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09 Feb
2015

Paul OFlynn

Associate Director Gulf Bankers

Why didn't I get the job? How to ask for interview feedback

This post originally appeared on The Guardian By Corinne Mills   The pre-performance adrenalin that kicks in when you go for an interview can all too quickly slide into a wretched post-match analysis if you don't get the job. Especially if it's one you really wanted. What went wrong? Why didn't they want you? Will you ever get a job you want?   Self-doubts are never helpful when you need to present yourself confidently at your next interview. Could asking for some interview feedback help? Well it depends.   Here are some tips for thinking about if,

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09 Feb
2015

Sanaa AbdulRahiman

Associate Director

Starstruck: what's it like to work as an astronomer?

This post originally appeared on The Guardian By Karen Masters   Karen Masters is a British astronomer working at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, UK. She is the project scientist for Galaxy Zoo, an online scheme which invites the public to help researchers classify how galaxies have formed across the universe.   I have been interested in astronomy ever since I was a child. I kept a scrapbook of astronomy articles in newspapers and wrote to Nasa when I was 13 asking how I could become an astronomer. Throughout my childhood I studied ga

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09 Feb
2015

Saba Ahmad Khan

Head of Research

Does the Myers-Briggs personality test work?

This post originally appeared on The Guardian By Peter Moore   Myers-Briggs is the most prevalent personality test used by British businesses to expose the inner personalities of employees. Its success, many claim, lies in its simplicity.   With 93 questions, loosely formulated from the work of Carl Jung, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can divide all staff into 16 distinct types, combinations of introverts, extroverts, thinkers, feelers, the judging or perceptive.   There's no doubting the success of the MBTI as a product. Thousands of current and a

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09 Feb
2015

Nastaran Heydari

Associate Consultant

Seven ways to get a career in politics

This post originally appeared on The Guardian By Toney Newman   1. For your first job in politics, it's important to persevere I can't remember how many jobs and internships I applied for before I got my foot on the ladder. Make sure you have something concrete to demonstrate your interest in politics and justify a career. For example, volunteer with your local MP or charity – they always need help. We get lots of CVs from people who want to work in politics, but don't have anything on their CV that qualifies that. Chris Fairbank, senior political consultant

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09 Feb
2015

Karen

Senior Associate Consultant

Bored or hate your colleagues? Six bad reasons to change jobs

This post originally appeared on The Guardian By Aimee Bateman   The new year often brings the desire for a fresh start by pursuing a new job. However, rushing out to find a new career is not always a good idea. Feeling unfulfilled in your current role might make you want to take the first opportunity that comes along, but it might not be right for you. Here are five bad reasons to change jobs. 1. Job envy You may have heard from friends about how much they love their job, or they may have got a pay rise that has made you feel envious. However, they probably aren't telling

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08 Feb
2015

Nariman Maher

Associate Director

5 qualities that make employees unforgettable

This post originally appeared on Cube Rules By Scot Herrick   In between all of the tasks, deliverables, fire drills and the rest of daily corporate world, it is important to step back a bit and take a look at what makes a great employee. One that you want on your team and one your team wants on your team. If you're a manager, what makes an employee unforgettable? I'll suggest five attributes.   They provide their business judgement There is a lot to be said for knowing what the problems and solutions are when you're working in the cubicle. The unforgettabl

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08 Feb
2015

Teena Rekhi

Senior Search Consultant

You’re Doing Cover Letters Wrong – Here’s Why

This post originally appeared on Careerealism By Ariella Coombs   Cover letters. You hate writing them. But why?   Because you don’t think anyone will even look at your cover letter?   Because they take too much time to write?   Because you hate bragging about yourself?   I bet the REAL reason you hate writing cover letter is because you really have no idea HOW to write one. In fact, you’re probably just straight up doing them wrong.   Here are some tips for writing a great cover letter that gets the attention o

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08 Feb
2015

Shahd Kandiel

Search Consultant

15 Questions To Ask Before Making A Career Change

This post originally appeared on Careerealism By Chrissy Scivicque   If you’re considering a major career change, you may find the process a little overwhelming at first.   To help organize your thoughts and feelings on the topic, ask yourself the following 15 questions.   Questions To Ask Before Making A Career Change Remember to answer thoughtfully and honestly. This is for your eyes only. Also, be sure to write your answers down. Putting abstract thoughts and feelings into words can help you identify what’s really going on and it adds a tangib

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08 Feb
2015

Sanaa AbdulRahiman

Associate Director

5 Tips For Dealing With Difficult Co-Workers

This post originally appeared on Careerealism By Amanda Haddaway   The average full-time employee spends more time at work with co-workers than at home with friends and family. This can make for an unpleasant situation when we have one or more co-workers that we dislike.   However, it’s in everyone’s best interest to try to reach some common ground and make the work environment at least tolerable. So, how can you deal with difficult co-workers? 5 Tips For Dealing With Difficult Co-Workers Here are some tips to help you deal with a problem work associate:

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05 Feb
2015

mariam ejjiar

associate consultant

Getting exposed — or just having fun?

This post originally appeared on BBC Capital By Andrew Eder   In the last two years, Christina Walsh has traveled to Japan, trekked through the Atacama Desert in Chile, skied in the Austrian Alps and toured Vienna and Budapest.   The 29-year-old was not on a long holiday or work sabbatical. She’s a master of business administration candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in the US.   For many MBA students, international travel has become a central component of the business school experience. In part, it’s a reflection of

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