How job-hunters feel about the General Election 2015…

Submitting A Vote

With the UK’s General Election playing on everyone’s mind, we wanted to understand the Nation’s views on the current minimum wage and gauge how job-hunters feel the Election will impact the job market. We conducted an independent survey across 2,000 of our candidates, and here’s what they thought…


  • 84% believe the minimum wage needs to be increased

  • 52% would set a fair minimum wage at £7.50-£8.00 per hour

  • 49% value happiness over wealth


UK job-hunters aren’t greedy

When asked “If you could set the minimum-wage, what would you consider to a fair pay?”, almost half of those surveyed felt that £7.50-£8.00 would be a reasonable wage. With an average living wage coming in at £7.85, this is proof that those looking for new employment just want a fair and liveable salary.


Britain’s professionals are not solely money-orientated

Even in the midst of the rising costs of living, almost half of us value happiness over wealth and would consider taking a minimum wage job if it meant it would provide increased job satisfaction. Friendly working environments, flexible working hours, and extra perks such as pension plan or private healthcare were all viewed as a reasonable alternative to money.


Minimum wage vs. housing prices

Sadly, with soaring housing prices and increasing costs of rent, many of us are unable to take a cut in pay. Almost a quarter of people could not be persuaded to consider a minimum-wage job, even if the role could provide them with greater job satisfaction. The harsh reality is, whilst most of us value happiness over wealth, many simply cannot afford to place job satisfaction as their highest priority.


Which political party will benefit the jobs market the most?

There is no clear winner! Whilst 29% of job-hunters believe that none of the political parties will improve the UK job market, the votes between Conservatives and Labour remain neck-and-neck. Despite Labour accounting for 28% of votes, 20% of job-seekers put their faith into Conservatives to benefit the Nation’s job scene; leaving only a slim 8% difference between the two leading parties.



With everything still to play for, we’re looking forward to seeing Friday’s outcome.


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Time to Learn Something New? Over 2,000 Training Courses on CV-Library

Woman Hands Working With A Laptop In A Coffee ShopAre you considering learning something new, or looking to refresh your current skills? Enrolling on a training course is an excellent way to develop your knowledge, perfect your existing skills and improve your CV. Here at CV-Library, we understand that it’s not possible for everyone to re-enter full-time education, and that’s why we’re proud to offer in excess of 2,000 distance learning courses – enabling you to study from the comfort or your own home, and still land that dream role!


With courses available to suit every industry, there are endless learning opportunities at various levels of study, including: GCSEs, A-Levels, Diplomas and industry specific qualifications such as AAT for Accountancy and CIPD in Human Resources. Moreover, with some courses available at no cost at all, there is sure to be something for everyone.


What’s more, with ‘Learning at Work Week’ fast approaching (18th-24th May), there’s no better time to look into refreshing and improving your skills. With a spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development this month, why not pause for a minute and see how you could benefit from a training course.


If you are considering participating in an online course, head over to our Training Centre for useful tips and advice when beginning a distance-learning opportunity, and browse the ever-growing list of courses that we are pleased to offer.

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Current state of the education industry

Book And Glasses In ClassIf you’re considering a career in education you ought to educate yourself first about the sector. Get your research started with CV-Library’s guide to the education industry today.

What to know about working in education

  • There are and will continue to be jobs to be available throughout the UK, meaning you can stay close to home or move further afield for work.
  • The nature of the industry requires the workforce to be flexible, as education is subject to constant change.
  • You work longer hours than expected – outside of your classroom hours, you’ll work on marking, lesson planning and other paperwork.
  • Long holidays! If you work in traditional schooling environments your long working hours will be balanced by longer holidays than offered by most other careers.
  • Career satisfaction is typically found through helping students and shared enthusiasm for the subject you teach.
  • Your experience in the education sector can open up opportunities for self-employment as a tutor or private teacher.

Key stats about the sector

In 2013, the average salary for a full-time qualified teacher was £38,100.

Of the 921,800 full-time equivalent staff members in state funded schools:

  • 451,100 are teachers
  • 243,700 are teaching assistants
  • 226,900 are non-classroom based school support staff

73% of postgraduate new entrants had a first class or 2:1 classified degree


32,543 new entrants have started a primary or secondary initial teacher training programme in the academic year 2014-15


Of those entering initial teacher training in academic year 2014-15: 29% are male and 61% aged 25 and younger.


Are you ready to start your career in education? Search education jobs and teacher jobs now.




