Finding work is hard and an unsuccessful job interview could be because the employer is wants to recruit the right person with the correct experience and skills to do the job. But an interview is also an assessment of personality. An interview is a professional meeting and if you’re the life-and-soul of the party, you can’t really express that to the interviewer without whipping your tie off and swinging it around your head. I can guarantee you, unless you’re interviewing for the position of a clown, you will most definitely not hear anything back. So how do you show you’ve got the right personality for the job? Read Article »
How many times today have you thought “I’ve had enough”? Have you really “had enough” or did you just have a bad day and those threats of quitting will fade away when you leave work? If you really have had enough and are thinking about packing in your job altogether, here are seven things you need to consider before you quit: Read Article »
You may have seen a story in today’s news about yet another social media blunder from a jobseeker. This time, 25 year old John Gibbs thought it was appropriate to post how his phone interview was more like “phone sex”. Once the employer found out he was fired before his first day on the job. By now, we’re all well aware of the fact employers check the social media channels of applicants to find out if their CV is just a front on their wild-child behaviour. A common job seeking tactic is to conduct the ‘social media clean-up’. You delete anything offensive or overly opinionated, change your profile picture to that lovely one of you and your mum and adjust the privacy settings on your photo album from Ibiza. The thing is, employers don’t just glance at your profile pages. Consider the following during the job hunt: Read Article »
Collectively we now spend a total of one billion hours every day gaming, a figure up 50 per cent from three years ago. By the time a young person reaches 21, they will have spent 10,000 hours of their lives with a controller in their hand. Over the weekend I probably spent around two hours holding a plastic gun in Blackpool’s many arcades, shooting dinosaurs and zombies and spending too much money. I walked away thinking “if a T-Rex came around that corner now I’d get it right between the eyes, easily”, but in reality I feel gained nothing from that game except a lighter purse. We play video games for enjoyment, for the adrenaline rush and because we like a challenge but are they really having an impact on the way we think and act? Read Article »
If your business plan happens to fail or you hit a brick wall – never give up. Even after multiple attempts, great things can be achieved if you refuse to in the towel. Don’t believe it? Here are nine examples of world famous individuals who experienced a few hiccups along the way. Read Article »
96 percent of ex-forces personnel find employment on ‘civvy street’ within 6 months of leaving the forces but this figure doesn’t determine if this employment is permanent or relevant to their military experience. Many employers choose not to invite ex-forces personnel to interviews because their reputation for being too commanding or struggling to learn from others, especially juniors. However many employers are now able to look past this grey area and there are more and more opportunities for ex-forces personnel to find stable and relevant work.
Employers who fail to see past the grey areas overlook the fact that ex-army personnel make excellent employees and that not only are they highly disciplined, but they have excellent communication skills and make superb managers. With a background in forces, which vacancies can ex-forces personnel apply for? Read Article »