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Making first impressions count

Making first impressions count is vital when looking for a new role. Before they meet you most employers will take have built a picture of you from a variety of sources. They will have looked at your CV and probably your LinkedIn profile. They may have received a summary from a recruitment agent.  Of course Read more about Making first impressions count[…]

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Networking for job seekers – top 5 tips 

Networking is one of the most effective activities if you are looking a new role and is a skill every job seeker should develop.  Networking has a number of advantages. It can help you find out about jobs before they are widely advertised. Often jobs aren’t advertised at all and networking is an effective way Read more about Networking for job seekers – top 5 tips […]

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How to negotiate your starting salary

Discussing money is always a delicate matter. As the recent gender pay gap revelations at the BBC shows, salaries can vary a great deal between two very similar roles. This variance is prevalent across all sectors and professions. To keep the salary for new positions ‘hush hush’ it’s not uncommon for job adverts to state Read more about How to negotiate your starting salary[…]

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I’ve got a job offer. Now what?

It is nice to be wanted. And career-wise nothing sends a stronger message than a job offer. Getting an offer is to be celebrated. There may have been hundreds of applicants and you’re the one who has been chosen. It tells you your CV was pretty impressive and your interview skills were better than others. Read more about I’ve got a job offer. Now what?[…]

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Career Transition vs Outplacement

The terms career transition and outplacement are often used in an interchangeable manner. While we call ourselves outplacement specialists some of our competitors refer to themselves as providing career transition services, others simply use both. But what is the difference? For me they are both two sides of the same coin, that coin being career Read more about Career Transition vs Outplacement[…]

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How to manage a remote team.

Since we moved to a virtual working model in 2016 the question I get asked the most is, ‘how do you manage people when they’re spread all over the country?’  And it’s a valid question, and one that will no doubt be asked of leaders more often in the future, as more organisations implement remote Read more about How to manage a remote team.[…]

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Top 3 tips to survive when hiring decisions dry up

I’ve spoken to a number of senior execs over the last few weeks and they’ve all told me the same thing. Hiring decisions have slowed dramatically. Things seem to be following a typical pattern, during times of uncertainty things slow down. More than a year on and Brexit, in whatever form it takes, is with Read more about Top 3 tips to survive when hiring decisions dry up[…]

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Thinking about working from home? Six things to consider

Chiumento is a ‘virtually virtual’ business. Over 80% of our team now work permanently from home and that will increase further in the months ahead. Much has already been said about the benefits of a virtual business. For example, one of our team recently wrote a blog explaining the difference it has made to her Read more about Thinking about working from home? Six things to consider[…]