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Is the Government right to make people do enforced voluntary work in exchange for benefits?

November 12th, 2010

Question: Is the Government right to make people do enforced voluntary work in exchange for benefits?

How important is it to use ‘I’ not ‘we’ on a CV?

October 22nd, 2010

Question: Everything I read about CVs says it’s important to say ‘I’ and not ‘we’, but I was only part of a team that achieved what we did. If I say ‘I’ all the way through, I won’t be being honest. How do I deal with this?

Should I include the number of people I manage on my CV?

October 19th, 2010

Question: I’ve been advised that I should include the number of people I managed in each job on my CV. This has varied wildly from job to job. Should I include this information, or leave it out?

How can I support my jobless partner?

July 10th, 2010

Question: My partner was made redundant three months ago. He has recently become very withdrawn and depressed, despite working hard to get another job. How can I help keep his spirits up during his job search?

It’s past the close date on my application and I haven’t heard anything. Should I chase?

July 2nd, 2010

Question: If I chase up my application, will I seem pushy?

That ‘tell me about yourself’ question

March 15th, 2010

Blog posting: One of the questions that unsettles interview candidates most is ‘Tell me about yourself’. I have no idea why this makes people so uncomfortable: the way I look at it, this is an absolute gift of a question.

Pick up your cards on the way out…

February 13th, 2010

When you leave a job, don’t forget to collect your cards. No, not those cards, I mean your now-redundant business cards.

Should my employment history be on the front page of my CV?

February 2nd, 2010

Question: My recruitment consultant says the only thing employers are interested in is my work experience, and this should always be on the front page of my CV (resume). Is he right?

Is the media dragging our workforce down?

January 20th, 2010

Question: To what extent do you feel the constant negative approach to the economy, taken by most of the media over the past 12 – 18 months, has reduced the UK workforce’s self-confidence? What can ‘good men and true’ do to counteract this effect?

My benefit has run out and the Job Centre want me to be a cleaner!

January 17th, 2010

Question:I was an £80k a year professional, made redundant last summer. I’ve just had my six-month interview with the Job Centre and been told my jobseekers allowance (JSA) benefit is being ceased. That means no money unless I qualify for means-tested benefits. They also said I now have to apply for any job – I can no longer only apply only for managerial jobs. They have sent me for an interview as a cleaner. Can they do this?

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