How to Improve your Current Employment

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Looking for a new job isn’t for everybody – it’s a long, stressful process that is never going to be without its difficulties. If you generally enjoy your current position and don’t want to consider leaving, then there are many ways in which you can improve your current employment situation and make the most out of it. Here are some ideas:

  • Actively seek a promotion. Make it known that you are ambitious and would like to move up through the ranks. People will appreciate your drive and commitment.
  • Ask to have further training. You get more out of your work when you are well trained and can perform your duties to the best of your abilities.
  • Look beyond the work. Enjoy time spent with your colleagues, engage in active one-to-one about your workplace and ask your manager about team building and incentives. They can be a good way to help you bond with your team.

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What Could be Affecting your Job Applications?

Posted on August 31, 2018 at 8:17 am

If you are applying for positions but aren’t receiving any invitations to interview, you might be doing something fundamentally wrong with your applications. It’s worth considering some of the most common factors to affect a job application, so you can then put them right and make your applications stand out.

Think about these points:

  1. The time you apply. If you always get your application in at the last minute, the employer might think you come across as disorganised. Try to apply in plenty of time.
  2. Your grammar and spelling. Always read through an application after you have written it, before submitting it. Check your grammar and spelling thoroughly and ask someone else to read it if possible – many jobs require good attention to detail.
  3. The substance of your covering letter. Make sure you are covering all the points of the person specification in your cover letter, to show explicitly how you would be suitable for the role.

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Committing to Finding a New Job

Posted on May 26, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Finding a new job is never an easy process. You are always going to have lots of work to do, finding the schools where you would like to teach, seeking relevant opportunities and filling out the lengthy applications. However, you must remember that there is something driving you to apply for a new job in the first place. Once you have found a position that is more suited to you, then you will be happier in the long run.

Make some time each week to sit down and look at new jobs. It might only be 5 minutes, but that is all you need to spot an opportunity. Be methodical in your search, as this will make it more successful. Record the opportunities you have already looked at so you are not duplicating your work, and sign up for email alerts regarding relevant positions. Make sure you allow enough time to apply, so you are not feeling pressurised.

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Working in Administration for a School

Posted on March 30, 2018 at 3:35 pm

A school environment is a good place to work, alongside a team of enthusiastic and committed people. You don’t need to be a teacher in order to work in a school – there are many jobs you can take on that fall into the administration department of the school. Here are some examples:

  • Office administrator
  • Receptionist
  • Timetable co-coordinator
  • Accountant
  • PA

There are also many other options if you would like to work in a school – many of these will depend on the school itself and its administrative requirements. Some schools will outsource some of their admin, meaning there is less need for them to have in-house staff.

If you would like to work in a school, there are many benefits, like good holidays and job satisfaction. You will be working with a good team of people and helping to support the education system, so it is a very important role to take on.

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What are you Going to do with Your Career?

Posted on December 25, 2017 at 5:11 pm

Whether you are in school, university or in a job, you should put some thought into what you are going to do with the rest of your life. Chances are, you want to do something a little bit different if you are in work, and there may be things that interest you if you are still in education. It won’t be easy to make future plans, but you will be relieved when you do.

You also don’t need to have your whole career planned out. The best situation to be in is to know the field of work you enjoy and to have an idea of what you may like to do in the future. You should also be a little bit flexible though, as it can be hard to know exactly what you want to be doing in a few years time. Focus on what you enjoy, but allow some room to be flexible and change your mind.

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Do you Need a Degree to get a Good Job?

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Degrees are almost expected in the workplace these days. So many people have them, and it may be hard to compete if you do not have a degree as well. That being said, lots of career paths simply do not require a degree in order for you to be successful, get promotions and earn a very respectable wage.

The best advice is to do a degree if it is something that you want to do because it genuinely interests you. It will take a lot of hard working and dedication to achieve a 2:1 or a first in your degree subject. You need to really care about what you are doing. If you are not an academic person, there are lots of other options that would suit you more.

Look into careers that could come from your degree to help you decide as well. This will indicate where you could go with your degree, so see if these career paths sound appealing.

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Do you have the right tools for the job?

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 8:29 pm

When in any job it is vital that you have the correct tools and equipment to carry out the task in hand to the level it needs to be completed to. In some jobs it may be physical tools that you require in others it may be software that is needed or even physical training. Without these, we can easily stumble and not complete tasks needed or complete them to an inadequate level.

For example, a receptionist may be required to take calls, pass on messages, and divert calls and record information that is being left with them on a system. Without an adequate customer relations management software package this may be very hard. If messages are just left on pieces of paper on desks, it is easy for them to get missed or thrown away. If the company invests in a software package to allow all of this functionality then the receptionist will be able to communicate with other members of staff more defiantly. This will not only reduce issues with customers not being contacted back but can also mean that the receptionist can do the job quicker.



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Analysing your own performance

Posted on March 28, 2016 at 10:46 pm

When in employment you may have a review with your manager or the owner of the business. Some companies do this religiously every 6 – 12 months where as other companies only do it when it comes to deciding if an employee contract should be renewed of when they are looking to promote or dismiss members of staff.

Even if you are in a role where reviews are not carried out very often, this should not stop you from carrying out your own internal review of your performance at work.

Why not take some time in the evening to sit down and write a list of what you think you are good at and the areas you feel you need to improve it. Once you have this, concentrate on the areas of improvement and look at ways in which you can achieve this. It may be that you need extra training or simply more opportunity to practise it. If that is the case then why not approach the management staff and speak to them about your ideas.


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Things You Should Know About Finding Teaching Jobs In Cardiff

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 12:32 pm

If you are trying to look for teaching jobs in Cardiff, there are certain things that you need to know. Being aware of these things will significantly improve your chances of getting hired as a teacher in any of the educational institutions located within the city. Because it’s the tenth largest city in the United Kingdom, Cardiff is home to four major universities, 98 state primary schools, and 20 state secondary schools. This is not to mention the presence of other educational institutions like independent schools such as St. John’s College, Howell’s School, and Llandaff Cathedral School. In a nutshell, there are dozens of schools in the city where you can apply for a teaching job.

The most important thing you should remember when looking for a teaching job is that your credentials should match with the requirements of the school. This is especially important if you are going to apply on any of the four major universities in the city. Each university has its own unique set of requirements when they are hiring new teachers. What you need to do is study these requirements then try to create a resume that caters to such requirements. If possible, get in touch with someone who currently teaches in the school and ask for tips. (more…)

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Doing voluntary work to help you get a job

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 8:01 pm

If you are looking for a job but do not have the necessary experience to go straight in to a position then it may be a good idea to do a bit of voluntary work in the field to gain the time and experienced needed.

Often this may mean that you have to do the voluntary work on your days off or in the evenings as many people simply are not in a position to be able to give up a paid job for voluntary work. You may even find that you are able to get a paid job directly through the company or associated companies that you are doing the voluntary work for as if you impress them they will probably be more than happy to recommend you.

Voluntary work can not only help you get the experience needed to get in to the career you want but can also be extremely rewarding.

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