When you are looking for a new job it is easy to get caught up in designing the perfect CV ... this should lead to lots of interviews and then you need to be prepared to really impress your prospective employer. Sometimes they may want to see you at short notice so it’s really important that you prepare yourself early and start thinking about what you may be asked and how you will present yourself… it can be a pretty daunting experience for some people so we thought we would put together some tips so that you can arrive at your interview with confidence.
The sales process is a step-by-step layout of what actions must be taken to turn leads into customers. Regardless of how you look at it, recruiting is exactly the same. You are selling the Employer as a product to prospective candidates, you need to know your stuff and be able to sell the opportunity to your prospect – hopefully turning them into a candidate. Follow this sales process, selling the features and benefits of the Employer and you should be bringing in the placements thick and fast!
For those who haven't yet heard of LinkedIn and aren't aware of what it is; in a nutshell it is an online social CV you create for youself. You can connect with many different people just like social media platforms, however it is a professional site, be wary not to post things you wouldn't want your boss seeing. If you're looking for a new job, LinkedIn is a good place to start your search. At least 500 million people use the network, and there are more than 10 million active job listings, Fortune magazine reported in 2017. If you're wondering how to use LinkedIn to find a job, you're best to follow our steps below:
Are you on the lookout for your next role? In a time when technology has become more integral to our daily lives, are you using it to your advantage in your job search? There are so many ways your phone can help you! Job Search Apps There are plenty of apps out there that can help you find a job. One great app - if we do say so ourselves! – is the Swanstaff app. Full of great content the app not only shows you all the latest jobs so you can apply on the go, but it also includes fantastic blogs about job searching and career advice to help you stand out from the crowd. Current candidates with Swanstaff can get alerts for new shifts and be the first to hear about them and also easily share their availability with their branch. The app is all about saving you time and making your life easier! So how can you get this great app? Just click this link to go straight to the App Store and download it for free! Other apps job seekers can benefit from include CV Builder and Pocket Resume. Both of these help you to build a CV using their templates to make sure you include all the correct information. There are also brilliant apps like Interview Prep Questions which show you a typical interview question and give you tips on how to answer it. Emails Making sure your email address and signature are professional is so important. A silly, embarrassing or inappropriate email address can really affect how the company you are applying to looks at you. If you don’t have a one that sounds professional, it is definitely worth creating one. With your email signature try to make sure it is not just the generic, “sent from my iphone”. You can include your name, a contact number and links to professional social profiles such as LinkedIn. You should also use your emails to confirm details of interviews and to send a thank afterwards. A thank you email is a great way to thank the interviewer for their time and make sure they remember you. Some job boards allow you to set up alerts for when jobs you are interested in are posted. Make sure all your job related emails go to the same email address. This will allow you to easily search in the inbox or separate emails into folders depending on which roles they are regarding. LinkedIn This is another app but slightly different to the one’s previously mentioned. LinkedIn is a professional social network that is built for making business connections which will definitely assist in your job search. You can use it to connect with the HR teams and Directors from the companies you want to work for. You can also connect with Recruiters who work in your industry and area who may be able to help you in finding your dream role. There are plenty of other ways your phone can help in your job search. If you can think of any we haven’t mentioned here that really helped you, please let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to download our app for all the latest jobs, shifts and career advice here!
With the exciting launch of Great British Bake Off (it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I was definitely eager to see it!) I have been thinking about cake rather a lot this week. As something of a cupcake-maker myself I’ve watched the contestants produce scrumptious showstoppers and tasty technical challenges in awe every week of previous seasons. I expect this one to be no different. Now as much as GBBO has taught me to improve my baking skills, it has also taught me some great life skills which can be applied to job hunting. Don’t believe me? Keep reading! Preparation is key From researching the company, to planning your CV and application, it is vital to make sure you use your time wisely in your job search. Get all the ingredients laid out and ready before you start anything. This means have notes ready and in front of you for a phone interview or researching the company fully before a face to face interview. Ingredients As mentioned before you need to make sure you have all the ingredients for your perfect recipe to success. If the jobs you are applying for or interested in are asking you to have a certain qualification or experience of a specific package, you will need to try to get this or at least show willingness to work towards it. Collaborative working Much like the technical challenge in Great British Bake Off it is ok to talk to people about what you are doing. It may be a competition (they’re trying to win a trophy and you’re trying to get a job) but that doesn’t mean you cannot support each other. You never know who might know the perfect person to help you with your job search Decoration and presentation Making sure you and your CV look good is key to job hunting success. Presenting yourself well doesn’t mean you have to be a showstopper, but try to be the best you can be so that you stand out from the crowd of other plates. It can be scary to put yourself out there but you have to go for it! You can’t please everyone You cannot please everyone all the time and you’ll probably burn yourself out if you do! As the Great British Bake Off contestants discovered, bakes that were too boozy for Paul were perfect for Mary. You cannot always please everyone, just do your best! And finally believe in yourself! To see this and other blogs like it, click here!
