The Warning Signs of an Unstable Employer

The Warning Signs of an Unstable Employer

Stability is an important factor to think about when considering a new job at a new company. According to research by RSA, over 50% of start-ups don’t survive past 5 years; and the major corporations can often cut large numbers of jobs. We have listed some of the warning signs of an unstable employer together with questions that you should raise at the interview stage Read more →

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Flow-Chart Quiz: What is the Right Company for Your Personality?

Have you ever sat at your desk and wondered if you’d be better suited to a dynamic start-up or perhaps a stable large corporation? Are you feeling like your current company culture doesn’t inspire you?

It’s time to learn the type of company that you’re best suited to working for, so that you can make a change that will deliver a real life improvement. Just follow the flow-chart below:

Baked Dice Infographic - Company Personality 285ko

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5 Part Time Courses for Developers to Boost Salary Potential

5 part Time Courses for Developers to Boost Salary Potential

The software development landscape continuously changes as more companies embrace mobile platform, open source and cloud technologies to stay ahead of the competition and provide innovative solutions to their customers. Developers with the most up-to-date skills can command better salaries in the current IT job market and so we look at 5 part time courses that can make a real difference to your career trajectory: Read more →

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5 Part Time Courses for Web Designers to Boost Salary Potential

5 Part Time Courses for Web Designers to Boost Salary Potential

According to research from Payscale, user interface design is the most sought after additional skill for web designers. Their research found that this skill earns designers a salary increase of 11% above the UK national average for web design. Other skills that boost salary include graphic design, Adobe Illustrator and HTML5. We have therefore found 5 online, part-time courses that can help you gain the skills to make a difference to your lifestyle: Read more →

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The 10 Most Valuable Questions to Ask Your Interviewers

The 10 Most Valuable Questions to Ask Your Interviewers

According to a 2014 survey, 93% of employees agree that it’s the level of a candidate’s preparation that has the biggest influence on first impressions in an interview. A good level of preparation includes: collating relevant paper work; thinking about the dress code; researching who you’re meeting; reading up on the company’s operations and goals; and learning the route to avoid last-minute stress.

But what are you going to say when the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions?” This is your chance to stand out and show that you are taking the role seriously. We’ve assembled a top 10 list that will enable you to put your best foot forward whilst also learning more about the company before making your own decision: Read more →

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Job Relocation: How to Change Your Life Whilst Maintaining Happiness

job Relocation - How to Change Your Life Whilst Maintaining Happiness

A poll by Estates Direct of 2000 people, combined with NHS advice, confirms that buying/moving house or starting a new job are significant factors that can be a cause of unhappiness, stress and anxiety; even creating more anxiety than bankruptcy or divorce. Making both changes at the same time can therefore produce a significantly negative impact on happiness.

With this in mind, we have put together some tips to consider before making the big move, so that you can make the next step without compromising on your existing level of happiness. Read more →

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London Commuting: 4 Tips to Increase Spirit and Savings

london Commuting - 4 Tips to Increase Spirt and Savings

According to the most recent Labour Force Survey from the Office of National Statistics workers in London are spending an average of 79 minutes each day travelling to and from work. Even those already living in and around London are spending 56 minutes each day commuting, compared to the national average of 47 minutes and a world average of approximately 40 minutes.

The Office of National Statistics found that people that spend anything from one hour to 90 minutes getting to work are more miserable than their colleagues with shorter commutes. This includes higher anxiety, lower life satisfaction, a decreased feeling of happiness and a lower sense that their activities are worthwhile. However, the time and cost is unavoidable for many and so we have put together a list of tips to help London commuters make the journey to work more bearable and productive. Read more →

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What does it take to become a developer?

What does it take to become a developer

Imagine a time just 20 years ago when only the nerdiest nerds knew about the web and everyone else dialled up Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). Developers were called programmers and if they were experienced might know three or four programming languages like C/C++, Pascal and assembler. C# and Java had not been invented. If you wanted to download software, the cheapest way was go to a computer fair and buy it as shareware on floppy disks or very slow one speed CD-Roms.

It was a truly different world where programmers mainly created desktop software for Dos, Windows and Unix or games for PCs in C or assembler. Mobile phones were analogue, so there was no mobile development and barely any web development.

What has changed since then? The web obviously has had a massive impact but programmers are now developers with a far greater range of technologies to master. Read more →

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The Correct Way to Negotiate Your Salary

How to negotiate salary

The next time that you negotiate your salary could be one of the most important steps for your future happiness. Salary is always negotiable and, if you will gain a 3% raise each year, each pay rise will be larger if it’s based on a higher starting salary says Forbes. In this article, we share some important points that you should consider before opening the negotiations: Read more →

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How to Master the Interview by Reducing Unneccessary Stress

How to reduce stress during an interview

A survey of 800 people on pre-interview stress, from professional recruiting firm The LaSalle Network, has shown that 82% of candidates are nervous before a job interview. 60% of those surveyed said that they were worried about saying the wrong thing; 44% of people were worried about their first impression; and 42% of the candidates were unsure of what the hiring managers were looking for.

In 2012, a study from Yale summarised that stressful events affect self-control and emotional regulation. Becoming stressed therefore increases your chances of acting outside your usual behaviour, making it essential to take these stress-reduction five tips on board: Read more →

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