Author Archives: Leslie Fearn

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Happy 100th Birthday Approachthemarket.com

Last week was a special week for us here at Approachthemarket.com as it has been over a year since we started our venture to help UK Professional Job Seekers – we passed the big milestone of our 100th article last week. To reflect on what we have done for people who are looking for jobs, we thought it would be a good idea to review some of our best posts over the last 12 months, and provide direct links so you can click straight through to read those of interest to you.

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Happy 100th Birthday Approachthemarket.com
CVs posted by Leslie Fearn

Does Your CV Make The Grade?

I shouldn’t be surprised anymore, but even with a long time in recruitment it does still happen, and it did last week. Does your CV contain a section with your education on it? In typical Grange Hill style, even the Headteacher Mrs McClusky would take my side on this one surely, even if two job seekers last week didn’t…….and they were not for turning either.

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Does Your CV Make The Grade?
Interviews posted by Leslie Fearn

Job Hunting & Back To The Future

Most people know what future direction they want their career to go in, but in order to get there quickly, they may need to take a step backwards first. If you are currently employed, this may mean taking a new position that is less responsible or less rewarding in the short term, but should reward you many times over in the future.

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Job Hunting & Back To The Future
Networking posted by Leslie Fearn

Job Fairs: Planning & Preparation

As the employment market still seems to be ‘stuck in a rut’ with unemployment figures going in the wrong direction, job fairs can be a great opportunity for all types of job seekers, and even more so in the current climate. In essence, they allow you to engage with numerous employers and recruiters in one place, under one roof, in just one day. Here I list 10 top tips for you to consider when it comes planning & preparation for a successful job/career fair.

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Job Fairs: Planning & Preparation
CVs posted by Leslie Fearn

Are You A Pick & Mix Job Seeker ?

Fortunately for my children, Pick & Mix is alive and kicking – in cinemas, shopping centre’s, holiday resorts and airports to name just a few places. There is a new kid on the block too it seems – the Pick & Mix job seeker. When you go online and search through different job boards, there can be so many jobs that as you glance through them, you want to apply to as many as possible. What do you do? Well, if what other people tell me is true, you send out a generic CV to all of those jobs and see what happens. As you click the send button without giving your ‘suitability’ a second thought, you anxiously wait for a response

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Are You A Pick & Mix Job Seeker ?
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Graduate Jobless Rate Doubles – 8 Tips To Help You

At the end of January the ONS issued some new figures on unemployment rates amongst recent graduates, and I was hoping for better news. The title gave it away instantly, and it’s not great reading if you are a graduate unfortunately – ‘Jobless rate for new graduate’s doubles over recent recession’. Unemployment was 20% in the 3rd quarter of last year, almost double the rate in the last quarter before the recent recession, and the highest unemployment rate for new graduates in over 10 years. So, here are 8 things you can do THIS WEEK to get yourself in the employment market and keep you focused

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Graduate Jobless Rate Doubles – 8 Tips To Help You
Interviews posted by Leslie Fearn

10 Ways To Investigate Your Next Employer – Sherlock Holmes Style

As many of you know, I try to encourage job seekers to prepare and plan for every eventuality, whether it is preparation for a CV, preparation for researching a company or planning for interviews. I was reading an article a few weeks ago which suggested that at some point in your career, you may well accept a position that seems perfect on the surface, but once you have started and are maybe only months into the role, things start turning very sour. So, is there anything you can do to stop your job turning sour once you have accepted an offer? Well, unless you can resolve mysteries like Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes there are no guarantees of course, but there are some steps you can take to make sure you have made the right decision in the first place.

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10 Ways To Investigate Your Next Employer – Sherlock Holmes Style
Job Boards posted by Leslie Fearn

Growth In Part-Time Job Opportunities

Part-time workers are a life-line for many UK employers, from the large multi-nationals to the smaller businesses with just a handful of employees. Interestingly, the latest figures (Dec 2010) from the Office of National Statistics in their GDP and Labour Market Report show how important part-time roles are now to the UK economy. Whilst the overall employment market did show resilience in the three months of Q3, in the period Q309 to Q310, it was part-time jobs which showed real growth at over 4% (a total of over 320,000 jobs), against full-time jobs which saw a slight decline of 0.2%.

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Growth In Part-Time Job Opportunities
Job Boards posted by Leslie Fearn

Traditional Media And The Job Search (Part II)

One of the greatest assets Regional and Local newspapers have for job seekers is they only advertise roles for the geographical area that they represent. Therefore, for those people looking for roles specifically within a county or town, these are an ideal resource to use, as well as the other methods we discuss here at approachthemarket.com. I have provided below a list of the regional and local newspapers for England, and where possible provided links to the online version of the paper which will take you direct to the jobs section. This should save you some time having to search around the whole home page to find the information you require

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Traditional Media And The Job Search (Part II)
Job Boards posted by Leslie Fearn

Traditional Media And The Job Search (Part I)

Years before social media came along and people logged on to Linked-In, Twitter and Facebook, one of the ways to find a new job included reading the Newspapers, both the national and local/regional press. Whilst online advertising is certainly taking the place of print for job adverts, there are still job opportunities advertised in the national and local/regional press which you shouldn’t ignore. Applying to newspaper job adverts alongside other methods of job hunting which we discuss here on Approachthemarket.com means you will cover the whole range of avenues available to find yourself a new role.

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Traditional Media And The Job Search (Part I)