Top 5 Reasons to Work in Fashion

fashion22It’s London Fashion Week! If you saw our rundown of the Top 5 Jobs in Fashion, we hope you’ve been inspired! Whether you’re into design, manufacturing, retail or PR, here is CV-Library’s list of the Top 5 Reasons to Work in Fashion.

Get creative

Fashion is all about creativity – expressing oneself and designing something new for either function or frivolity. Whether you’re working at the design stage or somewhere further down the line, innovation is important in every job within the fashion industry. Let your creative juices flow!

Work around the world

Many front-line fashion jobs can offer elements of travel, keeping you on your toes and life exciting! If you’re not jetting off and visiting new countries, you could be working with an international fashion brand, establishing overseas relationships or buying new materials by phone and digital communication.

Keep busy

Fashion can often be a fast-paced, lively and exciting industry to work in. If you like to work hard and play hard, fashion could be for you.

Passion

Working in fashion, you’ll meet tonnes of people who share a common interest. It’s great to work in an environment full of passion, and fashion is one of those rare global unifiers that brings people from all walks of life together.

The glitz and glamour

Of course, we just had to mention the fabulous side of fashion! Brushing shoulders with the fashion elite at catwalk events is the dream, but on a more attainable scale – there’ll be discounts galore, the chance to keep your eye on the changing face of fashion, and of course the opportunity to be surrounded by fantastic, inspiring designs.

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 12/09/14

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.

Snow dome to bring fresh employment options to Middlesbrough

Early plans for a snow dome suggest there could be hundreds of new jobs in Middlesbrough. There are currently six snow domes across the UK, providing hubs of activity and leisure facilities. Snowboarding, skiing and other attractions could prove a great boost to local economy.

New Jaguar Land Rover boosts Midlands employment

Jaguar‘s next automotive venture, the Jaguar XE sports saloon is due to go into production early next year, and could potentially create up to 4,000 new jobs in Solihull and the surrounding area. The increase in job opportunities will mark one of the biggest UK manufacturing booms for decades.

Gain skills to get pay rises, Bank of England governor says

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has addressed the Trade Union Congress in Liverpool to say that workers with plans to grow their earnings should look to developing their skills and productivity. “By staying in work, individuals retain and learn new skills and they are better placed to participate in the expansion when it gathers force. This can make a material difference to an individual’s lifetime earnings,” he has said.

Labour Party plan for employment tribunal reforms

The Labour Party have announced that if elected they would reform the employment tribunal system to ensure workers felt they had fair access to justice. Since tribunal fees were introduced in June 2013, there have been a dramatic drop in claims.

Ofsted foresee employment problems for students with attitudes

Ofsted Chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has announced the findings that school leavers are often ill-equipped for the working world, with improper attitudes towards deadlines and rules being cultivated in schools. He has said that “sloppy attitudes” could cost teens jobs in later life.

Scottish independence will not affect RBS jobs, the bank have announced

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has announced that if Scotland attains independence there will be no impact on jobs or operations across either Scotland or England, however the company may register themselves in England on the contingency of Scottish independence – a move which would have no effect on workers.

cv library in the newsFounder and Managing Director of CV-Library Lee Biggins has made it into the The Guardian! His wise words on why entrepreneurial school leavers should consider starting a business can be viewed here.

Aerospace firm to cut 400 jobs

Belfast-based Aerospace firm Bombardier will potentially cut up to 400 jobs following an organisational restructure. Plans for a new business structure will aim to provide increased flexibility in response to customer needs.

Cardiff will see next invitation for Deloitte candidates

Good news for Cardiff business professionals, Deloitte are planning hundreds of new jobs in their Welsh HQ in a new expansion plan. This follows from an announcement regarding the creation of over 300 new jobs in Belfast.

And some news from across the pond…

The CEO of global ridesharing firm Uber has announced that the company is creating up to 50,000 new driver jobs globally every month. The astonishing figure was mentioned by Travis Kalanick in an interview at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.

see you next week

 

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What to Expect After Accepting

CS expect after acceptingIn this new blog from Career Savvy, the team look at what to expect after accepting a new job.

You got the job, congratulations! After you’ve accepted a job offer you can feel uncertain about the process which follows. There are several stages you must go through when you start your new role in order to fully understand your position and where it’s going to lead you.

