5 Steps to Lose Weight at Work

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Desk job? Don’t worry! The secret to lose weight at work is to eat less and move more. Whilst this can be difficult if you’re sat down most of the day, if you pledge to incorporate as many of our tips into your daily routine as possible, your body will thank you!

 

Drink Water

Water has many health benefits and doctors recommend drinking 8 glasses a day. Often when we think we are hungry we in fact just thirsty! Have a glass of water before your meals and you will feel fuller.

If you aren’t a fan of plain H20, you can get hydration from water-rich foods such as cucumber, watermelon or soup. Another great tip is to boost your metabolism with a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning.

 

You’re sweet enough. Ditch the sugar!

Too much sugar can build dangerous belly fat which is difficult to get rid of. Choose healthier options and avoid the following non nutritious sugary treats…

  • Sugary Coffee drinks. Switch to tea, it’s calorie free (until you add milk or sugar).
  • Fruit Juice. Eat the fruit instead, it will be more nutritious.
  • Biscuits. Remove the biscuit barrel from your desk and leave your wallet at home so you can’t visit the vending machine!
  • Processed Foods. Sugar and sweeteners are hidden in many of our favourite foods, eat clean to avoid the hidden sugar.

Take the long way around

Being more active is good for the body and mind. Find ways to incorporate more movement into your daily routine, such as:

  • Walking or cycling to work
  • Taking the stairs instead of the lift
  • Walking whilst taking business calls
  • Visiting the gym or walking on your lunch break
  • Fidgeting at your desk

Remember, every little bit of exercise will add up!

 

Don’t starve! Choose protein

If you deny your body food it will start storing fat, plus you will probably get so hungry that you’re more likely to binge at your next meal.

Choose Clean, Lean, Protein to help you feel full and build muscle which burns fat. Here are some of the best protein sources you can add into your meal plan.

  • Unsalted nuts
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Soya

Keep motivated

Whether your goal is to lose your holiday weight or fit back into your favourite skinny jeans, remind yourself of your goals with pictures on your desk or motivational quotes on your phone or computer. A good way to keep motivated is by practising moderation. Try the 80/20 rule: aim to eat well 80% of the time, allowing yourself 20% indulgence.

 

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Lord of the Job Boards: CV-Library Presents ‘The Two Towers’

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Not content with cultivating the UK’s largest, most thriving database of job hunting hobbits professionals (over 8 million CVs and counting), CV-Library is dedicated to bringing even more of the nation’s job seekers to their site, and in turn to client vacancies.

 

How so? By ramping up their already effective marketing efforts with some monumental outdoor advertising, in a giant-sized campaign so big it cannot be ignored.

 

This January, the multi-award winning job board has booked out the similarly impressive Two Towers. No, not the Dark Tower of Mordor, we mean The Two Towers West – dual, subtle-motion synchronised screens that deliver the biggest out-of-home experience on the West London A4/M4 gateway.

 

To put this triumph of advertising into perspective, The Two Towers site was voted the best digital marketing opportunity in the world, in 2012.

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The newest of CV-Library’s ventures into candidate attraction, the digitalised site on the London Hammersmith Flyover is set to attract over 6.6 million pairs of adult eyes within two weeks, specifically targeting the precious AB demographic.

 

The larger than life posters feature the company logo along with the question, “Looking for your next job?” and have no doubt played a role in the job board ringing the changes and achieving its highest January site traffic to date.

 

Find out more about CV-Library’s advertising channels here, or why not visit the site yourself? We promise, you won’t have an army of orcs to contend with – but we can’t say the same about the capital’s ‘back to work’ traffic.

 

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5 ways to stay healthy at work this winter

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We’ve all been there, one person in the office sneezes and it’s only a matter of time before everyone’s unwell. Here are our suggestions for avoiding germs and catching even the most common of colds in the workplace…

 

Get plenty of sleep

Doctors recommend getting seven to nine hours sleep per night. Recharge your batteries with some much needed hibernation.

