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Should You Attach A Cover Letter With Your CV?

Monday 17th June 2019
Jamie Hughes - CV Writer and Career Coach For Your CV Consultant

The cover letter; a little piece of formality that has stood the test of time and I am still a big fan of. A well written and concise cover letter can enhance the chances of a CV being read and prepare the reader for what they should look for and very often how they should feel. When I am talking to my clients the main piece of advice I give about cover letters is to see the cover letter as the trailer for the movie that is your CV. The cover letter should tease the reader into wanting to see your CV. To look forward to seeing your CV. To extend the trailer metaphor, a cover letter gives hints of the funny bits or the cool explosions or exciting car chases. They do just enough to whet the appetite. Your cover letter should cover your key skills, your main reasons why you will excel in the job and your most relevant bits of experience. It should also clearly tick off some of the key requirements of the applicant mentioned in the job description. How to start... All good letters start with a 'Dear'. Yours will be no different. But here is a game changer. Sometimes the person who you will be applying to WILL be named in the job advert. Excellent. That is a time saver. Sometimes they won't. Never use Dear Sir/Madam. Ever. Always do your research and find out who will be reading your letter. This is so important. The personal touch is nice. The formality is professional. The fact that you have done your research and gone the extra mile gives you money in the bank before they have finished the first line of your letter. So many candidates won't bother and roll out 'Dear Sir/Madam. There is simply no excuse for not finding out who the key person is. A quick internet search will find 80% of the people you are looking for. Some job adverts have a number to call if you have more questions. Give them a call. If the number is not there then find it and ring. Most people will not do this. This will make you stand out. Always get the correct spelling and check it and check it again. A misspelled name is likely to make even the most level headed person get grumpy. At best you are stepping off on the wrong foot with the person in charge of the process. At worst you are going in the bin for being sloppy and inaccurate. The body of the letter Slightly different approach from the opening paragraph. That was more free style and getting your key strengths across. The body of the letter is much more precise. You have one/two paragraphs to meet the top requirements for the role. This takes preparation. Firstly grab the job description and identify the top six requirements that the role is explicitly specifying. If you do not have this luxury then make some educated guesses about what they will be looking for. If you cannot do this then the role is not right for you in the first place! Once you have your list mentally check off that you have these attributes yourself and can prove it via your skills set, work experience or in your qualifications. Then begin to craft sentences that cover these skills and your examples. When you are doing this process do not get hung up on how much you are writing, if it makes sense or if it flows. Just keep writing until you have covered the aspects of the job description that you wanted to hit. Writing is always the hardest part. Once you have got it all down you can start to edit, fine tune and combine skill sets if required. Make sure you do not start every sentence with 'I'. It can make the letter look very basic and lose its flow. Use phrases at the start of every other sentence such as 'Over the course of my career I...' and 'As required by the post I...'. If you want to maximise the skills you are getting in a sentence starter such as 'Diligent by nature I....' or 'Passionate about my industry I....'. As well as checking off some of the key competency skills for the role try to include some of the core softer skills that are relevant to every position. References to adaptability, communication skills, customer service skills and ability to learn new skills all add depth and value to a cover letter. In a sense what you are trying to do with this section of the cover letter is demonstrate your ability to succeed in the role from day one. You are saying 'this is what I can do and from the job description I know you need it. Let me do it'. The final paragraph You are aiming for formal, polite, confident and optimistic. Got that? All that in a few lines. For this you want to cover the basics: Thank them for reading the letter (polite), you want them to know that you feel that your application is what they are looking for (confident) without seeming to cocky (formal). Always leave on a note suggesting an action for them demonstrating that you feel you are a worthwhile candidate who is worth a closer look (confident and optimistic). Jamie Hughes is a published author relating to CV Writing and also Career Coach and Senior CV Writer for Your CV Consultant. In his book, Marginal Gains: 88 Ways To Improve Your CV and Kick Start Your Career, he offers some great tips and advice which is a must read before you send off your next CV. Jamie also completes Skype CV Packages helping to propel your career to the next stage! If you would like to read more 'Marginal Gains' these can be found in Jamie's book, Marginal Gains: 88 Ways To Improve Your CV and Kick Start Your Career. In addition if you would like to discuss your CV in more detail email info@yourcvconsultant.co.uk and see how we can help you to kick start your career!…

