UK Employment at Highest Since 1974

With all of the doom and gloom in recent news regarding Brexit and the economy, many of us will be happy to hear that the UK has reached its lowest levels of unemployment since 1974.

The Office for National Statistics recently announced that the UK’s unemployment rate was at its lowest for decades. With nearly  100,000 more jobs filled in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the previous quarter.

Despite the nervousness and uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the UK jobs market has shown steady growth over the past 6 months.

The recently released report also concluded that the percentage of women in work was at its highest ever levels since the Office for National Statistics had began recording data in 1971.

While Brexit and other economic issues have undoubtedly had a negative effect on the automotive industry, with Coventry car based manufacturer JLR making 4,500 redundancies. Companies such as Amazon and McDonalds have created thousands of jobs in Coventry and the surrounding area.

If you are looking for a new vacancy and wish to receive help from one of the most trusted recruitment agencies coventry has to offer, then contact Enigma Employment.

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How Many Jobs Will You Have In Your Life Time

Young people are expected to have changed job several more times than their parents. When comparing generations, millennials change jobs an average of four times in their first decade out of college, compared to the two job changes by generation Xer’s in their first ten years out of college.

Recent studies from economist at LinkedIn shows a jump in employment churn, specifically among millennials.

So why do Millennials Job Hop?

There are a variety of reasons as to why millennials move from job to job. Opportunity is one of the main factors, with younger generations arguably having more career choice. Advancements in technology and a wider range of industries to choose from means that younger people may move from one industry to another.

In previous decades Coventry was synonymous with the automotive and engineering industry. And while these industries still employe thousands of people in Coventry, the growth of other industries in the areas has provided younger generations with more opportunities and potential career paths.

Retirement age is also also thought to be a key factor. With the retirement age increasing almost every year, people will be working for longer before they are entitled to collect their pension. The thought of being in the same job for 50 years may be a scary one for someone just leaving college.

The average age people are starting families has gradually increased over recent years. First time fathers are now average 33.2 and first time mothers average 28.6. The lack of any dependants for many people in their 20’s may mean that they are more willing to try different jobs and not settle in the same job role.

A wide range of other factors such as job security, the economy, travel and temporary contracts may also be influential factors in the increase in the average number of jobs in a millennials life time.

If you are looking for a new role or a change in career then please get in touch with one of our team.

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5 Ways To Help Your CV Stand Out

With so much competition in the job market it can be hard to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Here at Enigma Employment Agency Coventry we have put together a useful list that will help you and your CV get noticed.

CV Presentation

The layout of your CV is one of the first things an employer will look at. Ensure that your CV is easy to read and in chronological order starting with your most recent job. If you are struggling or in need of some guidance, Microsoft Word comes with a template perfect for creating a CV. Ensure you include your address and contact details at the top of your CV.

Spelling and Grammar

Any obvious spelling errors in your CV will be quickly noticed and give employers the impression you don’t care or don’t have any attention to detail (a skill that many employers require). If spelling and grammar is not your strong point, ask a friend or relative to proof read your CV.

Tailor your CV

Be sure to give detailed examples within your CV that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Provide an overview of your previous roles along with examples of goals that you have achieved. If the job that you are applying for mentions any certificates, licenses, knowledge of programs or specific experience that is required, make sure you include any relevant examples.

Cover letter
If the job you are applying for provides the option to include a cover letter with your application, take the opportunity to include an introduce yourself and include key reasons why you think you would be suitable for the job along with a brief overview of your experience and key skills.

CV Title

It may sound obvious but when saving your CV to be sent to a potential employer, ensure that you title the document with your name followed by CV, for example ‘Joe Bloggs CV’.

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How To Prepare For an Interview

For most of us no matter how much experience we have or how many interviews we’ve been to, the thought of being put on the spot is often a daunting one. Knowing that the next 30 minutes or so could potentially determine the next few years of your life is a nerve racking idea for anyone.

Fear not! Here at Enigma Employment we are here to help. Below we have created a helpful list to assist you in preparing for any interviews you have in the future.

Arrival

You should always get to an interview with time to spare. This provides you with the opportunity to familiarise yourself and calm any nerves. The fact that you have turned up to the interview on time demonstrates you have good time keeping skills. If you are driving to the interview, plan your route. Google maps will calculate the time it takes to get there and will also show you near by areas for parking.

