Alternative Approaches to Achieving a New Career

careeralternative picJob searching can be tough and sometimes you need to think outside the box in order to capture the attention of employers. To give you some inspiration, Career Savvy has put together their top four alternative approaches to achieving a new career.

Get published

After attending university no doubt you’re a fountain of knowledge in at least one aspect of your degree subject. Content is extremely valuable nowadays and with the introduction of digital content, it’s somewhat easier to get your work published. Search for publications that are related to your industry and write an article that is on topic and engaging. Send this off to the relevant publications and if they publish it, make sure you promote this via social media, as well as linking it to your CV. If you’re struggling to get published in an online or print magazine, set up a blog and update this with regular content. Having your work published and recognised by others will encourage employers to view you as an expert in your field. Furthermore, if your writing is notable it will impress potential employers as they’ll have good evidence of your skills and experience.

Sell yourself

In order to get your CV on to the ‘yes’ pile and pass each interview with flying colours, you need to understand how to present your skills to the employer in a way that encourages them to hire you for the job. By taking a marketing course you can learn how to do just that. It will also help you focus your job search, as you learn how to target the best companies for your skill set. In addition, you’ll learn how to explain your prior experience in a way that shows exactly how you’ll benefit the company and speak in measurable terms to back up your statements. Once you nail this technique you will have more success as you will better present yourself to the employer and the increase in your confidence will help you shine through.

Attend job fairs

Whether you attend one which is targeted to your industry of preference or a more general one, job fairs can open your eyes to the many opportunities out there. Research ones that are happening near you and take a look at the list of companies attending and assess whether it would be worth your while going along. If you come across any names of interest, visit their website and research their latest news and find out more about the company. Make sure you bring plenty of copies of your CV so you can hand them out to employers you’re interested in, ideally also asking for names and email addresses to send an electronic version to. They’re also a great opportunity to network, so even if the perfect role isn’t on offer there, simply getting to know professionals in your industry will help your job search by providing you with relevant contacts. Maybe even connect with the people you meet on LinkedIn while you’re there. Some companies may also be providing on-site interviews, so it can also be good practice for this element of your job search – it may even lead to a job! See our events page here.

Become your own boss

If you genuinely cannot find your ideal role, then why not create it yourself? Self-employment is becoming a popular option especially for those who don’t want to lose sight of their innovative career aspirations. If you have a creative side, then look into producing your own merchandise. If you don’t, then consider any roles you feel are missing from your industry and strive to provide this service. There are plenty of risks involved in self-employment, so if you’re seriously contemplating this option then make sure you research extensively and you’re prepared to work extra hard at making your business idea a success.

If the standard job search process fails to inspire you, consider trying something a bit different via these alternative approaches. It’s important to do whatever suits your skill set and personality best in order to achieve the right results from your job hunt. The more effort you put into your search, the more impressed potential employers will be by your drive and determination to reach your goals.


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Top Jobs for Autumn



It’s that time again. The time when layering is a necessity and getting out of bed in the mornings becomes that much harder. Winter will soon be upon us and in the mean time we’ve got house spiders and fading tans to deal with.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom! If you’re job hunting, there are plenty of great seasonal job opportunities out there.


Garden Maintenance

Turn that hobby into a job! If you’re green fingered and know your way around a set of shears, you might like to look for one of the many jobs on CV-Library in garden maintenance. Setting up on your own is not hard, either. Many people post ads in their local newspaper and work on an ad hoc basis to earn a little extra cash. Make sure to do some research into tax and additional earnings first, mind!



Now the summer is over, mothers and fathers will be returning back to work, creating more job opportunities in childcare. If you’ve got the right skills and qualifications, you could be the perfect solution for families looking for extra support. From crèche work, to au pair positions, from nursery to after-school assistance, visit CV-Library to search for your next position in childcare.


Supply Teaching

The autumn term has begun and most schools will have their permanent staff for the year in place. However, there is still time to register with institutions as a supply teacher. Working on a contracted or freelance basis, this career choice can provide variety and job satisfaction. There are over 500 supply teacher opportunities in the UK right now, so take a look!


Gas / Heating Engineering

As the evenings draw in, call outs for gas and heating engineers begin to increase. Becoming qualified in this area is the first step, but once you know your stuff you can look forward to working in a new place every day and providing a valuable service to the nation’s population. Check out CV-Library’s engineer roles to find the perfect fit for you.


Of course, autumn is as good a time as any to begin your job search, so if you’re looking for something in particular which we haven’t mentioned above, visit our job search tool to find exactly what you’re looking for!

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 03/10/2014

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.

Looking for Naval base Work? Portsmouth sees jobs boost

The MOD has awarded a £600 million contract to BAE Systems, the entity who manage Portsmouth Naval base. This move will see up to 2,000 jobs in the base and supply chain created.

