Yearly Archives: 2017

Helping your children cope with exam stress

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 11:09 am

Students are being put under the pressure of exams from a fairly young age now and this is a cause for concern for many parents. SATS are going on throughout this week and many 10 and 11 year olds have been worrying for some time as to how they will perform. Many students may do well in a classroom situation, but it can be very different in an exam environment. Some students tend to panic in the exam room and simply their mind goes blank, they cannot concentrate and they end up not finishing on time.

As a parent there are things you can do to try and take some of the stress off your child. Firstly do not put too much pressure on them, every parent wants their child to do well but you have to remember that they are only exams and your child’s health and well being is far more important.

Make sure that building up to and during the exam period your child is getting plenty of sleep, eating well and having time away from the books, ideally outside in the fresh air.  Help your child develop a revision timetable so they know when to spend time working and when to do something else and they can physically tick off each day.

 

 

 

Posted in education

Creating a website to offer jobs to candidates

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 8:55 pm

If you are in the web design industry then you will probably know that to create a comprehensive jobs board website requires a lot of programming and complex functionality and all of this costs time and money. If you are considering setting up a jobs boards you will need to take some time to carefully consider how you are going to make money from it. Are you going to charge the employers a fee to list the jobs, or the candidates a fee to apply for a position or maybe you are going to try and make your revenue from putting adverts on the site.

Ideally a jobs board should let employers and recruitment agencies register on the site and upload any job vacancies they have. If you are charging for this service you will need to add in a payment gateway system and possibly some sort of recurring payment system too.

For the candidates you will need to build in the functionality to ensure that the jobs are able to be searched and filter often on location, job type / role and salary. You may want to build in a system to allow candidates to upload their CV and apply for multiple jobs in a short period of time.

 

 

Posted in recruitment

Are we too quick to label children?

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm

If a child is struggling at school in general or with a particular subject, many parents and teachers are often too quick to label the child with having a learning difficulty such as Dyslexia or ADHD. Many people like to have a reason for a child struggling and putting some sort of label on them can give the parent or teacher some reasoning behind their struggles.

It may be that the child does have a learning difficulty but it also maybe just that they don’t find that subject easy or simply that they are understand other subjects more so than others. Before assuming your child has some sort of learning difficulty, try and access if a little bit of additional help may just be needed to get them back up to speed. Often we don’t realise that different personalities and hobbies can make us better at different subjects. For example if you have a child that loves to read and write letters, then they are going to most probably be better at English than a child who loves to be outside playing and building. Unless your child is struggling to the point where they are becoming distressed or there is major concern from a number of people in the educational environment, then I would suggest just waiting a while and carefully monitoring the situation.

 

Posted in education

What to consider when taking on employees

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 8:09 pm

Sometimes a business will grow over time and it will become obvious to the owner that they need to take on more staff. This can happen gradually or suddenly there may be a need for more people. Some businesses need to have more than one member of staff to even start trading and this can often be quite risky for start up businesses that do not know how well they will succeed. If you have a business that requires additional staff you need to consider carefully not only who you employ but how you are going to manage them. If you are quite hands on in the business then you will probably have a good idea of what turnover and importantly profit you are making. From this you can work out how much you can afford to pay an employee leaving still enough profit within the company and also allowing for cash flow.

As a business owner you may be used to having to alter your wage each month depending on how well the business has done, but many employers offer their staff a salary so regardless of the profit the company has made, they will get paid the same. Some companies will offer a lower salary to staff with the opportunity to earn commission.

 

 

Posted in recruitment

Renting out part of your office

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 9:16 pm

If you are self employed or have a small business then you may struggle to keep up with the costs of renting a business premises. On top of the rent you may also be responsible for business rates and internet / phone charges and this can very quickly add up to an extortionate amount a month.

Often people rent offices and only use a small proportion of the space available and essentially this is wasted. If you are looking to rent an office but feel that you don’t need a whole room then why not look at renting out part of the office to someone else. You will need to check what the terms of the contract is to ensure that you are allowed to do this but many owners are happy to do this as long as you guarantee the rent is paid even if the person you are leasing part of it out to doesn’t pay you.

If the thought of taking on the responsibility of renting out an office is a little bit too much for you then you could look in to renting a desk within an existing office. This is getting more and more popular and often you will pay a set amount a day or month which will include everything.

 

 

 

Posted in recruitment