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How to Prepare for Employers Aptitude Tests
  | The CV Centre
Aptitude tests are becoming increasingly common in the recruitment process. Whether it's numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning or logical reasoning, the techniques and strategies for success are all the same. Achieve the results you would like through regular practice and developing your technique....
Head vs Heart: what should you follow in your career
  | Henna Patel
We're taught as children to follow our dreams and desires when it comes to figuring out what we want to be when we grow up. Should you continue this line of thinking when looking for a career? Maybe. However, obstacles may get in the way of us thinking and acting solely with our heart, leading us to think more rationally and sensibly about our situations. ...
7 Employee Perks To Keep Staff Motivated
  | Jade Anderson
Motivated and productive employees are the foundation of a successful business and it is important to provide a culture where your staff will feel happy and supported. Find out the seven employee perks that are sure to keep staff motivated....
4 Things Every Graduate Should Know Before Starting Job Hunting
  | Catrin Cooper
Job hunting is tough for recent graduates. The opportunities are endless, but they can also be elusive, especially if you apply to popular companies. So, how can you make sure that you will stand out in the competition?...
6 Alternatives To Job Boards
  | Annie Walton-Doyle
In terms of the job hunt, there's really nothing more convenient than a job board. But using job boards alone can dramatically reduce your chances of finding your dream position. Not only are you reducing your career pool, you're also likely missing out on tons of other opportunities. Here are 6 alternatives to job boards....
5 Scary Reasons Why You Are Still Stuck In a Job You Hate
  | Sarah Davies
It may happen to any one of us. We all dream of fantastic and satisfying careers, yet some of us end up in jobs we honestly hate. But the worst thing is - somehow we cannot leave! Here are 5 scary reasons that make us stay in jobs we hate - and why we should reconsider this choice....
Are You Aware of These New Jobs Created by the Internet of Things?
  | Laura Buckler
Can you name a job that didn't exist a few decades ago? A 3D printing engineer? A wearable tech designer? A content creator? All of these new professional opportunities have come into existence because of the internet of things....
How to use LinkedIn to find promising jobs in 2018
  | Adela Belin
LinkedIn is the largest professional network in the universe with more than 433 million users. We cover various ways job seekers can use LinkedIn to find a promising job in 2018....
Home Office Design Tips for a Winning Work-Life Balance
  | Suhayl Laher
Looking for the perfect home office? Read on to find out how you can win the battle between work-life balance with our top tips on home office design....
7 Signs You Have Become a Work-Martyr - And How to Regain Your Balance
  | Michelle Arios
Is your private life slipping away while you are working? Perhaps you can't say "no" to work, always trying to reach your goals that never satisfy you? Careful! You may have become a Work-Martyr! But before you start panicking - read our tips and regain your work-life balance....
Making Your Resume Stand Out from the Crowd - 10 Top Tips from HR Pros
  | Rachel Summers
Writing a resume is difficult at the best of times but trying to write a resume that makes you stand out from potentially hundreds of applicants is a challenge, to say the least. To help you make the best first impression, here are our top ten tips from the HR pros that will make you shine....
I Think I Failed My Interview! Now What?
  | Alex Moore
The article deals with my personal failure story while interviewing for a position at my local Target store. Although I was convinced that a job in retail was an easy one to land, especially considering this particular company’s openness to hiring fresh-faced college graduates in a very lenient work environment, what happened next proved me wrong. I went in there is way too sure of myself, and this braggadocios façade made me an undesirable candidate. At first, I was taken aback by my mistake and I was completely disappointed with entering the workforce. But then I started thinking about the situation at hand and I came up with ways to improve upon it. By ruminating and passing everything through a filter, I discovered some important things about avoiding failure in the future and turning my negative experience into an educational opportunity for personal growth. And, most importantly, I discovered things about myself which I hadn’t been aware of before. Being able to pinpoint your shortcomings is a great asset in one’s professional life, and that’s exactly what my decline uncovered for me. ...
7 Pro Tips for Getting a Job in Education
  | Kevin Nelson
Are you interested in starting up a career in the educational sector? Are you concerned about the kind of jobs that you can get in this line? We’ve got you covered!...
Top Tips on How to Ace a Behavioural Test on an Interview
  | Jennifer Feldman
The hiring process has become more and more competitive with each passing year. There are an increasing number of steps involved in getting your dream job. Gone are the days of a simple job interview. Today, a widespread practice among used by employers is using personality or other behavioral tests as a screening tool. Personality tests help employers find the most suitable employee for an open position. Employers want to see how you work in a team, how you might react in certain situations, and if you fit in with the company’s corporate culture. Read on to learn some top tips on how to ace these pre-employment tests....
Tips for Students: How to Avoid Scam Job Postings
  | Kevin Nelson
How do you tell if an online job is real or a scam? Students, who are usually unsuspecting and inexperienced at job hunting, are more likely to fall prey to internet frauds. Therefore, it is essential to protect yourself from them....
Rookie Resume Mistakes You Should Avoid At Any Cost
  | Adela Belin
Hiring managers want nothing less than perfection when it comes to the resume. Still, a lot of young professionals are not realizing that, which can cost them their jobs. Here are the top 5 rookie resume mistakes that you should avoid at any cost....
