8 Traits That Employers Just Can’t Say No To

These days, you need more than just an impeccable resume, relevant experience, good education and strong skill set to land a quality job. In the eyes of a potential employer, it’s not all about what you can do – it’s about how you do it and whether you can be consistent that matters. When you apply for a job, you will probably already have a pretty good idea of what the employers are looking for. After all, the job description and requirements needed to land an interview are usually included in the advertisement for the role. But how...

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How to Manage Your Online Brand

What is personal branding? Do you even need it? I don’t believe in personal branding, but the fact of the matter is that to be successful, we do need to make ourselves marketable, whether we like that fact or not! As a self-confessed critic of self-branding, I decided to embark on a mission to examine what the elements of a good personal online brand are. As part of this, I have taken a look at some of the most likeable, interesting, entertaining and inspiring personal brands on the internet, in an attempt to understand what makes them so...

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5 Tips For Nailing The Cover Letter

Your CV is as smooth as can be, your LinkedIn page kills it, and you’re fully prepared for the interview. But wait! You’ve got one last thing to submit—the dreaded cover letter. It might be tempting to just grab an online template and customise it with your own details. If this is your usual go-to approach, however, you should think twice. According to recruiters, cover letters are the very point where a high proportion of applicants fail to show their true worth. Luckily, we’ve asked some hiring and recruiting experts for their...

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7 tips to make your application stand out from the crowd

Graduate schemes are notoriously competitive so it’s important you make your application stand out in a crowded job market. Here are some pointers to help you achieve this:   1. Excel in your psychometric tests. Employers use psychometric tests because they offer an objective way of assessing and comparing candidates applying for a particular role. Numerical reasoning tests and verbal reasoning tests are the psychometric tests most commonly encountered by graduates and other job applicants. Achieving high scores in these tests will...

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Questions to Ask to Get You the Job, and Ones that Won’t

When preparing for your interview, it’s important to consider that asking questions can be just as important as answering them.  These questions you ask can be a strong reflection on you as a candidate – so it’s well worth preparing 1 or 2 for your interviewer as well. Here are our top three questions to ask:   1. “What are the next steps in the hiring process?”– Often a good closing question, demonstrating that you’re keen to progress and confident that you’re a credible candidate. Often candidates will ask “when...

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