Filling a career gap: make the most of your time out of work

Thu, 21/11/2013 - 12:14 -- nick

Job candidates look more employable when they don't have big gaps in their CVs.

Getting work is a bit like the dating game: companies want people that others have wanted too, and long periods of unemployment are viewed negatively.

This article gives you some pointers on how to fill those gaps, and your time, when you're looking for a job.

If you choose wisely, you might find that those activities could help you get into employment, or even become your next job.

Top ten things employers are looking for

Fri, 26/04/2013 - 12:23 -- nick

Adzuna, the online search company, and The Guardian have got together to work out what employers are really looking for.

Adzuna searched for the words most often used in job adverts, and The Guardian's Leo Benedictus writes on what they really mean.

Below are ideas from Benedictus and others on what employers are looking for, together with UnemployedNet's ideas.

One thing to remember is that job descriptions are sometimes created by committee, and ideas can be thrown in because they were mentioned at a meeting rather than because they are important to a job.

Ten mistakes you should avoid when looking for work

Fri, 01/02/2013 - 14:54 -- nick

Guardian Careers has written an article of advice on common mistakes to avoid while looking for work.

You hear lots of advice on what to do while job hunting, but not much on what to avoid, and the article is a must read.

Ranging from practical advice through mindset to specific actions to stop, all ten are important but not always understood or known.

And it shows how important it is to keep up-to-date with developments in jobseeking; changes take place all the time, and fashions change here like everywhere else, so read on for guidance.

The three simple rules of jobseeking

Fri, 14/12/2012 - 14:06 -- nick

Richmond Solutions, the CV and jobsearch specialist, has written an excellent blog on the three simple rules of jobseeking.

All jobseeking activity needs to stick to these rules if you are going to be successful in getting a job.

All three rules need to be followed, but don't worry, they aren't too difficult.

And whether you're just starting your search for work or need a boost having been looking for a while, if you apply these rules the next phase will be getting off to a great start.

Word of mouth marketing and your job search

Mon, 23/07/2012 - 12:03 -- nick

This is one of Richmond Solutions' blogs. It suggests using every means to get a job, particularly asking whether you have asked all previous employers to promote you to their networks. Word of mouth is one of the best ways of getting a job - people tend to take personal recommendations very seriously when looking for employees, and those currently in work may hear about jobs a long time before you do.

The network and the damage done

Wed, 30/05/2012 - 17:21 -- nick
My main problem with using networks to fill roles is it starts the recruitment process from “who do you know?”, or at best “who does this recruitment company know?" What if we asked the question, “there are more than 20 million people in the UK labour force and one of them is going to be better than anyone else for this post. Who are they?”

Want to know a secret?

Mon, 30/04/2012 - 19:04 -- nick

Let's knock this one for dead right now.

I got rather upset a few weeks ago when a client offered me a lot of money to show her how to access "the hidden jobs market". I was upset for two reasons. Firstly, she clearly felt the reason for her continuing underemployment was the existence of some sort of conspiracy which she was not yet privy to. The second was that she felt that I knew all about it and wasn't telling her, and needed to be bought to do so.

Just because you can't see something it does not mean it is hidden. There is only one secret and I'll tell you it at the end of this article.



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