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Emotional Intelligence and Why is it Important

Posted on October 17, 2020 at 12:24 pm

An ever-growing demand, in business leadership, are for candidates with emotional intelligence. Whilst job skills and knowledge are important, emotional intelligence, or EQ is being realised as a critical success factor in leadership and team management. EQ is the ability to identify, understand and manage human emotion in a positive way to help relieve stress, improve effective communication, empathise with others, defuse conflict and overcome challenges.

Whilst EQ is predominately an attribute that comes with personal growth and experience, this journey can be helped along with a bit of study and education into how you can tap into and improve your own emotional intelligence. The four key attributes that make up EQ are Self Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management.

Daniel Goleman is one of the leading experts in this subject and has written several books and learning aids to help managers and leaders develop their EQ. Improving your EQ will help you and those around you be more successful and work together more harmoniously.

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Finding an apprenticeship job?

Posted on October 31, 2015 at 11:07 pm

If you are looking to train towards a career but want to be able to earn a small wages whilst doing so then an apprenticeship could be the way forward. An apprenticeship can be taken in a number of job roles within a wide range of industries and each course will vary in terms of time to complete and hours you will work during a week. For example, you may find an electrician apprenticeship that you wish to apply for that will take between 3 and 4 years to complete working four days a week, but some web developer apprenticeships only last 1 to 2 years.

If you are interested in looking in to this way of getting on the career ladder, then the .gov website has an online tool that allows you to search for apprenticeships within your area or selected radius of your address. You can then click through to apply for the position or find out more information. Although the wage for apprentices is pretty low in comparison, it does mean that you can work and earn a little instead of having to go to college or uni where you will not get paid for being in the classroom.

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Looking for a job in the financial sector

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Whether you have trained as a financial advisor or whether you have worked in an administrative role, the financial sector is a popular place to find well paid rewarding work, however it is a rather volatile area of business that can go through ups and downs based on the current economic situations and very much based on government legislation.

With this in mind if you are looking for work in the financial sector you really need to keep up to date with what is currently happening with the country’s economy and what the most recent legislations are regarding pensions, benefits and taxations even if this is not your specialised area.

Before joining a new company it will always pay in this area of business to do a lot of background research into what the company does, how long it’s been established and whether it’s had any issues with the regulating body the FCA (financial conduct authority, previously the financial services authority). You can find out most of this information online so do your research before applying to a company to ensure a secure job for a reputable company.

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Is it worth accepting a temporary position when searching for a permanent job?

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Sometimes when you’re looking for a job you can find the perfect match, a company that you like, a role that you have experience in and a competitive salary, however the words ‘Temporary position’ or ‘Maternity cover’ can be a big red x for people after something on a permanent basis.
However this doesn’t have to be a complete showstopper, a temporary position, if taken by the right candidate can often lead to a permanent role or another job offer within the company at the end of your contract term.
This is a point that really is worth some consideration as if you make a good impression within a company they will be reluctant to let you go if they can possibly find a position for you. It’s worth remembering as well that when an employee goes on Maternity leave the employer legally has to presume that they will be returning to work after a maximum of 1 years leave, however that employee does not have to confirm this until 8 weeks prior to the end of the leave period. Therefore often a maternity cover position can become permanent if the previous employee decides not to return to work after their maternity leave is over.

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Does CV dropping actually work?

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Before the days of the internet and social media boom, many jobs were filled by people that had dropped their CV in to a company. Sometimes they may have been stored on file for a number of months before a position came up that the candidate was suitable for.
This was often a long drawn out process, and unless you were lucky enough to drop on a company when they were looking for someone, it was very much of a waiting game.
If you are currently looking for work though you should not rule this out. Many employers still like it when someone takes the time to come round and personally introduce themselves and leave a CV. It also give the candidate the opportunity to talk to the company about why they want to work for them and the skills that they have that they feel may benefit the business. If you are serious about job hunting then it cannot do any harm, so register for all the jobs boards online and upload your CV but why not also pop in to a few companies that you are interested in and leave them your details.

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Looking for a Job in the Beauty Industry

Posted on November 27, 2014 at 8:39 pm

When looking for a job in hair or beauty it really is a case of putting together a comprehensive appealing CV, ensuring that you are dressed smartly with your hair and make-up done to a high standard and visiting the salons in person.

Unlike a lot of roles your appearance in a job in the beauty industry does tend to be scrutinised so it’s important that you present yourself well. The basic fact of the matter is that if you don’t look well groomed then people will think that your treatments may be sub-standard. It may seem shallow but in that industry it’s very important.

