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Why are your Facebook and Instagram likes flatlining?

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm

Social media is without a doubt one of the best ways in which you can market your business for free, or at least that used to be the case. With organic reach decreasing on both Facebook and Instagram, there has been a gradual shift towards paid advertising. Both Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) make it incredibly easy to create advertisements to reach more people with your posts and acquire more likes, however, you can waste money very quickly on the wrong individuals, so targeting is key. So what we’re saying is that it’s no longer just enough to put a Facebook post out there for your followers to see, some may not even see the content because their feed is so oversaturated with adverts and a friend’s picture of their cat. But it’s not even enough to start an advert to draw in more likes, you have to be very clear on your audience and only then can you begin to target the right people and grow your social accounts whilst acquiring more likes. You could also consider investing in a web outsourcing company to handle some of your digital marketing work, which can include the likes of SEO, Social Media, Design and Email Marketing among others. If you had a team of social media experts to call on, you’d be able to optimise your adverts for the right audience and track the results, which may not be something you’re able to do right now. Facebook and Instagram may be social platforms in their own right, but they do also require skill and a good understanding on the targeting options. Once you have this in your locker, you’ll create more effective ads and improve likes from the right types of individuals.

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How to create the perfect CV

Posted on June 2, 2018 at 6:52 am

Contrary to popular belief that a CV is supposed to get you the job, it is only supposed to convince an employer to grant you an interview. So, how do you write a great CV? Consider the following guidelines:

  1. Personal attributes.

Indicate your full name, your contacts (email addresses and phone numbers) and address.

  1. Career objective.

Provide a quick overview of your skills and a clear indication of the position you are looking to fill.

  1. Education and professional background.

Incorporate the most recent and highest qualification down to the lowest. Include the institution, years of study and grade.

  1. Work Experience.

Begin with the most recent and continue in reverse sequence of dates. Include the organisations, job titles, responsibilities, job duration and the job achievements.

  1. Training.

Include a special set of skills you possess such as foreign languages or computer skills.

  1. Referees.

Incorporate at least two referees, their contacts and their relation to you. Make sure to inform them about the inclusion.

  1. Hobbies.

Although optional, it is recommended to include off-work activities you enjoy doing. This helps enhance your individual aspects.

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A new job or a switch to self-employment?

Posted on March 29, 2018 at 12:06 pm

If you find that you’re moving from one job to another quite quickly and no role is enough to ‘hold you down’ and really give you everything you could possibly want in a job, perhaps it’s not an issue with the employer.

It may just be a shift in your mentality and you may feel as though working for yourself is a better option. Whether you’re a copywriter, photographer or a designer, you may feel as though you can make more money, fulfill bigger dreams and progress more if you’re self employed, so before you hand in your CV to another company why not weigh up your options first. Usually, to make the switch to self employment, you either need to have a lot of savings in the bank to tie you over until your business picks up, or you may need to have some form of income outside of employment and it could just be a case of cutting back on some expensive and living as cheap as possible until your business or freelance service really kicks off.

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Changing your current job to a career in teaching

Posted on December 29, 2017 at 11:42 am

What if you do not have a burning desire to do anything in particular and teaching seems like the easiest way to go? Well, there are so many reason for becoming a teacher but if you think you’re in for an easy ride then you’ll be in for a rude awakening when you start training to become a teacher.

We feel hat to be a successful teacher who impresses schools and parents alike, you need to be rooted in an unbridled enthusiasm for being allowed to participate in the emotional and intellectual maturing of others. If you know you have that unbridled enthusiasm, there are some suggestions that will get you started on your way:

Just in case your unbridled enthusiasm is more a product of you imagination than your real-world experience, start taking every opportunity you can to work with children. Join a summer camp; be the neighborhood babysitter; be a public pool lifeguard; help with the local Brownie or Campfire Girl troop. Try to spend time with kids of different ages, so you’ll find the group for which you have the best affinity.

After you know the age group with which your style is most effective, you’ll have a better idea of whether you should concentrate on primary or secondary education. To teach any age group through middle school, you would get a degree in primary education; for high school you should get a degree in the subject that you most enjoy teaching.

Do some research on the teacher certification requirements for the town our county in which you’ll be teaching. While all towns and cities now require that their public school teachers have bachelor’s degrees, not all of the local governments have the same teacher certification standards, and some of them will even let you qualify for a teaching credential after you have begun your teaching career.

While you are an undergraduate studying for your bachelor’s degree, work as a teacher’s assistant or, if you can swing it, a substitute teacher. There is nothing like classroom experience to give you a very clear understanding of what teaching entails and whether or not it is the career you’ve been imagining it to be. And the experience will look great on your resume. There are always brilliant opportunities for teaching roles in towns and cities throughout the UK, so if you wanted a job in the capital or are perhaps looking for Cambridge teaching jobs, you may be surprised what you can find online. Some TA jobs can be undertaken at the same time as you’re studying and some schools will help you put your training into practice so it can be really beneficial to find a role whilst you’re studying to become a teacher.

