Monthly Archives: March 2013

Unemployment rate falls by 4.2%!

Unemployment figures for our region fell by 9,000 in the three months to January, official figures revealed recently.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 207,000 people were unemployed in the region between November and January.

The region’s unemployment rate was 6.6% and saw a fall of 4.2% during the period. The worst area in the UK was the North East which recorded a 3,000 increase in the number of people without a job.

The jobless total jumped by 7,000 to 2.52 million, ending a run of reductions, with all the increase caused by more 18 to 24-year-olds becoming unemployed.

Milton Keynes

Interestingly, the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in Milton Keynes rose by 514 claimants to a rate of 3.6% between January and February 2013. This compares to a rate of 4.1% in February 2012. The MK unemployment rate is higher than the South East rate of 2.6%, and lower than the United Kingdom rate of 3.9%.

MK February 2013:

  • Male: 3,862
  • Female: 2,127
  • Total: 5,989 (3.6%)

Statistics are invaluable but they can also muddy the waters somewhat.   When you bear in mind that Milton Keynes’ workforce population is 148,670 the amount of people unemployed is minimal.

With companies like Red Bull Racing, Network Rail, the ICAEW, Volkswagen and Mercedes all basing their Head Offices here, it’s no wonder that over 80% of employees in MK love their job!

Visualise your goals by Pip Thomas

People often struggle with the concept of visualising their goals, outcomes and success. ”Does it really make a difference?” I often get asked. Well, the simple answer is yes! Swiftly followed with a ”have you ever given it a go?” …

Taking some time out and really visualising your successes moves you closer and closer to it!

Many successful business people, sportsmen and women and actors visualise their desired outcomes on a regular basis, mentally rehearsing the steps they will go through and creatively visualising the end result. This may be before a performance or an important meeting. Visualisations can be used as part of the preparation process. Or, if you wish to reach your peak performance by remembering previous successes and wins, to further enhance the strength of the image in your mind, visualising your success has a place in determining your success.

Muhammad Ali famously once said “champions aren’t made in gyms, champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream a vision.” How true!
Research supports the power of visualisations as they enhance creative thinking and physical practice as the brain cannot tell the difference between reality and imagined experiences. The key is to ensure you introduce all the senses – see, hear, feel, smell and taste it! Spending time thinking about positive outcomes full of upbeat thoughts and your brain will start to develop its own positive upbeat neural pathways. The end result is that you will believe that they have already happened.

By the way, if you think you cannot visualise then close your eyes and think about your kitchen at home. What colour are the tiles, where is the cooker, what aromas where there the last time you were in the kitchen? Um, so now tell you cannot visualise!

So how do you do it?
1.    Write down what it is you are looking to achieve; keep it short as bullet points will work. This is an important stage as it keeps you on track. What will you hear, see, taste, smell and – most importantly – feel when you have achieved your goal?
2.    Relax your mind and body as you will take on board more information at an unconscious level in this state. When you are clear about your goal, close your eyes and breath deeply to calm your senses.
3.    Now with your eyes still shut, see yourself in your goal/vision. Notice who else is there and whereabouts you are. Really take on board the detail; are you acting differently as you achieve your goal? We are starting the process right now and with practice the goal will become closer.
4.    Really start to bring your vision to life. What are you hearing and from whom and where? What smells are there around you? What tastes do you experience and most of all, what is the feeling you have? Really focus on turning that feeling up and as you do, you will really experience that true feeling of achievement and success. You can carry this visualisation round with you like a photo, referring to it when you wish.
5.    Lastly, recognise the outcome of success and congratulate yourself! Laugh out loud, smile and share the experience with friends. In my model of the world, I would be cracking open the champagne!

Repeating these steps for 5 or 10 mins a day will really help bring your success closer and closer to you.

Ever wanted to know how to write a successful CV?

Getting yourself a good curriculum vitae (CV) is one of the most vital aspects when looking for work, and when you can find multiple candidates going for the same job, it could make that critical difference as to whether you get an interview.

Your CV should be neat and if possible typed, if you don’t have a computer then most public libraries have ones you can use. There is no perfect template, and different jobs may require different emphasis on aspects of the content, such as experience or professional qualifications/

There are few basic rules to follow when writing a CV and the sort of information needs to be included. Usually a CV is quite short, no more than two sides of A4 and it should be positive, highlighting your achievements and giving information on your strengths, and it should aim to make a good impression in a clear and positive way.

The basic format for a CV includes:
• Your full personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address and possibly any professional social media presence such as Linkdin. You don’t need to include your date of birth, because of age discrimination rules
• Include your career history and start with your most recent job first. Include dates and temporary or voluntary jobs.
• Write a personal profile which promotes you and your qualities, try to tailor it towards the job you are applying for
• Include achievements from previous jobs that are relevant
• List out your qualifications and training from previous jobs, with the most recent first
• You can list your interests, but try to make them relevant to the job you are applying for
• Include any extra relevant information, such as reasons for a career change or reasons for gaps in career history, such as caring duties or travelling
• Ideally you should list two or more references and include a recent employer

Try to keep the formatting and fonts straightforward – and the spelling must be checked and checked again, poor spelling can be the quickest way of getting a rejection.

It can be a common misconception that one CV fits all jobs but this isn’t always the case. Try to look at the job advertised and then tailor the CV to fit the job, pick out specific phrases and terms and then use these within your own CV.

Above all, imagine you were hiring and looking at your own CV – make it look professional and organised and then believe that your CV will stand out from the rest, it will certainly go along way!