Your Project Management Job Search

There are always so many questions when it comes to applying for a new job. When it comes to project management roles, finding the best opportunity for you takes a methodical approach. Our guest blog from The Learning People discusses this topic.

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What do you know about yourself professionally?

Can you offer an equal balance of experience, good soft skills, and great managerial qualities, or do you particularly excel in one area?

 

How are you perceived by those around you?

Taking some time to undertake a personal stocktake of your own abilities, weaknesses and strengths will enable you to supply a prospective employer with an honest outline of your best attributes.

These should include specific examples that illustrate where your skills have come into play and how you have defined them throughout your working life so far.

Any employer will look at a project management candidate as an investment, so the more information they know about an individual, the better.

This way they’ll be able to make a decision on your compatibility with the project and whether you’re a sound investment to make.

 

Do you fit the role?

Once you have made this self assessment, it is useful to then make a comparison between your skillset and what is required for roles you are looking at.

Asking yourself honestly if you fit these roles, if you have enough experience, or if your skills are even applicable to the projects you’re looking at, will save you from applying for an unsuitable positions.

If you have your heart set on a role which you don’t quite meet the requirements for yet, make an action plan. Whether this is taking a lower grade role in order to gain experience, taking on voluntary project work, asking for training from your current employers, or investing in your own certifications, you’ll be able to decide on a clear direction for your career path – a great motivator going forward.

 

What is the job spec asking for?

Job specifications, particularly in project management, are notorious for being detailed and formal which can be daunting, so working through what a company is really looking for is essential in your project management job search.

Going through and highlighting and listing all the specific requirements for the role will help you write a detailed application.

 

Does the specification mention a project management methodology?

If it does, how closely will you be expected to adhere to this, and do you have the knowledge to do so?

Always look the company up online in order to ascertain company statistics such as income, staff structure, and targets.

For example if it’s a public sector role, you will be able to find a PSA – Public Service Agreement – which will list national and local targets the company has to aim for.

Doing so will set your expectations for the position and giving you a clear understanding of what sort of employee the company is looking for to complete these goals.

 

From everyone at The Learning People– good luck with your job search.

 

 

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 19/09/14

Time for a break from your job search? Check out our run down of the news which caught our attention from the UK employment industry this week.

Hotel chain looks for new staff and apprentices in Llandudno

Recruitment has started for around 20 hospitality jobs at a new Travelodge in Llandudno, Wales. The hotel chain has taken over the site of previous occupiers The Clarence Hotel. The brand are also looking to recruit up to 40 apprentices across the UK for its Junior Manager Programme.

Plan for derelict mill site creates construction jobs

A number of new homes and jobs are planned for Burnley, as plans to transform the site of a derelict mill have been given the go ahead. The Lambert Howarth mill site will make way for 18 new townhouses, with a hub of construction activity and jobs arising in conjunction with their build.

Nottingham employment at 10 year high!

Statistics reveal employment to be at a 10 year high in Nottingham, with the employment market at its healthiest for a decade. Almost 4,500 new jobs were filled in the city, in the last year alone.

 The ONS reports increase in employment across country

And, employment rates have been seen to increase across the whole of the UK, a new study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. The South East and the East of England currently has the highest employment rate, at 76.7%. The lowest rate is not far off, with Wales and the North East at 68.8%.

cv library in the news

If you’re a student or graduate, you may be aware of  The University Paper, the university-specific publication circulated in 17 cities across the UK. CV-Library has recently teamed up with the paper to provide advice, articles and of course job opportunities suitable for university-goers. Pick up a copy at your local university to find out more!

 Do acting careers exclude the working class?

Actor David Morrissey has voiced his concerns that the working class are being excluded from pursuing acting careers. He has said there is an, “economic exclusion”, resulting in people from less privileged backgrounds being unable to break into acting jobs.

 Careers Fair in Cirencester for local job hunters

The King’s Head Hotel in Cirencester will host a careers fair on September 23rd. The event will cover major sectors of employment and training opportunities. Head down if you’re looking for something new!

 Referendum could have affected Public Sector jobs

With the news that Scotland is staying with the UK,  public sector workers can breathe a sigh of relief. Thousands of public sector jobs in Scotland could have been at risk if the referendum resulted in Scotland achieving independence. Nearly 60,000 Scots are employed by Westminster departments or UK-wide public bodies, jobs which could have been in jeopardy if the state decreased in size.

