Why you need a work BFF

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Everyone needs a friend at work; just look at Meredith and Cristina, Sookie and Lorelai and all the others out there… Seriously though, a recent study has shown that employee satisfaction increased by 50% among those with a work bestie, as well as showing that those who have at least one friend in the workplace are 7 times more likely to engage fully with their tasks. Statistics aside, here’s why you should be looking for your workplace soulmate:

Someone always has your back

Having a workplace BFF means that someone will always be around to stick up for you. Got an issue you need to raise with the boss? Don’t sweat it, your work pals will be there to give your confidence a boost. They’ll also be there to take you to happy hour afterwards when it’s time to celebrate!

You’ll never have to eat alone

No more eating alone in front of your desk for you! Having a BFF means that you’ll always have someone to keep you company, as well as having someone to devise a weekday eating schedule with. Pizza Mondays? Sure, why not. Jacket potato Thursdays? Of course! You’ll never have to suffer another meal deal again (unless of course you want to!). Basically, lunch time is usually the highlight of the working day, and having a friend to share it with makes it even more fun!

They just get it

Rough day at the office? No need to explain – a work best friend knows exactly what you’re talking about. While you might go home after a particularly challenging day and vent to your family or friends, sometimes they just won’t get it. Your work bestie will though – and that can be a great bond to have. They’ll also be able to tell you if you’re becoming complacent or not pulling your weight, just like you would for them. Even better, you’ve automatically got a buddy to go to events and training courses with!

You’ll look forward to going to work

Sunday night blues? No way! Having a bestie at work means looking forward to seeing each other every day. Multiply the feeling by ten after one of you has been on holiday, and you’ll wonder why you ever wanted to go it alone at work – it’s even more fun when you’re working with people who make you happy.

They’ll help you

Work friends are not only great to have to keep morale high, but they can also help you when it comes to advancing your career. You’ll have someone who really knows you within the working environment, and who is comfortable enough to keep pushing you to be your best. Get out there and make like our favourite Grey’s friends – find your person and keep yourself happy at work!

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How to manage the transition to management

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Congratulations! You have passed the interview and have been selected for a promotion.  Making the move from a co-worker to a manger can be a tricky task. Whether you’re moving to a new company or moving up the career ladder in your current organisation, our tips will help this transition be a smooth one.


There will need to be a change in your own mind-set about how you see yourself and your colleagues; whilst you can still maintain a friendly relationship with them, you are now the person who will assign tasks, monitor the team’s progress and carry out performance appraisals.

Managing the change

Change can be unsettling and it’s important to understand that people handle change in different ways. Some take it with a pinch of salt whilst others can feel unsettled by it.

How you manage this change can impact the future relationship you have with your team. To ensure it goes smoothly, involve the team in the transition by talking to everybody individually, discuss any concerns they have and ask for their opinion on how the team can ‘work smarter not harder’.


In any work place, there are always people who you get on better with. It can be difficult, but as a manager you will have to treat everybody equally and fairly. When dealing with difficult issues such as under-performance or conflict within the team, consider the way you approach the topic. You could change the way you communicate with people, such as considering your tone of voice or the way you phrase something.


You were chosen to lead the team because you have the skills to do so, continually building upon these skills will make you a better manager. Use resources that are at your disposal, these may be from your own HR department, professional organisation or online. There are lots of resources available online in the form of podcasts, webinars and training programmes.

Be realistic

This includes how well you expect the transition to go. It has to be expected that not everybody is going to be over the moon about your move into management. Don’t take it personally and if issues persist for longer than couple of weeks, address it, resolve it and move on.

Set realistic targets. Don’t state that you will increase the team’s productivity by 50% in three months. You may be able to achieve this, but if you don’t it may not look good with your managers. From the outset, discuss with your supervisors what is expected from you as a manager, and then work with your team to set realistic and motivating goals.

Article contributed by Maple Resourcing.

