Job searching overseas

Posted on November 30, 2020 at 11:23 am

With the UK officially leaving the EU in the next few weeks, rules and regulations regarding working overseas is changing. Some decisions have yet to be put in place but you can find out most of the information you need online.

If you do want to find work abroad then you need to look into what the rules are in the country that you are going over to. Some countries require you to have a job already secured before you move there. This is to cut down on the amount of people on the welfare system or how require financial help.

Ideally you want to go to the country that you wish to work in for a holiday and find out what sorts of jobs you can apply for with your current qualifications. It is also important to remember than different experience and qualifications may be required for the same sort of job in a different country to what is required in the UK. Once you have secured a job you may then decide to find accommodation that is near where you will be working. Finding accommodation close to your place of work will cut down on travel costs and allow you to not have to worry about the commute in the early days.

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Which industries are thriving following lockdown?

Posted on October 9, 2020 at 3:43 pm

During the second quarter of 2020 job positions fell by about 62% and competition for jobs became tough. If you are looking for work at the moment then you need to expect that you may well be up against a fair few other applicants and have to really prove yourself in order to stand out and land the position.

Although may sectors such as the hospitality industry are struggling, other sectors are doing even better than before. Any business that is in the digital sector such as web designers, developers, marketing, or automation seem to actually be on the increase and growing. This is because companies need to find more ways of communicating with their customers and potential customers that involves less face to face contact but is still as useful and effective.

Many web developers have found that they have been snowed under with work as clients have approached them asking for them to build in new functionality to their website such as video calling etc. Marketing companies have also seen an increase in workload as their customer enlist their help in promoting their new ways of working and building up their brand recognition.

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Running your own tutoring business-what do you need to know?

Posted on September 18, 2020 at 8:46 am

If you are considering starting up a tutoring business and have the relevant teaching qualifications and experience, there are a number of matters that you will need to decide on. For instance, are you going to offer subject specific tutoring or just general academic support and are you going to offer daily or weekly tutoring? It is advisable if possible, to have contact with the pupil’s school so that you can discuss, with the parents’ consent any areas that the child is struggling with.

Good quality resources should be provided for the pupil which are up to date with current teaching methods. The internet is a valuable tool in this respect as there is a wealth of material available to access.

The tutoring sessions will need to be planned carefully taking into consideration the age of the child, the level that they are working at and timing. The younger the child the more varied activities will need to be as attention span in younger children will be shorter. A reward system that can be built into the lessons as a regular feature and provide an opportunity to celebrate success is a great motivator to learning for children of all ages.

The price structure for tutoring sessions is best decided by looking at the going rates for your particular area as this is a good guide to how much you can charge.

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A level and GCSE results in soon – now is the time to start hunting for jobs

Posted on August 8, 2020 at 1:17 pm

Over the next few weeks many students across England will receive their GCSE or A Level results. This year has been very much disrupted due to Covid-19 and the lock down so students have not been able to take the exams they usually do. Lots of the grades will be based on mock exams and course work which may work well for those studies who struggle in exam situations.

The number of people applying for jobs over the next few months is set to rise but with many people losing their jobs during lockdown, there may be higher competition than normal. Some students will have already decided that once they have completed their exams, they want to go into employment rather than carry on with their education. For the students who were hoping on going to university or college, their results may have changed their plans. If they have not got the grades they needed, then they will have to go through clearing to get a placement.

If they cannot find a placement that suits them then they may decide to go straight into employment instead or defer university until they can re-sit their exams.

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Getting in to accounting

Posted on July 13, 2020 at 11:45 am

If you are looking for a change in career then you may wish to consider accounting. Accounting can be a very diverse job and it often pays well too.

As a junior accountant you can expect to earn in the region of £20000 and once you are qualified upwards of £35000 per annum. You may also be able to earn bonuses and commission depending on who you work for. Chartered accountants do far more than just bookkeeping. They are able offer services which may include financial reporting, taxation, auditing, forensic accounting, corporate finance, business recovery and insolvency, or accounting systems and processes. You will need to undertake an AAT course as a starter, which some firms will pay to put you through. There are different levels of the AAT course to do. If you have no experience or previous qualifications then you will need to do the foundation course. If you have some experience or qualifications then you may be able to go straight on to the advanced course. Once you have gained this qualification you are much more likely to be accepted for an accountancy role within a firm. If you want to set up your own accountancy firm then you will need to ensure that you are fully trained and have the correct level of insurance.

