We regularly get questions from candidates about our website, and have decided to start a page with all the answers.
We’ll keep adding to this – if you have a question about Timewise Jobs (that is NOT a question about a specific job application) please get in touch. Send your question to FAQs@timewisejobs.co.uk
CLICK ON A QUESTION:
- Why can't I contact someone at Timewise Jobs to ask about the progress of my application?
- I wanted to apply for a job, and now it's disappeared before the closing date. Why?!
- Why don't employers ever reply to my job applications?
- How do I attach a covering letter as well as a CV when I apply for a job?
- Are all the jobs real jobs?!
- What's the difference between Timewise Jobs and Timewise Recruitment?
- What do you mean by a 'flexible job'? A lot of jobs in the '30+ hours/wk' section of Timewise Jobs look like full time jobs.
1. “Why can’t I contact someone at Timewise Jobs to ask about the progress of my application?”
Timewise Jobs is an online ‘jobs board’, not a recruitment agency. A jobs board is the online equivalent of an employer advertising a job in a newspaper – and, when you stop and think about it, you wouldn’t expect a newspaper to be able to tell you about the progress of your application.
Employers do not tell us about what happens during the selection and interview process – and they don’t want us to get involved. They’ve chosen a recruitment method that allows them to get their job advert out to a wide audience, and gather applications remotely.
Other employers still prefer to use recruitment agencies, and the Timewise group does have an agency service – Timewise Recruitment, which operates independently from Timewise Jobs but advertises its part time and flexible jobs on the Timewise Jobs jobs board. If you apply for one of the vacancies that Timewise Recruitment is handling, you will be able to follow up your progress with their consultants.
2. “I wanted to apply for a job, and now it’s disappeared before the closing date. Why?!”
The job will have been removed at the request of the employer. This sometimes happens when there are so many applications that the employer decides to close the job early. It may seem unfair, but the employer is just being practical – after all, there’s a limit to how many CVs they can read in sufficient detail.
Our advice: when you see a job you like, apply quickly. Apart from the possibility that the job may close early, employers often give more attention to the CVs that come in early, before the floodgates open.
3. "Why don't employers ever reply to my job applications?
We completely understand how disheartening this is! We do encourage all employers who advertise with us to reply to candidates, even when the answer is 'no.' But we live in a world where staff are constantly over-stretched, and many employers enjoy the anonymity of being able to place job ads without any time-consuming follow-up. And with typically over 40 applications per job, you can see their point - even if it's frustrating for candidates.
So, please don't take it personally if you don't hear from employers - it's the same for everyone.
One piece of advice though: on the law of averages, you should get called for an interview at least once for every 10 to 20 jobs you apply for (it’s impossible to give an exact figure, as it depends on the type of role). If you've applied for a much larger number of jobs than this and never been called for an interview, you should review your CV. Assuming you have all the skills needed for the job, your lack of success probably means that you’re not selling your skills well enough. Take a look at these articles as a starting point:
4. "How do I attach a covering letter as well as a CV when I apply for a job?"
When you apply for a job on Timewise Jobs, you’ll find that you can only attach one document – your CV. But you should always write a covering letter too, to make sure you get across the key reasons why you’re perfect for this job, as soon as the employer opens your application.
The way to do this is to write your cover letter in the box in the application form called ‘Covering Message’. The box looks small, but it will fit up to 4000 characters (approx. 650-700 words). You should include a normal length letter – avoid going by the box size, as one or two sentences will not do the job!
5. “Are all the jobs real jobs?!”
Yes, they are!
Some jobsites ‘scrape’ jobs from other jobsites to make their site look more substantial. And you do hear of some recruitment agencies advertising ‘fake’ jobs on their websites, to attract candidates onto their books.
But not Timewise Jobs. Nor our recruitment agency partner Timewise Recruitment.
All the vacancies on our site are advertisements that have been paid for by the employer or recruitment agency. As businesses don’t tend to pay for nothing, you can be sure the jobs are for real. We, certainly, do not place fake jobs on our site.
6. What's the difference between Timewise Jobs and Timewise Recruitment?
Timewise Jobs is this website, and it's a jobs board (see question 1 above for more info). Timewise Recruitment is a separate company and is a recruitment agency, where consultants help candidates to find suitable jobs, and help employers to find suitable candidates. Timewise Recruitment advertises its vacancies on the Timewise Jobs website, so it's a bit confusing sometimes!
Both companies belong to the Timewise group, so they both specialise in part time jobs and jobs where employers are open to flexible working. We have a third website - timewise.co.uk - which hosts lots of articles and short films about flexible working.
7. What do you mean by a 'flexible job'? A lot of jobs in the '30+ hours/wk' section of Timewise Jobs look like full time jobs.
As well as part time roles, we accept full time vacancies where the employer is genuinely open to flexible options on either location or hours per week. This means that you can feel confident to ask for a flexible arrangement such as a four day week, or to work from home for part of the working week.
Most of these 'full time' roles are advertised by large companies with very advanced flexible working cultures where, as employers, they want to help their staff to balance their careers with the rest of their lives. These companies rarely need to create a part time job, but they welcome applications from candidates who want to work less than full time, and are prepared to consider an arrangement that works both for them and for you.
We hope this is helpful. We’ll add more questions soon.