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With a decade’s experience of writing about job search and recruitment topics, Paul understands the power of words to influence mindsets and alter destinies. His previous recruitment career taught him that the seeds of a successful job search are sown long before you come to writing your resume. Dad of two great teenage kids and husband to a long-suffering writing widow.
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Published in Cover Letter

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

ChatGPT Cover Letter: Prompts and Writing Tips
Generative AI can help us in so many ways. Writing a cover letter is no exception – in this blog we explore just how ChatGPT can optimise your career story.
ChatGPT Cover Letter: Prompts and Writing Tips
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10 min read

Published in Cover Letter

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

What is a cover letter?
What is a cover letter? It might not be explicitly required for every application. However their uses of a cover letter and how to write one could help you get your foot in the door of that interview room. Read on to learn the meaning of a cover letter!
What is a cover letter?
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17 min read

Published in Job Interview

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

100 Behavioural Interview Questions – Tips and Examples
Behavioural questions will form the bulk of any interview. Hiring managers are most interested in the behaviours that helped you get to your career achievements.
 100 Behavioural Interview Questions – Tips and Examples
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17 min read

Published in CV Help

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

ChatGPT CV writing – prompts and process
Artificial intelligence is changing how we live, work, and search for jobs. Can you use ChatGPT to help write your CV? This blog walks through the benefits, the risks, and the best prompts to make ChatGPT your job search assistant.
ChatGPT CV writing – prompts and process
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9 min read

Published in CV Help

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

Google Docs CV Templates
It is likely that you will use a CV template when you start your job search. We are a fair-minded bunch (only slightly biassed), so we take a look at Google Docs CV templates.
Google Docs CV Templates
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14 min read

Published in CV Help

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

The Truth About Lying on Your CV, Revealed
What’s your professional worth? If that question ties your stomach up in knots, you could be prone to feeling like your CV simply isn’t good enough. But is it ever OK to lie on your CV? Let’s dive into the ins and outs of lying on your CV.
The Truth About Lying on Your CV, Revealed
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9 min read

Published in CV Help

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

How Far Back Should a CV Go?
How far back your CV goes is part of how you tell the hiring manager about the sort of professional you are. But what is the rule of thumb? What are the exceptions? What are your other options? Read on to find out the answer to all of the above.
How Far Back Should a CV Go?
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12 min read

Published in Career

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

Understanding Garden Leave: A Complete Guide
Garden leave sounds like an idyllic proposition for an employee after a fraught last few months in the role. But that is not always the case. And how does it benefit an employer? In which circumstances is garden leave most useful for them?
Understanding Garden Leave: A Complete Guide
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12 min read

Published in Career

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

15 Top Jobs for Teens — and How to Apply for Them
Since the dawn of the paper round, teenagers have been entering the workforce well before they have finished their secondary school education. What are some of the most popular jobs for teens?
15 Top Jobs for Teens — and How to Apply for Them
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8 min read

Published in Cover Letter

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

How to end a cover letter + examples
The end of any message needs to reinforce its content and leave an emphatic impression. The end of a cover letter is no different. Go and get that interview invite.
How to end a cover letter
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13 min read

Published in CV Help

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

How to share computer skills on your CV
Computer skills are becoming critical in more professions in our technology-focused world. Here is how you can go about including them on your CV.
How to Share Computer Skills on Your CV
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10 min read

Published in CV Help

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

Problem-solving skills – and how to include them on your CV
Problem-solving skills lie at the heart of many a successful career, but how can you include them on a CV? It is a complex issue that is worth careful thought.
Problem-solving skills – and how to include them on your CV
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9 min read

Published in CV Help

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

Customer service skills to add to your CV
The success of a company lives and dies with its approach to customer service. How can you describe your customer service skills on your CV? What stories will you tell?
Customer service skills to add to your CV
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11 min read

Published in CV Help

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

Should you include a photo on your CV?
Including a photo on a CV is not usually something that an applicant considers for long. It is either customary in your country, or it isn’t. However, if you are moving internationally, you may think about whether you wish to fit in with the locals who may include a photo.
Should you Include a Photo on Your CV?
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9 min read

Published in Cover Letter

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

How to address a cover letter
Of all the tasks during a job search, addressing a cover letter correctly may not seem to be the most taxing. While this is true, take care. If you get it wrong, there will be consequences.
How to Address a Cover Letter
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8 min read

Published in CV Help

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

10 Interpersonal skills for your CV
When you read a CV and consider whether to hire someone, you would hope to get a sense of how they get things done with others. A CV is not only a factual document — it can also shine a light on your interpersonal skills.
10 Interpersonal Skills for Your CV
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12 min read

Published in CV Help

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

15+ Time management skills & techniques to mention at interview
Making the most of the time that we have on this earth is one of the most basic human desires. Your productivity is also important to your employer. In this blog, we explore how to showcase your time management skills in an interview.
15+ Time management skills & techniques to mention at interview
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14 min read

Published in CV Help

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The top leadership skills examples for your CV
What sort of a leader does your future employer need? Do you have the leadership skills to make the required impact? How do you help others on their career journey? Take a look at our leadership skills examples here.
The top leadership skills examples for your CV
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10 min read

Published in Job Interview

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

How to answer “Why do you want to work here?”
So, they asked the question: Why do you want to work here? Take a deep breath. Now, it is time to explain it in a way that impresses your interviewer.
How to Answer “Why Do You Want to Work Here?”
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10 min read

Published in Cover Letter

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

How to write an email cover letter
Writing appropriate emails is vital for effective job search communication. Sending an email cover letter is required in most job search processes, so how does a candidate make the most of the opportunity to sell themselves?
How to write an email cover letter
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9 min read

Published in Job Interview

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

Using the STAR Interview Technique – With Examples
Most answers to behavioural questions during competency interviews tend to be long and rambling. The STAR interview technique helps a candidate to focus on the details that matter most to a potential employer.
Using the STAR Interview Technique – With Examples
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10 min read

Published in CV Help

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

36 Examples of soft skills for your CV
Soft skills are the behavioural fuel of your career stories; but sharing them on your CV is no simple matter. We explore how to include them.
36 Examples of soft skills for your CV
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12 min read

Published in Cover Letter

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

How to write a cover letter with no experience + (UK examples)
If you’re struggling to write a cover letter with no experience to show, never fear! This blog will help you create a compelling argument for your employment no matter your background.
How to write a cover letter with no experience (with examples)
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17 min read

Published in Job Interview

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

20 questions to ask at the end of an interview
As the interview comes to a close, you may feel that you have told a worthy career story, but there is one last challenge to negotiate: the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview. Here are 20 of the best questions to ask.
20 questions to ask at the end of an interview
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17 min read

Published in Career

by Paul DruryPaul Drury

How to apply for a job when you’re over 50 and avoid age discrimination
Research shows that older job seekers often face age discrimination. What can you do to prevent ageist bias? And are there regulations to offer older employees a level playing field? We will also show you how to successfully apply as an over-50 and how to create a convincing CV.
How to apply for a job when you’re over 50 and avoid age discrimination
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19 min read
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