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.

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Are You Networking Your Way To A Better Career?

People often have the perception that networking is only relevant to entrepreneurs who are looking to win new business. But I have long been of the opinion that whether you're a business owner, a middle manager, or an employee just starting your career, networking should be a big part of your professional life. If you are serious about progressing your career then you need to be proactive. Scouring recruitment websites and job portals are a crucial part of job searches, but a significant percentage of vacancies aren't advertised. By connecti ...

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How To Get Your CV To The Top Of The Pile

I have written in the past about the best way to get your covering letter noticed when it comes to applying for that dream job or promotion. This is a hugely important part of the application process; it is what initially piques the interest of any recruiter or hiring manager. But it is equally vital that your CV really sells you and your abilities. I have seen thousands of CVs during the course of my career and there are always some common mistakes that candidates tend to make. There are also some absolutely brilliant examples of people tha ...

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Interview Tips: Getting Your Body Language Right

Going for an interview is always a nervous experience and there is one key aspect that a lot of candidates can struggle with – getting your body language right. You may have prepared as thoroughly as you can, and you may have memorised all the key information about the company, but if your body language doesn’t communicate the right message then you will always be hindering your chances. As I mentioned in a previous blog, presentation is just as important as content and the two need to work side-by-side. It is all about getting the ri ...

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Creating The Perfect Job Advert

Many of the businesses I run are in the service sector, particularly recruitment, so getting top quality staff is the key to success. It is important to constantly attract talented and driven people, and I have spoken in a previous blog about why I often make hires even when there isn't a vacancy. However when you are recruiting for a specific vacancy, you need to get your message across effectively. I always think of the recruitment process as a sales and marketing exercise, because what you are doing is selling your company to potential ca ...

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Four Ways To Fast Track That Promotion

Everybody wants to get on in life and improve their career prospects, but the reality is that promotions are not easy to come by. I am a firm believer in being proactive and putting yourself in the best possible position to advance your career. One of the key things to remember is that your boss is not always going to come knocking on your door - which means that the onus is always on you to demonstrate your abilities and ambitions. Here are four ways you can help yourself climb up the career ladder: Be a problem solver Sometimes pe ...

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