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funny-1836098_1920Research has found that levels of competition in the job market have dipped dramatically. This means that there are less candidates fighting for each job, and the chances of you getting hired are higher than ever.

Job seekers rejoice! Last month, for every job advertised there were just 0.38 people applying (according to data released by Adzuna). That’s a historic low, increasing a candidate’s chances of securing that dream role.

Don’t spray and pray.

As a jobseeker, it can be tempting to go for the spray and pray approach to job searching. You create a CV and a generic cover letter, then send it out to as many jobs as you can find… that’ll do! Unfortunately, this approach never gets great results – even when competition for jobs is as low as it is. Recruitment managers are still looking for the right candidates who will be a good fit for their business. Trust us, they can tell when an application has been rushed! It’s likely you won’t even get a response, and that can leave you feeling demotivated and frustrated.

Don’t just apply for any old job! Now is the time to find your ideal role.

Make the most of this slower-paced job market. Refine your search. What do you really want to be doing? Which roles will leave you feeling motivated, passionate and challenged? If you haven’t yet figured this out, don’t despair, you’re not alone! In fact, we found that 80% of candidates still haven’t found out their ideal career – read our tips on the blog here. It’s never too late to find your perfect job, and now is the best time. There’s less pressure and fewer candidates as competition if you’re considering a change. Once you’ve identified what kind of role you’re most suited to, it’s time to get your job applications perfect.

Take your time with job applications.

There may be fewer candidates competing for roles, but that doesn’t mean you’re the only one applying! There will still be competition out there to beat. But with a more relaxed pace, you can afford to put more time into your applications, read the job descriptions carefully and do your research.

What are the organisations looking for? Do they want someone who can grow within the business, or someone who can get their head down and get on with the job at hand? Tailor your application to echo their language and position yourself as a strong candidate with relevant skills, experience, and the ability (and drive) to learn new skills and succeed. Recruitment managers will be able to tell whether you really want the job, so don’t hit send on a lackluster application!

Review your digital footprint (before potential employers do).

Now is the time to review your digital footprint too. There’s no point having a fantastic CV and job application, if your online presence lets you down. Work through our checklist to ensure potential employers only see the best of you:

  • Google: Start by Googling your name. It may seem vain but you can guarantee that employers will do it. What comes up? Work through all the pages and make sure there’s nothing appearing that you would rather not be public
  • LinkedIn: Your LinkedIn page is like an interactive, online version of your CV, only with a lot more klout. Use our LinkedIn guide and work from top to bottom to make sure it’s presenting the best version of you
  • Facebook: When it comes to job seeking, remember the mantra ‘facebook is for friends’. Keep it personal, and set your privacy settings to private. Recruiting managers don’t need to know (or see) what you get up to in your free time!

It’s a candidates market, and the perfect opportunity for you to identify and secure your ideal job.

If you need any help with your career, whether that’s a change of direction, getting your application polished up, or a career crisis… get in touch!

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choose-the-right-direction-1536336_1920Career gaps happen for many reasons. From unexpected redundancy, to parenthood, time out, health issues or a change in career direction… Many jump to the conclusion that a career gap will look bad on their CV, but that doesn’t have to be the case!

The world of work is changing and careers are shifting and transforming more than ever. No longer is someone expected to stay in the same job for their whole working life. Flexible working patterns, transferable skills and freelancing are more common than ever. It’s up to you to own your career gap, use it as a positive time for reflection or even change, then head back into the job market ready to sell yourself to potential employers.

Avoiding The Careers Gap Trap

For many, taking a careers gap is not in ‘the plan’. Whatever the reason for your careers gap, realise that you are in charge! As Antoine Tirard and Claire Harbour-Lyell write in their book Disrupt Your Career: How To Navigate Unchartered Career Transitions and Thrive, “The difficulty with transitions is that most people are not well prepared for them… Transitions are seen more as exceptions, and are mostly viewed as negative events.”

Let’s take a moment to rewrite the age-old stereotype that career gaps are bad:

CAREER GAPS ARE NOT BAD!

Career gaps are only bad if you don’t manage to navigate this new landscape in front of you and find your way through.

