In April 2016 the National Living Wage law will be enforced, so if you’re 25 or over you could be seeing an increase of 50p hour in your wage slip! It makes no difference if you’re paid weekly, monthly, part-time, full-time, by cash, by BACS or by cheque – you are entitled.
Previously employees over 25 were entitled to a minimum wage of £6.70 per but with the new rules in place your employer is required by law to pay you at-least £7.20 per hour. In a recent Government survey 70% of workers have said they will feel more positive with the wage increase and 59% agreed they would be more motivated whilst at work.
Although this is the biggest minimum wage increase in several years it can be hard to picture the impact it will have on your life, so to make things easier we’ve made a list of what the extra income could get you over a year if you were working 35 hours a week.
Whether it’s going to go towards a luxury treat or help towards your monthly bills the increase is going to benefit households all across the UK with only just over 3 weeks until it takes effect.
Prices and figures are based on market searches as of March 2016 and may vary.
Finding a job can be hard, and you never know how long you’re going to be looking for! As time passes you may get rejections and your budget may get tighter making it easier to get disheartened. You are likely to have highs and lows and these lows can have a bad effect on your mood and motivation.
However, this is exactly the time when you need to dust yourself off and put in more hard work than ever. Remember we fell down lots and lots of times before we learnt to walk. Key attributes of a successful job seeker are persistence and self-belief. Here are few tips to help you stay positive:
- Start as you mean to go on – The first 30 minutes of your day are more important thank you think! This is the critical time that will affect your thoughts and actions for the rest of the day. Set your alarm as if you were going to work and don’t get up late, have a shower and take a walk to get some fresh air in your lungs. Have the mindset that looking for a job as a full time job. Get dressed to feel confident and positive about yourself, set times for breaks and when you will finish and what days you will have off from your job search.
- Set up the right environment – It is important to have an organised, neat and tidy area in your home where you can run your job search from. It will help you stay focused on the target. This should ideally be equipped with a phone, computer and everything else you might find in an office
- Set daily goals – Goals are important and will keep your mind focused on the things that are important and keep you feeling positive about your future. If you don’t have anything set to work towards you are then likely to achieve less. Make your goals SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) and remember to celebrate when you achieve a goal – woo!
- Create a support network – Having a group of friends or family that are aware of what you are trying to achieve is good as they can help to keep you motivated. Avoid anyone that will bring you down. Surround yourself with people that are positive and upbeat that will encourage and you to carry on.
- Eat right – A healthy body generally leads to a healthy mind. Try to make sure you include lots of fruit and vegetables in your diet and try to stay away from fatty foods and try to limit your alcohol intake.
- Law of averages. The more applications, calls, networking or visits you make the more chances you have of finding the job you want. You need to tailor your CV for each job. Set a goal of how many applications per week, how many people will see, how many recruitment agencies to contact etc…
- Be positive and focus on what you can do, not what you can’t – Everyone will feel frustrated at some point during their job search. You would be a very lucky person if you have been interviewed for every job you have applied for – all you can do is learn from each knock-back and move on. Always remember what things you are good at and use these to keep you motivated. Focus on the skills you can do that are on your job specification rather than ones what you can’t.
- Learn to manage stress – This may be an obvious one, but the less stress you have in your life, the easier life should be. To keep motivated & positive when job hunting try to manage your stress levels as best you can. Try to also include exercise, managing your time and workload effectively and importantly time to de-stress by having hobbies or other non-work activities.
- Get feedback and use it wisely – Take feedback seriously and use the positive feedback to keep you motivated. If you said something or did something in an interview that you shouldn’t of, and this is fed back to you, remember not to do it next time. Or if you have negative feedback about your product access if changes may need to be made. If you’re not getting asked for interviews it is worth getting someone to have a look through your CV. If you’re getting to the interview, but being rejected you should ask why not? It may be the case you were you only one person away from getting the job.
- Enjoy and don’t give up – Job hunting is a time of transition and change and it can also be a very important time for self-development be patient and don’t expect too much too soon. Use this period to reassess your goals, find out what you really want to do and be the best you can be.
At Opportunity Plus we specialize in helping people get back into work or start their own businesses. If you would like any help with your job search or business ideas then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UWE Bristol Exhibition & Conference Centre
Wednesday 19 March 9.30am – 3pm and 5pm – 8pm
Thursday 20 March 9.30am – 3pm
“Skills South West is the biggest skills and careers event happening in the region. Aimed at 15-24 year olds this free event will inspire and motivate. Hands on interactive features will give you a chance to get a real taste of different future career options whatever your dreams or ambitions.
Whether you’re at school or college, starting work, a teacher, parent/carer or family this is the one event that could change your future. Visit and be inspired, motivated and thrilled with over 70 organisations providing interactive features from every major career sector imaginable.”
Visit http://www.skillssw.co.uk for more information.