To cover note or not to cover note….

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Im still shocked at how many people decide not to include a cover note with their application for positions. But, I can totally understand why some people think its a waste of time. I think people think its a waste of time because their applications are not successful so why should I invest extra time …

Job Interviews: Ways and Mechanisms to Interview for Success

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Interviews are the make or break of the job search; No matter how good your CV and career record is to date, the face-to-face (or telephone) interview remains the most important step towards achieving your objective. The old adage that “people buy people” is as true today as it has ever been, so what can …

Changing Organisational Think Changes Organisational Behaviour

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I have been looking at the reasons why large and complex organisations have such difficulty in bringing in changes that are designed to improve performance but often fail to do so. These can be private sector corporates or public sector organisations – the thing they have in common is that they employ a lot of …

P3O Manual – First Chapter

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If you’ve not had chance yet to buy or read the new P3O manual (Portfolio, Programmes and Project Offices) there are a few resources you might be interested in: > Table of contents (to see what’s contained in P3O) (PDF) > The first chapter of the P3O book (PDF) > P3O: Portfolio, Programme and Project …

Monday Morning Links – 26th October

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“You can observe a lot just by watching.” Yogi Berra It’s en vogue and a bit overdone, even for an English blog, to quote Yogi Berra. And though the Hall of Fame baseball star may have been stating the obvious, the so-called Yogism above that resulted is not the sheer quote of buffoonery so many make it …

Are you guilty of these Project Management CV errors?

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Following on from our recent newsletter on project management interview and assessments I wanted to take a step back for a minute and answer some of the questions from candidates I’ve been receiving lately. Never mind about the interview stage, some people are not even getting past the CV submission stage! I guess most people …

Registrations – How Was The Third Quarter?

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Arras People operates a managed database where each applicant is examined and considered. The collation of this information (started in January 2009) provides an insight into registration trends and enables us to design our response. The number of registrations during Quarter 3 was a fifth lower than the previous quarter which is perhaps not surprising …

Arras People – Surging through the NHS Maze

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Did you know the NHS is one of the biggest recruiter in the world? Only the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the Wal-Mart supermarket chain and the Indian Railways directly employ more people. To put it simply, 43 out of every 1000 UK jobs (4.3%) are with the NHS. I’ve recently come on board with Arras …

Guest Post – Follow Through

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One of the greatest frustrations that any manager can experience is that of giving an instruction, only to have it not properly or completely carried out.  There is a degree of trust implicit in any human interaction, but in the workplace, there are explicit rules for accountability.  How do you handle situations like this? It …

Monday Morning Links – 19th October

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I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident, because when you get overconfident, that’s when something snaps up and bites you. -Neil Armstrong Our heads are swelling with all the commentary and songs of praise for the Monday Morning Links, and this being week three of that experiment no less! I think we …

Support Service Isn’t Just For The Established

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As we’ve repeated throughout the summer and will continue to do into the coming winter months, Arras People again urges proactivity amongst those who find themselves out in the cold (so to speak) on the employment front. Too often, though, we’ve found that the rules as we thought applied to our providance of the JobSearch Support …

October Edition of Tipoffs Out Today

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With the beginning of a new month comes anticipation. No, not of early Christmas creep (much to the consternation of several businesses) – of the new edition of Project Management Tipoffs, the project management newsletter straight from Arras People. Our newsletter is distrbuted smack in the middle of the month (for those of you who programme …

Our Project Management Volunteer Checks In

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Oh, how one loves making an impact. One of the tools available in the dashboard that publishes our particular blog creates the ability added ‘stickability’ to a new post. In essence, the post has the ability to hang around and increase in prominence, with the seeming inability to be brushed off or booted away. Think …

P3O – A Case Study

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P3O, Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices, has been out for about a year now and the above Case Study shows one organisation’s journey in the implementation of P3O. Further case studies can be seen at the back of the P3O manual should you be interested in seeing how P3O is being used in other sectors. …

Monday Morning Links – 12th October

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A referee in one sport once stated that he was undertaking the only job known to man that required him to be perfect from the start, then continue to improve. Such is the standard we hope to set with the Monday Morning Links. It’s the start of the second full week of October. Darkness is …

Arras People Interviews Earth PM Co-Founders

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As green initiatives have infiltrated both public and corporate conscience in recent times, we at Arras People wanted to learn more about the green sector as it applied to the future of project management. In other words, we wanted to talk to someone who practised what they preached. Enter EarthPM. This is the full-length version of …