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Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Apprentice – Episode 6, “Goodness gracious meatballs are dire”

Welcome to the 6th week of The Apprentice, and would you believe we are halfway through the present series? This week’s lesson of how to do business kicks off with the Lord disturbing the contestants having a lark about and informs them they are heading north of the border, where they will be selling gourmet […]

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The Apprentice – Episode 5, “A Million Spacehoppers For a Fiver”

Last night’s episode left a little bit of a disappointing aftertaste, akin to the injustice of Andy Dufresne from the wonderful Shawshank Redemption; the wrong person was fired or sent to prison, I’m sure that metaphor worked in my head. Anyway, let’s have a quick recap of the night’s fun and frolics. Given two days to come […]

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10 Management tips to motivate your workforce: Part 2

Welcome to the 2nd part of our top 10 management tips on how to motivate your workforce. In the first part, we looked at how management feedback, the working environment, keeping poor performing staff, leading by example and finding out what makes your staff tick, all play an intrinsic part in keeping your staff motivated. In this […]

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The Apprentice – Episode 4, “Never look a gift horse in the eye”

After three episodes where the contestants have sold tat to the public, guess what week four has in store? This week’s task saw  the remaining 13 business brains buying junk from auctions, car boot sales, junk shops and dead people’s houses and then selling it on to the uber-cool socialites of Brick Lane over in […]

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Does it really make a difference how you present your CV?

Last week I looked at how an unexplained employment gap can really hinder your job prospects, and thank you to everyone that commented about it on our various groups and forums. This week, I want to look at something even more fundamental to enhancing your chances of getting an interview – namely, how you present your CV. Present […]

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10 Management tips to motivate your workforce: Part 1

It’s a million dollar conundrum – how to motivate your staff? How an employee feels about their job and the place they work, will determine just how motivated they are in their current role. If a person is happy in their job then their productivity will increase. But job satisfaction is a complicated equation to […]

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The Apprentice – Episode 3, “Good Moaning”

Week three of The Apprentice and we have still to see Jane crack a smile. However, stony faced Jane was part of the winning team this week, with a task set by the Sugermeister to concoct a condiment and then inflict it on a general public who will seemingly buy anything if you tell them it’s organic. […]

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Ten typical interview questions: Part 2

Last week we looked at the first part of those typical interview questions you are likely to face: 1)    Tell me about yourself 2)    Why should I hire you? 3)    Are you a team player? 4)    Tell us your greatest weakness. 5)    Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In part two, we look at another […]

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The Apprentice 2012 – Our recruitment-led view of Episode 2

Poundshop Gadgets Ding Ding.  Its round 2 of the reality show which never fails to prove that a sharp suit doesn’t always mean a sharp mind. After all, what could be easier than developing a gadget and pitching it to Amazon and the slightly less well known Lakeland? Given two whole days, the best that […]

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The Apprentice 2012 – Our recruitment-led view of Episode 1

Style vs Substance Can it really be only a year since Jedi Jim hypnotised us with his Gaelic charms and the mad professor from Back to the Future somehow blundered his way to victory? It’s time to settle down for another 12 weeks to watch our favourite business idiots attempt to sell coal to eskimos […]

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