New Cardboard HQ almost unveiled

A board manufacturer in Scunthorpe will be recruiting almost 50 new members of staff. Corrboard has recently purchased the premises on Normanby Enterprise Park and have been readying the site for business.

NI’s finance sector anticipates massive boost

Great news for financial workers in Northern Ireland, as over 800 jobs with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) have been announced. This news follows a £40million investment.

On Friday 26th, CV-Library took part in the national fundraising Coffee Morning event forcv library in the news cancer charity Macmillan. Find out how much we raised and read the coverage here!

Abolished pension age sees huge increase in older population in work

New research from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) suggests that over 1 million 65+ year olds are choosing to continue work. Since the default retirement age was abolished three years ago, the number of workers aged 65 and over has increased by nearly 230,000.

New Dover Harbour jobs on the horizon

Following a £120million investment, Dover Harbour is planning to open a new cargo terminal in 2017. A spokesperson has indicated the new project will open 600 new jobs.

US Fast Food outlet arrives in Sheffield

Mexican-inspired fast food outlet Taco Bell has opened its doors on the UK high street for the first time, with the restaurant opening on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield. This store is the fourth of its kind to open in the UK, with shopping centre locations currently including Manchester, Thurrock and Basildon. There will be 30 new job opportunities available.

And some news from across the pond…

The New York Times has announced plans to cut back nearly 100 newsroom jobs. The reductions are intended to safeguard the newspaper’s long-term profitability.

see you next week

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Top Tips for Applying to University

The process of applying to university is a lengthy, but exciting one! In this new blog from Career Savvy, the team look at top tips for the next generation of students applying to university. Read on if it will be your turn next!

careertoptips picIt’s frequently called the best time of your life, so it’s worth spending some time ensuring it will be all you expected it to be. With hundreds of universities in the UK alone and an even bigger selection of courses, applying to university offers a greater number of options than ever before. So how do you make the right decision for you?

Pick Your Course First

Visiting a university you love the look and vibe of and being dead set on it can lead you down a dangerous path. They may not offer the right course for you, limiting your options for the future. Remember, your time at university revolves around your degree. Choosing your ideal course first and then finding universities you like that offer it is the sensible way to approach your application.

Assess the Entry Requirements

Before going much further with your decision, make sure you look at the entry requirements for each course. If they are beyond what you could realistically achieve, you could be wasting an application where a more suitable option could sit. If you’re unsure what entry requirements you should be looking for, talk to your subject teachers.

Find a Course that Suits You

You need to look at the type of course you’re applying for. Will it suit your learning style? If you struggle in exam situations, a primarily coursework-assessed course will be easier for you to handle. If you excel at writing under pressure, a more exam and essay-based course could be more up your street. Most university prospectuses include information on the course breakdown and how it is assessed, but if they don’t, get in touch with the university directly to find out.

Location, Location, Location

Once you’ve found courses that you want to do, use the UCAS website to identify which universities offer them. Choosing the university that’s right for you means looking at a lot of different factors. Would you enjoy a campus university or one with several buildings spread out across a city? How far away from home would you be willing to travel? Would you feel happier at a bigger or smaller university? These are all aspects worth considering. Visiting universities before you apply will enable you to get a feel for it and decide whether you could see yourself going there, so sign up to open days ASAP!

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Your Recruitment Case Studies – Yahire

In this new feature, we hear from CV-Library customers who have been particularly compelled to tell us how our services have helped them reach recruitment success! Hiring new staff is an important part of keeping a business healthy, and we’re delighted to hear about your recruitment case studies. Here, we speak with Yahire founder, Taran O’Doherty.




“My name is Taran O’Doherty and I own a London based furniture & catering hire company called Yahire with my business partner and lifelong friend Ben Leslie. We started Yahire in April 2011 and from the very outset had difficulties recruiting good quality people into our business. In the beginning, I tried using various job boards, online recruitment websites and even Facebook to try and find the right candidates.

Many of the sites attracted candidates who did not have the required skills and experience, or who were based too far from where my business operates from.

Then, I came across CV-Library and realised it was different from the other recruitment sites out there.

What really made a difference to me was the number and quality of skilled people on the site. Browsing potential applicants on CV-Library’s vast database allowed me to find the people my business needed. This function really did help us save time by filtering people who would not be suitable for the position (something I’ve otherwise found very time consuming), I found the people who had the best experience and skillset to suit the position my business had to offer.

These days, I use CV-Library exclusively to identify suitable candidates, and there are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, the assistance I receive from the staff in making my advert as attractive as possible is really helpful. Secondly, the subsequent volume of applications I receive is more than double what I would expect to see from other sources. Compared with other websites, I find the quality of applicants to be much higher, too.

