How To: Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market

A competitive job market refers to the total number of positions that are available for one job role. A job market can decrease, or increase based on the demand for labour or on how many candidates are applying. As competition for jobs increase, it is important that you do your best to get yourself noticed. You need to be able to stand out by having a combination of the right education, experience, and skills in your industry.

Ensure you have relevant work experience

If you are looking at pursing a professional job, relevant work experience could be the difference between you getting the role or someone else with more experience getting it.

You could do an internship or an apprenticeship in the industry that you aspire to work in. During an internship and apprenticeship you are learning whilst you are on the job so not only are you getting the work experience from being in a working environment you are also getting the knowledge from studying the relevant qualification. The experience and skills that you would gain in this role can transfer into any future position.

 

Education

To be considered for any skilled role you need to ensure that you have the correct qualifications. An agency would more often than not choose a candidate that has appropriate qualifications and experience over someone who does not.

For Example: If you are thinking of becoming a technician/mechanic you might need a qualification in light vehicle maintenance (qualifications may vary depending on the job role and company). DISCLAIMER: Some companies will occasionally accept people who are time served without qualifications.

There are different ways that you could gain a qualification for the job that you desire. You could go down the root of an apprenticeship (as stated in the ‘ensure you have relevant work experience’ section). Apprenticeships are a good way to get started as you’ll get great hand on experience of being in a working environment as well as getting the education. You earn whilst you learn!

Another way of getting your qualifications could be through college courses. These types of courses can be found on the City and Guilds website or on any other providers websites.

 

Network

Networking can play a big role in helping you find the best job opportunity for you. Staying in contact with people who are in your industry even though you might not be looking for a job at the time could help you out massively in the future. Even though the people you connect with might not be hiring they could recommend you elsewhere.

 

Update your CV

If you’re looking around for a new job the first thing to do is to spruce up your CV. CLICK HERE!

You want your CV to be relevant to the job role that you are applying for so make sure that your CV is tailored to the job role. Ensure that your CV has been updated with your most current skills, qualifications, and work experience (you might even want to remove some information that is not relevant to the position).

 

Prepare for an interview

Whether you are new to job hunting or you’ve been in the game for a while ‘winging it’ should never be an option. Take a look at our tips on how to prepare for an interview. CLICK HERE!


How To: Stay Safe Behind the Wheel in Poor Weather Conditions

When we experience poor weather conditions it’s important to adapt your driving style. This type of weather brings poor visibility and reduced grip which can make your job extremely challenging. Good manoeuvring skills and skid control skills are essential. Here are some of our tips to stay safe behind the wheel in poor weather conditions.

Inspect the vehicle

Ensure that you have prepared your vehicle according to the weather to prevent any major problems. You should check the tire pressure, engine oil, wiper blades, fluids and lights before you set off for your journey.

Slow down

By driving at a slower speed, you have more time to react in the event that something happens. There is often risk of hydroplaning when driving at a higher speed. This can be due to loosing control of the vehicle due to slush in the road.

Keep a safe distance

Ensure that you keep a safe distance between you and the cars around you when possible. In the event of any unpredictable situations it’s always good to have extra room so you can move out of harm’s way. When driving in snowy conditions more stop time is required.  This is due to reduced grip, visibility and the unpredictability of what could happen from the other drivers on the road.

FACT: The stopping distance on a wet road is twice the normal stopping distance. On an icy road it’s almost 10 times as much!

Turn on your headlights

Not only do you need to keep a safe distance from the other drivers, they need to keep a safe distance from you. Ensure that you have your headlights switched on so they can see you and maintain a safe distance.

Keep an eye out for black ice

Black ice is a thin transparent layer of ice that forms when the temperature is close to freezing. Black ice will make the road look slightly wet. How to spot black ice:

  • There might be a build-up of ice on the mirror arms, top corners of the windshield or antenna
  • There will be no spray back coming from the tyres of the vehicle in front of you

Pull over

If the weather condition become too severe and you’re nervous about driving, ensure you either stay parked at your location or pull over if you are driving. However, if you’re driving on a motorway do not pull over into the hard shoulder as other drivers may mistake you for a moving vehicle. Instead continue onto the next exit or services and come off safely there. Ensure that you listen to the weather reports and warnings so that you can react appropriately.