 Government employment programme sees great results

A Government work programme in Colchester has seen 100 new jobs being filled by local job hunters, a report has shown. The JobCentre scheme provided training, support and work experience to a number of candidates who had been out of work for three months. The scheme was a success, with results indicating an increase in employability as a direct result.

And from across the pond…

Warner Bros. Entertainment may cut as many as 1,000 jobs across the US and further afield, but has not disclosed which divisions will be hit. The entertainment studio suffered a series of unfortunate box office misses throughout 2014.

see you next week

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Easy Tips for Formatting Your CV

CS formattingIn this new blog from Career Savvy, the team look at easy tips for formatting your CV.

Sometimes the content of your CV is the easiest part. The layout and presentation of it can be tough, but it’s hugely important when securing yourself a job. So how can you ensure your CV looks the part and displays the vital information in the clearest fashion?

Font

Using a sans serif, professional font is generally the way forward. Currently, the majority of recruiters will be reading your CV from a screen, where a sans serif font reads more clearly and is usually preferable over a serif font. Make sure you use a professional industry-standard font. Recommended ones are Arial, Helvetica and Verdana – they are considered to be the most ‘web-safe’ and universal. Do not use anything that could be difficult to read (i.e. too small and narrow) or anything big and bold. Also avoid anything decorative or childish such as Comic Sans. In terms of point size, ten is a good size for allowing you to fit everything in but is also big enough to read clearly.

Order

There is no set correct order for the contents of a CV – it may well depend on the type of role you are applying for or what you want to show off the most. Chronological orders are popular, starting with your education, leading on to experience and followed by any other skills and interests. However, this isn’t something you have to adhere to. If your experience is what’s going to secure you the job, put this at the top, with the most relevant roles first. Do what you can to make sure your CV works well for you. If your academic background isn’t strong, education can go further down in your CV. If you lack experience but have a good degree or qualifications, putting this at the start of your CV is a good idea. However, make sure you include a breakdown of the skills you have from this qualification that will help you succeed in the role.

Layout

A header containing your name and contact details is a good way of keeping this section separate from the main body of the CV. If you’re struggling to keep the layout of your CV neat and tidy, create a table in Microsoft Word. You can add rows for each item, with an explanation of the entry in the column beside it. For example, your place of education, followed by the qualifications you gained there in the next column. You can then make the grid of the table invisible once you are finished. To help break the information down, give each section of your CV a subheading, e.g. ‘Experience’ and ‘Education’. To make your headings stand out, embolden and/or underline them. Make sure you use the same format for all of your subheadings, headings and body text. This will help keep your CV consistent and make it easier to navigate.

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Top 5 Reasons to Work in Fashion

fashion22It’s London Fashion Week! If you saw our rundown of the Top 5 Jobs in Fashion, we hope you’ve been inspired! Whether you’re into design, manufacturing, retail or PR, here is CV-Library’s list of the Top 5 Reasons to Work in Fashion.

Get creative

Fashion is all about creativity – expressing oneself and designing something new for either function or frivolity. Whether you’re working at the design stage or somewhere further down the line, innovation is important in every job within the fashion industry. Let your creative juices flow!

Work around the world

Many front-line fashion jobs can offer elements of travel, keeping you on your toes and life exciting! If you’re not jetting off and visiting new countries, you could be working with an international fashion brand, establishing overseas relationships or buying new materials by phone and digital communication.

Keep busy

Fashion can often be a fast-paced, lively and exciting industry to work in. If you like to work hard and play hard, fashion could be for you.

Passion

Working in fashion, you’ll meet tonnes of people who share a common interest. It’s great to work in an environment full of passion, and fashion is one of those rare global unifiers that brings people from all walks of life together.

The glitz and glamour

Of course, we just had to mention the fabulous side of fashion! Brushing shoulders with the fashion elite at catwalk events is the dream, but on a more attainable scale – there’ll be discounts galore, the chance to keep your eye on the changing face of fashion, and of course the opportunity to be surrounded by fantastic, inspiring designs.

Visit CV-Library to search for the latest fashion vacancies in your area.

 

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 12/09/14

Time for a break from your job search? Check out our run down of the news which caught our attention from the UK employment industry this week.

Snow dome to bring fresh employment options to Middlesbrough

Early plans for a snow dome suggest there could be hundreds of new jobs in Middlesbrough. There are currently six snow domes across the UK, providing hubs of activity and leisure facilities. Snowboarding, skiing and other attractions could prove a great boost to local economy.

