Job search strategy

CV Top Tips that Will make a difference

A winning CV

Creating a winning CV is easy! Right? Well, if you have experienced many job rejections, a possible explanation could be that you are not ‘selling yourself’ effectively on your CV.

When you’re in the job market it’s good to view yourself as a shop, and your task is to lure people (i.e. an employer) in and buy stuff (i.e. your skills and experience). If you have an attractive shop front you stand a good chance of achieving this.

It’s a good idea to view your CV  as your ‘shop front’ where you can ‘sell yourself’ to an employer and get them into your shop and offer you the job. The trouble is that we often forget to lift the shutters to our shop front windows and allow people to check out what we have to sell!

Check out this info graphic that will change the way you write a CV forever!

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Volunteering – making a career by what we give


Looking for a career break? Volunteering is a great way to give and importantly to receive.

Volunteering – what a way to develop your career!

Before you think “boring”, hang on; this blog could do many good things for you – in fact, it could change the whole course of your life.

Join UK’s 13 million volunteers!

First of all, what do you get when you cross a CEO, a volunteer manager, and a cleaner? Answer: A situation that is not too uncommon in most voluntary organisations! There’s no doubt that this sector could do with your time and expertise; so why not join the estimated 19 million Brits who volunteer at least once a year and the 13 million-plus who do it regularly?

This is what the Bible has to say about giving our time to others: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others … (1 Peter 4:10).

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LinkedIn – a job seeker’s best friend!

LinkedIn as a job search toolThis is the 3rd in a series of three blogs looking at how to use social media in your job search. In this one we’ll look at LinkedIn.

LinkedIn as a job search tool

In can be argued that LinkedIn is not really social media because its emphasis is business as opposed to social links that you find in Facebook and Twitter. However, it is all about networking – knowing people and being known by people. And importantly, the right people.

LinkedIn will help those searching within a professional career. We’re talking about a big reach…

LinkedIn as a job search tool

Meet LinkedIn!
LinkedIn as job search tool

  • Over 238 Million professional world-wide
  • 3 million+ company profiles
  • Executives from every Fortune 500 firm
  • 64% outside the U.S.
  • 200+ countries

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A job seeker’s best friend is Twitter!

Twitter - a job seeker's best friend!

This is the second in a series of three blogs looking at how to use social media in your job search. In this one we’ll look at Twitter.

Question: If you are a job seeker, have you made Twitter your best friend?

Twitter as a job search tool

Twitter - a job seeker's best friend!With over 12 million users in the UK alone, like it or not – it’s where people and companies gather, and where this happens there you will find business and job opportunities!

The research (conducted by Nielsen @Nielsen) highlights how Twitter is now an everyday business tool for thousands of UK SMEs that use it for marketing, sales, and customer service, for starters. Increasingly UK businesses use it to advertise as well.

34% use Twitter in to find work – 67% of males use Twitter in for job search as opposed to 33% of women

Tip – You could put your job pitch in your Twitter bio including a link to an online CV or LinkedIn profile. Tweet about your work and experiences in your chosen industry – it may attract interest.

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A job seeker’s best friend is Facebook!

Facebook and job searching

This is the first in a series of three blogs looking at how to use social media in your job search. In this one we’ll look at Facebook.

Question: If you are a job seeker, have you made Facebook your best friend? 🙂

With a staggering 42 million people using Facebook in the UK (68% of population), 12 million micro-blogging on Twitter and over 4 million engaging on LinkedIn, like it or loathe it, it’s difficult to dispute the power and reach of social media. Interesting research (Jobvite) shows how people are using social media to reach out and find work, and many would argue that it’s something about which we all have to become familiar when looking for work or wanting to develop our career.

Some hard facts about Facebook:                

  • 69% of those in work are seeking or open to a new job
  • 61% of job-seekers say finding work has been more difficult in the last year
  • 1 in 6 job-seekers found their last job through an on-line social network
  • 88% of job-seekers have at least one social networking profile

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Career Research – what you must know before you commit to a career

Career Research

Career Research: Are you trying to work out what you want to do with your life? This blog will help you to discover the right job before you commit your time, effort and money!

‘Darling’, explained the husband calmly to his wife, ‘God gave all men instinctive navigational skills; that’s why sat-navs are called Tom-Toms and not Jill-Jills. Trust me, I know where I’m going…’

It was possibly the same driver who made a simple, but significant typing error on his sat nav for their holiday destination. Instead of heading for the golden beaches of Capri they were taken 400 miles off course to the industrial town in Northern Italy of Carpi! Upon arrival at an industrial estate, his wife’s words were never recorded, but it’s quite possible that she had one of Confucius’ quotes to hand: Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

At some stage in our lives many of us may have considered a particular profession, only to pull away in another direction due to lack of information and confidence. Whilst it’s vital to be realistic about our options and to understand what really suits our natural ability, personality and circumstances, it’s equally important that we don’t allow a lack of knowledge and confidence to dictate our next move. Make sure you do thorough career research before committing yourself!

‘Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.’ – Stan Smith

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Job hunting with a difference

Job hunting with a difference

Job hunting is often slow and frustrating – however, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how!

It was one of those supremely character-forming days. In my hand was a card for my first Job Centre appointment, and what made it so embarrassing was that I had been a careers adviser at this same Job Centre only a few short weeks ago before losing my job! Phrases such as “physician heal thyself” and “surely it can’t be that difficult to find a job?” churned around inside my skull like the National Lottery balls, and I wondered how long it would take for my lucky numbers to be chosen – and find a new job!

When your back is against the wall – when your credit card bills and your self-esteem need paying off – you simply want a job-search technique that works, and fast! Here are some job hunting secrets that real people have used to find work in a very tough job market.

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