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How to write a persuasive cover letter in 15 minutes

Why am I writing this? I am a recruitment consultant: my job is find talented people who are looking for work and convince my clients to hire them. The ability to write a good cover letter is therefore pretty important, more so because it is the one area in which my applicants continually struggle irrespective … Continue reading

Ten of the Best Charity Jobs and Networking Events for Your Career!

As 2014 draws to a close, we have a couple of great events for you to enjoy, including Learning the Art of Networking and our Festive Charity Drinks, where the theme this month will be going from good to great! We’ve also taken on lots of exciting jobs within charities, including HR Advisor, Interim Programme Manager, … Continue reading

Could you be a Trustee?

I’ve written blogs before on what becoming a charity trustee can potentially do for your career, so it was interesting to read an article in a recent Evening Standard (Monday 27 October) about the career-boosting benefits of becoming a trustee – but the article was a little light in content, pretty one-sided and a teeny-weeny … Continue reading

How to choose the ‘optimum time’ to interview

On Friday afternoon I received an email telling me I’ve been invited to interview for a programme which I’m hoping might actually change my life! Perhaps it’s ironic that somebody who spends his life giving interview and recruitment advice to others should be a little apprehensive about such a daunting prospect, but then being nervous … Continue reading

Making recruiters work for you!

  Julian Smith The recruitment industry doesn’t have an equivalent of the ‘Magic Circle’, so I’m not likely to be struck off or disbarred, but I am hoping to be cold-shouldered by my less ethical peers within the sector as I attempt to lift the lid on an industry not widely known for best practice. … Continue reading

Who’s afraid of a little networking?

  Julian Smith Striking up a conversation with someone you don’t know isn’t difficult. In the days before social media took over our lives, talking to strangers was a surprisingly easy thing to do. Cast your mind back to a more innocent, tech-free era, and you’ll realise that it was only by talking to people … Continue reading

Interview dos and don’ts

  Julian Smith   I’ve recently been interviewing for some really high-level roles (Director-level upwards), and at this level, you might automatically assume that candidates produce a stellar interview performance. In which case, you’d be wrong. Strip away the years of experience, and some of the candidates made what I’d call ‘rookie errors’, so I … Continue reading

Look before you leap…

  Julian Smith A long time ago, I hated my job. I loved my colleagues, I loved the location, I could live on the salary, and it was all nice and familiar. In fact, it was all too familiar, and familiarity breeds contempt. It hadn’t always been that way; I’d started off loving my role, … Continue reading

Join our team – become an event volunteer facilitator!

Each quarter the I Am Group puts on a range of networking and career events for anyone working within the charity, not-for-profit or social enterprise sectors and those interested in getting involved in these vibrant sectors.   We’re always on the look out for great volunteer facilitators who join us at the events and help … Continue reading

So what does it take to be a good recruiter….? You might be surprised!

  Many people ask me what it’ takes to be a recruitment consultant – which is an entirely different question to “what it takes to be a good recruitment consultant?” so I’ve decided that I should write a semi-indulgent blog article to lift the lid on one of the most maligned professions I can think … Continue reading

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