Job Title: Trainee Accounts & Administration
Employer: Bimson Haulage Ltd
Location: Carlisle and Wolverhampton Offices
Job description: The role will provide a structured and comprehensive introduction into Accounts & Administration. The company offers full training and support to ensure the individual can maximise their potential. The training is constantly reviewed at regular intervals, and based on the applicants understanding, new tasks and challenges are continuously added. It is expected the candidate will progress through to Managerial level.
Person requirements: The successful applicant will enjoy working as part of a friendly team and possess a professional approach to their work. We are seeking candidates who are self-motivated, conscientious and pay attention to detail. Strong organisational skills with an eye for detail are essential. We require a versatile candidate to support the Accounts Team in all areas of accounts using both Sage and MS Excel.(Training provided). This position offers an excellent opportunity for someone to work in a professional, positive environment whilst advancing their own career aspirations.
Company information: BHL is an innovative and progressive national logistics company that has established itself as a market leader within its specialist field. As a company we have enjoyed consecutive growth for the past ten years, and are looking to build on this success with recruitment for the following position.
How to apply: Please send your CV and a cover letter to Jobs@bimson.co.uk. Within the cover letter, please offer an examples of where you have shown the following traits:
Attention to Detail
Are you looking for a part-time job in a shop, bar or restaurant? Dropping off your CV in person and asking to speak to the manager can be an effective strategy. First impressions really count, particularly if you are dressed appropriately and you come across as confident, personable and enthusiastic. A prospective employer will be impressed by your initiative and motivation too.
It’s a good idea to have a CV that you can leave with them. Even if they don’t have a vacancy at the time, you can always ask to be kept on file and you may well find that you get a phone call out of the blue.
However, don’t leave them your main graduate CV. Create a different shorter version that fits the type of employer you are targeting.
Here are some tips about what to leave out and what you should be emphasising instead.
- Make sure your CV is easy to follow and looks professional. Don’t overcrowd with too much text and don’t make it any longer than one or two sides of A4.
- Make sure your contact details are obvious. Your contact telephone numbers and email need to be clearly stated at the top of your CV.
- Remember what you want your CV to do for you! Make it obvious who you are eg a reliable and hard-working student seeking a part-time job in a customer facing role. Write a short personal profile (no more than 50 words) that states clearly what you can offer and what you want.
- Put your work experience section before your academic one. It’s always a good idea on a CV to position each section in order of importance for the type of job you want. So after a short personal profile, a section describing your work experience will be of more interest to a pub manager for example than details about your degree subject. For graduate jobs, the order will be different, as your academic background is likely to be your ‘main selling point’.
- Make sure your relevant work experience is clearly stated and easy to find. If you have relevant experience, mention this in your profile, and then expand on it more fully in a section called ‘work experience’.
- What does a prospective employer want from a student seeking a part-time job in a bar/shop/café etc? Use phrases and words that resonate with the hospitality and retail sector. A prospective employer will want to know that you ‘enjoy dealing with customers’ or ‘know how to create a welcoming friendly atmosphere’, or ‘have the tact and diplomacy to deal with demanding customers’, ‘have a flexible approach to work’ etc
- Only include relevant information. Reduce or even leave out completely complex detail about your degree course and subject specialisms. A busy shop manager doesn’t have the time to read about your dissertation choice or course modules for example. It may even put them off! You can mention what you are studying and where (eg Accounting and Finance student) but give this less prominence than you would give to it on your graduate CV.
- Demonstrate that you have the skills needed to work in a shop/bar etc. Position your ‘employment section’ after your ‘personal profile’ and expand on any part-time paid or voluntary jobs you have had previously. Use bullet points to describe duties and responsibilities such as handling money, preparing and serving food/drinks, helping customers find the goods they want. This shows that you could potentially hit the ground running.
- Promoting your transferable skills and personal qualities. If you have no previous work experience, then promote your transferable skills and personal attributes that demonstrate your suitability and employability. For example, that you get on well with people and can work well in a team; that you are reliable and responsible, confident and articulate. Mention extra-curricular activities that might show off your people and team-working skills.
If you haven’t had a part-time job before, then taking the plunge and making a speculative visit really could pay off. People respond to people, and if you are charming, friendly and smart, you could just be what they are looking for.
Finally don’t forget the careers team can support you with CV writing and looking for jobs. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications & Marketing Intern
Cumbria Community Foundation is looking for a dynamic and motivated person to help with their communications and marketing needs. The full-time role will be for 12 months based at their office in Dovenby.
