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slow but sureBrexit is causing serious job industry uncertainty. Will there be jobs available? Will companies make redundancies here and move abroad? Are recruiting managers looking for robots instead of humans?

Many candidates have told me that they are worrying that the job market is slowing down due to Brexit. But what real evidence do they have? It seems to me that recruitment agencies are scaremongering!

With uncertainty comes opportunity.

I believe that with uncertainty comes opportunity. During the last economic crisis, we saw companies close, but we also saw successes. Companies who were able to ride the waves of the crash, and candidates who were able to succeed in securing new jobs (and excelling in those roles).

In times of uncertainty, as a candidate you have to make things happen. In order to succeed in the job market, you need to go out there and be proactive! Here are a few things to do to keep your job search moving as we enter 2019…

Dedicate time to networking. 

I’m not talking about one minute elevator pitches or joining a whole heap of expensive networking groups. Throughout your career, no matter how settled you are, you should always be networking. Building contacts, talking to real people in the industry. It’s those people who will be best placed to make connections, give you information and advice when you next find yourself job seeking! And they will have a real life view of how the job market is doing, rather than getting worried about the views of a frustrated recruiter who hasn’t hit their monthly target. Never has there been a truer saying “It’s not what you know it’s who you know.” 

Use LinkedIn and Glassdoor to research the job market.

Most candidates love or hate social media. But LinkedIn is unique, as it is perfectly designed for the job seeker. Use LinkedIn and Glassdoor to do research, and figure out where there is growth. Which industries are hiring, and which aren’t? If your industry isn’t hiring right now, consider how your skills and experience could be applied to a slightly different role or industry. Perhaps a career change isn’t something you were considering, but when you drill down into your reasons for leaving your current job, you might realise a change of scenery isn’t such a bad thing…

Come and talk to me!

As a career management coach, I know exactly what’s going on in the world of recruitment and in the job market. What we’re finding is that there are less advertised jobs. In times of uncertainty, companies are cautious about hiring. They know that a failed hire could cost them badly, and often don’t want to take any risks. Jobs are often advertised internally, or through their network, rather than publicly. This is where having a good network is key! Knowing how to market yourself and make an impact is vital at times like this, so that you are in the forefront of people’s minds when they are looking for talent.

The questions we would cover together are:

  • What is your job seeking strategy?
  • How are you positioning yourself currently?
  • Would you be a recruitment manager’s first choice?

It may just need a few tweaks before you find yourself being offered your dream job!

If you’re not sure which career direction to go in, or you’re having difficulty in the job market please get in touch. Every day I work with candidates and help them to identify and secure jobs that motivate, inspire and challenge them. Is that what you’re looking for?

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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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If job applications were reviewed as a series of tick boxes, we would all be out of work.

Why? Employers don’t always know what they’re looking for. Job descriptions often become a list of skills and requirements that put the right candidates off, and no perfect match is found.

It’s time to look beyond the lists, beyond the labels, and see that we are more than all that. The key to securing your ideal new role? You need to learn to S.U.R.F.

S = SkillfulAldara surfing

U = Unconscious

R = Relevant

F = Flexible

What does S.U.R.F.ing have to do with your job search?

Read on, and we really hope you enjoy the ride…

S. = Skillful

If someone asked you “what do you do?” how would you answer? You will probably answer with a label. “I’m a teacher” “I’m a scientist” “I’m a….” But does that label really describe all that you are? Labels narrow down our options and often stop us from applying for jobs that could actually be a perfect fit.

We need to be skillful at identifying our skills! One of the main reasons I see for people being unmotivated in their careers is because they neglect to see half of the skills that they have. If they can’t see them, how will a potential employer?

It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with what you’ve got!

S.U. = Unconscious  

We all have skills that are innate. Those things we do without even thinking about it – that we wouldn’t necessarily add to the skills section on our CV (and that’s where the problem lies!). What motivates you at a deeper level? Knowing yourself and what makes you tick is an extremely attractive quality in a candidate.

Ask yourself what’s important to you? What gives you the greatest buzz at work and makes you excited? If money was no object, what would you really love to do?

Remember, it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with what you’ve got!

 S.U.R. = Relevant

Now that you’ve identified those hidden skills and motivations, you need to make them relevant to the job market. They may not match the exact skills listed on a job description, so it’s time to delve deeper and discover what your unique skills and experience could bring to an organization.

