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Click, Review, Apply, Pray

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 12:50 -- nick

This is one of Richmond Solutions' excellent blogs on writing a CV. It is important to take your time over each application, make each one fit the job you are applying for, and use every tool you can to get your CV noticed, including putting real thought in to the personal profile and extra summary information. This way you can give your application the best possible chance.

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The network and the damage done

Wed, 30/05/2012 - 17:21 -- nick
My main problem with using networks to fill roles is it starts the recruitment process from “who do you know?”, or at best “who does this recruitment company know?" What if we asked the question, “there are more than 20 million people in the UK labour force and one of them is going to be better than anyone else for this post. Who are they?”

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Mon, 21/05/2012 - 14:49 -- nick

This is another in Richmond Solutions' series of blogs on CV writing and making applications. It points out the importance of being truthful on your CV, as you never know when you could be found out. Telling a deliberate lie on your CV could see you get sacked years after starting the job if someone finds out about it.

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What job seekers can learn from the CIA

Mon, 14/05/2012 - 11:47 -- nick

This is one of a series of blogs on CVs and applications by Richmond Solutions. The CIA in America puts a lot of effort in to learning about its enemies, to make sure it understands who they are and what they are interested in, and you could learn a lot from this approach to jobseeking. Put your efforts in to learning about the company you are applying to, and change your CV to fit their needs and interests.

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Is this the bungee jump of the job hunting world?

Mon, 07/05/2012 - 17:17 -- nick

You've heard of extreme sports: now for extreme interviewing. You may even have read about this over the past couple of months, the Daily Mail breaking the shocking news of this new way of interviewing people on 11th March and since then discussion of these interviewing methods have been doing the rounds of the cyber world.

This is, in some ways, appropriate. The pioneers of these methods were the darlings of Silicon Valley – Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and their ilk – who devised the tactic as a way of seeing if candidates could think on their feet and be creative under pressure. Apparently, there are no right or wrong answers but, then, I guess it's all about the impression you make. Read more about Is this the bungee jump of the job hunting world?

Watch your language

Mon, 30/04/2012 - 19:40 -- nick

A lot is said about the importance of positive body language in interviews. Never have I been made so starkly aware of how we express ourselves without speaking than during the second module of my training to be a London Ambassador for the Olympic Games. Since the core of our job is to welcome visitors to London (and to keep Londoners moving), this focused heavily on customer service training, provided by John Lewis, the UK’s leading department store. Read more about Watch your language

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