Teaching jobs can, in spite of what you may have heard, be hard to come by, especially in some well-funded school districts. You will find your university’s campus career counseling service invaluable in helping you do job searches for teaching positions and hooking you up with school districts conducting interviews.

 

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It’s never too late to change career

Posted on September 23, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Changing career later on in life isn’t a bad thing, it simply means you have gained new interests and are willing to try a new venture. Whether your new career ambition requires you to attend university or need a certain course to obtain the qualifications required for a role, then don’t let that put you off.

You would be surprised at how many mature students there are at university, with most being in a similar situation to yourself. Finding a change of career will help to broaden your knowledge and you will be able to apply skills learned from your previous job to your new one too.

When it comes to applying for your first job within a new sector, you may feel like you are unlikely to get the job compared to your competitors. Please be rest assured that you will be given the same opportunities as all applicants, and at least you will have applicable skills from your previous job too.

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Adding a sign language qualification to your CV

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Being able to communicate using sign language is a valuable skill to gain and is not only beneficial to yourself but can help boost your job opportunities too. Learning sign language has been made easier than ever with online courses available at a good rate.
The benefit with online learning is that it provides you with flexibility to your learning and it can fit around your current work schedule. The online learning courses commonly consist of interactive videos, demonstrations and end of module quizzes. You may also have the option to have a one-to-one session with a tutor, usually for an additional cost. By learning online, you can learn at your own speed and can return to a previous lesson should you want to repeat the learning experience.
Once you have completed the online sign language course you should receive a certificate and a recognisable qualification to add to your CV.

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Making it through your first job interview

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 10:19 am

Although obtaining your first job interview is definitely a positive step on the path towards employment, it is important that you remember that it is only the beginning of your journey, rather than your destination.

As a basic rule, ill-fitting or informal clothes such as flip-flops and shorts should never be worn to an interview. You probably know this, but why not take your appearance to the next level with a fine suit, or a shirt and tie combo? If you can look the part and present yourself well, you’ll naturally improve your own self-esteem.

It’s also important know that prepared interviewers like to ask certain questions to test first time/ graduate job candidates. In order to secure the job you are vying for, be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Relate you learning/academic experience to the position you are interviewing for.
  • Provide specific examples of what you learned and how you can directly apply it to the position you are applying for.
  • What is your greatest failure/ regret?

They will want you to elaborate on each answer so do make sure you provide specific examples where relevant. If you can do this, you’ll be in with a great shout of getting that job you desire.

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Selecting a university for your degree studies.

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 6:46 am

Trying to make a decision on where to attend university can be a very daunting task. Since it is a very important choice, you should take into consideration everything that will make or break your educational experience. Take your time to make a decision as to which schools you would like to apply for. Narrowing it down earlier may reduce stress and avoid paying unnecessary application fees to the university that are not right for you. Find out what your interests are and why, do not be afraid to switch your subject once you have had the opportunity to take general education courses. You may find you like something that you weren’t aware of before as your interests may change once you begin your studies.
You should know how much tuition fees cost, as taking out a student loan may be an option, looking into this early can help to ease your mind on this matter and allow you to focus on what course to take. Also check to see if this particular university offers scholarships.
Visit a career centre and learn about career options for you, make yourself mindful of economic patterns that may influence the occupation market in the upcoming years. A career centre worker may have the capacity to help. In fact, there are sources available on the internet that provide work standpoint information. Again, although your path may be influenced by your degree program, it does not necessarily tie you into a specific career. One great way to set yourself apart to upcoming employers is to showcase your ability to take on exciting academic pursuits through opportunities such as study abroad programs.

Depending on the degree you choose, you may have the option of adding in another subject, this helps to broaden you potential for post-graduate jobs or further education.

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Tips on starting evening courses as a step towards a new career

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 11:32 am

Attending evening classes may not be a ‘walk in the park’ especially when one has a family to look after or a demanding day time job that leaves you exhausted. That said, it is possible to manage your time efficiently and make the most of it, so we’re going to tell you how:

• Come up with a workable daytime activity schedule. The schedule should enable you get some time to rest before getting to class.

• Do not doubt your ability to learn during the late hours. You will adjust to it after sometime.

• You might be one of the senior students, but that should not be a reason for embarrassment. Your goal is greater than the course; besides, evening classes are mostly for the senior.

• Make sure the institution you have chosen to take classes at is not far away from your place of residence, since you are likely to be getting home at night.

• You might want to be taking the classes with a friend. Besides being company they might be of help in case you have to miss a lesson.

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File formats – what you need to know

Posted on October 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm

When you’re applying for a number of jobs and are actively looking for work, you may be applying via a range of websites, including job search sites, agency websites and even private advertisers’ websites. Some of these will require word documents (.doc), others will want PDFs (this is especially important for marketers, designers and artists who need a beautiful CV to demonstrate their skills), while some would prefer your information in Excel (this isn’t as likely). That said, you need to be prepared to give it in the file format of their choice, you also need to be able to scale the size down if required as some will have file size limits on their website. There will always be a reason behind why they’ve asked for a certain file and you need to make sure you give them the information they need in a nice looking document. So keep in mind you may need to make different versions of your CV for different applications.

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