Christmas Jobs: A Smart Guide to Find Temp Work

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Christmas is just around the corner and so are the seasonal jobs. And Christmas jobs are an opportunity to put some money into your pocket, acquire more experience and meet new people.

To make your temporary Christmas job search more efficient, we have selected the most in demand positions for you based on some key data and labour market trends in the UK.

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Start your Christmas temp job search now!

Most companies start recruiting Christmas staff as early as October with a peak in November. The time is now! Browsing on many job boards and recruitment agencies can be messy. So to find all the available positions across different websites in just one place visit JobisJob.

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Christmas jobs offers in the last 12 months (source: Job Market Insights).

Seasonal jobs created for you: Where, what and who

Search your Christmas job throughout the UK sorting by location or finding your town in the map. As usual, LondonManchesterBristolBirmingham and Leeds have the most job offers, but there are opportunities almost everywhere. Retail, logistics, and hospitality & catering are growing sectors these months. Do you want or do you have experience in one of the following industries? These are the ones most in demand:

And to make the search more specific, try with some of the job titles to be guided:

Top companies

Department stores and retailers are among the top recruiters in Christmas time. Debehmans and QD Stores are in the list. Delivery services, such as Royal Mail, and beauty stores positions are also topping the ranking.

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And one last tip: start the search as soon as possible, be flexible, and prepare to start ASAP… Enjoy your Christmas job!

*Source: Job Market Insights

7 Personal Traits That May Hinder Career Advancement

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Working life and tagged , , , on by Andres Herrera.

If you’re career oriented and wish to achieve great things in your life, you might be thinking that you have certain qualities which hold you back more than allow you to progress. The truth is that there are indeed some personal traits which can make a person less productive and efficient in their job.

Understanding and recognizing these traits is the first step to starting to change them for the better. Here are some personal traits that could hinder career advancement, and some tips on how you can make them work in your advantage and achieve your professional goals.

Personal traits

1. Procrastination

One of the personal traits that can really set a person behind on schedule is procrastination. This can be a result of many different things though. Instead of jumping straight in and attributing this trait to pure laziness, you should keep in mind that not every procrastinator is lazy.

Not enjoying the work you’re doing is more often than you can imagine and it can cause even the best professionals to slack off and postpone their job until the very last minute. A career change or a reevaluation or your skills and expectations from your job could really help you see this issue from a different perspective and solve it once and for all.

2. Lack of focus

Due to the time and day we live in, we are constantly surrounded by obligations and problems. This can very often be a reason for us to lose focus, even when we’re doing something important. It can cause to forget things about your job that make it important and therefore miss some milestones which could help turn your career around.

In order to solve this, you will have to learn how to prioritize your problems and tasks for each day. Knowing where to begin will help you stay more focused and will allow you to tackle each task methodically.

3. Aggressiveness

When you have to work with other people, you will have to know how to respect each other’s boundaries and be polite to be able to effectively communicate with them. Always keep in mind that not every person you work with will be as smart or as good at their job as you are. Being aggressive will only make you look like the bad guy in your business.

If people can’t keep up with your expectations, you can’t become aggressive and force your working style and opinions on others. You will lose many opportunities as people will consider you difficult to work with and will avoid chances of coming in contact with you just for that sole reason.

4. Perfectionism

There is both a good and a bad side to being a perfectionist. On the one hand, you will be able to always produce work which will be of the best quality, free of any errors and always submit it on time. On the other hand, though, you will constantly be stressed and under pressure, doubting yourself and your abilities as nothing you create will ever be good enough.

When you progress in your professional career and you get to gain more working experience, it is very easy to see how much you know compared to when you started. This should give you the motivation to stop worrying too much about quality and focus on learning new things which could help you elevate your work without too much effort.

5. Pessimism

Does it seem like no matter how hard you work you don’t manage to make much progress in your field of work? Your negative attitude could very well be the reason why you are holding yourself back. While being arrogant and overconfident is not a good thing, you should give credit to yourself when you do something well.

Acknowledging your hard work and your successes is essential for you to continue making progress. Turn your pessimism into optimism, and keep reminding yourself that as long as you work hard, everything will turn out okay in the end and you will be able to reach all of your goals.

