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Dangerous Questions to Avoid in an Interview


Is there a universal list of off-limits questions for every interview scenario?

Can the same rules apply to recent graduates and CEOs alike?

Discover why nuanced, well-researched questions are key.

Join me as I share insights from 20 years in international headhunting.

Learn to avoid common pitfalls and craft questions that showcase your preparation and understanding.

Elevate your interview game with tips to become a standout candidate.

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Benefits of Using a Reverse Headhunting Strategy – Secure Your Next Career Defining Role!

Reverse Headhunting – Discover the benefits of the Reverse Headhunting strategy!

Instead of waiting for agencies or recruiters, take control of your career by marketing yourself directly to companies that meet your criteria.

Learn why this approach is not only successful but also highly appreciated by employers.

I’ll share insights from my 20 years in international headhunting, showing how this method puts you in charge and eliminates the middleman.

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Headhunting International – The Secrets of Global Talent Acquisition

Welcome to Headhunters International! I’m Mark Ross, here to guide you through the secrets of global talent acquisition and help you find your next career-defining role.

This channel is created for you, sharing proven formulas and route maps of reverse headhunting to help you stand out and get noticed. With over 20 years of industry experience, I bring you insights from working with top business leaders.

Subscribe today for exclusive access to hidden job market opportunities, practical career tips, and strategies for excelling in your professional journey.

Your next great opportunity is just a click away!

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More than a quarter of women have never requested pay rise and find process ‘awkward’, study finds

More than a quarter of women have never requested a pay rise and women are substantially more likely to find the process of doing so “awkward”, a new study has found.

A poll of 2,000 people found 41 per cent of men have talked about a salary rise with their manager in the last six months,  whereas just a third of women have.

The study, carried out by Good Money Week, a campaign which shines a light on ethical finance, found nearly a third of women feel “awkward” about asking for more money but just a fifth of men feel uncomfortable.

It also discovered men are far more likely to feel “excited” and “empowered” about asking their boss to up their salary than women.

Nearly a fifth of men will request a rise twice or more each year and only eight per cent of women will do the same.


Read More – www.independent.com

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Thomas Cook staff begin legal action over job losses

Over 1,000 Thomas Cook staff will take legal action after losing their jobs when the airline collapsed.

At an event in Manchester on Friday, around 1,000 former employees came to sign up to legal action under the Protective Award, which is being co-ordinated by union Unite.

More unionised ex-workers are expected to sign up next week at events around the airline’s other UK hubs.

The firm’s liquidators said they will co-operate with any tribunal process.

The Unite-represented employees join around 100 non-union staff who earlier today said they will take legal action.

Both groups argue the airline and tour company acted unlawfully by not offering a Protective Award, a form of compensation given to staff of larger companies who are made redundant without being properly informed or consulted with.

Like the Unite-affiliated staff, the non-unionised Thomas Cook employees believe the firm acted unlawfully in the way they were dismissed and have appointed lawyers to seek redress through an employment tribunal.

Unite was meeting with former staff in Manchester to also inform members of their rights, how to begin redundancy claims with the government and to advise laid-off workers on job opportunities and updating their CV.

The union said it was calling on other airlines currently recruiting staff to “fast-track” the job applications of former Thomas Cook workers.

One ex-senior manager told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme Thomas Cook was still offering jobs just days before going bust.

Lawyers from one firm, Simpson Millar, told the BBC that thousands of former workers at the firm could be due some money.

Employees are entitled to a Protective Award if they are made redundant from an office of more than 20 people without being properly informed – and are entitled to up to 90 days’ pay.


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MetaCompliance creates 70 new jobs in Londonderry expansion

A cyber security firm is creating 70 jobs in Londonderry in a £4.5m investment.

MetaCompliance develops software that firms use to minimise risk from cyber attacks.

It is looking to expand its business into new markets in the US and Europe.

Chief Executive Robert O’Brien said: “We have seen a rapid global increase in the demand of cyber-security products and services, particularly since GDPR has been implemented.”

Invest Northern Ireland has offered £695,000 of support towards the new roles.

It said this expansion will generate £1.9m a year in salaries to the local economy.

