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THE TOP TEN SKILLS THAT EMPLOYERS WANT

11 months ago by Simon Osborne

What do employers really want? If the headlines are anything to go by, it's employability skills. Bosses are always banging on about how too many job candidates just don't have these employability skills. But what are they? A survey of members of the Institute of Directors - the organisation of top bosses - came up with the following top ten employability skills. Honesty and integrity...

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SIX TIPS TO HELP YOU NETWORK YOUR WAY TO A JOB

11 months ago by Simon Osborne

Looking at our vacancies is a great way to find a job, but you can improve your chances by get out and about too. How? By networking. Lots of people are a bit suspicious about networking. They think it means going around selling yourself and dishing out business cards left, right and centre. Well the good news is that it's not about going all out to get what you want in a pushy way. Netw...

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HOW YOUR FORCES EXPERIENCE HELPS WIN THE JOBS BATTLE

about 1 year ago by Simon Osborne

Employers like ex-forces personnel. It's a fact. You don't have to take my word for it. Olivia Garfield, chief executive of telecoms infrastructure provider Openreach, has been quoted in The Sun newspaper as saying: “These people have served their country well and so deserve the chance of full-time employment with generous pay and pension provision. They are highly skilled, motivated and di...

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HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR FACE FITS

about 1 year ago by Simon Osborne

Moving from the services to a Civvy Street career is not just a change of job - it’s a change of workplace culture. Sounds fancy but it's not - just as everyone has a unique personality that affects what they think is important and how they do things, so do organisations. That means when you are looking for a new employer, you need to find one with a corporate culture that matches your own ...

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DON'T LET CV ERRORS MAKE YOU A LAUGHING STOCK

about 1 year ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Heard the one about the candidate who put "I'm looking manly for an IT role,'" on his (or maybe her) CV? What about the CV that boasted the applicant was "a director with strong breath"? These are just two of the CV mistakes that turned up in a new survey of 500 CVs by Corinne Mills, career coach and author of ‘You’re Hired! How to write a brilliant CV’. One CV claimed that the candid...

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WHAT DO POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS FIND WHEN THEY GOOGLE YOU

about 1 year ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

According to online job search expert Susan P Joyce, 80 per cent of employers Google potential employees as part of their selection process. Every hire represents a substantial investment for an employer, so, if you are looking to make the transition into the civilian job market, you have to look at how you can influence what employers will find when they Google your name. Social media p...

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HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN HELP YOUR EX-MILITARY JOB HUNT

about 1 year ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

If you’re making the challenging transition from the military to the civilian jobs market, you’ll want to use every tool at your disposal. Social media has changed the way many of us socialise and communicate but it has also come to play a major role in the job hunting process. LinkedIn is an obvious first choice as it is a social network with a professional slant. The site itself claims to...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH THE QUESTION: ‘WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST WEAKNESS?’

about 1 year ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

If you’re looking to make the transition from the military to civilian employment, you’ll have to get used to the job interview process. There are a number of potential pitfalls that you should be aware of, but one of the most awkward (and common) questions you are likely to be asked will concern your own weaknesses, and your need to identify them within yourself. There are a number of ways...

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WHAT NOT TO PUT ON YOUR CV

about 1 year ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

According to the BBC, employers receive an average of 60 applications for every low-skilled job and 20 for every skilled post. Some jobs get many, many more. It’s difficult enough to convince a recruiter that you’re the right person for the job, however, before you can even present the skills and qualities that make you perfect for the role, you have to ensure your application and CV is not di...

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER BEST PLACE TO WORK IN BRITAIN

about 1 year ago by Alejandro Rodriguez Garcia

Jaguar Land Rover, a signatory of the armed forces covenant, has been named the best place to work in the UK by a new survey. Carried out for news agency Bloomberg by statistics portal Statista, the survey covered 15,000 UK employees, and included only companies that employed more than 500 workers. Respondents were asked 35 questions about their employer and their perceptions of employer...

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