6. Individualism

Working with others can be tough but it is an essential part of making progress in your career. Even if your profession in a lonely one, you should still keep your contacts active and network in order to have people around when you need them.

Individualism is a trait that can alienate you from valuable contacts which you will need to book more jobs and progress in your field.

7. Lack of confidence

There are many talented people out there who could go very far but they sadly lack the confidence to help them succeed. If you find yourself in this percentage, you should make sure to start working towards boosting your confidence. As impossible as that might seem, there are plenty of ways to do so.

You can ask people you trust for their opinion on your work and use their feedback productively. Negative comments will always be present, but as long as you remind yourself that they’re a necessary part of your progress as a professional, you will be able to gain some much-needed confidence.

Old habits die hard, but the change is worth it

While it might seem impossible to change some personal traits you might have had your entire life, you will be able to do so as long as you’re dedicated. Working hard on yourself and doing everything you can to succeed in your chosen field of work will be the best guides towards your advancement.

Which personal traits would you like to change for yourself?

Author: Estelle Liotard
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Estelle is a seasoned content writer and a blogger, with years of experience in different fields of marketing. She is a senior writer at WoWGrade and a content editor at Studicus, and loves every second of it. Her passion is teaching people how to overcome digital marketing obstacles and help businesses communicate their messages to their customers.

Recruitment Chatbots: ‘You talking to me?’

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Job interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

AI-powered chatbots are everywhere. You’ve probably met them when buying a flight ticket or solving a problem with your bank account. Lately, they have transformed our consumer experience. And now recruitment chatbots are taking over some relevant aspects of the hiring processes, specially in pre-screening or pre-qualification tests.

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Like any other chatbot, it is a software designed to conduct a conversation, understand human language, and simulate human behavior. The technologies behind are well known by their acronyms, AI (artificial intelligence) and NLP (natural language processing).

In HR, recruitment chatbots are used to reduce time and help with repetitive or inefficient tasks. If you think that talking to people at work sometimes is time consuming and makes it hard to deal with more important issues, imagine life before bots, when recruiters had to call hundreds of applicants for a single position just to check some basic requirements.

What are recruitment chatbots used for?

The most extended use of HR chatbots is during the pre-screening process. Bots are designed to ask candidates a series of relevant questions for the position. Even before a human recruiter reads your CV, a bot can contact you to ask for important information, such as years of experience in a position, certain skills and studies, or a foreign language level.

With all these data ‘in mind’, recruitment chatbots decide if an applicant meets the basic requirements for the job or not. As a candidate, you should take into account that you will be assessed according to your answers, so be clear and provide all the relevant information as if it were a human-to-human conversation. Take these bots seriously and don’t waste the opportunity for being the selected one!

Jobseekers may also use them to their own advantage. They are available round-the-clock to answer queries about the job and the hiring process. You no longer have to spam recruiters with questions that are simple to answer. A chatbot can help you almost instantaneously.

Has everything gone well? The recruiter wants to schedule an interview? Chatbots can also help in this tedious task and match your appointment books.

But what does a recruitment chatbot conversation look like? Like many other chatbots, most of them are integrated with the most popular chat apps. This includes Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, or it can be built in the recruiter’s webpage or recruitment platform. Sometimes you will forget you are talking to a bot, while at other times… well, you will remember that technology still has a lot to learn from us human beings!

Have you already chatted with a bot recruiter? How was your experience?

5 Tips to Make your CV Stand Out

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, CV writing and tagged , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

While your CV used to be an extensive biography – listing your complete working history in full detail – that won’t do the job in the current market anymore. The digital age completely changed the recruitment industry.

Today, duplicating your CV is as simple as copy and paste, which is why everybody is doing that… recruiters are being flooded by digital CVs! Recruiters don’t read your CV in the first round anymore. They scan. In other words… your first impression is more important than ever. You have to stand out. Fortunately, there are some simple strategies that will do exactly that.

