Monthly Archives: October 2013

UK labour market trends – Q1 and Q2, 2013 (infographic)

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Hiring trends in the UK for the first half of 2013

Who’s hiring? A summary of trends in the UK hiring market for the first half of the year, based on information from the JobisJob database.

Infographic labour market

© JobisJob, October 2013. Taken from a sample size of over 7 million job adverts from January – June. This infographic is designed to give a quick overview. It is not an in-depth report, and should be taken with a pinch of salt. For more information, as well as up-to-date facts and figures, please contact us.

Video – at last, some faces to the name!

This entry was posted in Articles, Working life and tagged , on by María Aragón.

We recently wrote about some of the best-designed places to work in, and thought it was time we gave you a quick tour of ours, too! The doors to our offices are open: time to step in and see what we get up to all day – you’ll find us working (of course), or lost in our own individual moments of inspiration… In this spontaneous, homemade video, we present you a quick slice of life in JobisJob (The Clever Click)!

If you can’t see this video, click here:

About JobisJob: we look for work and you find it!

Did you arrive by accident and don’t know what JobisJob is about? Oops… We should sort that one out. JobisJob started in 2007, and is already one of the largest employment search engines in the UK. Our UK page was our first, but we’re also present in over twenty other countries around the globe (given the ethnic variety of our team, we should be called Babel :)).

We colaborate with companies, agencies and job boards to collect a large variety of job adverts (we currently have around a million on our UK pages). Then, we whip them all up with our advanced search engine technology. To top things off, we give you the option of using several filters such as location, company, salary etc. so you can directly find the job you’re looking for, in the area you’re looking for and with the conditions you’re interested in. In conclusion, on JobisJob, we look for jobs, and you find them :) Click here to start looking.

Oh, and one more thing – don’t forget that the application process is the responsibility of the companies featured on our site, and unfortunately we can’t influence it in any way. You should find contact details in each job advert so you know where to send your CV.

PS: We’ve sent you a video, so you could send us a photo (or video) of your workplace, right?

Networking 101: maintaining your contacts

This entry was posted in Articles, Working life and tagged , , on by plabram.

Networking is a fact of life. Introducing two friends who you think might hit it off? That’s networking. Getting your cousin overseas to show you around the city they live in? That’s networking. The social vine is overflowing with fruit, and if you’re prepared to do your part, the harvest can be rich. Once you’ve looked at different ways to make new contacts, one of the most difficult, and overlooked, aspects of networking is maintaining the contacts you’ve already made.

Growing a flourishing contact garden

Remember to maintain your contacts!1. Identify potential professional contacts/leads.

Think about the people you meet in your day-to-day life who make potentially useful professional contacts. These might include any of the following:

  • Your social network
  • Ex-colleagues and bosses
  • School/university friends and teachers
  • People you’ve met on conferences/training days
  • Interviewers for previous positions
  • Family members
  • People you’ve met on networking days

…Which other potential leads can you think of?

2. Make a database of these contacts

If you’re looking to upgrade your old address book, there’s plenty of high-tech contact management software around. And lots of it is free. The type of information you want to keep includes not just names and contact details, but personal details such as birthdays, offspring, interests, minor health issues and anything else you could use as an opening gambit.

  • If you have a LinkedIn Premium Account, you can use the profile organiser.
  • For Android users, Contacts+ is a great contact manager that even sends an alert to remind you of birthdays. It pulls in all of your different accounts to combine information about calls and contact details in a smartly-presented userface.
  • Smartr Contacts is one of the most popular apps for iOS. This automatically finds out info about your connections, which is protected in the cloud. You’ll find a good guide here of how to import your Gmail contacts into Android.
  • Plaxo is another easy-to-use way to keep all your contacts on the cloud together.

3. Keep in touch

Networking is a sport! With the advent of the internet, it’s now easier than ever to drop someone a line to say “hi”. You might feel a little unnatural doing so, but it’s important to reach out to from time to time – that’s how new connections are made. Excuses for saying hello might include:

  • A thank-you note – always welcome!
  • Birthday wishes
  • Asking for a small piece of advice – people love to help, when it’s easy for them to do so (see below)
  • Sending congratulations

…Any more positive ways to stay in touch?

