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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Job Interview - Look good on paper

Not sure about how to write your CV? Would you like your CV to stand out from the crowd and be relevant? In the following post we’re giving you a series of handy tips so that your CV won’t be ignored next time.

It is important for any job seeker to remember that your CV is a sales document and needs to give the relevant information to the prospective employer in the best possible way.

How to write your CV

Your CV needs to be visually clear – a maximum of two pages, using bullet points to outline the most important and necessary information. Remember that if you are one of 100 CVs received for a job vacancy, you have to ensure that the employer can, at a glance, find the information that is relevant to the role.

Firstly, consider the role you are applying for. If you are answering a job advertisement looking for a Marketing Executive for example, there is no point sending a CV showing your current role as a Marketing Manager because you will be considered too senior for the role and your CV will be passed over.

Ensure that you are applying for a position that suits your experience and make sure your CV clearly expresses this. If you have had three jobs over ten years, spend the most time and CV space on your most recent job – this is what the employer will be most interested in. For example, do not take half a page to detail your experience working a summer job in McDonald’s ten years ago, and then only give three lines to your most recent role, which you have held for five years.

Many people write a CV when they leave their first job and then over the years just keep adding bits to it – don’t do this! Create a new, fresh look for your CV, tailored to the job you are applying for.

Finally, always list your achievements. Employers are always interested in these. Equally, think about what hobbies you are listing, making sure that they are relevant to the job you are applying for.

Original article in Metro Ireland
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The trouble with Facebook

Facebook logois an excellent tool to keep in touch with your friends, share and express yourself. However, you should be careful with what you publish and the way you say things.

This girl surely learned the lesson.

NOTE: The following image contains offensive words and inappropriate language.

Facebook pitfall

The text in the image (just in case it’s not clear enough) is:

The girl: OMG I HATE MY JOB!! My boss is a total perwy wan… always making me do shit stuff just to piss me off!! WAN…!

The boss: Hi XXX, I guess you forgot about adding me on here?
Firstly, don’t flatter yourself. Secondly, you’ve worked here 5 months and didn’t work out that I’m gay? I know I don’t prance around the office like a queen, but it’s not exactly a secret. Thirdly, that ‘shit stuff’ is called your ‘job’, you know, what I pay you to do. But the fact that you seem able to fu.. up the simplest of tasks might contribute to how you feel about it. And lastly, you also seem to have forgotten that you have 2 weeks left on your 6 month trial period. Don’t bother coming in tomorrow. I’ll pop your P45 in the post, and you can come in whenever you like to pick up any stuff you’ve left here. And yes, I’m serious.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

More Strange Words in English - Odd English Words (Part 2/2)

Do you know the English words that make the triple S (SSS)? Scrumptious, Sequacious and Swingeing. Pretty uncommon words, aren’t they? It might even be the first time that you’ve heard them.

Odd English Words

In this post we present you with the rest of the collection of strange English words that completes the list of “Odd English Words”.

As we usually do, we present the list in a table with four columns: the Word, the Meaning (in English), the Form and an Example of Use (to see the word in context).

This second part includes the last 12 words from the list:

Table 1: Odd English Words (Part 2)
WordMeaningFormExample of use
To LoatheTo dislike (someone or something) greatlyVerbShe loathes men who smoke.
A moot pointSomething irrelevant / A point or question to be debatedNounUntil we rebuild downtown, whether we build more parking spaces is a moot point.
PotationThe act of drinking / A drink, usually alcoholicNounPerhaps his nocturnal potations, prevented him from recognising accents which were tolerably familiar to him.
To quashTo put down or suppress forcibly and completelyVerbThe general ruthlessly quashed all opposition.
To rarefyTo make thin, less compact, or less denseVerbThe bones are rarefied.
ScrumptiousDelicious or very attractiveAdjectiveMy grandmother does really scrumptious cakes.
SequaciousSlavishly unthinking and uncriticalAdjectiveSequacious media is bad for democracy.
SwingeingSevere; punishingly badAdjectiveBBC newsreaders face swingeing salary cuts.
TawdryCheap, showy, and of poor qualityAdjectiveThose are tawdry Christmas decorations.
To be on tenterhooksTo be uncertain and anxious about what is going to happenVerbHe was on tenterhooks about the result of the exam.
Tinker’s cussTo be uninterested in somethingNounI don’t give a tinker’s cuss if it rains all weekend.
To VillifyTo make vicious and defamatory statements aboutVerbThe Nazi propaganda villified the Jews.
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Do You Know these English Words? - Odd English Words (Part 1/2)

In the English language there are also odd, weird and not very common words. We present you below a list with some of these atypical words. It’s worth knowing these words as they are expressions that we use in our colloquial language.

Odd English Words

The list is presented in a table with four columns: the Word, the Meaning (in English), the Form and an Example of Use (to see the word in context).

This first part includes the first 11 words from the list.

Table 1: Odd English Words (Part 1)
WordMeaningFormExample of use
BehestAn urgent requestNounGM Chief to Resign at White House's Behest.
BunkumEmpty, nonsense talkNounThe bunkum of Body Mass Index.
ContumelyScornful or insulting treatmentNounFollowing years of police harassment and public contumely, he was arrested and charged with high treason and espionage.
To forgoTo give upVerbNew Zealand Cricket has persuaded its six Indian Premier League players to agree contracts with the board and forgo "significant sums of money".
To ForegoDo withoutVerbFlu fear forces groom to forego nicety.
GrislyInspiring repugnance, gruesomeAdjectiveThe grisly murder was committed here.
GristlyComposed of or containing gristleAdjectiveMy son has a sore gristly lump behind his nipple.
GrizzlyA grizzly bearNounThe grizzly bear is a subspecies of brown bear.
To go haywireCrazy, madAdjectiveThis period is just haywire time.
HubrisArroganceNounThere is no safety in unlimited technological hubris.
JejuneNot interesting / ChildishAdjectiveHe was very surprised by their jejune responses to our problems.

Do you find any of these words useful?
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Sunday, August 2, 2009

We've All Been There!

You might be enjoying your holidays or just back from them. Whatever the case, a bit of humour in English will be welcomed. Do you recognize any of the following situations?

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