All Careers Advice

  • Gemma Taskas offers some personal highlights from the recent PPMA Northern HR Summit in Leeds and says it’s good to meet with others in the sector, share ideas and challenge ourselves to think differently

  • Anj Popat says local government has come a long way, and 2018 has been a big year for gender equality, but there is plenty more that can still be done to improve diversity in senior leadership teams
  • Kath O’Dwyer reveals how an LGA review of Cheshire East Council’s organisational culture has been used as a springboard to improving the skills and experience of the workforce as well as encouraging employee retention.
  • Penny Ransley breaks down the positive benefits of ‘the power of kindness’ and how it can become an effective recruitment tool for your organisation
  • In its latest column for LocalGovJobs, Osborne and Thomas explores what impact the HMRC planning changes to IR35 within the public sector will have on interims.
  • A Curriculum Vitae is a self-marketing tool and getting an interview can depend on how good your CV is. You will need to consider what to include, how much detail is needed and how to make your CV stand out from all the others.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.