27 February 2009 12:33 PM

The Formula That Killed Wall Street

A bit off topic but a fascinating article from WIRED on what caused the credit crunch. Any readers considering a graduate job in banking or finance may want to swat up, it'll make brilliant interview fodder.


24 February 2009 02:09 PM

An oldie but a goody...

If only there were some recruitment campaigns like this. I bet if Exchange and Mart were on the hunt for sales graduates and ran an ad like the sketch below with a cleverly spun tagline, they could fill their positions with brilliant candidates in no time. Everyone loves a bit of self depreciation and mocking, especially our Gen Y friends who can sniff corporate BS from a mile off. And what a contrast it would make to all the seriousness in the recruitment market.


17 February 2009 10:00 AM

Business Advice No 3


Email. Handle with care! from careerplayer.com on Vimeo.

The Kamikaze email...who hasn't done one?

We've had some shockers in our time...most recently sending a prospective Client a Valentines love note most definitely meant for someone else. Still it certainly broke the ice and rather luckily paved the way for a brilliant meeting. I think we're onto something!

If you find yourself in a heart stopping, IT begging, delete frenzy...you might find this little guide from videojug handy.


Communication Skills:What To Do If You Send A Kamikaze Email

 


10 February 2009 01:26 PM

Business Advice No 2


Do What You Love from careerplayer.com on Vimeo.

 

 

I've always wondered to what extent you can follow advice like this. It's obviously the goal for most job seekers to find something they love but will everything else always take care of itself? The impoverished musician who never makes it springs to mind. They may be doing what they love but is it delivering them the kind of life they love? And is there a risk of your favourite past time being ruined when it becomes your job?

Perhaps Terry Jones, a career advisor at Kings College (part of The Careers Group), has a point when he describes choosing a career as a pragmatic decision. Trying to find something that meets more of your goals than it fails to meet. This particularly struck us whilst speaking to hundreds of professionals about their careers, as it became clear that most jobs have a downside. There always seemed to be a flip side to the best bits of a job whether that be 5am starts, lots of travel away from home, low pay, huge stress or anything else. So whilst doing what you love is the goal, it's worth checking that the day to day reality is something you can cope with.

What do you think? Is that pragmatic or just a bit negative? If you really pursue something you love will you be so naturally passionate and driven that everything else will just slot into place?

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