Be Prepared

Make sure you pack your essential bag and include a little bit extra! Ensure you have warm clothing and blankets with you. If you are going on a longer journey you might want to take other items such as a torch, windshield scraper, a bag of sand/salt and shovel etc…

 


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

For one of our last news update in 2020 we just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has been on assignment with us throughout this year! We hope that you all stay safe and well this holiday season.

Merry Christmas From Everyone at Igloo!


Get to Know the Social Media Team

Laura

How old are you?

32

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Social Media/ Marketing 

How long have you worked for Igloo?

2 weeks

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Starting to establish the social media platforms and getting to know everyone

What are you interests outside of work?

Live music, cooking, dance, getting out in to the countryside with my dogs, travelling, and psychology.

What type of music are you into?

According to the Spotify ‘year in review’ that everyone loves to hate… Indie Soul, Electronica, Australian pop, British Soul, and UK contemporary R&B

What was your dream job when you were a child?

There were a few, but the ones that stuck around for a long time were an Archaeologist and a Musical Theatre actress.

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

  1. Some kind of water purification system,
  2. Noodles
  3. Wind up Torch

(I gave that WAY too much thought)

Favourite food:

Anything Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian!

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Jennifer Lawrence



How To: Become a Mechanic

Are you looking for a career change? Interested in becoming a mechanic? Keep reading!

As a mechanic you will be working on vehicle mechanics and electricals. You will need to be able to repair and maintain different types of vehicles. You might also be working on but not limited to cameras, parking sensors, checking oil, water, break fluids, changing brake pads and discs, removing and replacing tyres, diagnostics and stripping and refitting the vehicle.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a good way to get started as you’ll get great hand on experience of being in a working environment as well as getting the education. You earn whilst you learn!

To be accepted onto a course you will most likely need GCSE Maths, English and Science however, circumstances are different for every course so this may vary.

The courses might be as seen below: (Course titles may vary depending on the course you choose)

  • Level 1 certificate in vehicle maintenance
  • Level 2 certificate in light vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Level 3 diploma in vehicle technology

College Courses

There are a few different types of courses that you can complete. These types of courses can be found on the City and Guilds website or on any other providers websites.

Volunteering

You might be able to get the chance to volunteer servicing cars and equipment at a local garage. You’ll get great experience from this however, you will only be time served. This might be a slight issue when trying to apply for any jobs where it’s a requirement for you to have a specific qualification.

What skills would I need?

  • Strong communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Good attention to detail

After completing my course, what are my next steps?

Update your CV!

Ensure that you have updated your CV and include your new qualifications. To see our tips on how to write a good CV please CLICK HERE.

Landed your first interview? For our interview tips CLICK HERE.


Furloughed and Need Work? Igloo Wants YOU!

Have you been furloughed by your current employer?

 

Do you still want or need work?

 

IGLOO WANTS YOU!

With the announcement that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also know as the Furlough Scheme) has been extended until March 2021, more people are being put onto furlough.

You will not be able to work for the company that put you on the furlough scheme during this time however, you will be able to work for another employer providing that your contract with your current employer allows you to.

For more information on this please CLICK HERE.

We are prepared to start taking candidates on a short-term basis as we understand that once your furlough period is up you will be required back to work at your current employers.

We currently have jobs available nationwide within the automotive, transport and logistics industries.

Does this sound like something you are interested in?

Take a look at our Job Search page to see what positions we currently have available.

Or call into our head office on 01455 891 358 opt 1 to speak to our consultants today!


How To: Application Process

Wondering how easy our application process is? Keep reading to find out.

We’ve been using different E-Signature websites such as Docusign and Signable for years. However, we recently got a brand new website and have been able to move all our documents onto there. This makes the application process so much quicker and easier! Try it for yourself!

How does it work?

Once you have spoken to our consultants regarding your desired position, they will send you an email with a list of full instructions of what we need from you. This will include:

  • A list of all your ID documents that we need
  • How to create a share code for a DVLA check (if applicable)
  • A link to our application packs. The application pack that you receive will depend on the job role that you apply for, your employment type and the site that you will be working at.

All ID must be sent to Compliance@igloodrivers.com. You will then need to click the links and fill out the packs. Any mandatory field will have a ‘*’ next to it. If this section does not apply to you, please put ‘N/A’.

