Ever wonder what it is that recruiters actually wish for on their birthday? If there’s anything that could make a recruiters life easier, it would be the perfect candidate, so it’s no surprise that this would top of their list. If you’re wondering how you can make their birthday wish come true, its not all about the experience you have or the degree you may or may not have, there are other qualities that will make you the ideal fit for their role. Integrity Having strong moral principles is essential to recruiters as nothing is worse than having a candidate that has stated they have all these lovely skills and qualities when actually in the long run, they only have a few, which doesn’t make them desirable (or sometimes even qualified for the job). Social professionalism How you portray yourself on social media is so important when job searching. Be mindful about what you post. If you do not consider the consequences of posting inappropriate content then this could result in not being shortlisted for a really good job. If you’d like some more information of what is and isn’t suitable then check out our blog here. Good references Having good references is vital! They can be the make or break of getting a job. This being said, if you have integrity and always put in 100% to everything you do, then there should be no issues with getting good references. Also if you have been working for some time now and don’t have at least three people that would give you good references then you may need to step back and take a look at how you’re performing in the workplace. Know what you want Knowing what you want can really impress a recruiter. Having a life plan and explaining what it is and how you’re planning to get there is perfectly acceptable to a recruiter. When recruiters are able to understand what it is you want in life, they are able to help you get there and guide you to your goal. Don’t yell and sell Yelling and selling is the idea of throwing all of your skills and attributes (including irrelevant ones) at a recruiter in the space of about 20 seconds and expecting them to take it all in and process properly. This may overwhelm the recruiter and they will struggle to find the right position for you as they will have so many qualities to focus on they won’t be concentrating on what key qualities make you the perfect candidate. Keep it relevant to specific industries and roles you are looking to work in. Passion Having passion for a job or industry is one of the most important things that a recruiter will look for. Sometimes, even if you don’t know anything about the job, your passion to learn will outweigh others. If you show that you are willing to work at something until you get it then recruiters will appreciate that and might put you forward for jobs that they think you will get on really well in. Flexibility Being flexible will be seen as a great advantage to recruiters (and to yourself) as they will be able to put you out for lots of work! Being flexible makes you stand out from other candidates as you will always be available to work which makes their lives a lot easier… and they will love you for that. Professional appearance When attending job interviews it is always considered appropriate to dress professionally. For example, for men it can be as simple as getting regular haircuts, shaving beards to an appropriate length and wearing a nice suit. For women, it can be wearing a conservative dress or suit, also not wearing too high of a heel. This may not be the case for all roles, just remember to dress suitably for the role you’re going for. Have a look at our blog “what to wear to look professional”, to get an idea of the sort of thing you should be wearing to an interview. Click here to read.
Now that Love Island has finished, what are we all going to do with our lives at 9pm every night? Are we going to see our friends? Family? Maybe, but one thing we can be certain about, is that everyone will be on their phones still reading up on all things Love Island. Now I’ve sparked your interest, let us talk you through 5 lessons we can learn about job searching from Love Island. My type on paper In 2017’s series of Love Island, this was probably the most used phrase in the villa. We saw Olivia Attwood dart from boy to boy trying to find ‘her type’. Have you ever seen a job advert and thought “this is my perfect job, I need to apply right now and find out more about it”? That’s how the Islander’s feel about each other. It’s ok to try out different jobs but just make sure that you have really experienced one before you leave for a new one. You also need to consider if the new role is something you are actually interested in, as too many different jobs and companies on your CV in a short space of time can give an employer the wrong impression… don’t be a job hopper! Mugged off Being mugged off in the villa most likely feels like the end of the world for the Islanders. Have you ever felt mugged off because you didn’t get a job you applied for? Pick yourself up, keep your options open and get yourself back out there to make sure you get picked at the next recoupling opportunity! “I’m not going to put all my eggs into one basket” This is the most important thing to remember when job searching. It will help you to not feel as down if your application gets declined or you don’t get that one job offer you wanted as you will shortly realise you have other options to fall back on. This year’s Georgia Steel put all her eggs into Josh’s basket and when he came back from Casa Amor he had recoupled with Kaz, leaving Georgia single. However, she eventually found Sam and is happier than ever. Just remember, your perfect job is out there waiting for you to “crack on”. “I’ve got a text” I take back my previous comment about “my type on paper”, “I’ve got a text” is definitely the most used phrase in the villa. Every time an islander gets a text they get so excited and shout it loud enough for the whole villa to hear. Is this your reaction when you get a message saying “your application was successful, we would like to invite you to an interview”? If this isn’t your reaction or far from it, you have to think to yourself “am I just applying for jobs I don’t even want for the sake of having a job”. “I’m loyal” In this year’s Love Island, Georgia Steel had us all in stiches over how many times she could say that she was “loyal” (fun fact, she actually said it 35 times in just one episode). However annoying it was, she was right. This is one of the biggest lessons we can learn. We have to be loyal to the company we work for. If a company has invested it’s time into you with support and training then it’s only right that you always try your best in your job role to get everything out of it before you look for something new. Just remember to keep your company updated if you’re having second thoughts, never leave them in the dark. Think we’ve missed any other lessons? Please let us know in the comments below. If you're looking to crack on with your job search then click here.
