Win a £50 Amazon Voucher – and tell us your views!

Posted on April 9, 2015 by

 

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We are so curious to learn more about which professionals you trust most (and least), that we have extended the deadline until Sunday 19th April. Fill in our survey here to be in with a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher: http://svy.mk/1Gs8EhT

  

We at Adzuna Towers are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new Professional Trust Survey 2015.

 
712ux8HVE1L._SL1500_As an organisation, Adzuna lives and breathes on credibility. Month after month, we produce the data-driven job market reports, giving our readers an insight what is really happening in the UK’s labour market. We would love to learn more about which professions you trust most…and least.

To kick off our new survey in style, we’re offering you the chance to win a sparkling £50 Amazon voucher to help you start your spring shopping spree with a bang.

How to enter:

  1. Fill in the Professional Trust Survey 2015 and tell us which professional you would be inclined to trust least – and what you really think of Britain’s workforce.

  2. Hit submit (and remember to leave your email address so we can let you know if you’ve won!)

Enter here! 

And it’s that easy!

We’ll be announcing the winner on Monday 19th April 2015, so tell us your views today to be in for the win: Click here to enter.

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  1. One entry per user.

  2. To enter you must complete the Adzuna Professional Survey 2015 and leave a valid email address. All reviews must be made on or before the closing date of 19th April 2015 11:59 PM GMT.

  3. The winner will be selected via a prize draw of all successful entrants made by the competition closing date, and will receive the winner’s prize of an Amazon £50 voucher on receipt of a valid postal address.

  4. A ‘valid’ entry is defined as an entrant who has a valid email address, and submits a complete entry to Adzuna’s 2015 Professional Survey by 19th April 2015.

  5. The prize must be accepted as awarded, is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash or an alternative prize.

  6. The promoter reserves the right alter or amend the promotion without prior notice

  7. This prize draw is not open to employees, agents or representatives of Adhunter Ltd

  8. If a winner is chosen who is later deemed to have made an ineligible entry, another draw will subsequently take place from the remaining eligible entries.

  9. For details of the prize winner please send a stamped addressed envelope marked ‘Adhunter Professional Trust Competition 2015′ to Adhunter Ltd, Alexander House, 14-16 Peterborough Road, London SW6 3BN

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Adzuna study: Every third CV contains a spelling mistake

Posted on March 30, 2015 by

Here at Adzuna Towers, we know a thing or two about job ads and CVs. We also like data. A lot. So, we got our thinking caps on to debate the humble CV, and specifically, what can go wrong. This is our conclusion:Spelling-Errors-589x279

We just concluded a study of over 3,000 UK CVs and we found that almost one third of CVs in the UK contain at least one spelling mistake.

Of those containing errors, 54% contained just one misspelt word, 46% featuring two or more misnomers. The highest number of spelling errors in a British CV was a whopping 23 mistakes, with ‘responsibility’ being named the most common misspelling. Jobseekers in the West Midlands were the most likely make mistakes in their CV, the study found.

imagesConducted in March, the research analysed 3,000 CVs across the UK to highlight the most common errors made in job applications. Each CV was parsed using semantic text-mining technology to extract full work history, years of  experience, contact details, and key skills. Location and keyword analysis highlighted trends in regional applications, and common skills promoted by candidates.

The three most common spelling mistakes in the study included “responsibility”, “liaise” and “university”. “Communication”, “experience” and “management” also featured in the top ten.

Although spelling errors were the most common mistakes made in job applications, the research also highlighted 30% of CVs contained a gap in employment history, a notorious bugbear for recruiting managers. Lack of a personal summary, omission of a valid address and concerns over CV length rounded out the top five most common issues found in the study.

images (1)Comparatively few made mistakes regarding email addresses or inappropriate file names, highlighting our nation’s digital development. Applicants in today’s internet age are three times more likely to omit or make an error in their postal address than in an email address or mobile number. Just 135 of the CVs analysed fell victim to inappropriate file names, the lowest level of any type of error.

 Understanding the language of CVs

A further analysis of the common language used in job applications via ValueMyCV revealed the most common traits emphasised by applicants included motivation, communication skills and technological knowhow. Candidates were far less likely to boast of analytical abilities, creative talent or negotiation knowhow.