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Is it easy to be an employer?

Posted on June 15, 2020 at 7:35 pm

As an employee you may thing that your employer has got it easy and that they don’t have much to complain about, but for many employers, this is simply not the case. There is a lot of responsibility for employers and now more than ever. It is there job to ensure that the work places is a safe environment to work in and that every has the breaks, pay, protective equipment etc that they are are entitled to. There are a lot of legislations and laws that must be adhered to and all of this is on top of trying to run a business and turn a profit.

Many employees think that being an employer is easy and that they have a great time bossing everyone about but this is simply not the case. Any good employer will know the difficulties between keeping your employees happy but also ensuring that work gets completed on time and to standard whilst still making a profit. Being an employer is a very careful balancing act and you constantly need to be in touch with what is happening within the business without micro managing. You will need to carry out reviews with your staff and ensure they are happy in your workplace.

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Finding a job that fits in with family life is not easy

Posted on May 1, 2020 at 10:20 am

For many women going back to work after having a baby can be quite a challenge. The cost of childcare can be astronomical and unless the job you are in is well paid you may well ask yourself whether it is worthwhile working for a small amount whilst paying someone else to look after your child.

An ideal solution to this dilemma is to find a way to work from home so that you can be at home with your young child and also earn a wage. Perhaps you have a skill that could be adapted to enable you to work in this way such as secretarial skills or marketing. These jobs could be carried out at home on a computer with meetings organised to coordinate work via online conference calls.

There may be a hobby that you have that can be used to earn a wage from such as sewing, baking or playing an instrument. Many people would be interested in employing someone to make or alter clothes or make celebration cakes and as long as you advertise your business well this type of business can be a success. If you are a musician, you could promote yourself as a music tutor teaching both children and adults to play a musical instrument.

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Finding a job after retirement

Posted on March 6, 2020 at 10:04 am

When you retire from a chosen career such as teaching or nursing life can feel very different. The days of rushing out to work in the morning or working shifts are not missed but the companionship of work colleagues and the structure to your day often is something that many retirees comment on and want to change.

Finding a job that is suitable for someone who is retired can be problematic as some employers do not offer part time roles and it may be that you do not want to spend all your time at work at this stage in your life. It is wise to seek out a job that is as stress free as possible such as a retail position. Some more forward-thinking companies encourage older people to apply for roles as they have seen the benefits of a more mature approach to working.

Call centre roles are another possibility for retirees as most of the work will be carried out seated while some companies allow employees to work from home.

If you enjoy working with children, then a job as a teaching assistant or childcare worker can be a good solution as often children respond well to older people in the community.

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Looking for the right candidate to work in your business

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 9:35 pm

Often when people first start up their own business, they must do a lot of the work themselves. Once the business starts to grow, there may come a time when they need to look to either employee someone or use a sub contractor to work with them.  This could be for anything from marketing through to managing all the accounts and doing the books etc.

As a business owner it can be extremely daunting taking someone on to work with you if you have never done it before. You are having to let someone else into your business and therefore you need to be able to trust them and know that you can rely on them to do a good job.

It may be that they will be customer facing, so what they say or do will have a big effect on your reputation. Ideally you may want to find someone that you already know or have worked with before, but this may not always be possible. When you come to choose what type of person to take on you need to have a clear idea of what responsibilities you will be giving them. Take some time to interview them properly and never skimp on getting references.

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Working from home

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 12:44 pm

If you have a job where you work from home then you will probably already know the issues that surround it. Everyone has the opinion that working from hoe must be great as you can lazy about and watch tv, making cups of tea when you want to, but the fact is, if you do this then you will probably not get your work done. When working from home you need to set yourself strict working hours and try and stick to them. Giving yourself a start time, a few breaks in the day and a finish time. If you have to take time out of work to go food shopping etc. then you should try and make this time up another day or in an evening to allow you to stay on top of everything. 

Not only do you have the issues of organising your working hours, but also you may miss the interaction with others. Try and make sure that you have some time away from work, whether it be an hour a day for lunch or time in the evening when you can get out of the house for a bit and meet up with family and friends. 

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