Should you ever recommend a friend?

Most companies will advertise vacancies through their website or use a recruitment consultant to fill positions. But around 10% of private-sector companies* also run employee referral schemes, where staff are encouraged to refer friends and contacts in return for a bonus if the candidate is successful. So if your company does this, should you take part? Here’s what to consider first…

Escape from the office

Want a career that doesn’t mean being stuck in an office? Here are four non-desk jobs that also involve working out in the open air…

How to prepare a brilliant holiday handover

Swimsuit: check! Sunscreen: check! Well-informed colleagues: check? Swanning off on holiday for two weeks and leaving your workmates in the lurch is not cool. However, uf you’re diligent and leave your projects in good shape, signposted by clear handover notes, you may well impress your boss. Here’s what to do to be prepared…

The freelancer’s guide to writing a winning CV

Looking to move back into a permanent full-time position but overwhelmed by the thought of writing your CV? How should you present your skills and experience, especially if you’ve done lots of smaller jobs for a number of clients, in a way that doesn’t make your CV look disconnected? Here’s how to get started and maximise your chances of getting called in for an interview…

Back to school?

Feeling lost at work? Want a change of career? Or simply want to broaden your mind? If so, going back into education could be the solution. We look at three people who’ve returned to academic pursuits…