Job Search Etiquette:

How To Change Jobs & Remain Professional

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Looking for a new job when you’re already employed can be a delicate balance. If you know that you’re ready to make a move there’s often a temptation to get out as soon as possible, particularly if you’ve run into any issues that are causing you to leave. However, burning bridges is never a good idea and when you’re changing jobs, the most important thing is to remain professional. Here are five tips for getting that changeover just right:

  1. Avoid talking negatively.

    When you’re going to interviews with other businesses, avoid talking negatively about the company that you’re leaving. Even if you’ve been badly treated, or you think the listening party might agree with you it doesn’t come across well to talk about hatred or dislike for the job that you’re leaving behind. Most employers will assume that they could also one day be on the receiving end of your vitriol and this will put them off.

 

  1. Don’t discuss your job search on social media.

    It can be very tempting to take to social media, to recount a funny interview or look for sympathy, in a particularly stressful situation but avoid it at all costs. Not only will this alert your current employer to the fact that you’re leaving, but it won’t impress a potential employer who could well be looking at your social media, as part of the interview process.

 

  1. Don’t carry out the job search at work.

    It’s bad etiquette to use work time that you’re being paid for, to look for another job. So, avoid browsing job search websites to look for other positions and definitely don’t start printing off CVs or filling out applications on your current boss’ time. This is not only unprofessional, but is the easiest way to alert your current employer to the fact that you’re looking around.

 

  1. Avoid confiding in colleagues about your job search.

    Work relationships are slightly unusual in that they often remain competitive, no matter how close you might become to those that you work with. It’s never a good idea to tell colleagues that you’re planning to leave as you might just end up confiding in someone who would benefit from passing this information on.

 

  1. Be professional once you’ve handed in your notice.

    You might be tempted to go a bit AWOL, once you’ve handed in your notice, but remember that you will need a reference from your current employer so you need to remain professional at all times. If you find yourself lacking in motivation, or feeling resentful about what might have happened in the past, then focus instead on the exciting new position and the bright future that you have ahead of you.

 

Author bio: Unity Recruitment are specialist recruiters, based in London, focusing on the highway and parking industry, commercial and general admin roles within large businesses. They have years of experience in guiding and advising candidates for a wide range of interviews.

Graduates – Kick start your career

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You’ve graduated from university or are in the final year of your studies, you’ve completed or will graduate with a higher level qualification such as a BA or BSc honours degree. Now you’re searching the web for opportunities to kick start your career, what next? whats available?

There are various routes available for graduates to find employment:

Internships

Internships are placements offered by employers looking for potential employees. These opportunities are for a fixed and limited time anywhere from 4-12 weeks, some can last longer. Internship placements can be paid  or unpaid depending on their employment status classification; volunteer or employee. Internships are available to both  graduates and students.

Some key benefits of Internships include but not limited to:

  • Hands on practical work experience
  • Build on the skills you gained at university
  • Increase your confidence
  • Network and make contacts in your chosen industry
  • Find out if this is the right employer or industry for you
  • Gain a work reference and boost your chances of gaining future employment.

You can search internships at :

Graduate jobs

Graduate jobs also advertised as “Graduate Training Schemes” are paid employment contracts within public and private organisations. Employers create these privileged positions which incorporate structured training programmes that allow graduates to fast-track their careers and reach their full potential. Graduate recruitment programmes enable companies to bring fresh ideas to the table whilst nurturing future talent.

Graduate jobs are designed to take enthusiastic graduates and train them with the key skills required to become important employees in the business. Graduates are given the chance and time to learn the different areas of the business, they are assigned mentors who support and guide them through the journey. Some areas of business which graduates may be expected to job shadow are marketing, HR, IT, management, research and accounts. Some companies also offer industry specific qualifications and postgraduate qualifications such as ACCA, CIMA, CISCO, MCP and much more. The duration of a graduate scheme is dependent on the chosen role.

Most graduate scheme opportunities take place just after graduation between September and January, but don’t worry, you can still find plenty of graduate jobs during the rest of the year.

Here are some sites where you can search graduate jobs:

Self employment

An alternative to working for someone is to start up your own business, become your own boss and an entrepreneur. If you are someone who is creative and driven, wanting to bring your ideas to life, then this may be the perfect solution. Self employment is empowering and allows you to follow and realise your dreams.

