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2020: What we’ve learnt

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2020, the year the Covid-19 pandemic broke into our lives, was especially hard for most of us. It forced us to get used to a new reality in a matter of days. Some changes were already there but they got accelerated. The impact was felt in every sphere: mentally, physically, on the economy… and of course, on how we work.

Remote working

One of our guest writers remarked that 70% of UK workers will be working flexibly even after the Covid (‘Why the work from home revolution is coming’). More versatility, a better work-life balance, and, according to some studies, higher productivity are on the ‘pros’ side of this new experience.

Of course, not everything is positive. There is enough evidence to support that there is value in presential work: spontaneous, face-to-face exchange with colleagues makes collaboration easier, allows co-creation, and possibly results in a more integrated team. We still need to find a formula to combine the benefits without affecting the production of collective intelligence.

Time management

The future of smart working depends much on our individual capacity to adapt without affecting our efficiency or personal routine. According to one of our recent articles, we should ‘try to recreate the structure that comes with working onsite by limiting distractions and setting boundaries’ at home.

Recommendations for remote working efficiently and in a healthy way have filled newspaper pages, taken up our LinkedIn feed and thousands of Twitter threads. If you’re still struggling to adapt to it, here are a few tips.

Emerging jobs

The pandemic not only showed how valuable our healthcare system and professionals are. It also revealed a shortage of trained workers in this sector, especially nurses, doctors, and support workers. For those professionals and students who are still formulating their future, the Covid crisis has opened the potential for developing more meaningful and contributive careers for society.

As the distribution of goods has become increasingly important for the economy, the Logistics sector is creating jobs on a massive scale. But it is not limited to this: professionals in Education, Finance, IT, and Construction are also highly in demand.

New job search technologies

Recruitment also adapted and reshaped at a very fast rate. Companies accelerated the implementation of some emerging technologies to continue hiring despite all odds.

Video interviews have become the new norm throughout the entire hiring process. Evaluations, questionnaires, and even contracts are signed online. Paperwork became paperless.

Other tools being implemented, such as AI-powered software used by recruiters to manage their hiring process and chatbots that enable a fluid exchange between candidates and companies.

And as for job seekers, conducting a virtual job search is mandatory now. Fortunately, most candidates are already aware of search engines such as JobisJob to browse and apply in a fast and simple way.

There’s always hope

It has been a great opportunity to appreciate our own ability to adapt and to learn. We learnt how to work and live smarter, how resilient we are, and above all, we also learnt that physical distance is not a barrier to stay connected and accomplish things together.

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

5 Survival Tips for Young Entrepreneurs with Little Experience and Money

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Being an entrepreneur is a goal for many. There is nothing better than the feeling of being your own boss and calling all the shots. Especially with the UK labour market not being as appealing as it once was.

While in thought, everything about becoming an entrepreneur may seem amazing, it is actually difficult when you start on the entrepreneurial path. So difficult that 3 out of 4 entrepreneurs end up failing.

There are many reasons for failure such as pressure and stress on entrepreneurs as they are solely responsible for the outcome of their business. Which can take a toll especially if you have little experience and money.

But don’t sweat it too much, the following tips will help you survive the quest of becoming an entrepreneur and yield the rewards and excitement that come with it.

Make sure you are passionate

For any entrepreneur to be successful they need both passion and commitment. You need that fire from within to really drive you to succeed.

If you feel that you don’t have the passion or time for commitment towards your solution, even the slightest bit of doubt, you may want to reconsider investing heavily in it and trying to build a business out of it. The reason why is because the path is not all rainbows and butterflies, there will be more downs than ups initially. The only thing that will drive you at that point is your passion.

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Pick a mentor

The path of entrepreneurship is not easy and twice as hard for someone who is inexperienced. While you, yourself may not have the experience, doesn’t mean you can’t find someone to guide you on this path. Someone that is an experienced entrepreneur. A mentor can help you plan and set a strategy that is not only effective but realistic.

Throughout your journey, you will have someone to turn to for guidance and assistance when needed. You may need to give up some equity for their time and guidance but at the end of the day, it will be worth it when your business succeeds.

Budget the limited cash you have

One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is that they focus more on their potential in years to come rather than focus on today, especially when it comes to money. Rather than thinking about your projected earnings in the next 4 years, focus on what they are today. Don’t get lost in projections because then you will end up spending more money, thinking you will be okay cause your projections will have you covered.

Think of cash as the oxygen for your business, without which it won’t survive. Have a plan of what your costs are today and what it will take for your startup to stay afloat for at least a year.

