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Help me choose the cover of my new book!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Job hunting tips, Useful resources | 36 comments

Okay friends, I’ve come to a crucial stage in book number two and I need your help in moving forward! But before we come to that, a quick background on the journey so far in case this is your first time reading my blog – in which case, welcome! (If you already know the story, or you’re really impatient, scroll down to see the book covers and vote) About a year and half after writing my first book, 7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results (published by Harriman House in September 2011), the idea for my...

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5 Ways to Optimise Your LinkedIn Profile

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Job hunting tips, Social media | 0 comments

If you’re currently looking for a job, it is imperative that: a) you stop procrastinating and get on LinkedIn right now, if you haven’t already; and… b) when you do get there, that you optimise your profile fully to make yourself professionally attractive, should a recruiter come looking in your direction. Here are five ways to optimise your LinkedIn profile for maximum impact: 1) Have a good profile picture Your profile picture is one of the most important self-marketing tools you have at your disposal as it lends itself...

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Read, watch & listen: three keys to greatness in your work and life

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Mildred's thoughts, Motivation, Useful resources | 0 comments

“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.”  - Charlie “Tremendous” Jones (author and motivational speaker) If the tremendous Charlie were living in today’s times when he made this now famous statement, he might have added to the “…except for the people you meet and the books you read” part, “…and what you watch and what you listen to” – because the truth is it all matters! If you want to be great in your career – and in life in general –...

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Jobseekers’ round-up (May): inspiring women and career advancement

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Jobseekers' round-ups, Motivation, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This month’s roundups are made up of two videos and a blog article featuring three people I greatly admire and respect. WATCH: Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech I have been a huge fan of Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook Chief Operating Officer, since seeing her speak live at the London School of Economics sometime in 2012 and subsequently reading her excellent book, Lean In, last year. This inspirational commencement speech, delivered at Havard University last month, contains great career advice for both graduates and all...

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Top Tips for quickly improving your CV

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in CV writing tips, Guest posts | 0 comments

Your CV is one document you’re going to need to pay special attention to throughout your working life and there’s always something new to learn about improving it. In this sponsored guest post, recruitment agent, Simon Cruz, offers his top tips for quickly improving your CV. GUEST POST BY SIMON CRUZ A ‘curriculum vitae’, or CV, is an old fashioned sounding document that presents a rundown of your employment history. It can be a little boring but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some top tips on how to modernise and improve your...

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“Stay eternally optimistic” – how one long-term jobseeker survived SIX years of unemployment!

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Guest posts, Job hunting tips, Motivation | 0 comments

Around three years ago I met a jobseeker by the name of Uzoma, who attended the WHSmith signing of my book, 7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results. Uzoma came across as bright and intelligent and his CV showed a diverse range of skills and experience, but yet he was unemployed and had been for the last three years. This week, after six long years of unemployment, Uzoma will be starting a full time paid job as a ‘Social Media Specialist’ for the UK branch of a French arts company. Inspired by his tenacity and...

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Jobseekers’ round-up (April): CV buzzwords, cover letter headlines & side hustlin’

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Blog, Cover letter, CV writing tips, Jobseekers' round-ups | 0 comments

For this month’s Jobseekers’ round-up, I’ve chosen three articles that cover the general spectrum of the job search process and a semi-wildcard which might not appeal to all jobseekers but offers great value anyway. So here goes… ‘I’m a fun-loving team player’: The terrible buzzwords you must delete from your CV | The Metro The headline says it all really with this one – gone are the days when it’s smart or necessary to cram your CV with as many ‘buzzwords’ as possible to grab the...

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ASK MILDRED: How do I find a job as an older, experienced jobseeker?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Ask Mildred, Blog, Guest posts, Job hunting tips | 0 comments

I get asked a lot of questions about job-seeking on and offline, so today I’m introducing a new feature on my blog to help provide you with some answers – “Ask Mildred”! About once every fortnight (maybe more), I will answer your burning career or job search questions personally, or bring in special guests with expertise in the area to provide a different insight. So if you have any questions you’d like an answer to, use the contact form to send me an email, or if it’s a short one, you can tweet me @mildredtalabi. If I don’t post...

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Young and employed? Please take this survey (and feature in my next book)

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Blog, Employment, Job hunting tips | 0 comments

Since writing my first book, 7 Keys to a Winning CV (published in 2011), I have had the rewarding privilege of working closely with young people to help them find jobs. Along the way, I discovered that a lot of the struggle young people have in finding work – and part of the reason for the high unemployment rate for the 16-24 age group – is in not knowing what to do when it comes to the job search process. This gave me the idea for my second book. I am currently in the process of writing a careers book that will provide all the...

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My response to Nick Clegg’s employment plans for NEET young people

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Blog, Mildred's thoughts | 4 comments

So Nick Clegg is turning his attention to the “forgotten” NEETs – the estimated one million young people who are not going to university and not engaged in any other form of education, employment or training. This is a very welcome move as there are increasingly more young people shunning higher education due to the absurd unaffordability of university tuition fees for most and the fact that it’s no longer a safe bet for landing a job on the other side. Over the past 18 months, I’ve been working closely with NEET (not in education,...

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