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Why you have to fail to really succeed

Why you have to fail to really succeed   Some people in life may be lucky enough to always get it right first time but they will be few and far between. But as the saying goes, to err is only human. History is littered with maxims and observations regarding the making of mistakes and the benefits they can bring.   The famous playwright George Bernard Shaw went as far as ...

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Why are you applying for jobs that don't suit you?

Why are you applying for jobs that don't suit you?   It is hard when you are out of work and need a job. You can tell yourself you will do anything as long as you are working. Similarly, you may feel that certain types of jobs are what is expected of you but you havenít had the courage to buck the trend and try what is really in your heart.   Whichever the case, it is ...

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What should my CV really look like to get that job?

What should my CV really look like to get that job? Your CV is your shop window, your opportunity to sell yourself to prospective employers. But how do you convince them that you are the perfect candidate for the job? Itís not just about what you include on your CV, but about what you leave out and how you present your information. This document is your ticket to an interview so itís vital to ...

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Top tips when approaching a new job search

Top tips when approaching a new job search   2014 has provided some very positive figures when it comes to UK employment, with the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealing a 7.2% fall in employment by the close of 2013. This equates to an overall drop of around 125,000 unemployed individuals and is an encouraging result for the recruitment sector and those seeking ...

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Is inconsistency the killer for your CV?

Getting your CV in order is critical to successful job hunting but what happens if there are a few gaps on this most vital document? It is not always the case that you will move seamlessly from one period of employment to another and there may be times when you have been out of work. Employers like to see a clear and consistent job history when considering prospective candidates, so just how ...

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How do I get noticed by a recruitment agency?

How do I get noticed by a recruitment agency? If you're hunting for your ideal job, and want to position yourself at the front of the queue, you need to think carefully before approaching recruiters. Those agencies with the best jobs will be inundated with CVs and enquiries, and you need to ensure that you stand out - for the right reasons!   Learn about the agency   It ...

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Do counter offers really work?

Do counter offers really work?   There is nothing worse for an employer than finding that a top performing employee is handing in his or her notice.   Recruitment can be an expensive and time-consuming process for specialist roles in the ERP sector, and training once in-role can also require a large amount of corporate resource. Once that employee is embedded in their ...

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Being too picky could be the reason you donít have a team   Choosing the right employees is vital to the success of a business, but being too picky can actually have the opposite effect.   While a personís soft-skills, such as their social graces and habits, are among the first things that get noticed at interview, it would be a mistake to give them make-or-break ...

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Are you paying what your contractor is worth?

This is a question that is often raised by those in the IT industry but itís also relevant to industries across the board. Thereís a saying that you get what you pay for, but how do you know whether you are paying what your contractor is worth?   Itís not always about overpaying, itís also about underpaying and many businesses fail to realise the reputation they will earn for ...

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Why video interviewing is key to your business?

Why video interviewing is key to your business?   Increasing numbers of employers are turning to video and web conferencing technology in order to interview candidates for employment. Many organisations will use video interviews to screen applicants as part of the initial interview process. Others will use a video interview in place of a traditional face to face interview. ...

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What should you give up for lent that could help your career?

Lent is coming and the Easter Bunny is chomping on his bit, ready to reward the good girls and boys with a chocolate bonanza! Traditionally, Lent is the time of year when we give up something we enjoy in order to focus on our own shortcomings or those less fortunate than ourselves.   In an increasingly secular world, this centuries-old tradition can still be relevant if we make time ...

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What HR can learn from Recruiters

One of the key things that the human resources can learn from recruiters is the treat the process of scouting for new talent as a marketing exercise.   More people than ever are constantly on the look out for a new position. Unlike years ago, where changing a job was uncommon, and considered as big an upheaval as moving home, nowadays people are willing to change. ...

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Is your covering letter letting you down?

The most common misconception about covering letters is that they get you the job. They donít. They get you the interview. Getting yourself in front of the potential employer is key. Once you are sitting in front of them, they get to see the Ďrealí you, not the you on paper, and you can see if there is a click.   Tough competition   In the current employment market even ...

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How to prepare for a video interview

Globalisation is on the increase. More and more companies have interests in countries all over the world, and recruit from countries away from where their headquarters are based. Remote working is also on the up, with workers across the globe working from home or other venues away from the workplace. All of this is adding up to an increase in another phenomenon Ė video interviews. ...

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How can I be a better manager?

The art of good management is achieved through learning, experience, personal values and your own unique style. Here are some top tips on becoming a better manager.   Learn to Communicate The power of communication is one of the biggest tools in the manager's arsenal. Not only must you be able to communicate with your team according to the situation and their own personal styles and ...

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Help me be a better employee

Many of us automatically focus on the roles that our managers take, and their need to build great skills and competencies in their role to succeed. But have we considered the role that we can take in being a better employee?   The pay-off   Great employees help managers to deliver a great job. This benefits everyone, and instantly marks you out as a candidate for future ...

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Top tips on how to win more business in 2014

In business, nobody wants to stand still. No matter how good a year you may have just had, there is always room for improvement and you need to be striving for constant growth in order to remain competitive.   Boosting your business can sometimes seem low priority if you are busy, as the temptation is to put all your resources into managing your current workload. But it really is ...

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How to reach your goals in 2014 and to how set them

Forget vague New Year's resolutions that never stick. True ERP professionals know how to set goals for their year ahead, and achieve them.   Common mistakes with goals   The idea of a New Year's resolution is by now a much joked-about one. Every year vast numbers of people decide to lose weight, change careers, stop smoking or save money. By the second week of January ...

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How to motivate your staff rather than lose them

The economy may be showing signs of recovery but for many businesses the spare cash of the boom years are still a distant memory.   The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has published survey results that suggest that 64% of businesses will look to take on more permanent staff this year, which is a positive sign towards recovery. New Year is a time when many employees ...

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Are you earning what you should be??

Being confident that you are being paid the going rate for the work you do can be tricky. Many companies operate a policy of prohibiting the open discussion of salaries between employees. However, it only takes one internal advertising of a vacancy similar to your role to discover that you are outside the salary bracket being offered.   Whether your suspicions are right or wrong as ...

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10 ways to get your career off to a bad start

To get ahead in the ERP recruitment sector, you need to position yourself for success, and this means developing the right habits, skills and working ethos. And yet, for even the most talented ERP professionals, there are common ways to fail at the job. So read up and make sure you avoid these top ten mistakes.   Sickness   When you start any new job, you need to be ...

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