 

Drink more milk

Milk and dairy are a good source of protein and vitamins A and B12 , which can help boost your immune system. If you’re watching your weight, stick to low fat options.

 

Eat more fruit and veg

There are many delicious fruits and vegetables options that are in season in the winter. Try a homemade berry smoothie or a hearty vegetable soup to pack plenty of vitamins into one meal.

 

Drink plenty of water

Don’t wait too late to hydrate. Your body needs water! If you find plain water unexciting, why not add a slice of lemon or cucumber to make it more refreshing? Alternatively if it’ss chilly out, get your water intake through a broth-based soup or tea.

 

Wash your hands regularly

Keep viruses and other nasty bacteria out of your face and eyes by washing your hands regularly. Try keeping an antibacterial gel on your desk or in your pocket so you can freshen up throughout the day.

 

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Beat the January Blues at Work – Top 11 Tips

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The beginning of the first full week back at work can be a source of misery for many. If you’re looking to shake those January blues, you’re in the right place.

Here’s CV-Library’s advice for getting back into the swing of things at work and getting 2015 off to a great start.

 

Clean desk, clean mind

First things first – if you’re going to get some quality work done, you’re going to need to organise your desk for the New Year. It’s not procrastination, it’s just common sense!

 

Create your own café

Spent the holiday lounging around in coffee shops with old friends? Recreate that relaxing environment by bringing in a selection of exciting coffees, teas and luxury hot chocolates, to be served in the biggest mug you can find.

 

Lunch on leftovers

Prolong that festive vibe by cooking up that last batch of pigs in blankets or smothering your sandwiches in cranberry sauce.

 

Get some exercise

It’s chilly out, yes, but nothing will keep you alert like a brisk walk around the block or local park at lunch.

 

Plan something to look forward to

Whether it’s a weekday evening activity like going out for dinner, or meeting your friends for drinks at the weekend, filling up your diary with exciting trips out can provide you with the motivation you need to get through those first few weeks.

 

Stay snuggly

Wearing your biggest coat or toastiest jumper will keep out the cold and go some way into tricking your body into thinking you’re still nicely wrapped up on the sofa at home. If your work has a strict dress code… well, no one needs to know you’re wearing thermal underwear, do they?

 

Navigate those awkward ‘back to work’ conversations

The very thought of repeating yourself a hundred times getting you down? Read our tips on navigating the classic ‘back to work’ questions on the CV-Library blog here.

 

Ease yourself in

It may not be the best idea to try and tackle your biggest project first. Get your mental cogs moving by taking on smaller, easier challenges and easing yourself in to the working week.

 

Create a plan

Ensure you have full visibility of upcoming deadlines by filling in your diary or creating a list of to-do’s. Overcome feelings of pressure by getting information out of your head and on to paper. If you work at a computer, why not download a new calendar app to keep you updated with alerts?

 

Wear a little bit of Christmas

Keep Santa season alive by topping off your work wear with some festive accents. Ladies – we’re talking another coat of that glittery nail varnish or a subtle shimmering body lotion. Gentlemen – we’d suggest splashing on some of that new aftershave, or donning that pair of Christmas pudding socks your gran so lovingly picked out for you.

 

Stay Jolly

Get together with your work friends at lunch for a catch up and gossip. Having a laugh with people you love can boost endorphins and improve your mood.

 

If you’re still feeling down and think you might be in the wrong career, visit CV-Library to search for your next job opportunity.

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New Year, New Job Search App!

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Our new job search app is awaiting app store approval and should be out soon. Find out more about how we’re improving our on-the-go experience!

  • We’ve responded to user feedback and added new functionality to give users a fuller experience.
  • We’ve added more tools to enable applications on the go
  • We’ve made it simpler to browse jobs and refine results
  • The new app is cosmetically enhanced and looks great
  • The new mobile app will be available in both Android and iOS.

