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Why soft skills matter

When applying for jobs, people often focus on their technical skills and experience. While these skills are essential to any job, they’re not the be-all and end-all of what employers look for in their next recruit.

If you want to really stand out, you need to present a complete package to employers, one that helps them visualise you succeeding in the role – and that involves painting a picture of not only the relevance of your technical skills but your soft skills too.

Don’t over design your CV. Here’s why!

In 2017 I authored a CV for a client who required a CV to support his application for Engineering Technician status from The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Much like a traditional CV, the document was prepared in such a way that it clearly demonstrated the clients’ ability to apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems as outlined in the assessment criteria. Two years later, I was humbled when the client returned for a CV Update.

Effective Communication Skills for Interview Success

Excellent communication skills are essential to building relationships and succeeding in workplaces. They can also make or break your interview success.

Here are our top strategies to help you master the art of communicating so that you can connect with people, be understood and build a strong rapport.

How gaining micro-credentials can boost your career.

According to recent reports, two-thirds (70%) of workers are more likely to consider working in different industries due to the coronavirus crisis. Some of the reasons include a desire to learn new skills or challenge themselves (51%), a need for a better work-life balance (43%) or a wish for greater job security (32%).

Managing Risk When Transitioning Employment

Most of us have an aversion to risk to some extent. So when it comes to moving on from your current job to a new one, life can get a bit tricky, even during the best of times. Right now, most of us are focusing on getting through each day, trying to work from home, dealing with the stress of being in essential services, or worrying about being stood down or let go. Maybe you’ve been made redundant, forced to go part-time, or you’re worried that your job is at risk. The good news is employers are looking for people and candidates are finding new jobs in many sectors.

How to prepare for an online interview

As companies around the world implement social distancing measures to combat COVID-19, HR teams are increasingly recruiting candidates that they haven’t met. For many vacancies, this means transitioning from traditional face-to-face interviews to online job interviews.

Your CV Can Help You Shine at Interview

We all know the CV still plays a significant part in the recruitment process. Most commonly, we talk about its ability to persuade employers or recruiters to add you to the shortlist of candidates and lead to an invitation to interview. But your CV can also help you shine at the interview. A well-authored CV allows you to benefit from the fixed amount of time allocated to an interview and position you ahead of your competition.

The 6 Habits of Highly Successful Job Seekers

Whether or not you’re starting a job search of your own accord, you can quickly become overwhelmed by the growing maze of recruiters, job boards and networking platforms unless you have a stable job search routine. Use the following as a guide to get started.

Hobbies & Interests: Vital Inclusion or CV Space Waster?

Every good CV tells the story of an individual’s career journey with an emphasis on education and employment history. This is because these two sections are what usually qualify you for a particular position. Still, if the most qualified person always landed the job, we would be living in a much different world. People hire candidates that they like, and there are some times where “liking” someone for a position can have more to do with the candidate’s personality than their past employment or qualifications.