Step into the shoes of the employer and try to read between the lines of their job description. You may not be a perfect fit for the skills they’ve listed as ‘required’, but how could your skills actually provide answers and solutions to their problems?

What are their strengths and weaknesses? What are the external opportunities and threats for the organisation? Now do the same exercise on yourself. What are the strengths you have that might minimize their weaknesses and threats? What have you got that will enable them to take advantage of an opportunity.

Tailor your CV and cover letter accordingly, and send it off with confidence. By offering a solution to the initial problems posed by the job description, you are going above and beyond and demonstrating to the employer how skillful you are.

Always remember, it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with what you’ve got!

S.U.R.F. = Flexible

The key to S.U.R.F.ing your way to a new career, is to be more flexible. Whilst job descriptions can often appear rigid with a list of non-negotiable skills and expertise, you don’t need to be the same! Experiment with new career ideas, try new roles and embrace change. Your skills are far more flexible than you may think! Keep your mind open to the possibility that you may be suited to a role that you would have previously dismissed.

One last time, it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with what you’ve got!

Learning to S.U.R.F. is easier than you might have thought!

It doesn’t have to be sink or swim. Ride the waves of the job market and find a career that leaves you excited, motivated, and looking forward to Monday mornings…

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The world of job seeking has been transformed by the introduction of social media websites such as LinkedIn. With over 500 million users, and two new members joining every second, LinkedIn dominates as the job seekers social site. 

LinkedIn_graphicHas LinkedIn replaced the need for the humble CV? The answer is no – not yet at any rate. Why? The two are really quite different. Read on… 

CVs and LinkedIn Profiles have different purposes. 

Recruiters spend on average just 6 seconds looking at each CV they receive, so it’s a seriously limited time and space in which to impress. For this reason, CVs should be role specific, tailored to each and every job that you’re applying for. They use more formal, third person language (no use of I or My).

On the other hand, LinkedIn is an online portfolio designed to sell you. It’s colourful, allows for slightly less formal language with first-person allowed, and more in-depth descriptions and posts. It’s your space to link to projects, share graphics, results and achievements that will help to demonstrate your well-rounded skills and career expertise. They need to reveal more about you as a person, rather than just a job history and list of skills! 

Unfortunately for over-stretched candidates, it’s important to have both! 

While a cover letter and smashing CV is your foot in the door, 94% of recruiters follow up by using LinkedIn to vet potential candidates. So even if your CV is incredible, if you have an outdated, unprofessional LinkedIn profile its unlikely you’ll stand a chance against the competition.

Your CV and your LinkedIn profile shouldn’t just be duplicates. Use these two platforms to create a 360 degree view of you,

Don’t panic, we have put together our top tips to ensure that your LinkedIn profile secures you your dream job… 

Top Tips for LinkedIn Success: 

– Your photo. It can’t be a cropped out selfie or you on a night out. While LinkedIn is a fraction more informal than a CV, you still need to create a professional looking profile. How recent is it? No good having a photo of you from 10 years ago! 

– First impressions. The design of your LinkedIn profile has changed, and viewers now see less information on first click. Your headline is just 120 characters, so it needs to be short and sharp and sell you! It’s your place to brand yourself. What are you all about? Don’t mention that you’re currently unemployed or looking for new opportunities. These phrases as a huge turn off for employers … 

– Paint a picture of you. While CVs have to be kept concise, LinkedIn allows a little more room for vivid description. Think of this as your online portfolio where you can add digital media, links to websites, graphics, presentations… even videos! Unlike a CV, your LinkedIn profile isn’t tailored for a specific job application or role, so show how diverse your skill set and interests really are.    

– Keywords really are key. When recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn to look for potential candidates, they do a keyword search. Based on the job description and key requirements, they will ask LinkedIn to filter their results. Make sure your LinkedIn profile features the keywords relevant to your industry or the role you are looking for. 

– Real recommendations. A much more efficient version of ‘references’ on a CV! A place where real people can leave real endorsements and recommendations. These build up a picture of you and your work history, making you more trustworthy. The more recommendations you have, the more you will stand out against other candidates. 

– Engage. Remember, LinkedIn is a SOCIAL media channel, so get social! Engage with your connections, comment on their posts, ask questions and get involved in conversations relating to your industry and interests. If you want to, write an article to publish on LinkedIn. This will help to assert your authority and again, build up a picture of you and demonstrate your skills.