New Jaguar Land Rover boosts Midlands employment

Jaguar‘s next automotive venture, the Jaguar XE sports saloon is due to go into production early next year, and could potentially create up to 4,000 new jobs in Solihull and the surrounding area. The increase in job opportunities will mark one of the biggest UK manufacturing booms for decades.

Gain skills to get pay rises, Bank of England governor says

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has addressed the Trade Union Congress in Liverpool to say that workers with plans to grow their earnings should look to developing their skills and productivity. “By staying in work, individuals retain and learn new skills and they are better placed to participate in the expansion when it gathers force. This can make a material difference to an individual’s lifetime earnings,” he has said.

Labour Party plan for employment tribunal reforms

The Labour Party have announced that if elected they would reform the employment tribunal system to ensure workers felt they had fair access to justice. Since tribunal fees were introduced in June 2013, there have been a dramatic drop in claims.

Ofsted foresee employment problems for students with attitudes

Ofsted Chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has announced the findings that school leavers are often ill-equipped for the working world, with improper attitudes towards deadlines and rules being cultivated in schools. He has said that “sloppy attitudes” could cost teens jobs in later life.

Scottish independence will not affect RBS jobs, the bank have announced

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has announced that if Scotland attains independence there will be no impact on jobs or operations across either Scotland or England, however the company may register themselves in England on the contingency of Scottish independence – a move which would have no effect on workers.

cv library in the newsFounder and Managing Director of CV-Library Lee Biggins has made it into the The Guardian! His wise words on why entrepreneurial school leavers should consider starting a business can be viewed here.

Aerospace firm to cut 400 jobs

Belfast-based Aerospace firm Bombardier will potentially cut up to 400 jobs following an organisational restructure. Plans for a new business structure will aim to provide increased flexibility in response to customer needs.

Cardiff will see next invitation for Deloitte candidates

Good news for Cardiff business professionals, Deloitte are planning hundreds of new jobs in their Welsh HQ in a new expansion plan. This follows from an announcement regarding the creation of over 300 new jobs in Belfast.

And some news from across the pond…

The CEO of global ridesharing firm Uber has announced that the company is creating up to 50,000 new driver jobs globally every month. The astonishing figure was mentioned by Travis Kalanick in an interview at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.

see you next week

 

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What to Expect After Accepting

CS expect after acceptingIn this new blog from Career Savvy, the team look at what to expect after accepting a new job.

You got the job, congratulations! After you’ve accepted a job offer you can feel uncertain about the process which follows. There are several stages you must go through when you start your new role in order to fully understand your position and where it’s going to lead you.

Understand your job description

Your skills and experience evidently matched the requirements in the job description, otherwise you wouldn’t have been selected for the role. However, this doesn’t mean that the information provided in the description has now become irrelevant. Before you start your new role read through it again so you know what to expect in terms of your responsibilities, the skills you’ll need straight away and those you need to develop relatively soon. If there is anything you’re unsure about then it’s best to deal with this before you start the job, otherwise you could find yourself in some awkward situations. For example, if your computer skills are a bit rusty and the role involves some admin work, familiarise yourself with all the programs you’ll need to use. By getting to grips with what you’ll be confronted with during your first few days, you will reduce your nerves and feel more confident and prepared for your new role.

Decipher your contract

When your new employer presents you with their employee handbook and your contract you may be dreading the daunting and mundane task of trawling through them. However, it’s essential that you do so with care and precision. The handbook will provide you with important information on company policy and procedures so you can avoid making embarrassing mistakes once you start. You also need to be aware of your rights and what you’re entitled to, which is why reading your contract inside and out is essential. If there is anything you’re unsure of or don’t understand then it’s important to raise your queries with your new employer rather than just ignore them; this could lead to you breaking your contract without realising, causing you unnecessary hassle.

Probationary period

Most employers will place new employees in what’s termed a ‘probationary period’ in order to assess whether they’ve truly chosen the right candidate for the job. If you’re on probation then it will be stated in your contract, as will how this affects your position and what will happen if you pass or fail this period. The employer must still adhere to your statutory rights from the day you start, but during your probation they may have explained in your contract that you can be dismissed without notice or perhaps your holiday days are limited until you’ve completed this period. In order to survive this uncertain time, make sure you’re fully aware of the terms of your probationary period, including when it ends. Be on your best behaviour, perform well and no doubt you’ll pass with flying colours.