How to Launch a Career in Freelance Writing Industry
  | Brenda Savoie
Freelance writing is for sure one of the best jobs on the market! Although many believe that it is easy, there are a lot of challenging aspects to it. We as freelancers have to stay prepared all of the time, and our breaks are basically indefinite. This basic guide will help you to start....
How to Effectively Manage Gaps in Your Resume Due to Illness
  | Mary Walton
Suffering from an illness is not your fault, and for most of us, we've all been ill at some point in our lives. Sometimes it's as easy as a common cold, however, some illnesses are much more serious and can even result in us taking long-term leave from work. ...
Weird and wonderful interview questions
  | James Innes
Some employers such as Google, Apple and Facebook to name but a few, have taken to asking oddball questions to test candidate's ability to think on their feet during interviews. If you are asked such a question, remember there is no right and wrong answer, but try to work out the interview's motivation in asking the question. ...
More Weird and wonderful interview questions
  | James Innes
Best-selling author and founder of "The CV Centre" and "The Resume Center" discusses the weird and wonderful interview questions that some employers ask candidates in his books "The Interview Book" and "The Interview Question & Answer Book". James provides examples of such questions and suggests ways of answering them....
5 Tips for a Successful Video Job Interview
  | Brenda Savoie
More and more companies are starting to use video interviews as a way to meet valuable employees. For this reason, it's crucial to learn how to leave a good impression with every interview that you have. This article presents 5 strategies that will help you turn your interview into a success story....
Yet more weird and wonderful interview questions
  | James Innes
Continuing the series looking at weird and wonderful interview questions which have been asked by companies like Microsoft and Capital Asset Exchange and Trading. James Innes, best selling author of "The Interview Book" and "The Interview Question & Answer Book", looks at examples of such questions and gives practical advice on how to answer them....
How do you get a giraffe into a fridge?
  | James Innes
How do you get a giraffe into a fridge? This is a genuine question a candidate was asked by a major employer at an interview, and is an example of a growing trend for recruiters to pose weird and wonderful questions to applicants as a way of testing their ability to think on their feet....
Why is my job search failing?
  | James Innes
Some people spend ages looking for a job and yet either fail to get any interviews, or get interviews and never the job. If you fall into either category, then take some simple measures and change your approach. Get your CV up to date and your interview technique in order....
How to Make Recruiters Read Your Entire Resume
  | Jennefer Brunetti
If you want a recruiter to completely hear (or in this case read) you out, you might want to change the way you approach the resume writing process. By knowing what a recruiter's process is like, you'll be able to optimize your goods and improve your odds....
Why the CV with Failures Is More Valuable Than the List of Wins
  | Richard Nolan
The whole CV writing process can be a real struggle to many people. Presenting yourself in the right way isn't easy, especially if you don't have any impressive skills and experience yet or simply don't know where to start. If finding your strong sides and wins isn't easy, why don't you focus on making a list of your failures instead?...
Four tips for dealing with difficult colleagues
  | Lilli Hender
Cranky Coworker Day is just around the corner, but to help you deal difficult colleagues all year round, Lilli Hender imparts some advice. She discusses the importance of manners and empathy, the need to count to ten, and helpful adjustments you can make to your work/life balance. Some colleagues are easier to handle than others, but if you take on board these tips, cranky coworkers won’t pose so much of a problem. ...
Five Ways to Get Noticed (In a Good Way)
  | Rachel Stones
You've secured a coveted interview spot, now it's time to put your best foot forward. Polls show that many interviewers decide in the first five minutes whether a candidate is a good fit for the role. From demeanor to dress, to projecting confidence in your abilities, this article will help you with the first five minutes and nail the rest of the interview too....
Most Effective Tips for Transition from Freelance to Full-Time Job
  | Chris Richardson
Work in our modern world is a rather complex subject. There are tons of different professions and ways to earn money. Some people work traditionally at the office, others prefer to work in freelance. It can be difficult to make a transition from freelance to a full-time job. However there are ways to do it without any major changes. Saying, it can be easy to fit in to a new work environment with the tips presented in this article....
Make Sure You Do These 10 Things After A Job Interview
  | Laura Slingo
Congratulations on completing your job interview, but your work's not done yet. Here are ten things you must do after an interview if you want to increase your chances of securing the job....
9 Tips For Boosting Your Business Writing Skills
  | Mary Walton
Even if your job isn't primarily about writing, you still need to know how to write for business. Thanks to the internet, most communication at work is now done via the written word. These 9 tips will help you improve your writing and get ahead....
Don't Apply for a Job Unless You Have These 3 Questions Sorted Out
  | Thea Millard
The article covers 3 main questions that a future employee has to ask himself in order to get a job suited to his desires and needs. Do I need this job or do I want it? Where will I be in 5 years? Does the workplace culture suit me?...
7 tips to make your CV more visible for your employer
  | Debbie Richardson
Nowadays, to grab an employer's attention, a CV must stand out for itself and besides being well written, without typo mistakes, it also must make a good visual impression. If you follow the above instructions, it may boost your chances of making it to the second stage of the elimination process....
How to Make Your Salary Go the Distance
  | Elizabeth Heron
The article talks about 6 ways in which you can make more savings in regards to your salary. First of all, what you can do is ask your employer for a raise. Secondly, you can save that raise, as it is a sum of money you can put to use for other than daily expenses. Other alternatives include increasing your deductibles, make your purchases in cash, consider refinancing the mortgage and packing your food from home....
