Your company culture is perhaps one of the most important parts of your business operation. Companies are often sharing their values and character through their branding and social media but do not extend this to their recruitment process. When deciding whether or not to apply for a job, candidates want to know exactly what awaits them in that role. They want to know more than just the duties of the position; they want to know the personality of the business and the people working there. With the rise of review sites such as Glassdoor, what your employees say about you is now even more important than ever. Here at Swanstaff we try to share our fun side when advertising jobs, for example our “Super-Recruiter” advert! So here are four reasons how and why your recruitment campaigns MUST reflect your company culture if you are to find the right candidate for your company. Share your culture In an extremely competitive job market for businesses and candidates it’s easy to get lost in all the generic ads but giving an insight into your company is essential. A candidate that fits in well with existing staff and the role needs to be given strong reasons to apply for your job above others. You may know they’d be the perfect fit but you need to show them that. For example: It’s okay to outsource Some companies are under the mistaken impression that outsourcing their recruitment can be damaging to the sharing of their company culture. This is not the case with a good RPO Provider (not sure what RPO is? (Find out more here) or recruitment agency that cares about culture fit. Like attracts like Getting creative with recruitment isn’t always an easy task. Many of the companies we at Swanstaff work with find that creating adverts that reflect them and their culture is time consuming, and often they don’t have all the necessary resources to do it. We help our recruiters by creating bespoke adverts in both image and text form to share and find people that will fit in well with their client. Make sure your advert reflects the sort of company you are and the people you are hoping to attract. Picture this Share your company culture as much as possible on social media accounts. People will often check out a business’s social media presence when preparing for an interview so you need to make sure yours shares photos and videos of what it is like to work there. Here at Swanstaff we share a variety of things from birthday announcements to an office hula hooping competition. Finding a new member of staff who will fit in well and become another loyal team member needs you to go above and beyond traditional recruitment methods nowadays. Showcase your staff, your company and your culture and you will find someone who will thrive in the business! Still unsure about recruitment and looking to outsource it to a team of award winning professionals? You can find your nearest branch here or find out more about Swanstaff Recruitment's RPO and recruitment services here.
As a bit of Friday fun and we have put together this list of our Top 5 creative CV ideas. Please let us know what you think and if you know of any other fun ideas or CV’s that you’ve heard about, please tell us about them in the comments below! 5) Fifth on our list and showing that creativity is key is Leah, a 20 year old Marketing graduate who designed a mini-scale Lego model of herself to send out. This creative idea was inspired by her Dad’s love of Lego and her desire to get an internship! 4) Coming in fourth, life really is like a box of chocolates for graphic designer Rob Jervis. After becoming frustrated with the lack of response his CV got, he designed a box of chocolates with his CV on the packaging and filled it with handmade chocolates. Upon handing them out, he was inundated with responses. Just goes to show that standing out from the crowd really is worth it! 3) Third on our list is Yves Bonneyrat who decided to use the Tyrell’s chip packet as a way to advertise his CV and cover letter! After his pdf CV didn’t grab their attention he used his initiative and came up with this exciting idea. 2) In at second place and nearly grabbing our top spot is Swedish Photographer Jens Lennartsson who created a fun idea when he designed an action figure of himself and put his CV on the box. Now that really is an out of the box idea! 1) And top of our list is this amazing one by Robby Leonardi – Interactive Resume You have to see it for yourself to appreciate the skill that went into it but we were very impressed!
As a university student I get a number of months off for the summer. I didn’t want to waste my summer lounging around the house; instead I decided that a marketing internship would be the perfect opportunity to gain relevant skills for my degree, (History) as well as looking great on my CV. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from working in the marketing department, my fear being that I would be required to create artwork on the computer, something which is not my forte. However whilst I have had to produce eye catching adverts to post on social media and design infographics this has not been my only role. I have covered a variety of tasks including working on a project with the rest of the marketing team which involved creating emails, sending out letters and helping with the general preparation. I have also learnt to schedule social media posts which involves finding relevant articles from “how to write a CV” to the latest news in the recruitment industry. I then schedule all the posts on our social media platforms (Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn) for the following week. Being part of the marketing team meant that I have had the opportunity to experience what a work environment and office setting is like. By working in the head office of the company I have been able to observe how other departments operate, and get a real feel for what will be expected of me when I enter the working world. All of the staff at Swanstaff has been very friendly and welcoming. This has allowed me to enjoy the social side of work as well, which has ranged from lunches at the pub on a Friday to the summer party held at Lingfield. To anyone thinking about doing an internship I would recommend doing one as I have had a great time and I have also learnt valuable skills that I can carry into the future in whichever career path I choose to take.