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Free Uk Job Search

Thursday 16th May 2019
jobsearch#yourcvconsultant.co.uk

Free UK Job Searching has arrived #yourcvconsultant. Your CV Consultant have provided professional CV services and optimised LinkedIn profiles for a number of years to satisfied clients. Now we are happy to launch our new Job Search Page. If you are looking for a job in the UK you will have access to hundreds of thousands of jobs ready for you to apply for. Additionally it is completely free for you to use! We also advise to bookmark our page as new jobs are added daily. So get clicking and find your ideal new job today! Post by jobsearch#yourcvconsultant…

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How to nail your next interview!

Wednesday 10th April 2019
Graduate Coach

Every year 500,000 UK students graduate. Of these, 250,000 never enter the graduate workforce (Source, CIPD 2017). One of the key reasons for this is that no one has ever taught them how to interview. In fact, over 85 % of students and recent graduates find interviewing difficult /very difficult (source CV library). Interview failures can be narrowed down to six different categories: 1) Preparation 2) Are you applying to the right job? 3) How much you want the job? 4) Empathy 5) Asking Questions 6) Nerves Preparation Preparation is the first and most common reason for interview failure. If spent enough time researching, revising and preparing you will be more able to convey your skill set, show 'want', demonstrate empathy, ask relevant questions, and relax your nerves. Consequently, preparation affects all six categories for interview success, which is why it's so often the fundamental reason for interview failure. Research by the CV Library found that 'the average person spends 36 minutes preparing for an interview'. This is not enough time to achieve the career of your choice. Take into account the years spent on academia and the time spent preparing for exams to put yourself in this position. Treat an interview like an exam, the more work/preparation you do, the likelier you are to pass. In essence, to be successful, an interviewee must be prepared for any questions that are research-related, competency based, or industry linked. Slip-ups on these questions are definite red flags to interviewers who will interpret this as a lack of 'want', skill and preparation. Moreover, one must have an understanding of the company/industry so that he can ask intriguing and relevant questions. This will engage the interviewer and slide the interview into more of a discussion rather than a Q&A format. Are you applying to the right job? The second category ('Are you applying to the right job?') is all about whether your skill set matches the job specification. Research by Kate Purcell, Emeritus professor at Warwick University developed an occupational classification, which classifies jobs as one of three categories, Experts: those in knowledge-intensive occupations that require them to draw on and use their specialist university knowledge and skills in their daily work. Examples include civil engineers, doctors, solicitors, physiotherapists and chartered surveyors. Knowledge Architect: those in jobs that require them to interpret and deliver insights from data. These jobs are dominated by the industries of, Finance, Consulting, Logistics and Research. Communicators: those who require interactive skills that may be based on interpersonal and communication skills, creative skills or high-level technological knowledge. Examples include sales people, actors, account people, web-designers and marketers. (source the conversation, 2018) To ensure you're applying to the right job, write down your skill sets and see if they're compatible with the job specification. How much you Want the Job? The third category ('how much you want the job'), is vital. Answering all questions correctly isn't enough to secure a job. You must convey your desire for the job, company and industry in question. The problem here is that even though many interviewees will desperately want the job, they don't know how to show their 'want' to the interviewer. Nevertheless, expressing interest in a job can be demonstrated in many forms. Firstly, the depth of research will be a key indicator. Secondly, express parts job spec you are enthusiastic about. Thirdly, asking insightful questions about the role, company and industry will show a level of curiosity, which demonstrates your keenness to get the role. Finally, to make it abundantly clear you can say to the interviewer - 'If you were to offer me the job tomorrow, I would take it!' Employers only hire those how really Want the job. Make it abundantly clear this is you! Empathy This part of an interview is whether the interviewer wants to work with you 5 days a week. It's important to remember you're being interviewed on your character as well as your performance. So, it's essential to converse in a friendly manner, which you can achieve through simple traits of smiling, laughing (but not boisterously), or expressing extra-curricular activities you enjoy. If you give off the impressions of arrogance, boredom, pomposity or hot-headedness, you will not be accepted into the following rounds. Asking Questions The end of an interview is when the interviewer will always ask, 'do you have any questions for me?' It is imperative that you do! Leaving an interview without asking any questions will significantly lower the chances of you being accepted onto the following rounds. To look really impressive, you can categorise your questions into three divisions: The Job, The Company and Personal Questions. E.g. Questions about the Job - What are the key priorities in the first few months of the job? Questions about the Company - What are the biggest challenges you face right now? Or biggest opportunities? Personal Questions - What your favourite and least favourite aspect of working here? Use your imagination to ask great questions. Or download Graduate Coach's interview course to get our 10 best questions to ask. Nerves Nerves are often the most worrying factor as to why people believe they fail. Unfortunately, there is no cure for nerves; however, preparation and experience will allow you to control them. It's important to remember you are expected to be nervous, it's only natural. Really go for an interview and battle against nerves rather than hiding behind them. Your interviewer wants to see that! Finally Remember very few nail interviews straight away, so it's important not to take rejection too harshly. The more you do the better you become and the wiser you'll be. We wish you well in the interviews to come. Good Luck!! Graduate Coach We here at Graduate Coach would be delighted if you took a look at our website. https://graduatecoach.co.uk/ Furthermore, our online interview course gives comprehensive and complete guidance on how to nail an interview!…

