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  • Managing job offers and landing the right job for you

    Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by Phil Hutchinson-MayNo comments

    You’re almost there. After lots of planning, hard work and effort your next career move is within reach. But how do you know it’s the right job for you? As you go through your recruitment processes, keep on track by comparing each role against the four criteria from your career plan. If it becomes obvious that a company or role is not right for you, stop, don’t waste your time, withdraw and focus ...

  • Interview and Assessment Centre Techniques

    Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 by Phil Hutchinson-MayNo comments

    So, you’re ready to go. You have a thorough career plan and a winning CV. You are actively applying for jobs and engaging with the recruitment market. Now you’ve got to be ready for interviews and assessments. So much has been written on the subject of interview tips and advice. Online you’ll find a myriad of videos and posts from “The best five things to say in an interview” to “Five things ...

  • Applying for jobs. LinkedIn, Job Boards and Networking

    Posted on Friday, July 3, 2020 by Phil Hutchinson-MayNo comments

    Applying for jobs. Where do you start? You've taken time to review your situation, clarified your four key strengths and the four things you want from your next career move. Then put a career plan in place and written a CV and a LinkedIn Profile which captures who you are: it’s now time to find the right career move for you. Looking for a job is time consuming, frustrating and can easily sap your ...

  • Preparing a Positive Career Plan

    Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2020 by Phil Hutchinson-MayNo comments

    Before you’re tempted to apply for jobs and “spray and pray” your CV – stop, think and prepare a positive plan. Planning and preparation are vital ingredients of success. Elite athletes prepare and train for months or even years to ensure that they are ready to succeed at the most important moment. In your career to date I’m sure that you need to be well organised and plan your day and week to ...

  • Creating a winning CV and LinkedIn profile

    Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by Phil Hutchinson-MayNo comments

    In a previous blog I talked about the importance of taking time to reflect to understand more about your strengths and the roles you’ve enjoyed most. We’ve focused on your 4 key strengths and the 4 things you want from your next career move. Now we’re going to look at creating your CV and LinkedIn profile. In my 25 year FMCG recruitment career this is the topic that most people want to focus on. ...

  • Reflecting on Your Career to Date

    Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by Phil Hutchinson-MayNo comments

    Your career is important to you and changing jobs is one of the biggest decisions you’ll face. To start it's a good idea to reflect and invest some time to think about your career to date. Which roles have you most enjoyed, what companies have you enjoyed working in? Who has been your best manager or mentor? What are your strengths and when have you been at your happiest? In my experience ...

  • REMOTE Working ??

    Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by Phil Hutchinson-MayNo comments

    Now there’s a term I’m not comfortable with. REMOTE working?? As a team player and someone who thrives from being around other people is REMOTE working really what we are suggesting? If you are working away from the office, should this be SMART working? Or PRODUCTIVE working? Or EFFECTIVE working? I can see that lots of time is wasted commuting, dealing with office distractions and unnecessary ...

  • Finding the best talent….it’s as easy as 1,2,3……..4,5!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 by Phil Hutchinson-MayNo comments

    The search to find the right person for your business is becoming more and more challenging. With almost full employment, a high priority on employee retention and candidates reluctant to move, you have your work cut out. For most FMCG Companies I talk to, finding a pool of candidates has never been easier using LinkedIn, Job Boards and in-house Talent Acquisition Teams – but finding the right ...

  • Setting goals like Ed Sheeran

    Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2019 by Phil Hutchinson-MayNo comments

    Ed Sheeran's world tour ended in Ipswich, of all places, this week. It has been record breaking. He played to millions of people and grossed ticket sales in excess of £150 million. Ed has announced that he is taking a break and good for him I say. This is all part of a plan he hatched many years ago. He set himself clear goals and worked hard to achieve them. SMART goals which you may be familiar ...

  • Are you genuine and maximising your Emotional Intelligence?

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2019 by Phil Hutchinson-MayNo comments

    According to Travis Bradberry, in his book Emotional Intelligence 2.0, genuine people are who they are. They know that some people will like them, and some won’t. And they’re OK with that. It’s not that they don’t care whether or not other people will like them but simply that they’re not going to let that get in the way of doing the right thing. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are ...