There are many things you can do to improve your chances whilst looking for a job and here are a few things that we believe will have an instant impact.
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This is something I hear all the time. People are worried that because they’ve been out of a workplace environment for too long, then their skills won’t be valued, they will have to take a job much lower than they used to do, or that things have moved on too much (people often cite social media!)
So if you’re thinking this, here are my top pieces of advice which should show you’re worth more than you think and that there is an option for everyone!
The focus for this particular blog is the questions you should be asking at the end of the interview when the interviewer asks whether you have any. Try not to say no! But likewise, don’t ask about maternity benefits, car parking spaces and what company phone you’re going to get.
Congratulations! You have been offered a new opportunity and now you want to make sure you get the best package you can. Negotiating a salary can be nerve-racking and it may make you uncomfortable but don't be put off. Here's our guide to negotiating a salary that is right for you.
So for 9 months, life has been about little else except keeping your little person alive. But now your head is starting to get around going back to work and you realise that you no longer want to work 5 days a week. Don’t worry, here are our top tips on how to ask for flexible work.
We often speak to people who are worried about returning to work after a life-threatening illness or a life-changing injury, who are not sure what to expect and whether they will even be able to find a job that will suit them. To help answer a few questions we spoke to Katherine, who GPS Return recently helped go back to work.
Your first week at work is about to start and you are now trying to deal with a mix of emotions, but after a few years out of the workplace how are you going to cope? Don’t worry, you will settle in to the role quicker than you think and here are some quick tips to help you through the first few weeks.
As a Corporate and Executive Coach specialising in coaching lawyers, I note with interest how clients’ words and tone on occasion betray an under- confidence . I encourage them to look at habits and behaviours formed over time and examine whether these help or hinder their own levels of personal confidence. Afterall, confidence breeds confidence.
We often speak to Mums and Dads who are worried about returning to work, who are not sure what to expect and whether they will even be able to find a job that will suit them. To help answer a few questions we spoke to Emma, one of the first Mums who GPS Return helped go back to work.
If any industry has a slightly old-fashioned image it is the legal industry, yet a number of legal firms have embraced flexible working to help attract high calibre individuals and differentiate themselves from the market. Cognitive Law is one of these great businesses so we reached out to them to see if rolling out flexible work was a worthwhile endeavour.
You’ve been invited for a job interview amd you are now close to panic because you haven’t been to an interview for years, what if they ask you about the career gap on your CV, what if they ask you what hours you want to work and it’s not right? The trick to calm those nerves, and to perform best at the interview is to prepare well but how do you answer those tricky questions?
LinkedIn is a fairly unique social media platform and if you are job hunting it is essential. It is widely used by recruiters, hiring managers and interviewers but if you’ve been on a career break for a while, your LinkedIn profile could be festering in the depths of the internet somewhere. Here are our top tips to dust it off and bring it bang up to date so it can be used as another tool in your job search.
We recently caught up with Tracey Barnes – a Mum who left the financial services industry when she became a Mum. Now her children are older, she has returned to her original industry. We wanted to get a better idea of why she made the decisions she did in the hope that she will inspire others.
We’ve talked about CVs a few times on this blog so why are we writing another one? Because getting your CV right is that important but how do you write a CV that sells you? Well, you’ve got to get squirmy.
During maternity leave, having experienced the “negative impact” on career progression and seeing other examples, like Cary Gracie, caused me to reflect on my own experiences starting a business, identifying my own value and most importantly, ensuring I get it. Here are my tips to ensure you get it too.
So you’ve not been working whilst your children were small….but now they’re a little bit older, you feel that it’s time to return to work. We have candidates coming to us regularly who know that it’s time to return to work... but what?
In the past few years, many organisations have made a shift towards embracing more flexible working practices, and more and more people are now looking for roles that enables a better work-life balance. Find how to go about rolling out flexible working here in this guest blog by Business Psychologist Susie Phillips-Baker.
Let’s not pretend, making the decision to return to work is a tough one. You are taking a step into the unknown and there are so many different things to think about and to take into consideration, let alone the niggling self-doubt about whether you have made the right decision for you and your family.
Life as a working parent could mean being stuck in a cycle of guilt, lateness, exhaustion and always feeling like you’re living life on the back foot. Or with a bit of thought, intention and planning, you could feel more in control, organised and positive.
Confidence is a delicate thing, it can be hard to build and easy to break. So how do you build your confidence and self-belief so that you can, with confidence, turn down the job you know isn’t right for you and impress at interview for that dream job? Here are our top tips!
Our guest blog on www.workflexibility.org.
We regularly meet Mums and Dads who feel forced into choosing between being the parent they want to be or having a career. We feel they should be able to choose both.
Ever had a recruiter you’ve never spoken to before call you and say “We’ve never spoken before but I have the perfect opportunity for you!” Initially, you might think ‘Great!’ but before you get too excited think about this. How does the recruiter know it’s the perfect opportunity for YOU?
Many people think that references are pointless claiming that they are a waste of time, don’t add any value and are bias as people only give referees who will provide positive references. However, references taken from the right people in the right way can help you avoid hiring the wrong people, so how do you go about doing it the right way?
You’ve been through the stress and strain that is hiring a new employee for the team, even more so if it is a replacement and you are now excited because you have found the right person for your team and an offer is made. But the offer is rejected and you have go back to square one. How can you avoid this happening again?
An issue candidates come to me with again and again is the fact that they feel their job applications are automatically being put on the REJECT pile because they haven't worked in a while, but can volunteering help bridge this gap?
You have just accepted a great new job, congratulations, and now you have to resign… but how is your boss going to react?Don’t worry, resigning is not as painful as people think. Here’s how to do it without burning any bridges.
How much are your fees? It’s a question I am often asked, and rightly so, but the right question should be “what is the cost of recruitment?” A recruiter’s fees are often the only tangible cost in a recruitment process, but it is usually only a small fraction of the overall cost to a business that companies are not necessarily aware of.
It is the day of the job interview, you have done all your prep and you are beginning to feel a little nervous… but how do you make sure you nail the interview? Follow these top tips and you will be one step closer to landing your dream job.
Congratulations! You have been invited to attend an interview! But how do you make sure you impress? What do you need to prepare so that you can demonstrate you are the right person for the job? Here are our top tips to help you be as prepared as possible.
Writing a cover letter is not easy, but a well-written letter can put one step ahead of the competition and help land that dream job. Here are our top tips to writing a great cover letter.
Writing a CV can be a difficult task, especially with so many things to consider. Follow these top tips and you will start to get more interviews in no time!