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Applying for jobs can be a challenging and daunting prospect so to avoid making any mistakes along the way, here are some handy tips to guide you.
To start things off here are some CV no-no’s based on a recent study, which surveyed recruiters on their CV pet peeves.
It revealed the top 10 areas which put recruiters off a candidate straight away:
Spelling mistakes – 71 per cent
Being massively under-qualified for the role – 62.6 per cent
Lists of unrelated skills – 40.6 per cent
Too many jobs over a short period of time – 22.6 per cent
A CV that is more than two pages long ... READ MORE
Huge congratulations to two of our recruitment partners; Bourne Leisure and Howdens Joinery for being included in The Sunday Times '30 Best Big Companies To Work For' (3,000+ employees) 2017.
The list ranks Britain's best companies to work for based on a number of surveys from employees. The surveys were on a number of criteria including leadership, well-being, giving something back, personal growth, the teams the work with and if they are getting a fair deal with their pay and benefits. 
Bourne Leisure were an impressive fifth in the '30 Best Big Companies To Work For' and Howdens ... READ MORE
New research by Totaljobs shows apprenticeships offer an attractive route into the workplace for job seekers, while 89% of businesses are encouraged to take advantage of the growing popularity of earn-as-you-learn opportunities.
With HMRC due to apply a 0.5% levy on all UK businesses with an annual payroll in excess of £3 million and a new scheme to administer apprenticeship courses from 1st May, hiring trends are likely to be impacted. 48% of businesses already say apprenticeships provide a great way to get people into their industry, while 27% say apprentices are necessary to help their ... READ MORE
House building giant Persimmon has notched up a healthy rise in full-year profit as it pointed to a “confident” housing market, despite concerns over Brexit.
Yorkshire’s biggest PLC said pre-tax profits rose 23% to £774.8 million in the year to December 31, while revenue rose 8% to £3.1 billion.
“Despite some understandable caution being exercised by consumers and corporates alike during the period ahead of the EU referendum, the result created an immediate and significant uncertainty in the markets. “However, the vast majority of the group’s customers remained focused on exchanging... READ MORE
The employment rate is at a record 74.6% – the highest employment rate since records began in 1971.
Official figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there are over 300,000 more people in work compared to the same time last year, and the number of women in work has risen to a record rate of 70.0%.
The latest statistics also show that unemployment continues to run at an 11-year low of just 4.8%, down by more than 900,000 since 2010.
Secretary of State, Damian Green said: “With employment at its highest rate since records began, and unemployment at its lowest ... READ MORE
Today Millennials are a new generation of employees with a different outlook on what they expect from their employers. We now live in a time where changing your job is not just the norm, but actively encouraged.
On average a millennial will stay in their job for 2 years and then move on. Part of the reason for this short turn around is that they are not willing to stick around if they do not believe that they are receiving any personal benefit or growth.
What exactly are millennials looking for in an employer?
The opportunity to grow
Some 76% of UK hiring managers believe that ... READ MORE
New survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) reveals that both permanent and temporary placements have risen year-on-year (1% each). This is in line with the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which reveals that the unemployment rate remained at an 11-year low for the three months to November last year.
APSCo data, which focuses on professional recruitment, reveals notable variations between the trade association’s core sector groups. While permanent placements across engineering and IT rose (2.4% and 19.1% respectively), placements... READ MORE
New research from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, reveals just how important workplace perks are to UK workers, with nearly two thirds (62.1%) of professionals stating that they consider these to be a key factor when looking for a job. Furthermore, just over one in 10 (12.6%) said that they would turn down a job if the company didn’t offer workplace perks. Worryingly, the survey of 1,000 professionals also revealed that nearly three quarters of UK professionals (71.8%) aren’t currently receiving any perks at work. This is despite 70.5% of workers believing that all business ... READ MORE
Applying for roles | Top Tips
Once you have your CV prepared you may be asked to complete an application form or attach a covering letter. More organisations now require an application form or other information such as a covering letter to back up your application. Here are some tips to help you.
The Application Form
The role requirements:
Certain roles require particular skills, qualifications, grades and experience. Make sure you have the requirements that match the role before you apply as you may be rejected straight away. If your skills don’t necessarily match the role but... READ MORE
According to the latest quarterly Job Market Report from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, key UK regions and industries witnessed standout rises in salaries in Q4 2016, when comparing year-on-year data.
The report, which looked at fluctuations in jobs, applications and pay throughout the last quarter of 2016 (October, November and December), found that the following locations and sectors saw the biggest hikes in average salaries last quarter:
Regions:
North West +14.2%
Wales +6.8%
East Midlands +3.9%
North East +3.5%
Scotland +2.6%
Industries:
Recr... READ MORE

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