How to Keep your New Employees Motivated
  | Peter Unitt
Keeping staff motivated is very important in today's working world. Not only does a happy workforce mean higher productivity but it also means that staff are more likely to stay at your company and not look for alternative work. This blog looks at some of the top tips to keep your employees happy and motivated....
Five Facts You Should Know before Taking a CEB SHL Test
  | Jennifer Feldman
Many employers use psychometric tests to sift out quality candidates. Research has shown that putting time and money into a more intensive hiring process leads to lower employee turnover. One of the most popular assessment companies is CEB SHL. CEB SHL produces an assortment of psychometric tests which are used across different industries. Anyone from a new graduate to a manager should expect to encounter one of these exams over the course of their hiring process. Outlined below are some key facts you should know before sitting an exam. ...
6 Ways to Turn Round a Bad Interview - Fast!
  | Laura Slingo
Interviews can be overwhelming; you're trying to remember so many things at once whilst remaining totally cool and confident. If you find yourself feeling lost, before you run out the door or demand a do-over, here are a few techniques you can try to turn the interview round and take back control....
How To Create The Ultimate LinkedIn Cheat Sheet!
  | The CV Centre
Standing out from the crowd can be hard, so we put together a small cheat sheet on what to do to your LinkedIn profile to help you further your career....
How to Effectively Look For a Job.
  | Herbert Wright
We see tons of people looking for jobs, yet there are only a few who actually succeed in doing it. That?s because ?doing? is way different from ?doing it effectively?. The more effective means of job hunting is (1) know what you really want to do (2) target companies that can help you land the job (3) grow your network (4) Think outside the box ...
Quick Little Job Seeking and Online Applications Guide for Students
  | Amanda Wilks
Finding a job while still studying can be quite a challenging mission. You are probably shooting for a flexible schedule and entry level openings, so the number of possibilities is growing smaller by the moment. However, finding your way through the labyrinth of job hunting and online applications is not as complicated as it seems. Here's a quick little guide to help you go through the job-seeking process and grueling online applications....
January- a great time to get a new job
  | The CV Centre
Although we have yet to finish Christmas, January is looming which is traditionally the start of the hiring season. Many employers will begin recruiting in January as financial budgets are released, and key decision-makers are available to take hiring decisions. If you are one of the many who are considering a career change in 2017, make sure that you have an updated CV and LinkedIN profile, and ready to take the plunge with your job search....
Stop lurking and enjoy Christmas
  | The CV Centre
A new study has revealed that people who spend hours lurking on social media sites like Facebook can get depressed and envious because of unrealistic social comparisons with the lives of others. Better to actively engage others in conversation than passively clicks on friends' photos and posts. Better still give Facebook a rest for a week. It will improve your emotional well-being. ...
Interview nerves costing you the job?
  | The CV Centre
Many people find the whole thought of an interview makes them break out in a cold sweat. It is natural to be nervous about an interview but with proper preparation, lots of practice and a sense of perspective you can master your nerves and showcase your skills and talents convincingly....
Apple bites back. Technology giant fights EU tax ruling
  | The CV Centre
Technology giant Apple has lodged a formal appeal against the €13 bn. fine imposed on them earlier this year for what were deemed to be inappropriate tax arrangements in Ireland. They are strongly supported by the Irish government who say they do not "do deals with taxpayers."...
The stress of commuting
  | The CV Centre
Commuters in southern England face more travel misery this week as train guards have started strike action, the latest in a long-running series of industrial disputes. Yet even when the trains are running their daily commute can be a stressful experience, in crowded, unpleasant conditions, subject to frequent delays and cancellations. They are not alone. Millions of people around the world are forced to commute for hours to get to work. This leads to chronic stress and a less productive workforce....
Researching the Organisation
  | The CV Centre
Statistically 80% of candidates at interview will have done no or little research on the company to whom they are applying. Don't make this mistake. Just a little research will give you a head start over much of the competition, and underline your interest and enthusiasm for the role....
Cuba gets faster access to Google content
  | The CV Centre
Google has just signed a deal with Cuba's state-run telecom company to install servers on the island allowing local users to get faster access to online content such as Gmail and YouTube, a step forward for a country with one?s of the lowest rates on online connectivity in the world....
Wanted: Emoji Translator
  | The CV Centre
A London translation agency, in what is thought to be a world first, has posted an online job advert for an emoji translator....
Ask more and ask more often
  | The CV Centre
Despite the fact that many jobs are never advertised but are filled through networking and direct referrals, many people are reluctant to ask their personal networks for help with their job search. This is a mistake and underestimates the willingness of most people to help in these situations. But this is still your job search, so you must take the lead in following-up....
Presentation, Presentation, Presentation
  | The CV Centre
How you physically present yourself will make an immediate impression at an interview before you even open your mouth. Present yourself as a professional and create the right image from the start....
Can't get an interview? Don't give up, get smart!
  | The CV Centre
Some people, however hard they try, never seem to get an interview, let alone a job. If you find yourself in this situation, don't give up. Some simple changes in how you present your CV and approach your job search can radically improve your chances of landing that next role....
Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
  | The CV Centre
The best person, in terms of skills, experience and achievements, doesn't always pass the interview. The most able candidates on paper can fail because they assume they can just turn up on the day and all will be well. Failure to prepare for an interview, is preparing to fail it....
