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Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs for 2018

Everyone wants a good solid career that pays well and that you are doing something you enjoy. It all varies depending on your own skills and personalities but below is a list of the Top 10 highest paying jobs which most of us are familiar with, just need the right skills to achieve.

See also: Highest paid jobs in 2014

See also: Highest paid jobs in 2013


Working as a Doctor means that you have to study for 5 to 7 years depending on any specialism’s that you do as part of your degree and after but means that you have a career for life if you follow the strict code of conduct and update your medical skills through regular training.

You could be a doctor of a GP practice or health centre or you could work as a doctor in a hospital setting but most salaries start at £40-50,000 per annum depending on experience and level of seniority and will continue to increase throughout your career.

#Web Designer and Developer

In the ever changing world of IT, working as a Web Designer and or Web Developer is big business for 2014. Companies are looking to improve their web sites and have a better commercial appearance to the general public and their clients and may be looking to market the services and products that they sell on line. This is where a Web designer or developer comes into play by advising and building the best website for a company that works better than their competitors and looks better, is more user friendly. As a Web designer or developer you will have studied some form of Web Design or Developer and have a fair amount of work experience.

As well as the technical side you will need a creative side to come up with new ideas and excellent communication skills to be able to discuss this with your clients in great detail.

Salary levels for these roles can be as high as £60,000 per annum.


Working as an Electrician is a high paying job if you are prepared to work hard and usually more so if you are a self employed electrician. Once you have qualified as an Electrician you will need to keep up to date with new laws and rules about working but you have a key skill that will always be needed and depending on how hard you want to work could mean a substantial career.

Salaries for an Electrician can be approx £35,000 per annum upwards


A plumber trains carefully learning how to deal with any plumbing, pipes and water issues in people’s houses or in companies. You will have regular updates to do to keep your skills up to date but all in all you will have a very promising career as a plumber if you gain a good reputation and build up a solid client base.

Typically salaries start at £35,000 per annum.

#Wedding or Events Planner

When people spend money they tend to spend it on a big wedding or a party for an occasion maybe a special birthday or other occasion and the budgets seem to go out of the window. Imagine now being involved in that event and planning it from beginning to end and helping the people involved in the event to have a successful occasion with little stress and worry along the way.

Salaries for this type of role will depend on how high profile the events you are dealing with are but could be roughly £40,000 per annum.

#Retail Operations

With Retail sales and operations on an increase again if you are an experienced retail worker then working as a Retail Ops Manager could be a very profitable role for 2014. This role will require you to be very highly skilled in retail having excellent sales skills and have a strong understanding for what sells and how it sells, how it is merchandised and ultimately who is the best at selling.

This role will need you to keep ahead of the times and be up to date with the products on offer and the setting of the stores that you are responsible for. You will be a strong retailer and manager to perform well in this role.

Salaries for this role can reach £75,000 per annum.

#IT & Telecoms Field Sales role

It’s a fast moving pace for any professionals in IT or Telecoms with the ever changing products and upgrades to systems but if you are good technically at these areas and an excellent sales person then combined you have a very positive career.
Salaries will usually be made up of a base salary of approx £30,000 per annum and an OTE usually up to £60,000 per annum target related.


As an Architect you will have trained and be degree qualified in Architecture and have a keen interest in buildings and the development of the buildings. You will visit sites and draw up plans and help project managers stick to the plans throughout a build. You can be involved in both new builds and restorations as an Architect.

Typically salaries are around £40,000 per annum depending on experience.

#Financial Adviser

Finances are always top on people’s list of priorities and if you are good at providing advice on finances then being a financial adviser could be a key career. You will be trained in finances and different products and ways of helping customers. You will need to follow strict financial regulatory procedures and keep up to date with new services.

Typically salaries can be from £25,000 per annum upwards depending on experience.

#Bank Manager

A position as a Bank Manager is an experienced one where you have probably worked your way up in a Banking environment and having experience in other areas of a bank. Because of the vast experience it takes to do this role well the salaries are usually good for bank managers starting at between £35-50,000 per annum + bonuses.

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Top 7 Things to Do If You Are Unemployed

For most people being unemployed is probably one of the most difficult times of a person’s life for many reason such as it knocks yourself confidence, you feel like you will never work again and it can be a very negative time.

If you are in this unfortunate position then it is important to keep positive and to keep focused on getting another job and view this period as temporary.
Below are some of the things you need to focus on and do whilst in this period of unemployment.

#1 Update your CV

Dust off your CV and make sure that it is good enough to attract new employers to your skills. Does it detail what your best skills and experiences are and what you can bring to their company? Is it clearly written and laid out? Get someone to check over it for you and pay attention to how it reads, the grammar and spelling and how appealing the personal statement is. Someone else’s views are always important to get another opinion about how the view something.

#2 Visit the job centre

If you haven’t already, make sure you visit the job centre. Not only will you be able to claim job seekers allowance for the period of unemployment if you are following their criteria but you will also be able to get advice from careers professionals. They will be able to help you apply for jobs, update your CV, write a covering letter etc. They have a bank of jobs that companies register with them that may be suited to your skills and experience.

Related: Top 10 Tips to Increase Your Employability

#3 Visit recruitment agencies

Take a trip round all the recruitment agencies in your local town. Go through the yellow pages online and find out what recruitment agencies there are and what skills they deal with and which ones are more suited to your skill set. Companies advertise roles through recruitment agencies so they are looking for suitable candidates all the time and can help you with all the tasks and advice you will need throughout the recruitment process.

#4 Do some voluntary work

If you can it’s a good idea to do some voluntary work to (a) keep you busy and occupied (b) keep learning new skills and working (c) it looks good to an employer. It may not be directly related to the work that you have done in the past but it could be a good move for finding something new work related whilst you are searching and you do not know what options will open up through doing some voluntary work.

#5 Do some additional training

The job centre may be able to help you with free training courses that you can do but it’s always a good idea to look at what you can improve upon skills wise and it’s always good to learn new things, it keeps the brain working and keeps a way of improving job prospects.

#6 Keep job hunting

Don’t forget to apply for all the jobs that you can. Search the newspapers, online, go to the job centre, look at local notice boards and also drop your CV and covering letter in speculatively to local companies that you are keen to work for or have advertised for similar type staff in the past or that you know recruit.

Related: Top 10 UK Job Fairs You Should Attend

#7 Practice your interview technique

Practice ready for an interview. Interviews can be awkward times for some people and therefore it is very important to practice. Do it in front of a mirror or role play with a friend or family member. Practice questions that you may be asked and how you would answer them being careful not to rehearse answers so that when you are in an interview you make it sound realistic not rehearsed.

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The Top Ten highest paying jobs 2013

Looking for a career that pays a little more than the minimum wage? Look no further for inspiration! Here we have a top ten of the highest paying jobs that are available.

The Top Ten highest paying jobs 2013

1. Company Director . This should go without saying, but the highest paid positions in the UK are reserved for the heads of companies. Directors command wages above and beyond £170,000 per year, dependent on the company you work for, however, the job comes with a huge amount of responsibility. You will generally be expected to oversee the company as a whole, including setting all of its targets, overseeing all aspects of its day to day running, and responsible for its overall image. To become a director you would usually require to be educated to the highest standard, and to have been employed in your field of expertise for many years.

2. Doctor . Doctors in the UK usually commandeer a salary of a minimum of £85,000 a year, even more if you are a consultant. Doctors usually treat and diagnose all manner of illnesses, or oversee treatment plans. To become a Doctor you will need to attend University for a minimum of 5 years, for which you should expect to require at least 3 A levels to gain entry.

3. Broker . Investment brokers in the UK can expect a salary of at least £80,000 in return for handling financial aspects such as investments, stock and share brokering and pension management. You will require a degree of a 2:1 or better in an economic, business or financial subject.

