CAREER

How to Apply When There is No Open Vacancy

How to Apply When There is No Open Vacancy

By

Many people I’ve met think that you shouldn’t apply to a company that doesn’t advertise a vacancy suitable for your profile. However, sending your CV to the firm is often the best (if not only) way to let them know you exist! Very specialist companies or small firms don’t have funds (or manpower) to advertise their vacancies widely. An application sent directly indicates that the candidate behind it knows about the firm and his motivation to join it is high, so in many cases this is the ideal person to talk to when an employment need arises. When you decide to apply to a company not currently advertising any vacancy you want to do it right. Here’s my checklist:  Find…

Read More
Thinking of Hiring a Career Coach? Here is How to Find One

Thinking of Hiring a Career Coach? Here is How to Find One

By

A good career coach can be a game changer in your job search. Coaching costs money (sometimes quite significant amounts) and I want your hard-earned money to be well spent if you decide to use one. If you have only heard the word “coaching” before but have no idea where to start, I will share with you in this post what a coach is, why dealing with one can be good for you, how to find someone suitable and what should set the alarm bells ringing. What is a career coach and how can they help you? A coach is a person that supports you in implementing changes in your life. The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients…

Read More
4 Methods to Find a Job (and Tricks to Make Them Work For You)

4 Methods to Find a Job (and Tricks to Make Them Work For You)

By

You probably already know that it’s difficult to find a job. It takes time and effort, and most likely you will be rejected at least once in the process. Are you also making it even harder for yourself by limiting the ways you look for a job? Do you too reply to job ads only? However, there are more options! To be precise, there are four main ways of searching for a job. Each has its pros and cons, and each can be used with a little trick to increase your chances of success. Below I explain each in detail, so you can decide which one will work best for you and use this information to make looking for a new job easier. Advertisements…

Read More
An Inside Look at Headhunters Work

An Inside Look at Headhunters Work

By

Headhunters or external recruiters. What do they do? How do they earn money? And most importantly: can they be useful for you in your job search? I will answer these questions today, as well as correcting a few misconceptions people often have about my work as headhunter. DEFINITION Headhunters search for candidates at the request of an employer/firm. A firm has a recruitment need – they may have a vacancy or want to launch a new position, or want to fire somebody they are not happy with and replace them with someone else A firm’s HR department might well be able to look for candidates themselves, but decide instead to hire an external recruiter.  Reasons for this might be that they want to…

Read More
How to Get Friends Help in Your Job Search

How to Get Friends Help in Your Job Search

By

It is common advice to notify your network of your job search. However, many people do not feel comfortable with this. They say it feels like nagging your friends, being a nuisance, perhaps even a problem. They also feel that they are imposing expectations on their friends that cannot be fulfilled. And that is something nobody wants to do to their friends. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In my experience, I find that informing your network about your job search can be a gratifying experience. In this post, I will show you how to easily tell your friends that you are looking for a job, and in a way that will guarantee success. It is not  shameful…

Read More
Niche Specialist Struggling to Find a Job? Try This Approach

Niche Specialist Struggling to Find a Job? Try This Approach

By

When you are a niche specialist, looking for a job might seem very daunting. You open a job board and there is nothing – literally not a single offer for you. You know that your profession is not the most common on the market, but that’s the one you chose, you love it and you would like to earn your living doing just that. A niche specialism can be many things: a scientist, an engineer, a doctor. Being very specialized can be very attractive – you can be singled out by employer who knows about your skills. However, this usually only happens to established professionals, not recent graduates or those who have just started their career. My profession is a…

Read More
5 Answers to 5 Interview Questions Everybody Asks

5 Answers to 5 Interview Questions Everybody Asks

By

Do you have an interview scheduled? Are you wondering what questions they might ask? There are questions that will almost certainly make their appearance during an interview, no matter what your industry is or what position you are trying to secure. These frequently asked interview questions relate to issues that are of a general nature and independent of the particular position, but at the same time are of great importance to the employer. So, if you have a job interview scheduled anytime soon, you should prepare your answers for the most common job interview questions in advance. QUESTIONS ABOUT MOTIVATION Why do you want to change your job? What is particularly interesting for you about this position/company? What kind of…

Read More
5 Secrets Behind Each Great CV

5 Secrets Behind Each Great CV

By

It’s exciting to look for a new job, but it’s usually less fun to update your CV. Or maybe even to rewrite it? There is so much noise out there about how good CV should look like, what to include, what to omit, how many pages it should have, etc. And all you want is just few clear guidlines how to do it right. In my view all these issues are important, but they all come after your CV meets 5 basic guidelines. Get them right and you’ll be able to write a winning CV for every job. What do you find most challenging when writing your resume? From my perspective, as somebody who reads at least 100-150 CVs every…

Read More