Business Call Top Tips

I don’t think anyone sets out to cold call.

No one goes to university thinking “I can’t wait to get into a company and cold call a whole bunch of people!”

But lots of jobs, not just telesales jobs, involve cold calling.

I first had to do it when I was a recruiter, and I hated it. We were required to make a certain amount of calls to companies a day, and often a manager was listening in secretly. I cut my teeth this way, but it was only in my last role and my current role that I’ve become good at this. [Read more…]

Weird Job Application Questions

“If you were a vegetable, what would you be?”

Recently, I’ve been paying attention to shop windows a lot more. I’m using the Job Spotter app to snap hiring signs to submit, and win Amazon credit. With each application you can get up to 150 points, with more being given to those rare, hand-written signs as opposed to mass produced company posters. I’ve made about 20 submissions and have got myself about a fiver… so don’t be thinking that this is going to get you rich!! [Read more…]

3 Things to Never Put on Your CV

There is a whole mountain of CV information out there – and yet, when I see CVs I see the same mistakes cropping up time and time again.

The average hiring manager will spend around FIVE SECONDS looking at your CV. That means you can’t mess up. [Read more…]

How to Deal with Criticism at Work

Today I’m doing something new – answering a careers question that was submitted to me:

“Help! Do you have any tips for dealing with criticism and not taking it personally? Or coping in a culture of complainers?”

This is a great question, as it touches upon one of the main things older generations say about us millennials – that we can’t take criticism.

It may have been the case that in previous generations bosses were much harder on employees, who didn’t have a choice but to suck it up and deal with it. But the fact of the matter is that the world is a lot quicker these days, people could just find another job in a few clicks if they are feeling harassed at work. But is it always the best way to up and leave when you face hiccups? [Read more…]

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