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Salary Negotiation

How to ask for a Pay Rise

Asking for a pay rise can be one of the most daunting tasks you will come across whilst in employment. Many won’t even approach the subject with their managers for fear of creating an unstable situation. However, we are in a candidate driven market where the demand for candidates outweighs the supply available, giving you a more favourable position to ask for that pay rise.

If you feel you work tirelessly for your company and overdeliver on your targets and their expectations, but, feel undervalued because of your salary, then now is the time to do something about it. You should ask for a pay rise, however, it is a fragile moment and you need to approach the matter correctly. Follow our tips below to make sure your salary negotiation is a success.

Do your Research

In the meeting you will have to justify your worth to your manager and the company. What have you achieved at the company? Do you have evidence of over-achieving on set KPIs? What knowledge and experience do you bring to the role? You will need solid quantifiable evidence for all of these. Have as much evidence as possible to try and remove any doubt from your manager’s decision-making process.

It is important you research what your market value is. Search for job advertisements similar to the role you’re currently in and find out what competitors are paying, this will help you build an overriding picture that you’re being underpaid and if you were to leave you could achieve a higher salary. You can also use the many salary checkers available to give yourself a greater peace of mind that you are undervalued and underpaid.

How to get over your Nerves and ask for that Meeting

When you’re asking for a pay rise you need to project confidence and prove that you are deserving of it. As with any job interview, the key to success is research. The more you do, the more prepared you will be for any question or situation, the less nervous you will be and also appear. By removing uncertainty you allow yourself to be and appear more confident.

Know what you want and what you’re asking for, set yourself a target, either a fixed amount or percentage increase. You also know your manager, try and anticipate what their reaction will be and any objections they might raise to your salary negotiation. If you’re still feeling underconfident, then practice in front of a mirror and practice your argument to friends and family to get their honest feedback.

There are certainly bad times and more favourable times to request a meeting for a pay rise, and there certainly is no perfect time to ask. It is critical to ask at a more favourable time. Do not ask at the busiest times of the week, especially Monday morning, when they will most likely have numerous meetings and everyone will be gearing up for the week ahead, or Friday afternoon when everyone is winding down. You need to target a time of the week when your manager is feeling relaxed and more approachable.

From a business timing point of view, your annual performance review would represent a good opportunity to approach this topic, as would the end of your companies financial year. Analyse the companies processes and your manager’s diary to find the best opportunity to ask for a pay rise.

When you’re in the Meeting

  1. Get Comfortable
      Our surroundings can often influence our demeanour and our decision making. If you Manager is sitting at the top of your boardroom table, they will be more inclined to act in an authoritarian way. If you can, take your Manager to a more neutral and relaxing part of this office.
  2. Explain why you deserve the Pay Rise
      You are asking the company to pay you more money because you believe you’re worth the extra investment, you will have to justify this extensively. Use clear examples of how and when you have gone beyond your job description, make sure to use any situations where you’ve taken initiative, improved business processes or helped support the wider team. Where possible quantify your success, perhaps you exceeded your targets by X amount. If you can attach a monetary value to yourself it will make the salary negotiation easier.
  3. Keep your boss on your side
      If your efforts to get a pay rise are not working out how you had hoped, it is important to keep the relationship with the Manager as positive as it was when you both walked in. Do not burn any bridges because you did not get the outcome you wanted. Remain calm and professional, reaffirm your commitment to the job, the company and your desire to do well.
  4. Listen to the Answer
      If your boss decides not to increase your salary after your best salary negotiation efforts, be gracious and ask for feedback. What should you be doing differently, and how can you improve your performance in the role? You want to be in a position where if not this time, in a few months after continuing to perform at a high standard, your Manager will be open to another discussion. Approach your meeting as a chance to learn and change your work prospects so that, even if you lose this battle, you end up winning the war.

What to do after if your request is rejected

There can only be 2 outcomes from this meeting, either you get the pay rise or you don’t. However, there can be many different reasons for not getting the pay rise.

The most common response will be that the company are already over budget and there is no extra room for your pay rise. If your Manager believes you’re deserving of the pay rise because of your performance, but there is no budget, be persistent with your goal, set a timeframe for a review of the situation and continue to work to your current level. Then you will be in a very strong position come your review date.

