Gap in a CV

If you have a gap in your CV from travelling you should include this in your CV. Recruiters are a suspicious lot and if they see an unexplained gap in a CV they will think prison, breakdowns, illness etc – all the negative stuff. Once a recruiter or employer starts having negative thoughts, they’re very hard to fight against. The best approach is always to be simple and honest. Good…

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Get Employed Subreddit

Reddit can be a great resource for advice on job hunting. The “GetEmployed” subreddit is a good place to start. It seems to be largely used by people in the US but some of the advice works whatever job market you’re in. If you’ve not used Reddit before it’s essentially a giant online community that’s broken up into “subreddits” which are sections that cover a particular area of interest. There…

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Job Applications – Employer Website vs. Job Board

If you see the same job on an employer website and a job board, which way should you go with your application? Apply through the company website with your CV and follow up with an email or phone call to make sure they’ve got your application. A direct application allows you to talk about a genuine interest in the employer which is usually hidden on a job board. The phone…

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Age on your CV

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It’s an offence for employers or recruiters to discriminate on the basis of age, but it would be naive to think that it doesn’t happen. Why does it happen, and what can you do about it in your CV? The reason age discrimination happens, relative to a CV getting you an interview, is that the majority of “gatekeepers” in recruitment are young, usually 20-30 years old and anyone that’s over…

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Mobile numbers

Check your mobile number! If you’ve changed your mobile phone and got a new number, have you updated it on your CV? It’s amazing how many times this happens. Probably 1 in 20 CVs that we review have the wrong mobile number. It’s not too difficult for a recruiter or employer to email you to tell you this, but just consider what they’re thinking of you. That line on your…

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Spelling…

I just found a spelling mistake on the website. It must have been there for at least 6 months. I’d spelled “thought” as “though”, and of course, the spell checker doesn’t pick that up :( I’m going to sit in the corner and cry in shame.

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UK Employment Analysis

BBC Economics Correspondent, Dharshini David, reports on the latest UK employment analysis according to the Office for National Statistics.  More than half of the 329,000 jobs created from January to October this year went to people who are no longer economically inactive – i.e. they, rather than demographics, are the main reason for the expansion in the workforce. There are: 52,000 fewer long-term sick than for a year ago 45,000…

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