The Resume Center Blog


Norway says no to Finland birthday gift

  22/10/2016 06:16 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg, recently dashed the hopes of campaigners when she vetoed a plan to move Mount Halti a few hundred meters into Finland....


Fired over Facebook posts

  21/10/2016 06:07 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

A Georgia schoolteacher earlier this month became the latest in a long line of people who have lost their jobs over something they posted on Facebook. Is there something on your Facebook pages that should be removed?...


Follow-up Application Letters

  20/10/2016 06:11 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Many people spend hours preparing a job application, send off their cover letter and Resume and simply sit back and wait. By sending an appropriate follow-up letter, you can significantly improve your chances of being chosen for interview....


Avoiding Common Interview Mistakes

  19/10/2016 04:42 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

There are some common interview mistakes which candidates make time and again, regardless of company, position, seniority or country. But, if you make a mistake, it doesn't have to be the end of the interview. You can still recover and get that job in the end....


References - a waste of time?

  18/10/2016 05:18 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Many employers are now scared to give honest references for ex-employees because of the fear of subsequent legal action. While many recruiters know this and will use other means to research a candidate's background and character, if you are asked to give references, contact them in advance and find out what they are likely to say about you....


Distance Interviewing

  17/10/2016 05:51 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Distance interviewing, whether by phone or video, is becoming increasingly popular as technology evolves and recruiters look to minimise the time and cost involved in the interview process. Candidates should treat distance interviews as they would a face to face interview, with a few additional points to be borne in mind....


Angry Birds Attack Newly Weds

  16/10/2016 06:22 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

It was meant to be the happiest day of their lives. But for one Australian couple, it almost became a nightmare from a Hitchcock film, as angry birds attacked the wedding photoshoot....


Sweden experiments with 6 hour working day

  14/10/2016 05:41 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Swedish companies have begun experimenting with a shorter working day in order to boost productivity and employee happiness. But are the benefits proven and will it catch on in other countries? ...


Passed over for promotion? Don't let it get you down

  13/10/2016 05:50 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Being passed over for promotion can be upsetting. But let the disappointment get you down, Try and find out why you didn't get the job - and what you can do better next time....


How many interviews does it take to get a job?

  12/10/2016 05:56 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

If a company invites you back for a second, or even third interview, this is not because they are inefficient. They want to get the hiring right, especially for senior roles. So, if you are invited back, the good news is you are still in the game. But you must prepare as hard for the following interview(s) as the first, because now you need to convince them....


How to resign from a job - gracefully

  11/10/2016 03:43 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Many people dream about telling their current boss and employer some home truths when they get a new job offer. Resist the temptation. Act professionally throughout. It will stand you in good staed now and in the future. ...


Our Premium Resume Services

  10/10/2016 04:16 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

By giving clients access to someone widely considered to be one of the world’s leading careers’ experts, they are gaining the advice of somebody who has worked in the field for nearly 20 years, written or read thousands of Resume s, and who has the inside track on what works...


Gossiping Fish with Regional Accents at Risk!

  09/10/2016 06:15 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Scientists testing the waters around the British coastline believe that gossiping fish may be at risk because of increased noise pollution. They also believe fish may speak with regional accents....


Man who lived like a Goat honoured

  08/10/2016 05:55 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

The 26th Ig Nobel Awards have recently been handed out at a ceremony to celebrate quirky achievements in the field of science. Amongst this year's worthy recipients were a man who lived like a goat, a Swede collecting hoverflies, and an Egyptian professor who dressed rats in pants....


Common CV / Resume Mistakes You Shouldn't Make!

  07/10/2016 04:58 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

In today's competitive job market, having an effective Resume is usually a must. However, too often candidates fall at the first hurdle because their Resume is full of errors. What are some of he common major mistakes people make on their Resumes?...


Graduate Resumes ? Stand out from the crowd

  06/10/2016 05:50 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

For many people, the first Resume they write is prepared just before or after graduating. In many cases, there will be little work experience on which to draw, so it is important to stress education, skills learned and accomplishments....


The Spy who came in from the cold - and struggled to find a job

  05/10/2016 06:42 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Tom Marcus was an MI5 spy for 8 years but struggled to find a job when he left the service because of the gaps on his Resume. For those in the same situation - with little practical experience or gaps in their career history, a functional Resume might be an appropriate format to use....