If the feedback you receive is a bit more negative, and your manager believes your performance does not warrant a pay rise, as I said above remain professional and calm. Find out what you can do to improve your performance and set some clear and achievable targets.

If you are in a situation where there is no spare capacity in the budget, explore other options that will benefit you, such as, working from home more, extra training and certifications, gym subsidy, extra holiday, etc.

If they cannot offer you the pay rise or provide any other incentives to retain your services, it may well be time to explore other opportunities in this candidate driven job market.

If you have got to this situation in your current position, Recruit Mint will be more than happy to help in any way possible. Either give us a call on 01733 802300 or register!

Improve your Linkedin profile

How recruiters and head hunters view your Linkedin profile

As a software developer/engineer, you get a lot of InMails from recruiters, right?

Recruiters love Linkedin. We live on Linkedin.

Your Linkedin profile is basically an online, interactive CV. If you want the chance to be headhunted for a new role, you need to make sure your profile sells you properly! You may not even know you want a new position until a head-hunter presents it to you, so you need to make your LinkedIn profile attractive!

Terminology

Linkedin Profile – your personal page – unless you make this private, anyone can view your profile.

News Feed – the main home page of LinkedIn, where any of your connections’ activity can be seen. Your own activity will also be present on your connections’ news feeds.

InMail – internal messaging/communication on the site.

So what are recruiters looking for?

Headline

e.g. Sarah Arthur – Technology Consultant at Recruit Mint. This should state your current job title, or the way you refer to yourself as a professional. For example: Senior C# Developer at Lloyds Banking Group or Junior Web Developer at JP Morgan. NOT Software Developer. This is too vague and won’t encourage recruiters to read further into your profile.

Personal Bio

You have space on your profile to write a few lines (or as many lines as you wish) about who you are, what you do, what you can bring to a business and what you enjoy (professionally).

As a recruiter, I would recommend you keep this clear and concise; what is your background, what is your specialism, what do you enjoy and main skillset/tech stack? This will be similar to the profile section on your actual CV.

E.g. I am a C# Developer with 9 years of commercial experience in a variety of sectors, including finance and automotive. I currently work for (*company*) as a Lead Developer working on (*project*) and manage a team of four developers alongside my hands-on development work.

Skillset: C#, .NET, ASP.NET, MVC, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3 etc.

Work History

Recruiters need evidence that you have worked in a similar role to those they are looking to fill. So, when you list your previous positions held, you need to be a little more specific than ‘Software Developer’…was that Java? C#? Python…? You also need to make sure you have tagged the company correctly so that the recruiter can see the types of companies you have worked for.

Each role you list on your Linkedin profile needs to have a brief explanation of it – this doesn’t need to take long. Some people simply list the tech stack they used at each firm, others mention more details such as how many people they managed and/or the projects they worked on. It is up to you how much detail you go into, but a recruiter won’t contact you if they don’t know what experience you have.

This also applies to your educational history. Link the correct educational organisations (i.e. don’t just type ‘Sheffield Hallam’ but tag the university page – it looks more professional and like you’ve given it some thought and care) and write a brief line or two summarising your course/experience there.

If you are a junior in your field and don’t have much by way of work experience, be sure to mention any voluntary roles you have had such as ‘President of Coding Club at Sheffield Hallam’… or ‘Volunteer at Django Girls’ and write a brief description of what that volunteer work entailed. It is also important that you spend more time on your personal bio and education sections as these are your selling points!

Photo

LinkedIn is a professional networking platform, it is not the place for mirror selfies, Snapchat filters or group photos. Be sure not to have inappropriate items in your photo such as alcohol etc. A simple head and shoulders picture is just fine.

Endorsements and Recommendations

Ask your colleagues to endorse you for skills and write honest recommendations. Having positive recommendations on your profile is a great way to modestly boast about your superior skillset!

Links

If you’re happy to share, mention your GitHub or portfolio link on your profile.

Overall, recruiters are looking for information. If we can see from your Linkedin profile that you have experience relevant to a role we are trying to fill, then we will make contact with you. You may be the best candidate in the world, and actively looking for a new role, but if your LinkedIn profile holds very little information, you won’t be getting an InMail from us!

