Category: Communication skills

Me, overqualified? How to show you’re not by a long shot

Have you been on the full-time work hamster wheel and want to get off?   Most job seekers give the impression that they want to speed up their lifestyle. They use well-worn phrases like ‘energetic go-getter’, ‘highly motivated’ and ‘incredibly hard-working’ to describe themselves when trying to land a new position. This is all well … les mer

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Let’s be perfectly clear: Writing the Summary on your CV

The fact that there is no clear right or wrong in resume writing frustrates some job seekers, especially engineers, whose training has focused on the importance of getting whatever they’re designing, building, etc. exactly right. After all, a poorly constructed highway overpass would be proof that somebody had clearly gotten something wrong somewhere along the … les mer

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Business Emails: Using a Format to Clear Up Your Writing Style

Do you sometimes struggle with getting clear replies from your email contacts? Could your own unclear writing style be a part of the problem? People often tell me that their biggest frustration is that they don’t get any clear answer after having written to their contact with (a) question(s). It can take several rounds of … les mer

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Job Seekers: Can you write less and get more?

The other day I looked up the origin of the phrase ‘less is more’. The Wiki definition says that it was first used in 1947 by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was what he felt architectural design ought to be; meaning, in other words, 1) simplicity is better than elaborate embellishment, and 2) … les mer

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CV Writing: Giving up before you even start?

After spending as much time proofreading CVs as I have, I can write with certainty that people sure don’t like writing CVs. Which is understandable, given that a) most people don’t like writing, b) most people don’t like writing about themselves, and c) most people don’t like writing about themselves because they have to in … les mer

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Relationships Working for You?

How do you feel about relationship? When you read that question, what probably popped into your mind right away was all the people in your life outside of work. All the people with whom you have some sort of connection, be it biological and/or emotional. Parents, siblings, partner, spouse, children, and so on. Your second … les mer

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Good Boss Bad Boss: What Have You Had?

Have you ever heard this workplace saying? ‘With a bad boss there are no good jobs, and with a good boss there are no bad jobs.’ Is it true? Well, over the years I’ve had many people tell me about their bad bosses. And I’ve had a few of my own: The restaurant manager (male) … les mer

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Cover Letter Writing: It’s All About (What) You (Can Offer)

Having proofread cover letters for a long, long time, I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been getting in quite a few with the following about why the writer wants the job. Have a look at: This one: I think the summer job at your company can offer me what I want in a working day: collaboration, … les mer

Why do volunteer work? Here are some thoughts.

Want to develop your professional networks, and get in touch with others? Then you should consider volunteering for an organization you like! Maybe even for one of Tekna’s professional networks and local networks in Oslo? Les mer

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Lecture: Philosophy of Leadership

If you look up an English translation for the Norwegian word ‘leder’, there are often two words that come up: manager and leader. While the first word seems limited to the private world of business, the second comprises so much more – qualities many of us would like to have, including knowledge, decisiveness, courage, in … les mer

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