Should I stop my job search for the holidays?
  | The CV Centre
Many people believe that the holiday season is a bad time to look for a job because "no one is hiring". They are wrong. There are many companies looking to hire right now and, even if they are not, being pro-active now can give you a head start when the January recruitment cycle begins....
Belgian beer added to global culture list
  | The CV Centre
Belgian beer joined illustrious company such as French gastronomy and the Argentinian tango when UNESCO added it to their global intangible cultural heritage list earlier this week....
Not Your Average Joe!
  | The CV Centre
At an age when most people are happy to sit back and enjoy retirement, 89 year-old Joe Bartley has just started a new job. Finding himself bored stiff following the death of his wife, Joe placed an advert in his local paper looking for work. What happened next made headlines around the world and landed Joe with a new role....
Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner?
  | The CV Centre
Thanksgiving this year across America will see some empty seats at the dinner table as family rifts after the election separate some families....
Mastering online job applications
  | The CV Centre
With recruitment now increasingly technology based, more and more roles now require candidates to complete online job application forms. Yet, a recent survey has found 6 out of 10 candidates abandon online applications in the middle because of the complexity of the process and the number of questions. Learning to master such forms could give you a significant edge over the competition....
You've got the Interview? Now research the job!
  | The CV Centre
The first thing you should do when you know you've got an interview is thoroughly research the job. Not knowing what a job entails is one of the cardinal sins candidates can make at interview....
Ask your own questions
  | The CV Centre
The failure by a candidate to ask questions during an interview is often cited by recruiters as a major reason why they fail to progress. Prepare in advance a few key questions to ask at the appropriate time - it demonstrates your interest and willing....
The Importance of Body Language
  | The CV Centre
Experts say that body language accounts for 93% of messages you send out during the interview. That means only 7% of the message you convey comes out of your mouth! The conclusion is clear - get your non-verbal communication right to impress a potential employer....
Is Your Job Boring You to Death?
  | The CV Centre
Following news a Frenchman is suing his former employer for boring him to death, evidence suggests a tedious job can be bad for your health and well being....
Working From Home - Pros and Cons
  | The CV Centre
With changes in technology and companies looking to adopt a more cost-effective business model, many organisations have begun to allow staff to work from home. However, whilst the idea may sound very attractive, there can also be challenges which may not make this the ideal solution for everyone....
How Social Media Can Harm Your Job Prospects
  | The CV Centre
Your social media presence can harm your prospects of getting hired before you even meet the employer...
Olympic Athletes - Rich in Talent but Poor in Money
  | The CV Centre
For many competitors at the Rio Olympics, their only reward is being there. They will earn nothing from the experience, and could end up seriously out of pocket at the end....
Great Advice For Those Crazy College Years
  | The CV Centre
Starting college can be like entering an entirely new world. You have more freedom than you've ever had before and you are in total control over your own life. This increased responsibility however can make you susceptible to some serous pitfalls....
The Employer Perspective
  | The CV Centre
Think it’s unfair that your carefully crafted $ { CV } gets only a few seconds’ attention from a prospective employer? Try and understand it from their viewpoint....
Virgin Trains helps stop ex-offenders going off the rails
  | The CV Centre
Every year, the estimated cost to the UK taxpayer of reoffending is estimated to be up to £13 billion! Imagine what the government could do for the NHS with £13 billion ... but that's a subject for a different blog post altogether. ...
What Not to Say in an Interview
  | The CV Centre
There are some thing that candidates should never say in an interview. Here are some of the commonest mistakes - and how to avoid them!...
8 Amazing Tips on Writing A Cover Letter!
  | The CV Centre
Preparing a simple and effective cover letter can often be the difference between your { cv } being read or joining the pile of rejects. Yet they are often neglected by candidates or receive far less attention then their CV....
Been made redundant? - What should I say on my CV?
  | The CV Centre
Many people in their lives can expect to be made redundant at some stage, due to no fault of their own. But being made redundant doesn't mean you can't have a long and successful career....
Holiday blues - The Hunt For A New Job!
  | The CV Centre
Summer holidays are a time to take stock. Many people return from vacation not refreshed and ready to get back to work but, instead, determined to get a new job and leave the old one behind....
Rejected at Interview? It's nothing personal.
  | The CV Centre
Don't look back in anger! If you have failed to get a job after an interview, it's nothing personal. Learn from the experience and prepare for the next opportunity....
Just Say No - Rejecting a Job Offer
  | The CV Centre
There can be very good reasons to turn down a job offer. Never be afraid to say no, if the job does not match your needs or is not a good fit....
Why September and October are good months for finding a new job.
  | The CV Centre
September and October are amongst the best months of the year to find a new job. There are sound reasons for this from both an employer and candidate viewpoint....
Temporary jobs - a stepping stone to a full-time role?
  | The CV Centre
Companies are turning to temporary workers as they look for flexible staffing options. However, there may be benefits for the employee as well as the company. Taking a temporary job can lead to a full-time role....
Email Addresses - Cut out the Jokes
  | Andy Dalziel
Don't use a funny or inappropriate email address when applying for a job. It is not professional and creates a bad first impression....
Graduate Tips For Building Employability
  | The CV Centre
Too often graduates leave it until finishing their degree before beginning their job search. This may be too late. Start preparing early for your transition from college to your working life. It will give you a head start over the competition....
