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[caption id="attachment_18626" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="What impact will Brexit have on the UK job market?"] [/caption] Many are wondering what the impact of Brexit will be on the UK job market. Here's what we understand: EU citizens in UK The Office of National Statistics has revealed that the number of EU citizens migrating to the UK for work has fallen to its lowest level in four years. Equally, record numbers of EU citizens are leaving or plan to leave the UK ahead the Brexit date of 29 March 2019. This has led to disruption in the labour market with employers struggling to retain and replace ‘Brexiting’ staff. The industries which appear to have been most affected are engineering, IT, hospitality and the health & social care sectors. Skills shortages While the Brexit camp may argue this presents a great opportunity for UK citizens to step into these roles, the reality is a little different. The...

[caption id="attachment_18425" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Hiding won't help!"][/caption] The biggest fear interviewees have not having the ‘right’ answers. The best way to overcome this is to consider the kinds of questions your interviewers are likely to ask and to think about how you will respond. Let’s look at some typical interview questions that leave interviewers shifting uncomfortably in their seats and how best to answer them. What do you know about us and what we do? Many hiring managers cite this as one of the most critical questions asked when interviewing candidates. One manging director went so far as to say that if a candidate was unable to answer this question appropriately it was a deal breaker. No matter how well they performed throughout the rest of the interview, they would not be hired. What is the right approach to responding to this question? Firstly, you will need to have done your homework by spending...

[caption id="attachment_18423" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Make those changes!"] [/caption] 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 the reasons why this is...

[caption id="attachment_18417" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Making LinkedIn your own is easy"] [/caption] When you first set up your LinkedIn account, you are allocated a randomly selected URL consisting of your name followed by a bunch of numbers. This not only makes your URL long, it is difficult to share with others and looks unprofessional. Since most employers will review your LinkedIn profile as part of the hiring process, it’s vital you do everything you can to ensure your profile shines. Customising your LinkedIn profile URL is a simple and quick way to shows: You’re a professional Have good attention to detail You care about making a good impression Another reason why you should customise your LinkedIn profile is that it makes you easier to find which is particularly important if you have a common name. Customising your LinkedIn URL can make the difference between coming up in the first page of search results for your name rather...

[caption id="attachment_16693" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Have you got what it takes?"] [/caption] 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. Employers sometimes use psychometric, aptitude and personality tests as part of their selection process during the process of identifying the best talent to bring on board. Psychometric or aptitude tests are made up of numerical, verbal and spatial reasoning tests that measure your cognitive abilities. As part of a selection process you might also be subjected to personality assessment which assesses your personality based on the ‘Big 5 model of personality’ which measures traits such as: openness, agreeableness, extrovertism, neuroticism and conscientiousness. Personality assessments can be challenging as the ‘right’ answers can be subjective and vary depending on what qualities or traits an employer is seeking. The best way to prepare for testing is...

[caption id="attachment_18441" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Freelance and remote working is on the rise"] [/caption] 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 are now at least 2 million freelance workers, representing 42% of the 4.8m self-employed population, 6% of the UK workforce and contributing £119 billion to the UK economy. While all major industry groups are represented in the figures, the largest freelance occupational groups are: Artistic, literary and media occupations Managers and proprietors in other services Teaching and education professions IT and telecommunications professions   An estimated 429,000 (21%) UK freelancers reside in London, a rise of 59% since 2008. The significant role of freelancers in the capital is not surprising given that London’s economy is largely based on service industries, which include many...

[caption id="attachment_18444" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Are robots set to take YOUR job?"] [/caption] 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 difficult to predict with absolute certainty which jobs will be affected and to what extent, it’s safe to say that all of us will need to adapt in some way to technological advances in the workplace. Brian Johnson, a Futurist at Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination, points out that big business’s push for productivity demands efficiency, speed and accuracy which has led to robots taking over our jobs. However, Johnson reassures us that humans outperform robots in the areas of communication, creativity and adaptability, keeping many jobs safe from computerisation. In an effort to identify those jobs most at risk, Oxford...

[caption id="attachment_18448" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="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,...

[caption id="attachment_18452" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Dreaming of working abroad?"] [/caption] 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 seeking out a role locally that involves extensive overseas travel. If you’re keen to work abroad, there’s bound to be an option that suits you and your circumstances. Here are some of the most common ways to work abroad. Immigration Global mobility has risen considerably for more than a decade with record numbers of people making relocating permanently to other parts of the world. Australia has long been  a popular choice for British citizens with 1.27 million British born residents and North America is home to a whopping 1.43 million British citizens (758,919 in the USA and 674,371 in...

[caption id="attachment_18457" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="CPD ensures you remain competent"] [/caption] 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 throughout your career. CPD activities can be formal or informal and gained either on the job or outside your work environment. It’s a good idea to keep track of your CPD by recording and reflecting upon the resulting learning and development. Advantages of CPD Ensures that your skills remain up to date and relevant Helps you maintain and develop the knowledge and skills needed to do your job effectively Keeps your up to date the current standards and best practice in your field of expertise Helps you be more effective in your role leading to higher levels of job satisfaction, productivity and professionalism Facilitates career progression by ensuring you constantly learning and developing Enables you identify further areas...