We recently published our article “what role does outsourcing have in recruitment” and promised you more information on how RPO can benefit your company. Our full white paper is due out on April 1st but we thought we would give you a preview… Below are 6 key benefits of RPO and HR outsourcing: Increased Effectiveness One of the most important benefits of RPO is scalability. Many employers have vastly fluctuating recruitment needs, due to industry trends and seasonal activity. If that’s your business then RPO can scale up for busy periods and scale back down at other times. It is also useful for companies experiencing high growth who need help scaling their recruiting capacity to meet demand. Mitigating Risk With RPO recruiting, every element of recruitment can be monitored by your RPO supplier – allowing comprehensive tracking, reporting and auditing of the recruitment function. This allows companies to have a fully transparent system and feel assured that high standard of training and compliance are in place and that their processes protect both them and employees. Improved Efficiency – reduced recruiting costs This is one of the top reasons why businesses choose RPO solutions; it is also one of the biggest benefits of RPO. Many companies will spend a lot of money on head-hunters or trying to recruit in house and taking staff away from their other duties. Particularly for companies with a high turnover rate this can waste money and resources. A significant advantage of an RPO agreement is the reduction in time to fill a vacancy – which improves the overall efficiency of the business. Increased Candidate Quality A great candidate is more than just experience and qualifications. Things like personality and company culture/team fit are vital. If hiring managers are pressed for time to fill a position or have a huge volume of applications to sift through, they may not look at these additional things which can help you know whether a candidate will have longevity. A good RPO supplier will take time to assess your company culture, skills sets for roles and special requirements. These will then be at the centre of their candidate sourcing process. This also results in an enhancement of your employer brand and values. Detailed Insights – Analytics and reporting to aid with prompt decision making RPO suppliers will utilise specialist technology platforms, like Swanstaff’s S-Recruiter which allows for “real time” reporting at a click of a button. With features such as the ability to authorise timesheets, have visibility of hiring costs and generate detailed analysis reports your hiring process becomes seamlessly integrated and stress-free to monitor. A Bespoke, Tailor-Made Hiring Process A fantastic advantage of an RPO is having a dedicated account manager and support team that will look at every aspect of your hiring process. From company culture audits, to candidate sourcing, to bespoke induction programmes, an RPO really can be a “one-stop” solution. Equally, you may only wish to outsource certain stages of your recruitment process and there are flexible solutions available, whatever your needs. Here at Swanstaff Recruitment we have the capacity to create bespoke, comprehensive RPO services. We can support you at every stage of the hiring process, including proactive candidate sourcing, competitive market mapping, initial screenings, interview scheduling (including travel and meeting room arrangements), interview feedback, contract negotiation, new hire on-boarding, and post-placement follow up. We will work in partnership with you to create a recruitment structure which is perfect for your team and organisation. To find out more click here.
From April 2016, all nurses and midwives will have to prove every three years that they are practising safely and effectively. The new process of revalidation has been described as one of the biggest changes within the profession in its history. From April 2016, all nurses and midwives will have to demonstrate that they “practise safely and effectively” every time they renew their place on the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) under a new system of revalidation to allow them to continue to work in the UK. The process means that nurses and midwives will have to revalidate every three years when they apply to renew their place on the NMC register. They will be asked for various pieces of information including: The need to provide evidence of 450 hours of practice (950 if they are also a midwife) Provide evidence of 35 hours of continued professional development (CPD) Provide 5 written reflections based on four themes in a new code of professional standards Provide evidence of 5 pieces of practice related feedback from others including patients, relatives and colleagues Reflective discussion with another nurse or midwife Health and character declaration Professional indemnity arrangement The NMC requires that nurses and midwives set up an NMC online account so they can find out the deadline for revalidation and when their registration expires.. Help is being provided by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which has a number of advice leaflets and CPD resources on its website under a special learning zone.
