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Should you turn down jobs when looking for work?

Posted on November 14, 2019 at 2:27 pm

If you are desperately seeking work then you may not consider turning work down as any extra work is money, but if you are looking for a permanent position then there may come a time when you are offered a job following an interview, but have since realised that it may not be exactly what you are looking for.

When looking to apply for a new job position, not only should you consider if you have the relevant experience and qualifications but also is it a job that you would be happy doing? If the answer is no then you probably shouldn’t even apply. Yes, money is often the main reason many of us go to work but that doesn’t mean to say that we cannot pick a job that we enjoy or that gives us satisfaction.

Too many people get stuck in jobs that they do not enjoy and that is not good for the employee or the employer as the quality of work produced is likely to be low and it can also have a knock on effect on staff morale in the workplace.

If you do have to find work quickly then try and find something that will give you experience to put on your CV as this will help when applying for jobs in the future.

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Making you job more enjoyable

Posted on October 27, 2019 at 11:24 am

You will often hear people saying that job satisfaction is vital and that if you don’t enjoy your job then you should look to change your career. The truth is that most people who work have times when they feel they have little or no job satisfaction. This can be due to several reasons such as not being paid enough, having too much work on or not getting on with other colleagues.

Although it can be hard staying in a job that you do not find satisfying there are often things you can do to help improve this without having to up and leave at the first sign of trouble. Making a list of things that are leading to your lack of satisfaction is the first step to sorting out the issue. Once you have the list you need to start going through and working out how and if you can change any of them. If for example you are struggling with the work load, see if there are any ways you can speed up the tasks you are doing to save time or if you are happy to do so, could you ask for overtime and stay late one night a week to give yourself chance to catch up. If you can get paid extra for overtime this will also make it feel more worth while as well as making your day to day job easier.

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Finding the school for you to work in as a teacher

Posted on September 26, 2019 at 12:44 pm

After spending 4 years plus at university, the time finally comes for you to start looking for work as a teacher. You may have an idea of a few schools that you feel you would fit in well at, but it may be that there is not currently any position available at those places. Firstly you need to decide what age children you would like to teach. If you want to teach primary school age then you may decide to only apply for jobs teaching reception for example. If you do this you need to be aware that at some point you may be asked to move to teach another year group.

Location may also be a factor that you need to consider. If you do not drive then you will find that your choices are very limited and you may have to be prepared to relocate once you have got a job. City schools are often quite different to rural schools. If you want to go to a school that is a little bit more laid back then a rural school setting may be more suited.

You could always register with a teaching agency and do some temping work in a few different schools to get a feel for what you think would suit you.

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Where to get help when looking for employment

Posted on August 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Finding a job can be quite a stressful task and you may worry about how and where you start your job application process. If you are in need of work quickly, then you will want to apply for as many job vacancies as possible to give yourself the best chance of landing employment. This will often meaning spending a bit of time searching every few days and filling in application forms or sending off your CV and covering letters.

People that have been made redundant, had to leave a job due to relocation or have been off work for a while and need to return often need help in finding a vacancy that they are suited to. If you are have been out of work for a while, never worked or not had to go through the recruitment process for a long time you may struggle to know how to put your CV together or how to complete application forms. Making errors on your CV or application form can cost you an interview, so it is imperative that you get it right.

With high competition for jobs you will need to ensure that your CV and covering letters are the best that they can be to compete against other candidates. Experience and qualifications are often the main thing an employer looks for when they make their choice as to who they should invite I for an interview.  If you are not as qualified as others, you can still land a job, it just mean that you may have to persuade the employer a little more and this may be done through your covering letter.

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Working with animals

Posted on July 23, 2019 at 9:57 pm

If you remember back to when you were a child, there probably was a time when you thought about what job you would like to do when you are older. You will probably have considered doing a job which involves working with animals such as being a vet or a zoo keeper. This is a very popular choice for children but as they get older often their opinion changes.

As a child, many of us wanted to work with animals Being a vet is one of the top ten jobs children say they want along with working in the fire service or police, being a hairdresser and doctor but becoming a vet is very hard and takes years of training at university. 

Some people simply cannot afford to go to uni for that long and therefore being a vet is out of the question, but there are plenty of other jobs that you can do with fewer qualifications that will allow you to work with animals.

