We’re Not Sure How to Leave the EU, But Here’s How to Leave your Current Employer
We all know that saying goodbye is a difficult thing, especially for Theresa May and the European Union!
Leaving your job is also a difficult process, something that needs to be handled carefully to ensure there is no bad blood.
There are many reasons that people find this uncomfortable, such as not knowing how their employer will react, fear of confrontation and appearing disloyal. What is important throughout is to remember why you are leaving and plan your exit carefully.
We take a look at the key things that you should bare in mind when planning your resignation:
The Exit Strategy
The Chequers Deal hasn’t gone to plan and we may even delay our departure from the EU. However, when leaving your employer it's important to make a clear plan and stick to it.
First things first, find out what your notice period is and plan accordingly. It may be tempting to take an extended notice period if they ask nicely, but think carefully about what’s best for you.
The next step is to write your letter of resignation - but don’t worry, you won’t have to carefully craft a well-written document, as there are many templates available online.
Handing in your Notice
Handing in your notice can be uncomfortable for both you and your employer - but not as uncomfortable as May’s dancing! Can anything be?
It’s important to be clear and explain your reasons well, giving genuine feedback. Before going into the meeting, it’s best to reflect on why you’re leaving so you can give a full picture.
Many of us have had a hot head of a boss! It’s also important to keep your cool and remain professional - if things do get heated.
A counter offer is a dangerous game and something that needs to be handled with care. While a new offer must seem attractive, it’s important to remember why you wanted to leave in the first place.
If your present employer offers you a pay rise or a promotion in order to keep you, should you be flattered? Not always!
If these things were always available, why are they only being offered now that you want to leave? Will this short-term solution fix the reasons that made you want to leave? Probably not. Think about your future at the company, can you see yourself there long-term or will this offer only delay the inevitable?
You may be invited to an exit interview with your current employer. Do not mistake this for an opportunity to vent or rant about what has irritated you during your time with them. You still need to remain professional and polite at all times.
An exit interview is to help the company understand why you are leaving, why you have taken another offer and for them to look internally for ways to rectify this in the future.
Don’t burn any bridges as you might run into some of your colleagues or managers in the future. Do your best to make sure you preserve the relationships you’ve built as you may come into contact again.
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Four tips to stay at the top of your career from Conor McGregor
Unless you’ve been hiding under rock, you will have seen that Conor McGregor was unexpectedly defeated in his most recent fight against Khabib.
Just like athletes, the skills and requirements of professionals are constantly changing. So maybe steak salad isn’t the ‘in meal’ anymore? Neither is Microsoft 1999. It’s important to prepare for the unexpected in any profession to make sure you’re at the top of your game.
McGregor loves to rile up the competition and draw out their worst qualities. So maybe you need to confront yourself (just without the dramatics). The way to ensure you’re the top candidate and good at what you do is to evaluate your strengths and fill in the blanks. Below, we take a look at the four key ways to prepare for the unexpected and set you apart from the competition.
1. Care about your career plan
The key way to making sure you get the most out of your career is to understand your long-term plan to ensure you are on track. This may change over time, as your career aspirations at 18 may be to become a YouTube sensation - whereas 25 year old you may look for something more concrete.
Think about your end goal and take the steps needed to reach it. While McGregor’s plan involved a lot of exercise yours may take a different route, with the latest courses and qualifications on the market.
2. Attend the weigh-in
Even if you have had a cracking year, it’s important to undertake regular reviews. Though it’s time-consuming and may be the last thing on your to-do list, it’s key to keeping yourself on track.
It also forces you to evaluate your current role, future career path and points of improvement - so there will be no unexpected losses in the ring!
3. Keep track of your accomplishments
If you have tried to build a CV or LinkedIn profile recently, you’ll understand how difficult it can be to articulate your accomplishments. You know you’re the best in the organisation - but how do you communicate that to others without a lightweight belt?
Every time you lead a project, deliver a great result, or receive a complimentary email, store it. Keep a record or update your CV. That way, when you need that information it will be easy to find.
4. Create your personal brand
It’s obvious that Conor McGregor knows how to create a personal brand - but this is no longer just a requirement for celebs.
Most jobs can now be applied to using your LinkedIn profile so it’s important to make sure it is up-to-date. Even if you’re not actively looking for a new role, you may be headhunted for your dream job if you have a credible social presence with your latest roles and achievements.
If you are looking for a new role to push you to the top of your game, please get in touch on with us on 01235 462 900 or email us at email@example.com.
Salaries are increasing as candidate availability continues to decline
Word on the street is that salaries are increasing but candidates available to take the positions are pretty much non existent. So we’ve decided to take a look and find out for ourselves what is really going on.
The latest IHS Markit/REC Report, shows that the average starting salaries for permanent staff has risen at a significant pace over the past three years. However, the number of permanent and temporary staff available to take these positions have continued to decline, so where are these candidates and how can we increase candidate availability?
Even though there was an increase in permanent staff appointments across the four English regions monitored by the research in August, the overall unemployment rate for the UK meant that availability dropped, sounds crazy right...we know.
Out of the ten job categories monitored by the survey, IT and Computing were top of the rankings for permanent job vacancies, marked increases were also seen in eight other sectors with the exception of Retail where open vacancies stagnated.