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Rule #1: Realise… the CV is not about you

I have seen so many people enthusiastically starting their CV with ‘I am a hardworking, motivated individual that is looking for a challenging position in […]’. The mistake? It says nothing and with that single sentence, you are exactly like everybody else and lost your authenticity.

Today, everyone is ‘hard-working’ and ‘motivated’ (and ‘flexible’). When I read that sentence, I literally think: ‘Oh, here we have another hard-worker.’ The terminology is way overused and you know what… what does that even mean!?

Remove these vague statements/opinions at all times and SHOW the recruiter that you are hardworking by listing all your achievements.

Your CV used to be your biography, but in today’s job market, you should change that CV perspective. Write your CV solely about what THEY are looking for. Stand out by thinking about THEM.

You see… the recruiters’ job is simple; finding the best possible candidate and making sure that that candidate is a SAFE CHOICE. He is looking for skills, achievements and relevant knowledge that proves that you will be able to do the job. Your job is simple. List everything the recruiter is looking for, making you that safe choice!

Don’t waste valuable CV space with writing what YOU want. Focus only on the key aspects that will make you an interesting candidate. And then, in the interview, you can talk all about yourself and figure out if you are a match.

Rule #2: Be the specialist, not the generalist

Would you hire a common doctor of a specialised (expensive) brain surgeon when you need brain surgery? I thought so… and so are recruiters.

Often, the company has an open position because of a specific problem. You need to figure out what that is and be the SPECIFIC solution to that problem. Meaning, if their job is all about email optimisation; they are not that interested in ‘just’ a marketer; stand out by being the ‘psychological email marketer’, and write all your relevant achievements/projects towards these key differentiating aspects.

One more example of being the specialist instead of the generalist is with the skills section. I have seen so many candidates, making endless lists of their skills or responsibilities, losing focus of what they are and thus becoming ‘no one’ in that massive CV pile. You should pick the 5 most important skills and stick with them; in fact, make them the red line throughout your CV and you will be instantly perceived as the expert in those areas!

Rule #3: Use a standout CV design

Imagine the recruiter looking at the 50th CV of the day, all looking the same, and then there is your CV that is designed for the first impression. My secret? Include a sidebar in your CV and use this space to highlight your greatest value to the company. This could be either skills, achievements or smart interests/motivation.

Including a sidebar has a psychological benefit as it will stand out in the first few critical seconds, setting the context of the rest of your CV. Meaning… if you highlight how you have the right skills, the recruiter will unconsciously look for confirmation of those highlighted skills in the rest of your CV. You can choose where the recruiter will focus on!

Furthermore, including eye-catching items like skill-indicators or a work-experience timeline will automatically draw the attention of the recruiter, making sure he can’t ignore you.

CV Builder tool

Tip: While these items might be hard to create in a text editor. The online cv builder cv-template.com is specialised in stand-out CV designs. Just follow the CV format and you will have a professional-looking CV in a matter of minutes (every CV format supports this clever sidebarstrategy).

Rule #4: Include Stories in your CV

Humans love stories. In fact, after hearing a resonating story, your body releases the hormone oxytocin, literally boosting emotions like trust and empty. Meaning… instead of being ‘just a candidate’, you can make an emotional connection with the recruiter. Simply by writing appealing stories in your CV.

You might already know that including bullet points in your work experience descriptions improve readability. But you can take these bullets to the next level, converting them into complete ministories that arouses curiosity. (And give you amazing speak material during the job interview!).

The purpose of these story-bullets is not to explain the full story. You should create just enough curiosity to make you an interesting candidate, and thus getting you that ticket to the interview. It’s simple; explain in a 2-3 sentence what you did, what the result was, and a little about the context. Moreover, make the story specific (using exact numbers & percentages) to improve trustworthiness and memory retention.

An example of a bullet point could be; “Increased online conversion in 2 months with 26%, from 1200 to 1512 customers per month, by optimising headlines, bullet points and call to actions.”

Specific, interesting and to the point!

Rule #5: Let every word add value

You might have heard this one before. But still… on average 50-60% of the words on a CV doesn’t have to be there! They take up valuable space but even worse, they actually harm your chances; because either you don’t know how to write a CV or you don’t have anything better to show!

