In these uncertain economic times, many employers are reluctant to commit to a permanent hire and are filling staffing gaps with temps. While this offers candidates less job security, temp to perm is a growing trend, so it's something jobseekers can work to their advantage. By Niki Chesworth
David Cameron has defended the right to give internship placements to the children of friends and colleagues while Nick Clegg has criticised them. While they may disagree on how to offer internships, they do not deny that they offer young people a foot in the door.
Employers often use psychometric testing to vet potential employees and help them understand a little more about your personality and ability to fit into the role they are offering – and this type of testing is becoming increasing popular.
The main aim of a covering letter is to encourage recruiters to read your CV. However, it needs to do a lot more than say, 'here is my CV!'. In short, it is the biggest chance you have to sell yourself.
Rapport is the connection between two people; the spoken and unspoken words that say ‘we are on the same page’. In an interview situation you can employ numerous techniques to maximize the rapport between yourself and your interviewer.
Understandably, many people find discussing salaries uncomfortable and embarrassing during an interview. However, most interviewers expect some bartering and, if it motivates you to put more into the job, it is worthwhile for both the applicant and the employer.