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Commuting: Comfort or Carnage?

Commuting: Comfort or Carnage?

Commuting: Comfort or Carnage?


Woody Allen once said that ‘80% of success is just turning up’. Whether Woody’s maths is entirely accurate aside, this clearly irrefutable statistic is likely to be of some consolation to the thousands of commuters shunted through London’s tubes and along its tracks for hours just to sit at a desk.


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Dreams of a Creative Career: The Big List (UK)

Dreams of a Creative Career: The Big List (UK)

Dreams of a Creative Career: The Big List (UK)


1 in 11 UK jobs occupy the creative industries, 1 in 6 of these are held by graduates according to Gov stats. Creative industries contributed £76.9bn to the UK economy last year. So what are the options if you’ve freshly stepped out of Central Saint Martins with a prestigious qualification under thine own belt?


Here’s a helpful list, courtesy of The National Careers Service, each with links to entry requirement...


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Your List of Work Options: Royal Palaces & Castles

Your List of Work Options: Royal Palaces & Castles

Your List of Work Options: Royal Palaces & Castles


We recently raced you through a whistle-stop tour of London in an article about working in tourism on our blog, this would have appealed to those interested in the city itself and tourism generally. If like many, you’d like to work for the royals themselves then perhaps consider a Royal Historic Palace as a place of work. It won’t get more austere than that...


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Events: Get Out There

Events: Get Out There

Events: Get Out There


Whether you’re looking for a job, have a job or own your own business, if you want to get out more this summer and go to some events relating to work, then we’ve got suggestions for you. Perhaps you just want to get out there and meet like-minded people, if they’re in your industry and have the same background you’ll likely have something in common from the get-go. Here’s a roundup of typical business events open to you...


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Soft Skills

Soft Skills

Soft Skills


We know we need skills to work, and the right skills for the right job but we also need soft skills. To better understand what these are, consider all other aspects of yourself, your character, attitude, responses, social skills and many more…


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Tour London: Work in Tourism

Tour London: Work in Tourism

Tour London: Work in Tourism


If you want to work in tourism in the UK then London is a great place to start. You’ll be able to share your passion for the location you’re in, meet new people regularly and likely gain a multitude of skills while on the job. Then there’s the fun. Let’s say you love the outdoors and your hobby is windsurfing, if you can qualify and get paid to take people out on the water, it’s the dream job for you. Beyond rural locations, let’s take a look at what London as a city has to offer for those wanting to work in tourism.


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Tattoos in the Workplace

Tattoos in the Workplace

Tattoos in the Workplace


#Tattoo has 91.4 million posts on Instagram. People it seems, like tattoos. What then of ink at work? Are tattoos a form of self-expression and irrelevant to our industry or are they ‘unprofessional’ full stop? Is this the part where tattoo becomes taboo?


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Avoid Discussing these Topics at Work

Avoid Discussing these Topics at Work

Avoid Discussing these Topics at Work


Some chat should be left out of the office. No matter how relaxed your work-space is, even among bean bags and rollerskates (a la Larry Page/Sergey Brin), there are no-no’s and for good reason. To avoid landing yourself in trouble, avoid these topics…


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Tea Please

Tea Please

Tea Please


The fuel of Britain and the way to solve any problem in the UK: tea. We’re big fans of the stuff. They say Richard Branson can drink up to 20 cups of chai per day. Whatever he’s doing: follow it. It seems to be working for him. Tea is a big part of most offices but how healthy is it and what’s it got to do with work?


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The Best Jobs in the UK? Have Your Say

The Best Jobs in the UK? Have Your Say

The Best Jobs in the UK? Have Your Say


According to Glassdoor, the jobs that have made the list for: Best Jobs in the UK this year are as follows…
Do you agree? What jobs would you like to see more of in 2019? – Let us know over on our Twitter page.


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Food for Work

Food for Work

Food for Work


Most of us know about healthy eating and what we should and shouldn’t consume. But what are the best foods to eat at work? How can we stay more focused, less sluggish and be super alert and proactive? Better yet how can we do this on the go with little time? -It might be simpler than you think…


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Avoid Discussing these Topics at Work

Avoid Discussing these Topics at Work

Avoid Discussing these Topics at Work


Some chat should be left out of the office. No matter how relaxed your work-space is, even among bean bags and rollerskates (a la Larry Page/Sergey Brin), there are no-no’s and for good reason. To avoid landing yourself in trouble, avoid these topics…


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Organise Your Work Space

Organise Your Work Space

Organise Your Work Space


If you want to improve your work ethic or productivity: improve your workspace. It’s a simple way of de-cluttering the mind and getting organised. We guarantee you’ll feel better having done so.


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We wish you a happy 2019

We wish you a happy 2019

We wish you a happy and successful 2019!


