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Don’t Let Brexit Stop You Moving House

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When It’s Time To Move On, Don’t Let Politics Hold You Back

A feasible solution for those who want to move house but have become trapped by a sluggish sales period in the post-Brexit property industry.

Whether you need to relocate due to a change in job, are getting married, divorced or are simply outgrowing your existing family home, there are many scenarios in which your personal circumstances need to be prioritised ahead of what’s going on in the political world. The aftermath of Brexit has left the property market in a bit of a slump, with sluggish sales activity being reported consistently during the months that have followed since the vote to leave Europe in June 2016. But there is a solution in which you can remain unaffected by politics and move house if the time is right for you.

Rent Out Your Home

If you’ve been finding it hard to sell your home due to a lack of buyers, then why not capitalise on the increase in rental activity? If your current home is located in an area with a strong and steady market such as London and the South-East, then this is a great option. You’ll have no shortage of potential tenants who are interested in moving into your property, and at the same time the chances are that your home will rise in value over the long-term even if there is a current dip.

Talking To Your Mortgage Company

Before signing a tenancy agreement on the dotted line, you will need to speak to your mortgage company to find out whether your specific lending product allows you to let out your home. Some may allow you to rent it for up to a year, while others have a clause which permits you letting your property out so long as you’re intending on returning at some point. However, in many cases the mortgage company may require you to switch to one of their Buy-to-Let mortgages.

Becoming A Landlord

If you’re welcoming tenants into your home, then this puts you in the starring role of ‘landlord’. Some landlords relish this job and like to take a hands-on approach, meeting and vetting the tenants themselves and visiting the property regularly to deal with any issues such as a faulty boiler. However, there are many others who consider the responsibilities of a landlord to be a headache. For the majority, a property management service is an excellent alternative, where you can be sure that you’ve left your home in good hands – you will be kept fully informed about any issues at your property, but all will be taken care of by a team of rental professionals.

Becoming A Tenant

Of course, the question is, where will you live once you’ve been displaced from your current home? The answer being, you can rent a property of your own in whatever location is best for you – whether it’s within a specific school catchment area, nearer to your new place of work or just in a more appealing neighbourhood. By choosing to rent, you can open up the opportunity of living in a wider range of properties that are perhaps larger, with extra bedrooms, a bigger garden and that simply offers more than your current accommodation.

If you want added stability and would prefer to commit to an accommodation rental for at least a couple of years, then many landlords are happy with the promise of guaranteed income and are often willing to negotiate a lengthier term where appropriate for both parties.

If you feel that moving out and renting a new home is the right solution for you, then be sure to consult with the best services in property management Chelmsford has to offer. You’ll find it easy to let out your home while moving on to bigger and better places in post-Brexit times.

Using CV templates

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Are you trying to land that job you came across the other day? Sure, sending a CV based on a template is quick and easy to do. Most people will go for it because why bother creating your own CV when you can just fill out a template with a bunch of information and hope for the best. Here is why nine out of ten times that will not work!

You are sabotaging yourself!

By sending a CV based on a template to an employer, you are sending them a message and not a good one. Employers and recruiters can smell CV templates from miles away. Every second or third paper they go through is a mirror of a basic and boring template and it ends up in the trash bin. To get a chance to be invited to an interview, you need to capture the employer’s attention in the first five to ten seconds of viewing the CV. If they notice the CV was made using a temple, they wont bother reading any further as they will get the impression that you don’t care enough to get that job. Using a CV template makes you look like you are too lazy to put your own effort and creativity into applying to that position. You don’t want that, do you?

You are not standing out!

Recruiters receive tons of CV’s daily, making them experts for recognizing templates. For some reason, many people advertise using CV templates as a quick and easy way to apply for the job, they don’t tell you whether you have a chance to get it or not. So, naturally, people opt for what is being advertised and use CV templates all the time. That’s why employers have their hands full of boring template copies that all look the same. What are your chances of getting that job if you blend with the crowd of 100 or more people? That’s right. None. The chances are none. Therefore, ditch the CV templates and write your own CV that’s going to look different and stand out among others.

What to do?

If we have finally convinced you that using CV templates is probably not gonna get you that job, here is what you can do. Search for written CV’s in your field of work and save some of them to you computer. Try to find CV’s that were written by people who don’t use templates. Once you have a few of them, read them thoroughly and pick up the style and the language used. When you get the idea of what your CV should sound like, delete all those files and start your own from scratch. That way you wont be copying their CV’s and using them as templates but you will be inspired enough by their work to create your own original CV.

