Is it worth getting project management certification?

Many project managers get their positions without the need for a professional certification in the field but will a PMP or Prince2 qualification improve your project management job prospects? Will it make you more employable? Will you be able to demand a higher salary? There is no doubt that sitting a course and gaining the

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Is video recruitment about to replace the interview and the CV?

There has been discussion for a long time about the use of video in the selection process as an alternative  to telephone and face to face interviews and now as voip technology and internet video are standard in many households and businesses, new companies are starting up with the idea of changing the way we

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Is the future of recruitment without CVs?

In our January article “Companies now hiring based on attitude not just technical expertise” we looked at why companies are starting to recruit based on personality and not just technical expertise. We saw that candidates with the personality most suited to the company were much more likely to succeed. However accurately judging a candidates character

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Positive feedback in the workplace improves productivity and wellbeing

In a recent article by Tony Schwartz on the energy project blog entitled “why appreciation matters so much” it was argued that positive feedback in the workplace from managers improved wellbeing and productivity. But is it really that simple? We’ve all worked for different types of employer. The strict boss who makes it clear when

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The secrets to giving a great phone interview

From your first careers advice meeting at school candidates study the best interview techniques to impress their future employer in the job interview, however little attention is paid to the pre-interview phone call. In this article we look at the best ways to prepare for that phone interview and how to get through the initial

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Recruitment advice – The secrets of how to give a great interview

Everyone has an opinion on what you need to do to perform well in interviews. Some employers will not even interview candidates who haven’t polished their shoes and others will not interview candidates who are late. Some recruitment sites suggest you write your CV in a standard format others suggest you make it individual to

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Companies now hiring based on attitude not just technical expertise

With the increase in workforce from China and India and a surplus of candidates with relevant qualifications and expertise, companies are now looking at new ways to distinguish the top candidates and are now rating attitude as a way of assessing potential employees.  Results show 89% of failed new hires are for attitude reasons “When

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Do job titles mean the same thing in all companies?

Will the marketing director in a 6 month old rapidly growing company of 20 employees have the same roles as one in an established company with well known products of 20 years? Probably not. Job titles mean very different things in different companies particularly when comparing startups and older businesses. Startups and established companies are

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Effective Leaders Need to be Good Coaches

Machiavelli’s tombstone bears the following words:  “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in it’s success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things”. In those days the requirements of leaders were very different.  People’s horizons were limited by the

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