Author Archives: Leslie Fearn

Interviews posted by Leslie Fearn

Late For An Interview ? 9 Tips To Prevent A Disaster

Why is it when something goes wrong, it can go badly wrong ? Like a chain reaction, one thing leads to another which in turn leads to something more serious. Recently, someone I know had an interview for a role which was all set to start at 6:00pm. To get there on time, they needed to leave the office no later than 5:00pm, but they didn’t get away from their desk until 5:20pm. It didnt happen in the end, so if you are late for an interview, these 9 Tips may help you prevent a disaster

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Late For An Interview ?  9 Tips To Prevent A Disaster
CVs posted by Leslie Fearn

Graduates: 30 UK Companies Using Twitter

Following on from last weeks Graduate theme, a number of you wanted to know how to use Twitter to greater effect when job hunting. Whilst US businesses are generally more familiar with Twitter and attracting graduates, the UK is picking up pace and many blue chip businesses now have their own Twitter account, some with a very strong following. I have listed below 30 UK Blue-chip companies that have Twitter accounts, and some are actively using it to recruit graduates.

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Graduates: 30 UK Companies Using Twitter
CVs posted by Leslie Fearn

Now You’ve Got It – Wow

For graduates in 2010, this year has been very difficult from an employment perspective, and still is. As many of you will have read, BT has been in the headlines recently regarding their Summer Graduate Recruitment Campaign which received over 2,500 applicants for just 8 places. When it comes to competition for jobs, it doesn’t get much tougher than this. Even those who graduated in the 1980s and 1990s and who may have additional qualifications should feel lucky they don’t have 300+ other people to compete with.

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Now You’ve Got It – Wow
CVs posted by Leslie Fearn

Erasing Your Job Title – Should You ?

I am often asked by candidates how they should write a CV so that it gets noticed straight away by a recruiter, and the answer is not always that straight forward. Should you change your Job Title to make it appeal to a wider audience ? I think you definately should, particularly if it is not immediately obvious to an outsider what you do. Your CV is a selling tool after all, and it needs to be easy to understand and comprehensive at the same time.

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Erasing Your Job Title – Should You ?
CVs posted by Leslie Fearn

The Job Description & Interview Success

For anyone seeking a new role, understanding job descriptions are a key element of interview preparation – alongside gathering company information, researching interviewers background, finding out the style of interview, knowing if there will be psychometric tests etc. Ensuring you have a comprehensive job description from your recruitment consultant or direct from an employer will give you many clues about the questions you are likely to be asked should you be lucky enough to secure an interview.

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The Job Description & Interview Success
Networking posted by Leslie Fearn

10 Linked-In Groups For Job Seekers

Linked-In has some great features for the job seeker as I mentioned in my post last week here, and is becoming a force to be reckoned with. As well as being able to follow companies and their open jobs, it is also a great tool to help find new job opportunities outside of internet job boards. Alongside the other methods of finding a job that we discuss here at Approachthemarket, there are specific ‘Groups’ on Linked-In which are directly aimed at UK job hunters.

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10 Linked-In Groups For Job Seekers
Networking posted by Leslie Fearn

How To Follow Companies And Jobs On Linked-In

It is hard keeping up to date with the latest hi-tech gadgets, mobile devices, software add-ons etc. However, I feel I am pretty much up to speed with Linked-In, which has made dramatic improvements over the last six months, and is testament to their ongoing success. One feature which should really interest you as a job seeker is how you can now ‘Follow’ companies that you may be interested in working for. From a job hunting point of view, this can make your whole search a lot easier and free up more time for you. If you read my post a few weeks ago about how to search company-own career sites for job vacancies, this gives you a more automated way of staying on top of everything. By using this new feature, Linked-In notifies you when new people have been recruited at a company, who has been promoted or recently left the company and what vacancies they are currently recruiting for. For those of you who have a list of companies you would specifically like to work for at some point in the future, this is a great facility you can use and set up in a matter of minutes.

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How To Follow Companies And Jobs On Linked-In
Interviews posted by Leslie Fearn

Flexibility Is Name Of The Game

Meeting new candidates on a weekly basis is all part of my role, and one topic which always comes up in conversation is “Flexibility”, and more importantly, what it means to different people. I often find people asking me in general terms how they can get access to more roles, and whilst there are tentative signs of an improving job market, nothing can be guaranteed. One of the key areas I discuss with them is how flexible they are really prepared to be about their job search in terms of commuting time, salary expectation, types of role etc, and if they really need to be as strict as what they initially set out on paper. It is always worth reviewing your initial job search criteria, and whether those criteria are still valid one, two or even three months on.

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Flexibility Is Name Of The Game