Social media and social networking are popular tools right now on both a personal and a business level. It’s human nature to want to connect and so we are all doing it more and more often. Online offers such an easy avenue to make connections on platforms where we can be introduced to a wider network of people. This is perhaps why a lot of job seekers are taking their job hunt social! If you are unsure of how to start your job search online here are our top tips: USING LINKEDIN FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH Create a detailed LinkedIn profile. Don’t forget to fill in as much as you can. This can act like an online CV and by using keywords you can help potential employers and recruiters to find you. Follow the business pages of companies you’d like to work for. Not only will you be able to see if/when they advertise vacancies but you may also learn some useful things about the company that you can mention in an interview. Network! Network! Network! The best part of LinkedIn is the fact that you can network with a number of people very easily. If you are looking for work in a specific sector, you can connect with recruiters and industry professionals to aid in your search. The best way to do this would be to use the search function to find a recruiter, for example “HGV Recruiter Kent”. Once you have found one you can ask to connect with them. It may be worth at this point personalising your message and saying something like “Hi ——, I am a HGV2 Driver in Kent and I’m currently looking for work. Check out my profile and if you think you have any vacancies that might suit me, please let me know. Many thanks —–“ Get your colleagues/ex-colleagues to endorse our skills our post recommendations for you on your page. USING FACEBOOK FOR JOB HUNTING Make sure your profile is “employer friendly”. Try to either hide inappropriate photos or make sure you are not tagged in them – or you could change your privacy settings so that only your profile image and banner image are visible to people you aren’t connected with. Also make sure that nothing on your profile is controversial or political as this can sometimes lead to bias when someone is looking you up. Use Facebook to let family and friends know you are job seeking. You never know who might know someone who can help you or can share a vacancy they have heard about. Facebook groups! We cannot sing the praises of these enough. You can search for Facebook groups for example “Jobs in Kent” and this will come up with a number of results. Join any relevant groups. Then you can see people posting current vacancies in your area or alternatively post yourself. However, there are a few things to need to know: – When posting keep it professional “want work”, “need work now” and “work?” are not going to cut it! Instead try to be more detailed. “Hi, my name is Susie and I’m a Healthcare Assistant. I have three years’ experience in a care home where I sometimes covered for the deputy care home manager when needed and have worked as Team Leader for the past 6 months. I have a Health and Social Care Level 3 qualification. I’m looking for full time work in Kent as I can drive and am willing to travel. I have references on request. Please feel free to message me here or click this link for my LinkedIn profile to find out more about my experience.” – Engage with other posts. If you see someone else looking for the same type of work as you, click the small arrow in the top right corner of the post and “turn on notifications” to see when people comment on it and what they say. – Engage with Recruiters. A lot of recruiters post within these types of groups. It is usually quite obvious when it’s a recruiter posting. If one posts about something similar to the type of work you are looking for, you can comment and say “I know you are looking for Support Workers but do you have any Healthcare Assistant Jobs at the moment?” It can’t hurt to ask! HOW TO MAKE YOUR TWITTER PROFILE WORK FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH! Put your job pitch in your Twitter bio. For example “Hi I’m Susie, Healthcare Assistant, Mother, Friend, Looking for work in the #Kent area” You can let your personality show through if you would like to but remember to keep it professional and try to avoid using slang. Use a professional-looking avatar. Try to get a professional headshot type photo – like the one you would use for LinkedIn – or pick a photo that shows you in a good light. Not falling out of a bar! Tweet about your job search. Letting people know you are looking can really help your search. However if your profile is private, people aren’t going to be able to see your tweets and if you are job hunting whilst still in work you don’t want to publically tweet in case your current employer sees it. Include a link to an online CV in your bio. The best way to do this would be to link to your LinkedIn profile. You will need to make sure this is complete and up to date. It should be detailed enough for an employer to be able to decide if they would like to contact you. Some of these tips may seem obvious but you’d be surprised how many people make these mistakes! Do you have any other tips you’d give to someone looking for work and trying to use social media? To find out all the jobs Swanstaff currently have available in your area, please visit the jobs page on our website here.
With all the attention and controversy surrounding the NHS in recent months, International Nurses Day is probably more relevant and important than it has ever been – but some people still haven’t heard of it! So what is International Nurses Day? International Nurses Day is a celebration of nurses and the nursing profession in general, across the world. It is an opportunity to thank nurses for the often thankless work they do, helping people every day. What type of nurses is it for? All types of nurses. No matter their level. Today is a day to celebrate everything they do. Why 12th May? The International Council of Nurses chose 12th May to be International Nurses Day as it was Florence Nightingale’s birthday. She is often called the founder of modern nursing and even though some people might disagree, the date stuck! How can you celebrate? It can be anything from writing a social media post thanking a nurse to visiting a nurse and saying thank you in person by giving them a gift, as Swanstaff branches across the UK will be doing for their superstar nurses working today! If you’re a nurse looking for a career change or looking to get back into work, Swanstaff Recruitment can help. We have vacancies across the UK. You can get in touch with your local branch here.
