Job hunting is like dating, in the sense that each side is trying to find their perfect match. You’re sizing up an employer to see whether they’ve got what it takes to make you happy. On the other hand, employers are evaluating whether or not you can fulfil their dreams as a productive and successful team member. Just like dating, there are some behaviours that can be a turn-off in the employment world, so here are five things you may be doing to scare off recruiters or hiring managers. Unfocused CV and Social Media Profiles When applying for job roles it’s important that your CV tells a clear narrative about why you’re the ideal candidate for the job. Some experts actually recommend having more than one CV. Your CV should clearly convey why you’re cut out for the job, in addition, your FirstEmploy profile should mirror your CV, and expand on some of the details including projects you’ve worked on. Recruiters take around six to seven seconds to read a CV. So if you’re CV isn’t clear, then recruiters won’t know what to take away from it. So an unfocused CV could be the reason why recruiters aren’t calling you back. Excessive number of applications Resist your urge to apply to a number of roles that you might qualify for. If there is a handful of job listings that you feel you’d be good for, read the job descriptions thoroughly. Compare them with one another, note the differences and then prioritize which ones are a better fit given your experience, skills, and education. Overeager emails, calls, and follow-ups It can be quite frustrating when you’ve applied for a job role, and then you receive radio silence. Whilst it’s okay to follow up with a professional email, emailing multiple times could scare off the recruiter. If you haven’t heard back from a recruiter confirming you’ve gotten the position, then it’s best to look for another opportunity. Repeatedly rescheduling interviews, and meetings Recruiters understand that schedules can be busy, and calendar conflicts can arise. However be cautious on continuous rescheduling for phone-interviews or in-person interviews. Most recruiters are often juggling multiple applicants, so by constantly rescheduling you’re making their job harder. So be punctual and reliable.
The unemployment rate for graduates has slumped to 5.3 percent – its lowest level since 1989, a study shows. The jobs market for those leaving higher education is said to be “robust”, while there has been a sharp rise in students taking postgraduate courses, said graduate careers firm Prospects. Its research found that the number of graduates entering nursing, marketing, finance and computing has increased, while there were falls in medicine, teaching and engineering. Charlie Ball of Prospects said: “The graduate labour market has held up well despite the economic and political shocks of 2016. “Employers continue to recruit and need skilled workers, but some graduates are not behaving as they usually do in this kind of climate, they’re turning to further study. “This may be partly attributed to the new postgraduate loans system, but some graduates could also view further study as a safe haven, away from their fears of a Brexit downturn, which has yet to materialise. “As a consequence, we have fewer graduates entering the jobs market than in the last two years, just when the labour market is robust and skills shortages are more serious than ever.” The graduate unemployment rate fell from 5.7 percent last year. Extracts are taken from: The Guardian
The festive season is upon us, which means companies over the next couple of weeks will be taking on extra employees to help with the Christmas rush. It’s a great way to earn over the holidays, and it’s a great opportunity to get your foot in the door. Turning your Christmas job into a permanent one can be slightly tricky, but here are 5 ways you can do that. Know the company inside and out Knowing the company inside and out could higher your prospects of getting a permanent position. Just because it’s a temp job, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your research. Just like you would do with any other position, research as much as you can. You can even gain more insight into the company by asking fellow employees, and seeing what their views on the company are. Attitude Pay attention to your punctuality, respect your seniors, and try to put as much care and enthusiasm into your job as you would in a full-time position. Make sure you always look smart, and if you’re working in a customer facing role, then ensure that you deliver excellent customer service skills. If it’s possible, get involved with company meetings, attend social networking events, and contribute to team ideas. Speak to your line manager Try to set up performance reviews with your line manager, even if it’s only for 5 minutes. These reviews can either be informal or formal, such as a scheduled meeting at your desk. Just before your