So you’re about to graduate and the world is your oyster. But you’re being faced with a somewhat daunting new challenge. Your job search. It’s different for everyone I’ve known people who got a job straight out of uni and some who took 8 months to get on the career ladder. However there’s no need to panic. Especially if you have a read through this top 5 list of tips for grads that our fab HR and Talent team here at Swanstaff have put together: Be realistic and level headed about your prospects Everyone has to work their way up in a company and your degree isn’t a springboard up the career ladder. Don’t be afraid to apply for entry level jobs. You will soon be able to prove yourself and work your way up to that dream job with hard work and commitment! Cover letters are key We can’t stress this enough. When you don’t have much on your CV, your cover letter is the perfect moment to show your personality and point out the skills you have that would make you perfect for the job. Don’t forget to personalise them to the company you are applying to and if appropriate to the sector or job you want, be a little creative with it and your CV (Check out our Top 5 Creative CV’s for ideas!) Start applying before you graduate If you leave it until after, you will be competing against all the other graduates. Experience is something that will make you stand out from the crowd so an internship or paid job you completed alongside your degree will prove you can work hard. This is also a good thing when it comes to references. A glowing reference from someone you interned with for 6 weeks is going to really look great and may be the boost you need to be better than another candidate with similar qualifications. Make the most of experiences you’ve had Ok, you may not have the two years in events management they asked for but you did help your friend set up and run a couple of charity events last year. Talk about their success and the skills you picked up from them. Or maybe you don’t have the 1 year working in computing they asked for but you do volunteer at your local library helping people learn how to use computers. Voluntary work and hobbies can be just as valuable as other experiences! Don’t give up You may not find that dream job straight away but keep at it. Job searching can be demoralising when you don’t get responses quickly or at all. Just keep trying, you never know which application could be your big break! For more tops tips Follow us on Twitter – @Swanstaff Like us on Facebook – Swanstaff Recruitment Ltd Follow us on LinkedIn – Swanstaff Recruitment Ltd Check us out on Instagram – Swanstaff Recruitment
If like us you tuned into channel 4's new program The Job Interview at 9PM last night then you got to enjoy a new look at the recruiting world. Not only were we entertained but we also gathered some great advice and top tips for interview success and have compiled our first 5 lessons from the show: Lesson 1: do your homework on a company AND its product Lesson 2: keep nerves at bay, slow down your speech, answer concisely don't talk too much! Lesson 3: practice role play scenarios relevant to the job Lesson 4: don't hang up on the boss! Lesson 5: expect the unexpected! A maths question in an event managers interview! If you missed the show last night or just want to find out more information check out the shows website here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-job-interview Check back next week for more lessons learnt from the show!
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So you’ve managed to get through that interview. You’re feeling pretty good. Pretty marvellous. One might even say splendiferous considering the fact it’s Roald Dahl Day. Now what? How do you follow up from this? Here are 5 golden ticket tips from a Roald Dahl classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for how to behave and what to do after an interview. 1.Gratitude. Charlie is grateful for everything he has and everything he receives. He always say thank you and so should you! Take the time to write a short email or letter thanking the interviewer for their time. For example: Dear----- I just wanted to say thank you for seeing me earlier and interviewing me for the role of ------. I really enjoyed meeting and speaking to you about the role. If you have any further questions you’d like to ask me, please feel free to give me a call on ------ or pop me an email and I’d be happy to answer them. I look forward to hearing from you Thank you again 2.“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Believing in yourself is a vital part of searching for a job. If you don’t believe in your ability to do well in a role, how will you convince an employer you can do it? Stay positive, even after an interview. 3.“We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that and reverse it.” Now is not the time to rest on your laurels! Whether the interview went well or not quite as planned, it is worth continuing to look. Keep applying for jobs and looking at companies you might like to work for. You want to keep your options open, instead of pinning them on one role. 4.“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” Don’t take things to seriously or too much to heart. Rejections are hard but it doesn’t mean you are a bad candidate. It just means they found someone more suitable for that specific vacancy 5.“Tremendous things are in store for you! Wonderful things await you!” I am a great believer in the motto, “everything happens for a reason”. You might not get a specific vacancy but something better for you will come along and you will be free to grab it with both hands! Can you think of any other advice you could take from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Happy Roald Dahl Day!
Do you have an interview lined up? Are you stressing out about your CV and preparing answers to interview questions? The last thing you want to be thinking about is what to wear! Research has found that people form a first opinion of someone within 7 seconds. Therefore having a well-groomed, smart appearance could be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful job interview. We have created an infographic for you that gives you top tips for both men and woman, on what the best outfit is for an interview or even what to wear on a day-to-day basis in the office. After taking this advice you'll be dressed to impress and probably feel more confident too!
On average recruiters spend 6 seconds looking at your CV. Only 6 seconds! It is therefore essential that your CV is the best it can be in order to catch the recruiters attention. There are a number of ways you can do this including make sure your format is easy to read, only include relevant content and proof read your CV a number of times to ensure that there are no mistakes. We have created an infographic for you which gives an insight into what recruiters look for - all tips are hot off the press from recruiters directly. Why not give your CV a refresh and you should be sure to find your next career move soon!