But whatever you do, don’t neglect your CV! 

While LinkedIn may appear to have taken over the job seeking market, CVs are still just as important. Don’t forget to keep yours updated whenever you change your LinkedIn. Invest time in tailoring your CV to each and every job you apply for – it may seem like a lot of effort but your success rates will be much higher. Hiring professionals can smell a ‘scatter-gun’ approach from a mile off!

If you’re left feeling out of touch and left behind, get in touch. We specialise in helping candidates to secure their ideal role and we’re ready to share the secrets with you! Just email Katherine on  or call 01223 633535.

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The Times They Are A-Changing: 65% of employers looking to recruit in 2015, are you ready?

shutterstock_234381154 we're hiring2015 is already looking like an extremely busy year for the job market. A recent study found that 65% of employers will be looking to recruit over the next few months[1], as positions open up and companies begin to expand once again. So it’s no surprise that as the job market begins to rock, so do people’s careers; it is estimated that a huge 37% of people are looking to change job in 2015 [2] and take advantage of these new opportunities. But how many of them are ready to tackle a job hunt?

For many, it will have been a while since that dusty old CV was retrieved from the desk and shown to human life. Or perhaps it’s time to change job… but what direction will you go in? Career Ambitions has put together a month of events tailored especially for you – to help you prepare to enter the job market and take advantage of the fantastic opportunities that are arising.

– Wednesday 4th March: The Job Show Cambridge

Looking for a job in Digital Marketing, Technology or IT? Join us at The Job Show Cambridge, where will be ready and waiting to check out your CV and see if it’s falling to bits or still has plenty of byte! Find out more.

– Monday 16th March: Writing Powerful CVs Workshop

Your CV is the first step to securing your dream job, so it’s vital that it’s an accurate and colourful representation of you that will really sell you to potential employers! If yours is lacking sparkle, then it’s time to give it a little love. Learn all the secrets behind putting together the perfect CV at our workshop on Monday 16th March. Book your place today.

– Friday 27th March: What Career Discovery Workshop

If you’re planning on joining the 37% looking to change job in 2015 but unsure what direction to take, then our What Career Discovery workshop was made for you. We will find out what your career means to you, what skills you enjoy using and what your ideal working environment is. You will leave the workshop with a clear direction in mind, and a plan of action that will help bring that dream into reality! Book your place now.

With so many exciting job opportunities on the horizon, now is the time to act! What are you waiting for?

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 support you.

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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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We are delighted to be able to announce that we have now finalised our workshop programme for the second half of the summer.

By using our own vast experience as career coaches and utilising the knowledge of industry experts, we can use these sessions to give you tailored coaching that can help you to progress your career to the highest level possible and, ultimately, help you to find the job that your skills deserve.

In addition to this Wednesday’s Writing Powerful CV’s Workshop, we are also hosting two sessions on Thursday 15 August and, finally, an Executive Spotlight session on Monday 9 September which will teach you how to present like Steve Jobs!

We always keep our workshops and Spotlight sessions extremely varied, covering as many themes and subjects as possible. We understand that everyone works individually and that we all have different strengths and weaknesses and different things we want to work on to progress our careers.

As a result, we are confident that there is something in our new Summer Glow programme for everyone, whether you are looking for a new job, wanting to enhance your existing skills and progress your career, or are even contemplating a change of career.

Interview with Impact – Thursday 15 August (am)

So many talented professionals miss out at the interview stage of the application process, not because they’re not suited to the job they’re applying for, but because they struggle with nerves and can’t show their prospective employer that this is the job for them.

Does this sound like you? Are you panicked by the thought of a job interview?

After the success of our recent ‘life-changing’ interview workshops, we are hosting another half-day Masterclass which will take away interview-related stress, give genuine practice of interview situations and leave you confident about making a (positive) impact at any job interview you’re likely to face.

To find out more, see what previous attendees of these sessions have to say and book your place, click here.

Executive Career Spotlight: How to Manage your Recruitment Consultant – Thursday 15 August (pm)

In the latest of our Executive Career Spotlight sessions, you can hear from – and quiz – a leading Cambridge recruiter, Richard DeNetto of Whitehill Pelham, on how you can utilise the services of recruitment consultants effectively.

For just £20, you will also be given job searching tips from two career management coaches and the chance to find out how leading recruiters make decisions and how you can get the best out of your relationship with them in order to get the job you want.