Should I Stay or Should I Go? Considering Relocating for Work?
  | The CV Centre
Current employer wants you to move to a different part of the country or to post you overseas? New job on offer but you have to relocate? Should you go or should you stay?...
How to lose your job in one day!
  | The CV Centre
You'd think that most people would try to make a good impression on their first day in a new job!...
CV versus Resume - a question of language?
  | The CV Centre
What is the difference between a CV and a Resume? Which version should I use and where?...
Executive Search versus Recruitment Consultants - what's the difference?
  | The CV Centre
A common misperception is that executive search firms and recruitment consultants are the same. In fact, there are big differences of which candidates should be aware....
Emailing your application? dos and don?ts
  | The CV Centre
Whilst the vast majority of job applications will be made by email today, there are still rules that should be followed when sending anything online to a potential employer....
Should you use a Professional CV Writing Service?
  | The CV Centre
Is it wrong to use the services a professional CV writing service, or do they offer skills and experience that you may lack?...
CV writing tips - chronological and functional CVs
  | The CV Centre
Read on for the difference between a chronological and functional ${cv). When might you prepare a functional CV. ...
Does your CV format matter?
  | The CV Centre
Whilst often overlooked, the format of your CV is very important. A poorly formatted CV creates a bad impression on the reader. You can?t be bothered to take the time to perfect your CV; why should they, in turn, bother to read it?...
Can't quit the job you hate?
  | The CV Centre
Recent research has indicated only 33% of employees feel empowered at work. The rest are stuck in a job they either tolerate or hate. Why are people scared to quit a job they hate?...
Applicant Tracking Systems what they are and how to beat them?
  | The CV Centre
More and more companies are turning to Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to process CVs. This means candidates need to prepare their CV not just with the needs of the human recruiter in mind, but also so that it will pass the computer review process....
Graduate CVs ? Stand out from the crowd
  | The CV Centre
For many people, the first CV they write is prepared just before or after graduating. In many cases, there will be little work experience on which to draw, so it is important to stress education, skills learned and accomplishments....
Common CV/Resume Mistakes You Shouldn't Make!
  | The CV Centre
In today's competitive job market, having an effective CV is usually a must. However, too often candidates fall at the first hurdle because their CV is full of errors. What are some of he common major mistakes people make on their CVs?...
Our Premium CV Services
  | The CV Centre
By giving clients access to someone widely considered to be one of the world’s leading careers’ experts, they are gaining the advice of somebody who has worked in the field for nearly 20 years, written or read thousands of CV s, and who has the inside track on what works...
How to resign from a job - gracefully
  | The CV Centre
Many people dream about telling their current boss and employer some home truths when they get a new job offer. Resist the temptation. Act professionally throughout. It will stand you in good staed now and in the future. ...
Passed over for promotion? Don't let it get you down
  | The CV Centre
Being passed over for promotion can be upsetting. But let the disappointment get you down, Try and find out why you didn't get the job - and what you can do better next time....
5 Top Tips to make your CV stand out!
  | The CV Centre
We take a minute to give you some insight into what makes a good CV with these 5 top tips....
5 Top Tips to make your CV stand out - No. 1 (Maximise readability)
  | The CV Centre
We take a minute to go into a little more detail on how import Maximizing readability is as part one of our five part coverage on the top five tips to make your CV stand out....
References - a waste of time?
  | The CV Centre
Many employers are now scared to give honest references for ex-employees because of the fear of subsequent legal action. While many recruiters know this and will use other means to research a candidate's background and character, if you are asked to give references, contact them in advance and find out what they are likely to say about you....
Is the cover letter dead?
  | Dave Landry
Do you remember the last time you applied for a job? It is likely that a cover letter accompanied your resume. Cover letters have been around for a while now; they are a good way to build a connection with your employer and to make you stand out from the competition....
Behavioral Tests - 7 Q&A That Will Help You Get Your Next Job!
  | The CV Centre
Conducting behavioral tests during the recruitment process is no longer a trend—it's the standard. The more competitive the market place becomes; the more employers try to improve their hiring processes. Here is a quick look at the top 7 Questions to behavioral tests and their Answers!...
Need Help Finding A Job? Look Here For the Info You Need
  | The CV Centre
The state of the economy has financially crippled many. Suddenly finding yourself unemployed or under-employed is a scary thing. This article is filled with advice that should aid you in finding a job. Put these tips to work in your life and finally find yourself back in the working world!...
5 Top Tips For a Winning Cover Letter
  | The CV Centre
Cover letters are the most important part of an application, although the majority of people spend the least amount of time working on them. When recruiters have 100's of CVs to shortlist from, cover letters are the first document they read. ...
How to Manage Your Time Effectively
  | The CV Centre
You may have been told at some point that you need to manage your time more wisely. However, doing so can be more difficult than it seems at first. How do you make the most out of every day? Here are some tips about the art of proper time management....
Top 7 Article Marketing Tips
  | The CV Centre
So you've written an article. It's passionate, high-quality, and you really think it will benefit somebody. Great! But, unless you can attract readers to your article, all that work will have gone to waste. How can you make sure what you have written finds its audience?...
The Importance of Getting CV Tips from Professionals
  | The CV Centre
Writing a CV entails a lot more than just listing your experience and qualifications. Therefore, before you write your CV, it is imperative that you seek advice from a professional....
If in doubt, leave it out
  | The CV Centre
Too many candidates include unnecessary personal details in their CV, without realising that this superfluous information can give recruiters the chance to reject their application at the initial stage. If it is not relevant to the job for which you are applying, leave it out!...
