3 Essential Skills Graduates Need


My "Inbox Question of the Day" today comes from an individual asking the question, "Tell me the essential skills graduates need". If you're talking about professional skills—then of course skills can be as wide and broad as the occupations for which a graduate can apply. However, I've narrowed it down to three big-picture attributes, and those skills are just not Read More

Linkedin inMail Best Practice to Bypass HR


An email asking about LinkedIn inMail best practice arrived in my inbox this week. The job seeker was exploring the merits of contacting the managing director of a large company directly via LinkedIn's inMail. In doing so, he hoped to elevate his chances of bypassing HR by striking up a relationship with the previously unknown MD. Now, everyone these days (including me) Read More

So what is the dress code for interviews?

so what is the dress code for interviews

Saw this status update on Facebook today. *Fred (name changed) seemed miffed that he was overdressed for interview. "Walked into an interview today, clean shaven and wearing a jacket and tie" he said. "Both men on the panel had beards and were wearing open-necked shirts. I obviously didn't get the memo about the dress code" he lamented, clearly feeling disadvantaged Read More

Changing Careers : Are you being realistic?

Changing Careers

Changing careers can be fun, scary, and often impossible without the right education or know-how. Wanting to pursue a new career and convincing yourself that you can do the job due to a tenuous link to it, may seem like a 'no brainer' to you, but to the people who are making the choices, no amount of presenting the information in a compelling way can make up for what is Read More

LinkedIn Summaries for Job seekers

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When writing LinkedIn Summaries for job seekers, I subscribe to the people-focused approach—never write anything you wouldn't say to another person face-to-face! LinkedIn is all about personal connections. As I view your smiling face on my screen, I don't want to read: "John is a personable manager, with an engaging personality and a track record of delivering Read More

Using Twitter for Job Search (without the angst)

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When  jobseekers hear the word 'networking', they envisage a time-consuming, extravaganza of events that will see them endlessly schmoozing an array of strangers; debasing themselves by asking for help, embarrassing the people they speak with by setting the expectation for quick results, and finding themselves becoming the type of fake 'salesman' they never wanted to Read More

Getting ahead in business: 7 life lessons for young people

Very happy businessman

Recently, I was asked to think about the top seven life lessons that young people getting established in their career should know about getting ahead in business. . I came up with eight... here's what I said: . 1. Never be afraid to talk to people. If there is one thing that holds people back in their careers, it is when they take a passive approach—either to their Read More

LinkedIn Advice for Job Seekers


Will you follow this LinkedIn Advice for job seekers? LinkedIn isn't just a service for job seekers. Get started on LinkedIn before you need to use it. A sudden and unexpected redundancy or sacking means you are constantly playing catch up. Take time to “dig your well before you’re thirsty,” as author Harvey Mackay says. Keep up the maintenance. Your LinkedIn profile Read More

Your LinkedIn Photo—You Must Get it Right

One mean looking guy about to cause problems

Are you getting your Linkedin photo right? LinkedIn is the window to your next job; to the career-changing next relationship, to new opportunities and friends. Your LinkedIn photo says to the world, "This is my public face; if you hire me this is what you will see every day, and this is will be the impact I have on your team and the people around me". Frankly, a lot of Read More

Over 50s JobSeekers: personal branded Twitter bio ideas

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Twitter bio ideas Today's jobseekers can leverage a confusing array of services and technologies—from LinkedIn and Twitter, to job boards, automatic resume distribution services and more. When used strategically as part of a larger framework, social media can help build your network, help you stand out and get the attention of recruiters looking for someone just like Read More