How to turn millennial skills into CV-worthy professional skills

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There are stereotypes surrounding each generation and millennials are a group that are constantly in the public eye and judged beyond belief. Some people outside of this generation may be a little hyperbolic and believe that millennials are narcissistic, demanding, overconfident and spend a detrimental amount of time online. There is a little truth in what they have gleaned from observing this generation, but these reasons may be why millennials are the greatest generation on our globe yet. Here’s some advice for millennials on how to turn these generational characteristics into CV-worthy professional skills.

Respect yourself

There comes an advantage in knowing yourself in body and mind. Millennials are more than mindful of their health, are aware of their capabilities and weaknesses, and are therefore concerned with a prominent work-life balance. When on the job hunt, make it clear to your potential employer what you can offer the company and what you expect the company to offer you. Having a no-nonsense attitude and knowing yourself and what you want is a valuable millennial skill to have in the workplace.

Passion and ambition

GCSEs, A-Levels, degree, masters; there’s a plethora of qualification ladders that are constantly being climbed by this generation, and what’s more, studying abroad, travel opportunities and volunteering are just a number of additional experiences that bulk up a millennial skills set. Millennials have worked flippin’ hard. They immerse themselves in every opportunity and give their all for the things they love, and that includes job roles and their career. Therefore, showcase your ambition, you’re more likely to score a job over a candidate that doesn’t.


Millennials have grown up with technology for all or most of their lives. As a result, they’re adaptable and fast to learn skills within this sphere and other abilities employers may require from them.

In addition, within the digital age, many believe that this generation simply uses social media to stalk ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend and the like. Wrong. These online platforms are ways to stay connected to personal and professional acquaintances, suggesting that millennials are going to know an audience better than anyone. It’s quite easy to spin those twitter scrolling sessions of the early hours into a skills set professionals will admire.

Stay confident

Of all millennial skills, confidence definitely goes a long way. Confidence should not be mistaken for perceived superiority though. Millennials are a generation which are naturally a little more bold, as they are driven to be the best that they can be with high competition around them. Remain confident in your ideas and thoughts and don’t be afraid to speak up in the workplace. Employers appreciate fresh perspectives and there is a lot of respect to be gained from standing up for what you believe in.


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The value of driving licences: hinder or help?


CV-Library has conducted a survey on over 2,100 of its active job hunters in order to understand the value of driving licences within the working world, and if holding a driving licence plays a vital role in finding and maintaining a job.

The findings revealed that there is a large amount of value in having a driving licence:

  • 73% believe employees should obtain a driving licence for work purposes
  • Seeing the value of driving licences, 76% believe able to drive makes them more employable regardless of whether the role involves driving or not

However, it seems that employees were unaware of how employers could use there licence and what they would be looking for:

  • The majority of job hunters have been asked whether they can drive by an employer (70.6%)
  • Despite employer interest in candidate driving behaviour, only 5.3% of job hunters cite having their job affected by incidents on their driving record
  • Most workers are unaware that employers can request access to their complete driving record (55.2%)

Results show that candidates understand the value of driving licences when job hunting. However, the fact that most employees did not know that employers potentially had the ability to access their driving records, suggests that the value lies in the ability to to drive, rather than how they drive.

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Be more valuable at work

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It is all very well landing yourself a job, but the hard work isn’t over just yet. If you wish to remain in your role you must prove you’re valuable at work; no one is completely indispensable. Demonstrating your value is essential if you wish to grow as an employee and with a business and therefore ascertain success. There are many more benefits to being more valuable at work too, for example, being more motivated at work and enjoying your job!

To become a key component of a business network is not as challenging as you may think. Here at CV-Library we have put together some essential criteria to assist you with becoming a more valuable at work.


1. Be proactive

Sitting around and waiting to be spoon fed instructions is not going to earn you a gold star. Make sure you stay up-to-date on business trends so you can generate your own ideas. From this you can seek your own opportunities. If your manager’s up to their eyeballs in work then lend a helping hand; prove your knowledge and your worth to the company.


