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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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!

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!”

file9461329485464Step 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.

file5951239550691Step 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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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 14/11/14

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.

UK creative industry is facing skills shortage

The CEO of Pinewood Studios, Ian Dunleavy, has warned that the UK creative industry is on the cusp of facing a skills shortage, with industries such as craft to high-end digital being at risk.

Assessment of Aviation sector reveals big figures

The UK aviation sector is worth £52 billion, with 960,000 job opportunities (filled and vacant) across the country. Results of the study are due to be announced at the Airport Operators Association conference.

Youth unemployment in Scotland now at six year low

Over 72,000 16-24 year olds in Scotland were unemployed between June and August, the lowest figure to be released in six years. This number represents a drop of 29,000 from the same period last year.

cv library in the newsOn 12th November, CV-Library picked up the first ever Academy Award at the NORAs! Here’s what our recruitment industry contacts are saying:

CBI business leaders back free childcare to improve living standards

At the recent Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference, business leaders put forward their thoughts that free childcare and tax-cutting for the low paid could be the key to improving living standards across the UK. The BBC reports that speakers attributed the country’s situation to “the slow pace of [...] economic recovery”, which “hit people’s finances hard”, and “immediate help” from the government [is] needed.”

Should Australians, Canadians and New Zealanders be free to work in the UK?

A report by the Commonwealth Exchange proposes interchangeable mobility between the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. If the proposal gathers pace we could see flexibility to live and work freely between the countries in question.

Enterprise jobs reach the 12,000 mark

There are now 12,000 jobs across the 24 UK enterprise zones, meaning the government’s ambition to create new hubs of UK employment have been meeting targets. Over 430 businesses currently operate within the enterprise areas located across the country.

Facebook workers paid nine times average UK wage

We all love a bit of Facebook, but your stomach may turn when you hear that employees of the Facebook London office earn more than nine time the average wage of a UK worker! This works out as £237,000 per year… each.

And some news from across the pond…

We really liked this article on career advice for someone new to the US. If you’re looking to move out there, give this one a read!

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Movember at CV-Library

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Here at CV-Library, we take raising money for charity seriously… nearly as seriously as we take moustaches. There’s nothing better than a fine face of fur, and with this month being Movember– where folically-fashionable men all over the world go 30 days without shaving – we are in our element.

 

At the moment we’re in stubble stage. As you will see, Barney the Owl has cultivated a substantial five o’clock shadow. He’s got his moustache comb at the ready though, and is looking forward to growing some whiskers.

The Movember Foundation is a global organisation dedicated to changing the face of men’s health.

By committing to growing their facial hair for the entirety of November (no matter how ridiculous it gets), men across the globe spark conversation and raise funds for a variety of men’s health causes, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

Sign up or donate today!

Movember is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness for men’s health – an often sidelined issue. This is why CV-Library will be supporting the cause this year.

 

Let us know if you’re taking part and how much you’ve raised so far! Or, come back next Friday to check out Barney’s progress!

 

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Loud Workplace vs. Quiet Workplace Environment

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We all have our own preferences when it comes to workplace environments. An important part of this is the volume and background noise of the workplace. Whether you’d rather work in a leaf blower testing centre or a library, here are some benefits of both working environments from Career Savvy.

 

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Background Noise

Sometimes background noise is a good thing. It allows you to have conversations with your colleagues and/or make calls to clients without the entire office eavesdropping. A silent workplace can force you to tune in to lots of annoying sounds, like keyboards tapping or people chewing. Urgh.
Music

Having a less quiet workplace presents the opportunity to have music or the radio playing in the background. For some people, this is great for boosting morale and also productivity. Tina Turner on full blast then, please.
Atmosphere

A louder workplace can result in a buzzing and active atmosphere. It encourages people to strike up conversation and discuss their work, thus improving colleague relationships. Without noise, there is a danger of everyone feeling afraid to break the silence and becoming insular in what they’re working on.

Quiet

Peace of mind

Anyone who works in an inner city office with frequent car alarms and seagull cries will feel this pain. Don’t even mention when they’re putting double glazing in on the floor above – drilling is only acceptable to listen to if you work in construction.
Concentration

Quiet workplaces can be great for concentration levels. If no one is chatting about Bake-Off then you might as well get on with filling in those spreadsheets. (This doesn’t mean your mind will not wonder to thoughts of éclairs and petit fours throughout the day, however.)
Easy Listening

A quieter workplace means that, when you do need to discuss something work related, you can talk at a normal level and hear people with ease. This can lead to less interoffice emailing and phone calls, and more face-to-face discussions, which often creates a friendlier, more positive working environment.

Find your next workplace at CV-Library.

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How to become a job hunting hero

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If you’ve been looking for a new job for some time your motivation may be in need of rescue. What you need is some solid job hunting advice in the form of fresh inspiration and easy-to-follow steps to save you from despair. Become a job hunting hero and get where you want to be!

 

Learn to fly, one step at a time

If you’re unemployed or in the early stages of looking for a new job, securing your next role may seem like a far-off dream. Approach each day with the aim of taking one little step towards your goal and, before you know it, you will reach your destination. Only you can decide what kind of ‘steps’ fit in with your lifestyle – whether you aim to apply to ten jobs, send out five CVs or create one new job email alert each day, as long as you remain proactive you will keep moving forward.

 

Give your CV some POW! BAM! WHOOSH!

If it’s been some time since you’ve updated your CV and cover letter, why not refresh the information or redesign the layout? Go through your documents and you may find mistakes or ways to increase your candidate impact. Get in the mindset of, “If I was recruiting for this role, what would I want to see on a CV?” Don’t lie, of course, but consider how you arrange your information and whether the key messages are prominent enough to catch the reader’s attention. If you feel you could benefit from some professional CV writing help, why not request a free CV review from The Fuller CV, via CV-Library?

 

Use X-Ray vision to seek out hidden vacancies

Keeping up to date with vacancies posted on job boards is a great way to identify interesting jobs, but it also helps to think about where you might find hidden vacancies. Seek out opportunities by growing your network on LinkedIn, making contact with as many recruiters and HR staff as possible, and talking with your friends within the same industry about any vacancies which may be coming up in their places of work. If you’re looking to work locally, it could be worth doing things the old-fashioned way and looking through regional newspapers for job advertisements.

 

Get ahead of your arch enemies

It can be worthwhile to remember that when you apply for a role you could be in direct competition with a number of similarly-skilled candidates – your “arch-enemies” in this case. So, what can you do to make yourself stand out? First, sell your unique skills and achievements. Whilst recruiters will need to initially confirm that you have the necessary experience for the role, you should also aim to showcase your individual talents. Next, keep track of new vacancies so you can make sure your application is one of the first your potential employer will see. Last but not least, find a different way of approaching job applications. Whether it’s an innovative take on the traditional CV or an unexpected presentation at interview stage, endeavour to be the candidate that stands out and you may find yourself receiving the attention you deserve.

 

Swoop in on your goal

Rejection hurts, but you can minimise this by only ever applying to jobs you are qualified for. If you read a job application which sounds exciting but you know is outside of your skill set, move on and save your energy for applying to a more suitable role. Recruiters and employers will stop taking you seriously if they see your CV popping up for every vacancy under the sun. Identify your goal (or goals, if you’re flexible) and only swoop in on relevant opportunities which could well result in success.

 

We hope you found these job hunting tips helpful! To search and apply for your next job, visit CV-Library.

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