A CV sells you and your skills before you’ve even met a potential client, however, a new survey has revealed that the majority of UK jobseekers have errors in their CV.
According to an Adzuna study analysing 20,000 CV’s, more than nine in 10 have either spelling or grammatical mistakes, with only 1,134 being fault free. As many as 63% had five or more errors in total.
Interestingly, the research found that men make more mistakes than women – eight per cent of female CV’s were flawless compared to just six per cent of men.
Other findings show that:
The self-employed sector remains on positive ground with many UK businesses turning to contract workers during this time of economic uncertainty.
The recent REC/KPMG UK Report on Jobs revealed that the rate of expansion for permanent staff was the softest seen in 20 years. Contract/temp billings meanwhile rose at a much sharper rate, as did rates of pay, which also remained sharp by historical standards.
Whether you’re applying for contract or permanent roles, a new report has revealed the most desirable skill to add to your CV.
Based on thousands of conversations with employers for Michael Page’s 100 In-Demand Skills report, ‘adaptability’ is the most desirable skill found among UK businesses who are looking for workers who can deal with increasingly diverse situations.
When 2,000 workers were surveyed, however, although 44% believe they have this skill, only 15% stated this on their CV.
Although UK construction firms indicated a disappointing end to 2018, a solid rise in job creation was recorded across the sector.
The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) found that business optimism towards the year picked up in December, with the degree of confidence the highest since last April and well above the near six-year low seen in October.
Despite latest figures showing an overall decline for both permanent and contract vacancies, the financial services sector is seeing high demand.
The Association of Professionals Staffing Companies (APSCo) revealed that contractor vacancies decreased by six per cent year-on-year in November last year.
However, despite this dip, roles within the financial services sector rose by 14% - increasing by 10% year-on-year. Interestingly, permanent vacancies within the same industry slipped by one per cent.
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) are urging low-paid workers who will be affected by the 2019 loan charge to consider contacting HMRC about the option to settle – before they lose the chance.
This intervention by LITRG coincides with the release of a Q&A article by the group that provides urgently needed clarity around HMRC’s settlement process.
Last month the IPSE partnered with three additional universities and now Brunel University has joined the self-employed body to provide support and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and freelancers.
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed
(IPSE) is now partnered with 11 universities across the UK to help students looking to move into self-employment – when they graduate, or even while they are still studying.
The government has released a new package of workplace reforms looking into how it will implement the recommendations from the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.
Responding to the ‘Good Work Plan’, Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive, Neil Carberry, said:
A new report looking at the NHS staffing crises has pointed to the self-employed for solving the problem.
The IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) and PPP (Public Policy Projects) report ‘The role of self-employed people in resolving workforce problems in the NHS’ revealed that recent changes to IR35 are a barrier to adopting more flexible working practices in the health sector.
Because determining IR35 can be complicated, the rules have caused confusion and disruption, which has led to some health professionals refusing to work.
It will come as no surprise to learn that the majority (88.4%) of Brits find Christmas to be an expensive time of year.
According to the recent CV-Library report, one in 10 of the 1,100 UK workers surveyed admitted to spending over £1,000 during the festive period.
When asked what they spend most of their wage on during Christmas, the following answers were given:
- 91.6% spend their pay on Christmas presents for friends, family and colleagues.
- 58.3% splash the cash on Christmas dinners.