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JAC Recorder Competition 2019

**** 30 June 2020****

Candidates were informed this morning, congratulations to those who were successful and commiserations to those who didn’t make it this time! I think it is a retrograde and very poor decision by the JAC not to offer individual feedback to candidates about their selection days.

The 2020 competition is due to launch in September, no indication of numbers at this stage. Don’t be put off by the JAC, I’ve worked with many people over the years who suffered numerous rejections yet are now recognised as some of our best judges! BELIEVE!

**** June 2020****

The JAC have slipped out an increase in the number of vacancies > 121 up from the initial 100. Despite Cov-19 it looks like the JAC are on track and will still be able to inform candidates by the end of the month (whenever that means). As soon as I hear anything, I’ll post on Twitter and LinkedIn. #SqueakyBumTime

**** January 2020****

Many candidates were surprised to have passed the narrative test. I’m busy working with clients preparing for their selection days in Leeds and London.

*****17 July 2019*****

Competition information now published: details and link to competency framework here

Key Dates:

Deadline for applications 1pm on Tuesday 06 August 2019

Online qualifying test: 17 September 2019

Online Scenario test: 8 October 2019

Selection days: 3 one week blocks between 20 January and 28 February 2020

Outcome of selection process expected by: end June 2020

Why they are running this in the summer holidays is beyond me! I’ll be on holiday from 01/08 but hope some of the information and guidance below may help. I’ve also included some posts that show how last year’s competition twisted and turned.

*****19 June 2019*****

Candidates learned their outcomes of the 2018 competition yesterday.  A number of successful clients and some disappointed,  I received many appreciative messages including:

” I am delighted to inform you that I have been put forward for appointment as a recorder with immediate effect.  Since enlisting your services I have been successful in 2 out of 2 JAC competitions and it is only because of your excellent preparation and guidance.  I knew I had a lot to do after that first practice interview session but you gave me the tools and the confidence to do it.”

“Just to let you know I didn’t get it but I’m very grateful for all your help.  I’ve requested feedback and will apply again for the 2019 competition.”

The 2019 Recorder competition was due to launch on 16 July 2019  but now 23/07! There are up to a 100 vacancies.  It will follow the same format as the 2018 competition and I’ll update my guidance below when the competition details are published.

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Bruce and Clarence 


Lessons From The Boss

As I prepare to go and see Bruce Springsteen on Broadway I thought I should update my LinkedIn blog from 2015 asking how he has continued to develop his career over the last 50+ years. There is talent on every street corner and hundreds of musicians yet only a tiny percentage make it and even fewer can sustain it. So, what, if anything, can we learn about leadership and success from The Boss?

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