Career advice

Whether you're looking for CV advice, want to to brush up on your interview technique, want to find out how to get a pay rise or find out more about a particular company, our career advice pages contain articles written by career experts to give you everything you need.

Where to look

So, you’ve taken the plunge, you decided to move on, or perhaps the decision has been forced upon you. You now have to plan how to get your next role.

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Your CV

The fine balance of keeping your CV brief enough to be appealing but still get across everything you want to say.

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The perfect covering letter

In a perfect world, you should tailor every CV to the job to which you are applying. But, in this internet age where everyone applies to dozens, if not hundreds, of jobs this simply isn’t practical.

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Get interview practice

Try our interview quiz and get immediate feedback. A bit of light-hearted fun that will make you think about your answers in a new way.

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Check your digital footprint

As social media grows in popularity, more employers are beginning to use platforms such as LinkedIn as a way of screening candidates. This guide will ensure your social media profiles are ready for a professional setting.

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Top tips for interviews

It is perfectly normal to feel anxious, excited and a bit stressed about interviews, but some preparation beforehand can help to calm your nerves and allow you to show yourself at your very best.

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Do your SWOT analysis

If you're applying for a job in retail management, you may very well be asked to perform a SWOT analysis. If so, this will be an important part of the process and you should take it seriously.

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Do your research

For most of us there are three things more important in our lives than anything else. Firstly, there is our family relationship, partner, children, etc. Secondly, there is our home, and thirdly our job. And yet, despite this, so many people do not adequately research the organisation to which they have applied.

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Coping with assessment centres

The nature of assessment centres has changed a lot over the years. Traditionally used to recruit graduates or junior staff they have recently become popular for more senior recruitment.

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Working with agencies and consultancies

In the modern world almost every job search is likely to involve interaction with agencies and consultants. In the retail sector alone there are over 100 firms and almost as many in hospitality. Surprisingly though, many people do not understand the role of such firms and very often mistake them for career counsellors or, worse still, Job Centres.

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Getting the right salary

If you’re a retail buyer or procurement manager then there is probably little we can tell you about negotiating. However, for the rest of us it can be the most traumatic part of the selection process.

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Rejected again?

Getting rejected from jobs is hurtful. Getting rejected for a lot of jobs is very hurtful. Some tips on what to do if you keep getting rejected.

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The best retail employers

A survey of almost 600 retail professionals has revealed the most desirable employer brands for which to work. The research, conducted by Together Communications, found John Lewis, perhaps somewhat unsurprisingly, at the top of the most attractive employer brands.

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