An interview with Hertz Car Rental – CV-Library


Hertz are proud to be the only true global car rental company, providing quality car rental service for over 90 years. Here we talk with Ajaz Qureshi, Talent Aquisition Specialist for the UK, about recruiting for the leading organisation.


AjazHi Ajaz. What makes Hertz Car Rental stand out from the crowd?

What makes our company stand out is how Hertz started as a 12 Car operation in Chicago in 1981, and has since grown into the world’s leading car rental company with over 11,555 locations in 145 countries. The secret of our success is no secret, really – it lies in providing rewarding career paths, fostering personal achievement and celebrating our collective success. Being # 1 takes talent, a clear vision of the road ahead, a driving passion for excellence, but most of all, great people. Across the UK we employ 1,400 people from over 30 different nationalities.

How did you get into recruitment?

After completing my degree in Multimedia Computing I realised it wasn’t a path I wanted to follow. Since I was a kid I’ve always had a passion for speaking, helping people and making a positive impact on people’s decisions. I felt a career in recruitment was the way forward.

What would you be doing if you weren’t in recruitment?

I’d be a professional boxer living in Las Vegas – a people’s champion, always signing autographs and spending quality time with family and friends.

What are your top tips for candidates looking to work?

First of all, make sure that you treat looking for a job as a job itself, and remain professional at all times. Stay positive, and explore as many avenues as you can whilst seeking  anew position. Practise your interviewing skills with friends and family. Make sure you read adverts clearly before you apply, and only apply for positions you really want to be put forward for. Finally, show your potential employer how enthusiastic you are – and don’t forget that all-important smile!

What do you find the most rewarding about recruiting for Hertz?

The most rewarding part of my job is speaking with nice people and securing them an excellent opportunity with us. It is greatly rewarding to find someone who we know is going to be happy in their new position, and will make a positive impact to our organisation.

What are your predictions for the recruitment year ahead?

I think this year will see a lot more candidates applying directing to companies via social media and job boards. Recruitment agencies are somewhat a thing of the past and many companies now have internal recruitment teams who candidates can trust and reach out to directly.

Have you, personally, ever made an interview faux pas?

Now that would be telling!

If you could meet one famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why?

I would love to meet Mohammed Ali – the greatest boxer who ever lived. Not only was he so good at the sport, he was also a great entertainer with a lot of charm and charisma outside of the ring. He had a lovely heart.

Visit the Hertz website to find out more about their vehicle rental services, or click here to view current UK job opportunities.

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Rewarding Careers – Ecologists

Seeding,Seedling,Male hand watering young treeThis week’s blog post from Career Savvy takes a look into the rewarding career of an Ecologist..

The environment is precious and it needs preserving so that living things can continue to reside in stable habitats. Ecologists carry out surveys to keep track of various species and ensure they’re safe and thriving in their surroundings. Your work will see you contributing towards maintaining a secure environment for all, which will feel very rewarding.



You’ll be responsible for conducting environmental impact evaluations which will likely focus on the area you have chosen to specialise in (marine, flora, freshwater, etc.). You’ll complete research concerning the quantity and dispersion of organisms, as well as categorising them. You’ll then create reports on your findings and offer your suggestions on how the habitats you’re monitoring can be managed in order to best suit the living things concerned. You will need to work alongside and counsel other professionals on the sites you’re overseeing, such as site managers and engineers. Being aware of the latest news in environmental procedures and regulations is vital in order to carry out your work to the correct standard. Once you’re established as an experienced ecologist you may also be able to present your ideas for adapting and improving current legislation, which will be influenced by the results of your research.


What Makes It So Rewarding?

Your work is ensuring that the environment is preserved, suitable and safe for the organisms living within in it.

Clare, a research scientist, explains why she finds the role so satisfying on

‘Discovering rare or different types of vegetation, being able to use the species and vegetation types to ‘read’ the environmental conditions at a site, and advising clients on how to manage their land to improve its biodiversity. I get a kick from simple things like identifying a plant species that is regarded as difficult to correctly identify.’


