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.
With the recent reveal of the latest Beauty and the Beast trailer and the film itself due to be released in March, fans all over the world are feeling nostalgic for the orignal 1991 version. Inspired by this childhood classic I couldn’t help but wonder what my favourite Disney film could teach recruiters between asking us to be their guest and be true to who we are. So here are 5 lessons I think recruiters can learn from Beauty and the Beast. “Beauty comes from within - there's something there” That CV you’ve been looking over that isn’t quite as polished as it could be could be hiding a Prince! Unless you’re recruiting a proof reader or something similar, it might be worth letting that spelling mistake slide and giving them a call anyway to see how they sound. After all, the CV might only need a little recruiter magic to turn it around and really showcase your candidate. “Never stop learning” Belle’s insatiable hunger for knowledge should inspire you to make sure you ensure you are on top of any industry developments. This knowledge will help you to better understand your client’s needs and match candidates to them. You may even be able to teach them something they didn’t know! “Don’t let fears get in the way of new experiences” That business that you were thinking of going for but worried it would be too difficult? Go for it! Like The Beast stepping out of his comfort zone and feeding the birds with Belle, you need to go for that thing you didn’t think you could do. You never know where it might lead! “Happily ever after, isn’t always easy to get to” Happily ever after takes work, it’s not always going to be easy but you have to give it your all and throw your heart into it! If you invest time and passion into the company you work for, you might be surprised about the happily ever after you find there! “Yet behind that fair façade, I’m afraid she’s rather odd!” There’s nothing wrong with being a bit different. In fact, you should dare to be different. It is Belle’s differences that make her stand out and catch the attention of others. Try to make your social media posts unique and different. You can also try to do different things for clients as well to make you stand out from the crowd of agencies at their door. Whether that’s taking them hot drinks on a cold morning or sending a handwritten letter. Be different! So what other lessons do you think you could learn from Beauty and the Beast that you can tie into your life or career? Let us know in the comments! If you are the Belle of the recruitment ball then you should work for us! Check out what it's like to work for Swanstaff and all our current jobs here. Want to check out which of the Disney's Lion King Characters you have in your office? Check out our blog on that here.
So it’s January; a time of year well known for “New Year Resolutions” and goals for the future. But how many of us actually accomplish them? A poll of 2,000 British people, published by Bupa, found that, half of those who made a resolution for 2017 were not confident they would stick to it. So how can you make goals and stick to them? Here are our top tips! Be realistic It’s ok to be ambitious but make sure you can achieve your goal! It should be challenging enough to be motivating but not so unattainable that you can't reach it without losing focus. Setting a realistic timeline for achieving your goal is vital. Define the goal Specify details if you can. Setting deadlines for projects can be a great motivator. Write them down or create a mood board if you’re more visual. The act of doing this can really help you to remember them and want to stick to them more. Make sure your goal is specific. For example don’t just say you want to lose weight. Say what your target weight to be. Tell people you’re doing it It’s surprising just who much it can convince you to stick to your resolution, knowing that others will know if you don’t succeed. It is engrained in our psyche to want to appear as successful as possible. Remind yourself why Before you start, write a list of reasons why you want to achieve this particular goal. When you feel as though you might fail, it can be great to read them and remind yourself why you’re doing it. Don’t worry if you stumble Ok, we all know that sticking to your goal is important but if you smoke once or have an eating cheat day, don’t let it derail you. So often people say assume that they should just give up entirely if they trip up once. This doesn’t have to be the case. No one is perfect but it doesn’t have to stop you achieving your dreams and goals.
New Year is a time to make promises and resolutions, and for job seekers they often think “New Year, New Career”. So what is the best resolution for job seekers to make in 2017? “Never stop Networking” In a world that has become social media focused it is easy to forget how you can use this to your advantage when job hunting. Did you know that 93% of Companies use social media in their Hiring process? So how can you maximise your chances of being spotted amongst the thousands of other social media users? Freshen up your LinkedIn profile ensure all your details are up to date, provide a number in your profile for recruiters to call, publish articles and share content that shows you are passionate about your career. Attend seminars, classes and networking events relevant to your sector or businesses you work in You never know who you will meet there and the skills you learn can be hugely beneficial to put on your CV. A great example of a class you could attend would be the free sessions run by Zoe Cairns and ZC Social Media - http://zcsocialmedia.com/all-events/ - A huge variety of businesses attend these and teach your skills which are sure to help you with using social media. If you aren’t local to Kent, there should be an agency running similar events near you! Let people know you’re job hunting Obviously, if you already have a job it might be worth keeping it quiet from work colleagues but you can definitely tell people you trust. You never know who might know someone that can help you. Be pro-active Don’t just sit and wait for roles, search for specialist recruiters and companies you may like to work for. Reach out to them and let them know you are job seeking and interested. Don’t pin your hopes on one role Although it’s good to feel confident, make sure you apply for a number of suitable roles and keep yourself open to looking until you have an offer. Good luck with your Job Search!
Just like the children who are being well behaved so that they stay on Santa’s nice list, everyone wants to be on their client’s good side, throughout the year. So here are a few top tips on how your office elves can make your clients feel valued during the festive period. Give thanks! Your clients have a number of other options when it comes to where they can spend their money; make sure to thank your clients for working with you and show them they’re valued. Recognise their achievements If they have won a company or individual award that year, or did something amazing, try to mention it in their Christmas card. For example “Dear Client, Thank you so much for another amazing year working with us. We just wanted to say how impressed we were with the amount of money you raised for ---- charity this year and congratulate you on being shortlisted for the ----award. Wishing you very Merry Christmas from our team to yours.” Give them great savings Christmas is an expensive time of year and everyone appreciate a good deal. Shops are well known for offering Boxing Day sales. If it suits your business you could offer an end of year sale or percentage off price for current customers as a loyalty incentive and thanks for working with your business. End of year round up If you’ve ever heard of a round robin then you’ll have a good idea of where to start. A good way to show your industry knowledge is to put together a newsletter type piece which showcases the biggest news in the industry you offer expertise in, as well as any big company news from you that year. Go and visit them Whether it’s with a Christmas card or with a Christmas gift, it’s good to visit your clients and show that you offer a personal touch when it comes to clients. So there are a few simple ways you can keep your clients happy this time of year. Can you think of any others? Comment below!
With the Rio Olympic 2016 opening ceremony taking place tonight, it's hardly surprising we all have sports on the brain. The discussions about athletes have been buzzing around the office today and this has got us thinking. What do recruiters and Olympic athletes have in common? Quite a few things as it turns out! They are driven Top athletes just will not give up and this is a quality found in all good recruiters! A relentless work ethic and passion for what they are doing makes a brilliant combination. Just like the athletes, they bubble with energy, spending their time perfecting their technique to make sure they perform perfectly when they need to. Determined to win Whether it's closing a deal or crossing the finish line, they have an insatiable desire to be the best. The focus and competitiveness of an athlete can only be rivalled by recruiters placing candidates and aiming for top biller. Team Player Not every sport involves playing with a team but there is almost always a team behind them, working together to help them achieve. Recruiters are very similar. Working as a team, like relay race runners, they play to one another’s strengths and break jobs into smaller pieces to get them done quickly and to the best of their abilities. Go for gold Just like an athlete, recruiters always have their eyes on the prize. They are determined to provide a gold (medal!) standard of care to their clients and get their candidates their dream role. Can you think of any qualities or attributes of Olympic athletes you could apply to your own job role?