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Workplace lessons from primary school

School Children In Classroom At LessonWhile the job of a teacher is to impart knowledge to their class, teachers will often tell you that they find themselves learning from their students each and every day. Many of these lessons can (and should) be applied to the workplace! Here’s a look at what we can learn from our younger selves:


Try new things

Children are rarely afraid to try something new, whether it’s a sport they’ve never played before or a food they’re unfamiliar with – typically they’re excited or eager to tackle a new challenge. As adults we often fear the unknown and that can have a very negative impact on the workplace and business as a whole. Channel your inner child and venture out of your comfort zone to try something new – whether it’s lunching with a new crowd in the office, or taking on a new skill you didn’t think you could.


Pick yourself up

So maybe you tried something new and failed, just pick yourself up and try again or move on! Children have an innate ability to move on from failure very quickly (or perhaps after a short tantrum…). Take a cue from the playground and remember that you can always try swinging on the monkey bars again, get up and keep on playing.


Be creative, imaginative and spontaneous

Kids dive head first into just about everything they do, rarely stopping to ask for help and usually figuring out how to do things for themselves. This spontaneous attitude, paired with creative thinking and active imaginations often lead children to discover new ways of doing things. The lesson here is to do things your way and see what happens; you may end up with a new innovation on your hands.


Be vocal

As adults we’ve learned to keep our emotions to ourselves and this can lead to keeping thoughts and feelings to ourselves that might actually benefit those around us. Children rarely hide their feelings and you never have to guess whether they are happy, sad or angry. Being more open about your feelings makes communication much easier, and ultimately it could lead you to speak up about other issues as well.


Ask questions

Why? Why? Why? Sometimes there is never an explanation good enough for a child and you’ll get caught in the cycle of ‘Why?’ This is probably the best source of learning for children and there is no reason it should stop as we move into adulthood. Never refrain from asking questions, especially in the workplace. You may never get the answers you seek if you don’t just ask the question.



So as you move forward in your career and look for new ways to liven up the workplace, think back to the classroom and playground and take a cue from the child you used to be.

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Want to pursue a career in education?

Education. School, teaching and educational concept blackboard.“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Whether you’re looking for your first job or are hoping to switch careers, joining the world of education can be both exciting and challenging. To make the transition easier, here’s what you need to know about having and progressing a career in the education field.

Decide who to teach – a career within the education sector isn’t just about children and chalkboards, your job can mean teaching students from all ages and backgrounds. Here are some of the most common groups of students:

  • Primary School: Typically between the ages of 5 and 11, teachers at primary schools work with younger children to prepare them for secondary school.
  • Secondary School: Students between the ages of 11 and 18 are taught higher level subjects to prepare them for completion of GCSEs and A Levels. Some school structures allow students to move from secondary school at the age of 16 to a college, where they will focus on A Level studies.
  • Further and Higher Education: Students are typically aged 18-25, but a career in higher education could mean teaching adults of any age.
  • Special Education Needs: As a special education needs teacher, you’ll work with children with emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties. Or those with gifted abilities that need additional support from the school system.

While the above are some of the more common levels of teaching, there are specialised teaching programmes beyond these – for example, teaching prison inmates is a unique education career.

Identify the qualifications – the teaching profession as a whole is deemed a graduate profession, so you should plan to complete a master’s degree before joining the teaching workforce. If you’re looking to teach a certain age group it’s best to plan your studies accordingly:

  • If you seek work in a primary school environment you will need knowledge of the core subjects including English, maths and science. A degree is required, though it does not have to be in a specliased subject.
  • Secondary school teachers will require a more in-depth knowledge of their subject, and will ultimately have studied the subject at a degree level.
  • In the higher education sector, educators will typically stay in the industry upon obtaining their degree and will work towards a master’s whilst doing individual research. Higher education professionals will need to gain their PhD.
  • Special education needs teachers take on a more challenging role than that of a traditional educator, making the necessary qualifications more complex as well. Postgraduate study will follow upon completion of at least two years’ mainstream teaching experience. And depending on the needs of the children you work with you many need to undertake further specialist training, such as learning sign-language.

If you’re eager to work in education but don’t have the necessary qualifications, you can look into classroom assistant roles or mentoring programmes within the school district.

Understand the most common career paths – before diving into a new job it’s important to understand what it means for your career in the long term. Not all jobs in education will lead you down the same path, so here are some of the common career paths educators follow:

  • Classroom: Many primary and secondary school teachers will progress through their career while still working in a classroom environment, often times reaching to the top of the teaching tree and eventually moving into a managerial role.
  • Management and Leadership: Many in the education sector will work toward a leadership role; this can take the form of a department head, and eventually assistant head roles and headmaster positions. This is possible in both primary and secondary school environments.
  • Higher Education: When you work in higher education the progression of your career path will differ slightly – you’ll need to understand the structure of your department and identify the opportunities to move from lecturer to senior lecturer, curriculum manager or head of department.

Are you ready to make the move? Here are tips on crafting the perfect CV for a career in education.