Applicant Tracking Systems what they are and how to beat them?

  04/10/2016 04:56 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

More and more companies are turning to Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to process Resumes. This means candidates need to prepare their Resume not just with the needs of the human recruiter in mind, but also so that it will pass the computer review process....


Tattoos – Still a Taboo in the Workplace?

  03/10/2016 04:48 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Whilst many employers still discriminate against tattoos in the workplace, recent research has indicated that they may be missing out on top talent because of outdated attitudes....


The gender pay gap - male models are suffering

  02/10/2016 04:19 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Amongst the widespread debate about the gender pay gap between men and women, there is one industry where females earn significantly more than their male counterparts. Male models can earn a quarter of what women earn....


Australia drops backpacker tax

  01/10/2016 04:55 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

A controversial Australia tax on backpackers has been dropped after opposition from farmers and the tourist industry. Instead the Government has announced measures to attract more backpacker visitors to the country....


Happy Birthday Google?

  30/09/2016 05:50 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Google has just celebrated its 18th birthday. Or has it? Technology giant struggles to remember when it was born....


Emailing your application? dos and don?ts

  30/09/2016 04:51 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Whilst the vast majority of job applications will be made by email today, there are still rules that should be followed when sending anything online to a potential employer....


Does your Resume format matter?

  29/09/2016 06:29 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Whilst often overlooked, the format of your Resume is very important. A poorly formatted Resume creates a bad impression on the reader. You can?t be bothered to take the time to perfect your Resume; why should they, in turn, bother to read it?...


Can't quit the job you hate?

  28/09/2016 04:24 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Recent research has indicated only 33% of employees feel empowered at work. The rest are stuck in a job they either tolerate or hate. Why are people scared to quit a job they hate?...


Should you use a Professional Resume Writing Service?

  27/09/2016 05:45 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Is it wrong to use the services a professional Resume writing service, or do they offer skills and experience that you may lack?...


Resume writing tips - chronological and functional Resumes

  26/09/2016 06:05 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Read on for the difference between a chronological and functional ${cv). When might you prepare a functional Resume. ...


The Paper Bag – the next big thing from Apple?

  25/09/2016 18:18 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

After giving the world the IPad and the IPhone, Apple has now turned its attention to the humble paper bag. ...


Would you pay £53k extra to buy a house close to a good school?

  24/09/2016 14:13 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Average house prices in the catchment areas surrounding the top state schools in English have rocketed to £366,744 compared to an average of £313,318 in other areas. ...


Executive Search versus Recruitment Consultants – what’s the difference?

  23/09/2016 05:03 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

A common misperception is that executive search firms and recruitment consultants are the same. In fact, there are big differences of which candidates should be aware....


Why Americans – and Hilary Clinton – can’t be sick?

  22/09/2016 05:04 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

When Hillary Clinton turned up at the 9/11 Memorial Event last week, she did what millions of Americans do every day. She went to work when she was sick. Why do so many Americans still go to work when they are ill?...


He ain't heavy he's my brother

  21/09/2016 07:07 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

The World Triathlon Series came to a dramatic finish when race leader Jonny Brownlee was carried over the line by elder brother, and double Olympic champion, Alistair....


Don't be late - avoid this cardinal interview sin

  20/09/2016 05:39 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Being late is one of the major sins you can make an interview. Always try and leave enough time to get there early. Being late adds to your stress and leaves a bad impression on the employer....


The Kindness of Strangers - how an 89 year-old street seller got unexpected help

  19/09/2016 06:55 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Elderly Chicago street seller gets unexpected help thanks to a Facebook appeal...


How to motivate your team? Pizza or washing machine of course!

  18/09/2016 12:49 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Keeping employees motivated is not always easy, but incentives can help. The trick is to find out what motivates your employees in particular so that you can boost productivity and keep your team happy. ...


How to lose your job in one day!

  17/09/2016 13:28 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

You'd think that most people would try to make a good impression on their first day in a new job!...


CV versus Resume - a question of language?

  16/09/2016 06:48 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

What is the difference between a CV and a Resume? Which version should I use and where?...


