The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 28/11/2014

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.

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Movember at CV-Library: Part Three

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It’s the end of Movember and Barney the Owl has finished growing his moustache for charity. What do you think? We’ve been supporting The Movember Foundation, a worldwide organisation which raises awareness and money for men’s health issues.

Get in touch to let us know how much you raised, and we may feature you in a future blog!

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Dress to Impress at Interview with T.M.Lewin’s Giveaway

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According to new research, it really pays to dress smart at the office and we agree. Our friends at T.M Lewin have been creating stylish, high quality business wear for the professional working man and women since 1898, and continue to innovate their shirts and suits offering to fit with changes in modern fashion today.

If you’re attending an interview, looking smart can be even more crucial – It is claimed that one of the biggest mistakes in interviews was wearing inappropriate interview attire, with 75% of Millennials doing so. To help, here are some of T.M Lewin’s top tips for dressing to impress at interviews:

For men – Darker men’s suits always look good so choose a black, grey or blue suit in regular or slim-fit. Pair this with black or brown leather shoes and a plain shirt and tie. Avoid patterns, as this can be a distraction to the interviewer. A plain, crisp, white shirt can often be the most impressive.
For women – Choose a well-fitting trouser or skirt suit. To be safe, opt for plain, dark colours, but with a lighter coloured blouse.

To make it even easier for you to look stylish for an interview, T.M.Lewin are giving you the chance to WIN a voucher worth £200 which you can spend online or in one of over 100 UK stores. It’s perfect for buying an impressive slim-fit suit, or a crisp white shirt, so that a fashion fax pas won’t get in the way of you securing that job.

To enter this exciting competition, simply answer the following question between 1st December 2014 and midnight on January 31st 2015: When did T.M.Lewin first start making suits?

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1995

Email us to submit your answer – the winner will be announced within 7 days of competition close.

Terms and Conditions
The CV-Library and T.M.Lewin competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. One winner will be chosen on or soon after the closing date.
The competition is not open to employees of T.M.Lewin or CV-Library Ltd (or members of their immediate families).
Only one entry per person.
The competition will run from 00:01 1st December 2014 until 23:59 GMT on 31st January 2015. Please ensure we receive your entry within this time, any entry received outside of this period will be discounted.
If you win the competition, we will notify you within 7 days of the closing date, using the email address provided during entry. Information regarding redeeming your prize will be included in this correspondence. The winner will also be announced on the CV-Library blog.
The prize will not be transferable to another person.
Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.
There is no cash alternative available.
T.M.Lewin and CV-Library reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.
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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 21/11/14

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.

London Christmas retailers expect bumper sales

It’s that time of year again, when the nation prepares for Christmas by spending increased amounts of money in the capital’s streets. This year, reports suggest that middle class Chinese shoppers and the UKs higher classes will contribute to almost £1bn in festive spending, an increase of 8% on last year.

UK grocery sales enter decline

For the first time in 20 years, the UK grocery market has seen a decline in profits. A report from market research firm Kantar Worldpanel has assessed the drop in profits to price wards between large supermarkets and the falling cost of groceries.

Household appliance firm to create hundreds of West Midlands jobs

Vorkwerk – a global household appliance developer plans to create up to 250 jobs after opening a new branch in Balsall Common. The 1,500 square foot office has begun training newly recruited candidates already, with further job opportunities to be coming available in the future months.

cv library in the newsCV-Library celebrated recruitment award success at the NORAs – picking up the insitutions first Academy Award for exceptional industry contribution. Read the full story from Onrec here: http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/cv-library-celebrates-a-successful-awards-night-at-the-noras

Royal Mail reports profit drop in face of competitors

Royal Mail has recently reported a marginal drop in profits, due to competitive businesses eating into their parcel delivery business. Shares dropped by over 8% following the news.

Aldi to create 35,000 new jobs

The next 8 years will see a massive UK expansion for Aldi, with plans to create up to 35,000 new jobs across the country. Watch this space for head office and retail opportunities following a £600million investment.

