The vast majority of the population of this country who are in employment will have at one time or another come across the horrible boss. They are the type of people who seem to go out of their way to be as abrupt and unapproachable as possible.
They seem totally oblivious to the fact that they are being this way and incredibly cannot believe that none of their staff like them. They are from an old school of thought that presumed that if you harass and bully your staff, you will get the best results from them, when in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
Everyone has certain blind spots – things that other people are good at but that you just can’t seem to get right yourself, no matter how hard you try.
For many tasks, it’s not too difficult to find ways to avoid confronting these situations at all. For example, if you have a poor memory, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a job in which you will rarely be asked to memorise anything.
Other tasks are not so easy to avoid, and so the problem must be confronted head on if you are to have any hope of achieving your personal and professional goals.
As we all know, the job market is incredibly competitive at the moment. Although things are said to be getting better, most job seekers, from university leavers to experienced businesspeople, have still struggled to adapt in recent years to an environment in which unpaid internships are often expected and the number of applications for a job is many times the number of vacancies available.
Although some of us oldies can remember the age when it was possible to more or less walk into a job and where it was enough just to want it, unfortunately prospects for the unemployed have become incredibly bleak.
For those who may have recently become unemployed, after years of work, the task of jobseeking in today’s economic climate is a daunting one. If this describes you, you may be surprised by how difficult it can be to adjust and how different the quest for work is from the last time you underwent it.
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Perhaps you are a student that is approaching a break in their studying schedule with Christmas soon to be here.
And as students are usually stereotyped, they seem to generally lack the funds to look after themselves whilst at university, let alone buy Christmas presents for their friends and family.
Here we are going to give you some tips that might help you if you are looking for a job to help with your funds over the next couple of months or so. Continue reading
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A recruitment agency will work as the middle man between you and any companies you are looking to gain employment with. When a job opportunity arises the agency will find the best people they have on their books and put them forward for the role.
A recruitment agency can specialise in any work-related industry. They will receive a job description from a company that have a specific role to fill, which will lead to the agency drawing up a shortlist of suitable candidates and their CV’s from everyone they have on their database.
The prospective employer will then pick the CV’s that take their fancy and ask the agency to set up interviews with these selected people. Continue reading
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Looking for a new job is very much like going shopping for a new car. You have at least a rough idea of what it is you’re looking for, a list of requirements that absolutely must be met, several optional extras that would make it particularly appealing and thoughts of just where to start looking.
What’s more, however, is there’s also good and bad times to start looking for both, whether you truly realise it or not.
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For interviews with companies based a long way away, it’s become standard practice to conduct interviews via video conferencing software such as Skype.
Video interviews combine the best elements of phone and face-to-face interviews. You can talk to your future employer from your living room or home office – and yet still make use of visual clues that we know are so important in any interaction.
Though there are so many similarities between a Skype interview and a live one, there are a number of rules and best practices to keep in mind when you do one.