Understand your job description

Your skills and experience evidently matched the requirements in the job description, otherwise you wouldn’t have been selected for the role. However, this doesn’t mean that the information provided in the description has now become irrelevant. Before you start your new role read through it again so you know what to expect in terms of your responsibilities, the skills you’ll need straight away and those you need to develop relatively soon. If there is anything you’re unsure about then it’s best to deal with this before you start the job, otherwise you could find yourself in some awkward situations. For example, if your computer skills are a bit rusty and the role involves some admin work, familiarise yourself with all the programs you’ll need to use. By getting to grips with what you’ll be confronted with during your first few days, you will reduce your nerves and feel more confident and prepared for your new role.

Decipher your contract

When your new employer presents you with their employee handbook and your contract you may be dreading the daunting and mundane task of trawling through them. However, it’s essential that you do so with care and precision. The handbook will provide you with important information on company policy and procedures so you can avoid making embarrassing mistakes once you start. You also need to be aware of your rights and what you’re entitled to, which is why reading your contract inside and out is essential. If there is anything you’re unsure of or don’t understand then it’s important to raise your queries with your new employer rather than just ignore them; this could lead to you breaking your contract without realising, causing you unnecessary hassle.

Probationary period

Most employers will place new employees in what’s termed a ‘probationary period’ in order to assess whether they’ve truly chosen the right candidate for the job. If you’re on probation then it will be stated in your contract, as will how this affects your position and what will happen if you pass or fail this period. The employer must still adhere to your statutory rights from the day you start, but during your probation they may have explained in your contract that you can be dismissed without notice or perhaps your holiday days are limited until you’ve completed this period. In order to survive this uncertain time, make sure you’re fully aware of the terms of your probationary period, including when it ends. Be on your best behaviour, perform well and no doubt you’ll pass with flying colours.

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Top 5 Jobs in Fashion

fashionIt’s London Fashion Week from Friday 12th to Tuesday 16th September! Time to cruise the catwalks for creations from the biggest, brightest designers the UK has to offer. If you dream of one day making it into the front row, you’ll need to make a name for yourself in the world of fashion, first – so here’s CV-Library’s rundown of our Top 5 Jobs in Fashion for some inspiration!

 

Fashion Retail Assistant / Manager

Whatever your level of experience, working in fashion retail can be an excellent first step onto the fashion career ladder. Whether you’re keen on high street or luxury fashion, vacancies within the retail environment are frequently available. Your passion for fashion coupled with a sunny, helpful disposition can be the winning formula for succeeding in the world of fashion retail.

See Fashion Retail Assistant/Manager Jobs!

 

Product Developer

Where business acumen meets creative flair, this type of role with a growing fashion brand will allow you to flex not only your fashion design skill, but your ability to work with third parties and sell your products in to potential retailers. A great role for someone looking to play a hands-on part in growing a fashion brand.

See Product Developer Jobs!

 

Garment Technologist

As a garment technologist, you will look at the science behind bringing fashion designs to life. From sizing to sourcing materials, to checking quality and ensuring fit, this type of role would suit anyone with integrity, attention to detail and of course, an eye for fashion!

See Garment Technologist Jobs!

 

Fashion Recruitment Consultant

If you dream of working in a fast-paced environment with the scope for communication with some of fashion’s top names, a career in fashion recruitment could be for you. Successful firms will have an impressive client list; meaning you could be working to fill roles with Chanel one moment and Vivienne Westwood the next.

See Fashion Recruitment Consultant Jobs!

 

Wholesale Merchandiser

Maybe logistics, planning and buying is your thing. If so, you may like to look into a career as a wholesale merchandiser. This type of role will see you liaising with suppliers, customers and factories to ensuring the buying and selling of wholesale fashion runs as smoothly as possible. And, with assistant positions arising almost as frequently as senior vacancies, there are always potential opportunities to get your foot in the door.

See Wholesale Merchandiser Jobs!

For all of these jobs and more, visit CV-Library to search for the latest fashion vacancies in your area.

 

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Top 5 Tips for Impressing Recruiters

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Whether you’re looking to go about your job hunt via employment agencies or by targeting individual companies, it is more than likely you will have contact with a recruiter at some point during the process. Recruiters can be the key for getting your details in front of that all-important hiring manager and ultimately getting that job, so make sure you get noticed with these top tips for impressing recruiters!

 

Be clear

If you’re planning to sign up with a recruitment agency or approach an internal recruiter directly, make sure to provide full details about yourself. Providing detailed, yet concise, information will allow them to ascertain whether you could be a good match for their role. If you’re adding your details to a job board such as CV-Library, make it easy for prospective viewers to understand what it is you’re looking for. Include details about location, salary and role type requirements along with your CV if possible.

