Wearable technology in the workplace

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We’ve gone from computers, to tablets, from corded phones, to mobiles and plenty of other advancements between! Technology has become more refined and advanced as years have gone by and now we’ve been struck by the latest developments: wearable technology. While wearable fitness tech has been around for a while, the new Apple watch has sparked a revolutionary change in the uses of wearable technology. It is therefore unsurprising that this new use of technology has entered the workplace. Here’s the latest reasons businesses are adopting wearable technology.

Personal assistant

Wearable technology is most advantageous to those working flexitime and out of office. Instead of sitting down and manually checking emails or constantly checking your phone for reminders, you can receive a simple notification with a glance at your wrist. Simultaneously, wasting time trying to figure out which password you’re using this time is no longer an issue as wearable technology assists you automatically. It’s mobile technology at its finest.

Employee wellbeing

Those fitness trackers can also be used about the workplace too. Most recently, industries such as mining and construction are using chest sensors for human performance monitoring. That means companies are gathering data from employees heart rates, stress levels, skin temperatures and more to make sure they are safe and well in their place of work. This isn’t just for physical working environments either. Wearable technology such as this is also creeping into offices to assess the pressures of this working environment too.

Productivity

It turns out that when wearable technology is monitoring an employee’s output, productivity is increased. This is mainly because it gives employers an insight to employees’ individual strengths and weaknesses. If weaknesses are identified they can be managed. As a result: a happier and more productive workforce.

 

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Post-Summer Blues Push UK Workers to Change Jobs

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Our latest survey shows that many of you workers are more inclined to look for a new job after returning from your summer holiday. The survey showed:

  • After returning from a summer holiday, 52.7% of workers are more likely to look for a new job
  • 34.1% of workers feel their employer puts too much pressure on them immediately after returning to work
  • 55.1% of those surveyed feel it’s the employer’s responsibility to keep morale up as the summer months wind down
  • Furthermore, 76.5% of UK professionals think about work while they are on holiday and 57.8% actually then check in with work whilst away from the office

The survey data suggests that as a professional you aren’t able to fully disconnect from work during your holiday, leading to feelings of resentment upon your return. Ultimately this is bad news for employers as workers increasingly feel it’s their responsibility to keep morale high. If employees don’t feel appreciated in the coming autumn months, more and more workers will look to change jobs.

To combat the post-summer blues, professionals look to their employers for more support during the transition back to work and into the colder months. The survey revealed that:

  • 38% of UK workers struggle with getting back into a routine, citing this as the most challenging part of returning to work after a holiday
  • Workers wish employers were more understanding upon their return to work as 29% feel catching up on their work is the hardest part of going back into the office
  • 31.2% of those surveyed believe having a more relaxed workplace with music playing could help them adjust much faster
  • Businesses can also help combat the post-summer blues with regular social events – 29.8% of workers feel this would make them happier following a holiday

What would help you cure the post-summer blues?

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NORA is back this awards season!

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The National Online Recruiting Awards (NORA) are upon us again! Last year we won the NORA Academy Award and this year we hope to be just as successful.

We would be extremely grateful if you could spare a few seconds of your time to vote for CV-Library in the NORA nominations. Please just click here.

CV-Library always aims to provide you with exceptional services.

For job-seekers we:

  • Are working with over 10,000 recruiters and employers to provide you with a database of more than 115,000 jobs in 70 different sectors
  • Provide an app for mobile devices so you can browse and apply for jobs on the go
  • Offer Recruiter Profiles on job postings so you can see for yourself their expertise, other job postings and exclusive advice on what’s needed to be a successful candidate
  • Offer our Careers Centre to offer advice and support you through every stage of our career
  • Provide our Training Centre so you can learn new skills and abilities to enhance your career prospects

For recruiters we:

  • Have a database of over 9.1 million quality candidates
  • Receive over 190,000 new CVs every month to ensure you’re browsing the latest prospects
  • Receive 2.4 million job applications monthly for your postings, ensuring you’re filling those roles
  • Provide you with one dedicated account manager
  • Provide increased visibility for your posting across our partner network of more than 800 career sites

We pride ourselves in assisting you with your job hunt or recruitment process. If CV-Library has helped you in any way, please feel free to nominate us for NORA here.

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Changing direction: What to consider when changing from temp to perm

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In 2014 the number of employers who said they were expecting to hire more permanent employees was higher than those who said they were expecting to hire more temporary employees. Great news!

