ASDA to Create over 12,000 New Jobs Over the Next 5 Years

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Something big is happening in the retail sector of the economy.  Supermarket giants are becoming geniuses and are formulating plans that will have a profoundly positive impact on the UK economy within the next few years.

The Supermarket Giant Asda just recently announced a five-year strategy that will have the potential to create up to 12,000 jobs across the UK.  This is just an estimate, and the actual amount could be even more than that.

Asda was purchased by Walmart 15 years ago, and in that time they were able to open 342 stores and create more than 100,000 jobs, along with bringing super low prices to millions of their valued customers.

“I am delighted that Asda is continuing to invest heavily in the UK, creating another 12,000 jobs that will give people financial security for the future.” said Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this week.

It’s important to note that this financial security doesn’t stop with Asda.  It seems that all supermarket chains are doing their best to provide new jobs all across the UK to help boost the economy.  Waitrose is well on its way to fulfilling their forecast of opening 2,000 jobs nationally in 2014, and Ocado is due to open up another 1,000 jobs this year in the technology and delivery departments.  And another big name in the game, Sainsbury’s, has helped to create over 10,000 jobs in their past 3 year expansion.

Retail is the largest private sector employer, with the retail industry itself making up 1/5 of UK GDP.  It’s a significant yet often overlooked part of the economy that is responsible for millions of jobs nationwide.

Here’s to the retailers creating numerous jobs, investing back their wealth into the economy, and helping to create a more financially stable future.

MaryEllen Fenton | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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Common Hiring Mistakes made by Employers (and how to avoid them)

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Job-seekers face a lot of stress, and can make a lot of mistakes during their hiring process if they let it get the best of them.  However, employers themselves also face a lot of problems during the hiring process!  There are many common mistakes they need to be careful of when they’re hiring for a position.  But, there’s no need to worry, as they can all be avoided rather easily with just a few simple precautions!

1. Relying too much on a CV
One of the first problems is that hiring companies do not find an adequate balance between what people look like on paper…and off.  CVs, while impressive, are only about half of what should be considered when hiring.  Their chemistry with others in person is just as important, and it’s also much more beneficial to have a business that’s filled with people who are diverse.  With all sorts of great – but different – minds pooled together, all sorts of problems can be solved and all sorts of ideas created through these different perspectives.

2. Interviewing Too Many People
The second thing is to try and find a good-sized pool of the number of candidates you interview.  Don’t make things harder for yourself by hoping and believing that the more recruits you interview, they better and better they will be.  You won’t be able to remember individual, important details after you’re talking to 30, 40 people.  The same goes for the opposite as well.  Don’t interview just a few people, expecting to find a spectacular candidate in a flash.  The “bell curve” for most hiring professionals is about 9-10 people.  Don’t settle, don’t over-do it. Just try to find the balance for the number of interviews that works for you and your business.

3. Talking Too Much
As you make your choices on whom to interview, keep in mind for some tips on how you interview.  A common mistake is that of too much talking.  As the saying goes, talk is cheap.  Although it is smart to tell the person you’re interviewing all about your company and the benefits of working with you, how about you change it up and show them instead? Walk them around the offices, showing them the environment they will be working in, and perhaps what sort of tasks they will be met with on a daily basis.

4. Asking the Wrong Questions
Also be careful to ask what questions you ask them.  Starting off with “So, tell me a bit about yourself.” can get a bit hairy.  It’s too broad of a question and it would be hard to keep track of who answered what if you receive too much info about too many people.  Some of which might be quite irrelevant. Instead, try creating a strict procedure that you would keep the same across all candidates to keep it more organized for yourself when making the final decision later.

Speaking of the final decision, try not to take too long making it. A common mistake here is to take too long of a time determining, and then you risk losing the strong candidate that you have been sitting on the fence about.  If you really get a strong feeling about someone and want to hire them, let them know!

 

The key to this whole process is that of balance.  Help make sure that you’re not making it too hard for yourself, and be smart about the interview process so that you can hire the strongest candidate out there – and that they, in return, can know that they are working with one of the best companies in their field.

 

MaryEllen Fenton | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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Top 10 Marketing Jobs

Search and apply for Marketing Jobs in London.  Read below for more information about the job descriptions before you apply for Marketing Jobs in London.

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Above is an overall idea of the general job description of someone in Marketing.  However, the world of marketing is so exciting and diverse, that there are multiple roles that might suit you if you’re thinking of entering the field!

1. Marketing Manager
One of the most important roles, as it means making sure that customers’ needs are met as well as managing the optimization of your employees’ output.  You will be responsible for making sure that each campaign is as successful as it can be, by overseeing research, development, and promotions.  You will also need to give presentations and briefs to all other sectors.

2. Events Manager
Organizes and responsible for the production of events from creation to completion. Must research markets in order to identify opportunities for events as well as write out detailed proposals and maintain a suitable budget for the event.  Will be in charge of coordinating venue management, caterers, hospitality, and most importantly, media.  Must liaison with clients and media to help promote brand, and then evaluate analytics post-event.

