Category Archives: Advice

New Year Resolutions for Your Job Search this year

New Year Resolutions

‘Looking for a new job’ is a popular New Year resolution every year, along with ‘going to the gym’, ‘eating healthy’ and ‘spending less’.
Whilst we can’t help you with your budgeting or sticking to a fitness programme, we hope the information below will help you in your career search in the year ahead.
(if you’d like to read more tips click here to see our New Year resolutions from previous years, we’re sure they’re still helpful this year!)
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Do you have any questions? Part 1

Questions MarksAt interviews candidates expect, and are hopefully prepared to answer questions. However are we prepared to ask questions as well?

And as hirers and recruiters are we prepared to turn the tables and be the ones answering questions for a change?

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Back to School….

BlackboardLast week I returned to my old school, Kirkcaldy High, for the first time since leaving as a sixth year pupil back in 1991. My colleague Laura and I had been invited by Audrey Diamond, Kirkcaldy High’s Principal Teacher of Guidance to take part in their 5th year student’s induction day. It was a fantastic event aimed at inspiring the 15 and 16 year olds to make the most of their year ahead by focussing on a number of key themes including enterprise, employability and creating opportunities for their own success and development. Continue reading

8 ways to help recruiters find you (and your CV!)

Hire Me SignAs recruiters we always look to connect with individuals who are interested in new career opportunities and have the skills, experience and qualifications our clients are looking for. So whilst we search through databases, build our networks and connect with jobseekers, how can you make sure that we find you…..and your CV? Continue reading

Spring Clean Your CV

feather_duster_spring_cleanIt’s that time of year when many of us spring clean our spare rooms, attics, cars, garden sheds and, if you’re like me, your office desk! But what about your CV?

Very often we simply keep adding information to our CV with each new job or qualification we gain but few of us seem to really clear out old or irrelevant information, give it a really good tidy up or dare I suggest even start again! Continue reading

10 Tips for Taking Ability Tests

Ability TestsHaving administered ability tests for jobs ranging from call centre staff, sales advisors and graduates to finance, HR and technical professionals I know that very few of us (if any!) look forward to sitting a test as part of a job application process.

However with studies just last year showing that “80% of FTSE 100 companies use aptitude tests in the recruitment process” and “8 out of ten facing psychometric tests” at managerial level, it’s something many of us these days need to prepare ourselves for. Continue reading

Escape’s Guide for Jobseekers: Use STAR to help you shine at interviews!

Job Interview in ProgressI was recently involved in an interview training session with Young Enterprise Lothian, a programme which encourages students aged 16 to 18 to set up and run their own company over the course of one academic year.

At the moment the students are busy preparing, not only for their prelims but for their end of year company interviews. For many participants this is the first interview they have taken part in and as anyone who has been interviewed knows, they can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you’re not sure what to expect.

One of the most popular tips the group picked up was the STAR interview technique, a useful tool to help interviewees effectively talk through an example or scenario in an interview. Continue reading