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How to Create a Shining CV by Josie Hai Diep

Do you sometimes struggle with knowing what to put on your CV that would appeal to the employer? Unsure of how to make your CV stand out from the competition? Read on for tried and tested top tips I have used in helping people become unstuck and to make their CV shine. A CV is … Continue reading

Maximising Impact and How to Network

By Tony Koutsoumbos, fundraising and communications careers specialist  This month’s networking night at the I Am Group trialed a brand new feature – a workshop on how to network, led by yours truly, followed by our usual format of a short talk and drinks reception. Aimed specifically at professionals who get easily intimidated by the … Continue reading

Making Good Decisions – Cognitive Biases and Logical Fallacies

By Tony Koutsoumbos, Fundraising Specialist for the I Am Group Last night I delivered a talk on the impact of cognitive biases on decision making and the logical fallacies that turn faulty assumptions into false conclusions. Below is a summary of the key points and – more importantly – a list of the most common biases … Continue reading

If you want to impress, then work on those PECS!

By Julian Smith I’ve spoken on topics such as ‘how to write the perfect CV’ and ‘how to get the perfect charity job’ and recently I took part in a horizon-scanning event at The Open University, talking about what employers look for. There were several people on the panel, including one from the banking sector, … Continue reading

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

Changing the World one chocolate bar at a time

The I Am Group proudly hosted Charlotte Borger, Communications Director of the fair trade confectionery company ‘Divine Chocolate’, as our guest speaker for this month’s Wednesday networking night. Now a household name within the charity and ethical business sector, Charlotte packed out the Judge’s Chamber in Browns, Covent Garden as over 60 people turned out … 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

Professionalism – choosing excellence

In a series of blog articles, Susie Kay, looks at professionalism in the workplace and the benefits that choosing excellence can bring. Defining what professionalism is and what it may look like is not an easy task. Choosing to adopt and live by its requirements is an even bigger ask but it will deliver huge … 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

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