Yearly Archives: 2017

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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Help bridging the gap between education and work

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

If a person decides to leave school in search of employment, it may be a matter of weeks if not months before they are even invited for an interview for a work placement. During this time often young people claim benefits such as job seekers to see them through but this is having a massive financial strain on our economy.

Over the past 12 months, the government have been looking at ways in which they can improve this situation to allow students to be able to leave school and star a job immediately.

With more and more resources going in to help apprenticeships, this has now improved the amount of vacancies on offer and the variety of industries has improved.

Careers offices are needed in schools to work between the students and the employers to try and help them line up a transmission from one to the next. If this could happen it would mean that a huge number of people would not have to sign on to receive benefits as they would be working immediately. When the government changed the laws to say that pupils needed to stay in education until they are 18 unless they have a job lined up, we saw a massive increase in the number of students staying on to do a levels.

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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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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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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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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.



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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.


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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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