There are various sources of funding available from government-backed business schemes to crowdfunding on the internet. Funding can be secured in the form of grants, loans, investments. You can approach business mentors who will give you an honest opinion on whether your business idea is viable or not.

If you have a skill rather than a product to sell, it is worth looking into freelancing, the perfect starting point would be websites such as:

These sites can be the first step into self employment, they allow you to source jobs online and create a portfolio to showcase your abilities and  work.

Don’t be afraid of failing, running a business will teach you an incredible amount about yourself and you will pick up a whole range of new skills to take forward in your career.

Any other jobs

If all else fails then take on any job or volunteer. Being employed is far better than being unemployed. It’s better for your health, well-being and CV. Use any job a stepping stone to a better future.

Good luck with your career

Self employment – Want to start your own business?

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Becoming an Entrepreneur

Self employment can be an attractive proposition for anyone, it is a chance to create a future for yourself and make a difference. A chance to start, run and grow a business. It can bring with it great rewards when it works out.

There are local business enterprise clubs dotted across the country that offer great support, advice and courses to guide you through the the minefield of considerations which you need to take into account in a start up. Here are some:

  • Trading Entity: Will you be a Sole Trader, Parternership or Limited company
  • Finance: How you will fund the venture. Grants, Loans, Crowd Funding.
  • Accounts and book keeping
  • Tax: Vat, income tax, corporation tax, national insurance, more at HMRC website
  • Premises: Home or rented
  • Business rates: paid to local authority
  • Health and Safety
  • Insurance: Employer and public liability, vehicle, premises, content and accident
  • Wages and pensions
  • Companies house registration. Trading names.
  • Licenses depending on the type of business

So look up your local business enterprise club for help in starting up.

Want to start a business?

So you’ve decided to to start your own clothing line, make cards, chocolate or a bespoke app, the New Enterprise Allowance scheme maybe able to help.

This is government run scheme aimed at people who are on state benefits.

If you qualify you could be entitled to £65 for the first 13 weeks of being self employed and £33 for a further 13 weeks, in total a support package for the first 26 weeks of work.

You may also be eligible for a start up loan.

How do I sign up?

Firstly you would need to be on a qualifying benefit such Job seekers allowance.

You would need to have an idea which can be developed into a viable business.

Speak with one of the Work Coaches at your Jobcentre Plus office and discuss the fact you would like to go on to to the NEA Scheme.

Your Work Coach will then arrange a meeting with a local provider to discuss your idea.

If accepted you be assigned to a business mentor and business courses for 8 weeks. They will assist in producing a business plan, cash flow forecast, networking and any other support required to develop your idea into a start up business.

The mentor will also assist in accessing start up finance in the form of start up loans and grants.

My business plan is completed, now what?

Great, once your business plan is ready, it needs to be approved by the provider who then notifies the Jobcentre that you are ready to begin trading.

Ideally, as soon as are ready to trade you would meet with your Work Coach and make a claim to receive NEA.

 Good luck with your idea, we wish it success

CV in my inbox – Store your CV in your Email Inbox

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A Quick CV Tip

Ever spotted a job and wanted or need to apply for immediately?

Realised you have your CV is at home, stored somewhere on your computer or USB, can’t remember where you’ve place the USB.

A simple yet extremely effective solution is to email your CV to yourself.

Yes, you’ve read it right.

Email your CV to  your inbox.

Yes, it is as simple as it sounds. There are also cloud storage solutions which will come to later.

Ok, so,  why email it? and how? I guess are your next questions.

Emailing your CV to your own inbox allows you to have instant access to it anywhere. When you want to apply for that job instantly, just log in to your email account, find your CV and use the forward function to send it to any prospective employer. You can also download and then upload it to any job website.

How to Email CV to myself

This tip works for any email account out there.

Make sure you have your CV on your PC or USB and know where it’s located within the device.

  1.  Log in to your email.
  2. Type in your own email address where it says “To” e.g address@emailaddress.com.
  3. In the subject box type in “My CV”.
  4. Attach your CV to this email:
  5. Find an icon that looks like a paper clip
  6. Click on this Icon and navigate to find your CV
  7. Click open and this will attach your CV to your email.
  8. You can also attach a cover letter or type up the cover letter in the body of the email
  9. Click send.
  10. Flag the email in your inbox as important, this will make it easy to locate in the future.

