Monthly Archives: February 2020

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Finding jobs through social…

Over 90% of companies use social media when hiring especially via a recruitment agency platform; It’s an efficient quick and environmentally friendly marketing method for finding candidates. Sites like LinkedIn are top of the list for social media job search(es) with over 400 million followers - this has ramped up the need to be social media savvy and participate as a business to keep up with the everchanging hiring, recruiting and employment trends. A large percentage of companies will use platform(s) such as Facebook to screen candidates so it is imperative that your online presence and profile have to be clear of any posts, photos or comments that would jeopardise your chances of getting your foot in the door with recruiters and companies in general. Instagram feeds, stories and blogs are also a quickfire way to get the job details out there to candidates; posting pictures and information that is pleasing to the candidate’s’ feed and links that take them straight to the employment agency - it takes the work out of pounding the pavements and saves time and energy for - both recruiters, candidates and clients. It’s also a good way of connecting on a human level (believe it or not!) to the recruiter’s - office, team by sharing more than just the new job that comes in - photos of the team on days out, sharing ideas of..

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IR35

In short (and it's hard to keep this short) we have outlined what it is that you need to look out for and if IR35 applies. With 6th April fast approaching, businesses in the private sector who hire personal service companies, will need to determine if IR35 is relevant to their contractors. If they do come under that umbrella then these workers will have PAYE and National Insurance Contributions deducted from their wages. A good source for further information is from  also

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Pay rise

It can be daunting when the time for salary reviews come up. It is best to prep yourself ahead of time and be honest about how you feel in the role - if you have exceeded expectations, met goals and been consistent with good time keeping, being a good team player etc. If so then go in with this in mind and remain calm and confident. Have a list (in your head) as to why you feel you deserve the pay rise. It may be that your employer needs some reminding! This way you have all of the information at hand and if it is applicable then also raise any targets and new business that you may have brought in. Employers after all are looking after the bottom line. Should you not receive a pay rise do not be disheartened, it is worth being brave and asking your manager why, it is constructive for you to know, so that you can move forward in an informed way. It may be worth suggesting that if there are any courses you could take to add to your skill set, it could help out for any further salary reviews in the future. If you are happy where you are - wait it out and try again, enjoying your job is so important!

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LinkedIn.

LinkedIn plays a huge part when it comes to searching for a new job. Once your CV has been submitted to a potential employer be it via a direct application or a recruitment agency, one of the first things the employer will do is to search for you on LinkedIn and Social Media.  LinkedIn allows you to search for jobs, post your digital CV, connect with individuals and allows you to be searched for by future employers, recruitment consultants and so on.  The search aspect helps to narrow the parameters making the search more relevant to potential employers. You want to stand out from the competition and be the one who gets noticed, so how do you go about this and how should you best construct your profile? First and foremost, your profile must be clear and as many of the other relevant sections of your profile must be filled in as this makes it easier for the relevant industry experts and potential hirers to find you. Make sure you include a background image and a professional photo of yourself. Write a summary, this could be similar to your personal profile and should include any relevant skills and experience, as then it is easier for you to be found in a search if you do so.  Include your past jobs and experience and the years you were at each company..

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Relationships.

How to get the most our of your relationship with your recruitment consultant. Before working in recruitment myself, I had no idea how much easier using a recruitment agency could make a job search – I had never used one before, much to my now regret! Your recruitment consultant really will go above and beyond for you, if you let them, and if you do some things for them in return. Outlined below are some tips on how to get the best out of your relationship with your recruitment consultant. Follow these steps and you could land your dream job sooner than expected, or at the very least have on your side a trusty ally with a wealth of industry know-how at their fingertips.   Build a rapport with your recruiter Your recruitment consultant will become your new best friend while you’re working together, you’ll speak a lot during your job hunt and the better you let us get to know you, the easier our job is. The more you open up and share with your recruiter, the better your rapport will be with them. This will ensure you sit at the forefront of their mind and will work massively in your favour when new jobs come into the agency. The better your rapport with your consultant, the more likely they are to share extra tips, industry knowledge and advice..

