UK Employment Analysis

BBC Economics Correspondent, Dharshini David, reports on the latest UK employment analysis according to the Office for National Statistics.  More than half of the 329,000 jobs created from January to October this year went to people who are no longer economically inactive – i.e. they, rather than demographics, are the main reason for the expansion in the workforce.

There are:

  • 52,000 fewer long-term sick than for a year ago
  • 45,000 fewer (of 16-64) retired than a year ago
  • 41,000 fewer students than for a year earlier
  • 46,000 fewer than for a year ago aren’t working due to looking after family/home

The ONS doesn’t describe in detail why this happens but factors such as the squeeze on incomes, relative cost of staying in education, benefit changes, more stringent disability assessments, better job prospects are likely to be contributing aspects.

What is clear in the latest three months is that the rate of job creation, at 96,000 is struggling to keep up with the latest drop in inactivity, some 95,000 and demographics – hence unemployment rising 21,000.  All of these are for 16-64 year olds.

Inactivity among 64-year olds is up 150,000 in last year, hopefully due to the bait of attractive, gold-plated pensions.

Naming Your CV

When you write a CV you should always call the file by your name.

Don’t use “newcv.doc”, “mycv.doc” or similar, because so many people use that format that you’re just making the recruiter’s job harder to find your saved details.

I also see a lot of CVs that have file names related to the date it was written or updated, which is also a mistake as it can confuse the recruiter where that date is sometime in the past. They start to wonder if this is the latest version of your CV?

This might seem to be a minor point, but a good CV is defined by getting all the minor points right.

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Should I put LinkedIn on my CV?

More and more people are registering with LinkedIn and that’s because it is a great networking tool, but should you put it on your CV?

No, is the simple answer.

This goes back to the most basic (and often forgotten) piece of advice on CVs, which is that you must always remember that a CV is to get you an interview.

The 3 reasons not to put LinkedIn on your CV

Firstly, if you need a potential employer to read your LinkedIn profile to reinforce your CV it simply means that your CV is not doing it’s job properly and you need to look at rewriting your CV.

Secondly, consider what happens when someone clicks on that hyper-link on your CV. They stop reading your CV, and you’ve sent them into hyperspace and we all know what happens then. They get distracted and start looking and reading other things and before you know it they’re on Facebook looking at pictures of kittens! Sound familiar?

Thirdly, consider who you’re connected to. People in a similar job to yourself. The competition. And you just led the recruiter right to them.

LinkedIn is a great networking tool and there are things you can use it for in getting yourself noticed but putting it on your CV is not one of them.

Ever been told you’re over-qualified for a job?

This is something that we regularly come across with job applicants being told, or believing, that they are overqualified to be considered for a particular job role.

It’s a simple fact of life that some employers will overlook your CV when sifting through applicants if they feel you are overqualified and, as the candidate, you have to put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself the question “What are they worried about?”

The answer is quite simple.

  1. You’re not going to stay in the job they’re looking to fill and they’ll be judged on that by their own boss.
  2. You’re scared of responsibility and just want to “coast” in the job.
  3. Your experience is greater than theirs and you’ll undermine them.

How do you overcome their concerns?

The first thing you have to do is make sure they interview you, and to do that you may well need to edit your CV. This doesn’t mean lying but it does mean some editing down on the level of information in your CV and shifting the focus into a well written Profile and Key Skills section rather than an in-depth and highly detailed career section.

Your potential new employer needs to understand that you are not taking a step down because you’re burnt out or are scared of responsibility, but that you want to enjoy your job and the role they’re looking to fill is the aspect you enjoy most. Selling, for instance, can be a great job where you spend most of your day talking to customers and helping them make a buying decision – and it’s a great buzz! However, being a Sales Manager can be more about the paperwork and that’s not for everyone.

How long will you stay?

Where an employer is concerned that you are not going to stay with them, then you need to convince them that this is not the case and not leave an interview without covering this point. The employer needs to be sold on your enjoyment of this type of role and, as is often the case, why taking a lower paid job is not an issue. Perhaps your children have left home, or you’ve paid off the mortgage (or both!) and there is no longer that need to really push for that extra few thousand.

Are you after my job?

First interviews are often conducted by someone in HR or by a recruiter, but when you meet your potential new boss for the first time one of their biggest concerns is going to be their working relationship with you. Your experience may look threatening and their obvious concern is going to be that you’ll be after their job. Tackle this head on and tell them that you don’t want their job but, if they ask for advice, your experience may be able to benefit them – stress the potential support you might be able to give them.

Finally, plan the Interview

Think hard about the concerns the interviewer is going to have, and plan how to deal with them and how to ensure they’ve really got the message about your aspirations.

 

Tell the reader what it is!

A maddening, and to be honest baffling, mistake I’m seeing at the moment is not putting “CV” at the top of your CV.

You have to tell the reader what they’re reading . It doesn’t really matter if you put Curriculum Vitae (get the spelling right though!) or the abbreviated “CV” but you must put something there to signpost what the document is that they’re about to read.

As with many of the issues that I mention, it may seem trivial but this is the sort of minor detail that can make the difference between an interview and rejection.

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Good luck!