You may decide that you want to become a veterinary nurse instead which doesn’t require any formal qualifications although relevant qualifications will often give you an advantage when applying for jobs.

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What is required to become a psychologist?

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 9:46 pm

A psychologist has a very demanding job and there is a lot of training that needs to be done in order to obtain the qualifications needed. Clinical psychologists assess, diagnose and treat individuals suffering from psychological distress and mental illness. They often work in a hospital, mental health unit or privately.

If you are thinking that this is the career for you, you do need to ensure that you can undertake the years of training that will give you the qualifications that you need to start applying for jobs.

You will need to complete a degree accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society), and 3 years of post-graduate study (leading to a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology), in order to become a Clinical Psychologist. You will also need at least a year of relevant clinical work experience. This may be done in a mental health clinic or hospital.

You will need to ensure that you have the funds to pay for the courses (or get a student loan) and also to support yourself through the years of study. You can expect to spend 7-8 years studying before you are able to start working on your own.

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Understanding the recruitment process

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 1:13 pm

If you own or run a business and there has come a time when you feel like to need more members of staff to run the business properly then you will have to decide how you are going to go about recruiting them.  Not all companies use the same methods for recruiting staff. Some choose to advertise it themselves and carry out the recruitment process including analysing CV’s and handling interviews in house. Whereas others may choose to outsource the recruiting of new staff members to an agency.

You will have to pay for the services of a recruitment agency to fill positions and this can be in to the thousands for permanent members of staff but you often find that the process is quicker, you only have to get involved when suitable candidates have been found and it involves less admin and time for you other existing staff members. .

Most recruitment agencies will go through a process of vetting all applicants first before sending them to you and they will often conduct a mini interview over the phone to see if they are suitable. Once they have a candidate that they believe would be suited to the position they will then pass their details on to you to read through (often not enclosing personal details and contact information to stop you from contacting them directly). If you approve then they will contact their client and ask if they would like to invite them in for an interview.  

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Looking for work? Have you considered an apprenticeship?

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 1:50 pm

When looking for work, it is important to not only think about your immediate position but also to consider your future. It may be that you need to bring a wage in as soon as possible, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot work towards your future career at the same time.

An apprenticeship can be taken in a number of job roles within a wide range of industries and each course will vary in terms of time to complete and hours you will work during a week. For example, you may find an apprenticeship in childcare that you wish to apply for that will take one to two years to complete but if you want to go on to do a higher level degree then you may have to study for up to four years.

It is fairly easy to find apprenticeship jobs in your area. You can either look on jobs boards online or visit the Government website where you can search a number of posts that are available to you in the local area.  Apprenticeships are perfect for people who want to continue their education whilst getting paid a small amount.

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Working as a teacher in UK

Posted on March 30, 2019 at 11:51 am

Teaching can be an extremely rewarding job. There is a lot of variety within teaching and you can choose to teach children that are just starting out in reception right through to students who are preparing to leave school.

Teachers often find the job quite stressful and for this reason unfortunately many leave the occupations within the first year of starting work. There is always a need for more teachers but with budgets being pushed, lots of schools end up trying to manage with less staff than they really need.  

It may be that you want to get into teaching but are not sure of the exact route you need to take, or need to check if there is any funding available to help you through university. There are a number of companies out there that specialise in this and will help you through the whole process from finding the correct course for you to help you find a job once you have completed your course. 

You may find that it helps to do some work as a teaching assistant or even a voluntary assistant to listen to readers etc. so you can gain some experience in a classroom environment.

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Job searching whilst managing your current job

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 12:47 pm

If you are already employed then you may find it quite a challenge if you are wanting to search for a new job. Often the last thing you want to be doing after a long day at work is searching for and applying for new jobs but this is probably the only time you have to do it.
When you get home give yourself half an hour or so to sit down and relax with a cuppa before you start. Giving yourself time to unwind will mean that you are more productive when you start your job searching process.
Write down a list of places that you want to check for jobs on a daily basis and jobs boards that you can upload your CV to. You may also want to register with an agency who can help find jobs that you may be suitable in applying for.
Yu may need to attend interviews when already employed and this can make it hard to get the time off work if your current employer doesn’t know you are looking for work. Ideally, you will have enough holiday that you can book days off when you have interviews so you do not have to call in sick. This will allow you to feel less worried on the day as you have not had to lie to attend the interview.

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