Check it regularly!

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If a recruiter sends you an InMail about the perfect role you won’t know unless you check!

If you want to be kept updated with our latest opportunities, then follow us on Linkedin here, or, register today!

NB – If you’re worried you may get bombarded by recruiters looking to steal you away to a new role but you’re not interested in moving on from your current company, simply state something to the effect of: e.g. Note to recruiters, I am not currently looking for a new role, OR, Recruiters – I am not looking to move on from my current company at the moment, I will remove this message when/if I decide to move on.

Good luck and happy LinkedIn-ing!

How to write a Professional CV

Top tips on how to create a Professional CV for Software Developers

In this article we will show you how to make a professional CV for people looking for work as Software Developers; however, the below tips can be utilised across most industries to help create your best CV.

How to lay out your Professional CV

The aim of your CV should be to portray yourself as the best candidate possible. Don’t make the recruiter or hiring manager work too hard to find the information they want. Hiring managers and recruiters see dozens of CVs a day, and so you must make the important information stand out!

This article should help articulate all the professional CV do’s and don’t’s for those in the software industry.

Format

Honestly, recruiters generally don’t really care what your CVs look like. As long as it is neat and tidy and contains all the information required, then fancy fonts, text boxes, pictures, diagrams and colours are all a bit irrelevant.

NB – If you work in UI/UX/Design then a bit of flare is expected – but don’t go overboard.

Photos – most recruiters recommend you do NOT include a photo of yourself on your professional CV. This is due to the simple fact that your appearance should not be a factor when it comes to offering you a job.

Personal Details

Address

You don’t necessarily have to list your entire address but the town/city in which you are currently based in vital. You should also state where you are willing to commute to – for example, you may be based in Peterborough but more than willing to stay away in Bristol during the week, or perhaps even relocate. However, if you don’t mention this on your CV then recruiters may not consider you for the role as it appears you are too far away.

VISAs

If you have a VISA to work in the UK, regardless of what type it is, you should state it on your professional CV. You should also state your VISAs expiry date if applicable. This includes (but is not restricted to):

  • ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain)
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  • Tier 2 Dependent
  • Tier 2 General
  • Tier 4 (Student VISA)

You can get more information about VISA restrictions and requirements at
https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

If you do not require a VISA because you are a British National or EU Citizen, state this on your CV.

Contact Information

ALWAYS include an email address. This should be a professional email, for example;

  • joe.bloggs@gmail.com

NOT

  • rockstarbloggs86@gmail.com

It is vital you include a working mobile number on your professional CV. You’d be surprised how many mobile numbers are incorrect on an applicants CV or simply not there! Make sure it works, make sure it is on your professional CV. Also, if you are restricted answering the phone, feel free to mention something along the lines of:

Only available for calls between 11am-2pm and after 5pm.

OR

I have limited access to my phone during the day, I would recommend emailing me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Blogs/Portfolios etc

If you have a GitHub account PUT IT ON YOUR CV! This is vital. Almost every client we work with at the moment asks to see examples of candidates’ previous work. If you are not able to show projects from your work experience due to confidentiality agreements, then still use the site to display your own personal projects. It doesn’t necessarily matter if your work on GitHub is well presented, as long as it is there. You will always come out looking better than a candidate who cannot demonstrate any of their skill because they do not have a GitHub account!

If you do not use GitHub specifically but have a portfolio etc then include this link in your CV.

It is also worth mentioning if you drive/are able to commute by car as not all roles are accessible by public transport.

Profile

Check your spelling! I think you would be surprised just how many CVs get rejected due to a spelling error in the first few lines! If you are unsure of your spelling, or English is not your first language, get someone to check it for you!

You should include a few lines at the top of your CV to briefly explain your background (commercial work experience) and what you are looking for in a new role. This does not need to be an essay. For example:

  • Having worked as a C# Developer for 9 years, in a variety of industries, I am looking to build on my skills in a new role. I have led teams of developers for the last two years and mentored juniors, but particularly enjoy hands-on development. I am looking for a challenging position in the Cambridgeshire area that will allow me to advance my skillset, using the most up-to-date technologies.

