LinkedIn Action Points For Aspiring IT Professionals

You aspire to a fast-track career in IT. You’re in a great role, but want to ensure you progress at a similar pace to your peers. One thing that’s key to achieving this is having a LinkedIn profile that truly sells you. Here we’ll be covering 4 things you must address if you’re ever to […]

How to Prepare for a Job Search in the New Year

  The bringing in of a New Year is a natural period for reflection. For many, it’s a time to kick start the job search in hope of new challenges, better working conditions, and more exciting opportunities. Whatever your reasons for starting your job search, the prep you do beforehand is vital. The steps you […]

Why a new job should be on your Christmas list and not your New Year’s Resolution

  When it comes to job hunting, you’re probably using lots of tools to make yourself stand out from the crowd, but you could be overlooking an important one – the timing of your application.     There is a common misconception that you would be better off postponing your job search until after Christmas […]

The way contractors pay tax is changing – what you need to know

  The changes to Travel & Subsistence (T&S) tax relief were widely expected by the industry for some time but draft legislation was not released until 9th December 2015 and the final wording wasn’t released until the 16th March 2016. The Finance Bill 2016 comes into effect on the 6th April 2016. The aim of the […]

Why trust is key when working with Recruitment Consultants

  The jobseeker/Recruitment Consultant relationship is often overlooked which could be a big career mistake. A Recruitment Consultant that you have a good relationship with will be your biggest advocate to future employers.     So, how do you get the most out of the relationship?     You need to attract each other’s attention. […]

7 ways to get the most out of your LinkedIn profile

  Most people know LinkedIn can be a very powerful career tool, but not everyone knows how to make the most of it. One thing you should bear in mind is why people are actually using LinkedIn; to network, to build their career and to hire, including companies screening people who have applied to them. […]

Why do so many people change jobs in January?

January and February are traditionally very busy times for job seekers, hiring managers and recruiters alike but why do so many people change jobs in January? There are of course many reasons why people change roles but there are several reasons why they do so en masse.   There is a myth that the job […]

HMRC is playing with IR35 again, and it could have serious consequences for all contractors

    I recently wrote a post about the mixed signals that the government is currently giving out to contractors, well it seems that those signals are becoming less mixed and more negative. There are rumours flying around about the government’s plans for IR35, thanks to leaks published in the Guardian and Daily Mail. If […]

We are looking to expand our team again; Junior Recruitment Consultant / Sourcing Consultant, Oxford

This is not your normal recruitment role. After two years of incredible growth and success, Corriculo, a values-driven IT Recruitment Agency is now seeking a talented Sourcing Consultant / Junior Recruitment Consultant to come and join our friendly team. Working as a Sourcing Consultant / Junior Recruitment Consultant, you will be responsible for finding the right […]

10 tips to make sure your interview is less “Trick” and more “Treat” this Halloween

  Here at Corriculo we have been working in the recruitment industry for over 40 years and during this time we have helped candidates through a LOT of interviews. Here are our top 10 tips for interview success;   Make sure you arrive on time. There is a balance here; you should never be even a minute late […]

Will any recruitment innovations ever actually become mainstream?

    Today is Back to the Future day and there’s been a lot of talk about which things that featured in the films have actually come into fruition and which haven’t. Hands up who has a hoverboard or self-lacing shoelaces? No-one. Oh well. Here at Corriculo we regularly attend recruitment expos and there are […]

How to research a company before a job interview

Everyone knows that you should research the company before an interview and it sounds simple but you’d be surprised how often interviewers feel that a candidate doesn’t know enough about them. There are three main areas you should research; The company The interviewer The role   The Company Don’t just have a look at their […]

The Oxford hiring market report: Counter offers are creating havoc

  It’s fair to say that here at Corriculo we talk to a lot of hiring and HR managers. As well as recruiting for their IT vacancies, we like to find out what their challenges are. The number one complaint they have in the Oxford area is a lack of candidates being exacerbated by a […]

15 CV tips from recruiters who have seen it all!

I recently wrote a blog about the top 10 interview tips from the team here at Corriculo so now it’s time for the team to share their CV tips;   If you don’t want to include your full address, at least give the first part of your postcode or the town. The postcode will always […]

Is it just me or is the government giving out mixed signals when it comes to contractors?

