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Assessment Centers - The Basics

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I need to do at an assessment center?
  • What do I need to do be successful?
  • What should I expect an assessment center?

This cast gives our basic guidance on dealing with Assessment Centers.

Assessment centers are used by companies for two purposes: hiring and development. They usually consist of a day or two days, or sometimes up to a week of assessed exercises which allow the company to assess your competence in the various aspects that the role requires.

The company is generally looking for a range of skills, traits and abilities, and the different exercises are designed to look for your competence in one or more of them. In future casts we'll look at the specific types of exercise. In this cast, we just want to give you guidance on effective behaviors in the assessment center in general.


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Job Boards - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How many job boards do I need to be on?
  • How do I chose between job boards?
  • How do I successfully use job boards?

This cast concludes our guidance on how to use job boards as part of your search.

Job boards tend to be the first place that people go to when they first start thinking about transitioning to a new role. It's easy to get sucked into activity on job boards and feel like you're doing something, when actually, they're not the be all and end all of job search strategies. Far better that you spread your energies between your network, research, contacting recruiters and job boards.

That said, in this cast we're going to tell you how to use the job boards effectively, what to do and how much effort to put in.


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Job Boards - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How many job boards do I need to be on?
  • How do I chose between job boards?
  • How do I successfully use job boards?

This cast gives our guidance on how to use job boards as part of your search.

Job boards tend to be the first place that people go to when they first start thinking about transitioning to a new role. It's easy to get sucked into activity on job boards and feel like you're doing something, when actually, they're not the be all and end all of job search strategies. Far better that you spread your energies between your network, research, contacting recruiters and job boards.

That said, in this cast we're going to tell you how to use the job boards effectively, what to do and how much effort to put in.


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Developing Internal Relationships (The Where) - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Why should I develop internal relationships?
  • Who should I look to develop relationships with?
  • How do I know I have a good network?

This cast concludes our discussion on a framework for looking at where you need to develop internal relationships.

In our Build A Network cast, we told you that more relationships were better and to develop relationships with people indiscriminately. That guidance still stands. But whether you're new in your organization, or you recognize that you don't have the depth of relationships you need, the whole organization is a big target. This cast will help you narrow down where you want to direct your energies.

Equally, this cast will help you assess how good your network is. We're going to give you a framework to put your current relationships in. Once you've done that, the gaps will be clear - and so will the relationships you need to develop.


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Developing Internal Relationships (The Where) - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Why should I develop internal relationships?
  • Who should I look to develop relationships with?
  • How do I know I have a good network?

This cast gives a framework for looking at where you need to develop internal relationships.

In our Build A Network cast, we told you that more relationships were better and to develop relationships with people indiscriminately. That guidance still stands. But whether you're new in your organization, or you recognize that you don't have the depth of relationships you need, the whole organization is a big target. This cast will help you narrow down where you want to direct your energies.

Equally, this cast will help you assess how good your network is. We're going to give you a framework to put your current relationships in. Once you've done that, the gaps will be clear - and so will the relationships you need to develop.


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Resume Update 2011 - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What are the new trends in resumes?
  • Should I follow the new trends in resumes?
  • How should I change my resume this year?

This cast concludes our updated resume guidance for 2011.

Every year since our original resume guidance we have issued an update - giving more information about market conditions and changes we're seeing in resumes. The basics -resumes need to be one page, tell the reader what you did and how well you did it - will never change. However, there are plenty of places other than Career Tools talking about changes in the 'fashions' of resumes, and in this cast, we'll address some of those.

This cast is by turns the most fun and the most frustrating cast we write all year. Wendii and Mark spend the year emailing each other the BAD, BAD, TERRIBLE guidance they find and are sent, and the WORSE-THAN-YOU-CAN-IMAGINE resumes they are sent. You know when something is so bad, it's funny - that's the fun bit. Then we realize that people, smart people, people who have something to contribute are reading that guidance and producing those resumes, and we get incredibly frustrated we can't reach more people more quickly.

Our list of bad guidance we've seen is longer than ever this year - partly because the web encourages volume. Since we can't spend the rest of the year debunking resume guidance, this cast contains our top 4. Avoid these mistakes, and you'll be doing better than 80% your competition.


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Resume Update 2011 - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What are the new trends in resumes?
  • Should I follow the new trends in resumes?
  • How should I change my resume this year?

This cast updates our resume guidance for 2011.

Every year since our original resume guidance we have issued an update - giving more information about market conditions and changes we're seeing in resumes. The basics -resumes need to be one page, tell the reader what you did and how well you did it - will never change. However, there are plenty of places other than Career Tools talking about changes in the 'fashions' of resumes, and in this cast, we'll address some of those.

This cast is by turns the most fun and the most frustrating cast we write all year. Wendii and Mark spend the year emailing each other the BAD, BAD, TERRIBLE guidance they find and are sent, and the WORSE-THAN-YOU-CAN-IMAGINE resumes they are sent. You know when something is so bad, it's funny - that's the fun bit. Then we realize that people, smart people, people who have something to contribute are reading that guidance and producing those resumes, and we get incredibly frustrated we can't reach more people more quickly.

Our list of bad guidance we've seen is longer than ever this year - partly because the web encourages volume. Since we can't spend the rest of the year debunking resume guidance, this cast contains our top 4. Avoid these mistakes, and you'll be doing better than 80% your competition.


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Create A Trip Folder

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What goes in a trip folder?
  • How do I create a trip folder?
  • Why are trip folders important?

This cast gives our guidance on how to create a trip folder.

Manager Tools recommends to managers that they have their admins create Trip Folders - a document which contains all the details of their trip and which can be printed out to travel with. This means they have all the relevant details with them - with no danger of losing them due to electrical equipment failure.

If you need to create one for your manager or yourself, where do you start? Here's where.


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Finding A Recruiter

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I find a specialist recruiter in my area?
  • How do know if a recruiter is any good?
  • How do I start a relationship with a recruiter?

This cast gives our guidance on finding a recruiter.

Whether you're currently in a search or not, having a relationship with a recruiter is important. Recruiters connect you to the marketplace, giving you valuable information about the density of available roles, salaries and growth. Recruiters also give you an opportunity to give back to the rest of your network by passing on (non-sensitive) information or making referrals.

The question is - how do you find one?


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Answering Illegal Interview Questions - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What interview questions are illegal?
  • What do I say when asked an illegal interview question?
  • Should I leave an illegal interview?

This cast concludes our guidance on answering illegal interview questions.

This cast addresses a question which people ask us a lot, and which comes up often on the forums ... far more often than we've seen examples of illegal interview questions being asked. As we'll explain, more often it's a case of a clumsy interviewer, one who didn't quite express himself properly, or poor training, than actual INTENT to discriminate. At the end of the cast, we'll explain how the question is predicated on false assumption.

That said, if you are asked a question that you think is illegal, what do you do?


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