OR

  • I have worked commercially as a Java Developer for 6 years in the financial industry, however, I have a desire to move into a position as a Python Developer. I have completed (*online course 1*) and (*online course 2*) as well as researching the language in my own time. You can see much of my work on my GitHub account (*LINK*). I know my commercial experience and knowledge as a Java Developer will transfer well into a Python Developer position and I look forward to starting a new and challenging role. I am happy to relocate for the right role.

Skillset

Simply list your skillset. Focus on your top skills/technologies. There is very little point mentioning skills you haven’t utilised in a number of years. For example:

Languages: A, B, C
Frameworks: X, Y, Z
Frontend: D, E, F
Database: G, H, J
Environment: K, L, M
Etc…

This section should make it easy for a recruiter or hiring manager to quickly see your main skills at a glance. If they see what they are looking for they are more likely to continue reading into your career history. So, make this section easy to read, clear and simple.

Career History

Reverse-chronological order – put your most recent position first and work backwards through your work history.

If you have worked for a lot of companies (this is common for contractors) then set yourself a cut off (such as 10/15 years). You generally don’t want your CV to go on for pages and pages, 3 pages max. Then include a simple line such as I am happy to provide details of my work history prior to 2007 on request.

Keep it neat – For each position mention the following:

  • Company
  • Dates Worked
  • Job Title
  • Skillset used
  • Brief explanation of work – mention the projects you worked on and your role in these projects

Make sure the format is the same for each role.

References

It is perfectly normal to withhold your reference information on your CV and simply write – References available on request.

Here at Recruit Mint, we will help any person to find their dream job. Our IT specialists are well versed in what clients want from candidates, so if you’re looking for a new role as a Software Developer or any role in fact, then please either get in contact now or register today.

Job Hopping & Your Career

Does Job Hopping affect your Future Career Prospects?

Job hopping is becoming a frequently used term for job seekers. Is it a Millennial trait or is that an unfair generation stereotype? Previous generations would seem to follow their status quo of longevity equals job security and career progression. We live in an era where that is, in part, no longer true, some would say that job-hoppers are more likely to provide innovative ideas and help companies break the mould. But, how do employers look at job hoppers?

How would you define Job Hopping?

Job-Hoppers are essentially job seekers who change roles and sometimes careers more often than not, if we were to quantify it, they tend to be people who take on a new role for two years or less. An individual can leave a job for an infinite amount of reasons; however, we can categorise them.

The Opportunist

These are the individuals who opt to change job or career regularly, as they deem the job to provide a much better opportunity for them, whether that is because they believe there is more progression there, a better work culture or perhaps better benefits. Whatever the reason they believe ‘the grass is greener’. These are typically workers in the early stages of their careers who are yet to decide where their future career lies.

The Unlucky Hoppers

These are job hoppers where most of the hops are down to situations out of their control. This could be company takeovers, redundancy, or relocation amongst others. Some careers are destined to job hop, such as project-related roles (IT contractors, construction workers), time-related roles (events-based work).

Regardless of the number of roles the individual has had they should be able to explain why they moved and what they achieved in their time at the company.

The Strugglers

The final categorisation of job hoppers is ‘The Strugglers’, people who are struggling to find their feet in a position and within the working world in general, unsure of direction and what best suits them.

Their CV will evidently show a pattern of situations where the individual would have struggled to set in and explain these by stating bad management, colleagues, or experiences.

The Benefits of Job Hopping

The majority will perceive job hopping negatively when they see it on your CV, however, there are several reasons why you should consider changing your job regularly:

  • Development of Skills
    • Moving jobs can be an excellent strategic decision, it can allow you to over time make yourself more employable by learning different skill sets helping to enable you to climb the career ladder.
  • Building a strong network
    • How many times have you heard the phrase ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Well by moving jobs it can allow you make new connections and build a network you may well need later in your career.
  • Become more adaptable
    • Adaptability means more able to deal with change, if job hop then this indicates you make changes more frequently than others and are successful when bedding into new teams, companies and surroundings.
  • Find the right career
    • By changing jobs and careers it allows you to try different fields and areas of work. Which in turn will allow you to find the career you’re most suited to and most importantly enjoy.

