Will outplacement hinder my claim for jobseekers allowance?

  Will taking part in an outplacement programme affect my claim for job seekers allowance?  Is a question we were asked recently by one of our delegates. Every month our career experts answer a range of queries from job seekers. Keep coming back regularly to see our latest career advice. “To what extent does the work I am doing on my outplacement programme help me in claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance?  As I am coming to the end of my employment and have no immediate job to go ...
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Should I apply for a graduate job?

Can I apply for a graduate job even if I didn't go to university? That's an increasingly common question being asked by our delegates. Particularly those whose career choices led them to leave full time education after GCSEs, O levels or A levels. Every month our career experts answer a range of queries from job seekers. Keep coming back regularly to see our latest career advice. “I’ve seen a job advertised that I think would be perfect for me. However, the employer has said they w...
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This month’s advice from Chiumento’s career experts

Every month Chiumento's career experts answer topical queries from jobseekers. If you are looking for advice get in touch. We can't guarantee to answer every question personally but it just might be that our career experts pick up your issue in a future article. “I am hoping to start my own business but for now I need to earn money to invest in getting it started.  How can I convince an employer to take me on when I am not committed to a long-term career with them?” ...
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Can you negotiate on the pay in a job offer?

This month's advice for job seekers includes looking at how you can negotiate on the pay in a job offer. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future article drop us a line. We can't guarantee to answer every query, but our experts are always interested in hearing about the things that matter most to job applicants. “I’ve been offered a job that I’m keen on, but the salary is below my expectation. Can I negotiate on the pay?” The short answer of c...
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Welcome to the new world of work

The post-recession economy has spawned a new world of work. The roots of this revolution go back several decades but it took the catalyst of a serious downturn to really accelerate the changes. In a series of articles the Chiumento team will be exploring the implications of these changes for both employers and employees. In the first article - "Wake up to the new world of work" - we explore the realities of an increasingly virtual workplace. It is estimated that s...
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Job hunting tips from our experts

Job hunting tips from Chiumento. Every month our resident panel of experts answer some of the most popular, challenging and unusual questions posed by job applicants. We can’t answer every query individually but check regularly and you may well find your question being addressed. I am over 50. What can I do to get selected when my competitors are so much younger? Despite age discrimination legislation, it is almost impossible to avoid recruiters deciding that you are to...
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Advice for jobseekers – ask Chiumento

Advice for jobseekers. Every month our resident panel of experts answer some of the most popular, challenging and unusual questions posed by job applicants. We can’t answer every query individually but check regularly and you may well find your question being addressed. "I've been told that finding a job is a numbers game. How many applications a day should I be making to improve my chances of success?" Thinking about job hunting in terms of quantity rather than quality...
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10 common mistakes made by job applicants

What are the top 10 common mistakes made by job applicants? This month we have been doing some recruiting of our own. Its been an eye-opening experience and one that has highlighted that there are some really basic things candidates need to watch out for.
  1. Sending the wrong attachments. Applications for our role have been mistakenly accompanied by everything from an invoice for soft furnishings to an invite to a birthday party. We won’t be paying the former or atte...
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Ask Chiumento – advice for job applicants

Every month our resident panel of experts answer some of the most popular, challenging and unusual questions posed by job applicants. We can’t answer every query individually but check regularly and you may well find your question being addressed. “I’ve been offered two jobs and don’t know which to take. At one company I really liked the people and the job is very close to home. The other pays a lot more but I am not sure about the commute. How do I decide which one to choose?” More

Office technologies – now you see them…

So many office technologies have come and gone in just one generation. They testify to the ever-changing nature of work and why we all need to constantly update our skills to remain employable. For the first time in ages somebody has asked me for our FAX number. It caught me so off guard that I had to fumble about trying to find it. And as I did so I suddenly realised I didn’t even know where the FAX machine was these days… I couldn’t recall seeing it lately… Then...
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