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Category Archives: Job seeking

North Sea Decommissioning: Norway’s New Oil Adventure?

North Sea Decommissioning: Norway’s New Oil Adventure?

Have you ever wondered where old oil platforms go to die? Not being any oil industry insider myself, I’d not thought a whole lot about this question until putting together a presentation two months ago about how oil-producing Norway was handling its recent economic downturn. Not being any math person myself, I was easily impressed… Les mer

Job Applications: Why Do You Seek Approval?

Job Applications: Why Do You Seek Approval?

I’m teaching my CV/cover letter writing course tomorrow morning, and I already know what will go wrong. Not wrong, exactly, but where I’ll meet the most resistance and get the most questions from my course takers. This moment comes around slide 8, when I insert the following question somewhere into my instruction: Why do you… Les mer

Making New Connections: (How to) Write a LinkedIn Message

Making New Connections: (How to) Write a LinkedIn Message

You need to write a message every time you send someone a connection request. You really do. Just clicking ‘Connect’ and expecting a positive response isn’t going to cut it anymore. Maybe it used to, but as LI activity is heating up, more people are getting choosier about accepting the increasing number of requests coming… Les mer

LinkedIn: Tell the Truth (Please), Part Two

LinkedIn: Tell the Truth (Please), Part Two

It happened again. Call me an overly critical, detail-oriented resumé reader, but certain claims made by certain resumé writers need to be addressed so that we can all have a good think before sitting down the next time to write about our own life and work experience in this one-page stylized format. ‘It’ in this… Les mer

How to Answer the Interview Question: “So, how long do you plan on staying here?”

How to Answer the Interview Question:     “So, how long do you plan on staying here?”

I recently got an e-mail from a woman that went something like this: “Last week I was being interviewed for a promotion within my company, and was one of several applicants being considered for the job. Thought things were going rather well until the interviewer suddenly asked me, ‘So how long do you plan on… Les mer

Don’t Buzz: How to Avoid Using the Overused When Writing Your CV

Don’t Buzz: How to Avoid Using the Overused When Writing Your CV

If English is your ‘L2’ (second language), don’t fall into the trap of using superficial buzzwords to describe your abilities in your CV/LinkedIn profile. The old phrase ‘I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place’ came to mind when I was reading a LinkedIn article the other day entitled, These are the absolute worst… Les mer

No, Really: Why Didn’t I Get the Job? Foreign Speakers’ Need to Be in the Interview Feedback Loop

No, Really: Why Didn’t I Get the Job? Foreign Speakers’ Need to Be in the Interview Feedback Loop

Recently, I posted an article about our need to find out why we didn’t get a job offer after being interviewed. Something we said? Didn’t say? Just the basic ‘wrong background’ story? Unfortunately, interviewees quite often get a corporate-speak e-mail thanking them for their time, etc., but offering no real reason why they didn’t get… Les mer