Skills Required

Most important is a passion for the natural environment and an analytical attitude towards your work. You must be able to both collect and define data effectively, as well as display this information via excellent writing and presentation skills. In order to conduct your research you’ll also need sufficient IT expertise so you can utilise specialist software, as well as project management skills so you can effectively organise your fieldwork.

Salary & Entry Requirements

Employers usually require you to have a degree in ecology, environmental science, conservation biology or similar. To achieve this you will need at least five GCSEs (A-C) including the core subjects (English, maths and science), as well as three A-levels. While obtaining your degree it’s worth signing up to the British Ecological Society Undergraduate Fellowship Scheme, which can provide you with experienced mentors, careers advice, the chance to write for their bulletin and general job search guidance. Volunteering opportunities are perfect for obtaining work experience and boosting your chances of securing a paid position, as well as determining which area of ecology you’re best suited to and enjoy the most. Starting salaries range from £17,000 to £22,000 per annum and experience can see this rise to £30,000. Consultant ecologists can earn more than £45,000 a year.

Search and apply for your next rewarding career at CV-Library today.

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What Candidates Really Want (vs. What They’re Getting)

Recruiters! Ever wondered what your candidates really want? Leading job board CV-Library polled 2,400 active job hunters from a variety of demographic groups across the UK, in a bid to answer top recruiting questions such as; ‘why am I having a problem getting through to candidates?’ and ‘how can I improve my job adverts?’


Questions were split into three categories, pertaining to what candidates want from recruiters, their job hunt and the interview process itself. The survey aimed to provide an honest insight into the needs of the UK’s job hunting population. Read on for some of the most revealing findings!

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When asked about their method of choice to begin a job search, 35% of candidates said they would initially look on a job board. This is almost double the number whose first port of call is to contact recruiters (18%). Statistics show that by integrating the use of a job board into their recruitment repertoire, recruiters are more likely to find candidates earlier on in their job search.

They’ve gone mobile, have you?

The survey also found that majority of candidates like to have the option of searching and applying for jobs on the move. 55.5% of those polled use a job hunting mobile app or would consider doing so in the future. With today’s working population often time-poor, job hunting can be a productive way to spend those precious moments on a commute. It is no longer necessary to endure evenings and weekends hunched over a computer writing cover letters.

In turn, recruiters can expect to receive a more even distribution of job applications throughout the day. To secure the best candidates for vacancies, recruiters need to get rid of ingrained habits and employ reactive tactics.


Heavy resourcing is no longer the preserve of pre-9am. Data shows us that top candidates can appear at any time during the day.

Don’t leave it to chance and only hit the job boards first thing in the morning – create alerts that actively inform you when that perfect candidate has uploaded their CV.


Phone or f2f?

CV-Library then asked respondents to comment on their relationships with recruiters. Data shows that most candidates prefer to conduct an initial meeting with a recruiter in person (46.5%). 30.8% would rather use the phone, 20.5% email, and a mere 2.1% would choose to video call a recruiter in the first instance. Consider how often you offer to meet candidates in person. With almost half of those polled insistent that face to face is the way forward, if you’re not offering this kind of service you – and your candidates – may not be getting the most from the relationship.


It may take a little longer to qualify your latest contact, but the added value for both parties could be highly significant.


In regards to maintaining relationships with recruiters, 52.7% of UK job seekers would prefer email contact, 43% to converse by phone, 3.8% text, and a minimal 0.6% by video call. With agencies often targeting consultants on phone time, the mere suggestion that they may have more luck corresponding via email might send recruitment managers across the country reeling in shock. Now, we’re not suggesting that email could ever replace the flow of human conversation, but you can’t ignore the data – the people have spoken and our research suggests that job seekers are more comfortable communicating by email than they are on the phone.


So, what can be gained from these findings? CV-Library suggests recruiters take this opportunity to get inside the collective head of their candidate base and question how they can make the relationship mutually easier and more efficient, whilst increasing its value for both parties. Visit CV-Library to find out how working with a top UK job board can enhance your candidate search.

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7 Ways to Avoid Skype Job Interview Fails


Despite the cost and time efficiency of video call interviews, they remain the least favourable interview type to our candidates. In CV-Library’s recent candidate survey, only 2.6% of people said they would want their first interview stage to be in the form of a video interview. So, if you too are concerned about an upcoming Skype job interview, read our 7 ways to avoid common skype interview fails.


