Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Wednesday Digest: Easter All-Sorts

In the last IIS article before a two-week break, we include a bumper crop of links for you to feast your job-hungry eyes on...

There's no theme to the final pre-Easter article on IIS: before a two-week break, we think it's important that you get your hands on all the articles that we've trawled the internet for over the past couple of weeks, but haven't yet included in an IIS digest.

To start with, there are some interesting thoughts on using MBTI (for more information on just what this means, click here) in your job search.
Next, think about who could be googling you...
There's advice on building your career, here and here.
And ideas on how to create a 'master resume' here.
When it comes to the interview itself, think about making the best impression possible and listening emotionally to your interviewers.
And have a look at what can be learned about an interview from a completely different arena...
Here are some useful tips on how not to approach your next job interview.
And from the great Career Rocketeer, here are three excellent articles on the job search.

Finally, here a couple of free webinars, on body language in the interview room, on Tuesday the 26th of April and building your network for career success, on Friday the 29th.

Have relaxing and enjoyable Easter break, everyone, and I look forward to carrying on helping out with the job search when I return in a couple of weeks.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Monday Digest: Banish Mistakes

Avoiding negativity at the start of the week...

Today's digest focuses on some of the mistakes that can be made during the job interview process, so that you're ready to side-step these potential pitfalls.

Finally, it's not a mistake as such, but looking nervous is a no-no in your interview: read this article for some good advice on confident self-presentation.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Saturday Digest: Taking Stock

In today's digest, take a step back and assess your career...
As entrepreneur -- and 'Dragon' -- Deborah Meadon said this week, talking about job searching, 'often the best things come out of really difficult times'. Is now the time for you to grab the bull by the horns and do what you've always wanted to do?

Friday, 15 April 2011

Feet-Up Friday

Take it easy...

This Friday, here are a list of things you really want to avoid saying in an interview.

Interview no-nos

And because Friday wouldn't be complete without a video clip, here's what the last line reminded me of. 'I'd have got away with it, if it weren't for you meddling kids...'

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Wednesday Digest: After the Interview

The interview doesn't stop when you leave the room...

The IIS e-book -- coming soon -- will have a whole section devoted to what to do after the interview. For the moment, take a look at the following links.

Firstly, here's an overview of what you need to do, post-interview.

Then, what's involved in a follow-up call? See here.

And what about writing a thank-you note? We've got that covered.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Monday, 11 April 2011

Monday Digest: Positive Thinking

Start the week with a positive mindset...

Today's first link is about 'building a mindset of success': essential as you embark on/continue with your job search:
It may be possible to find a job without even looking (or knowing you're looking):
And remember to keep in mind the need to present and promote yourself well at every opportunity:
Come back on Wednesday for more articles and news.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Saturday Digest: Inspiration

Inspiring you on your job search...

What inspires you? Whose approach to life do you admire, and why? Here are two inspirational stories, with some useful careers advice attached:

Scotty McCreery
Sam Pointon

Happy Saturday, everyone. More careers digests next week...

Friday, 8 April 2011

Feet-Up Friday

An inspirational video...

After last week's excerpt from The Pursuit of Happyness -- and in advance of a digest on the subject of inspiration, tomorrow -- here are even more film clips to inspire you to begin that job search!

19 Inspirational Speeches

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Wednesday Digest: Applications

The latest list of articles on designing a killer application...
We've covered this topic several times before (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here), but there's a reason for that -- it's an essential part of the interview process.

Here, then, are some links to information on your application:
(Also, remember the importance of the accompanying cover letter.)

Monday, 4 April 2011

Monday Digest: Job Searching

Starting the week with some information on the job search...

The key areas to focus on when searching for a job are fairly limited -- all these lists cover the same sorts of points, but in slightly different ways:
 Finally, put all this into practice with a list of 11 websites to help with the job search.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Saturday Digest: Making Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes. How can you avoid doing so when it matters...?

When does it matter? Today's digest focuses on top 5 lists of mistakes in three essential areas of the job search. Look out for the following:

5 networking mistakes
5 resume mistakes
5 cover letter mistakes

Happy weekend, everyone! More digests and links next week.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Feet-Up Friday

The Pursuit of Happyness...

Today's FuF is a short inspirational clip from a great film:

'Don't ever let someone tell you you can't do something.'

What's your dream?