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4. Day One, Week One.

Mon, 08/10/2012 - 19:51 -- The Recruiter

This week, the Recruiter’s office has been filled with young people on work experience. They are here to learn a bit about what we do, and one’s already decided that a life in recruitment is his future goal. A sensible choice!

Their presence got me thinking – what do people know about the ‘rules’ of the workplace?

Most large employers will have a policy setting out the expectations and regulations of the company, many small businesses won’t have this, but should explain the basic rules to you.

Old v. young unemployed - who loses?

Mon, 24/09/2012 - 12:51 -- nick

Sometimes your eye is on one thing with such focus that you forget to look at the things around it. With youth unemployment still above 1m people, this blog from Richmond Solutions looks at the issue of unemployment for the over-50s, to some extent a forgotten group. There are many issues older workers face that younger ones don't, like the issue of experience and a well-padded CV and the idea of being over-qualified.

3. Inspired by a generation

Tue, 04/09/2012 - 14:59 -- The Recruiter

This week, the Recruiter has been glued to the television, watching the Paralympics. I was lucky enough to get tickets to see some of the sporting action – truly inspirational.

What really struck me was not what the participants had in common – incredible drive and determination, and huge skill – but how diverse they were. A range of backgrounds, ages, disabilities and genders, their life stories are as interesting as their sporting achievements.

So what’s all that got to do with you and your job search? Well, let’s look at how you might prepare for an interview.

Expert in Arctic warfare - You've got the job

Sat, 01/09/2012 - 08:53 -- David

Read this in the Sun & thought it was worth sharing:

TODAY’S jobseekers constantly ruin their chances by littering CVs with nonsensical jargon, spelling mistakes and bizarre, irrelevant detail, according to a survey of bosses.

The research reveals three-quarters of employers are regularly appalled at jargon such as ’bottle-neck’, ’penetrate the market’ and ’laser-focused’.

Celebrate Paralympians, but remember they needed state help

Tue, 28/08/2012 - 17:38 -- nick

I came across the blog below on The Guardian's website. The great thing about it is that it evidences some of the things we have written about on UnemployedNet, with studies and statistics. We started our media campaign because the evidence of our own eyes, and reading blogs that disabled people write on, told us that there was a big problem with the way that disabled people were being portrayed and that this was getting worse.

UK jobs: why is unemployment falling?

Wed, 15/08/2012 - 14:36 -- nick

The blog below was written by Stephanie Flanders, the BBC's Economics correspondent. It asks the question that we all want to understand, namely, why unemployment is falling when the country is still in recession. It considers many of the most important points, including the suggestion that measurement of the country's unemployment or economic output is wrong, a suggestion that has been made widely.

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