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18 March 2013

Job Hunting with Social Media

It’s a surprising fact that a large number of jobs never get advertised, they get filled as a result of networking, referral or social media. LinkedIn is regarded as a business-oriented social networking site so therefore its a really useful job hunting tool and up-loading your CV is really straight forward. If you already have a linkedIn account, take a look at this really helpful video.

25 February 2013

“You Are Missing Out On Jobs Because of your CV”

This is a short clip given by the TheRecruitmentGuy that offers a useful top ten list of what makes a good CV. Interestingly he doesn’t talk about which CV template to use or the format but focuses on the content. I.e. the information that will be read by the recruiter. Take a look at the before starting your CV.

Quote from the clip “You Are Missing Out On Jobs Because of your CV”

18 February 2013

Get to the job interview without leaving the house

Becoming popular with more & more employers is the “skype” interview. Now that the required technology can be found in most people’s homes be it a PC with Skype installed or face time on the iPad or iPhone it’s gradually making telephone interviews redundant. For employers it is a cost effective way of screening candidates, but be warned there are pitfalls that you should be aware of.

“The job interview is an ordeal that most people face at some stage in our career. But as video starts to take the place of the face-to-face interview, is it easier or harder now to land your dream job?” Click To Read On

Further Information:

How to Ace a Job Interview on Skype

The Pros and Cons of Video Job Interviews

8 February 2013

Working Abroad, Close To Home

Ever thought about working abroad but concerned about being a long way from home? Maybe France is the answer, great standard of living and not very far away plus the further south you go, warmer weather.

Ten tips for finding work in France

It might be to fulfil a lifelong dream or it might even be for love. It might be to fulfil a longstanding desire to learn French or there may no real explanation at all. Whatever the motive is thousands of foreigners continue to come to France each year in the hope of starting a new life Click To Read On

Further Information:

Jobs in France

Living and Working in France

BBC - Learn French with free online lessons

Learn French with French 101 - Common Words & Phrases - Level One

7 February 2013

Self Employment Becoming More Popular In 2013

In the UK more and more people are considering self-employment as a solution to their job hunting efforts. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to self-employment however there is plenty of support out there to get you started.

Why become self-employed

There is encouragement from the government for people to become self-employed and at first it seems attractive, especially if you have recently become unemployed or redundant. Although one of the main attractions of becoming self-employed is no longer having to work for somebody else there are several disadvantages you should consider. These include not being certain of having a regular income, having to arrange your own sick pay and pension and probably having to work long hours. Click To Read On

Further Information:

Self-employment: checklist

Help with moving from benefits to work

Recession 'boosts self-employment'

Self-employed worker numbers soar in UK

28 January 2013

How To Write A Successful CV

If you are looking for a really good start to your CV writing research then this video is a great place to begin as it gives a high level view of what makes a successful CV. A good deal of the information and advice on the web considers the look of the CV i.e. the best CV template to use or the layout of the CV, which will have some impact, however the real value in your CV is the content i.e. the information you include, not include and how you say it.  

How to write a brilliant CV gives you expert advice on the key tips for making sure your CV gets you to interview, from Corinne Mills MD of Personal Career Management and author of the UK's number 1 bestselling CV book, You're hired - how to write a brilliant CV.

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10 January 2013

Would you go this far to land your dream job?

With today’s economic outlook and the competitive jobs market, graduates really have to work to get their foot in the door but is buying a poster for £500 the best way? You decide!

What would you do if you were down to your last £500, unemployed and staring a lifetime in the dole queue in the face? Stockpile baked beans and other non-perishables? Invest half in an ISA and feel financially savvy but really poor for a year? Or perhaps buy 500 scratchcards and hope for the best?

Don’t be daft. You’d rent a billboard, of course. That’s what Adam Pacitti has done. The 24-year-old, who graduated from Winchester University with a first-class degree in media production, can’t get a job. Or, more specifically, can’t get a job he actually wants. So he has spent the last £500 of his savings on a billboard in Shoreditch, a part of east London dubbed “Silicon Roundabout” by its many new-media denizens, and Old Street roundabout by everyone else. Click To Read On

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