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Choosing Job Titles: What's in a name

When trying to attract suitable candidates for a role, the importance of a job title is often underestimated. As it’s the first thing that a potential applicant will see, it’s crucial you get this part right. Failure to do so could mean losing out on the ideal candidate.

Here’s four things to keep in mind.

1. Include keyword…


Added by Richard England on February 21, 2019 at 9:58am — No Comments

Women in Asset Management: Better career outcomes

The following article is based on a presentation delivered to CFA Institute members by Betsy Williamson, Managing Director of Core-Asset Consulting.

The event, entitled ‘Better Career Outcomes’, was organised by the CFA…


Added by Richard England on February 20, 2019 at 9:44am — No Comments

5 Tips for Newly-Qualified Lawyers to Land Dream Job


If you are set to become a newly-qualified lawyer this year, March is an important time.

Beginning to focus on your first qualified role in early spring could give you an edge over other applicants in what can be a very competitive market.

Start your preparation now

In Scotland the majority of …


Added by Richard England on February 19, 2019 at 6:31am — No Comments

How hiring managers can navigate the employment notice period

You think you've done all the hard work. The role profile has been written, the search has been conducted, the CVs have been sifted, the interviews have taken place, the personality profiling has been done, the screening is complete, and the start date has been arranged.

Your new employee is set to join in three months’ time. Now all you have…


Added by Richard England on February 18, 2019 at 9:19am — No Comments

How to Recruit and Retain Millennial Solicitors

Much has been written about the millennial generation and its impact on the workplace in general.  

But what, specifically, can you do as a law firm to engage with this demographic group?

And what changes can you make to ensure you're recruiting and retaining the very best of Generation Y?

What is a…


Added by Richard England on February 15, 2019 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Walk me through your CV: How to answer well

You sit down at an interview, your mind is running through everything you’ve prepared – competency examples, technical knowledge, etc.

The interviewer starts with: “Can you walk me through your CV?”

Are you thoroughly prepared for this? Hopefully you are, as this is one of the most important sections of the interview. Here’s how you…


Added by Richard England on February 14, 2019 at 9:07am — No Comments

Recruiting Fund Managers: Time to Diversify?

The asset management industry in Scotland – and the rest of the UK, for that matter – is grappling with a problem that cuts to the very heart of its existence. No, it’s not the pressure on fees. Nor is it investors growing love affair with passively-managed funds. 

Fund managers are suffering from a dearth of fund managers. If not…


Added by Richard England on February 13, 2019 at 4:42am — No Comments

What to do with a lower second class degree?

Getting a first or 2:1 degree classification is often seen as the “golden ticket” to the best graduate programmes and jobs. Last year the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), reported that 70% of graduates obtained either a first or 2:1 degree, putting…


Added by Richard England on February 12, 2019 at 9:08am — No Comments

5 Office Dress Codes and How to Crack Them

The world of office appropriate attire becomes increasingly complicated as work environments continue to evolve, now including trendy digital startups and shared spaces.

This guide will help you cut through the clutter and crack dress codes of today. You will now be able to arrive to work or a job interview…


Added by Richard England on February 11, 2019 at 4:16am — No Comments

A Career in Internal Audit: Dispelling the Myths

Why a career in internal audit ?

A training background in audit is an excellent platform for developing technical accounting skills and softer client management abilities. It also offers you the opportunity to study towards a professional…


Added by Richard England on February 8, 2019 at 4:13am — No Comments

Financial Sector Recruitment: A Career Redefined

You may not be surprised to discover that a rewarding career lies at the heart of Scotland’s financial sector. What might surprise you is that it exists within a recruitment company.

At Core-Asset Consulting we’re on a mission to change the way recruitment firms support their clients and candidates. To achieve this, we’re always looking for…


Added by Richard England on February 7, 2019 at 9:48am — No Comments

Gender diversity & the Scottish legal sector

At the end of last year, the Law Society of Scotland published research showing that for the first time 51 per cent of Scotland's 11,000 practising solicitors were female.

While this is clearly good news, it should not mask the more deep-rooted structural and cultural challenges within the legal profession.

Ironically, it is from within…


Added by Richard England on February 6, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

How to write a covering letter with impact

When applying for a job, you might only focus on editing your CV. However, your covering letter could be the deciding factor for a hiring manager.  

Indeed, some hiring managers may not even…


Added by Richard England on February 5, 2019 at 3:53am — No Comments

Job Review - How do I know I'm in the right job?

Am I in the right role? It seems a pretty straightforward question. But in order to answer it accurately, you may need to ask yourself a whole series of further questions.

  • Does your role make best use of your skills, your experience?
  • Is there room for growth and career development?
  • Is it…

Added by Richard England on February 1, 2019 at 10:56am — No Comments

Competency Based Interviews: Your Toolkit for Success

Competency-based interviews can be uncomfortable experiences for many candidates. Questions which begin ‘Tell me about a time when…’ can instil fear in the most experienced and self-assured of applicants. 

These types of questions are pretty common these days, particularly within the financial sector. But a little preparation and…


Added by Richard England on January 31, 2019 at 3:57am — No Comments

LinkedIn Profile Extreme Makeover

Your LinkedIn profile is a quick and essential way to let recruiters know you’re available for new opportunities. 

Here are 10 ways to give your LinkedIn profile a makeover and boost your chances of finding your dream job:

1. Name and contact

Make sure your LinkedIn information, including your name,…


Added by Richard England on January 30, 2019 at 4:44am — No Comments

Contractors: Turning Back the Tide

When recruiting business analysts and project managers for permanent positions, the legend of King Canute springs to mind. The medieval ruler’s famous and futile attempt to turn back the tide is not dissimilar to convincing high day-rate contractors of the benefits of a return to the permanent market.

With the wave of permanent employees moving…


Added by Richard England on January 29, 2019 at 4:00am — No Comments

Will an MBA boost your financial sector career?

MBAs are expensive, involve a huge commitment of time and can have a massive impact on the lives of those around you. 

For example, they are infamous for putting strain on the strongest of relationships.

So are they worth doing? Will an MBA boost your career prospects or is it just a vanity project?

Cause and…


Added by Richard England on January 28, 2019 at 4:00am — No Comments

Job offers, counter offers and competing offers

Receiving a job offer can be an exciting event in your career. But in order to make the right decision it's important to take a calm and measured approach.

This is especially true if the initial offer results in a counter bid from your existing employer, or you’re involved in an additional process with a second organisation.

First of all,…


Added by Richard England on January 25, 2019 at 7:04am — No Comments

Contractors : How to negotiate your employment contract extension

Negotiating an extension can be the trickiest part of any contractor’s assignment. It can in some instances be the difference between building a successful career in consultancy – where you develop a real niche – and a jumpy, stop-start, short-lived, jack-of-all-trades one.

But little good advice exists on this topic and many contractors learn…


Added by Richard England on January 23, 2019 at 9:13am — No Comments


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