Should you send a thank you after an interview?

Interview Advice

 

A few weeks ago, I received a DM from an American follower: “I’m advising someone on their job hunt and was shocked that they didn’t send a thank you message after their interview. Do you not do that over here?”

I replied that it’s not so common – I’ve always found it to be a very American thing to do, but didn’t think it was done in the UK. But as you know, I always like to back up my advice, so I set out to find out how people felt about thank you messages after interviews. [Read more…]

3 Things For Your CV You’ve Not Considered

cv tips

Last week something a bit crazy happened. A guy asked to connect with me on LinkedIn, then when I accepted, offered to look over my CV for a free check. I thanked him, told him that actually I have my own CV writing business on the side, but thank you anyway.

He replied back: “Looking at your background you wouldn’t have a clue how to write a CV. I bet you put References [sic] available on request at the end” [Read more…]

You Don’t Have To Be Nice

Nice Girl Career Advice

I saw a post on Instagram this week that said that the best career advice they could give is to “be a fucking pleasure to work with”. I had feelings about this.

Women are taught to be “nice” in the workplace. We try hard to make people like us – much more than we try to do a good job. Sugar and spice and all things nice, is what we’re told to be.

A “nice” worker says yes to more tasks even she knows she already has a full plate. She takes on overtime without complaint. She frets that a colleague might not like her. [Read more…]

How to Tell if You Will be Replaced by Robots

robots take your job

Stood in front of a class of year 10s, I’ve just finished telling students about what they should consider when choosing their next steps. It’s then time to bring out the stat:

60% of you will work in jobs that currently don’t exist

Those of you who know me in real life know that I love a good stat. This one, however, is a rarity for me as it’s not a good stat – it’s not that widely backed. In fact, looking online there are a wide range of figures suggesting how many new jobs a random group of teenagers will be doing. [Read more…]

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