Making the Most of your Careers Gap

If your career gap was involuntary, why not make the most of this time? Whether that means travelling to a country you’ve always wanted to visit, doing some voluntary work, retraining or just dedicating time to hobbies. Turn it into an opportunity for positive growth and development, which will give you energy and something to talk about when you re-enter the job market.

Going Back to Work after a Careers Gap

Going back to work following a careers gap can be daunting. Here are our top five tips to make sure your return to work goes smoothly…

  1. Embrace change. Your careers gap happened for a reason. Perhaps it’s time to change direction and find a new role that will leave you motivated and excited by work? Consider the parts of your previous jobs you’ve enjoyed, or not enjoyed. Talk to a careers coach, or ask me to do your LAB Profile! Use your careers gap to find a more fulfilling career.
  1. Be curious. It may be a long time since you were last applying for jobs. The job market, the world of work and the language changes all the time so don’t be afraid to seek help and advice. Attend events in your sectors of interest to get inside the heads of potential employers. What are they talking about? What challenges are they facing? What language do they use? Being curious is a great weapon and will give you amazing insights that will advance your job search.
  1. Grow your mind (and your mindset). Have a look at your CV. What’s missing? Maybe it hasn’t been updated in a while! Are there skills or experience gaps that you could use your time to fill? Open your mind to change. Don’t think about ‘when I did this’ or ‘when I worked at’. That didn’t work then, so why would it now? Have a growth mindset, you’re never too old to learn! 
  1. Tackle your career gap head on. When applying for new jobs, be up front about the reason for your careers gap! Employers are often put off by a gap on a CV but if you’ve already provided an explanation then you will overcome the first hurdle.
  1. Sell yourself (and your careers gap). How did you use your careers gap and what did it teach you? What did you learn about yourself and your motivations? People returning to work after a careers gap often have a clearer vision of where they’re going and what job they want to be doing, making you a strong candidate! Let the employer know.

If you’re facing a careers gap, look at it as a positive opportunity for change! It might be the push you need to go in a new career direction… 

Struggling to find your ideal career? Get in touch with Katherine to discuss how the LAB Profile could help you to find a job that leaves you feeling motivated and excited about work. Yes, that’s really possible!  

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jens-johnsson-205843Within 10 years, research predicts that 4 million UK jobs will be lost to robots. Robots have already become well established in many industries, taking over simple, more mundane workplace jobs as well as complex tasks.

They manage our stock rooms, farm our lands, vacuum our home. Robots can disarm bombs, operate our telephone systems, deliver our parcels and even perform complicated surgery! Technology is mind blowing.

As automation and artificial intelligence gets increasingly sophisticated, robots are going to be able to step in and complete more tasks more efficiently and more cost effectively than humans.

How can we compete with this new wave of super-candidates?  There is something we’ve got that they haven’t got!  Robots will never have soft skills…

What are soft skills? 

Soft skills are the personal attributes you have. Things like, being a good listener, or a team player. They’re the skills we have that are interpersonal, and ultimately affect how well you will get on with people both in and out of the workplace.

The most sought-after soft skills (according to Recruitment Buzz) are:

  1. Management skills
  2. Examples of responsibility
  3. Experience of training others
  4. Communication skills
  5. Planning skills
  6. Organisational skills
  7. Ability to be flexible
  8. Being competitive
  9. Being motivated
  10. Friendly! 

Why are soft skills so important when job searching? 

Job adverts often focus on the hard skills required to fill a role – technical skills that are directly relevant for the job advertised.

But employers are increasingly looking for candidates who have a mix of both hard and soft skills. They need to get an idea of HOW you do what you do as well as WHAT you do.

Soft skills will allow you to fit in with the organisation and excel in the role. What’s the point of an employee who can write software, but can’t listen to his manager and therefore doesn’t know what’s required? Or an employee who can speak fluent French, but can’t build relationships with clients?

No employer wants to hire a candidate who won’t get on well with their existing team. Soft skills are the key to finding the right fit, and avoiding unnecessary workplace issues.

How many soft skills are you demonstrating on your CV?

