We’ve Won A Creative Award!

Smart-Pig has won this quarter’s Creative Award from Admedia, against Robinsons, Talk Talk & Renault!

We’re all really happy here at Smart-Pig HQ, but what does this mean for you guys?

It means we can keep bringing you the best competitions and giveaways possible. We have some really great ones lined up for this year that are well worth looking out for.

Right now we have our Valentine’s giveaway – we’re offering 3 students the chance to get their hands on £150 for Valentine’s Day. Take out your date or just get a Netflix account and Dominos, it’s up to you!

Just drop us a Like and pop a <3 in the comments of our Facebook Valentine’s post!  Enter here.

WE’RE FEELING THE LOVE IN 2015

With over 16,000 likes on Facebook and over 10,000 extremely satisfied customers, we’re feeling the love in 2015.  Smart-Pig has grown a bit since we started it in our student bedrooms and we can’t thank the students we’ve helped enough for their support and kind words.

To help spread a little more love around, we’re giving 3 lucky students £150 on the morning of Feb 14th to make their Valentine’s Day a little more special.

To be in with a chance of winning, just comment <3 on our Facebook post, and remember to love us :) .
Remember, winners will be announced on the morning of Feb 14th, so hurry and keep your fingers crossed.

Throw Your Own Superbowl Party

Everyone’s gearing up for this year’s Superbowl, where we see the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in the most anticipated game of the season. Worried about not getting a seat at the SU? Throw your own party and make it the best the campus has ever seen.

Getting Ready

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Make getting ready a highlight of the night. With a pillow, some duct tape and some clever positioning you too can have the chunky silhouette of an American Football player. Do this before or after the game to celebrate. To complete the look make sure someone has gone to the shop and got an actual American Football – if you’re not a purist, a rugby ball is easier to get your hands on.

The Screen

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The media student you know is now your best friend – they are the ones at the top of the list when it comes to renting equipment. If you can get your hands on a projector you’re in the game! Failing this, you’ll either have to go begging or grab hold of the biggest TV you have between your friends.

Drinks

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You could hardly miss this off your shopping list. This is where the beer connoisseurs really shine. The one redeeming factor about watching the Superbowl from the UK is that we don’t have to drink lager; instead, just roll up to the local and leave with a keg of Speckled Hen. Drink it from a red party cup and if anyone asks tell them it’s Coors Light.

Food

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Just like Christmas, this is a time to eat as much as you can over a few hours without any shame. The golden rule for Superbowl is to make sure everything is within hands’ reach and keep your eye on the screen. We recommend nachos and pizza – both great hot and cold, and obviously both go well with beer.

Tactical Half-Time

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Half-time isn’t just for the players. You need to be efficient to get a tactical advantage. Plan to get this done whilst Katy Perry sings during the break, unless you like that kind of thing. Go to the toilet, restock food or if you really have to, manically run to the shop to stock up on more beer. Remember, the whole experience relies on a combination of late-night Dominos and a 24/7 bargain booze.

Finally

To be honest, in the UK nobody really knows what’s going on so just have a great night with your mates. Be forgiving to the newbies/everyone who isn’t sure of the rules, even if they ask ‘Isn’t this pretty much rugby?’. The more people you get loving American Football, the bigger and better the party next year.

Smart-Pig Wednesdays Cinema Give Away!

With Orange Wednesdays ending in February, here at Smart-Pig HQ we’re offering 3 of you the chance to get your hands on a pair of cinema tickets.

In the middle of a Netflix marathon? Us too. Take one night off to go with one of your mates to a cinema of your choice, on us.

Just drop us a Like & share, or tell us about your favourite film. We’ll announce the lucky winners next Wednesday!


 

Smart-Pig.com Wednesdays Cinema Give Away Competition – Terms And Conditions

The promoter is FCL Consumer Finance Ltd trading as Smart-Pig.com, registered address 12 Hamilton Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4LY.

The promotion is open to all residents of the UK, including the Channel Islands, aged 18 years or older, except the Promoter’s employees or contractors and anyone connected with the promotion or their direct family members.

The closing date for entries is 23:59 on 27th January 2015.  Entries must be received via the Smart-Pig.com Facebook page, by users both sharing and ‘liking’ the page or by users a) sending a message, email or other form of communication or b) posting a comment on social media detailing what their favourite film is and why.

