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smoking cigarette 05.03.18 News

How much more productive would you be if you quit smoking?

Happy ‘World No Tobacco Day’! Did you know, according to research conducted by GfK NOP, 1 in 10 smokers quit on World No Tobacco Day? If you’re still looking for that reason to quit, we…

Certification writing papers 23.02.18 News

Cordant People Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

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…

laptop typing hand gap 13.02.18 Job Hunting

How to explain a gap in your CV

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…

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What do employers look for in a CV?

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,…

job hunt tablet 12.02.18 Job Hunting

Finding the right job

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.…

handshake interviwer 12.02.18 Interview

How to close an interview

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…

interview work 12.02.18 Interview

Interview preparation – part 2

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…

interview preparation 12.02.18 Interview

Interview preparation – part 1

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…

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What will you be scrutinized on at interview?

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…

table work volunteering 12.02.18 Job Hunting

How does volunteering benefit your career?

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…

body language interview 09.02.18 Interview

Positive body language at Interview

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…

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Questions to ask at interview

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.…

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Tackling a second interview

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…

interview 09.02.18 Interview

Interview do’s & don’ts

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…

robot human interaction 07.02.18 News

15 interviews – no human interaction?

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 -…

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Tips for the telephone interview

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…

Interview notes 06.02.18 Interview

Preparing for typical interview questions

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…

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What not to say at an interview

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…

graduate 06.02.18 Job Hunting

Why is a graduate job fair important?

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…

networking 04.02.18 Job Hunting Working Advice

A guide to networking

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 -…

job boards 04.02.18 Job Hunting

Tips for using job boards

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…

new job laugh 04.02.18 Working Advice

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

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……

peace 04.02.18 Working Advice

Cultivating peace at work

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…

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Could businesses attitudes to tattoos be out of date?

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…

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Dealing with a scary panel interview

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…

head hands move on 04.02.18 Working Advice

7 signs it’s time to move on

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…

love hands heart 04.02.18 Working Advice

Seven ways to love your job

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…

maths paper pen 04.02.18 News

Can you solve these World Maths Day problems?

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…

cv writing 04.02.18 CV Writing

Does your CV tell your story?

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…

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Should the UK have more Bank Holidays?

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…

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The ultimate Bank Holiday playlist

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.

writing words 02.02.18 Working Advice

The top 20 most commonly misspelt words

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…

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Robots will “take 800 million jobs by 2030”

According to recent reports, workers, particularly in the Midlands and North of England, are most at risk of losing their jobs to robots. According to The Centre for Cities estimates, nine areas across the UK…

CV typing 24.01.18 News

Genius gap in CV explanation

When sifting through an endless stream of CV’s, as a hiring manager you’re constantly looking out for that special something that makes a candidate stand out from the rest.   Director at Halo Resourcing, Amanda…

man desk mental health 23.01.18 News Working Advice

Mental health issues at work – what to look out for

Whether you’re overseeing a team of people or working within one, it is extremely important to be able to spot whether or not an employee or fellow colleague may be suffering with their mental health. One of…

sandwich 23.01.18 News

British Sandwich Week

It’s British Sandwich Week! That’s right, one whole week of celebration a year, solely devoted to perhaps the greatest and most iconic British culinary invention – the Sandwich. Sarnies, butties, barms and baps, whatever you…