You want to consider your rent along with other overhead costs like broadband internet, electricity, and so on. Plan and budget accordingly today so that your cash doesn’t bleed. Always check if there’s any available discount code to save money. Otherwise, you’ll create even more problems for your business and you don’t really want that, do you?

Know your market before you make the product

Never make a product and then try to create a demand for it. This is a sure way to fail. It is important that you do your research prior to making your solution. The solution needs to fulfil a demand that is already there in the market.

Therefore, talk to your target audience and devise your solution accordingly. The idea you have will have a specific market whether it is adults, children, parents, and so on. Speak to them and see how they would want the particular problem your solution is solving to be solved. This will allow you to cater your offering to the liking of your audience.

Have the right people around you

It is very difficult to build and grow a startup on your own. You may think that you can make it on your own but if you truly want to be successful, you will need a team by your side.

It is important that you select individuals that not only believe in your solution but share a similar vision as you. This is the only way you can be certain that they will put in the effort that is required to help make your startup a success. While you may have to take time in finding such individuals, in the long run, the effort you put in will be worth it.

Sources: JobisJob, Entrepreneur, Plusvouchercode, Freepik.

IT Sector analysis in the world: development and jobs

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Currently, the different areas of our day to day work, education, leisure and economy, are being fully digitalized and increasingly automated. The usual business models and their respective ways of working have been totally transformed at a global level by the irruption of technology and analytical processes that so characterize the IT Sector.

Growth of the sector

The Information Technology industry has been booming for years, and innovation processes have been helping the growth of this industry all over the world. The activities carried out by the IT sector have become a key factor for the differentiation of companies in a fast changing and competitive market. They are so much, that these work profiles are gaining importance within the organizations and have a significant influence on strategic decisions.

IT sector

According to CompTia’s statistics, the sector’s incessant global growth has meant that the IT Sector is on track to reach a value of 5 trillion dollars this year. Faced with this reality, the US is the most technological market in the world, reaching almost one third of the value of the sector. On the European level, in the year 2018 the technological sector in the United Kingdom stood out over the rest of the countries, reaching an increase in jobs in the sector by 20%, thus becoming the fourth most prosperous industry in the country.

IT sector jobs in the UK

Despite the growth of employment in this area in the UK, the sector continually faces the difficulty of covering vacancies in companies. This is due to the lack of professionals who meet the skills required by companies, as well as the great demand that exists for these very specific roles. IT is a very broad field, where we can find different professionals whose role in the company varies, as well as the necessary requirements to qualify for the position. To learn more about the development of the sector, here are some of the profiles which were the most in demand in 2019:

  • Machine Learning

The wide area occupied by this profile revolves around a phenomenon that appeared years ago: Big Data. All movements that occur on the Internet generate an infinite amount of data. These specialists are in charge of collecting data sources and transforming it through algorithms into useful information. Mainly, this profile requires analytical capacity and management of statistical programming.

According to data extracted from Job Market Insights, specifically in the UK, offers of employment for Machine Learning Engineers have grown by 93.7% in the last months compared to the same period of the previous year.

  • Front-end Developer

The front-end developer is in charge of perfecting the visual appearance, the structure and the behaviour of web pages in order to provide the best possible user experience. For this, this person must have knowledge of structure moderation languages, such as CSS or HTML among others, and knowledge of frameworks for the respective languages ​​above all.

  • Back-end Developer

While the previous profile is responsible for developing the experience of the website, this position is responsible for the technology and programming of the web pages to make them operational. At the same time it is this person who usually solves the technical problems of the web sites. To qualify for a position of these characteristics, they must have knowledge of the factors named in the previous position, as well as orientation to the needs of the client and management of server configurations.

In reference to the last two profiles, in general, the Software Developer area has generated more than 40,000 job offers in the United Kingdom in the last year.

  • Business Analyst

This role involves being in contact with technology, managers and clients alike. Its objective is to identify opportunities for improvement in the business through data and technology. In the last twelve months a total of 60,000 job offers have demanded this role in the United Kingdom.

For all these reasons, the IT Sector is consolidating itself as one of the sectors with the greatest capacity to generate employment in the coming years.

Sources: Job Market Insights, Prospects.ac.uk, PagePersonnel, Digital Agenda of the European Commission.

Looking for a Job Abroad? 5 Things you Need to Know

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If you think applying for a job locally is difficult, expect something exponentially more challenging if you are aiming for a job abroad. The experience can become frustrating and discouraging if you are not prepared for the process. The following are five essential information you must know as you seek employment opportunities in a foreign country.

