Changing your job in the New Year

Posted on December 30, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions and sometimes these may be linked to jobs. If you have not been happy in your job for a while or simply fancy a change then you may consider looking for new employment. Most people cannot afford to be months without work so it is always a good idea to line up another job to start before quitting your old one. Most employers will understand that you have to give a certain amount of notice, so be sure to check exactly what notice you need to give.

It can be hard trying to fit in interviews etc. when you are supposed to be at work, so if at all possible, book the day off as holiday so you do not have to lie about why you need the time off.

Looking to move jobs can be nerve wrecking, but try and look at it as a positive step forward and take some time to consider what it is you really want to do. You may want to leave your job to return to education or possibly to go travelling. It may be that there comes a time when you cannot do this as you have too many responsibilities, so it is best to grab the opportunities with both hands when they arise.




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Outsourcing work to a freelancer

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 10:12 am

If you own your own business then there may come a time when you need help with the work load. You may not feel ready to take on an employee or maybe you have employees but just need extra help for a short time. If this is the case then using a freelancer may be perfect for what you need.

Finding a freelancer can be hard work as you need to be sure that they are capable and also reliable. It may be that you need to trust them with client information or personnel files and so you need to be sure that they are trustworthy.

Ideally you want to try and obtain references and proof of previous works to make sure that they can do what they say they can. Never pay a freelancer in full upfront if you have not used them before, it is always best to set up payments based on work they have completed. You will also need to be in regular contact with them to ensure any deadlines that you have given them will be met. It may be that you ask the freelancer if they want to come and work in your office while they are working on your projects, this can make communication a lot easier and often improves productivity.


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Finding part time work opportunities

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm

Often people need to find a job that offers part time working hours or change their current working hours to part time within their current role. This can be for a number of reasons such as other commitments e.g. taking a child to and from school, looking after a relative or for health reasons. Sometimes it can be hard to progress up the ladder in a part time job as you may feel that you simply do not have enough time to put in to the job and that the employer will not want to give you too much responsibility if you can only work part time. If you have tasks assigned to you that need to be completed on a daily or weekly basis in a part time role, then it is vital that you plan ahead and manage your time well.

If you are already in a part time role and know that your circumstances will be changing soon, which will allow you to work more hours, then speak to your current employer. Advise them of your situation and ask if there is the possibility of extending your hours or moving in to another role.


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Believe in what you do to improve job satisfaction

Posted on July 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Jobs are something that most of us have to have in order to pay the mortgage or rent and to feed our families. Some people have been stuck in a job which they do not enjoy for years, worried about leaving it for the unknown.

Job satisfaction is important for not only your own health and well being but also for that of your colleagues and the company that you work for. If you are in a job where you do not believe in the products or services you are selling then this can have a detrimental effect on all. Many people that work in call centres say that they do not like the way they are trained to speak to customers, often trying to persuade them or pressurise them in to buying something. This can leave you feeling deflated at the end of the day and can have a massive knock on effect on your home life.

If you are in a job that gives you very little or no satisfaction, why not start to explore other avenues of jobs that you may be able to apply for, you never know, it could be the best move you have ever made.


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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.



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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.



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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.




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Advertising a job vacancy

Posted on November 3, 2016 at 4:36 pm

If you are looking to take on a new member of staff then you will need to consider how you are going to advertise the post. Some businesses choose to advertise the post themselves and others opt for using an agency. If you are going to use an agency then you will have to expect there to be a cost involved in advertising and managing the whole job application process for you. Often agencies will ask for a fixed fee or a percentage of the salary that you are offering on the job as their commission.

If you are advertising the job yourself then you need to consider where you wish to post your ad. You will probably be able to put it on a company website but this may not get seen as much as you need it to so often companies choose to also advertise on online jobs boards, in local papers and even on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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Should I add a picture to my CV

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 9:53 pm

Time and time again people ask if they should add a picture to a CV. As a rule it is not necessary to add a picture to your CV but in certain industries such as beauty, you may wish to do so. If you do then be sure to add a professional image and not one of your latest holiday snaps.

If you are struggling to write your CV or need ideas on how to format the layout then search online for a template or speak to a careers advisors who should be able to give you some ideas.

A CV is often the first impression a potential employer will have about you so it needs to be professional. Checking for spelling and grammar mistakes is a must and ensuring that all your contact details are correct can be the difference between being invited to an interview and not.







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How important is a wage?

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 12:05 pm

When looking for a new job, how important is a wage? Most people would like to pick a job based on the satisfaction it gives them, something that they would enjoy to do, but unfortunately money is often the deciding factor.

A decent wage can add to job satisfaction as you may then feel that the job you are doing is being appreciated and that you are getting paid as you should do.  If you are working in a job that is low paid and you believe that you are giving your company a good level of service during your employment then you could ask for a rise in your salary. When asking for a wage rise, be sure to have a reason why you think that you deserve a rise, for example because you have accrued new business, you regularly work extra time without asking for overtime etc.

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