Career Help and Advice

Amy Jackson

No, you can’t wear your pyjamas – 5 tips for a successful Skype interview

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  Having a Skype interview for a new job can be very convenient. You don’t have to fight traffic or find a parking spot or worry about getting lost en route. But just because you’re not going on-site for an interview doesn’t mean you can be casual in your preparations. Don’t fall into the trap […]

The Long Goodbye – negotiating the tricky 3 month notice period

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The 3 month notice period is an increasingly common mandate, especially at a senior level position or for workers with highly in-demand skills. However, because of the extended timeframe, it can be tricky to negotiate how and when to leave your current position as you embark on a new job search. If you’ve decided to […]

Let’s go back to basics: CV writing tips from a recruiter’s perspective

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The chances are, if you’re a job seeker, you’ve read a lot of advice on perfecting your CV. In fact, in recent KDR blog posts, we’ve addressed using CV templates, common CV blunders, and the art of selling yourself on your CV. Clearly it’s very important to fully develop the content of your CV, tailoring […]

Are your redundancy rights being trampled on?

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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 […]

‘You can stick your job.’ How to hand in your notice graciously

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Perhaps you’ve finally reached the end of your increasingly frayed, overworked tether. Or maybe you’re feeling bored, unchallenged, or fed up. When it comes time to resign from a job you’re glad to be leaving, how honest should you be in your notice letter? Jacking it all in and striding off into the sunset can […]

Getting the most out of a CV template

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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 […]

Paying extra for LinkedIn services: Is it worth it?

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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

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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 […]

5 questions contractors should ask their umbrella company

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And no, of course we don’t mean firms that sell devices to protect you from rain! An umbrella company is an organisation that acts as an employer to contractors who are working on assignments for clients through a recruitment agency. The umbrella company processes your timesheets and payroll on behalf of the agency in return […]

CV blunders hit jobseekers’ chances of securing employment

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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 […]

How to avoid being written off on paper

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  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 […]

Could you boost your earnings if you set up a limited company?

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        If you’ve recently started contracting, either by choice or through circumstance, you may have been advised to set up your own limited company in order to get paid. But this is no light decision as you need to take on a certain amount of financial and legal responsibility.  So what are […]

Love the job, not the boss

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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. […]

How to spot a cowboy recruiter

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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

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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+ […]

Throw enough CVs at the wall will they stick?

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            In today’s online world it’s never been easier to apply for a job.  There is an ever growing number of internet job boards with recruiters advertising jobs in the thousands. Even just logging in to LinkedIn will tell you the jobs you might be interested in!   In a couple […]

Can you get out of 3 months notice?

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  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 […]

Webinar – Structuring your Information Management career path

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If you missed the webinar we hosted on behalf of DAMA UK you can listen to the recording here. Mark Dexter shares his advice on how to structure your Information Management career path and how to ensure you land the best opportunities.

Five tips for success with social media profiles

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There’s no doubt that social media has become an essential part of a recruiter’s tool box for finding and assessing relevant candidates. But this is not just an instrument of recruitment agencies – many employers, both big and small, are now implementing social strategies to find the best talent. A recent survey by Eurocom Worldwide […]

6 ways to build your LinkedIn network

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1. Join a number of groups that are relevant to your areas of expertise and industry. If you share a group with someone it is a great ice breaker and a genuine reason for asking them to connect. 2. Keep an eye out for people who start or contribute to discussions as this may give you good […]

Eight reasons why you should not accept a counter-offer from your current employer

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Well, you finally bit the bullet and handed your notice in.  It’s getting more and more common for employers to simply view this as a negotiating tactic and then start trying to woo you back.  In my experience, counter-offers are often counter-productive and there are many good reasons why you should step away. Your current […]

How to get yourself noticed on LinkedIn

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So your LinkedIn profile is up to date and hopefully people will get in touch with you about relevant jobs but you can increase your chances of finding something by: Use the “who’s viewed my profile” on your home page.  A recruiter has checked you out?  Don’t be afraid to send them a message asking […]

How to resign from your job

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If you’ve reached the point where you’re ready to resign, it is important to try and leave on good terms and with a positive impression.  Your current employer may be contacted for a reference and it is also important to protect your own reputation within your industry. Here are our tips on how to resign […]

How to use Twitter to find a new job

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Many companies and recruiters now use Twitter to tweet about job opportunities.  If you are on Twitter there are a few things you can do to look for them. Set up # tag searches based on keywords that would be used on job postings eg if you are a Business Intelligence consultant looking for a […]

How to win a phone interview

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The hiring process often moves at lightning speed, leaving hiring managers no time for casual phone calls. That makes the phone screen a serious first interview. If applicants don’t treat it as such, it could be “one and done.” Here are some tips on how to win a phone interview.   Take it seriously When you […]

Job hunting using LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is probably the most important social networking tool for job hunting professionals looking for a new position or hoping to be found for one! Companies actively use LinkedIn as part of their internal recruitment process and most recruiters proactively use the network to seek out potential candidates.  So if you don’t already have a […]

Are your skills up to date?

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In this article Forrester Reseach evaluate the current market leaders in the the BI product market.  In this they rate 12 leading product vendors on their current offering, their strategy and their market presence.  They break these areas down into subsections and give each area a weighting to arrive at a final score. It looks […]

KDR Newsletter – June 2011

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If you missed our June Newsletter catch up here       Tell us what you think on