3. Market Research Analyst
Responsible for watching each campaign, interpreting all data, and formulating reports for client.  Upon presenting the findings, they must make well-informed recommendations to the clients, helping them to understand the potential sales of their product or service.

4. Product/Brand Manager
For your client’s product/brand, it is important to create the best and most long-lasting impression on consumers to drive sales up.  Duties include closely overseeing market trends and all marketing campaigns to make sure that the right message is delivered to consumers, as well as conducting extensive consumer research.

5. Social Media Manager
Must create inventive social media strategies across all platforms to generate brand awareness and increase traffic across all websites.  Daily duties will include managing client’s presence in social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Must also be especially well informed in social media tools and trends, and analyze them to help them ensure the effectiveness of campaigns.  

6. Business Development Manager
Main goal is to generate new sales leads, and to pitch and create interest in clients’ goods or services to these new clients.  Must plan and prepare presentations as well as develop a good rapport for said pitches to product drive.  Will need to continually expand and maintain networks as well as keep up with knowledge of the market to grow with your clients’ products. 

7. Web Analyst
Provides in-depth calculations and analysis of clients’ online visitors and develop strategies to see how they can increase business.  Will be responsible for reviewing system reports and figuring out what the best deciscions are for staffing and purchasing of new equipment and technology related to web-development.

8. Marketing Assistant
Your main duties will be to provide direct support to the marketing manager.  You will be asked to help create ideas for marketing campaigns for a specific product or service, as well as figuring out schemes for increased online traffic and helping to assess the results of each campaign.  Will also be asked to draft press releases and keep clients updated on upcoming promotional events.

9. SEO Specialist
Stands for ‘Search Engine Optimization”.  Growing more important every day, as search engines can help improve clients’ sites’ rankings.  Duties include identifying the most powerful key-words clients can include on their sites to drive traffic, as well as write effective content for blogs and ensure that a clients’ website are filled with needed key-words.

10. PR Manager
The main objective of this job is to use all forms of media to build and maintain the reputation of their clients.  It is important to maintain a good image and friendliness between their client and the public, as they must also deal with enquiries at promotional events such as press conferences or tours.  They must monitor and analyze media coverage to ensure client’s relations are well kept. Duties also include writing press releases, setting up interviews, and providing presentations to drive their clients’ popularity.

 

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Where the trends of Social Media Tools Will Take HR Officers in 2014

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It’s of no surprise that in the past couple of years the fastest growing field has been that of Social Media. Its impact upon the speed of worldwide travel of public information was nigh unprecedented, but what has become almost more important than this is the way that HR and recruiters can use it in the workplace.

When entering the grueling world of job seeking, people always lament the age-old saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”  While that may be partially true, as networking has never been easier with the use of social media tools, what really matters now simply is, who knows you.

Making yourself known across multiple social media platforms and increasing your Klout Score is just as important, if not more, than what employers read on your CV.  HR Officers can get a better idea of who you are, your interests,  your social circle, and how much of a social presence you have just by doing things like simply Google searching your name or using data-mining technologies that are helping make HR more effective, and a lot quicker.  In truth, resumes/CVs are only a small portion of what employers look at now a days – they want to check in with you and see you how you are, off paper.

Another trend that employers are definitely going to have to jump on the bandwagon for is making their sites mobile-friendly.  The world has literally gone mobile. Hardly anyone doesn’t have a smartphone in this day and age, and to make your business more attractive, it’s imperative to optimize your site able to be seen on mobile devices, that way you reach a much bigger audience.

An audience which, will be composed of the young generation, Generation Y.  A type of generation, that with each passing year, will experience enhanced quality and range of technology. These younger generations will throw themselves deeper and deeper into the wireless communications world.  HR will see an increase in globalization, which will undoubtedly lead to more cultural diversity.  The question is, how can HR and different companies communicate effectively with this increasing diversity?

The answer could be in MOOCs.  This is a trend that is due to bloom in 2014 is that of MOOCs (massive open online course).  In September of 2013, edX, a American non-profit online learning initiative, combined its powerful education tools with Google.  With this combination, Google will help them to launch a platform that will enable the courses to reach far beyond any campus.   The significance is that with this platform, people can host courses for a global audience.  Employers will be able to take this increasing cultural diversity of Generation Y, and reach out to every single person to be able to augment their employees’ skills.

Having social media skills is now an absolute must for any HR officer, and the most important thing that HR can do is to integrate social technologies such as these into their recruitment and development practices to be ready for the social media and technology trends to come in 2014.

MaryEllen Fenton | Strike-Jobs Journalist | April 2014

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How has JobCentre Plus increased their effciency?

Learn more about how Job Centre Plus helps you score the best job possible, through their government website jobsearch.direct.gov.uk.

In an ever evolving technological world, how does one choose a company to help them find jobs online? It’s not easy, but Job Centre Plus combines an online aspect along with working together with people in real life to create the maximum experience for job searchers across the UK, and beyond.

