Editor's Choice

16th April 2008

Here's our selection of the latest and best articles on personal development, finding your dream job, writing CVs and other hot issues in the world of job and work.

In this article, the Times looks at what skills graduates should highlight on their CVs. Since degrees and IT skills are no longer enough, graduates should also highlight their extracurricular activities and focus on their achievements in a wider context to prevent appearing over specialised.

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The Times, 10th April - "Rare skills fire up CVs"

What employers really want to know about your many talents
Most people know the rules for CVs by now: keep them short, sharp and easy to read. But with only two pages to play with, deciding which skills to highlight can be hard. Simply having a degree is no longer enough to grab recruiters' attention, says Ross Eades, the chief executive of IT recruiters InterQuest Group. Neither is having generic skills such as computer literacy or teamwork - at least not if you want a job in IT. Graduates who want to work in this sector should list very specific skills such as programming languages or niche specialisms; he lists governance, anti-phishing software and risk and security as growth areas.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article3714507.ece

*It seems that 4 out of every 10 CVs received by an employer will contain a fundamental error! This article contains good tips to improve your CV, many of which play to the strengths of the iProfile, un-cluttered, structured layout and use that spell check) A star tip... "all the best CVs have a professional profile on the first page and should summarise the specific skills". We completely agree.

Onrec, 10th April "Jobs in Credit reveal Britain's worse CV crimes"

When it comes to landing an interview for that dream job the CV is still the most important tool but Britain's appear all too lazy when it comes to presenting themselves in the best light. A survey of CVs by an online recruitment site has found that four out of every ten CVs received by an employer will contain a fundamental error. Spelling mistakes, poor punctuation and bad design or layout lead the list of worst CV crimes.
Jobsincredit.com, which offers its candidates a professional CV enhancement as part of its service, interviewed 100 HR professionals at some of the UK's leading organisations. The survey asked them to gauge the amount of CVs they received containing basic errors that cut short the application and asked them to name the most common mistakes found on CVs.
http://www.onrec.com/newsstories/21122.asp

A snippet on protecting your identity, even during your work-place. Includes a tip to check your credit history if you believe you have been targeted by fraudsters.

The Recruiter, 7th April - "Identity fraud"

The threat of identity theft is often overlooked in the office, where employees feel most comfortable giving out personal information.
Over 15m office workers could be at risk because they fail to protect personal information, according to a recent survey by Shelia's Wheels Home Insurance. Information required for routine tasks like booking a doctors appointment and paying bills can be used by criminals to complete security checks and commit fraud.
http://www.recruiter.co.uk/Articles/336694/Identity+theft.html