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It’s Never Too Late To Change Your Career

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Working life and tagged , , , on by Andres Herrera.

The average working person is likely to change careers between five and seven times during their life, according to career change statistics. There are many reasons why a person’s career goals shift to a different perspective but, regardless of the reason, it can be a daunting prospect, particularly in later life.

What was previously set in stone that we stay in the same job for 40 or more years has changed considerably in the modern world so that, currently, revamping yourself and career is becoming the norm. The question is how to go about it to keep a work-life balance that brings both happiness and financial security to a newfound career change.

Focus on the positives

If you’re over 50, you’re in a prime position to transfer your skills to a new career move: with plenty of knowledge and working experience, there’s no need to shy away from jumping into a new profession.

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Instead of focusing on the negatives such as your age, competition from younger workers, or financial issues, capitalise on the positive attributes you have. If you’re not the retiring type, working in later life will keep your mind sharper, your body fitter, and give you healthier financial independence for when you do decide to stop working. Now you have the maturity, long term commitment, and stability on your side that younger candidates won’t have.

Take your time to research

On the surface, it can be a drastic decision to make a career change later in life but providing you do your research and avoid making quick decisions, there’s nothing to stop you from making a successful transition. Whether you choose to launch your own business or sidestep to another company with better prospects, it’s essential to prepare yourself as much as possible.

Over the years, you have probably developed numerous marketable skills so determine which ones are best suited to the new position you want to apply for. It’s also a good idea to update your CV and if necessary, get professional help to hone in on all your positive attributes.

Build up a network

With years of experience on your side, the chances are that you’ve built up a considerable amount of contacts associated with your working sector and now is the time to use them.

Reach out to anyone who you think will be able to help you further your career in a different direction, from junior to senior positions so you can make significant connections in your new career choice. There are many ways to establish a path into a new work move so it would also be advisable to join professional networks and groups to become even more in tune with people and any organisational aspects of your potential career to make things easier.

… and change your career

If you concentrate on what you really want to do, possibly for the rest of your life, you’ll eventually conclude that it’s never too late to make the change, so you should just go for it!

Author: Cassandra McNulty

Recruitment Chatbots: ‘You talking to me?’

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Job interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

AI-powered chatbots are everywhere. You’ve probably met them when buying a flight ticket or solving a problem with your bank account. Lately, they have transformed our consumer experience. And now recruitment chatbots are taking over some relevant aspects of the hiring processes, specially in pre-screening or pre-qualification tests.

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Like any other chatbot, it is a software designed to conduct a conversation, understand human language, and simulate human behavior. The technologies behind are well known by their acronyms, AI (artificial intelligence) and NLP (natural language processing).

In HR, recruitment chatbots are used to reduce time and help with repetitive or inefficient tasks. If you think that talking to people at work sometimes is time consuming and makes it hard to deal with more important issues, imagine life before bots, when recruiters had to call hundreds of applicants for a single position just to check some basic requirements.

What are recruitment chatbots used for?

The most extended use of HR chatbots is during the pre-screening process. Bots are designed to ask candidates a series of relevant questions for the position. Even before a human recruiter reads your CV, a bot can contact you to ask for important information, such as years of experience in a position, certain skills and studies, or a foreign language level.

With all these data ‘in mind’, recruitment chatbots decide if an applicant meets the basic requirements for the job or not. As a candidate, you should take into account that you will be assessed according to your answers, so be clear and provide all the relevant information as if it were a human-to-human conversation. Take these bots seriously and don’t waste the opportunity for being the selected one!

Jobseekers may also use them to their own advantage. They are available round-the-clock to answer queries about the job and the hiring process. You no longer have to spam recruiters with questions that are simple to answer. A chatbot can help you almost instantaneously.

Has everything gone well? The recruiter wants to schedule an interview? Chatbots can also help in this tedious task and match your appointment books.

But what does a recruitment chatbot conversation look like? Like many other chatbots, most of them are integrated with the most popular chat apps. This includes Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, or it can be built in the recruiter’s webpage or recruitment platform. Sometimes you will forget you are talking to a bot, while at other times… well, you will remember that technology still has a lot to learn from us human beings!

Have you already chatted with a bot recruiter? How was your experience?

Doing what you love: Creative jobs for creative souls

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice and tagged , on by Jeannine.

For the creative souls looking for a creative job.

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So you’re an artist, a musician, a designer, a chef. You grew up drawing on every piece of paper you got your hands on, spent hours sitting at the piano, and you made a promise to yourself that you’d spend your whole life refining a red wine reduction for the perfect sirloin steak. But in this age of technology and numbers, economics and finance, creative jobs may seem hard to come by. But still you try and you search every job engine site with keywords like “illustration,” “design,” “music,” and when you get desperate, “anything, just not a desk job. Please.”

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How social networking is changing the way we find work

This entry was posted in Articles, Social media and tagged , , , , , , on by plabram.

Most popular ways to find a jobThis is the first part of our week-long series on social media and employment.

When the social media revolution was in its early stages, few would have imagined that one day the networks would obtain the reach that they now have. As well as its omnipresence in the personal sphere, it seems as though social networking has also mushroomed out to include social media recruiting and the professional sphere.

Let’s take a look at the key facts and predictions involved in this trend, and – most importantly – how to use current trends to help you find a job (or employee).


