Tips on CV Detail ▼
• CVs ideally should be no longer than 2 pages.
• A short introductory paragraph can allow you to highlight unique career experience.
• Display job titles clearly listing all roles held within the company.
• Job descriptions in easy to read format using a consistent font.
• Use Bullet points and short descriptive sentences.
• Keep in chronological order with most recent first.
• Keep all dates clear and in order without gaps.
• Update your CV regularly.
• Use Key industry terms where applicable.
Interview Preparation ▼
The interview process is an opportunity to find out if the role and company is the right fit for you as much as it is for the employer.
Research the company as well as the role to gain knowledge on vacant position and how it would work for you, understanding the culture of the company.
The more research and preparation covered gives the candidate a sense of confidence to give informative opinions and open up a relevant dialogue.
Plan to speak up and promote yourself, know your list of strengths using examples in your career but keep it short and to the point.
It is incredibly important to tailor your answers/opinions to the job role. If possible, demonstrate ability and skills that are required.
Prepare with a colleague before the interview to practice prepared questions and answers that may be relevant in the interview.
Speaking out loud may give you an opportunity to rephrase your answer/opinion.
Feedback is extremely important for both you and the interviewer. Speak to your consultant as soon as the interview is finished while all thoughts are still fresh.
It aids in improving your interview technique and should be received back straight away.
It may also be relevant in preparation for a second interview.
Competency-based Interviewing ▼
Competency-based interviewing is becoming more popular for employers in the UK. It gives an indication on future performance from your past/current workings during face-to-face interviews.
Prepare for this type of interview by researching the role and the company while WorkWise will help you with the expected technical and personal requirements.
Cover all areas in terms of tasks and responsibilities in order to provide scenarios or examples for each competency.
Review your CV to remind yourself of possible examples to explain how you dealt with certain situations that can be used in line with the job role applied for.
Write down examples you would like to use in the interview as part of your preparation for rehearsal.
Once prepared, be confident in your answers, showing a positive attitude in demonstrations of scenarios.
Face to Face Interviews, Why? ▼
Allow for more in-depth data collection and comprehensive understanding.
The interviewer can probe for explanations of responses giving the candidate further opportunity to express themselves.
Stimulus material and visual aids can be used to support the interview. Interview length can be considerably longer since the participant has a greater commitment to participate.
Face-to-Face interviews help with more accurate screening.
Face-to-Face can indicate a true level of enthusiasm for the topics being discussed while the interviewer has control over the interview to help gain all necessary information.
Face-to-Face interviews can no doubt capture an interviewee’s emotions and behaviours to highlight areas of interest.
More efficient for scheduling and screening enabling a more suitable fit for client and candidate.
Interview questions are not just one way traffic ▼
1. Ask questions that are specific to the role applied for
Ask any questions which may be unclear to you from the job description.
You may want to know how the role will expand in time and what is expected of you.
Check all aspects so your understanding is clear of what you are applying for.
2. Research the company and clarify their future aspirations.
See where the company is going and how you will fit in going forward.
Will there be travel involved or will you be involved with the latest technology
3. Know who is interviewing you
Research your interview board so you can prepare valid questions.
4. Speak up if you have anything positive to add
Add relevant dialogue keeping to the point on any thoughts you have on the role.
5. Show enthusiasm and ambition
Give an account of your enthusiasm with your own personal thoughts, this will be unique and non clichéd.
6. Prepare your questions beforehand
Prepare any set out questions you have well in advance so you have time to format clearly and correctly.
Social Media ▼
Social media is constantly becoming more key to job hunting. Most employers and agencies are now all using social media as a way of first contact communication towards filling a vacant role.
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Googleplus are now used as a method to get instant job roles out onto the market.
Make sure your social media accounts represent you in a professional manner with your profile out there to be viewed by potential employers with all these sites being easily searchable and it is highly likely your profile will be viewed prior to any interviews.
With the online community being very powerful due to so many people using social media, it makes sense to take advantage of this continuously growing trend.
Social media is instant, up to date and cast out to a huge network.
Comment and share postings which are relevant to your profession to promote your media standing.
LinkedIn is a great method for keeping in touch with an entire network of professionals where you can be endorsed for any skills you possess which can be viewed by all and help you with your job search. This will add credibility to your skillset and experience to an ever growing network tool.
Keep your employment status up to date.
Business Banking Considerations ▼
Account Charges and Fees - Research charges over introductory periods and minimum balance requirements.
Online and Telephone Banking - Research level of service provided along with the User Interface for online banking
Investments - Are there opportunities to invest through your Business Bank
Interest Rates - Check all relevant rates for services you may use
AOB - Check International payment facilities, Debit/Credit card processing, statement rules, branch availability.
Contractor Insurance ▼
Professional Indemnity insurance provides financial protection for your company, designed to meet the cost of defending claims.
This insurance can help protect you against the cost of settling or defending a client's claim.
