Entries by Teresa Pastena

New Year. New Job

January is notoriously the month of new resolutions. The New Year always represents an opportunity to think about what we want to achieve over the following 12 months. Often, at the top of the list of our wishes, is a new job, a new career path, new professional challenges. How do we reach these objectives? […]

Cover Letter: how to write it

Use the Job Description wisely… Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager.  They know they need someone in their team, and they know what they want them to be able to do.  They put the duties and responsibilities, as best they can, into the Job Description (JD) they write. As a job hunter, […]

Attractive job offers: how to write them.

It is possible to write a job offer in a few minutes, but what would be its effectiveness? Could a meagre and rushed job offer help your company in finding the perfect candidate? The answer is no. In an increasingly competitive market, it is not just companies that choose their candidates, but also the candidates […]

Telling stories is the key for success at interviews

Our brains have evolved to listen to stories, before the written word, this was how information was handed down through the generations. The elders would tell stories to educate the younger members of the tribe in the ways of the world. For this reason, evolutionary psychologists believe we like hearing stories, we expect them to […]

Tell me about yourself?

Tell me about yourself. The standard way to start an interview. People often struggled with this question, typically they will do something they probably know isn’t right, like ask for clarification.  “Do you mean since starting school, just my career, what do you want to know, exactly?” You are there to communicate something very specific, […]

CV Clinic Workshop & Job Hunting

Are you applying for lots of jobs and getting nowhere? Have you been living in London for the last few months or perhaps years and you haven’t found yet your dream job? Are you perhaps using the Europass format or are you planning a changing career direction, and need help with how to position your […]

Why is it important to pay your staff well?

What would you identify as your company’s most valued asset? Some would answer that question and say the product; we wonder how many would say they consider their staff to be the most valuable pieces? You are in business to make a profit and need to invest in your company so it survives for the […]

How to deal with difficult staff?

Dismissal. The easiest and quickest way to get rid of that challenging employee; but is it really the member of staff that’s the problem, or could there be more to it? If the worst came to pass, could you effectively deal with the challenge of an “unfair dismissal” case summons before an employment tribunal? Does […]

How to retain your staff in the workplace

Few things are as costly and disruptive as good staff walking out the door. Unfortunately this cannot always be avoided but some reasons are preventable. High workload/overworked with lack of recognition Normally the most committed and trusted employee has the highest workload. If they find they are constantly taking on more and more, especially when […]