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Recruiters & Job Search (The Interview)

A recruiter is considering and assessing many variables during an interview. Some of them are quite explicit and relate to the selection criteria, while others are more about personal and organisational fit. While each interviewer will have their own style, this is how I did it: Part 1: Review your resume I take you on

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Recruiters & Job Search (Part 3)

Before you contact a recruiter, it’s important to do your homework about who you are professionally, and how you’ll fit into an organisation. If you’re prepared, you’ll seem more focused, and make things a lot easier for the recruiter. If you can’t articulate this for yourself, you’ll have little chance of assessing your career options

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Is Your Career Insured?

While we insure our house, health and income without hesitation, are we future-proofing our careers in the same way? Job loss can happen to the best of us. And even if you view redundancy as a positive life-changing experience, a little career insurance along the lines of the following, can make the transition so much easier. Seize learning opportunities

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Recruiters & Job Search (Part 2)

Call the recruiter Wherever possible, I recommend that you speak to the recruiter before responding to a job ad, with one proviso – that you use the call to inquire about information that’s not in the ad or available in the public domain. A pre-application conversation gives you the chance to learn more about the

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Recruiters & Job Search (Part 1)

Although headhunters and executive recruitment consultants (referred to as recruiters from here on) are key stakeholders in the job search process, they represent just one-third of potential opportunities in the job market, at best. Yet so many professionals allocate a disproportionate amount of time and energy to recruiters when looking for a new job. If

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An American in Paris

How does a Taiwanese-born woman, end up living in New York, and operating her own graphic design business from Paris? With family in Canada and the USA, Katherine Levasseur’s parents had plans for her to live with her grandma and study in Montréal. But as she couldn’t bear the harsh winter, and didn’t want to learn French, Katherine had

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How to Look Good on Paper

After doing the same job for several years, it can be quite easy to underestimate the contributions that you’ve made to your organisation, according to Melbourne, Australia-based executive career coach Mary Goldsmith. It’s important to remember that industries and organisations are in a constant state of flux, which keeps most employees learning more than they

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Before You Hit Send

Recently I was quoted the BBC Capital Career Coach article ‘Five tricks to get your job application noticed’. As the online job application process (with or without the involvement of an applicant tracking system) can be fraught, and something of a lottery, here are some questions to consider before submitting your resume off into the ether.   by

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Advice from an Executive Recruitment Insider

The Recruitment industry is tough and intensely competitive. The landscape is fragmented by good, bad and indifferent recruiters, who earn their keep on a retained or contingency basis, at various points in the permanent and contracting markets. It’s both a mystery and source of frustration to job-hunters, especially post-redundancy. For all these reasons, it’s critical that executives understand the role recruiters

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What does it take to be a top female executive?

Growing up in South Australia in the early 1970s, my after-school schedule involved Gidget, Mister Ed, Green Acres, the Beverly Hillbillies and the Partridge Family. So when an American classmate introduced me to Seventeen magazine, I studied every advertisement, photo and story like a stars and stripes struck teenager.  I was besotted with all things USA. About that time I discovered a list

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