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  • The number of people working freelance in the UK is growing rapidly. According to a report by the IPSE (The Association for Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), the number of freelancers in the UK rose by 43% between 2008 and 2016. There

  • There’s been a lot in the press lately about how computerisation and robots are negatively impacting our careers, taking over jobs once mastered by humans. How big is the threat and what steps can you take to ensure you keep your job? While it’s diff

  • In Rita Mae Brown’s 1983 novel, Sudden Death, the character Jane Fulton says: ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results’. This rings true in almost every walk of life. History is littered with politicians,

  • Working abroad is a dream many of us hold, offering the opportunity to experience everyday life in a different part of the world. There are a number of ways in which you can make working abroad a reality. From migrating permanently to a country, to s

  • What is CPD? Continuing Professional Development or CPD refers to any career development activities which develop your professional skills, knowledge or experience. CPD is important because it ensures you remain competent in your profession throughou

  • There are over 350 different job roles across the NHS The NHS is one of the biggest employers in the world with over 1.6 million employees. When thinking about the health service, most people primarily think of doctors and nurses, but there’s a whole

  • I was invited to speak on BBC Radio recently in response to a BBC article Three-day working week ‘optimal for over-40s’. The article referred to a study undertaken by researchers at the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne.

  • As each year draws to a close many of us start to reflect on the year that was. Perhaps you feel you’ve accomplished all you set out to achieve, or maybe you’re beating yourself up for not getting to where you wanted to be.   Whichever is true for yo

  • Sainsbury’s still has a number of roles on offer to cover the busy Christmas period While Christmas is just over a week away, it’s not too late to grab yourself a Christmas job! Although most companies put off taking on new staff just before an

  • Have you got what it takes to pass a pre-selection psychometric test?   Practical tips and resources to help you ace psychometric tests   Many of us experience fear and anxiety when faced with the prospect of sitting a psychometric or aptitude test.

  • Get career happy by making some simple changes at work Do more of what you love Re-crafting your work to do more of what you love can be simpler than you might think. Start by identifying what it is you enjoy most about your job. Even if you think th

  • Don’t make these common LinkedIn mistakes Are you using LinkedIn effectively? With more than 350 million users, LinkedIn is one of the world’s largest on-line communities. It’s important that you use it responsibly so it can continu

  • Boost your career through networking When I talk with my clients about how important networking is I’m often faced with a look of terror as they envisage themselves anxiously walking into a room full of strangers and awkwardly trying to network with

  • Our fast-paced lifestyles, quest for work-life balance and economic uncertainty has led many of us seeking alternatives to traditional ways of working. For a growing number of people, the answer has been to adopt a portfolio career. What is a portfol

  • Green jobs are gaining in popularity as we try to find ways to minimise our impact on the planet and take action to tackle climate change. We’ve come up with a list of our top 10 green jobs to whet your appetite if you are considering a more sustaina

  • Flexible working is a growing trend With an estimated 14%* of employees now working from home, the world of work is changing. Whether you’re in full or part-time employment, are self-employed or work as a freelancer, chances are you spend at le

  • We’ve all done it. Logged in to LinkedIn, set up a profile, connected with some friends, old work colleagues maybe some family members and not returned for months or in some cases, years. The most common responses I get from people when I ask t

  • Job interviews can be nerve-wracking at the best of times but especially so for parents returning to work. You might feel self conscious about your appearance, unsure of your skills and uncertain about how your interviewers will see you. The best way

  • Do you have an elevator pitch ready for when the opportunity arises? What is an elevator pitch? The term elevator pitch evolved as a way to describe a 30 second spiel about who you are, what you have to offer and why someone should hire you. The prem

  • 1. Age or date of birth There is no need to include your age or date of birth in your CV since age discrimination legislation dictates that employers cannot discriminate based on a person’s age. 2. Meaningless career objective One of the things that

  • If your job is affecting your health it might be time to move on When your job begins to impact on your physical or mental health it could be a sign that it’s time to reassess your career. Some people report feeling physically sick at the thought of

  • This month we’re pleased to have Dr Mariette Jansen (aka Dr De-Stress) guest blogging for us and providing her top three tips for keeping going when job searching gets tough.  ‘Albert finished university. He had good grades, loved his field of

  • 1. Layout Rather than try and fill every inch of the page, allow some white space so the reader can comfortably read your CV. Adjust the spacing of your document where necessary to make sections easier to identify and read. Make sure you set your mar

  • You’ve landed the interview, done your research, practised answering potential interview questions and now the big moment has arrived. Here’s five practical ways you can overcome job interview nerves: 1. Visualise In the days leading up to and right

  • You’ve probably heard that around 80% of the jobs that are filled at any given time have been filled via the hidden job market. So what exactly is the hidden job market? As you will notice from the following graphic, the hidden job market is simply t