4. Chartered Secretary or Financial Manager . Commandeering a salary of over £79,000, these posts are taken by people who can prepare financial reports for companies, advise on how to invest and ensure that the records are accurate. These positions require you to have a qualification and registration with the correct body. Chartered Secretaries have FCIS or ACIS in their titles.

5. Senior Civil Servant . With pay averaging over £74,000 PA there are a range of Senior Civil Service roles, such as Social Security Administrators, NHS managers and Policy Managers. To become such a Civil Servant you will require a good degree usually of a Ph.D. standard.

6. Pilot . Aircraft Pilots wages usually exceed £60,000 PA in return for flying aircraft. TO become a Pilot you will have to have attained A Levels in order to attend the Civil Aviation Authority course, and fly a set amount of hours depending on what type of aircraft you wish to fly. You will also have to pass medical assessments, and of course- not be afraid of flying!

7. Management Consultants/Economists. With a salary of over £53,000 Consultants offer their experience and skills to companies to assist them in being more profitable. A degree in a related subject to your company type, or in Mathematics, Economics or Business is a basic standard, and you are usually expected to be educated to Honours level.

8. Lawyers . Depending on the practice and the level you are at, a basic lawyer salary starts at £52,000. Lawyers specialise in helping people with all manner of legal matters. You will require to attend University and take a degree in Law.

9. Police Inspector . Inspectors in the police force average salary is £50,000. Inspectors supervise lower ranking officers and may have more powerful cases to investigate. Police forces have their own entry requirements but formal qualifications are not usually necessary.

10. Manager . There are a range of management positions in various sectors; however most earn over £50,000. As a manager you will be responsible for the overall running of a company, and overseeing its entire staff. Generally a Degree, HND or HNC is required in some form of Business Management to get a post.

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Job Searching Tips 2013 - New Trends

Job Searching Tips 2013 - New Trends

Job Searching Tips 2013 with New Trends

It is very important to choose the right ways to search for the job that you want, not just the one you can get.

1- Email address is as important as your CV

The first thing that the prospective employer is going to see is your email address make sure all the relevant details are accurate including your name and surname. See the good and bad examples examples of professional email addresses:

Bad: Ronaldoforever @, Messistrike @, eagleeyes34 @ etc

Good: Sam.Smith @, Tom.Smith @, NameSurname @ etc.

Make sure your image looks good and choose the right email address for yourself that looks porfessional.

2- Yes, Social Media can find you a job!

Half of the recruiters are not even advertising their positions to find their new employees. Linkedin is a place where Jobseekers and Employers can meet and share ideas and possibly find a job. Set up a professional profile on Linkedin to give yourself an opportunity when Recruiters search for their right candidates.

Not only Linkedin but Twitter and Facebook are also a powerful tools to search for jobs and advertise yourself for free. Posts about the type of job you are looking for and your existing skills may take Recruiters attention.
But be careful – if you are using your social media accounts to attract prospective employers, you should make sure your account is clean and professional looking – it’s not ideal to have lots of negative comments, jokes or pictures.

Read more about Social Media Job Searches:
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3- Update your CV

This tip may not sound very original however updating a CV doesn't mean just updating your current work, references and other items.  We’re talking about adding your social accounts as contact details and trying new, different CV templates to help your CV look better or stand out in the employer’s eyes. It is always wise to amend your CV for every application so the specific skills they are looking for are highlighted and easy to see.

4- References - Are they still there? Contact old referees to make sure the relevant person is still at that address and to see what they are up to. Let them know about your current job search and confirm they are still ok to be a reference for you. It’s always nice to get in touch with old colleagues… and you never know, they might even offer you a job back!

5- Jobs and Career Fairs

The facts state that you have more chance to be employed during a jobs fair than when you are applying for a position on a job site.  This is simply because you can make an impression to prospective employers that a piece of paper, even a well written CV, just can’t do!Click here to view latest Jobs Fairs in the UK.

6- Prepare for the Interview

You can start reading about interview questions and answers even before got a date for it. Preparing for the interview is the only way to beat your interview nerves. A great way to practice is to ask a friend or relative to role play an interview situation so that you get a chance to respond out loud in a timely manner.Click here to see typical interview questions and answers.

7- Join the Job sites

There are about 10 main job boards/sites online and they are all accepting new registrations for free. Those job sites will send you lists of appropriate positions direct to your inbox whenever matching jobs are available. They also register your CV and allow recruiters to search for your skills and offer tips and advice on your existing CV.Click here to see the 11 great UK job sites that can help you with your job search.

8- Jobs to Email Tools

Job sites and many company websites offer jobs to email services for free.  All you have to do is leave your email and define which jobs you would like to receive updates about and every time they update their system with new matching vacancies you will receive an email. Most of these sites allow you to define by keywords, location and time frame.

9- Prepare a list of companies as a target

Let's say you want to work for as a Customer Service Assistant then your targeted companies will be in Retail and Supermarket industry. Make a list of the companies you are keen to work for and then prioritise your search in these companies, visit the stores and speak to existing employees so that you can understand the position thoroughly and when you write your CV, covering letter and attend an interview you will be better prepared and more likely to progress through the selection process.

10- Check Companies careers sites!

Many companies are not advertising their jobs on the regular job sites but they do have their own career sites where they list their live vacancies. You can also subscribe to jobs to email service as well.  Remember that some vacancies are still only advertised within the stores so make sure you look at these too.

11- Recruitment Agencies

Yes, they are still an option job jobseekers and many vacancies continue to be filled through these agencies. Recruitment agencies also offer advice so that you can improve your CV, and in-house tests such as typing speed and whether you can work with Microsoft Office so that they can provide this information to prospective employers.  Attending an interview with an agency will also improve your confidence in interview situations.

12- Applying for unadvertised jobs!

There may be positions available even when a company has not advertised.  If you can get in before the advert then the company will have fewer applicants and you stand a better chance of getting the job.  Speak to friends and family to let them know you’re looking for a job – they may know someone who is recruiting.  Ask directly in the company you would like to work for if they have any vacancies or send in a prospective CV with an excellent Cover Letter. 

Remember if you approach a company ‘blind’ then make sure you have a good copy of your CV with you, and ensure you have done some research into the company so that if you are asked to carry out an on-the-spot interview you are prepared.  If you are sending in a CV and Cover Letter by post, ring in advance to find out who to address it to, and so that it stands out when it is received.

13- Local Newspapers

Many small and large businesses still advertise their vacancies in local newspapers. Don’t miss out on these local opportunities so make sure you buy the local paper and check the vacant positions.  In most areas you can subscribe to local papers to have them delivered to your door on the day it is issued. Read More...
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Careers in Demand 2013

What careers will be in demand in 2013?

There are some occupations that will always be in demand such as most of the titles in the list below. Becoming one of them is really hard, often requiring years of studying and maybe spending thousands of pounds. However once you have got the job then you will always be in demand as long as you maintain the high standards at whatever you are doing.

More careers can be added to the list however the list of 10 jobs below will be in particular demand during 2013.

Careers in Demand 2013

1- Doctor

Doctors are always in demand throughout the world as there are always people that want to be treated.  Qualification and training is a long journey and takes about 5 years but is certainly worth it.  Once your training is complete you can continue learning throughout your career to become a consultant, or perhaps travel the world offering your skills in other countries.  The options are endless.

2- Lawyer

Lawyers are always required in the developed world, particularly as society now resorts to lawyers to fight their cause instead of dealing with matters themselves.  Law is a broad career and lawyers usually specialise in a particular industry or area, such as Business, Divorce etc.  Even in times of economic difficulty, or indeed especially in times of recession where individuals are looking out for their best interests and chasing in debts, lawyers are required to defend people’s rights.

3- Midwife

People will always have babies and therefore trained midwifes will always be required. Many of the professionals in this sector, as with nurses in the UK, have been trained abroad and do not always have the necessary experience to provide the quality, caring experience expected.  Training as a midwife takes about 3 years and includes on-hand experience.  This career is very rewarding although comes with considerable responsibility.