It’s astonishing that on average only 1 in 5 CVs mention soft skills, so most candidates are missing out on being considered for positions. I see a lot of technical CVs that don’t reference a single soft skill. No wonder employers aren’t interested in interviewing those candidates!

Next time you’re applying for a job, don’t forget to think about what soft skills might be required to successfully fill the role. Do you need to be a good communicator? A team player? Quick to make decisions? A strong leader? Great at networking? A strong negotiator? Confident when presenting? Or love to teach or train others?

Go back to the top 10 most sought-after soft skills we listed above. How many of those do you have? Which would be most relevant to the role you’re applying for? Now find a way to demonstrate those on your CV and showcase why you would be perfect for that role.   

By adding soft skills to your CV, you can stand out from the crowd and become the 1 in 5 who actually make it through the to the interview stage.

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Lately, I’ve attended a number of recruitment events. Sadly, I wasn’t amazed by how many fantastic candidates, enthusiastic employers or amazing job vacancies there were. Instead, what struck me most was how unprepared many attendees were! Both the candidates and the employers.

As a candidate, recruitment events can be invaluable. A chance to get face to face with employers who have real jobs, and show them who you are. But are you ready to grasp that opportunity?

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This is where the 6 Ps come in! As the saying goes, “Prior Planning Prevents P*** Poor Performance” and here that certainly applies! Don’t waste your time attending recruitment events until you are ready and can put your best foot forward through that door.

After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression. 

If you follow these steps and are prepared to network your socks off, you’ll leave a lasting impression at your next recruitment event!

Be Prepared! As you approach a stand, an employer may ask you… 

  • What could you bring to our organisation?
  • What motivates you?
  • Where do you see yourself in 1, 3, 5 years time?
  • We need someone who can XXX. Can you?

How would you respond?

Have some questions for them! This is a good way to demonstrate that you’re proactive and keen to know whether the company would be a good fit for you and your personality. Prepare questions such as: 

  • What are you looking for in a new employee?
  • Are there training / development opportunities?
  • Are you looking for skills or attitude?
  • What is your policy on work-life balance?

Next, complete our essential job event check list: JobFairChecklist

  • Get your Elevator Pitch right: Prepare a clear, concise pitch that you’ll be ready to present to potential employers. Remember, jobs fairs are essentially just networking events so prepare accordingly! Read more in our Career Ambitions Club (you can become a member for free!)
  • Go armed with an up to date CV and LinkedIn Profile: It’s important to have a current CV on hand at jobs fairs. But don’t neglect to update your LinkedIn profile too! If an employer finds discrepancies, they’re unlikely to hire you. Follow our tips to optimise your LinkedIn profile.
  • It’s not just your words that count! Your body language can give a lot away to a potential employer. Make sure that you are confident, open and make a good first impression. Read our guide to getting your body language right.
  • Know what you want. There’s no point wasting time attending recruitment events for the sake of it. The key is to know yourself, your innate motivations and what makes you tick. That way you’ll find a career that suits you – so you don’t have to repeat the process! This is where the LAB Profile steps in.

Now, scroll back up and give that quiz another go… what’s your goal this time? 

If you’ve followed all the steps in our guide, then you will be ready to impress those potential employers at your next recruitment event! Check out our events calendar to see what’s happening in the Cambridge area in the next few weeks. Good luck!  

If you’d like to have an informal chat with Katherine about preparing for your next career move, email her or call her on 01223 633535.

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CVBefore you read this blog, get a copy of your CV in front of you. Now, read it through. Every time you spot a ‘big-picture’ phrase such as ‘strategy’ or ‘initiative’, circle it. Is your CV beginning to look a little like a Venn diagram? Read on…  

As a career specialist, I often get job seekers approaching me and asking for help. Despite their best efforts, they’ve applied for hundreds of jobs and yet not managed to secure one. Why? 

The first step to job-seeking success lies with your CV. It’s your opening gambit to a recruiter, your first foot in the door, your one and only chance to make a great, lasting, first impression. So is your CV turning recruiters on, or turning them off?


