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

South London Jobs Fair Thursday 21st June

The South London Jobs Fair is a unique initiative offering multiple and various employment opportunities to residents and business opportunities for companies, particularly SME’s. These opportunities are also crucial for enterprises looking to access the social housing sector.

The initiative is a regeneration partnership with thirteen Social Housing providers and Croydon based social enterprise 3D Change all of which possess a passionate commitment to support our communities to achieve the best they can for themselves and their families.

Youth unemployment is a big issue that needs to be addressed and the South London Jobs Fair aims to tackle unemployment head on. We understand that there are many talented and hard working people willing and waiting to be placed in employment, and we thoroughly believe that young people are not lost, just undiscovered.

The South London Jobs Fair has been developed to place young candidates in front of the right employers and vice versa, as this is currently a major issue within all industries. We will also be offering presentations, industry leading advice, workshops and CV clinics.

There will be a wide variety of employers all under one roof for you to discuss with and discover potential options. All employers will be ready and waiting with “Action to Work” vacancies.

We are sure that it will be extremely beneficial.

Please visit http://www.southlondonjobsfair.co.uk for further information and to register to attend.

Please email info@3dchange.co.uk for sponsorship opportunities that will place your business in the forefront of the industry.

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.

E-learning lets your business prosper

Successful companies understand that Disability and Discrimination awareness is not just about ensuring legal compliance and implementing a framework of policies and procedures. They understand that it also consists of ensuring managers and staff genuinely understands the fundamental principles involved.

E-learning courses are designed to develop your company and staff retention rate by creating a responsive business, which thrives on good and ethical practice.

These courses are easy to follow and raise awareness about equality and the issues entailed. They also highlight the most relevant aspects of disability legislation. They help businesses to work effectively with disabled customers and colleagues, which adds value to your company.

E-learning courses have been proven to reduce risk, educate your staff and protect your organisation.

Computing in the cloud

Putting on our corporate caps, cloud computing refers to the delivery of computing and storage capacity. It is a technical term for the Internet, but it is expanding beyond this theory.

Cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running more efficiently, with improved manageability and less maintenance. It allows IT infrastructures to more rapidly adjust resources to meet inconsistent and erratic business demand.

At the foundation of cloud computing, there is a broader concept of converged infrastructure and shared services.

With technology companies attending the South London Jobs Fair and with business continuity an important topic on every companies agenda, cloud computing will surely be on everyone’s minds.

Cloud computing comes into focus when we think about what IT needs. Companies may find themselves in situations where they will need to increase capacity or add capabilities, train new staff or licensing new software.

Cloud computing and virtualisation simplifies your IT infrastructure, offering a more enhanced computing experience. By sharing the resources of a single computer across multiple applications in various locations the user can free themselves from physical and geographical restrictions.

As well as the many technical features and advantages which Virtualization can provide, Virtual systems can improve user experience and the way people compute. It also offers reduced running costs.

Physical Infrastructure Cost Reduction reduces the number of servers and related IT hardware in the data centre. This leads to reductions in a range of sectors which results in significantly lower IT costs. VMware reduces expenses and improves operating expenses through server consolidation.

Many offices are being constructed on a virtual platform, offering a trusting and reliable platform for building private clouds and merge public clouds.