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  • Is it a good idea to include your hobbies in your CV?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 by Dean BruceNo comments

    Hobbies: to include, or not to include? That is the question we get asked time and again when it comes to the all-important CV. And, like many questions of this nature, there’s no simple answer. Telling your potential employer more about yourself can help the CV to come alive, and it can open up some questions in your interview, but it’s important to remember that you will have to tick all of ...

  • How to resign

    Posted on Monday, March 7, 2022 by Dean BruceNo comments

    So, you have attended an interview, agreed your terms and you have successful landed your dream job. Congratulations, but remember, before you can join your new company you will need to resign from your current employer. If this is the first time you are going to hand in your resignation, be aware that it is very different from what you see in the news or in movies. Resignations, more often than ...

  • CV writing: think achievement and outcomes

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 by Dean BruceNo comments

    “It’s not what you do, it’s how well you do it.” Like most cliches, there is an element of truth in this. In fact, when it comes to writing your CV there is a strong truth in this. It is surprising how many job seekers still copy and paste their job description into a CV and think this is going to work well. Sometimes they even leave in the words ‘the applicant will…’ Not surprisingly copying and ...

  • Writing a brilliant cover letter

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 by Dean BruceNo comments

    A cover letter provides you with a further opportunity to tell the recruiter why you should be called for an interview. Not every employer asks for a cover letter, although it’s always a good idea to send one. Why would you want to miss another chance to convince the employer you are exactly what they are looking for? Tailor your letter for every application Some job seekers use one generic cover ...

  • Online interviews are a thing, and they show no sign of fading into history anytime soon

    Posted on Monday, February 28, 2022 by Dean BruceNo comments

    With the pandemic came a shift in the way people talk and communicate with each other. People worked further apart, and a great many did so at home. The use of video conferencing rose very steeply and became a part of our day to day working lives. The phone will, of course, cut it if you can't get to an office, but nothing beats seeing each other face to face, especially when you are talking ...

  • How to ace a telephone interview

    Posted on Monday, February 28, 2022 by Dean BruceNo comments

    A telephone interview often happens in the early stages of the job application process. After a person's CV is received for a particular job and looks suitable, a member of the recruitment team will get in touch to arrange a time and date to phone you. Often this is part of a screening process in larger firms, where they have many applicants and an appropriately robust HR department that can help ...

  • The interview

    Posted on Monday, February 28, 2022 by Dean BruceNo comments

    The interview Interviews are a big deal. They are a potentially life-changing events, and you have most probably already passed several tests to get to this important stage of the process, including the CV sift and preliminary telephone call. In the interview first impressions are everything, and every answer you give puts your future on the line. But they can be an important exercise in ...