4- Accountant

The main attraction for becoming an accountant is the financial benefits associated with the job.  There are also the challenges of doing a good job and the variety of companies that all require accountancy services in some way.  Accountants will always be in demand whether a company is successful or not as the end of year returns need to be submitted.  Accountancy training can be completed at university or many accountants undertake their qualifications part-time whilst continuing to work.

5- Teacher

While we continue to have millions of babies each year, these babies need to be educated, and that is when teachers become vital.  Good teachers who really care about the job that they do are in high demand and will continue to be so for a long time to come.  Certain in-demand secondary educators get additional grants from the government as they are in short supply.  These include maths, physics and biology teachers.

6- Nurse

Nurse careers are always in demand whether the economy is good or bad. Nurse as a single title is not enough as there are many types of Nurses and Carers who works in many industries. Generally becoming a Nurse is easier than becoming a Doctor as a 3 year degree course is required but gives you much more job opportunities.

7 Social Worker

Who can say Social Worker careers won't be in this list? There will always be vulnerable people in the community and we will always need some people to ensure they are well taken care of.

8 Social Media Expert

If you have a business whether online or offline you will need to take a look at Social Media one day to improve your services or maintain the current situation.

Social Media is a great place to express yourself and your company, give customer support, sell new products, meet new customers and when you can't do these things then Social Media Experts will be there for you.

These days many companies, organisations are working with these guys in order not to be behind of new trends.

9 Dental Assistant

Dental Assistants can do some of the jobs that dentist do giving Dentists more opportunity to treat more patients so more money can be received. No doubt that demand in Dental Assistants will increase in coming years as the NHS considers dental health a high priority and ensure more practitioners are available.

10 Customer Support Specialist

IT Support industry will be bigger in the coming years in line with the increase in shopping online. People will always need support for their products that they bought online or from the store and many people prefer to speak to the companies via the telephone or online rather than visiting a store.

These days many products also need to be registered such as telephones or machines so the guarantees can be activated. Most of the time this must be done on the phone or online when Customer Support will be there to do it. Companies want these guys to sell extra products to while they are giving support such as warranty, extra support, if you bought a laptop then why not buy a USB mouse etc.

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Job sectors expected to grow from 2013 to 2020

Job sectors expected to grow from 2013 to 2020

There is considerable detail within the report but below are the main predictions.

Highly skilled jobs which require qualifications and experience including managers, professionals is likely to continue to grow, with an anticipated 2 million additional jobs created by 2020.  The demand for graduates with advanced skills will therefore continue to rise despite concerns that graduates will not be able to find work once they have completed their degrees.

The number of entry-level jobs such as shop assistants, cleaners, administrators etc. is also expected to increase by about 100,000 by 2020.  A further 313,000 new jobs are anticipated in the care and leisure sectors including hospitality (hotels, restaurants) and care (care homes, hospitals).  These positions require considerable contact with clients, customers and colleagues so communication and ‘people skills’ will be highly desirable in the coming years.

Whilst public sector jobs are predicted to decline, the private sector services will increase employment by over 1.5 million by 2020 with business, financial and computing sectors providing the highest numbers.  These industries have found the first few years of the recession very difficult but are expected to recover well in the next 5-10 years.

An increase of 400,000 jobs by 2020 are predicted within the trade, accommodation and transport industries with much of this growth in distribution, retail and hospitality as more people order items online etc.

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Careers in Demand 2013

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Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill in the UK 2013

The Top Ten highest paying jobs 2013

Best Jobs for 2013

Using Social Media In Your Job Search

Can Social Media find you a Job in 2013?

Searching for a job can sometimes be very tedious especially if you are using the wrong methods of job search. For example, if you rely so much on the job vacancies posted on the papers daily, you will stay jobless for a long time. It is very important that you identify the right ways that will lead you to the right job for you within no time and a lower cost. Do not be like the majority of job seekers who believe that the only to get a job quickly is through networking. It is good to be different and use a totally different method such as the use of social media. The internet has made many things easy, quick and efficient. For example, with the help of the internet, you can be use the social media such as face book , twitter and others to network and eventually get a job.

It is true that many people use the social media network to search for and reach their target audience. Similarly, job seekers can use such networks to find jobs. Many company managers and other business people are using the social media to promote their products and services. This provides the job seekers with a great opportunity to reach potential employers and express their interests in working for them. Using such networks you can be able to post your CV where everybody within your network can find it. This will open opportunities for you because a certain employer can find your CV interesting and invite you for a job opportunity. In fact some of the job interviews can be conducted through the same social media. The following are some of the social media channels through which you can try your luck.


If you haven't joined LinkedIn, then you need to consider it because through this site, you are able to connect to different people who have the potential to employ you. Once you become a member of this network, you are allowed to view all the profiles of other members. That way you can connect to people of great significance to you in terms of jobs and other opportunities.


You can take advantage of the chances provided by LinkedIn through blog linking to link your blog to you profile so that other people can see what you post on your blog everyday. This is a perfect way of displaying your talent.


Giving your email to all the friends in your social media network is also a perfect way of advancing your job search since they will be able to notify you of any job vacancies that they feel you qualify for. You will also be able to receive job postings through your email from potential employers on twitter, face book, LinkedIn and more.


If you don't have an account with Twitter as a jobseeker you may be losing a lot of opportunities. Following companies career accounts may ease your job searching process a lot. You can also follow accounts that tweets jobs in your desired industry.

There are also small businesses who are using Twitter to advertise their vacancies for free which you should keep on eye on.

You can contact employers to ask if they have any suitable postions which you can apply for.


These days many employers have Facebook pages which you can join with a click on the like button. It is possible to follow their news updates and apply for their vacancies from Facebook. You can also use this opportunity to ask questions about the company and their careers.

Preparation Guide for a Job Search

If you are about to embark on job hunting but aren’t sure where to start or whether you’re prepared for it or not, read this guide for starting a job vacancies search.

I’ve include lots of tips on how to ensure you’re ready for the (sometimes depressing) world of job hunting, as well as some tips on how to get started in the game…

Check Your CV

Ensure your CV is spotless. You can do this by checking over it yourself or by having a friend/relative look at it and make constructive criticisms.

If you have a friend in the business sector you plan on joining ask them to give you (honest!) feedback on whether they would employ you into the field based on it as it currently stands, or even ask them to hand it to their employers to take a look if they have a friendly relationship with their seniors.

Alternatively if you would rather check it yourself there are plenty of tips on the Internet on how to make your CV look great.

Related: CV Tips

Make All Important Decisions

Make all of your important decisions now rather than when you begin searching; that way you will know exactly what you’re looking for and will be more confident in asking what you want of recruiters and potential employers.

Such decisions might include the sector you want to work in if you plan on changing career paths completely, what salary you want, or even how far you’re willing to travel.

This will make your search a lot easier, and if you are searching at a place like the job center it will make their job of finding you a career a lot easier and faster too!

Work On Your Confidence

One of the many things that shine out to potential employers is confidence! Employers like a candidate who radiates confidence in themselves and what they are talking about, so research the field you want to work in and make sure you’re up to date in all the recent news – you’ll avoid getting caught off guard in interviews.

If you think you’re lacking in confidence, or don’t have a great history of interviews, why not have one of your friends create a fake interview for you to practice being put into the spotlight and answering questions under pressure?

Best Places to Search

If you know what field you want to work in, research the best places to look for work in that sector. Most job advertisements can be found either on the internet, in job centers or in newspapers, but some might be exclusively online on their own company websites, or in company newsletters. Try to work out the best places to search to save you time when it does come to starting your search.

Don't forget Using Social Media In Your Job Search.

And now, you’re ready to begin searching! Good luck on your job hunt, and I would love to hear from people who’ve found these tips useful, or have their own stories to share…

Finding Unadvertised Jobs - Are All Vacancies Advertised?

