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Can’t Find Work? Take the Initiative with a Speculative Application

Can’t Find Work? Take the Initiative with a Speculative Application

Posted: 18th of September 2014 by Tom Clover

When it comes to getting your dream job you have two options. Firstly, just sit and wait for it to be advertised and apply for it, or, alternatively, go out there and get it yourself. With many jobs never even making it to being advertised it certainly seems that you will heighten your chances of getting your dream job by being proactive and doing something to actually find it. Steps can include networking among friends and family to find a vacancy, or simply sending a speculative letter to a company asking for work. In fact, in some industries, sending a speculative application is the accepted way to get employed! Even if your desired employer doesn’t usually employ people based on speculative applications, they can still work for you in surprisingly positive ways.

BPP Professional Apprenticeships - Business, Finance and Law

BPP Professional Apprenticeships - Business, Finance and Law

Posted: 18th of September 2014 by Zara Hutchins

We are a national training provider of apprenticeships in Business, Finance and Law, we work with top employers across the country to offer high-achieving students an alternative route to prestigious careers that have typically only been available to graduates.

Accounting Academy Students Shine at the Leadership through Sport Guest Speaker Event

Accounting Academy Students Shine at the Leadership through Sport Guest Speaker Event

Posted: 17th of September 2014 by Karen O'Connor

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Accounting Academy apprentices took to the floor with confidence at a Leadership through Sport guest speaker event hosted by Macquarie Bank in September. The apprentices presented their experiences with the Leadership through Sport (LTS) programme, which is partnered with Leyton Orient Football Trust and offers leadership and employability skills by combining the worlds of business and sport.

Social Media and Job-Hunting

Social Media and Job-Hunting

Posted: 17th of September 2014 by Tom Clover

A lot has been written about the dangers of social media when it comes to work, but social media needn’t always be a bad thing when it comes to getting yourself a job. Of course, there are dangers to social media, with a survey showing 47% of employers have negative reactions to pictures of people drinking alcohol in their social media, and an amazing 54% feeling that spelling and grammatical errors in posts and tweets causing them to react most negatively. With around 45% of all employers checking Facebook when they consider potential employees, you shouldn’t need to be told the importance of watching what you post to social media! If nothing else. Make sure you adjust the privacy settings on your Facebook account if there may be anything on there that you wouldn’t want an employer to see. However, moving on from this advice, how useful can social media be finding work, and how do you use it to improve your chances of landing a job?

New Year, New YOU?

New Year, New YOU?

Posted: 17th of September 2014 by Lynette Daly

Starting a new year is the perfect time to take on new challenges and do things differently. If you fancy starting a new fitness regime and hitting the Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties feeling and looking great then check out these top five fitness apps.

The top five apprentices in movies

The top five apprentices in movies

Posted: 16th of September 2014 by Lynette Daly

Okay - don't expect anything like this is reality. There aren't many apprenticeships in magic or the ways of the Jedi but there are many apprenticeships in engineering or opportunities to be an IT apprentice. Just for fun though...

Networking: What It Is - and How To Do It

Networking: What It Is - and How To Do It

Posted: 16th of September 2014 by Tom Clover

While you ought to check local job vacancies in the newspaper and online, as well as consider signing up with a recruitment agency, the fact remains that only a minority of jobs are ever advertised. You may wonder how you would get a job without getting the chance to hear about it, but the answer lies in networking. Networking is what you do all the time when you talk with friends and family, and by expanding the number of people you know, you will increase your opportunities to network and hear about a potential job first! Of course, when it comes to being part of a network, you have to make sure you offer something back too – nobody likes someone who keeps coming to them asking for favours with nothing ever offered in return.

How do you get an apprenticeship? Preparing for your interview

How do you get an apprenticeship? Preparing for your interview

Posted: 15th of September 2014 by Lynette Daly

The key to interviewing well and making a good impression is preparation. Trying to think of answers to interview questions on the spot, when you’re nervous is difficult. So, here’s a list of 10 common apprenticeship interview questions to help you prepare.

And Now For Something Completely Different

And Now For Something Completely Different

Posted: 15th of September 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Many of you reading this article will perhaps be in an occupation you dislike or find unchallenging, and some of you may even be reading this at work. This is most certainly not an uncommon feeling but it is something that if left unchecked, can lead to long-term unhappiness or regret.