The position provides an opportunity to further develop experience in marketing, communications, research and events management as well as gaining experience of social policy, grant making and community philanthropy.
The aim of the role is to provide support to staff members across a range of activities and functions. The position will be packaged as support to a range of projects to ensure effective management of the intern’s time.
The Community Foundation exists to improve the quality of the community life in Cumbria by making grants to voluntary organisations and individuals and managing grant making funds on behalf of individuals, companies and government organisations.
Established in September 1999 the Foundation has given out almost £30 million in grants to more than 4,000 groups and 4,000 individuals.
The Foundation has a strong donor base and is held in high regard by key stakeholders. As an organisation committed to the local community and a track record of delivery they are looking for a key member of the team to contribute to the exciting development of the organisation.
Salary £14,000 – £16,000 per annum
For further information including the job description and application form, visit their website http://www.cumbriafoundation.org/
Closing date 9.00am Monday 16th May 2016
Interview date 24th May
Carlisle Brass is looking for an IT Manager. This role offers the opportunity to travel, locations include Carlisle, Blackburn, Kirkham and Dubai.
To apply send a CV and covering letter to email@example.com.
Find out more about Carlisle Brass on their website – http://www.carlislebrass.com
Closing date for applications is 10 May 2016.
Title: IT Manager
Reports to: Head of Finance
Dotted line to: CBG MD / Divisional FD
Sites: Carlisle, Blackburn, Kirkham, Dubai
Salary: £40-45k (37.5 hour week with out of hours and weekend work required occasionally to meet business continuity needs)
Benefits: 3% pension contribution, DIS 2 x’s salary, 23 days holiday
The role arises as a result of the need to strengthen the IT function within the business, in the light of increased growth and technology dependence as well as the increased complexity arising from a proposed ERP replacement in 2017.
The hardware infrastructure for the current systems is largely based at Carlisle, with remote servers at Blackburn and Kirkham.
The parent Group’s IT infrastructure will also continue to evolve towards consolidation and standardisation of solutions for its other UK businesses based in Daventry, and this role holder should therefore expect to collaborate with other parts of the Arran Isle group in achieving realistic synergies. It is likely that this would comprise further virtualisation of storage and servers, as well as a roll out of virtual desktop technology
Deliver an infrastructure which continues to support the growth of the organisation and become knowledgeable about all its aspects to ensure continuous support for the operational hours of the business.
Provide day to day management and leadership of support staff making sure that appropriate skills are in place and effectively deployed in order to meet the function’s responsibilities to its users at all sites.
There will also be scope to provide forward looking guidance and strategy on where the Group can deliver more through IT, as well as responding to and developing ideas arising in the business units.
Carlisle Brass currently operates a range of software applications to control the business, largely based around a bespoke database (Corserine), and developed in .NET from an original Phoenix database. Much of this development has been undertaken in house by the current IT manager. Corserine has in turn has been integrated with Sage 200 to provide the financial reporting and analysis. It is intended that the IT Manager will remain within the business focussed mainly on support of the legacy systems and immediate development requirements of these.
Carlisle Brass is currently planning to replace its existing legacy systems with a fully integrated ERP solution in 2017. It is highly likely this will be based around a MS Dynamics Navision solution already developed for other businesses in the Arran Isle group, and being implemented during 2016.
The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting this project from the early stages through to post completion support.
The business does not currently have Navision experience available, but this will be supported by other sites and experienced third party implementers.