4. Pay it forwards

When networking, people often make the mistake of asking for more than they give. This can often come from an aversion for taking risks – connecting two people doesn’t always work out. It may also be due to a lack of confidence: it might seem hard to believe that you have much to offer. You have to give to receive, however, and taking the plunge can potentially pay dividends.

An important part of networking is being positive about other people – clearly identifying traits and skills that your contacts have which could benefit others. Don’t forget that you also have your own unique set of skills and talents which is of benefit to the world. You might be able to:

  • Let a contact know there’s an opening in your company
  • Put two contacts who could benefit from each others’ skills in touch
  • Give someone feedback on their CV, interview technique or even just offer a bit of tea and sympathy
  • Suggest new directions and career paths, or help someone clarify those they already have in mind
  • Invite a contact along to a networking/business event
  • Offer to help organise a networking/business event (great way to build contacts!)
  • Offer to help with a project, or suggest someone who could
  • Teach someone a skill
  • Give advice about finding work in a specific sector

…How else could you help?

5. Me, me, me…

Once you’ve carefully tended your network for a while, the time will come to reap the rewards of your hard work. And you should ask for favours – it’s important to take as well as give. Don’t always ask for the biggies straight-off, however – it’s often far more likely that you’ll find help from requesting a selection of small things.

Don’t push your luck, either. We can all forget to get back to people, or be caught in a bad moment, so it’s worth double-checking, but if you’ve asked someone for something several times and they have repeatedly said no or avoided an answer, the chances are they can’t/won’t be able to help. Accept and do not push: they are in their right to say no and being too forceful is unlikely to get you very far in any case. In the future, however, you might want to focus your attention on more “giving” contacts, or you might prefer to ask the same person for something else which they are more comfortable helping you with.

Here are some appropriate things to ask someone for:

  • Help with your CV/interview practice
  • A cup of coffee and advice regarding career direction
  • Advice in learning a specific skill or achieving a specific goal
  • Connecting you to someone else
  • Passing on job adverts that look interesting
  • Accompanying you to a training day/networking event
  • Keeping you informed of news from the sector you’re in (or would like to be in)
  • Passing on job openings
  • Helping you stay motivated
  • Helping you with a specific project or event that you’re organising
  • Suggesting possible contacts you should try to make
  • Giving you feedback on your business card/LinkedIn profile etc.

…More advice on asking for help here.

Genuine networking is not just about asking for favours, but putting time into constructing relationships: maintaining your contacts is really more about adopting a certain attitude than a few quick fixes.  It often takes time for the seeds of your efforts to begin to grow, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see results at first, but keep tending and weeding, and eventually your garden of contacts will begin to flourish.

Contact "gardening"

Images: Notebooks thanks to Tiny Apartment Crafts, Growing Flowers by Penelope L.

JobisJob interview with Michael

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Michael McGlashan was JobisJob’s summer work experience student in 2013. Find out more about this Californian native’s experience in and impressions of Europe:

Interview MichaelMichael, where are you originally from and how did you arrive here?

I am originally from Los Angeles, California, and currently attend the University of Southern California. Barcelona had always been a dream of mine after my brother and sister shared stories of their visits, so after my second year in college I decided I would venture out here to work and explore Spanish culture. I can definitely say it was one of the best decisions of my life.

What are your career objectives?

My career objectives change all the time, but currently I have an interest in real estate; in the development aspect of it. Both my parents have worked in real estate their whole lives, which has fueled my interest in the industry.

What did you want to be when you were 5?

When I was 5, I had an obsession with being a firefighter. In my hometown, we have a parade every year where we honor our local police force and firefighters, and I remember watching the fire trucks drive down the street and thinking how cool it would be one day to be a fireman myself. Although I don´t have that same dream today, I still have a deep appreciation for what they do.

How was working in Europe for you, was there anything that surprised you in particular?

Working in Europe has been great; I have really enjoyed my time here. When I first applied, I had no idea what to expect and was a bit nervous, but it has definitely been a very positive experience for me.