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Top 5 Jobs in Fashion

fashionIt’s London Fashion Week from Friday 12th to Tuesday 16th September! Time to cruise the catwalks for creations from the biggest, brightest designers the UK has to offer. If you dream of one day making it into the front row, you’ll need to make a name for yourself in the world of fashion, first – so here’s CV-Library’s rundown of our Top 5 Jobs in Fashion for some inspiration!

 

Fashion Retail Assistant / Manager

Whatever your level of experience, working in fashion retail can be an excellent first step onto the fashion career ladder. Whether you’re keen on high street or luxury fashion, vacancies within the retail environment are frequently available. Your passion for fashion coupled with a sunny, helpful disposition can be the winning formula for succeeding in the world of fashion retail.

See Fashion Retail Assistant/Manager Jobs!

 

Product Developer

Where business acumen meets creative flair, this type of role with a growing fashion brand will allow you to flex not only your fashion design skill, but your ability to work with third parties and sell your products in to potential retailers. A great role for someone looking to play a hands-on part in growing a fashion brand.

See Product Developer Jobs!

 

Garment Technologist

As a garment technologist, you will look at the science behind bringing fashion designs to life. From sizing to sourcing materials, to checking quality and ensuring fit, this type of role would suit anyone with integrity, attention to detail and of course, an eye for fashion!

See Garment Technologist Jobs!

 

Fashion Recruitment Consultant

If you dream of working in a fast-paced environment with the scope for communication with some of fashion’s top names, a career in fashion recruitment could be for you. Successful firms will have an impressive client list; meaning you could be working to fill roles with Chanel one moment and Vivienne Westwood the next.

See Fashion Recruitment Consultant Jobs!

 

Wholesale Merchandiser

Maybe logistics, planning and buying is your thing. If so, you may like to look into a career as a wholesale merchandiser. This type of role will see you liaising with suppliers, customers and factories to ensuring the buying and selling of wholesale fashion runs as smoothly as possible. And, with assistant positions arising almost as frequently as senior vacancies, there are always potential opportunities to get your foot in the door.

See Wholesale Merchandiser Jobs!

For all of these jobs and more, visit CV-Library to search for the latest fashion vacancies in your area.

 

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Top 5 Tips for Impressing Recruiters

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Whether you’re looking to go about your job hunt via employment agencies or by targeting individual companies, it is more than likely you will have contact with a recruiter at some point during the process. Recruiters can be the key for getting your details in front of that all-important hiring manager and ultimately getting that job, so make sure you get noticed with these top tips for impressing recruiters!

 

Be clear

If you’re planning to sign up with a recruitment agency or approach an internal recruiter directly, make sure to provide full details about yourself. Providing detailed, yet concise, information will allow them to ascertain whether you could be a good match for their role. If you’re adding your details to a job board such as CV-Library, make it easy for prospective viewers to understand what it is you’re looking for. Include details about location, salary and role type requirements along with your CV if possible.

Stand out from the crowd

Believe it or not, it is possible to stand out from the crowd when it comes to impressing recruiters. Engage with them directly if you can, ask a question about a role (rather than just sending over your CV) or take initiative by asking if there’s anything else you could provide to strengthen your candidature. A polite and pleasant manner – as well as anything you can do to connect with them on a personal level – will help you stand out from the volume of potential candidates they may be in touch with.

Give them your time

Dedicating time to interfacing with recruiters will essentially mean you’ll find that new job quicker! Take calls when you can, understand they may need to discuss the finer points of your work experience in person or over the phone, and aim to respond to any email correspondence in a timely fashion. Investing time now may mean your application goes a lot further.

Say thank you

Recruiters work hard to please the companies and job hunters they work with. Taking the time to thank them for their efforts (whether they had an instrumental role in securing you a job or were just pleasant to work with) will go a long way.

Keep in touch

Once you’ve found a recruiter you think is great, one of the best things you can do is stay in touch every now and then. It’s likely that the feeling is mutual, and your recruiter will be keen to help you out next time you’re looking for something new. By promising to pop over an email every six months or so, it is less likely they will call you up or approach you about a new role before you’re ready to have that kind of discussion. If you’ve been speaking with a company representative but have missed out on a job, keep in touch about upcoming vacancies – particularly if you really want to work for the company in question.

 

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 05/09/14

Time for a break from your job search? Check out our run down of the news which caught our attention from the UK employment industry this week.

Tech investment conference to be held in Wales

Vince Cable has announced an international investment event is to be held in Cardiff’s Newport Celtic Manor in November. The conference will be aimed at creating new jobs and economic growth in the technology and computing sectors.

