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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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Office work parties: The importance of celebrating Christmas with your colleagues

Posted on February 1, 2018 at 10:15 pm

Okay so maybe it’s not quite that time of year yet, and some of you will be thinking, “but we’ve just had Christmas, why are you writing a blog post about it!” Well, we believe in good planning, and sometimes it does make sense to start early. Let us explain. A Christmas party is widely regarded as the biggest social event in the calendar. Even if Christmas is a time obviously intended for celebration, some firms may question the value of holding a party to mark the event. Therefore, it is very important that you celebrate with your colleagues during Christmas so as to appreciate your employee’s strengths and make them feel important and loved.

The following are some of the benefits gained when celebrating an office Christmas party with your colleagues

  • It adds more joy to your employees hence increasing your importance in their life.
  • Allows the whole team to get together and have a bit of fun while getting to know each other better.
  • Enhances colleague’s confidence and sense of belonging at the company.
  • Creates a sense of closure amongst your staff come the end of the year, so they can properly prepare for the twelve months ahead.
  • A Christmas party is a great way to formally mark the end of the year, take a breather and start looking ahead to what the New Year will bring.
  • A cheer from management to the staff of all their hard work throughout the year
  • Entertains your staff at Christmas thus returning the favor in loyalty, hard work and motivation.
  • Offers a tremendous chance to retell and convey key company messages, recognition awards and strategies for the year ahead
  • Brings fun into your event with colleagues and teambuilding activities thus strengthening team dynamic and bond the staff.
  • Encourages management and staff to associate outside of a work setting, hence promoting morale.
  • Upholds staff retention through giving them an event to recall memories
  • It will be spoken about for years to come.

Conclusively, Christmas parties present the perfect opportunity to break away from the desk and relish the chance to enjoy festivities among your colleagues. With a Christmas party, you’re also able to get your colleagues talking to each other and making friends that they wouldn’t otherwise make at work. It can be such a big reward to have employees getting along with each other because it will rub off in their work. It’s also a great opportunity for new employees to make friends and learn more about each and every individual, helping them feel more at home, even if the surroundings are a little unfamiliar and nerve wrecking at this moment in time.

Make sure you at least think about your next Christmas work do now, because as much as we hate to say it, the year will roll round very quickly, and the longer you leave it, the more disappointing your party will likely be!

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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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Who to use as your job references?

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 11:39 am

When it comes to applying for a new job, there are a few checks that your new employer will need before giving you a contract to sign.

Your CV should not only provide an in-depth statement regarding why you are right for the role, it should include relevant qualifications, extra courses and any volunteer work too. At the bottom of every CV there should be a section for references, this could be written ‘references available on request’ or you could list two to three references.

When it comes to selecting who to have as your references, it is always recommended to use your most recent manager as your professional reference and a professional work colleague or long term friend as a character reference. Giving a professional and character reference is the vest way for your future employers to get the best insight into your personality and you as a professional.

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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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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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The Importance of Soft Skills

Posted on March 17, 2016 at 11:23 am

There has been a lot of talk for a number of years now about how our education system, both standard education and that achieved from university, is not adequately preparing individuals for a work life. Labelled as soft skills, the set of skills which many employers feel is lacking from the modern entrants to the employment market includes things like initiative and the ability to present arguments in an effective and compelling way.

Initiative is immensely important to businesses and individuals, as it is through your individual initiative that you can begin to showcase the true breadth of your skills and experience. Businesses have a tendency to narrowly define your role, and while most employers would agree that following that is a necessity, finding opportunities to go above and beyond what you are called on to do can be a great way of impressing them and hopefully increasing your pay or even achieving a promotion.

Your soft skills are like a value- added service that you provide your employer, and they can work in the same way for you as they do for a business providing a value-added service to their customers. It can result in greater levels of trust, and from there a business/individual will have a greater “brand” on which they can use as capital in a better position for bargaining. In a buyer-seller relationship, this can allow them to charge more than their competitors whereas, in an employee-employer relationship, the employee is deserving of a larger wage than their colleagues who are performing the same role.

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Do Young People Need to be More Willing to be Interns?

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Interns is considered to be a bit of a dirty world in the UK, and not without reason. Often times, internships have been a means for businesses to get cheap/free labour without any promise of better opportunities to come, and this has tainted a wide range of intern schemes. However, when they are done well, that can provide easy access to otherwise highly competitive industries, and give those who’ve gained even a small amount of experience an advantage when it comes to looking for a proper job.

Why do Businesses use Interns

Businesses use interns for two reasons – cheaper labour and training their up-and-coming workforce. Businesses like to have interns around because they can do the odd jobs that nobody has been employed to specifically carry out, and because they can engage with younger people and feel them out for how much value they offer to them as a proper member of staff.

How Internships can Help You

Internships are clearly a beneficial scheme for businesses, but what about you? If you read into how businesses benefit from internships, it gives you a clear idea of how they can benefit you. They can give you an opportunity to impress your employer, with a potential job at the end of that, or they can give you experience that you can put on your CV.

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How to Write an Email for a Job Interview

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Numerous organizations have changed from requiring paper continues and introductory letters through the mail, to tolerating email introductory letters and joined resumes. Sending an email to a Job Seeking time and cash for both sides, yet it can likewise make it hard to emerge from the various occupation seekers’ messages.

· Use proficient and appropriate English linguistic use and spelling for the whole email, from the title to the body of the email.

· Keep the email brief and useful. A long drifting email is not liable to get read totally, if by any stretch of the imagination. Incorporate just the most critical data that highlights your abilities.

· Take after all directions in the employment posting unequivocally.

· Businesses will some of the time put a rundown of things they need to find in the email, for example, compensation prerequisites.

· Make a point to incorporate everything the business has requested.

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How to go about enhancing your job seeking skills?

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced person in finding a job, it is important to have the right skills, according to your qualifications. The skills that is needed to boost the efficacy and enhance your job seeking abilities are very essential as if you do not succeed one time, then you are ready to make you second attempt.

How to enhance job seeking skills?

There are different methods; you can opt for, when it comes to enhancing your job seeking abilities or skills. Confidence is the main thing to know, stating that you have to know about the weakness and hesitations to overcome them. The second thing is to prepare your application form as good as possible. Moreover, you can also try to enhance your writing skills to write an application. Dress is another factor to consider creating a good impression. Avoid sticking to only one job for a long. Go carefully while seeking for a job!

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