Email Addresses - Cut out the Jokes

  15/09/2016 05:55 Etc/UTC | Andy Dalziel

Don't use a funny or inappropriate email address when applying for a job. It is not professional and creates a bad first impression....


How would you describe your current boss?

  14/09/2016 05:08 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

A typical interview question is how would you describe your current boss? Beware! This is a loaded question and needs to be answered carefully....


Facebook deletes iconic image and sparks public backlash!

  13/09/2016 06:53 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Facebook's decision to remove an iconic photo from the Vietnam War sparked a huge public outcry! Not only were they forced to reverse their decision but a wider debate has been sparked as to their influence on news and other media...


Had a Bad Interview Performance? Let it Go!

  12/09/2016 05:45 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

If you have done badly at interview, don't beat yourself up. It happens. Pick yourself up, learn from what went wrong, and you'll do better next time....


Boy For Sale!

  11/09/2016 10:22 Etc/UTC | Katy Wilson

Sixteen year old William Scott has come up with an innovative way of finding a new job! ...


Should I Stay or Should I Go? Considering Relocating for Work?

  10/09/2016 09:29 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Current employer wants you to move to a different part of the country or to post you overseas? New job on offer but you have to relocate? Should you go or should you stay?...


UK to avoid recession?

  09/09/2016 04:33 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

A well-respected survey has indicated a strong rise in the UK services sector, following signs of recovery in manufacturing and construction. Will the anticipated post-Brexit recession in the UK be avoided?...


You Want Loyalty? Get a Dog!

  08/09/2016 04:20 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Employee Loyalty, especially amongst younger workers, is on the decline. Businesses need to do more to encourage Millennials, the largest proportion of the workforce, to stay....


Caught out – Dubai ruler finds empty desks

  07/09/2016 05:54 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Red faces all round in Dubai as the local ruler carries out a surprise early morning inspection of civil service officers, only to find a row of empty desks....


Rejected at Interview? It's nothing personal.

  06/09/2016 04:31 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Don't look back in anger! If you have failed to get a job after an interview, it's nothing personal. Learn from the experience and prepare for the next opportunity....


Graduate ?tips for building employability

  05/09/2016 05:10 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Too often graduates leave it until finishing their degree before beginning their job search. This may be too late. Start preparing early for your transition from college to your working life. It will give you a head start over the competition....


999 What's your emergency? My feet hurt!!

  04/09/2016 04:58 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

A woman from Warwickshire called 999 to ask for a lift home from shopping because her feet were sore!...


Junior Doctors to Strike for 5 Consecutive Days

  02/09/2016 04:19 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Earlier today, it was announced that junior doctors will be staging a series of five day strikes over the next four months as arguments continue over the introduction of a new contract....


The closure of Gawker – Freedom of Speech versus the Right to Privacy?

  01/09/2016 04:46 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

The closure of the celebrity blog site raises interesting questions about the right to free speech and the right to privacy....


Temporary jobs - a stepping stone to a full-time role?

  30/08/2016 05:04 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Companies are turning to temporary workers as they look for flexible staffing options. However, there may be benefits for the employee as well as the company. Taking a temporary job can lead to a full-time role....


What do you do around here anyway?

  29/08/2016 05:06 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

A candidate who does not know a company's basic products or services is likely to fail badly at interview. There is no excuse for not doing your homework in advance....


Why September and October are good months for finding a new job.

  28/08/2016 15:02 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

September and October are amongst the best months of the year to find a new job. There are sound reasons for this from both an employer and candidate viewpoint....


Ramen Noodles – top US prison currency

  27/08/2016 11:41 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

A recent study has suggested ramen noodles have overtaken tobacco as the currency of choice within US prisons! ...


When is the best time to schedule an Interview?

  27/08/2016 11:34 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

According to research, if you have the option, Tuesday mid-morning is the best time to schedule an interview....


Just say no – rejecting a job offer

  26/08/2016 05:36 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

There can be very good reasons to turn down a job offer. Never be afraid to say no, if the job does not match your needs or is not a good fit....


Good Cop, Bad Cop! Look out for the Nice Guy!

  25/08/2016 05:33 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

A classic interview technique is the old good cop, bad cop routine! Whilst candidates may fear the bad cop, it is usually the good cop they need to watch....