It’s fair to say that I read a LOT of industry press (mainly so that I can keep you updated with anything that affects you on our @Corriculorec twitter feed) and there has been a lot of focus on contractors recently. There are numerous reports saying that the number of contractors in the UK is […]

Things to consider before accepting a counter offer

  Handing in your notice is rarely a pleasant experience. Unless you REALLY hate your job, you’re going to have some areas of regret. You’ve accepted your new job, built yourself up to talking to your boss, written your letter. You’re good to go. Then your boss throws a spanner in the works; they make […]

6 ways to get the most out of a second interview

  If you’ve already had one face to face interview (and possibly a telephone interview as well) then you might think that the second interview stage will be easy. Sadly, that isn’t always the case. It’s the stage where you need to get down to the nitty gritty, a bit like the second viewing of […]

Why it’s not just candidates who should be honest during an interview

Imagine you have just interviewed the perfect candidate for your role. They tick every one of your boxes and then some! You make them an offer and they accept. As a hiring manager this is exactly how you want the recruitment process to work. Sadly, this can be where it all goes wrong. Once the […]

Graduates – What you need to consider before accepting your first job offer

Looking for that first job after graduating can be a daunting task. Depending on what subject you have studied you might need to decide on your career path as well as the usual choices re the company, role and team. If you’ve successfully navigated this and received an offer then congratulations! Before you go ahead […]

Why a recent article telling candidates to lie in interviews is wrong and could hurt your career

  It is rare that I will blog off the back of, and to disagree with, a specific article but I came across this one and I had to respond to it. It offers the advice of Peter Harris who is the Editor in Chief of a Canadian job board (which also has UK job […]

Beat the summer hiring slow-down with these top job hunting tips

The weather has been getting steadily better and the holiday season is just around the corner. Good news for everyone, unless you are planning on looking for a new job that is. Whilst a break might give you the time to begin your job hunt, it may well clash with everyone else’s holidays as well. […]

Why changing jobs regularly is good for your IT career

  There is one piece of universally accepted recruitment wisdom; don’t be a job hopper. Regularly changing jobs ie every six months or so, or even more often than that, will make employers hesitant about hiring you. What’s the point in investing in getting you up to speed if you will be leaving again soon. […]

Why your Interview starts in the car park not the meeting room

  If you think your interview doesn’t begin until you have settled into the meeting room then you could be failing interviews before they have even started. One of my top interview tips is to remember that the results of your interview don’t just depend on what happens during the meeting, it covers everything that […]

Top 10 interview tips from experienced recruiters

Here at Corriculo we have been working in the recruitment industry for over 35 years and during this time we have managed candidates through a lot of interviews. Here are our top 10 tips for interview success;   Make sure you arrive on time. There is a balance here; you should never be even a […]

Why job hunting should never be a rash decision

  Someone we know walked out of their job this week after 37 years. She had been unhappy for a while and finally reached her tipping point. Whilst I think she was very brave doing what she did, I also would definitely not recommend copying her. After a bad day/week/month at work it can be […]

10 point CV checklist for maximum success

There is lots of advice out there about how to write a CV and there will always be a certain element of personal preference involved when managers are reviewing your CV. There are 10 simple things you must do with your CV though to make sure you give yourself the best chance of success; Include […]

How to discuss why you’re leaving a job you hate

  We recently had a candidate who, for very good reasons, hated the job they were in and had a very bad relationship with their current boss. This came across very clearly at interview and, unfortunately, was a big factor in why he wasn’t successful at interview stage.   There are various reasons why slating […]

5 reasons why you should work for a start-up company

I have talked in a previous post about the fact that when job hunting, salary isn’t the only thing you should think about. The size of the company you want to work for is also important. There has been a lot of press coverage recently about the number of new companies that are starting-up over […]

Why offering flexible working makes sense for employers and employees alike

When I joined the team here at Corriculo I opted to work both part-time and with some home working; I am writing the blog from my home right now. For me it made sense; saving on childcare costs, petrol costs and spending more time with my kids. Wednesday mornings at home are also my most […]

How The General Election Might Affect Job Hunting And Recruitment

You may have heard; there is a general election coming very soon and all the parties are starting to reveal their policies. The period immediately before an election can be an uncertain one for businesses whilst they wait to see what changes may be coming their way. Depending on the results of the election, there […]

What is ITEPA and why does it mean recruitment agencies need my personal details?