And some news from across the pond…

Philadelphia City Council is looking to push job opportunities for local veterans, in a bid to see this sector of the population enjoy meaningful employment. The Council is pushing for tax breaks along with more job opportunities from local companies.

see you next week

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Movember at CV-Library: Part Two

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We’re more than halfway through Movember, and Barney the owl is doing well in his quest to raise awareness for men’s health issues including prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health.

There’s still time to get involved with the global charity organisation The Movember Foundation – sign up or donate today!

Thanks to all who have sent in photos of your Movember endeavours! Get in touch to be featured in next week’s blog and make sure to check back to see Barney’s moustache in its full glory!

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Win a Case of Wine & Enjoy £60 off with Naked Wines!

CV-Library has teamed up with Naked Wines to bring you an exclusive discount and competition.

The award-winning businesses have come together to offer you £60 off any order of wine worth £99.99 or more. Whether white, red or sparkling is your thing, choose from a stunning selection of tipples from the world’s most talented winemakers.

Your code: CVLB2407

Your password: ASP32XYN

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Plus, one lucky person will be in with the chance of winning a case of 12 top rated customer favourites including a tummy-warming Argentinean Malbec, a lip-smacking Kiwi Sauvignon and a smoooooth-as-you-like Merlot.

To enter, simply send us an email and let us know about your funniest dinner party moment.

Get your party off to a great start with CV-Library and Naked Wines – the better way to experience delicious wine at wholesale prices.

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Terms and Conditions
The CV-Library and Naked Wines competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. One winner will be chosen on or soon after the closing date.
The competition is not open to employees of www.nakedwines.com Ltd or CV-Library Ltd (or members of their immediate families).
Only one entry per person.
The competition will run until 23:59 GMT on 31st January 2015. Please ensure we receive your entry within this time, any entry received outside of this period will be discounted.
If you win the competition, we will notify you within 10 days of the closing date, using the email address provided during entry. Information regarding redeeming your prize will be included in this correspondence. The winner will also be announced on the CV-Library blog.
The prize will not be transferable to another person.
Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.
There is no cash alternative available.
www.nakedwines.com Ltd and CV-Library reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.
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Make the Most of Next Year’s Annual Leave

savvy annual leaveAs the final stretch of the year is upon us, many of us have holiday to use up, or are beginning to plan the use of next year’s annual leave. Outside of jetting off on your holidays, attending weddings or any other special occasions, here’s how to make sure you don’t end up spending it doing grouting or playing Mario Kart all day, from Career Savvy.

Plan a Staycation

Whether you cannot really afford a holiday or just don’t have the time to go, staycations can be the perfect compromise. Staycations involve visiting tourist spots close to home as if you were on holiday in a foreign country. Take your other half, kids, parents, dogs or all of the above and go to the zoo, the seaside or see some historical sights. How many landmarks do you live near but have never actually seen? No doubt there’s a few!

Achieve Something

Time off isn’t just for rest and relaxation, despite this being a vital part of it. Take the time to do something you’ve never done before. Do a day course in cupcake decorating or cocktail making. Be daring and organise a parachute or bungee jump. Or do something a little tamer, like volunteering for a charity. Make yourself useful and complete a project, like finishing the garden you’ve been working on. Take it as your chance to do things you’ve never got round to, so that when you return to work, you’ve ticked something off the list.

Unwind

There’s a saying that we particularly like, which goes: ‘Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time’. Take a day to do something that relaxes you, whether it’s a shopping trip, going for a country walk, the cinema or sitting in your onesie watching Frozen. Anything goes if you’re going to love every second of it.

Enjoy your time at work even more with a little help from CV-Library.

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Win a Moss Bros Interview Suit with CV-Library!

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The UK’s fastest growing job site has teamed up with formal menswear brand Moss Bros. to offer job hunters a chance to win a brand new interview suit.

It’s a well known fact that feeling confident at interview is half the challenge and first impressions really count. That is why leading job board CV-Library has partnered with formal menswear brand Moss Bros. to bring UK job hunters the opportunity to update their interview attire and stand out from the crowd in a brand new outfit.

Candidates entering the competition could win a suit of their choice from the leaders in fashion-forward formalwear. All they need to do is create or log in to their CV-Library account any time this November and follow the link to the Moss Bros. competition page.