  1. BarbieGurl92 is calling…

Ensure that your Skype name and profile photo are professional. Names such as footballfan89 and photos of your night on the town will not work in your favour.


  1. Stay away from the light!

A bright white background might appear to be the perfect neutral setting for your Skype interview but be warned, it can wash you out and give off a glare like you are calling from Heaven or a padded cell. On the other hand, cluttered settings might distract the interviewer from your amazing interview answers so try and find a happy medium.


  1. Dress to impress, at least from the waist up!

Although you are at home, you still need to look prepared for work. Dress for the formality of the job you are applying for even if the time difference means it is Pyjama time for you. Save your patterned and pin striped shirts for another day, they create optical illusions on camera as if they are moving independently from your body.


  1. Meeting Spot

We’re sure your new puppy/ kitten/ child is adorable, but if he/she wanders into frame while you’re talking about your work experience it will be a guaranteed distraction for you and your interviewer. Tell everyone in the house that you need a quiet hour for your interview and be sure to shut the door to the room you are in.



  1. The camera adds 10lbs

The ideal camera angle to avoid a double chin is to have the camera by your hairline. Keep your spine against the back of your chair for an upright, confident posture and don’t forget to smile!


  1. It’s OK to break the fourth wall

It may feel unnatural to look straight into the camera but it will give the interviewer the sense that you are giving them eye contact and show you are actively listening. Avoid looking away from your computer as this could make you come across as disengaged and nervous. Unlike with an ‘in person’ interview, hand gestures can be a hindrance in video interviews as they might blur on the camera.


  1. Can you hear me now?

Do a test-run to get used to seeing your face on screen. This will also help you check that your setting, camera angle and lighting are on point ahead of the call. Of course it also goes without saying that all your devices need to work and be fully charged.


For more guidance on acing your interviews, read our comprehensive Careers Advice pages.

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Want to work for a startup? Here’s what you need to know…


We asked a few of the most exciting new businesses from the 2014 StartUp 100 list to give us their insight on what it takes to work for a startup…


Our Startup Panel:


iwoca Logo  Cathy Scott, HR & Recruitment, iwoca
iwoca is a finance provider for small businesses across the UK


Daniel Crockett, Head of Communications, bio-bean
bio-bean is a green energy company that creates Advanced Biofuels from waste coffee grounds


Oliver Murphy, Managing Director, Reviveaphone
ReviveaPhone is a smart phone recovery and water proofing provider as seen on Dragons Den


c and gJanet Garcia, Owner, Cook & Garcia
Cook & Garcia is an artisan food and coffee retailer based in Richmond



Our Questions:


What do you look for in new candidates joining your business?

“We look for bright, focused, creative people who we think will fit in with the atmosphere and culture in the office. Every new hire needs to be happy to work hard independently once they’ve been given a task or brief- there’s no hand-holding here! Most of all, they need to be quick-thinking, and willing to take responsibility for their own work and results.”- Cathy

“Passion, punctuality and creativity.” – Daniel

“Someone who stands out as someone who would enjoy working for the company and really get involved with what we do. A lot of job adverts say you need experience and a degree but I think it all boils down to what your like as an individual. I started off my business with A-levels and about a years’ experience with another company.” - Oliver

“Relevant experience, local to their place of work and a fantastic attitude.” - Janet


What advice would you give to anyone thinking of leaving their current job to begin their own venture?

“You will never regret trying to run your own venture – but you will always regret never having a go.” - Janet

“Be brave – you only get one shot and treading water stops you from being your best.” - Daniel

“If you think you’ve got what it takes, and you’re willing to put in the hard work and long hours to make it happen, then go for it!” - Cathy

“I guess my advice would be go for it really. I mean a lot of people talk about starting a venture and then begin to real off various different excuses as to why they are not currently exploring their idea. I would say that’s the hardest part really. Once you’ve made your knowledge of running a business will immediately begin to grow and new opportunities will open up for you.” - Oliver


If your business would like to be involved in future advice panels, please get in touch with us and we will keep you informed of future projects. Visit CV-Library to find out more about working with the UK’s leading job board.


