What are ”Transferable Skills”?

The recruitment industry is chock full of jargon. On your job seeking journey you've probably come across a variety of popular phrases like 'tailored CV', 'job criteria', and 'employee satisfaction'. However, those terms mean pretty much what they say (even though they sound a bit high-brow). With regards to the phrase 'transferable skills', however, can we say the same thing? What are transferable skills? And now that we're on the subject, what on earth are 'soft skills'? Why do these things matter? How do they impact your career prospects? Let's find out:  Let's Start with Transferable Skills: You might learn…

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The Pros and Cons of Freelance work

In today's technological age, freelancing or working from home is becoming a more realistic option for many jobseekers. With the rise of casual and temporary contracts in brick-and-mortar businesses, going freelance is slowly beginning to make more sense. The logic behind its rise in popularity (53 million people in the United States alone work freelance) is based on the idea that permanent, traditional jobs are perceived as much less stable than before. This is due in large to the economic crises that have occurred regularly since the 80s. Thus, people are more likely to look toward less traditional types of…

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Leaving a Job or being Fired

We talk a lot on this site about how to find a job, as it is essentially a jobseeking website. However, for this month, let's change the pace a little. There are times when you have a job, and you simply want to leave it. There are other times when you like working at a certain place and you're made redundant. When people think about someone being fired, it's logical to assume that the worker did something wrong. However, in today's work environment, where casual contracts are the norm, being 'fired' is usually for reasons such as company budget or…

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How to Actually Find a Decent Job

I occasionally scroll back through old blog posts I've written to make sure everything connects and I continue on as promised. Low and behold, the March 2018 blog post New Enterprise Allowance promised an upcoming blog on how to actually find a decent job. A quick glance at the following month's blog revealed that I completely skipped this (accidentally). Thus, here we are. I am going to help you actually find a decent job. You might not like this advice, but this is how I have found work successfully:  Less is More Don't fool yourself into thinking that if you…

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Are Video CVs a Good Thing?

Thanks to today's obsession with social media culture, it's no surprise that job candidates are looking to vamp up the application process by boosting their paper CV with a video one. You can compose a video CV pretty easily and professionally, and the results can be truly unique. But is a video CV going to land you a job, or will it actually decrease your chances? There are contradictory elements to this argument. Let's examine some:  Make Employers Notice You If you apply for a job with lots of candidates, a video CV is sure to make you stand out…

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The Realities of Graduate Recruitment

You've just received your final exam results, and you've passed with flying colors. The next exciting phase will be getting to wear the fancy hat and robe and taking obligatory pictures with said hats flying through the air. While these memorable experiences are incredibly worthwhile, finishing university and entering 'the real world' can be a very scary and anti-climactic reality for many graduates across the UK.  Being a graduate looking for a job introduces a number of complications into your life, including the most disheartening of them all: you will most likely most get the job you thought you would…

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New Enterprise Allowance

Last month's blog post was a brief examination of the risks and rewards of self-employment. One of the stepping stones from unemployment to starting your own business is figuring out how to finance the initial costs. This is where the New Enterprise Allowance becomes relevant to the discussion.  What is the New Enterprise Allowance? The New Enterprise Allowance is a government scheme designed to offer unemployed people the money necessary to start up a business. It was first started by the Thatcher government in the 1980s. Some well-known entrepreneurs and public figures got their start this way, including the founder…

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The Risks and rewards of Self-Employment

Have you been unemployed for a while and are slowly realizing that getting a job isn't as easy as you thought it would be? Are you tired of working the same mediocre jobs that don't satisfy you or pay well? Maybe you're a dreamer who has always wanted to start your own business. When you're unemployed, unachieved goals or ambitions can seem out of reach. Add to this the fact that starting a business involves passion, dedication, organization, and money. Money is perhaps the key factor here. When you're barely making ends meet on benefits, how on earth can you…

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How to Find Work Abroad – Part 3 of 3

Contemplating working abroad? Tired of the lack of opportunities available in your own town, region, or country? Yearning for travel and adventure? Or simply wanting your circumstances to change in general? For all of these reasons UK workers are often enticed by the apparent opportunities made available by finding work abroad. Once you start to play with the idea of working abroad, one of the first things that will come to mind will almost certainly be the location. You might be a person who doesn't like extremely hot temperatures. Alternatively, you might adore hot weather and love to sunbathe. You…

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How to Find Work Abroad – Part 2 of 3

If you're serious about finding work abroad, there are a number of things you can do in order to prepare ahead. The first thing you should do is decide your top priority with regards to working abroad: is finding a job the most important thing above all else? If so, your initial job search will be tailored to look for the best jobs available, regardless of location. If location is high on the priority list, your job search should be tailored to look for jobs in a particular place. This will inevitably limit your options, but will also ensure you…

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