Once you have completed filling in your details you will need to:

  • Click ‘SUBMIT’. This will then take you to the next page where you can see the full document.
  • Please ensure that you read through the full document and click into the E-Signature box to sign.
  • Once signed you will see a blue button in the bottom right of the screen, ‘Agree & Sign’ once you click on this button Igloo will receive your completed sign off and you will also receive a copy of the document.

The packs are very straight forwards however, if you get stuck, we have a ‘chat with us’ option in the bottom right hand corner of the website. During office hours we will be active on this however, during out of office hours it will come into the compliance inbox and we will reply as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Get to Know The Automotive Team - Corby

Amandeep Basra

How old are you?

23

What department do you work in at Igloo?

The Automotive Team, based onsite in Corby

How long have you worked for Igloo?

1 year and a half

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Being able to manage a whole site on my own during lockdown

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy baking especially cakes and dancing

What type of music are you into?

Anything really! But the main ones would be R&B, Indian and Rap

What was your dream job when you were a child?

To be a Crime Scene Investigator! 

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

My dog, a bottle of gin and a tent

Favourite food:

I can only pick one?! It would have to be Chinese!

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Priyanka Chopra


Lindsay Hunter

How old are you?

31

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Automotive

How long have you worked for Igloo?

5 years (this time round)

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Being promoted to site supervisor

What are your interests outside of work?

Fashion, makeup, lifestyle blogs & learning to cook

What type of music are you into?

Motown/Soul would be my ultimate favourite

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Shop assistant HAHA!

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

A knife, matches & a hammock

Favourite food:

Steak

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Jessica Alba


Toufik Bellahmer

How old are you?

50

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Compound

How long have you worked for Igloo?

2.5 years

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Progression to compound manager

What are your interests outside of work?

Motorsports & Football

What type of music are you into?

Drum & Bass + Euphoria

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Police Officer

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

Mobile, flint & water

Favourite food:

Italian

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Keanu Reeves


Ross

How old are you

25

Which department do you work in at Igloo?

Yard Operations- Corby

How long have you worked at Igloo for?

Approximately 2 and a half years

Highlight of your Igloo career to date

Achieving the level of Assistant Manager to run the Compound in Corby

What are your interests outside of work?

Enjoying watching Football and socialising with friends and family (cliche)

What type of music are you into?

I have a wide taste in music, enjoy pretty much anything except Classical or Rock

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Fireman Sam

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items you would take?

A gameboy, packs of cards and a pillow 

Favourite food

Indian chicken Tikka Bhuna

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by…

Zach Galifianakis, (no hair on head just a beard)


Get to Know The Automotive Team - Portbury

Victoria Alfaro

How old are you?

48

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Portbury compound

How long have you worked for Igloo?

3 years

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Been trained by on site to work for Igloo 😊

What are your interests outside of work?

Bikes, dobbies, bikes, my nephews, bikes… did I mention bikes?

What type of music are you into?

Rock and roll classic

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Teacher

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

My kindle, my dog and a fridge full of mojito

Favourite food:

Chicken

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Quentin Tarantino !!!!


Daniel Thorne

How old are you?

44

What department do you work in at Igloo?

Portbury compound/ operations

How long have you worked for Igloo?        

18 months and also around 18 months a couple of years ago

Highlight of your Igloo career to date:

Most Summer Days out in the yard. Meeting the friends I’ve made here from the Past and Present.

What are your interests outside of work?

Me and My girlfriend have 2 horses, 2 dogs and 2 goats. The horses are mainly her responsibility, but this keeps us both busy. I live on my boat which is fun and I practise Jui Jitsu. I’m ranked at Blue Belt. I’ve competed at local and national competitions and have 2 silver and 1 bronze medal.

What type of music are you into?

Most things to be fair, everything from Cheesy one hit wonders from Hansen to Jazz, Oasis or AC-DC

What was your dream job when you were a child?

Viper Pilot- BSG

If you were stranded on an island what are the three essential items that you would take?

55 foot Clipper – 150 litres of water – 4g mobile phone

Favourite food:

Sausage, beans n chips

In the movie of my life, I’d be played by….. Simon Pegg