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'Communication’ is the most sought after soft skill

Sunday 24th March 2019
Source: Adzuna.co.uk

- 10.9% of job ads mention 'communication' within the job description - Other popular soft skills include organisation, planning skills, flexibility and motivation New data from job search engine Adzuna.co.uk revealed that when it comes to seeking out new employees, 'Communication' is the most sought after soft skill. 10.9% of ads mention 'Communication' within the job description, highlighting the value of showing off soft skills in both CVs and during interview processes. 'Communication', mentioned 116,261 times across the 1.1million job adverts analysed, was closely followed up 'Organised', mentioned 87,747 times (8.7%), and 'Planning' mentioned 83,322 times (7.8%), rounding off the top three most sought after soft skills for employment in the UK. Featured in the top ten soft skills were 'Focused', 'Confidence', 'Customer service', 'Initiative' and 'Independent': illustrating the range and variety of personable qualities that are in demand by employers. The research discovered that Accounting and Finance, Healthcare and Nursing, and Teaching industries all have particular emphasises on specific soft skills. Communication is particularly sought-after in Accounting and Finance roles - 17% of job ads mention the term, compared to 10.9% of job ads across all industries. Furthermore, 14.9% of Healthcare and Nursing jobs require 'Flexibility', and 13.7% of Teaching jobs mention 'Planning', compared to only 7.8% across UK jobs in general. Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, comments: "For job seekers, highlighting your soft skills alongside your hard skills will put you at an advantage when attempting to impress potential future employers. Hard skills give the technical elements for proficiency in a role and assist in meeting vocational requirements, however soft skills can often be more highly regarded than ticking the boxes of certain qualifications and workplace experiences. Companies are not just looking for a candidate who can do the job, but someone who will harmonise with the business and its pre-existing staff. Within a job ad these sought after soft skills showcase not only a demand in what is required within the role, but can also be indicative to the company's culture; of course be sure to showcase you can satisfy the qualifications for the role, but don't overlook your ability and desire to fulfill the soft skills required too. A great way to assist in your job hunt is to use ValueMyCV, a tool we built to help job seekers understand their true monetary value to potential employers and suggests tips to optimise their CV." After valuing your CV click Your CV Consultant for making those all important changes!…