Stand out from the crowd

Believe it or not, it is possible to stand out from the crowd when it comes to impressing recruiters. Engage with them directly if you can, ask a question about a role (rather than just sending over your CV) or take initiative by asking if there’s anything else you could provide to strengthen your candidature. A polite and pleasant manner – as well as anything you can do to connect with them on a personal level – will help you stand out from the volume of potential candidates they may be in touch with.

Give them your time

Dedicating time to interfacing with recruiters will essentially mean you’ll find that new job quicker! Take calls when you can, understand they may need to discuss the finer points of your work experience in person or over the phone, and aim to respond to any email correspondence in a timely fashion. Investing time now may mean your application goes a lot further.

Say thank you

Recruiters work hard to please the companies and job hunters they work with. Taking the time to thank them for their efforts (whether they had an instrumental role in securing you a job or were just pleasant to work with) will go a long way.

Keep in touch

Once you’ve found a recruiter you think is great, one of the best things you can do is stay in touch every now and then. It’s likely that the feeling is mutual, and your recruiter will be keen to help you out next time you’re looking for something new. By promising to pop over an email every six months or so, it is less likely they will call you up or approach you about a new role before you’re ready to have that kind of discussion. If you’ve been speaking with a company representative but have missed out on a job, keep in touch about upcoming vacancies – particularly if you really want to work for the company in question.

 

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 05/09/14

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.

Tech investment conference to be held in Wales

Vince Cable has announced an international investment event is to be held in Cardiff’s Newport Celtic Manor in November. The conference will be aimed at creating new jobs and economic growth in the technology and computing sectors.

International law firm creates hundreds of job opportunities in Belfast

US-based international law firm Baker and MacKenzie is set to create up to 250 jobs in Belfast, as plans for a new back-office operations c entre get underway. The office will focus around support roles such as billing and IT.

Zero hour employment contracts are topic in question

The Government plans to review its stance on zero hour employment contracts. You can view the open consultation – to be closed in November – here.

Property company Newcastle move creates jobs

Property build and development firm Story Homes plans to move to newly refurbished Newcastle offices, a decision which will create new jobs within the region. “This new office is a symbol of our expectations in creating quality new homes for people across the North East,” Chief Executive Steve Errington has said.

cv library in the newsRecent independently-sourced data indicates that nearly 80% of job hunters would be more inclined to apply for a job if they could view video content from the company in question. Would it work for you? Find out more about our embedded video content offering, JobStream, here.

Scottish independence could cut 1 million jobs

David Cameron has commented that up to a million jobs could depend on the referendum for Scottish independence. The Prime Minister has argued that trade with the UK supports this large number of jobs which could effectively dry up if Scotland were to go solo. The referendum will be held in two weeks.

Infrastructure spend forecasts construction and transportation jobs boom

Recent government findings suggest that a forecasted £116 billion infrastructure spend within the UK will lead to a boom in construction and transportation jobs.

Local Leicester firm goes global as job opportunities arise

Leicester-based online clothes and textiles firm, Universal Textiles, has recently expanded into international sales, predominantly in Italy and Japan. The Braunstone firm is excelling in foreign markets at the moment and has recently bought a new showroom to house operations. Up to 20 new jobs will be created.

And some news from across the pond…

A recent review of the video games industry in the US has revealed that whilst more women are getting jobs within the industry, the gender gap still persists, particularly in engineering roles. Alongside the growth in the female workforce, the video games industry has reported that women make up the fastest-growing consumer segment, too.

see you next week

 

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The Benefits of Working for a Small Company

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In this new blog from Career Savvy, the team look at the benefits of working for a small company.

In 2013, the number of small businesses in the UK saw an increase of 127,000 from the previous year. With the economy set to grow further, the figure is due to rise to higher heights in 2014. While some employees and career enhancers might be put off by the idea of working for a small company, others are reaping in the benefits to be had and excelling in their careers. So how can you make the most of opportunities in a small company?

Small company, big opportunities

A common off-putting factor or misconception of small companies is that the chances for promotion or progression are less than in their larger counterparts. Realistically, with a smaller number of staff, there will be less movement and smaller recruitment drives. However, when opportunities arise, the competition for them is greatly lessened. As a result, employees in a small company find themselves rising through the ranks a lot quicker than their peers working for large corporations. Big companies can have band systems, competency structures and policies that dictate how and when their employees can progress. Small companies often use a more subjective approach, and allow advancement when they think an employee is ready.

