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LinkedIn: A beginner’s guide

Earlier this month, we told you about getting the most out of your LinkedIn profile and boosting your presence. However if you have yet to sign up, you probably won't find it that useful…yet. LinkedIn is the most popular and powerful professional network out there, and it can help you…

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4 warning signs from that candidate you’re interviewing

Sometimes it can be very difficult to find a candidate that you're sure is the right fit for the role. An interviewee can present themselves better than anyone else, with all the right qualifications and experience, and still be utterly wrong for the job. Hiring the wrong candidate carries heavy…

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How LinkedIn can help you find a job

Any serious job seeker should sign up with the world's largest professional social network, LinkedIn. While it's packed with features to help candidates connect with employers, it's not used nearly as much as it could be considering how handy it is. If you're a job seeker who is not yet…

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How does an ATS serve your recruitment needs?

One of the most challenging parts of recruitment can be keeping track of all the applications and roles that you’re supposed to be dealing with. It’s all too easy to get snowed under – that is, if you’re not a machine or failing that, if you’ve not got the technology…

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“Place a candidate, make a charity donation” reaches milestone!

Blue Octopus is continuing its long-running donation scheme, having surpassed over £3,000 given to date! For over two years, we have donated to charitable causes for each successful placement we make. Our three chosen charities (Yorkshire Cancer Research, Bliss and the MS Society) receive equal shares at the end of each quarter.…

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5 top places to get a temporary job at Christmas

A temporary Christmas job is a great way to make a bit of extra money this season. Businesses of all kinds see an increase in demand around this time of year and for the student or jobseeker this represents a great opportunity. As we’re well on the way to Christmas,…

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3 types of online job application you’re likely to find

These days you’ll do most of your job search online – not many people apply for work through newspaper ads any more. That means that when you set out on a job hunt, you’ll probably spend a lot of your time sitting in front of a computer firing off job…

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What successful people say about finding a job

When you’re unemployed and down on your luck, you may look at smart and successful individuals and wonder how they managed to get ahead. However many successful businesspeople, politicians and innovators know what it's like to be down on your luck as well. Going through hard times is often part…

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4 weird interview tips (that might just get you the job)

You've probably heard all kinds of interview advice over the years aimed at helping you get a job. We've blogged a lot on the topic, but even when you follow all the advice, unfortunately, it’s still not always enough and you have to reconsider your tactics. When the standard interview…

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