Keeping your Job, Building your future

Keeping your job at a time when everyone around you is losing theirs is not a bad idea. The obvious question is ‘How’?

There are some very obvious and not so helpful suggestions such as being really, really nice to your boss, otherwise known as ass kissing, but there is no guarantee that this will keep you protected during a layoff. Continue reading

Weakness Question – The Simple Answer (Job-Search Tip)

The weakness question is one of the most dreaded interview questions.  No one likes to admit weakness, especially when they are seeking employment.  So many people struggle to find their ‘ideal’ weakness, you know, the one that isn’t really a weakness.  But after talking with hundreds of interviewers the best answer may surprise you – be honest.

I. Can't. Whistle.

I Can't Whistle

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3 Steps to prevent an Unemployment Meltdown

I met a client the other day who spent almost half of our appointment time bemoaning the fact that they had not seen the layoff coming. As a result of which there is No Job, No Resume and No Network in place.

There is no reason why everyone from the top of the company to a lower level worker cannot be prepared to make the change from employed to unemployed or from happy in the workplace to looking for a workplace. Continue reading

Your Mirror – Friend or Foe

Mirrors are used in many scenarios for practicing. For example Golf, where you can see how you are addressing the ball or setting up for that long shot, Fencing where careful review of your foot and hand work will show you what an opponent sees, it will demonstrate to you what moves you are telegraphing in advance. In the same way practicing your response to questions in front of the mirror shows you what the interviewer will also see. Continue reading

3 Steps to Delivering the Great Resume

During a recent client meeting I was told that his resume had been pulled out of more than 750 applicants along with 4 others to receive an interview. After looking at the job description and the resume that he had used I could see why. The submitted resume has been tailored to showcase his skills and attributes and the original clean and appealing formatting we had worked on was pretty much intact. In other words he had followed the guidelines and been successful.

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Age, useful or useless

A recent question on LinkedIn about age in the hiring process read “Should Age Be a Factor When Hiring an Employee?”The question should be “Is age a factor?” rather than “Should age be a factor?” The answer to both questions is yes.Age is very definitely a factor in the hiring process and without a doubt discrimination happens across the world on a daily basis. Continue reading