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Cordant People Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

News | Posted 23.02.18

Cordant People are extremely pleased to announce that we have achieved the latest ISO 9001 certification, ISO 9001:2015, the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system. “We are delighted to have achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification having always placed quality at the heart of our business” says Kelly Kendall Managing Director for Cordant…

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How to explain a gap in your CV

Job Hunting | Posted 13.02.18

One of the big unfairnesses in job hunting is being rejected for a role because you don’t have consistent employment on your CV. We’re here to help you avoid that. If you have a gap on your CV, there’s more than likely a reasonable explanation for it. Getting that explanation across to potential employers is…

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What do employers look for in a CV?

Job Hunting | Posted 13.02.18

Think of your CV as a sales brochure that’s sole purpose is to get you in front of the interview panel, everything else comes later. You might possess excellent qualifications and the most relevant experience, but it’s your CV that’s most important to an employer. Every employer wants to get a good return on their investment in…

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Finding the right job

Job Hunting | Posted 12.02.18

How often do we look at enterprising people like Richard Branson or Bill Gates and assume that they were immediately successful and wealthy? There’s no doubt that their achievements took a massive amount of effort. However, career success is the entitlement of everyone so you should absolutely put in time and effort to study your…

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How to close an interview

Interview | Posted 12.02.18

If you really want the job, or if you need to secure that second interview – closing your first interview correctly is crucial. Think of the role of the interviewer, they are a liaison officer who aids an organisation in finding qualified applicants and selecting the wrong person will ultimately reflect upon their poor judgement.…

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Interview preparation – part 2

Interview | Posted 12.02.18

Earlier this week we gave you the first part of our definitive guide to interview preparation. Here’s part two – prepare to be prepared. Appearance counts. Your appearance is the first thing people notice about you and will leave a lasting impression so getting it right is really important. You need to feel comfortable as…

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Interview preparation – part 1

Interview | Posted 12.02.18

An interview can be one of the most important events in your life. After all, the hour you spend with the interviewer may determine your entire future. We know that for some people, interviews will be a really exciting opportunity but for many others it can be an extremely daunting and stressful experience. It may…

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What will you be scrutinized on at interview?

Interview | Posted 12.02.18

Interviews can be incredibly stressful. You’ve got a small window in which to make a big impression and every aspect of your personality is being scrutinised. Tact and diplomacy are invaluable life skills and the interviewer wants to fully assess your capabilities in this respect – do not be the creator of your own downfall. The…

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How does volunteering benefit your career?

Job Hunting | Posted 12.02.18

Volunteering is more than just helping out a charity – it’s also a fantastic way to develop your skills and potentially even land yourself your next new job. So then, what’re some of the career benefits of volunteering? Developing your skills. Considering applying for a promotion at work but are unsure you have the necessary…

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Positive body language at Interview

Interview | Posted 09.02.18

Well done for making it over the first hurdle and to the interview table – the next hurdle, and it’s a big one, is impressing in person. This, in a nutshell, boils down to portraying an image of positive body language. Therefore, you should consider the following: Check your appearance before entering the building (or…

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Questions to ask at interview

Interview | Posted 09.02.18

It’s often overlooked, but an interview is a two-way street. Therefore, it’s important to prepare questions to ask your potential new boss so you can be sure that this is the right job for you. As well as this, not having questions prepared means you run the risk of seeming unprepared or uninterested. So, let’s…

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Tackling a second interview

Interview | Posted 09.02.18

Congratulations on getting that second interview – Now then, let’s make sure you smash it!  Right then, let’s get into this. In your second interview, It’s very likely that you’ll be interviewed by another person, along with the first interviewer. As well as this, it’s also very likely that you’ll be asked similar questions to your initial interview.…

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Interview do’s & don’ts

Interview | Posted 09.02.18

When you get invited to interview, you immediately feel excited at the prospect of landing that new job, and then… the fear sets in. That’s okay, though, that just means you want it, and you want to make the best impression to nail getting that job.So try to think of fear as a good thing.…

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15 interviews – no human interaction?

News | Posted 07.02.18

After applying for 55 jobs 21-year-old graduate, Peter Lane, secured himself around 15 interviews – yet – never met any of his potential employers. Lane told the BBC: “They were all video-based screening interviews – I didn’t even meet my potential employers, there was no way to tell if I’d impressed them with my answers…

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Tips for the telephone interview

Interview | Posted 06.02.18

The telephone interview has become an increasingly important and necessary process for most employers in recent years. It’s a great, low-cost way of assessing whether or not you’re right for the job. So, let’s take look at some tips you should consider in case you find yourself at the other end of an employer’s telephone…

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Preparing for typical interview questions

Interview | Posted 06.02.18

An interview can be a nervous experience for anyone, but bear in mind research has shown that the most successful person for the job is not always the one whose experience, skills and intelligence rank above the others, but the individual who possesses ‘learning agility’ – a person who can learn and adjust rapidly to…

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What not to say at an interview

Interview | Posted 06.02.18

Feeling confident before that big interview? So you should, you’re awesome. Confidence, however, has its own pitfalls – like maybe not thinking before you speak. Here’s a handy guide to what you shouldn’t say when sat in front of the panel. You’ve done your research, ironed your suit, practised your answers so you know your stuff. Understandably,…

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Why is a graduate job fair important?