What does Job Hopping look like to an Employer?

The recruitment process for any company or recruitment agency costs time and money, therefore employers will generally look for potential employees who appear to be loyal and stable to allow them to get the best return on investment. Some of the negatives associated with job hopping are:

  • No long-term focus
  • Unsure what you want
  • No loyalty
  • Risk of poor performance
  • Lack of direction
  • Are you a quitter?
  • Shallow experience

If your CV does portray job hopping it will raise questions from your potential employers to find answers to the above, you should expect this in your interview process. However dependent on the company they may look favourable on job hopping. If the company operates in an agile fast-moving environment, then an adaptable job hopper may be more aligned with company and their culture than perhaps someone who was in their last role for 10 years.

How to Overcome your Job-Hopping CV

There are some steps you can take to ensure that the negative impact of your job-hopping is minimised as much as possible:

  • Explanation
    • You have the perfect opportunity in your CV to briefly explain why you left your position, answer the inevitable question before the interviewer can ask it.
  • Type of Work
    • If you have moved around because you are a contractor, then take the time explain this on your CV.
  • Describe the impact you had
    • Emphasise the impact you had on your team and the company if you genuinely positively affected the company you worked for, explain what it was you achieved. Whether that was set a record for sales, reduced staff turnover, whatever the achievement, say what it was and how you did it.
  • Have a strong summary
    • Use this to show how many years you have in the relevant roles, if you then say how you’re looking for a long-term position and want to grow at a company.
  • Don’t include everything
    • It is perfectly acceptable if you worked in one position for 2 years, then 3 months at another one followed by a year at the next company, to leave the short-term position off your CV. Also, include only the relevant positions for the role. With this, your CV looks tailored and shorter, and if the interviewer does bring up the gap you can explain it.

At Recruit Mint we will work with every candidate that comes to us and because of our extremely close relationship with our clients we can help explain the reasons around the frequent job moves. So, let us help you today, job hoppers and all. All you need to do is register.

Vertical Farming - Sustainability

It has been estimated that in the next 3 to 4 decades we will need to produce more food than ever before, therefore other more sustainable forms of production are essential to humanity. This is due to our growing global population, with the estimated human population to be 8.6 billion by 2030 and 9.8 billion in 2050. This is beginning to put pressure on our food sources, with more sustainable sources becoming a necessity. The population is also becoming wealthier with greater disposable income, with this comes a higher demand for food as people consume more, this demand tends to be for food which is more resource intensive like meat and dairy.

What is Vertical Farming?

It is the practice of growing produce in vertically stacked layers. It provides the opportunity to grow produce in areas where arable land is scarce, or the environment is not conducive to farming.

Vertical farming applies itself to a soil-based method, hydroponics or aeroponics with most vertical farms using enclosed structures, like that of greenhouses. The stacking of the product can be directly on top of each other or staggered to allow for better natural light exposure.

Developing the Concept of Vertical Farming

Just like any new concept introduced into any industry, it is met with a mixture of promise and scepticism as things remain unclear in the beginning. In food production, an industry already generating new entrepreneurs with fresh ideas and concepts, vertical farming has the potential ability to change existing food supply chains to a more sustainable model and encourage farmers of the future who are more innovative and less risk-averse.

Vertical farming is still the very early stages of development. To drive the initiative forward, communication with companies that can help in the building of commercially viable models will be crucial in encouraging commercial growers across different markets to adopt the new innovative methodology of growing produce.

The Growing verdict on Vertical Farming

To give you an idea of our current situation to outline the stress we are putting on our ecosystem and food sources with current farming methods. Agriculture uses around 70% of all fresh water, produces around a third of all GHG emissions and around 69% of agricultural land is degraded. If demand for food continues along its current trend by 2050 we would need 120% more water, 42% more arable farmland, increase deforestation by 14% and produce about 77% more GHG emissions. Therefore, we need to use any technology available to create a more sustainable process. This is why Vertical farming holds some promise as it can offer the potential to utilise technology to disrupt an important area in food production. It will allow producers to produce food and vegetables in an environment otherwise not suitable and produce all year round.

