5 top tips for guaranteed cover letter success

1. Be Genuine

“I am very excited about joining a fast-paced organisation like [Company] because I am a self-starter…”

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“I am applying for a position at [Company] because I am a passionate and engaged user of its technology. Since the release of v1 of CoolApp, I believe that the value that your organisation provides and its ethos of XYZ is something I want to be a part of…”

Let’s face it! We all think that we are sneaky like a fox and can churn out hundreds of applications without adding anything extra but you must do your homework and make it genuine! Continue reading

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How can YOU help change the future of work for young people?

Make-NEETs-History (1)According to Impetus PEF, the average young person who is out of work for over six months will suffer a wage scar of over £50k in their lifetime.

These and other scary facts are the galvanising force which have brought multiple groups of stakeholders together to think about the future of work for young people.   I am proud and delighted to be named as one of the groups commissioners.  It is an important group to be part of.

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I underperformed on an automated video interview. Is there anything I can do?

Computer The short answer: YES!!

There is almost always something you can do about an interview or outcome that did not go your way or you feel did not fully expose your full potential.  Most recruiters are looking for people who are passionate about working for their company and want to succeed.  If you care enough to want to rectify a sub-optimal outcome this will rarely be seen as a negative. You should however know that it may not affect the ultimate outcome and/or that there are many things that could result in you failing to get the position which are outside your control.     Continue reading

The 7 worst things you can do in an interview.

There is a lot of advice on the internet which says what you should be doing at an interview, but what about what not to do? Just like in a driving test, you can do everything right, but get one “major” and you’re in the fail category. It hardly seems fair, but with an increasing number of applicants per job, employers are only looking for the cream of the crop. So, in order to steer you clear of making these major mistakes, we’ve compiled a list of the seven worst interview habits. Continue reading