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How to Land Your Dream Job

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm

A lot has changed in the world of job hunting since the advent of the internet, and whilst it’s certainly easier to search & apply for jobs, it can feel very much like you’re firing off hundreds of applications with very little response.

Gone are the days when you would simply pick up a local newspaper and call through, now your CV and covering letter really are key; if these aren’t effective, you simply won’t get through to interview.

That’s made even harder when you consider that some firms use sifting or filtering software to score your CV and submissions, and as such ideal candidates can fall foul of using the wrong language.

To truly get the best out of your searching then, it’s important to be targeted and strategic in your search; apply for the jobs you’re best qualified for, and be specific – with examples – as to how you meet the person specification. This is truly what employers are looking to see, especially if you’re not quite an exact fit for the role – show them how you could be.

There’s absolutely no point wasting time submitting applications ‘on the off-chance’ if you don’t put in this extra time, you’ll simply fall foul of either a software, or manual, sifting process.

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Driving for work – bad for your health?

Posted on July 27, 2018 at 1:10 pm

If you’re in field sales, delivery or customer relations, you may find you spend a lot of your time on the road travelling to meet or deliver to clients. As someone in a field-based role, personally I find it a relatively enjoyable part of my job, but I love driving.

However recently studies have begun to emerge which suggest that there may be health implications to spending a lot of time on the road. A number of articles in publications from the New York Post to Web MD and the Daily Mail have highlighted the negative effects.

In particular, one noticeable impact is a decline in IQ. This is because driving is (or at least can be) sedentary in both the mental and physical sense, and causes stress and fatigue. All of these factors contribute to a decline in brain function, particularly in people from middle age onwards.

In addition, we’ve all heard reports about the other impacts of sedentary lifestyles and stress – it’s widely accepted that these contribute to obesity, insomnia and a generally lower feeling of wellbeing, all of which puts considerable strain on your heart. And that’s before you couple it with the fact that regular road users are more likely to smoke.

 

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Pros and cons of working nights

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 9:56 am

If you are looking for work you may find that you are offered night shifts. For some people, night shifts are the perfect option. It can fit in with their lifestyle and you often get a few days off in the week which some people prefer.

There are some downsides to working nights are often these are more for people that have to do it on a long-term basis. Shift working can be very anti-social. You may find that you are at work when everyone else is off work and that you have to sleep during the day. If you have a partner or children it may be that you get little time to spend with them as the days you are off they may be at school or work. It takes a while for your body clock to adjust to night shifts and you often find that on your days off, you struggle to change your sleeping pattern.

Night shift work is often better paid than working the same job in the day, you may find you do not have to contend with rush hour traffic and that you can get more work done if there are not many other people about.

 

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Working for an agency

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 9:42 am

If you are in need of work quickly then you may decide to go and work for a temping agency. There are a huge number of agencies around some of them are based online others will have offices that you can visit. When signing p to an agency it is important to find out what fees they will charge. Many temping agencies will not charge you a fee to be on their books but they may take a cut of your salary. This is often a percentage and some agencies can take quite a bit. You should also find out if you need to have any special equipment or work wear such as steel toe capped boots as the agency may often to sell you these and take it from your wages but they are often not the cheapest way to buy them.

The advantages of working for an agency means that you may have work every day of the week and can start earning money very quickly without having to go through the whole recruitment process such as interviews. Most agencies will need to speak to you and have a look through your CV before they can offer you work. This is so they can establish your skills and qualifications to find suitable job opportunities for you. You will need to be available at short notice as they may call you on the day that you need to go and work, so having your own transport is preferable.

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Finding part-time work

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 11:45 am

If you are in the process of looking for a job then you may need to make sure it fits around other commitments you may have such as childcare. Part-time work can vary greatly. It may be that the working hours are for full days but only a few days a week or you may be required to work shorter days throughout the whole week or the majority of it. Depending on what the job is, you may be able to choose the hours you work to allow you to fit it in around your other commitments.

If you find a full-time vacancy that you feel would be perfect for you then you could always apply and ask them whether they would consider offering a part-time role. Some companies may accept this especially if it’s only on a short-term basis or they may even consider hiring two part-time people to cover the role.

It is important to remember that when you are part-time you will only be entitled to holiday pay that has been accrued based on the time you have worked. You may also need to work a longer probationary period.