We owe the successes Yahire has enjoyed to date to the great staff we have employed, and in turn I thank CV-Library for helping me find them.”


To find out more about how CV-Library can help you, speak with our Sales Team. If you’re interested in what Yahire could do for you, visit their site!

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Stop smoking with CV-Library and the Stoptober Challenge!

stoptober-bannerStoptober is a national 28 day ‘No Smoking’ challenge which takes place every October.

It is a great scheme in which over 160,000 people up and down the country choose to participate.

CV-Library has decided to promote this scheme, and with facts such as- ‘if you give up  for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to stay smoke free’ – we hope you will consider trying it out with us!

It is very simple to sign up, and upon doing so you will receive a free pack, full of support and advice.

To register, and for more information please visit the Stoptober website.

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Top 5 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd at Interview

Stand_out_in_a_crowdYou see this goldfish? A successful interview candidate will have more in common with him than they think. The job market is a competitive place and job hunters need to do what they can to ensure they make a good first impression, and leave an even better one. Here are CV-Library’s Top 5 Ways to stand our from the crowd at an interview.




Build a brand

You may think that making a first impression would be the first thing you’d need to consider; however on this occasion you’d be wrong! Establishing your personal brand before entering the interview room is essential in order to stand out from the crowd. Make sure your CV and any written communication follow suit, in the same style and format, and that all of your social media accounts represent you accurately and have the same up to date information. If you can, use the same photo for every touch point your would-be employer may potentially find. Make sure to conduct an online search for your own name well before you apply for any jobs, so you can weed out any undesirable information which you wouldn’t want to come to light.

Top tip: If you’ve seen the film Legally Blonde you will be familiar with Elle’s trick of scenting her resume with perfume. We’re not suggesting you do the same, but aiming to create a stand-0ut brand is always good!


Make a winning first impression

Now it’s time to consider that first impression! A great interviewee will have done their research on their interviewers before meeting them. So, you should have a broad idea about who you’ll be meeting – enough to recognise them by sight. Whilst waiting for their arrival, look out for familiar faces and stand to shake the hand of anyone who comes up to greet you. Smile confidently, and repeat the name of anyone you meet if it’s likely you’ll have problems remembering.

Top tip: The ‘get up, gather your stuff, say hello and shake hands’ manoeuvre has the potential to go very wrong, especially if you’re in a particularly low chair, there’s other furniture in the way, you’re carrying too much stuff, or your skirt has the tendency to ride up when you sit down! Make sure you’re wearing comfortable clothes which don’t ride up or pull, and if you’re taking documents – keep them all in one folder for convenience. Ladies – don’t take too big of a handbag!


Read the room

Once you’re in the meeting, you should be able to get a reading of the atmosphere and your interviewers personalities fairly quickly. Keep your body language and communication in line with how they behave. If they’re quite reserved, then there’s no harm in showing enthusiasm, but don’t be overly loud. If they’re excitable and cracking jokes, then show them how much fun you can be! If you’re able to respond to and mirror their mood, it is more likely you will make a successful connection.

Top tip: To get an early indication of the type of atmosphere you may have to deal with, speak with a HR contact or recruiter in order to understand your interviewers a little better. Watch the company recruitment video if there is one, as this will often mirror the ‘personality’ of the company.


Imagine it’s yours already

Act as though the job is yours, and you never know – it might improve your performance! Interviewers love candidates who ask questions, so imagine you’ve been given the role there and then – what would you want to ask before turning up for your first day?

Top tip: Phrase your questions in this way, “What would my duties be?”, “Where would I be sitting?”, “Who would I be working with on a daily basis?”


Leave gifts

Yes, that’s right – and no, we don’t mean a nice hamper of M&S goodies! Leave your interviewers with hard copies of your CV and portfolio, if relevant. If you’ve already gathered your testimonials, why not print a couple out, too? It’s a lot more likely a hiring manager will follow up with a re-read of your CV if they’ve got a paper copy in their hand! If you’re after a tech role – some candidates choose to host all relevant information on a personalised, easy to remember URL.

Top tip: Hiring managers usually look for organised, meticulous individuals for their business. Endeavour to leave them with documents which look nice, are well-presented, and personalised for the interview. It’s little details like this which could mean all the difference.


There you have it, CV-Library’s top tips for standing out from the crowd at interview stage. Find your next role here – good luck!

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round Up – 26/09/2014

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.

Pioneering manufacturing firm offers new jobs in Staffordshire

Global entity Renishaw is set to create a number of new job opportunities in the Stone and Staffordshire area. The jobs will be open to candidates with skills relevant to additive manufacturing. The UK-based firm have recently collaborate on the world’s first 3D-printed bike frame.