 


The Job Auction Team


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We wish you a happy festive season.

We wish you a happy festive season.

We wish everyone a happy festive season.


 


The Job Auction Team


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Market Your Business or Yourself – For Free!

Market Your Business or Yourself – For Free!

Market Your Business or Yourself – For Free!


1 in 10 people in the UK owns their own business. That’s a pretty high stat. If you’re freelance, a sole trader or you own a larger outfit and you want to get noticed, you could pay a lot of money for an expensive advert or you could list yourself or your business on The Job Auction for free and get more work, today.


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The Power of Plants

The Power of Plants

The Power of Plants


We’ve reported recently about cheering up the workplace by being organised and plants had a small mention but what is the real power behind foliage in the workplace? We’re not talking sad half-dead perennial in the corner, we’re actually keen to know the science behind bringing the outdoors in.


It seems mid-century interior trends of late are leaf lovers too, as new-builds across Canary Wharf, London, emulate the iconic design proposed by the Wardian. We wait for completion with baited breath to view the London skyline from between the branches.


When it comes to the workspace, we’re finding out what nature has to do with our corporate environments and if it really can make a difference.


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10 Ways to Stay Motivated During Your Job Search

10 Ways to Stay Motivated During Your Job Search

10 Ways to Stay Motivated During Your Job Search


We’ve all been there: Searching for a job has become tiresome and to top it off you’re running out of energy for it. You’ve done the –CV, phone calls, interviews, feedback and repeat- process. What you want now is a job. Since there’s no job in sight (yet) you could give up on life and take to your bed Or you could change the way you think about it. You can’t change your current reality by clicking your fingers but you can change your approach and that’s kind of the same thing. This starts the moment you decide it starts. Intrigued?


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10 Reasons to Work in Hospitality

10 Reasons to Work in Hospitality

10 Reasons to Work in Hospitality


Hopelessly addicted to hospitality? Do you love being around people and feel happiest when helping others? If you are a hospitality heathen, service with a smile is second nature for you and you likely crave the variety of work, clients and perhaps destinations. With these transferable skills, you can weave in and out of different departments or leave terra firma and onboard yourself with a career in aviation. Be it air, land, rail or sea… etiquette, manners and service with a smile will take you where ever you want to be…


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AI & iFamily: Robots and Humanity Unite

AI & iFamily: Robots and Humanity Unite

AI & iFamily: Robots and Humanity Unite


AI: Artificial Intelligence, currently the buzzwords about town betwixt the tech-savvy among us. Published this week in the Telegraph was news from Sir Nigel Shadbolt that robots will not destroy humanity. It seems movies depicting the future and our fears of such are unintuitivly, just that.


Sir Shadbolt is a professor of Computer Science at Oxford University and he predicts that humans will come to love robots as they do their own family. He states that we are entering an age where AI will act as carers for the elderly and a friend for lonely children. That does sound comforting.


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Get Hired: Intern, Shadow, Volunteer

Get Hired: Intern, Shadow, Volunteer

Get Hired: Intern, Shadow, Volunteer


As Spring fades and summer approaches, many of you are leaving school, college or even graduating university.


How then are you to get hired?


You might have a wealth of experience under your belt, the omniscience of your chosen area of education and have gained industry experience from a sandwich degree (a year in industry) or apprenticeship scheme (1-4 years); if that’s the case, we’re sure you’ll be snapped up pronto.


However, if this is not the case, you’ll likely need to prove to an employer that you have experience before you can be hired. There are a few ways in which you can do this...


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Are You on the Weak Password List?

Are You on the Weak Password List?

Are You on the Weak Password List?


This week the Mail Online revealed the most common passwords that hackers love. Did you make the list?


According to the Australian Government, the following list was released as a warning to those with simpler passwords and a strong message letting online users know that hackers love these simple word combinations. These simpler passwords for your accounts known as soft passwords can be cracked by hackers within minutes. Yikes.


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Changing Career Path

Changing Career Path

Changing Career Path


You’re on track but you’re not quite sure what you’re on track for or even why. You have a great job but you don’t feel great. If work has a lack-luster vibe, this article is for you: broaden your horizons, don’t suffer inertia any longer.


It’s definitely the case that what we love at 23 may not be what excites us at 33, leap forward 20 years to 53, fancy a change? -Probably, and why not. If we’re not retiring then we need more than ever to be doing what we love. We can’t lose sleep over what we’re filling most of our days with.


We’ve talked before about Career Crossroads and finding what you’re good at but here, we’ll be discussing how you can switch careers, regardless of demographic.


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Driving to Work: What Successful People Do

Driving to Work: What Successful People Do

Driving to Work: What Successful People Do


Whichever way you get to work, be it by public transport, bike, on foot or car it’s likely crossed your mind that this time spent is unintuitive. So let’s make it more interesting, nay! -more productive. For the drivers among us, this may seem unachievable for obvious reason but here, The Job Auction brings you ideas to make your drive to work more alluring and assist you with being more productive.