By entering the promotion, the participants agree:

(a) to be bound by these terms and conditions;
(b) that their first name and county of residence may be released if they win a prize; and
(c) that should they win the promotion, their first name and likeness may be used by the Promoter for pre-arranged promotional purposes.

Entries received after the closing date of the promotion will not be considered.

The Promoter will use entrants’ personal details in accordance with the Smart-Pig.com Privacy Policy.

Only one entry will be permitted per person, regardless of method of entry. Bulk entries made by third parties will not be permitted.

The winning entrant(s) will be the first correct entry drawn at random from all the correct entries after the closing date.

The Promoter’s decision as to the winner is final and no correspondence relating to the promotion will be entered. The winner(s) will be notified within 14 days of the close of the promotion by post/telephone/email.

The prize is one pair of cinema tickets for three separate winners – Smart-Pig.com will book the chosen film and showing for the winners upon the winners notifying Smart-Pig.com There is no cash alternative to non-cash prizes and the prize will not be transferable.  Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize with one of the same or greater value.

The name and county of residence of the winner(s) will be available online within two months of the closing date of the promotion.

The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or to cancel, alter or amend the promotion at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.

The Promoter does not accept any responsibility for lost, delayed or fraudulent entries.

If the winner is unable to be contacted within 30 of the promotion’s closing date, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to a runner up, or to re-draw a new winner.

The Promoter excludes liability to the full extent permitted by law for any loss, damage or injury occurring to the participant arising from his or her entry into the promotion or occurring to the winner(s) arising from his or her acceptance of a prize.

The promotion is subject to the laws of England.

What Not To Spend Your Student Loan On: Part 2

What Not To Spend Your Student Loan On: Part 2

With student loans just hitting your account, we’ve come up with another list of items you simply should not buy. Print this off and stick it next to your computer as a deterrent for late-night online shopping.

17th Century Copies Of Black Magic Manuscripts

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At £3000 this is one to team up with your mate on. You always thought you would experiment at university, but instead of kissing other boys or girls you have instead taken up Black Magic. Suddenly the Uni of Lancaster is your own personal Hogwarts. You too can summon demons to do your bidding, curse lecturers and/or send the flatmate you don’t like insane. A world of possibilities awaits. We advise first checking with your university to see what their policy is in regards to pacts with the devil. *Goat blood not included. 

Fortnum & Mason ‘St James’ Hamper

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Coming in at £1000 Fortnum & Mason claim this hamper is fit for a king. The only kingly aspect of getting this delivered to halls is that they will be using a solid silver stilton-spoon to fight the peasants off the foie gras. What’s more, once stashed away in the safety of your room there are only so many days it will sustain you before you are starved out and have to pop round the corner for a Gregg’s pasty.

Buscemi High-tops

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In part one you were treated to a Lady-Macbeth-style monologue over my dark desire for a pair of Dior high-tops. The problem has been growing ever since, as now gaze wantonly at this tasteful, nay visionary, pair of Buscemi high-tops coming in at £620. Gold padlocks are no longer for cheap handbags and teenage diaries – the shoe padlock is now a thing. The laces on these babies have NO excuse for coming undone. Don’t buy them with your student loan – I’ll become unhinged by the injustice.

Alexander McQueen ‘Tech’ Backpack

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There are several reasons why this McQueen backpack is a no-go. Referred to as the ‘Tech’ backpack, and costing £1295, once bought you will be unable to afford to put any tech inside it. Forget the iPad – you’ve already taken that down to CEX to fund the weekly food shop because of this. Also for that price, just look at it – it’s so boring! For this amount of money you would expect it to cook you breakfast, give you family planning advice, write all your essays and produce gold goose eggs daily. Instead, it will just sit in the corner mocking you and pretending to be a much, much cheaper backpack.

iPhone Leg Mount

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The website that reportedly sold these has disappeared from the internet, so if you really want to be the sort of utter bellend who straps their iPhone to their leg in a lecture you’re simply going to have to make it yourself. We estimate £30 for supplies. It’s not going to break the bank but it will destroy your reputation, and more than one person is going to wonder what the hell you’re doing under the table. We’re not really sure of the appeal of this, but we think it’s designed for private home use where you might need a hands-free viewing experience. Use your imagination.

