Job Interview – What to wear

Posted on September 6, 2021 at 3:07 pm

Even in this Post-Covid jobs market and the introduction of video job interviews, it is still an important event and one in which the employer wants to know what you can do, how you will represent the company and if you will fit in. It is important to make a good first impression.

Dressing appropriately for an interview is essential and although every individual has their style, you should make sure these do not exceed the unwritten rules of job interview attire.

It is expected that anyone attending an interview is smart and presentable.  Although suits are still seen as the recommended wear for males, a shirt with trousers or a skirt is also acceptable.

If you are attending a conference call interview, your surroundings also make a big impression, so make sure the background is not too cluttered and there is nothing offensive in view.

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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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UK Careers with the Highest Salary

Posted on August 19, 2020 at 3:22 pm

Money isn’t everything but it certainly helps. It also helps to know where it is at. Here is a comprehensive list of the highest paid careers:

1. Attorney- graduate jobs in the legal sector typically have high entry-level salary and incredibly high potential salaries, on average £102,000.

2. Director of Operations- graduate jobs in operations are moderate, around £23.000 but the salary can quickly rise to an average of £100,000.

3. Marketing Director- graduate marketing jobs typically start around £23,000 with potential earnings averaging around £92,000.

4. General Practitioner- junior doctors can expect to earn an average of £27,000 and expect a potential average of £88,000 or more.

5. Geologist- a graduate typically starts around £28,000 with a potential earning of around £82,000.

6. Recruitment Consultant- due to commission, recruitment can be a lucrative career choice with graduates starting at £23,000 and possibly reaching a potential of £80,000 as a basic pay with commission added to that!

7. Creative Director- entry-level creative careers can start quite low but can potentially reach a competitive salary of around £80,000.

8. Investment Banker- starting graduate salaries are usually £27,000 and reach around £78,000 at a senior level.

9. Airline Pilot- entry-level pilots earn approximately £36,000, following a large amount of training and as a senior pilot expect an average of £64,000.

10. Data Scientist- graduates usually take home around £27,000 and can reach a potential £61,000, or more in some companies or due to seniority.

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Insurance for the self employed

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 7:41 pm

If you are thinking about going self employed then you need to consider what insurance you will require to cover you. Depending what type of work you will be doing, you may need public liability insurance and / or indemnity insurance. For example if you are a self employed electrician you will need public liability insurance to cover you against injury caused by your business or damage caused to third party property. Even if you work from home you may still need public liability insurance if you use your home as a meeting place.

Indemnity insurance covers you for things like client’s loss of profits or custom caused by something that your business has done.

There are many companies out there can can advise you of what type of insurance you need and although it is not always compulsory, it can be extremely costly if a case is raised against you and you haven’t got the correct level of insurance to cover you.

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How to get a higher paid admin position

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:20 am

Jobs in administration can be fairly low paid particularly if you are doing something quite basic such as data entry, however there are admin roles available that are more involved and as a result tend to pay a little more. If you are looking for admin work through an agency they will be looking at things such as your typing speed and scores in spelling and grammatical tests, the higher you score the more likely they are to put you in a higher paid more complex role.

If you have experience in a certain area of administration such as working for the financial sector then you could improve your salary by taking the relevant administration exams and earning your qualifications. The more qualifications that you have in that area the more desirable you’ll be to future employers looking for someone who can offer a little extra to the role.

If you stay in an admin role then you should have a development plan in place to become a senior administrator and increase your salary that way too, through experience.

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4 Things You Should Know About Cover Supervisor Jobs

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 8:34 pm

The concept of cover supervisor jobs is fairly new in the field of education so a lot of people are not yet familiar with regards to how it works and who are qualified to fill the jobs. In the simplest of terms, being a cover supervisor is basically a form of substitute teaching. However, unlike a substitute teacher, a cover supervisor is widely considered to be part of the non-teaching staff so he or she is only there to supervise the class. In a nutshell, you are in the classroom to make sure that the class is in order and that the students are doing whatever tasks they were assigned or required to finish. For a further understanding of the concept, below are four things you should know about it.

1) You don’t teach the students, you simply supervise them. The main reason why schools hire cover supervisors is to free up time for their teaching staff so that they can spend more time on planning and preparing lessons, resources, and new policies for their students. The concept has seen wide and popular use in the United Kingdom in recent years. In fact, almost all secondary schools in the country engage cover supervisors in one way or another. (more…)

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Why its Important to Register with a Supply Teacher Agency

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 6:21 pm

The beginning of a new academic year comes with many teaching job opportunities ready to be filled. If you are seeking to secure a teaching placement in one of your favourite nursery, primary of secondary schools in Hertfordshire, working with a supply teaching agency will give you a good chance to land your dream job. There are many teaching jobs in Hertfordshire which you can easily fill as long as you have the required qualifications but this is not always possible especially if you decide to go alone. However, registering with such a supply agency gives an edge when it comes to job placement since most of these agencies have direct link with schools thus making it possible for you to be considered in case of an opening. (more…)

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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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How Self Promotion can Help You!

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm

As an individual, it can be quite difficult to distinguish yourself from the rest of the pack. Self promotion can be a very helpful tool in this, able to accomplish what working hard in your profession may not be able to do by itself. It has the potential to be able to help you find and get jobs which, perhaps, might have failed to notice you from among the rest of the pack. Showing that you are prepared to do the extra work to establish yourself as an expert will help you in virtually every professional setting. Basic self promotion involves using social interfaces, such as facebook and twitter in order establish your abilities, qualifications, and professional history. LinkedIn is the most useful social media website you can use in this regard. Doing self promotion provides you with another avenue for reaching potential employers. Having resources available outside of the norm, can give you a significant advantage over your competition, which predominately rely solely on referrals and CV’s.

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Dressing for your Job Interview

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

A job interview can be one of the most important and memorable events in an individual’s life, supposing it all goes to plan. When you are given a job interview, you’re essentially given a chance to show an employer what you’re capable of and it’s important to make a good first impression.

Dressing appropriately for an interview is always a must, and while every individual has their own tastes and styles, you should make sure these do not exceed the unwritten rules of job interview attire.

Both males and females can look smart and presentable wearing a shirt, while a full tie and suit can be a smart look for males. Job interview clothing will of course depend on the job, and if you know the interview you’re attending is formal, and the workplace is formal, a smart, ironed suit can be key to your success.

For females, wearing trousers or a skirt (not too short), a shirt and a cardigan can give a professional appearance, showing you’re ready for the responsibility.

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