How to get the best result from your references

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Ask job seekers what they find the most tedious part of the application process and the answer is usually asking for references. Dreary as the process may seem, having the right people to backup your application is one of the most important elements of the process. Indeed, research shows that 85% of employers check at least one reference before offering a role to a candidate. As with everything in life, there is a certain knack to collating references that should make the process run smoother for all those involved. Here are our main DOs and DON'Ts for optimum referee management:

Interview with Terri Lyne Carrington

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Terri Lyne Carrington is a GRAMMY award-winning drummer, educator and producer and was the first woman to win the Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. She has worked with an extensive and highly impressive catalogue of outstanding artists – Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Esperanza Spalding, Chaka Khan, to name a few – and has won three Grammys in total so far. I caught up with her to talk to her about life as a musician in today’s industry and to ask if she had any advice and guidance for Higher National Music students.

Can we all really be the best?

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The word talent gets used an awful lot. Perhaps the best modern example of the words ingraining into our everyday lives and culture is demonstrated on so called ‘talent shows’, where the judges are looking to find the next big talent. Every now and again a person walks on stage in one of these shows completely bewildering the audience with their ability. We then conclude that this person has a mystical gift only some people are lucky enough to be born with or inherit. Never has the iceberg illusion been so apparent; it’s easy to see the ice above the water and not the colossal foundation it’s built upon.

How video games can help boost your employability skills

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Most of us will have tried our hand at gaming at some point in our lives. For some of us, it might have grown into a long-standing hobby while others might have realised pretty quickly that it just wasn't for them. Whatever your sentiments towards gaming as a pastime, have you ever considered the value it may add to your professional life?
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