Make sure your sentences are as compact as possible. Remove useless details and focus solely on the most important aspects. And, at all times, avoid vague words like ‘many’, ‘considerably’ or ‘a lot’ – be specific!

As a final check, go through your CV one last time and ask yourself ‘does every word add value’? Are the main keywords there?

After that, look at the readability of the CV design. Have you broken up large text blocks to make it more inviting to start reading? Are you using the same styling consistently throughout your CV? (My CV builder does this for you). And… are all the asked requirements there?

Finally, use the free tool Grammarly to check the spelling and off you go – having increased your chances drastically! Take 2 hours to optimise your CV and your job search will be so much easier. You won’t regret it.

Author: Wouter Lenting
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Wouter is the founder of the free CV builder CV-Template, a tool that allows everyone to create a professionally designed CV with ease. With over 350,000 CVs created, the tool has become a leading CV maker online. 

Ensuring Your Side Business Thrives While You Work

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Employment trends, Working life and tagged , , , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

Around 40% of UK workers have a ‘side hustle’ (including their own business), according to research conducted by the Henley Business School, with uncertainty about work, a desire for a better standard of living, and the desire to face new challenges being three key reasons why. Ensuring your business thrives without your ‘standard job’ suffering – and vice versa – can be a big challenge, but getting the balance right isn’t a matter of intuition or chance. Rather, it involves creating a strict business strategy you follow to the letter, without wavering from what is probably your ultimate goal: being your own boss, 24/7.

What are the Elements of Business Growth?

The key elements of most business growth strategies include leadership (vision, knowledge, risk taking), marketing (connecting with your audience via social media and branding), sales, tech (relying on the right people to solve technical glitches), and support (having a team that attends to clients quickly and efficiently). All these elements are far easier to run smoothly when your business is a full-time occupation. However, when you only have part of the day to dedicate yourself to each department, time management is key.

Ensuring Your Side Business Thrives While You Work

Building Your Plan

For each key element of your strategy, goals and time limits should be set. For instance, if you are selling your services as a writer, legal professional, or accountant, set reasonable goals for areas like marketing and social media. How many followers do you have on Instagram and Twitter, for instance? How many do your competitors have? What number can you set as a goal and how many weeks or months will you give yourself to achieve it?

Branding is another area that should be broken down into components with time limits for each task. Your brand should connect with your target audience via the right logo, website content, and social media channels. Technical knowledge is another problem. Try to think of what might be standing in the way of a smooth customer experience. Is your website mobile compatible? Does your page take too long to load? You can tackle many problems yourself. However, when you are truly stuck, don’t waste valuable time trying to solve a problem that needs technical knowledge. Rely on trusted professionals when you are stuck in a rut.

Take Calculated Risks

Growing as a business involves stepping outside your comfort zone frequently. As stated by Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, fear causes you to overestimate risk. However, the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary life, lies precisely in your willingness to embrace change. Calculated risks are not based simply on ‘gut instinct’. They involve researching into possible losses, having a “Plan B”, and seeking advice from valued mentors. Request feedback from trusted entrepreneurs and be especially open when they point out possible flaws or mistakes. When you take risks, check periodically that they are bearing fruit. If something isn’t working, change your strategy to minimize loss.

Validate Your Idea

There are many ways that business ideas can be validated, one of which involves developing an MVP (minimum viable product) and seeing your target audience’s reaction to it. If it’s an app, for instance, test your MVP on investors, mentors, and your target audience. Ask for feedback so as to tweak any existing glitches. Conduct keyword searches with WordStream or Moz Keyword Explorer, to find out the existing supply for the demand your product is meant to fulfill. Ensure your business offers greater value than your competitors, and make a social media schedule, using various media to share awareness about your product.

Products like Hootsuite (which allows you to programme your social media uploads days in advance) exist to help you save time. However, this and other tools only work if you set a schedule for them that you stick to – even on days on which you feel tired after a full day at work.

By defining key tasks, setting goals and time limits, taking risks, and obtaining feedback, you can grow at a steady pace, staying motivated until the day you can dedicate all of your time to your true passion.

Author: Cassandra McNulty