If you’re looking to grow as a professional, you’ve come to the right place! These resources are packed with tips to further your career.

Does Your Resume Reflect Who You Are?

March 15th, 2017
Reading Document

700 words on a computer screen.

 

Getting someone to open the document is the first challenge, but once they have shown that initial interest, what story will those 700 words tell? Will the person change their mind after the first paragraph? Will they first skim read the job titles and work dates? Does the structure allow them to perceive your worth at a glance, whilst letting them delve deeper should they wish? Will they come away with a sense that they don’t quite know you? Read the rest of this article »

How to Stand out From Other Job Applicants During the Job Interview

August 5th, 2019

Let’s be honest. It’s a competitive world out there and applicants have to do a lot more than craft a compelling resume to land that dream job. Fortunately, there are several ways a savvy candidate can use the format of a job interview to raise their chances of employment.

 

This post presents a few of the most effective strategies.

 

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How Best to Use Pre-Hire Assessments in Recruiting

July 9th, 2019

Pre-hire assessments (also known as pre-employment assessments) are a common feature of job applications. However, there are a lot of different assessments to choose from. Which type (or types) should you use? How many assessments should you present to candidates? What makes a good pre-hire assessment? Is there a way of combining assessments in one powerful recruiting tool? This post should help you to answer common queries like these.

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How to Get a Recruiter to Love You

February 22nd, 2019

I’m not going to get on my soapbox and bang the drum about how important recruiters are in the job search process. Most people know we don’t make the final decisions, and many lovely candidates that work with us, won’t chat with us again for a few years because of many reasons such as they found their ideal job opportunity, or their search revealed they needed to go back to school or many other valid reasons. As recruiters though, we are able to open doors for people but ONLY after they have walked through them.

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Believe in the Path from No to Yes

September 6th, 2018

In a world of unlimited choices and limited means, choosing when to say Yes and when to say No can define our fate. Yes opens up possibilities and is closely followed by that wonderful question “how?” but No seems to be far more final.

 

For me, No is a feeling to be explored, examined and challenged. It gets to the bottom of who we are and can actually lead to some of the most wonderful self-realizations. There should always be a caveat behind it – we should ask ourselves “why not?”

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Good Recruiters Ask Questions to Avoid Assumptions

May 15th, 2018

When a candidate resume lands in my inbox, my first thought is one of curiosity.

At best, a resume is a stepping stone to understanding a candidate. At worst, it can cast a fog over their true potential. In both cases, there is only one way to seek out the truth: curious recruiters are compelled to ask questions.

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Flexible Working Is Constrained by Rigid Thinking

August 29th, 2017
Flexible Working Is Constrained by Rigid Thinking

Working in most corporate settings involves subscribing to a set of written and unwritten boundaries. The better organizations give you the flexibility to create your own boundaries within given parameters, but there are too many where the externally imposed boundaries are too rigid and seek to stifle the individual.

 

These are the so-called “toxic” cultures. When something is so rigid, it is likely to break.

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Is Independence at the Root of Happiness?

July 3rd, 2017

As we approach the 4th of July, independence of thought, speech and action is something that I always aspire to as the foundation of how I want to live in this world. The external forces of life don’t always make it easy, conspiring to pull me in various directions, but I do try to live on my own terms as much as possible. If I am going to behave in a certain way or adopt a certain mindset, I aim to explore whether I am ready to give it my personal seal of approval first.

 

Independence is born in the act of deciding how to live my life, owning it and making it uniquely mine.

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Committing to Habits Leads to Opportunity

June 12th, 2017
Old Habits New Habits

Life can be unpredictable, but habits give us the structure we need to offset that chaos, enabling us to thrive and grow. When we create a regular “space” in our day for a habit, it opens up an opportunity to tweak our lives for the better.

 

Even the smallest habits give us a dependable starting point for those all-important tweaks, and from that sure footing, we gain the confidence to tackle the challenges that await. Read the rest of this article »

Uncertainty – Friend or Foe?

May 26th, 2017
Woman thinking over a subject

For many of us, life is about a search for clarity. We ask questions of ourselves and others, but it is rare that answers are immediately found. The resultant uncertainty is a constant companion for most of us in our daily lives, and we have a choice to ignore it or embrace it. In my view, while it might not feel great, exploring our uncertainties is exactly what the doctor ordered to give birth to true clarity in our lives. Read the rest of this article »