What do recruiters and hiring managers want to see on a resume?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

What do recruiters and hiring managers want to see on a resume?  is a question that I am frequently asked. Thankfully, Career Directors International recently questioned recruiters, talent acquisition specialists, hiring managers and human resources professionals on what they most want to see on a resume. The following is my summary of the main findings. […]

How to create a career plan?

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Until a number of years ago I’d never really thought serious about the direction my career was going in. Yes, I’d had to set a plan as part of my annual appraisal when I worked for an international company however, as far as I could see, no-one really took them seriously and I’d never considered […]


Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Sometimes a job opportunity can arise when you least expect it and you can be asked for a copy of your CV which you haven’t updated in months. There is no time for you to do a complete re-write and wishing that you had isn’t helping.   So what can you do?   While the […]

How to create a CV that gets read

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Having recently completed an international training event on Formatting Resumes: Strategy and Distinctive Design to Win Interviews, I thought I’d share some of what I learn with you.   The thing is, when you Google CVs, you will find a huge range of examples. Some which, on first glance, appear very boring while others seem […]

How to write a CV when you have no recent work experience

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

I work with a lot of mums who want to return to work after staying at home to look after children and one thing I consistently hear is that because they haven’t been in paid employment for some time, they won’t be able to get a job. And yet today another such mum who I had worked […]

3 reasons for using LinkedIn to ensure your career success

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

LinkedIn plays an integral part in your career success yet few people are actually making the best use if it.  There are many who set up a profile on LinkedIn and connect with a few people and believe that is enough. Unfortunately it’s not! That is why I am giving my top 3 reasons for […]

Tips for graduate job seekers

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

I was talking to a friend the other day who told me he would rather recruit a graduate who had taken on any job for a couple of years (no matter how unrelated to his business) before undertaking a Masters degree, than a graduate fresh out of university with a Masters and no work experience. This […]

7 quick ways to improve your CV

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

You have spent ages working on your CV to make sure that it really shows the value that your unique set of skills and experience can bring to a job. However before submitting it, take a few minutes to see if you can further improve it by following these 7 steps to ensure that all […]

Does your work inspire you

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

When thinking about applying for a new job, what is the first thing you consider? Are my skills a good match? Do I have the experience they are looking for? Does it fit with my career plan? Does it pay well? More and more people tell me that they want a job that is meaningful, […]

How to stay motivated in your job search

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Do you know what motivates you?  Are you tailoring your CV every time and still not getting an interview?  Perhaps you can cope with this once or twice but how does it make you feel after receiving multiple rejection letters?  How long does it take for you to pick yourself up rather than just giving […]