What you have actually done is sent an email to yourself with your CV attached to it.

Now whenever you see an employer requesting you send your CV, just access your email forward.

Cloud solutions

You can and should also upload your CV to cloud storage services. All the major email providers  offer free solutions. Here are some:

With the ever increasing demand for mobile phones, job hunters need to be able to apply for jobs via their device. Bearing this in mind job websites are now being designed mobile friendly in mind. Not only do they incorporate social login but also offer options to attach CV via cloud.

Conclusion

In a nutshell. Email your CV to your inbox and save to a cloud service. Not only will it give you instant access to it but also save you time.

Good luck and happy job hunting.

Free SIA Course – Want to work in the Security Industry

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The Security Industry Authority (SIA)

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK. It is compulsory for individuals wanting a career in security to be approved and licensed to work within specific sectors of the private security industry.

You must be over 18 and have to pass a criminality check (DBS formerly known as CRB).

Two Types of SIA licence

There are two types of SIA licence:

  • Front line
  • Non Front line

More info at www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk

Front Line – Door supervision course

The most popular course is the SIA accredited Door Supervisor which offers a huge number of employment opportunities across the country. Just by conducting a quick search on an online jobboard for security or SIA, you’ll receive hundreds of results.

Others courses include CCTV and Close Protection.

Free SIA Training

Templegate Training are an offering free SIA courses to anyone who is out of education and unemployed (over 19).

Is it really free?

Yes, we have contacted the company and they have assured us this is a free course which is offered as part of their “Back to work” support programme. There is some eligibility criteria you need to meet before you can enroll.

The course is open to anyone who is

  • Not in Education
  • Unemployed and not in any training
  • Over the age of 19 years
  • UK National or Resident (for 3 years or more)
  • Claiming benefits such as JSA, ESA or income support

The free security training course is held at various locations across the. Previous courses have been conducted at training centres in Blackpool, Burnley, Liverpool, Blackpool, Leyton, Derby and Bristol.

Good luck with your training

New Year – New Job

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New Years resolution – I’m getting a Job

So Christmas is over, you’ve been to the sales, bagged a bargain and are now looking ahead to the New Year. Wishing a fresh start or a change of career. You’re mulling over your new year resolutions and they include

I’m going to get a job in the New Year

Or

Simple, I need a job, I don’t care what job it is, I’ll take it, I’m working in 2015.

To help you keep the resolution and help in your preparation to bag a job in the new year, we’ve put together some ideas.

Smart Targets

Get clever by setting S.M.A.R.T targets. Think S.M.A.R.T

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound

Specific

You are more likely to find a job by achieving specific goals which you set for yourself. Focus on what you are trying to achieve and how you will accomplish it. What jobs you are actually willing to do and how you apply for them?

Ask yourself

What will the outcome be? What’s suitable?

  • Full time (P/T)
  • Part time (F/T)
  • Flexible hours
  • Type of occupation e.g Retail assistant or warehouse operative

Write down a list of possible job goals

Why am I doing this? Your reasons to work

  • To earn a wage
  • A better life
  • Support my family
  • Go on a holiday abroad

Who should be involved? Its all about networking

  • Recruitment agencies and employers
  • Career advisers and coaches
  • Family and friends

Where will it be? Location, can you and are you willing to relocate?

  • Local
  • National
  • International

Which? Solutions you can employ

Identify the restrictions and limitations, thus enabling you to find solutions to overcome any barriers preventing you from finding work.

Measurable

Each step taken towards finding employment should be measured by establishing some criteria. This is essential to keep you on track.

Ask yourself

  • What is it you intend to achieve? Employment
  • By when? 1st April 2015
  • How will it happen? Creating a CV

So the criteria is:

Create a current CV and buy appropriate clothing for job interviews by 2nd Feb 2015.

By writing a CV to apply for vacancies and having clothing for an interview will you be on course to be hired.

Achievable

How does the dream come true? Is it possible?