Mr O’Brien said InvestNI’s support “has been fundamental to our continued growth” to match the demand for cyber security products.

John Hood of Invest NI, said the new jobs will allow MataCompliance to “build upon its previous success and help the company to expand its presence in the North West, the cybersecurity market, and in new markets”.

Read More – www.bbc.co.uk

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Minimum wage: How high could the lowest salaries go?

The National Living Wage will rise to £10.50 an hour by 2025, the government has said. So, how high could the lowest wages actually go?

What happens to the minimum wage already affects lots of low paid people – from bar staff to waiters and nursery nurses to sales assistants.

But the planned increases – announced by Chancellor Sajid Javid – mean the wage will increasingly affect many more.

When it reaches £10.50, it will be two-thirds of the median (middle) wage. It is likely to affect one in four employees and will be extended to all employees aged 21 and over by the mid 2020s.

But is there a limit to increasing the lowest wages and what are the benefits and risks of paying more?

How high is the minimum wage?

The UK already has one of the world’s highest minimum wages.

For workers aged 25 and over it is currently £8.21 an hour – a level known as the “National Living Wage”. There are also lower rates for younger workers, ranging from £4.35 to £7.70.


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13 Ways to Show Your Boss You’re Ready for the Big Promotion

If you’ve been at the same job for some time, it’s all too easy to just assume that a promotion will come along every year, like a bonus for time served. But you have to do more than log hours to make it to the next level. More responsibility means actively showing (and sometimes telling) your boss that you’re ready to take on a new role.

To show you just how it’s done, 13 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council weighed in with tips on getting promoted, based on their own employees they’ve seen rise through the ranks.

1. Make Your Boss Obsolete

It’s ironic, but the best way to get promoted is to make your boss’ job easier. And the best way to do that is to make his or her job obsolete. You’re not really putting your manager out of a job—you’re allowing him or her to trust your work. In turn, he or she can focus on new areas that the higher-ups have needed to address for some time. Strong work goes up the chain, improves the company, and gets you noticed.2. Summarize Work Visually

2. Summarize Work Visually

When talking about your work, give us something to look at. When you answer the question, ‘Why are people buying?’ show a chart of the top responses as well as how many people gave each response. It makes everyone a believer when we can see a quick visual snapshot that backs up what you’re saying.

3. Own Projects From Start to Finish

Organizations place a premium on individuals who follow through on tasks. If you can prove that you can consistently own projects from start to finish, you will not only get promoted, but you’ll also make yourself indispensable.

4. Keep a Positive Attitude

The people who typically get promoted keep their cool under stress. They also act as a role model to everyone around them. They meet deadlines and ask relevant, intelligent questions that help clients be happier with our services. When an issue arises, they want to solve it and work to avoid future problems by learning from their mistakes.

Read More – www.themuse.com

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Tailor your CV to get more interviews

If you were going for an interview at a big City law firm, it is unlikely you would turn up wearing sandals, swimming trunks and a tee shirt. Likewise, if you were going for an interview to be a Lifesaver for the RNLI, it may come across as slightly odd if you turned up for your interview in a pinstriped suit and bowler hat. If it’s important to tailor your approach to interviews, it is equally important when it comes to your CV.

It is a common mistake to rely on just one generic version of your CV for every application. How much the CV needs changing depends very much on your circumstances. A professional looking to further their career within a similar role and industry may need to tweak the CV for different applications. If you are a graduate or changing career, then you will need to refocus completely the information in your CV to demonstrate the right skills and qualities for different career paths.

Recruiters are often time strung and under pressure. It is therefore up to you the job seeker to make sure the information in your CV immediately connects. The first thing the recruiter wants to see is that your CV is relevant to the role applied for, this is where a Professional Profile comes into its own as this acts as your introduction and enables you to clearly position yourself in line with the job you are applying for.


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CV Key Skills

Everyone knows you never get a second chance to make a first impression. But what some job seekers do not realise is that a CV is the first impression you leave on a prospective employer so it is no exaggeration to say that a bad CV can ruin your chances of being hired.

