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.


Let’s Fix It: Recognise Entrepreneurship As A Profession

Building and growing businesses has been my passion for as long as I can remember, and I’m sure thousands of other entrepreneurs would say the same. The buzz of doing deals and being your own boss is a truly rewarding experience; however I still feel that the concept of entrepreneurship, particularly in the UK, could be better acknowledged. I would love for entrepreneurship to be recognised and respected in the same way as any other profession, like doctors, lawyers or accountants. If you were to ask students what they want to be when they ...

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How To Follow Up After An Interview

I often speak about showing commitment to a job search. It’s never enough to just send out applications and go to interviews – you need to go the extra mile every single time. Something which not many people do is follow up after an interview. As an employer, I always think highly of candidates who do this and I wonder why more of them don’t. Now more than ever, we are in a candidate led market, which means you face high competition. If this is the case, you need to do everything in your power to stand out. Of course, if you have go ...

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The 5 C’s To Create A Winning Investment Pitch

When it comes to a winning investment pitch, the entrepreneur is the most important person in the room. I am a passionate believer that people make businesses a success, so when looking for investment, keep in mind that you are being evaluated just as much as the 100 page business plan you may have produced. From start to finish you need to show why an investor should back you, and in my experience there are a number of traits that successful investees should show during the course of their pitch. Confidence Your first few minutes can ...

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What You Need To Ask At Every Interview

The Questions Everybody Should Ask Their Interviewer Having interviewed thousands of people over the years, I generally have a formula that I adhere to. I know what sort of questions I’ll ask and what direction I want the interview to take. At the same time, there are also common traits that I look for in the people I’m meeting. What you have to remember is that a vacancy is available because the company has a need or a problem. You have to position yourself as the best solution to that problem - and the mere fact that you have got to ...

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Top Tips For A New Career in a Different Industry

As we begin to see increased movement in the jobs market, more people are starting to think about the direction they want their career to take. In an ideal world you would know from day one what route you wanted to take, but that isn’t always the case. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to run my own business, but I didn’t know it would be in recruitment. That was something I fell into, and many people may not discover their true calling until their second, third, or even tenth job. If you are somebody who has recently decided to ...

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