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How to Prepare for University as a Mature Student

Tuesday 12th March 2019
Megan Bryant (Online Marketer for StudentJob UK)

Going back into the world of education as a mature student can be a blessing and a curse. Take it from me, at the tender age of twenty-one I was labelled as one! So below are a few tips to help prepare yourself for those deadlines and anything in between. Join societies! As a mature student, the thought of going out drinking every night may not appeal to you for numerous reasons. However, integration is still important and can surprisingly be done without the use of alcohol. Joining societies is a great way to build new and lasting relationships as well as having downtime from all the hard work. Time Management is Vital Let's say you have been working full time for a number of years, and during those years you have bought a house, raised a family and now looking to rejoin education again. Bills still need to be paid, meaning you will have to balance commitments. If the thought of juggling deadlines and work is a scary thought, fear not! There plenty of time management tips to help with day-to-day tasks. For example, by setting multiple but manageable deadlines throughout the day can help massively. Use your experience to your own advantage Coming from a work intensive background can benefit you massively. Without even realising you may find you are more proactive in your studying approaches. Already you have developed transferable skills in teamwork, managing tasks under pressure and communication, which will all help massively. So do not be afraid to stand out and showcase these to your peers! Believe me, when it comes to group projects, you will be the guardian angel. Will you undergo a placement year? This question is important to ask yourself. Why? Well If you decide to undertake a placement year (commonly known as a year in industry) then you can start preparing for it now. This is one thing I did during my first year and do not regret it one bit! I looked into what placement opportunities interested me the most and drafted endless CV and Cover Letters. As a mature student, you can express to potential employers your well-established background, which they will value. Positive Mental Attitude To achieve great things you will need to maintain a positive attitude. What you are doing is great! Going back to education to enhance your own career prospects is something to be proud of. Undeniably, things will get tough, but always remember what the future will bring. This all sounds cheesy, but a sprinkle of optimism can really help. Megan is an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. Looking for a job to fund your student lifestyle? Check out our application tips now!…

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Writing your first CV after University

Saturday 9th March 2019
Chris Pennington (Director and Founder of Your CV Consultant)

