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Tell me about yourself

about 1 year ago by Claire Brandon

“Tell me about yourself” ostensibly seems like quite an easy interview question. In actual fact, quite a lot can go wrong at this stage. This is often the first question an interviewer will ask you, and your answer will inform the entire basis of their first impression. Also if you slip up here, you risk feeling nervous and derailing your confidence and flow for the rest of the meeting. That’s ...

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The benefits of having a career mentor

about 1 year ago by Claire Brandon

Your career mentor is someone who can help you achieve your professional goals, and give you objective advice and support. If you’re ambitious about your career a mentor can help you succeed. So why don’t you have one? Perhaps the reason you don’t have a career mentor yet, is because it’s prone to the following myths: 1. Mentoring is reserved for the most senior and well-connected professionals...

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5 Ways to remove barriers in the workplace

over 1 year ago by Claire Brandon

A recent British Heart Foundation survey suggests some of our top 10 socially awkward situations at work are the result of not knowing our colleagues as well as we probably should. But breaking down these barriers isn’t just good for a comfortable working atmosphere, it can be good for productivity too. And while nobody expects you to be best friends with every single one of your work colleague...

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The secrets to a successful CV

over 1 year ago by Sophie Hickson

James Reed says that if a CV hasn't hooked its reader within seven seconds, it will get rejected. Here are the secrets to an engaging, relevant job application. While the UK has near-full employment, at Reed we receive more than 600,000 applications every week from people looking for their next job. If you extrapolate that figure, it adds up to a lot of reading for recruiters – and it’s little ...

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Pressure, stress and anxiety: know your triggers

over 1 year ago by Claire Brandon

It's a fact that we all experience both pressure and stress in our working and personal lives. However, research conducted by CABA indicates that stress is a growing area of concern for both ACA students and qualified ICAEW chartered accountants alike, with poor work-life balance, exam stress and career management highlighted as particularly challenging issues. 'There's a lot of work which need...

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