If you are working in a temporary position and are considering switching to a permanent role, or if you are entering the world of work for the first time, here are some things to consider:

 

  1. Feel the love: As a temporary worker, you may feel that you are viewed differently than permanent team members. One of the major benefits of taking on a permanent role is that you have the opportunity to work with the same people day-in and day-out, which could ultimately help you build a better rapport with colleagues and make you feel like you’re more involved in the team.
  1. Risky business: Temporary work can be seen as risky. You don’t have the same job security as a permanent worker so if the employer decides that they no longer need you, they can terminate your contract on short notice. However, the Agency Workers Regulation that came in effect on 1st October 2011 gives temporary workers the same basic rights and conditions as permanent workers. Which means as long as you have been employed by the same company (and in the same role) for more than 12 weeks then your job is just as secure as a permanent employee.
  1. Stay or go: Notice period with permanent work can be anything from 4 weeks to 3+ months based on the type of work you do. If you decide that you don’t like the job or the company you can’t just leave and you are obligated to work through your notice period. Temporary workers often have much shorter notice periods giving them the flexibility to move jobs much faster than permanent workers. If you like the idea of working with many different companies in your career, then having long notice periods could hold you back and might even be a turn off for new employers.
  1. Climb the career ladder: As a temporary worker you may have little opportunity to progress within the company because you’ve likely been hired to work on a specific project and once that is finished, your contract may be over too. When you work as a permanent employee you could be more aware of internal vacancies and have better opportunities to showcase your abilities across different projects. This can help show how much of an asset you are to the company and help in your career progression within the company.
  1. Motivation: If you are somebody who likes to move around and likes variety in your work life, then permanent work might not be for you. Being honest with yourself is the best policy, if you are not cut out for permanent work then don’t do it.

Temporary and permanent roles each have their own pros and cons so it’s important that you carefully consider all of the factors before making a change. Accepting a job offer because it seems the best thing to do at that moment in time, may not be the right thing in the long run – be aware of what you want from the role and the company, and your career will fly!

 

Article contributed by Maple Resourcing.

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What employers want from young people

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Starting off your career can be quite a challenging process, especially if you’ve only just walked out of school, college or university. At CV-Library, we’ve taken a look at what employers want from young people and have some tips on securing that ideal job.

Grades

We are always encouraged to work hard in school in order to get the grades. Good grades are likely to secure you an interview as it shows that you are a committed and willing to apply yourself to the task in hand. Our recent survey showed that 89.6 per cent believe that degrees are more important than experience alone, but today, work experience is just as valuable.

Experience and skills

Having work experience is so desirable because it is the only way to learn about being in a working environment. 60.6% of our survey respondents think that the number one piece of advice for graduates is to gain work experience alongside your degree, probably for this reason. As a result, if you have no experience it is difficult to get your foot in the door. However, you can highlight your “soft skills” learnt in education as an alternative, such as commitment, communication and decision making, as these skills are greatly valued in the working world too.

Confidence and willingness

Employers want to see young people having confidence in their abilities and in being able to fulfil a job role’s requirements. Simultaneously though, employers want young people to show a willingness to learn when they enter a working environment as they are only beginners. Show a balance of the two to secure that job.

Be realistic

Employers also want young people to be realistic. You cannot expect to get a whopping salary and a relatively advanced position in your first “proper” job. Employers respect applicants that are aware of their current position and those that have career goals for the future. Accept that you are just starting out and success is sure to follow.

For more information on starting a career, see our Careers Guidance Centre.

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How to stay healthy at work

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Most of us these days are health-conscious to some extent, but it’s difficult to remain healthy in the office when cake Friday happens every day and there’s the odd company lunch too. At CV-Library we have some top tips on how to stay healthy at work to keep you fresh and energised throughout the day.

 

1. Keep hydrated

As a nation, most of us opt for a few cups of tea or coffee in the mornings. While a little caffeine burst in the morning is necessary for some, drinking water regularly throughout the day is even more essential. Try and limit those cans of coke and other sugary drinks to a minimum too. They may energise you for a short while, but can also lead to afternoon slumps and headaches. Water will do anything but.

 

2. Eat well

We have all been told time and time again how important breakfast, regular healthy snacks and a light lunch rather than a heavy one is, but I’m going to reiterate anyway. Eating well and having a balanced diet is so important if you want to stay healthy at work and be that valuable and productive employee. A bit of cake every now and again isn’t going to hurt either.

 

3. Stay active

It is very difficult to stay active when you’re plonked at your desk all day, especially if you drive to work too. To keep healthy at work, consider taking a quick lap around the office every so often or get outside on your lunch break and take a stroll. Moving your body not only helps refocus your concentration but you’ll feel better generally too.

