Character references – what to do if you’re asked for one

Some employers will ask for a character reference as well as the standard work reference from your current boss. So what is a character reference? And how do you get one? We asked recruitment consultant Amy Stephenson, founder of Human Business Services, and Emma Plummer of Anne Corder Recruitment to explain.

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What is a character reference?

A character reference is a brief assessment of you as a person – your strengths and weaknesses, your attitude and experience and so on – based on the view of someone

How to present well at interview

If you’ve been asked to give a presentation, there’s no need to panic. It can be a nerve-wracking prospect, but with some simple planning and practice you can excel.

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Very few people are born presenters or public speakers. The difference between you and someone you know who presents brilliantly is almost certainly that they’ve done it more often than you have and know how to prepare. Take Steve Jobs, who used to dazzle the world each year with his relaxed demonstrations of new Apple gadgets. He was known to spend days preparing

How to resign – resignation letter template and guide

The days of declaring “I quit!” and flouncing out of the office are long gone. In a world of LinkedIn recommendations, exit interviews and counter offers, resigning is yet another part of changing jobs that needs thought and preparation. We spoke to independent recruitment expert Alex McKenzie to get the lowdown on how to do it right.

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1. Leave for the right reasons

It may seem obvious, but resigning for the wrong reasons is something Alex, who’s worked for leading recruiters like Hamilton Bradshaw and Badenoch & Clark, sees all the time. “We come across this

CV Template – Graduate

On paper – literally – writing a CV should be easy: you know where you’ve worked, what you’ve achieved, what you’re qualified for, you know what makes <<you>> desirable to prospective employers. But are you covering everything you need to? What order should your sections go in? What sections do you even include?

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We consulted James Innes, Chairman of The CV Centre and author of The CV Book, for his advice.

CV Template – Employed

Writing a CV should be easy: you know where you’ve worked, what you’ve achieved, what you’re qualified for, you know what makes <<you>> desirable to prospective employers. But are you covering everything you need to? What order should your sections go in? What sections do you even include?

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We consulted James Innes, Chairman of The CV Centre and author of The CV book, for his advice.