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I’ve got an interview – should I tell my boss?

Posted in: Career Advice, Interviews, Jobseeker Advice

12 Apr 2013 Comments

If you haven’t got an offer in the bag, a start date and a contract then keep shtum about job hunting; there are some things your boss doesn’t need to know, and this is one of them. But if you’re working in PR it’s long-hours, with the day being re-written and re-scheduled with no notice - there’s never a convenient moment to pop out for interviews, without being missed or sussed out. It’s a problem; so what do you do?...

Learning to listen

Posted in: Career Advice, Interviews, Jobseeker Advice

27 Mar 2013 Comments

‘No man ever listened himself out of a job.’ Calvin Coolidge, the 30th US President.

Listening may not be on your interview check-list, but it should be. If you can’t demonstrate the ability to listen in an interview, then can you listen in the job? Work-related mistakes are frustrating and costly; call it miscommunication, misinterpretation or just missing the point, half-listening is often a contributory factor. Let’s look at simple ways to improve your listening:

Is it possible to enjoy a job interview?

Posted in: Interviews, Jobseeker Advice

19 Mar 2013 Comments

Jelly legs, the sweats and a dry mouth could be holding you back. I’ve known great candidates, who’ve cancelled last minute or not represented themselves well on interview because they’re wracked with nerves. But it’s not worth stifling your career over something that can be easily overcome at home, for free, and with little or no embarrassment. Follow these tips and you might find you actually enjoy your next job interview:

Telephone interviews - How to get the best out of them

Posted in: Career Advice, Interviews, Jobseeker Advice

28 Feb 2013 Comments

Telephone interviews: Recruiters like them as an effective and inexpensive way of whittling down a strong shortlist of candidates to meet.
They’re good for job seekers too: no random time off to explain to your boss and you won’t have to think about what to wear.
But a surprising number of people don’t take telephone interviews seriously and end up disappointed or red-faced. Here’s how to get it right:

Interview Prep: A Guide for Senior PR Managers

Posted in: Career Advice, Interviews, Jobseeker Advice

16 Jan 2013 Comments

When you reach a certain level in your career, you may think that your CV says it all: Wrong. Despite dazzling PR credentials, you still need to sell yourself if you want to step up the ladder. In our experience, it’s mid to senior management PRs who are most likely to let themselves down through sloppy interview prep. So, we’ve compiled The Works pre-interview checklist as a reminder:

New Year’s career resolutions?

Posted in: Career Advice, Jobseeker Advice, Seasonal

03 Jan 2013 Comments

New Year, new job? If that’s your New Year’s career resolution then you’ll need to think about keeping your CV up to date so that when your dream job comes up, you’re ready to apply. People often leave it too late and risk missing the boat, particularly in the current recruitment climate. Make your CV your gateway to a great opportunity.

How to make the move from Business Journalism to Successful Communications Advisor

Posted in: Career Advice, Jobseeker Advice

16 May 2012 Comments

It is by no means a new trend, yet one that continues within the financial and corporate communications sector. At The Works, we have met with many journalists looking to hop that fence, so with help from a kind contributor, Joe Kelly, ex-national business journalist and Director of Comms and Marketing at BT, here’s our advice on getting a foot in the PR door and how to face the challenge of a career change.

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