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You know you work in an office when…

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If you’ve just entered the world of working in an office, it’s more than likely that you’ll have picked up on some quirks that you just wouldn’t find anywhere else! If you’re thinking about going into an office job, read on to find out what to expect…

Your day revolves around lunch

Lunch is no longer just one of your three meals a day; lunch is everything when you work in an office! You’ll find yourself planning strategic snacks, drooling over everyone else’s meal deals and then wolfing yours down in under five minutes. You also know who brings in the stinkiest lunches – not great for your nostrils, but at least you know what foods to avoid to keep the peace!

You couldn’t live without tea

When you work in an office all day, tea becomes life. You’ll have carefully planned tea schedules; great if you don’t mind other people making your tea, not so great if you’re slightly more particular (we suggest a sneaky trip to the loo until the tea round is over and it’s safe to make your own…) While we’re on the subject, if you’re not a tea-drinker, it’s probably best to keep that to yourself unless you want to spend the rest of your working life explaining yourself!

You sign a lot of cards

If you work in a small company, you’ll probably know most names and faces so you can write a bit more of a personal message. If, however, you work in a larger organisation, you’ll probably find yourself singing a lot of generic ‘happy birthday’ and ‘good luck’ messages. While you might try to get out of it, when it’s your turn, a fully signed birthday card is a sign of popularity, right?

Everyone has a nickname

Whether they’re the one who had a bit too much wine at the last Christmas party or they’re the loud typist ten desks down, everyone in the office has a nickname. It’s all in the name of fun, of course, because deep down it’s all just a bit of banter… (you didn’t think we’d make it through an office-related post without the B word appearing, did you?!)

How many thanks?

So maybe this isn’t strictly related to working in an office, but to being British in general, but at least once a week you’ll find yourself stuck behind the same person through a succession of doors, and you’ll have the dilemma of wondering how many times to thank them. Do you thank them each time they hold the door open for you, or do you save it up for the last door and give them one big thanks? So many questions…

Working in an office can be exciting, challenging and sometimes just downright hilarious. If you’re interested in office work, we’ve got over 19,800 vacancies for you to browse here.

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5 essential Excel formulas you need to know!

With many jobs now requiring employees to have a decent understanding of most Microsoft Office programmes, there has never been a better time to brush up on your Excel skills. There are over 300 different functions in Excel; it might sound daunting, but don’t worry – we’ve picked a few to get you started.


Formula: =COUNT(First cell in range:Last cell in range)

The COUNT formula counts the number of cells in a range that have numbers in them. The formula is extremely useful, but only works with numbers. If you want to count items that aren’t numbers, i.e. cells with letters/words in then you can use COUNTA(First cell in range:Last cell in range).

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2. IF Statements

Formula: =IF(logical_statement, return this if logical statement is true, return this if

logical statement is false)

When analysing data in Excel, there are many scenarios where you would want the data to react differently depending on the situation. Logical functions return only two possible answers – either TRUE or FALSE. The basic logical functions are:< smaller than

  • > greater than
  • = equal to

In the example below, the formula tells us whether a certain film has grossed over $2 million. When you want to take your IF functions to the next level you can start combining them to accommodate multiple logics. This is called a nested IF function.

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Formula: =VLOOKUP(lookup_value, table_array, col_index_num, range_lookup)

A VLOOKUP allows you to find a specific value within a large range of data and once the value is found, pick some additional information associated with the value and display it somewhere else in the same row. When using a VLOOKUP, you define a value (the lookup_value) and the formula looks for it in different column of the same row (the table_array). Useful, for example, when deciding a commission rate based on the level of sales.

The below example shows you a VLOOKUP looking up the album name based on the song “Whole lotta love”.

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=SUMIF(range, criteria, sum_range),

=COUNTIF(range, criteria),

=AVERAGEIF(range, criteria, average_range)

SUM, COUNT and AVERAGE are relatively basic formulas, but if you want to get more out of them then familiarize yourself with SUMIF, COUNTIF and AVERAGEIF. They are a quick to count, sum up or average the number of cells based on a given criteria.

