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  • The chances are the next time you apply for a job algorithms will be screening your application:

    How to optimise your CV for the algorithms

    Next time you apply for a job, will people or algorithms screen your application? Chances are, it'll be the latter, with technological advancements reducing the time to hire. After all, one job ad can elicit hundreds of responses, many of which may be inappropriate, yet all must be screened in order to identify the suitable candidates.

  • Here are some of the less obvious social media mistakes that jobseekers make:

    The biggest social media mistakes jobseekers make

    Social media is integral to job searching in the digital age, from using LinkedIn to expand your network and build your personal brand, to following a company on Instagram to gain an insight into their company culture. However, if you're not careful, social media can also hinder your chance of securing your ideal job.

  • Do you have an interview coming up? Here's how to make sure you leave a great last impression with your interviewer:

    How to leave a great last impression with your interviewer

    Everyone knows how important it is to make a great first impression, in all walks of life, both inside and outside of work. From a firm handshake, to strong eye contact, to a wide smile and impeccable punctuality, these things all pay an important part in that oh-so-important first impression, especially in a job interview scenario.

  • Make sure that you don't stumble over this seemingly easy interview question:

    "So, tell me about yourself"

    On the face of it, answering the common interview question, "So, tell me about yourself" seems easy enough. After all, you just have to talk about your background, and this is a topic you know better than anyone else. What could possibly go wrong? Well, to be frank, a lot can go wrong.

  • What goes through the mind of a recruiter? And how can you use this to increase your chances of getting into the recruiter's 'yes' pile?

    How to get your CV into the recruiter's 'yes' pile

    Have you ever wondered what happens once your CV has made it into the inbox of a recruiter? You can probably imagine that this person has a fair few CVs to get through, and sometimes only a percentage of these will get read past the first page.

  • What are the worst questions to ask your potential colleagues during an interview, and what should you ask instead?

    The worst questions to ask potential colleagues in an interview

    Whether it's a tour of the office, a peer-to-peer interview, or an informal meeting; don't be surprised if your hiring manager introduces you to your potential colleagues during your upcoming interview. From experience, this usually happens when the hiring manager is close to making the candidate a job offer, but they want to be completely certain that they are a good cultural fit for the team.

  • Have you ever wanted an opportunity so much, that during your interview , you ended up listing every single reason why you were the most suitable candidate for the job?

    The secret to giving strong interview answers

    Have you ever wanted an opportunity so much, that during your interview answers, you ended up listing every single reason why you were the most suitable candidate for the job, shoehorning in points which weren't even relevant to the question? This is common trap that many candidates fall into, especially when they are feeling particularly nervous.

  • It’s important that the language you use isn’t too clichéd. If it is, you run the risk of diluting or downplaying the unique skills and experience you have to offer:

    The CV clichés to avoid at all costs

    I've spoken before about the language you use on your CV and how it can have a huge bearing on whether or not you make the interview shortlist. For example, using action verbs to communicate your successes is one of the simplest ways to help your CV stand out.

  • Your telephone interview performance will likely dictate whether or not you are invited in for an interview or in some cases, offered the job:

    Top tips for the perfect telephone interview

    Telephone interviews are now part and parcel of many hiring processes, yet they are often overlooked or can be seen as less formal, simply because they aren't face-to-face. On the contrary, your telephone interview performance will likely dictate whether or not you are invited in for an interview or in some cases, offered the job.

  • A deceptively difficult question to answer in an interview, here's how to impress your interviewer with your answer:

    "Why do you want this job?"

    It's one of the most common interview questions, and often one of the easiest to slip up on. On the face of it, the interviewer is simply asking "Why are you sat across from me in the interview room today?"

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