If you’re looking for – or contemplating looking for – a new job, it also represents a great, affordable chance to meet-up with one of Cambridge’s leading recruiters!

To find out more and book your place, click here.

Executive Career Spotlight: How to Present like Steve Jobs – Monday 9 September

Many believe that good presenters are born, not made. This is not true.

Unless you are extremely blessed, powerful talks don’t just ‘happen’. One of the most inspiring presenters of recent times, Steve Jobs, undoubtedly evolved as a public speaker as time wore-on and extensively prepared for any talk.

This spotlight session will show how you can present like Steve Jobs and give you the confidence you need to present in-front of audiences of all sizes.

To find out more and book your place, click here.

Give your career that summer glow!

Whether you are struggling with job interviews, unsure of how to work alongside recruiters or lacking confidence when it comes to public speaking, it’s important to give yourself the tools you need in order to progress your career.

In particular, these sessions are aimed at people who:

  • Are looking for a job
  • Want to enhance their skills
  • Are in-danger of redundancy, or those who have recently been made redundant
  • Are Professionals considering a change of career
  • Want to make an impact in their career
  • Are recent graduates and wanting to get ahead of the rest.

We all want to go as far as possible in our careers, want to achieve more and, of course, earn as much money as possible.  What are you doing to boost your career?

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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When the word ‘Outplacement’ is uttered, what is the first thing that springs to your mind?

  1. Helpful?
  2. Waste of Time?

If you answered 2.), that’s perfectly understandable. Because, when outplacement is managed badly, it often is a complete waste of time and expense.

You may have previously experienced this kind of outplacement ‘help’, or been offered outplacement support by your current employer and are sceptical of its benefits.

The issue with outplacement is that some organisations see it simply as a box-ticking exercise. They will offer an already-disgruntled and stressed employee half-baked ‘support’ that contains no real relevance to their needs. It isn’t tailored to them. It is help for the sake of it. Purely and simply, it just isn’t enough.

This sort of box-ticking exercise-type support leaves many talented professionals leaving their outplacement training feeling even more disillusioned than they felt before it started. And it leaves them believing that outplacement – per se – is a complete waste of time.

However we are fortunate to work with Organisations that care a great deal about their employees’ future even though that future may no longer be with them.

Outplacement – your one-stop shop

We’ve previously discussed how, when managed properly, outplacement doesn’t have to be the nightmare scenario it initially appears. It can be managed with sensitivity and flexibility.

At Career Ambitions, we have worked alongside countless talented professionals to help them to re-build their confidence, skills and, ultimately, their career.

And we can offer that support around the clock.

Our online Career Ambitions Club has three different levels, enabling you to choose the length and level support that you feel you need.

It offers:

 

  • Tailored help
  • Online interactive exercises
  • Hands-on action plans
  • A chance to have face-to-face coaching and take part in a range of interactive workshops.

In our experience, employees who are at risk of redundancy need as much support as they can and one of the many functions in our online Career Ambitions Club is a Job Search and Job Alert facility. This means that professionals can now use this one-stop shop to explore a new career, prepare their CV with our step by step guide, job search, create an action plan to do each day/week and talk to career coaches, fellow delegates or colleagues to share ideas.

 Career Ambitions gave me clarity and support in just a few sessions that equated to significantly more help than 9 months with a global outplacement company that I know my former employer paid some £10k for!

 

The help I received around understanding myself, preparing my CV, coaching on interview approaches has all been instrumental in my landing an executive role.   

 

Al Shah, Social Media Project Manager, GroupM.

Outplacement will never be unanimously popular, as there are so many instances where it is done so badly that it will put individuals off the entire concept for life.

However, one of the numerous differences here is that we don’t just care solely about outplacement – we want to help individuals to shape their career and ensure that they are doing something that they’re not only suited to, but that they enjoy.

Our mission is to “Support tailored to you delivered to you by experienced professionals who genuinely care about your career.” Now, isn’t that what outplacement is really about?

Sound interesting? Find out more about our Outplacement Services or visit the Career Ambitions Club.

What do you think? Have you had a good or bad outplacement experience in the past? What have you found useful – and what’s been a complete nightmare? Comment below or tweet us @AmbitionsClub (use the hash-tag #club) with your experiences and views on outplacement.

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The recruitment process has changed. Which means that so too has job hunting.

According to recent reports, 80% of today’s jobs are secured through networking. And as the online networking tool for professionals, LinkedIn is at the very centre of this process.

