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...

Be careful not to micro manage

As an am employer you will have the responsibility of your other members of staff. You need to have certain skills to be a manager or employer and you may find it hard to get the balance between being a boss and being friendly. An employer does not need to be shouting all the time and micro managing their staff in order to gain respect but they do need to maintain a level of professionalism and ensure that employees are happy and doing their job right. If you are generally a friendly person then you may find it hard to distance yourself slightly from your employees, you may easily become...