Working in Norway: “Do Norwegians Like Foreigners?”

This surprise question left this particular course instructor at a momentary loss for words, and she’s still not satisfied with the eventual answer she gave in response to it. It happened during an (English) evening course called ‘Living and Working in Norway’ that I was running last month in Trondheim, a major city making up … les mer

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Why Having a Well-Written LinkedIn Profile Won’t Upset Your Boss

If you’re worried that presenting your abilities and experience in the most professional way possible on your LinkedIn profile will be taken badly by your boss, don’t. Here’s why. I had this thought after having been approached by a young man after a CV-writing course I gave last month. He started off by explaining to … les mer

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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

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Networking Nerves 2: Another Tip Included

About a month ago I gave a piece of advice regarding how to start a conversation when out on the business mingling scene. Apparently, I had only given half the answer to the equation of how to best cope with this type of situation, as got several comments telling me the following: it wasn’t necessarily … les mer

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Impact at Work: What’s Yours?

Out of the many buzz words currently circling in the working world today, ‘impact’ has to be one of the most popular. It’s making an appearance all over the place, from describing new forms of technology changing our lives to individuals changing our thoughts about how we live our lives. One of the dictionary definitions … les mer

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Understanding the Underground: Why Foreign Speakers Sometimes Can’t Stop Speaking

“But do you know what: I am convinced that we underground folk ought to be kept on a curb. Though we may sit forty years underground without speaking, when we do come out into the light of day and break out we talk and talk and talk….”  Notes from Underground (F. Dostoyevsky) It doesn’t happen often, … les mer

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Older Job Seekers: The Painful Need to Leave Your Past Behind

Since we’re so often told that all of our previous life experiences have formed us into the individuals we are today, it’s hard to leave out large numbers of them when telling our story to others. Yet do this we must at times – especially if we’re actively looking for a new job. But what … les mer

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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

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Networking Nerves: Is the Tip Included?

In the interest of following the current trend of writing advice in the form of tip lists, I’ll try to keep this introduction short and my ensuing list shorter still: A woman told me the other day about a conference she has coming up where the presentations given will all be in her line of … les mer

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Application Letter Writing: A Little (List) Goes a Long Way

In my most recent blog post, I wrote about how job-seekers need to use active verbs in their writing in order for the reader to understand what they actually did/are doing at work. An extension of this advice is that you should write use these verbs to “write clearly and concisely” in both your CV … les mer

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