In other words, if you’re not already maximising LinkedIn’s capabilities, it’s time to get started.

LinkedIn has become the first place many recruiters go to find – and approach – their preferred candidates, meaning that passive candidates can become active at any time.

This means that, simply by fully utilising LinkedIn, you are always keeping your career options open.

As LinkedIn’s role within the professional industry continues to grow, so too do its functions and capabilities. For example, did you know that there are now seven ways of job searching using this social network?

In our upcoming Job-searching and Career Management LinkedIn Masterclass, we will show just how crucial LinkedIn is in today’s job hunt. By the end of the session, you will have a full understanding of all of LinkedIn’s superb job-searching functions to help you find those “hidden” jobs, as well as enabling you to be found by recruiters.

If you’re on LinkedIn but can’t find relevant advertised and unadvertised job opportunities, you want to know how to raise your visibility and be found by head-hunters and potential employers, or are unaware of the importance of social media in today’s job hunt, this Masterclass is for you.

“Having spent only 3 hours with Lindsey and Katherine, I leave energised and excited about the opportunities I may create for myself through utilising the LinkedIn network properly.” Douglas Main, Bourne, Lincs.

This practical ‘hands-on’ half-day workshop is taking place on Wednesday 22 May and will show you how you can:

  • Utilise LinkedIn effectively to have the best chance of finding career opportunities
  • Maximise your online profile
  • Be found by employees and head-hunters
  • Learn more about LinkedIn’s powerful database filters to search for opportunities
  • Find advertised and unadvertised jobs in seven different ways
  • And so much more!

The cost of this Masterclass is £80 and includes refreshments, resources and the use of a laptop. Prior booking is essential. Places are very limited so booking early is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

“After today’s training I feel I can use LinkedIn as a job search tool.”  Moira, Stamford

Click here for more information or contact Katherine or Lindsey at support@CareerAmbitions.co.uk or 01223 633535 to book your place.

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A Job Interview is no longer as formulaic as it once was. Just as the recruitment process is changing, so too is job interviewing.

While some organisations still prefer a standard face-to-face Q & A-style conversation, many are now venturing into the newest recruitment trends of 2013: Challenge-based Interview and Video Interview.

This means that you now have to be prepared for all manner of interview styles, processes and interview-related tasks.

Challenge-based Interview

Many recruiters no longer see an interview as enough of a gauge that you can do a job, so may ask you to perform a task (or a number of tasks) that are designed for you to prove that you can do the job you are applying for.

Occasionally, these will be performed ahead of the interview but they will also regularly take place at the actual interview and, often, you will have no indication as to what the challenge is until you get to the interview.

For example, if you’re applying for a social media role, you may be required to pre-prepare a 300-word document specifying how you plan to use social media to boost the organisation. Alternatively, you might be asked as a potential Operations Manager to go and sit with your would-be team for 30 minutes, assess three areas where process / operational improvements can be made and return to the interview panel with your recommendations.

Whatever your chosen industry, it’s important that you’re prepared for the interview itself, AND for any challenges you may be asked to undertake at a job interview. By being invited to the interview, the organisation has seen things in your application that they like. All you need to do is to ensure that you’re suitably equipped to back up your words should any related challenges arise.

Video Interview

Another growing trend amongst recruiters is the use of video interviews.

These can often take place before the ‘main’ interview, giving recruiters and organisations a chance to vet candidates in the same way that a telephone interview is used.

These can take place in a variety of ways, either via Skype – effectively a telephone interview; conducted face-to-face via webcam with your prospective employer – or recruiters may ask you to send a video presentation, instead of the more common written application.

Though this is currently something that remains fairly rare and industry-specific, it is likely to become more common as we find ourselves venturing deeper into the digital age.

If you are asked to either attend a video interview or create some form of video presentation to support your job application, it’s important that you don’t let the ‘video’ element distract you.  Prepare as you normally would for any job interview.

This means researching the company and role, ensuring that any sloppy mistakes are removed (edited out) and dressing as you would for any face-to-face interview.

It’s also important to consider your body language and be positive! If your prospective employer is wading through a number of video presentations or conducting a lot of video interviews, energy and enthusiasm will go a long way to ensuring that you stand-out from the crowd.

For more free advice on how to prepare for and manage job interviews, click here. For detailed interview advice, visit the newly-launched Career Ambitions Club.

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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