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How to obtain a reference for a job

Posted on August 10, 2021 at 2:01 pm

Searching for employment can be stressful regardless of whether you are currently out of work or you are employed but want to apply for a new position.

When applying for jobs or completing application forms, you may be asked to provide references. Sometimes you just need to give a work reference, but other times you may also be asked for personal references (sometimes called character references). You need to be sure that the person who is recommending you for employment is willing and able to give you a good reference. A good reference can be the difference between getting the job offered to you or not, so picking the right person is very important. It is also important to have the permission of the person you want to put down as a reference, prior to giving their details out.

Although companies should not give you a bad reference they can refuse to give you one.

When it comes to choosing your reference, previous employers are always a must and although you may be able to give another name for a character reference, employers are the best option for job applications. If you are still employed by your choice of reference then you may be able to ask that they do not contact them unless you are offered the position.

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Finding a new job within the city

Posted on May 25, 2021 at 12:35 pm

You may be in a position where you need to find work. It could be that you have been out of work due to the Covid pandemic or that you have been off work for personal reasons, or maybe this is your first job after finishing education.

If you are on the search for a new job and live in a rural area, you may find that you have to be willing to travel as there are not enough job opportunities available to you where you live. This is especially true if the job you are looking for is quite niche and therefore few and far between.

The majority of job vacancies are often located in large towns or cities which can make it tricky if you live in the countryside and do not drive. You may need to rely on public transport to get you to and from work and also factor in the cost of this when working out what you are going to get paid. You may decide instead to relocate to be nearer to your job. This can cut down on travel costs and travel time and allow you to have more time at home or doing things you enjoy.

Often if you live a distance away from where the job will be based, you may be asked at interview how you intend on getting to and from work. If you do not have an answer to this then it could put potential employer off offering you the post.

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Adapting your recruitment business

Posted on February 10, 2021 at 1:02 pm

If you own a recruitment business then you may have had to adapt your way of working to continue to place members of staff in jobs during the pandemic. Although many businesses have had to put recruitment on hold due to the pandemic, others are thriving and have had to take more staff on. They may also have to take staff on with different skill sets such as online marketing to cope with the new ways of trading.

It is important that you adapt your recruitment business to keep up with the current climate. Many recruitment firms are having to venture out in to different areas to find more jobs that they can advertise. You may also have to start to do more online as face to face appointments are not possible at the moment. Having a good website is key but you may want to also have an app. An app will allow you to communicate with people all over the UK at the click of a button. You can create an app where they can uploaded their CV, you can send them jobs they may be interested in and keep them up to date with jobs applications they have submitted. You can also send out notifications instantly and allow for online chatting or instant messaging if needed.

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Want that promotion? How to boost your chances.

Posted on November 16, 2020 at 1:36 pm

For many people, the prospect of staying in the same role with the same company for years is not an attractive one but gaining promotion either within the current department or changing to a different one often brings a fresh outlook.

It is important to be proactive in your approach to promotion and make it clear to your employer that you are interested in any opportunities that would be available to you. A meeting with your line manager to discuss your ambitions and ask about any further training that you could undertake to make promotion more likely is advisable because if your employer is not able to offer you promotion either because a position is not available, or they are unwilling to consider you it may be necessary to seek alternative employment that offers better progression prospects.

Many companies have mentoring programs running where a junior employee is mentored by a more senior member of staff. This is useful as the mentor can act as an advocate in any promotion bid and can offer valuable career guidance and training.

Evidence of any achievements that have been made during employment, especially if they have benefitted the company should be kept and provided to support any promotion bid.

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Is your CV up to date?

Posted on October 23, 2020 at 10:27 am

At the moment unemployment is rising rapidly so it is important to give yourself the best possible chance when you are applying for a job. One of the first requirements is usually to fill in an application form and possibly submit a CV so it is important that your CV is up to date and relevant to the job you want to get.

Updating a CV need not be onerous if it is done regularly and should certainly be updated after any new training is undertaken or any new experience is gained. It is wise to tailor the CV to the role you are applying for it may even be worth having slightly different copies depending on the jobs. It is however always important to be truthful in a CV as employers could check your qualifications and training record with previous employers.

If you want to maximise your chances of getting a job you could send your current CV out to potential employers with a covering letter stating that you would be interested to hear of any vacancies in their company. This is a good way to get yourself known to business owners and may result in them keeping your details on file.

Recruitment firms are typically happy to receive copies of your CV to keep on file and should a suitable job come available they may forward it to a potential employer.

