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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Win tickets to Social Media Graduate Recruitment Conference & Awards

SoMe Graduate Recruitment Conference & Awards 2014

With four tickets to giveaway, CV-Library are running an exclusive competition offering two lucky winners the chance to attend this month’s Social Media (SoMe) Graduate Recruitment Conference and Awards.

In it’s third year, the SoMe conference is designed to help enhance recruitment drives through social media and provide insight and tips into growing your social media presence, with a focus on graduate recruitment. The awards recognise and celebrate graduate recruitment across different sectors and social media platforms.

To win two free tickets (you, plus one) to this fantastic event, simply answer the following:

To the nearest million, how many CVs are currently on CV-Library’s CV database?*

Email answers to marketing@cv-library.co.uk by Friday 17th January. The two winners will be chosen at random and notified by email. Please note: travel and accommodation is not provided.

Good luck to all entrants!

*Answer correct as of January 2014

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A merry, charitable Christmas for CV-Library

The entire CV-Library team got into the Christmas spirit last week to help raise money for Shelter – the housing and homelessness charity.

By wearing Christmas jumpers and onesies, baking cakes and gingerbread houses and decorating baubles, the team raised just over £310. Here are some photos of CV-Library HQ this Christmas:

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Recruitment Blog of the Year 2013 – and the winners are…

After careful deliberation between the four judges, the CV-Library and Boomerang Funding sponsored Recruitment Blog of the Year 2013 winners have been chosen! There were some very hard choices to be made, with one decision so hard that joint winners were decided upon.

So, from over 200 nominations and 21 excellent finalists, the UK Recruiter competition winners are as follows:

Individual Recruiter Blog:

approachthemarket

Blogging extraordinaire Sarah Cooper tailors her writing specifically to job seekers. With over 14 years of recruitment experience, both in-house and agency, her knowledge of the industry is second-to-none. She provides detailed and practical advice covering all areas of the recruitment process, including an in-depth look into what recruitment agencies are, and are not!

Recruitment Agency Blog:

More insight

Written by the AdMore recruitment agency, the blog consists of the shared thoughts and experiences of the team on recruitment, specifically focusing on the retail and hospitality industries. They include fundamental advice for current job seekers, with the blog itself proving to be a valuable read for those looking for work in retail or hospitality.

Corporate Recruitment HR Blog:

The HR Juggler

A Group HR Director, Alison Chisnell writes a recognised blog that features multiple guest bloggers and has a dedicated following. With different bloggers’ perspectives on various areas in the recruitment world, the blog is definitely not lacking in diversity!

Recruitment Industry Supplier Blog:

This was an impossible decision to make, hence why there were joint winners in this category!

Sirona Says

Andy Headworth, author of the Sirona Says blog, is a genius regarding social media and technology’s place in the recruitment industry. His informative blog combines wit with the occasional dark humour, making it a must-read for all involved or interested in recruitment in general.

T Recs

Another blogger who knows recruitment like the back of his hand is Mervyn Dinnen, who writes the T Recs blog. Mervyn has an advanced knowledge from his impressive career – 20 years as a recruiter and working for a job board. Now going it alone, he blogs alongside speaking about social media, recruitment and HR.

We would like to congratulate not just the winners but all the finalists; there was a fantastic standard of content and writing!

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Recruitment Blog of the Year 2013 finalists announced!

UK Recruiter has announced their finalists for the Recruitment Blog of the Year 2013 competition. CV-Library is proud to be sponsoring the event, with our very own Lee Biggins sitting on the esteemed judging panel alongside Simon Kent, Alan Whitford, Paul Dewick and UK Recruiter’s Louise Triance.

The finalists consist of:

Finalists for Individual Recruiter Blog:

Finalists for Corporate Recruitment Blog/Blogger:

Finalists for Recruitment Agency Blog:

Finalists for Recruitment Industry Supplier Blog:

Now that the list of finalists has been confirmed, the panel of judges will look at each blog in detail to determine a winner in each category; these will be announced later this week. We can’t wait to find out who the winners are!

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RecruiterTV December Headlines

Here are some of December’s latest recruitment headlines, brought to you by the Technology In Recruitment Alliance (TIRA) sponsored by Smart Recruit Online, APSCo and CV-Library.

December’s headlines include:

  • Results from a survey of mums seeking employment after giving birth
  • Graduates feel disappointed by recruitment experience
  • Youth employment job opportunities with major multifood and beverage company
  • Findings from a survey into how bullying can affect lifetime earnings
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2013: A record breaking year for CV-Library

CV-Library's 2013 highlights

Twenty-thirteen has been an exceptionally busy year here at CV-Library, with our job board enjoying phenomenal growth and record breaking statistics over the past 12 months.  As the year comes to a close, we look back on just some of the highlights and achievements over the past year…

Six million strong job board
At the start of the year, our CV database reached the record breaking milestone of six million – making it the biggest in the UK. With continued growth of an average of 150,000 new CVs per month, we expect to hit seven million as we enter 2014.

Biggest ever candidate attraction
In a bid to attract even more candidates, we launched two huge offline marketing campaigns – one in January and one in September. Both campaigns targeted candidates across key London Underground and nationwide train stations, TV sets and major gym chains throughout the UK.