When it comes to CVs, there are usually two categories:

  1. The ‘Big Picture’ CV: Using words such as strategy and initiative, these CVs aim to please. Targeting no one and no specific job, the wide-net approach is used to make the candidate appear well-rounded with skills and experience that could apply to any role. These CVs are the social equivalent of the crowd-pleasers, but are they actually pleasing anyone?
  1. The ‘Overly Detailed’ CV: These super-detailed CVs are super-specific, with words crammed into every nook and cranny of the page. Detailing every job from the village paper round to the time you looked after your sister’s friend’s child, a recruiter is likely to drown in the context included on an overly-detailed CV.

Which category does your CV fall into?

What are recruiters really looking for in a CV? 

Most CVs fail to clearly and concisely illustrate the challenges faced and outcomes achieved by a candidate in their past roles. It’s that simple!

Increasingly (and perhaps prompted by the often mentioned ‘skills-gap’) employers are hiring candidates who possess transferable skills. These soft skills can’t be learnt, while a new employee can quickly be trained up in the specific hard skills needed to fulfill a role.

Use your CV to demonstrate your transferable skills and how these have been put to good use in the past:

Challenge faced + outcome achieved = a great example of your value!

This is the secret equation that makes recruiters and hiring managers tick.

When hiring, recruiters want to be able to quickly and easily find out what value a candidate will bring to their organisation.

  • How are you going to overcome challenges and find solutions?
  • Will you tackle challenging situations head on or freeze in the spotlight?
  • How have you demonstrated this in your past positions?

Time is precious. Don’t waste your time sending off a CV that won’t get the recruiter or hiring managers attention! Invest a little time now getting your CV right and you will soon reap the rewards.

Remember, your CV is your first impression. Don’t let it be your last!  

“Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.” – Steve Jobs

Want more tips on how to write the perfect CV and secure your dream job? Join the Career Ambitions Club today and access our Step By Step Guide to Writing a Powerful CV. Or get in touch with Katherine Wiid to find out how her years as a career and recruitment specialist could help your job search.

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cv-stand-out-from-the-crowdDid you know that the first ever CV was written by Leonardo Da Vinci way back in 1482?

It’s not surprising to hear that CVs have come along leaps and bounds since Da Vinci drafted his with a quill and ink on a piece of parchment 500 years ago! Nowadays we see video CVs, digital CVs, CVs printed on balloons, edible CVs… if you can think of it, you can bet it’s been done. As the job market has become increasingly competitive, candidates are thinking of new ways to step outside the box and secure their dream roles. But are some of them stepping a little too far? Perhaps!

So what is the secret to making your CV stand out? It’s simple. You don’t need flashing lights, sponge layers or helium. When drafting your CV, rather than making it the history of you, tailor it to present who you are and what you can do for a company. Research has found that the average recruiter looks at a CV for just six seconds before deciding whether to put a candidate forward for a job. Make those six seconds count with our top tips for an outstanding CV…

  1. Who will be reading your CV?

Take time to understand who will be reading your CV: HR person, CEO, a recruiter… What are their needs? Recruitment teams often find themselves over-stretched, so making their job as easy as possible will be appreciated! Employers need to see at a glance whether you match the skills and competencies that they are looking for, so include a skills summary on the very first page.

  1. Think achievements, rather than tasks.

Rather than listing a whole load of tasks that you have been presented and completed, describe your achievements. Include the benefits that you bring to an organization, which will make you relevant to an employer, as well as illustrating how your past experiences could help you solve problems in the future.

  1. One size does not fit all.

You don’t need to rewrite your entire CV every time you do a job application. Before you send off your application, tailor it subtly for each company. Just by re-ordering your skills or achievements you will make it easier for the recruiter to spot the most relevant things, rather than those being hidden at the bottom and potentially missed. Don’t neglect the structure either; if you’re moving sector or changing career then there is no point having your current role top of the list! Identify your transferable skills, and make your CV relevant.

  1. Make sure it’s clear and easy to read.

Unlike Da Vinci, you don’t need to write your CV with a quill and ink. When it comes to formatting your CV, make sure you choose a modern font such as Calibri, rather than Times New Roman. These fonts have more white space around them, making them easier to read and less of a headache for potential employers to decipher!