Therefore, quit looking at those templates and get to work! Creating your original content will increase your chances of getting that interview and the job itself!

Which career is right for you?

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Choosing a career is a very challenging part of our lives. How do you know which career is the right one for you? There are plenty of opportunities waiting for you at every corner, but it is up to you to decide where to take a turn. Unlike choosing a job, choosing a career is a decision that is going to follow you for the rest of your life. So, how can you be sure you are making the right choice?

According to many studies, human beings are exceptionally bad at predicting how they  will feel about something in the future. That is why many people regret their choices later in life and find themselves unhappy with their careers. Choosing a life long path based on how you feel in a certain moment is a giant mistake. Humans often experience temporary happiness and joy when doing a specific job. However, if you look at the long term picture, that satisfaction may not last for very long. That may be the consequence of choosing a job you have no room to improve in. You may already be experienced in a certain field enough to do that job efficiently. While you can always learn more and improve your skills, that might not be too relevant for your position. Those kind of jobs are therefore meant to remain jobs only. A career should challenge you every day to work hard to achieve your goals. You shouldn’t by any means keep standing in one spot and call it a “career”. You will most likely find it boring and you wont be motivated enough to work every day.

So, how do you know which career is the right one for you? Instead of taking BuzzFeed career quizzes, take some time to think about it yourself. Consider the four important aspects that should lead you in the right direction, which are your skills, interest, style and values. Knowing your skill range is important when choosing a career, since obviously you want to be able to work properly and efficiently. If those skills match your interest, and in most cases they do, you are lucky enough to be on the right track to finding your career path. Style is another crucial part of your decision, since the majority of it depends on how you prefer to work. Whether you prefer communicating with people and working in teams or you’re more comfortable with working on your own, it will be a major factor in making your final choice. Go over the values you want your future career to have and try to find a way to match them with your interests.

Last but not least, choose what you’re passionate about. They say if you love what you do, you wont have to work a single day in your life. However, we believe it is completely opposite. If you are passionate about your career, you will work hard on it and strive to achieve the maximum. So, to sum it all up, choosing the right career is all about combining your skills and interest with your style and desired values and being passionate about your choice!

Skills health check – fill your gaps

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Getting a skills health check every now and then is recommended to stay on track with how much you’re improving. Besides that, it can help you fill the gaps in your CV as well. A CV filled with gaps such as unemployment for a period of time or lack of experience is likely not going to be considered for the job. Therefore, to increase your chances of getting that job, working on your skills and getting a check is mandatory.

What is a skills health check? 

There are plenty of skills health check tools that are available for you online, which makes them easy to access and complete. These tools are usually a series of questions that will tell you where you stand with the skills you own. A detailed report you get from these tools helps you understand and keep track of your improvement, or the lack of it. After the check, you might find that you need to work on a certain skill or you may even want to try to gain a completely new skill. These tools can also help you figure out which job you are good for and what to look for next. You will get the idea of what motivates you the best and in which environments you work most efficiently. Understanding your style of work and the motivators is crucial for finding the right job.

What you can do with it?

Besides the fact that a skill check will put you in a better position in terms of understanding what you can do and how well you can do it, it can help you in other ways as well. There comes a period when you are temporarily unemployed and that is completely normal. Don’t feel discouraged when not having a job for some time because there are still things you can do to improve and increase your chances on landing the next job. One of those things is getting a skills check. It is easy to understand why recruiters don’t find CV’s with gaps interesting enough to review. Being temporary unemployed for a period of few months is easy to overlook. However, those periods can sometimes stretch form a year to two or even more. That creates a gap in your CV that recruiters don’t want to see. You need to fill your gaps with information on what you have been doing during that period of time and how you effectively used it. Getting a skills check can help you fill the gap by letting the employer know you worked on improving your skills or even gaining a new skill. As long as you didn’t spend that time laying on the couch with a bag of chips, you are good to go.

 

Now that you understand why getting a skills health check and filling your gaps is important, you should proceed to get a check yourself and get some insight on how you can improve quickly. If you are currently looking for a job, the skills check report will help you create a good CV and impress the employer.