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CV tips to finding a job in education

Professional Education Form

You’ve decided to work in education and are looking for a career as a teacher – now’s the time to craft yourself a CV that will help you stand out against the competition. By getting your CV right, you give yourself a greater chance of securing an interview and ultimately landing the job you’re after.

Writing a stellar CV for a career in education isn’t that different from any other industry, but there are a few small tweaks you should consider making.

  • Clearly highlight all relevant qualifications upfront. When it comes to working as a teacher it’s especially important to have the ideal qualifications. Make sure these are present near the top of your CV so anyone glancing at the page can quickly see what you’re qualified in. If you’re unsure of which qualifications could help you in your career, take a look at the CV-Library Training Centre for guidance.
  • Showcase how your degree will support you in the subject that you want to teach. This is particularly important for those looking to teach in secondary schools or higher education. Providing a link between what you’ve studied yourself and what you hope to teach will not only prove that you’re qualified on the subject, but it will also show your passion for the topic.
  • Customise your previous experience to make it relevant for the job you’re applying for, especially if your career hasn’t always been within the education industry. No matter what roles you’ve previously held, being able to show how those skills are transferrable to the classroom can help you in overcoming lack of industry experience. It also shows that you’re well aware of what will be required of you as a teacher.
  • Find experience in the industry! While this isn’t something you can quickly update on your CV, taking the time to get real-life experience in education will guarantee more attention from recruiters and hiring managers. It also gives you the valuable opportunity to learn firsthand if the career is right for you.  Look for opportunities to gain experience in a schooling environment, or take on volunteer work at your local community centre.


Now that you’ve perfected the ideal resume for a career as an educator, take a look at education jobs in your area.

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Why now is a good time to apply for a job in IT

Hand Write Computer

With the IT industry growing at such a rapid pace, over 500,000 IT candidates are now turning to CV-Library to help them source their next perfect role. As a company that is recognised for its strong technology, having recently been awarded as the best job site on mobile and ‘Best Mobile App’, naturally candidates are turning to the most user-friendly and accessible job board when they conduct their search!

Whether you are a graduate looking to source your first role, or an individual with a wealth of experience, there are a number of IT vacancies advertised on CV-Library’s website. Within the last year, we have noticed a growth of 22% in the number of job roles posted within the IT sector – this a rapid growth when compared to 2012-2013 which saw a growth of only 7%. With roles ranging from IT Administrators to IT Managers, to more specialised roles such as IT Buyers and IT Analysts, there are vacancies that cater to a variety of abilities.

Lee Biggins, Managing Director of CV-Library: “IT is an industry which is currently expanding at a rapid pace, and this has been reflected by our record-breaking number of candidates that are looking for a new role in the IT industry. With the constant changes and advancements in technology, almost every company has a need for an IT employee – whether this be an individual or a whole team.”

If you are looking to apply for a job in IT, take a look at our current IT roles and find your next position with CV-Library.

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Going green this Earth Day (2015)

Planet Earth on a beautiful green meadow

Today is Earth Day, a worldwide initiative to support environmental protection. In honour of the day we’re sharing some tips to move toward a greener workplace! You may not be in control of everything that happens in your office environment, but there are always some small changes you can make to improve your impact on the environment.

So where can you start?

  • Green up your commute. Start your day the environmentally friendly way by walking, cycling or carpooling to work. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint and may even get a little more exercise or make new friends in the process.
  • Go paperless. You’ve heard this before, but taking an extra moment to consider the environment before printing anything out could have a big impact. Adding a footnote to your emails asking others to do the same will help spread the word further.
  • Turn off your equipment. We’re all guilty of leaving the computer on for a quicker boot-time in the morning or forgetting to switch off the lights before leaving in the evening. Leave reminders for yourself to turn off all equipment every night to help save energy – this could save you or your employer some money as well!
  • Swap out the disposable plates, cups and cutlery. Think about how many cups of tea you drink every day – do you really need to use a disposable paper cup for every single one? If you switch to reusable plates, cups and cutlery in the kitchen there may be more cleaning responsibilities but it could have a big impact on the environment.
  • Consider your travel. Before booking your next work trip think about how necessary the travel is and if you can, opt for video conference meetings instead. If you absolutely must travel consider environmentally friendly options, such as public transportation over driving.

You may not have control over all of these things in your office, but consider what you can do as an individual to help create a greener office and inspire others to do the same.

Learn more about what you can do this Earth Day:

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Top Tips: How to Ask for a Pay Rise (and Get it!)


Unless your company is really on the ball with providing regular opportunities for pay reviews, you may feel the need to take matters into your own hands and ask for a pay rise. This can be a tricky conversation to negotiate, so we’ve come up with our top tips for preparing yourself for – and going through with – asking your boss for more money.