contract ends, approach your line manager and let them know that you would be up for taking on any permanent or additional work that might be available. Be proactive and don’t be afraid to ask for advice on what the best way is to secure any upcoming positions. Show initiative Look for opportunities to cover, work overtime, help to train other staff members, and so on to show willingness and enthusiasm. If you manage to come up with great ideas that will benefit staff and productivity, then don’t be afraid to show them (without being arrogant or patronizing). Apply for internal vacancies As a temp worker, a good practice is to constantly check for any internal vacancies before it hits the outside world. In addition, ask to be added to any mailing lists or updates about new jobs and positions that will arise. You can even take it a step further by telling your line manager you’d be interested in hearing about any new positions. Written by Freda Nomo
As the leaves begin to turn, and summer slips away, it’s tough to let go of summer and think about what’s coming next; the holidays. So, pack away your light jackets, swimwear and sunnies because it’s time to break out your jumpers, beanie hats and boots – we’re less than three short months away from Christmas. Yes, I said Christmas. With that in mind, who couldn’t use a few extra quid around the holidays? And now is the perfect time to start looking for those seasonal vacancies. Update your CV and beef up your interview chops because we’ve made a list of the top Christmas jobs for you to earn some extra cash this holiday season. Retail Whether it’s local high street shop or a big department store, retailers will need extra help during their busiest time of the year. Get your applications in early as they require extra sales advisors, help re-stocking shelves, unloading lorries and vans, merchandising, signing, customer service and more. Ernest Jones is seeking Sales Associates to make the season sparkle for their customers. It’s looking for candidates with retail or customer service experience, and preferably an interest in jewellery products and brands. Come with a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude, and you’ll be well on your way to some extra pennies, just in time to buy your Christmas presents. Production With the consumer demand increasing over the Christmas season, so does the need for help on the production line. Making up Christmas boxes, controlling machinery, packing products ready for dispatch, stacking or assisting with keeping the lines running at full speed are all things you might expect on in Christmas production. Whether you’re working with Christmas cheeses or small parts that need assembly, a production job may be a perfect Christmas job for you this season. Post and delivery Royal Mail needs temporary Christmas workers to help sort items for the 29 million addresses across the UK. Letters to Santa, Christmas jumpers, fruit cake and massive online shopping are just a few of the exciting types of parcels and letters you could be handling this Christmas. Royal Mail is looking to recruit a mix of full and part-time positions that will be available from early November through to 23rd December at many sites across the UK. Help spread festive cheer this season and earn a little extra for yourself, too. Extracts taken from: CV library
Are you always on top of the latest social media and digital trends? Do you want to make a real impact on how brands communicate to their audiences on social channels and do you love a fast-paced, competitive environment, where everyday tasks are different? If the above sounds like you, then this could be the start of a great career within a Social Media Account Management team, either in-house or within an agency environment. Still sound good? Great! Then, read on.
What is the role of a Social Media Executive?As a Social Media Executive, your core role is to support the team, ensuring you are an organised multi-tasker, working efficiently and proactively to meet your deadlines. The Social Media Account Management team aims to work together to effectively promote a brand’s product or service to its core target audience, and you’ll use a range of social media platforms, techniques and creative flair to meet your client’s objectives. For this, you’re going to need a lot of passion, outside-of-the-box thinking and a creative yet strategic mind.
What sort of salary can I expect?Upon entering as a Social Media Executive, you can expect to start at around £18,000 – £25,000, depending on location, company and experience. Career development is ultimately up to you and the company you work for, but showing a real passion for all things social media related, and being proactive and a quick thinker will get you far in this industry. It’s a competitive market, so you will need to ensure that you’re on your game and working productively to support your team as a whole.
