In Japan thereis a term called mottainai, which expresses regret when something good is wasted. Environmentalists, who follow the mottainai philosophy, look to the four Rs of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repair in all aspects of life. In my outplacement work with organisations, I deal with another form of mottainai: a regret over the waste…

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When it comes to job satisfaction, there’s a special ingredient that holds the key to happiness and success in a role: it’s called “cultural fit.” The Harvard Business Review describes cultural fit as the likelihood that someone will reflect and/or be able to adapt to the core beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours that make up an…

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As a recruiter with extensive experience sourcing candidates for roles, there are two pieces of advice I have for job seekers hoping to be approached by those looking to hire: 1) Be ‘findable’; and 2) Make it easy. The obvious question is: how do you do that? Being ‘findable’ online With many recruiters and hiring…

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According to our research over 80% of hiring managers use reference checks as part of their selection process. Your job references are important in confirming the skills, motivation and attitudes included in your resume and demonstrated during your interview. Ideally, your referee is someone you have reported to in a professional capacity. Choose a job…

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Writing a resume can be harder than it looks. To help you get started, we have compiled three most popular resume formats in downloadable Word template formats. These templates were deemed the most popular types by our highly-experienced consultants who assess hundreds of resumes on a weekly basis. Choose the template that is right for…

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It’s not just nerves that can shake an interview. Classic interview mistakes include acting arrogantly or being overly emotional, talking too much or refusing to answer certain questions. A survey by Generation Success found there are seven “job interview crimes”. Let’s look at them one by one. Turning up late Your car broke down. The…

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Unconscious bias is a mental shortcut made up of attitudes or stereotypes developed over time. Unfortunately, when it goes unchecked, unconscious bias can have detrimental effects on your organisation’s creativity, diversity and inclusivity. Is there anything you can do to reduce unconscious bias? Yes! Look to the SELF model.

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Here are a few more do’s and don’ts for being at your best during a job interview Job Interview Do’s: Preparing for a job interview is essential to making a good impression. Employ these handy job interview techniques to win over your interviewer: Plan to arrive on time or a few minutes early. Late arrival…

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