There is a perception that too many people are using loop holes to avoid paying their “fair-share” of tax and HMRC shares this opinion. To help counteract this, they have put in place several new pieces of legislation that affect the recruitment industry. Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act , known as ITEPA, came into effect […]

5 Job hunting tips you might not have thought of…..

  There is lots of advice available on job hunting (check out our blog and social media feeds) but here are some tips you might not have come across before:   Once you have written your CV change the font and colour; It tricks our brains into thinking it is a new document and makes […]

7 ways to make your job hunt go more smoothly

The idea of job hunting is not something that most people relish. It could quite easily be a full time job, but the reality for most people is that it has to fit around the rest of our lives. There are some simple things that you can do to make the whole process go more […]

Getting Leadership to Work – Employee Voice – Oxford – 26th March

We regularly host free HR seminars by People Essentials and the Sian Perham Consultancy. These are informal breakfast workshops for small and medium sized Employers.   Our latest seminar is on the Employee voice and focuses on the vital role of Leadership and the importance of Employee Voice. Employee Voice is the foundation of sustainable business success. […]

How you can stop yourself from choosing the wrong job

  I recently posted a blog about why you shouldn’t quit a new job that you hate too quickly but it is of course better not to take the wrong job in the first place. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but here are some tips to reduce the risk:   Make sure you […]

Why you shouldn’t quit a new job that you hate too quickly

At this time of year there are lots of people switching jobs. If you are one of those people then I hope everything is going well. If, however, you are unlucky enough to find yourself in a role that isn’t what you thought it would be then don’t despair and DON’T QUIT YET.   In […]

How social media is changing job hunting

An article was published recently asking if it will still be possible to find a job in 2015 without social media. The fact that the article was written in the first place just goes to show how much things have changed. If you haven’t been looking for a new role in the past 18 months […]

Why you need to be organised when it comes to job hunting

If you are going to apply for more than one role you need to be organised. Why? Well, you don’t want to be applying for the same role over and over again. If it happens to be with the same advertiser then you will begin to look desperate. If it is with different advertisers, then […]

Some things to bear in mind when starting out as a contractor

  Contracting, be it in IT or another sector, can be a fantastic career choice for many people. It has many benefits over permanent employment; The flexibility of being your own boss A potentially higher income, including greater tax efficiencies A wider variety of projects and work which regularly changes An opportunity to develop skills […]

What you need to be preparing before your interview

  We all know how important preparing for a task is, even more so before an interview. There are various things you should do before you walk into the meeting;   Plan your route Being late for an interview will reflect very badly on you. Make sure you know where you are going (ideally doing […]

What you should be doing now to prepare for your job hunt

If you are thinking of looking for a new job then there are a few things that you can do which will help make the process go more smoothly: Social Media Many people are not aware that prospective employers check social media accounts either before or during the hiring process. This can either work for […]

Why an informal interview is never just a rubber-stamping exercise

Before the finale of Great British Bake Off many people assumed that Richard would win. He had a great track record during the show. At the final things didn’t exactly go to plan and someone else won. The same thing happens with job hunting.     I’ve see quite often that an interview is considered […]

Which silly CV mistakes are costing you interviews?

  Over the past 10 years it is fair to say I have seen lots of CVs and sadly there are so many that let the candidate down in one way or another. With some of the minor, obvious mistakes, a Recruitment Consultant might spot and correct them on your behalf before submitting your CV, […]

Why you should never assume your CV has been sent to a company

  When you are job hunting you will inevitably speak to a lot of recruiters and hiring managers. When a recruiter calls they will be making a short-list from which they will choose their final candidates. They should always tell you when your CV has been submitted but don’t assume it has or it could […]

Should you include interests on your CV?

  This came up in our office today and it got me thinking. Should you include your interests on your CV or not? I would say a cautious yes.     An interesting hobby could provide a great talking point at interview stage. Hobbies can also give the hiring manager a snapshot of your personality […]

Why are agencies still posting fake ads and is it ever OK?

Someone tweeted this article about fake job postings this morning. It is an old article but makes a very good point – fake adverts are bad recruitment practice and just waste everyone’s time. There are some agencies who are notorious for doing this but we won’t of course name names. There’s no hope you will […]

Why do people keep on about the importance of social media for job hunters?

  If you are job hunting you will often be told that a good social media presence is important, but why? Quite simply, the game changed. Previously, successful job hunting has been about who you know or getting your application in front of as many people as possible. Now you have to do more. Whilst […]

Why Salary isn’t the only thing you should consider when job hunting

  When it comes to looking for a new job, a lot of people focus on salary but there are various other factors you should be considering; Your day-to-day duties Location Career progression Hours Benefits There is something else though that you should be considering; the size of company. There are many options but each […]