Career number: Quality or Quantity?

When job seekers are looking for work, potential employers will take a look at their career history to see where they have worked, what they have done and how long they have done worked at a particular establishment. But how many jobs are too many?

If an employer is interviewing two potential candidates and one candidate has only had two jobs, where the second candidate has had several jobs, which potential employee will have add more value to the business? And what is more questionable; a candidate who has had several jobs, or several positions – all of which are not moving up the career ladder

Having many jobs on your CV can mean two different things. That the candidate has learnt numerous skills and gained lots of experience, or that the person is fickle and gets bored and moves on quickly meaning that employer has a fear that an employee will not benefit the company or move on to work for a competitor. Loyalty is extremely important, as it is so difficult to maintain a high staff retention rate.

And having less jobs and positions on your CV can be just as two sided. It shows commitment in an individual and they are able to cope with the long term. It shows loyalty and dedication to the company and the job. However, it can also show that a candidate doesn’t progress easily up the ladder or that they may not have career aspirations. Many employers do not want staff they want a mogul!

Have your say! Does having a lot of jobs show ambition to climb the career ladder or does it say uncommitted? Does having fewer jobs say committed and hard working or unambitious?

There are two major factors that affect your CV – the job itself that the individual is working in, and the economy. The recent recession is causing companies to go into administration or make large cuts causing redundancies and forcing people out of work. And lack of jobs and high unemployment rates mean that gaps are larger between jobs, and people have no choice but to explore other routes including volunteering, internships and temp work. This means that people are in jobs for a shorter period of time, and they are in several more jobs than people who are settled in their career.

This is why employers conduct interviews. It provides the employer with an insight into the potential employee and if you are open and honest about your CV, you will gain respect and empathy from the interviewer and they will be able to gain a thorough understanding of your career history and you as a person.

For further interview advice, or CV clinics email info@3dchange.co.uk

Can companies survive without Social Media?

If we think about what we see and hear on a daily basis in terms of interaction between people, social media will without a doubt make an appearance somewhere along the line. With half the social scene being online via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and countless other media platforms, can businesses afford not to tap into that source of interaction?

With roughly 100 million people using Twitter and 500 million people using Facebook, the biggest conversations taking place are online. Businesses, both big and small, can really benefit from joining the social media world. The days of Yellow Pages are fading, and social media and word of mouth are replacing them.

Has word of mouth really crossed over to the digital world? And are we playing a global game of Chinese whispers? Starting conversations online is easy. There is no pretense, no awkward silences or conversation starters, just short sharp paragraphs of the current topic.

And the content is available to more than friends. It can be accessed by multiple infrastructures, which is where networking becomes effective. And with icons such as @ and # being used, conversations can be targeted and reach the correct audiences. There is also an essence of permanent. Unless deleted, the conversation can appear once again in future situations and commented on, creating new ideas and interpretations; Chinese whispers for the 22nd century generation.

SME’s can especially benefit from social media as word of mouth and recommendations are of major importance to fuel a company’s revenue. Corporate companies can also effectively use social media to extend and promote their marketing and media campaigns.

Calling all candidates!

Please complete our survey, which has been designed as part of our tackling unemployment campaign.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2CN83QR

3D Change and the South London Jobs Fair are passionate about tackling youth unemployment and we are dedicated to reduce the current statistics within the public and housing sectors. We are striving to place social housing tenants in employment.

The South London Jobs Fair was created to place prospective candidates in front of the right and relevant employers and vice versa. We understand that it is difficult in this economical climate to find the ideal jobs and through the South London Jobs Fair we aim to eradicate this problem!

Once you have completed the survey, please send any additional comments to info@3dchange.co.uk.

Also, for more information on attending South London Jobs Fair please call 020 8657 7168 or visit http://www.southlondonjobsfair.co.uk for further information.

Everyone has their opinions and we want to hear them!

Calling all Employers!

Please complete our survey, which has been designed as part of our tackling unemployment campaign.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/29YTJ29

3D Change and the South London Jobs Fair are passionate about tackling youth unemployment and we are dedicated to reduce the current statistics within the public and housing sectors. We are striving to place social housing tenants in employment.

The South London Jobs Fair was created to place prospective candidates in front of the right and relevant employers and vice versa. We understand that it is difficult in this economical climate to find the ideal candidates and through the South London Jobs Fair we aim to eradicate this problem!

Once you have completed the survey, please send any additional comments to info@3dchange.co.uk.

Also, for more information on attending or sponsoring the South London Jobs Fair and place your company in the forefront of the industry through incentives and hiring fresh and innovative employees please call 020 8657 7168 or visit http://www.southlondonjobsfair.co.uk for further information.

Everyone has their opinions and we want to hear them!

Is government procurement too complex for SME’s?

The Government is reassessing the procurement systems and using e-procurement tools and frameworks to ensure that the procurement processes work more efficiently.

Government procurement regulations are a world apart from the experiences of most small businesses. Larger tenders, which SME’s are unable to participate, present the difficulty of contending. There are not many potential companies who have the availability to complete high quantity tender forms.

The British Government need to implement processes and factors into their procurement methods that benefit SME’s; tendering is a skill and training needs to be considered if businesses are going to benefit, and in this economical climate, many companies and organisations do not have the money or time to spare.

The data, which is collected by a tender process, can help Government agencies create more work for SME’s and create more jobs, therefore tackling unemployment. However, the information remains stagnant meaning that small businesses cannot prosper.

Win your company more business!

The British Government currently spends £220bn on products and services and is striving to ensure that more SME’s, Charities and Social Enterprises deliver them. This ensures that organisations and businesses become an integral part of the ‘Big Society’ and fostering growth in our local and national economies.

To ensure that this successful, the Government is using e-procurement tools and implementing frameworks to make procurement process function more efficiently.

South London Jobs Fair will help you and your business to identify opportunities in the marketplace, which will help expand your business and win you work within the Public Sector.

Public Sector Procurement will be a major topic for discussion at the event with leading focal areas being

–       Policy Development and Compliance

–       PPQ Development and Compliance

–       PPQ Support

–       Tender Writing

–       Bid Writing

–       Tender Presentations

Please visit http://www.3dchange.co.uk for further information about these discussion points.