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Sleepless in the City

Sleepless in the City

Sleepless in the City


According to a recent study, half of UK workers lose over 9 hours sleep per week, worrying about work.


The National Sleep Foundation explains that waking coupled with the inability to fall back to sleep from worry or anxiety is known as “maintenance insomnia”.


So what is all this worry and anxiety about? Shouldn’t work be enjoyable, interesting… fun even for heaven’s sake? We spend most of our lives there so if we’re not enjoying it, maybe it’s time to search for a new job. Let’s look into this and get to the root of the matter…


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Working on Water

Working on Water

Working on Water


Love the sound of the ocean? Perhaps the rage of the river or calmer feel of the canal is what floats your boat, if you’re uncertain about how to charter the course of your own career path, read on for some suggestions of how you can begin working on water.


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Graduating into Unemployment & why No-one need do so, Nor ever Retire

Graduating into Unemployment & why No-one need do so, Nor ever Retire

Graduating into Unemployment & why No-one need do so, Nor ever Retire


We were once told: “Go to university” and “Get a degree!” -this was all in a bid to set us apart from the competitor and upon graduation, to shimmy us up the corporate ladder with ease and excellence in the form of professionalism, with the help of our degree certificate we had stuffed in the back pocket. Snap back to the real world and 2018 and I meet more and more struggling London uni-leavers who’ve for want of an apter description: graduated into unemployment. The experience for the youth seems more snakes and ladders than it does ‘up the career ladder’. What then is going on? Is London not one of the financial centers of the world? So why are the next generation of professionals floundering?


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Cracking the Code

Cracking the Code

Cracking the Code


It’s no secret that computers run the world and that we’re all hugely reliant on technology, be it medically, professionally and ever more so; socially. Not too far off being uploaded to the internet, immortalised and transgressing across trajectories, does that sound a stretch too far? -It isn’t according to some. Questions? We have a few, for answers, we’re interviewing one of the top global coders.


What this article should tell you is how you can improve your tech skills, how you can help move the world forward with tech and decipher how scientific Computer Science really is.


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The Importance of a Crèche

The Importance of a Crèche

The Importance of a Crèche


Parental leave, be it maternal, paternal or adoption, at some point, we all need to return to work. So often is the discussion had about who’s going to give up work and usually that’s the lower earner (if you’re a couple) but what if you’re a single parent or what if you just want to go back to work? For many, childcare costs mean working isn’t worth it. Shouldn’t every workplace then, have a crèche?


If you live in London, (UK), then the cost of childcare will be higher for you than anywhere else in the country. It is likely you can’t afford to go back to work because of the cost of childcare or you wouldn’t be making any money if you did, so why would you. Let’s look at the pros and the cons of a crèche in the workplace that could facilitate working parents to return to their roles and take new babies or children with them.


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Searching for a Job? Feel Good, Here’s How…

Searching for a Job? Feel Good, Here’s How…

Searching for a Job? Feel Good, Here’s How…


Even the topic is boring, right? When the two words “Job” and “Search” spring to mind, it’s enough to make even the pros among us exhale loudly with despondence. At The Job Auction, we know this and we’re changing things. Let’s take a look at what we’re supposed to do regarding applications, what the reality is and how we can remedy that for you. Sit back, relax and enjoy the process. We work so that you don’t have to because we know you have Skills To Pay The Bills.


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Gala Dinner: Black Tie, White Tie

Gala Dinner: Black Tie, White Tie

Gala Dinner: Black Tie, White Tie


You have an upcoming gala dinner to attend, a business lead charity event. You’re awaiting the invite. This will tell you: is it white tie, is it black tie, or is it business formal attire? Don’t hit a force majeure with the dress code, know your tie from your tux and create a look best for business, pro-bono and, you.


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Jobs Auction

Jobs Auction

Jobs Auction


A job application filled out by Steve Jobs back in 1973 has sold at auction for more than £125,000. The winner of the said auction is reported by The Telegraph to be a London based online bidder. What do we know about the man who wore black polo-neck tops, jeans, and trainers? Aside from inventing the iPhone (as if that isn’t big enough), he dropped out of college, studied calligraphy, was a fruitarian (perhaps that’s why he named his company Apple) and had over 300 patents under his belt. Inspired by ‘one of the greats’ got us thinking about job applications and what one really needs to know if they’re to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Jobs himself.


We all want to be successful but how does that actually translate? We’re told; be a team player, be agile in the workplace, be organised & self-motivated and ooze skills aplenty but what if that’s not you? What if like Mr. Jobs you too dropped out of college, maybe you’re a loner, rather disheveled and disorganised and aren’t that super sleekly motivated person who’s ‘always on time’. Let’s be honest, you’re not Fireman Sam, you’re not going to be ‘always on the scene.’