  • One can’t help but be fascinated by the occupations that existed in the Victorian era many of which bear little resemblance to the career options of today. In 1876, renowned British photographer John Thompson recorded hundreds of thousands of captiva

  • People consider self-employment for a variety of reasons. For some it may be the lure of freedom, the potential to earn more money or a way to do more of what they love. Others might consider self-employment in the face of redundancy or due a lack of

  • There are a number of reasons people choose to apply for jobs they are overqualified for. It might be they want a job with less stress, less hours or less responsibility. Parents returning to work might prefer to ease themselves back into the workfor

  • Is remote working good or bad for business? It was interesting reading the BBC News article Teleworking: The myth of working from home in response to the Yahoo! Memo informing staff that from June, those with work-from-home arrangements will be requi

  • Here’s 10 steps to help you towards creating the perfect CV: 1. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Include your name, address, Email and contact telephone number/s. You do not need to include your middle name. 2. SUMMARY OR TITLE Include a single paragraph

  • How long has it been since you updated your LinkedIn profile? If your answer is months or years (shame on you), now is the time to turn the spotlight on your LinkedIn profile and give it the shiny New Year’s makeover it deserves. Here are ten ways to

  • Since we are fast approaching Christmas, it seems the perfect time to turn our attention to the job opportunities the festive season brings. Target industries with high seasonal demand Although most companies put off taking on new staff just before a

  • Career portfolios, also referred to as professional portfolios, are a valuable career development tool. Here’s a guide to help you understand what a career portfolio is, how to create one and how to use it to help you get ahead in your career.

  • Thinking of changing career? Changing jobs is challenging enough but changing to a whole new career can be overwhelming.  One of the biggest hurdles faced by career changers is how to make a smooth and successful transition to their new career.  To h

  • Work experience is an arrangement where an employer hosts a work experience participant for a period of time to increase the participants’ employability through the development of on-the-job skills, knowledge and experience. There are a number of ben

  • Working mum Shellon returns to work with 5 month old Mahdka  Photo: BBC Two Addison Lee, a London based mincab company recently ran an interesting workplace trial allowing parents to bring their babies to work. The trial was documented by BBC Two and

  • You have less than 8 seconds to create a good first impression You might already be aware that you have less than 8 seconds to create a good first impression during a job interview. What you might not know is how to create a good first impression and

  • You might think tough economic times mean that any plans for advancing your career are on hold. In fact, the current economic climate provides an ideal opportunity for you to take advantage of the situation. Here are some ideas to help you advance yo

  • Many job seekers struggle when writing a cover letter. Here’s my top ten cover letter writing tips to help guide the process. 1. Your cover letter should be in a standard business format. Don’t use borders or fancy fonts, stick with a standard

  • It’s Volunteer’s Week and I thought now would be the perfect time to discuss the benefits of volunteering and how it can boost your career. There are so many advantages to volunteering but here are the main ones: Gain work experience It’s

  • Outplacement is a term used to describe the provision of support services to employees facing redundancy or early retirement. Employees are made redundant for a number of reasons including organisation restructure, downsizing, or due a business closi

  • So, you’ve submitted your application and landed yourself an interview – congratulations! It’s not uncommon to feel a sense of panic set in as you realise you need to prepare for the all-important interview. But what exactly should you be doing

  • The following blog post currently features at The Careers Blog at Guardian Careers Is the grass greener on the other side? One of the first steps you can take is identifying what you want from your career. Photograph: Oleg Popov/REUTERS Many of us wi

  • If you struggle when asked if you have any questions for the interviewer/s at the end of a job interview you’re not alone. Many of us struggle to come up with intelligent and relevant questions at this most critical time. At the end of most job

  • Although the latest economic reports suggest the grip of the recession has been ever-so-lightly loosened, the economy remains slow continuing its impact on the job market. Graduates are finding the job opportunities they expected to be waiting for th

  • Most of us struggle to maintain work-life balance throughout our adult lives. Whether you’re juggling work and career or feel you are not reaching your full potential, achieving work-life balance can increase your overall well-being and happiness. Th

  • Brand You – The most important brand of all Personal branding has become one of the biggest buzz terms in recent years. If you haven’t bought into the hype but now wonder if you should have, here’s an overview of personal branding and why it co

  • A CV or resume (I’ll use the term CV), is a vital marketing tool in your job search toolbox. The aim of your CV is to provide an overview of your qualifications, skills and experience to entice an employer or recruiter to invite you to an inter

  • Are you a master of change? “The career of the 21st century will be protean, a career that is driven by the person, not the organization, and that will be reinvented by the person from time to time, as the person and the environment change.R

  • The new year provides the perfect opportunity to reassess your career and resolve to make changes The start of a new year prompts us to think about what we want to achieve in our lives. As we assess our current situation, we may decide it’s tim