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Your first employee handbook: what to look out for

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This guest post was written by Jamie Costello, a Business & Communications student based in Manchester, drawing on experience working alongside Manchester solicitors and business law specialists Gorvins. As a freelance writer, Jamie writes on topics ranging from employment to strategy planning for entrepreneurs. Jamie can be found on Twitter at @Jamie88Costello.

Some new jobs will provide you with an employee handbook. The majority of the time it tends to be the larger businesses that publish these to their staff, but if you happen to be provided one, it’s good to know what you should be looking out for to protect yourself in your role. Here’s an outline of what you should be wary of.

Standard of Conduct

When you first step into a place of work, your main aim is to remain professional and conduct yourself appropriately. On occasion, some staff members can become laid back with their attitude within the working environment. For example, dress codes are provided as a guide on what attire is deemed appropriate in the workplace. In some cases your colleagues may adjust their attire for their own comfort, such as some staff choosing to wear all black trainers rather than shoes that would otherwise hurt their feet. If this is the case, you may be inclined to do the same, but be sure that the attire you choose is within reason. Read thoroughly through the rest of the conduct section so you’re aware of how you should conduct yourself at work, as this discusses disciplinary action and related policies. Serious breaches of conduct can escalate, with some cases becoming legal matters.

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How I got my job: HR Graduate scheme

HessieHessie Coleman has recently graduated from the University of Leeds with BA German & International Relations (Joint Honours). She is currently in her first placement on Centricas HR graduate scheme which she was offered a place on after completing their Summer Programme.

When you think of doing a 10 week HR internship with a Top 30-FTSE 100 company over the summer, do you expect to spend your second day on the job taking the corporate card to Hamleys to organise some fun and games for the monthly office beer and pizza night? No? I didn’t either! But between that, being given the chance to take responsibility for various projects (including keeping on top of headcount/budget information, managing an office move and supporting the development of the office culture), amazing development opportunities and a whole lot of fun, I got more than I expected from my summer internship with Centrica and so far, the graduate scheme is living up to expectations Continue reading

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Getting into the Fast-moving Consumer Goods sector

Does the thought of working with household name brands in a fast-moving environment appeal to you? If so, the FMCG sector could be for you. Senior Careers Consultant Annabelle Cross gives you the low-down on this dynamic sector.

What is the FMCG industry?

The FMCG, or fast-moving consumer goods, industry is a multi-million pound sector incorporating many famous names and household brands.  It may also be referred to as the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry.

The sector deals in everyday items we purchase and can include anything from food products, to toiletries, cosmetics Continue reading

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What employers do for us…

Jenny, our intern, gives us an insight into how employers are attracting new recruits.

Spending the last few weeks promoting and advertising the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair I have learnt a lot about the 110 organisations that are attending, including what lengths they go to to attract new graduates and students. Using many novel ways, employers are trying to attract the best of us to apply for their graduate schemes and placements.

Here are just a few examples of what they are doing to grab our attention Continue reading

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