Better Pay and Conditions

You may have heard tales of large companies and how they treat their staff – fun team-building days, generous holiday, healthcare, etc. Small companies often offer benefits for their staff too, except they aren’t as well advertised. This matter will therefore always take some investigating. In reality, you could have great or poor benefits in either a small or a large company. It is worth asking at interview stage what the benefits are of working for the organisation. Just be careful to make it clear you’re not just interested in the holiday allowance or salary.

Ease of living

Recently, BBC employees in Scotland expressed their frustration over having to call an office in England to open their electronic blinds, after the organisation outsourced the running of the building’s facilities to a different company. While this doesn’t seem like a major issue, it’s an example of a modern-day frustration that seems to be occurring more and more in large businesses. As most big organisations outsource at least some aspect of their business – be it HR, IT support or blind control – the chain of personnel that a task is passed through becomes longer and longer. This isn’t the best catalyst for productivity. Plus, it’s much easier to just close the blinds yourself and have a chat with Dan from accounts on the way back to your desk.

Work Closely

Similarly, a major benefit of working in a small company is the ability to work closely with your team and managers. When an issue arises that you need help with or a different pair of eyes to look at, the right person is often never too far away. Differing greatly from a large company, where the person you need could be on a different floor, building or even another country! Furthermore, working a bit more closely with your senior staff can have a great effect on your career prospects. It becomes easier for you to be noticed and therefore acknowledged for your efforts. It also helps to learn by osmosis, and when spending most days working with more experienced staff, it’s surprising how much you can absorb.
 

All in all, working for a small company can be great fun, offering good opportunities as well as an enjoyable working life. So don’t be put off and give it a whirl!

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Top 5 Tips for Getting Back into Work After Maternity Leave

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It’s a hard decision for every mother to make.

You’ve given birth, weaned your child, helped them with their first steps and listened in awe to their first words. Now, you’re looking at nurseries and wondering whether you should be using those hours away from your offspring to get back on the career ladder. Perhaps you’re even in the position where your family or a nanny can help look after the apple of your eye while you get back to work full time.

In some lucky cases, it will be the right move for you to go back to your previous company, however there are times when it will not be as cut and dried as picking up from where you left off.

At CV-Library we have put together this list of tips to help inform mothers who are looking to get back to work after maternity leave.

Update your credentials

Getting your CV up to scratch is an important first step. It may have been some time since you used it last, so take a critical look over the layout and content – get external help if needed. Use short, concise sentences and format your CV so that it is easy to read. If you have spent some time away from work, fill in the recent gaps with information about personal projects which may be of relevance.

Be proactive

If you know you’ll be off work for some time, why don’t you look into completing a home-based qualification? Perhaps you could partake in some casual volunteering, or exercise your creativity and take on some freelance home working such as writing or research? If you’re able to bulk up your CV with recent, relevant experience this will show that you have been proactive in keeping your brain ticking over. Don’t push yourself too hard, though!

Network

Now’s the time to update (or create) that Linkedin, G+ or Twitter account. By having online visibility it will be easier for potential employers to find you. Similarly, make friends and contacts aware that you’re looking for work – you never know who might know about that perfect opportunity.

Target relevant jobs

Recent studies have suggested that flexible working is not often seen as a bonus to male employees. However, for women, it can be the sweetener in an already great job offer. Being able to work part time or alter your core hours to fit in your children’s schedule can be a godsend. Jobs to look at include Administration roles, Receptionist work, Office Manager positions, Telesales or even Support Worker posts. You may even find yourself job sharing with another mum!

Use job alerts

At CV-Library we know that time is of the essence, particularly for parents. That’s why we invented Jobs by Email and Jobs by Twitter. Sign up for our job alerts, and after letting us know what sort of thing you’re looking for, we will send relevant jobs directly to your inbox – meaning you can get on with your life while the jobs find you!

Job board CV-Library has around 300 part time jobs in the London area alone.

 

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 29/08/14

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.

Gov.uk releases new careers guidance for colleges

The Government has newly released (27th August) a guidance document entitled Careers Guidance for Colleges. Have a look at their advice here.

Business trips to UK tops 8 million

The VisitBritain International Passenger Survey has found that the number of business trips being taken to the UK has increased by 5% over the last year. International flights for business purposes are now sitting at around 8 million a year, the study has shown.

Construction careers campaign unfolds across social media

A new social media campaign has been launched by Construction organisation UK Contractors Group to enhance the reach of construction careers opportunities, and to ensure industry careers are portrayed in a positive light. The campaign is called Born to Build.

cv library in the newsCV-Library have contributed to the newest issue of employment advice magazine Career Savvy. Check out their September issue here.

