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Why cover letters are still crucial to your job application, and how to make yours stand out

about 1 year ago by Claire Brandon

Writing a cover letter can help your job application stand out to a hiring manager or recruiter. Taking the time to write one makes you seem proactive, as well as someone who cares for the role they’ve applied for. Let’s go back to basics. What is a cover letter? This is a document that candidates submit alongside their CV when applying for a job. It enables you to introduce yourself as a profe...

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How to stand out in any stage of your career

about 1 year ago by Claire Brandon

Whether you’re trying to progress as part of a large team or one of many applicants chasing a new role, trying to set yourself apart from others can often be difficult. Here are five tips to make sure your hard work and talent does not go unnoticed: 1. Stand out from the crowd From my perspective, achieving this comes down to two things: First, you have to understand the commercials. No matter ...

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How to find your balance between your career and your side hustle

about 1 year ago by Claire Brandon

Are you thinking of starting a new side hustle, or struggling to meet the demands of both your full-time job and your side business? In this blog I will give you some tried and tested tips on how to strike a comfortable balance between your career and the passion project you're pursuing on the side. 1. Plan, Plan, Plan Organisation is key to achieving success in any venture, so you need to make...

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Have gaps in your CV? Here's how to get around this in an interview

about 1 year ago by Claire Brandon

It can be common to have gaps within your CV. Examples can range from looking after a family member or applying for a new job. You may have been travelling abroad, spent your time caring for your children, or decided to go back to education. Gaps are becoming more and more common within people’s careers, as many people find themselves working until they reach their 70s and 80s. This growing tre...

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Skype to success in 10 steps

about 1 year ago by Claire Brandon

Skype interviews have become a common feature of the recruitment process, so don’t be surprised if your prospective employer suggests a virtual meet-up ahead of a face-to-face interview. Instead, use these steps to prepare your brilliant (virtual) first impression. 1. Set the scene First and foremost, think about where you are going to have your Skype interview – your home office? Your bedroom?...

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