Not every job vacancy is advertised via newspapers or online – the perfect job might be out there for you, but you just haven’t heard about it yet!

However, if you know how then it’s still possible to find out about and apply for these jobs. Here are some simple ways of finding unadvertised jobs…

Asking Around

Try asking your friends and co-workers if they know of any job vacancies at their companies that aren’t being advertised, or if they know of any other jobs going elsewhere that you might not have heard of.

Co-workers in higher up positions than your own might know about upcoming vacancies that haven’t yet been made public, and by talking to them you could get your foot into the door before anyone else has the chance.

Send Off Your CV

A simple way of finding jobs is to send off your CV to different companies accompanied with a letter letting them know you are looking for work. Alternatively, walk around to different organisations and hand in your CV personally.

If the company has a position open and they feel you are suitable they will offer you an interview, and if they don’t have any positions open right now you can ask them to keep your CV on file for any future jobs that might open up.

Sign Up To Recruitment Agencies

It’s free to register with a recruitment agency and the recruiters receive job opening direct from their list of clients. Many of these jobs are advertised, but not all of them – if they have a CV on file that they think is the perfect match, the job could be offered direct to that person without ever being advertised.

Sign up with every recruitment agency in town, tell them exactly what you’re looking for and you may just get that call about the dream job you’ve been waiting for!


While searching for a job volunteering is a good way to spend your time, and if a position opens up within the company chances are (if you’ve been an efficient volunteer of course) it will be offered to you!

Being ‘inside’ the company, you will also get to hear about job offers before they open up to the public, and depending on the volunteering you do you might also get to meet influential members of other companies around the community whom might offer you a job!

Company Websites

Most company websites will have a section for vacancies in their organisation; these might not always be advertised elsewhere such as in newspapers or any other place online, especially if the company is small as advertising can be expensive!

Companies may also advertise their latest vacancies in their newsletter, so be sure to subscribe.

Old Trade Journals/Classifieds

Take a look in old newspapers and old classifieds to see who has been hiring in the last few months, and try to identify who might be hiring again. Companies who seem to hire new staff every few months are likely to have an opening coming up soon rather than those who have only put up one add over the past year.

Phone companies that have advertised regular vacancies to see when their next might be, or hand your CV in for future reference.

See also:

Employment set to rise in UK 2013

Best Jobs for 2013

Job sectors expected to grow from 2013 to 2020

The Top Ten highest paying jobs 2013

Have any of these methods worked for you in the past? Or do you have any other ideas on how to find unadvertised jobs? I’d love to hear it, so leave me a comment below…

Ten GREAT PAYING JOBS that don’t require a DEGREE!

These days it is harder than ever for people to afford an education, the cost of tuition is on the rise, as is the cost of living, and many just can’t afford to attend University. Other people simply want to get straight into the job market, and not have to spend extra time in education. The good news is there ARE jobs out there that are incredibly well paid. In this article, I will give you some examples of jobs that you can do that don’t require years in education to get, and a little more information about them.
Ten GREAT PAYING JOBS that don’t require a DEGREE!

1. Air Traffic Controller.   In the UK, there are many airports. Air space is controlled by an elite team of people known as Air Traffic Controllers. You would expect that you need to spend years at university to be given such responsibility, however, to become an Air Traffic Controller you only need to gain a licence, which can be attained by completing a course. For details of courses visit Air Traffic Controllers can expect a salary of around £60,000.

2. Sales Manager. Jobs in sales can be easily attained by many people; all it takes is a persuasive nature and a drive for targets. For those that excel in the field you can expect to soon become a Sales Manager. As well as often getting perks such as a car and extra holiday, you can also expect a salary of over £55,000 and the best bit is- it’s something you don’t have to study for years!

3. Police Inspector. Inspectors in the police force average salary is £50,000. Inspectors supervise lower ranking officers and may have more powerful cases to investigate. Police forces have their own entry requirements but formal qualifications are not usually necessary. Put the time in from a beat bobby to become an inspector!

4. Public Relations Manager. IT is possible to start with a PR firm as a junior, or administrator and through serving time working your way up the ranks. You can expect a salary of around £49,000 in return for your hard work!

5. Personnel or Training Manager. Who says there is no money in Man Management? Working your way up the HR ladder to become a Personnel or Training manager can net you a salary of around £49,000! It can also happen quite quickly, with some people getting this promotion within 3 years of starting a lesser post.

6. Train Driver. Train companies run their own in house training schools, and to become a train driver all you need is a good general education and they will put you on track to a great career. Train drivers on average are paid around £40,000 and this wage is achievable even within your first year!

7. Insurance Underwriter. If you can get yourself am administrative job within the insurance sector such as claim advisor, you can soon work your way up to become an underwriter. Insurance underwriters command a salary of £39,000.

8. Customer Service Manager. Many call centres these days are the employment hub of choice, they offer secure and steady work and always have vacancies due to high turnover of staff. Stick in long enough and carry your job out to a high standard and you will soon find yourself promoted through the ranks to management, and this could see your salary shoot up to £38,000

9. Taxi Driver. This may seem an odd addition, but in a recent study, self-employed Taxi Drivers earn on average £37,000 a year after costs. Given you are your own boss and can choose to work more lucrative hours, as well as being able to save money on maintenance and running costs owing to the car being a business expense, becoming a Taxi Driver is a great way to earn a hefty salary.

10. Dancer/Actor. This may sound an unorthodox addition to the list, but all manner of performing arts jobs are available to those talented enough to be able to do them. From TV acting, to entertainment dancing in clubs, the pay speaks volumes. Club dancers can earn up to £1000 per night, TV actors can earn thousands for a few hours. If you have the flair and personality for it, this could be the job for you!

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Finding a job using social media

“I will hire a six-figure salaried employee this month, and I strictly recruited via Twitter - no resumes. #WSJchat”

That tweet was sent by Vala Afshar, CMO and the Chief Customer Officer for Enterasys Networks, earlier this month to the Wall Street Journal. Afshar was just one of many respondents answering a series of questions posed by WSJ, asking about their preferences when it comes to using social media to find talent.

It turns out social media is slowly working its way on to the radar of hiring managers. Numbers from the recruitment firm Robert Half reveal that 32% of recruiters use social media to communicate with candidates, and 22% check profiles of potential candidates online.

Margaret Buj is an interview coach with over 9 years of experience, and has seen first-hand the change in direction employers have taken when it comes to social media. “Pretty much every recruiter I know uses LinkedIn as primary tool for finding candidates,” says Buj. “I have been on LinkedIn for the past 6 years. Twitter is more recent, I’ve seen employees start to use it over the past year or two.”

Candidates wanting to stand out from the crowd in an uber-competitive job market can start by making sure their online profiles are top notch.

Creating a winning profile

According to Buj, candidates can improve their chances of finding a job using social media by creating a profile that stands out from the crowd. “Candidates should have a keyword-rich profile. It has to be done in a natural way – you don’t want to put 20 keywords in a LinkedIn profile, but it should include words that would appear in a job description.” She also advises to steer clear of generic statements that don’t truly convey your level of knowledge of expertise. Using tangible examples of work you’ve done or results you’ve achieved will help stand out to recruiters, most of which are looking at hundreds of CVs in a day.

Related: Ten Pictures To Avoid As Your LinkedIn Profile Image

For example:

DO :

“‘I’m an experienced project manager.”


“I’ve been managing projects for over ten years, working with budgets between $50,000-$1 million dollars.”

In terms of where recruiters are looking, experts seem to agree that it depends on the sector. Companies in IT for example may be more inclined to look on LinkedIn, while PR and Communications firms may well look to Twitter or Facebook to find talent.

Buj notes that keeping a blog is another great way to showcase both your interests and your writing talent.  “LinkedIn gives you the ability to link your blog to your profile. Employers definitely look at that, especially if it’s in industries like PR or technology, where the subject matter and the skill set are really relevant,” she explains.

