Employment Tips & Advice

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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. ...

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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....

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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?...

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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!...

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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. ...

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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?...

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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. ...

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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....

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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....

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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?...

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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. ...

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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....

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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 ...

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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....

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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. ...

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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...

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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. ...

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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!...

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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?...

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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!...

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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?...

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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....

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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....

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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?...

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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. ...

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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?...

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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?...

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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....

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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....

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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?...

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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...

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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. ...

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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!...

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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!...

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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. ...

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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....

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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?...

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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....

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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!...

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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?...

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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!...

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Follow-up Application Letters

  | The CV Centre

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....