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How to give your children career advice


In our newest blog, Director of ParentAdviser Andy Marriott talks about providing your job hunting offspring with some solid career advice.


“First of all, we all know that as parents we are trying to do the best for our offspring, to point them in the right direction and to protect them from the perils and pitfalls that we succumbed to ourselves.


“If we can say that our children have had a better time of it, or an easier ride than we did, then perhaps we can feel that we have succeeded in some way.
The problem in using that train of thought when providing your child with some careers advice is that ‘what happened to us’ is probably no longer applicable as a way of them measuring themselves. Pretty much the entire way in which we approached our career choices has disappeared and is better of being left in the realms of archived memories.


“Who we spoke to for help, what we read, how we found out about things and even the way we communicate with each other has changed beyond all recognition in the past 20 years. In many schools, there isn’t such a thing as a careers adviser any longer and pupils are geared up more and more to use other sources to find out the same information that you and I received from an oracle with leather patches on their jacket sleeves in the form of a careers interview.


“When we hear ourselves standing there saying ‘in my day we wouldn’t have done this or that’ our kids already roll their eyes and look at us like the old fools that we are. This is ok though when you’re counselling them against the dangers of playing football in the road, or speaking to strangers, but when it comes to giving them the benefit of your wisdom in relation to finding a job or career, then using our own memories or experience is at best ineffective and at worst downright dangerous.


“Without having the knowledge to hand, giving advice on today’s education system, or apprenticeships or even the latest trends in completing a CV can leave us floundering.


“The world of education in the 21st Century is confusing and potentially scary place and your child will probably be more well informed than you are about their qualifications and options at 16 and 18, so there’s really only one way that you can feel confident in providing anything more than a cursory nod of approval or otherwise and that is to become informed, to find out what is going on out there and to realise for yourself the complexities of the UCAS system in its finery and what levels of apprenticeship are available and where they can lead.


“You need to know about the sources of help for finances and the repayment of student loans and not just spout headlines about massive debt and 55 year old graduates with no money. Research for yourself and then formulate an opinion, but an informed one, so that your son or daughter can appreciate your own views on something because they are not based on what you’ve read in the paper or seen on the news but have discovered on the relevant website or by making a phone call to a specific department to have some literature sent to you.


“I’m not suggesting that you become an overnight professional careers adviser. That would be impossible and impractical, but just like in the advert, with a little research you will know someone who can, in this case provide further support and guidance where needed. They say that knowledge is king, but in this case, knowledge can be turned into advice, so that you will be able to give your child the benefit of some real wisdom without watching them roll their eyes and look at you like a parent and more like a real source of help.


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Making a Lateral Move

Hand holding networkThis latest blog by Career Savvy looks at how to make a successful lateral move!

Many of us would love a promotion, but moving up is not the only way to progress. A move into a role which offers a salary and duties akin to your existing job (within your current company or elsewhere) can still provide you with the opportunities you need to expand your skill set and gain experience. But how do you make a successful lateral move?


You should already have an idea of what each department is responsible for, but it’s a good idea to refresh your memory to make sure you fully understand how each sector of the business works towards making the company a success. To successfully move sideways you need to think about exactly what it is you want to gain from it, such as leadership experience or improving a certain aspect of your skill set i.e. IT skills. Next it’s time to identify the opportunities available in each department and assess which of these fit with your current abilities and your end goal. For instance, if a department you’re interested in is crying out for a marketing professional to assist them and your expertise are in this area, this would be a good opportunity for you to expand skills you already possess by challenging yourself with performing them in a different team and working environment.


To give yourself the best chance of securing a role in another department, you need to establish strong connections with those already working there. If you can create and maintain a good relationship with at least one or two employees in your desired area of the business, you will be able to obtain recommendations which can be presented to the appropriate manager(s) of the department. This will significantly improve your chances of securing a role in a lateral position as leaders are likely to value their team’s opinions. If possible, try to also build a relationship with any senior figures and coolly ask about how things are going in their department. This will help you to subtly scout opportunities and show an interest in their goings on. By getting to know them and revealing the passion and skills you have the potential of bringing to the table, you’re increasing the likelihood of you making a lateral move.