1. Mindfulness of the time and schedule differences go a long way.

You are the one looking for a job, so you should be the one making the adjustments. Set your time based on your potential employer’s schedule. The time difference factor is not something you should only consider when you actually land a job. You need to be mindful of it when setting interviews or making yourself available. Just because it’s a non-working holiday in your country does not mean the prospective employer should also defer an appointment with you. Job Copyright: Vasin Leenanuruksa

When you are hired for the job, there’s no way you can expect an employer to honour the holidays and work times followed in your country. Even if it’s a telecommuting setup, you will eventually be bound by the schedule set by the company that hired you.

2. Mastery of internet tools is a must.

Technological advancements have created numerous benefits for job seekers. It would be ridiculous to refuse to take advantage of the online tools or services that aid job search. It bears emphasising, however, that you should not only be using these Internet tools; you need to master them.

  • When using job search sites, take the time to learn about their different features. On JobisJob, for example, don’t simply browse through the job opportunities posted. Sign up for an account to get regular updates on relevant job listings. Build your credibility with the job listing site by carefully crafting your resume, list of experiences, and skills set. Use the advanced job search filters. Participate in the forums. Use the JobisJob app to easily check the most recent job postings and access other useful features such as the ability to save job listings so you can submit your application for them later on.
  •  When it comes to interviews, you will likely be asked to do an interview online. Make sure you know everything important about using a chat or messaging service such as Skype. Know how to set up your camera and microphone so you wouldn’t make the interviewer wait, and so you can easily troubleshoot camera and microphone problems if they occur as you are doing an interview. Get acquainted with file sharing, group chats, and teleconferencing.
  • The web browser is also an important software you have to be familiar with. Know how to bookmark pages, add note-taking plugins/extensions to your browser, and use hotkeys (shortcut keys).
  • Be familiar with file formats and digitalisation. Don’t be clueless if the interviewer asks you for documents in PDF, XLS, JPG, TIFF, GIF, MP4, and other file formats. Be sure that you know how to convert a physical document into a digital one.
  •  Additionally, practice your keyboard skills. Aim for a typing speed of at least 65 wpm. There are many online tools that can help you train your fingers to type faster. Being comfortable in using your computer keyboard can be very useful in looking for jobs and doing interviews online. In general, mastering the use of modern tools and services is useful not only in looking for a job but also in becoming an efficient employee especially in an office setting.

3. Localisation is advisable.

Thinking of applying for a job in a country with a totally different language and culture? Consider localising your résumé. You may need to change your spelling or choice of words. When applying at a company in a country that uses US English, remember to switch to the local spelling and terminology (examples: colour>color, lift>elevator).

It is recommended doing this to avoid having your resume tagged for simple “mistakes.” Some companies may automatically cull a list of several applicants by examining the résumés they submit. Those with numerous spelling errors, typos, and other issues may immediately be trashed.

Localisation also applies to your attachments or pages you want to submit along with your application. For example, if you are submitting your portfolio of art or literary works, consider having your attachments or site localised. If you are not sure how to do it properly, you can turn to providers of localization services. It’s going to cost you some amount, but it’s a worthy expenditure for boosting your chances of getting hired.

4. As much as possible, don’t be too adventurous.

If your goal is to build a happy professional and personal life, make sure you choose a foreign workplace that you really like. Choose a place you believe you are professionally and personally suitable. Some people desire to work abroad to experience a new environment without taking important factors such as culture and growth opportunities into account. Eventually, they end up relocating or looking for a “better” workplace.

Do your research. Participate in forums for foreign workers in the area you are considering. Ask for insights from friends or acquaintances. Plan everything and don’t go to a new place without knowing the basics about it. Working abroad is not a tourist adventure. The wrong choices can lead to lifelong adverse repercussions.

5. Foreign transfer and telecommuting can open opportunities to work abroad.

Working abroad does not mean having to leave your job immediately. Your company may provide the option for relocation. If you are one of the best-performing employees, you may be given the opportunity to transfer to a branch or subsidiary overseas. Companies may also do rotational assignments. Inquire how you can access these opportunities.

Telecommuting is also an option. You can work for a company online and eventually earn the chance to step up as an office-based employee abroad if you are able to show that you have a lot to contribute to the organisation.

Be prepared and plan your way into a job abroad. Luck is a factor, but it does not mean there’s nothing you can do to improve your chances of landing a good overseas job. Also, remember that you will have to adapt to new people, a new culture, and possibly a new language.


Author Bio: Sean Hopwood loves languages and connecting people separated by the language barrier. That’s why he launched Day Translations, Inc., a company that provides a comprehensive range of language services for clients across the world. In his free time, Sean engages in activities that demonstrate his passion for education, progress, and positivity. Know more about him at his website and his Facebook.