September 2016

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Why resilience is important in the working world

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We all know the deal with soft skills: the qualifications might get you the interview, but without the communication, team-working, leadership (and so on) you’re not getting the job. But there might be a soft skill you’re forgetting. It’s a skill which might not be the most important when it comes to securing a job, but will serve you extremely well during the course of your career. (And the best thing? Any knock-back along the way will only help strengthen it.) We’re talking about resilience: something that we all need and that the most successful among us will have in spades.

Why job posts are outdated (and employer brand is the future):

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Finding talent is the biggest challenge for many businesses. The right people hold the key to organisations’ success, and this is why your recruitment strategy requires so much thought. Any investment (time or money) in attracting the best people will pay dividends down the road. So if you haven’t already, it’s absolutely worth your time to review how job-seekers find vacancies in your company.

Why honesty is the best policy (but a lack of self-awareness isn’t)

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No one’s perfect, so they say. But it can seem that when we’re applying for jobs we’re all pretending that we are. In fact, however, being open and honest might be the best way to make a great impression on a potential employer. That one annoying mark on your CV, the one bad A level grade, the job left under less than ideal circumstances: all of these might actually be your opportunity to create an advantage if you handle them the right way.

Build your ultimate CV to find your ultimate job

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If you know what you ultimate job is, then congratulations! It’s a great thing to have a clear goal in mind – even if it takes some time and work to get there. Most great jobs don’t just fall into people’s laps (wouldn’t life be much simpler if they did?) but are absolutely worth the effort it takes to nab one for yourself.

How to work out what motivates you in the workplace

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In your career, which (fingers and toes crossed) will be long, productive and fulfilling, you may well go through times when your job satisfaction is low. We at Rise To hope you’re never in a job which makes you dread going to work (life’s too short, after all), so we’re here to help you work out what your workplace motivations are. By knowing what makes you excited to go to work, you can minimise the chances of taking on a job that just isn’t your cuppa and instead put your efforts into finding jobs that are right for you.

Why employers ask you silly questions and how to answer them

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How many basketballs would fit in this room? How would you sell hot coco in Florida? How many windows are there in London? Employers can really get imaginative with the questions during interviews.  And if you’re not expecting the conversation to suddenly swerve into the (seemingly) surreal or bizarre, you can be left blinking in surprise while failing to provide a vaguely coherent answer. So why do employers throw such curveballs at you, and how can you use them to impress?

16 quirky things employers are looking for nowadays

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When they’re looking for a new hire, employers might receive 50, 100, 200 or even more CVs to look through. Each CV might only be reviewed for a few seconds before it gets a yes or a no, so making it stand out from the crowd is essential. The standard CV blurb certainly isn’t going to cut it; and however good your academic grades are, that’s not necessarily going to be enough either. Employers are looking for something more.

How to share what’s great about you on your CV without bragging?

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We all want to present the best version of ourselves on our CV as it can be the key to that job we’ve been dreaming about for weeks. However, it’s easy to get carried away and actually start making a list of the things that make us awesome. But this is a big mistake! Lists are boring and reflect a rather self-obsessed version of ourselves. Here are a few tips that’ll help you shine through your CV without bragging.