The below shows a COUNTIF counting the number of times the word strategy occurs in the adjacent list.

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Formula: =CONCATENATE(A1,” “,B1)

This function joins up to 255 text strings into one text string. The joined items can be text, numbers, cell references, or a combination of those items. For example, if your worksheet contains a person’s first name in cell A1 and the person’s last name in cell B1, you can combine the two values in another cell by using: =CONCATENATE(A1,” “,B1). It is particularly useful to clean large databases quickly by avoiding repetitive manual work. You can also use the “&” symbol to connect different cells.

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For more details on all of the above, and to start your Excel training, check out the Excel courses available from Skillsology on CV-Library.

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How to be a better admin employee

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With the nation once again gearing up for Christmas and New Year, you might find yourself wandering to the inevitable ‘new year, new me’ resolutions. Here at CV-Library, we love personal growth and development, but we think it should be employed all year round! To give you inspiration, we’ve come up with some admin-based resolutions to ensure you are the best employee you can be, and remain a valuable asset to your company!

Get organised

While you might think that it goes without saying, it’s important that you stay organised. If you’ve chosen administration as a career path, it’s probably pretty likely that you’ve already got yourself together, however, it doesn’t hurt to make sure! Check that you are using the most efficient processes; could your office benefit from a new filing system, or is it time to work out a better budgeting system? Ensuring that you are up-to-date when it comes to being organised is a great first step when making an effort to be a better employee!

Keep communicating

As one in charge of knowing who and what goes where, it’s essential that you’ve got top-notch communication skills. If there is more than one of you working on an admin team, it’s vital that you communicate and coordinate with each other; it could get very messy, very quickly if you were to get your wires crossed! What’s more, you’ll become a better employee for being able to communicate better; everyone’s a winner!

Don’t stop learning

Get one step ahead of the game and make sure that you have a varied and developed skill set; why not take a look at our admin-based training courses and see what you could learn! Taking your learning and development into your own hands will also demonstrate commitment to your employer, as well as showing them that you value your role at the company; what are you waiting for?!

Think outside the box

Sometimes trying to keep an office running smoothly can be a mammoth effort, and when this is the case, it’s helpful to think outside the box. We encourage creative solutions, and it’s likely that your office will be thankful for it! Are there new ways that you could go about keeping on top of everything? Is a revamp necessary? These are important questions that can go a long way in helping you to become a better, forward-thinking employee!

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How to be a better employee in retail



We’ve all been there; there comes a point during the working day when you find your thoughts starting to wander; the shop-floor might be quiet, and before you know it, you’re full-on day dreaming. With 2016 fast approaching, the next time your mind dozes off, why not direct it towards some retail-based New Year’s resolutions to become a better employee. The good news is that you don’t actually have to wait to put them into effect! CV-Library has done some day-dreaming of its own and come up with some ideas.


Refresh your memory

One of the best ways to ensure that you improve as an employee when you work in the retail sector is by keeping your memory fresh. Whether you’ve worked with the company for three weeks or three years, a refresher never hurts. Making sure that you’re up-to-date with your store’s policy and values is always a good idea; it shows your employer that you’re committed, as well as allowing you to be safe in the knowledge that you’re being a good employee.

Similarly, with constantly-changing stock, it can be difficult to know everything there possibly is to know, however, you should endeavour to learn as much as possible about your products. Showing your customers that you are enthusiastic and that you know what you’re talking about is a great way to give you a confidence boost and to improve your overall performance.


Brush up on your small-talk

A key part of working in retail is being able to make chit chat. Whether this comes naturally to you, or you can’t think of anything worse than talking about the weather, it’s so important to make an effort with your customers. They can always tell when you’re genuinely interested and when you really can’t be bothered – you don’t want to put them off your store for good by coming across as uninterested or rude!


