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Construction Work: Dealing with the cold weather

Construction Work: Dealing with the cold weather

The nights are drawing in, the temperatures are dropping by the minute, but some things never change… working outside in construction.

If you work in construction, then these tips should help you get through the sub-zero winters without worry!

 

Wrap up warm

It goes without saying, but warm clothing can make the outside world seem so much more bearable. Dependant on the uniform you are required to wear, you can at least prepare with thermal under layers.

A thick coat that doesn’t affect your movement and is waterproof can be a real help. Wear gloves whenever possible, and make sure you have some insulated boots or shoes, preferably ones that have Gore-Tex technology.

 

Be sensible at break and lunchtimes

You may have spent hours out in the open-air, so whatever chance you get to go inside, take it… Not only will it warm your body temperature, but it will help refresh your mind and body, and prepare for the next stint of outdoor work. Think fresh air after being stuck inside all day, but the opposite.

Try not to wear all of your layers inside, however, as you won’t feel the benefits, (as your dear Mother would say!) When you get outside, make sure you are all wrapped up again.

 

Health and Safety is paramount

With cold spells come more risks. Not only is your body at risk due to the temperature, but the weather can make surfaces slippery if they become iced over.

Machinery may not function as well as it normally does, whilst handling any equipment may become extremely difficult.
Not only should this be of great importance to construction workers, but those overlooking the job should also take great care and detail in ensuring the safety of their staff.

If risk assessments aren’t carried out properly, then the risk of severe injury is intensified, and some companies simply won’t want the hassle of a compensation claim on their hands.

 

Take in hot food and beverages

Keeping warm can also come in the form of food and drink. For lunches try to opt for soups and hot or warmed up meals, whilst hot coffee, chocolate or tea can all provide warmth from the cold.

 

Try and share the workload

If you work in a big team, with some working indoors, try and shift slide so you can each take a turn outdoors. This will ensure that productivity is high, and the effects of the cold spell aren’t too much to bear.

The above points are just a snippet of what can be done to cope with the cold snap in construction work. As always, make sure you are aware of your rights when working in the cold, if something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.

If you work in construction or are looking to change jobs, then you can find a range of vacancies here, with offerings available across the country, in destinations such as Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Top tips on how to find Jobs in London

Top tips on how to find Jobs in London

We’ve all been there, trying to find a job can feel like a never-ending trail of disappointment and rejection.

Here at National Temping Recruitment, we want to provide you with not only great jobs and listings but also some handy advice on landing any roles that come up.

This time it’s the turn of the capital of England, and one of the world’s biggest and (we’re not biased) best cities – London.

Our guide will hopefully give you some help in getting a job in the Big Smoke, so why not take a look?

 

Where to start?

Well thankfully, you’ve come to the right place for jobs. London is an absolute mecca for constant job openings, mainly due to its huge population and ever-growing demand for work.

It has arguably the best transport system in the world, so getting from one part of the city to another is never difficult, hence opening up the whole city to work. Due to this though, it can be a very tough job market, with many applicants, so you’ll need to set yourself apart from the rest.

Get a good CV and a cover letter to match (one which you can easily tweak dependent on the role) and make sure you’re on the ball with applying fast, sometimes the first applicant is enough to fill the role. Click here if you need help writing your CV.

 

Time it right

Unlike other cities across the UK that may suffer an influx or decrease in numbers during certain times of the year, the capital quite literally never sleeps.

It’s busy all year round, so the best advice we can give is to get in first and be prepared to take whatever job comes up. You can always get another job if it doesn’t work out, but being in employment will certainly make you more desirable.

A lot of younger people may look for jobs in London over the summer, but it may not make a huge impact. New Year is usually a good time as people look to move careers or roles.

 

Location

Where to start?! London is huge and has a wealth of boroughs, neighbourhoods and areas. It is all dependent on budget, some postcodes need a lottery win to even look at the houses, whilst others may be extremely affordable. London isn’t cheap at all though, but the wages generally are higher.

