Candidate Tips & Advice

The Damaging Effects of Unemployment

  • 25/11/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • Job

We’ve seen some really positive stories over the past few weeks about new jobs and opportunities for employment being created across Lancashire, by new and expanding businesses. This, coupled with the reducing level of unemployment regionally and nationally, tells us that many more of us in and around Lancashire are getting back into the jobs market and coming off benefits.

But, there are still large numbers of people who are out of work locally. Whilst we can easily see the numbers of …

It’s Christmas Job Time!

  • 20/11/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • Jobs

End of November already, and Christmas is around the corner. Of course, with Christmas comes a whole host of temporary job opportunities in bars, shops and restaurants. It’s a great time of year to be earning some extra cash, and topping up the Christmas fund.

For these types of jobs, it’s generally the case that employers will follow a very informal recruitment process, which consists of:

1. Asking for your CV
2. Scanning it to see if you have the right experience, and
3. …

Some experts say that the day you start a new job, you should start to plan for your next career move. That really is a good piece of advice.  Thinking and planning ahead in today’s business world is the best way of increasing your chances of taking that next step up the career ladder.

There are a number of strategies you could incorporate into your career plan – but here are the four we think are the most useful

  1. Develop new Knowledge and Skills

One of the best …

How to write a Student CV

  • 17/11/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • CV's

Many students struggle when it comes to writing their first CV. They might never have worked in any paid positions, but still need to reflect on paper their skills and experience so that employers can assess their suitability for a job.

If you’ve been studying, and are hoping to enter the jobs market pretty soon, here are a few handy tips on how best to write your first CV:

  1. Make sure your qualifications are clearly shown near the top of your CV, along with the relevant study …

It’s very rare that you’ll know what you are going to be asked at an interview. But, there are some questions which, if asked, you need to make sure you answer in the best possible way, otherwise your chances of success will be greatly diminished.  Here at Our Bob, we’ve all seen candidates scoring badly simply because they were lost for words, or fudged their answers so badly they didn’t stand a chance of getting the job.

Here are the ones you really need to …

What’s the Living Wage?

  • 06/11/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • Wage

We’ve probably all heard of the National Minimum Wage (currently at £6.50 per hour), but how many of us know what the Living Wage is all about?

The Living Wage is the hourly rate of pay “deemed adequate for a worker to provide their family with the essentials of life”. It has no statutory basis and where it is adopted by organisations it is done so on a voluntarily basis. Outside of London, it’s now £7.85 per hour, whilst in London it’s now …

Poor manager – high turnover

  • 05/11/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • News

We are constantly amazed by the numbers of cases we hear of people leaving their jobs, just because of their manager. Some of the main reasons people quit are directly related to how they are managed – here are just a few we’ve been hearing from our customers recently….

  1. Managers overload their best people with too many responsibilities. We’ve all seen job cuts over the past 6 years, with managers then expecting the remaining staff to pick up extra duties. …

Finding a Decent Recruitment Agency

  • 31/10/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • Tips

Many recruitment agencies receive bad press, for many different reasons. There are large numbers of agencies operating in the UK, and with varying degrees of candidate care.

As a candidate approaching an agency to register your details, here are some of the things you should be looking out for:

  1. They are realistic and honest. If you go along saying you want to be considered for roles at Director level, but you’ve only just completed your Further Education, their consultant …

Are Recruiters really watching you on Social Media?

  • 30/10/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Job Chances

The short answer? Yes! 

Research proves that recruiters, whether that's recruitment consultants, agencies, or direct employers are more than happy to search you out on Social Media and cast judgment before they make a selection decision. 

Traditional recruitment methods are still very much in place: CVs, application forms and interviews for the most part. But, recruiters now have access to much more information about you, your personal and professional lives, and they’d be …

We’ve talked about applications forms, CVs and interviews, but what on earth are assessment centres all about?

Assessment centres are yet another way of assessing a candidate’s suitability for a job, which helps the recruiter test for skills and abilities in a more realistic and much more thorough way. They have been proven to give the most reliable results for recruiters, where the candidates who are the best fit for a job are identified though this route.

Assessment centres …