Stand out from the crowd

To stand apart from the countless other applicants searching for work online, Buj recommends taking a proactive approach. Instead of relying on job boards, directly reach out to hiring managers and people within the organization you’re in applying to. By using tools like LinkedIn, you can see how you may know people through your connections. Take the initiative and ask to be connected!

Following companies you have an interest in working for on Twitter or Facebook is another great way to stay abreast of company changes, job opportunities and news. Engage with tweets to potential employers – here’s a great example:

Make sure you research the company you’re interested in working for before sending out applications, Buj advises. “I once had a candidate apply to about 27 jobs within the same company, none of which he was qualified for.” Instead of wasting time with applications that certainly won’t result in an interview, focus your efforts by doing some due diligence and creating a standout presence for when your LinkedIn profile is viewed. “The headline is very important. Make it exciting – I wouldn’t do something generic,” says Buj. “Get recommendations from past employers detailing your strengths, skills and leadership qualities.”

When it comes to using social media to find a job, there are some definite no-no’s to avoid. It should go without saying, but if you’re using your social media accounts for work and not play, your profile picture should be professional. “I once had someone apply to a job, and he was a great candidate - the background was all there - but he was half naked in his picture!” says Buj. Shots taken at the beach need not apply, so make sure your headshot is representative of the way you would appear at an interview. 

In addition to monitoring the layout and look of your profile, also pay close attention to the content. “A lot of hiring managers will check your LinkedIn profile against your CV – make sure things add up,” says Buj, who adds that not having enough information is also a big mistake. “Some people have just the company they worked for and the dates, nothing about their responsibilities or role.”

Creating a standout profile and taking initiative will help you succeed at finding a job utilising social media. As more and more recruiters turn to it to hire candidates, you don’t want to be overlooked. If Vala Afshar’s words are anything to go by, if you’re not already on social media, you probably should be.

Related: Understanding LinkedIn Endorsements and Recommendations

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Good luck.

Using job aggregators for your job search

A job aggregator is a company that pools together jobs from different websites all in to one place. It is like a search engine for jobs. It can save search time as you will not need to search in a number of places. If you look at every company job board, then every agency one, you will be looking for a long time. If you have a very specific job in mind, then this may be okay, as you may just have a limited number of places to look. However, if you are looking for something more general, then this sort of site can really help. Normally you will be able to enter your location and job title and you will be given a list of jobs to choose form that fit that criteria. Most sites have more advanced search options if you need to narrow things down. Over the years, a lot of companies have set up as job aggregators. Some are reviewed below.

Job Aggregators


Indeed was one of the first job aggregators around and is still the largest one. It started in 2004 and has now expanded over 19 countries with different versions for those different countries. It allows job searchers to look at thousands of jobs in one place.


This job aggregator looks very similar to Indeed but it does have some good additions such as social media connections so that you can share jobs with your friends. It works in 17 countries.


Careerjet works across 50 countries and in 20 different languages and is similar to Indeed. It claims that it scans 58,000 websites each day to bring the most up to date information. It is possible to search for jobs by industry or location or do a more advanced search.


Workcircle has almost 300,000 UK jobs to search from. They will send email alerts when jobs that suit you appear. They search the top UK job boards, agencies and employers. You can search by job title or a keyword as well as a location. You can choose more advanaced serach options and even have the most suitable jobs emailed to you each day.


One of the biggest job aggregator in the UK. They are crawling nearly all of the job boards.


You should definitely try Jobrapido for your job search.


Jobsafari is a European service and covers some countries that the others do not. It covers ten European countries and is available in eight languages.


This is the biggest job aggregator in Germany and so is good when looking for jobs there. It is a German language site though. It is possible to search jobs through location, industry or do a more specific search.

All of these sorts of sites are very easy to use. It can be worth trying out a few of them in order to see which one you think will be the best for you. You may prefer one that has jobs in certain industries, locations or is just big. You may prefer the social media functions of some of them or the way searches can be emailed. They do all differ some in more subtle ways than others but you need to see which suits you the best.

It is worth bearing in mind, that although these will speed up your searches, they may not find certain industry specific jobs. Some industries only advertise in trade journals or on specific websites, but generally you will save a lot of time by using these companies.

Some of them will allow companies to specifically post jobs with them, which may mean that they could have unique listings to that particular site. You may therefore find jobs on them, that you will not see anywhere else.

What are the Lowest Paid Jobs in the UK 2013

Lowest Paid Jobs in the UK 2013

1. Waiter £12,117

Waiter staff are vital to keep the restaurant business going, but as there are no qualifications required the pay is not very high.  Being a waiter can have some real benefits as the hours are often flexible.

2. Hairdresser £12,219

Although there are hairdressers which are unqualified, the majority of paid hairdressers in salons have had several years training on the job and NVQ qualifications.

3. Bar staff £12,399

Similar to waiting staff, bar staff usually receive flexible working hours and do not require qualifications to do the job, but as they often work later the pay tends to be slightly more.

4. Kitchen/catering assistant £12,422

Trainee chefs often start out as kitchen or catering assistants and it can be an excellent way to find out about working in a kitchen before you are fully trained as a chef.

5. Leisure attendant £12,585

These employees provide assistance in leisure facilities perhaps assisting personal trainers or life guards in the gym.

6. Florist £13,227

Preparing the flowers to be sold and assisting customers find the right flowers for the right occasion.  No qualifications are required although NVQs are available.

7. Sales assistant £13,449

Providing the face-to-face service in retail environments such as clothes shops, hardware stores and supermarkets.  Many retail managers start out as sales assistants and work their way up through the business.

8. Launderer/dry cleaner £13,479

There are certain skills and knowledge required to provide an excellent service, but these tend to be learned on the job.

9. Cashier £13,542

Cashiers have similar expectations as sales assistants but have slightly more responsibility in handling cash and therefore get paid slightly more.

10. Domestic cleaner £14,144

Customers have to trust a person who goes into their house and cleans for them, so the pay for this is slightly higher than commercial cleaners.

11. Hotel porter £14,515

Hotel porters are responsible for showing customers to their room and taking their luggage.  This job falls within the Hospitality category, no qualifications are required.

12. Shelf filler £14,364

This is a similar role to sales assistant but larger companies require shelf fillers who often work night shifts to restock the shelves so get paid more.  No qualifications are required.

13. Retail assistant £14,521

These provide the service to customers within the retail industry.

14. Nursery nurse £14,554

Employees in a nursery are responsible for looking after young preschool children from 0-5 years.  Qualifications and a criminal record check are required for this role.

15. Housekeeper £14,560

Housekeepers tend to be employed by a single employer, unlike domestic cleaners who can be hired by a number of households at the same time.  In addition to cleaning, housekeepers may also be in charge of some finances, shopping and other domestic chores.

16. Animal care assistant £14,830

The majority of animal care assistants are employed in kennels or other animal homes.  No qualifications are required for this role although they may be available.

17. Office assistant £14,993

There are a variety of tasks which are completed by office assistants including a small amount of typing, filing, answering telephones etc.

18. Beautician £14,984

Many qualifications are required in order to trade as a beautician as there are techniques required which could cause harm to people.

19. Sewing machinist £15,057

Although no qualifications are required to become a machinist, this is a highly skilled profession and needs much experience.

20. Fishmonger £15,453

Many years of practice are required to become a skilled fishmonger, although no formal qualifications are required.

Ten Pictures To Avoid As Your LinkedIn Profile Image

Unlike Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn is a network of professionals. While a picture of you in a state of inebriation is acceptable by Facebook’s standards, it won’t have a particularly positive reception as far as your LinkedIn connections go. There are quite a few taboos that could bring your profile down completely and make people turn away if they were browsing with a view to recruit. Here are the no-no’s that you should avoid at all costs.


