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
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this time of year draws focus on the significant relationships we have with the people in our lives. Whether this be a partner, a friend or a family member but let’s try not to forget the other love in your life… your job! We spend most our waking hours at work slaving away trying to provide for ourselves and those around us but what if your job was more than just something you do to pay the bills. Do you live for the weekend? Spend your days watching the clock waiting for the day to be over? What if I told you it didn’t have to be like that! If you’re doing either one of those things then you’re doing it wrong! I know it must sound crazy right, that there are actually people who enjoy what they do. With thousands of different industries and endless possible roles you could choose to tackle how do you know you’ve chosen the right one? What you’re probably actually thinking is “are the rhetorical questions ever going to stop?” Think about it. Take a moment to sit back this Valentine’s day and evaluate the relationship status of your current work situation. Whether it be that you’re single, in a relationship, engaged, married, in an open relationship or it may even be ‘complicated’. Taking this into consideration, how nice is it knowing you love your job. There are many factors that influence how you feel about your job and what this means on a day to day basis. Working within a company that fits you is key! The company culture of a business needs to suit you in order for you to be able to succeed from within. This is more than just what the company values state as of course as an employee you must embody these in everything you do but this also takes into account the environment you are working in. Working in an environment where you are socially involved is important to your emotional wellbeing at work and this translates into motivation and helps you progress within a business. For example, here at Swanstaff we take great pride in being a company that’s works hard to play hard. We are constantly promoting the exciting culture that we embrace with open arms. Being a Swanstaff employee (or a swan as we like to say) means you get involved in regular social activities as our productivity thrives from a culture of inclusion, fun and participation from all staff at events. Remember that you are a representation of the company your work for. You do your best work when you are invested and doing something that makes you happy, your job role should fill you with pride. Productivity levels increase when you are in a role that you love and if you’re a driven individual who is looking to achieve the best out of any opportunity placed in front of you then you should want this! Starting to get the picture as to why it's important to love your job? Maybe you think you have what it takes to make it as a Swan? Remember, if you do a job you love you’ll never have a problem with Mondays again! Continue the theme of love & read our recent post on 'Why job interview are like blind dates' simply click here!
Job hunting isn’t exactly easy when it comes down to it. Trying to find that dream job? "The One”. It’s like dating really. It’s more than knowing that “fashionably late” does not work for either occasion though. Don’t believe me? Here are 5 reasons why job hunting is just like going on a blind date, inspired by the fact Valentine's Day is coming up! You only know the basic facts about each other Either what was on the profile or job advert you looked at or from the “research” you almost certainly did on social media beforehand you only know a very limited amount about each other. Trying to research the company as much as possible will help you to answer questions and discuss the role in more confidence so make sure to do this! You will worry what to wear probably taking out multiple outfits before you finally decide on one. Make sure you lay your chosen outfit out the night before to save worrying about it on the day. (Obviously the type of outfit will vary based on the industry you’re applying for but here are our top tips for making sure you look professional in an interview. You will get butterflies beforehand Will they like you? Will you hit it off? Are you really ready for this interview? Just remember to take a deep breath, put your best foot forwards and go for it. This could be amazing! If you're still worrying about job interviews then check out our blog on the 5 most common interview worries and how to handle them! You need to build a good connection quickly It’s not always easy but building a good rapport with the person interviewing you can make the world of difference. It’s always worth looking them up on the company website and LinkedIn to try to find common interests you can use as talking points to help you connect. You will be waiting by the phone for their call afterwards Ok, so you’re pretty sure it went well. You could be made for each other! Keep that spark alive and send a thank you for their time saying how much you enjoyed yourself and look forward to hearing from them. Then you wait for that call back where they say whether they felt that spark too or found it with someone else. Just like dating, job hunting can be heart-breaking. Don’t let being unemployed or single this Valentines bring you down. Use it as the opportunity you needed to push yourself to find the person or career that is your one true love! If you want to find your dream job, check out our vacancies here.