Leaving University can be an exciting but also daunting time. After studying hard and taking your exams, entering the job market can feel like a large leap into a new world. Many graduates secure a graduate scheme or internship, however that's not for everyone. Most people leaving University will start to approach job boards, recruitment agencies, and contact employers directly to secure that first all important full time position. Without doubt there is one key document that you will need to make that first big impression, and that is a professional looking CV. Writing this is the first step along the road to a successful career. So where do you start? In this article we will advise of three stages to help you along the way. Designing Your CV The first step is to work out how you want your CV to look, what to add, and in what order. Sounds simple. However, many people get this important start wrong. When thinking about this you need to think of the person or company you are sending the CV to, and what they want to take from the CV. You are asking them to take their time to look at your skills and experience so it leads to the next stage of recruitment, an interview. Most CV's start with a Personal Profile or Statement, then jump straight into Career History. This is fine for an applicant with significant career experience. However, most people leaving University don't have this. Therefore your University course and skills gained need to be near the top of the CV. A good tip is to start with your Personal Profile, then note your University and College experience next. Highlight key components of courses that seem relevant to the role being applied for. This helps the person reading the document to assess how you may benefit the position. By doing this you are showing how you can add value to the company. If you do this correctly your University and College experience can be just as useful as employment history. Start thinking about what you have done and achieved at University and the skills you have gained as a result. Jot these down and draw upon them at the next stage below. How To Write Your CV A CV is essentially a sales pitch to a future employer. Therefore use words that sell yourself. Try using powerful opening action verbs to describe each achievement you have completed in relation to your roles, and more importantly University experience. Then follow up with impressive results or outcomes so your achievements can be measured, An example could be 'Successfully transformed' or 'Inspired fellow class mates'. These openings can then form the start of a bullet point where you can go on to state what was achieved. Think about writing your University experience like you would a job role. This style can really help when entering the job market and it also shows the reader you have thought through what is needed from the CV. Once you have your University and College experience on page one of the CV, then add any employment experience you have. This can include placements you may have undertaken and also part time or summer jobs. Again, highlight what skills and achievements you have made and pick ones that would help in the role applied for. Remember to add any voluntary or charity work as well as this adds even more depth to the document. As your career develops your work history will eventually move to page one above your education; so remember to keep your CV up to date and change its style as you become more experienced. Concluding Your CV Many people overlook the importance of concluding a CV and some just slowly fade out making the CV look less impressive as it goes on. To stop this happening add a Key Skills section after your employment history. Draw together from your bullets points the key skills you have gained and which ones can be applied to the role. Keep this to around 6 bullet points. Then conclude your CV with a Professional Objectives section. Write a few sentences about what you have specialised in and where you wish this to take you to. This helps to frame the CV in the correct context and leads to yourself taking the initiative rather than the reader having to surmise where you want to progress. Remember to keep this brief though as you are still 'pitching' for the role and need to be concise. Final Thoughts Once you have completed the above three steps review your finished CV. Then review it again! Its really important there are no spelling or grammatical errors as that can lessen the impact of the document. You should now have a well designed, thought provoking, and professional looking CV that showcases your skills and shows how you can benefit the company and role applied for. If this is done correctly it can really help you stand out from the crowd and your University peers. Your CV can then give you the edge so you can get those important interviews and all your University experience will have added depth to your history. It may also have given you an advantage over more experienced applicants making YOU the ideal candidate for the role!…

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How to use Social Media to Find a Job!

Wednesday 30th January 2019
Megan Bryant (Online Marketer for StudentJob UK)

Ask anyone under the age of 25 what they use social media for and the most likely response will be aimlessly looking at memes and watching the occasional funny video of dog or some form of animal. We tend to waste a lot of time doing this, so discover how you can use social media to your advantage in order to become educated or to increase your chances of securing a job! LinkedIn Evidently the most obvious, this platform is dedicated to connecting employers with potential candidates. This simple, yet professional medium is a great way to display your experience, transferable skills and achievements in the hope of impressing the recruiter on the other side! Below are a few simple steps how you can maximise your chances on LinkedIn: - Use a Professional Looking Photo. This is not the place to use your drunk and terrifying photos, instead arrange to have professional headshots taken! Undoubtedly, students won't be able to afford this, nonetheless, today's smartphones have amazing cameras so use that instead! - Know what Industry Interests you To ensure your profile has a positive effect on employers, identify your niche and stick to it. If you need some inspiration, the marketing industry is high on the list for advertised jobs on the platform. Otherwise, Information Technology and HR is a great place for job seekers too. - Share, share, share! Sharing your ideas, articles or even other people's achievements is a brilliant way to showcase your personality. It is easy to fall into the trap of looking very one-dimensional; avoid this by being creative! - Time to Dazzle your Skills Recruiters scan through countless LinkedIn profiles, therefore make sure your one stands out! Impress employers with your attributes and make sure you get them endorsed by your colleagues. Facebook Not the first choice for recruiters to search for their next employee of the month, but be careful - if you neglect your profile in a sense that it is covered head-to-toe in rotten language, disturbing pictures and controversial viewpoints it will give off a bad impression. - Make sure your profile is clean! Many recruiters and employees will look at a candidate's profile to get a sense of who they really are. Set your profile to private and if your profile is beyond sensible, then maybe delete it... - Can be excellent library for resources (with caution) Notoriously known for hosting many fake news articles, Facebook can also provide helpful articles relating to work or personal progression! For example, TEDx, Code Academy and Harvard Business Review posts informative content to either educate or to inspire! Instagram Move aside Twitter, Instagram is making its power move to also become a professional networking platform for the younger generation. Who knew that hashtags could provide so many opportunities? - Act Appropriate Pictures speak louder than words, so whether your account is set to private or public, make sure what you post is of course suitable for a professional audience - Consider who you follow! Increase your chances through following influencers and companies, interact with them and try and grab their attention! - What hashtags to follow? #jobopening #hiring #nowhiring #careers #employment #jobalert #jobseeker #jobposting #jobvacancy - Engage The term 'slide into their DMs'' can hold many connotations, however, direct messaging can also help with your professional networking! Comment on their work, show interest and if it all goes well, you can increase your professional network. Megan Bryant is an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. Looking for a job to fund your student lifestyle? Check out our most popular vacancies now!…