By all means take your own picture, but don’t do the whole ‘camera phone in the mirror’ trick that was popular on Myspace. It’s outdated and unprofessional. Keep hands and arms, and any clue that indicates a self-photo shoot, out of the frame. Just ask someone else to take it for you!

Grainy, Pixelated or Blurred

Photos with these qualities aren’t just offensive and annoying to look at, they actually look bad. The grainy appearance usually occurs in photos taken in dark rooms where the flash didn’t give enough light. Turn the light on or engage the flash. Sometimes, a photo can become pixelated when you crop others out of an image and resize yourself. The picture distorts and the pixels enlarge, which makes you look like a badly-taken poor quality CCTV print-off. Blurring can be avoided by keeping the camera still. Rest it on a surface or tripod for best results.

Bad Lighting

Going back to my last point, it can ruin a photo. If you are an artist or something that warrants such creativity, it is marginally acceptable. For everyone else, it is just awful.


A photograph that could be likened to your passport image can portray you as incredibly boring and won’t sell you to a potential employer. Choose an interesting location, keep it light-hearted with a bright friendly smile, and try and get some of your personality into the picture, even if it is through your clothing.

…But Not Too Wacky Either

Psychedelic, wacky images are funny for social networking with friends but if you go overboard and dress as a giant Crayola clutching one of the Bananas in Pyjamas, this will give off the impression that you can’t be sensible or serious. Find the balance.

Inappropriate To Your Job Or Industry

How do you want your connections to view you? If a potential employer looked at your profile, what would you want them to see? Think about that when you try and work out whether your profile image is appropriate to the industry in which you work. If you are in a creative line of work, such as graphic design, it’s a little more acceptable to have a creative image. If you are a model, using one of your most exotic images from an excellent shoot could show just how versatile you are and earn you more work. But if you have a career which requires a much more serious or solid image, such as a lawyer, funeral director, accountant or you hold an upper level managerial role, your picture should reflect this, making you appear trustworthy, sensible and professional.

Unusual Effects

Images enhanced with Instagram-type effects are becoming much more popular with the rise of social media, but there is a time and a place, and unless it actually enhances the image to a professional standard, you should use the original file. Turning a picture black and white for no apparent reason will not make it appear timeless, classic or distinguished. It will just make it look pointless.

Clubbing Pictures

While showing that you can relax and socialise via your profile picture can be a positive image to portray, an image of you clubbing in tiny outfits covered with face pain and a beer hat will give off a completely wrong impression all together. Keep the location subtle, relaxed and light, and put down your drink if you plan to put the image on LinkedIn.

No Image At All

Without a picture, your profile looks incomplete and people will simply skim past without reading further. You need to have photographic representation on yourself, so that people looking for you will know they have the right person. As long as it doesn’t breach any of the taboos in this post, it should be acceptable.

Something Completely Inappropriate Altogether

Using an image that does not contain your face is a bad idea. Along with this, there are also some things you should never EVER put as your profile picture. These concepts include:
Your business logo (Make a page for your company instead)A picture of another part of your body (this is not appropriate at all and will give a terrible impression)A picture of someone elseA picture containing nudity or pornographyA picture of a landscape or sceneA picture in which you or someone else is engaging in illicit activities such as drug use or crime.Photo by: Courtney Carmody

Job Search Tips for a Desperate Jobseeker

Jobseeking is a difficult task at present because there are so many unemployed that almost every role listed (except highly technical roles) are being bombarded with hundreds of applications. Some of these applicants are suitable, where some are simply just sending their CV in, hoping that something will come up.

There comes a point where desperation kicks in and we know we just need a job, doing anything, with anyone, anywhere. Here are some tips for the desperate among us that might just help you get hired.

#1 Hide Your Desperation…

There is nothing worse than someone who applies for literally anything and everything going. You should never, ever, EVER just go through a list of jobs and submit your CV to every single one. This is especially relevant if you browse via recruitment companies. How desperate do you think you look to an employment agent when they go through applications for a variety of roles, only to find your CV begging for each and every one? Change your habits and change them now!

#2 Only apply for roles that appeal to you

Browse through roles and carefully select jobs that you find interesting that fit in with your experience, skillset and desires for the future. While you might just need a stopgap job, you need to really think about whether that job has what you need and is what you want to do. Find a job you love, and you will never ‘work’ a day in your life!

#3 Raise your standards

Do not let your Jobseekers Advisor or recruitment agent bully or push you into applying for a job that has no prospects, if a proper career is what you seek. Only settle for the best, most exciting, well paid roles in the area you hope to find employment.

#4 Use LinkedIn to Your Advantage

There are two ways you can use LinkedIn to maximise your success. The first way is by enhancing your profile and turning it into a digital CV. Get recommended, endorsed, and write a comprehensive description of who you are, what you do and what you have done. Recruiters and potential employers often use LinkedIn to verify what you say either face-to-face or at interview. It also can give a better picture of you and your history, since paper CVs should not be longer than two sides of A4. However, keep it muted, as you would with a normal CV. Don’t forget to set yourself as ‘open to opportunities’.

Another way you can use LinkedIn is by seeking out jobs. Many large firms, and small to medium businesses alike, have pages for their company and use them to talk about what it is like to work there, advertise vacancies, and share testimonials from staff past and present. LinkedIn is rarely used as a sole source of advertising positions, but you can get their alerts anyway by opting in for them via your profile. It just means you are less likely to miss a good opportunity. On these company pages though, don’t go commenting on every single little thing they post or share. It just makes you look desperate to be noticed.

#5 Don’t Be Overenthusiastic

Over-zealous talk at interview will turn the employer against you. Avoid phrases like ‘I will do anything’ or ‘I am unbelievably excited’ or worse still ‘My whole life I have dreamed of working for your company’. Ouch! Think these thoughts, but leave them packed away, in the back of your mind.

#6 Keep Follow-Up To A Minimum

You may want to call to confirm an interview, or a few days post-interview to thank them and find out if they are progressing towards their decision. But don’t call more than twice, do not hound the employer, and for pity’s sake do NOT try and butter them up with ridiculous gifts. That is a step too far, and can be classed as bribery! If you reach an answer machine, do not leave a message. Speak to a human instead. Voicemail messages always go wrong when you don’t want them to.

#7 Know Your Value, But Don’t Go Over the Top

Knowing what you are worth is a very important skill. But go over the top and brag about how fabulous you are, how you know you can make a difference but failing to elaborate, or just generally make claims without substantiating them, and you just cause the hiring manager to switch off. Keep a little to yourself, but always be sure to have back-up anecdotes or examples to take your side when you make a claim.

Tread carefully, reign your over-excited enthusiasm in, and you will succeed in your search for a new career.

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11 Questions to Ask your Recruitment Consultant

When consulting with a recruitment agency, and in particular one of their consultants or agents who has been allocated to you, it is essential you find out more about them. You don’t have to take the first consultant you find, and it is important you find one that can work well with you to ensure you find the job you are looking for. The industry is unregulated for the most part and having a poor consultant or one who is not competent enough can waste a lot of time for you in the search for work. Just as they interview you to find out more, you should interview them too. Some questions are broad ‘getting to know you’ questions, where other will be more specific to jobs or assignments. Here are ten questions you must as to make sure you have chosen the right person to handle you and your career.

1- How Long Have You Been In Recruitment?

Simple, but knowing how long someone has been doing their job is important. Some people who are new and inexperienced may lack some of the knowledge of their older colleagues, but they may also be hungrier and eager to help you succeed. At the other end of the scale, there are people who have worked in recruitment for years and have become arrogant and complacent, and may not be the most helpful when it comes to finding work for you. A recruitment agency should have a strong network of connections, as well as the contacts and expertise that only come from several years’ experience. Aim for someone with between five and fifteen years in recruitment if possible.

2- What Is The Consultant’s Background?

