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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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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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Signs you’re better off self-employed

Posted on November 11, 2017 at 5:44 pm

There are many people who enjoy careers as self-employed individuals. That can be through any means of work, including construction, marketing, photography, writing, design, hairdressing, consulting or reporting to name a few. If you’re contemplating spending a year or more self-employed, then here are a few signs to let you know you’re ready:

  • You want flexibility in your job role.
  • You want to be in control of complete projects.
  • You love working individually.
  • You’re motivated to work in different environments.
  • You want to run your own business.

If this is sounding like you, you may be ready to pursue a career as self employed, but just know that you will have some good months, and some bad months, and income can vary depending on seasonality at times. There’s no salary set in stone, so you really have to put the work in, but when you do, the rewards can be unbelievable.

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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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The perfect CV

Posted on July 29, 2017 at 6:47 am

Writing a good CV is always a tough task, however, it is necessary to present yourself properly in order to have a good chance of getting the job that you want.

First of all, your CV has to be simple and clear. Do not try to give too much detail about every single part in the CV because it will probably not be taken into account and can also hide the important information. Use a short and direct language trying to strengthen the most relevant experience.

Moreover, it is important to take care of some aspects of the appearance of your CV. You must include a photograph at the top, but it shouldn’t be too big in comparison to the information. Only use a professional portrait photograph and not your latest social media profile picture.

Include all relevant education and past experiences, do not include anything that doesn’t bring anything to the job role. Saying you ride a horse, will not help with an IT job for instance and will take up space that could be used for more significant information.

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Taking part in volunteer work abroad

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 7:29 am

If you are looking for a break in your job or simply want to expose yourself to something new, you should consider trying volunteer work abroad.

There are many countries in Asia and African that offer a fantastic volunteering experience regardless of your interests. Volunteering can range from teaching, medical care, sports, or building projects. Whichever you choose, you are sure to learn and develop many important skills. Many volunteering schemes will provide accommodation and food for the return of your service.

Volunteering can open up job possibilities when you return home, as many employers like to hire a worker that has dedicated free time to help others. You may also wish to discuss your plans with your current manager to see if they are happy to support you by keeping your job open for you when you return.

Volunteering can be the perfect career break you need to get your head back in the game.

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Working your way up the career ladder in retail

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 6:01 am

If you already have a job in retail , you may be thinking of ways to start progressing. Whilst you tend to start as a customer adviser in many retail jobs, you definitely have the chance to develop your career. You should organise a meeting with your manager, discussing your goals, they will then be able to direct and support you in your career development.

As part of any career progression, you will have to undertake courses, such as health and safety, and leadership courses. The retailing company you work for may even offer to pay for a business or management course for you, this is a great opportunity that you should take time considering.

Before getting a promotion, you may want to start taking on certain roles and responsibilities, such as helping with induction training or becoming the specialist in electronics. This type of forward acting allows your manager to see your dedication to your role and your profession.

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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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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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