Local lapses

A study of the geographic distribution of the country’s most error-ridden CVs showed candidates in the West Midlands and North West to be the worst offenders, with Yorkshire residents coming in at third place. Famously busy Londoners and applicants in the North East of the nation completed the top five.

Table 1: Top 10 most common CV errors in the UK

Ranking Common CV Mistakes
1 Misspelt words
2 Gaps in employment history
3 Lack of personal summary
4 Missing or invalid postal address
5 CV too long or too short
6 Invalid or omitted phone number
7 Invalid or omitted email address
8 Inappropriate file name
9 Missing spaces in CV text
10 Use of American spellings

Table 2: The most misspelt words in British CVs

Ranking Most Commonly Misspelt Words
1 Responsibility
2 Liaise
3 University
4 Experience
5 Speciality
6 Communication
7 Achievement
8 Management
9 Environment
10 Successful

Table 3: Top 5 regions for job application mistakes

Ranking Region with most CV errors
1 West Midlands
2 North West
3 Yorkshire & The Humber
4 London
5 North East

These mistakes may seem insignificant, but they can be the difference between on the shortlist or in the bin. So, next time, before you email a CV over for your dream job, remember to check for those typos. We at Adzuna wish you best of luck.

What not to wear to an interview

Posted on March 18, 2015 by

Although the day of a dark suit being the only interview attire to consider may be coming to a close, the rules of candidate clothing are far from obsolete – although they are changing. Read on to discover the do’s and don’ts of interview fashion in today’s entrepreneur-heavy jobs marketplace.

shutterstock_133716440-1With office spaces and workplace culture evolving at an alarming rate over the last few decades.  Many work environments are now flat in hierarchy, colourful in outlook and casual in dress code. Selecting your attire to match the industry you are applying to is a vital part of interview preparation, as one size definitely no longer fits all.  Financial consultancies and tech start ups are world’s apart when it comes to wardrobe expectations.

A few fashion faux pas possibilities transcend the divide though, and Team Adzuna have compiled a must read list of wardrobe disasters to avoid, so you can dress up your qualifications to their best advantage, without going gaga.

Interview fashion don’ts:

1. Denim

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Even the trendiest of tech start ups hope for staff who aim for the stars, and while nice jeans may be great for day-to-day work wear in some companies, interviews are your chance to shine, so leave your lucky jeans for another day.

2. Colours

aqua-by-aqua-floyd-dressColours play an important role in creating a great first impression, so need to be considered with care.  Blue is the most popular colour for an interview followed by black for those crucial management positions. Oranges and yellows are generally to be avoided and vivid shades should be handled with care. While catching an interviewers attention can be a positive step, your clothes should not overshadow your qualifications and experience.

3. Revealing clothes

originalWith the focus firmly on your professional development, it’s time to ensure attention is on your CV – so chose outfits with care.If you are unsure of the company culture – layers can be your saviour! For ladies this could mean picking necklines and cuts that flatter, not distract. For guys, it is time to ditch that graphic tee and choose a button-down to wear under your blazer or formal jacket. Your outfit must be comfortable for you as well as your interviewer.

4. Perfumes

download (1)Everyone wants to smell their best at a time when first impressions matter most, but remember to go easy on those colognes and perfumes. You never know your interviewer may have an allergy or reservations to some smells. Also, you don’t want to showcase a perfume brand when you should be highlighting your personal brand.

5. Footwear

 1422452_437709432997096_2089409775_nWe’ve heard that with the right shoes, anyone can conquer the world, so this is the time to cast trainers and sandals aside, even if the working atmosphere is generally relaxed.

For ladies: comfort is as important as pretty plodders in this instance – opt for tried and tested footwear you can walk and stand in easily. Tired tootsies are no help at all in an interview scenario.

And this last bit is especially for the lads – don’t wear a pair of shoes that are a different design and colour to your belt, particularly if you are wearing a formal or smart casual outfit.

We at Adzuna wish you success for all your job interviews. A little bit of homework on the basics can make a huge difference to your prospects of landing your dream job. Make sure your clothing is in accordance with the company culture, but also be prepared to err slightly on the side of caution. Best of luck!