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CV Hints & Tips | October, 2018

  Putting your CV together? Check out my hints & tips…. CV’s and resumes – they’re a minefield, aren’t they? Ask the opinion of 10 people and you’ll get 10 different answers. Picture or no picture? Marital status? Word or PDF?  And since some of you reading this will be over 40 (and a bit…

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Flying Solo – Fearless, not Foolhardy | July, 2018

I grew up in a noisy and full-on household.  The eldest of 5 children, all struggling to be heard, literally and figuratively, I was always surrounded by people and rarely experienced a moment of peace and quiet or some ‘me-time’. I lived with fellow students at Uni; I did flat shares on returning to London…

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Top Service Sector tips for the Class of 2018 | June, 2018

Home for the long summer break, thousands of students are looking for work to supplement their often-crippling student debt.  Unable to find and in most cases inexperienced for a traditional office job, they are more likely to find work in the hospitality sector: hotels, pubs, restaurants.  This sector is popular amongst the transitioning student demographic…

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What is ‘added value’? | January, 2018

Recently, someone I know offered 2 hours of her time for free, to help a varied group of individuals with their own business plans. She arrived promptly at all manner of chosen locations and disseminated 2 hours’ worth of her own valuable experience and skills to help these people in growing their own businesses. A…

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The Bijou Difference – A Candidate’s Perspective | January, 2018

Late last summer, a post appeared on my LinkedIn timeline via a mutual connection. Describing her frustration with recruiters, being told she was over qualified and with finding a job when of ‘a certain age’, the poster eloquently and amusingly detailed her experiences. I read it with great interest, saw it as something of a…

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Interview Etiquette | January, 2018

Call me old fashioned, but I think that interview etiquette is still alive and well. Things like a firm handshake and effective eye contact – they work and make a good impression. So, here are my 8 top tips (in no order) on creating the right impression for interview success. 1) Firm handshake An absolute…

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Honesty is the best policy | January, 2018

As a one-woman band, I often find myself multi tasking like mad, juggling a few balls at once. Every so often a ball drops: I forget to provide some interview feedback; I don’t get to speak to someone within 48hrs of receiving their CV; I’m late for a client meeting etc. Earlier this week, I…

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My First Birthday | January, 2018

12 months ago I was in a job I truly hated, working with people who were so far off my page, that the book hadn’t even been written. I had 2 choices: suck it up and hope for the best or jump ship and swim. Unusually for me, I took the risk and jumped. A…

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