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Growth within the job market

2017 has seen a significant growth in the job market for the first quarter of the year with a survey from CV -Library highlighting this.
This survey found there has been a quarterly rise of 28.8% in job applications for the start of the year. Alongside this increase in job applications, vacancies and average salaries have also increased. Across the UK certain areas have seen more growth in job applications than others. Bristol has taken the lead and seen a rise of 39%, Cardiff 37% and Birmingham 36.4%. Workers are seemingly more prepared to leave their existing jobs without securing a better position first, as confidence that other work is out there remains high. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library has gone on to say “It is fantastic to see the UK job market not only holding its own, but also expanding throughout the first quarter of the year. It is particularly promising to see a huge number of candidates in the UK actively looking for their next career challenge and with salaries seeing an impressive rise, the financial benefits of making a career move are clear to see.”

Whilst January is traditionally the start of the busiest time for recruitment, job applications in certain industries were significantly higher than last year. Manufacturing was up by 45.5%, automotive was up by 39.2% and construction was up by 38.3%. Average salaries have also seen an improvement with certain sectors benefiting more. Telecoms have seen increases of up to 8.7%, manufacturing by 5.5% and sales 3.4%. Overall average salaries have seen a rise of 1.3% year on year and 2.4% in comparison to the last quarter.

Whilst this year will bring more challenges, firstly with the up and coming general election and secondly with Brexit, it is encouraging to see such positive increases for the first quarter of 2017. As the job market continues to expand today is the perfect moment to think about a career change or promotion. If you are looking for a new career challenge now is the time to grasp the opportunity. We here at Recruit Mint are eager to find you a new opening or set you on a new career path.

Call us today to book an appointment.

Tips to avoid for an interview

1. Not doing your research

Your interviewer may test your knowledge on the company you are applying for, lack of research or the inability to answer their questions will make you look unprofessional and not interested. Taking the time to research the company so you have a good understanding of the business will stand you in good stead.

2. Turning up late

Arriving late will instantly give a bad impression that will be difficult to overcome, if you are unavailable to attend the interview then ring and give your apologies as soon as possible. Do not make up a fantastical excuse as why you were late or unable to attend. Whilst some companies will be willing to reschedule others may not have the time or be willing to.

3. Not dressing professionally

First impressions count for everything and an interview is not the time to test out the latest fashion trends. Play it safe and dress smartly- a well-groomed look will make you appear professional and respectable.

4. Leaving your phone on

Whilst modern technology is ever present in our lives, leaving your phone on in an interview is a big fail. There will be nothing more annoying to an interviewer than to hear a phone chime with an email or text or for it to start ringing. Not only will it leave you red faced with embarrassment it will not endear you to your potential employer.

5. Being hungover

If an interview happens to fall on a day after a birthday or a big night out, then turning up hungover or worse still drunk will be an instant no.

6. Speaking negatively about a previous employer

Even if your last employer was a complete tyrant, speaking ill of them will not come across well to a prospective employer.

7. Lying on your CV

During an interview your interviewer may refer to your CV or ask you to discuss certain aspects of it, any fabrications will be easily spotted and will only damage your reputation.

8. Chewing gum

Trying to talk to someone whilst they chew on gum is disrespectful and rude. Not only is it distracting to the interviewer asking questions but it is distracting for the interviewee trying to answer.

9. Swearing

Using inappropriate language, swearing or using derogatory terms are generally frowned upon in the workplace so to accidentally or purposely swear in an interview is a big no no.

10. Yawning

Whilst you may have been up late fretting over your interview try not to show any tiredness. Yawing in an interview will make you look bored and not engaged in the conversation.

If you can avoid all 10 of these things you stand a good chance of creating a good impression and progressing further. If you require any advice when it comes to the interview stage then book an appointment with one of our recruiters and they will help you navigate through the tricky recruitment process.

cover letter

A cover letter is an important tool in the quest for a job, a poorly thought out one could strike you out of the game before you even get to the interview stage. A great cover letter will make you stand out from the crowd and give you a better chance of being called in for an interview. We have collected our best tips to give you a head start on producing a winning cover letter.


Research
Before starting your cover letter, take the time to research the company and the job you are applying for. Try to find out what the company does, whom their competitors are and where they are placed in the market. Carrying out this research will demonstrate your real interest in the position and the company you wish to work for.


Addressing your cover letter
When writing a cover letter, you should always try to address it to the person in charge of job applications. If you are unsure who this is then you can always call the company to ask, showing initiative may get you ahead of the competition. If you know whom the letter is for address it as follows e.g Dear Mr Roberts/Dear Mrs Allen if you do not know the person, then Dear Sir/ Dear Madam or Dear Hiring Manager will suffice.

Format
Keep your covering letter clear and concise, ensure the letter includes examples of proof of your suitability for the job. Try to condense the letter to no more than one A4 page, remember you are not just repeating your CV again. As an example a cover letter can be broken down into 4 sections. The first paragraph indicates the position you are applying for, where it was advertised and when you would be available to start. The second covers why you would be suitable for the job, why you want to work for the organisation and what you can offer. The third highlights your relevant experience, how your skills match the job description and any additional strengths you have. The final paragraph concludes the letter, reiterates your interest in the role and indicates your desire for an interview. Finish the letter by thanking the employer and include how you are looking forward to a response.

Presentation
Some job applications will ask to be submitted online or via email others will ask for a hard copy. Ensure you create a typed document in an easy to read font and at a legible size, ideally choose the same font and size as your CV to ensure continuity. If a hard copy is required choose a good quality plain paper to print onto. Always proofread your work and do not rely on a computer for spell checking and grammatical errors. Ideally get someone else to double check your cover letter for any errors. It is vitally important that your own contact details and the company details with whom you are applying to are correct.


