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If so, don’t miss SkilledCV’s February offer – 20% off any interview coaching sessions booked and taken in February.*(Offer price £40 for a 60 minute session, usual price £50.)   Being able to demonstrate your skills and depth of experience is essential to interview success. Whatever the role and whatever the level, good preparation is…

You know that employers check references, but did you know that they’re also increasingly turning to social media to check your suitability for the job? An infographic by behiring in 2011 showed that 68% of recruiters surveyed will find you on Facebook, and that 89% planned to use social media networks for recruitment. Fast forward…

Reporting on the latest quarterly report from the EY ITEM Club, the CIPD forecasts that “unemployment will drop below 7 per cent in the first half of 2014, however, labour market growth is unlikely to alleviate demand for skilled people”. Construction, high tech, professional and scientific industries in particular are experiencing high demand for skilled…

New Year, new job?

Have you made any new year’s resolutions? Along with “lose weight” and “go to the gym more”, “get a new job” regularly features in the top 10 lists of New Year’s resolutions each year. However, if you’re job hunting because you’ve had enough of the job you are currently in, you may need to do…

A recent CIPD press release stated that: “The jobs market continues to shine as we approach the New Year. Increased vacancies, fewer redundancies, and a modest reduction in the unemployment rate offer further signs that the labour market is heading in the right direction. However, how long this good news will continue remains uncertain. The CIPD’s…

Did your last interview go with a bang? Or more a disappointing fizzle…? On bonfire night, check out my latest post with top tips for interview success… Congratulations – you’ve successfully come through the application process and shortlisted for interview. Already your chances of securing the role have dramatically improved. However, there are a number of…

If you’ve been out of the job market for some time – perhaps because you’ve worked your way up within the same company for many years and not needed a formal CV, or maybe because you’ve taken a career break – writing your CV for the first time can seem like a minefield.  I’ve put…

Here’s the final instalment of my ’10 things to avoid when writing your CV’.  If you missed parts one and two, check out my earlier blog posts. Hobbies I once reviewed a graduate CV in which the applicant told me their favourite colour was green. I’ve also reviewed CVs where people have included details of their 10 metre…

The CIPD’s latest labour market update, published on Monday 12 August,  shows employment confidence at its highest level since the 2008 recession. Private sector job vacancies are on the up, however the public sector  is still likely to experience job cuts, although fewer than in previous years. Anticipated basic pay increases remain the same at…

If you’ve been out of the job market for some time – perhaps because you’ve worked your way up within the same company for many years and not needed a formal CV or resume, or maybe because you’ve taken a career break – writing your CV for the first time can seem like a minefield.  Here’s part…