Hi Steve, – Excellent job with the trophies, they went down a storm and the guys really appreciated them being engraved ready for the presentation. Many thanks for your help with everything, we’ll be back again next year and hopefully for trophies for at least one if not two more teams. – Kind regards Paul – North Duffield Cricket Club. Blog #48 ~ Part 2 – In last weeks ‘Trading Up’ column I gave you some information on the work I did for the job seekers who attended the Selby Jobs Fair. It was recently held in the Selby College sports hall and over 800 people visited. I volunteered to give up my day to give out free advice, tips and suggestions to job seekers who handed in CV’s. If a new and improved CV gets you to the next stage then I’ll be very happy. Some people we’re very surprised that local people wanted to help them find employment and wanted to know the catch. There isn’t one, we just want to help! During the last week or so, I have looked at twenty three different CV’s. It has taken longer than planned as each one was so different. Some had five pages of detailed employment history over the last thirty years, while others we’re fresh out of school and had no employment history at all. I highlighted some changes, and have written to them with my suggestions. I hope they take these ideas in a positive way, as I know they have put a lot of time and effort into producing their first version. My tips included the obvious basics such as adding the correct phone number. How can a requirement manager get hold of you without the correct contact information? You have to put yourself in the CV readers shoes, they might not have access to an outside search engine or email system while at work, so adding a good old fashioned phone number is vital. These days you also need to add your Date of Birth so the CV reader can do some background checks. Before offering you a job they must know that you have the right to work in the UK. Blog #47 – Last week I set up a stand at the Selby Jobs Fair held in the Selby College sports hall. I volunteered to give out free helpful advice to the 800+ job seekers who attended. At one stage I thought I would loose my voice as so many people had different issues or stories to tell about their experiences at seeking employment. During the day I offered to look at twenty three different CV’s. By the time you read this column I will have hopefully written to all the people who handed them in. I’m going to offer them some tips, tweaks and improvements. Some I spotted within a few seconds, others might be nearly perfect and don’t need much help. The Fair was organised by my LBA award business mentor, Nigel Adams MP. He and his team worked with the job centre and they pulled out all the stops to get it working. It was great to see over 40 businesses working together in the same room at the same time. It made it easy for Job seekers to talk to as many people as possible in the same day. With over 500 jobs available it will be great to hear of some good news stories in the future. If I hear any myself, I will let you all know in future columns. Some big nation wide retailers such as McDonald’s and Marks & Spenser’s worked along side the likes of LRB Trophies. We also had Selby based IceTec Ltd offering their training courses to help gain qualifications. Blog #46 ~ This Blog continues my 10x Q&A questionnaire from earlier in the year. Name: Tony Flannery Company: TK Engineering Projects Ltd. Position: Director/owner. No. of people working at your company: Just myself, I subcontract everything to other local companies. 1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply. I wouldn’t do anything to improve Selby on the cheap. I would do it properly or not at all. 2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? I would improve my IT skills. 3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? I would provide free car parking and finish the building at the junction of Brook Street and Gowthorpe. 4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? The Abbey (obviously). 5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby. Good range of shops, but too many charity shops. 6, How many hours do you work each week? 55/60. 7, One reason to be proud of Selby. I have lived here all my life, if I was not proud of it, I would move, Selby is individual and rightly so. 8, One thing you would change about Selby? Provide free car parking. 9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? Yes. 10, Best way to unwind locally. For me, Burn Gliding Club. Blog #45 ~ It was great to see the recent extra large version of the market full of customers spending their hard earned cash on Bank Holiday Monday. The sunshine attracted lots of local people into the town centre to soak up some much needed relaxation. Some people forget that we are historically known as a ‘market town’. For hundreds of years people have traveled to Selby from far and wide to trade, sell, buy, and expand their empire. It is the same today, Market Cross has recently attracted multi million pound national companies such as EON and SKY to sell there products to passers by. Could the council let local traders do the same? Perhaps once a week we can have a local traders ‘market’. We don’t have to adopt the old market slang and shout all day in a cockney accent: “Now then Treacle, fancy a nice bit of Engraving do ya? could do you a cracking deal, three lines for a tenner”?? We could all take a step back and step out from behind our counters and desks and begin talking to people face to face. With the modern and ever changing business world conducting business via email, Skype conference calls and facebook, sometimes the old fashion way works better. Business owners need to remember that sometimes we build more of a relationship with customers by spending some time together. With a bit of tender loving care, these customers will remember you and will come to you time and time again.