Key responsibilities and Standards of Performance
- Helpdesk resources and performance including reporting and improvement programmes
- Allocation of support resources and software resilience as agreed with business units including up time
- Coordination with external support providers which includes managing their performance and negotiation of contracts to support the operational requirements of the business
- Developing business specific Service Level Agreements (SLA) for each business unit and subsequently ensuring that IT service meets or exceed agreed targets
- Contribute to the development of the IT strategy encompassing hardware, software, security, resources and other aspects that support the achievement of the business plans of each business location
- Project planning and management of infrastructure maintenance and development projects including engagement and management of 3rd party contractors and service providers as and when required
- Creation of Disaster Recovery plans covering all aspects of IT resources and service for each business including periodic testing and subsequent updating. This includes from minor incidents such as theft of mobile phones to larger scale issues such as downtime on main systems
- Managing the hardware estate for the business units including:
- Physical servers, switches, firewalls and other associated hardware at Carlisle and other UK locations
- Local PC’s, photocopiers
- Telecoms: fixed line, broadband, mobile phones & devices, wifi, scanners
- Video conferencing assets
- Development and roll out of IT policies across all locations, periodic maintenance and enforcement
- Overall management of website hosting for all business units including the development and monitoring of service level performance from 3rd party resource providers
- Management of all aspects of IT security for all locations including PCI compliance, hardware and software integrity and resilience
- Contribute to wider company projects that require IT input such as new process planning, new functional specific software such as demand planning or business reporting
- Form part of the wider Group’s IT resource by working collaboratively with other IT professionals in the business and contributing to the IT Board
- Keep up to date with new software and technologies that can make our business better and build competencies within the IT team
Coordinate with Divisional Finance based in Daventry, UK.
Liaise with other IT professionals around the Group
IT of customer/supplier functions around the UK
IT / Business systems
Sage 200 accounting software used for financial reporting
Interfaced with internally developed Corserine / Phoenix operating systems
Local IT hardware infrastructure includes virtualised servers and remote servers at business locations in Kirkham and Blackburn.
Background, education and experience
Extensive 1st/2nd and 3rd Line support for a variety of infrastructure & application environments (pre-dominantly MS focused)
Extensive Design and deployment of Windows/PC based hardware
Management of an IT function within a larger multi-site SME or
Management of teams within an outsourced IT services environment
Good general education with at least strong A level or equivalent education. Degree level education likely. Appropriate technical certifications to demonstrate technical areas of expertise.
- LAN/WAN Network
- MS Server platforms
- Full and Thin client architecture including Citrix
- Hardware performance monitoring and improvement
- Business Continuity, backup & recovery
- Antivirus, Anti-spam & Firewall management
- PCI compliance
- Programming, e.g. Linux, .NET
- Video conferencing (Lifesize)
- Support ERP and Business Intelligence tools
The template for the future ERP system is based around MS Dynamics NAV 16 (Navision) with extensive use of Phocas (BI) and Jet Reports (BI)for much of the reporting requirements. Experience in any of these would be advantageous
An established Occupational Health Team based at the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Penrith are looking to recruit to the following roles:
- Occupational Health Advisor (£34,746 to £35,662) – A registered nurse, with post graduate specialist qualification to degree or diploma level and ideally be registered on part 3 of the NMC register with relevant experience in the delivery of occupational health activities.
- Part-time Occupational Health Nurse (£27,123 to £27,924) – A registered nurse, who would ideally have some experience in the delivery of occupational health activities, or who is currently going through or willing to undertake an occupational health qualification.
As valued members of our multidisciplinary occupational health team, you will play an important role in the undertaking of manager referrals, pre-employment health screening and medicals, health surveillance, immunisations and the delivery of health promotion programmes. You will assist the Occupational Health Service Manager and other members in the team in the on-going provision of a comprehensive and pro-active Occupational Health Service to our customers.
This is an exciting opportunity to join an established occupational health team based at the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Penrith, however work locations may be flexible.
The successful candidates will benefit from the flexible working opportunity offered which acknowledges that flexible working and work-life balance is important to employees and the organisation. We would welcome full-time or part-time applications.
For an informal discussion, please contact Sharon McAdam on 01768 812557.
Closing date 5pm on 22 April 2016.
There are many ways to gain relevant work experience in the media industry and they don’t all involve traveling to London!
I recently represented the University of Cumbria at a BBC Digital and Creative Careers Day at Media City in Salford. One of the biggest things I took from the day is the need for graduates applying for training schemes, jobs and freelance work to have relevant work experience.
How much experience should I have?
As a current student or recent graduate you are not expected to have years of experience in the sector you want to work in. Instead, you need to demonstrate that you are committed and interested in working in your intended field. You can do this by attending relevant work experience, reflecting on what you have learned and asking for a letter of recommendation from the employers you work for.
Work experience opportunities can range for a day’s shadowing, a week or two, a few months or a longer-term internship. With such a wide variety of opportunities available it is important to focus on the quality and relevance of a work experience placement rather than the amount of placements you do.
How to get relevant work experience:
- Send a CV and covering letter to companies and ask for shadowing/work experience
- Make your own content
- Volunteer for university or community radio and TV
- Apply for advertised work experience
It’s all about the money…
Some work experience opportunities will be paid, others may not be. If you are planning to take part in unpaid work experience I suggest deciding (before you apply) under what circumstances you will work for free and for how long.
