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How to spot a job scam We all know how stressful job-searching can be. After investing so much time preparing and submitting applications, it can be disheartening to receive numerous rejections. On top of that, there are job scams to look out for. In this blog post we share what you need to know about job scams and how to avoid them. What is a job scam? Job scams often involve fake online job advertising which target jobseekers via email, phone or social media. The end goal is to gain personal information from candidates or steal money from them.  Sadly, job scams are on the rise. According to a survey conducted by ActionFraud, “Over 700,000 jobseekers reported losing more than £500,000 through job scams – a 300% rise over the last two years”. Jobseekers aged 18-24 are more likely to be targeted as they are less knowledgeable about the job market and are often more desperate to find a job.  8 ways to...

Step-by-step action plan to help you launch your business successfully Around 15% of the UK working population is now self-employed which represents about 1 in 7 workers. With more of us setting up our own businesses than ever before, taking the right first steps can make the difference between success and failure. Here's 5 steps you can follow to get your business idea off to a good start: 1. Clarity – It’s vital that you have clarity about your business. You need to be very clear about your product or service, your customer and your business strategy. This will involve researching the market and understanding where your business fits in that market. While it’s inevitable (and often necessary) that your business will evolve over time, it’s important you set some key goals, aims and objectives. Whatever your product or service, you need to identify the market you will serve and niche you...

Are you in control of your social media profile? An online survey of over a thousand hiring managers and human resource professionals across a variety of industries and company sizes was conducted by CareerBuilder in 2018. It found that 70% of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates during the hiring process. It also found that 48% of employers admit to monitoring employees on social media and that a third of employers had fired or reprimanded employees as a result of content they found online. The reasons employers gave for researching potential or existing employees via social media were: Gain information in support of their qualifications for the job (58%) Determine if the candidate has a professional online persona (50%) See what other people are posting about the candidate (34%) Identify any reason not to hire the candidate (22%) What content is most damaging? The kind of...

What are insight days and what should you do to prepare? Many organisations, especially those in the banking, finance and professional services sector, hold regular ‘Insight’ days. Insight days are primarily information events for potential candidates to learn more about the organisation and career opportunities, but also offer a fantastic opportunity to stand out from the crowd and get invited for an interview. There are several things you can do to boost the success of your insight day including: Research Ahead of the insight event you should set aside some time to research the organisation and the role you are targeting. The organisation’s website is a good place to start and the ‘careers’ or ‘work for us’ section will generally contain a lot of useful information about the organisation’s values and business goals. You can also read the organisation’s annual report, blog or newsletter as well as monitor news stories and social media to gain a broader insight...

The digital nomad lifestyle continues to grow in popularity as people seek out new ways of working What is a Digital Nomad? The term digital nomad is generally understood to describe someone who works remotely while they travel. While the majority of people who refer to themselves as digital nomads travel the world, some stick closer to home travelling instead within their own country. While digital nomadism has been talked and written about since the 1990’s, global technological advances allows more of us to work as digital nomads. Those who can work online are no longer bound to a single geographical location to carry out their work. People become digital nomads for a variety of reasons. Some roles have become solely 'remote working' no longer requiring staff to be in a particular physical location to do their job. Others choose digital nomadism to escape the constraints of working set hours in the...

Choosing a career coach can be frustrating Choosing a career coach can be a minefield leaving you feeling frustrated and with more questions than answers. We’ve put together a guide to help you understand career coaching and how to choose the right coach for you. Get clear on your needs It’s vital you have a good understanding of what you are looking for in a career coach. Do you want to change careers and need someone to help you identify and explore options? Are you having difficulty finding a new job and need some guidance in the best job search strategies and methods for your situation? Do you need practical help with your CV, cover letters and interview coaching? Think about all the help and support you’d like and make a list of what you’re looking for. This will help you discuss your needs and expectations with prospective coaches. If you are...

Write a winning cover letter There's no doubt a well written cover letter can boost your chances of being invited to an interview. In contrast to your CV, your cover letter enables you to explain why you are a good fit for a position and your reasons for wanting to work for an organisation. If you’ve never written a cover letter or it’s been a while,the following guide will take you step by step through the process of writing a winning cover letter. First things first Your first task is to understand what the employer is looking for. Identify the key criteria which you’ll find in the job ad and in the job description. List all the skills, experience and qualities they have mentioned so that you can be sure to include these in your cover letter wherever possible.   Writing your cover letter Your information:  Your name, address, email address and telephone numbers. You...