 

4. Be aware of your body

When sitting at your desk for endless hours, you might suffer some aches and pains. Tension neck syndrome, repetitive strain injury and issues with vision are all common side effects when working at a desk. Stay aware of how your body feels and make sure you adjust your screen, chair etc. to suit you.

 

5. Keep clean and tidy

There is a possibility that you will attract a cold or illness at some point at work, especially if the person next to you is sitting in a litter of used tissues and sniffing uncontrollably. To stay healthy at work, keep you desk clean and tidy, use your own equipment and have a bottle of hand sanitiser on standby to keep the germs at bay. You might want to keep a box of tissues nearby for your desk-mate too.

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Air con wars: What’s the ideal office temperature?

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With ‘keeping your staff happy at work’ being such target area for news recently, it is unsurprising that the air con wars have been dragged into the centre of attention this summer to debate the ideal office temperature. Again.

However, rather than read general gossip (and somewhat sexist reports) about women having higher core body temperatures, more fat and therefore cold hands, and how men are always warm because their muscle produces heat, there is a lot to be learnt from the preferred temperatures of a workspace.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, the minimum workplace temperature should be 16°C. However, this statistic is more of a guideline than anything else as it carries no legal requirement at all. 16°C is not what many would consider ‘room temperature’ though, let’s bump it up about 4 degrees shall we?

There is a rather large bundle of research on the net that essentially concludes that if an office or working environment is uncomfortably cold, i.e. 20°C or lower, there will be a large spike in errors made by employees as they become less focused and resultantly distracted.

With this in mind, it is advisable for businesses to pay attention to the temperature of their offices for the sake of their success rate as a chilly employee leads to an unproductive one. Here is some exclusive advice for businesses and employees alike, when trying to adapt to the office micro-climate and create the ideal office temperature.

Clothing

So, it might be so blisteringly hot outside that you are forced to show a bit of skin or so chilly that you’re accurately resembling an Inuit. However, the chances of the office replicating outside temperatures are slim. Be prepared and layer up so you can adjust and stay comfortable to create your own ideal office temperature.

Seating

If you’re seating directly in the stream of air con or the window is your next door neighbour, you’re going to feel the cooler temperatures before the rest of the office. If you know you’re one to feel the cold, ask your manager if you can move to a different desk. Either that or you could stock up on hot water bottles?

Equipment

Investing in newer and more efficient HVAC systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) is an efficient way to handle the wavering office temperatures. The immediate thought is that this would cost too much money to update. But even though there may be an initial outlay, this is a long term investment that will leave employees comfortable and productive and may even cost you less than running your old one.

Technology

If your working environment already has a fairly up-to-date HVAC system and you’re still using the lunchtime sun to defrost, there is an app that could save you. ‘Comfy’ is an app that connects to the existing heating and cooling system and enables employees to warm or cool their area or select ‘I’m comfy’. Over time, this system learns what temperature a particular group prefers at certain times of the day and adjusts automatically. It’s the perfect way to keep staff happy and settle those air con wars.

 

Here are the latest stats showing how office temperature wars are really heating up.

 

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Misconceptions about working in admin

 

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All too often people are avoiding working in industries or certain roles because they have digested misleading information. At CV-Library, we’re here to bust some myths about working in admin as it might be the perfect career option for you.

It’s a job filler, not a career

Just because you start off at the bottom, it doesn’t mean you have to stay there. Like any job, working in admin is extremely rewarding with many chances to work your way up the ladder. There are opportunities to learn new skills and take on more responsibilities which are the stepping stones to becoming an industry expert. You have every chance to become an integral part of a team.

It’s a simple job

So you think it’s all paperwork and computers? Wrong. Admin is far from just filling in forms and spreadsheets. You’ll become so tech-savvy as our world relies on technology and learn new skills regarding social media platforms, file sharing and collaboration software, industry specific devices and more! Project management is another vital responsibility when working in admin to add to your skills set.

It’s mundane

Every single career option is not going to suit every single professional. We’re all different. However, working in admin has plenty of exciting opportunities that may spark an interest in job hunters. With the chance to explore and improve written and verbal communication skills, create and maintain valuable relationships with the company and gain specialised industry knowledge, it would be foolish not to consider working in admin.

 

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What to do next with your A Level results

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Today’s the day, your A Level results have finally arrived! For some of you, the last two years of hard work have finally paid off, but there may be a few out there that are solemnly disappointed. Do not fret! No matter what your situation, CV-Library has the answers to the all important question: what’s next?

 

I got the grades, so I’m off to university!