Secret Santa Comp!

Over on Facebook & Twitter we’ve just launched our Christmas competition.

All you have to do is comment on Facebook or Tweet us with what you want to see under your tree this Xmas, and 3 lucky people will be chosen to get exactly that!


 

Smart-Pig.com Secret Santa Competition – Terms And Conditions

The promoter is FCL Consumer Finance Ltd trading as Smart-Pig.com, registered address 12 Hamilton Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4LY.

The promotion is open to all residents of the UK, including the Channel Islands, aged 18 years or older, except the Promoter’s employees or contractors and anyone connected with the promotion or their direct family members.

The closing date for entries is midday on 15th December 2014.  Entries must be received via the Facebook or Twitter pages for Smart-Pig.com, by commenting on the posts.

By entering the promotion, the participants agree:

(a) to be bound by these terms and conditions;
(b) that their first name and county of residence may be released if they win a prize; and
(c) that should they win the promotion, their first name and likeness may be used by the Promoter for pre-arranged promotional purposes.

Entries received after the closing date of the promotion will not be considered.

The Promoter will use entrants’ personal details in accordance with the Smart-Pig.com Privacy Policy.

Only one entry will be permitted per person, regardless of method of entry. Bulk entries made by third parties will not be permitted.

The winning entrant(s) will be the first correct entry drawn at random from all the correct entries after the closing date.

The Promoter’s decision as to the winner is final and no correspondence relating to the promotion will be entered. The winner(s) will be notified within 14 days of the close of the promotion by post/telephone/email.

The prize one gift to the value of £100 (based on recommended retail prices and/or average costs) for each of three winners. There is no cash alternative to non-cash prizes and the prize will not be transferable.  Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize with one of the same or greater value.

The name and county of residence of the winner(s) will be available online within two months of the closing date of the promotion.

The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or to cancel, alter or amend the promotion at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.

The Promoter does not accept any responsibility for lost, delayed or fraudulent entries.

If the winner is unable to be contacted within 30 of the promotion’s closing date, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to a runner up, or to re-draw a new winner.

The Promoter excludes liability to the full extent permitted by law for any loss, damage or injury occurring to the participant arising from his or her entry into the promotion or occurring to the winner(s) arising from his or her acceptance of a prize.

The promotion is subject to the laws of England.

Budget Gift Ideas To Avoid This Xmas

It’s the time of year where everyone is short of cash. That is, apart from the annoying friend who bought it all in September over Amazon when they had the money. Apart from a quick run around Poundland on Christmas Eve for the last pair of eyelash curlers or Frozen themed body wash, there are a few other things you should plain and simply avoid.

Game – Christmas In A Tin £2

Sold in Game right next to the Xbox Ones is a food gift for those who will be busy testing their new games and consoles – you have the whole day layered into a tin. Each layer is more disturbing than the next. How much do you want individual layers of hell? Let’s start with the breakfast. Bacon and fried eggs – pretty nice, no problem with that one, but once your spoon cracks the surface you have the joy of liquidised mince pies and sprouts. It’s either gaming-related hunger pangs or this – I know which I’d prefer.

Homemade Vinyl Wall Clock £5

A very cheap way to have something naff to stick on your wall that says you want to be hip and a little bit indie. All you need to buy is a vinyl from a charity shop and a cheap clock-making kit. What originally sounds like a ‘shabby chic’ and ‘quirky’ thing to do dissolves into a nightmare when all the vinyl you can find is of Wham and Elton John. Gone is the desire to look cool by using either a Jazz or Rolling Stones one. Gone is the idea of a gift that says something about who you are as a person, and now you have a work of ‘art’ that isn’t even good enough to grace a skip.

Pretty Much Anything You’ve Tried Off Etsy £5

Googling gift ideas leaving you dry? Try the next stage of sifting through homemade goods on Etsy. Being too poor to buy them, you give it a go yourself. Being clever, you realise you can make the same thing for everyone – so you buy in bulk. It’s the time in your life where as a semi-confident adult it’s time to try and make soap. Feeling empowered, you set out only to  be greeted by a mixture of awful smells, chemical burns and allergic reactions. In times like this it’s safer just to go to a sale at The Body Shop and then wrap the soap in Lush-branded paper – hopefully no one will know the difference.