The CV-Library mobile app has been available to job hunters throughout the past year, allowing them to search and apply to jobs on the go. The app was designed in response to the nation’s increasing interest in maximising the productivity of their travel and commute time.

With the level of mobile traffic on the rise, (there was an incredible increase of 71.4% in mobile job applications between 2013-14) CV-Library is about to roll out an even better mobile experience, which will equate to even more job views, searches and applications.

We’ve also added new functionalities, including an ‘apply later’ button, where users can choose to email the job to themselves and complete their application at another, more convenient time. Additionally, users will now be able to see a list of their previous searches, enabling them to re-run the search with just one touch. Plus, users will also be able to view a list of the jobs they’ve recently viewed, enabling them to save or re-view each job at the touch of a button.

Finally, there have been improvements around the overall user interface and user experience, giving users a more enjoyable and familiar app experience.

Visit our app store for more information!

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How Not to Deal with New Year ‘Back to Work’ Small Talk

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So, you’re going back to work after the festive period. Time to catch up on emails, pour yourself a large coffee and brace yourself for the onslaught of New Year niceties.

 

Question: How was your break? What did you get up to?

What you should say: I visited family and ate lots of chocolate.

What you definitely shouldn’t: I got crazy drunk on mulled wine and challenged my elderly aunt to an arm wrestle.

 

Question: Did you receive any nice gifts?

What you should say: Oh yes, thank you. A bit of money and a nice scarf.

What you definitely shouldn’t: No. Christmas only serves to make me realise how little my so-called ‘friends and family’ know about me.

 

Question: Who did the cooking?

What you should say: I did, actually! It went better than expected.

What you definitely shouldn’t: I did. I forgot to turn the oven on so we ended up ordering pizza and eating it with cranberry sauce and gravy.

 

Question: How was your New Years Eve?

What you should say: I went to a party and saw the New Year in with a glass of champagne.

What you definitely shouldn’t: I downed my weight in Lambrini and sang Auld Lang Syne to my cat.

 

Question: Hard getting up this morning, wasn’t it?

What you should say: Yes, can’t wait until the weekend!

What you definitely shouldn’t: Not really, I forgot to set my alarm clock and woke up at 8:40. That’s why I’m not wearing any socks. Or pants.

 

Question: So, are you nice and relaxed now?

What you should say: Yes, it was so nice to unwind with a week off.

What you definitely shouldn’t: Actually, no, I’m more stressed out than ever. I’ve spent the week arguing with my family and my nose won’t stop running. My blood pressure’s through the roof and I’m likely to bite your head off if you insist on asking me any more inane questions.

 

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Your New Year Job Search Strategy

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Looking to starting the new year with a new job? This latest article from Career Savvy will give you the best strategy to finding that new job.

If the past year has seen your job search hit a brick wall and fail to produce some good results, it’s time to look to the future. Now 2015 is around the corner you can put the unanswered applications behind you and gain a fresh start. To ensure the new year brings new opportunities with it, see our job search checklist below.

A Clear-cut Career Path

If you’ve had little response to your applications, it may be due to the type of roles you’re applying for; perhaps you’re not really qualified or they don’t suit your current skill set. Take this opportunity for a clean slate to identify what it is you’re looking for and can realistically achieve. Consider your strengths and weaknesses, transferable skills and distinctive selling point that helps you stand out from your competitors. Do extensive research into industries/companies you’re interested in to find suitable roles and gain in-depth knowledge to create an impressive application. If you’re focused and realistic about your career goals, you’re more likely to achieve them.

Focused Applications

Tailoring your CV and cover letter for each application is vital and this extra effort can often be overlooked when applying to lots of roles each day. This new year, don’t let this attention to detail slip even if this means reducing your number of daily applications: better it takes longer and succeeds than rushing through loads and hearing nothing back. Clearly present your key achievements and qualifications and ensure they’re relevant to the position. Proofread both documents carefully as there’s nothing worse than sloppy mistakes in an application. By targeting your application to each employer, you’re more likely to impress and receive positive feedback.