Twitter has been around for over a decade now, and it doesn't look like it's going away any time soon. It's a great platform to express your voice and share your opinions. It's also a good place to engage with potential employers. Here's our simple guide to help you use Twitter to find your dream career.
As Facebook is a social media site in which majority of people have for personal use, you need to be wary of what you are posting if you decide to use it to job search. Some people create a second profile which they use purely to job search, this means that they do not share/post anything that an employer would deem unprofessional or that they wouldn't want their boss seeing. Follow our step by step guide on how to use Facebook to job search!
Spending time out in the - somewhat unreliable - British sunshine and enjoying the company of friends and loved one’s is definitely one of the best things about summer. Looking at the brightly coloured plants and flowers that are out this time of year makes it even better. Here at Swanstaff we love making a difference and want to share some of the joys of summer with those in nursing and care homes. Studies prove that those suffering from dementia strongly benefit from what is sometimes known as “gardening therapy”. Research conducted by the Thrive Charity, who work to improve people’s lives through gardening, revealed that the purposeful activity of planting and growing flowers improved the overall well-being of all those involved in the study and particularly in early stage dementia patients. Common themes such as self-identity and improved mood repeatedly came up in the feedback from those participating. Not only is it a great way to create a sense of group belonging, whilst socialising and planting these flowers but it also suggested that attending a group activity in a non-hospitalised environment was hugely beneficial for self-identity. Although the study focussed on the 45-65 age group, it does seem to have significant relevance to people living in care homes of all ages. Gardening can be quite physically demanding but even residents who are not as able can plant pots to keep in their rooms or put out in the gardens around their homes. These give the residents a talking point to share with visitors and can even be done with family and friends who may be visiting at the time. Leading a physically active lifestyle can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of people with dementia. Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health and may improve the quality of life for people in all stages of the condition. This includes everyday activities such as walking, gardening or dancing, as well as sports and exercises with the specific aim of improving fitness. Alzheimer's Society, Exercise and Physical Activity With this in mind, Swanstaff Recruitment would like to offer to send FREE packets of seeds to UK care homes who may be interested in this type of activity. To register your interest and receive your free seeds please email us firstname.lastname@example.org whilst stocks last!
As discussed in our previous blogs, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is a custom recruiting solution. Whilst some RPO solutions will focus on individual sections of the recruitment process such as candidate sourcing and interviews, others will outsource the entire process to their RPO provider. The type of RPO solution depends on the needs of the client and can grow and change with the business. It is more of a partnership than anything else, with the provider taking on the parts the business feels they need support with. Not every business is going to have the same needs or the same hiring requirements all the time. Some will have seasonal fluctuations and busy periods. For example, retail businesses may need additional temporary staff over Christmas. A good RPO provider will be able to analyse the business and know this so that they can adapt to suit the client. They will know that RPO is not one-size-fits all model and how to offer their client the best service possible. If any of the following sound like you, your business could benefit from using an RPO solution: Our hiring needs fluctuate throughout the year Our business works with a lot of temporary and contract staff Our business is looking to make savings in our recruitment budget Our company has a contrasting supplier base Our company is looking to simplify the hiring processes Our company would prefer one point of contact rather than the many we current have Here at Swanstaff Recruitment we take into account the individual requirements of the business and build a bespoke hiring plan to either support or replace what is already there. There are many advantages of using an RPO solution including: Single point of contact Consolidation of supply chain Reduced hiring time Cost reductions More efficient processes Risk mitigation Detailed insights Bespoke hiring process To find out more about how Swanstaff can help your business please click here to find out more about our Managed Services Options