4 things you do that will drive recruiters away

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.

Graduate Unemployment Lowest Since The 80’s

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

5 ways you can turn your Xmas job into a permanent one!

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

Top Jobs For You This Christmas

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

How To Become A Social Media Executive

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.  

Top 5 Jobs To Do Whilst At University

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.
  1. Catering jobs
One of the most popular providers of jobs for students in the UK is the catering sector. Catering organizations often hire people with little to no experience (in fact, the less experience the better – there’s no bad habits to break) and give you all the training you need. Catering jobs are often very flexible, and can be a great way to get into big events for free – you could be bar tending at a festival or catering a celebrity’s birthday party all whilst getting paid and updating your CV!
  1. Campus Jobs
Working on campus is a great way to make money and fit in work around your studies. As you’ll be working alongside other students from your university, you’ll find it’s usually very easy to swap shifts when you’ve got a lot on, as you’ll all be ready to help each other out in turn. Depending on what your university offers, you can usually find student jobs to work in campus shops, cafés, bars, gyms and libraries.
  1. Club jobs
Nightlife is a big part of the university experience in the UK, and clubs and pubs are always on the lookout for part-time staff members. Whether it’s working as bar staff, leafleting for events or even promoting club nights by adding names to an exclusive guest list, there’s something for everyone. There are tons of benefits to this sort of work – whilst getting paid, you’ll also get free entry to venues and even discounts on drinks. An ideal student job if you love being out at night!
  1. Attractions Jobs
Have you ever wanted to work at a theme park? In an art gallery? At the London Eye? Many students in the UK – especially those based in London – work in ticket sales, shops or restaurants on site at major attractions. Often, a selection of attractions are run by the same major company, which means you could get some appealing additional benefits – such as free entry, queue jump privileges and invitations to after-hours sessions. Attractions are often in the center of the action, so you’ll get a real experience of what it’s like to work in a colorful, bustling UK city.
  1. Brand Ambassador jobs
This is another campus-based student job, but you can also do it online in your free time. Being a “student brand manager” or “ambassador” means you’ll be a representative of a popular brand and promote the benefits it has for students. It’s all down to you. You can put as much or as little effort in as you want, with earnings to correspond; the normal method of payment is on commission depending on how many signups you get. Like all the other student jobs listed here, this is another role that often comes with benefits – you’ll be able to make use of the product you’re promoting, and the job title is a great asset to your CV.  

What To Do If You Get A 2:2

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.
  1. Make no excuses, just get on with it.
Blaming yourself or making a boat load of excuses is not going to help you in any way, shape or form. It is not going to change the grade! The idea now is to learn from your experiences, reflect and identify ways that you can improve going-forward with your career goals. Remember it’s a marathon not a race, one setback is not the be-all or end-all. Keep going, NO EXCUSES!
  1. Think Small, Think Start-Up
Whilst big graduate recruiters will most likely look for those with 1st class or 2:1 degree classifications, these large companies make up a small percentage of the industry, 0.7% to be exact. This means that 99.3% of the business population is made up of small or start up companies. Test your lucky with smaller companies as they are more likely to accept a 2:2 classification. Furthermore, they are often more flexible about career development and you may find yourself in a higher position than if you was at a larger company. Whilst, you can still get a job with a top graduate recruiter with a 2:2. It may require more time and research, experience, and careful thought about your unique attributes, it is definitely possible.
  1. Don’t Compromise, Don’t Settle.
You don’t have to settle for a job you have no intention of pursuing in future, just because you have a 2.2. Remember, a 2:2 is not a death sentence; it will not stop you from doing what you want to do. Whilst it may take longer and be more difficult, with hard work and determination you can still obtain your dream job.
  1. Demonstrate your skills
Emphasise your skills, experience and accomplishments to your potential employer. If you achieved high marks in some modules, but brought your overall mark down in others, then list your modular break down. This shows employers that you are capable of excelling. Furthermore, specific technical skills or additional languages are becoming ever more valuable, so if you have a hidden skill of coding or speaking Spanish, let them know!

How To Build A Career As A Content Creator

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.

