The Recruiter Awards for Excellence 2014 – now less than two weeks away!

We’re thrilled to be attending the Recruiter Awards for Excellence 2014. The night promises to be one to remember, with the glittering evening awards gala taking place on Wednesday 7th May at London’s stylish Grosvenor House Hotel.

CV-Library is a finalist in recruiter awards shortlistedthe Best Job Board/Careers Board category, making 2014 the third year in a row that we’ve made the shortlist in this category. We’ve got our fingers crossed that we’ll walk away with one of the night’s biggest awards!

The highly prestigious event is firmly on the UK recruitment industry calendar; with 118 separate companies in 180 shortlisted entries, we’re looking forward to mingling with both old and new faces from all areas of the UK recruitment scene.

You can view the full shortlist here.

We’re proud to say that we’ve been had over 40 recruitment award wins and nominations; find out more information about our award wins.

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Quarter 1 Job Market Report – it’s out

Our Quarter 1 2014 Job Market Report is out, and the findings give an insight into the changes taking place in the recruitment world.

There was considerable growth across January, February and March 2014, with a rise in all-but-one of the major employment sectors compared to the previous quarter (Q4 2013) and the same quarter last year (Q1 2013).


The increase and decrease in advertised jobs compared to Q4 2013.

The job market report revealed that construction jobs had more than doubled (+118%) in the past year. The use of mobile has risen again, with two thirds of job seekers now accessing the site ‘on the go’.

On the increase also are job applications, job searches and job postings compared to the same quarter last year, showing the growth in CV-Library’s job market in the past year.

You can find the full report here.

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The Jobs Fair and the opportunities they offer

CV-Library is partnered with The Jobs Fair, a company dedicated to hosting recruitment fairs across the UK. These fairs offer job seekers the perfect opportunity to meet local employers face-to-face who are actively recruiting.

As well as being an excellent way of finding the latest job opportunities, recruitment fairs give job seekers a valuable chance to establish new contacts. Most events offer free one-to-one CV advice to help you enhance applications. Experts in the industry are on hand to give you specialist information and help you track down your dream job.

Top 5 Tips when Attending a Jobs Fair:

Keep an open mind

Don’t dismiss companies that you don’t recognise. Smaller companies may offer you a more interesting and varied job role, and can have more benefits.

Be prepared

Take plenty of up-to-date copies of your CV and your business card to hand out to potential employers.


Don’t forget why you are at the fair. Speak to employers and even fellow job hunters, using every opportunity to sell yourself.

Do your research

You can usually find out what companies will be at the fair, so look in more detail at the particular ones you’re interested in. Do some background research so you can impress on the day.

Follow up

Employers will meet hundreds of people in one day at a jobs fair, so stand out by contacting the person you spoke to the next day. You can do this with a phonecall or an email to thank them for their time and express your interest in their current opportunities.

Attending job fairs can prove invaluable to job seekers. Meeting employers allows your personality to show through in ways that are much harder when applying for jobs online, plus you’ll have the memorable factor if you network properly and follow up, ensuring that employers remember you when considering current or future opportunities.

Visit the Jobs Fair website or take a look at their latest recruitment fairs.

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Make sure you have the right soft skills: IT job advice

We’ve all seen programmes like The IT Crowd that epitomise the IT nerd stereotype. Albeit amusing, the reality of what is required for an IT professional is very different.

Every potential employer will hold a checklist for the skills and attributes they’re looking for in an IT job candidate. Europe’s top eLearning provider, The Learning People, talk through the soft skills required for any IT role.

Did you know… One of the key capabilities Microsoft looks for in employees is self criticism

This doesn’t mean you should take a negative spin on every piece of work you do when asked to feedback. Instead, adopt a humble acceptance of the fact that there’s always room for improvement. The moment you stop learning, you stop becoming a valuable employee.

Employers are also looking for a demonstration of your drive and motivation.

As mercenary as it may sound, a business will rarely be put off by a candidate if one factor that motivates them is their earnings. After all, business is business.

Candidates that thrive in a business are the ones that partner this motivation with a determination to achieve professionally and personally.

Demonstrating enthusiasm, especially in the face of tough setbacks, and having the self awareness to understand what makes you tick are key qualities for any career. If you’re a budding IT Support Technician, for example, you’ll face frequent technical hurdles – requiring a determined, positive and patient attitude. You’ll also need communication skills to translate technical terms to not-so-tech-savvy personnel.

Did you know… The majority of HR teams value soft skills close behind technical capability

If you’re looking to get into an IT role, soft skills such as organisation, commercial awareness, teamwork and problem solving are essential skills to exhibit. Each of them demonstrate that you can structure a project, scope out an activity, rise to a challenge, deal with a fast paced and pressurised situations and motivate the people around you by leading by example – all attributes no employer would pass over.

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CV-Library celebrate another win at the OnRec awards

We’re very proud to announce that we’ve won The Best Use of Mobile Award at the OnRec Awards 2014 which took place last week.

Taking place at the stunning The Grange St Pauls hotel in London, the sophisticated venue was the perfect setting for what was to be a night to remember.

It was a fantastic night for the CV-Library team; we were shortlisted for three different awards on the night, which was an achievement in itself.

However winning the mobile-focused award was a particularly significant for the team. Having recently put a great deal of resources into making our site fully mobile responsive and making dramatic improvements to our internally developed app, it was recognition that our hard work had really paid off.

The CV-Library team collecting their award

The CV-Library team collecting their award

In short, the award recognises our efforts in developing and implementing a successful and innovative mobile strategy to give users the best experience across mobile devices.

The good news doesn’t end there; we’ve been shortlisted for two awards in the online Mobile Recruitment Awards ceremony, taking place later this week. We’re finalists in the Best Job Board Mobile Website and Most Innovative Mobile Recruitment Product/Service.

To find out more about our previous award nominations and wins, you can visit our awards page.

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CV-Library Sport Relief Challenge: Day Five (we did it!)

After five working days worth of cycling, the CV-Library team reached the 875 mile mark at 4.30pm on Friday to complete their Sport Relief challenge!

By the time the final mile was cycled, a total of £835 had been raised for Sport Relief.

Thanks to everyone who donated and showed us support throughout the week.

The team have taken it in turns to sweat out the miles on two spin bikes to reach the total distance that is commonly cycled by those cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats – all to raise as much money as possible for Sport Relief.

You can still sponsor our efforts here, and see where your money goes here.

CV-Library's Sport Relief Challenge

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CV-Library Sport Relief Challenge: Day Four

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With the end in sight, the CV-Library team completed their hardest day of cycling yet to edge ever closer to the 875 mile target for their Sport Relief challenge! As of Thursday evening, the team had cycled a daily PB … Continue reading

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CV-Library Sport Relief Challenge: Day Three

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The CV-Library team have reached – and surpassed – the halfway point of their Sport Relief challenge! As the clock struck 5.30pm, the team had achieved a daily total of 166 miles to take the overall total up to 501 … Continue reading

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CV-Library Sport Relief Challenge: Day Two

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With legs loosened after day one, the CV-Library team tackled their Sport Relief challenge head-on throughout Tuesday. By the time the last cyclist had finished, the team’s daily total reached 167 miles – bringing the overall total up to 337 … Continue reading

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CV-Library Sport Relief Challenge: Day One

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With trainers on and water bottles at the ready, the CV-Library team begun their Sport Relief challenge yesterday. Day one saw the team get off to a flying start, cycling a total of 170 miles. All week, CV-Library staff are … Continue reading

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