Ideally, a specialist recruiter should have a broad knowledge of the industry for which they recruit, whether it is IT, accountancy, or any other career. It may even be helpful if they have worked in that industry in a few roles. However, it is not essential. What is most important is the knowledge of the company, the managers, the needs of the business for which they are recruiting and the role involved. Knowledge of their sector can be attained through research and keeping up to date that way.

3- What Can You Expect From Your Consultant?

Recruiters should be completely honest with you and tell you what they plan to do to work alongside you and to achieve your career ambitions with you. They should be optimistic and confident without promising you astonishing results; jobs are tough to come by these days because the market itself is exceptionally tough and many vacancies have far too many applicants. You can also use this question to gain insight into the way your consultant works and thinks.

4- How Often Can I Expect You To Update Me?

Recruitment consultants are sometimes the victims of negative press, which is not necessarily deserved, but at the heart of the complaints is an issue with communication. They do manage a lot of companies and individual clients like you, but you should still expect them to contact you regularly, even if it is just to tell you that they haven’t found anything for you yet.

5- Who Are Your Main Clients?

How successful a recruitment consultant will be in placing you rests primarily on their client base and the companies they recruit for. By knowing who they work with, it can indicate how relevant they are to you and the skills you have, as well as how relevant they are to the career path you wish to pursue. It also gives a bit of an indication as to how strong their network is. If they have a long, successful professional relationship with several clients, this bodes well because a company that is dissatisfied with a service will quite simply change the recruitment company they use.

6- Have You Worked for Many Recruitment Agencies?

This is a bit of a naughty one to ask and may unsettle them a little, so try and get the answer from somewhere like LinkedIn first if you can. The exact number is not important, however, someone who jumps from company to company may not have been successful at previous posts, meaning they have to move on more often than they would like. Someone who has worked in a handful may have changed companies for career progression; this is more acceptable nowadays as people change work more to chase the money and opportunities that they may otherwise lose out on.

7- Have You Any Feedback On How I Can Improve My CV?

Since your CV is one of the main things they will send to potential employers to give a representation of you, who you are and your experience, it is in their best interest to have your CV up to scratch. The best consultants will understand that time spent improving on your CV will help to increase the chance of placing you in a role. Listen to the feedback they give: they know what succeeds, what gets you noticed, and what should be left out to give you the chance at the best first impression possible.

8- Do You Have Any Recommendations For How I Can Develop My Career?

If your consultant is worth their salt, they will be happy to give you some careers advice as to how you can progress further and improve your career. They may make suggestions on your career plan, give ideas of where you could progress to next, to help you take a step up the ladder, and may even be able to recommend qualifications or courses to help you gain further knowledge. Listen to them if you want to get ahead.

9- Job Specific Questions

When your consultant speaks to you about a potential role that could be of interest to you, there are a few questions you should fire at them to get a clearer picture of what might happen next.

10-Have You Placed Someone With This Company Before?

The best consultants will be able to assist you at every stage, and if they have worked with a company before, it means they have a deeper knowledge of the business, its people, its processes and what people who work there think of the company. Admittedly there does have to be a ‘first time’ working with every new company, but a company who is a returning client implies that they had good service the last time and were satisfied with the candidate put forward. It also means your recruiter will be less likely to ask you about something you might find completely irrelevant.

11- What Is The Recruitment Process?

Failure to prepare just means you are preparing to fail. The consultant should know how the company recruits, especially if the company is one they have worked with in the past. If you have an idea of the questions you will be asked, the criteria you will be required to fulfil, and information on any competency tests. They will also know roughly how many interview stages will take place before they make their decision. The process may vary but having an idea of how things will go is an immense help to you.

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Graduates: How to Apply For Your First Job

You should have a strategy for applying for your first job. Everything must be ready for your job hunt. Remember you don't have experience in hand so all other factors should be perfect so you can stand out from the crowd.

Work out your goal

The first step towards employment is working out what job you are hoping to get now.  It may be that you undertook your studies with a particular career in mind, but more likely you have completed your degree and it is now that you need to sit down and really think about your options.

Make a list of all your skills, not just employment related, but things that you are really good at (e.g. cooking, time-keeping, organising, English language).  Then make a list of the things that you really don't enjoy doing or that you can't imagine ever being good at, even if you spent a long time practising (e.g. being artistic, working with technology).  Now think about all the experiences you have had, and what scenarios you enjoy working in (e.g. working outside, working with animals).  Now think of careers which match the criteria you are ideally suited to.  In these examples the candidate may look for a career in writing books about animals and countryside, journalism or marketing.

Write out your CV

Once you have set your sights on a job role, you need to create your CV to show all of the relevant experience that you have which may be useful in that position.  Start by writing out all of your education and professional experience.  Now spend some time researching that job role and see what experience candidates should have – do you have this experience?  If so make sure this is clear on your CV.

If you don't have the relevant experience, but you are keen to learn then you should make sure this is clear on any cover letter that you submit as an application.  If you think that the experience is necessary for the job then volunteering to do some work, even just part time or for a short period, could help you stand out from the competition when it comes to getting your first job.

There are many CV templates which you can use as a basis to setting out your CV, but remember that the common templates (provided by Windows Word or other large programmes etc) will be commonly used by many applicants.  You want your CV to stand out and look different, whilst providing all of the necessary information in a clear and concise format.  So I recommend that you start with one of these templates and adjust it to suit you, using different fonts or relocating the subjects to be in a different order.

Your CV should not go over 2 pages, ever, but especially if you have only just qualified and don't have a considerable amount of work experience.  The restriction of keeping it to just 2 pages will also mean you only put in the relevant information and don't drone on about stuff which isn't important for this role, and the employer doesn't want to know.

Demonstrate your Skills

It's not enough just to say that you have the skills and should automatically be given the job.  When it comes to writing your cover letter and then sitting in an interview situation you have got to be able to pull out examples of how you have demonstrated your knowledge and skills.  When you were doing research for your CV you wrote out a list of the skills you would need to include.  Now dig out that list and put an example of when you demonstrated these skills either during your career or outside of work.

Your demonstrated list should include details of the scenario, what happened, how you personally responded (ideally you as an individual, but it could be as part of a team) and what the outcome was.  Now you can either include one of these that you are particularly proud of in your covering letter, or just memorise these to discuss during your interview.


From the moment your CV lands on someone's desk, the recruiter will be making snap decisions as to whether you are a suitable for a vacancy based on limited information.  How well your CV and covering letter are presented will impact on how your CV is viewed so make it look professional, clean and smart.
That applies to you if you are selected for interview.  Make sure that you arrive at the interview looking professional, clean and smart.  Even if the dress code for the company is generally casual, an interview is an important meeting and recruiters will expect to see you making an effort.  It is always better to be dressed too smartly than to make too little effort and be rejected just because you didn't replace your trainers with smart shoes.

Ready for the interview

If you've been asked to attend an interview then you're probably down to the last 10 applicants and you have a high chance of being offered the role.  Try to maintain a calm and confident attitude – after all if they didn't think you were capable of doing the job based on your skills and experience, they wouldn't be wasting your and their time with interviewing you.

Be prepared by making sure you know where the place is, reviewing your list of times you have demonstrated your skills (above) and practising answering the questions your are most likely to get asked during your interview.  Make sure you have a positive attitude and smile, and you're probably onto a winner.

Top UK Entry Level Jobs

Getting your foot in the door is one of the hardest things to do sometimes, but with most big companies, the saying goes: “Once you’re in, you’re in.” Entry level jobs are positions that are usually designated to graduates, whether a high school, college, or university graduate, to help them get started. Most entry level jobs will pay a fairly low wage to begin with, and it is only right that you can’t expect an excellent salary immediately.

But work hard and you can be climbing the ladder in no time.
Almost all large companies promote from within, encouraging their own staff to move up the ranks and progress their career. This may be into management, into roles that carry more technical duties, or roles that require you to undergo training and learn new skills. Where to start though?

Here are the top 10 entry level jobs to help you get started up in your next career.

