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- Tips for successful networking
- Once upon a time, the phrase 'networking' only really applied to the professional world and was mostly 'done' at industry events. With the arrival of social media, networking took on a new meaning, moved online and became a highly addictive and mostly social past time. But don't forget it is still really important to remember how to network in person - particularly when it comes to your career. We're all guilty of not picking up the phone enough and having millions of contacts in our phones but very few friends we actually call. It's risky in your social life and definitely something to beware of in your professional life. Nothing beats picking up the phone or meeting up for a chat. As recruiters, we are always happy to be discreet and use all methods to contact candidates and clients - but we also really appreciate how much a working relationship is improved if you meet up and or speak on the phone regularly. As awards season is upon us and as the spring/summer lures us all out for a bit of socialising - we thought we should share our tips on how to make the most of those face to face moments. So here's our guide on how to network successfully - in person. Develop your strategy If you go to lots of events, you should be making the most of them. Prepare yourself. Others will be looking to network too and if you have thought about your personal strategy beforehand e.g. why are you there, what are you looking to find out - you will be able to get right into it as soon as someone starts talking to you. You need to have answers for the typical questions - Why are you here? What do you do? What's your background and interest? Find out who else is going It's usually pretty easy to find out who will be at an event - particularly if it's an awards do or an industry exhibition or conference. And remember even training courses are ...
- 2015 - the year of Wearable Tech?
- The Apple Watch went on sale last month - but has it's arrival been as big as originally anticipated? Many believed it would be the highest profile launch ever of a piece of wearable tech, yet the launch seemed quieter than the last iPhone. Is it because people are not that interested in wearable tech yet? Or is it simply because it was not the first smart watch and according to some reviews is certainly not the best? Some reviews say that although there are many great apps, it isn't that great for telling the time! Surely critical on a watch? Apparently it doesn't hold it's charge very well and needs to be recharged at the end of every day. Others say the entire user experience is just not what you would expect from an Apple product. So if smart watches are not yet doing that well are there other items of wearable tech that will capture our interest and enjoy more success? We are keen to know what other wearable tech is coming our way. We also want to know if it is just a craze, something for early adopters and techies only - or is it something that will be top of many of our Christmas lists by the end of the year? Martin Talks, the ex Global Head of Digital at Draft FCB, recently set up his own wearable tech company - 10xArmy and they have already developed some products, such as a virtual reality viewer for smartphones that you can buy for as little as £20. So we caught up with him to gain some insights into this new and exciting world. Martin believes that although 2015 has been touted as the Year of the Wearable, he thinks it is unlikely to explode into the market that fast. There is so much more to it than activity bands and watches and there are obstacles which will slow down the development and launch of any other innovations for a while. The main obstacle is that there are just not enough people with the knowledge and skills to handle it. The beauty of wearable tech is the huge amounts of data that will be generated. It ...
- How To Prepare For A Competency-Based Interview
- If you are actively looking for a job then it is more than likely that you will have to face at least one competency-based interview along the way. If you haven't come across one yet, be assured they are simply a way for the interviewer to assess if you have the right skills to do the job. A competency-based interview is more in-depth than a traditional one, and as a result both the employer and candidate gets more from the experience. So how do you prepare?Identify key skillsIn an ideal world the employer would give you a list of the competencies they are looking for. If not, then you can do it yourself by looking at the job description and choosing key skills and strengths mentioned. Common key competencies to look out for include communication, leadership, teamwork, problem solving, organisation and analysis.Give examplesOnce you have your list of competencies you then need to think of two or three examples of how you have used this skill in the past. These do not need to be overly complicated – after all, you are not being asked to demonstrate how you changed the business model. However, what they do need you to demonstrate is that you played a significant role in reaching a particular outcome.Think STAR (or CAR)To help you fully explain each situation you can use the acronym STAR - Situation, Task, ...
- How to resign & handle counter offers
- Whatever your reasons for leaving a job, it makes sense to do it in a way that won’t have any negative repercussions. Handing in your notice can be a nerve-wracking experience but as long as you stick to the right etiquette, remain professional and dignified, then a world of new opportunities awaits. Here’s the DNA guide to the best way to approach this difficult moment in your career. Prepare your resignation letter How you choose to write your resignation letter will depend largely on the sort of position that you hold and the company that you work for. If you work for a small owner managed business with a casual and friendly working environment then a curt and emotionless resignation letter might seem out of place. If you work in a more formal, slightly corporate environment, you may wish to write a letter that reflects this. Either way, you should keep the letter brief, non-confrontational and professional. Tell your boss before your colleagues Your boss should always be the first person you inform about your plans to resign and you should always do this face-to-face. It’s not easy but it is the right thing to do and will help ensure your departure is as comfortable as it can be. Leaving a letter on a desk or letting them know by email is not going to be well received and can lead to a very awkward atmosphere as you work your notice. Remember, you aren't under any obligation to tell them why you plan to leave but if you want to - just offer a constructive reason for your departure (such as no room for promotion, you've been offered another job or are leaving for personal reasons). DO: Be polite and thank them for the opportunity that working with them gave you. DON'T: Refuse to work your notice. DO: Be prepared for a counter offer. DON'T: Use the opportunity to tell ...
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