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Ask A Recruiter: I suffer badly from interview nerves. Is there anything I can do to reduce them?

First and foremost, we all suffer from interview nerves, there is nothing wrong with this. It demonstrates that you are passionate about the role you’re going for and care about the outcome of the interview. It’s wise, however, not to let these nerves get the better of you. We all have our own pre-interview rituals, but there are a few ways you can maximise your chances of success and keep tho...

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Ask a Recruiter: “I’ve been working in an OSH role in the UK for 10 years and am considering a move to New Zealand. Could you advise on what I need to do?”

“I’ve been working in an OSH role in the UK for 10 years and am considering a move to New Zealand. Could you advise on what I need to do?”   Firstly, it’s important to determine if you are relocating for the right reasons. International mobility often provides a fantastic opportunity to broaden your experience both professionally and personally. Ask yourself, what are you hoping to gain ...

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Leadership insight: Emily Ramsay, head of safety, health and environment at the Forestry Commission

Leadership insight: Emily Ramsay, head of safety, health and environment at the Forestry Commission   Emily Ramsay believes that a willingness to question others is an important trait in a safety leader. The need to show strength as a woman in a predominantly male sector means she has been slower to accept challenges. “If you are used to standing up for yourself a lot of the time, you...

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Leadership insight: Clive Johnson, group head of health and safety at Land Securities

Johnson has a small team of direct reports and very definite ideas about how to manage them. He has no time for micromanagement, he says, but believes in trusting his staff and sees his role as creating the environment for them to thrive. “I ask them ‘what can I do to help you do your job better?’ It’s crucial a leader asks that.” His interest in his direct reports’ work-life balance ext...

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CPD Stars: Professional development opportunities are all around you, says Joshua Rice CFIOSH, chair of the IOSH Hazardous Industries Group.

As a safety professional, like any professional, I need to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and aligned to current regulations, understanding, and better practices to ensure I give correct, accurate, relevant, and timely advice to my employer regarding safety matters.   This is no different to a doctor learning about new medicines or surgical practices, or a joiner learning about ...

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Leadership insight: Neil Lennox, head of safety and security Sainsbury's

Leadership insight: Neil Lennox, head of safety and security Sainsbury's Neil Lennox says one of the most important things he has learned is not to feign knowledge. “Be honest. You’ll never know everything, and if you don’t know something, don’t try to bluff it. “One of my frustrations years ago was learning all the regulations by rote. I don’t expect people to know everything by hear...

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CPD Stars: Shermin Shali Tech IOSH

CPD stars Shermin Shali Tech IOSH is occupational health, safety and environment (OHSE) manager at Tebodin in the Middle East (UAE). She says CPD has played a crucial role in progressing her career to date. Being in this profession, you are required to promote safety and health in workplaces, to all employees and across all job functions. Hence safety and health professionals are crucial ...

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Ask a Recruiter: “I have been told I’m going to have to complete a psychometric test. What is it and is there any way I can prepare?”

If you haven’t been asked to complete a psychometric test before the first thing to say is that there really is no need to worry. The second thing to say is also good news as, yes, you can prepare for them.   Psychometric tests are essentially a tool for employers to gain insight into a candidate’s character traits. In this regard, they are not so much a test as a questionnaire, designed...

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Ask a Recruiter: "I’ve worked in OSH posts in the service sector for 10 years but would like to shift to construction in the next two or three years. What can I do to make myself a credible candidate?”

I find many of the most successful and happiest candidates I work with are those who have practised health and safety in different industries. So the first comment I would make is – go for it. However, moving sectors is not easy, particularly into construction where a quick read of most role adverts would stipulate “experience in construction or similar industry”. This is understandable, ever...

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Ask a Recruiter: “Can you give me any tips on tailoring my CV to different job applications, especially for ones outside the sector I work in now?”

“Can you give me any tips on tailoring my CV to different job applications, especially for ones outside the sector I work in now?” Your CV is a unique snapshot of your career and an insight in to you as a person as well as a working professional. In some instances, it is appropriate to tailor your CV for a specific application to highlight relevant skills, experiences and qualifications to th...

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