International law firm creates hundreds of job opportunities in Belfast

US-based international law firm Baker and MacKenzie is set to create up to 250 jobs in Belfast, as plans for a new back-office operations c entre get underway. The office will focus around support roles such as billing and IT.

Zero hour employment contracts are topic in question

The Government plans to review its stance on zero hour employment contracts. You can view the open consultation – to be closed in November – here.

Property company Newcastle move creates jobs

Property build and development firm Story Homes plans to move to newly refurbished Newcastle offices, a decision which will create new jobs within the region. “This new office is a symbol of our expectations in creating quality new homes for people across the North East,” Chief Executive Steve Errington has said.

cv library in the newsRecent independently-sourced data indicates that nearly 80% of job hunters would be more inclined to apply for a job if they could view video content from the company in question. Would it work for you? Find out more about our embedded video content offering, JobStream, here.

Scottish independence could cut 1 million jobs

David Cameron has commented that up to a million jobs could depend on the referendum for Scottish independence. The Prime Minister has argued that trade with the UK supports this large number of jobs which could effectively dry up if Scotland were to go solo. The referendum will be held in two weeks.

Infrastructure spend forecasts construction and transportation jobs boom

Recent government findings suggest that a forecasted £116 billion infrastructure spend within the UK will lead to a boom in construction and transportation jobs.

Local Leicester firm goes global as job opportunities arise

Leicester-based online clothes and textiles firm, Universal Textiles, has recently expanded into international sales, predominantly in Italy and Japan. The Braunstone firm is excelling in foreign markets at the moment and has recently bought a new showroom to house operations. Up to 20 new jobs will be created.

And some news from across the pond…

A recent review of the video games industry in the US has revealed that whilst more women are getting jobs within the industry, the gender gap still persists, particularly in engineering roles. Alongside the growth in the female workforce, the video games industry has reported that women make up the fastest-growing consumer segment, too.

see you next week

 

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The Benefits of Working for a Small Company

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In this new blog from Career Savvy, the team look at the benefits of working for a small company.

In 2013, the number of small businesses in the UK saw an increase of 127,000 from the previous year. With the economy set to grow further, the figure is due to rise to higher heights in 2014. While some employees and career enhancers might be put off by the idea of working for a small company, others are reaping in the benefits to be had and excelling in their careers. So how can you make the most of opportunities in a small company?

Small company, big opportunities

A common off-putting factor or misconception of small companies is that the chances for promotion or progression are less than in their larger counterparts. Realistically, with a smaller number of staff, there will be less movement and smaller recruitment drives. However, when opportunities arise, the competition for them is greatly lessened. As a result, employees in a small company find themselves rising through the ranks a lot quicker than their peers working for large corporations. Big companies can have band systems, competency structures and policies that dictate how and when their employees can progress. Small companies often use a more subjective approach, and allow advancement when they think an employee is ready.

Better Pay and Conditions

You may have heard tales of large companies and how they treat their staff – fun team-building days, generous holiday, healthcare, etc. Small companies often offer benefits for their staff too, except they aren’t as well advertised. This matter will therefore always take some investigating. In reality, you could have great or poor benefits in either a small or a large company. It is worth asking at interview stage what the benefits are of working for the organisation. Just be careful to make it clear you’re not just interested in the holiday allowance or salary.

Ease of living

Recently, BBC employees in Scotland expressed their frustration over having to call an office in England to open their electronic blinds, after the organisation outsourced the running of the building’s facilities to a different company. While this doesn’t seem like a major issue, it’s an example of a modern-day frustration that seems to be occurring more and more in large businesses. As most big organisations outsource at least some aspect of their business – be it HR, IT support or blind control – the chain of personnel that a task is passed through becomes longer and longer. This isn’t the best catalyst for productivity. Plus, it’s much easier to just close the blinds yourself and have a chat with Dan from accounts on the way back to your desk.

Work Closely

Similarly, a major benefit of working in a small company is the ability to work closely with your team and managers. When an issue arises that you need help with or a different pair of eyes to look at, the right person is often never too far away. Differing greatly from a large company, where the person you need could be on a different floor, building or even another country! Furthermore, working a bit more closely with your senior staff can have a great effect on your career prospects. It becomes easier for you to be noticed and therefore acknowledged for your efforts. It also helps to learn by osmosis, and when spending most days working with more experienced staff, it’s surprising how much you can absorb.
 

All in all, working for a small company can be great fun, offering good opportunities as well as an enjoyable working life. So don’t be put off and give it a whirl!

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