The Poor Law that was introduced in 1834 was a Law that was put in place to support the poor. The law was introduced because it was getting increasingly expensive to look after the poor so parliament introduced it in hopes it would diminish the cost of looking after the poor and to get the poor out of the streets and into workhouses. Parliament promised that this new law was to give the poor Clothes, free education, food and a place to stay. The Poor…Continue Reading “Looking back: what was ‘the poor law’?”

In this article we look at two aspects of interviewing: what to wear, and what you might ask when given the opportunity. For the last ten years or so dress code for job interviews has become more casual, breaking away from more traditional formal clothing. When preparing for a job interview the human resources department should be your first contact, ask them for advice. If the business in question does not have a human resources department, dress conservatively: business suits for men and women. There…Continue Reading “Preparing for a job interview: what to wear and what to ask”

There is so much competition in the job market. Attention to detail is a vital skill for solicitors and other types of lawyers. You cannot afford to make a mistake on your legal CV as you will only get one chance. After all, as the saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression! Obviously you want to have a completely error free CV. To stand any chance of getting an interview, this is a must! Here are 3 mistakes to…Continue Reading “Get a life! 3 mistakes to avoid on your legal CV”

Jewellery can raise a lot of questions in the workplace. What should you wear to a job interview? What about your first day on the job? Should you remove multiple piercings? Can your employer stop you wearing jewellery? In this article, we will try and answer some of the questions we get asked most often. What jewellery should I wear to a job interview? Nice jewellery can give you confidence. It can finish an outfit and create the appearance that you’ve made an effort. Generally,…Continue Reading “Jewellery at work: a guide”

Most job seekers write a CV with one thing in mind – how can I show off my skills and qualifications? Whilst it’s important to write a great CV that proves you are a worthy candidate, it’s also important to remember how good it should look. The overall presentation is just as important as what you have to offer. If you can produce a CV that looks amazing you are already grabbing the employer’s attention. Of course, your credentials need to also match up to…Continue Reading “What is a CV template and why should you use one?”

A large part of a CV is taken up with the work experience section. Typically using at least one page of A4, the work history is very important to an employer – and for obvious reasons. There isn’t any substitute for experience, and in many cases you will find that a company prefers this over qualifications. Apart from entry level positions which mostly attract school leavers, work experience will always play a huge part in the decision of whom to hire. The manager has to…Continue Reading “3 ways to boost the work experience section of your CV”

If you want to find out how to get a job interview with ease, then read on for some fantastic tips. We want you to succeed, but if you fail to write a CV that makes a positive impression, it’s back to the drawing board! Here are the 5 things every employer looks for on a CV: Commercial awareness Do you understand the role and the industry? Having a good understanding of the business will help you to write a better CV. The employer will…Continue Reading “The 5 things an employer wants to see on your CV”

Most CVs nowadays have a personal statement at the top, just under the candidate’s contact info. It might be called something else (profile for example). The statement is typically three or four lines long and tells the recruiter why the candidate should be considered for the position. If used properly, it can be a very powerful way to boost your interview chances. To make your personal statement work for you, you’ve got to summarise in a few lines how you meet the job specification. The…Continue Reading “Writing a personal statement for your CV”

If you were an employer and you had so many well written and error free CVs to choose from, would you consider an application with even just the slightest mistake? With so many applications to choose from, the hiring manager has the easy job of finding the very best candidates to interview. Such fierce competition to land a job makes for great reading when you’re an employer, but on the flip side, makes it extremely hard to get it right as a job seeker. If…Continue Reading “Why a mistake on your CV could cost you the job”

With such a competitive job market you cannot afford to rest on your laurels and write a generic and plain CV. Simply listing all of your work experience, skills, and qualifications is not going to be enough to get you that all important interview. So what else do you need to do? Putting yourself in the shoes of the employer will allow you to understand better what they are looking for. Will having the right skills and experience instantly guarantee that you will perform will…Continue Reading “How to focus your CV on achievements and performance”