Congratulations on your A Level results! You now have permission to take a huge sigh of relief! While you may be thinking that you can finally have the summer free, there are plenty of ways to make it a productive one (and not just slobbed on the sofa) before you start your adventure at university.

  • Secure some part-time work or a temp job – Not only is this excellent experience for your CV, but it’s a chance to give you a head-start financially so you can indulge a little at uni.
  • Spend time with family – Make the most of your time spent at home. For one, you most likely won’t be seeing them for a while and that means no more of mum’s home cooking too!
  • Hang out with friends – A similar outlook applies to your mates. Chances are you won’t be seeing them for a long time either as you’re all about to start a new chapter of your lives.

 

I got the grades, but I don’t want to go to university any more

Congratulations, and simultaneously, don’t panic! Many people decide that jumping straight back into education is not a healthy choice for them, so there are ways around this.

  • Are you sure? - Make sure you’re certain you don’t want to go. If you pull out you’ll really struggle trying to get back into start in September.
  • Contact the university – If you have decided this is not for you, you must get in touch with your university as soon as possible to defer your place. It’s not always an easy task, but it’s certainly possible.
  • Back up plan – You will need to give valid reasons for retracting your place at university. Taking a gap year, going into employment or studying another qualification are the most sensible alternative paths to follow, living it up in Maga is not.

 

I didn’t get the grades I needed to go to uni, help?!

Deep breath, this isn’t the end of the world. If you did not get the A Level results you were hoping for, there are many alternative routes available so you can still attend university in September.

  • Clearing – This should be your first point of call if you still want to go to university this year. Through this process you can contact universities that still have vacancies for certain courses. Contact the course providers to see if they can offer you a place. For more info visit the UCAS website.
  • Reassess – If you feel that your grades were unjust then contact your college and tutors. There may be opportunities for remarks and retakes that could push you into the right grade boundary.
  • Take a step back – It is not a disastrous thing if you don’t go to university this year; you can reapply for next year. University is a huge investment and you want to make sure you end up at the right place studying the right thing. Consider using this year out to gain some work experience or travelling instead.

 

University isn’t for me, what now?

Okay, so with your A Level results, you have a new set of qualifications on your back. You’re ready to jet off into the big wide world, but which way should you fly?

  • Other qualifications – Believe it or not there are more ways to gain qualifications other than in university. Different types of apprenticeships, diplomas and certificates are widely available so you can specialise in a subject or industry and many carry the same weight as a degree.
  • Working – Jumping straight into employment is another option. Make sure you have a clear idea of the industry you’d like to enter and get that CV sparkling! Check out our Careers Guidance Centre for some handy tips, or visit the CV-Library site to browse the latest job vacancies.
  • Travelling – A gap year or two may be the perfect path to take. Now is the ideal time to explore the world before you’re fully settled in a career.

 

All that’s left to say now is good luck!

 

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The future of the job search

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How will you be searching for jobs in 2055?

The most common way to embark on a job hunt today is through the internet. Many turn to job boards, company websites or simply a good old Google search. Other common options include employment agencies, networking events or even the use of personal connections so they can ask around at work. But think about how you will apply for a job in 2055… Will these devices still be at your beck and call or will they have radically changed? Ultimately, what is the future of the job search?

Will your job exist?

With financial cuts coming at us left, right and centre, its not surprising that many companies are embracing job cuts and replacing their workforce with software. With more and more ‘human’ roles being converted to automated, there is a chance that many jobs won’t even exist in 40 years time. Plus, if a robot hasn’t filled the role by 2055, then it probably won’t be relevant any more. Human resources anyone?

Face to face, phone or video?

CV-Library’s recent survey comprised of 700 recruiting experts revealed that in addition to face-to-face interviews, 70.7 per cent already use phone or online services such as Skype. Although 83.9 per cent preferred conducting an interview face-to-face, a rather surprising 14 per cent would rather use the phone to handle an interview. It seems that as the world shifts towards a more technologically connected one, it is likely that phone and video interviews will become the norm. It may be even more likely to be asked to spend time actually doing your job, rather than having an in-person meeting, so you might not ever meet your boss in person!

You’ll be hired by a robot

The future of the job search may also lead to a very different recruitment process. Today, automated technology is regularly used to assist recruiters in sending vacancies to job hunters and filtering CVs. With the plethora of software that is already widely available and artificial intelligence that is on the way, there is no telling where new innovations of the next 40 years will take us other. Although, it is likely to result in a completely automated hiring process.

It seems impossible to believe that this may well be the future of the job search. Right now many of us favour a little humanised approach when interacting with recruiters and hiring managers, but it will be interesting to see how technology manipulates the recruitment process as it develops even further. 

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