Job seeking

Author: 
Frank Hutton

In a world where in-house recruiters are targeted with cost per hire; external recruiters are in competition to see who can create a shortlist the fastest; hiring managers are given little or no training in how to assess potential candidates; and few organisations are honest with themselves about the reality of working for them or in the role itself as described,  the results of the recent Korn Ferry survey are no surprise. 

Author: 
Frank Hutton

It can be all too easy to forget that your body, while amazing, is not infinitely resourceful. We all need food, sleep and space for our brains to process things. So when you're working, trying to find a new job and looking after family, passions, interests and chores, how do you find time for you...?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I live in North Devon, in the West of England. It's rugged, not overly developed and lacks many of the refinements of our friends a 90 minute drive away on the south coast of the county. Perfect!

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

You might be amazed at how many people when offered a shiny new job they’ve worked hard to attain, turn round and reject the offer and stay exactly where they are. If you’re looking hard for a new job right now, this might seem almost unbelievable, but let me confirm from decades of involvement in recruitment that it’s absolutely true. 

Frank Hutton
The most cost effective way to get the greatest flexibility when using Hutton&co's services.
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?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

The business of changing your working life really is quite straightforward even though on the face of it, it appears incredibly complex and daunting. And the three simple steps I will share with you in this piece are born out of my experiences working with people over many years to change their lives for the better.

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

“If it seems too good to be true...”

Author: 
Frank Hutton

My wife took up photography a few years ago. Our children had left home and were much less dependent on her, and she was looking for an outlet for her creative energies. She’s produced some great shots over the years and many of them adorn our walls at home. However the true value is one we did not anticipate.

Author: 
Jayne Saul-Paterson

In her first blog for Hutton&co, Jayne Saul-Paterson shares something of her past and reveals something of her passions in the process. Feel free to leave a comment via the box at the end if you relate to her piece or have your own wisdom to share.

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.

Author: 
Melissa Kidd

In the first of a number of Blog posts, Melissa begins to tackle key issues we all face.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Following up on last week's piece, we've uploaded some information which we're sure you'll find helpful.

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.
Frank Hutton
Sometimes you might want to be part of a group in your virtual world, but you may not want to broadcast that to the real world. Here's how to have the best of both...
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.

Pathways to Professions - How to find work in Direct & Digital Marketing

As a rapidly growing and sustainable industry, direct marketing makes a major contribution to the UK economy.  UK expenditure on direct marketing totals more than £15 billion and encouragingly, businesses using direct marketing forecast that their expenditure will continue to increase annually – hugely important in a recovering economy.  Such growth is being driven predominately by increased investment in direct digital channels.

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

Or perhaps you've always hankered after running your own show but can't fund a gap in income while you get things moving? I spotted this list of 25 ideas today which might help you bridge the gap (whatever your current role!).

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

I think we all know LinkedIn has become an essential part of the job hunting/application process.

It’s often easy to see when someone is gearing up for change - the number of connections they have suddenly increases, they join more groups, they have a flurry of recommendations appearing  on their profile - all tell-tale signs that they are about to start or are already job hunting; all great news for recruiters who have the tools and knowledge to spot that kind of thing. They will find you if you are what they are looking for. That’s all fine.

However, by limiting your use and interaction with LinkedIn only to times when you’re actively pursuing a move, you could be missing out on its true worth. By maintaining your profile’s currency and through building and cementing your network you bring a host of benefits that dramatically reduce your need to job hunt in the future. Sounds good, doesn’t it!

Don’t believe me? Read on....

Author: 
Frank Hutton

It's a common complaint and one that leads to more and more frustration as the prospect of being able to change your life seems to become ever more distant.

 

 

Author: 
Andrew Fawkes

Are you proud to be a part-timer? Is it a title that you revel in as a flexible worker, someone who balances the pressures of responsibility and adds value to an employer who needs all of your skills but not all of your time?

Or do feel like you have to explain that you’re not a shirker, and that you are indeed fully committed to your employer’s goals?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I wonder if you've even had time to think about that? You'll know whether you're happy in your work, but when did you last seriously sit down and wonder, how you were doing; or if you want more from your working life or whether there were any adjustments you could make to improve it?

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: 
Andrew Fawkes

A short piece by Andrew Fawkes on his own battles with procrastination and some inspiration to move on from them...

Author: 
Frank Hutton

If you get a little lump in your throat at some point when watching this exceptionally well-crafted video, you'll be in good company. Perhaps it will inspire you about where you are now and where you could be. Thank you Ernst and Young.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

We've had some discussion recently about whether Part-time jobs with challenge and flexibility really exist.  I thought this one might be the ticket, with The Salthouse in Nunney, near Frome. Learn more from their text (following) and download the job description below and tell us whether you agree.

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.

Frank Hutton
We're happy to give individual support, when you need it. Just call or email us via letstalk@huttonand.co Or if you need a general resource then this external website is very comprehensive.
Author: 
Frank Hutton

Want more connections, support and encouragement in all aspects related to your working life and your career?

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

You may not believe this interview process, but it really did happen! See if you can work out which one will get the job and why.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Happy New Year to you! That's what we say and I generally mean it when I say it myself to others. So is it just a phrase for you, like 'How do you do'? Or is it just a wish (I don't recommend 'wishing' as an effective tool to make things happen)?

Author: 
Frank Hutton

So, should you pack away your CV and job hunting shoes until January and a New Year dawns?

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

It's probably not a surprise that any impactful experience is likely to result in some further change in a person's life as they adjust to the new 'normal'.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

You'll recall the previous post in this series, where I suggested that the business of finding a job is such a challenge that it is not one  you should face alone.

The potential for finding friends or colleagues for mutual encouragement or to provide a sounding board for you, is a real practical way of sustaining yourself through the process.

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.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

Actually, you probably need a few of them, if you are to have any success moving your career change, business idea or challenging job search ahead.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

While I'm writing this post, it is actually Friday.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

For many of us the thought of an interview is something akin to a visit to the Principal's office. Whatever the reason and whatever the circumstance we still quake a little internally, if not externally.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I'm a bit concerned that my opening section and my choice of photo on my recent Cover Letter post may have misled some people to believe I was advocating sending hard copies of CVs with cover letters to prospective employers and recruitment consultants.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

When was the last time you wrote a ‘letter’ to accompany a CV? It probably begs another question: when did you last send a hard copy of your CV either as a speculative introduction or in response to an advertisement.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I was struck last week by an article online from the Telegraph, talking about the anxiety people feel when the next working week seems to loom large on the horizon.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

I've just passed another land mark in my number of LinkedIn connections. They now number more than any number of people I could invite to my next birthday party even if I were to hire the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

You don't need to try hard to find information online offering to help you create the perfect CV, the one that will secure you the job you want. Or one that will ensure you are being interviewed every time you apply. Some of these will help you for a 'small' price if you download their guide/template.

Author: 
Frank Hutton

YOU MIGHT THINK this a crazy idea - surely there are some things that are just not worth wasting time on?