What you need to know about Black Friday & Cyber Monday
A big hello to all of our fabulous UEA and WEA blog followers, Sian and Shannen here to give you the low down on Black Friday and Cyber Monday as after all, who doesn’t love a good shop especially if you can grab a bargain or 10?
Now we are all ardent shoppers in this office but this is the first year we have really heard of Cyber Monday although Black Friday we know well. I remember our office last year on Black Friday taking it in turns (as if it was a relay race!) to run around the Intu shopping centre on the hunt for bargains – after all we are mostly females in here and can’t resist a little shopping! Black Friday along with Cyber Monday are a new shopping and consumer phenomenon sweeping over the UK – so what’s the difference between the two?
What is Black Friday?
This Originated in the U.S. in the early 2000’s where their biggest retailers offered huge discounts and savings to retailers to push the sales up! But this has now infiltrated the UK, Scandinavia, Mexico, South Africa and France to name a few. Black Friday USA is on the 4th of November, which falls just after U.S. Thanksgiving Day and well and truly starts their Christmas shopping season! It has been a huge success and in 2014, Amazon sold an average of 64 items per second on Black Friday – that is some crazy shopping!
Our Black Friday this year falls on Friday 27th November so put a note in your outlook or diary!
What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday, on the other hand, came about in direct competition to Black Friday with online retailers big and small promoting an array of on-line bargains all of which can be purchased from the comfort of your own home. No waiting in lines, pushing through crowds and feeling hot and flustered instead your gifts delivered to you without having to even move off the couch – well apart from having to open the door and the box!
Cyber Monday this year falls on Monday 20th November - so don’t forget to put that in your diary and bag yourself a bargain.
Some retailers with the best deals are: eBay, Amazon, Currys, John Lewis, Halfords, Argos, and New Look (Sian’s personal favourite) along with Tesco, LG, Samsung and Carphone Warehouse!
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday looming and both of us being self-confessed shopaholics, we thought we’d dish out some tips - making sure you get the best out of the sales as well as your job hunt.
1. Knowing where you want to go:
Shopping for the best deal is very similar to shopping for the best job opportunity. We all know when it comes to a sale everyone loves a bargain and will grab anything they can (“Oh! Look at the price of that! I really needed those 500 toilets rolls in bulk”). Which is very similar to when you apply for a job you end up applying for anything from an administrator to a dolphin trainer sometimes due to the boredom of applying for the same type of roles or out of desperation of finding a new job.
When it comes to the sales it’s always best to plan what shops you want to target first, this saves last minute panic and rushing around and, most importantly, it saves you going home with 500 toilet rolls that you really don’t need! Apply this same logic when applying for roles. You want to ensure that you know what sort of role you want; otherwise you’ll end up applying for hundreds of jobs that you actually wouldn’t accept if you were offered which is a waste of both your time and your potential employers’ time too.
2. Compare the deals/job opportunities:
We are all inclined to make those impulse buys thinking we’ve got ourselves a bargain and then find there’s a better deal in the store next door at half the price – argh! So always compare the deals – sometimes it’s not just about price it’s about getting the best spec for your money.
Similar to job opportunities, you might see the job that is paying the highest salary but it may not be the best job for you. There are a number of things to take into consideration such as the commute, working hours, location, benefits i.e. bonuses, pensions, career prospects and also the effect this may have on your personal life as it may require long hours and working out of the office. Remember to weigh up the pros and cons and ensure you haven’t missed out on a great deal and career opportunity!
3. The internet is there for a reason, so use it:
Nearly all businesses are using social media platforms as an effective selling tool. As consumers in a technology era the internet and social media is something we have come to rely on for nearly everything! So why not use it to your advantage? Look online and use it to find the best deals and potential job opportunities, this will save you money and stress!
Make sure you follow your favourite retailers online to see if they revealed special offers or links to early offers! If you are looking to apply for jobs, follow recruitment agencies in the area and also companies you wish to work for to see if companies are advertising. Follow social media platforms and if you don’t have these social media platforms, it would be wise to get set up!
Oh… and while you’re there… Follow us on Twitter: @UEAgency / @ueajobs / @Windsoremp, or on Facebook. Also search us on LinkedIn too see the latest opportunities we have available! Alternatively, if want the more traditional service we are happy to take your call on 01895 520700 at our Uxbridge Office or 01753 290260 for our Windsor Office.