Richard England's Blog – January 2019 Archive (19)

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

How to pass pre-employment checks

The length of pre-employment checks shows no sign of decreasing. In fact, over the last five years the delay in hiring brought about by candidate vetting has increased by half to 15.2 days. This figure is even higher for…


Added by Richard England on January 22, 2019 at 4:41am — No Comments

Surviving Redundancy: 5 Ways to Come Out on Top

Being made redundant is never a pleasant experience. Even for some who volunteer, and in doing so receive a large windfall, there can remain a feeling of rejection. But whatever the circumstances, it doesn’t have to spell the end of a career. 

By adhering to a handful of key principles, redundancy can quickly transform into an…


Added by Richard England on January 21, 2019 at 7:04am — No Comments

Anatomy of a Successful CV

Writing your first CV or updating an old one probably feels like a daunting task that will take hours or even days to complete.

There is a massive amount of advice you can find about writing CVs, whether it’s how to make your CV stand out or five different …


Added by Richard England on January 18, 2019 at 4:33am — 1 Comment

How to Resign in 5 Steps

Breaking up is hard to do. And although plenty of material exists on the best way to tackle that tricky resignation meeting, sometimes it’s through highlighting what not to do that sound advice emerges.

By failing to follow five simple…


Added by Richard England on January 17, 2019 at 5:44am — 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…

Added by Richard England on January 16, 2019 at 11:04am — No Comments

CV advice to maximise your career prospects

Maximising the impact of your CV is one area of the recruitment process that you the candidate can influence. We offer you six invaluable pointers on how to build a well-crafted CV and create that powerful first impression.

However, if you really want to be successful in your job search, you'll need to have more than one CV. We also have four…


Added by Richard England on January 14, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

Navigating 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 to…


Added by Richard England on January 11, 2019 at 9:17am — No Comments

Hiring Managers: Don't Confuse The Search With The Research

Knowing what you want is the necessary first step…


Added by Richard England on January 10, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Hiring Manager Advice: 5 keys to unlock any CV

If you’ve ever been presented with a large pile of CVs and ushered into a darkened room, you’ll be familiar with the often laborious and sometimes arbitrary exercise of producing a shortlist of candidates for interview.

Knowing what to look for in a CV can save you a lot of time and frustration. It’s an important step in ensuring you get the…


Added by Richard England on January 9, 2019 at 4:42am — No Comments

Top Tips for Creating a Strong Work-Life Balance

We invited CV-Library to give us advice on how to achieve that elusive state - work-life balance. Here's what they recommended:

Whilst having a successful career is important to many, this can often come at a cost. A huge number of professionals have fallen victim to the always-on…


Added by Richard England on January 8, 2019 at 4:25am — No Comments

The definitive guide to job interviews in the financial sector

1. Introduction

Our definitive guide to interviews has been designed to assist you in your job search across the financial, accounting and legal sectors.

It will take you step-by-step through…


Added by Richard England on January 7, 2019 at 4:03am — No Comments

The Second Interview: Rubber Stamp or Bear Trap?

So much of your efforts go into securing and excelling in a job interview. News of a second interview can be unsettling.

Why do they want to see me again? Is the second…


Added by Richard England on January 4, 2019 at 5:52am — No Comments

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 January 3, 2019 at 6:21am — No Comments


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