James Caan Influencer Blog

Business and career advice for people at all levels

The LinkedIn Influencer series is a premium blog programme where a selection of well-known leaders are asked to share their insights and experience. Alongside people such as Barack Obama and Richard Branson, James regularly produces posts on entrepreneurship, business growth and career advice.

Hamilton Badshaw Office and Team Photography

How To: Communicate In An Interview

You’ve cracked the nerves, now you have to impress your interviewer with knowledge, confidence and experience – becoming more than just a CV in a pile of other, perhaps more impressive, CV’s. There is only so much you can pick up from a piece of paper. I have met some people who, conventionally, tick every box – they have good grades, great experience, are fully qualified – but as soo ...

Read More
James Caan-55

How To: Calm Interview Nerves

Nerves and interviews go hand in hand and everybody (including myself) will experience them to some degree. We just need learn how to manage them and try to use them to our advantage. As an experienced recruiter, I can spot nerves a mile away and since my time on Dragon’s Den, I have found – weirdly – that lots of people I interview are really nervous when meeting me just because they saw ...

Read More
james old1

Best Advice: Observe the Masses, Do the Opposite

The #BestAdvice I was ever given came from my role model and mentor, my father. My philosophy in life and business has, and always will be “observe the masses and do the opposite.” Now that may sound like a strange piece of advice but it’s something my dad used to say, and I believe it has been instrumental in my success. He told me that when the masses are all charging in one direction a ...

Read More
cover letter possible

Cover Letters: What’s The Point?

Whenever I post a LinkedIn blog, I am intrigued by the debate caused by readers’ comments. These inspire me to think of new topics of conversation and I am always pleasantly surprised how diverse your thoughts are. This week I thought I’d discuss what some people may refer to as the ‘unsung hero’ of job applications and what others may regard as a waste of time. Anybody applying for ...

Read More

How I Read Your CV

Last week, one of my followers said, ‘James, there are countless articles online about how to write a CV but can you give me any ideas on how to read one?’. This got me thinking, you know what – you’re right and It’s a shame because effectively reading a CV is essential for any employer looking for the perfect candidate and hugely beneficial for jobseekers too. So here are three things I ...

Read More