More people than ever before use social media to find a job

Key stats

  • 16% of jobseekers have credited social media with finding their current job.
  • …that’s up from 11% two years previously.
  • This makes social media the 6th most common way to find a job, after internal listings, company careers sites, newspapers, referrals and – most frequently – internet job boards and job websites (like JobisJob :)).
  • Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are rated as the top three social networks when it comes to finding work.
  • 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social media.
  • 78% of recruiters have hired a candidate found on social media.

Why has this change come about?

  • Increased amount of people using social networks: Facebook alone has gone from 1 million users at the end of 2004 to over a billion in March 2013. Wikipedia currently lists 16 virtual communities with over 100 million active users. With all these extra users, it’s inevitable that social networks would be used for jobs as well as everything else.
  • Employers are far happier hiring someone who comes with a personal reference than a complete stranger. Social networks make the most of this, and extend things by a couple of degrees of separation.

What will happen next?

We predict that the use of social networks to find a job will continue to grow, as we become increasingly comfortable with the idea of blurring the divide between our private and professional lives.

This said, we think online job boards and job aggregators will still continue to be a (the?) most important way to find a job. We are, admittedly, somewhat biased, but we think that being able to come up with a comprehensive list of job adverts in your local area from a few keywords is too helpful to jobseekers for them not to be.

What should I be doing now?

Sources: Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey and Job Seeker Survey, Yahoo news.

You can search for jobs in your LinkedIn and Facebook networks using JobisJob’s “My Network” tool. Once activated, this will highlight all the job postings that appear in companies where friends from your extended networks are currently employed, allowing you to obtain that all-important personal recommendation and use social media to find a job.

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15 key job interview questions

This entry was posted in Articles, Job interviews and tagged , , on by María Aragón.

…and how to answer them.

Getting a job interview isn’t easy – that’s why you can’t  just leave it up to chance. Here are 15 common questions that you are likely to be asked, either directly or indirectly, during the selection process. Preparing for them well will help you to stand out from other applicants.

Common interview questions

Common interview questions

list_ok“Can you tell us about your professional experience?” Summarise your curriculum, putting emphasis on work relating to this job offer.  It’s all about explaining your career to date without it sounding like you’re making it up ;)
list_ok“Have you done any extra training recently?” The aim is to evaluate your interest in continuing to progress professionally. Talk about seminars, conferences, courses, etc. that you’ve attended and how you’ll apply what you have learned.
list_ok“What experience have you had relating to the responsibilities attached to the vacant role?” Be precise and speak about tasks that are specific to the role you are applying for. If you do not have previous experience, concentrate on similar tasks that you have performed.
list_ok“What have you achieved during your career?” Go over your successful professional experiences and convince them that the decisions and attitude that helped you with these achievements are also of value to their company.
list_ok“What are your strong points?” Remember that, in general, companies value attitude and aptitude as much as or more than knowledge: analyse your skills and highlight the most appropriate ones for this job offer, giving arguments with examples for each of them.
list_ok“What are your weak points?” Nobody’s perfect. It’s about showing that you are aware of your weaknesses and your capacity for minimising them.  But beware an attack of over-sincereness! Don’t share all your weaknesses, and try to present each fault in light of what you’re doing to correct it.
list_ok“What have you learnt from your mistakes in previous jobs? Reflect on a professional target that you did not meet and speak about the actions you would implement now in order to meet it. Also highlight what you have learnt from each failure. There are two mottos that are worth remembering: “To err is human” and “You learn from your mistakes”.
list_ok“Why did you leave your last job?” If you are working, you will be asked why you want to change job. In any case, focus on your professional aims or your desire to progress, but never criticise your previous or current company: this is one of the answers that is most penalised by personnel recruiters. Speak about yourself and be positive!
list_ok“Do you like working as part of a team?” Companies closely link team work and productivity so the expected answer is a firm “yes”.
list_ok“What do you know about this company?” Learn about the company, speak to them about what you like most and even (if you feel it’s suitable) propose action for improvement. This is the best way to show that you are proactive and interested.
list_ok“Why should we hire you?” It is not enough to say that you are capable of doing the job. Analyse all of your experience, knowledge and aptitude; contrast it with the requirements for the job offer and put it all together in one sentence that shows that you are ideal for the role.
list_ok“What salary do you expect to earn?” Avoid giving a figure: if you are chosen, then you can begin negotiation. It is best to comment on factors that you consider more important than salary and say that you expect a salary adapted to your responsibilities.
list_ok“How do you see yourself in the future?” Companies like people who know what they want and have a clear career/training plan to help them achieve it. Show them that you are one of those people!
microphonequestionslist_ok“Do you have children?” Although it’s actually illegal to ask this kind of question in the UK, be prepared that the topic may come up in a roundabout way. Focus on underlining your abilities. You can refuse to answer but do it stylishly - with another  question, like: “Is that question relevant to my ability to perform the role?” You can also subtly change subject with questions such as: “If you are wondering if I have commitment, I have to say that…” Above all, never take it personally.
list_ok“Do you have any questions?” Yes, of course you do! Ask for details regarding the role you are applying for – show your enthusiasm. If you also show interest in the company’s business culture, its values and global strategy vision, you will be showing that as well as being able to perform tasks, you want to fit in with company interests. And these candidates are the most sought-after ones.

We wish you lots of luck in the selection process and we’d love you to share your job interview experiences with us! As well as these common interview questions, you can read about more interview tips and tactics here.

Image: Microphone thanks to Pete (CC)