One simple way to improve your job application

Want to know how to make a job application or covering letter more appealing to your potential new employer?

For many years when I completed job applications I always thought from the perspective of myself – the skills, knowledge and experience that I could offer – which in theory sounds right because I am showing why I was the most qualified person to do that position.

But the problem is I was competing against a pool of applicants who were also just as qualified to do the job.  Therefore I didn’t stand out to be offered interviews.
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LinkedIn isn’t working…

As a “professional” I am signed up to LinkedIn.

At the moment the only function I can really see is to increase my connections, of people I once networked with in a professional setting.  Essentially has become some sort of organisation Pokedex where I have to catch them all – or rather got to network with them all.  This usually results in a mundane loop from the newsfeed where I get to see what my network “liked”.

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Vision…

I had been told I had been ready for the next level for the last three months.

The only problem was where I worked has recently had a freeze on recruitment, so I didn’t have any opportunities to move up.

So I grew restless and impatient and decided to look for work elsewhere.

It never felt quite right as I filled in the application – I struggled through it even though it didn’t feel right.  To try and make me feel better I asked those close to me their thoughts. Continue reading

4 Cool Bearded Guys

I thought I would write about some pretty cool people who inspire me.  I have been reading a few things about them recently.

By some coincidence they also happen to have beards.  Does a beard make a person cool.  Who knows? Continue reading

Work place Trends 2016

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The Road travelled

“See… you 9 to 5 workers will never understand the level of commitment of running a business”

Said my friend, it was a dig that came out of nowhere – but it really pissed me off.

Yes – my friend ran his own business but he was talking like he was Richard Branson or something.  I take that back because Richard Branson would be more respectable to his staff and realise they are the bread and butter that have supported his success.

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What makes people buy?

The iPad

I was at a friend’s house where he was proudly showed off a new tablet he got.

“How much did that cost?” I asked

He told me that he got it “free” as part of his new phone contract where he had to pay an extra £20 a month, which was said in such a manner you would think it was a bargain.

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Review: The Millionaire Fastlane

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime, is a book that inspires but also makes you feel terrible that you are not a multi-millionaire.

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MJ DeMarco,  highlights the way to becoming wealthy through the concept of the slowlane and the fastlane.  The slowlane is explained as getting a good job, saving, investing in the stock market, being careful with money – until the ‘payoff’ when you are old you’ll also be rich.

The fastlane – the main theme of the book is about using finite time effectively to maximise the amount of money made.

The first few chapters really repeat ‘Get rich slow’ and constant references to Lamborginies, therefore I did begin to wonder if the author was just a one-note bragger, critiquing a lifestyle without offering answers to achieve wealth.

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Review: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still win big

Scott Adams (author of Dilbert) has written a pretty good self-improvement book that kind of borders on a biography, called How to Fail at almost everything and still win big.

The book approaches self-development by looking at mistakes in hindsight that Scott had made and reflecting on what he.  This was something I found quite valuable and have begun looking at incidents of failures in my life and what I have learnt from it.  Hopefully one day I will actually get to the win big stage! Continue reading