They’re not in a galaxy far far away, in fact you probably work with them every day! Today is 4th May, otherwise known as "May the Fourth Be With You"! In the spirit of this here are the roles we think the characters of Star Wars would have if they worked in a normal office job! Hans Solo – The Dynamic Director Creatively comes up with solutions Great mind for problem solving He’s got a great mind for problem solving but can get easily distracted if not kept busy. The challenge presented by growing and improving a company will motivate him to give his best and offer creative ideas for solutions to tasks and issues which will guarantee company success. Yoda - The Helpful HR Calm and non-judgemental Unbiased His calm attitude and unbiased view of situations makes Yoda perfect for a HR role. He is definitely the sort of person you’d trust and want to go to for advice. Non-judgemental and helpful you can trust him to see both sides of the story and know what to do next. Luke Skywalker – The Active Apprentice Huge Potential Eager to learn Luke’s potential was quickly recognised at his interview with your company. With his positive attitude and capacity for learning he’ll breeze through the course and find success within his chosen career path. Princess Leia – The Majestic Manager Diplomatic Defender of the underdogs She’s diplomatic and protects those who don’t defend themselves. With her quiet authority and the fact that she’s not afraid to speak out when something isn't right, she was the perfect choice for manager. Her ability to speak to her staff without being condescending but able to rally a team when a big project needs to be finished, are all the signs of a good manager and royal! Darth Vader – The Monster Manager Crisis management genius Good at meeting deadlines While he may be seem as the bad guy he does know how to make tough decisions and can manage a crisis if needed. Big project are easy for him and he always sticks to a deadline. His ways of motivating his teammates may however not be the best and his morals can stray if not kept on the right track. R2-D2 - The Tech Trouble-Shooter Technology wizard Efficient Technology is definitely R2’s specialty so a job role which focuses on this is where he will shine. Quick, efficient and the ability to see where improvements can be made without giving up until he’s found the answer mean he can handle a lot of responsibility. He really puts his heart (or motherboard) into everything he does! C-3P0 – The Perfect PA Highly organised People person Designed to interact with a variety of people and programmed primarily for etiquette and protocol this perfect PA is fluent in quite a few different forms of communication. Their slightly fussy and worry-prone personality means they question everything and are highly organised. Chewbacca – The Motivated Marketer Trustworthy Friendly and loyal Just as Chewbacca often served as Hans Solo's conscience in their smuggling endeavours which made people trust him more than they did Solo, this marketer is brilliant at getting customers and clients to trust their brand more. Loyal and conscientious but also stubborn, he protects his team and gets the job done! So what jobs can you see the characters of Star Wars doing in your office? If you want a recruitment job role that's out of this world then give the Talent Team here at Swanstaff a call on 01322 473 157 to see if we have anything in your area! Alternatively, you can register with our branches for Healthcare, Driving and Warehouse work local to you!
Spring is here and what better way to celebrate a time of new beginnings than by starting a new job?! Maybe you’re new to the job hunt or have been searching for a while, either way here are four great ways you can give your job search a boost with a spring clean! Dust off your CV Did you know that it only takes recruiters 6 seconds to decide whether they want to look further into a CV? (you can read more about that here!). Make sure your CV passes the test by ensuring it is clearly laid out and not too long. No one wants to read four pages of your work history! Only include the basics of the role and the important parts which relate to the role you are applying for. You can discuss the rest in more detail over the phone or in an interview if they are interested in finding out more. For 10 other things you don’t want to include on your CV click here. Tidy up those job alerts If you haven’t got these set up already then they are a must have! Make sure to sign up to alerts on job sites relevant to you so that you can respond quickly when a suitable role becomes available. Try to be as specific as possible in the alert to make sure you don’t have to waste time reading irrelevant job alerts. Sweep a recruiter off their feet Building a good relationship with a recruiter can be vital to finding a role. A good recruiter will listen to your needs and experience and match them to jobs they currently have or keep you in mind for future roles. Always remember to respond to emails and calls and thank them for any feedback they are able to provide. They speak directly to your potential employers and are responsible for selling you, make sure you’re showing them how polite and professional you are. Polish up your interview skills If you haven’t been to an interview in a while it can be pretty daunting to go to one but they don’t have to be scary. Here are 5 things you need to take to an interview and some top tips on what you should wear to an interview. If you’re still worried then we also have 5 interview worries with easy fixes you might like!