2. Network

In short, don’t be a loner. Forming a connection with employees across the business will increase your value and will encourage long-term business relationships that may maintain throughout your career. Remember: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.


3. Be reliable

If you’re a reliable employee you’re more likely to have success within the company. Confirming your commitment to the role through simple things like meeting deadlines, offering ideas and solutions to arising tasks and picking up a little extra when someone if off sick will build trust and show you’re serious about the business, proving you are valuable at work.


4. Be flexible

Like in any business, there will come a time when something changes. This could be a trivial change, like having to move desks, or something more considerable, like a new management team. It is obvious that the employee who treats these changes like an obstacle will be the first to go. The best thing to do is welcome the adjustment and learn and grow with it, confirming your worth to the company.


5. Remain positive

We all have a bad day every now and again, but a little self-belief can go a long way. Keep focused, organised and prioritise your work load so you’re less likely to get in a flap when the pressure’s on. Remaining positive helps keep up morale in the office, creating a pleasant and engaging atmosphere.


6. Keep learning

You may have a plethora of skills that landed you the job or you may not. However, it is extremely important to keep learning and retaining skills if you wish to grow within the company. By increasing your own knowledge and capabilities and giving your fellow employees an insight, you will be able to show you are more valuable at work.


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Job growth rises in Edinburgh


For the past couple of months Edinburgh has seen the highest percentage of job growth out of the UK’s top cities. However, for June 2015, it has been overtaken by Liverpool. Despite this, Edinburgh is still second in the country, proving that the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is becoming a reality.

Our recent research here at CV-Library has revealed that since June 2014, postings for jobs within Edinburgh have risen by an incredible 56.24 per cent compared to the national average of 40.39 per cent. Consequently, as of June 2015, there were 839 jobs available in the city centre compare to the 537 jobs in June 2014.

The top 3 industries with the highest number of job postings in June 2015 were:

1.   Engineering – 142 jobs (16.92% of all job postings)
2.   Construction – 118 jobs (14.06% of all job postings)
3.   IT – 79 jobs (9.4% of all job postings)
=3. Sales – 79 jobs (9.4% of all job postings)

Not only is the number of job postings in Edinburgh growing, but the number of jobs applications is rising too. There has been a 41.51 per cent increase in job applications this year in Edinburgh in comparison to June 2014. Once again, this is higher than the national job application rate which stands at just 18.72 per cent.

The top 3 industries with the highest number of job applications in June 2015 were:

  1. Administration – 2,369 applications (19.32% of all applications)
  2. Engineering – 1,519 applications (12.39 % of all applicants)
  3. Sales - 1,338 applications (10.91% of all applications)

These results suggest that Edinburgh is the hub for prosperity right now, so if you’re job hunting, it might be worth considering a move.

To search for jobs across Edinburgh click HERE

Or for further information on living and working in Edinburgh click HERE

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Did you know 1 in 4 job hunters lie on their CV?


I have complete faith in the fact that we have all told a few fibs during our time for whatever reason. But have you ever lied on your CV?

At CV-Library, we put out a survey to over 2,000 job hunters to determine how many people lie on their CV to land a job. Turns out over a quarter of our respondents (28.6 per cent) have lied on their CV, with 9.2 per cent admitting the porky-pie was significant.

You would have thought that recruiters would spot a dodgy CV from a mile away seeing as they deal with these records on a daily basis. However, according to our survey, of those who lied, 91.2 per cent revealed that their bosses never found out. So are recruiters turning a blind eye, or simply not picking up on these distortions of the truth?

75 per cent of our respondents believed that it is a business’s responsibility to expose lies, but regardless it seems like people are still pulling the wool over companies’ eyes because they can get away with it.

Despite 52 per cent of job hunters believing that they have to lie on their CV to stand a chance of gaining an interview, a low 17.3 per cent would actually lie in an interview with their potential employer. I suppose lies are therefore temporary stepping stones to land a dream job.

