The Camel is Back!

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After a few days break we’re back and ready to roll – the Camel has moved location to its brand new home within the Arras People new website layout. So the hump is replenished and we’re ready to crack on with project management related blog pieces in a new home. Oh and yes, did I …

Clinically sound: Arras People’s careers clinic evolves

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Over recent months there has been an upsurge in the Arras People Career Clinic bookings – the fresh trend for my clinics is tending to be based around making an application for a specific role rather than general CV advice, feedback and careers guidance. As the market tightens and competition for new roles becomes tougher, …

Project Management Recruitment Ideas: The Security Check

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In this  Project Management Recruitment Ideas, we look at the security check; these are the more thorough checks that are carried out when applying for project management roles in certain industries – especially financial and insurance. I’ll cover the security checks for working with children (CRB) and the defence/security industries (DV etc) in the next …

Why So Unhappy?

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Generally there are two groups of factors we consider when assessing our jobs: things which are mandatory requirement and those which are nice-to-haves. The former is usually easier to describe although it would vary among different roles and different people. Usually basic salary goes into this group. If we were paid less than that, we …

Tipoffs Preview: Chris Walters on “Why So Unhappy?”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The August 3rd How to Manage a Camel post asked project and programme management practitioners to weigh in on the matter of candidate unrest with their working status. Specifically: Why Do People Quit Their Job To Find Another? Most of the responses we received have been formulated into our Tipoffs article due out …

Tipping Off in Just One Week

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August 2010 will be another time to reflect on Tipoffs past, as we at Arras People delve into our archives to give you a bit of nostalgia on our advice about making solid career changes. Last month, we introduced the Nostalgic series, a three-part collection of rants and ravings from the Project Management Tipoffs newsletter …

Twittering about Projects Part III

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It’s been a while since we last talked about Twitter and project management here at the Camel but the new #pmot Daily Newspaper just made me want to share with everyone just how fab it is. In the last Twittering about Projects we covered the hashtags for project management – the #pmot – that’s project …

Things to Know About the Values Based Interview

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Time for some values based interview advice, from straight out of our collection of careers-based advice on the Arras People website… Sit down for but a moment and take a look at the outward traits you bring daily to your working situation. When I say ‘outward’, I’m asking you to take particular notice of whether …

A sorry tale of recruitment – or is it true?

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This has been around for a while and it’s by no means an original by me but a great recruitment tale; One day while walking down the street a highly successful executive woman was tragically hit by a bus and she died. Her soul arrived up in heaven where she was met at the Pearly …

Book Review – International Project Management

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This review is reprinted from the July edition of Project Management Tipoffs, the project management & recruitment issues newsletter from Arras People. Enjoy! Author: Kathrin Köster Publisher: Sage Size: 392 pages I’ll get this out of the way at the start, this is a textbook, and is stated to be aimed at advanced business or …

You Have a Job, So Why So Unhappy?

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Time to put your imagine hats on! Imagine going to a top-of-the-line concert or sporting event at an ancient, outdated stadium. You know the ones: seats littered with paint chips, poles obstructing views, a five mile walk to the nearest bathroom or trash can. You turn to the friend/parent/spouse you turned up with aghast. “This …

Heads Up for the Project Management Marketplace – Solvency II

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Some good news for project professionals; two South East based private sector organisations are working with Arras People to identify and engage a significant number of permanent and contract project management professionals. In this post we share an insight into current demands in two different sectors – call it a heads up for project management …