Like with any developing concept, there are question marks. It is yet to be proven whether Vertical Farming will be able to produce a commercially viable model for food plant products. They will need to develop a case for farmers to produce plants as a living, there is a debate as to whether this would present itself through more niche products that are produced efficiently and locally, or whether it will be bigger production units in more urbanised settings. Questions have also been asked about the overall green impact of Vertical Farming, due to their reliance on producing artificial light in the process, it will produce substantially bigger electricity bills in comparison.

Vertical Farming as a concept being implemented in wider diverse markets is still very much in its infancy. These questions are expected to be asked now. Overall, we must use technology to develop more sustainable farming procedures if we have any chance of coping with our growing wealthier population.

If you’re looking at moving into this area or use the more widely known food production methods, Recruit Mint Industrial specialises in supplying staff into these areas. If you have any requirements, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01733 802500 or submit your vacancy here

How will GDPR affect Jobseekers

How will GDPR affect Jobseekers

The new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) legislation comes in to effect 25th May 2018. It will replace the Data Protection Directive. GDPR has been agreed by the European Commission to improve the handling and storage of personal data and putting the person whose data it is, in greater control of how it is used.

GDPR is bringing in greater rights to the owner of the data, to include:

• The companies holding your data have to state why they’re holding your data and why they need to process it
• You have the right to request a Subject Access Request
• You have the right to request any personal data be rectified due to it being incorrect or incomplete
• You have the right to request that any company erase your personal data
• You have the right to request that any company restrict the processing of your data
• You have the right to request that your personal data be transferred to another provider
• You have the right to object to the company processing your personal data
• GDPR stipulates that any of your requests must be processed within one month of receipt
• You have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, such as profiling

Failure to comply with the new GDPR legislation will include much tougher penalties than the Data Protection Directive, which it is replacing. Companies, recruiters and online job boards will all be required to make changes to their data protection policies, how they sign up candidates and the overall recruitment process to avoid receiving penalties.

Putting the Jobseeker in Control

Given how technology has progressed over recent times, the data protection legislation was well overdue an update. For example, it is estimated that more data was created in the last 2 years than the previous 5,000. This, in turn, has seen the process of storing and processing data a much more complicated task, this vulnerability has seen cybercrime become a much bigger problem for not only businesses but the individual.

GDPR’s aim is to put the job seeker in more control of their data and how it is processed, it has also been brought in to put the job seeker in control of what marketing material they receive and in what format. It will see the end of soft opt-in consent across the board. From May 25th 2018 for the company to gain your consent to send you any marketing material, you will have to actively tick the opt-in tick box to formally give your consent.

Companies will now need to keep a full audit trail for every jobseeker they hold data on. They will need to keep a record of how and when the jobseeker gave their consent for the storing and processing of their data when they originally register. They will also need the jobseekers consent to send their CV to a client, again they will need to keep a full audit trail of this.

The full implications of GDPR will become clearer after its implementation. If you have concerns over your personal data being held by a company, you should contact this company directly to discuss what they hold on you. If following that conversation you still have concerns, you can get in touch with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Recruit Mint is committed to protecting your data and ensuring we only process the information you are happy for us to process. If you’re looking for work still and want to use an agency you feel safe using, then register today

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How to Successfully Change Career

People can look for a career change for a number of reasons. It could be as simple as you have just lost interest in your current position, your career goals have changed or perhaps you have found something interesting that you wish to incorporate into a job. These are just a few of the infinite amount of reasons there could be to change career.

To be able to successfully make a career change it will usually involve investing both time and money in yourself. With any investment, it is extremely important to be well informed before making it. If you’re facing the prospect of making a career change, take your time, make sure you truly want to make the change and finally follow this 10 step plan to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

Remember, change is a natural part of life and a career change is a natural life progression. The majority of studies show that the average job seeker will change career, not job, several times over the course of their employable lifetime.

1. Evaluate your current job satisfaction

Before you start thinking about changing your career, you need to decide if you actually need to, you may just need a new job which is a much easier task. The most common reasons for people making the leap is because they dislike their job, boss or their company. However, it is important to understand why you want to leave and what is causing you to leave. Keep track of what parts of your job enjoy and which parts of the job, manager and company you dislike. Once you have your likes and dislikes, analyse which are the most important to you, if there are not enough positives that are paramount to you and your job satisfaction, then it is certainly time for you to change career.