Top Finance Jobs In The UK

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.
  1. Financial Analyst
Working in institutions such as banks, insurance agencies and stockbrokers, financial analysts look at the investment markets, stocks, bonds, hedge funds, and securities. They make policy and strategy recommendations to their employers, based on their findings. Despite the turmoil caused by Brexit, the UK’s need for Financial Analysts has held steady. In fact, the industry has experienced a 3% increase in international candidates coming to Britain to start their career. Financial Analysts don’t necessarily work exclusively for banks or investment bodies. Retailers and public service providers also require their skills. To succeed in the field, you’ll need to be able to think creatively, have a strong grasp of financial trends and current events, and be a confident communicator. The field is a popular springboard to other positions, but the average starting salary for a Financial Analyst is around £30,000, rising to over £50,000 with experience.
  1. Accountant
Accountancy is a highly-skilled and highly-disciplined field, which is why good Accountants remain in demand across the UK. In fact, research shows that country will need around 80,000 additional Accountants by 2050. Essentially, Accountants are directly responsible for the financial affairs of their employers. Their duties involve balancing the books, preparing financial statements, and ensuring their clients adhere to certain rules and legislation. It goes without saying that all employees in the finance sector need mathematical skill. But, Accountants also must have a keen eye for detail. You’ll also need to go through a significant amount of training before you qualify. Entry-level candidates can expect salaries of around £35,000 to £45,000. Those numbers rise to £70,000 within four years of employment and over £100,000 in senior roles.
  1. Investment Banker
Investment banking remains one of the highest paid jobs in the financial sector and is a highly competitive field. Investment Bankers advise their employers on financial matters. They also buy and sell assets on the financial markets to raise money. Investment Bankers must remain vigilant for attractive trades, with the potential to yield a significant return over the short and long term. Investment banking is a crowded field, and job hunters should aim to distinguish themselves with their academic performance and communication skills. Beyond the standard maths and numeracy skills, Investment Bankers must be ready to work long hours and have a firm grasp of industry ethics. After all, the majority of the job is spent on the phone negotiating with clients and colleagues.
  1. Payroll Outsourcer
Payroll is a popular part of the current financial services outsourcing trend, as businesses seek to add expertise and efficiency to their pay processes. Payroll outsourcing organisations provide a variety of services to their clients. This might be anything from logging work hours and calculating tax, to comprehensive end-to-end packages and the delivery of payslips. Payroll Administrators must reflect that diversity with a range of skills, including customer service, communication, and management. Working in an international outsourcing capacity, Payroll Administrators may find themselves working in locations around the world. Candidates for these roles may distinguish themselves with a strong grasp of global payroll practices and compliance. Obviously, proficiency in foreign languages is also advantageous for this. Entry-level payroll salaries are around £26,000, but the field offers excellent scope for advancement into other financial roles. This includes management, executive and senior positions.
  1. Insurance
Since the insurance field revolves around financial transactions, employees with accounting and financial backgrounds are in high demand. The UK insurance market is the third largest in the world. The field is diverse, with a huge variety of opportunities and career paths. However, enterprise organisations tend to provide the majority of entry-level positions. Employees may start in the insurance industry as actuaries or analysts, involved in setting insurance rates based on past and current data trends and world events. Ideal candidates will have a university education, an instinct for risk and loss-prevention and a keen eye for detail. Entry-level salaries range from £18,000 to £25,000 and may scale up to £100,000 with experience.
  1. Financial Auditor
Current events, including Brexit and various tax reform measures, have brought increased scrutiny of corporate and public financial affairs. Simply put, this means there is an increased need for employees working in auditing capacities. The UK recently raised its audit threshold to £10.2 million. While this rise reduced opportunities in smaller organisations, the move created an increased need for talent and expertise in mid-tier financial services firms. Auditors and employees in adjacent roles need to be perceptive and organised. They often need to be qualified with the appropriate regulatory body too. Auditors must also possess extensive compliance knowledge and ability to work well under pressure. Entry-level auditing salaries start at £27,000 to £30,000, while management level employees can expect to earn around £65,000 and senior executives up-to and over £100,000.             Extracts taken from CV library