An increasing number of women are trying to return to work after having a career break and finding that not only has the jobs market changed, but so has the way you apply for jobs. Whether women have taken a break due to childbirth, sickness or a career break, there is a lot for anyone who has had a few years out of the job market to learn – and much of it can at first seem daunting. Self-styled “The CV Queen” Victoria McLean, is no stranger to the issues. The mum-of-two says: “We are finding women who have had a career break really lose their confidence and are so caught up in what they’re doing, they find it hard to get back into their ‘professional headspace’. “But the good news is that we generally find that they bounce back really quickly if they look at the first steps they need to take to be ready to go back to work.” The CV Queen’s Top Five tips for getting back into work: CVs have changed so much in recent years … [Read more...] about ‘CV Queen’ reveals how mums can improve their chances of getting back into work after a career break
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ALEX Salmond’s Russian telly chat show debut was rocked by claims he read out dodgy tweets on air.The ex-First Minister replied to questions from a series director at the Kremlin-backed channel RT and a Twitter account that doesn’t exist.He cited a message from a filmmaker which only appeared on his feed after yesterday’s 7.30am broadcast and from an account which has lain idle since it was set up in 2009.The storm erupted after Salmond — clutching game show host-style cards — claimed he’d had an “avalanche of tweets” from viewers.One, from user @lastjohn, asked when President Donald Trump would be a guest.Salmond replied: “I thought a joint interview with Chairman Kim of North Korea — that would be a cracking episode.”But the account belongs to Luisa St John, who appears on the show’s credits and is listed as a “Director at RT” on her profile on LinkedIn.Moviemaker Adam Roberts’ tweet asking what … [Read more...] about Alex Salmond’s Russian telly chat show debut rocked by claims he read out dodgy tweets on air
The thought of finding a new job can stress out even the coolest of cucumbers. And it’s even more daunting when you’ve been out of work for a while, or in the same job for years. From redundancy to raising kids, there are many reasons for being out of work – but it’s easier than you think to get back in the saddle. Get up-to-date 1. Sort your CV It may be looking a bit out-dated, and it can be tough to know where to start when giving it an overhaul. Try breathing some life into it with the National Careers Service ’s interactive CV builder, remembering to briefly explain any long periods of unemployment. You can also head to your local Job Centre for advice on returning to work. 2. Get online The world of job hunting has changed in recent years, and it’s important to get to grips with business-networking websites such as LinkedIn . It doesn’t take long to set up a profile (an extended version of your CV), and it can be a useful tool for … [Read more...] about How to get back into the job market
WHETHER you’re losing it on LinkedIn, scared of Skype interviews or torturing yourself over whether or not to tweet your boss, the new digital work environment can be daunting. “The last 20 years have seen a dramatic shift in what people expect from employees and what we demand from our careers,” says Alex Cavoulacos, co-founder of career network Themuse.com and co-author of The New Rules of Work . “Gone are the days of finding a job and staying in it until you retire. Social media means that each of us is now a brand and to thrive we have to promote ourselves as such. We have more modes of communication than ever, but no rules around how to behave on them.” So whether you’re tech savvy or a digital dinosaur, here’s how to navigate the ever-evolving world of work. NETWORKING The old rule Conferences and business cards. The new rule LinkedIn and low-key get-togethers. “Networking now is about meeting … [Read more...] about Can I send my boss an emoji? We break down the new work rules (answer: yes, but NOT the aubergine)
When job applicants meet with Brendan Browne, head of recruiting at professional social network LinkedIn, they’re handed a marker and directed to a whiteboard.“What are you most passionate about?” he will ask the candidate, regardless of what position they are applying for.“Using the whiteboard, explain to me the process of how it works.”Mr Browne, who has been at the head of recruitment with LinkedIn since 2010, said it was intended to be open to interpretation.“Because it’s a situation that’s a bit ambiguous, they’re going to have to be really spontaneous,” he explained.He gave the example of a candidate who might love brewing beer in their free time — they would be expected to use the whiteboard to draw and explain the brewing process.He said he learned four things from the exercise - what the candidates care about most deeply, how well they can explain themselves, how they think about process, and how they deal … [Read more...] about Head of recruitment at LinkedIn reveals his favourite interview question – could you answer it?
Last year, a seemingly friendly e-mail popped up in the mailboxes of a number of human rights activists, union leaders and journalists. The sender, who called herself Safeena Malik, introduced herself as a keen human rights activist. She told them she wanted to start a dialog with them, in order to discuss upcoming campaigns. It was only later that the recipients realized that they had apparently fallen victim to a so-called "phishing" attack, i.e. someone making digital contact under a false identity with a view to accessing the recipient's personal data. All of those targeted had one thing in common: They were campaigning on issues relating to migrant workers in Nepal and Qatar. Amnesty International has just published an extensive report on "Operation Kingphish," as the attack was dubbed - the sender's name, "Malik," is an Arabic word for "king." The study shows that the supposed sender, Safeena, is unusually reticent on social media. Her one and only tweet, from December … [Read more...] about ‘Safeena’ phishing attack on Qatar human rights activists
Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger, is the author of "Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age." He is the d irector of the Information and Innovation Policy Research Center at the National University of Singapore and a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard University . He holds degrees in law and economics from Salzburg, Harvard and the London School of Economics. Deutsche Welle: You argue that the fact that the Internet doesn't allow us to forget anything anymore is a huge problem. Why? Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger: By keeping information accessible for a very long period of time we will enter a society where what he have said today or yesterday may be held against us in the future. Not just in a week or two, but in a year or perhaps a decade. As this happens, it would also be taken out of context. So we will be confronted with our utterances online that we uttered today in a particular … [Read more...] about The Internet must allow us to forget again, demands expert