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  • The preparation you do for an interview can be the key to landing the job. There are three key things to do when preparing for an interview:
    Posted: Monday 21 May 2018
  • It is Learning at Work week from 14th May which aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development at work. Whether in work, seeking work, self-employed or retired the benefits of lifelong learning are well known.
    Posted: Wednesday 16 May 2018
  • The number of employees working from home in office-type jobs, or roles involving travel where home is used as a base, is steadily increasing.
    Posted: Friday 4 May 2018
  • To anyone with kids of any age, or anyone who has ever been a kid, here's some advice Bill Gates recently dished out at a high school speech about 11 things they did not learn in school. The eleven points were actually written by Charles Sykes. He talks about how feel-good politically correct teachings created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.
    Posted: Wednesday 2 May 2018
  • In a recent post we looked at some statistics around self-employment. So what’s it really like at the sharp end? We asked a number of people about self-employment.
    Posted: Friday 20 April 2018
  • The CIPD point out that dictionary definitions of self-employment emphasise earning a living from your own efforts rather than by being employed – a clear advantage when employment was associated with the master–servant relationship and employees were prevented from acts of civic responsibility, such as voting, because it was assumed they would do their employer’s bidding. Self-employment has been on the rise again for most of the last 50 years and this is likely to be a continuing trend.
    Posted: Wednesday 11 April 2018
  • Planning a career is something most young people do in broad outline terms - choosing a career is one of the biggest decisions most of us make. Some are lucky and know what they want to do and build a career from a solid basis but many of us just take the job we can get and then make the best of it.
    Posted: Tuesday 20 March 2018
  • The spring statement came and went in under 30 minutes and as we look through the detail it appears that this was more like a sparring session than an actual boxing match. The key headline is that we are less than six months away from an end to austerity and to follow there will be an injection in public spending and with it an injection of much needed jobs in both the public and private sector. On closer inspection it appears that the economy is still stuttering and rather than decisive fiscal control there are a series of ‘well we could do this measures’.
    Posted: Wednesday 14 March 2018
  • We’ve made huge progress in terms of greater female empowerment in the workplace but there is still room for improvement as the gender pay gap debate and various harassment campaigns emphasise.

    Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911; they have a theme this year of #PressforProgress and hope to move forward the agenda of a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

    We know that gender parity won't happen overnight, but the good news is that around the world women are making positive gains and there's a robust and growing movement of advocacy, activism and support.
    Posted: Friday 9 March 2018
  • In this type of interview the recruiter is interested not in your experience and qualifications but really wants to uncover whether you have the right skills to take the role and cope well.
    Posted: Tuesday 6 March 2018

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