If you like a challenge and have a passion for helping others, then a career in healthcare could be the right job for you. With a range of possibilities, here are our six reasons why you should consider a career in healthcare. Healthcare offers a variety of opportunities Working in healthcare isn’t restricted to just one or two roles. In fact, there are a range of different career paths which you could choose to pursue. For example, you could be studying cells, fixing broken bones, cleaning teeth or delivering babies. If you enjoy working with people, then you could choose to become a nurse, physician or occupational therapist. Or, if you prefer solitary work then working in a medical laboratory could be the right role for you. So, whether you want to study medicine, work in a busy hospital or doctor’s office, or even if you’re just looking for something to match your skills, the range of opportunities is endless. Healthcare is in demand With the demand for healthcare professionals continuously on the rise, it means the career opportunities are rising along with it. It also means that there are plenty of additional training programmes on offer, which enable you to expand your knowledge and experience. Learn with the best of both Training facilities in healthcare enable you to learn in a classroom and also in an environment where you can take on a more hands on approach. Often you’ll have the chance to work in a hospital, clinic or lab that not only provides you with physical skills and experience, but also enables you establish which area of healthcare you would like pursue. Healthcare is always a challenge Working in healthcare gives you the chance to work with people from all walks of life. This means that there will never be a dull moment in the workplace. Each challenge is different and requires you to think of various ways to solve each problem. You'll also work in a team to overcome challenges and share a genuine passion for helping others. Great pay and benefits With the NHS being one of the most prominent healthcare service providers in the UK, it also offers one of the best pension schemes. Alongside this, annual reviews take place to help with your own personal development. There's also a range of opportunities in private healthcare. Companies within this sector provide regular training programmes, life insurance and flexible working hours. With added bonuses and generous holiday allowances, working in healthcare certainty has a range of benefits. Working in health care is highly rewarding Whether it's mentally or physically, it can be hugely satisfying knowing one the biggest benefits of working in healthcare is making a difference to someone's life. Whichever path you wish to take, the opportunity to help others will always be the common goal and you can guarantee that the work you'll be doing will help make someone's life a little better. Final thoughts Working in healthcare certainly isn’t always easy, but it’s extremely rewarding. So, with hundreds of opportunities across the industry, why not make the most of this incredibly fulfilling career that largely rewards its employees. This blog was written by Jack Lloyd from CV Libary. CV-Library boasts a range of vacancies, from sales, to teaching. It is one of the UK’s leading job boards and owns a handful of sector specific career sites, including Jobs Medical.
Every job has a set of essential tools that you will use to do the job well. Healthcare Assistant work is no different. Their job can involve caring for people with a variety of needs and challenges so the tools they carry need to be able to help them in a number of different situations. We asked real HCA’s what they carry with them to make the job easier and these are the most recommended items: Notepad and multiple pens Healthcare Assistants get through a number of pens during their work. They are constantly taking notes, writing updates or documenting things in care plans. It is important that they have pens available to do this. However pens are one of those things that are always going missing so make sure to be carrying a few! Pen light Pen lights are useful for a number of different things including as a diagnostic tool if your role requires it. They can also help on a night shift if you need to read instructions in care plans or write something but are unable to switch a light on. Fob watch Fob watches are useful in most healthcare job roles. They help you to track your shift, plan tasks and record observations correctly. Hand sanitizer Although many care homes will provide hand sanitizer pumps around the home (which are really handy!) it can help to carry a small one with you. You can get ones that clip onto belts on loops depending on the type of uniform you will be wearing. Gloves It can help to grab a couple of spare sets of gloves at the start of your shift. You never know when you might urgently need them! Can you think of anything else we might have missed off here? If you are looking for work then check out our current jobs here. Alternatively you can find your nearest branch and get in touch with them using our branch locator.
Whilst there are a huge number of Healthcare Assistants out there who work in various settings – from care homes to domiciliary – there are a few things they all have in common that only other Carers will understand! You know you’re a Healthcare Assistant when: You can never find a pen when you need one When we asked Carers this was their top idea! They also said that if you work in domiciliary care, you can’t find a pen when you need it and then end up finding hundreds in your pockets or tunic when you get home but you’re not sure which home or person they came from! When you try to use your key card to get into your house after a long shift! Whether it has been a particularly long day shift or a tiring night shift, you’re not the only one who tries to swipe your front door open with your key card! After all it becomes a habit and sometimes you just can’t help it! You knock on every door before you go in, even at home! Yes it’s the polite thing to do but there’s no need to knock on your own living room door before going in. It’s especially awkward if there is someone in there and you have to explain why you’re knocking! You find disposable gloves in your pockets at random times, such as walking around the supermarket! Whilst disposable gloves are handy and absolutely one of the top items you need to do your job, there are not needed when you’re choosing which microwave meal to have in the middle of Asda! You think any alarm type noise is the emergency buzzer and immediately jump up Whether it’s the smoke alarm or a car in the street, you find you are immediately alert and ready to rush to help. Whether you need to be or not! When you find yourself speaking louder than normal until you remember you don’t need to as you’re not at work! Whether you say things slower to be clearer or louder to be heard, your friends and family have probably mentioned more than once that they are not the residents you work with Can you think of anything else we have missed? Let us know in the comments below! If you are looking for work then check out our current jobs here. Alternatively you can find your nearest branch and get in touch with them using our branch locator.