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Is a cover letter still needed?

Is a cover letter still needed?
Once upon a time, when job applications were sent in the post, a cover letter was the icing on the cake. A carefully crafted one-pager, it acted as the ultimate sales pitch, giving employers their first impression of a candidate and making a case for why someone belonged on the ‘maybe’ rather than the ‘no’ pile.

But these days, not everyone’s sold on the cover letter.

 
 
 

Diversity in the workplace: Are we all just asking the wrong question?

Diversity in the workplace: Are we all just asking the wrong question?
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” So said Henry Ford on why he used his own initiative to develop the mass produced automobile – and the same logic can be applied to the issue of diversity across organisations.

The reason Mr Ford didn’t ask the American people what they wanted was because he knew it was the wrong question. Roughly 100 years on the same logic can be applied to managing diversity in the workplace.

 
 
 

Why employer branding is vital to recruitment today

Why employer branding is vital to recruitment today
What you actually do matters much more than what you say you’re going to do. That’s the secret to employer branding, one of the most important concepts in recruitment and retention today.

In the business world, the concept that actions speak louder than words means proclamations about what an organisation offers its employees – in terms of compensation, resources, culture and values – must be followed through to a tee.

 
 
 

The one question you should never ask at an interview

The one question you should never ask at an interview
Interview skills 101: there’s one topic guaranteed to put an interviewer offside, especially if it’s the first time you’re fronting up to the interview. It’s this: “What’s the salary?”

Unfortunately, this is also the one question many candidates want to know as soon as possible, especially if the job ad’s only references to remuneration are terms like ‘competitive salary’ or ‘attractive rates for the right person’.

 
 
 

Succession planning equals smarter business

Succession planning equals smarter business
It is hard to believe that only half of organisations around the world have a plan in place to replace their chief executive, should the executive suddenly pull up stumps. Surely that’s succession planning 101?

According to a survey by global executive search organisation InterSearch Worldwide, only 53 per cent of companies in Asia have a CEO succession plan.

 
 
 

How to write a CV: Avoid these 5 mistakes

How to write a CV: Avoid these 5 mistakes
It’s your calling card to the professional world, your ticket to the dance. So approach your CV as an all-important part of the process of finding a job – and avoid the five mistakes outlined in this post.

 
 
 
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