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CV Presentation: the Do’s and Don’ts

CV Presentation: the Do’s and Don’ts

CV Presentation: the Do’s and Don’ts


Don’t forget the Basics


We’re told on good authority that the most irritating thing for an employer vis-à-vis the CV is to not be able to see the basics at first glance. Name, Address, Email and Phone Number are all standard. Some prefer to give a location as opposed to a full address. North London may suffice but the employer will want to see this. Beyond this, a Skype contact, showreel or portfolio link. A link to LinkedIn can be handy to see more about an individual professionally.


Do consider Layout and Font


Always ensure that your CV is clear. Some advise no more than 2 pages in length but for others, this may not be possible. If you genuinely have had a 20 year+ career then it may be necessary to list this. However, pages and pages of great details about personal interests or bullet points from what duties you carried out in roles which may be less relevant and similar to other job’s you’ve had will just clog up the page. Ensure the font is at least a 12 point and there are some spaces and layout consideration to make it easier to read. A mass of text in tiny letters won’t incite anyone’s interest.


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The Highest Paying Jobs in the World

The Highest Paying Jobs in the World

The Highest Paying Jobs in the World


If you’re not born rich and you haven’t achieved notoriety, fame, or royal status along the way then you might be scratching your head and wondering: who are the highest earners on the planet and how do I become one?


Some of the highest paying jobs in the world are featured here in our top ten.


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Retreat or Reload?

Retreat or Reload?

Retreat or Reload?


Eagerly awaiting Spring and all its bounce? -Most of us are still flatlining our way out of another beginning; a new year.
It’s said the number one reason for feeling the SAD and looking even sadder is failing to launch into a new year with a new career prospect in hand.
Not everyone will be ‘full of the joys’. If you’re battling blues from the weather, feeling the lag and have crossed over into 2018 but mentally are still processing that it’s another year and not yet another job, here are some ways to motivate yourself to get back in the fast lane. Retreat and reload…


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Apprenticeship Revival

Apprenticeship Revival

Apprenticeship. Not a word we’ve heard on people’s lips for many years. Didn’t it seem to be the case that thirty plus years ago the term was plastered everywhere? So where are they now and why aren’t they as mainstream as they used to be? Discussing the mechanics of these points is an ex-engineer with over fifty years experience. He tells us his opinion and why a degree or even sandwich degree may be irrelevant and how reducing an apprenticeship to one year may well mean it’s not worth doing at all. Once an apprentice himself, working his way through the ranks to a top tier position, we’re asking the questions to drill down into what happened to training our skilled workers on the job.


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The Makings of a CEO

The Makings of a CEO

All businesses need someone at the top. Someone to take the reins in times of crisis, dictate company policy, outlook and ambition. It is these people who can call themselves the chief executive officers, for they are the individuals capable of actually running a business.


As it transpires, there are many personal qualities that potential CEOs have to have and working in tandem with their professional virtues, these qualities are integral to whether one is going to be successful spearheading a company. It isn’t easy being king or queen.


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Extreme Health Resorts: How the Wealthy Wind Down

Extreme Health Resorts: How the Wealthy Wind Down

The spa break is evolving. Facemasks and bubble baths at Champneys no longer cut it if one is to keep up with curve, I am told. A new trend in the luxury travel industry in order to cater for the needs of a new generation of elites has announced itself. There is no room for relaxation at these nu-wellness boot camps. The road to replenishment is rough, and those who seek physical, mental and spiritual enlightenment better be prepared to put in the work. Ah, who wants to have a nice time on holiday anyway?


A recent article published in Travel, an offshoot magazine as part of the publication City A.M documented the various activities available to you if you want to get well at one of their camps. Just a glance and you see phrases like ‘colon massage’ ‘coffee enema’ and ‘self-imposed starvation’. Yep, as I said, these ‘treatments’ are seriously not for the faint-hearted. Now we ask with the utmost respect, that burning age-old question, what is the point?


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An Interview With: A Single Working Father

An Interview With: A Single Working Father

Today we’re interviewing Chris, a single working father who explains what it’s like to run your home, look after your child and work, all single-handedly with very little help from family nearby. Is it really possible to go back to work with a small child and can you carve out a future for you and your little ones on your own? How does this modern day Super-Dad do it? Read on to find out…


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How To Measure Success

How To Measure Success

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, success can be defined as the ‘achieving of results wanted and hoped for’. This definition suggests to me that success is both a ubiquitous feeling at the point of achievement that can be attained by all, as well as a sensation that is defined by unique sets of circumstances. Essentially, success is subjective and how each person measures it should be different.


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