Think about: what benefits you will receive, what skills and experiences you will gain, if you have done the same thing or something similar already, how much it will cost you, when you are available, if you can get funding and how it will benefit your career.
When thinking about if you should take part in an unpaid placement consider:
- Are you being asked to do work that you would usually be paid for?
- When you are on placement are you doing the same work as paid staff members and are you being given responsibility for work?
- Are you being asked to take on an unpaid placement for more than 6 weeks?
If the answer to any of the above is yes the placement offered should be a paid one.
Note – we know it can sometimes be difficult to judge whether a work experience placement should be paid or not. If you are unsure you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
I have included a list of work experience opportunities below and some information on the upcoming Media Industry Day on Wednesday 13 April 2016.
Careers and Employability Coordinator
University of Cumbria
Careers and Employability Service
#UoCMedia Industry Day
Wednesday 13 April 2016 – 9am to 4.15pm – Brampton Road Campus (registration at main reception)
Find more information here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/media-industry-day-tickets-23238632375?platform=hootsuite
Registration has now closed but UoC students are welcome to just come along on the day.
Media Careers – Work Experience Opportunities:
BBC Work Experience
There are four application windows every year and each one will last two weeks.
There are four windows of opportunity to apply each year, with the Insight Programme open in January, April, July and October.
Discover Wildlife Magazine
BBC Wildlife welcomes work experience students for a period of one week throughout the year.
C4 Pop Up Events
C4 Pop Up is a day of industry talks, creative workshops and down to earth careers advice and support from Channel 4. Dates for the London, Belfast and Cardiff events are already up with more to follow.
Event Volunteer Quays Festival 2016
Quays Culture – North West England
Deadline – 30 June 2016
Volunteer Venue Assistants and Festival Runners
Bradford Literature Festival – Yorkshire
Deadline – 6 May 2016
Wild Rumpus – Staffordshire
Deadline – 18 April 2016
Lake District Summer Music – Cumbria
Deadline 25 May 2016
Volunteer media opportunities at the Animal Refuge and Carlisle Youth Zone
Contact Max Evans-Kirkman – email@example.com
Contact David Mulholland (Company Director) for potential work experience opportunities
07770 676766 / 07879 444443
Contact Lou Kneath Gibson (Company Director) to find out more
Careers and Employability Service
Contact us for CV, application and personal statement feedback, careers appointments, career planning, help finding placements and graduate jobs.
If you are thinking about starting your own business, whether it’s for profit or not, we can help and support you all the way.
The successful applicant will win:
A VIP tour of the Swizzels factory in Derbyshire including travel expenses and accommodation.
A tasting session of new Swizzels products
Involvement in future development of Swizzels sweets.
A year’s supply of Swizzels goodies.
Apply online with either a written or video application. Visit the website for more details:
2 Summer positions available at FatFace Ambleside:
1 x 8 hour temporary position beginning April to September – must be available Sunday to Wednesday
1 x 8 hour temporary position beginning April to September – must be available Thursday to Saturday
Please take a CV into the store before the closing date of Monday 16 March 2015.
Fat Face, Market Cross, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9BT Tel: 015394 33376
Bar Staff and Waitress positions at FINO, Ambleside
Part time staff required for small upmarket wine bar in the heart of Ambleside. Applicants must have an excellent customer manner, be reliable, trustworthy and hard working. Previous experience would be an advantage but training can be given to the right candidate.
Apply online here: http://www.indeed.co.uk/cmp/FINO/jobs/Bar-Staff-Waitress-4498a8042b2c9c0b
Waiter positions at Apple Pie Eating House and Bakery, Ambleside
We have a vacancy for a waiter in our busy café/bakery in Ambleside. Experience preferred but full training will be given. No shift work. Starting rate £6.50 but after initial training this can be reviewed. We are looking for someone energetic and outgoing, who has an interest in Customer service. Accommodation available for the right applicant. Full and part time positions available.
Applications to: Simon Carter, Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9AN
Phone: 015394 33679
Today’s guest post is from Sam Curran, an alumni of the University of Cumbria. Today Sam is talking about portfolio careers. Take it away, Sam!