Presentation

Regardless of the role you are interviewing for, we would advise you dress smartly (this doesn’t mean dressing for a black tie event). A smart suit or dress always makes a good impression. According to research people naturally judge you in the first 7 seconds, so making a good first impression is essential. When greeting the interviewer offer to shake their hand, this helps signify your professionalism and confidence. Make sure its a firm handshake (but not too firm).

Research

Before even entering the interview, it’s always a good idea to research the company you have applied to. Look into the background of the business. When were they established? What are their goals and objectives? Remember these points and if the opportunity arises explain how your skills or experience can help them.

Speak Clearly

This may sound obvious but make sure you don’t mumble, but instead make yourself clear and easy to understand. If you get a dry mouth from your nerves why not take a bottle of water into the interview.

Documentation

Make sure you bring along any certificates, qualifications or documentation the interviewer has requested. Whether its a portfolio of work or a passport or drivers license. This shows you are organised and can follow instruction.

Opportunities in 2019

After a short sharp end to Christmas and New Year, many of us dread the thought of going back to our jobs having had such a long period of time off (depending on your industry of course). The thought of returning to work, sitting in the same office with the same people for yet another year can often feel soul destroying.

Fortunately despite what you may read in the news, there are thousands of opportunities in and around Coventry for those seeking a new career or change of scenery. Here at Enigma employment Coventry, we work with a variety of different businesses who are looking to fill a wide range of positions.

Enigma Employment are currently recruiting for multiple different positions, including welders, drivers and operators. Many of the current vacancies offer with temporary, permanent or flexible hours. So if you fancy a change of work place or wish to seek new opportunities this year there why not apply. Many of the roles that we advertise provide immediate full time employment.

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City of Culture

The next few years promise to be an exciting time for the city of Coventry. Fresh from the recent announcement that will see the city crowned as the 2021 city of culture. Coventry fought off competition from Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea to take the title. The successful bid will provide a great opportunity to boost the economy, tourism, and access to the arts in the local area. The prestigious title will also bring Coventry to the forefront of the UK, joining other well-known cities such as London, Birmingham and Liverpool.

Most importantly for the people and businesses of Coventry, the new title brings significant investment, with the city of culture receiving multiple grants and additional government funding.

The long term effects of the title are yet to be seen, however previous winners such as Hull have benefitted from increased tourism and an overall change in perception of the city. Past winners of the city of culture have gone on to host major events and enjoy economic boosts.

Coventry is currently enjoying a major upturn in opportunities, with many businesses expanding. It was recently announced that the city would be the new hub for The National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility bringing with it £80 million in government investment. The new facility once again shows Coventrys established status as one of the worlds top automotive and manufacturing cities.

Other Coventry businesses such as the Coventry Building Society are also benefitting from rapid growth that has resulted in the firm searching for up to 40 new employees. A long standing Coventry establishment, the building society are proud to be named one of the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For.

Here at Enigma Employment we are dedicated to helping candidates find their desired roles, aligning skills and experience with suitable roles. If you are looking for a new job in 2018 then please feel free to get in touch.

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Coventry – The Perfect Location

Coventry’s central location within the country makes it the ideal city for warehouses and distribution centres.

Never has these been more apparent than in recent years, with more and more large businesses choosing Coventry as their distribution hub.
Easy access to motorway and rail networks make the city the perfect location for an ever increasing number of businesses.

The city has benefitted from the recent boom in online retail, with offers of next day delivery from many online businesses making a central location imperative in order to fulfil these promises.

With its new distribution centre expected to open later this year, the online giant Amazon is a great example of one of the many businesses taking advantage of the infrastructure and access the city of Coventry has to offer.
The online retailer has pledged to recruit more than 1,650 permanent jobs at their new site, providing a massive employment boost for the city.The new distribution centre is expected to be the size of eight football pitches, and will be situation on what was formerly the Jaguar Browns Lane factory.

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Coventry to Benefit from £80m Battery Grant

As many as 10,000 new jobs could be created in Coventry after £80million of government funding was announced for a national centre to develop batteries for the electric vehicles of the future.

The National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF) is seen as a key building block for Coventry to become the UK’s Motor City once again – and lead the world in electric vehicle technology.

That also includes long-term hopes outlined by Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth to make Coventry the centre of the car maker’s electric and autonomous car production plans.

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, made the announcement Coventry had won a national competition for the new centre during an energy conference at the University of Warwick today.

The bid was made by WMG at the University of Warwick, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Coventry City Council.