If you are planning your staffing requirements or your next move in your career, Avatar Recruitment Consultancy would be delighted to support you!

Does your CV need an overhaul? Many of the CV’s I see have to be tailored to the role. Putting the effort into getting your CV right is just as important as the interview as this is your selling tool to get to that opportunity!

So many I speak to feel that one CV fits all. Yes there is a lot of conflicting advice out there and the old rule of two pages is challenging if you have a mature CV, however there are ways of getting round this:

  • Look at the font size you use, could you make it smaller?
  • Just like your CV needs a personal profile, so do your past employers. Underneath the name of the company, add 2-3 lines of the nature of the industry, turnover and the countries covered.
  • Next add your major duties in 3-4 lines
  • Add your achievements in 3-4 lines.
  • Don’t add your whole career to the CV, just the last 10 years and prior to that only add in job titles, dates and the company name if you feel it is a selling point?

This whole process cuts down too much embellishment and is clear and concise! I should know I read thousands of CV’s during the course of the year and always look for key words to jump out at me. Just like a website and advertising have key words, so should your CV!

If you are seeking new staff this year, take a look at the cream of who we are trying to help and if your teams needs some new input, or your staff use the New Year as an opportunity to move on, we can assist you?

If you feel need any assistance finding the perfect role for you then please call us on 01295 724570!

In other news…

Michelle Morgan Employment Law Solicitor who has recently returned to work after starting her family provides her expert advice in employment law:

What happens if I lose my baby during my pregnancy?

All the legal consequences of childbirth apply when a child is born (at any stage of the pregnancy). Since a miscarriage or still birth in the first 24 weeks of pregnancy is not classed as “childbirth” by the medical profession, you would have no special rights to leave or pay under the maternity legislation. Any absence on medical grounds would be treated in the same way as usual sickness. In the event of a stillbirth after 24 weeks, your maternity leave and pay will start the day after the birth (if it has not already started).

What happens if my baby is born premature?

Your maternity leave would start the day after the date of birth and the usual provisions outlined above would apply.

What if I am dismissed during my maternity leave, do I still receive my SMP?

Yes. Your leave would come to an end but if you are entitled to SMP you will continue to receive this for the remainder of your SMP period.

I think I have been dismissed because of my pregnancy or maternity, do I have a claim?

If you are dismissed where the only (or principal) reason for your dismissal is related to your pregnancy or maternity leave, the dismissal will be automatically unfair.

I have been told that I am at risk of redundancy, am I to be treated differently?

You must be offered a suitable alternative vacancy where one is available. In essence, you will be treated more favourably than other potentially redundant employees. If there are no suitable alternative vacancies, then you can be made redundant during or after maternity leave. However, there must be a fair selection process when deciding which employees will be made redundant. If you are made redundant whilst on maternity leave, and if you qualified for Statutory Maternity Pay, you will continue to receive it for the full 39 weeks.

I want to return back to work on different hours/days, can I?

Flexible working can include working part time, working school hours, working flexitime, home working, job sharing, shift working, staggering hours and compressing hours (where you work your total number of agreed hours over a shorter period).

Although you have the right to ask to work flexibly, your employer doesn’t have to agree to it. However, they must give your request serious consideration and have a good business reason if they decide not to agree.

You can make one request to work flexibly each year. This must be in writing. You should say how you think the change in your working pattern will affect your employer’s business and how this might work in practice.

Your employer must also follow a standard procedure for considering your request. This includes having a meeting with you. If your employer wants to turn down your request for flexible working, they must give their reasons in writing. You have the right to appeal if your request is turned down. You must do this in writing, within 14 days of getting your employer’s decision. You should give your reasons for appealing and make sure your appeal is dated.

Am I allowed time off work to breastfeed?

There is no statutory right to time off work for breastfeeding.

I’ve just returned back to work after a period of maternity leave and I am pregnant again. What are my rights?

Your rights are the same as outlined above.

I work part-time. Are my maternity rights different?

No, your maternity rights are the same as those of a full-time worker.

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