How To Get The Salary You Want

The key to a successful negotiation is being prepared for the discussion before it occurs by having a good idea what you are worth and why. For this, there are a number of considerations. It is important to understand how the company you are interviewing with is performing. Have they posted record profits for the previous year, or is their financial performance below their targets? Have they made many redundancies in the past 12 months? All of these factors will have an effect on whether the organisation is going to pay above/below or on the market rate salary for a role. Find out how much employees carrying out similar roles are paid. The key is to demonstrate your views with good examples of similar jobs both from inside and outside the firm. You can do this by benchmarking your salary against salary surveys in your sector. Make sure you are aware of market conditions worth and why.  Generally being aware of market conditions is crucial – if a recruitment consultancy is managing your application, they should be able to help you with this. Is the area you are applying to short of quality candidates at the moment? Are there a high number of roles appropriate to your skill set available in the sector? What’s happening to salaries in your sector? Have general salaries been rising or falling within the sector? It is important you know the answers to all of these questions so that you understand what level of salary you are able to request and what is realistic. Try also not to be lured into a false sense of security by the top-line salary figure. Make sure you do your salary sums because you may have increased costs in your new job. For example, you may need to travel further to reach your new office or workplace. Of course, the reverse can also be true. Your new salary may not be as high as you’d like but there could be other benefits; a company car, free health insurance, gym membership or other perks. You need to take all of these into consideration. Never forget, that this is the wage you’re going to be living on. So the greater actual salary you secure the greater your financial security. Extracts taken from: Robert Walters 

What young professionals can learn from Barack Obama

Barack Obama became the first African-American to become the President of the United States of America in 2008. He is known for being a fun, hardworking and humble President that almost broke Twitter after being reelected. On top of all that, he made it look effortless. So what lessons can you learn from him to help your career?
  1. Work the network that is in front of you
Everywhere Obama went, he worked a huge network of people. He introduced himself, asked questions and engaged. He made his ideas clear and respected the people around him. This is vital in developing your career as 80% of jobs are found through networking!
  1. Charisma and knowledge are key
Barack has incredible amounts of charisma that helps him to connect with others. However, he backs this with undisputable amounts of knowledge. As a young professional you should always be aiming to independently learn and seek knowledge to help you in anything that you want to do.  33% of 2000 surveyed bosses indicated they know within 90 seconds if they will hire that candidate.  Being able to back your personality with knowledge is proven to be effective.
  1. Be persistent and committed
Obama faced many failures and issues during his time as President, yet he relished every opportunity to learn and apply that new learning going forward. If you are wondering what it will take to give your career a boost, you should look in the direction of your own persistence.  You need to be clear about what you are striving to accomplish.   1 in 10 employers are converting more than 83% of their interns in to long-term hires. This shows if you’re committed and work hard, you can achieve great things.

Top Tips For Securing A Graduate Scheme Placement

For many undergraduates at Uni, the notion of securing a graduate scheme is by all means a concept considered ‘easier said than done’. This thought is heavily shaped with top employers facing hundreds of applications per role, whilst having stringent recruitment processes, designed to identify the cream of the crop. In this respect, the thought of solely getting a good degree just isn’t enough, to land one of the most prized opportunities for students; graduate schemes. Moreover, due to the immense competition for these schemes, it can leave many to wonder… Is it actually possible to secure one? After all, the process seems as if it’s designed to produce rejection emails. Despite this familiar sentiment, I believe it’s most definitely possible… Why? I’ll explain on two fronts. Firstly, according to the UK’s Top 100 Employees- as chosen by students- the number of graduate vacancies is expected to increase by 7.5% this year, taking it to its highest ever level. Thus it’s imperative to remember, there’s great demand for graduates by employers, which is useful to remember when maintaining the high self-confidence needed during the process. Secondly, provided there’s an understanding of the process being similar to a game of; ‘The Most Prepared Wins!’ Which I’ll explore from two angles: The Application Process & The Company. In this sense, it’s imperative to remember, the more you know of these two angles, the better placed you’ll be in differentiating yourself. The Application Process, for instance, make sure you have a precise understanding of how many, & what type of stages are within it. This give you an idea of how to align your strengths to the process, & whether you would need to opt for a different scheme with a process more tailored towards your strengths. In my circumstance, I wasn’t the greatest with numerical tests, however, I knew the numerical tests I was the most comfortable with, were produced by SHL. In this regard, I narrowed my focus on companies who only used SHL as test providers, whilst sourcing out practice sites which replicated their format (research is key!). This strategy worked in my favour, as it helped to sharpen my numerical ability at the psychometric stage (numerical tests differ between providers).  Similarly, regarding the interview stages, make sure you do as much research in respect to past questions, they do actually come up! Forums such as Wikijobs & Student Room are useful resources, but also look out if you could find any more! Preparation regarding The Company, is vitally important. The significance of this was highlighted in my feedback, at my first ever Assessment Centre. The Director said to me “the truth is.. I don’t know you, and you don’t know me, as a result, it’s difficult for us to develop rapport and get along with each other.. as we lack common grounding or mutual interests. The primary bridge to building rapport with an employer, is to tell us about ourselves, what we are known for and what awards we have won? If you can’t answer these questions, you’re shooting yourself in the foot”. Do you think I got offered the job after that conversation? Of course I did… not. However, one thing I’m grateful for, I’ve never been under prepared since! Moreover, as opposed to just researching information from company websites, I learnt to use two resources to differentiate my knowledge of the company; Annual reports & Networking. Annual reports, are a great resource to learn about a company’s business model, their drivers and their focus for the future (assuming it’s a public company). Hence, it gives a great summary of the company and how it’s operating in its current commercial environment. Whilst networking, gives you a more micro understanding of the firm, resources like Linkedin are great for this! In this respect, try to source out an individual who’s doing your role, and could give you a better comprehension of their daily routines, challenges and experiences. One of my tactics was ensuring I had at least one contact at the company I was applying to (don’t be intimidated to reach out, people are generally helpful). In summary, is it possible for you to get a graduate scheme? Most definitely yes. Why? There’s an increase in vacancies this year. Which works to your advantage. Secondly, provided you’re thoroughly prepared to go through the process.. it’s solely a matter of time! Written by Shafik Walusimbi, graduate at Lloyd’s Bank

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!