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Sincere connections through work

by Ann Bolch Career

How often do we hear about people’s desire for a solid fit between personal values and work activities? We spend hours (and hours) working so it’s essential to connect with the people around us. It’s more than being pleasant and it’s not networking (though these are important), it’s about creating and maintaining sincere connections through […]

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Get That Job: 5 Ways to Make Recruitment Consultants Love You

by David Brewster Job Search

It can be frustrating. You know you’re the right person for the job. You know that if you could speak directly to your potential new boss, she would understand that. Yet there are all these ‘middle men’ in the way: the recruiters. And these people, usually either recruitment consultants or in-house human resources people, are often so hurried and distracted that they don’t seem to see your strengths. What to do?

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Job Loss: 5 Answers to the “What do you do?” Question

by David Brewster Job Search

It is the first question we ask when we meet someone new. And it is the last question we want to be asked when we are out of work: “What do you do?”. It is a strange quirk of our society that we define ourselves first and foremost by the work we do. Being unemployed can leave us feeling out-of-place and uncomfortable, and can even lead to avoidance of social gatherings and, therefore, networking opportunities. Here we explore ways of dealing with this sometimes awkward question.

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Interview Skills: 7 Easy Ways to Impress Your Interviewer

by David Brewster Job Search

In the world of job hunting, there is nothing more daunting than the job interview. Everyone gets nervous when faced with being put on the spot. With all the build up to an interview, many people go in feeling like one misplaced word will be enough to lose them the opportunity. It doesn’t need to be so hard. In this article we look at seven things you can do to improve the impression you give in an interview situation. These apply equally to agency interviews and interviews with the potential employer. And they are really simple.

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Job Loss: 5 Ways to Cope with Redundancy

by David Brewster Job Search

Losing your job is tough. Even those who for whom redundancy comes as no surprise, and who receive a good package, tend to feel a sense of loss and at least a small hit to their self-esteem. For those who are laid off at short notice and have little to fall back on it can be much harder. Aside from the self-doubt this situation can bring, there is the obvious pressure of money. While nothing can magically make things better, there are some things you can do to make the situation more manageable. We explore five of these things here.

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Tired of Your Job? Start Dreaming of a New Career

by David Brewster Job Search

Do you hate your job? I did, fifteen years ago. Stressed, poorly rewarded and unappreciated, I found that simply packing my bag and leaving for work gave me a headache. It wasn’t just the company I was working for that was the problem. I was simply in the wrong career. Trouble was, at the time, I really had no idea what else I might do. It was very difficult to think outside the narrow bounds of the career I had more or less fallen in to.

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Job Search: 5 Tips for Keeping in Touch without being Annoying

by David Brewster Job Search

The job hunting world can be a lonely place, particularly if you are ‘between jobs’. 
It can be very dispiriting and, paradoxically, distracting when everyone else has left the house for the day and left you on your own. These are not feelings you want when trying to stay focused on your search for a […]

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Winning Resumes: When it’s Okay to Bend the Truth

by David Brewster Job Search

When applying for jobs, your resume is your weapon of first resort. It has one primary purpose: to get you an interview. As such, it needs to present you to the world in the best possible light. Occasionally, this means you need to bend the truth a little.

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Winning Resumes: Top 10 Things to Leave Off your CV

by David Brewster Job Search

You’ve been thinking for a while about changing jobs and finally the perfect opportunity has come up. Great pay, great location, great organization. Now to put a resume together. Before you put fingers to keyboard, give some thought to what you should leave off your resume. There are two important things to keep in mind […]

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Tweeting out around the World: discovering Twitter

by David Brewster Career

What’s a bandwagon if not for jumping on? So it is that I’ve found myself quite regularly tweeting, retweeting and even twooshing over the last few weeks. So it is that I find myself joining nearly every magazine and newspaper in the Western world and writing about the newest kid on the internet block: Twitter. […]

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The One Thing You Need to Remember

by David Brewster Career

“I am constantly amazed at how stupid I was two weeks ago.” This is a wonderful comment on lifelong learning from American consultant and writer Alan Weiss. It holds a lot of truth. It is incredible how even a small experience or lesson can make our world look quite different from what it did only […]

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