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What help is available when it comes to job hunting?

Posted on September 5, 2020 at 12:12 pm

Job hunting can be a nightmare at the best of times but at present it is even harder than usual. Many businesses are not looking to take additional staff members on at present as the future is still very much unknown and they are worried about if they will have enough work to keep the staff they currently have busy.

If you are in apposition where you need to look for employment but don’t know how or where to start, then do not stress, there is help out there. You may have to apply for more jobs that previous and you may have to expect it to take longer to find a vacancy but there are still jobs outs there. Depending on your age, younger people can go to careers advisors that are often based in schools or colleges or may have their own offices. These advisors should not charge a fee and will offer impartial advice on what you need to do get employment and where you can look to start to apply for positions.

If you are an older person looking for employment, then the Job centre can offer a similar service. They will usually ask you to take a questionnaire to find out what skills, experience and qualifications you have so they can advise you on what may suit you best.

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Are you looking for work in an office?

Posted on December 15, 2019 at 11:57 am

One of the most popular types of jobs in the UK is an office-based role. This covers a huge selection of jobs from reception work to an accountant. Students who have just finished education often apply for office-based jobs as there are often a number of them that require little experience as long as you have a good knowledge of computer programs such as Word and Excel.

Working in an office is a good way to gain experience and see how a business is run from behind the scenes. You will often get to liaise with different departments and get to understand how the company works. You may be able to work within a number of different departments which will give you an insight in to what type of career you may like to follow.

For some people they are able to land the job of an office junior straight out of school or college. This can often allow them to quickly gain experience to allow them to progress to other more skilled roles over time. In order to progress up the ladder, they need to show a positive attitude, be reliable and hard working in their current role. The salary for working in an office varies depending on who you are working for and what your job role is. An office junior may get around £10,000 per annum where as an accountant may be getting more like £50,000 plus.

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Are you feeling anxious about finding work?

Posted on November 11, 2019 at 10:24 am

If you are then you are not alone as recent studies have shown that there has been a huge increase in employability anxiety over the last decade and this hits students more so than other groups of people. Students often spend a good number of years at college or university before graduating, and during this time they may well rack up thousands of pounds worth of debt. When the time finally comes and they graduate and start to look for work, the worry and stress of it all can be too much for some.

Interviews with students suggest that many of them feel anxious as the time approaches where they finish their course and must look for work. Some students have described the feeling from a knot in their stomach to a full blown anxiety attach with leaves them struggling for breath and feeling extremely over whelmed. It is important to talk to people about how you are feeling – you may want to confide in a friend or family member or even a lecturer. You can also speak to specialist career advisors or seek help from a councillor who will be able to give you some coping skills for dealing with stress and amenity.

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Should you turn down jobs when looking for work?

Posted on September 27, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Many people face a battle very day in looking for work. It may be that you are out of work due to being made redundant, just finished education or because you have left your previous job without having anything else lined up. You may have had to move to another area or give up work to look after a loved one. When the times comes to start the job hunting process again people often feel pressured into rushing into a job that they don’t really want to do. This can be essential if you are desperate for work and need an income instantly, but if you are able to spend a little bit more time job hunting then you may not always take the first job you are offered.

When looking to apply for a new job position, not only should you consider if you have the relevant experience and qualifications but also if you think you will get satisfaction out of the role? If the answer is no then you probably shouldn’t even apply.

Low job satisfaction can have a massive impact on how productive you are at work but also a negative impact on your home life.

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How to find employment in a job that you will enjoy

Posted on May 26, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Job satisfaction is very important but many of us sacrifice it often for money.

There may come a time when you find yourself out of work, often this can bring on a lot of worry as you may have to secure another job due to financial commitments.  You may not be able to afford to wait around to find the perfect job and therefore have to settle for something that is not really what you want to be doing or for working for a company that you didn’t want to just to bring in the pennies.

It is important to think carefully about the pros and cons of a job when searching for new employment. It may be that you find a vacancy but it is miles away from where you live. You need to make sure you know how you will get there and ideally wok out how much the travel will cost you each day as this can really have an impact on the wage that you are going to be left with after.

Although you may need to find a job quickly, job satisfaction can have a massive knock on effect on job performance and therefore can make a huge difference in how well you complete tasks within your job. Although money is work, if you take a job purely for the money benefit and do not enjoy it at all this will affect how well you do the job and you may find that you cannot perform as you should.  

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