New delivery of Merseyside jobs from online store Ocado

Up to 300 new jobs are planned for Prescot, Merseyside, as a new branch of Ocado open their doors. The grocery delivery site will open in October and promises highly competitive salaries and a 15% staff discount.

Hospitality jobs abound for youth workforce

Leading hospitality companies have joined forces with the British Hospitality Association (BHA) in a statement announcing the planned creation of 6,000 jobs for young people within the sector. The statement was made ahead of the Big Hospitality Convention in London on the 24th of this month.

Labour Party promise: Police jobs safe

A recent Labour Party report has revealed plans to halt cuts to the police force, saving up to 1,100 jobs across the country.

cv library in the newsFind out more about what it took CV-Library Founder and MD, Lee Biggins, to succeed in the world of business. Here, he talks to the Sunday Times about his winning idea and entrepreneurial spirit.

Boost in UK jobs on the horizon

The Recruitment and Employment Federation foresees a surge in UK jobs, a recent report has shown. Research has revealed a decrease in the number of firms cutting workforce costs, and that 89% of employers plan to take on a new permanent member of staff in the next three months.

Bingo firm loses out to online bingo

A Bingo outlet in Bury St Edmunds has closed after 20 successful years of business, leaving 22 workers without jobs. Winners Bingo, located in the town centre, blames its decline on online bingo and the smoking ban.

Agriculture minimum wage revised

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) have announced a new minimum wage for agricultural and farm workers. The new rate of £7.14p will come into play from October 1st. Sector employers have also been urged to ensure they have up to date contracts in place with employees, to avoid disputes or misunderstanding.

And some news from across the pond…

Wearable Technology has been heralded as the next big thing, but have you considered how it could be applied in the workplace? US site Wearable Tech World discusses in this new article.

see you next week

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CV-Library Hosts Macmillan Coffee Morning!

macmillan-coffee-morning2014Here at CV-Library, we know the importance of giving back to a great cause, and that’s why we’ve taken part in this year’s annual Macmillan Coffee Morning.

To raise money for the well-known cancer charity, we’ve held a company-wide Bake Off!

With fifteen contributions from the bakers amongst us, recipes have included choc-mint cupcakes, shortcake hearts and mini carrot cakes.

Some talented folk even took it upon themselves to bake full size creations, with the slices selling at £1 apiece. Our favourite is the bright blue CV-Library owl, filled with jam and cream.

The results of the Bake Off will be announced next week, with the CVL King or Queen of Baking taking the crown – until next year!

We hope to raise lots of money for Macmillan; and with Coffee Mornings being held up and down the country, we’re sure the event will generate a huge boost for their healthcare and support funds.

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Your Project Management Job Search

There are always so many questions when it comes to applying for a new job. When it comes to project management roles, finding the best opportunity for you takes a methodical approach. Our guest blog from The Learning People discusses this topic.


What do you know about yourself professionally?

Can you offer an equal balance of experience, good soft skills, and great managerial qualities, or do you particularly excel in one area?


How are you perceived by those around you?

Taking some time to undertake a personal stocktake of your own abilities, weaknesses and strengths will enable you to supply a prospective employer with an honest outline of your best attributes.

These should include specific examples that illustrate where your skills have come into play and how you have defined them throughout your working life so far.

Any employer will look at a project management candidate as an investment, so the more information they know about an individual, the better.

This way they’ll be able to make a decision on your compatibility with the project and whether you’re a sound investment to make.


Do you fit the role?

Once you have made this self assessment, it is useful to then make a comparison between your skillset and what is required for roles you are looking at.

Asking yourself honestly if you fit these roles, if you have enough experience, or if your skills are even applicable to the projects you’re looking at, will save you from applying for an unsuitable positions.

If you have your heart set on a role which you don’t quite meet the requirements for yet, make an action plan. Whether this is taking a lower grade role in order to gain experience, taking on voluntary project work, asking for training from your current employers, or investing in your own certifications, you’ll be able to decide on a clear direction for your career path – a great motivator going forward.


What is the job spec asking for?

Job specifications, particularly in project management, are notorious for being detailed and formal which can be daunting, so working through what a company is really looking for is essential in your project management job search.

Going through and highlighting and listing all the specific requirements for the role will help you write a detailed application.


Does the specification mention a project management methodology?

If it does, how closely will you be expected to adhere to this, and do you have the knowledge to do so?

Always look the company up online in order to ascertain company statistics such as income, staff structure, and targets.

For example if it’s a public sector role, you will be able to find a PSA – Public Service Agreement – which will list national and local targets the company has to aim for.

Doing so will set your expectations for the position and giving you a clear understanding of what sort of employee the company is looking for to complete these goals.


From everyone at The Learning People– good luck with your job search.



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