It may also be a good idea to have a professional looking picture of yourself on your CV with a beauty uniform on to show that you can look professional and tidy whilst doing your job.

Whilst doing treatments you would be expected to have short tidy nails that are clean and buffed without any bright polish (as this can chip and look messy). If you normally have false nails on, that may be ok for some treatments but could hinder treatments such as massage of facials where you could easily accidentally scratch a client during the treatment.

Once looking your best go into your chosen salon head held high and confident, offer them your CV and explain a little about yourself and ask if they have any positions available. Always stay positive and most importantly SMILE!

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Searching for a new job

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Searching for a job can be a long process and you may have to take a position that is not your first choice. This may either be due to having to have a financial income or often it can be to gain experience that will assist you to get in to the industry you want to work in.


Where to look for jobs is a question that many people ask. Where are the best jobs advertised and how many avenues should I take in the search process. Ideally you want to be able to look at many types of advertisements to give you the best chance of finding a position that you want. Jobs are advertised online on individual company websites, jobs boards, recruitment agencies and offline in local / national papers, shop windows and magazines. If you are keen to find a new job then you should register with a recruitment agency that will assist you in your search and also help you with CV writing and job interview techniques.

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Knocking on Doors

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm

There are many different ways to apply for a job and if you’ve grown tired of reading through different briefs on recruitment websites then why not go direct to the company.

Many businesses will employ throughout the course of the year, and when companies are aware of you and your talents, they can come to you direct in the future, meaning they don’t have to pay huge amounts in agency fees.

The phrase ‘knocking on doors’ refers to ringing the company, asking if they have any current vacancies, and if not, leaving a CV or something as a reminder of your skills. It could take months for them to contact you, or perhaps they won’t but the more companies you go direct to the better. It shows that you’re motivated and you’re doing your best to get a job, and that’s what companies will want to see.

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Various Kinds of Jobs in Education Sector

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 11:32 am

These days, jobs education is in high demand as there is a lot of accent on offering comprehensive and quality education right from the ground up. Generally, the need for getting more people into schools has, over the years, become more acute in providing them with a better and secures future as well as a gainful employment. More federal opportunities and funding are underway to establish programs, which can benefit many people and also offer ample jobs in education. There are several jobs available in the education sector, which do not need traditional teaching in a classroom. The following is a list of some careers you can pursue if you are aspiring to work in the education sector.

Technology Specialist

The majority of people don’t even think that a school system might need someone with a technology experience or background. However, people who have the necessary qualification and skills in various areas of technology are capable of finding jobs in education sector and in other industries more easily. In some schools, a technology specialist can be called a school computer technician or specialist. These people have the responsibility of teaching other staff and even students on latest educational software. There is a predicted substantial growth under this career in the next few years to come.

Education Administrator

This yet another great job in the education sector that is more sensitive. If you are interested in making sure, the institution runs properly, then becoming an education administrator is ideal for you. In this position, you are responsible for ensuring that the budget is always followed and the curriculum requirements or standards are all met. To become an education administrator, at least you need to obtain a masters’ degree.


If you have a great passion for books, then a career as a school librarian can be good for you. Librarians are usually hired in school systems, federal, and private sectors, but a higher number are employed in schools and universities. In many countries, to start a career as a librarian you need to pass a certification exam. However, in others you need to obtain a degree and pass the certification test in library science.

Special Education Teacher

According to the career experts, special education teaching career is the most sought one after teachers. In order to excel in this position, you must have a lot of patience and being capable of calming your students and teach them at the same time. Because of an increased demand, most people who already have this experience can freely want to work anywhere since getting a job is much easier. To get you started in this career, you need to have a teaching license and a bachelor’s degree. This area is also expected to have high growth.

Lastly, the greatest benefit in these jobs is that there is always something for everyone and opportunities for jobs in education sector are available provided that you have the necessary documents under the position you want to apply. Also remember that education work and teachers job listings varies in requirements and salary based on the state you work in, but there so many opportunities for these jobs everywhere nowadays.

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Using social media to help look for a job

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

Social media has taken off massively over the last few years, with the likes of Twitter and Facebook etc occupying a percentage of our daily lives. So it makes sense to explore this avenue when looking for a new job. It is a good idea to make a list of a few companies that you would like to work for, once you have this, visit their Twitter and Facebook pages (if they have one). You can use this avenue to contact an employer initially to ask if they may have any positions available, but even if you don’t do that it is a great way to see what is currently going on within the company and how they promote themselves.

If you already have an interview with the company then again I would recommend looking through their recent activity over the last few months, as employers tend to like it when people have taken the time to research their company.

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