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Tips for coping with a sudden job loss

With the news of the failed building firm Carillion making headlines this week and with thousands of workers standing to lose their jobs as the company goes down, it’s perhaps a good time remind ourselves that it’s how we act on the news we get that determines our success in getting a good new job after the loss of one. Here are our tips on how to bounce back:

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Why do I need my CV professionally written?

In a competitive job market, writing a CV can be a daunting prospect. It’s the first thing recruiters and hiring managers will consider and your first opportunity to make a big impression.

Download our guide to writing the perfect CV, and learn about the most common mistakes and omissions in engineering and technical CVs.

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10 Most Common Misspelled Words in Engineering CVs

Your CV is often the first contact you make with a potential employer, and it can make or break your chances of getting to the next step in the hiring process. As simple as they may be to avoid, spelling errors are the most common mistakes we see in engineering and technical CVs.

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Is Contracting Right For You?

Working 9 to 5 isn’t the only way to make a living. The number of people turning to self-employment and contracting has increased by 25% since 2001 with no signs of slowing down. Despite the rise of the ‘gig economy’, contractors have been working this way for years and 70% of them do so out of choice instead of necessity – but is it right for you?

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Five top tips to succeed in behavioural interviews

Does the mere thought of attending an interview start your palms sweating and fill you with a sense of dread? Don’t panic! Being interviewed need not be an arduous experience. Knowing what to expect will enable you to be better prepared and allow your confidence to shine through!

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Exposed! 5 Damaging Mistakes Ruining Your Engineering CV

We all know poor spelling and grammar are unforgivable CV mistakes. However, to stand out from the crowd, some candidates include unnecessary information in their CVs. But sometimes the things you omit from your CV can be just important as the things you include.

So make sure that your CV doesn’t include any of these lesser-known mistakes that might ruin your chances of making it through to the interview stage.

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Tips on Social Media Etiquette When Job Hunting

Many job hunters don’t realise just how important social media is when they apply to a company.  One stunning statistic is that almost half of employers have decided not to interview a candidate after reviewing their social media timelines.

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The Importance of Goal Setting in Your Job Search Strategy

We all know that goal setting is important. If you want to develop your career or land the job of your dreams you certainly need a good plan and a list of achievable aims to get you there. One mistake many job seekers make, however, is not applying a goal setting strategy to their application process.

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ABCV Solutions Partners With Engineering.Community

ABCV Solutions is proud to announce a new partnership with the job site and online network, Engineering.Community.

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The Difference Between a CV and a LinkedIn Profile: Why you need to have both

Your LinkedIn profile and your CV share some common attributes, but they also have some very real differences. What looks great in your online profile might not look so impressive when you push it onto your CV and vice versa, partly because they are different mediums, and partly because of what they are used for.

If you are serious about promoting your career prospects and sending out the right message to the key people, you need to have both working for you.

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The Taboo of CV Writing

Your CV is perhaps the most important marketing tool at your disposal if you are hunting for a new job. Unfortunately, many job seekers either struggle to put together that great CV themselves or make the mistake of outsourcing to a cheap and often substandard service.

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All change please – LinkedIn’s new layout

By now LinkedIn’s 400+ million users will have noticed a change to the site’s user interface. According to LinkedIn’s Chris Pruett, “this complete overhaul of technology architecture is the largest desktop redesign since LinkedIn’s inception”.

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What style of CV is best for me?

As the title suggests, we often get asked ‘what style of CV is best’?. The answer depends entirely on the individual and their chosen role and industry. Here’s a brief summary of the 3 most common styles.Read more

More Than One Industry = More Than One CV

Recently, we assisted an individual who wanted to use his CV for a number of positions, across multiple industries. Despite having all the transferrable skills and experience required for each of the positions,Read more

Have you ever got a job through LinkedIn?

Earlier this week I noticed a recruiter post a simple question that invited users to share their experience on LinkedIn. “Have you ever got a job through LinkedIn? Write yes/no below to see how effective this site really is” Read more

Do yourself a favour – update your job search credentials

Looking for a job or not – you should always maintain a current CV, LinkedIn profile and register with relevant job sites. In an ideal world, we are all in the job we love, on the right salary for our skills and being pushed to excel by our employer.Read more

Algorithmic decision-making vs. EU Law

Algorithms used in application tracking software discriminate. It’s what they’re programmed to do. For hopeful job seekers, this could mean automatic rejection for a dream job without ever knowing the reason why.

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