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Preparing for Aptitude Tests

On May 16, 2017, Posted by , In Resources for Candidates, With No Comments

Practice is the best preparation when it comes to preparing for aptitude tests so work through as many practise tests as possible. It will familiarise you with the type of questions you are likely to be asked and will give you a feel for how to solve them. Bear in…

Training in the Print Industry

On January 15, 2015, Posted by , In Resources for Candidates,Resources for Employers, With No Comments

If you asked me “is a formal training plan an important factor in attracting the best talent?” I’d have to say no.  Despite its historical link with apprenticeships, the modern print industry is not known for training and it is clear that it just isn’t at the top of the…

Surviving the recession with your career intact

On May 15, 2014, Posted by , In Blog,Resources for Candidates, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Whilst we are yet to meet the technical requirements of a recession (2 consecutive quarters of negative growth) there is no doubt that the economic, and therefore career, outlook is bleak. There have been redundancies across most sectors of the packaging industry and these look set to continue.  Employees at…

7 Top Telephone Interview Tips

Telephone interviews can help get the ball rolling if the are limitations on timescales or location and can be used to whittle down candidates for face to face interview. Whilst they can get help get things moving, clearly it’s difficult to build rapport and create a good impression as you…

Skills and Attitude at Work

On March 16, 2014, Posted by , In News,Resources for Candidates, With No Comments

I’ve just read an article headlined “Attitude is worth more than skills”.  Whilst the catchy headline is patently rubbish – I’ve rather my surgeon was skilled than keen – there is clearly more to successful recruitment than buying a skillset. Thankfully the article, plugging a new book and assessment tool,…

Lies on CVs, Damn Lies

On March 16, 2014, Posted by , In Blog,Resources for Candidates,Resources for Employers, With No Comments

The Lies on CV It seems not a year goes by without a media storm about lies on CVs and job applications. High profile cases such as those seen on TVs The Apprentice do little to help. The public is at once outraged and seemingly accepting the “everyone is at…

CV Blunders Harm Your Chances of Securing Employment

On September 30, 2013, Posted by , In Resources for Candidates, By ,,, , With Comments Off on CV Blunders Harm Your Chances of Securing Employment

CVs are something of a pet subject of mine and with poor CVs hitting the headlines, and indeed BBC Breakfast, this week I couldn’t resist getting on my soapbox again. In the news is a report based on polls of almost 200 careers advisers from the National Careers Service and…

Social and business etiquette

On July 16, 2013, Posted by , In Resources for Candidates, With No Comments

Social / business etiquette   Industry gatherings are fairly frequent and picking your way through acceptable etiquette can be a bit of a minefield. A lot depends on why you are there and who you are.  Clearly if you are independently wealthy and have no intention of pursuing new ventures…

Flexible Working

Flexible Working Contrary to popular belief Flexible working is not limited to traditional notions of flexi time.  In fact there are 14 officially recognised forms of flexible working and where appropriate these can bring benefits to employer and employees alike. Clearly in environments where production output relies on employees operating…

Career Transitioning

On March 17, 2013, Posted by , In Resources for Candidates, With No Comments

Structures, roles and responsibilities, not to mention culture are very different in large and small companies.  Roles are more tightly defined in large companies whereas people may have to do a bit of everything in smaller organisations. Employers can be wary of people from different environments eg do those from…