Pick somewhere that gives you quick access to a Tube, Overground or National Rail line and you should be able to reach most parts of the city in under an hour.

The shorter your commute the more reliable you can be to future employers. As long as it’s in your budget and you’re happy with the potential commute then anywhere in London is acceptable.

 

Be Flexible

The highest-paid job may not always be on offer, nor may it be the most appealing, but showing a will to work all hours and any type of role may stand you in good stead.

London is a 24-hour city generally, so you can’t expect every job to be the standard 9-5, or have every weekend off. If your schedule allows it, then being able to work whenever will be a high asset to any business or employer in the capital, and is likely to get you onto that career ladder faster.

Remember to value yourself though, you will have a certain set of skills and you should back yourself to excel in whatever career you choose. Read up on some of the requirements, even if more training is needed, and make sure that your CV is as good if not better than the applicants.

All that’s left is to excel in the interview! If you need any further advice or are interested in seeing our London job openings click here.

 

How Do You Know If You’re In The Right Job?

How Do You Know If You’re In The Right Job?

 

Some people can go a whole lifetime in the right job, they’re known as the lucky ones… these people are also very hard to come by!

In fact, by the time people even realise they have ended up in the wrong job or career path, they feel it may be too late to retrain or move sectors.

Once the responsibility of bills, family or the security of a monthly wage come into the equation, you can start to see why people just tend to stick it out, whether happy or not in their career.

Perhaps you’ve never even thought about it, but we’ve put together a little guide with some tips that may tell you whether you’re in the right job, or if you’re not… then what you can do about it!

 

Am I in the right job?

Of course, people have different views on life, but there are usually a bunch of tell-tale signs to tell you you’re in a job that is right for you.

These can include;

  • It doesn’t feel like work.
  • Whether you simply love your job, or you find every shift a doddle, these things could suggest you’re enjoying it!
  • You enjoy work so much, the shift is over before it seems like it’s even started.
  • Your work is flexible around your life.
  • You’re always learning.

Taken for granted by so many, if you have a job that allows you to take holidays when you want them, or have multiple days off, then you’re in a good position.

You may also have the benefit of being able to swap shifts with other co-workers, to ensure you have the best possible life outside of work.

There’s no more missing that gig you wanted to see, worrying about expensive childcare, or cutting that holiday short due to lack of time off.

Something that can’t be stressed enough when you’re young. You should always be on the hunt to improve your CV, whether that’s from training, volunteering or in-house training.

Too many plateaux or opt to stay in a company with no opportunities for promotion. Whilst you stick around, the rest of the field will be getting a head start on you, and in the competitive world of today’s job market, your inexperience could become a real stumbling block.

 

…and some telltale signs you’re in the wrong job:

  • You don’t like or can’t trust your co-workers
  • Your knowledge and expertise falls on death ears
  • You are underpaid compared to others in the same profession
  • It is affecting your social and/or family life outside of work
  • It is effecting your mental health
  • You find shifts boring, the standard workday seems to drag on forever
  • There is no chance of progression
  • Job security is limited, you could be laid off at any time

If you feel a career or job change may be in order, head to our jobs page and see the latest vacancies, with offerings available across the country or upload your CV here.

Top tips on how to find jobs in Liverpool

Top tips on how to find jobs in Liverpool

It can be both a daunting and exciting time, but when it comes to looking for jobs, the majority don’t even know where to start! Some tell you to do this, others that, it can be a real merry go round of applications, without even knowing whether you’re impressing employers or not.

Fear not though, here at NTR, we’ve come up with a few top tips to finding jobs in Liverpool. Hopefully, with our help you’ll be jumping on the Magical Mystery Tour of employment, now isn’t that something to Twist and Shout about?!

Where to start?

Whether you’re local or looking in from afar, you’ll be instantly met by the welcoming people of Liverpool. This can be especially helpful in the employment sector, with the opportunity to be treated as one of the city’s own in no time, something that can’t be said for some of the UK’s other major cities.

