Category Archives: CVs

Metrics: If you can’t measure it – don’t mention it

The Peter Drucker phrase “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”  has been around in management training manuals for decades.  With some dissenting views, it is widely accepted if not as a business truism,  certainly as  a useful guideline and management tool. In career management what is also gaining credibility is the line “If you can’t measure it…

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Debunking 4 online professional profiles myths

Much is written about professional profiles by many “experts” that frightens the life out of the average job seeker, or even passive candidate who simply want to have a strong online presence. The list of dos and don’ts is never-ending, with the net result that many are totally confused. I’m actually confused. There are many so-called pearls of wisdom written about…

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Personal interests: 10 CV dos and don’ts

There is always much conflicting advice from career experts on what to include on CVs. One of the areas  that has an opinion divide of Grand Canyon proportions, is whether to mention your personal interests and hobbies on your resume and if they can actually make a difference to the selection process. Hannah Morgan, Career Sherpa says “No one really cares that you…

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Why you’re in trouble without an instantly available, current CV

I have seen two instances today alone where individuals were thrown off-balance because they did not have an easily accessible, up to date CV. One case didn’t matter  – the other did. With unemployment at record highs in some regions and opportunities coming and disappearing at record speed,  being prepared is key. Test: if someone asked you right now to  send in your resumé how long would it…

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Are you a job search bore? Story telling and job search

Story telling is a talent. There are some natural raconteurs who have the gift of the gab. Most of us with less ability have to work on developing those skills. Many will wonder why that matters at all – but the reality is that it does. Don’t people just want to know where we’ve worked and what we’ve done? Yes…

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passive candidates

The new actively passive candidates

According to research carried out by international organisations such as Manpower and Deloitte, there are many indications that after a period of cautiousness brought about by stringent economic times, a high percentage of employees will now be open to new job opportunities. The numbers range from 66% – 84%, but whichever one you take, they…

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Staying on message: A job search challenge

How much to share and with whom? Another confusing area for job seekers is how much information to share in the job search process. This is another topic where every man, woman, child and goldfish has an opinion. Using buzz speak this is about brand alignment, when we are all supposed to produce consistent personal…

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Why you should network with recruiters /search consultants even when you have a job!

The value of passive candidates I saw a post from someone recently complaining quite vociferously about being contacted by a head hunter. The message from this individual, was that if he was looking for a job he would **#!** well let them know. I checked out his LinkedIn profile and his contact settings were “open…

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career coaches

A case for career coaches

A case for career coaches. Why they make a difference.

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Who to trust

Executive search and recruitment: Who to trust…!

When you get a call from a headhunter or recruiter – how do you know who to trust?

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