Tattoos, piercings and careers

It’s a question that many job seekers have had to face – Do tattoos and piercings reduce your chances of advancement in your career?

The short answer is it really does depend on the hiring manager, recruiter and the requirements of the job.

For some jobs, if you’re not customer facing, you are likely to find hiring managers are more flexible in terms of your appearance (to a certain extent). The main concern for employers is the impression of their organisation given by their employees.

It may also depend on the extent of your tattoos or piercings. If your tattoos are easily covered up, for example, then it’s unlikely you’ll face any objections. However, if you are heavily tattooed, you may find more challenges ahead.

If you have concerns when looking for a new job, do your research into the company culture before your interview. At least that way you’ll have an understanding of what the employers find acceptable!

Realistically, the vast majority of employers will assess your abilities and skills sets – So don’t let your piercings and tattoos hold you back!

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Getting time off work for interviews – our top tips

Finding a new job is a challenging business, and sometimes feels like a full time job in itself! Searching and applying for jobs can be time consuming, and that’s before you secure an interview! Finding time to interview can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you already have a job – here’s our top tips.

Does it have to be in working hours? In the first instance, try to arrange an interview outside of your working day – this could be around your shift pattern, or out of hours if you work a 9-5. There’s no harm in asking! An early morning or evening interview might be an option, and means you won’t have to take time out of your current role.

Be as honest as you can be. Lies to get out of work, including “pulling a sickie” is definitely not recommended and can cause more problems down the line. All parties involved deserve to be treated fairly.

Use your holiday. Whilst you might prefer to spend your annual leave actually on holiday, it can be used for other reasons – and you’re entitled to a certainly amount of day’s leave a year. If you are looking for a new job, using your annual leave for interviews is the fairest way to take time off work.

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Van Loading – The Right Way

If you drive vans professionally for a living, it’s probable that you’ve loaded and unloaded your van more times than you can remember. However, it’s vital that drivers pay attention to the way they load their vans to avoid injury. Take a look at our top tips!

Know your strength! Be aware of what you’re able to lift and what you can’t. The use of lifting aids where possible will make a huge difference to your own productivity!

Clear the route. Make sure your route is clear before you start carrying your load, ensure you have a place to stop if your items get too heavy, and park as close to your parcel’s final destination as possible!

It is too heavy? If your parcel is too heavy to lift, see if the parcel can be broken up into smaller parcels to make things easier, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

What about your shoes? Even if you’re strong enough to lift your parcels, slipping or inadequate shoes could make your life a whole lot harder.

Make sure you’re insured! You never know – make sure you and your van are covered!

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How to handle a Telephone Interview

These days the interviewing process can consist of a few stages, and the telephone interview is becoming a popular way to screen applicants in the early stages of recruitment. It’s vital you’re properly prepared for a telephone interview – So what are our top tips?

Take it seriously. A telephone interview might seem easy, but it’s important that you prepare just as thoroughly as you would for a face to face interview. Remember, you’ll need to perform well to get to the next stage!

Think about your environment. Make sure you are in a quiet place with no distractions or background noise if possible. Try to sit at a desk or table where you can easily take notes during the interview if needed. Concentrate only on the telephone interview; no food, no magazines, and definitely no background TV!

How should you answer? Make sure you’re prepared to answer the phone professionally when the call comes – it’s good to start the interview in the right way! Make sure you state your name when answering the phone so the interviewer is clear that they are speak to the right person.

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