If you are currently in a part-time role but feel that you want to take on more work, before leaving and looking for a full-time position, speak to your current employer and ask them if they would consider taking you on full time.

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What to expect from a teaching job

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 11:27 am

Teaching is certainly not an easy job. Many people are attracted to teaching by the good pay it can offer and the fact that you are able to have the school holidays off, but when you actually look what is required of you as a teacher, you may think again.

Although teachers only teach from 9-3.15 (approximately) they have to be in school before that, often at 8 and do not usually leave until 5 -5.30. Once they are home they may not be able to stop them as they will have planning and marking to do. Weekends are often taken up by working from home and you may have to sacrifice some of your holidays to go in and sort out classroom displays or to set up for new children arriving.

All this being said, teaching is still a very rewarding job and many teachers get great satisfaction out of the job. It is amazing to see how a pupil improves over the course of a year and knowing that you have helped to achieve that is something that keeps may teachers in the profession.

Before going into teaching, way up the pros and the cons and make sure it is right for you.

 

 

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Working within the medical industry

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 12:25 pm

If you have a passion for helping people then a job within the medical industry may be for you. Although doctors, vets and dentists have to have a number of years of training under their belt, there are many professions within the medical industry that require little or no experience. Depending on what area you want to work in, you may find that you need to do a short training course and then start working immediately. Some other professions such as nursing may require you to attend college and possibly university to obtain a degree.

Whether you want to follow a career path that’s related directly to medicine, or you’re just looking for something to suit your skills, it’s not just aspiring Doctors and Nurses that can make a difference.

The NHS is the fifth largest employer in the world and jobs are constantly becoming available.

With the population on the increase, the NHS is going to need more and more members of staff. Since health care workers are high in demand, many employers are offering training to their staff to help them be able to further their career and broaden their knowledge. This will allow them to take on more responsibility and move up within the company.

 

 

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How to land a Junior Web Developer Job

Posted on December 21, 2017 at 9:44 pm

With the world of IT constantly advancing, web development is a great role to get in to and pretty much guarantees a job placement at the end of your training. You do not need to have a degree to be a web developer, in fact, some of the best programmers are self-taught. It often comes down to experience and skills more than qualifications. You will however probably need to start off in a junior role until you have learned enough to progress up.

The first thing to do is learn the languages that you are going to be programming in this may include HTML, CSS, JavaScript and JQuery. Although you do not need to know how to do everything, having a good knowledge of these will help you.

Next, create a great portfolio website. Your portfolio is the first thing potential employers will look at when considering you, so it needs to be a real reflection of your skills and yourself.

Try and do as many projects as you can even if just for friends and family and add them to your portfolio to show your previous works and experience. The projects don’t have to be huge ones. You can offer, for example, to re-do a navigation for a local company or create an e-newsletter in HTML for a charity.

 

 

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What to look for in an employer

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Often you may think that it’s the employee that needs to sell themselves in the recruitment process, but employers should also take some time to showcase what they are about and what their company stands for.

As an employee, it is important to work for a company that you believe in and that shares some of the same values as you do. A job should be about more than just the hours you put in, it should be a working relationship that can be built upon over the months / years.

You need to consider if not only you fit in with the culture of the company but also that it fits in with you. If you do not like the ethos of the business and the way it is run, you probably will not enjoy the job either.

Consider the people you are going to be working with – regardless of whether it’s an apprenticeship or a full-time job, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with your new co-workers so it’s important to make sure that they’re people you’d like to work with and that you could get along with.

 

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Finding a job when you have a disability

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 11:31 am

Finding a job can be extremely hard work and can be even harder if you have a disability. If you have a disability then you may be entitled to help from the government and may not need to work but for some people, their disability does not entitle them to not work or it may do, but they still chose to work.

The job centre should be able to help you find jobs that are suitable to your needs. Although employers are not allowed to discriminate against someone because they have a disability, if they simply cannot do the job or it would be unsafe for them to do so, then the employer can refuse to offer them the position. If you are disabled then you will probably have already had an assessment carried out but the ESA. This will tell you whether you need to work and if you do what stipulations you can make when applying for jobs. For example, some people may be able to work but not in a job that involves standing up for more than 30 minutes at a time. If you are struggling then speak to a careers office or employment office who should be able to point you in the right direction and may be able to give you advice on CV writing an interview techniques.

 

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