Stay cool

We’ve all heard the expression ‘the customer is always right’, and while we’re told this is true…sometimes it’s not! By keeping your cool when faced with challenging customers or even colleagues, you’ll hopefully find yourself becoming an all-round better employee. It’s no mean feat, but think of the satisfaction you’ll feel knowing that you dealt with a problem calmly and maturely, instead of losing your temper and arguing back. Keep Calm and Retail On!


Keep training

It’s important to ensure that you don’t end up stuck in a bit of a rut, and one of the best ways to do this is by making sure that your skill-set is fresh and up-to-date. Whether you’re a retail newbie or a retail veteran, there is always more to be learned! Have a look at CV-Library’s retail based courses here and become a better retail employee now!

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4 reasons to become a teaching assistant

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Recently we’ve been giving you weekly insights into a variety of career paths, and to conclude, we’re here to give you a look in to one of the most rewarding careers there is: the teaching assistant. Teachers and teaching assistants will always be the first to tell you how rewarding it is to work in the education sector, and we’ve come up with five of the best reasons to become a part of it.

The ‘lightbulb’ moment

One of the most satisfying experiences that teaching assistants report is the ‘lightbulb’ moment; when you’re explaining something to a student and it all falls into place. Knowing that you can help to cement knowledge for others can be a real privilege and is undoubtedly one of the perks of this job.

Using your talents

If you’ve got a unique talent or passion such as crafts, sports or a musical instrument, then you could have the opportunity to bring this into the classroom. Imagine being paid to do something you love… Moreover, you could be providing students with experiences that would be otherwise missed; if you’ve got a hobby, share it with the classroom!

The students

One of the best things about working as a teaching assistant is the students that you’ll work with. Being a part of their day-to-day lives can be extremely rewarding, and regardless of your students’ age, helping them to achieve their goals will always provide a sense of accomplishment.

Stepping stone

Being a teaching assistant can be a great stepping stone for your career, especially if your end goal is to become a fully qualified teacher. You’ll be gaining invaluable experience, all the while knowing that you’re making a difference.

Teaching professionals can have profound effects on the lives of their students, sometimes shaping their futures. If you’re interested but don’t know where to begin and have no previous experience in the field, why not check out this Level 2 CPD accredited Teaching Assistant training course.

CV-Library has partnered with e-Careers to provide you with the best training opportunities available. e-Careers can offer a range of courses at a variety of levels from basic, intermediate and advanced. To have a look at what other courses are available, click here. Get searching now and see where they can take you!



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How to be a better employee in IT

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With the festive season and New Year on the horizon, some will already find their minds wandering to the inevitable New Year’s Resolutions. Here at CV-Library, while we’re all for reflection and change, we believe that you should resolve to be a better employee all the time, regardless of the date. Here are some ways in which you can improve within your IT role, and remain a valuable asset to your company!

  1. Keep your skill set up-to-date

One of the best ways to become a better employee is to ensure that your skills are kept fresh and up-to-date. Luckily, we have a whole host of IT training courses available for you to have a look through; have a browse here! By ensuring that you progress and don’t become static in your position, you might find that you’re an all-round happier employee!

  1. Stay informed

Keep up-to-date with what’s happening in your industry, even if you only take 5 minutes every morning and have a quick scan of the news. By exposing yourself to new information and ideas on a regular basis, you might find yourself inspired, meaning that you’ll naturally work harder and become a better employee!

  1. Be proactive

It can become all too easy to find yourself stuck in a bit of a jam career-wise, so making sure that you stay proactive within your role is a good way to keep those cogs turning. By making sure you know what’s going on and staying one step ahead, you’ll likely find yourself improving and progressing in your career.


  1. Become a better communicator

Making an effort to improve your communication skills will almost immediately help you to become a better employee. Whether you choose to become a more active listener, or you decide to improve how you present yourself verbally, becoming a better communicator will help you to build stronger working relationships and ultimately aid in keeping morale high!



