Career Advice

How to Get the Best IT Salary

How to Get the Best IT Salary You’ve completed the interview process and decided that this is the right job for you. The position is a great match for your skills and the work environment is exactly what you want. Now it’s time to negotiate your IT salary. Before beginning a salary negotiation, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the

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Three Steps to Choosing a Career

Three Steps to Choosing a Career A professional wrestler runs for governor of Minnesota and wins. The owner and pastry chef of my neighborhood bakery is a former investment banker. A friend from college who was a computer scientist for seven years now makes her living as a sailboat captain in Seattle. How did these people get where they are

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How do I find out about a company’s culture?

In the wider job market, the concept of ‘cultural fit’ is becoming increasingly important. Yet, for those looking at graduate jobs for the first time it’s easy to underestimate the importance of a company’s culture. Studies have shown that cultural fit could play a greater role even than skills and background. Especially for graduates with limited work experience, companies will

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Panic mode! How do we know if we’re pursuing the right career?

With all of the competition we face trying to break into our ‘desired’ field, sometimes it’s worth taking a step back and asking ourselves: ‘am I pursuing the right career?‘ We spend years studying and convincing ourselves that we are putting in all of this effort because it’s what we’re passionate about in life and ultimately, it’s what we want

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How to Master the Telephone Interview

Due to the large numbers of applications per vacancy in the UK, hiring managers will often use telephone interviews as a quick way of screening multiple candidates to whittle down large short lists in minimal time. If you want to nail the telephone interview and make it through to the face-to-face stage, there a few basic steps you need to

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20 Common Interview Questions

Although every interview will be different, there are certain questions that are almost guaranteed to arise in one form or another during every interview. It will help you to understand the motives behind these questions, and what employers expect to hear in your answers From my experience as a recruiter and interviewer, I have compiled the 20 most common interview

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8 ways to be an efficient job seeker

Being a newly-graduated job seeker can seem daunting, especially if you haven’t been employed in the past. In addition to the obvious things you will need to do, like creating a CV, here are some tips and tricks for how you can structure your job search and be as effective and stress free as possible. What do you want to

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5 Clichés to Avoid on Your CV

It’s not easy to sound like you know what you’re doing on your CV, and the temptation is always there to slip in some well known phrases so that you sound like a ‘real business person’ and that you know what you’re talking about. But unless you’re a genuine poet and people have often complimented you on your ability to

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