Paris Hilton – Confessions of an Heiress £1

Poundland should be congratulated on its choice of stock, as for just a pound, love it or hate it, you’ll buy it for someone who watched her series once – or who just has a propensity for being difficult with a fondness of wearing too much pink. With brilliant articles helping you be the most fabulous version or yourself, you think it’s a no-brainer. Could you believe you’re getting such a great deal when it’s on Amazon for £15? Well the answer is no – with article after article of vacuous nonsense probably not even written by her, it starts with being amusing but by the end the brain damage is too severe. Only buy for those you really hate.

Sexy Gifts From Anywhere £4

“Oh isn’t [insert flatmate name] such a laugh, he bought someone lube for Secret Santa again” – possibly the most bantish gift you could buy anyone for Xmas. It briefly makes people look like they have a sense of humour, the recipient not realising they had no other idea for a present, forgot about it today and lifted an unopened bottle of something Pina Colada-flavoured from the bottom draw (which their other bantish friends bought as a pre-uni gift).

Halloween On Us: Updated!

Halloween On Us: Updated!

Fancy having a night out on us? Simple – all you have to do is send us a photo of you in your awesome Halloween costume, and the best one will win a prize of £100 cash.

Either send us your photo on Facebook or through Twitter. We’re excited to see what you’ve all come up with.

The winner will be announced at 20:00 today and the money will be transferred instantly for your night out ;) .

Good luck!


 

Smart-Pig.com Halloween On Us Competition – Terms And Conditions

The promoter is FCL Consumer Finance Ltd trading as Smart-Pig.com, registered address 12 Hamilton Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4LY.

The promotion is open to all residents of the UK, including the Channel Islands, aged 18 years or older, except the Promoter’s employees or contractors and anyone connected with the promotion or their direct family members.

The closing date for entries is 19:59 on  31st October 2014.  Entries must be received via the Facebook or Twitter profiles for Smart-Pig.com, either by users posting an image publicly or via direct messaging.

By entering the promotion, the participants agree:

(a) to be bound by these terms and conditions;
(b) that their first name and county of residence may be released if they win a prize; and
(c) that should they win the promotion, their first name and likeness may be used by the Promoter for pre-arranged promotional purposes.

Entries received after the closing date of the promotion will not be considered.

The Promoter will use entrants’ personal details in accordance with the Smart-Pig.com Privacy Policy.

Only one entry will be permitted per person, regardless of method of entry. Bulk entries made by third parties will not be permitted.

The winning entrant(s) will be the first correct entry drawn at random from all the correct entries after the closing date.

The Promoter’s decision as to the winner is final and no correspondence relating to the promotion will be entered. The winner(s) will be notified within 14 days of the close of the promotion by post/telephone/email.

The prize is £100 in cash (GB sterling) to be transferred directly to a bank account of the winner’s choice.  The prize will not be transferable.  Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize with one of the same or greater value.

The name and county of residence of the winner(s) will be available online within two months of the closing date of the promotion.

The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or to cancel, alter or amend the promotion at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.

The Promoter does not accept any responsibility for lost, delayed or fraudulent entries.

If the winner is unable to be contacted within 30 of the promotion’s closing date, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to a runner up, or to re-draw a new winner.

The Promoter excludes liability to the full extent permitted by law for any loss, damage or injury occurring to the participant arising from his or her entry into the promotion or occurring to the winner(s) arising from his or her acceptance of a prize.

The promotion is subject to the laws of England.

6 People You Will Meet This Halloween

The Toilet Roll Zombie

You can guarantee at this time of year that someone will have forgotten to get a costume for the party. You will see them at the start rolling themselves in toilet roll and going round asking if anyone has any fake blood left. Usually a hit with the ladies in a club due to an unsurprising toilet roll shortage, it may be cheap and quick but ends up being a very useful costume, though it’s a miracle if it’s still somewhat intact by the end of the night.

The Tesco Vampire

The teeth are 40p and the fake blood is £1 – put something black on and they’re ready to go. Once the £1.40 has been factored into the budget the rest has been invested in pre-drink and enough to get into the club of choice come midnight. You will often see the Tesco Vampire playing beer pong, and later on see the teeth floating in the cup. By the end of the night they will look like they went as a goth.