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Being the best in business

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It’s no secret that to propel your career to the top, you need to understand the ‘business’ of business; in other words, you need to make sure that you’re completely business-savvy. To make sure you’re always at the top of your game, CV-Library has come up with some tips to ensure that your venture, whether you’re starting your own company, going for a promotion, or changing careers, is a success.

 Always ask questions

It’s essential that you are able to see and understand the big picture when you’re making business decisions. Ensuring that you’re aware of what’s happening in the world that could affect your industry is vital; this should allow you to plan ahead. Understanding what any given change could mean for your business and your competitors should allow you to always have the bigger picture in mind; ultimately preparing you for any eventuality.


Be strategic

Whether you’re just starting out with your career or you have years of experience, there is always something new to learn. In order to get to the top, you must be willing to learn new skills, encourage positive and negative feedback and respond appropriately to success and failure. By being strategic and embracing these qualities, you create the opportunity for your abilities to grow.

Learn to be a good decision-maker

To climb to the top in business, you’ve got to be able to be a good decision-maker; this means no dithering – you need to make committed, smart choices. A lot of problem solving and decision-making comes down to trusting your gut instinct; learning how to do this can be a great help. Similarly, you need to be able to reason, and weigh up the pros and cons of any given situation, though you should be able to do this without succumbing to ‘analysis paralysis’!

Understand entrepreneurship

Whether it’s your ambition to start your own company, or become the head of your existing one, it’s important to be commercially aware, as well as understanding what it really means to be an entrepreneur. This knowledge and expertise should give you an all-round understanding of everything business related, enabling you to succeed at whatever you choose to do.

If you’re interested in growing your business acumen, why not have a look at this CPD certified Dragons’ Den business essentials course from e-Careers – you’ll be setting yourself up for success.

CV-Library has partnered with e-Careers to provide you with the best training opportunities available. e-Careers can offer a range of courses at a variety of levels from basic, intermediate and advanced. To have a look at what other business courses are available, click here. Get searching now and see where they can take you!



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Becoming an entrepreneur

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For many people, becoming their own boss is the ultimate dream. In honour of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, which starts today, we thought we’d give you some tips on how to become an entrepreneur. If you think you’ve got the potential to become an innovative self-starter, but aren’t sure where to begin, then CV-Library is here to help!

Look ahead

One of the best ways to get yourself ahead in the start-up race, is by looking to the future. While it may be difficult, you should be looking at providing a service that will still be relevant in years to come. Whether you create something completely new or decide to improve on an existing product is entirely up to you – either way, forward-thinking is essential!

 Go with your gut

In the world of entrepreneurship, it’s vital that you go with your gut instinct. The reality is that if you don’t trust your own instincts, why should anyone else? You’ll have to make decisions about your start-up for yourself, sometimes under pressure; this is when it really pays to be able to go with your gut and commit to it.

Get your hands dirty

If you’re starting up your own company, you can’t just talk the talk – you’ve got to walk the walk too. Initially, you’ll have to be prepared to work long hours and really get your hands dirty; no one else can do this bit but you! Once your new business gets off the ground, you’ll be able to take a step back (if you want) and reap the benefits, but be prepared to put a lot of work in during the early stages!

 Follow your passion

It’s great to have a really good idea that you think could lead to a successful start-up, but if it’s not something that you’re truly passionate about, you might find that your heart isn’t really in it. You’ll need to make a huge commitment to really making your venture work, so it’s best to make sure that you’ll be doing something that you love.

 Shake off the doubters

If you’ve decided to go for it, you’ll most likely find that there are plenty of doubters along the way – people love to tell others what they can’t do. There’s not much to do here other than believe in your abilities, and take some advice from Taylor Swift – just shake it off.

If you find that you’re not ready to take the jump, don’t worry! Why not spend some time getting some valuable experience under your belt; after all, Rome wasn’t built in a day! CV-Library has over 125,000 job opportunities; why not have a look and see if any of them get you on the right track to building your own start-up.

Keep your head held high and do what you set out to. Finally, good luck!

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