Embellishing the truth on a CV might seem like a good idea, but ultimately it is fraud and therefore completely illegal. Work hard and achieve real experience and qualifications and you’re in with a much higher chance of surviving any application process.

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‘Northern Powerhouse’ – It is becoming a reality

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George Osborne’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is becoming a reality. CV-Library’s job growth rates from Q2 (April – June 2015) show that a number of the UK’s northern cities are rapidly climbing ahead of the south, suggesting a promising outlook for closing the job growth gap that divides the country.

Of the 391,811 jobs available last quarter, London still came top, holding a 17.02% share. However, the job growth and job postings in northern UK cities paints a very different picture. Even though Edinburgh held just 0.62% of UK jobs, it has taken the top position for job growth in Q2 and has held this number 1 position for 2 consecutive months during this period, coming second to Liverpool in June 2015.

The UK’s top cities’ job growth in Q2 2015 were:

  1. Edinburgh – 28.4% growth
  2. Liverpool – 16.94% growth
  3. Birmingham – 14.34% growth
  4. London – 12.71% growth
  5. Southampton – 10.74% growth
  6. Manchester – 9.32% growth
  7. Leeds – 8.73% growth
  8. Glasgow – 8.08% growth
  9. Newcastle – 5.13% growth

This evidence suggests that the Conservatives’ 5 year plan to close the job growth gap that separates the north and south of the country is beginning to take effect. However, the number of jobs available in the north, despite their growth, still have a way to go before they can compete with London’s current share, as seen below:

  1. London – 17.02% of UK’s jobs Q2
  2. Birmingham – 5.79% of UK’s jobs Q2
  3. Manchester – 3.89% of UK’s jobs Q2
  4. Leeds – 2.96% of UK’s jobs Q2
  5. Southampton – 1.24% of UK’s jobs Q2
  6. Liverpool – 1.22% of UK’s jobs Q2
  7. Newcastle – 1.19% of UK’s jobs Q2
  8. Glasgow – 0.79% of UK’s jobs Q2
  9. Edinburgh – 0.62% of UK’s jobs Q2

Edinburgh, Liverpool and Birmingham may hold low positions regarding their share of UK jobs, but they rank in the top 3 in terms of job growth for Q2 2015. In addition, London’s growth rate is slowing, suggesting that Cameron’s aims to increase job growth in the north and steady job growth in the south is working.

To complement the job growth figures of the UK’s top cities for Q2 2015, CV-Library figures also displayed cities Liverpool, Edinburgh and Birmingham remained in the highly ranked positions for June 2015, with job growth rates of over 50% respectively, all of which are ahead of the UK’s national average of 40.3% during this period.


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Job growth rises in Liverpool


As of June 2015, job growth in Liverpool is the highest in the UK and it seems that the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is becoming a reality.  Job postings for roles in the city have risen by 58.5 per cent in the last year alone, placing it miles ahead of the national average (40.3 per cent). This means that Liverpool has just over 1,800 jobs currently available in comparison to 1,147  that were available in June 2014.

If we take a look at the broader regions of the map, Liverpool comes first in the UK’s top 5 cities with strongest job growth for June 2015:

  1. Liverpool – 58.5% growth
  2. Edinburgh - 56.2% growth
  3. Birmingham - 51% growth
  4. Manchester – 49.2% growth
  5. London - 37.3 % growth

Considering moving to Liverpool? Here are the top 3 industries in the area with the highest number of postings for June 2015:

  1. Education - 287 jobs (14.14% of all job postings)
  2. Medical - 234 jobs (12.87% of all job postings)
  3. Construction - 196 jobs (10.78% of all job postings)

If you’re now tempted to apply, here are the top 3 application rates in the area for June 2015:

  1. Administration - 4,672 applications (11.73% of all applications)
  2. Sales - 3,728 applications (9.36% of all applications)
  3. Construction - 3,508 applications (8.81% of all applications)

To search for jobs across Liverpool click HERE

Or further information on living and working in Liverpool click HERE

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Men vs. women: Who will take the lead in interview style and etiquette?