Forensic Accountant

If you have done an accounting or financial degree, get certified and you could be a forensic accountant. This role involves a number of exciting tasks and duties, which may include examining tax or business records to ensure accuracy or to inspect for irregularities. If you are interested in the legal side, you could be involved in asset tracking and tracing hidden accounts in fraud cases. This position may require you to become chartered or certified as an accountant, and salary starts from approximately £30,000 per annum.

Network Security Analyst

If IT, mathematics or computer science is your speciality, then you may find that working as a Network Security Analyst pushes your buttons (no pun intended!). Starting at around £32,000pa, you could be working in large firm planning, installing and monitoring the security of their network, which will no doubt be vital to the everyday smooth running of the company. Progression from this could be into management, and eventually even a ‘head of’ position.

Software Developer

Are you a computer whizz but found yourself drawn to a design and development degree (such as software design, graphic design or computer applications development)? Software development could be right up your street. Again commencing at roughly £32,000pa, software developers are at the forefront of creating the new applications and programs that our world needs to advance technologically. Progression could include team leadership or creative direction.

Law – multiple roles

Any degree can be converted into a law qualification with a two year course, and a career in law has a starting salary of£35-40,000pa. Even if you do not have a degree, there are roles such as Court Messenger or Legal Receptionist that will help you get into a company with whom you can progress. For those with legal qualifications, positions could include legal secretary or junior solicitor. Once you have a foot on the ladder, there is a world of opportunity waiting for you.

Business Intelligence

Businesses are constantly looking at ways to improve their systems, processes and for ways to save money. If you had a degree in management, IT, or more specifically Business Intelligence or an analytical qualification, this could be a career opportunity for you. By working with Big Data, SQL and being part of the BI team, you will help the company to move forward into the future and save time and money in the process. Starting salaries are approximately £25,000.

Editor’s Assistant in a Publishing House

Do you have a language degree and a passion for reading and writing? By becoming an editor’s assistant, you can help with the process that goes into every book we see on the shelves. You may find yourself writing letters, completing a ‘first edit’ of a manuscript in preparation for the editor, or helping to pick out the excellent works from the hundreds that get sent in. Salary starts at around £20,000pa, but progression can be quick and you may find yourself working as an editor in no time at all.

Graduate Schemes

Most companies have graduate programmes for the newly graduated to help them develop their career. This may begin with internship, where you get to try out several different roles by rotating through the different departments in your first year. At the end of the year, you will have a meeting to discuss where you would fit best. Other programmes put you into a training scheme which helps you to get to know the company before putting your into a role that best suits you and your skillset. Some of the best graduate programmes are with supermarkets such as Aldi and Asda, but you can search online to find out exactly where is offering, as well as how to apply. Aldi’s basic salary for a graduate on the management track is over £30,000pa to start, with excellent bonuses and opportunity for progression.

As you can see, there are some excellent jobs out there for you to get your career launched and well underway. Get your cover letter ready and start applying to the roles that suit you as soon as you hear about them, because some companies only recruit during part of the year (although many will accept applications all year round).

Understanding LinkedIn Endorsements and Recommendations

Linkedin Endorsements

LinkedIn recently rolled out a new function – Endorsements – which simply allows users to endorse each other’s skills. When you put your various skills on your profile, for example ‘management’, or ‘graphic design’ or ‘copy writing’, another person from your connections can come along and endorse your abilities. It is very easy, just one click and their name will appear beside that skill, saying that they are one of your endorsers and they think you can perform that skill well.

Recommendations are a little different. Using free text, another person can write in their own words what their experience of working with you was like. This allows them to communicate their true opinions and feelings as well as sharing their positive experience, rather than just a ‘yes, he is good at that skill’.

But, what does a potential employer think when seeing these two items on your profile? What are they truly worth?

Endorsements carry less weight with an employer as they have been abused, and the feedback from serious users is negative overall. We have to accept the endorsements once someone has endorsed us, but many people just accept any old endorsement from anyone, which means that, yes ok, someone thinks you are good, but how do they know? Have they worked with you? Or are they just some random school friend who endorsed you for the sake of endorsing? These people might never have actually seen you demonstrate these skills and yet they are willing to put their name to it. There is no way a potential employer can tell the difference between a genuine endorsement and a meaningless one.

Another negative surrounding LinkedIn endorsements is that they do not indicate the level of your competence. You could be a superstar who knows everything there is to know about the topic, or you could just be familiar with the concept of the skill and may actually have never demonstrated competency in this skill, ever. A proficiency scale would iron this out, but at present there is no scale in place. All that people learn from an endorsement is that you know this skill, according to whoever endorsed you, but not how good you are at it.

Linkedin Recommendations

Recommendations are the way forward when it comes to engaging a potential employer. Recommendations consist of free text, which allows your recommender to use their own words when describing how they found you as an employee, employer or client. When an employer seeks a reference, they are looking for a true picture of you, which a written recommendation on LinkedIn can count towards. They will take the time to read the words of a recommendation, because someone else has sat and taken the time to write it for you.

Forumites describe endorsements as ‘recommendations lite’. Yes, endorsing someone is recommending them, but it is quite vague, leaving employers reluctant to place any weight on them at all.

The best thing to do when managing endorsements is to only accept the genuine ones. Even if this means you only have a handful or none at all, it is better than having hundreds of endorsements that don’t mean a thing. If someone clicks through to your profile and sees that you have 200 endorsements on your ability, they will question just how you obtained these endorsements. Unfortunately, many people are just endorsing meaninglessly and until ‘Endorsements’ are changed or improved, they will continue to mean very little to anyone viewing our profile.

If you want to seriously engage your potential employer, ask your connections with whom you have had a positive experience to write you a recommendation which will show on your profile. Even a short paragraph they have taken a few moments out of their day to compose will speak volumes. Here are a few examples of a good recommendation:

“Bob is an excellent employee who not only works well within a team, but knows what steps to take to lead them to success. The pleasure in employing him is all mine, and he is an incredibly valued member of the team.”

“From the first interview, Sarah stood out at someone who wanted to work hard to achieve our company’s mission. In the five years since she joined us, we as a company have gone from strength to strength. Much of this was down to Sarah’s dedication and her drive for success. Thank you Sarah, for being such a fantastic ambassador for our brand.”

Strong recommendations and a sprinkling of true endorsements will massively enhance your LinkedIn profile, which will in turn help potential employers to head hunt you and they will be able to see just how fantastically competent you are. Why not send out a few emails to your contacts to see if they would be willing to give you a recommendation that will boost your profile?

Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill in the UK 2013

There are some jobs that are hard to fill at any time whether the economy is in recession or best in decades.

Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill in the UK

Sales Representatives

Recession on, right? Companies are looking for skilled Sales Representatives more than ever. This job is hardest for employers to fill because these skilled people often have targets to achieve and lots of training and stress involved, and the pay is usually commission-based.


At all times, wherever in the world, people will always need hospitals, clinics etc. and access to health professionals in order to find remedies for themself so they will always need Nurses.  The nurses and carers are the main faces in these locations but the job is often stressful and these people are asked to carry out the less attractive jobs.


Schools are a vital part of the community and education is paramount in any area. Schools are constantly in need of quality Teachers to work at their schools and educate the kids in best way with the best techniques.

Restaurant Hotel Workers

This may be surprising for the readers however it is reality. It's hard to fill Hotel vacancies due to unsocial hours and non-competitive pay compared with other jobs with more preferable hours of working.


The long hours, long days, thousands of miles to go, and prospect of lifting large bulks makes this job one of the hardest to fill position in the UK. 

IT Positions

We are living in a Technological world and demands for IT professionals are getting higher and higher every other day.


Engineering positions are one of the hardest to fill according to Recruitment Consultants. This is not because there are not enough Graduates; it is because Employers want multi-skilled and experienced Engineers to employ.

Skilled Traders

Construction Workers


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