Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Wednesday Digest: Women in Work

All about job searching -- and finding -- from a female perspective...

This Wednesday's digest is unashamedly biased, focusing on 50% of the workforce:
If you're interested in more from an XX-chromosome perspective, the last site -- -- is useful, as are sites such as and

Monday, 28 March 2011

Monday Digest: 3, 4, 5...

Let's start the week with a few more lists...

This time, though, they're not 'top 10s' -- check out the following 3, 4, 5 lists covering your work history, ways of leaving your old job gracefully, and what to do while you wait to hear back after an interview.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Saturday Digest: Job Hunt Tips

Today's digest presents job hunting tips...

Whether it's the inside story from head-hunting professionals or ideas on using Twitter as a job search tool, this morning's focus is on helping you take control of the job search.

Tips from the professionals.
General hints and tips.
Twitter as a job search 'Twool'...

Have a good weekend, all!

Friday, 25 March 2011

Feet-Up Friday

'This interview is not going how I imagined it would.'

Some light relief for a Friday!

The Interview
And, from the same series, here's another example of an unexpected job interview.

More job-hunting tips in tomorrow's digest.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Wednesday Digest: The Unexpected

In today's digest, we look at some unexpected responses to standard questions about the job searching process...

Does the cover letter matter? More than you think.
Doesn't my resume/CV have to be perfect? Not really.
Isn't networking all about putting yourself out there, selling yourself to others, and getting them to help you in your career? Not all the time, no.
And isn't personal branding incredibly important? Well, yes and no.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Monday Digest: Top 10s

Start the week with some good old-fashioned 'top 10' lists...

Everyone loves a Top 10 -- records, videos, footballing mistakes...whatever the subject, seeing someone else's take on narrowing down a particular area can be fascinating.

Have a look at the following:

Top 10 Job Hunt Mistakes
Top 10 Career Boost Tips

And also -- ok, ok, it's not a top 10, but it's a useful article anyway -- how about this:

Top 7 Job Search Methods

Friday, 18 March 2011

'Saturday Digest': Career Change

In today's second instalment, we look at changing your career...

Here are some interesting links on changing your career:

Job Opportunities
Career Change: Easy Steps

While you're at it, check out the following training session from Kevin Kermes (mentioned in today's 'Feet-Up Friday'):

5 Job Search Secrets

A happy weekend to all our readers. Check back next week for more digests and articles.

Feet-Up Friday

A bumper crop today: the usual 'Feet-Up Friday' is followed by a 'Saturday Digest', 24 hours early. We're spoiling you...

Today's 'Feet-Up Friday' was inspired by the following post from Kevin Kermes, founder of the US firm Career Attraction:

It's a great read, but on a Friday what we want is a more light-hearted take on the have a look at the following from the Second City Network:

(Their 'Completely Honest...' series is pretty good, if you've got half an hour spare this lunchtime!)

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The 5 'P's

In the latest in a series of original blog posts, we look at the specifics of what you need to put across at interview. Things always look more manageable when we break them down into smaller chunks -- the question is, how do we do this with a job application?

Approaching a job interview is a daunting prospect. What are they going to expect from you?

There are a thousand and one things you can do to prepare yourself for the interview, but the good -- or bad -- news is that there’s not a lot you can do about the interviewers’ expectations of you...

So, more importantly, what do you want from them?

Think about what you need: a precise idea of what you want from a job, so that you can go into an interview confident that this is the job you really want.

Broken down into manageable chunks, your application needs to consist of your responses to 5 important factors:

Performance           ~ what exactly can you do? What skills do you want to be able to
                                  showcase in a job?

People                     ~ whom do you want to be working with? Whether it’s the clients or
                                  customers you want to serve, the colleagues you’d like to work
                                  alongside, or your ideal boss, the ‘who’ of your intended job is
                                  very important.

Place                       ~ where do you want to be working?
~ what speed do you want to be working at? (These ‘P’s go together --
                                  they focus on the environment or atmosphere of your ideal workplace.)

Proposition             ~ the most important factor: what is your pitch to the company? What
                                  are your unique selling points? What do you have that other people
                                  lack, and that this company needs?

If the situation at the job you’re applying for doesn’t match any one of these factors, you need to do some serious thinking: is this the right job for you?

If not, however impressive your CV or resume is, and however much experience you have, you may just be wasting their time -- and, more importantly, wasting yours!

Wednesday Digest: Standing Out

In today's digest, we cover ways in which you can stand out from the job-hunting crowd...

