Boost your LinkedIn Profile in 5 minutes
Define your skills
Recruiters use LinkedIn to search for potential candidates. Like a good question, the more specific you are with search terms the better the results. For candidates to show up in the search results, adding specific roles and skills to your LinkedIn profile will put you higher up on these search results. Take the time to list your main skills and be specific about industry terms and you will come out on top!
Getting a recommendation from past colleagues and employers can give a recruiter the confidence needed to put you forward for a position.
Adding a LinkedIn profile photo will help recruiters verify your profile. It is one of may criteria checked to make sure someone is who they say they are. The type of photo is very important too. There is no need for a professional photo shoot. All you need is a camera phone, a white wall to stand against and some smart clothing. Taking the photo near a window with good natural light will work wonders. The attention to detail and effort put in will convey a positive image to potential employers and recruiters.
Top Tips For An Interview Test Run
You are on your way to the interview and feel prepared. You have done research on the company and know how you can add value to the team. You arrive for the interview but cant find any parking and end up late for the interview. How can you help prevent this from happening? Here are some top tips for additional interview preparation.
Go to the interview location a couple of days before
The last thing you want to be worried about before the interview is where to park. There are lots of factors outside of the interview to think about and could turn the best interview into the worst. Do you know which building is the interview in? How long does it take to drive there with traffic? How long does it take to walk from the parking to the office? Completing a test run will answer most of these questions and leave you ready to focus on the interview.
Clear up the details before the interview
Be sure to ask questions before the interview. The person arranging the interview my have some key details you have not been made aware of and it could give you extra insight into the process.
Do you need to take food and a drink with you?
Arriving at an interview hungry or dehydrated will hinder your performance. There may not be the opportunity to stop for food or drink once you leave the house. With a little extra planning before the interview, you will be thoroughly prepared with confidence and energy.
Secondsite Recruitment Limited is to become Selective Recruitment Solutions Limited
We would like to inform you of some exciting changes for Secondsite Recruitment Limited. Over the past few months we have acquired 3 new businesses within the Recruitment Market which will offer our clients and candidates a greater spread of geographic locations, more quality candidates and a wider range of services.
Secondsite Recruitment has been a cornerstone of the Oxford recruitment market for over 25 years, specialising in the Industrial, Catering, Commercial and Engineering markets. For our business to continue to grow and offer our clients a continuously improved and diverse service we have taken the decision to amalgamate all of the businesses under one banner. This will allow us to extend our expertise into a variety of niche and specialist markets and deliver these and our existing services Nationwide.
The new company name will be Selective Recruitment Solutions Limited and will replace the existing name of Secondsite Recruitment Limited. The date for this transfer will be towards the end of November 2016 and I will be writing to you again in the next few weeks to tell you more about the exciting changes that are happening. Whilst it is disappointing to be losing the Secondiste name, which we have strived to grow into a local leading supplier of recruitment solutions, we feel this step change will allow us to offer a more streamlined and quality service.
In addition we have been busy developing a new shared service support centre for our clients and candidates, again to deliver a faster, compliant and one day paper-free process to all. I will also be bringing you up to speed with these changes over the coming weeks.
With any changes in business, it is important to communicate at all times and keep all parties up to speed, whilst I am comfortable that me and my project team have everything in hand, should there be any problems or questions please let me know and I will deal with them as a matter of priority.
There is nothing required from you at the moment, I will be writing to you again in the next few weeks to communicate the changes in more detail and in some cases will arrange a site visit to make sure you are happy with the changes proposed.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and support and I look forward to speaking again shortly.
Selective Group Look at the difference between the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage
The government has agreed from April 2017 The National Living Wage is set to change... or was it the National Minimum Wage? Many people seem to be confused between the two types, so here at Selective Group recruitment we have provided an explanation.
What's the difference between the two anyway?
UK Employers and staff have found themselves confused in regards to the terms surrounding The Living Wage, National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. So we wanted to provide some clarification to you all.
The National Minimum Wage
The National Minimum Wage is exactly what is say and sounds. It is the minimum amount of pay per hour UK; workers are entitled to receive by law and are currently reviewed yearly by the government. The rate for each age group within the UK is different and has been regulated by the Low Pay Commission since 1999.