  1. Think of yourself as a product being taken to market!

So often we work with clients who are professional Marketing Specialists, yet find their CVs to be quite bland. Don’t forget that the purpose of your CV is to market yourself! Your CV needs to be exciting and attractive in order to attract the highest bidder.

Case Study

The Brand: Nike

The Product: Trainers

What do you think of when someone says the word Nike? “Just Do It” by any chance? Instead of concentrating their marketing efforts on telling us about how their shoes are engineered, what they’re made out of, how they’re packaged… Nike start off by telling us the benefit. Just do it! Their shoes allow you to just do it. Rather than describing a potentially boring process, they’re telling us how they will change our lives, what they can bring to us. Think of yourself as a product, market yourself effectively with a powerful CV and go out there and sell yourself!

Ok, so perhaps you aren’t Leonardo Da Vinci, or a great inventor… but if you follow our steps and put a little more thought into your CV, then you will secure your dream job in no time at all.

Does your CV need a little more TLC? Get in touch with Career Ambitions today to find out how Lindsey & Katherine could help to coach your CV to the top of the pile.

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A speed bump rather than a roadblock.

It’s the dreaded ‘R’ word: redundancy. We all fear it, and almost half of us will experience it at some point in our careers (according to research).

When roles are made redundant we have found that the people that lose their jobs tend to have an instant knee-jerk reaction. The first thing many people do is start looking for a new job and we find that they ask us to help them with is their CV. We discover that they have already plastered their CV on job boards, sent it to recruitment agencies, and emailed it to every HR manager they know, in the hope that they will find a job quickly.

You may wonder what’s wrong with this approach.

We find that by moving too fast they are actually slowing down their success rate. Sending out multiple unsolicited CVs without having a strategy in mind will inevitably result in countless rejections and negative responses – not a great start to a job hunt! This ‘spray and pray’ approach is unlikely to provide any great long-term career opportunities.

We recommend that when you are being made redundant, instead of turning to the job market right away, take a moment to reflect.

Think of being made redundant as a speed bump.

What’s the purpose of a speed bump? To slow us down. Being made redundant is a golden opportunity to stop, look and re-evaluate where your career is going. Ask yourself these questions:

            – What did I enjoy about my  job?

            – What aspects didn’t I enjoy?

            – What motivates me to work?

            – What would I like to do more of in my new role?

            – What is the market looking for?

Do you really want to replace your old job, like for like? Or could you use this bump in the road to lead your career in a slightly different direction?

Many of our clients come to us in a panic, faced with being made redundant and wondering which road to take. And that’s understandable – it’s a scary prospect! We help our clients acknowledge what they enjoy doing, and what they want to do more of in their careers. Then we ask them to step into the employer’s shoes for a moment – what might they be looking for?

If you’re facing redundancy, don’t be afraid. It may not feel like a positive experience at first, but with the right support and coaching, redundancy is an amazing opportunity. Don’t rush the process and leap into a new job. Taking the time to focus your job search will ultimately result in more positive and long-term results.

Always remember: redundancy is a speed bump, not a roadblock…

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

“Katherine was able to read through me, identify my transferable skills and put words to things I’m good at. It allowed me to have a better understanding of my skills, but also to identify the things I wanted to get from a job. It also helped me not to sound like “please give me a job, anything will do!” My CV has never looked so accurate!” Anthony Blatz

 “I have just started a new role in Project Management this week. I applied for 5 positions in total and received 4 offers!  A big contribution to achieving this was the help and advice I received from you both.  Thank you for your time and assistance over the past few months – I will be recommending you to my contacts. Stephen Lorking, Cambridge

 

Get in touch with Katherine or Lindsey at Career Ambitions today and find out how we can enable you to safely get over the speed bumps to help you accelerate your career or book onto our next Career Clinic.

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What would you give to find a job that you actually enjoyed? To work in a role where you felt challenged, valued and appreciated?