So despite our never-ending battle for gender equality, especially in the workplace, some stereotypes just don’t want to be conquered. But we have news! Here at CV-Library, we recently conducted a survey on men and women’s primping processes before an interview. I think it’s fair to say that the results are rather interesting.

  • Men spend more money on their interview outfit, with 61% willing to spend over £100, in comparison to just 10% of women
  • Eager to please, 42% of men call ahead of an interview to check on the dress code, whilst only 29% of women believe it’s essential to get it right.
  • Going against stereotypes, only 5% of women would wear pink to an interview, with 68% opting for blue or black
  • The majority of men (56%) and women (70%) decide what to wear 2 or more days before, with both sexes giving themselves ample time to get it right
  • 86% of men would get a haircut before an interview, compared to just 79% of women
  • On average, men take only 9 minutes less time than women to get ready for an interview, showing little difference between the genders when it comes to primping time
  • 1 in 10 men give themselves more than 2 hours to get ready for an interview
  • Focused on the detail, a staggering 93% of men shine their shoes, with 69% paying particular attention to their socks!

In all honesty, for millennials, these results are probably exactly as you expected. Men these days do take care of their physical appearances as much women and there’s nothing wrong with that. Embrace the metrosexual! As a woman I think I’d be rather miffed if someone didn’t make as much effort as me to dress for work; the standard should apply to all.

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Spotlight on living and working in Nottingham

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Considering moving to Nottingham for work? Well, you’ll need CV-Library’s ‘ Spotlight on Living and Working in Nottingham ’ to get your research started.


Population – 310,837

Travel and costs – monthly pass at regular price – £45

Number of jobs in total (within 15.00 miles of centre, as of June 2015) – 3,327

Top industries with most jobs – Engineering, Education, Construction, Sales, Manufacturing and Surveying, and Administration

Average salary – £19,772

Average monthly rent for a one bedroom flat – £522.22

Average monthly rent for a three bedroom flat – £820

Meal, inexpensive restaurant – £10

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Managing stress at work

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Unless you’re extremely lucky, it is likely that you will experience some level of stress at a point in your working life.

It is important to understand that there is a difference between stress and pressure though. Pressure is good, healthy in fact, to keep you motivated. However, too much pressure can lead to stress and result in an under-productive and emotionally strained worker.

Here at CV-Library, we have put together a brief info pack so you can gain a little insight into how to manage work-related stress in a healthy way.


Recognise warning signs

The first step to managing stress comes from identifying the key symptoms. They can be emotional, physical or behavioural, or a mix-and-match of all three. Here are a few examples:

  • Tiredness
  • Headaches or muscle tension
  • Mood changes, anxiety and depression
  • Social withdrawal
  • Difficulty concentrating

Identify the cause

If you can determine the cause of your stress, you are one step closer to fixing it. It may be that there is more than one cause and it might not even be work related. Some of the common reasons within the workplace are:

  • Pressure of deadlines
  • Unmanageable workloads
  • Over-demanding working hours
  • Pressure to meet expectations
  • Lack of employee or employer support
  • Job insecurity

Speak up

Did you know that under UK law, your managers have a ‘duty of care’ regarding all employees?

Telling your employer your concerns means that your stress can begin to be addressed. Talking through your issues may bring clarity and they can start to make you feel more comfortable in the workplace.


Be organised

Taking responsibility and planning out your day can help alleviate some of your stress.

  • Create a to-do list and split your workload into manageable chunks, you’ll feel a sense of success as you check off each one.
  • Don’t kick yourself if you don’t complete something. You’re only human!
  • Regular breaks are a must. They help maintain productivity levels, preventing you from that mid-afternoon slump.

Take care of yourself

There are many unhealthy lifestyle choices that may intensify stress levels without you even knowing. Make sure you:

  • Have a proper night’s sleep with a regular bedtime
  • Eat well and stay hydrated
  • Do not excessively drink or smoke
  • Be active – even if it’s just a few laps around the office!

If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms or wish to find our more about managing stress, see


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