Knowing how to start searching for a job

There are several ways in which you can start searching for a job that may be suited to your skill set, qualifications and commitment.

You may decide to go to the job centre and either speak to an advisor or many now have online computer systems you can use to find jobs that match your skill / experience level. This can be particularly handy if you are not exactly sure as to what you want to do or the opportunities open to you.

The other place you may want to look is on online jobs boards. There are quick and easy to use and allow you to search through hundreds of jobs at a time. You can usually filter the jobs that come up by job type, location or salary and some allow you to refine this more by selecting qualifications you have.

A CV is a very important tool when applying for jobs. This document can mean the difference between asked in for an interview and turned away at the first stage. It is vital that your CV is up to date with all of your education / qualifications as well as any working experience you may have. If you have an up to date CV to hand you can quickly apply for jobs even if the deadline for applications is closing soon. You should always tweak your cover letter for each company that you are sending the CV to as the covering letter should be quite specific to the job you are applying for whereas your CV is likely to be more generic. 

Do you have missing information or anomalies on your CV

A CV is vital if you are job hunting. It can be the difference between between progressing to the next stage and being rejected. It is important to put aside a good amount of time to put your CV together and once complete, check it and check again.  

When writing a CV there may be times when you have to put down something or miss something out – which may not look great such as a gap in employment or short employment periods at a number of different companies. There may be a genuine reason for this but if not explained, potential employers may see it as you being unreliable. If for example you have had a few short jobs due to working through an agency, then it is often advised to put that as a not on your CV.  Although you will often have the chance to discuss these anomalies when attending an interview, you may not even get that far.

Employers tend not have the time to read pages and pages of information, but a little note to say why is perfectible acceptable.  With this in mind, ensure that you try and keep your CV to one page and if you do have to write more, definitely no more than two.

If you are invited for an interview, be prepared for any questions they may ask your CV and ensure that you are honest.

What is the recruitment process for taking on additional staff?

There may come a time in your business when you need to take on extra staff to cover the growing demand for your products and/or services or just to cover staff absence or a busy period. Not all companies use the same methods for recruiting staff as some companies choose to advertise and carry out the recruiting process themselves and others choose to outsource all or part of the recruitment process to an agency.  If you want to keep costs down then you will probably do the recruitment yourself. This may involve advertising through your website and on social media, vetting CV’s and carrying out all the interviews. Although this will keep your outgoings down it may eat up a lot of your and other staff member’s time.

If you use a recruitment agency then most often you will only pay for their services if they find the right candidate or they will offer you a fixed fee regardless of how many people they send through to you. Most recruitment agencies will vet all applicants first and even conduct a mini interview over the phone and then only send you through the CV’s of people that they think are suitable.

Keeping children occupied during the school holidays

The summer holidays are almost upon us and many people will be wondering how they can keep their children occupied over the six-week break. It may be that you have to work and so your children will be spending some of their holidays with friends, family or with a child care provider, in which case you may want to have some fun activities planned for when you do get to spend the day with them.
A trip to the seaside always goes down well, and if you are not going on holiday this summer, then a few day-trips out can be just as fun. It does not need to cost a fortune, as you can take a picnic with you, and if the weather is good, the kids will be happy with digging in the sand or paddling in the sea.
It is also important to think about your child’s education during the 6-week summer break as it is a long time to be off school. Continuing to read with them often and asking them to write a diary or draw a picture of something they have enjoyed doing, will allow them to practise skills they have been learning at school without it feeling like home work.

The importance of education at an early age

It can be hard to find the right balance between education and play for younger children. Many parents often feel that their children are made to work too hard too younger and are put under unnecessary pressure at such a young are.

Research shows that children who get a head start on their learning often excel throughout their school years and often even further in to their work life later on. A child’s mind is like a sponge and therefore can take a lot of information in, in small chunks. They may learn in a different way to many adults but they are able to retain a lot of information from a young age. This is why children pick up new languages a lot easier than it is for an adult to learn a new language.

Although it is important for young children to have a good education, there is a balance and children should still be allowed to be children. Putting too much pressure on a child can have the opposite desired affect and can mean that they start to switch off. 

Your child’s teacher should be giving them the correct amount of home work and work to be completed in class, but if you are at all worried about the work load then it is important to raise your concerns with their teacher.