Application process

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Is it me, or are there increasing numbers of social shares and online pieces about people finding it hard to get a response to a job application, company approaches or a phone call to a recruiter?

I’m hearing the cry: “I’ve sent out hundreds of applications but had literally nothing back. Help!”

Author: 
Frank Hutton

.. not just yet, anyway.

In this world of highly competitive interview and selection procedures, you need to be savvy to gain an upper hand.

CVs are usually not the best way of showing your passion, determination and personality and often it’s apparent work experience, previous employers and qualifications that swing the day in the first round.

So if you're a little lacking in those areas but know you could do a great job, how could you skew things in your favour?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Well, in a few cases it could be three or possibly four words at a stretch.

The words?

Your name.

While it may be obvious to those who have worked in the marketing arena that familiarity (and the trust that comes from it) is a powerful aspect of decision-making for most human beings, it’s possible others are less aware. So read on….

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I seem to remember a (long!) time ago that one of the DIY retail chains used the slogan 'Don't move, improve!' in an effort to get the DIY-inept like myself to purchase wood, plaster and tools to create a mess that would require a real professional to sort out. However, my plea in this instance is likely to result in a better outcome,  as you will be better placed and equipped to undertake the suggested task.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

It could be a stressful day on Thursday 13th August - either because success has meant that the dream of a University place has now become real or because the route you thought you were about to follow now looks doubtful. Don't despair if it's the latter, all is certainly not lost and there are options, if you act fast...

 

 

Author: 
Frank Hutton

When speaking at a recent event, some eyebrows were raised when I claimed that poor recruitment causes motivation problems for a team. The impact of poor recruitment has now been quantified by International recruiters Robert Half.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

NB: I wrote this article some time ago now so LinkedIn has slightly changed it's format. However, the tab you're seeking still exists (top centre on browser version and bottom right on mobile device) so the rest of the article is valid. Happy hunting - Frank

One of the least used parts of LinkedIn could be the most useful to you. I'm constantly finding users for whom it's a major surprise. I wonder if you can guess what it is?

Frank Hutton
Many people are concerned about revealing they are thinking about a potential career move by making adjustments to their LinkedIn profile. You can avoid these being broadcast to the world by downloading and following these simple instructions below.
Frank Hutton
Many people are concerned about revealing they are thinking about a potential career move by making adjustments to their LinkedIn profile. You can avoid these being broadcast to the world by following these simple instructions.
Frank Hutton
Many people are concerned about revealing they are thinking about a potential career move by making adjustments to their LinkedIn profile. You can avoid these being broadcast to the world by following these simple instructions.
Author: 
Frank Hutton

One of the key reasons why people want to change their job is because it’s 'not how it used to be'. Some key reasons for not doing anything about it are that it’s just too complicated, too exhausting or there are just no alternatives that work.

These things are valid and real for many of us. I have a great deal of sympathy if you’re feeling that right now. I’ve felt the same way at times in the past.

These things are also a wake-up call to all of us who are feeling happy, secure and fulfilled in our work.

Frank Hutton
Facebook can give you valuable information that is vita to the job hunting process. Here's how not to miss out and stay safe.
Author: 
Frank Hutton

I hope she’ll forgive me for saying it but my sister is a little nervous around social media. So it was with some surprise that I learned she had decided to get herself a Facebook profile. With the encouragement of my daughters, she’d been convinced that both understanding Facebook and being able to view their posts (photos especially) would make the ‘risk’ worthwhile.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I receive a lot of invitations via LinkedIn to connect up with people. It’s mostly people I’ve never met. Some pundits will advise you to ignore them, but I’ve seen some good things come out of taking a quick look at a person and responding to them to enquire whether there is something with which I can help them.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

There is an incredible amount of advice online about this subject, so I have tried to distil 5 simple principles which will help you whether you earn £12,000 or £120,000 per annum or you’re an artist or a banker. I am assuming that with the improvements in the job market you may well find at least one of these 5 points useful very soon! 

Interested in a marketing career?

It’s a much improved recruitment market as we enter 2014, but it still seems good jobs are hard to come by. In this session Frank will be exploring the breadth of opportunity that the marketing world can offer you and offers practical advice to ensure your career stays on the boil, not on the back burner.

It will be a high energy session with plenty of time for interaction and live, practical questions to ensure everyone comes away with something of value to help them, whatever your level or the stage of your career.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Like it or not, Social Media affects everyone's life. It's become an integral part of entertainment, corporate communication, customer services, business and prospecting and of course, recruitment. You might be shocked to discover it might mean you've missed out on a career opportunity and you don't even know it...

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Poor CVs are ruining the chances of many jobseekers. Thats the assertion of a major survey from the Government's National Careers Service.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Or do you just keep driving around? Or maybe turn the map or Sat Nav upside down just in case it might seem clearer?

 

Author: 
Mark Williams

There has been a lot written about how to handle an interview, but I always find that doing the simple things is always the best advice. You have clearly already impressed the company with your initial approach and CV so now is the time to really prepare yourself to make the most of your opportunity.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

There’s possibly only one thing worse than hearing nothing back after having sent out a barrow load of CVs. That’s being rejected for the role that you had interviewed for and thought you’d got.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Want to get your CV sorted and improved, but just can't find the time or motivation? We have a solution. With Create a killer CV in just 60 minutes.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

It may not be an effective angle if everyone does it, but I believe there could be some real advantages in the next few months to the new features on the custom-designed job seekers package on LinkedIn.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I believe social media has done us all a big favour. Thank you Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Following yesterday's article, I had an email from an old friend, David Amos, who works in digital publishing and marketing. His latest newsletter echoed some themes and mentioned others, so I thought it worth sharing with you.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

When was the last time you really checked an email before hitting send?

When did you last review the CV you've been using for the past 6 months?

When you updated your LinkedIn profile last month, did you check it for spelling?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

This is something that has often come up in my work over the years and curiously it has happened twice in quick succession recently.