How would you define European work culture, in comparison to America?

There is definitely a very different work culture coming from America to Europe. In America people are typically very strict and are very uptight the entire time. In Europe, I find that people enjoy each minute of the day and value little breaks throughout the day to talk to co-workers or have a snack/lunch. In America, I find that people move much faster and take less opportunity to take a healthy break during work.

Which three things did you miss most from the US? 

The things I miss most about the US is Mexican food, my family, and my friends. In Los Angeles, I have a few restaurants that I absolutely love, like “Chipotle”, “King Taco” or the more local places such as “La Estrella” and “Burger Central”, based in Pasadena, California, which are basically 2 holes in the wall, but serve fantastic food. So when I return home, I will definitely be eating out quite often. I love the food here in Spain, but there are a few places in Los Angeles that I have a craving for. Also, I have not seen my family in two months, so the opportunity to see them in the next week is something I am looking forward to very much.

What is the first thing you are planning to do when you arrive back home?

As soon as I arrive in Los Angeles, I will take a trip to a local hamburger place called “In ‘N’ Out”. This is my favorite restaurant back home, and each time I arrive back from a trip I always stop to get a great burger. In my first few days, I will definitely take time to relax and visit the beach as well other local spots that I enjoy hanging out at.

JobisJob is… a tremendous company, with very motivated workers who work day-in and day-out to satisfy customers from around the world.

Europe is… a beautiful continent, full of rich culture, ancient history, and ongoing tradition.

We thank Michael for the support, effort and the outstanding performance he has demonstrated while working with us for the past two months. We wish you all the best in your future aspirations, both professional and personal, and hope you come back soon!

Is working from home dying out in the UK?

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HP, which is currently a major player in the UK’s labour market and employer in twelve different locations of the country, has recently announced that working from home will be curtailed. After years of predications that telecommuting would become the norm, are we starting to see a backlash against working from home?

The working-from-home backlash

Home office cartoon

First off, let’s get our facts straight. According to the 2011 UK census, 2.8 million people in the UK (10.6% of the country’s working population work mainly or completely from home. And according to the 2001 census, 2.2 million (9,2% of the working population) telecommuted. So the trend is positive: the number of people in the UK labour market working from home has actually risen over the last ten years. But predictions such as Lindsey Pollack’s that “we’ll increasingly work from everywhere except an office” hardly seem to be coming about, despite strides forwards in mobile technology.

Why has working from home not taken off?

So where did working from home get lost? First and foremost, as the BBC puts it, “Managers can be biased in favour of these they can actually see working”. This might not be the most enlightened of prejudices, but it’s one that’s definitely been enhanced by the recent economic crisis. As was mentioned in the internal HP memo, “During this critical turnaround period, HP needs all hands on deck”.

Globalisation might also be a factor. As is discussed in more detail here, HP is one of many companies who’ve chosen to outsource in recent years. As well as outsourcing, an increased amount of business now choose to sell abroad, all of which undoubtedly has an effect on employee culture. It’s perhaps a tenuous link, but we wonder if increased buying, selling and working in companies where working from home is less common has influenced the UK’s telecommuting culture, too.

Reduced workplace loyalty could also help explain this labour market trend’s unexpected flop. According to the US Department of Labor, employees currently spend just 4.4 years on average in each job. With working from home being a privilege often awarded to trusted employees only after years in the company, it’s no wonder that this generation hasn’t managed to call the shots in terms of telecommuting.

The strange thing about all this is that, increasingly, many companies are being encouraged to allow employees to use social media at work. So although it might be ok to open Facebook in the office, chances can’t be taken on using it at home.

Will working from home die out?

Many employers still do welcome the working-from-home culture, however. As Richard Branson states: “Working life isn’t 9-5 any more [sic]. The world is connected. Companies that do not embrace this are missing a trick.” So despite the trend’s failure to take off in quite the way expected, it seems as though working from home continues to be valued by some, and we suspect will continue to be a valid option for a proportion of the population.

Do you or your employees work from home? We love to hear if you think we’re right or wrong: share your point of view, and enrich this article for other readers.

People at work