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Have you ever registered with a recruiter to find you have never had a call back? Or felt like you were just a number, a CV on a database, with larger consultancies, not a person with a personality and a real contribution to offer?

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We provide candidates with help, advice and one to one coaching. These articles are just a taste of the things we can help with. So take a look, get in touch and let us get your career back on track.

The Strategic Case for Changing Jobs


There are many deeply personal reasons to change your employment situation. However, from a purely strategic point of view, there are four good reasons to change jobs

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The Secret to Interview Success


Assuming you’re qualified for the job, the outcome of your interview will be dependent on your ability to discover needs and empathize with the interviewer.

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How to Answer Interview Questions


Here are eight of the most commonly asked (and basic) interview questions. Do yourself and the prospective employer a favour and give them some thought before the interview.

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Your Resignation: Beware the retaliatory strike


If your intention to make a job change is sincere, and nothing will change your decision to leave, you should still keep up your guard. Why?

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How to Leave a Job Gracefully


Imagine a colleague who trashes his desk, plays practical jokes on his replacement and slinks off with the copier on his last day of work. Is this a person you’d recommend to a prospective employer?

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The Proper Way to Resign


Once a new job offer has been accepted, you need to consider the timing of your resignation.

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Career Strategy: It pays to diversify


Would you invest your life savings, every single pound, in shares in one company? And yet, you’d be surprised how many people manage their careers with a single-share mindset.

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Salary Negotiation Techniques


The best approach to negotiating is to decide whether you want the job before an offer is extended.

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Your Next Job: What does it really pay?


Compensation will be a key factor in your decision whether to accept a new position. However, few people take the time to really understand their economic choices.

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How to Evaluate a Job Offer


Let’s assume your employment interview went well, and there’s sincere and mutual interest on both sides. You now need to decide two things.

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How to Discuss the Subject of Money


During the employment interview, there’s a good chance you’ll be asked about your current and expected level of compensation.

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Four Classic Questions and How to Prepare


Experienced job seekers know there are four basic types of interview questions and they prepare accordingly.

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What Should You Ask the Interviewer?


A job interview will quickly disintegrate into an interrogation or monologue unless you ask some high quality questions of your own.

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Don’t Talk Yourself Out of a Job


There are two ways to answer interview questions: the short version and the long version. When a question is open-ended, I always suggest saying ‘Let me give you the short version first.

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The Dangers of CV Overkill


Nearly everything written about CV design concentrates on what you should put in. But let’s look at what should be left out, or at least minimised.

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Writing a Winning CV


To get the most mileage out of your CV, you’ll want to emphasize certain aspects of your background. Try highlighting the following areas:

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Choosing the Best CV Format


Your CV can be arranged in one of two basic formats: functional or chronological. What are the benefits of each?

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A Strong CV Will Increase Your Odds of Success


Reality check: given the choice of two candidates of equal ability, hiring managers will always prefer to interview the one with the clearest, most attractive CV.

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Ten Keys to a Dynamite CV


Employers prefer crisp-looking CVs that get to the point. Blue can provide you with examples and templates to help you improve style and content.

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