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Are your Social Media updates holding you back from employment?

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If you’re not careful with what you share and what languages you use while tweeting it could have grim repercussions on your job prospects.

According to research, 91% of employers use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to screen their job applicants: 47% of employers check social networking sites to screen potential employees immediately after receiving an application; 76% of employers check Facebook, 53% Twitter and 48% LinkedIn; and 68% of employers have hired someone because of something on a social networking site.

The research has shown that the reasons for candidate rejection is due to:

  • Lying about their qualifications
  • Posting inappropriate comments/ photos
  • Posting negative comments about a previous employer
  • Posting content about the use of drugs or about drinking

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Social media platforms can be very useful for job seekers. Both Facebook and LinkedIn can be used to create links and connections with employers, to join in conversations and discussions, develop knowledge of the industry and get insights, and to find out about live job positions.

That being said, it is important that people are aware of the immensity of the digital footprint they are leaving behind and should consider the message they are putting across about themselves.

Companies look for your character and presence when searching the Internet. They want to know if you would be a good image for the company and how you would interact with co-workers and customers.

  • It is important to put across a polished and honest side to you when posting updates.
  • Post professional related updates that will show you have an interest in the career you are pursuing – this will show a proficient and academic side to you.
  • Moderate your friends and connections output on your profile by modifying your privacy settings.

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Ceren Kardelen Sagir | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

 

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The struggle of finding engineering jobs in the UK and Worldwide.

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When searching for work, regardless of what the industry is, it’s always difficult to find the one that’s right for you and to filter out the ones that you really want to avoid. You want to find the opportunities that have the right salary for you, the right location, the right employer, or the right level you are qualified for.

It’s the same for employers and companies that are looking to hire. You can be bombarded with hundred of applications for a single role, and filtering out the good from the bad is very time consuming.

According to the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Skills and Demand in Industry 2014 report, 44 per cent of firms are not content with the skills level offered by applicants, which is a massive increase since 2010. This means that there is high demand for the people that are efficiently qualified; leaving less experienced engineers like recent graduates unemployed and represses their job search. It also means that companies and recruiters are competing with one another and often missing out of chances of employing engineers with the skills level they require.

That’s why I have found that the new Engineering Jobs and Work website is very useful for both of these parties as it makes the recruitment process easier to handle and insures that the best prospects are found.

EngineeringJobsandWork.co.uk’ is an engineering specialist job board with career opportunities for people in all sectors of the engineering industry providing work in the UK, Europe and Worldwide.

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The personal touch of interest and enthusiasm they put into their matches means that the best talent can find the top recruitment, and vice versa. Notably, they have many branches available including automotive engineering jobs, mechanical engineering jobs, civil engineering jobs, aerospace engineering jobs, electrical engineering jobs, chemical engineering jobs and many more.

The website also offers unlimited job posting trials for the new clients, meaning that they can take the website for a test without having to commit unless they are satisfied.

I found that the overall website was simple to use and convenient for trying to find the top engineering jobs that suit you best.

 

Ceren Kardelen Sagir | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

 

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The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment

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If you are a person who really enjoys working independently and love the idea of being your own boss, self-employment might be the perfect route for you. More and more people are opting to create their own business, with statistics showing that self-employment in the UK is at a 40-year high. 4.6 million people worked for themselves as their main job in 2014 – but is becoming self-employed the right move for you?  

To be able start up a business, it is not only important to have a clear vision of what you’re doing to do, but you also need strong motivation. The rewards can truly be great, but its best to weigh the risks involved as well.

 

PROS
Choosing your own hours/availability
This is one of the greatest benefits of self-employment – no matter whether you are a night owl or a morning bird, you can work during the hours that you know work best for you, when you are most productive. You could even be super healthy, and throw in a quick 30min run or jog in your day too, to boost your energy and endorphins!
Greater independence and freedom of trying new ideas
Having creative freedom is super beneficial, as you can test out a wide range of new ideas that you might have, without having to get an okay from anyone. This increased freedom allows you to do what you think would work best.
Being able to reap the rewards of your own efforts
Sometimes, the feeling of being able to thoroughly covet the rewards of your own personal hard work beats out any other feeling. And this ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’ moment of happiness happens a lot if you are self-employed.
Increased job satisfaction
All the little pros add up – being able to have creative freedom as well as avoiding the stress of daily commute or the drama of office politics definitely create a much happier work environment for you!

CONS
Money worries
This is probably the biggest obstacle that those who are self-employed have to face. Especially in the beginning, with the entire success of the business riding on your shoulders and most likely the shoulders of your bank account too. You may have to go a few months without any earnings as you build up your business.
A lack of free time
Although it’s nice to be able to fit work around your family and social life, being self-employed can also mean never switching off your work life. Think about the well-oiled machine that is a business, and all the parts required to ensure that it runs smoothly – all those tasks are on you, so you need to be available pretty much 24/7 to safeguard your business! Running your own company means doing all the parts that you might enjoy normally enjoy, but also dealing with the responsibilities of others tasks you might dislike, like accounting and filing your own taxes.
No company benefits are offered
There are no paid holidays, sick days, or pension. If you are not feeling great one day, unfortunately there is no one to fill in, and the same thing happens for vacation time – you are solely responsible for earning your living. Any insurance or retirement coverage must also be paid for yourself, all of this which can be very taxing.

