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Researching an Employer Before…

Researching an Employer Before Your Next Job Interview Knowledge is power, and when it comes to acing your next interview … research is the answer. Researching employers is one of the best ways to stand out against other applicants. Employers are looking for forward-thinking employees that do their due-diligence. They want employees that are interested in what they do, that fit in with their culture, and believe in what they offer. By researching employers before you step in the interview room, you'll have the information you need to provide tailored answers to their questions. Moreover, you'll also be able to assess whether that employer is right for you. With that in mind we thought we'd put together a guide to help you research an employer before your next interview.   Explore their company website When you start your research your first port of call should be their company website. Here you'll find the public face of their company – the information they promote to prospective clients and employees. First and foremost, you'll need to find out what the employer does.  There should be a clear guide to the services they offer on their website. If this information is vague, this could be cause for concern … or at least an opportunity for discussion. On the employer's “About” page, you should be able to find their “Mission” and “Values” statements. This..

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How to Optimise Your…

How to Optimise Your LinkedIn Profile To Appeal To Recruiters A growing proportion of all career openings are now being filled by recruiters finding and approaching their ideal hires online. Correspondingly, fewer roles are being filled via advertising, which means that the next time you want to change jobs you can’t rely on finding and applying for jobs yourself. Consequently - and irrespective of whether you are actively considering a career move - to be in the running for the best positions you have to have a Linkedin profile that will be found by recruiters and that will quickly win them over when they find it. This blog is aimed at providing quick wins to help you craft a LinkedIn profile that will get noticed by recruiters and will make you stand out as a strong candidate. The backdrop to this is that LinkedIn have changed the site in ways that impact you as a candidate, including standardising the layout of LinkedIn profiles. This has elevated the importance of certain elements of your LinkedIn profile, whilst demoting others. Here’s everything you need to act on to achieve those quick wins.   Making a positive first impression There's one part of your LinkedIn profile that will be seen more than anything else. That's the combination of your name, photo and headline - as appears at the top of your profile page...

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Contractors or Permanent employees?

Contractors or Permanent employees?  It is often the case companies believe they have the universal right answer to that question. They can often be wrong. That is the case as there is not always a straight answer to the question – in the broader sense, of course. The decision on whether to hire a permanent employee or a contractor should be based more on the situation rather than the company’s preference. Below, I share a few important aspects to evaluate before deciding which way to go.   Nature of the job The nature of the job to be performed is one of the main aspects to analyze. Are you hiring someone to perform an activity that is within the company’s main focus or is It an accessory type of work? Whenever the job is part of the company’s core activity/product and the knowledge necessary to perform it is of value, it is a good bet to explore a permanent hire. If the focus of the job is not part of the company’s main focus, it could be best to hire a contractor. It is always better to develop and keep the knowledge around the heart of your company with you. Whenever it is an accessory skill, then a temporary specialized solution could be best.    Duration Another important aspect to beware of before deciding which way to go is for..

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Top Tips For Tech…

Top Tips For Tech Talent To Build A Strong Professional Profile on Social Media   Social media today plays a huge part in the success of a Tech professional’s career. It can result in you being found and approached with enticing career opportunities. Or it can be used more proactively to open doors with potential business partners, future employers, investors and other high value connections.   There are two angles to consider here. The first is how visible you wish to be in the market? When a recruiter or entrepreneur is searching for tech experts, how likely is it that you will come up in the search results as one of the top matches? Linked to that, how frequently will your peers and the wider tech community see your updates appearing in their social media feeds - and how many people will add social proof to your reputation by commenting on or sharing your posts?   The second angle is whether you wish to use social media more proactively to build relationships and strike up conversations with people of interest. For a Tech entrepreneur, this could mean sparking conversations with potential business partners, investors, vendors and future employees. For someone on the payroll, this could mean starting conversations with mentors or potential future employers and with startups in your space that you may be interested in joining at some point..

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