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Getting Qualified To Find A Job You Love

Whether you are looking for a new job, career change or promotion, make 2015 the year you really make a difference by securing your dream job with a professional Human Resources (HR) qualification from Home Learning College. By putting that you are studying for a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) on your CV, you will prove to employers that you have the essential skills and knowledge they are looking for and also demonstrate your commitment and desire to succeed in HR.

How do these courses help you in your career?

As well as equipping you with the knowledge and skills HR employers are looking for, the CIPD qualification syllabus focuses on key transferrable skills that HR professionals will use on a day-to-day basis. The diverse nature of the course also opens up opportunities to branch out and specialise in HR, Learning and Development and other areas. With your qualification, you can apply for more senior roles and boost your earnings up to £47,500*. It has been proven that qualified professionals earn £81,000 more than their unqualified peers over a lifetime**. Not to mention, you can put on your CV that you are studying towards your CIPD qualification immediately after you enrol. You will have a competitive advantage when applying for HR positions; in fact, many job vacancies state that it is essential for candidates to be CIPD qualified.

CIPD Courses

CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate – perfect for those interested in entering HR or those already working in HR support, looking to develop their knowledge and skills. CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate – perfect for those looking to build a successful and long-term career in Human Resources, aspiring to a management or senior Human Resources role.

What is online learning really like?

If you want to be able to plan your study towards a professional qualification around work, family and other important commitments, online learning is an ideal option. You can progress at your own pace, whilst sticking to a flexible study framework to ensure you achieve your qualification in 9-12 months.

How it works

When you enrol you will be assigned your course Tutor who will be your main point of contact during your studies. You will be able to access everything you need for your course 24/7, in one place on our Virtual Learning Community (VLC). On the VLC you can:
  • Access Adobe eBooks
  • Join live online classes with your tutor and peers
  • Watch class recordings
  • Contact your tutor
  • Create a personalised study plan
  • Interact with other students via student forums
  • Download useful course/ industry guides
  • Upload your assignments and review feedback
  • Access a wealth of other resources including a Careers Hub
  • Watch our 'Student Orientation' video for a better idea: Get course information on CIPD qualifications
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    “I Regretted My First Graduate Job”

    After the release of the A Level results and GCSE’s over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen a surge in visits and applications to Simply HR Jobs. Which brought us to the question; “How many graduates actually stay in their first jobs for life?”


    This lead us to do a bit of research into the topic and we soon found out that almost two thirds of graduates regret their first job roles. Almost a quarter of graduates leave their first role within the first year of joining. These figures come from global research carried out by CEB. It is suggested that there is a severe disconnect between employers attraction strategies and what graduates are looking for from their potential employers, with 87% of graduate employers stating they still have unfilled graduate roles. CEB’s chief science and analytics officer, Eugene Burke, goes on to state that “today’s graduates want to understand what opportunities there are to develop and grow, demonstrate the talents they have and progress in the organisation,” he said. “Many firms simply lack clear intelligence on their graduate talent to know what is going to make them stay and be high-performing employees.” Burke went on to add that employers must change the way they act or they will continue to see a disappointing return on their graduate recruitment strategies. If you’re a graduate who has just received their A Level or GCSE results, take a look at some of the roles on offer in HR here. However, take this article as a pointer and remember to make sure that you are passionate about the role you’re applying for.

    Dismissed or been made redundant? Check your legal position here

    redundancy image Have you just lost your job in HR? Maybe you've been fired, or maybe you've been told you're being made redundant. It’s possible you felt like you had to resign because of something happening at work.

    If one of these situations has occurred, it is crucial to understand the actual process of losing your job, say the experts at Contact Law. Understanding this could be the difference between being able to get another job quickly, getting compensation for your situation, or even being offered an alternative position and remaining in employment.

    Contact Law has designed an easy-to-use flow chat that gives you immediate information about what your rights are and what you should do next.
    » Read more: Dismissed or been made redundant? Check your legal position here

    How to impress at a panel interview

    Interview iStock_000019674221Small 3It’s worth remembering that the intention of the assembled inquisitors at a panel interview is not to intimidate, but simply to get to know you.

    And just as in any job interview situation, this is your chance to show intelligence, confidence, interest and ability, and ultimately secure your perfect hr job. So be focused and controlled, and you’ll get results.

    Often panels are put together for high level candidates, so that several relevant people within the organization can take part at once – the HR director, the finance director and the head of marketing, for example. They will all be looking for certain qualities – i.e. will you fit the company culture, have you got relevant experience, can you handle a large resourcing budget, will you do your best to promote the company through your work? Some recruitment experts say it’s a good idea to view the panel interview as several meetings handily combined into one time-efficient get together. You’re getting it all over with at once, in other words.

    The people who stand out in these panel situations are those who relax and interact. They have clearly used their intelligence to do some research, and have genuine questions for the interviewers showing a rounded understanding of what’s needed. Their personality will come through in the way they cope with a challenging situation.
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    How to stay motivated on the HR job hunt

    motivationReceiving rejection letters, emails and phone calls can be a tough part of the job-hunting process. Worse still are those days of hearing nothing at all from potential employers, even when you have slogged over countless application forms.

    on’t give up! As an HR professional you will know that now is the time for inner strength and renewed energy in your job search. To keep on track until your ideal HR advisor or brand HR business partner job comes along, it’s vital to stay focused and positive.