What key skills will I need for this role?As a Social Media Executive there are some transferable skills that you’ll need to possess. Social media is 24/7 and as such, you need to have skills that show your eye for detail and your ability to cope in a high pressured, busy environment. The key skills you should look to have and express in an interview are:
- Passion for social media and digital marketing , including knowledge of the latest technology
- Competency using and understanding a range of social media platforms
- A strong communicator, both verbal and written
- Excellent organisation skills
- Analytical and good with numbers
- Strong English and IT capabilities
- Ability to work under pressure
- Ability to meet tight deadlines, whilst maintaining quality of work
- A creative mind, able to add to ideas to form a campaign concept with the team
- A creative flair, shown through editorial, design or strategy
- Ability to work proactively
What work experience would be most beneficial?As an entry starter in any career, it’s going to be beneficial for you to have some practical work experience, whether through a summer placement, voluntary work or internship. This will show passion, enthusiasm and a greater understanding of the social media industry and what it involves. As you do this sort of work experience, you’ll start to develop a solid knowledge of the tasks involved, and how your skills can be transferred into the social media environment.
Student life in the UK is often pricey and many students need to rely on a part-time job to fund their time at university. This can also be an opportunity to meet new people, gain valuable experience and acquire skills that will help when you start applying for full-time graduate jobs. Here are some of the top jobs for students in the UK.
- Catering jobs
- Campus Jobs
- Club jobs
- Attractions Jobs
- Brand Ambassador jobs
Despite outlandish myths and beliefs, a 2:2 is not the end of the world. It does not mean you will be unemployed or in a low paid, low prospect job. You are more than just a degree classification and your attitude to finding your ideal job should demonstrate this. As the UK moves into an economy with higher employment growth since before the recession, there is a greater chance of getting employed now than ever before. According to the Confederation of British Industry in a recent survey, half of employers expect their workforce to be larger by the end of the year. Furthermore, more than a third (36%) of businesses plan to grow their graduate recruitment across all or parts of their organisation. So what does this mean? Whilst your grades aren’t ideal and recruitment sites can make you feel inadequate or sub-standard, there are always other routes to achieving your employment goals. We’ve put together some useful tips that will help you going forward.
- Make no excuses, just get on with it.
- Think Small, Think Start-Up
- Don’t Compromise, Don’t Settle.
- Demonstrate your skills
What do Content Creators typically earn?On average, a Content Creator earns a yearly salary of £19,664 in the UK. However, earnings differ greatly depending on the individual’s working arrangements and the industry. If the writer is employed within an organisation, they are likely to be paid a regular salary. However, if they are working on a self-employed/freelance basis, they will be paid depending on the amount of work they do and the amount of money they charge.
How do I get started as Content Creators?There’s not one set path towards becoming a Content Creator. However, having an online portfolio of your work is an important first step for attracting employers or clients. Your portfolio should include all of the best examples of your written work. This could be posts from your blog, guest articles or anything else that shows off your ability to write coherently and creatively.
What key skills do I need to become a Content Creator?One key skill that every Content Creator needs is the ability to write in many different styles. You must be able to understand and emulate the brand’s tone of voice and structure your writing to fit different formats. As a writer, it might also benefit you to specialise in some key subjects. What is it that you enjoy writing about; fashion, beauty, sport or maybe travel? Once you have decided on your specialist subject, you can begin to look for clients or employers in that industry. While many Creators have preferred subjects, by developing good research skills Content Creators can write about a wide range of subjects without being an expert on the topic. Content Creators should have some understanding of the digital world. After all, your content is being used online to promote a brand. You should have some knowledge of Search Engine Optimisation, which is used to help readers find your content. Also, learning the basics of WordPress and coding languages such as HTML or CSS will help you to establish an edge over the competition.
Whether you’re entering the financial sector or planning your next career move, it helps to know where the best opportunities lie. The UK’s financial sector is one of the world’s most exciting professional environments, attracting thousands of applicants from across the world. Searching for the right finance or accounting job can be daunting, especially with the sheer size of the market. Therefore, the best approach is to have some idea of the landscape before you venture forth. To help you focus your employment thoughts, let’s take a look at some of the top finance and accounting roles in the current UK job market. Financial and accounting positions span industries and sectors. With a bit of luck and planning, you could soon find yourself taking the first steps into an exciting new stage of your career.
- Financial Analyst
- Investment Banker
- Payroll Outsourcer
- Financial Auditor