Working more than one job at a time

Posted on June 10, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Almost all of us have to work to allow us to pay the bills. People are often having to work longer hours in order to stay afloat and with job security, always a concern for many of us, you may consider getting two or more jobs.

It may be that you want to earn money fast and cannot find a full time job that pays enough. You may decide to take two part time jobs in order to make up your wage. Some people even decide to do a full time job and then additional work at the weekend of even in the evening. This is not ideal and it may be that you are working more hours than you are supposed to. It can have a serious knock on effect on your health and wellbeing. 

When considering working two or more jobs there are some points you should consider. Some employers will state in their terms of employment that you are not allowed to work for another company without their prior permission. If they find out you are working for another company you may find yourself sacked under gross misconduct.  You may also be taxed on both jobs, or have your tax free allowance used on one job so the other job you pay tax on every penny you earn. 

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What is flexible working?

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 2:19 pm

With many of us having personal aspects of our life that can interfere with our work, it is now the law that anyone can request flexible working hours as long as they have worked for that company for at least 26 weeks. Flexible working can mean a number of different working options such as a job share, reduced or changed working hours or working from home. Although your employer does not have to agree to your request for flexible working they do have to follow guidelines about how to proceed with the request and hold a meeting with you to discuss it. They should also allow you to appeal the decision.

Flexible working needs to work for both the employer and employee. It is important to remember that if it is not possible for you to do your current job with the hours you have requested or to do them from home then they may not be able to agree to this but may be able to offer another solution.

The first step for applying for flexible working is to put it in writing to your employer. They will then have three months to review and give you a decision.



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Self-employed? Ways to increase your business

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm

If you are self-employed then you will need to find a way of bringing in business. Some self-employed people tend to subcontract to one or two clients whereas others may be working for different people or companies on a daily basis. If you are having to find work there are a number of ways in which you can do this. Some people rely solely on word of mouth, which can work really well but you may find that you have patches where you have little or no work to keep you going. In some industries networking is fantastic, it gives you the opportunity to meet with your potential clients face to face and allows you the opportunity to sell your products or services.

Advertising online can boost your business quickly, especially if you use social media or pay per click ads which can be live instantly. If you decide to promote your website through SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) then you will need to allow up to 6 months to start to see any results although, if your website is already established new pages etc. may be picked up within a week or so.


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School admission results

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 11:53 am

Many parents have woken up this morning to find out if their child has been accepted in to the school of their choice. Many parents had until the start of this year to request placement for their child at up to three different schools. These forms were usually submitted back to local councils for them to be able to decide and allocate places accordingly.

If the parent’s first choice of school was not available then they would try and accommodate them at the second and then the third. If no places were available at their chosen schools then an alternative would usually be offered.

Many parents are now frantically looking through Ofsted reports and on social media sites to find out a bit more about the school their child has been offered a place at to see if they are happy with it. Although league tables and Ofsted reports can give an insight in to how the school is ran and performs it is often not as useful as you may think and actually taking a visit to the school yourself may put your mind at ease and allow you to see for yourself how it is ran.

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Advertising your business to help it grow

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 10:37 pm

Having your own business can be an exciting challenge. It may be that you are taking over an existing company or possibly that you have started up your own from scratch. With any business, marketing is vital when it comes to success, but this is especially true for start up business who need to establish themselves often in a fierce industry. There are many ways in which you can market a business and a lot depends on time and budget. If you have a budget for marketing and really want to get the most out of it, then you may hand your budget over to a marketing company and allow them to prioritise where it is spent. If you do do this, always be sure to keep an eye on what is happening and to review and approve any new budgets that are required.

Knowing where to invest your marketing budget can be tricky but some avenues seem to work better for certain industries than others.. For example if you own a local beauty salon then you will probably want to advertise in local publications and at local events and on places such as Facebook and Twitter and possibly in the local paper or magazine.

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Early Years Teaching Jobs: Common Responsibilities Every Prospective Teacher Must Know

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Teaching younger students like toddler may seem to be a child’s play. However, early years teachers can prove that they have more responsibilities than regular teacher for older kids. Schools offering early years teaching jobs make sure to inform prospective teachers of their future jobs in the field.

Facilitate learning in for children

Children in their nursery and preschool years have special education needs. Early education teachers must facilitate effective sets of classes ideal for children. This includes planning for activities and daily schedules to ensure children will learn in classrooms.


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New NUT advice line opened for teachers

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm

NUT stands for the National Union of Teachers and is a great union to be part of. They offer help and advice for teachers as well as pay calculators, courses, conferences and events and much much more. Most teachers are members of this union and it is the NUT that organised the strike for teachers pay and the way they work.

The NUT has now opened an advice line for new and existing teachers to call should they have any concerns or problems at work. If there is a dispute over a teachers’ pay for example, the NUT will assist a teacher with how they need to approach the subject and the time scales and processes involved should the situation not be sorted out immediately. Some head teachers also use the advice line to reaffirm their own understanding of a matter before relaying it to their staff.

NUT have said the sheer number of calls they receive shows that teachers are facing a number of difficulties and that they are pleased to try and be of some help.

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Is Ofsted actually having a negative effect on our teachers?

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm

When a school knows that they can expect an Ofsted visit at any time, teachers can become very anxious and free an immense amount of pressure. The reason for Ofsted is to check that the teachers and school is performing as it should do, that the children are safe and being given a good education. Some teachers will say that although this is great in principle, it can have a negative effect on the way they are able to teach.

Teachers are expected to hit targets in order to retain pay grades while the pupils merely become a number on a spreadsheet. Many teachers feel that they have now become victims to Ofsted and that the powers that be are more interested in targets and budgets than the individual pupils needs. I strongly believe that our schools and teachers do need to be regulated but that maybe it’s time for a restructuring of how this is done.

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Doing a NVQ whilst working

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:18 am


If you have the option to do an NVQ whilst working in your current job you should grab it with both hands. Doing an NVQ when working requires little or your own time as opposed to doing a course at college or university and can very often be funded by the government.

With regular meetings with an assessor in your place of work, and very few tests, the majority of the work is coursework with you can spend quite some time on if you wish to do so. When first starting an NVQ you may be given the option to choose which level of NVQ you want to do so long as you have the relevant previous qualifications such as GCSE’s. Once you have passed your NVQ you then may be in a position to ask your employer for a slight pay rise and also will have another qualification to add to your CV if you do ever consider looking for another job.

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Writing A Good CV

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 9:22 am

Writing a CV which best describes your capabilities, and abilities, should be the aim of any CV. If you fail at doing this, it could indicate that you’ve gone one of two ways:

You could have used the opportunity to write about things which overtly talk you up, without actually providing any quantifiable information.  This positive impression that you are forcing upon the person reading your application can actually have the opposite effect, causing you to lose a solid opportunity.

The other potential pitfall, is when you provide a false impression on your abilities. Apart from this being moderately, to highly fraudulent, falsely advertising your capabilities will place a huge trap for yourself if you actually get the job, which may effect future opportunities as well.

To write a good CV, you should, of course, provide all of the relevant job history, and qualifications. From there, you should ensure that the application is well written, and clearly describes everything that you are trying to say. Creating a well-thought, straightforward, honest CV is always the best way to introduce yourself to a potential employer.

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