Career development

Mel Larbalestier

Get organised with the best apps for contractors

Posted on August 17, 2015 by Claire
Career development, Contracting, Information Management and data, News & Blog

Being an independent contractor can mean freedom and flexibility – but it also means becoming your own business manager. So in addition to providing your highly specialised skills to clients, you must also take responsibility for tracking hours, billing and collecting payment, itemising expenses and mileage – in short, all the things you don’t have […]

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Sure-fire ways to weigh up company culture

Posted on August 6, 2015 by Claire
Career development, News & Blog

  When looking to take the next step in your career, many factors can make it onto your wish list. One of the most common discussions is about finding a job within a company that has “the right cultural fit”. You undoubtedly want to understand whether your personality and way of working will be complemented […]

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Are you a slave to email?

Posted on June 2, 2015 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

“Too many emails.” It’s a problem we all share, and one of the biggest complaints in the modern workplace. Yes, email is an invaluable tool, but our over-reliance on it as a method of communication has reached a critical stage. Estimates vary depending on the source, but every study about email in the workplace arrives […]

IT Jargon

What’s the buzz on buzzwords? It’s time to let go of IT jargon

Posted on May 12, 2015 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

We’re reaching out to align our communication strategies by drilling down and cascading relevant information on effective jargon solutions. Or, put another way: we want to talk about management speak. You know the terms we’re talking about: Touch base. Going forward. Thinking outside the box. A survey conducted by the Institute of Leadership & Management […]


5 warning signs of a rogue recruiter

Posted on April 9, 2015 by Claire
Career development, News & Blog

Your opinion of the recruitment industry will most likely be shaped by your personal experiences of it. Just one instance of running into a rogue recruiter that cuts corners and leaves you in the dark is unpleasant enough to make you want to avoid recruiters at all costs. But when competing for the best jobs […]

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The 5 absolute no nos for conference speakers

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

Last week we looked at what makes a successful conference speaker. But we’ve all sat through presentations or seminars where we got bored, started surreptitiously checking our emails on our phones and left without remembering anything that the speaker told us about. If you are at the stage in your career where you’re being asked […]

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Industry secrets: How to win at conference speaking

Posted on March 20, 2015 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

Have you been asked to speak for the first time at an event? Or are you a seasoned conference speaker on a return engagement? Then it’s time to take a look at your presentation skills. A successful appearance can be memorable, even influential, for the audience and can have a major impact on your career. […]


The alter-egos of a recruiter

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Claire
Career development, News & Blog

Do you know exactly what your recruiter get’s up to? Over the last five months I have been surprised to learn just how multi-dimensional the role of a recruiter can be. To fill jobs properly, ensure both candidates and clients are happy and make long term matches, they need to dabble in a few different […]


What kind of leader are you?

Posted on March 5, 2015 by Mark T
Career development, News & Blog

What is your leadership style? It’s typically been a frequently asked question at interviews for senior positions. But more and more, as businesses embrace a more vertical and less top-down structure, it’s a question being posed to non-management candidates as well. Whether you’re currently interviewing, or simply interested in developing your leadership style, it’s worth […]

Jobs in London

Not so grim up North: Beyond jobs in London

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

We’ve all heard the quote that when you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life. But that wouldn’t quite explain the interesting data coming out of the Office for National Statistics – that increasing numbers of young professionals are leaving the capital in search of more affordable housing and better work/life balance in other parts […]

Influencing Skills

The three secrets of improving your influencing skills

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Mel
Career development, Hiring, News & Blog

Have you ever felt as if you were hitting roadblocks at work because your ideas weren’t listened to? Maybe you didn’t get budget approval for a project, or your input on process was overlooked? The power of persuasion is an extremely useful tool to have in your professional arsenal, and it’s one that is increasingly […]


Do your research: how to wow them at your job interview

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Claire
Career development, News & Blog

You wouldn’t dream of going to a job interview without first preparing to speak about your qualifications and aspirations – at least we hope you wouldn’t! But don’t forget the other side of the coin either – learning about the company you’re potentially going to join. It’s essential you invest some time in researching the […]

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Dealbreakers: What would make you turn down a job offer?

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Claire
Career development, News & Blog

First impressions do matter… but which first impressions are really important? We did a double-take when we read a recent survey from a well known job website that claimed that 35% of interviewees said they’d turn down a job because they didn’t like the reception area. Surely there’s more than meets the eye behind that […]

redundancy rights

Are your redundancy rights being trampled on?

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Admin
Career development, News & Blog

If you’ve just been made redundant, or advised it’s a possibility, it’s crucial to know what your redundancy rights are. Legally, employers are subject to certain conditions when making layoffs, and while the exact terms will vary depending on the situation, you’ll want to review the rules to be sure your redundancy rights are being […]

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Getting the most out of a CV template

Posted on February 21, 2014 by Admin
Career development, News & Blog

CV’s tend to come in two varieties: one is individualised and tailored to apply for a specific job, while the other is a ‘one-size fits all’ CV, to keep on file with recruiters and job boards. For the latter, some job seekers opt to use a pre-set CV template – a structured form, many varieties […]

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Paying extra for LinkedIn services: Is it worth it?

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Admin
Career development, Contracting, News & Blog

Chances are, you already have a LinkedIn profile. Initially conceived as a social networking site for professionals, LinkedIn provides a number of basic tools for free, including the opportunity to post your profile and CV, and to develop a ‘network’ of contacts. But increasingly, it has become a tool for employers and job-seekers as well, […]

The view from over the fence – case study on life as a KDR contractor

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Admin
Career development, Contracting, Hiring, News & Blog

Paul Taylor has contracted exclusively through KDR since beginning his contracting career in June 2010. KDR Managing Director Mark Dexter was involved in Paul’s decision to take the plunge and leave permanent employment.  Paul had approached KDR about a permanent role but looking at his CV, Mark saw the potential for Paul to gain back […]

CV blunders hit jobseekers’ chances of securing employment

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Admin
Career development, News & Blog

Jobseekers are hurting their chances of securing new employment by not spending enough time on their CV, according to a survey. The most common mistake is sending a general CV to employers, rather than tailoring it to a specific role, according to research by the National Careers Service. Two thirds of careers advisers said this […]

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How to avoid being written off on paper

Posted on by Admin
Career development, News & Blog

  Few words strike more dread in the hearts of CV writers than “Sell yourself.” But if you want to avoid being written off on paper, it’s advice you will hear all the time, and with good reason. Selling yourself is not something that comes easily to many of us (particularly Information Management professionals, we […]