Sponsor CV-Library’s Sport Relief Challenge

Sponsor CV-LibraryThis month, CV-Library staff will be getting their spandex on and water bottles out as they cycle the distance between Land’s End to John O’Groats for Sport Relief.

Armed with two spin bikes, staff will take it in turns to cycle the 875 mile distance between Monday 17th and Friday 21st March. This challenging test of endurance is all to raise as much money as possible for Sports Relief – a brilliant charity helping improve the lives of others by getting an entire nation active to raise life-changing amounts of cash.

If you would like to support the CV-Library team by donating, visit our sponsorship page.

You can stay up to date with how we get on by following us on Twitter @CVLibrary.

Learn more about Sport Relief.

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Project management soft skills you can use in your job search

There’s an increasing emphasis on the soft skills project managers must possess to be effective in their work. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, if you’re currently searching for a job these skills become essential.

Europe’s leading eLearning provider specialising in project management and IT, The Learning People, shares their top three soft skills that will help you succeed with job applications and interviews.

1. Leadership
Are you someone who is always heard in large groups? Do you take decisive action? Project managers must exhibit strong leadership skills to keep their team together and aware of expectations, and deliver the project on time and budget. When you’re job hunting, it’s decisive action that will help you get to interview stage.

Not knowing what you want can mean a weak and non-compelling application or interview, so you should set yourself professional expectations in terms of development and salary to come across as strong and sure of what you’re after. Asking for feedback at any stage of the interview process is also a great thing to do, because it shows initiative and a willingness to learn.

2. Communication
This skill may sound obvious, but being able to communicate is key to being successful.

A project manager deals with difficult conversations and situations every day – which can mirror a job interview scenario where you may be asked challenging questions. Use these experiences to communicate clearly when being tested. Also, remain calm during the interview process. By looking people in the eye, answering clearly and carefully considering your response will exhibit strong communication skills to employers.

3. Mentoring
A project manager must always be looking for ways to help their team professionally develop their skill set. One way of doing this is through mentoring, as you can share your experiences and lessons learnt on the job.

This could be sharing how to answer a certain question or preparation technique that worked for you. Your experience and recommendations could be invaluable for someone else looking for work.

If you aspire to be a future leader sharing your experience and tips during your job search through blogs, social media, forums, and word of mouth, will be great mentoring practice for future projects you may work on.

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CV-Library exhibit at TheJobPost Talent Leaders Connect event

This Thursday, CV-Library will be exhibiting and presenting at the TheJobPost Talent Leaders Connect (TLC 2014) conference at The King’s Fund in Central London.

A great event for any in-house, HR or corporate recruitment professionals, TLC 2014 gives delegates a fantastic opportunity to understand more about the latest recruitment trends and innovative technologies being used to attract and access the best talents.

The day’s programme includes a welcome from The JobPost’s Non-Executive Director Alan Whitford, presentations from a number of keynote speakers and several refreshment breaks for networking opportunities.

During the afternoon, delegates can attend six, different, thirty minute masterclass sessions. The workshops will cover topics including the value of big data and creating and maintaining a positive candidate experience.

CV-Library’s Ben Harper will lead a session about the rapid rise of engaging talent using mobile devices.

As well as running a masterclass session, CV-Library will be exhibiting at the event demonstrating how our services can successfully be used for current, and future, recruitment campaigns. Our team will also be running live product demos of our CV searching service and giving away free trial access to our entire database of 7 million CVs. There will also be an exclusive event offer available to all attendees plus some goodies to take away.

Book your tickets here

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CV-Library are finalists at the Customer Satisfaction Awards

Institute of Customer ServiceUK Customer UK Customer Satisfaction AwardsWe’re proud to announce that we’ve been chosen as a finalist for the UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2014.

We’re in the Customer Focus Award (SME) category, and are facing some tough competition! This award looks at SMEs that place their customers at the centre of their actions. All finalists will have displayed their well communicated and executed customer strategy with clear evidence of employee engagement, alongside proof of the customer shaping the business.

