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Thinking twice about job…

Thinking twice about job offer? Why backing out could be bad for your career Companies spend a lot of time and money on the hiring process, so it is no surprise that candidates who back out of job offers at the last minute are a major annoyance. Every situation is different and it may be the case that it is no longer possible to accept the role you previously agreed to. However, it is important to take time to consider the job offer carefully, prior to signing the contract.  It is not against the law to go back on a job offer, however, it could be damaging for your career. These are some reasons why backing out of a job offer may have negative implications for your career.   Bad for Reputation It is important to remember that you are not only affecting your own reputation by backing out of a job offer, but also that of the recruiter (if not a direct applicant). The recruiter is representing you after all, so if you fail to join a company after agreeing to the terms/ signing a contract, the reputation of the recruiter also hangs in the balance. If you have adversely impacted the reputation of yourself and your recruiter, they are highly unlikely to want to help you in the future. You never know when you might need assistance in..

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Pros and Cons of…

Pros and Cons of Testing Mid-Level IT Consultant Candidates The recruitment process is time consuming and can be costly, which is why it is so important to make the right decision when hiring a new employee. Tests are not always common practice in every organisation, although due to the importance of practical knowledge in the IT sector, they can form part of the hiring process. These usually come in the form of aptitude tests, which are sometimes used in conjunction with an interview. Aptitude tests provide candidates with a series of questions and the answers will be used to determine how candidates deal with different scenarios. The answers are then compared to decide who is the most suitable. There is a lot of discussion around these kinds of tests and whether or not they should be used, particularly if they are the only means of deciding on whether or not a candidate is suitable for the role. What if a candidate manages to pass the test with no problem, but it turns out that they are not right for the job? On the other hand, they may fail the test but be more than capable of doing the job. These are some of the pros and cons of testing mid-level IT consultants.   Testing to Achieve Results While interviews can often be subjective and based on the opinions of individuals, tests can..

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6 Key Abilities that…

In some tech-driven careers, it can feel as though you are navigating between two worlds: the technical and non-technical. You have to have the technical expertise, but soft and interpersonal skills are also becoming increasingly important. As a consequence, professionals who interview for SAP and software engineering positions need to demonstrate these 6 abilities throughout the hiring process:   Use simple language to communicate complex ideas You know what you mean, but .   If you need to use a technical term or jargon, try to find an analogy you can use to help explain and communicate your message.   The closer your language is to another person’s language and knowledge-base, the better you’ll be able to communicate with them. Show the interviewer that you’re conscious of this and can work with managers and employees who don’t share your technical acumen.   Recognize different workstyles What do you know about the people you’ll be working with, reporting to, and communicating when you begin working? Do they work with their hands? Are they used to seeing written outlines or drafts?   Ask the interviewer questions that will . The more you know about the people you’re trying to work with, the better you’ll be able to create workflows and communication protocols that fit best with the existing company culture and employee work habits.   Pay attention to detail Over the course..

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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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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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