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9 ways to shine in your first 100 days

Posted in: Career Advice, Jobseeker Advice

21 Jun 2013 Comments

When you start in a new job, making a good impression is one thing, but knowing how to shine and to keep on shining through your first 100 days is a different proposition. In PR you want to be known and be seen, but achieving that without labelling yourself as the latest self-publicist to join the agency requires some subtlety. Here are some tips.

Feedback: How to give it and receive it

Posted in: Career Advice, Interviews

05 Jun 2013 Comments

PR professionals looking for a career move put in hours of pre-interview prep, sweat their way through several rounds of gruelling tests and questions and often get little or no feedback. But here’s the thing: In cut-throat market conditions feedback is as good for the company as it for the candidate. Here’s more about the best way to give and receive constructive criticism:

5 CV sins: Howlers to edit out NOW

Posted in: CV, Jobseeker Advice

07 May 2013 Comments

We read dozens of PR CVs every day, many of them crammed with overused clichés and business jargon that is uninformative and bland. When you come to write or review your CV, think impact, cut out the blah blah and avoid the common pitfalls that could see your details passed over for consideration. Here are 5 unforgiveable CV sins to avoid:

Time wasters at work: The worst offenders uncovered

Posted in: Work Advice

29 Apr 2013 Comments

We’re all guilty of frittering away a few minutes at work now and again; Facebook, LinkedIn, online shopping, organising your social life etc etc. And then there’s the extra pressure caused by disorganised work colleagues. They’re the people whose poor time management impinges on your day. So what’s the best way to deal with time wasting and time wasters? We have some answers:

How to get noticed by recruiters

Posted in: Career Advice, CV, Jobseeker Advice

20 Apr 2013 Comments

If you’re looking for your next career move, then you’ll probably need help from some specialists. A high percentage of PR roles are filled with help from Executive Search and Recruitment Consultancy companies. Once you’ve made contact with the top consultancies, you need to stay pro-active. As well as having an eye-catching CV, there are other ways to ensure your name is on the tip of your consultant’s tongue when the right job comes up.…..

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?...

Labels at work

Posted in: Career Advice, Work Advice

08 Apr 2013 Comments

We know how damaging labelling can be when it is racial, sexual, ‘rich’ or ‘poor’ but what about more subtle forms of labelling that you might come across at work? And if you have a label is it possible to lose it?

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:

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