Brian's Blogs

I am an enthusiastic and regular blogger on career and interview matters. My posts are normally inspired by the experiences of my clients or emerging trends in the fields of recruitment and career matters in both the Public and Private Sectors.

IITD National Training Awards 2020

I am delighted to announce that Brian McIvor & Associates have been shortlisted for the IITD National Training Awards 2020, in the Excellence in Digital Learning Category.  This award will recognise an outstanding and innovative initiative which includes any type of learning that is facilitated by technology or by instructional

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Managing Stress at Work

I have just qualified as an administrator of the EQi2.0 and EQi 360 instruments in Emotional Intelligence. What this means for you is that I can help you manage emotional information in the workplace by highlighting where you are strong: e.g. in being empathic, or cool under pressure. I can

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Time Famine Relief

We live in a world where nobody seems to have enough time. Here are ten proven time saving tips that will help you recover time in your work and personal life. Are you prepared to invest time to save time?

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Urgent Time Famine Appeal

https://vimeo.com/342703214 Workers all over the world are suffering because they are running out of time.  Longer working hours means that families and communities are suffering. You can do something about this by donating your spare time to us on brianmcivor.com . Alternatively you could come and talk to us about

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The Interviewing Zone launches on 15 May

From 15 May you will be able to prepare for your job interviews on-line. For less than the price of a night out you will have access to top-flight materials that have helped my clients get job interviews in the past. You will have access to videos, manuals, worksheets and

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Message of Hope for 2019

From Pope Francis’ message for New Year 2019 Do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you. Remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a

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What Colour is Your Parachute? Institute Announced

The What Colour is Your Parachute? Institute has just been established by Marci Bolles and Tom O’Neil to carry on Richard Nelson Bolles work in Career and Life planning. As part of the Institute’s rollout I have been asked to be an official Ambassador of the brand in this part

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Career Detection – solve the job search mystery

Career Detection gets results.  When it comes to finding the right job or career slot for most people are baffled. What you need is a Sherlock Holmes to come to the rescue – except that he never existed. You have to become your own career detective. It’s up to you

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Delivering Results: effective interviewing

If you are trying to get on top of competency (behavioural) interviewing the easiest competency to work with is Managing and Delivering Results. After all, it’s about how you do your job. Just pick your best work example and shape it using the STAR structure. Make your example fit into

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Be a STAR at your next interview

You can succeed at your next interview by using the STAR structure properly Your next  interview may be  competency-based (behavioural). The STAR structure helps both interviewer and interviewee get the best out of the interview. Most interviewees know this and are aware of the acronym STAR (Situation, Task, Action and

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