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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

Love the job, not the boss

Posted on July 18, 2013 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

Is a less-than-perfect boss the ‘price of admission’ for an otherwise promising job opportunity? Maybe you have your foot in the door at a great company. You’ve interviewed for a job that aligns perfectly with your skills and career goals. Everything seems in place and you’re even starting to envision a future for yourself there. […]

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How to spot a cowboy recruiter

Posted on May 7, 2013 by Mel
Career development, Contracting, News & Blog

We all know that recruiters often get bad press.  Every client and candidate we speak to has had a bad experience or got a recruitment horror story to tell! But is all the bad press justified? And how can you make sure the recruiter representing you has got your best interests at heart? After all […]


The History of the CV

Posted on March 11, 2013 by Admin
Career development, News & Blog

The National Careers Service have created a great  infographic titled “The History of the CV”, showing how the CV has evolved since it’s birth in 1482, when the great Leonardo Da Vinci created the first recording CV document. The National Careers Service is the UK’s leading careers, skills and training resource for anyone aged 13+ […]

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Can you get out of 3 months notice?

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Mel
Career development, News & Blog

  The difficulties with 3 month notice periods Recruiting in the Information Management industry we’ve noticed an increasing number of candidates are on a 3 month notice period.  By the time we speak to them they are looking for a new job and are concerned about the impact this will have.  Will it be off-putting […]