Yearly Archives: 2019

A level and GCSE results out soon, time to start looking for work

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 9:47 pm

With many A level and GCSE students completing their exams over the next few weeks, you can expect that the number of people applying for jobs over the next few months is set to rise. Some students will have already decided that once they have completed their exams they want to go in to employment rather than carry on with their education. Rules now state that a child must stay in full time education, start an apprenticeship or traineeship or spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training.

Many of these students will start applying for jobs as soon as they finish school or they may already be working, but for the students who were hoping on going to university or college, their results may mean they have to rethink what they are doing.

If a student does not get the relevant exam results that they need to get on to their chosen course, then they may have to look at going straight in to employment as an option or retaking their exams.

Finding a job can be hard at the best of times, but for someone with little or no experience it can be a huge challenge.

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Managing your work load

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 12:55 pm

Whether you are employed or self-employed, managing your work load is essential. It is important to ensure that you understand what work needs to be done and have the time to do it all. If you do not do this then not only will your under perform in your job but you may also suffer from anxiety or stress due to the pressure.

The best way to manage workloads are to ensure that you have a schedule in place. Week to week planners is great for being able to plan out your day and move tasks on to other days if not complete. Some people prefer to use an electronic diary and others prefer pen and paper. Often people say that prefer to write it down (rather than in putting it in to a computer) as it is quicker to update and to keep a track of what you are doing rather than having to flick between screens.

If you find that you have too much work on to possibly complete in the time frames then you need to think carefully about how you can either cut down on time spent on certain tasks, work more hours or off load some work to others.

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Taking on temporary work

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 1:51 pm

Temporary work can be a great way to get you earning money quickly, but the risk is the lack of security that comes with these types of positions.

Some employers offer temporary jobs due to cover of maternity leave or illness or just to see them through a busy period. The job may be on a fixed term such as 3 or 6 months, after which time you may know the job will come to an end or it could be on a flexible contract where it is reviewed after three months for example.

Often temporary jobs can lead to permanent positions, especially if you show your worth and work hard. Even if the company you work for doesn’t have any current vacancies, they are likely to invite you to apply for jobs that come up in the future as it can serve you well if they already know you how you work.

It is important to continue to look for work whilst in a temporary job as there is no assurance that you will have further employment at the end of it. You could register with an agency who will attempt to find you work, but you may have to go to a different place of work every day in order to ensure you have employment.

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Organising work when having time off

Posted on March 30, 2019 at 11:53 am

We all need to take time off work whether it be for medical reasons, vacations with the family or just to use your holiday entitlement up. Most jobs require some if not all of your work to be passed on to other people in your absence. This can put added pressure of your co-workers, so it is important to try and make it as easy for them as possible.

You may just need to set up an out of office email and divert your calls to someone else, but if there is something that is likely to crop up while you are away it is important to inform someone else who can take responsibility for it in your absence.

If you need someone to actually do your work on a daily basis then it is vital that you have some times with them prior to going on leave to ensure they understand what needs to be done. Sometimes it is helpful to create a list of tasks or to give those notes on your clients that they can look in to should they need to.

Always allow enough time to train your replacement and make sure that you have got up to date with all our work so that you are not leaving them in the deep end straight away.  

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Recruiting members of staff on a tight budget

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 1:01 pm

If you own a business and are in need of extra staff but do not want to spend hundreds or even thousands on recruiting cost then there are some ways in which you can find the right candidate on a smaller budget. You may need to put in more time and accept that you may need to do a lot more interviews to find the right candidate. If you use an agency they will often do much of the preliminary searching and vetting for you, so you will only be sent candidates that are suitable. If you advertise the job yourself and vet the CV’s etc, then you will have to work your way through often a large number of them to find the people that you would like to interview. Agencies can save you a lot of time but they do come at a cost.
Social media sites are a great way to find potential employees. Advertising jobs on your own social media profile and your website is free and can attract a large number of candidates. Also using Social media sites such as LinkedIn allows you to find people within your industry that you can target. Creating a simple ad and putting in in the local paper is still a great way to get CV’s rolling in and can cost as little as thirty to fifty pounds.
Always be sure to keep CV’s of previous candidates on file as they may not have been suited to the position they originally applied for but you may have a vacancy open up that they would be suited to.

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Doing an Open University Course

Posted on January 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm

If you are thinking about going back into education as a mature student you may think about doing an Open University course. The Open University offer a wide range of courses which can be done in sections and split over a number of years for those who cannot commit to it full time. Once you have completed one course you can then go on to complete another course towards you degree.
Funding study can be expensive and often puts many people off, but you may be eligible for a student loan which will cover your tuition fees. These loans often do not need to be paid back for a number of years after you have completed the course and usually not until you are earning above a certain amount. It is often based on a percentage, so the more you earn the quicker you will pay the loan off.
Completing an Open University course or a course at college or university can help improve your job prospects and allow you to apply for positions that you may not previously have had the qualifications for. It can help you get in to a job that you enjoy and also earn more money in the long run.

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