Author Archives: Leslie Fearn

Research And Preparation posted by Leslie Fearn

Happy New Year: Industries Recruiting

With just over 2 weeks to go until the New Year, one question everyone has been asking me recently is ‘Who is going to be recruiting in 2011 ?’ I have my own thoughts on this topic, but rather than give you my best estimates, I decided to find some studies on the subject, and one of the largest and most recognised comes from Manpower, and their 32 page Employment Outlook Survey.

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Happy New Year: Industries Recruiting
Interviews posted by Leslie Fearn

Hello, Meet The Panel !

We discuss the art of interviewing a lot here at Approachthemarket.co.uk as it is a fundamental part of job hunting. Earlier this month I was asked by a Finance Director about panel interviews and thought I should probably write a blog post about the subject. Hopefully this will give you an insight into what you should do if you are asked to attend such an interview, and there are many more detailed resources on the internet which I have linked to at the end.

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Hello, Meet The Panel !
Research And Preparation posted by Leslie Fearn

ALL 100 Of The FTSE100 Company Career Sites

If you are looking for your next role in an International FTSE-listed corporate business, then this post is one of the best places to start your job hunting. It contains the complete list of the UKs Top 100 Companies career sites in the FTSE100. Many of the companies now have an added facility where you can search roles on their website by specific job category, geographical location and job type to make things easier for you. There are many ways in which you can search for a new role including using recruitment agencies, social media such as Linked-In and Twitter, and online job boards – this list is only an extension to what should be part of a well planned job search strategy.

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ALL 100 Of The FTSE100 Company Career Sites
CVs posted by Leslie Fearn

Employment References

Everything seems great – you have completed your second interview, the employer has offered you the job and all you are waiting for now is the offer letter and employment…

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Employment References
CVs posted by Leslie Fearn

Try And Try Again

Everyone who finds themselves going through the recruitment process should know their weaknesses and which areas of expertise they have gaps in before they start job hunting. You should be spending most of your time applying for jobs where you are convinced you could secure an interview and you KNOW you could do the job, rather than being in a rush to email your CV to every job going. Once you know what you are good at and not so good at, you can try to improve your skills in the areas you are weakest at, which in turn will help your motivation and long term career prospects

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Try And Try Again
Agencies posted by Leslie Fearn

Dress To Impress For An Interview

It’s true what they say ‘first impressions count’. When it comes to a job interview, being well presented and dressed appropriately is critical. The way you dress and style yourself can make a huge difference to the overall interview, no matter what job or role you are being recruited for. Whether you are meeting a recruitment consultant about a position, or have an interview with an employer directly, you will get to meet the receptionist, perhaps a secretary or other colleagues walking around before the interviewer, and all of them will have an impression of you from what you wear. When you get to meet the interviewer themselves, that very first impression is again going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing, even before you have shaken hands and said hello.

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Dress To Impress For An Interview
Interviews posted by Leslie Fearn

How To Succeed At Telephone Interviews

Recruiters and employers use telephone interviews as a way of screening the best candidates for a job, and it can help them to decide who to put through to the next stage of the recruitment process. Telephone interviews are useful to employers in a number of ways, including when the position and candidates are long distances apart; and where large elements of the role require telephone interaction with customers or staff (eg customer services, telesales). There are three key stages to think about when you know you have been selected for a telephone interview, and the format is similar to face-to-face interviews. Here are a number of tips which I recommend to people myself, and they could help you too.

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How To Succeed At Telephone Interviews
Job Boards posted by Leslie Fearn

60 UK Twitter Accounts for Graduate Jobs

Graduates and Tuition Fees are back in the news again following the recent ‘Browne’ Review. Whilst this wont affect those who have recently graduated, many of the 2010 and 2009 class are still finding it tough to secure their first job since leaving University. My post last month which you can read here showed graduates how they could start using Twitter to greater effect when job hunting, and how many blue chip businesses here in the UK are now using Twitter more effectively, some with a very strong following. I have listed below 60 UK companies that have Twitter accounts, and do recruit for graduates.

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60 UK Twitter Accounts for Graduate Jobs
Job Boards posted by Leslie Fearn

80 Of The FTSE100 Company Career Sites

Most FTSE100 Companies have their own career micro-sites now, and I now have updated the list to 80 of the FTSE100, so this will interest anyone who is keen to work in a UK blue-chip company, the majority of whom have highly recognisable brands. Having looked at all 80 companies, many of them offer you the ability to search roles on their website by specific job category, geographical location and job type. As I have mentioned before, I don’t believe you will get the same responsiveness or service that you would from a good relationship-driven recruitment agency, or as diverse a choice of jobs (you are only looking at one company after all), but you should use these sites as part of an all-round planned job search programme. If you are looking for your next role in an International FTSE-listed corporate business, then this list is one of the best places to start your job hunt !

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80 Of The FTSE100 Company Career Sites