Networking

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

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

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

For some dedicated Bicycle commuters in Boston, MA, the recent incredible snowfall was the ultimate test, not just of their enjoyment of their daily employment but also of their team-working ability and commitment.

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: 
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.

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

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

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: 
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: 
Frank Hutton

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

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

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.