Conduct market research

It may not be possible to find out what your immediate peers are earning – it’s not overly professional to pry into people’s earnings, and your colleagues may be wary about sharing this kind of information! However, you can look online – on comparison websites and job boards – to get an idea of the market salaries for your industry and experience level. Decide on a number before you talk with your manager, don’t leave it open ended. It’s best to discuss your desired salary in specific terms.


Create a case for success

Ask yourself why you’re asking for a pay rise. Have you recently had some great achievements within your role? Perhaps you believe your contribution has been fantastic since day one, or maybe you’ve recently taken on some new responsibilities. Whatever your reasons, you should endeavour to back up your request with tangible evidence of why you deserve a pay rise. Simply saying ‘because I’ve been here a year’ may not cut it, you should prepare a solid reason regarding why you deserve more of the businesses’ profits. Talk in money terms if relevant, for instance – ‘I made the company X amount of money in the last six months’, or ‘I’ve made several decisions which have saved us money’. Remind your employers about any awards or prizes you have won, too.


Pick the best time

Don’t try and speak with your manager when they are busy or about to leave for the day. You need to pick a time when they will be able to dedicate their full attention to you. If necessary you should book a meeting in advance, to ensure that they have the time to discuss the issue with you. This will also give you more time to prepare.


Begin the conversation

It doesn’t pay to beat around the bush here! You need to enter into the conversation with confidence and a sense of purpose. To set the scene, you can start the conversation with something like, ‘I’d like to talk about reviewing my pay’, or ‘In light of my performance at work, I wanted to ask you about a pay rise’. Then, after giving them a chance to respond, tell them what amount you’re looking for, and back this up with the reasons you have previously prepared.


Don’t make it all about you – make it about your business

The fact you may be asking for a pay rise because you want to afford a better car or save up for a house is irrelevant. Enter into the conversation with the mindset that your contribution to the business is worth a higher reward. Discuss your request in business, rather than personal, terms.


Nerves of steel!

Negotiations around money can sometimes become a little tense, but don’t back down under pressure or let your mouth run away with you! Don’t take back your request, or suggest a different amount, keep your nerve and wait for your manager to respond to your initial request. Breathe, remain calm, and remember any awkwardness is only for the short term (and will hopefully result in a long term gain for you). Don’t, whatever you do, leave the meeting without knowing what the next steps are. If your manager says they cannot talk to you at this time, or they’re not the best person for you to be having the conversation with, ask them directly what the next step will be and when you can expect for this to happen.


For more career tips visit the CV-Library Career Advice Centre.


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When interviews go bad – How to recover an interview after a bumpy start

Dismissal or failed job interview concept

Picture this: You spend hours preparing ahead of your interview with Company X; you wake up extra early, have a hearty breakfast and refresh your memory on last night’s research. But somehow, when you walk into the room, shake your interviewers hand and ready yourself for the first question, your mind draws a blank and suddenly all the valuable research you’ve done is gone from your memory.

Interviews are one of the biggest unknowns in the process of looking for a job and unfortunately they don’t always go in your favour. But just because an interview is off to a bad start, doesn’t mean you can’t turn it around.  Whether you freeze up like a student before an exam, stumble on your words, or make a mistake in your answer, you still have a chance to recover the meeting.

The very first thing to do is take a deep breath and give yourself a minute to think – it’s perfectly acceptable to take a few moments to think before answering a question and no interviewer will penalise you for doing so. If you haven’t quite gathered your composure then ask the interviewer for a glass of water or take a moment to sip from the glass they provided you already. Taking deep breaths and sipping on water can have an immediate calming effect and should offer some clarity.

If you’ve misspoken, or incorrectly answered a question, just relax and address the situation. You’re only human so you’re bound to make mistakes but how you deal with them can say more about you than the mistake itself.  If something minor happened lighten the mood and joke about it, this will break the ice and allow you to relax before continuing with the interview.

When you’ve made a more serious error in an interview, use it as an opportunity to show how you handle challenges in your work. Showing, in a real-life situation, that you’re able to maintain your composure and correct a mistake can prove your value. The trick is not to dwell on it and shift the conversation to a more positive topic.

If at the end of the meeting you still feel the interview didn’t go very well, take some time to reflect on what went wrong. If there are valid reasons for your poor performance that you’d like to share with the interviewer, then use the follow-up ‘Thank You Note’ as the place to do so. Just be sure to only address mistakes you’re absolutely certain the interviewer noticed. Don’t use the ‘Thank You Note’ as an apology for a bad interview; instead use it to explain specific slip-ups such as misunderstanding a question, or sharing why you may have been distracted due to a serious life event.

At the end of the day, all you can do is prepare as best you can and remain professional through any uncomfortable moments. If things didn’t quite go your way then use it as an opportunity to learn – it could make your next interview that much better!

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