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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Put your best face forward: eight easy steps to a great profile picture

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Blog, Guest posts, Social media | 0 comments

Your profile picture is one of the most important self-marketing tools you have at your disposal. After three years of maintaining the same image online, last week I took the long overdue step of unveiling my new profile image as a reflection of my growth as a person and the development of my ‘Mildred Talabi’ brand. In this week’s guest post, Miles Willis, a professional photographer – and the creative maestro behind my new pictures – outlines why it’s so important to have a strong profile picture and how you can go about creating...

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Why I’ve refreshed my brand image (and why you might need to)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Blog, Job hunting tips | 0 comments

If you’re a regular reader of my blog or visitor to my website, you’ll notice I’ve had a little appearance change (note: if you’re not yet a regular, what’re you waiting for? Pop your details on the homepage, and voila! my next blog straight to your inbox!). The change all started with me wanting to update my image in line with my ‘big number’ birthday last June.  Here’s what I had before: Now this image has served me well on all my online social networks over the last four years or so, but...

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Nice girls *still* don’t get the corner office (book giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Blog, Book reviews, Competitions | 0 comments

Around this time last year, I was invited to Southbank Centre’s annual ‘WOW’ festival as a panellist for the very interesting discussion topic of “Nice girls don’t get the corner office”, based on the book by bestselling author, Dr. Lois Frankel. That event, and the book itself, ended up marking a very definitive period in my work life – a time when I came to the realisation that I may have possibly played it too “nice” in my early years. It’s been ten years since the original book...

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Jobseekers’ round-up (Jan): failing careers and finding jobs on Twitter…

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Jobseekers' round-ups | 1 comment

I watch a lot of TED Talks - largely because I find them inspiring and nourishing for my mind, but also because one day I’d like to take the TED platform and share my own “ideas worth spreading” so it’s kind of like homework in a way. But anyway, earlier this month I came across this TEDx by Larry Smith on “Why you will fail to have a great career”. Larry is an Economics Lecturer (of all things!), but he has some pretty interesting things to say about how to go about having (or not having) a great career....

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51 quick and easy ways to improve your CV

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Blog, CV writing tips, Useful resources | 0 comments

This post does exactly what it says on the tin – if you want to improve your CV in a hurry, here are 51 quick and easy things you can do right now… Scrap that cheap template you downloaded from *that* dodgy website Lose the words ‘CV’ or ‘Curriculum Vitae’ from the top of the page Get rid of Times New Roman, Arial or any similar outdated fonts Use font size 10 or 11 for the main body (more for sub-headings) Write your name in a bigger, bolder font than the rest of the CV Lose the marital status,...

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Why you shouldn’t waste your time making new goals this new year

Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 in Blog, Mildred's thoughts | 2 comments

On New Years Eve I spent the best part of the day going over my last year’s journal and preparing to create my goals for the (then) coming year, as I do each year. As I reflected on last year’s progress, to my complete horror, I saw that of the 10 goals I had set myself for the year gone by, I had only achieved a measly three! In school exam terms, that’s a big fat ‘E’ grade on my paper!!! Why didn’t I achieve these goals? Who cares! What matters is that here I was about to set new goals for the new year,...

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3 honest things you can do at work to prepare for your next job

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Job hunting tips | 0 comments

Here’s the deal – long gone are the days of having a job for life. They’re dead, gone, and buried – probably lying in the same grave as gramophones, typewriters, and cassette tapes. The average person now goes through 10-15 jobs a lifetime and the ‘stick-around’ rate per job is now also dropping, with just three to four years becoming more and more common. While some of these frequent movements are choices made by the individual, the economic climate of the past five years or so means that redundancies are...

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