With customer service being the forefront of the CV-Library business, we pride ourselves on delivering a great service to both our clients and candidates. When we receive recognition like this, it shows that our hard work is paying off.

Lee Biggins, Managing Director of CV-Library: “When I founded CV-Library over ten years ago I had high hopes for the independent job board, but I never dreamed our success would be recognised alongside such high profile companies.

“Customer service is central to our success and although our users recognise this, being shortlisted for this highly respected award is testament to the support and service we provide.”

The UK Customer Satisfaction Awards take place on Tuesday 25th February at the glamorous Lancaster London Hotel. We’re crossing our fingers!

To find out about our previous award nominations and wins, take a look at our awards page.

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We’re attending the Recruitment Agency Expo 2014!

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Here at CV-Library we’re excited to be exhibiting at our fifth Recruitment Agency Expo event! Taking place in London Olympia, the event is spread over two days from Tuesday 25th to Wednesday 26th February 2014.

We’re looking forward to rubbing shoulders with current and prospective clients, and seeing what the stand-out event has in store for us this year. We’ll also be running live product demos and answering any questions that attendees may have for us.

What’s more, our very own Head of Sales Mike Powell is running a seminar on the future of online recruitment.

mike meet the team

Not one to miss, Mike will be looking in detail at the role job boards will have in the future of online recruitment. He will touch upon his own predications for the future of job boards with reference to social media, mobile and technology. The seminar will be kicking off on the second day at 2.30pm, and you can find him in Theatre 2.

Due to high demand Mike’s seminar is already fully booked. However there may still be availability on the day due to late arrivals or non-attendance from those already booked – so if you haven’t booked a place, make sure you put it in your diaries!

If you’re thinking about attending the Expo event, you can find more information about it here. If you’ve already got your ticket, be sure to come and say hi to the CV-Library team – you can find us at Stand 16!

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CV-Library goes responsive

Our web design team have been working away for weeks – and now it’s here. Our responsive website has finally launched!

If you’re new to website speak, a responsive website will adjust gracefully to fit on a desktop, smartphone or tablet browser. Without having a responsive design, browsing the site on a mobile device would bring up an entire page on a tiny screen. This would mean the user would need to zoom in and move around to make sense of the content.

Having a responsive website is not just about screen sizes and having scalable image sizes, it also delivers:

  • Restyled links and buttons to be more touch friendly
  • Resized video or data tables rather than just hiding them
  • Resized fonts to work better at different screen resolutions
  • Retina versions of graphics

In short, users can now search for jobs on CV-Library with ease wherever you are and on whatever browsing device you prefer. Our site offers our candidates a seamless experience when switching from one device to another, with easier navigation.

This coincides with our increased mobile traffic; we are now receiving over 30% of all traffic from mobile devices! With these site changes, our mobile users will experience a smoother service.

Want to try out our responsive site? Visit www.cv-library.co.uk on a mobile or tablet and see for yourself!

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Q4 ends strong according to CV-Library Job Market Report

Job Market Report January 2014 InfographicLast week, we published our latest Job Market Report which takes a look at job seeking and employment performances for Q4 2013.

Findings revealed an impressive end to the year in regards to job seeking activity, with Q4 demonstrating a continued appetite for employment among UK job seekers.

Standing out was the number of committed job searches, with Q4 outperforming all other periods of 2013. In comparison to Q3, when figures previously at their highest, Q4 delivered +2.54% more job searches. This increase continued the aggressive growth first witnessed in the summer months; between Q2 and Q3, there was an impressive increase of +59.86% more job searches.

The number of job applications made also proved strong, with one in nine searches made during Q4 resulting in a job application.

Administration, customer services and retail industries celebrated a strong quarterly performance, with each making up the top three industries according to applications-per-job rates.

As for the number of advertised jobs, engineering, IT, construction, education and sales offered the best job opportunity.

Mobile ended the year strong, too, with the use of ‘on the go’ devices (smartphones and tablets) outperforming any other period of 2013. The number of job applications made from mobile devices grew by +5.91% when compared to Q3.