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What does your ideal job look like in 2019?

Wednesday 16th January 2019
Your CV Consultant in conjunction with CV Library

At the start of a new year, many employees ask themselves what is their ideal job and what does it look like. According to research from CV Library, we can reveal below their findings. 'We asked UK workers what their ideal job looks like. The result? Flexi-time and choosing when to work your daily 8 hours is the most desired aspect of a role. - 39.8% think a salary of £25,000 is reasonable, while 27.5% want a higher pay of £5,500 per year. - The majority (53.6%) would prefer to work flexi-time, choosing their eight hours between 06:00 and 18:00 - only 25.1% want to stick with the traditional 9-5 - A further 38.7% would be happy with 25 days holiday, while 36.7% would want to stretch it to 30 days - Two-thirds (66.4%) want to work somewhere that has a smart/casual dress code' CV Library is also a great place to look for your next job in 2019. However, you also need to upload a quality CV to grab a recruiters eye! Your CV Consultant are here to help you and we offer a Gold CV Package for £39.95 - we will write for you a professional CV and Cover Letter so you can feel confident that when you do upload your CV it will stand out from other applicants! Please also read our great testimonials from our satisfied clients. Good luck in your job search and in finding your ideal job this year! Your CV Consultant - Investing In Your Future Today…

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Dance With The Devil - Recruitment Agencies: Should I Use One?

Sunday 6th January 2019
Jamie Hughes - CV Writer and Career Coach For Your CV Consultant