Whilst it may be smaller in size than nearby Manchester and Birmingham, it certainly packs a punch and there is an impressive range of jobs in Liverpool to apply for.

Time it right

There are a few things to consider. Liverpool has a massive influx of students, so if you’re looking at careers that are popular with graduates, it’s best to get in before them. They’ll generally graduate in June, July or August, so getting well ahead of the game can be a big benefit.

College and school leavers are the same, with any deciding against higher education going straight into employment around the same summer months, either part, full-time or through apprenticeships.

In the winter months, after Christmas, is another good time to start your hunt. Construction jobs and similar aren’t the most sought after in these cold periods, as well as being a popular time for workers to look for a fresh start and change employment.

Location

Liverpool is far bigger than many think. Yes, the city centre might be just a short stroll from one end to the other, but the actual region is huge. Including the local authority districts of Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, the opportunities for work are vast.

It also has great road and rail networks, with trains and buses able to take you to all of the above-mentioned places. All boast major towns, and there is always a need for jobs of all types and contracts.

Having a clean driving licence can also help. It’s just a short drive to pretty much anywhere in and around the city (40 minutes maximum), so you’ll be a real asset if you can travel or even drive the company vehicles around.

Be Flexible

Be prepared to wait and you’ll quickly see the wonders that this city has to offer. Your ideal job may not be there at first, but it will eventually come up.

Southerners usually tend to opt for Manchester when it comes to relocating, so although Scousers generally stay loyal to the city, jobs in Liverpool do come up all the time.

Being in employment will also stand you in greater stead of getting other work that may suit you better if you decide to move on.

How to ace a job interview!

How to ace a job interview!

So you’ve found the job you want, you’ve fired off your CV and it’s impressed, but you’re now left with the daunting task of an interview.

It’s the stage that is seen as the most crucial, with a bad interview almost certain to ruin your chances of employment. It truly is survival of the fittest, and impressing at this stage can lead to you leapfrogging other candidates and securing the prized job on offer.

With this in mind, we’ve come up with five tips that we believe will help you at the interview stage, so come and take a look…

Preparation, preparation and more preparation!

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail… make sure you put the time in to research the job you’re applying for, the company that is interviewing you and the industry you’re going in to.

It will be expected that the best candidate has a great idea/knowledge of the job, but throwing in a few facts about the company or industry could make you stand out.

Write things down, memorise them and head into the interview knowing that you’re in good shape to smash it out of the park.

Be on time, early if anything!

Almost half of all employers would class lateness as their number one pet hate during interviews. There’s no real excuse, to not turn up to your scheduled appointment on time.

If you’re driving leave plenty of room for unexpected traffic, same goes for public transport.

The best time to arrive is 15 minutes before, this will give you ample time to check in with reception, who will then notify your interviewer/s that you have arrived and are indeed early.

Any earlier than this can come across as too keen, so if you find yourself waiting around go and grab a coffee until its closer to the 15-minute mark.

Dress the part!

Dress to impress, unless a dress code is specified. If you’ve been asked to do manual work afterwards then it may be worth bringing a change of clothes.

The main attire should be a shirt and tie, a full suit if you have one. This will not only show you’re keen about the job but you will look more professional in the process.

Make sure you look interested and keep eye contact!

Second, only to lateness is candidates looking uninterested and failing to keep eye contact.

You may be nervous but try and keep eye contact with the people interviewing you, acknowledging every member in the room if there is more than one, don’t just focus on the lead interviewer.

Don’t sit with your head down all the town, or give off a vibe that you don’t want to be there. Be excitable and happy to answer any questions that may come your way.

Follow up afterwards!

Make sure when leaving that you thank them for their time and shake their hands. This will leave a lasting impression and show how polite and well-mannered you are as a candidate.

If you feel it is the correct place to do so, then a follow-up email may also be worthwhile if you’ve had any previous conversation. Again just thank them for their time and let them know you look forward to their decision.

Do you have any other interview tips to help others? Let us know via social media!

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