Commenting on these findings, CV-Library’s Managing Director Lee Biggins said: “Q4 delivered notably strong figures in regards to job seeking activity, demonstrating positive growth for CV-Library and the UK job market as candidates’ demand for jobs continues.

“It’s promising to read such positive figures as we enter a new year, in particular Q1 which is often a busy period for the UK job market.”

To read the full CV-Library Job Market Report for January, click here.

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Say hello at TEAM National Networking Conference

TEAMCome and see the CV-Library team at this week’s TEAM National Networking Conference 2014.

Taking place at Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa, Towcester on Friday 7th February, the one day conference includes over 10 speciality workshops, networking opportunities with TEAM members, cocktails and gala dinner and TEAM member presentations.

The CV-Library team will be present on stand 15, ready to meet delegates and answer any questions about using CV-Library.

As well as the conference, delegates are invited to enjoy a round of golf on Thursday 6th. Delegates will also have full use of the hotel and spa facilities during their stay (at own cost).

For more information and to reserve a place, visit the TEAM website.

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CV-Library are giving back to the community

On-Rec are organising their annual charity auction, hosted by their CEO David Hurst. All funds raised will be going to Whizz-Kidz, an outstanding charity aiming to change the lives of disabled children across the UK by providing customised wheelchairs, tricycles and other specialised mobility equipment to children in need.

We put our heads together to come up with a really special lot that would get auction attendees excited, and came up with a one-of-a-kind London experience.

The Shard View and Afternoon Tea Experience for 2

Bid on our lot and you could be enjoying a Classic Afternoon Tea and View experience at the Aqua Shard, the contemporary British restaurant on level 31 of The Shard. You can also ascend to the highest levels of The Shard to experience views over London like nothing else. The Aqua Shard’s Classic Afternoon Tea consists of a selection of sumptuous finger sandwiches, freshly baked vanilla, raisin and orange blossom scones served with Jersey clotted cream and home-made fragrant jams, and homemade cakes and sweet treats to finish.

the-shard-london1With panoramic views of up to 40 miles, this will be the experience of a lifetime for the highest bidder.

With all money raised going to an excellent charity, now is the time to get involved! Find out all about the charity auction here and see what other lots are up for grabs!

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Thinking of a career move? How about IT?

Are you on the job hunt or considering a career move? One of Europe’s top eLearning consultancies The Learning People explore why a move into IT is worth thinking about.

Sifting through the job options available in IT – or any industry, in fact – can be such a daunting experience that people often give up before they begin. However by doing this, with a high demand for trained individuals, you could be shutting the door on a lucrative and rewarding career.

There are so many options available in the IT field that people frequently surprise themselves by finding an unexpected niche where they excel – be that programming, development, design or even support. This may be down to key, core skills that you possess or would like to learn.

Here are some top steps to take in deciding whether a career in IT is for you.

Determine what you’re good at and what you imagine yourself doing

What do your friends and family praise you for being good at? If you’re the one always fixing the computer when it freezes, then ask yourself if doing that full time would keep you interested – perhaps training as a Desktop Support position would be a good option for you.

Learn as much as possible about the qualification required for the role you’re interested in

If you’re going to invest in your career by undertaking a qualification, getting the right one for you is critical. Researching the hours required, the cost, the exam prep, and the study aids available is a good idea, as you’ll feel like you’re in control of your learning. Plus, you’ll be more motivated.

Learn from people already working in IT

These people will offer you advice born from experience. They may tell you stories that put you off entirely by challenging your perception of the job role, or, they may inspire you to make a decision on the field you’d be most interested in.

Look to the future and stay positive

If money’s key, then getting a good idea of the average salary you could earn may act as a powerful motivator. Set yourself salary goals and career expectations so you can strive to reach the next stage. With top salaries in IT reaching the grand realms of £150,000 per year, and starter roles beginning at a reasonable £20,000, there is a lot of scope for earning good wages.

If the training is tough, or you feel pushed out of your comfort zone, stay positive. If you are choosing a career in IT, you’re embarking on a job that offers flexibility in working hours, opportunities to travel, on the job learning and great prospective wages. Plus, it’s an industry that’s always evolving.

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