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Remember that our blog isnt just for entertainment - because EmptyLemon is a leading jobs site. We are here to help you progress up the career ladder - as well as arm you with the latest information.

Manchester: Why It’s So Great Up North

Manchester Town Hall Manchester: Why It’s So Great Up North

EmptyLemon’s offices are based in South Manchester. As a job board, we know London is the number one location for jobs, jobseekers and graduates. It’s full of opportunities and is the first point of call for many people when they want to get on the career ladder. But why do so many people overlook the opportunities in the rest of the UK? Here’s why you should come to Manchester: Read Article »

How to Ensure Your CV Passes the 6 Second Scan

Stopwatch How to Ensure Your CV Passes the 6 Second Scan

Making your application stand out from the crowd can seem like a near-impossible task. Hiring managers have to sift through hundreds of application on a daily basis and on average spend between 6 and 8 seconds looking at one CV. It’s within those few seconds that a hiring manager will decide whether to continue reading or put your CV in the recycle bin, so it’s vital you make the most of them.

6 to 8 seconds is a very short time to sell yourself and in fact, is only enough time for a hiring manager to look at your name, your current employer and position, your previous position and your education.

A successful CV is one which captures the attention of the hiring manager, so here are some tips to keep them interested: Read Article »

The Correct Way to Greet an Interviewer

Handshake The Correct Way to Greet an Interviewer

Following a recent meeting, a friend of mine complained of how one attendee had an incredibly limp handshake. I think we’ve all come across this type of person. You firm outreached grip almost fractures their fingertip handshake. When it comes to a job interview, you should always begin with a handshake, definitely NOT a limpshake!

So here’s EmptyLemon’s guide to making the correct greeting at a job interview: Read Article »

One Vital Piece of Information Most Jobseekers Forget to Put on Their CV

Glasses One Vital Piece of Information Most Jobseekers Forget to Put on Their CV

Hiring managers have noticed a trend.

There is either one vital piece of information missing from the CV completely, or it’s been hastily attached to the bottom. This information should not be an afterthought. It can make a hiring manger choose whether or not to invite you to an interview.

No, it’s not a long list of your advanced and technical qualifications.

No, it’s not your Additional Information (Interests & Hobbies) section.

It’s your… Read Article »

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Employees Smiling

Smiley 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Employees Smiling

Appreciating your employees, workplace morale and overall productivity go hand-in-hand. Make your employees truly enjoy working for your company and they’ll work harder. There’s no pleasure in running an office full of miserable people and I can guarantee you’ve walked into one workplace full of uncomfortable negativity.

Increasing an employee’s pay isn’t always a convenient way to show your appreciation, so here are 5 easy ways to keep them smiling and working hard: Read Article »

How to Be a Hiring Manager’s Dream Applicant

Heart Hands How to Be a Hiring Manager’s Dream Applicant

Have you ever read a job description and your heart has skipped a beat? It’s your dream job and you’ve got the required skills and experience to apply. In your eyes you’re the ideal candidate, but how does the hiring manager view you? Your application is your first step to getting your dream job, so how do you make sure the hiring manager’s heart skips a beat because you’re their dream applicant? Read Article »