A Few Great Blogging Tips To Assist You
  | The CV Centre
Blogging can be a great way of sharing your passion with others, or to get your message out to a wider audience. But what do you need to know before you start blogging?...
3 Ways to Tell If You Need More Than One CV
  | The CV Centre
You've probably heard that employers expect to see an exact match to their skills on your CV, and that you should be tailoring your CV to each job. But, you might think if I do that, I'll be writing forever!...
How not to lose that job in 2 minutes
  | The CV Centre
Interviews are widely regarded as a stressful experience. A determined candidate may spend hours, researching a company, its service and products, preparing strong answers to tough interview questions, and creating mental lists of things to ask....
Good Cop, Bad Cop! Look out for the Nice Guy!
  | The CV Centre
A classic interview technique is the old good cop, bad cop routine! Whilst candidates may fear the bad cop, it is usually the good cop they need to watch....
When is the best time to schedule an Interview?
  | The CV Centre
According to research, if you have the option, Tuesday mid-morning is the best time to schedule an interview....
Don't be late - avoid this cardinal interview sin
  | The CV Centre
Being late is one of the major sins you can make an interview. Always try and leave enough time to get there early. Being late adds to your stress and leaves a bad impression on the employer....
What do you do around here anyway?
  | The CV Centre
A candidate who does not know a company's basic products or services is likely to fail badly at interview. There is no excuse for not doing your homework in advance....
Had a Bad Interview Performance? Let it Go!
  | The CV Centre
If you have done badly at interview, don't beat yourself up. It happens. Pick yourself up, learn from what went wrong, and you'll do better next time....
How many interviews does it take to get a job?
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If a company invites you back for a second, or even third interview, this is not because they are inefficient. They want to get the hiring right, especially for senior roles. So, if you are invited back, the good news is you are still in the game. But you must prepare as hard for the following interview(s) as the first, because now you need to convince them....
Distance Interviewing
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Distance interviewing, whether by phone or video, is becoming increasingly popular as technology evolves and recruiters look to minimise the time and cost involved in the interview process. Candidates should treat distance interviews as they would a face to face interview, with a few additional points to be borne in mind....
Avoiding Common Interview Mistakes
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There are some common interview mistakes which candidates make time and again, regardless of company, position, seniority or country. But, if you make a mistake, it doesn't have to be the end of the interview. You can still recover and get that job in the end....
Sidestep Illegal Interview Questions
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Questions may be asked during an interview about your personal or family life, political, religious or sexual affiliations that are illegal. Whilst in rare cases an interviewer may be blatantly discriminatory, more likely they are just trying to be friendly and have asked an inappropriate question without realising it. Don't feel obliged to answer. In any case, try and sidestep the issue and get the interview back on track....
Providing References
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If you are asked to provide references by a prospective employer choose carefully as their comments could have a significant impact on your job application. Make sure you contact references in advance and keep them briefed on your progress....
Tell me about yourself? - the most popular question at an interview
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Almost inevitably if you get an interview, you will be asked the question "tell me about yourself?" or, a variation of it, such as "can you walk me through your CV?" Prepare for this question carefully as a well prepared and succinct answer can not only sum up your career history and experience, and highlight your skills it can also demonstrate they you are a good fit for the company and the role....
Got to Catch Them All!
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Or at least as many as your legs allow you to. Pokémon Go is the new Pokémon game by Nintendo that makes people literally run around like crazy! Reports of people quitting their jobs to become a full-fledged Pokémon trainer are no rumors!...
Mega Connectors Hit by New LinkedIn Rules
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In a move that has not been widely announced, LinkedIn have begun to automatically remove connections made by "mega connectors" - those members whose networks exceed 30,000 members....
Caught out – Dubai ruler finds empty desks
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Red faces all round in Dubai as the local ruler carries out a surprise early morning inspection of civil service officers, only to find a row of empty desks....
The closure of Gawker – Freedom of Speech versus the Right to Privacy?
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The closure of the celebrity blog site gawker.com raises interesting questions about the right to free speech and the right to privacy....
Junior Doctors to Strike for 5 Consecutive Days
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Earlier today, it was announced that junior doctors will be staging a series of five day strikes over the next four months as arguments continue over the introduction of a new contract....
Boy For Sale!
  | Katy Wilson
Sixteen year old William Scott has come up with an innovative way of finding a new job! ...
999 What's your emergency? My feet hurt!!
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A woman from Warwickshire called 999 to ask for a lift home from shopping because her feet were sore!...
UK to avoid recession?
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A well-respected survey has indicated a strong rise in the UK services sector, following signs of recovery in manufacturing and construction. Will the anticipated post-Brexit recession in the UK be avoided?...
Would you pay £53k extra to buy a house close to a good school?
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Average house prices in the catchment areas surrounding the top state schools in English have rocketed to £366,744 compared to an average of £313,318 in other areas. ...
You Want Loyalty? Get a Dog!
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Employee Loyalty, especially amongst younger workers, is on the decline. Businesses need to do more to encourage Millennials, the largest proportion of the workforce, to stay....
Facebook deletes iconic image and sparks public backlash!
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Facebook's decision to remove an iconic photo from the Vietnam War sparked a huge public outcry! Not only were they forced to reverse their decision but a wider debate has been sparked as to their influence on news and other media...