Identify the attitudes, skills, abilities, training and finances required to get the job or run a business.

e.g

  • Where can I find the funding for my self employment idea ?
  • Do I need to up-skill and retrain to secure employment?

Realistic

How often in our day to day conversations do we say to someone or think “be realistic”.

Are you applying for the right jobs?

Take advice and feedback from family, friends, businesses and professionals within the recruitment industry.

By thoroughly delving into your skills and experience you can discover the jobs you are capable of doing. Transferable skills are the key to what you can do.

Also remember:

You only get what you put into it, the greater the effort you exert the more likely you are to succeed. Everybody has potential and the sky is the limit. You can retrain and up-skill yourself which will open new avenues into the world of work.

Time-bound

The idea is to stay on track until you succeed. Think of bite size, small steps which lead to the main objective. Create a plan with timely goals

Time-bound goals can be:

  • Short term goal – Create industry specific Cover letters and CV
  • Medium term goals – Complete Digital IT course
  • Long term goals – Get a job

Create an action plan, this can be in the form of a calendar diary system. You can set reminders on your mobile phone using apps, internet diary system such as outlook calendar, a hard back diary purchased from a pound shop or notes stuck on your fridge.

By breaking up big chunks into bite size tasks which then can be completed over set periods will make it easier to find work.

More Ideas

So you’re S.M.A.R.T. Here are some additional ideas which can be part of your SMART goals

Transferable skills

What else can I do?

You may think you’re only capable of doing one or two job roles because all of your past jobs were the same or you have only worked in one industry. The reality is that everybody has a range of skills which can be transferred into a various sectors and many job roles.

When you start searching for a job, read the job specification and you will quickly realise that you already match the criteria. A job title can be misleading.

Subway advertise vacancies for Sandwich Artists, the role involves front of house sandwich preparation and face to face customer services, another employer may word it differently. A call centre operative’s transferable communication skills can be used in face to face advocacy work, sales and retail positions.

Tip: Use spider-grams to unearth your hidden skills. They help you visualise your abilities on paper.

Update and Freshen up your CV and Cover Letter

How old is your CV and Cover letter?

  • Is it months or years?
  • Are they targeted?

You should have multiple versions of your CV and Cover letter which can be quickly edited to target any job role specification. A generic document won’t match the criteria set by the employer. It’s essential you get the recruiter’s attention.

Professional Presence and  Digital footprint

Professional presence is becoming an increasingly important factor in recruitment. HR  professionals are increasingly researching candidates online as part of the sifting process.

Have appropriate email addresses and voicemails. Think about your digital footprint, you’re only on facebook and twitter, what about linkedin? make public what you want them to find and where.

Buy an new outfit, something nice and presentable

Remember: First impressions count.

Mock interview practice

Employers can ask you anything but you should prepare yourself to answer the most commonly asked questions

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What will you bring to our business?
  • Why do you want this job?

Research the companies you apply to.

  • What are their core values?
  • Any company announcements?
  • What’s the latest industry news?
  • What questions are they most likely to ask?

Practice mock interviews will increase your confidence by preparing you for the interview stage

Happy New Year to all our readers

I have too many jobs on my CV

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Group similar jobs together on your CV

When writing a CV, it’s important to remember to try and keep it concise and too the point. A situation arises when you have had multiple jobs and your CV starts to become more of an essay.

The solution is to group similar jobs and work experience together. This is achieved by clearly defining the sections and sub sections within your document. It allows you to display your skills, duties and responsibilities once rather than repeating or copy and pasting under each job. The presentation of your CV layout is the key to illustrate your message to the employer.

Section, sub-section, grouping example below:

Work Experience

Sales Assistant

Aug 2011 – Nov 2011 jobsball.co.uk
June 2009 – Nov 2010 jobsball.com

Duties

  • Eg. Ability to communicate information to staff; video conference, email, web-blogs and presentations.
  • 2nd description e.g Dealing with customer complaints
  • 3rd description e.g Liaising with suppliers

Call centre operative

Aug 2008 – Nov 2007
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June 2007 – Nov 2010 jobsball.co.uk

Duties

  • Description of duties and responsibilities as a call centre operative
  • 2nd description relating to this job
  • 3rd description and so on

Conclusion

As you can see from the example, by grouping sections and sub-sections you can create a simple yet concise and informative CV for your job application. The variation of this method is used in a Functional CV and Skills CV where the main section is the Skills and the sub section or a separate section for  your previous employers.

