Is Working With Friends The Best Idea?

When you are looking for work, it can be easy to want to follow your friends and work in the same business as them. Or you and your friends may decide to set up your own business working closely together. But, is this always the best idea?

The truth is, working with friends can be one of the worse things you can do. Especially if you decide to run a business together. The working life is extremely stressful and can put a lot of pressure on your friendship. Sometimes being in the same working environment can cause friendships to break and become lost. This is unfortunate when you have spent so long making this friendship.

It is ok to create friends in a working environment. But going somewhere purposely to be with your friends is never a good idea. Making friends in the environment will help you to cope with the stress. But if you were friends before working together, you will find your friendship suffers.

Should you Try to Negotiate a Higher Wage?

Wages – it is never an easy subject to talk about, especially before you begin a job! You never know whether you will be overstepping the mark if you try to negotiate a wage, and whether or not it will be detrimental to you being offered the job.

If the salary you are looking for is a long way above the amount the company is offering, it is probably best not to try to negotiate a higher wage. However, it might also be worth considering whether you should, in fact, apply for the job in the first place, because you could well be over qualified.

If you are looking for a slightly higher wage, it is often worth asking if the company will be willing to pay it. This shows confidence, and shows that you know your worth in the market. If applying via a recruiter, you could first ask them for their opinion on the wage.

How to Sell Yourself in an Interview

An interview is your chance to show what you can do and also let employers know about your unique personality. You will be able to sell yourself and give yourself the best possible chance of getting the job. Here are some ways to make sure you show yourself off to your full potential in an interview:

  • Be friendly and personable. A potential employer needs to know that you will fit in with the existing team. Show that you are a people person.
  • Prepare for the interview. The interviewer will be impressed with your company knowledge and will be pleased that you have carried out plenty of research.
  • Ask questions. This will make you look genuinely interested in the role. Don’t ask generic questions – ask the questions that occur to you throughout the interview, as well as the questions you have formulated beforehand that show your knowledge and passion for the role and the field.

Good questions to ask at interview

For many interviewees, there is a dread which comes towards the end of a job interview, when the interviewer and, hopefully potential new employer, asks “Have you any questions you would like to ask?”

It doesn’t look good to make up something just to ask a rather pointless question. Don’t forget that an interview is a two-way process. Obviously, the employer needs to find a candidate who is suitable for the job advertised but it is just as important that the candidate discovers as much as possible about the post too.

If you haven’t found out already, then you could ask about your everyday roles and responsibilities, whether there are training schemes on offer and about promotion prospects. You could ask how many people you will be working with and whether they have specific roles in the company. Do make sure that you know how much you will be paid (as this is not always obvious from an advert) and finally, ask when you are likely to hear (and how) whether you have been successful (or not). This will hopefully prevent you sitting by the phone, constantly checking your e-mails or waiting for the post to arrive every day.

What to include on a CV

It can be difficult knowing what exactly to include in a CV, especially if you haven’t ever written one before.

Start off with your personal details: name, address and phone numbers.

Then include a short paragraph of approximately 50-60 words for your personal profile.

The next section should include employment history and work experience. List your current job or most recent job first and then work backwards.

Next include education and training details. Like the employment section, you should start with most recent qualifications first and then work back to school exams and results.

After this, you can write about your interests and achievements. Try to include items which will be especially relevant to the job you are applying for. For instance, if you are applying for work in hospitality where you will be meeting and greeting the public, it is advisable not to dwell on lone activities!

The next section is for any additional information. Here you might want to explain any employment gaps, perhaps for travelling or for family reasons. You could use this section to mention holding a clean driving licence or the ability to speak any foreign languages.

The final section is for References. It is perfectly acceptable to write “Personal references available on request”. However, if you do list referees, state their relationship to you. For example, department supervisor or Year 11 tutor.