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The role of Project Manager is not an easy job; in fact, it’s many different jobs rolled into one and therefore demands a vast and varied skill-set. This is especially true in today’s rapidly changing world of work as organisations continue to adopt new technologies and transform their businesses to remain competitive. As a Project Manager, you’re a change agent working with various teams...

What do you want from your next job? More flexibility, perhaps? To immerse yourself in a new and improved company culture? And probably a little more in the bank each month, right? These are the sort of rewards we all tend to look for when we decide to switch jobs, but naturally, money in particular is a key motivator for many.   You may also, however, be a little anxious about...

By Daniel Dubbert, Director, International Contracting, Hays So you’ve asked all the right questions, completed the key steps to set-up on your own, found your first project and now you’re looking forward to your first day as an IT contractor. To enjoy a successful experience on your contract there are a number of things you’ll need to consider. Making the right first impression,...

You weren’t even actively looking for a job - you thought you were reasonably happy in your current one, but now, almost out of nowhere, you’ve received a message on LinkedIn from a recruiter saying that they want to have a discussion with you about a job opportunity. This isn’t an uncommon situation to find yourself in. Digital technology has seen the recruitment industry evolve at a rapid...

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here and rapidly gaining ground. Many jobs are being automated via technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things and cloud computing. Research from management consulting firm McKinsey suggests less than 5% of occupations will become fully automated in the future. However, about 60% of occupations could see at least a third of...

“So, what are your salary expectations?” You know you are going to be asked this question at some point during your job search - it’s a key piece of information for both the recruiter and hiring manager. And yet for many, being asked this question is still enough to make you shift about uncomfortably in your seat. You’re not alone – many candidates find discussing their salary expectations a...

As a contractor, you will be more than familiar with the many benefits that temping brings, from the ability to gain a wide variety of experience and expand your network to improved work/life balance. And because of these benefits, contract roles are always highly sought after. This means that you need to set yourself apart with a great CV if you want to compete. However, the content a...

It’s no secret that an up-to-date and engaging LinkedIn profile can help you both stand out and get noticed by recruiters and hiring managers – whether you are actively or passively looking for a new role. But does that mean that CVs are becoming less important? The short answer is no. Your CV and LinkedIn profile are two separate, but complementary entities which serve different purposes...

During your job search, you will no doubt find yourself faced with all kinds of difficult questions, from “Which is the right industry for me?” to “Should I accept this job even though it pays less?” Understandably, you’ll want to confide in trusted people – but be careful. You don’t want to end up with conflicting and confusing advice or have your own inner voice drowned out by too much...

Employers place great value on talent who drive their own learning agenda. Given that new technologies are continuously changing the way industries operate, companies need to do more than invest in the training of their existing workforce to stay on top of emerging trends. They need to hire in talent with an ‘always learning’ mindset. It’s tricky stuff. On the one hand, for the employee...

You’re ambitious, talented and possess top technical and soft skills. But that’s not enough to progress your career. While it seems almost everyone has an opinion on how to best work your way to the top, it’s those who have succeeded in doing so who are perhaps best qualified to give advice. That’s why we asked six executives for their best career progression advice. Here we share their...

The language you use throughout your job interview is very important, but there’s one word that could undermine your suitability for the role in the eyes of your interviewer. It’s a short word, but one that conveys a lot. This word is “we”. Before I go any further, let me clarify; I believe the use of “we” is fine in certain contexts during an interview, for instance when talking about team...

Have you recently found yourself so keen to find a new job, yet also so busy with your current one, that your job search strategy involves frantically pinging off your CV whenever you can find a spare minute? Such an unfocused, scattergun approach to your job search is a false economy. If you want to be selected for the right opportunity for you, and relatively quickly, then you need to...

Have you ever wondered what happens once your CV has made it into the inbox of a recruiter? You can imagine that this person has a fair few CVs to get through, and sometimes only a percentage of these will get read past the first page. Fewer of these will make the shortlist of resumes to pass onto their client. But how does a recruiter come to this decision? In this blog, I will shed some...

Whether it’s racing thoughts, sweaty palms or feeling restless, one thing is for certain – those job interview nerves are starting to kick in. If you could just shake those nerves in time for the interview, you would be able to exude confidence and make a strong impression. However, the clock is ticking and those interview nerves aren’t showing any signs of subsiding. Over the years, I have...

A job for life is as rare as 'hens teeth' these days with very few people staying with the same company for their entire career. So even though career movement has become more common place, a colleague leaving a business can be an unsettling situation for you or for fellow team members. As a result, you could find yourself questioning your colleague’s decision, and possibly your own future...