Record breaking stats
Off the back of our largest ever candidate attraction campaigns, we’ve witnessed record breaking stats. In July alone, over 300,000 CV registrations were made and over two million job applications delivered.

Internal buyout by acclaimed Managing Director
In September, Managing Director and co-founder Lee Biggins announced an internal eight figure buyout completing 100% ownership of CV-Library. This was followed by winning Entrepreneur of the Year at the Inspire Business Awards 2013 – yet another award that goes alongside other high profile business awards he’s received since founding CV-Library.

Multi-award wins in one night
November was a month filled with joy and celebration with our busiest awards season to date. This year was bigger and better than ever before with CV-Library taking home four highly prestigious awards in one spectacular night. These included SME of the Year at the Thames Valley Business Awards 2013 and Best Career Website and Most Popular Career Website at the Website of the Year Awards 2013.

CV-Library is growing from strength to strength and we are hugely proud that we are continually being recognised for so many achievements. Look out for an even bigger marketing campaign in 2014, set to cover more corners of the UK in our quest to remain the UK’s leading online job board.

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CV-Library sponsor Social Media Graduate Recruitment Conference & Awards

CV-Library are proud to share that we’re sponsoring the Social Media (SoMe) Graduate Recruitment Conference & Awards 2014, taking place next month.

In it’s third year, the annual conference is designed to help enhance recruitment drives through social media and provide insight and tips into growing your social media presence, with a focus on graduate recruitment. The awards recognise and celebrate graduate recruitment across different sectors and social media platforms.

SoMe Graduate Recruitment Conference & Awards

Who should attend?

  • SoMe is perfect for recruitment and HR professionals looking to develop their social media knowledge and presence to help their recruitment drive.
  • SoMe focuses on those turning to higher education graduates for recruitment.

Why attend?

  • The conference gives you invaluable networking potential with highly sought after industry delegates and thought leaders.
  • You’ll get valuable insights from recruitment professionals about how and why social media can compliment and bolster your recruitment drive.
  • Hear and learn advice to expand your current social media recruitment methods.

For more information about the conference and awards click here.

For tickets to the conference click here.

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CV-Library sponsors recruitment brilliance

The CV-Library team were dressed to the nines last week to attend two nights celebrating and sponsoring recruitment excellence.

Wednesday night was the night of the Marketing and Advertising Recruitment Awards 2013, also known as the MARAs. This was the fourth year these prestigious awards have been held, aimed at recruitment agencies throughout the UK with a specialist focus in marketing, advertising, media, digital, events and PR sectors.

The 2013 awards took place at the glamorous Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Westminster and was a great night for our team who presented an award. The awards were Las Vegas themed with acts on the night including fire eaters and hula-hoop acts. As sponsors of the Best Client-Side Recruitment Team, our team were honoured to announce EMR Search and Selection as the category winners.

CV-Library at the MARAs with Jonathan Kitchen

Some of the team at the MARAs with Jonathan Kinchen

The Vegas celebrations continued into Thursday night, which saw the second part of the recruitment awards ceremony. The In-house Recruitment Awards 2013 celebrated in-house HR teams who had excelled in their area. Our team were only too happy to attend the event and meet with present and future clients of ours.

We were sponsoring the Best In-house Recruiter award, highlighting the stand-out performer within a team. We were delighted to present Jacob Kimber from Epsilon with the recognised award for his stand-out work.

It was a fantastic two nights for the team, and we would like to congratulate all the winners and runners up – it was a fantastic achievement for all involved!

Find out more about the awards and see a list of the MARA winners here and the IHRA winners here.

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CV-Library reaps rewards

CV-Library November Awards

Our busiest ever awards season came to a close last week, ending with the most successful night in CV-Library’s history. In an evening filled with champagne, celebrations, glitz and glamour, we took home, not one but four highly prestigious awards.

The first of the awards was SME of the Year at the Thames Valley Business Awards – presented to CV-Library in recognition for their contribution to the local community and consistent examples of innovation.The most dynamic and successful companies in the Thames Valley area attended a glittering black tie dinner at The Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.

The champagne and good luck continued to flow at the most important people’s choice awards for websites – The Website of the Year Awards. After putting on the war paint to defend the title of Best Career Website, CV-Library were hugely proud to be able to hold the trophy high for the second year running. CV-Library were also voted Most Popular Career Website.

The evening finished on a personal high for Managing Director Lee Biggins, who was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Inspire Business Awards. Almost 650 guests from around the Hampshire region attended the prestigious awards ceremony which took place at The Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke.

“Lee is such an inspirational character. His journey from carpet fitter to successful business leader is amazing. He has the persistence, drive, enthusiasm and sense of humour to be the Entrepreneur of the Year!” said Helen Floor of 1-1 Recruitment, award sponsors.

“CV-Library was last year’s Business of the Year, and it continues to thrive dealing with 1.7 million job applications a month. He has taken measured risks and used a natural business instinct to demonstrate he is a very worthy winner.”

We are hugely proud to have been recognised for so many achievements. Following on from an extremely successful year CV-Library will focus on growing even stronger during 2014.

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