The Doctor Who

They’ve spent a long time on their costume – they may have made it themselves or just gone for brown clothes with a bow-tie. Even though they’ll probably spend the party in someone’s room showing someone a blog on Tumblr, or their fan fiction, or just some fun images. All pretence is gone when later you spot them drunkenly pole-dancing as your mind (and phone camera) finally experiences what a pole-dancing Doctor Who would look like.

The Who Are You?

The Who Are You? has recently been to a convention and has an elaborate costume. You know it’s anime but you can’t quite place it. You see them spending the whole night telling people who they are and outlining the basic plot, including their opinion on whether the manga or anime is better. Which people will then reply to with ‘Do you like Pokemon – that’s anime right?’. This is unwise.

The Recycler

They have had the same costume for the last 5 years and just keep it handy to save time. They’ll be new at uni, so they’ll slip gently under the radar – until next year, when you see them again. You’ll find them at the bar, as they know that fancy dress just means drinking in funny outfits and it being acceptable.

The Banter

This is always the person who feels bravest, who is also the most likely to have a beer bong in his hand regardless of whether it’s a Monday or Friday. They could be one or two things – last year they came as Jimmy Savile and this year they’ll probably come as Ebola. Although tasteless, this usually causes people to cheer, and you usually find them at the bar being bought a steady stream of drinks by strangers applauding their bravery – or stupidity.


To get involved with our Halloween fancy dress competition head over to Smart-Pig Facebook, for a chance to win the night on us!

Enter SNOW14 For £25 Off Your Smart-Pig Loan

Promotion now expired. 

It’s Term 1: you’ve already paid for your bus pass, next year’s rent deposit, all those week 1 reunion parties, and now the chance of a lifetime has come – to go on snow tour and get piste.

We loved our student ski tour, but remember that paying for it left us feeling the pinch and a bit sensitive to other short-term money problems until our next student loan arrived in January.  And even once we’d run that gauntlet, running out of money on tour was no fun at all.

To help, we’ve created a code for our site.  Enter SNOW14 during your application to get £25 off your Smart-Pig loan.

Uses of the code are limited and it may be withdrawn at any time. For new customers only.

We are also looking to sponsor a University Ski Club.  If you’re interested, get in touch!

Representative Example APR
1024% based on credit: £200 for 55 days. Interest: £88. Interest rate: 292%pa (fixed). Total to repay: £288

 

Welcome To Our Blog

Smart-Pig.com is the student lender launched in 2012 by students at Warwick and Herts Universities , in order to give students looking for a short term loan a better deal.

We’re not the same as other short term lenders.  Smart-Pig was actually a spin-off from a protest against short term lending that thought out of the box – we rolled up our sleeves and went to head-to-head with the big, ugly giants. One of our founders had a terrible experience with a certain straight-talking lender after they talked his balance straight up to silly levels and sucked his whole student loan away without permission.

Smart-Pig was started partly using one of the government’s fantastic youth Start-Up Loans.  We were a nominated in 2013 for Rockstar Youth Best Overall Business and in 2014 were a finalist for Alternative Lender of the Year.

What we do differently

  • Grace Period – no extra fixed late payment or penalty fees if you miss your due date, for up to 10 days. Just in case.
  • Interest Cap – our voluntary interest cap is HALF the cap introduced by the FCA
  • No Rollovers – our short term loans don’t turn into long term ones
  • Ethical Pledge – the way we treat our customers is never going to change!
  • Founded by Students for Students – no-one knows student money like we do

Payday Loan Alternative

We see Smart-Pig loans as a payday loan alternative and not regular payday loans  (although they do come under the FCA definition).  This is because our company genuinely does work very differently – especially when it comes to the hidden stuff you don’t really see. It’s all because we were set up as an ethical lender from the ground up, meaning our pricing, loan terms, tangible ethical safeguards and internal procedures all have students’ welfare in mind.


Representative Example APR
1024% based on credit: £200 for 55 days. Interest: £88. Interest rate: 292%pa (fixed). Total to repay: £288

We’ve Done It Again!

Our efforts for ethical, safe, short term student loans have been recognised by the judges at the Credit Today Awards. Smart-Pig.com has been made a finalist for “Alternative Lender of The Year – Specialist Lender” 2015!

