The struggle that recent graduates are facing in their search to find work

Interesting article from the Daily Mail looking at the struggle that recent graduates are facing in their search to find work. On average there have been at least 48 applications per graduate vacancy, which means that tens of thousands of university-leavers face disappointment in the job market this summer. In a highly competitive jobs market, graduates who have not had any work experience at all during their time at university have little hope of landing a well-paid job with a leading employer, irrespective or the academic results they achieve or the university they’ve attended…

Steven Dwyer – Consultant

Choose your words carefully!

In a tighter economy, when looking for a job becomes all the more competitive – the emphasise on standing out from the crowd is even more important! Your CV in most instances, is your first introduction to a potential company. Could certain words used be detrimental to your job search? This article explores this in more detail….

http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/850654-linkedin-reveals-most-overused-cv-buzzwords

Lauren Stone – Senior Consultant

As we make a start to 2012 a lot of us will be looking to make improvements to our lives through New Year’s resolutions.

Healthy eating and diets consistently top people’s lists of resolutions. Marketing Week report on the government’s new anti-obesity drive from Change4Life, otherwise known as the ‘supermeals’ initiative, where certain supermarkets are offering discounts on healthy recipe ingredients. It has come in for some criticism by certain individuals like, Diane Abbott, the shadow public health minister, who has branded ‘Supermeals’ a “glorified advertisement for big business”.

Post-Christmas period, with the inevitable purse strings tightening and in this current uncertain economic period, the fact that there is an initiative where individuals and families can have access to healthy recipes at a reduced cost is surely step in the right direction?  It’s a huge campaign which had just been launched so there’s a way to go with it yet. It will be interesting to see how it progresses and see if people will adopt the idea.

Eddie Everard – Consultant

What you want, when you want and how you want

Perhaps the most common resolution is a promise to remove a vice from your life-style, alcohol for obvious reasons being one of the most popular. Straight off the bat, I am not a fan of New Year resolutions. Statistically, 85% of all resolutions are a lost cause by 1st February (similarly 72% of all statistics are made on up the spot in order to make a point.)  I don’t see the point in temporary, puritanically tweeted, resolutions that make a cold and wet month all the more miserable. Hurrah then for the news that abstaining from alcohol for a penitent month will do nothing to improve the health of abstainers. Hopefully this will be the start of a series of inverted resolutions:

  • I resolve to go to the gym at least one time less every week
  • I resolve to not get back in contact with at least 6 people
  • I resolve to consistently and without discrimination, tweet facebook and tumble every thought that enters my mind, especially when on the loo

In essence, if not immediately obvious, this entry is about pursuing what you want when you want and how you want. Instead of taking things out of your life, why not add: a language, a musical instrument or visit a new country? Indulge don’t abstain.

Stuart Brill – Consultant