Good Luck

CV Do’s and Don’ts

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CV Tips and Tricks

We’ve put together some simple yet effective tips which will assist you in writing your CV. It’s amazing how we over complicate everything when trying to impress the recruiter. The key to a great CV is simplicity.

Keep it simple, easy to read and to the point. You will succeed.

CV – Do’s

  • Use a legible font.
  • Use an appropriate font size, 12pts
  • Use positive language, remember this is your ad marketing your skills and experience
  • List transferable skills from your life, past activities and experience which could give you the edge over  the competition
  • Write an industry specific and job targeted CV including a personal statement explaining what you offer. Yes, you can have more than one CV, as many as you want.
  • Spell check and then check again, twice, thrice, incorrect spelling and grammar are knockout factors.
  • Include links to your online profiles and portfolios; LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest and other social media. Employers are researching candidates online before hiring. Your digital footprint is becoming an increasingly important in the sifting process.
  • Presentation in key. Keep it simple. Tables, graphs, charts and images take time to create and can confuse the reader rather than impress them. Remember Solomon Akhtar’s business plan (pics of boats) and Claudes reaction on The Apprentice. Google it.
  • Prioritise relevant information on the first page to gain the attention and impress the recruiter, don’t bury it. First impressions count.
  • Save the document in a format which the recruiter can open, preferably MS word.

CV – Don’t

  • Don’t include your date of birth (DOB)
  • Don’t include your National Insurance Number (NINO) or it’s equivalent
  • Don’t include your bank details
  • Don’t include your sexual orientation
  • Don’t include your marital status
  • Don’t include your photo
  • Don’t depend on just one generic CV
  • Don’t be negative

First Impressions – Not just any AD – Your CV is Your AD and Brand

The CV is an integral part of the online and offline recruitment process. It is first document along with the Cover Letter that the employer sees. It isn’t just any document.

Think of your CV as

  • The first impression you give to the recruiter
  • Your personal ad
  • Your CV is you branding and marketing you
  • Your CV is you

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How would you spell the title of this article

  • Dos and donts
  • Do’s and don’ts
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  • Do’s and don’t’s
  • Donuts

Check out Grammer Girl’s article about her ideas on the subject

Good Luck and Happy New Year

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2015 CV Trends

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2015 CV Trends, whats in store for next year

We recently came across an interesting article about Top CV Trends of 2015

Two trends stood out.

  • Trend 3: Visual Engagement
  • Trend 4: Including external links to Videos/blogs

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Visual Engagement

Visual Engagement which also described as a Visual CV has been around for a few years. It is increasing in popularity with new sites with their own set of unique tools and their own take on how to represent your personal data. These sites not only enable the user to create an eye catching CV from scratch but also allows the user to import their own linkedin profile, sections of the linkedin cv profile are then mapped to create various representations of the data, the data can be viewed in the form of tagclouds, charts, timelines or any custom image you like.

The immediate benefits of a Visual CV are clear, it grabs the attention of the recruiter, it’s new and it’s different. With the advancement in technology, increased computer processing power, easy access to powerful mobile devices and internet, social media image sharing platforms, the possibilities are endless, 2015 could be the year when the visual CV really takes off.

There are a few factors that will determine the success of a the Visual CV

  • Major recruitment job boards within the current market need to embrace it by allowing it’s uploading like a traditional CV to apply for jobs online.
  • Having the ability to parse image data for job matching and email alerts, this isn’t easy.

Our advice, have both, give it a go but don’t delete your classic CV.

Including external links to Videos/blogs

This is a must do, employers are already conducting background checks by researching candidates on social media and the internet. Your digital footprint matters. To give a positive representation of yourself there is no harm in including external links to your videos, blogs and online portfolios you may have created. Make it easier for the employer to research you.

[pareto] sums it up well

A strong CV with additional creative and modern  features is just one way to get yourself noticed, but otherwise don’t forget to utilise your contacts, network and gain experience.

With a little positivity, determination and persistence, you could easily find yourself working in your dream job in 2015.

Good luck guys