How to motivate your team? Pizza or washing machine of course!
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Keeping employees motivated is not always easy, but incentives can help. The trick is to find out what motivates your employees in particular so that you can boost productivity and keep your team happy. ...
The Kindness of Strangers - how an 89 year-old street seller got unexpected help
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Elderly Chicago street seller gets unexpected help thanks to a Facebook appeal...
Why Americans and Hilary Clinton can't be sick
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When Hillary Clinton turned up at the 9/11 Memorial Event last week, she did what millions of Americans do every day. She went to work when she was sick. Why do so many Americans still go to work when they are ill?...
He ain't heavy he's my brother
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The World Triathlon Series came to a dramatic finish when race leader Jonny Brownlee was carried over the line by elder brother, and double Olympic champion, Alistair....
Tattoos - Still a Taboo in the Workplace?
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Whilst many employers still discriminate against tattoos in the workplace, recent research has indicated that they may be missing out on top talent because of outdated attitudes....
The Paper Bag - the next big thing from Apple?
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After giving the world the IPad and the IPhone, Apple has now turned its attention to the humble paper bag. ...
The gender pay gap - male models are suffering
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Amongst the widespread debate about the gender pay gap between men and women, there is one industry where females earn significantly more than their male counterparts. Male models can earn a quarter of what women earn....
Australia drops backpacker tax
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A controversial Australia tax on backpackers has been dropped after opposition from farmers and the tourist industry. Instead the Government has announced measures to attract more backpacker visitors to the country....
Happy Birthday Google?
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Google has just celebrated its 18th birthday. Or has it? Technology giant struggles to remember when it was born....
Man who lived like a Goat honoured
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The 26th Ig Nobel Awards have recently been handed out at a ceremony to celebrate quirky achievements in the field of science. Amongst this year's worthy recipients were a man who lived like a goat, a Swede collecting hoverflies, and an Egyptian professor who dressed rats in pants....
The Spy who came in from the cold - and struggled to find a job
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Tom Marcus was an MI5 spy for 8 years but struggled to find a job when he left the service because of the gaps on his CV. For those in the same situation - with little practical experience or gaps in their career history, a functional CV might be an appropriate format to use....
Gossiping Fish with Regional Accents at Risk!
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Scientists testing the waters around the British coastline believe that gossiping fish may be at risk because of increased noise pollution. They also believe fish may speak with regional accents....
Sweden experiments with 6 hour working day
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Swedish companies have begun experimenting with a shorter working day in order to boost productivity and employee happiness. But are the benefits proven and will it catch on in other countries? ...
Angry Birds Attack Newly Weds
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It was meant to be the happiest day of their lives. But for one Australian couple, it almost became a nightmare from a Hitchcock film, as angry birds attacked the wedding photoshoot....
Fired over Facebook posts
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A Georgia schoolteacher earlier this month became the latest in a long line of people who have lost their jobs over something they posted on Facebook. Is there something on your Facebook pages that should be removed?...
Norway says no to Finland birthday gift
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Norway's prime minister, Erna Solberg, recently dashed the hopes of campaigners when she vetoed a plan to move Mount Halti a few hundred meters into Finland....
Submarine Sunk by Sea Monster
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The discovery of the wreck of a German submarine off the coast of Scotland could be the key to solving one of the most enduring of maritime mysteries. Was the U-boat attacked by a giant sea monster or is there a more rational explanation for its fate?...
The Top 10 Skills sought by employers in 2016
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LinkedIn has just published the list of the 10 most in-demand skills, based on recruitment activity that has taken place on the site in 2016. Technical skills dominate the list, particularly IT, programming and software development. However, separate research indicates that traditional softer skills like leadership and management are still important when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder....
You couldn't make IT up
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IBM Australia should have listened to its own advice and tried switching a router off and on again before blaming a cyber attack for causing a major systems outage on a flagship project to record the 2016 national census online. The resulting fiasco and public humiliation shows what happens when techies don't follow their own advice....
Women work longer than men
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A recent survey has confirmed what many women have long suspected - that women work longer hours than men. Although men account for a greater share of paid work, when unpaid labour such as housework, childcare and looking after the elderly are factored into the equation, women are spending longer at work than men....
Twitter planning hundreds of job cuts
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According to Bloomberg, Twitter is to announce hundreds of job cuts after surprising analysts by moving forward its 3rd quarter earnings announcement to a time when most analysts - and staff - will be asleep....
The history behind Halloween
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Few people dressing up as ghosts, demons or evil creatures, or taking part in trick or treating this weekend, will know the history behind the Halloween holiday. However, this is a festival that can trace its origins back to pagan times and the ancient Celts....
Stingy Jack - the legend behind the Halloween pumpkin
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The Halloween pumpkin complete with carved ghoulish features and lit by candles has become a familiar site in millions of homes in the USA and around the world at this time of year. But few know the story of Stingy Jack, the sinister mythical figure behind this holiday tradition....
Halloween Fun Facts and Trivia
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Halloween has now become one of the biggest holidays of the year. Here are some fun facts and trivia to add to the holiday fun. ...
Melbourne Cup Day
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One of the most eagerly awaited events in the Australian calendar is the Melbourne Cup. This famous horse race will this year be held on 1st November, and most of Australia will come to a stop - and many in New Zealand and other countries too - to watch the race, celebrate with friends and have the odd flutter or so. ...
