Recently it has been revealed that one million UK workers, the majority of which are 16-24 year olds, are currently on zero-hours contracts. These controversial contracts, which offer no guaranteed shifts or holiday entitlements, are intended to provide flexible working terms for both the employer and employee but are being abused by many companies.
When you get invited for an interview, you should always prepare in advance. Looking online for interview advice, you will usually find tips about how you should prepare and what you should say. Almost as important as what you should say in an interview, is what you shouldn’t.
In a time where competition for jobs is high, it’s important to think before you speak. You wouldn’t want to squander the opportunity of an interview with a careless comment or answer. Here are ten things you shouldn’t say during an interview…
Work experience is something that lots of young people worry about; whether they worry about not having enough experience, when to do it or not getting any at all. More and more employers will expect some sort of work experience for entry-level jobs, either through part-time paid work or an unpaid placement or internship in the relevant industry. So how do you go about getting work experience?
When to apply?
LinkedIn is an invaluable job-hunting tool, not just for new job-seekers but also for seasoned professionals. The recruitment process is evolving alongside the rapid developments in technology, with many recruiters now searching for candidates through social media. It is vital that job-hunters keep up with these trends and if you aren’t LinkedIn, you’re "locked out".
Britain’s first youth police and crime commissioner, Paris Brown , has been caught out for posting offensive tweets on her Twitter account (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22083032). Last week, 17 year-old Paris Brown apologised for her “stupid, immoral” tweets which were posted before she was appointed by the police. Kent police force has been criticised for not checking Brown’s social media accounts before she was elected.
Modern technology has changed the way we do everything, from waking up to an alarm to commuting to work on the tube. Without it our society would realistically grind to a halt and people probably wouldn't know how to carry on.
The last few years have been quite exciting for the recruitment sector. The way that employers scout for their workforce has changed dramatically due to advances in technology and the rise of social media. With more vacancies posted and filled online, major companies are looking towards technology for help with faster recruitment. As if it wasn’t tough enough to get a recruiter’s attention, now it might not even be a person that looks at your application, but a computer instead.
Christmas is that wonderful time of year where everything seems to be put on hold for a few days. Family get together and the Christmas spirit begins to flow. Many therefore think that this calls for a complete pause on job hunting and a time to relax.
In our current economic climate, getting your foot on the employment ladder is no easy task. But what if something as fundamental like the colour of your skin or the background of your name puts you at a huge disadvantage? In our most recent poll, 48% of you believed that the colour of your skin still affects the chances of gaining employment and 32% of you are simply not sure. It would seem that racism is still a current issue within our society, particularly in the work place.
The papers this week have been crammed packed full of stories about the government’s flagship welfare-to-work programme failing to hit its main target. With Official figures being released that only 3.53% of people found a job for six months or more, many fear that the scheme is a total failure.