Be Savvy

When making a lateral move you have to be sensible in terms of who you reveal your intentions to and your behaviour in general. Don’t discuss your current department and/or colleagues with the one you want to move to – this will only make you look untrustworthy. In addition, don’t disclose your wishes to make a lateral move too soon with your boss as if they disapprove of your decision, they may take action to stop you from moving. Keep on top of the process by ensuring you know the ins and outs of your move and don’t depend on your current and new manager to help you organise it. Only once you’re fully settled into your new role should you discuss your lateral move with your colleagues, otherwise you could cause upset or even embarrassment if the deal falls through. As long as you’re professional and organised you can make a successful lateral move.

If you’re thinking if taking a big step and changing careers altogther, then search and apply to over 100,000 jobs at CV-Library today.

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Recruiting Predictions and Trends 2015 – The CV-Library Crystal Ball

zoltarThe world of recruitment is constantly evolving. With technology, industry shifts and economical changes shaping hiring and recruitment trends, those in the know are uniquely positioned to offer insight into the future of online recruitment.


That’s why we asked fourteen of the UK’s top agencies to provide us with their recruiting predictions for the year ahead.

If you’re working in recruitment – whether generalised or niche – read on for their top tips on what to expect in 2015. Make sure to visit our Agency Recruitment Power 100 if you think your agency should be ranking in our social muscle leaderboard.

4 Leisure Recruitment @4leisure

15328_383947582338_512092338_4074655_674680_sLeisure operators are starting to provide a better work/life balance for employees. The most successful businesses will be people-focused.



ZhV-N010Alium Partners @aliumpartners

Having a multitude of different skills will be important. Growth is the keyword for 2015. Companies must have the right levels of investment and skilled leadership to ensure success.



Antal International @Antal_Intl

fLW925v-2015 be the year that recruitment software starts to influence the selection process in a more intelligent and significant way. There are a whole range of clever and value added software apps some of which will really start to make an impact in 2015.



Big Cloud @BigCloudTeam

7F_QX-BuBelieve the hype, in IT 2015 belongs to Big Data, as CIO’s play tug of war with each other over CV’s containing all the buzzwords!


Eteach @Eteach

5591e8989580319f69fe51dceb2e37a4Education recruitment will be as challenging as ever- teacher shortages, high retirement levels & lacking leaders.”Older trainees” 46% of people who registered an interest in teaching last year were career changers, with most in 30s.


GCS Recruitment Specialists @GCSRecruitment

97c08db535f5f77733e4430b311b4f4aIncreased demand for candidates on both contract and perm suggests businesses that act with urgency will win the impending talent war. 



InterQuest Group @InterQuestGroup

e70363ea3c0a704df300c05842dc3ee7Demand for niche skills across IT & Digital will continue to grow vastly as businesses seek specialists to deploy emerging technologies.



Michael Page UK @Michaelpageuk

69cb2169c4611ca8d53a607f423b7d25In the recruitment market, speed & efficiency of the client process will be the singular most important aspect of successful hiring.



Morgan McKinley @MorganMcKinley

DcIwUiHmThere’s some caution in the market but the overall upward growth of 2014 will continue. London will remain the world’s imp financial centre. Highly-qualified professionals with technical know-how & international experience, will be a sought-after commodity.



Nakama @NakamaGlobal

wxArjcfIAttracting the best talent continues to be the biggest issue for our industry in 2015. The role of specialist recruiters who can provide a consultative service will be become increasingly important as skilled candidates will only engage with agencies who can genuinely assist their career.



Orchard @orchardtweets

j7aMUcGhWe see the North of England’s Digital and Creative sectors’ growth continuing to outpace the rest of the UK.



Sellick Partnership @SellickGroup

So3WENDPMore perm placements, increased hiring in financial services & continued drive in the North West!



Source @wearesource

63Rpsmvn2015 is going to see a move toward more and more freelance and contract recruitment as the skills short digital market tries to cope with the demand from clients. 



Uniting Ambition @UnitingAmbition

WJV-ASI8The skills shortage coupled with the growth aspirations of UK companies will make it increasingly difficult to recruit for developer jobs.



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