 

Only you know what’s best for you. Becoming self-employed and starting your own business can be super stressful at first, but can prove quite lucrative in the end. But if you know that you have the gumption and confidence to see it through, being your own boss has plenty of benefits which you will thoroughly enjoy.

 

MaryEllen Fenton | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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Remembering the works of Robin Williams

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Following the death of one of the best comic actors of our time, his fans are grieving. The 63-year-old father of three was declared dead at his home on the 11th of August.

Well known for his performances and talent in both comedy and drama, here are my five favourite picks of the best works of Robin Williams.

Mrs Doubtfire

“My first day as a woman, and I’m getting hot flashes.”

Now who doesn’t know this one? Williams’ character Daniel learns that his soon to be ex wife is looking for a housekeeper, and in order to stay connected with his children, and gets the job disguised as the Scottish nanny Mrs Doubtfire. Robin Williams plus pearl earrings plus stocking plus a latex masked face equals hilarious!

Aladdin

“Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck.”

This was probably my all time favourite motion picture as a child. Everyone has to admit that the hilarious voicing of the genie by Williams and his quirky personality is the highlight of this animated Disney movie. With one delightful monologue after the other, the genie steals the show with his on point impersonations like of Elvis Presley. Williams brought the ‘quirky’ into Disney.

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Jumanji

“Twenty-six years ago, you played a game with a little boy down the street. A game with drums.”

Apart from the mayhem of the effects and creatures that emerge from the board game, the story is a touching tale of second chances and childhood. It might be deemed a children’s film, but I wouldn’t mind watching it again. Come on, it has it all; comedy, action, romance…

Good Morning, Vietnam

“Goooood morning, Vietnam! Its 0600 hours. What does the ‘O’ stand for? O my God, it’s early”

Another classic example of the manic monologues Robin Williams brings to his characters. Some even say that this is the role that proved Williams’ brilliant acting capability along side his comedic skills. It is also a brilliant model of his ability to perfectly balance comedy and drama as it reflects on the solemnity of the war.

Dead Poets Society

“No matter what anybody tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

This Oscar winning drama celebrates the importance of inspiration. Robin Williams portrays a kind teacher showing a more sensitive side in comparison to the comic in some of his other well-known roles. The story challenges you to think and encourages you to be more than average.

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Let us know in the comments what your picks would have been

 

Ceren Kardelen Sagir | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

 

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5 Tough Jobs in the World that are Underestimated

1.Mining

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With the constant fear of working in an environment that can be subject to collapse, miners undoubtedly have the toughest job. You would think that given the 21st century working laws and rights people are supposedly due to, mining disasters would be a thing of the past. It is also an industry where the workers often pick up illnesses like black lung disease.

Ranging from the death of 29 miners in West Virginia, US, in 2010 to over 300 people in Soma, Turkey 2014, the mining industry can lead to atrocious catastrophes if the necessary steps are not taken to prevent them. Additionally in 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped for 17 days in San Jose, but left with sever traumas like night terrors, memory loss and a fear of the dark.

2. Factories

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The textile and garment companies are often condemned for the conditions the workers face labour under to meet the high demand manufacturing of the industry. These near sweatshop settings not only are demeaning on the employees work and pay rights, but can lead to many health and safety breaches too all in order to get products across to Western high-street retailers.

Most recently the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013 with more than 1,000 people dying in the disaster. Similar conditions are found in India, Philippines and Pakistan, like the fires in September 2012.

3. Farming

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Farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers have long work hours, and rarely have days off. Crop farmers work from sunrise to sunset during planting and harvesting seasons while livestock producers have to work throughout the year as they have to feed and water animals as well as milking cows three times a day. They also have to attend to the health of the herds, including birthing.

It seems as they face one of the most physically tiring and patience demanding jobs. The work can also be hazardous as it includes operating heavy machinery like tractors and handing necessary chemicals.

4. Cab Driver

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Being one of the most popular occupations in the world, especially for inner city life, it is still a rough job to do. It is both a physically and mentally exhausting career as drivers have to load and unload the trunks, drive for long periods of time in densely populated areas, and have to be aware of all road conditions all the time.

There are also high reports of drivers facing robbery and assault, and are often killed. It is a given that drivers have to deal with rude customers from time to time and need patience when dealing with passengers.

5. Policing

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Police work is known to be dangerous. Apart from having confrontations with criminals, police officers have to be alert and ready to deal with threatening situations. Sometimes they would have to bare witness to death or accidents, which can be demanding on their emotional stability.

The work hours can be long and they can be called into a shift when they are needed, including weekends, holidays and nights. Officers also have the burned of carrying weapons and working during various weather conditions.

 

Ceren Kardelen Sagir | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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Motoring and Automotive job awards

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Strike-Jobs clients, Perfect Placement UK Ltd, are among the prestigious winners at Car Dealer Power Awards 2014

They fought off tough competition to win the award for Recruitment Agency of the Year, as voted for by hundreds of car dealerships across the UK.

Strike-Jobs are proud to have such a successful company amongst their clients, who are being recognised for their hard work and great service. Perfect Placement have over 2,800 jobs advertised on Strike-Jobs located all across England and Wales in 12 sectors, from engineering to sales, marketing and administrative

Perfect Placement jobs can be viewed here. 

 

Claire Coward | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

 

 

 

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