Interview Preparation

Interviews need just as much preparation as applications. Be ready for the new year by researching different types of interview (group, panel, etc.) and how to prepare for them, so you’re ready for anything. Uncover the most commonly asked questions by the employer you’re interviewing with, as well as in general. Preparing your answers in advance will prevent you from being thrown in the interview, boosting your chances of success. If you suffer badly with nerves, the interview may be your biggest obstacle. To combat this, introduce regular mock interviews into your job search strategy to improve your technique, so you can impress when it matters most.

A follow-up Strategy

A lack of response from employers is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of a job search. Previously, you may have been reluctant to discover why you haven’t reached the next stage, but now is the perfect time to start this part of your job hunt. Follow up applications and interviews with a phone call/email to the relevant recipient to ask if they would like to progress you to the next stage and, if not, what your strengths and weaknesses were. It may be tough to ask and receive, but it could be the thing that helps you secure your next job. Sending ‘thank you’ emails to your interviewers refreshes your name and interview in their mind, perhaps swaying their final decision.

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The Week in News: UK Employment Round-Up 26/12/2014

Time for a break from your job search? Check out our round-up of news that caught our attention from the UK employment industry this week.

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What your dog thinks when you go to work

Ever wondered what your dog thinks when you’re out and about at your nine-to-five? Read on!

 

Another early morning?

Sleeping Dog And Owner

He’s not wearing that, is he?

Businessman With His Pet

I can’t wait to chew his shoes.

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And sleep on her bed.

Adorable French bulldog puppy lying in bed

I hate it when she takes overtime….

Australian Shepherd (Aussie) Puppy Watching

…and when he has to work on weekends….

Dog Lying In Home Office With Man In Background

… but I LOVE it when it’s payday!

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Internship Spotlight: Marketing

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You know the area of work you want to get into, and have all the qualifications you need, but it’s still proving impossible to land that perfect job due to lack of experience.

You’re probably thinking ‘how do I gain experience if nobody is willing to give me the chance?’

The answer could be to take an internship. Whether paid or unpaid, internships give you a foot in the door and allow you to get that all important, industry experience. After all, there’s no better way to learn than from the industry experts themselves!

Relevant degrees:

  • Marketing
  • Marketing & Event Management
  • Business Studies with Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations and Communication

Career paths:

  • Email Marketer
  • Copywriter
  • Marketing Assistant
  • SEO Assistant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Press Officer
  • Event Planner
  • Digital Marketer
  • Advertising Account Manager
  • Marketing Manager/ Director (one day!)

The typical life of a Marketing Intern involves:

  • Updating social media sites such as Twitter & Facebook
  • Blog posting and article writing
  • Email marketing
  • Event planning
  • Getting involved in search engine optimisation campaigns, and pay per click advertising
  • Assisting the team with everyday tasks
  • Networking and contact generation
  • Gaining an insight into the way an organisation operates on a daily basis, the challenges they face and how these are overcome

How to apply:

  • Search for ‘intern’ and ‘internship’ plus your desired job title or industry on job boards such as CV-Library.
  • Make a list of companies you’re interested in working for and approach HR Managers offering your services as an intern.
  • Applying for an intern position is usually the same process as applying for a full-time position, so make sure your CV is perfect and you check out our Top Interview Tips.
  • Identify what it is that makes you stand out from other candidates, and use that as your selling point!
  • You might want to consider location – if you won’t be earning money, look for places close to home, or those you can easily travel to.

The outcome:

Internships last from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, so you’re likely to be able to gauge whether this type of work is really for you.

Perhaps you’ll be offered a job at the company, or perhaps you’ll move on to do something new.

Ensure you’re making the most of your time by making thorough notes on what you learn, and keeping record of your achievements.

 

If you’re looking for a new opportunity, search and apply now for a variety of positions on CV-Library.co.uk.

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