Recruitment Consultants become TV stars
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Viewers of Britain's "The X Factor" TV show have been divided over the appearance of Honey G. a middle-aged rapper who, despite not being able to sing or dance, continues to stay in the show because of public support. In reality, Honey G. is a successful recruitment consultant, who is bringing some of the skills she has learned on her day job into her alternative career. Meanwhile, another recruitment consultant is among the favourites to win this year's BBC series of "The Apprentice"....
Remember, Remember the 5th of November
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Celebrations will be held across Britain to commemorate Guy Fawkes Day this weekend. Although declining slightly in popularity in recent years, thousands of people will still attend events to mark an event that has been celebrated for more than 400 years....
Brexit - 2016's word of the year
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On a day when a court ruling that it was illegal for the UK government to leave the EU without parliamentary opinion once again made Brexit front page news around the world, it was fitting that Collins, the dictionary provider, has just named Brexit as its word of 2016....
To send to Coventry? and other expressions
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Everybody knows the expression to "send somebody to Coventry". But what about "couldn't stop a pig in a passage", "wisht as a winnard", and "looking a bit black over Bill's mother". Some English regional expressions are so arcane that even people from other parts of England are mystified by their meaning....
Minimal Qualifications Required - The President of the United States
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It is the most powerful job in the world. Yet the qualifications required to become President of the United States are minimal. No college degree needed or successful track record of employment. Here is a look at some of the more unusual routes past presidents have taken to the Oval Office....
FIFA gets it wrong – again
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FIFA’s attempts to ban England and Scotland players wearing poppies during a forthcoming World Cup qualifier risk damaging their tarnished reputation even further. And show a lack of understanding of the symbolism of the poppy for many people....
Dyson sets up its own university
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Already famous as the inventor of revolutionary vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and washing machines, Sir James Dyson, British entrepreneur, is turning his hand to education, and will invest £15 million of his own money over the next 5 years to launch a new university – The Dyson Institute of Technology....
Facebook to tackle false news stories
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Facebook vows to take action over fake news amid rumours that hoax and fictitious stories help swing the US election....
Amazing Travel Tips
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Taking a business trip or travelling on vacation can be both fun and fulfilling. But how can you optimize the experience and ensure you have a successful trip? Here are some top travel tips....
Mexicans get a “Dell” of a bargain
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Red faces at computer giant Dell as Mexican authorities order the US company to honour an online offer which priced expensive computer models at a fraction of their normal price following a software pricing error....
Small Business Ideas For The Stay At Home Parent
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Running a home business can be a great way to balance your work and home life. It gives you the flexibility to set your own hours and you don’t have to spend hours each week commuting to and from work. Many different types of business can be run from home. Here are some ideas to consider before you get started....
Working At Home And Making It Work: Home Business Tips
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Thousands of people all over the world run businesses from home. You too could be one of them. Here are some thoughts to bear in mind before you get started....
Managing Stress
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The human body is absolutely incredible. Our minds and our physical structures are very strong. However, that doesn't mean that we're not susceptible to a wide assortment of ailments and injuries, and stress can affect even the strongest person. Learn to manage stress so that it does not manage you....
Lack of sleep slowing economic growth
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A new study has revealed the real damage that is being done to major economies due to sleep deprived workers, and urges employers and individuals to tackle the problem....
Christmas goat goes up in smoke
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Gavle, in Central Sweden, celebrates Christmas each year by building a giant goat made of straw and wood in the town square. And each year local arsonists try and usually succeed in destroying it. This year was no exception....
5 Good Reasons to Have a LinkedIn Profile
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Although only launched in 2003, LinkedIn has now become the premier networking tool for professionals. A powerful LinkedIn profile is essential not only for those looking for work but even for those who have a job and are not even thinking about a change in role just now....
LinkedIn launches new salary tool
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Last week, professional networking site LinkedIn launched a new crowd-funded salary feature, known as LinkedIn Salary. The tool will enable its 460 million members to confidentially share data on salary patterns, bonus decisions and other remuneration-related information, such as years of experience, industry, company size, location and education level. ...
9 Tips to Help Navigate You Through College Life!
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The true value of a college education can depend on a surprisingly large number of factors. The key to getting the most out of the experience is to acquire as much knowledge about the process ahead of time and act accordingly. Follow the concepts in this piece and you will be thoroughly prepared to succeed....
Managing Student Loans
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As college expenses continue to soar, students are increasingly reliant on student loans to finance their education. However, like anything else in life, student loans need to be managed. Avoid costly student loan mistakes....
First impressions count
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First impressions count as interviewers will make their mind up about a candidate very quickly. Make a poor first impression and you may never recover....
Noisy and messy eaters top office complaints
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A survey of one thousand UK office workers has found that noisy and messy eaters are among the top irritants in the workplace, along with problems with IT and temperature. Experts believe these distractions are having an impact on productivity....
Brexit - 2016's word of the year
  | The CV Centre
On a day when a court ruling that it was illegal for the UK government to leave the EU without parliamentary opinion once again made Brexit front page news around the world, it was fitting that Collins, the dictionary provider, has just named Brexit as its word of 2016....
Follow-up Application Letters
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Many people spend hours preparing a job application, send off their cover letter and CV and simply sit back and wait. By sending an appropriate follow-up letter, you can significantly improve your chances of being chosen for interview....
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