If you're considering a gap year, it helps to ask yourself what sort of advantage a gap year could have on your personal development - and also whether it might improve your CV at the end of it.
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The trend for prospective employees to take a gap year is currently very fashionable with employers.
When employers are fighting to obtain the best talent, a gap year may needs careful thought. How employers see it is about timing as much as anything.
If you're a graduate or assessing your long term career option, one question you'll have to consider is whether to choose the path of a generalist or a specialist.
It's not an easy question to answer because of the changing nature of roles within large organisations and the increasing pressure put on all employees. You need to decide which presents the most rewarding and the most secure employment path for you.
Your career choice is one of the biggest decisions you're ever going to make, so you should weight up all the possibilities before jumping in feet first. This video will help you decide a direction.
In today's society there is an increasing trend of people opting out of the traditional full-time working schedule and choosing flexible working patterns instead. Most employers are open to the idea of flexible working even if they don't currently offer it as an option to employees.
So what are the options available, what do they mean and how do you know which one is right for you?
The much awaited graduation has occurred and now you've got hold of your hard-earned degree, the world is your oyster - in theory.
The trouble is many graduates don't have any idea what to do once the days of daytime TV and pub crawls are over. Few are aware of how to use their degree to find the right job.
The good news is that unless you plan to enter law, medicine, science or architecture, most occupations don't really need a specific degree - it's all about skills, aptitude, personality and enthusiasm.
Working to your own timetable, being your own boss, experiencing different industries, having a short term impact on high value projects, and the potential to earn big bucks.
The world of freelancing brings with it many benefits, but there are just as many downsides that also need to be considered if you're looking to move towards this type of career.
Although there is some solace in the fact that frequent corporate downsizing, international relocation and reorganisation are the norm in today's world, regardless of whether you have been unemployed for one month or one year you may begin to feel like damaged goods.
And, clouding every interview that you attend is the dreaded question about why you have been unemployed for so long. But relax. The tips below will show you how you can, with the right approach, minimise prospective employer doubts and maximise your chances of getting re-hired.
A common misconception about looking for a new job is that all vacancies will be either advertised or easily visible. Unfortunately, that couldn't be more wrong.
Many vacancies are regarded as hidden, never to be seen by the majority of people - instead of advertising, employers will fill these vacancies by word-of-mouth, headhunting or simply recruit internally. Knowing how to get yourself in contention for these roles could give you a major boost when it comes to finding your next role.
As great as the Internet is for social-networking, there's an underlying issue of privacy which could have a negative impact on your job search.
The method of vetting candidates using search engines is now widely used by recruiters and is seen as a quick and easy way to find out more about the people wanting to work for their company.