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How to network like a BOSS (when you're not a social butterfly).

How to network like a BOSS (when you’re not a social butterfly)

Ah, networking… some people make it look so easy! They flit from person to person at events, all charm and wit, making the bubbly sweeter and the conversations richer. But what about the rest of us? How can we network effectively, when we’re less social butterfly and more… uh… antisocial moth? After attending a few […]

5 workplace passion projects to help you get your dream green job

5 workplace passion projects to green your job

It can be hard to get your vegan-leather-shod foot through the FSC-certified-timber door if you don’t have environmental training or experience. From tiny office jungles to staff coffee that doesn’t taste of tears, we’ve got 5 passion projects that will help green your current job  AND help your CV for that future dream green job. […]

What Happens When Your New Job is Meh?

You’ve started a new job. You were excited to start but the reality is just, well, meh. What do you do? Say you’re going for a coffee, then make a break for it? Call your girlfriend in tears from a bathroom cubicle? Let’s have a look at your options. Give it a few weeks then […]

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Miserable to the max: 8 ways to make your job-hunt TERRIBLE

Job-hunting can be tough! After a few weeks, the rejection emails start trickling in. Doubt begins to bloom: what if you don’t get a job, ever? This April 1st we’ve decided to drop the optimism and embrace the dark side. Liz has eight handy tips to make your job-hunt truly terrible. We hope you hate […]

The Perfect Post-Interview Thank-You

  You’ve just wrapped up an interview, and you’re wondering if you need to send a thank-you card or email to your interviewee – the answer, YES! Here’s Jane’s HR perspective on post-interview thank-you best practice and what to expect in the days and weeks post your interview. — After your interview send an email […]

The Quiet Assassin: How to Ace that Job Interview – as an Introvert

Job interviews tend to hold a special place in hell for introverts. Small talk, self-promotion, over-stimulation. . . the list of challenges is long. Can quiet folk triumph against the odds? Liz Willoughby-Martin says yes. Introversion has undergone a HUGE makeover since Susan Cain’s Quiet came crashing tiptoeing onto the non-fiction scene in 2012. But despite massive changes […]

Win that interview: 10 steps to creating a combat-ready cover letter

  Cover letters, eh? I’ve written three this week (so far) and it’s starting to feel like going into battle. So, how can we ensure our hard work will actually pay off and our cover letters will blow the enemy’s  future employer’s ships out of the water? It’s time to get combat ready! Here are ten […]

Get accountable: five ways to fulfil your goals in 2018

Draft that novel? Puh-leese. Get a 5k raise? Hell yeah. Finish that master’s degree? Amen! It’s a new year and we’ve got big, BIG goals. So how do we turn these goals into reality? Liz takes a closer look at five ways to ensure we get sh*t done… Last night I woke at 3am, with […]

How To Go From Volunteer to Paid Employee

Being a volunteer is a fabulous thing. It allows cash-strapped organisations to extend their reach and do more good work. And it gives volunteers a chance to make a difference in their communities and gain valuable experience and brownie points for their CV’s while they’re at it. But volunteering with the express aim of getting […]

Job interview tips

Interview like a boss!

I recently spent time facilitating a number of interview panel workshops. Part of this training involved participants’ having a go role playing as an interviewer. This meant it was necessary for someone to play the part of interviewee (me!). While the focus of the session was on the panel’s activities, observing numerous mock interviews did give […]

CV makeover: Q&A

  Ok, you’ve made the resolution. It’s a new job for you this year! It’s time to dust off your CV and give it some TLC – it’s makeover time! We sat down in a Facebook Live chat with Antonia from Blue Dot HR a few months back to help answer some of your CV […]

The Interview: notes from the other side

As an HR practitioner with around 15 years in the field, I have sat on a huge number of interview panels. These have been across a range of industries as well as in a number of different countries. Certain things have stood out during my time on the ‘other side’ of the table, with this […]

The group interview

It was a perplexing phone call. My job application had been successful and they had narrowed applicants down to 12 from 100+ applicants. I was excited about the role. So this was good news… Would I care to join them for a group job interview? I would need to prepare some sort of activity for […]

Answering Behavioural Based Interviews Questions

You have a big interview looming. You’re nervous. You’ve heard that the questions are tough. No doubt you have prepared all the answers to the cliché questions focusing on your strengths and weaknesses….What you may not be as prepared for are the dreaded behavioural questions that are increasingly common in job interviews. These questions are […]

Job interviews and the art of (celebrity) reinvention

  How approaching a job interview can feel like making a celebrity comeback From Puff-daddy to P-diddy, from Prince to the artist formerly known as (rest in peace), from Beyonce to Sasha Fierce and back; what do these celebrity reinventions have to do with job interviews, you ask? Each time you approach a job interview, […]

CV tips

Why your CV sucks, and CV tips to make it better…

The amount of time recruiters and HR folk spend on each resume is limited, even more so when they have a large volume to look through. So to get yourself from no job to new job, your CV needs to stand out and for the right reasons. With the abundance of (oftentimes conflicting) information on […]

Creative Job Offers That Work for Everyone

Guest post: Tilda Bostwick.  Tilda is a Recruitment Consultant for Execucare who specialise in NFP recruitment. — Professional development, extra holidays and a mobile? Value yourself and get creative about your salary package. Whether going for a new job or feeling underpaid in your current role, similar principles apply for negotiating a salary; do your […]

5 tips for job hunting with recruitment agents

Welcome to the world of recruitment agents! If you are hunting for a new role in the areas of administration, government, IT or digital media (and sometimes charities), chances are you may be considering working with a recruitment agency. You might be full time hunting or just testing the waters and looking for a confidential […]