2. Create an action plan for your career change

Ok, so you have decided that a career change is right for yourself, how are you going to achieve that? Now is the time for you to set some long-term and short-term goals and plan how you will reach these milestones.

3. Identify what you’re passionate about

It is time to assess you. What makes you tick, what do you enjoy? The last thing you want to do is change career and end up in a similar position in the not too distant future. Review jobs you have liked in the past, what did you like about them? Evaluate your interests, skills and values to find out what you’re passionate about

4. Consider alternative jobs in your current industry

Try to utilise your already acquired knowledge and skills by searching for a change within your current industry. Perhaps you’re a software developer who is tired of the long hours and underappreciation, why not consider a move into a more sales lead environment within IT recruitment. If you’re still passionate about your type of work and the industry, research different avenues within that industry to stay in that area.

5. Shortlist your potential new careers

After going through what you’re interested in and identifying which relevant careers you would be interested in, it’s now time to collate them all together. This list should contain only jobs would definitely consider as a long-term career. The ideal list should contain 5 to 10 different options.

6. Explore the jobs on your shortlist

For each option on your shortlist, it is now important to thoroughly research these options even further. Do some quick job searches and read through some of the job descriptions, what are they asking for? How do they describe the role? Study the requirements for the role, what do you have? What don’t you have? Where would you need to improve? What progression lies within this area? What are the potential earnings? Following this you will be able to cut down the shortlist even further, leaving you with your list of thoroughly researched potential new careers.

7. Use your network

Networking, especially social networking, is becoming more and more important in numerous aspects and changing careers is no different. Even if you feel as though you don’t have a network, trust us, you do. Consider friends, work colleagues and family to start with. Use your network to talk to as many relevant people as you can, ask for advice and information about the career you’re looking for, perhaps certain companies you have come across. They may well be able to offer job leads you wouldn’t have come across otherwise.

8. Upgrade your skills

After reviewing some potential job descriptions you may have realised that you have transferable skills. If so, fantastic. When you change career it will nearly always involve undertaking some form of training. You could use LinkedIn to search for people who work in the field you have chosen, what qualifications and skills do they have? Is there a Chartered Institute for your new career path? If it is marketing you have the Chartered Institute of Marketing, if you want to move into Management Accountancy, then they have the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, what courses do they offer, get in touch to ask for advice on your career change.

9. Job hunt

Now we move on to the exciting part, searching for that new dream career. You have decided you definitely want to change career, you have decided if you will stay in the same industry, you have shortlisted all possible careers, now you need to find the job. Be thorough with your search, read the job description a couple of times, understand exactly what you want and whether they’re offering that. Don’t just apply because it has the job title you want.

You may well be a bit rusty on the whole job search and interview process, not to worry, you can check out some of our other blogs which will help you all the way through:

10. Say goodbye to your current career

The moment is here, you have landed your new career, your career change is almost complete. Just one more step, to quit your current job. After that is concluded it is only a matter of time until you’re sitting happily in your new career.

Recruit Mint pride themselves on offering a full service, if you’re already looking at a career change or you’re starting to ask yourself some questions, then please feel free to give one of our specialist consultants a call on 01733 802300 and we would be more than happy to have a conversation and discuss what opportunities you’re interested in and what they look for in those areas.

How to Close an Interview

In the grand scheme of the recruitment process, the interview is more often than not your last chance to impress the hiring manager before they decide whether to offer you the job or not. Ideally, you want to finish the interview confident and leaving a strong impression on the interviewer. But, why leave the job interview questioning whether you were successful and landed that job?

There are techniques and methods you can use to close an interview professionally, so you leave the interview knowing if you’re a good fit for the role and knowing what the next steps are. The interviewer leaves knowing you’re interested in the role and you have eliminated any concerns.

When it comes to this part of the interview remaining professional is of the utmost importance, I would suggest analysing the body language and manner of the interviewer to determine whether they would react positively or negatively to these questions. I would suggest the best method is to take an open and honest approach and come across genuinely interested and excited about the role.