Step one is to find a centre near you so that they can help you build up your CV in person, and connect you to any training you might need for your job preferences.  Finding a JobCentre Plus near you is simple, as they have hundreds of locations within each borough of the UK.

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List of Top Ten JobCentre Locations

1. London
2. Edinburgh
3. Manchester
4. Birmingham
5. Glasgow
6. Liverpool
7. Bristol
8. Oxford
9. Cambridge
10. Cardiff

After working with you to perfect your CV and any training needed, and you are informed enough to start your job search, the next step is to use the JobCentre online site, called Universal Jobmatch, which will give you thousands of jobs to browse through to help you find an occupation that best fits you.   And the fact that JobCentre Plus offers one of the widest ranges of jobs available throughout every facet of the job market makes it all the better.   Employers choose to use the direct.gov site as it can be a cheaper alternative to local press outlets.  Therefore the vacancies available are constantly being updated and changed.  Listed below are some of the top areas, but it is definitely not limited to these jobs alone.

Top Searched Fields

  • Accounting & Finance – i.e. Chartered Accountant, Corporate Investment Banker, Financial Adviser, Investment Analyst
  • Administrative – i.e. Company secretary, Personal Assistant, Operational Officer, Local Government Officer
  • Customer Support – i.e. Customer Support, Customer Analytics, Technical Support
  • Food Services & Hospitality – i.e. Restaurant or Hotel General Manager, Hotel Clerk, Concierge, Executive Chef
  • Human Resources – i.e. Training & Development Officer, Recruitment Consultant, Occupational Psychologist
  • Legal – i.e. Barrister, Chartered Legal Executive, Solicitor
  • Marketing & PR ­– i.e. Advertising Account Executive, Marketing Executive, Marketing Researcher, Public Relations Officer
  • Medical & Health – i.e. Nurse, Dentist, Dietician, Hospital Doctor, Nutritional Therapist, Medical Physicist, Paramedic
  • Science – i.e. Forensic Scientist, Meteorologist, Pharmacologist, Research Scientist, Toxicologist
  • Security/Protection Services – i.e. Prison Officer, Cyber Security
  • Skilled Trades – i.e. Construction, Electrician, Mechanics, Plumbing

If you do not have a computer to use at home, or have difficulty using one, JobCentre Plus can provide you with IT help at their centers, which have computers for you to be able to use as well.

As part of the experience of JobCentre Plus, to help you keep motivation throughout your search, you also set up in-person meetings with them. Combining the direct contact of people to help you, along with the multiple benefits that the jobsearch.direct.gov.uk provides online, JobCentre Plus is a phenomenal tool to use with increased efficiency to help you land the job of your dreams.

Here, at Strike Jobs, we are directly connected to the JobCentre Plus direct.gov site, and can help make the online searching part even easier by connecting you to more than 10,000 available jobs in the UK as well as in 75 different countries.

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Head of HR Jobs in London

Head of HR Jobs in London

Search and Apply for Head of HR Jobs in London.  As Head of HR you will lead and support the development and implementation of HR policy across all areas of the organisation including improving performance, maximising attendance and providing effective management of change. You will work with a view to progressing to officer level, where you will be given responsibility for a full portfolio of departments. See our Head of HR Job Description before you apply for Head of HR jobs in London.

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Head of HR Duties include:

  • Providing HR plans to support the needs of the organisation.
  • Acting as a business partner your managers to develop an understanding how important good HR practice / leadership is
  • Advising on a large range of HR related issues
  • Making sure processes and policies are fit for the job.
  • Ensuring compliance with current employment law issues.


Head of HR
Requirements of the role

  • Excellent commercial and strategic business insight
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Diplomatic and negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of UK employment legislation

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Head Teacher Jobs in London

Head Teacher Jobs in London

Search and apply for Head Teacher Jobs in London. Find the latest Head Teacher jobs in London. See our Head Teacher Jobs description before you apply for education jobs in London.

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Head Teacher Description

Head Teachers are responsible for management, safety and education of all internal infrastructures within a school. They are the most senior teacher answerable for the academic achievements of the students to its governing bodies, local education authority as well as parents. They also formulate objectives and policies, alongside governing bodies, to ensure national targets are achieved.

Head Teacher Responsibilities

  •          Create yearly reports for governing bodies
  •          Draw up and submit budget plan for school funds according to LEA (Local Education Authorities)
  •          Advise on the hiring of all teaching and non-teaching staff
  •          Dealing with issues with staff members, as well as pupils if required
  •          Staff allocation plans
  •          Ensure proper teaching standards, professional performance also health and safety are met.
  •          Organise and implement the national curriculum
  •          Exclusion of difficult pupils for no more than 45 days
  •          Day to day management of school and access to school premises 

Personal Specification

  •          Strong Interpersonal and leadership skills
  •          Strong organizational and communicational skills
  •          Able to work under strenuous situations
  •          Record of working with parents, pupils, staff and community
  •          Head of department or deputy head teacher experience is desirable
  •          Relevant degree or equivalent (BA, QTS and such)
  •          DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certified formerly Criminal Records Bureau

 

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