Employer Website Tutorial
Candidate Website Tutorial
inploi provides multiple channels to stand out! It includes instant chat, a video and a written profile. However, before connecting with employers, the most important piece you need to fill out is your written profile, and then your video. Your written profile provides that all-important first impression, with your video giving the employer a sense of your personality. Different personalities will suit different positions. Adding a video provides an important element of 'transparency' to your application. This might just give you the edge above another candidate, and then a better chance that you'll be contacted via our instant chat platform.
When you edit your profile, you will find the following headings: Details, Experience, Education, Language & Certifications. Herewith some tips for each!
Under Details, upload a professional head-and-shoulders photo, as well as a video clip where you briefly tell the employer more about yourself, also highlighting your skills and experience. Avoid too much personal details, but also give a sense of who you are. (see the section below for more on creating the perfect video).
This is followed by a 250-word 'about you' description. Remember, you have only 250 characters, so try to avoid repeating elements of your CV that are filled in under the subsequent sections. Ensure to highlight skills and experience you have that are relevant to the role and hospitality industry.
Experience specifically refers to hospitality experience that you've obtained. If you have experience in industries other than the hospitality industry, you can add that too. The more experience the better!
With education, if you have done a degree or diploma – add this. Any short courses? Add this as well, even if it's not in hospitality. Having a degree in an unrelated field will still give the employer the signal that you have the ability to persevere. One of the most important benefits of a degree is this signal benefit, not necessarily the type of degree that you have done.
Since the hospitality sector is so closely connected to the tourist industry, the ability to speak different languages could give you an important advantage above someone else. Add any languages that you can speak up to conversational ability.
Certifications refer to any hospitality-relevant certificates. Have you done any cooking courses in specific niche areas? Or an accredited short course? Add this here. Remember to add non-hospitality certificates to the education section instead.
That's it! Your inploi profile is now complete and you are ready to apply for jobs. If your application has sparked interest, the employer will connect with you! You will receive a notification in that case. Be sure to respond as soon as possible, and keep the tone conversational, yet professional. We hope that this guide has helped you, and feel to get in touch with us should you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
People hire people, not CV's, which is why we have added profile videos to inploi. Candidate profile's on inploi are designed to give employers everything they need to help them hire the right people for the job.
Recording a profile video is quick & easy. Adding a video to your profile helps you stand out and will help you to find the perfect job.
How do you record one? Go to your profile, tap +video and click record. You can also upload a pre-recorded video from your camera roll. What you say is up to you, but here is an example set of questions that might help to guide you:
Paying tax is an important part of living and working in a modern democracy. Government tax revenues (if managed correctly) are the means by which the state is able to provide vital services like policing and healthcare, maintain essential infrastructure, and support the most vulnerable members of our society. inploi encourages you to pay your fair share of tax on money earned using our platform.
We have put together some rough notes on your obligations and links to where you can find more information. Please refer to HMRC or a registered advisor with any queries, and to be sure you are paying the correct amount of tax.
Income tax has to be paid on income you earn. This is done through either PAYE or 'self-assessment', depending on the type of work you are doing/your employment status. Please see the government's guidance on paying income tax here. The income tax allowance for individuals in the 2016-17 tax year is £10,800 (and £11,000 for 2017-18): you will only pay income tax on amounts that you earn in excess of this.
inploi takes no responsibility for the nature of the working relationship between our employers and work seekers. Our terms and conditions are clear on the form that we expect interactions to take, but at the end of the day we are merely a platform that connects people - we therefore have no involvement in these working relationships and expect employers and work seekers to act lawfully.
If the platform is used as intended, these are the likely implications for your income tax obligation:
inploi is a service for matching candidates to longer-term work roles. It is expected that work seekers will join their employers as employees and be loaded onto their payroll systems. In this situation the obligation for withholding income tax and national insurance falls on employers – this is done via "pay as you earn" (PAYE). Employers can find out more about PAYE and Payroll here.
This service is intended to connect work seekers to ad-hoc bits of work. It is designed for people who want to work around their ordinary lives – deciding when they want to work and where they want to do it, working for various people on their own terms. Gov.uk provides some useful, must read guidance about Income from "selling services online" here. If your taxable income and taxable state benefits amount to more than your tax-free personal allowance you will have to pay tax. If you are working as an independent contractor, employers will not withhold income tax from your payment and you will be responsible for submitting a self-assessment tax return to report your income. You need to register for self-assessment and submit a tax return, either in hard copy or online. For more information on self-assessment please consult the Gov.uk information page here. You may also be liable for national insurance contributions.
The Home Office of the UK Government has specific rules which determine who is allowed to work legally in the United Kingdom and who employers are allowed to hire. We have tried to lay some of these out broadly for a few of the major classes of people below.
If you are going to seek work in the United Kingdom you must make sure that you are allowed to – either due to your nationality, or by having the correct permissions. All work seekers using the inploi platform must be able to prove, using the requisite documents, that they are entitled to work in the United Kingdom. You will need to take these documents with you when you report for work so that employers can fulfil their obligations. If you are in any doubt about whether you are allowed to work in the UK, we advise you to check your status on the Gov.uk website by clicking here.
British citizens, Swiss citizens, and citizens of the following EEA countries are permitted to work in the UK without restriction:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
If you are from Croatia you may need to apply for a registration certificate to be allowed to work in the UK. Please check this here.
Non-UK students are allowed to work whilst in the UK, but there are certain limitations, including the number of hours that you are allowed to work during term time. If you are in the U.K on a Tier 4 student visa, please click here to see the Home Office's policy guidance, reading from paragraph 266 "Can I work Whilst in the UK?".
Students on short-term study visas are not permitted to work in the UK.
If you are in the UK on an Ancestry Visa you are entitled to work unencumbered whilst your visa is valid. Please see the Home Office's guidance here for more information.
If you do not fall into one of the above categories it is likely that you will need a specific Visa in order to work legally in the United Kingdom. This is usually applied for and obtained in your country of origin before entering the UK. There are different types of Visa which one might apply for depending on your specific situation. Please check this here.
Whom am I allowed to hire, and what do I need to do to be compliant with regulations?
Whilst inploi does all that it can to ensure that our community of work seekers are allowed to work here, there are particular statutory requirements that we cannot fulfil for you. We actively monitor the community and cross reference uploaded identity documents with profiles, removing any dodgy ones. We cannot however accept any liability for the status of the people using our platform and expect you to comply with the Home Office rules, performing your own checks.
The Home Office has stringent requirements to ensure that employers only employ people who are allowed to work in the United Kingdom. Employing illegal workers carries severe penalties, which may include fines of up to £20,000 per illegal worker. People who knowingly employ illegal workers could also be sent to jail for up to 2 years. To check if somebody has the right to work in the UK please consult the government advice here.
In order to avoid fines and prosecution employers must perform the following checks on people that they are employing and their documents, namely that:
Employers are advised to consult the government's comprehensive guidance here.
You can also contact the ACAS helpline Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am – 1pm on Saturday:
Telephone: 0300 123 1100
Textphone: 18001 0300 123 1100
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