Defining your skills

Defining your skills

If there are two words that send job-searchers into a panic more than any other, it’s ‘key skills’! Playing it safe? Many imagine that extravagant wording is expected from them on their CVs, and the end results are a list … Read More

Women are the untapped resource companies need

Women are the untapped resource companies need

Gender equality in the office is understandably a common subject dealt with in columns like these. In the USA for example, if you are a female it is virtually impossible to have a family and a career at the same … Read More

Long and winding sentences won’t open any door!

Long and winding sentences … won’t open any door!

Working as a consultant for recently-graduated job-seekers, I have observed there is one universal mistake they are all prone to making when it comes to writing a cover letter: their sentences are too long. Call it an antithesis! Job-seeking graduates … Read More

Christmas – a time to capitalise

Christmas – a time to capitalise

A year of consulting has gone by, and I am happy to be closing 2015 on a positive note after receiving great feedback from both jobseekers and those who have successfully found employment. But for those of you who have … Read More

Write your CV on your own!

Write your CV on your own!

With the autumn months almost behind us and a new hiring season upon us, I am writing to share the secret of being successful with your CV – which I have touched upon before! Consultants do not recruit! It’s funny, … Read More

Treat a job application like a tender submission!

Treat a job application like a tender submission!

In the IT industry, the ‘opportunity phase’ is where a project is most often lost. In this phase each bidding company details its solution, scope, management of solution and resources. And it is pretty easy to draw some striking parallels … Read More

Opening the door to new possibilities and positions

Opening the door to new possibilities and positions

People say to me in their first consultation: “I just need a job”, “I just have to get employed”, or “I don’t care about this now and I just want to get an interview”. This is one of the most … Read More

Competing with diversity, not Danishness

Competing with diversity, not Danishness

I was recently invited to give a short presentation for the members of one of the renowned unemployment funds in Copenhagen, where I also listened to a job-help class they offered. Be more Danish? Suddenly I realised that the course … Read More

interview

Breaking the loop (of unemployment)

Do you remember when you defended your master’s thesis? Everyone greeted you with “Congratulations”. It felt like greatness was within arm’s reach. Nobody said the other sentence: – “Welcome to the world of unemployment!” As easy as student times may … Read More

Interview

The secret of not giving up in the job hunt

Here I was, sipping my hot chocolate in sunny Ecuador, enjoying my vacation and considering where to start with advising a client about his job search … It suddenly occured to me that very often I counsel jobseekers who exercise, … Read More