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[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="15387" img_size="medium" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text] Transform your headline If you’re still allowing LinkedIn to auto-populate your Headline with your current job title you’re missing out. The most dynamic and impactful profiles use their Headline statement to communicate a powerful branding statement. With a 120-character limit you’ll need to choose your words wisely being sure to include a mix of relevant key words, impactful (and truthful!) adjectives and as much detail as you and about your niche if you have one. Customise your URL When you signed up for an account with LinkedIn you will have been allocated a generic URL containing your name followed by a series of numbers. You can boost your brand and search ranking results in LinkedIn by customising your URL. Keep in mind that you will need to have a minimum of five and a maximum of 20 characters. Learn more about...

[caption id="attachment_17099" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Time to switch up your job search strategy?[/caption] 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, film stars and sportsmen who’ve reinvented themselves to get to the top—and you can do exactly the same thing with your job hunt. Knowing how to write a cover letter and a CV is all well and good, but you need to change tactics to really beat the competition. On that note, here's five ways to switch up your job search. Use Boolean searches One way to diversify your job search is by using Boolean searches when browsing via search engines and job boards. A Boolean search narrows down your search results so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Therefore, by...

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 premise is that if you were ever lucky enough to share a 30 second elevator ride with someone with the potential to hire you, you could confidently describe why they should. How do I create a good elevator pitch? By far the easiest and most effective way to create your own elevator pitch is to first identify your unique selling points. Try brainstorming on a sheet of paper or digitally if you prefer. Identify all those things that describe your skills, abilities, experience, interests, passions etc. Think about your accomplishments and include these in your pitch to really make you stand out. Have you managed to...

  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 annoy employers and recruiters the most is meaningless career objective statements. You know the ones: ‘A hard-working individual looking to join a progressive organisation where I can further develop my skills’. 3. Unprofessional email address Be sure to use a professional email address such as your.name@gmail.com rather than crazysexymomma@gmail.com which screams a lack of maturity and professionalism. 4. Lies or misleading information Avoid embellishing your CV with untruths or little white lies. Not only is it fraudulent, but your dishonesty will inevitably be found out at some stage of the recruitment process or worse, on the job. 5. Colourful and fancy fonts A CV is not the place to show off your desktop publishing skills...

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 margins wide enough to allow space around the borders of the page and if including a footer, be sure there is enough space between it and the body of your CV. 2. Title If you have significant skills and experience, a good way for you to stand out from the crowd is to insert a title near the top of your CV.  For example, you could include a title like: Experienced Management Accountant to instantly brand yourself as such. 3. Keywords One of the biggest mistakes people make is neglecting to include relevant key words in their CV. Key words are those commonly used words you’ll find in the job advertisement...

    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 those jobs that are not advertised. There was a time when the majority of available jobs were advertised through newspaper employment classifieds, employment centre job boards and via recruitment agencies. In recent years however, there’s been a move away from these methods for a number of reasons including: • a desire to reduce recruitment costs • a tighter job market and • technological advances Many employers find they no longer need to advertise for new staff as they are continually inundated with prospective employees using the direct approach. Most direct approaches are received by email making it easier than ever to quickly vet and recruit candidates. Personal referrals...

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 workforce, high-flyers who have climbed the corporate ladder might want to take a backseat, or an academic could have a desire to broaden their experience. Applying for jobs for which you are overqualified can be a challenge since employers might make assumptions about you and your suitability for a role. Some assumptions could include: • your salary expectations will be too high • you won’t stick around, only staying until something better comes along • you will be a threat to others in the organisation with less qualifications, skills and/or experience • you'll want to make unwelcome changes • you will be after their job Here are some ideas for...

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 summarising your expertise and experience or a title that describes you and directly matches the role you are applying for. 3. SKILLS AND STRENGTHS Bullet point your skills and strengths to make it easy for the reader quickly identify what value you can bring to the role and to the company. 4. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY List your previous roles in reverse chronological order being sure to include a description of the company and your role along with your duties and responsibilities. 5. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS For each role, you should include 3-6 key achievements that demonstrate your competencies and excellence. Be sure to quantify achievements wherever possible e.g. Boosted productivity by 60% through the introduction of an innovative staff bonus scheme. 6. QUALIFICATIONS...

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 and just after Christmas, there are industries where the Christmas period may be the busiest. Industries like retail and hospitality for example, typically become very busy around the Christmas period and are likely to take on extra staff to cope with the increased demand. It’s true that much of this work will be temporary in nature since once the Christmas frenzy is over, the work will be too. Foot in the door However, seasonal work can be a great foot-in-the-door opportunity for someone wanting to join a company with a view to securing a more permanent role. This Christmas, Sainsbury's are taking on an extra 15,000 workers, the largest number of seasonal staff the...

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. What is a career portfolio? A career portfolio is a collection of materials evidencing your qualifications, skills, experience and personal qualities. Used as a marketing tool, your career portfolio is a powerful visual aid which allows you to showcase your career accomplishments and provide insight into your capabilities. It can be used to apply to jobs, apply to college or training program and to justify seeking a pay rise. In addition to demonstrating your skills and abilities, it allows you to keep track of your own personal and professional development. What does a career portfolio look like? There are two types of career portfolio: a traditional, hardcopy version and a digital or...