All Careers Advice

  • Tomorrow’s world

    Do we have the right workforce for today and what should our focus be for the next 20 years? Terry McDougall emplores the HR sector to plan for tomorrow today
  • Toni Hall looks ahead to 2019 and gives her advice to aspiring interim managers who want to make their way in the sector
  • Nick Cole, Director Local Government at Veredus looks back over hiring trends in the sector in 2018 and makes some predictions for 2019.
  • It’s an industry that doesn’t always have the best image for itself, and the tasks within it are many – but Gemma Stevenson-Coupe says being a recruiter is one of the most important and fulfilling roles you could have
  • Julie Towers of Penna asks if the public sector’s capable of achieving their mission with their hands so tied.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Penny Ransley breaks down the positive benefits of ‘the power of kindness’ and how it can become an effective recruitment tool for your organisation
  • 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
  • The way we work is transforming at a phenomenal rate driven by more and more disruptive factors in the workplace.
  • 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.