About the Author Jamie Hughes is a published author relating to CV Writing and also Career Coach and Senior CV Writer for Your CV Consultant. In his book, Marginal Gains: 88 Ways To Improve Your CV and Kick Start Your Career, he offers some great tips and advice which is a must read before you send off your next CV. Jamie also completes Skype CV Packages helping to propel your career to the next stage! Recruitment Agencies: Should I use one? My answer would be yes. With careful thought and by abiding by a few simple rules it is well worth registering with a couple of recruitment agencies. People are very wary of engaging the assistance of recruitment agencies but when you are on the candidate side of the fence there is very limited downside. Recruitment agencies offer a number of distinct advantages: They know the local/national recruitment market. They know who is recruiting and who is not. They have access to a number of employers and contract points you normally would not have access to. They may even have contracts with major employers which will mean that agency is the ONLY way you can work for the company. You get a consultant who works for you to get you a new job whilst they get their fee. It really is a win win situation. They will work with you even if you are currently employed and you want to discreetly test the market for better offers or promotional opportunities. There is no cost when you register with a reputable recruitment agency. Anyone that tries to charge a fee to you personally should be avoided. Recruitment Agencies: Choosing the right one For me there is no distinction in service levels and success rates between the major players such as Adecco and the smaller local recruitment agencies. The national players may have access to some of the larger contracts with national/international organisations. My advice here is to do your research. Review vacancy advertisements of all the local recruitment agencies in your area and assess who is recruiting most in your field. Many local areas will have agencies that have begun to focus on specific areas of expertise such as finance, engineering or care. Don't be put off that agencies will very rarely say who the job advert is actually for. This is to prevent other agencies poaching their vacancies not to be deceptive or misleading. A few minutes of reviewing vacancies will quickly give you a sense of the agencies to approach with your CV. Recruitment Agencies: How do they work? Recruitment agencies generate income in two ways: Permanent recruitment is recruiting for organisations for permanent staff who will be on that company's payroll. The recruitment agency takes the job description and finds a short list of suitable candidates for their client to interview. The client then selects the candidate following their normal recruitment process. They then pay a fee to the agency of somewhere between 10-40% of the first year salary of the candidate. This is not paid by the candidate nor does it come out of their actual salary. The salary is simply used as a barometer of value of the candidate to set the fee. The advantage of working with a consultant on the vacancy is that they will be working on commission that they will only get for you being placed successfully. They will be highly motivated to make sure you are as informed and prepared on interview day as possible and this can include some helpful insider knowledge. The downside of going through an agency is that the organisation will have paid a fee for you so may have higher expectations of your performance. Temporary recruitment is loaning staff to work for an organisation but who are paid and 'on the books' of the recruitment agency. Temp workers are often brought in to cover maternity leave, sick leave or short term contracts. For you it can be a very useful way to gain valuable experience in a number of companies in a short period of time without damaging your CV. The agency makes its money by paying the candidates the appropriate rate for the job but billing the company a higher rate thus making a margin. Again no costs should be incurred by you. The downside is that temp recruitment can be short notice, erratic and inconsistent with temp workers often not getting as much respect in the company as full time staff. Recruitment Agencies: Registering It is fine to register with a number of agencies. If you are a high calibre candidate they may ask for exclusivity (meaning you only register with this agency). If this happens I would recommend you say yes but only give them four weeks to come up with the goods. This means they are highly motivated and you have a way out if they are unsuccessful. Otherwise it is worth having two to three agencies you are working with. They will ask you to come in for a short interview. During this time they will request your CV and your proof of right to work in the UK documents (covered in the next section). At this time you will meet your consultant and give them a sense of what you are looking for or will consider. They may also ask who else you are with and what interviews you have been for lately. Be discreet. They are trying to find out some leads from you on companies that are recruiting locally and what rival recruitment agencies are up to. If you would like to read more 'Marginal Gains' these can be found in Jamie's book, Marginal Gains: 88 Ways To Improve Your CV and Kick Start Your Career. In addition if you would like to discuss your CV in more detail email info@yourcvconsultant.co.uk and see how we can help you to kick start your career!…

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Revealed: The best Secret Santa gifts for your colleagues this year

Monday 17th December 2018
CV Library (Guest Publication)

CV-Library has found that 74.6% of Brits enjoy getting involved with this festive gifting game, and whilst Secret Santa is a great opportunity to have some fun with your colleagues during the festive period it can be tricky to know where to draw the line. Nearly half (47%) of Brits think you should give a funny gift, 33.7% a personal one and 17.9% say something generic, but surprisingly 1.5% of your fellow Brits think a rude present is acceptable. Not sure on what to buy? Here's what the nation believes are the best Secret Santa gifts for colleagues this year: - Novelty items (41.1%) - From Christmas socks, to 'A dummy's guide to XYZ', you can have a laugh with your gift without crossing the line. - Sweets/chocolates (40.1%) - You can't go wrong with a bit of festive confectionery, so this is a good option if you're stuck for a gift idea. - Vouchers (39.7%) - If in doubt, find out what shops your colleague likes to buy from and get them a voucher - even better if there's a running joke about it. - Personalised mugs (26.1%) - Is there a memorable quote from your office? Stick it on a mug! You can't go wrong with a personalised gift. - Alcohol (24%) - If you're stuck for ideas and know your colleague's favourite tipple, get down your local supermarket and pick up a bottle. There's plenty of plonk for under a fiver. - Stationery (8.3%) - From notebooks and Post-its, to pens and fancy folders, brighten up your co-worker's desk with some nice looking stationery. Both CV Library and Your CV Consultant wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!…

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