Spin these 4 Common Job Hunting Weaknesses to Positives

Most job seekers dread candidacy weakness questions because they do not want to attract attention to their negative attributes and spoil their chances for the job. However, a weakness can be seen as an area of untapped potential rather than a personal deficiency. For this reason, several approaches can be taken in answering questions about your weaknesses.

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Enrich Your CV with Your Experience

Being employed for an extended period of time is a good thing. However, you want to avoid appearing out-of-touch or old on your CV. Instead, learn how to phrase your experience as a huge benefit to the company you’re applying at now. Don’t Stop Learning A concern that employers have about employees who have worked

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Is the Writing on the Wall for Your Job?

Sometimes the writing is on the wall, but you just can’t seem to see it. There are sure signs that, when combined, are strong hints that you should consider switching jobs. You can resolve some issues through work and cooperation. And by all means, pursue that first. But there are some areas that can’t be

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6 Tips for a Great Phone Interview

With so many people applying for the same job, phone interviews are still something that employers use to narrow the field a bit more. Understanding how to stand out, even in a phone interview, will greatly help in taking that next step towards the job. Take your phone interview seriously by implementing these six tips.

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Avoidable Jobseeker Mistakes

A jobseeker’s journey can be a long winding road with numerous hurdles and many ups and downs. Some people head into job seeking blindly, thinking that it’s just a matter of applying for X job with your CV, to land a dream job. If only things were this easy, the job seeking market is more

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Have Some Fun! Round-Out Your CV

Usually, the words “fun” and “CV” would never be combined unless you were a down-and-out clown looking to do some birthday parties. You don’t have to be in the entertainment industry to enjoy bulking up your resume while between jobs or with an eye towards a job switch. You’ve probably heard the advice that you

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The 5 Questions To Ask In A Job Interview

When you ask questions at the close of your job interview you show the interviewer you were listening. You convey your interest in the company and showcase what a good fit to the team you would be. Your questions garner insight into how you would fit into a specific role and where you would devote your energy. Questions are critical to the success of your interview.

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So…. Tell me about yourself?

Yes, it’s the dreaded first interview question, the question that has you frantically searching in your memory banks and experiencing your professional life flash in front of your eyes. Surely it should be the easiest question you get asked in your interview, but sometimes, explaining yourself in a professional and interesting way can be as

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Take a Positive Approach to your next Interview

So, let’s set the scene, you’ve arrived crazy early sitting in the waiting room, contemplating whether your heart is literally about to beat out of your chest, a ton of bricks couldn’t prevent your leg from shaking at this speed and there isn’t enough water in Niagara Falls to quince your dry mouth. Yes, you’ve guessed

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7 Stress-Relieving Interview Tips

Whether it’s your first interview or your tenth, there are always ways you can improve your interview skills. Interviews can be intimidating, and a lot of pressure may hang on them. However, with some preparation and forethought, you can take the stress out of your interviews and perhaps even have some fun. Here are seven

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4 Critical Interview Mistakes

At last! You’ve finally scored an interview with that company that is a perfect fit and has the job you love. Don’t detract from that victory by making mistakes that could cost you the job. Avoid these four things at all costs. Arriving late You should build time into your travel to account for this.

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Make Someone Feel Really Special

2016 is continuing to see a rise in the level of job creation in Ireland, particularly among foreign headquartered multinational companies. Recently IDA posted a  66% year-on-year rise in job creation adding 12,000 net jobs, the highest in its 67 year history. Employment at overseas companies now stands at 187,056. The ability to source skilled

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THINKING ABOUT A NEW JOB ?

Often when we think about looking for a new job we can feel stumped and overwhelmed when we contemplate how to begin the process, who to engage and how to really, really recognise what this New Job might look like and how to make choices – how do you figure out what is the right

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Interview Types and Techniques

In recent years there has been a major increase in the use of Behavioural or Competency Based Interviews. What are Competency/ Behavioural Based Interviews? These interviews are made up of a number of targeted questions that require interviewees to describe specific tasks or situations. Competency/ Behavioural Based Interviews work on the belief that the best

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Your Guide to Making a Cross-Industry Move

Browsing through job descriptions, it’s easy to get the impression that many fields are incredibly siloed. Finance organisations all seem to want finance experience, while the technology sector seeks candidates from similar technology companies. It begins to look a bit like competing companies are just shuffling talent around between one another – and in a

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Answering the Quitting Question

There could be many different reasons for why you left your last job, or employed, but currently looking for a new opportunity. In an interview, you need to be able to articulate those reasons well without digging yourself into a hole. All About Perspective Whether you were fired, laid off or chose to quit your

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Four Don’ts for Your Resume

Whether you’re accustomed to working with a recruiter or not, there are some things that they—and others—don’t want to see on your resume. With so many resumes coming to them on a daily basis, recruiters want you to cut to the chase. Get rid of the unnecessary parts that bog you down. If you found

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4 Simple Ways to Express Your Strengths

One of the single most dreaded questions during an interview is: “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” The weaknesses part is a discussion all by itself, so today we’re going to look at your strengths. Be specific “I’m a hard worker” is not specific. That’s a very general answer that everyone would claim. Instead,

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Don’t Sweat It

When you’re between jobs, looking for your dream job or just trying to find any job, stress levels can run high. There is plenty that you can stress about in this process, but there are some things that your HR connection doesn’t really care about. So neither should you. Resume Design Unless you’re trying to get

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How to Create a Boring, Generic CV

In some cases, your resume may actually be good and hit all the right points; there might not be anything inherently “wrong” with it. However, it might be the “just fine” nature of resume that’s keeping you from getting noticed. Some of the old standby rules no longer apply and can make your resume seem generic. Here are five things to remove from your resume

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