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Job Seekers Advice / Re: Has Brexit put my job at risk?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 15, 2017, 01:16:04 PM »
At present, I do not feel Brexit is an impending threat. The government must hash out a satisfactory withdrawal plan before they invoke article 50. This could take many many months, and Theresa May might be coming close to completing this, but even with a withdrawal, the government cannot just throw people out of the country and I believe there should be something in place to protect EU and international workers, perhaps offering them preferential visas if their  employer wishes to keep them, which many will. A mass exodus and deportation could crash the economy if not controlled.


But for now, it is a few years away and I believe we should allow a 'watch-and-wait' period to see exactly what our government come out with.
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Job Seekers Advice / Struggling to secure job
« Last post by Tomklin on March 15, 2017, 08:50:01 AM »
Hoping for some advice here.
 I am experienced in my field, CV impressive enough that agencies are keen to contact me, but after an initial enthusiastic phone call, most drop off the radar.

I've managed to go to 3 interviews, so some agencies do follow through.

My question is what could I be doing wrong when I deal with them? Not grovelling enough, not speaking clearly, asking for too much money?

It's none of these btw but I am a foreigner so speak with an accent. I have a British passport.
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Oh dear! You should never lie in an interview, because most companies have a policy that if you are deceitful and truth about something is discovered later, you can be immediately terminated. My friend did this (although she lied about being sacked for stealing from her previous company) and was actually escorted from the premises by the area manager and a security guard. How embarrassing!


I suppose the only thing you could do is come clean, and just say you answered incorrectly out of nerves and that you realised immediately what you had done but were too embarrassed to correct yourself. This makes you look a bit silly but is probably the closest to the truth you can come without outing yourself a liar to your potential future employer. Good luck with your next interview, and try and be a bit more careful next time...
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CV Tips / Re: How to deal with a dismissal on a CV
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 14, 2017, 09:10:42 PM »
This is not something I would address on a CV, a document in which I am trying to sing my own praises. You are not obliged to include this interview in a CV and need only discuss it at interview if you are asked about it. Even then, use choice language, for example, tell them you made an error in judgement and learned a very hard lesson on what you should do differently in future and that you hope they can see past it and offer you the chance to prove yourself in a fresh start.


Theoretically, you might not have to disclose this information. If they don't ask, don't tell!
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Career Advice / Re: What should i do?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 14, 2017, 06:37:40 PM »
In this scenario, you have to look at what will serve you best. Better pay for a longer period,or less pay on a temp contract but having a manager you like? It looks like a no-brainer when you put it like that, doesn't it!


Take the job as a driver's mate, and write Argos a kind letter thanking them for the opportunity,however you have been offered an alternate position that better serves your requirements at this time. Neither job is set to offer you 'nothing', because they both offer different alternatives for experience and skill improvement, and either will look fab on your CV. If you've only been at Argos a month or so, it's probably not even worth mentioning on a CV - you'd spend more time explaining it to future employers.
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CV Tips / Re: I have no qualifications, how do I write a CV?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 14, 2017, 06:21:44 PM »
The best advice I can give is, go out and get some experience! Charities across the country recruit and rely on huge teams of volunteers to run with minimal cost. Consider applying for volunteer work. I volunteer for my local hospice and as well as gaining experience of working in a healthcare environment, I have also improved my skills in teamwork, health and safety, and communication. Many volunteer-based organisations run a range of mandatory and optional training so you can do as little or as much as you want. Take full advantage of this and maybe you could get yourself the qualifications you lack. Also browse online for free or cheap accreditations. Good luck!
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Interview Tips / Re: Should I disclose about tattoos during a job interview?
« Last post by StephWard27 on March 14, 2017, 05:55:20 PM »
Hello!


Legally a company cannot judge you based on tattoos, however, that doesn't mean they don't make a judgement.  I myself have four tattoos, one of which is around my wrist, and I always wear long sleeves or a chunky watch over it for interviews and the like. This is a conscious decision, and it comes down to me personally having a very traditional view of what others deem to be professional.


If you have offensive tattoos, such as those depicting guns, knives, needles, nudity or swearing, then absolutely unquestionably you should cover them in all professional environments.


If you attend an interview for the NHS, their 'bare below the elbow' policy stipulates no offensive tattoos and you should therefore disclose them. However, if a company is simply 'not good with' tattoos as you say, I'd cover them for the interview and not disclose them unless they ask. They shouldn't ask though, because they open themselves up to lawsuits if they then don't hire you as a result of you having tattoos.


Typically, in an environment where your tattoos can be covered by uniform or other clothing, then there is no issue. There is no correct answer to your question but you should use your best judgement.
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I feel your pain!


I have had this problem with two companies. With the first company, a small, family run company, I just politely spoke to my boss and it was resolved quickly. This is what I recommend you do initially: speak to your boss or HR manager.


With the second company, it got much more complicated. I was technically going from being on benefits to being self employed, and I now in March 2017, await funds dating back to September 2016. Naturally when I was owed two months payments I resigned. I then had to pursue this through court, and I am still pushing through this. I am also suing for loss of earnings, benefits that I was unable to receive, and further compensation. They are incredibly unhappy about this and have even gone as far as to threaten me, to a point where, except for in court, they are subject to a police restraining order, preventing them from contacting me at all, or being within 100m of me or my home. This sadly is the worst case scenario.


I recommend if they do not permanently resolve the issue and it happens again, you should seek advice from a Citizens Advice Bureau or solicitor promptly. They will be able to recommend next steps. ACAS is also a valuable resource and can be found on Google.


You must remember, you don't work for free and if they don't pay you promptly and you have to pursue official measures, they are only set to lose further!
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In October 2015, it was announced that from February 2016, all Aldi employees would be paid a minimum of £8.40 per hour, way ahead of the national minimum wage, also known as the national living wage for over 25s.


It might be worth mentioning here for those interested, that Aldi like to promote internally, and their managers, although the current salary isn't publicly available, are reported to be on significantly more than their counterparts in other companies (up to £37,000 annum for an average store).
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On April 1st 2017, the minimum wage is set to increase as follows:
The National Living Wage (the minimum wage paid to over-25's) will go up to £7.50 per hour – an extra 30p an hour.The National Minimum Wage will rise as follows:Age 21-24 £7.05 – an extra 10p an hour.
Age 18-20: £5.60 – an extra 5p an hour
Under 18: £4.05 – an extra 5p an hour
Apprentice: £3.50 – an extra 10p an hour
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