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What You Can Expect From A Financial Services Career

Are you dreaming of a career in financial services? Does the glitz and glamour of The Wolf of Wall Street fascinate you? Well, there are a number of things you need to know before you embark on a career in this sector. It’s not all fun and games, and your options are...

Know Your Rights While Working A Contract Job

There will likely be a point in your career where you will take on a contract job. This could be for many reasons. Maybe you have been retrenched, are coming back from being a stay at home parent or are returning from a stint overseas. Whatever the reason, always be...

Starting a new job? Here’s how you tackle your first three months

Starting a new job can be tough—you’re still figuring out not only your responsibilities but also how to navigate office politics and best communicate with your colleagues. Chances are you are most probably going to do this exercise a good few times in your lifetime....

Personal crisis while starting your new job? Here’s how you handle it

You've just landed your dream job and 3 weeks into your new job disaster strikes! Perhaps you have had a death in the family, a relative has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, your spouse hands you divorce papers or you are involved in an accident. Life does not...

A job reference can make or break a career

Have you ever wondered whether your recruiter or potential employer is receiving the great job reference from your ex-employer that you expect? On the other side of this, are you guilty of giving a less than flattering job reference on an ex or departing employee,...

Are contract jobs for you? Here are the pros and cons

Are you looking for a lifestyle change or are you wanting to explore a different career path? Contract jobs may be just the thing for you.   Why do companies hire contractors?   Maternity Cover - Maternity cover is not given to contracted employees. Staff Emergency -...

Office Etiquette – What we think people already know

So you're new to the corporate environment and feeling out of place, or you're experiencing some passive-aggressive behaviour in your office and don't know what you're doing wrong. A refresher on Office Etiquette may be the solution. There is some generally accepted...

How to answer: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This question can be a really tricky one. Are they genuinely interested in your career goals, or are they trying to find out if you're gonna jump ship before 5 years is up and that you might be a bad investment? We at CA Financial Appointments, have some advice on how...

How to answer: Tell me about yourself

Often one of the first questions to come up, this one provides a great opportunity to set the tone of the interview and provide some insight into who you are.

How to answer: What is your greatest strength?

How do you answer a question that requires you to tell someone just how great you can be without coming across as braggy? Our team have some advice on this common interview question.

How to Answer: What are your Weaknesses?

In the next of our 'How to Answer' series, we tackle that difficult question that requires you to sort of bad-mouth yourself. This is usually why so many struggle with this particular part of an interview.You're there to make yourself appear as perfect as possible, so...

How to answer: “Why do you want this job?”

Seem like an easy question to answer? With so many candidates not getting it quite right, we take you through the ins and outs of answering this common interview question.

Dealing with disappointment

It can happen to any of us. You may have been through it, you may going through it or it may be waiting for around the corner for you. Career disappointment will almost inevitably occur at some point in our lives, for some, more than once. It can come in many forms -...

Making a lasting impression in an interview

Interviews are tough. There is so much going on, so much to remember and on top of it all, your nerves and adrenalin can play havoc with your focus. There are some people who thrive in interview situations but for most of us, this part of the job-hunting process takes...

Increasing your productivity at work

  Even the best of us can suffer from bouts of decreased productivity at work. After all, it is a place we go to 5 days a week, every week - a little demotivation at times is normal. However, when you let it get the better of you, your productivity suffers, along with...

Striking the right work/life balance for you

When it comes to finding the right work/life balance, what becomes quickly apparent is that there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. There are so many aspects to consider in both our working life and our life outside of work. What might suit your colleagues...

Controlling your Career

The direction and development of a career path takes some careful planning and decision-making. People may tell you to take every opportunity that crosses your path, but is this really the best advice when it comes to what you want to do for a living? Seizing...

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