Holiday blues - The Hunt For A New Job!

  24/08/2016 06:07 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Summer holidays are a time to take stock. Many people return from vacation not refreshed and ready to get back to work but, instead, determined to get a new job and leave the old one behind....


Been made redundant? - What should I say on my CV?

  23/08/2016 05:15 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Many people in their lives can expect to be made redundant at some stage, due to no fault of their own. But being made redundant doesn't mean you can't have a long and successful career....


Mega Connectors Hit by New LinkedIn Rules

  22/08/2016 06:06 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

In a move that has not been widely announced, LinkedIn have begun to automatically remove connections made by "mega connectors" - those members whose networks exceed 30,000 members....


Successful US Olympians face a hero’s welcome – from the IRS

  19/08/2016 05:46 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Successful US Olympic Athletes will face hefty tax bills when they get back stateside, with the "victory tax" levied not only for winning a medal, but on the value of the medal itself!...


8 Amazing Tips on Writing A Cover Letter!

  18/08/2016 06:05 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Preparing a simple and effective cover letter can often be the difference between your { cv } being read or joining the pile of rejects. Yet they are often neglected by candidates or receive far less attention then their Resume....


What Not to Say in an Interview

  17/08/2016 07:29 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

There are some thing that candidates should never say in an interview. Here are some of the commonest mistakes - and how to avoid them!...


Virgin Trains helps stop ex-offenders going off the rails

  16/08/2016 08:31 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Every year, the estimated cost to the UK taxpayer of reoffending is estimated to be up to £13 billion! Imagine what the government could do for the NHS with £13 billion ... but that's a subject for a different blog post altogether. ...


Great Advice For Those Crazy College Years

  15/08/2016 06:58 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Starting college can be like entering an entirely new world. You have more freedom than you've ever had before and you are in total control over your own life. This increased responsibility however can make you susceptible to some serous pitfalls....


The Employer Perspective

  14/08/2016 07:13 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Think it’s unfair that your carefully crafted $ { CV } gets only a few seconds’ attention from a prospective employer? Try and understand it from their viewpoint....


Got to Catch Them All!

  13/08/2016 05:13 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Or at least as many as your legs allow you to. Pokémon Go is the new Pokémon game by Nintendo that makes people literally run around like crazy! Reports of people quitting their jobs to become a full-fledged Pokémon trainer are no rumors!...


Olympic Athletes - Rich in Talent but Poor in Money

  12/08/2016 11:15 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

For many competitors at the Rio Olympics, their only reward is being there. They will earn nothing from the experience, and could end up seriously out of pocket at the end....


How Social Media Can Harm Your Job Prospects

  11/08/2016 08:41 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Your social media presence can harm your prospects of getting hired before you even meet the employer...


Temporary Jobs – A Key Source of US Job Growth

  11/08/2016 08:40 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Since the last recession, temporary hires have been a key source of growth in the US economy. Whilst hardly household names, firms such as Adecco, Allegis and Randstad have played an increasingly prominent role in supplying temporary labor from Fortune 500 companies down to local businesses and stores, taking advantage of what has been labelled “domestic outsourcing”....


5 Good Reasons to Have a LinkedIn Profile

  10/08/2016 05:08 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Although only launched in 2003, LinkedIn has now become the premier networking tool for professionals. A powerful LinkedIn profile is essential not only for those looking for work but even for those who have a job and are not even thinking about a change in role just now....


Working From Home - Pros and Cons

  09/08/2016 14:46 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

With changes in technology and companies looking to adopt a more cost-effective business model, many organisations have begun to allow staff to work from home. However, whilst the idea may sound very attractive, there can also be challenges which may not make this the ideal solution for everyone....


How not to lose that job in 2 minutes

  08/08/2016 06:48 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Interviews are widely regarded as a stressful experience. A determined candidate may spend hours, researching a company, its service and products, preparing strong answers to tough interview questions, and creating mental lists of things to ask....


Is Your Job Boring You to Death?

  04/08/2016 17:18 Etc/UTC | The Resume Center

Following news a Frenchman is suing his former employer for boring him to death, evidence suggests a tedious job can be bad for your health and well being....