Data operator boss receives huge termination payout plus £45,000 careers fund

Data operator Telecity is due to see the departure of their CEO, Michael Tobin. The London-based firm will lose their boss of 10 years, who is due to receive a payout of over £750,000 and an additional £45,000 to pursue careers advice alone!

Armed Forces holds first ever careers fair in Belfast

The Armed Forces are holding their first ever careers fair at Kings Hall, Belfast. The event will take place on the 30th and 31st of August and will aim to recruit applicants for regular and reserve posts across Northern Ireland.

Pasta firm goes into administration as 170 jobs are lost

Crawley-based pasta manufacturer Pasta Reale has gone into administration, causing the loss of around 170 jobs. Administrator BDO moved in, after 35 years of trading.

Automotive industry targets school leavers in recruitment campaign

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is due to launch a week long social media campaign to steer young people, including school leavers, towards a career within the automotive industry. The campaign is backed by over 30 companies.

And some news from across the pond…

A few dozen fire fighting job opportunities in the Las Vegas region have seen an unusually high number of applicants, with more to come, authorities have revealed. The jobs are thought to be so popular due to their good pay and benefits and the fact they don’t require candidates to hold university degrees.

see you next week

 

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8 Top Career Tips for Freshers

CS 8 TOP In this new blog from Career Savvy, the team look at career tips for freshers.

For many of you, the start of university is just around the corner. This exciting time in your life is something to relish, and fresher’s week is the ideal time for memories to be made. Although you might view it as being a while off, the start of your career is closer than you think. So we’ve assembled some top tips that will enable you to be a career savvy student and make sure you’re ahead of the game.

Identify your interests

You may have an idea of what you’d like to do after university, or perhaps not. Either way, your degree is the ideal opportunity to figure this out. Using the skills you pick up during your studies, acknowledge the areas you enjoy and are strong at against the ones you struggle in. For instance, you could resent writing essays but love giving presentations and being involved in discussions, meaning your skills may lend themselves to a client-facing or sales role.

Plan Ahead

To be career ready when you graduate, you need to take some time during your degree to add to your CV. The value of work experience cannot be underestimated, and many employers now expect graduates to have completed some while at university. As many graduates are aware of this, placements can be competitive and are booked up far in advance. This is why it pays to start locating and applying for opportunities as early as possible.

Manage Your Work/Life Balance

Many of you will look for a part-time job during university to help pay for the cost of living. This is a good idea, as long as you can ensure it will fit around your studies. It is important that you don’t put pressure on yourself to take on too many hours and end up struggling with your course workload. If finance becomes too much of a concern, universities have student advice centres where you can seek the right help. Many will lend their students emergency loans with little (or no) interest – there will always be somewhere you can go for help.

Get Involved

There are a wealth of exciting activities and events going on at university outside of lectures, and a lot of them can help your career along too. Involvement in societies and volunteering is excellent for your CV. This experience can help you gain essential workplace skills, such as teamwork and organisation, expanding your knowledge and learning new skills. Fresher’s week is the ideal time to find out what’s on offer and what you can get involved with, as societies will be recruiting new members.

Create Contacts and Network

You may be less aware that there are often great opportunities during university for professional networking. Keep your eyes peeled for any kind of opportunity: attend talks from guest speakers and stay to the end to ask them questions. If you can connect with them on LinkedIn or Twitter, even better. Look out for and visit careers fairs or employment events on campus – they happen often and can be useful, even if the companies attending don’t seem like the type you might want to work for.

Use your Resources

It’s surprising how many students don’t visit their university’s careers centre. The careers team are not just there for final year students and they can help you with a wealth of things, including CVs, interviews and assisting you with your career decisions. They will have contacts that you don’t have, and are contacted by companies looking for student interns or work experience which you can get involved with. All in all, they are a resource to be utilised to the max!

Find a Mentor

As a student, this is a great time to obtain a career mentor. You can speak to someone already in your desired industry and gain a valuable insight into how they got there, what their role is like and what kind of opportunities the industry holds. A lot of universities now run mentoring schemes, so you can talk to your career centre about this. Alternatively, you could locate a mentor yourself in the form of a tutor or lecturer. You could also find one online, on www.mentormatchme.com.

Prepare Yourself

Don’t wait until you graduate to experience going for interviews, writing cover letters and perfecting your CV. These next few years are your perfect chance to become career-ready. Do practise interviews to make yourself well-rehearsed. Also, get your university tutors or careers advisors to read your CV and cover letters and critique them for you. If you can nail the basics in plenty of time, the rest of the recruitment process becomes less daunting and a lot more manageable after you graduate.

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