The partnership has come about in the midst of one of the most important recruitment periods of the year. November is often the time when companies put a last push on their yearly recruitment efforts before Christmas, and contractors and temporary staff are often hired to cover the festive period.

This is to be the first of many CV-Library brand partnerships aimed at inspiring interview confidence whilst raising awareness for retailers and service providers offering something special to the UK’s job hunting population.

Along with strategic brand-led competitions, CV-Library can offer professionals looking for work access to over 110,000 jobs from 8,500 employers and recruiters, career tips and advice from the CV-Library blog, and a simple, easy-to-use job search and application functionality.

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Your dream career is closer than you think!

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Can you hear that? That’s the sound of your dream career calling to you – and it’s closer than you think! Many of us have an ideal job in mind, that one role we’d just love to be doing. Be it a realistic leap from current employment or something completely different – we feel that by having this job, our future would be brighter, and our day to day life more fulfilled.

At CV-Library, we’re firm believers in turning dreams into reality. So, we’ve put together the below steps to help you make the leap from “Sure, I like my job,” to “I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!”

Step One: Don’t forget your goal

Once you’ve decided on your dream job, write it down, stick it on your fridge, and tell yourself every day that you’ll get there eventually. Taking a moment to feel inspired every day will help keep you motivated!

Step Two: Work out how to get from A to B

Using research, networking and career advice services, make a watertight plan detailing how to get from where you are to where you want to be. Break this plan of action down into manageable steps you can tick off as you go along.

Step Three: Train up

If your dream job is vastly different to your current occupation you may need to train for qualifications in your chosen field. These days, going back to square one is entirely manageable alongside full time work, with e-learning courses and evening classes available to help you gain new skills without compromising your earning ability.

Step Four: Identify transferable skills

Write a list of the qualities, experiences and qualifications needed for your dream job. Now write a list of those you possess already. This will help you to identify your transferable skills – hone these to the best of your ability, in preparation for your career change. You should also be able to see which areas need work– try and gain some experience at your current job or through outside endeavours.

dreamStep Five: Get your targets in sight

You should also begin researching companies that employ people with your dream profession. Keep a list of business names and points of contact, and monitor their recruitment activities.

Step Six: Sell yourself

It’s never too early to start working on improving your CV, but when you feel you’re ready to begin applying for jobs – make sure you list all of your most relevant experiences and transferable skills in plain sight for hiring managers to see. A covering letter explaining why you’re looking to change career and how you’ve gone about preparing yourself to do so could make all the difference. Use those contacts you’ve collected to approach hiring managers or HR contacts and explain your profile in detail.

Step Seven: Go for the long game

Miracles don’t happen overnight. It might take weeks, months or even longer for your plan to reach fruition. Bear this in mind and don’t let potential rejections get you down. Keep repeating Steps One – Six and you will get there one day!

 

Register your CV with CV-Library to browse over 100,000 UK jobs – will you find your dream one?

 

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CV-Library Win NORA Academy Award

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CV-Library triumphed at this year’s National Online Recruitment Awards (NORAs), coming away with the first Academy Award to be presented by the organisation.

 

Having been voted to the top by industry collegues, CV-Library were unexpectedly awarded the newest of the NORA accolades, for outstanding performance and industry contribution. This follows a year of achievements, with the market-leading job board also scooping Best Job Board Mobile Website from the Global Mobile Recruitment Awards and Best Use of Mobile from OnRec in recent months.

 

Attending the event held at The Great Connaught Rooms in Holborn were MD Lee Biggins, Marketing Director Will Miller and Marketing Executive Matt Lees, who enjoyed a rousing evening of mingling with – and celebrating the achievements of – recruitment websites from across the UK.

 

Lee Biggins says of receiving the award: “We are honoured to have been recognised in such a way by our peers. Whilst we are often nominated for customer-led awards, it is also important for us to consider how our impact on the industry is perceived by those working within it.”

 

CV-Library hopes to continue their success throughout 2015  – there are certainly plenty of new and exciting developments on the horizon. A big thank you to everyone who played a part in awarding us the very first NORA Academy Award.

 

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