Sonntag, 30. Oktober 2016

Europeans increasingly wish for childcare at work

The subject of childcare at work has become increasingly important in recent years. Employers and employees from different countries report that knowing the own child being cared for within the premises of the enterprise would be an incredibly relieving feeling. Additionally, it saves a lot of time not having to drive to the other end of town to bring their child to childcare and then driving to work afterwards. According to the recent poll of Jobswype, many more people would want this.

Even though childcare at work is not very common in most countries yet, there are some examples in Sweden, England as well as in the United States proving that it can work out very well. The investment-banking enterprise “Goldman and Sachs”, situated in London for instance, created an on-site childcare in 2003. Employees can make use of it free of charge four weeks after parental leave to facilitate the transition back to work. Later, they can use the full time on-site childcare throughout the rest of the year to a certain fixed price.

It is therefore not surprising that not a single country in our poll was against the implementation of childcare at work. The share of proponents in all countries lies between 64 % (Germany) and even 87 % (Hungary).

Of course, it is also important to note that the implementation of childcare at work must be well considered and requires not only sufficient financial but also special resources. But if there is a will on the part of the enterprise, there will always be an option: smaller enterprises could for instance join together with one or two other enterprises and form a child care for their employees´ children positioned between the enterprises, or first only offering a part-time childcare. Some enterprises for instance allow their employees to bring their children to work, should anything unpredictable happen or their plans changing unexpectedly.

There are many possibilities of how a childcare at work could look like and all enterprises have to make that decision for them. But it is undisputed that childcare at work is a topic offering good potential for further developments in the future.

1000 users took part in this poll from September 2016.

Dienstag, 18. Oktober 2016

No job after graduation? – Don’t lose hope or waste time

What happens, when the dream job doesn’t come up right after graduation? Were your studies and good grades for nothing? Did you maybe choose the wrong major? These thoughts cross the minds of many graduates, who just don’t seem to find a job after university. Maybe you should have listened to your parents after all, when they advised you to give up African Studies or Philosophy in favour of something “real”. Or maybe you could have squeezed in one more internship? Our advice – don’t lose your hope, many others are in the same position. Rather concentrate on finding constructive ways out of your rut.

Generally speaking, it is true that engineers or programmers have an easier time finding jobs than humanists. The good news, however, is that „harder“ doesn’t equate „impossible“. Not even the highest degree from the best university can guarantee the immediate and successful transition into the workforce. Instead of blaming yourself and thinking about chances gone bye, you should rather stay motivated and focused and start looking for a job.

Think of this unplanned sabbatical as a chance. If you really went all the way into studying, there must have a been a lot of experiences you didn’t have time to make. Running and dividing your time between courses, the library and learning groups, you surely must have missed one or another opportunity to party or go on a holiday with your friends. Why not make up for all that now, at least partially, and try all the things, for which there didn’t seem to be enough time during university? As long as you stay grounded and don’t forget your goal of finding a job, go ahead.

You should keep your days structured still, even if now you can sleep in more often. But after a hearty breakfast, it’s time to look for job offers. JOBswype is a good place to start, as every day you’ll find the newest job openings. Sign up for a free account and start your search! Set yourself the realistic goal of at least three applications every week. And don’t forget to craft the most professional looking and sounding application documents. You’ll find enough tips on our blog. The experience that you’ll gain during this time in applying for jobs will be of tremendous help to you later on, when you‘ll be looking for jobs again. You can also use the time to gain new qualifications by taking language or computer or any other classes. This will also help you keep your CV without unsightly gaps.

Last, but not least, the really good news – you really aren’t in such a tough spot. Statistically, more than 95% of all university graduates find long term employment. So, stay motivated and good luck!

Sonntag, 16. Oktober 2016

You’d better not say this during your job interview - 4 real examples

Have you followed our advice on crafting the perfect job application documents? Very good, then you are on the right way to landing your dream job. The next step is the job interview. If you already got the invitation and set up the date, you must already have left a good impression and your potential employer is interested in getting to know you better and finding out, whether you are a perfect fit for the company. However, this does not mean you already got the job. To get there, the initial good impression needs to be backed up by the conversation you are going to have with your new employer. This time, we will tell you a few things that you should better not say during the crucial job interview.

You stay silent. Nothing destroys the good impression that your application has left faster than your icy silence during the interview. We are sure you can understand, even from personal experience, that somebody who answers in monosyllabic sentences won’t make a good impression during a conversation. Maybe you are just shy or insecure. Maybe even both. Your silence, however, will most likely be interpreted as a lack of preparation for the job interview. The recruiter doesn’t want to perform a monologue, but to rather have a lively conversation, even with questions from your side. Which brings us to…

What does your company do? This exact or any similar question will get you out of the game real quick. It’s the ultimate giveaway that you haven’t prepared at all for the interview. Of course nobody expects you to know every obscure detail about the company’s day-to-day business, you should however be aware of all the information that you can easily access online.

What is the salary and what bonuses can I expect?  Don’t be the first one to bring up work compensation during the initial job interview. Let the recruiter do it, if the conversation runs smoothly and they see fit. Generally, because of the high number of available candidates, the hiring decision isn’t made during the first round of interviews. It’s much more likely that you will be asked to a second interview, should you have made a good impression again. Therefore, we would advise caution in mentioning your expected salary even before you get the hiring offer. But in case the interview turns out splendid and the recruiter asks you to name your price, you’d better not say…

I’m sure we will reach an agreement.  When the recruiter asks you point blank about your desired salary, they are expecting an honest and real answer. There is some leeway for beginners who don’t have any experience in the workforce, as these are realistically more likely to be unaware of their net worth. Not so for candidate with work experience. The solution is, as always, very simple: prepare thorougly for your job interview.

Dienstag, 4. Oktober 2016

Using the right key words – the key to your application success

It’s not an easy task to find the right words in your application. The pressure, that the candidate is experiencing, is very high, especially if it’s a really coveted or badly needed job. The best advice we can offer is to always write an application that fits the job description. How to accomplish this? Easy – by using the right key words. Read on to find out, what these are and where to find them.

In the interest of keeping it short and simple, key words are basically technical terms, specific to a/ your field of work used by professionals. They also cover the traits and attributes that these professionals should possess. If you ever hear somebody else use them confidently in conversation, you’ll immediately know their chosen field of work. And you’ll also notice, whether they are a true professional or not. That is exactly what happens with a potential employer reading your application. The right key words, sprinkled throughout your phrases at the right moment, show the employer that not only do you possess all the required qualifications, but that you also have considerable experience in your field of work.

If you already have said experience, it shouldn’t be hard for you to pick out the right keywords. But what about those, who are just about to join the workforce or are unsure? We recommend the brainstorming method, involving close ones as well. Start by writing down all qualifications and personal traits that are necessary for the desired job and ask friends and/ or family to take a look at your list and add to it, if they see fit. Ideally, you would also seek the council of a professional already working in the field. Alternatively, read some user profiles on professional networking portals. In them, you can find a lot of key words that you can compare to your own list.

Last, but definitely not least (!), the ad for the open position is not to be forgotten, either. The company has used all the key words, that their recruiters are looking for, in the text of the ad. By doing this, recruiters try to appeal primarily to the required professionals. Read the text carefully and write down all the technical terms, that catch your attention, be they in the job description or the requirements for the candidates.

At long last, one piece of advice – don’t overuse those key words in your application, though! A good application should be intelligible even for laymen.