We’re thrilled that our 10-day grace period, 50% interest cap and the way we do business were recognised for innovation and treating our customers fairly.

With over 96% of our customers saying that they would recommend Smart-Pig.com to a friend, we think they’ll approve, too.

We’ve been on an epic roller coaster of a ride since starting Smart-Pig.com from our student bedrooms at university some 4 years ago, but the journey has been well worth it and we’re proud that we’ve been able to help thousands of students through their degrees.

So keep your fingers crossed for us! :)

Tom and Shreiff, Co-Founders of Smart-Pig.com

Employability month: The Application.

University for me was an absolute blast: lots of parties, making new lifelong friends and, oddly enough, fitting into a reassuring regime of study, partying, cramming, exams, summer break, rinse and repeat x3 (of course there was a little more to it than that).

However, this almost comfort blanket of a regime might make you forget that your degree will come to an end. Once you have your mortarboard you’ll have to face the real world of work, and that means having to sell yourself (on paper that is!).

So we’re running an employability month, where we give you tips and advice on how to secure that winning job after you graduate and help you stand out from the crowd.

This week we look at employability skills and capabilities, and how you demonstrate them in your CV.

What are employability skills and capabilities?

So, what exactly are employers looking for? Look up employability on Google and you’ll find various lists and inventories of requirements which are all pretty similar.

Collated from a number of sources, the below look rather obvious, but – coming from us, where we’ve personally seen many CVs – people often forget to sell themselves in these areas, which are:

 Personal attributes

  • A positive attitude: a ‘can do’ approach, good work ethic and willingness to learn
  • Good personal presentation
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Reliability
  • Timekeeping and personal organisation
  • Team working, collaboration and co-operation
  • Flexibility
  • Commercial awareness and customer focus

 Skills

  • Communication – oral and written
  • Numeracy
  • Computer literacy/IT skills.

Demonstrating employability skills and qualities: hints and tips

We can assume that you have these transferable skills and qualities, especially as you’ve made it to university, so the need is to identify them and demonstrate them. There are plenty of opportunities to present yourself well in the application and interview process. We’ve got a video post next week from a leading HR Consultant who worked for KPMG – make sure you share this with your friends!

Stage 1. Application and CV

This is your first, and maybe only, chance to show your written communication and presentation skills.

  • Make sure that your application looks good – clear, concise and with no spelling mistakes. Always get it in before the closing date in a format to suit the employer. With spelling mistakes, poor presentation or not checking and rechecking for any typos or formatting issues , you’d do well to assume you won’t being hearing back!
  • If there is a name on the job advertisement or a number to ring and find out more about the position, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Do some research about the company beforehand, study the job description and ask questions – even if it’s just about parking or to find out how many people are on the interview panel.  This shows initiative and enthusiasm. It also shows that you are resourceful and proactive, and that you have telephone communication skills.
  • Always send a covering letter or email to support the application. This is where you introduce yourself, highlighting the personal qualities that match the job description and referring to the job-specific qualifications on your CV.  A good covering letter encourages recruiters to read more –demonstrating higher-level communication skills. With competition as fierce as it is, there is absolutely no excuse for sending your application without a covering letter.
  • The personal statement at the beginning of your CV is also about employability. This needs to reflect the personal strengths and transferable skills appropriate to the position you are applying for –attention to detail, strategic thinking, initiative, flexibility, co-operation, willingness to learn.
  • Making sure that your CV is tailored to the position you are applying for shows that you have an understanding of what the employer is looking for, demonstrating commercial awareness and customer focus. Carefully match your successes and achievements to the job description: if you’ll be working in a team, highlight co-operative and collaborative activities; if you will be working on your own, focus on time management and personal organisation and your ability to complete a project. Remember to include your IT or computer skills.

Valentine’s Winners!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We hope you have a great day, whether it be going on a date or simply marathoning a programme on Netflix.

Big shout out to Caolan Brown, Holliday Brooks and Angela Flor, who each won our £150 Valentine’s prize! Give Smart-Pig HQ a ring on 01926 298840 and we’ll sort out your prize.

Loans for Students. Warning: Late repayment can cause you serious money problems. For help, go to: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk. Representative Example APR 1130% based on credit: £250 for 43 days. Interest: £86. Interest rate: 292%pa (fixed). Total to repay: £336