How to get the most out of your employees

As an employer, it is important that you keep an eye on your employees. If there are issues at work which cause the employee to feel stressed, underappreciated or generally not happy then this will often show in their performance at work. Having staff where morale is low can have a massive knock-on effect on your business. There are many ways in which you can try and ensure you have a happy workplace, below are a few ideas that you can try: Just telling employees to work hard generally doesn’t get good results. You need to try and focus your whole company around the work hard ethos and show them...

Landing a job over the Christmas period

With many stores now offering or soon to be starting extended Christmas opening hours, many shops are looking to recruit more people to deal with the influx of customers. The retail industry is the main one that booms during the festive period and it is often easier to land a temporary job during this time. If you haven’t already applied though you will need to act fast as many retailers look to take people on in the early part of November. These jobs are often offered on a temporary basis as often come February, retail tends to get a bit quiet and they may not need as many members of...

How to deal with fall outs in the classroom

As a teacher, you have to expect that quite often you are going to get drawn into arguments between pupils. This often starts right from reception and is usually arguments over toys or friendship groups. Often this is not bullying, more just young children learning about how to behave and how to treat others in the right way, but it is always important to keep an eye on persistent problems that come up again and again. If for example, you have two children who are always falling out, try and work out if it is one-sided or if they are both causing the issue. If it is just one child...

What not to include in a cover letter

The purpose of a covering letter is to give the reader an overview of who you are, what you are applying for and why you think you would be good at the job. Always try and send a covering letter with your CV unless it states specifically not to, as this is your chance to highlight something on your CV which may be missed if they scan read it. A covering letter should be short and to the point. Many potential employers have not got the time to read through lots of CV’s with pages and pages of covering letters. You do not need to mention hobbies, irrelevant qualifications or...

Constructing a winning covering letter

As anyone who has been hunting for a new job will know, the covering letter is increasingly important in attracting the attention of the right employers. Gone are the days when you would apply for a job in person or by telephone, and get the opportunity to talk through your suitability and fitness for the specification. Now, it is essential to be able to get that across clearly and concisely in your covering letter in order to ensure that your application beats the pile and you progress to interview. There are some fairly obvious tips to start with – firstly, ensure your grammar and spelling is correct and appropriate. Pay...