Job Hunting | Posted 06.02.18

A job fair presents an excellent opportunity to evaluate the current market, meet employers and industry experts as well as recruitment agencies; you are expanding your network and learning vital industry information thus creating your own ‘job hunting strategy’. This is your chance to interact, obtain contact details and, of course, familiarise yourself with corporate…

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A guide to networking

Job Hunting | Working Advice | Posted 04.02.18

The majority of job hunters underestimate how useful their network of contacts can be, but as with anything in life whether you are an athlete in training or a student looking for your first job – the more you put in, the more you will get out, ‘no pain no gain’. Therefore, you should allocate sufficient…

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Tips for using job boards

Job Hunting | Posted 04.02.18

Today, job boards are regarded as one of the most effective job hunting tools. However, the competition for employment on job boards is cut-throat. There are thousands of applicants applying for jobs as well as thousands of companies who have the task of filtering through copious applications. So, just how do you turn a job board to…

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What should you do in the first week of your new job

Working Advice | Posted 04.02.18

The first week in a new role is daunting. All those new people to get to know, all the new practices to learn and not to mention who you’re going to sit with at lunch… As always though, we’re here to offer you some advice on how to get through the pressures of what’s most important -…

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Cultivating peace at work

Working Advice | Posted 04.02.18

Today is the day that every United Nations member country enters into a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Seems like the perfect opportunity to take the philosophy of World Peace Day and take it into the workplace. Have you found that maybe there’s a bit of tension between yourself and a colleague? Here’re some…

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Could businesses attitudes to tattoos be out of date?

News | Posted 04.02.18

Ever worried that visible tattoos could keep you out of the jobs you’ve always wanted? Well, the times could be a-changing. The conciliation service Acas has called negative views on visible tattoos outdated and said that employers could be missing out on top candidates because so many young people have tattoos. They’ve even called for…

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Dealing with a scary panel interview

Interview | Posted 04.02.18

Few things are more terrifying than panel interviews. You’re sat in front of two, three maybe even four people, all of whom could be looking for different things from you. But, they are fundamentally no different from a regular interview. So calm down. What is a panel interview? The concept is simple: You’ll be sat…

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7 signs it’s time to move on

Working Advice | Posted 04.02.18

It’s easy to fall into a rut when you’re in an unfulfilling role, and not even realise it. We’ve all been there at one point or another, going through the day like some sort of work zombie, leave for work, do work, leave work, bed. There is a better way, though, maybe you just need…

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Seven ways to love your job

Working Advice | Posted 04.02.18

Keep the Valentine’s heart-eyes going in your working life with some tips to help you love your job. Already forgotten the valentines day love? A UK survey found last year that two out of three people in Britain are not happy in their jobs, so how do we keep the heart-eyes going through your nine…

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Can you solve these World Maths Day problems?

News | Posted 04.02.18

Today is World Maths Day – a day where we remind ourselves that there are two types of people in the world, those who love numbers and those who wish maths wasn’t a thing. Find out which one you are by doing our quiz. Tell your friends how you did!

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Does your CV tell your story?

CV Writing | Posted 04.02.18

Your CV can be considered your autobiography, documenting your previous roles, qualifications, skills and even your interests – but are you missing a key element to help you stand out amongst the crowd? There’s probably nothing wrong with your current CV. It has your professional and educational history in just the right amount of detail,…

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Should the UK have more Bank Holidays?

News | Posted 02.02.18

Bank Holidays, who doesn’t love them? A day that the banks officially close their doors and, thanks to MP Sir John Lubbock way back in 1871, your office does too. The theory of the bank holiday was simple, if the bankers weren’t doing any business, then why should everyone else? This was coupled with the…

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The ultimate Bank Holiday playlist

News | Posted 02.02.18

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend! There’s nothing better than enjoying the extra day off with some brilliant tunes. Here’s our pick of the best ones to enjoy your day off.

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The top 20 most commonly misspelt words

Working Advice | Posted 02.02.18

Some words are just difficult to spell, that’s just matter of fact. Now, whether that’s because of inconsistent pronunciations or lack of clear enunciation (we won’t lie we had to google that spelling) we’ve all been guilty at some point of changing a word in its entirety and substituting in something much easier when we can’t remember…

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