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5 Tips to Improve Your Creativity
2013/01/14

Creativity

 

Are you struggling to get your brain to think creatively at the moment? Luckily there are a few simple things you can do to help increase brain activity and creativity.

So here are 5 of our top tips to help get that creativity flowing:

 

1.Get fit

Physical activity sends more blood to your brain and increases the flow of endorphins. After aerobic workouts imaging tests confirm that the brain has increased amounts of blood and oxygen and that there is more activity in the frontal lobe which is the part of the brain which is used for complex reasoning. Therefore increased activity in the brain should help you think more creatively.

Now that doesn’t mean you should run 10 miles to work rather than getting in your car, but taking the stair rather than the lift, or going on a 20 minute walk in your lunch break will be enough to increase your pulse rate. For the more daring, you could even try registering at your local gym?

 

 
Common Errors That Could Lead to Your CV Going Straight In the Reject Pile
2012/08/21

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Did you know that on average recruiters will only look at a CV for between 10 and 30 seconds? So first impressions really do count!

That means you need to make an excellent impression and avoid anything that could lead them to throwing your CV straight in the bin. So to be in with a shot of getting an interview here are a few things to avoid putting on your CV:


A Ridiculous Email Address

They may have seemed funny or cool when you created them a few years ago, but having “ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " written at the top of your CV isn’t exactly going to help create that intelligent and hardworking image that you are trying to portray. It only takes a few minutes to set up a ‘professional sounding’ email address via Hotmail, Yahoo, Google or another free email provider. Try and keep it simple, preferably involving your name, and although commonly done, it’s best to avoid putting your birth year in your email address as you don’t want to offer any reason for discrimination.
 
Starting a new job? Here's how to prepare for the first day...!
2012/07/26

 

Congratulations, all that hard work has paid off. You wowed the employer in the interviews and now they’ve offered you the job! But starting at a new company can be a little daunting and you still want to make a great impression, so here are a few things to do to ensure that you are well prepared before the first day:

 
Body Language in an Interview
2012/07/04

There’s a lot to worry about before an interview – are you wearing the right clothes? Have you prepared well enough? But have you ever thought about your body language? Research suggests that between 60% and 70% of human communication is nonverbal behaviour – in other words, body language. Your interview is actually composed of two conversations at the same time: one with words, the other with subtle social cues. Subtle body cues and social signals comprise more of the interviewer’s impression of you than your CV or what you say during the interview. So even if you’ve got the perfect skills and experience, have fully researched the company and have given the best answers to their questions, if you come across as unfriendly, distant or disrespectful, it’s unlikely the interviewer is going to think you are right for their company.

 

 
Some Common Interview Questions For You To Consider

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So you’ve got yourself an interview, well done! But what do you do next? Interviews can be daunting so in order to perform to the best of your ability on the day, you need to do a bit of preparation beforehand. As well as making sure you portfolio is looking fabulous and up to date, you need to think carefully about how you may answer the interview questions.

 

Agenda have put together a list of typical question which you may be asked in a creative interview. Have a read through them and think about the best way you could answer them. It’s better to come across a question you don’t know how to answer now than in the interview, as you have time to go away and think about it or do some extra research on the company, so take advantage of this. Please note that this is just a general list and won’t apply to every role, but you should be prepared to answer questions on every aspect of your education, career to date and future aspirations.

 

 
How To Shine In An Interview
2012/05/02

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An interview is your time to shine and show the employer exactly why they should hire you. But interviews can be daunting so in order to perform to the best of your ability on the day, here are some tips on what you can do before, during and after the interview, in order to make the best impression.

 

Before the interview:

Prepare your portfolio and CV

Make sure your portfolio and CV are presentable, up to date, and most importantly, relevant to the position you are interviewing for. Print out a few copies of your CV to hand out in the interview. It’s likely the interviewer will already have a copy of your CV in front of them, but you will look well prepared if you are able to offer them a fresh new copy. It’s also useful to have a copy of your CV for yourself so you can refer to it during the interview.  If you have an online portfolio then check to make sure all the links still work. Also, don’t forget to bring a pen and notepad. This can be used to make notes of important information during the interview, and you can also prepare a few questions to ask prior to the interview and have them written down in case you forget.

 
Portfolio Advice
2012/05/02

 

Every portfolio is different but this guide will help you create a professional and practical portfolio with which to impress your interviewers and recruiters.

 
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