Of course, UK workers need to be of school leaving age, which is currently (16) to receive the benefits of the National Minimum Wage. In 2016, those aged 18 and under were entitled to £4 per hour, 18 to 20-year-olds were allowed £5.55, 21 to 24-year-olds got £6.95 an hour and those over 25 received £7.20 of hourly wages.
This rate changes every October and for those under the age of 25, the minimum wage will change accordingly this year.
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The National Living Wage
This is the one where people can get confused, as there is a difference. Despite using the term Living Wage, the National Living Wage has nothing to do with it (further explained below). It’s basically a new minimum wage rate – the National Minimum Wage rebranded. It is exactly the same thing but now with a new name.
Launched under the former chancellor George Osborne in 2015, it represents the government’s aim of raising the wages of those aged 25 and older to £9 an hour by 2020.
The first increase in pay is set to take place in April 2017, whereby the current rate of £7.20 will increase to £7.50 an hour. From 2018 you’ll need to pay staff £8.05, followed by a £8.50 hourly rate in 2019. As a result of this, some one million workers will directly receive a pay rise.
The Living Wage
The Living Wage shouldn’t be confused with the government’s National Living Wage – one difference being that it isn’t enforceable by law. Companies can voluntarily adopt it, but know that it means paying a higher sum of money to staff.
Here’s why. Promoted by the Living Wage Foundation and calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation, it’s a benchmark and recommendation of what it will take now – not years down the line – to improve living standards. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady explained: “Unlike the government’s NLW, the real Living Wage is based on a review of the evidence on what is currently happening to people.”
The Living Wage rate currently stands at £8.45 an hour, with the London Living Wage separately calculated as being £9.75 per hour. And while the Living Wage Foundation welcomed the government’s NLW, it claimed the lowest level of pay currently estimated for a comfortable London life was already higher than what the NLW will be in 2020.
What not to ask in an interview!
Asking questions in an interview is an important part of the process as it shows that you are keen to find out more about the role and the business in which you hope to become an employee of. However asking the wrong questions could be detrimental to you securing the position. Here is a list of questions to avoid;
What type of business is this and who are your competitors?
It is important to conduct a bit of background research about the company you are being interviewed by ahead of your interview as it shows that you have a genuine interest in the business as well as the role you are applying for. Under preparing could lead the employer to believe that you would take the same approach in your work within the company.
What are the hours?
Although this is important for you to know, it’s a question that makes most employers cringe as it looks like you’re a clock-watcher. Managers want to employ someone they feel is hardworking, dedicated to the role and prepared to put in extra hours if the job requires them to do so. This is something to ask once a second interview or job offer has been made. Or, if the interview has been arranged via our team of specialist recruitment consultants for one of our clients, we would usually be able to give candidates this information ahead of going for the interview.
How much is the pay and what are the benefits?
Again, this is something a recruitment agency would know or would usually be highlighted in the job spec so you can decide whether it’s right for you ahead of applying for the job. By asking this question in an interview it could come across that all the applicant cares about is the money and benefits. It’s better to wait until the interviewer brings it up (which does sometimes happen) or when an offer is made.
Can I work from home?
This is a big no-no question to ask in an interview. Working from home is a benefit usually offered to well-established members of staff who have proven to be dedicated to the business and are a solid asset. Wait until you have been within the company a while and establish a relationship with the managers first. If asked in an interview, the employer will be wondering why you are so keen to get out of an office that you haven’t even worked in yet.
What is the average time before moving to the next level?
This question needs to be approached in the correct way. Although ambition is good, you don’t want to come across as an aggressive person who would bulldoze a colleague out of the way to get to the top. A better way to pose this question would be “If I were to be offered the position, once established within the role I’m applying for and achieving my set goals is there a career progression structure in place to help me grow with the company?” This shows that you are committed to doing a good job at the current level but that you are also thinking of being with the company long term, which an employer will find an admirable quality.
How much help will I get?
This is never a good question to ask in an interview, as it comes across that you are unconfident in the role you are applying for. You could perhaps ask instead, whether you report to a line manager or whether there is an employee review system in place.
How do you think I did?
Although you want to know how you got on, asking this question is very unprofessional. It is a question that we, as a recruitment consultancy, would ask on your behalf and would be able to feedback both positive and negative comments. If you were to be unsuccessful we would then be able to offer you tips and advice on how you can improve your interview technique for next time.