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Move your CV from looking like a first-time job hunter

CATEGORY: Articles
AUTHOR: Nigel Benson
POSTED: December 2, 2017

The Muse, in 2017, notes that there are “185 Powerful Verbs That Will Make Your Resume Awesome” (https://www.themuse.com/advice/185-powerful-verbs-that-will-make-your-resume-awesome). Of course, it’s a nonsense. Even if any of us had time to wade through 85 let alone 185, how are we meant to choose which is best, given that they group them with anything up to 25 words per (sic) “lead Continue Reading

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Difference between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a résumé

CATEGORY: Articles
AUTHOR: Nigel Benson
POSTED: February 15, 2017

A common belief is that the difference between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a résumé (commonly written as resume) is that a CV is used in the UK while a resume is used in the US and occasionally elsewhere globally. That is true but there are differences between the two documents though it is important to stress that not all Continue Reading

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What is a personal statement on a CV?

CATEGORY: Articles
AUTHOR: Nigel Benson
POSTED: February 12, 2017

This is a fairly common question, and really it is unsurprising that people ask this question because the term ‘CV personal statement’ and ‘personal statement CV’ do crop up quite frequently, but a lot of people, including many career professionals don’t know what this means. Notably, those who purport to have a definitive answer usually have things muddled up, and Continue Reading

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Promotion – who is ready?

CATEGORY: Articles
AUTHOR: Nigel Benson
POSTED: February 6, 2017

When I was 23 I was promoted from running a moderately large branch of a well-known US corporation – I was working in the UK – to managing the UK’s 2nd busiest. I had been through my in-house training – the “workbook” as they called it then – paper! – well it was the ‘80s – but never formal leadership, Continue Reading

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Presenteeism: a worse issue than absenteeism for the UK

CATEGORY: Articles
AUTHOR: Iimaan Shayma
POSTED: December 25, 2016

The CIPD’s annual absence management survey has found that companies in the UK are struggling with presenteeism more than ever before. Whereas absenteeism refers to absence in the workplace, presenteeism (or sickness-presence), according to the CIPD, is the act of going into work while ill. On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a huge problem. After all, employees who go Continue Reading

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