The policy covers risks such as negligence, intellectual property infringement, defamation and breach of confidence. It is critical that you have the right amount of cover for your business.
Public Liability insurance can provide protection to your business in situations where a third party brings legal action against you in respect of physical injury or damage to property in the workplace.
Public Liability is designed to defend your case and pay the damages where necessary.
Employers Liability insurance is not a legal requirement if you are a ‘Ltd’ Company, you are the only employee and you own at least 50% of the issued share capital of the company.
The employer’s liability insurance protects you in circumstances where an employee seeks to bring a claim against you for personal injury or accidental death sustained as a result of their employment with you.
Cyber and Data Risk insurance cover supports and protects businesses if they experience a data breach or are the subject of an attack by a malicious hacker that affects their computer systems.
You may need cyber and data risk cover if you hold customer data or are reliant on computer systems to conduct your business.
Personal Accident insurance provides cover if you suffer an injury from an accident that has left you unable to work, personal accident insurance cover may pay your business a fixed amount.
In the case that the injury results in permanent disability or death, your business could receive a lump sum payment.
Income Protection insurance, as a contractor you can become exposed to financial difficulties in the event of a minor illness or accident. Check for specific cover to protect your lifestyle.
Medical Cover Insurance, falling ill can mean losing your earning capability.
There are packages on the market which can be tailored to fit your circumstances to cover this loss.
How to register a limited company ▼
Confirm you really need to form a limited company for you work assignments, consider the company record maintenance required.
Choose your company name that fits your line of business, once chosen confirm it’s available through companies house.
Gather all necessary details for registering. (Company Name, UK registered address, nature of the business, share capital details, Company director, Shareholder details)
Prepare Memorandum and Articles of Association
File Incorporation with Companies House
Once Approved set up Company Registers
Produce Share Certificates
Set up Bank Account
Register with HMRC, registering VAT if necessary
Set up and register PAYE for employees
Do I need an Accountant? ▼
It may be worth hiring an accountant to look after your business account.
Your accountant will cover
• Payroll Administration
• PAYE & National Insurance Processing
• Company year-end Accounts preparation
• Personal Tax completion of assessment forms
• VAT returns processing
• Advice on salary, dividends, tax
• Processing & Completion of mandatory forms
Relocation can be a smooth process ▼
1. Decide if this move is right for you
Whether it be a Contract or Permanent position you are re-locating for, gather all your information up front as to what it will mean for you.
For Contractors, being away from home five days in the week can be more difficult than it firstly appears so needs to be thought through.
For Permanent positions, temporarily, partly or fully moving is even more important as it's aimed towards long term.
2. Know what help you can get
Some companies will offer assistance in relocating, from financial assistance to temporary accommodation towards the overall move. Check during your relocation process if there is help available.
3. Cost of living
Make sure this has been thoroughly researched especially if the position is abroad. Cost of travelling, currency difference, different tax rules, accommodation all need to be considered.
4. Don’t make any major purchases straight away
Get a feel for your new location before committing to any new major purchases such as new house. This may take time if it's a country or area you are unfamiliar with.
5. Be prepared
Make a plan and put a budget in place to cover all aspects of your move.
6. Get to know your new area of relocation
Explore the area, check out what’s around you in terms of hobbies, getting involved in your new environment, it makes for a much easier transition.
7. Sort out all utilities straight away
Get all your utilities in order, closing off accounts and creating new ones to avoid any unwanted late payments or fines.
8. Settle in and give it time
Allow yourself and your family time to get used to your new environment. After the initial move it may seem like an anti-climax but once all paperwork and final transition tasks are complete, give it some time before you assess your new set-up.
Increase productivity ▼
1. Have a Goal
Have a target set for what you want to achieve on a certain day even breaking this up between morning and afternoon. Keep it realistic, make sure it can be achieved without over estimating.
2. Create a List
Have a detailed plan or list as to how you want to hit your target. This will help with progress when you check items off as you cover them.
3. Mix it Up
Spread out your work items to break up any monotonous tasks which can cause a lack of motivation and cause you to miss your goal set.
4. Keep track of time
Keep a note of your time so you don’t go off track. A busy morning or afternoon can drift away without you realising. Keep your list updated as to where you are in your morning/afternoon schedule.
5. Electronic Devices
Keep smart phones, ipads away from your desk unless there is a requirement to use them as part of your work. Minor distractions can hinder productivity and be time consuming when not necessary
6. Take a break
Take a walk away from your desk to stretch your legs. Staring at a screen for too long can make you lose focus. A sharp walk will help you refocus. Keep hydrated, this can’t be underestimated.
7. Speak to colleagues
Check with colleagues on the piece of work you are undertaking. There may be a template on a shared area that may help or ideas and documented notes on how this was done in the past.
8. Get Opinions
Check with more senior colleagues on your progress. They may have some advice on re-direction or how you can synergise your work
9. Create your own Template
Use methods that work for you. This format can vary between different individuals. One method doesn’t necessarily fit all.
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