We’ve heard people say that ‘no-one enjoys going to work’ but we can without any doubt confirm that this isn’t true. Because we do! A large reason for this is that we get to work alongside talented professionals to find them a job – and a career – more suited to their skills, and seeing their confidence, motivation and, ultimately, their life improve as a result of this.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  Socrates.

If you’re unhappy in your job, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to be this way.

But remember, it’s you who’s in control of your career. It’s down to you to do something about it to give yourself the career you deserve.

Managing Career Change

Changing career is never easy. It isn’t an exact science.  And it can be done. It is important to be open like a Parachute…it will work better that way! Being open minded means that you will be expanding your horizons.

Here are a few things to consider if you’re either contemplating or are in the early stages of changing your career:

  • Don’t try to change everything at once. If you hate your current job, it may feel like the best solution to jump out with both feet, but something this big does require a degree of planning, and a calm, considered mental state. Do the necessary research / training before making a clean break.
  • Seek help. Discuss things with others who have either previously switched career, or are in the process of doing so. Swap tips and encouragement; this support will really spur you on. Go to network events so that you meet new people and get a different perspective. Use professional career support to ensure that changing careers is what you really want and how to make that move.
  • Invest in yourself.  It’s remarkable how many people will make superficial purchases but won’t invest in the most important commodity of all – themselves. Think about courses, qualifications and professional coaching, which will provide more structure to the whole career change process.
  • Re-write your CV. CV’s are all different and a ‘good’ CV doesn’t necessarily follow the same format – here are some tips on what makes a CV great (not just good). Don’t be afraid to be creative on your CV; employers are starting to think differently and are increasingly interested in motivation and attitude. What’s interesting about you?
  • Keep going!  It can be challenging, however all the hard work, setbacks and stress will ultimately be worth it. This quote from Helen Keller is particularly apt:

“Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles — a delight in climbing rugged paths, which you would perhaps never know if you did not sometime slip backward — if the road was always smooth and pleasant.”

What Career Discovery

At Career Ambitions, we pride ourselves in working with you. We are not a recruitment agency or even a HR specialist. We simply work alongside YOU to enable you to find the career of your dreams.

Throughout your career change process, we will be with you every step of the way, to ensure that you find yourself a job and a career which you enjoy.

The first step of this process is an all-day What Career Discovery workshop on Monday 28 April that will provide you with the confidence, skills and, above all, the knowledge to set you on the way to the career of your dreams. You will be part of a small group of 6 people ensuring that you receive suitable tailored careers support.

The event forms the heartbeat of our wider What Career Programme, which also includes access to our Premium Career Ambitions Club, a one-hour post-workshop coaching session to help implement your career plan and extra optional exercises and resources to enable you to identify a variety of career ideas.

The event is taking place in Peterborough and represents a great investment for YOU and your career. Discounted early bird rates are available until 20 April, but places are extremely limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

To find out more information and book your place, visit the Event brite page or contact us via support@careeramabitions.co.uk or 01223 633535.

 

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Recruitment has changed drastically in the past five years. For many organisations, a CV is no longer enough. Companies are taking out their own independent research before shortlisting candidates and the first place they look is online.

What information about you is readily available for all to see online?

What does it say about you?

And are you switching recruiters on or off?

 

Social media has altered the world of recruitment in a number of different ways:

Online Brand and Networking

About 60% of jobs are secured through networking. This remarkable statistic may be of particular surprise to the individuals and organisations that still rely on the traditional covering letter/CV.

Jerome Ternynck, CEO of SmartRecruiters, says that CV’s have now evolved into profiles. With a CV, there is no context built around it. Through the use of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook profiles, hiring managers can get a sense of your social footprint to help provide a three dimensional view of potential candidates.

Do’s and Don’ts

Be careful what you post online.

If your Facebook account is full of photos of you’d rather your employer didn’t see and your Twitter profile contains posts critising your current boss  and place of employment, how likely are you to get to the top of the interview pile?

 ‘Applying’ for Jobs

Arguably the biggest change of all is that candidates no longer need to ‘actively’ express an interest in a job to be approached by a company or recruiter. This is particularly common on LinkedIn which offers a fantastic opportunity to all of its 200million+ global users to be approached by recruiters with worthwhile jobs that they may not have otherwise seen.