With the busy state of the current job market, you'll want to make sure your application doesn't blend in with everyone else's. But how do you go about doing this?

Make your resume stand out -- and don't forget about the visuals...

Also, consider harnessing the power of social media technologies. If you haven't done so already, think about the following:

Don't forget the teleseminar on Personal Branding, with Chris Perry and Dorothy Tannahill-Moran, which starts at the not-so-UK-friendly time of 00:30 tonight. To register, visit the link here.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Monday Digest: Difficult Interview Questions

Preparing for the difficult, demanding, and downright weird...

To start the week, we deal with those tricky -- though perfectly viable -- questions that may come up in your interview. You'll want to have an answer prepared for these:

And what about those questions you really don't want to be asked?

Bizarre interview questions...

Come back later in the week for more digests and a more in-depth look at a particular aspect of the application process.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Saturday Digest: It's Resume Time, Again

What to do with your resume or CV, both before and after you submit it...

What can you do with your job application to give it a new lease of life?
And what shouldn't you do?
Finally, think about the effectiveness of your resume or CV, in terms of the interest you generate:
Come back next week for more digests and articles on the interviewing experience, and don't forget to sign up to our email list to receive your free copy of the IIS phone communication checklist.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Feet-Up Friday

Looking in an unusual direction for some career inspiration...

Our light-hearted Friday post this week was inspired by this article:

What Would Lady Gaga Do?

So, in the spirit of the Powerful Purpose article, here are a few examples of interviews given by powerfully branded music (super)stars for you to think about when considering your own branding!

Jay Z

And, of course, Lady Gaga herself...

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

'How to Brand Yourself...'

Advance warning, here for a free teleseminar next Wednesday, March 16. For more information, click here.

The seminar should be well worth the entrance fee (ha, ha) -- it's hosted by renowned careers coach Dorothy Tannahill-Moran, and careers and branding consultant (and founder of the ever-useful CareerRocketeer) Chris Perry.

Wednesday Digest: Self-Presentation

Presenting yourself in the run-up to an interview...

One key way of doing this is through the classic 'elevator pitch'. What is an 'elevator pitch'? Read more on its application in the sales world here, and then look at the following articles for ways in which you can apply this concept as you prepare to sell yourself:

What would your elevator pitch be? How would you tailor it to different situations? What about if you only had 2 minutes to interview for your dream job?

Thinking about these sorts of questions can prepare you for the high-pressure job interview environment: you may not only have 2 minutes to sell yourself, but it'll be good practice...

Monday, 7 March 2011

Monday Digest: Job Search Strategies

Things to consider before you start that job search...

Searching for a job sometimes means dealing with the fact that you have lost a job. But rather than seeing this as a chance to bemoan your fate, see this as an opportunity for motivation. And don't worry: you are not alone in looking for a new job.

Consider changing the approach you take to searching for a job: how could you be doing things differently? Make sure, too, that you avoid these 'killer' mistakes.

Best of luck in your job search; come back on Wednesday for a digest focusing on how to present yourself when you're on the lookout -- and interviewing -- for a new job.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Saturday Digest: Leveraging Technology

Finishing the week with a look at using new technologies in your job search...

Have you thought about a 'networking resume'?
Would a personal website be useful to you?
What about your social media profile?

Remember to sign up to our email list and receive your exclusive copy of the IIS Communication Checklist, and come back here next week for more useful job search information.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Email Subscribers Exclusive

As indicated on the right-hand side of the page, everyone who signs up to the IIS email list will receive their own printable Phone Communication Checklist completely free. It's perfect for phone interviews, pre-interview screenings, and the like, and covers much more ground than similar posts on the blog. 

We hope you find it useful!

Feet-Up Friday

'Alternative' careers...

This week's Feet-Up Friday is a departure from the usual videos: we provide this list of jobs that you -- in all likelihood -- won't be rushing out to interview for!

Dangerous jobs.

There'll be the usual digest tomorrow, and more next week. Also, watch out for an exclusive for our email list subscribers...

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Wednesday Digest: The X Factors

In the latest digest we look at important qualities you'll need to display in the job hunt, as well as ability and intelligence...

Firstly, there's personal 'drive': how to stay self-motivated.
You'll need some ideas about the future: successful career planning.
Then, obviously, there's hard work: what's more important than being smart?
Finally, you'll need a good spell checker! Or, at the very least, a double-check of your resume...