It is also important to have a CV because of the following 3 reasons:

  1. It is a Record: Keeping a CV and updating it regularly will help you keep track of all of your minor accolades, many of which you might forget if you don’t organise them all in one place.
  2. It Demonstrates Professionalism: Skills aren’t everything when you are on the job market. Often it isn’t about what you can do so much as how you can do it. Companies want employees who present themselves as polished professionals.
  3. It is a Reference: For employers, a CV is helpful simply for keeping track of candidates. Your CV is the point of reference that keeps you visible to employers during the hiring process.

What Do Recruiters Look For in a CV?

Successful CVs stand out for many reasons, but recruiters primarily look for the following traits when evaluating the document you give them:

  • Presentation: Aesthetics are the first thing anyone reading your CV will notice. Does it look like a typical, cookie-cutter template? Is it easy to read at a glance? Is the information organised in a thoughtful manner? Is the document clear, efficient and precise? Inconsistent formatting, typos, and uncommon file formats are all quick ways present yourself in a negative light.
  • Relevance: Employers are interested in the relevant aspects of your professional history. So they probably don’t need to know about your part-time high school job as a car washer or that you are interested in collecting coins unless those things are directly related to the job for which you are applying. Don’t include things just to fill out the CV; every item on your list should be relevant to the task at hand.
  • Experience: Of course, the contents of your CV are critical too. Employers want to know what experience you have in the profession, or what skills you possess that will help you thrive in the role.

Key Skills to Highlight in Your CV

When putting together a CV, it can sometimes be hard to determine what skills or experiences to include and what to leave off.

The following types of information are relevant examples of what skills to highlight on a CV:

Administration Skills

  • Arranged meetings with senior management personnel
  • Distributed and filed new employee paperwork
  • Contacted customers and suppliers to arrange deliveries and receive orders
  • Managed transition of data from Microsoft 98 OS to Windows XP
  • Undertook digitisation project to scan the physical file and transfer to the cloud-based servers.

Communication Skills

  • Successfully mediated conflicts between staff members
  • Drafted and distributed interdepartmental memos
  • Read market reports and trend forecasts and 1-page business abstracts laying out all the key data and conclusions
  • Evaluated candidates for new positions and wrote brief reviews during hiring process
  • Recorded minutes of all executive level meetings

Managerial Skills

  • Oversaw customer service, financial, and administrative operations in the main office
  • Managed and trained two administrative assistants
  • Ordered raw materials and managed the receipt of all orders, confirming correct amounts and products
  • Arranged optimal scheduling for shop floor staff and filled vacancies when employees were sick or on holiday
  •  Coordinated deadlines and completion estimates between customers and production staff

Interpersonal Skills

  • Managed and trained multiple new staff members
  • Took charge of account management for several customer accounts
  • Coordinated business lunches and special events (such as concerts and sporting events) for key clients
  • Planned and hosted the annual holiday party
  • Hosted weekly employee lunches with staff members from multiple departments

IT Skills

  • Coordinated social media marketing campaigns
  • Built company website using interactive web design elements with HTML and CSS
  • Oversaw backup of company files to a cloud-based storage service
  • Managed transition from CD install software to new, scalable SaaS systems
  • Managed and organised Excel databases with performance analytics data

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identified issue in IT systems and provided alternate solutions
  • Drafted a report providing ways to streamline office functions, which were later implemented by management
  • Replaced traditional office desks with standing desks for all willing employees, which led to an 8% increase in office productivity
  • Addressed customer complaints in a timely manner, providing store credit for faulty products
  • Implemented flexible scheduling and reduced overall energy consumption by 14% in six months.

Creativity Skills

  • Set up and maintained a company blog online, with more than 5,000 daily visitors
  • Drafted new design plans for a product that sold more than 1 million units
  • Designed new labels and logo for the company
  • Created invitations to the annual holiday party
  • Designed brochures and product catalogues for distribution by mail.

Finance Skills

  • Oversaw payroll for more than 80 employees
  • Paid taxes on both federal and state levels
  • Utilised Quickbooks for invoicing and accounts payable
  • Kept track of profitability via Excel spreadsheets
  • Implemented new credit card payment scanners

Read More – www.jobs.telegraph.co.uk