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3 Steps Towards Building Your Own Personal Brand

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The term “branding” has become synonymous with large companies & corporations over the years. However it’s worth remembering that personal branding is especially important in business, especially when it comes to career building and selling yourself to potential clients.

Many people already have characteristics which define their personal brand – even without their own cultivation. Your personal brand is all about how you appear to the world and how people perceive you in general.

Take this example for instance; Let’s say you have have a sandwich each day for lunch. One day you arrive in with a salad and your colleagues begin to look at you with puzzled reactions. Why?. It’s simple, due to your routine, you have become synonymous as the sandwich guy/girl to your colleagues. This is an example of personal branding.

This is why building up a strong personal brand is a major factor in maintaining a successful career. Once your colleagues, management and influencers identify you with an  area of expertise, you will find yourself in a very positive niche within your industry. Here are three steps towards building your personal brand.

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FAQs Around Creating The Perfect Curriculum Vitae

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What makes a perfect Curriculum Vitae? It’s a burning question asked by many job-seekers worldwide. There are also many other questions that arise when building a resume. We have answered the most common CV questions below.

How Long Should My CV Be?

Most recruiters generally receive a mountain of applications for a specific role so it’s important to make yours instantly readable. Limiting your CV to 1-2 pages by using bullet points, sub headings and short sentences is the generally seen as best practice. The idea is to structure it in a way that the recruiter will quicken their decision as to whether to hire you or not.   

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How To Decide Between Two Competing Job Offers

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How do you choose between two competing job offers? It’s a real humdinger when both are equally enticing but for different reasons. How do you surmount this conundrum when each vacancy offers attractive rewards and perks? Are there certain criteria you should use to arrive at a decision? Which do you value more – benefits, career progression and job satisfaction or a competitive annual base salary with uncapped commission? What will it take to seal the deal for you? Answers to all of these questions will vary from person to person, but we’ve outlined some thought processes which will help you determine which opportunity is right for you. Read More

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Five Ways To Ruin A Job Interview

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So all your job hunting efforts have paid off so far and you’ve landed that dream interview. Now is your chance to make a good impression and convince your prospective employer of your suitability.

You’ve got the perfect CV, and the experience & skills that should help you sail through the interview right? Not quite. You would be surprised at the number of young & seasoned professionals that have fallen at the final interview hurdle.

Interviews are a major test of our resolve and it’s only natural to be nervous. Unfortunately nervousness & carelessness can lead to mistakes which can spell catastrophe to a potential candidate. Here are five sure fire ways that a candidate can ruin a job interview:

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Why Do You Want This Job?

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It’s inevitable that the question “Why do you want this job?” will rear its head at some point during the interview process so it behoves candidates to be prepared to answer it. That said, interviewers are disinclined to hire candidates who respond with stock answers learned by rote. Even if the question isn’t explicitly posed, there is an onus on candidates to convey the sentiment underpinning its response, if they are serious about securing the role advertised. Read More

The Ultimate Guide To LinkedIn Profile Optimisation

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A complete LinkedIn profile drastically increases your chances of receiving employment opportunities through the social network. Although it can be time consuming to optimise your profile, utilizing its full potential can make your profile stand out from competing profiles in the same industry. On average recruiters spend just six seconds looking at the profiles of potential candidates, therefore it behoves you to do everything in your power to capitalize on this small window of opportunity. Read More

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4 Attributes Of Workplace High Performers

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In most medium sized to large companies with a significant number of employees there’s always a handful that raise the bar for everyone else and push themselves harder than the rest. These are the type of employees that thrive on results and success and are unwilling to shirk any task or challenge. They are known as the high performers.

Here we explore the very traits & habits that drive these high performers to behave and operate differently from the rest of the pack. An insight into this mindset certainly makes for fascinating reading. Read More

Don’t Let Your Attitude Hamper Your Career

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Conducting your job search with the wrong attitude could impede your chances of success. Possessing the necessary qualifications is no longer sufficient to secure a place in the competitive job market – even if, on paper, you are the most qualified candidate for the position. Employers seek more than qualifications and skills from prospective employees – they need assurance that you will mesh well with existing staff and office culture generally.

If you’ve been selected for interview it’s taken for granted that you’re qualified, so the interview itself should be viewed as more of an opportunity for you to showcase your personality and goals. Your attitude to this process is therefore inextricably linked to your habitability and moreover there exists an inverse relationship between bad attitude and interview success!

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