refugees.
"It’s important companies don’t tur... READ MORE

A THIRD OF HR HIRING MANAGERS PLAN TO INCREASE RECRUITMENT

Research from specialist professional recruiter Robert Walters has revealed that 31% of employers plan to hire more HR professionals in the second half of 2017 than the first.
Many firms are looking to grow, with 43% of employers saying that business growth will drive their hiring strategies in the second half of the year, and HR professionals are in demand to support expanding teams.
The research also found that demand for mid-level professionals was highest with 89% of businesses planning to hire HR professionals at this level.
Junior professionals are also set to be highly sought after... READ MORE

APPRENTICESHIPS COMPETE CLOSELY WITH UNIVERSITY FOR 2017 LEAVERS

As the range of business apprenticeships increase, offering today’s school leavers the opportunity to learn business skills such as accountancy on the job, almost half of those reviewing their future this year considered apprenticeships as an alternative to university.
Over 1,400 students nationwide, aged 16-19, who were taking part in the ICAEW business skills competition (BASE) regional finals, were asked if they would consider apprenticeships rather than going to university:
•45% stated that they had considered it, 42% said they had not.
•16% plan to actually follow that path to apprenti... READ MORE