Have you been to an interview recently? Were you asked what your strengths and weaknesses are? Did you feel you answered the ‘weakness’ question well? Or is it something you would like to work on? I came across an article in Forbes by Liz Ryan discussing this exact topic. When I am preparing for an […]

Video interviews are sink or swim. Although the interviewer won’t see your nervous foot tapping, they will notice every facial expression and moment of eye contact. If given the choice to go in to the office or chat over Skype for an interview, always choose to go into the office, but if not given the […]

In our Job Search workshop this week someone asked me how I stay motivated when trying to find a job. People often underestimate how tough and long the job hunt can be. While it’s entirely possible to find a job easily (and before you even graduate) this isn’t always the case. Figures vary from year […]

Liz Ryan has worked in HR since 1980, is the author of “Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and Career You Deserve” and is a contributor to Forbes.com and LinkedIn. She’s written an article titled “Ten things I look for in a job candidate”. Here’s an abbreviated version of her […]

We all want to be our best selves in our spoken communication particularly when we need to connect with and impress others with our knowledge of a topic, present information persuasively, report on action taken or offer a cogent argument. One of the key ways in which we may sabotage this objective is with our […]

After a year of arduously slaving my way towards a First Class Honours Degree, I thought I’d be able to pick up a job as easily as a packet of Extra chewing gum at the New World self-checkout. Incidentally, so did my parents, and my friend’s parents, and just about every Baby Boomer that I […]

When it comes to attitudes around workplace diversity, millennials have it sorted. A recent survey by Weber Shandwick and the Institute for Public Relations asked more than 1,000 U.S. adults their perceptions about diversity and inclusion. One of the standout findings was that millennials are more tuned-in to diversity issues at work and more likely […]

I’ve had a few interesting experiences recently where I’ve found myself comparing what happens to students now vs. what I experienced at the same age. I’m the grand ‘old’ age of 37 which isn’t ancient but I’m obviously a few years on compared to the 18 – 21 year olds I commonly sit down with […]

I’ve just had a couple of days with no connection to e-mails or the shared drive here at work – a long, not-very-interesting story that is all sorted out now. With an event to organise and some work that really needed doing, I had two choices: I could get really stressed and shout at helpdesk […]

Some people seem fated to repeat their interview blunders and never quite get to the point where they know how to be their ‘best self’ in an interview.  If there was a way to systematically improve each interview performance by learning from previous ones, wouldn’t you be interested? Selection processes are becoming increasing diverse and unpredictable […]