When you graduate, it can be quite a tough thing to consider what you want to do with your life. There are numerous routes and avenues which graduates explore. Some want to head for the stars and travel, whilst others may even go into a field that their degree is not to do with. Then there are people like me who want a portfolio career.
A portfolio career is where you do not have one fixed job, instead carrying out a number of roles, which could be completely unrelated to each other. It could be 2 or 3 things or for some people their repertoire can stretch to doing more than 5 jobs, which is quite astounding. Quite different from the normal 9 till 5 grind, which can put people into a routine which may not be good for them, although there is a clear division between work and play, which a portfolio career does not really allow for.
I think I have always known that I wanted to do different things in life although it is something that may take me a little time to get the correct balance. Building a portfolio career initially can be pretty tough as you try and put things in place but it does get easier over time. Some people may have the impression that a portfolio career involves doing all freelance work, but this is not strictly true. I think in the future it will probably involve a mixture of freelance and part time work hopefully in a school for me or maybe somewhere else. Things take time to come to fruition and all great things are worth waiting for I suppose.
You have to build up your skills in certain areas first and learn the ropes as well. It also involves having the ability to work on your own, something which I found hard at first, but not anymore as I actually enjoy the quiet and relaxation and I feel a lot better about things now. Hopefully I will enjoy all the things in my burgeoning portfolio career which are at the moment: proofreading, writing, tutoring (maybe some teaching), casual youth work and maybe being a counselor in the future. I think a mixture of things in life keeps things interesting – at least it does for me! Even within the things that I do I like variety – such as writing: I write essays, blog posts and I am even writing my own book at the moment about how I got free from a mental illness. At least at the start having a portfolio career is quite tough as you start to build your life and put things in place. However, things get easier over time as your abilities improve. You learn new skills and you get more opportunities as well.
I have definitely become more resilient as well in building my portfolio career as I have finally learned to work on my own, which is something I have struggled with in the past. It can be quite a solitary pursuit with some of the work I do although I imagine that as I build more things into my life that involve people and get a balance of being on my own and with people then things will improve. Actually I am comfortable being on my own now and quite like that. That said, it is nice to get out of the house though. Sometimes I wish I had the opportunity to go and work somewhere else. When I lived in Lancaster I frequently used the twenty four hour library and it was great, I could just go there whenever I felt like it and quite enjoyed myself, regardless of whether people were there or not. It gave me somewhere to go, a definitive place to go each day where I knew I could get out of the house.
I now live in Darlington in the North East and there is nowhere here that quite has the facilities that the library in Lancaster does, but I am going to move somewhere different in the future, hopefully with a place to go to do my work and plenty of other opportunities as well.
The key to a good life is balance, variety and eradicating all the negative thoughts that you get. I have even started practicing mindfulness which means you stay in the present moment more, something which has allowed me to enjoy life more. I would recommend a portfolio career to anyone. It might be hard at first, but it certainly is going to be worth it in the end.
By Sam Curran
Sam has his own proofreading business. He charges from £3.00 per 1,000 words. He can help with style and content as well as grammatical and formatting issues. Sam has proofread for 6 years and has proofread pieces of work from Undergraduate to PHD level as well as editing CVs, job applications and personal statements. The business has its own Facebook page ‘Efficient Editing’ which you can contact Sam through. You can also get in touch with Sam by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the next couple of weeks we have arranged for reps from the Army and from Camp Leaders to visit the University of Cumbria to talk about what they can offer UoC students!
Firstly: Camp Leaders!
You can come along to the Camp Leader talks at:
Brampton Road campus, Monday 13 October, Lecture Room 2, 6pm – 7pm
Fusehill Street campus, Wednesday 15 October, LG202, 1pm – 2pm and 6pm – 7pm
You can come along to the Army talks at:
Carlisle Fusehill Street campus, Tuesday 14 October, 12 noon – 2pm in the Learning Gateway
Lancaster, Tuesday 2 December, 12 noon – 2pm in the Gateway building.
If you want a career that offers challenge and adventure, then a career in the Army could be right for you.
As an officer or soldier you are at the forefront of a dynamic and fast paced work environment and work as part of a close knit team, held together by the Army’s values and standards and our inspirational leaders.
The salary is competitive and you’ll get paid from the moment you start your training. With over 200 different roles, there’s a huge range of careers to choose from, including Catering, Logistics and Engineering, Medicine, Law, IT and many more.
Are you up to the challenge? If so STEP UP, and see what we have to offer!