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Are resumes still relevant? How to improve your digital profile and make the shortlist for job interviews

Are resumes still relevant? How to improve your digital profile and make the shortlist for job interviews
Between the creative resumes that go viral, video applications and the increasing need for everyone to have a digital presence, you might assume that it’s time to file away the traditional two-page career summary for something a bit more flashy.

The resume hasn’t disappeared yet, but its role is changing. If you’re looking at finding a new job in the near future, you may need to re-think your approach to getting your career history in front of the right people in order for you to make the shortlist for an interview.

 
 
 

Flexible work conditions: New platform removes the worries about bringing up flexibility in a job interview

Flexible work conditions: New platform removes the worries about bringing up flexibility in a job interview
Despite the shift towards more flexibility in the workplace, flexible work options can still be daunting for candidates to bring up at the interview stage, for fear of missing out on a role.

Yet job seekers are increasingly looking for flexibility, such as part-time work, working from home or different work hours, as technology and changes in society are re-shaping the workplace.

A new website, FlexCareers, hopes to alleviate this fear by providing job seekers with opportunities from employers who are happy to discuss flexible work options right from the first interview.

 
 
 

Corporates vs startups: an innovative solution

Corporates vs startups: an innovative solution
“Don’t fear disruption, be smart – harness it.”

This is the advice to corporates from Karen Lawson, CEO of Slingshot, on the best way to compete with tech startups.

Lawson was the guest speaker at a breakfast seminar that Hudson recently hosted in conjunction with the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

 
 
 

Reimagining the workplace so that two heads are better than one

Reimagining the workplace so that two heads are better than one
In 1965 NASA sent its first manned spaceship, under the Gemini program, into space.

Operated by Gus Grissom and John Young, Gemini 3’s launch was so smooth that the astronauts did not even feel the lift-off. They orbited the Earth three times before re-entering and landing safely – a major milestone in NASA’s history-making journey to the moon.

More than 50 years later, another Gemini 3 is about to lift off, this time in the HR technology space.

 
 
 

Think you’re underpaid? Five things to consider before calling it quits

Think you’re underpaid? Five things to consider before calling it quits
Are you feeling underpaid and undervalued at work? You are not alone.

The latest Hudson research* has found that 42% of employees surveyed in Australia felt that they were underpaid. Furthermore, 48% of the respondents received no pay increase in the last year and it wasn’t that great for those who did. Of those who got a pay rise, 75% of them received just 1-5%.

 
 
 

How to make the most of the 48 hours before a job interview

How to make the most of the 48 hours before a job interview
Congratulations! Your carefully crafted cover letter has managed to impress, your CV has demonstrated that you have relevant skills and experience, and you've been invited to an interview with your prospective employer in two days' time.

While you've already thought about whether you might be a good fit when you applied for the role, now is the time to reassess the reasons why you want the role and take the time to thoroughly prepare your case.

 
 
 

Half of all hiring managers check candidates’ online digital footprint – are you prepared?

Half of all hiring managers check candidates’ online digital footprint – are you prepared?
There’s nowhere left to hide. An online background check by recruiters and employers is common practice these days and, unlike with a meeting or an interview, you can’t see who is assessing you.

In The Hudson Report: Employment Trends, Q3 2015 we asked hiring managers for their views on the use of social media in screening potential hires; specifically, whether they check candidates’ profiles, and if so why and what they are looking for.

 
 
 

Are you highlighting your best behaviours in a job interview?

Are you highlighting your best behaviours in a job interview?
They’re the questions that interviewers love – but they can pose a challenge for even well prepared job candidates: Tell me how you dealt with conflict with a co-worker. How did you react to your last major mistake in the workplace? Explain how you overcame a major challenge?

The formal name for these queries is ‘behavioural interview questions’ and if you want a fighting chance of getting the job, you’re going to have to get skilled at answering them.

 
 
 

Building rapport at an interview: it’s all about connecting

Building rapport at an interview: it’s all about connecting
Establishing a good rapport with someone you’ve just met can be a tough ask. Motivational speaker Tony Robbins provides insight into what’s involved: “Rapport is the ability to enter someone else's world, to make him feel that you understand him, that you have a strong common bond.”

Whatever else you have to offer, it’s going to be difficult to make it beyond the first round of interviews and secure a job if you’re unable to make your interviewers feel you’re on the same wavelength as them. Here are some tips on how to establish that emotional connection.

 
 
 

You had me at hello: making a good first impression at a job interview

You had me at hello: making a good first impression at a job interview
They say that first impressions are lasting, and nowhere is this more relevant than in the interview room. Richard Branson says he tends to make up his mind about people within 30 seconds of meeting them.

While interviewers use many methods to assess candidates, it pays to make an effort to impress from the moment you walk in the door. Here are some tips to help you work your magic from the first hello.

 
 
 
 

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