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6 Things You Shouldn’t Say in an Interview

6 Things You Shouldn’t Say in an Interview

There are six major topics you should avoid during a job interview. From my experience, these are major issues better left untold when you are job searching. I heard stories listed below from several candidates I interviewed and let me tell you – they make a bad first impression. Before we move to details I want to clarify a distinction between being open and being honest. I advise you to be honest in an interview, but not to be fully open. By honest I mean sticking to the truth when you are asked about something. By open – telling all there is to share even when nobody asks you about it. So please get me right here: I don’t encourage…

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Why Your CV Won’t Be Read Properly

Why Your CV Won’t Be Read Properly

They don’t. Or rather they don’t read it in detail. Only yesterday I discussed this issue with my some of my friends working in the recruitment industry. All of them admitted that very rarely they take the time to read CV correctly before entering the room to interview the candidate. I wonder if that is typical for the search market or does it take place in internal HR team as well. I would argue that the only people reading CV properly are hiring managers. Those who will ultimately work with the selected candidate. They want to know what have you done before to judge whether you have relevant skills. Other people in the process have a different goal: they want…

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How to Apply When There is No Open Vacancy

How to Apply When There is No Open Vacancy

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…

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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)

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…

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An Inside Look at Headhunters Work

An Inside Look at Headhunters Work

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…

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How to Get Friends Help in Your Job Search

How to Get Friends Help in Your Job Search

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…

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