Feeling Cast Adrift After College? What To Do Next

Feeling Cast Adrift After College? What To Do Next

Posted: 15th of September 2014 by Tom Clover

Leaving school or college can feel a bit like you have been cast adrift at sea without a map or even a rudder to get you going in the right direction. Up until now you have probably had things set out for you – knowing at each stage from infant’s school onwards where you will be heading to next. The school system and your family and friends will have guided you forward through each stage – from which secondary school you went to, right on to any A-Levels or other courses. However, it may now seem like you have been left to fend for yourself – either told to get a job or maybe go to university. University is certainly a great option for many, but for others it can seem like simply delaying the inevitable and just putting off getting a job rather than a genuine thought-out plan to progress your chances of getting a decent job. So, what can you do about it?

Sexting Your Way into Trouble – And Out Of Work!

Sexting Your Way into Trouble – And Out Of Work!

Posted: 12th of September 2014 by Tom Clover

In case you didn’t already know, ‘sexting’ is the act of taking graphic pictures of yourself and sending them via text message or social media. What may seem like a bit of fun can however, get you into serious trouble as, once the indecent images are out there you have very little control over what happens to them next. There are plenty of cases where someone has been shocked to find out that the personal images that they sent to a boy or girlfriend have been spread around to friends, or even posted online! While this tactic has been used by even the most famous of jilted celebrity lovers, it is not just the ensuing embarrassment that is a problem. In fact, sexting can lead you to lose your job, credibility, or even get you into trouble with the law and leave you on the sex-offenders register!

What skills do you need for work?

What skills do you need for work?

Posted: 12th of September 2014 by Lynette Daly

The CBI / Pearson Education and Skills survey of 542 organisations, employing around 1.6 million people, reports that 61% of firms say school and college leavers have not developed the self-management skills they need for work while at school. Regardless of the specific, technical skills that are needed to do a job, there are some skills that everybody needs to get by and be successful in the workplace. So, what are employers looking for?

‘Investing’ In Your Work

‘Investing’ In Your Work

Posted: 11th of September 2014 by Tom Clover

Investment experts often say that it pays to put your money behind something you believe in. The idea being that, if you love a particular product or company, then others will too, plus, you will also have a better idea of what you are investing in over something that you have no idea about. As a piece of advice, it makes sense, and you can use your knowledge of your friends and family to help you. Perhaps you have seen that a certain style or clothing label is on the rise in your area or among your friends. You may be ahead of the trends and see that this particular clothing line is on the rise, and decide to invest in some shares, for example. This would certainly make more sense than investing in something you know nothing about and couldn’t possibly understand the market for.

Need A Job? Now’s The Time!

Need A Job? Now’s The Time!

Posted: 10th of September 2014 by Tom Clover

If you are looking for work then now is the perfect time to get out there and start applying – especially if you are a school or college leaver. While there are jobs available throughout the year, there is no denying that there are optimum times throughout the year for finding work. Christmas, for example, sees a growth in the number of retail opportunities (at least in the short-term) as shops work to meet the demands of the busy shopping period. Elsewhere, those who work in agriculture often need extra help around harvest time, leading to a spike in rural work during this time of year. Added to this are times when recruiters seek to tap into national trends, such as New Year, when people may decide it is the right time to make a change in their lives and do something different.

Should you get a Degree?

Should you get a Degree?

Posted: 10th of September 2014 by Lynette Daly

It’s totally understandable that young people start university filled with excitement both about their studies and about the career possibilities that will open up to them when they graduate. Will gaining a Degree get you a job though?

Music? Acting? Side-Step Your Way into the Arts

Music? Acting? Side-Step Your Way into the Arts

Posted: 9th of September 2014 by Tom Clover

Do you ever imagine your name in lights – perhaps as a world-famous rock star, rapper, or singer? Perhaps you would prefer the silver-screen or TV, acting for a living and walking the red carpet at premieres around the world? It is fine to dream, and some would say imperative as a first stage to achieving your goals, but it never hurts to have a little common sense thrown in for good measure. Reaching the top in the arts takes talent, dedication, resilience, hard work, and a fair slice of luck. In fact many aspiring actors and musicians spend many years working on their craft and slogging away before landing their ‘big break.’ For others, that break never comes at all, but by adjusting your sights you can enjoy a great career in the area you love – all while working towards the stardom you dream of!

Is your password secure?

Is your password secure?

Posted: 9th of September 2014 by Lynette Daly

With all the news about celebrities having naked photos of themselves leaked online, it’s a good time to think about how secure your information, social media and bank accounts are. Here are some top tips for setting a strong password, and also some of the worst and most often guessed passwords used by people.

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