Yet there is some good news! Businesses are actually helping to drive Britain’s growth, as jobs are being created and starting salaries are also rising, meaning that there is more opportunities being presented to candidates. Neil Carberry, Chief Executive at the REC, stated that:
“There are big opportunities out there for candidates right now looking for a new role."
However, the question is how long can our labour market defy gravity when it comes to the future of the country’s trading arrangement with the EU - as this currently remains unclear. Some companies have already started to introduce contingency plans to their businesses and those who have not yet looked into it will need to step up and progress.
A question that is on everyone’s minds is how will jobs in the long term be affected by technology and price competition driven by value-conscious consumers? Fear not, recruiters can help to find people the right pathways into growing sectors - boosting both opportunities available and candidate shortages in key sectors.
For more information on Selective Group and how we can help you don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01235 462 900 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org!
Video Interviews, everything you need to know now!
Video interviews are growing in popularity, as they save time and costs for both candidate and employer, but would you know how to impress on camera?
Here at Selective Group we have created a handy checklist to help guide you through the process, so that you can ensure that you become a pro and nab the job of your dreams!
Everyone knows that it is sensible to prepare for an interview, so you are not going into it like one of the three blind mice. Take a look at the job description and think of some questions to ask. It is also probably a good idea to research the company to get a good idea of what you are getting into.
Practice what you are roughly going to say. To avoid being camera shy either record yourself answering questions or ask a friend to interview you, so that you can get all the practice you need!
Imagine you are all set, have prepared for the interview and then the poor connection sign pops up and the interview is ruined. Ensure that you have a good, strong connection before your interview. Close all other tabs down, to avoid a slow internet connection and try not to use a phone or tablet for better quality.
The last thing you want is your freshly cleaned washing hanging up in the background for all to see, especially in an interview. Make sure that you set yourself up against a clear background with a neutral background as this gives the best results!
Good lighting is a must. You want to make sure that you can be clearly seen by the interviewer. Natural lighting is probably best, but if not available make sure you have lights on. Do a light test before, to ensure that you nail it!
Positioning is important. You don’t want to be too far away from the camera and you don’t want to be so close that you can see your nose hairs. Have a happy medium and make sure that you are central to the camera!
Even though you are in the comfort of your own home, it doesn’t mean you can sit there in your loungewear. Make sure that you dress smartly, like you would for a normal face to face interview. Stay away from crazy patterns...you don’t want to distract from yourself.
8. Where to look
Even though you are not in the same room it is important to make eye contact! Try to avoid staring around your room but try and engage the interviewer. Also keep hand gestures at a minimum, as this can be distracting.
Although it may be easy to forget that you are actually in an interview due to your surroundings, remain positive and enthusiastic about the job and the interview. Be as professional as you can and build a good rapport with your interviewer.
At the end of an interview it is always important to ask several questions, this could include asking something about the next stages of the interview. This shows that you are interested in the job and that you have taken time out to think of some relevant questions. Don’t forget to thank them for their time...manners go a long way!
We wish you the best of luck with your video interview and hope you can take these tips with you for life!
If your having trouble finding the right job for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01235 462 900 or email us at email@example.com.
Brexit, the bad, the good and the scaremongering
Truth be told, things are a bit up in the air when it comes to Brexit. No one really has any idea what is really happening and what a no deal Brexit could mean for the UK and it’s economy.
With Brexit comes all the news stories that can be quite frankly just scary, but what are myths and what are facts?
Here at Selective Group, we have taken a look at the good, the bad and the scare mongering when it comes to Brexit, so take a look to find out what has been said in the press and whether there is any truth to it:
1. The NHS will be rolling in it
Remember those buses stating that our NHS will reap the benefits if we leave the EU? Well, what a pile of rubbish that was. Nigel Farage and the leave party claimed that the NHS would receive an extra £350 million a week if we were to leave the EU - as there would be cash to burn.
This appeared to be the selling point for the leave party, but low and behold this turned out to be a mere unkept promise, meaning that many put their support into the leave campaign for a lie that was never to be delivered.
2. Brexit and Democracy
It’s safe to say that Brexit hasn’t shown democracy in the best light. The outcome of the vote has left the nation divided and those that voted remain are not happy - vocalising their outrage at the leave party and refusing to abide by the democratic result.
So what Brexit has really done is shown us that these referendums don’t actually work and will always divide opinion. The public will never always agree, so should we really be left to decide such huge potentially disastrous situations?
3. Supermarkets are stockpiling food
Is Britain really stockpiling food like we are back in WW2? Surely this is just a crazy scaremongering story that has been published in the press? With numerous stories about people stocking up before the market crashes and food prices skyrocket, we are really left baffled by this potential outcome.
In short, supermarkets have said they have had no contact with the government about stockpiling food in anticipation of the UK crashing out of the EU without a withdrawal deal.
4. Negotiations of a larger free trade area than the EU
Rewind to last year, when then Brexit Secretary David Davis, had high hopes for striking transformative trade deals around the world. He stated that in the next two years Britain will be able to negotiate a larger free trade area than the EU.
Everything seemed to be looking up, as there was talk of Britain negotiating a free trade area that was a lot bigger than the EU, however this does not seem to have materialised.
With less than 200 days before we officially severe ties with the EU we are still none the wiser on what is really happening and a deal has still not been made. There seems to be a divide over May’s proposed chequers deal and what this could mean. It's safe to say, the good, the bad and the scaremongering rumours will still be floating around for a little while longer yet...
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