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January 12, 2012

Considering targeting overseas markets? Unitemps can help!

Writing about web page http://www.unitemps.co.uk

Recently many articles in the media suggest that the key to business success during these difficult times is to expand your horizons and enter new markets overseas. Countries such as Nigeria, China, Vietnam and Qatar are currently experiencing growth in demand from the middle classes and this is a prime time to take advantage of this and create a brand new revenue stream.

For many it seems to make a lot of sense targeting these emerging and high growth markets, it can help revitalise your business and increase your revenue but the biggest question on everyone’s lips is how would you take on such a momentous task?  

Help is at hand in the form of Unitemps who may be the solution that you are looking for. We have over 20,000 registered candidates, a large percentage are fluent in a diverse array of languages (over 120 in total). With their local knowledge, native language skills and their drive to succeed in a very competitive jobs market our students are in a prime position to be able to offer companies significant edge when targeting untapped territories.

Take China as an example, a country which continues to be one of the world’s fastest growing economies with an annual rise of around 10%. We currently have over 2000 registered Mandarin and Chinese speakers who also possess an exceptional standard of English.  

Over the last 12 months Unitemps has noticed a significant rise in the amount of requests for speakers of international languages as businesses look to change their fortunes. This is continuing to grow and it is only natural that Unitemps would invest more time into fulfilling these requirements.

So if you are looking at new avenues for your business and targeting international markets is on the agenda then contact Unitemps, we may well be the key you need to open the door to these thriving markets.

January 04, 2012

Guide to improving your chances of getting selected for roles with Unitemps.

Writing about web page http://www.unitemps.co.uk

Following recent requests I have put together this brief guide on how to improve your chances of getting selected for roles with Unitemps. I have worked for Unitemps as a Consultant for over 4 years and over this time I feel it would help if I give some tips and explain some of the pitfalls candidates occasionally fall into when using our service.

Hopefully this guide will be a useful tool and may help you on your quest to secure temporary employment.

Ensure your CV is uploaded, up to date and in the correct format.

Having your CV uploaded to the website is vital, without this you are unlikely to get considered for a role. Make sure your latest CV is uploaded and regularly update it with any experience you gain.
To upload a CV to the website it needs to be in RTF format, if you are unsure how to save a Word Document as an RTF follow this link: http://goo.gl/TcHjT

Take time to write application notes and make them relevant to the position

Application notes are vital, without these it is very difficult for consultants to see if you meet the criteria. Make sure you make the application notes relevant to the role you are applying for and highlight things such as your availability, ability to travel to the location and any relevant experience.
One other area candidates fall down is spelling and punctuation. If your application notes are littered with typing errors then this can have a detrimental effect on your application. A good tip is to write your application notes in Word, use the spell checker and once completed paste them into your application notes box.
3 paragraphs is more than sufficient, any more than this and the message may get lost. Also do not add headings, bullets or contact details as they may not display correctly and make your notes difficult to read.

Read the job description

Your application notes will tell us if you have read the job description. It is surprising how many applications we get from candidates who have clearly misunderstood the role. Do not skip read as this will guarantee you miss out vital information.

Contact Details

On many occasions we have come to shortlist applications only to find that a candidate who meets all the criteria has not uploaded any contact details to the website. Without any contact details we are unable to ring you so in this scenario we would move on to the next candidate. Do not fall into this trap and check your details are up to date and are correct.
Finally make sure that you have a voicemail on your phone so we can leave messages if we cannot get hold of you.

Temporary Roles

Remember that Unitemps primary aim is to secure students and people temporary work (hence the name Unitemps). Our roles can vary from basic roles which flex around existing commitments or eve full time roles that help you expand your experience.
We do occasionally get graduate and permanent roles however you may have more success in this area if you have access to a Careers service.

Applying for roles

The golden rule with applying for work with Unitemps is if you first do not succeed, try, and try again! It is important that you do not get disheartened if you are not successful for a role as some roles can get over 100+ candidates so it may not necessarily mean you have done anything wrong.
The most successful candidates are the ones that are persistent and continue to apply for roles on a regular basis. Applying for roles as soon as they appear can help as your application will appear towards the top of the list, sign up for the job e-mail alerts and also Facebook if you have not already.
I hope this guide is useful and helps candidates better understand what will improve your application. If you have any questions please let me know.

In Summary

  1. Ensure your CV is uploaded, up to date and in the correct format
  2. Take the time to write relevant application notes
  3. Spell check your application / CV before submission
  4. Ensure you have a voicemail active on your phone
  5. Be persistent and keep applying for roles on a regular basis
  6. Sign up for our Facebook page, it is a great way to hear about the jobs as soon as they appear
  7. Ensure your contact details are up to date

Please be aware that the opinions above are my personal views and not necessarily those of my employers (Unitemps or the University of Warwick)

August 10, 2011

Online resources for Blogging are now available

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/knowledge/resources/blogging

An overview of all the resources is now available which includes links to videos from Warwick's Bloggers.

Other highlights include....

  • Top Tips
  • Take the Quiz
  • And you can still contribute to this Workshop blog anytime with feedback, reflections and comments


July 25, 2011

The range of purposes for which people use blogs and that the intention is interaction…


Today confirms that I should start and operate a blog on behalf of Warwick Design

Mark Udall

Blogging is not what our department needs


Taken pressure off being ignored or what to say!!!


