All Careers Advice

  • Careers within hospitality hold fantastic appeal. There is such a diversity of pathways open and where else do you get the chance to really make someone’s day?

  • Discover with us which food hygiene certificate do you need to become the next Gordon Ramsay.
  • Making sure you don’t ask the wrong questions is probably more important than asking the right ones. In general, don’t ask questions that put the emphasis on what you can get out of an organisation. Also, never ask questions that give the impression that you won’t be hanging around too long or that you are a slacker. The potential employer needs to feel that you are in this for the long term and that you won’t disappear out the door the moment someone waves a more attractive carrot in front of y

  • Employers often use psychometric testing to vet potential employees and help them understand a little more about your...
  • The main aim of a covering letter is to encourage recruiters to read your CV. However, it needs to do a lot more than...
  • Rapport is the connection between two people; the spoken and unspoken words that say ‘we are on the same page’. In an...
  • Understandably, many people find discussing salaries uncomfortable and embarrassing during an interview. However, mos...
  • A Curriculum Vitae is a self-marketing tool and getting an interview can depend on how good your CV is. You will need...
  • Managing your reputation on the internet is now a serious business and not always easy to control. According to research, 26% of hiring managers say they have used search engines to research potential employees and one in 10 has looked on a social networking website. You put yourself at risk by

  • Career Planning: Time Wasted or Valuable Resource? Career planning is something you do as you leave the comfort blanket of the education system and head out into the big wide world, right? Libby Calaby from concept CV offers an alternative view.

  • Why is it that even when we know what we want and have all the best reasons to make it happen, sometimes we fail to achieve, or maintain, our goals?

  • This is your chance to get a bit creative and stick a real bit of you under the interviewer’s nose.

  • Look at the positives. OK, so you’ve been for interview after interview, but at least you got to interview stage, so you must be doing something right. If you haven’t had any, then maybe you should be looking at your CV to see if you can improve it.

  • Writing your CV is the most important piece of selling you will ever do. Firstly, it needs to get noticed among the avalanche of other applications – and that doesn’t mean having it delivered by a semi-clad opera singer (although that could turn a few heads). Secondly, it has to be absolutely spot-on, both in terms of your experience and self-promotion. It’s may be a cliché, but there really is no second chance to make a good first impression with this one – so bear in mind this essential advic

  • So, you’re unhappy and you’re frustrated with the same old routine, you feel unchallenged, a little bit bored and you want to progress to the next level in your career. The key to getting promoted is remembering that promotions are not generally freely given, like most things in life; you have to earn them through sheer hard work, talent, focus and dedication (as well as being in the right place at the right time with the right set of circumstances) .

  • Work-life balance is important to everybody, as it enables us to improve the quality of our lives. Libby Calaby from ConceptCV has some top tips on how to keep some perspective on your work life!

  • The interview is coming to a close, the interviewer asks you if you have any questions and suddenly your mind goes blank. Interviews should be seen as a two-way street as it is as much a chance for them to find out about you as for you to find out about them. You need to know everything about the position to make a considered decision if you are offered the job. Always prepare by drawing up a list of key questions that you genuinely want to ask. If you are not interested in asking questions, the

  • Let’s face it, most of us find job interviews about as appealing as having root canal treatment, but you can’t let it show. Being cool, calm and collected is the order of the day. And, just to add to the stress of it all, it is a generally held belief that within 60 seconds the interviewer will have already made up their mind about you, so this is a vital time to shine. Here are a few key pointers to help you seal the deal.

  • Why is it even the most confident person turns into a quibbling wreck when it comes to the thought of an interview? Honest answer, we are scared to talk about ourselves; scared to ‘Blow our own trumpet’ but if we don’t how will they ever know…..

  • Don’t worry, you’re not about to be wired-up to a computer and covered in electrodes. Psychometric tests may be a little scary but they needn’t be – and if you are the right person for the job they will just reinforce that fact. Broadly speaking they fall into four categories: ability tests, aptitude tests, personality tests and motivation questionnaires. So here are some hints to keep you abreast of the tests.