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First impressions.

Interviews can be extremely nerve wracking for a lot of people.  Entering a room and sitting in front of people you don’t know while selling yourself can be very daunting. Many people work themselves up into a fluster and end up giving the wrong first impression. First impressions can have a lasting impact on peoples' feelings about you as an employee, so the first 30 seconds of an interview are arguably the most important. As we are a boutique recruitment agency based in the heart of London, who deal with a huge variety of different clients, we have put together a list of top tips to ensure you give a great first impression.   Dress appropriately Making sure you dress appropriately for an interview is extremely important. Hiring Managers will make an opinion on you instantly from your appearance and body language. People often don't know what is appropriate to wear to an interview. Generally if you are interviewing for a corporate company, is it recommended to wear a smart dress (knee length), loafers or heels and a smart jacket, your hair should be clean and away from your face, dress conservatively. This is not an opportunity to show off your fashion sense! In the more creative firms, smart suit trousers and a colourful blouse would be acceptable. A tip to knowing what to wear, is by checking the companies..

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Pointers for networking.

Past Contacts: When we’re in networking mode, we tend to think about the future and forget about those who helped us get to where we are now, but getting in touch with old co-workers, bosses, mentors, and former contacts is key. They’re likely in a different place in their careers and have made new connections that you can also tap into. Although sending an email to someone who haven't spoken to in years can feel forced, don't be deterred, you’d be surprised how many will be very happy to hear from an old work mate or contact. School / University Alumni Don’t forget about alumni organisation. Most alumni networks have events and volunteer activities that are perfect for expanding your contacts list. Don’t forget that at an alumni ‘meet-up’ you'll at least share one thing in common: where you went to school or University. Use this as a way to bond, and professional opportunities may well come from them; perhaps not immediately but certainly further down the line if you continue to use the Alumni events pages, or meet up info! Do your research before networking events. First, to find a networking event, you can check LinkedIn, which has an events section listed on your personal homepage. There you can find happenings near you in a field you’re interested in. Others such as Eventbrite also offer networking events and of course, you..

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Cover Letters.

Accompanying your CV with a well written cover letter is a great way to create that memorable ‘first impression’ for the person reviewing your application, and therefore increasing your chance to secure that all important interview! As you can imagine, employers receive many applications for vacant roles, and a clear and concise cover letter will increase your opportunity of showing your suitability for the role. You can use this letter to highlight to the employer/ recruiter the relevant skills that you believe align with the role you are applying for, as well as the key points that drew you to both it, but just as importantly, the company. From experience and research, CVs accompanied with a cover letter are often more favoured when reviewing applications. However, it is imperative that the cover letter is not too long, is to the point, and is mistake free. Remember, this is your chance to shine! To that end, when writing your cover letter ensure it is no more than 1 page, aligns your relevant skills to the role being advertised, and shows your interest in the specific role you are applying for. Key pointers: Research the company thoroughly and highlight your interest in them specifically Make sure there are no mistakes – attention to detail is very important just as it is in the CV Keep it concise and ensure all points made..

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Virtual interviews.

Virtual interviews are becoming the ‘norm’ and for a lot of people it can be hard to do an interview virtually as most people find it tricky to shine on screen. Below I’ve listed some tips and ideas on how to make the most of your interview: Set up First and foremost make sure you are in a quiet spot. Find an area where you won’t be disturbed – find a room/area that no children can barge into or barking dogs wont stray into. Stay well away from flat mates who might be chatting to their mates on calls, traffic and even people walking outside your window. It may sounds silly but it is amazing how sound travels and how off putting and disturbing background noise can be. Trust me I know having a daughter who is currently home schooling and dogs that seem to bark at any bird that comes into our garden! Make sure you are seated at either a desk or a kitchen/dining room table and that you aren’t lounging on your sofa or even worse, bed! Clear clutter – you don’t want your possible future employer to think you live in complete chaos! It’s always an idea to have a bit of fresh air in your room to keep you alert but be aware of the noise level if your window overlooks a very busy road..

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