Why? What purpose? Audience? Feedback – is it important?

Anna Maynard

Shared Experiences

Anna Ritchley

Be clear about your reasons for blogging before you start…


In–depth Knowledge of many aspects of the mechanics and issues of blogging.

Margie Louws

Different Objectives for Blogging

Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/researchexchange

Anna Sloan

July 21, 2011

Why Blog? Let’s figure out what Blogs are

Writing about web page http://iprobe.gr/Surveys/BlogForever/

I have recently took part in one of the ‘Why Blog?’ workshop sessions, which happened to be very useful. I was interested to find out what other people think about blogs, what they are or may be. Having quite a diverse group of participants (I recall researchers, educationist, administrators and with various level of experience of blogging) wasprobably the reason behind the diversity of views.

Categorising Blogs

The results of group-work activities of around categorising and describing blogs varied from one group to another. No identical collage of scattered paper on the floor was produced during the workshop :)

One thing that most of us would probably agree is that the concept of a blog can be stretched, moulded and forged to meet individual needs and aspirations! The Blogosphere itself happens to be astonishingly diverse and dynamic. The idea that blogs mean different things to different people interlinks with the survey organised as part of the BlogForever project. We are inviting you to take part and fill it out here.

The survey aims to identify what people think blogs and value are to both blog authors and readers. The outcomes of the survey will be used to inform the development of solutions for preservation, management and dissemination of blogs. If you would like to be posted on the outcomes of the survey drop a message to blogforever_survey@blogforever.eu.

Survey - Value of Blogs

July 18, 2011

To blog, or not to blog? That is the question…

A number of things, the launch of Google+ among them, have recently prompted me to think about blogging and how, why and where I blog, and more fundamentally about what a blog really is. Before I get to that, a little bit of history...

I started blogging back in 2004, with a blog hosted on the University of Warwick's in-house Warwick Blogs system. That was really an experiment to see what blogging was all about, and specifically to see if it was a useful mechanism for enhancing communication within my team at work. Once that experiment was over, I carried on, encouraged by a community of people that were using Warwick Blogs and actively reading and commenting on each other's blogs. My blog turned into a place where I thought out loud about whatever interested me. There was no theme, and no intended audience. I wrote the blog for me. Eventually, I discovered Twitter as an outlet for my random thoughts and I stopped blogging quite so much, and eventually stopped completely. As an attempt to kick-start my blogging I created a new blog and while I don't blog quite so much there as I used to on the other blog, I do seem to be just about keeping it going. So far. Now, though, Google+ has arrived and I like it a lot. The ability to write long posts, unlike on Twitter, means that I could easily do all my "thinking out loud" there and not need to blog at all. Or maybe I mean I don't need a separate blog and that Google+ could be my blog? But what is a blog...

I use Google Analytics on my blogs, and despite there being no significant content on my old blog since 2009 it still gets over 700 visits a month. People clearly are finding the content there useful. Or more likely Google Search is sending them there because it thinks they'll find it useful. And for me, that is what makes a blog different from an update stream like Twitter or Google+ - permanence. Updates on social networking sites tend to be short lived. That is, people read them within a few hours of them being posted but after that they disappear into history and are never seen again. Even the search on Twitter doesn't return stuff more than a few days old anymore. One of the most viewed posts on my old blog is one I posted in 2006!

This has convinced me that a blog as a permanent, searchable entity separate from Twitter/Google+/etc. is a useful thing and I'll carry on doing it. I'm not sure that my new self-hosted Wordpress blog will stick around. If Google manage to nicely integrate Google+ with Blogger, for example, I could be very tempted to move there. But I will continue blogging somewhere...

And if the distinguishing factor of a blog is its permanence and searchability, we surely need to consider some form of archiving of blogs? This ties in very nicely with the Blog Forever Project mentioned by Karen Stepyan elsewhere on this blog.

July 15, 2011

Thoughts of a reluctant blogger

I have never really been interested in writing a blog, blogging, or the blogosphere before, so when I signed up to the pilot workshop last month I was very apprehensive - was I going to get anything out of it or was it going to be a waste of time?

It was certainly not a waste of time. Amy and Jess gave a fun-packed interactive session which helped me understand the blogosphere and knock down preconceptions I had of bloggers.

I thought the interactiveness of the workshop made the session highly engaging and interesting - I was dreading being talked at about blogging for a few hours, which I knew would go in one ear and out the other.

Instead I found the various exercises made the workshop a lot of fun, I felt I was part of the workshop and got out a lot more than I put in.

July 13, 2011

Mark – I need to learn about Twitter as well!

I need to learn about Twitter as well!

Karen Stepanyan – Let's preserve these!

Writing about web page http://blogforever.eu/

Karen says

Leon Hidderley – Unitemps blog starts here!

Writing about web page https://www.unitemps.co.uk

Leon says

Nathan Gamble – More types of blog than I thought

more types of blogs than i thought

Cath Fenn – Window into new bloggers starting out

Cath Fenn

Rachel – Define your purpose

Rachel - define your purpose

Joe Barr – Warwick Sport Needs to Start blogging

Writing about web page warwicksport.warwick.ac.uk

Warwick Sport needs to start blogging