  1. Following what we have discussed during the interview, do you have any concerns about myself for this role?

This is a reverse question, as it tries to uncover any potential issues about your background, skills, or yourself as a person. The benefits of asking this question are 3-fold. Firstly, if they say that there are no issues, then both parties leave the interview with that as the lasting memory from the interview. If they do suggest there are some concerns, this actively gives you the opportunity to address these concerns and attempt to eliminate any suggested limitations. Finally, by asking the question it shows that you are open feedback and can remain professional when receiving criticism.

  1. What are the next steps in this recruitment process?

This will help you understand what steps are left in the recruitment process and it will highlight if there are more candidates to interview. Allowing to understand how much competition there is for the role.

  1. How long until you make a decision? And do you require anything else from me before you make a decision?

This closing question will help to highlight to the interviewer that you are still interested in the role after gaining much more knowledge about what the role will entail. Obviously, it will put a timeframe on when they plan to make a decision and highlight when you should start to follow up if you haven’t heard anything. It will uncover if there is anything else you need to do to move the process along, such as providing any required references.

As I said previously, understand the environment and the interviewer, then choose the most appropriate questions to ask, always thank the interviewer for their time and ask for a business card, so you have all their relevant details for chasing up a decision if required.

Interviews are a nerve-racking environment, even for a seasoned pro. Recruit Mint is here to help through the entire process and will provide all the support you require for the interview stage. So, why not register today and let’s get practising those closing interview questions.

New Year New Job

Welcome to 2018! When the clock strikes midnight on the 31st December, champagne flutes chime, fireworks descend into the night sky and the question ‘What is your New Year’s Resolution?’ flows into conversation across the globe. A new house, a new fitness regime, a new relationship and more often than not a new job. Believe me, when I tell you you’re not alone when it comes to the latter.

According to Indeed, last January the number of job seekers increased by 64% compared to the rest of the months of the year. Showing a flooded job market where standing out amongst the crowd becomes vital. This can lead to unanswered applications and generic automated rejection emails, it’s important to not let this deter you from reaching your goal, to make sure this doesn’t happen here are our 5 top tips to stick to your New Year New Job resolution:

1. Make a Plan

There are many steps to getting a new job and it is not a quick fix, so make sure you plan ahead and associate adequate timeframes to all the following steps:

• Updating your CV
• Signing up to a Recruitment agency
• Applying for jobs
• Interview process – including 2nd interviews, 3rd interviews and assessment centres
• Acceptance
• Notice period

Some of the steps such as the interview process and notice period can take anywhere from a week up to a month in some cases, so it is important to set out a realistic plan and timeframe and don’t think you’re going to be in your dream job come the 2nd week of January.

2. Keep Track

Whatever method you want to use to do this whether it is a diary, excel spreadsheet or an app. It can often take a substantial amount of time to hear back from recruiters or companies regarding an application you have made and be easy to lose track of ones you have heard back from and the ones you need to chase, whilst getting disappointed with the lack of contact.

3. Be Realistic

Don’t aim too high and ignore reality, consider your previous resolutions and what the outcome was. What led to failure? It may be that you wanted to lose too much weight too quickly or save an unrealistic amount of money. Remember, there will always be more opportunities, so set realistic goals. Or if you don’t want to hold back, set clear short-term bitesize goals on your way to a big achievement.

4. Don’t Give Up

As I said previously, getting a new job in 2018 is not going to happen immediately, you will get rejection emails and you will get no answer from some applications, this is inevitable. This is where it is important to not give up, as rejection is never easy to deal with. It is important to prepare yourself for this, be strong and be proud of what you have achieved in the past. The perfect job could be just around the corner.

5. Reward Yourself

Getting the job you truly want is not easy, it will take up a lot of your time, with numerous amendments to your CV and usually more than one interview with more than one company. It is important to treat yourself at all the important milestones along the way, getting the interview, being shortlisted and then obviously when you accept their offer. It is vital to keep a positive mindset throughout the process and reassure yourself that you’re doing well.

Recruit Mint is here to help with all of your job requirements. Whether 2018 is the year where you look to make a step up the career ladder, a career change or just want a new job, we can help you at every step of the process. Register today and let us get the ball rolling in 2018.

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