    You know that no one is successful with every job application. The wise way of coping is to try and learn from each experience and move on. Whatever you do, don’t get frustrated and angry and let that show when dealing with potential employers. A positive mindset and raw enthusiasm helps make a good impression, both in writing and in person, so don’t sway from the chirpy outlook, no matter how prolonged and painful the hunt seems to be.

    Here are some great ways to stay motivated and on track:

    1. Set written goals Having a very clear, structured action plan will help get you started. With a list of goals – including companies you are writing to, where you are uploading your CV and registering for jobs by email, networking you will do, careers events you will attend – you have a record of how much you are achieving over time. Factor in time off and treats too – you will need to reward yourself along the way.
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    Top tips for the perfect Skype job interview

    Webcam-by-David-Burillo-flickr-300x199Skype job interviews are increasingly common today, so how do you make the best of them when hoping to get recruited for a new HR job?

    Internet phone and specialist video communications systems, used for first stage candidate assessments, have certainly proved their worth for employers, being incredibly cost and time efficient. Probably most popular right now is Skype internet calling. It costs nothing to use between two Skype users, and allows both parties to be free from holding a receiver up to their ear during long conversations.

    Skype cuts out the need for travel for the candidate, and allows employers to easily reach out to regional, even international candidates.

    Skype video recording, with the addition of special programmes means the employer can tightly control, pause, replay and share interview footage, generally making the selection process easier to manage. Candidates might only be speaking to their interviewer, and not seen via video link-up, but if you do find yourself in front of the camera you should see this as a real opportunity to shine.
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    I’ve tailored my CVs so why no HR job interviews?

    CV and keyboard imageIt’s well known – especially in HR circles - that job applicants should tailor their CVs or online applications to each specific job as described by the recruiter, rather than send generic details about themselves. But increasingly – as more and more people apply for each advertised vacancy – HR job hopefuls find that even this isn’t working in their favour.

    As one frustrated jobseeker says on a forum: “Every application I submit includes a specifically tailored CV or application form. Even though I very carefully stick to the requirements of the job description and highlight successes to demonstrate my abilities and experience, I’ve yet to be offered an interview.”

    Not getting to the interview stage – when all that effort has been put into an application – can be soul destroying. So what should be done, to increase your chances of getting invited to an HR job interview?
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    Working part-time in HR: Your legal position

    Career changeThe recent growth in part-time jobs has been much remarked-upon. Part-time work helps businesses maintain flexibility and avoid redundancies in difficult times; while part-time HR staff can benefit from lifestyle advantages and a stepping stone into their HR specialism of choice. The increase in part-time work throws up several legal issues for businesses and workers.

    Employee, Worker, or Self-Employed? The most important factor for the purpose of employment law is not whether someone works part-time or not; but whether they are classified as an 'employee'; 'worker'; or 'self-employed'.

    The majority of HR staff are employees. They are required to work regular hours unless they are on leave; and the employee makes tax and NI deductions from their wages. Those who are on the payroll but only work when required (for example those with 'casual' or 'zero hours' contracts), may be classified as workers rather than employees. Self-employed HR staff, such as freelance consultants, are hired for specific projects, invoice the business for their work and pay their own tax and national insurance.

    Part-time workers and employees have a number of statutory rights and protections. Those who work on a self-employed basis do not.
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    Seven simple steps to promotion

    Opening doorsAmbitious HR professionals will have their eyes on promotion opportunities from day one in a new job. Others – perhaps the more realistic – will reason that much must be proved before the HR career ladder can be conquered.

    Due to the relatively unstructured nature of HR careers, not to mention the ongoing sluggishness of the economy meaning fewer internal promotion opportunities are coming up, a rapid rise in any organisation just now is unlikely.

    Those who do expect to see regular promotion must be prepared to sacrifice a lot – putting in longer hours than colleagues, and working hard to build the right relationships and beat targets in order to get noticed and rewarded.

    Here are our top tips for putting career progression into action:

    Ask for a mentor at work Mentors can offer valuable career guidance. Having a wise, experienced colleague on your side can really help propel your HR career in the right direction. In fact a US study recently found that in four out of five promotions, those promoted had a mentoring relationship with someone higher in the company who helped by advocating their skills and abilities.
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    How to break into a career in Human Resources

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    Human resources is a business-strategy aligned function of corporations, designed to assist the organisation in achieving its goals through effective recruitment, development and retention of staff. A good HR function can help a company gain competitive advantage in the market through these practices. In more recent times the function has increased to take on additional areas such as well-being, safeguarding, internal communications, community involvement and corporate social responsibility amongst other areas.

    It remains a valuable area for aspiring professionals to move into and to have a rewarding and challenging career. Jobs within HR tend to be very transferable and many roles have acreditations attached that facilitate this. The roles within HR can be generalist or focused into specialist areas, particularly as an individual's career and experience develops.

    A starting role will generally operate at the administrative side of HR. This might involve preparing and sending out contracts, administrative paperwork, internal forms, pay reviews and other activities. Employee databases are kept updated and the team will work closely with other functions such as payroll.

    HR administrators will also typically deal with administrative processes for new starters, such as paperwork and induction processes. They will deal with leavers, sickness, disciplinary issues, bonus and pay reviews, maternity, development and other HR areas in similar ways. They will probably be expected to work within an SLA, responding to queries within established timeframes and following strict procedures for administrative records, paper trails and database updating.

    As the HR practitioner develops, they will likely start advising managerial staff on staffing issues, disciplinaries, grievances and more. Trade Union involvement may be a factor, along with changes to HR legislation, involvement with internal communications programmes, internal change programmes and more.

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