LinkedIn and Career Networking Masterclass

How would you like to unlock the full potential of your online career brand?  I’m sure you already know that LinkedIn and other social networking tools are only as good as the effort you spend on them. If you hardly ever sign-in and have a picture-less ‘profile’ that contains your name and current job title, don’t be surprised that you’re not seeing any action!

We are hosting a LinkedIn and Career Networking Masterclass in Cambridge on March 28 which will illustrate the changes in the way recruiters and employers are now approaching candidates and show how you can maximise your online profile so that you can be found rather than trawling job boards and knocking on recruiters’ doors.  We will also share effective techniques to concisely summarise your unique skills and personal brand when meeting people face to face.

It is a practical all-day event that will change the way you think about applying for jobs. For more information, click here.

Career Ambitions is dedicated to enabling individuals realise their dreams by finding the career that is most suited to them. Contact us via support@careerambitions.co.uk or 01223 633535 to see how we can help you.

 

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Career management is such a dynamic and varied field – at Career Ambitions we strive to keep all our clients abreast of changes and progression opportunities in the world of work.

November may only just be underway, but we’re already starting to plan our Training & Workshop Agenda for 2014.

2014 wish list

And we need YOUR help!

Whether you’ve attended one of the 20 events we’ve hosted in 2013 or not, we are keen to hear what you think would help you to manage your career more proactively!

Mentioned below are some of the events and workshops we’ve hosted so far in 2013, categorised into three sections: Career Preparation, What Career, and Executive Spotlight Sessions.

We are very grateful if you could answer the following questions and share your thoughts with us at support@careerambitions.co.uk

  • Which events that we’ve hosted in the last 12 months would you like more of?
  • What do you want to learn more about?
  • Can you suggest any career-related events that we’ve not hosted in 2013 that you’d like to see?
  • Is there anything missing that you think should be added to our 2014 schedule?

Career Preparation

Our Career Skills Workshops were primarily aimed at individuals who were facing redundancy, or had recently been made redundant. These interactive sessions enabled our clients to feel empowered to rebuild their confidence, and experience powerful insights into how to use their transferable skills to stand out from other candidates.

Workshops specifically looked at taking the fear out of Job Interviews, Writing a Powerful CV,  Networking the 21st Century way – Using Linkedin.

Feedback Received

“The skills you taught me were invaluable. So thank you – it gave me a big confidence boost.” Melanie-Jane, Cambridge.

 

“I picked up lots of useful tips, even though I have been employed for more than 40 years!”  Kevin, Cambridge.

 

“Without exaggeration, I would like to say that Monday’s workshop was one the most useful days of 2013. I learnt a great deal.” Bharat, Cambridge.

What Career?

These workshops were for people who were unhappy in their job, at a career crossroads or reassessing their career path. Our clients found clarity about what makes them tick and the tools to turn their career ideas into reality.

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“I now have a clear idea about what it is I shine at and what it is I want to aim for. I have even been offered a job! I recommend this What Career workshop to ANYONE who has reached an impasse with their career.” Jane, Peterborough.

Executive Spotlight Sessions

Our Executive Spotlight sessions are half-day events which are designed to help professionals look at – and improve – a particular element of their careers.

Topics for our Executive Spotlight sessions included a “How to” series on Getting Found on LinkedIn, First Impressions, Reducing your Money Worries, Utilising Recruitment Consultants to your Advantage, Presenting like Steve Jobs and, most recently, Dealing with Difficult Conversations in the workplace.

These Spotlight Sessions also included guest speakers with vast experience in their particular field.

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“Lindsey and Katherine bring so much to each session they deliver.” Sarah, St Neots.

 

“It’s a very encouraging event where people of all skills and background are given the chance to present and receive constructive feedback in safe hands.”  Ivan, Cambridge.

What do you think? Which of these sessions would appeal to you – and is there anything we’ve missed? Whether you’ve attended one of our events or not, please let us know how we can help you accelerate your career!

You can email your thoughts to support@careerambitions.co.uk, comment below or tweet us @AmbitionsClub

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