National Apprenticeship Week – A Business Administration Apprentice Story The following is written by Tamzyn Roscoe, a Business Administration Apprentice here at Swanstaff Recruitment. I decided to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to get straight into working rather than continuing education at college or University. After looking into it, I discovered an apprenticeship would be the best option, as I could still get my qualifications whilst also gaining experience. It’s a great way to get the skills employers are always asking for, while still getting paid and gaining a nationally recognised qualification along the way. A day in the life of a Business Administration Apprentice here at Swanstaff Recruitment can include anything from answering the phone at reception and directing the calls to in depth client mapping tasks. I can find myself posting job adverts for our branches one minute and completing coverage reports and data cleansing the next. My role is so varied and constantly evolves to meet the needs of the business. Nadine Agasi, PA to the Directors and Tamzyn’s manager said: “Tamzyn really is a credit to Swanstaff. This is partly to do with her personality and work ethic, and partly thanks to her apprenticeship. Throughout the course she has gained confidence and skills to become a valuable member of this team. As someone who was initially sceptical about apprenticeships and not sure they would produce the right sort of person, I have been thoroughly converted! If you are currently considering taking on an apprentice, I would highly recommend it.” If you’d like find out more about apprenticeships click here If you’d like to find an apprenticeship, you can search here To find out more about the company I work for Swanstaff Recruitment, you can click here.
The following is written by Nathan Shutt, an Accountancy Apprentice here at Swanstaff. A normal work day for an Accounting apprentice like myself consists of inputting the day’s cash into the accounting software, collating all the relevant remittances and reconciling the bank once all the cash has been input. I would then either go on to doing any invoice queries that are outstanding or I would chase any clients for PO’s we are waiting for. I would also enter any invoices that need to go onto a 3rd party system around this. Some of my day would be dealing with any new client clearances that the branches may have during the day, which means I need to create the necessary client accounts and link them up so when the invoices are generated they get billed to the correct account. Another responsibility I have is to take calls for the Credit Control department throughout the whole day for any client to relay queries to ourselves and then I can deal with them accordingly. In the afternoon, I would either continue with any remaining queries/PO’s outstanding or if there was none to do, I would instead be inputting and scanning in the days cheques received in the post. If it is the latter half of the week, I would start checking the week’s invoices for any errors, seeing if they can be corrected and if not enter them onto the error log report. After all the invoices have been checked, I scan them into our emails to be sent out by the automated invoicing software. As it gets to the end of the day, I finish up on any last minute queries that need to be dealt with and I retype any invoices that need it, for PO purposes or general invoicing structure. Finally, before I leave for the day I tidy up on a bit of filing to keep myself organised and set up tasks for tomorrow If you’d like find out more about apprenticeships click here. If you’d like to find an apprenticeship, you can search here. To find out more about the company I work for Swanstaff Recruitment, you can click here.
National Apprenticeship Week – My Story The following is written by our Marketing Apprentice, Amy. As you may or may not know, this week is National Apprenticeship Week. I’ve decided this might be a good time to share my story. It took a long time for me to work out what I wanted to do when I “grew up” but essentially for me it boiled down to a love of creativity and writing, which led to the BTEC Media course I took at college. After I had completed the course I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next, so I ended up as an Office Administrator in an Estate Agent. Whilst I loved the people and the world of work, I knew this wasn’t something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. A number of people suggested I go to University, but I wanted money and independence rather than a mountain of debt. I know there’s more to Uni than debt – for a lot of people it’s really important on a social and educational level – but I knew it wasn’t for me. This was when I discovered Apprenticeships. My parents were very supportive and thought they were a great idea, which was brilliant as I knew a lot of people whose parents didn’t really understand them. I knew right away the hands-on style of working that apprenticeships offered was for me. Earning, learning and no debt; it was perfect! I took my Level 2 Apprenticeship in Social Media for Business at Springfield Education and Training Ltd, before moving to Swanstaff Recruitment for my Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship. Throughout both levels of my Apprenticeship I have gained knowledge, skills, and experience; both of marketing and the way businesses are run in general. I feel like they have really given me the opportunity to flourish and develop personally and professionally. My confidence has grown significantly and I love being a member of a dynamic team. I am trusted with tasks and projects that I can plan and really take pride in. I feel very fortunate to have found a career that I enjoy so much. Anyone who says an apprenticeship is just about making teas and coffees (though I do make a great cuppa!) has clearly never experienced one. The best thing about my job is working with great people who really believe in my abilities and encourage me every step of the way. I have even been lucky enough to take part in charity events, attend awards evenings and go to parties. It’s a real experience to be an apprentice and not just work wise! If you’re umm-ing and ahh-ing about University then I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship as another valid option. An apprenticeship won’t stop you from going to university in the future but it may help you decide exactly what you want to do, so that you can pick a course you know you’ll enjoy. If you’d like find out more about apprenticeships click here If you’d like to find an apprenticeship, you can search here To find out more about the company I work for Swanstaff Recruitment, you can click here