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Finding A New Role - 07/11/16

Are you an organisation with staff retiring on a regular basis? Are you going through a period of redundancy within your organisation and want you give your employees the greatest chance to find a new role?

If the answer is yes to either of the above, then why not consider letting us come to you to run an internal retirement/redundancy workshop for your valued staff? We will spend the day giving them the insights into CV writing, job searching and the options to consider for their future. We will also help people to analyse themselves and figure out what it is they want to do and what skills they have that may be in demand – then we will help them work out how to approach organisations to offer their skills-sets. We will open their eyes to the possibility of working for themselves, running a business or retraining, whilst keeping their feet on the ground and maintaining a sense of realism. During our workshop, we will also go through the various financial implications, all delivered and supported by our own Independent Financial Adviser.

Having given you excellent service over the years, now it’s time to help your staff prepare for their new future by supporting them with the provision of a retirement and redundancy workshop.

We’ll be happy to deliver to your group on your premises (or a local venue). Give us a call to discuss your exact requirements


Some Interview Preparation - 06/10/16

Whether you are shortly going to retire from your current job (and presumably want to continue a working life) or if you undertaking a redundancy process, the chances are that it’s been some time since you have attended a job interview.

The whole idea could be very daunting to you. The good news is that by being offered an interview, your CV has already matched or very closely matched the job requirements, so you can be confident that what they see on paper is all positive stuff about you. If you weren’t a good fit, you would not have got this far.

The next steps are your preparation, which is crucial. You need to find out as much as you can about the role, the organisation and even the interviewer, who is very likely to be your boss if you get the job. The power of the Internet means that these days, this information is very accessible and requires some basic homework on your part. Remember, the key is to be the stand-out candidate, so try to find out the interesting and relevant stuff about the company and interviewer (only the positive things) which goes a bit beyond the basic information that your competition may be looking for. Think one step ahead at all times. Find out what’s going on in the organisation and link that to how you can make a difference i.e. what can you bring to the role that enhances the current plans? Find out what the interviewer has achieved and whether there is anything you can relate to. The power of www.linkedin.com is not to be underestimated as most professional business people use it (as should you).

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview and you should remember that this still forms part of the process. Avoid asking about the salary or conditions, as that’s all about you and your needs. Instead, ask about the new role and the things that you can do to enhance it during your first few months. Try to get the interviewer to imagine you actually in the role; you can do this by how you phrase the questions. Make sure they see you as positive, proactive and thinking ahead because that is what they will appreciate if they let you become their employee.

If you think you have made a mistake in the interview, correct yourself and apologise immediately. Not only will this ensure that it doesn’t catch up with you at a later date, but it also shows that you are human and that if you were to make a mistake when doing actual the job, you are likely to be honest and put your hands up to it rather than hide it. Again, this is all positive from the interviewer’s point of view.

Preparation is just one small part of the interview process. We cover the whole interview process, and a great deal more, extensively on our 1-Day workshops.


You Have To Tailor Your CV - 29/09/16

Thanks to the power of the internet and online recruitment agencies, you could, in theory, apply for 100+ jobs a day just by uploading your CV to every job that takes your fancy and playing the numbers game.

If you want to waste each and every day doing this, to have an almost zero percent chance of success, then that would be the way to go about it.

But of course, you are different. The good news is that employers want ‘different’; they want the individual who stands out from the crowd. Aside from the fact that your CV is unlikely to get past first base because it will fail the keyword check that is either carried out by a computer or junior member of the recruitment team, you will not be selling yourself for the potential job you are after because you aren’t being specific enough.

When you see a job that you like the look of, don’t ruin your chances by uploading your generic CV i.e. the one that you use for everything. Instead, you need to tailor your CV to match the exact requirements of the job advert. Pick out the key qualifications, skills and abilities that they have said are a requirement or desirable and ensure that your CV contains them within its content. By directly matching your CV to the requirements, you give yourself a greater chance of passing the paper sift and securing an interview.

You’ll do even better if you can mention the role and the organisation in your CV’s opening summary as it shows you are really keen to land that job and to work for that particular organisation. Keep doing what you need to do in order to stand out from the crowd and you will be enhancing your chances of success in landing your dream job.