If you require advice on your cover letter and CV then book an appointment with one of our team at Recruit Mint, our recruiters will be happy to check over these documents for you and help assist you with your job search.

Graduate Job Search

For graduates just starting a job hunt it can be an overwhelming and daunting prospect. There is a huge amount of competition out there but government figures show graduate unemployment levels are now at the lowest in ten years so it’s not all doom and gloom.

Research

Take your time to research the sort of companies you might like to work for and the positions that would suit you, then find out what skills or experience would be needed for both. If you are lacking in these then consider undertaking voluntary work whilst you job hunt.

Upload your CV to job sites

Once you have a well-written CV to hand, upload it to job sites or LinkedIn, and then keep it up to date. Employers often use these sites to search for potential employees so it is an opportunity not to be missed.

Join a recruitment agency

Consider joining a recruitment agency as they will be in the best position to help your job search, particularly as some companies will only recruit through these agencies. If you are finding a job hunt intimidating, then having regular contact with a recruiter can benefit you as they will give you feedback from interviews and can help with improving your CV and polishing your interview techniques.

Think small

Start-up companies can be a great place to begin a career as you will gain a wide variety of skills and experience. You may find yourself with more responsibilities than in a similar role in a much larger company which in turn could lead you to move up the career ladder more quickly.

Tailor your applications

So your CV may be top notch but do not forget about your covering letter, this is your first opportunity to spark some interest in a potential employer. Tailor your CV and covering letter to each job application, whilst this may be time-consuming it will make all the difference, make sure you highlight how you could fulfil the specific role on offer.

Think further afield

If the thought of relocating appeals to you, consider searching for jobs throughout the whole of the UK. Broaden your job searches and if you really are up for an adventure consider applying for jobs abroad. Lots of graduates end up in jobs that are not related to their degrees, so if a job appeals to you and you feel you have something to offer do not be afraid to apply.
If you need any help navigating the job market get in touch with us here at Recruit Mint, we can provide you with the support and knowledge to enable you to land your dream job.

Presentation Interview

Presentation interviews can be extremely nerve racking but they can also provide the perfect opportunity for you to shine against your competitors. We have compiled our top 5 tips to help you prepare.

1. Knowledge

Once you know a presentation interview is on the cards start your research. Research the company, the topics of which you should present on and find out who will be at your presentation. This will allow you to determine what tone you should take and what your presentation should focus on. Do not forget to ask what technology will be available to you and use it to your advantage.

2. Structure

Make sure the structure of your presentation is clear, precise and runs in a logical order. As a guide, you will require a short but captivating introduction explaining what the presentation is on, followed by clear sections with a compelling argument in the body and then a memorable conclusion. It is important not to waffle but to keep your audience’s attention. Do not forget this is an interview still and it is important to weave in examples of your skills and abilities.

3. Time

Usually, you will be given an allocated amount of time for your presentation, and it’s important you fill this. Too short and you will appear underprepared and lightweight, too long and you may be cut off before your conclusion, looking like you have poor time management skills. When nerves take hold people tend to rush and speak faster so have some backup information ready in case you run ahead of time.

4. Practice

Once your presentation is written rehearse it and if possible, practice in front of others. If you can deliver it to colleagues that understand the topic even better as they will be able to give you feedback allowing you to edit it. If not, consider recording or filming yourself, that way you can look back and check your body language or see how you are projecting yourself. Try to stand confidently with open body language and speak in a clear voice. Attempt to make eye contact with various members of the audience as this will engage them, and make you appear self-confident. By practicing you will become more confident in the delivery and hopefully will not succumb to nervous habits such as saying ‘like’ and ‘um.’ Remember to smile and have a positive attitude despite any nerves.

5. Preparation
Be prepared for any follow-up questions, know your facts and figures so you can provide knowledgeable answers. Prepare aids such as slides to help keep your presentation on point but have a backup just in case the technology is not working. Also, consider preparing handouts for the audience to keep as this can provide a useful reminder of you and your presentation. Like your slides keep these succinct, with references to your key points and concepts.

challenges for recruiters

One of the biggest obstacles facing recruiters in 2017 is how to attract quality candidates. For certain sectors of the industry, last year was tough in attracting top candidates and this year appears to be no different. For employers, sectors such as engineering, accountancy and admin & sectorial are proving harder to recruit for. High-quality candidates are quickly snapped up and it can be difficult to lure them into a new job without an attractive benefits package. Having a successful brand and image is vital as this will give you a major advantage in attracting the best candidates. With other agencies vying for the same talent, branding and social media should not be overlooked. The renowned marketer and keynote speaker Jay Baer famously once said ‘content is fire, social media is gasoline.’ Use your social media to drive awareness of your recruitment related content. Having a strong memorable brand will aid you in building demand for candidates instead of having to chase them.

Economic Uncertainty

With Brexit impending and economic uncertainty hanging in the air the recruitment industry could face some challenges. As businesses pull back on spending there are less jobs available and fewer candidates are looking to make the move to a new job for fear of the unknown. For recruiters, this means they have to work harder to find the right candidates to ensure a perfect match between employer and employee. A complimentary match will save the employer money and time whilst helping with employee retention.

Changing Job Market

There has definitely been a shift in the job market and employees are becoming more comfortable with the prospect of an evolving career. No longer do individuals apply for a job fresh from school or university and then stay for the next 40 years, for many industries it has been accepted that a high percentage of employees will want a fluid career. This can mean a high turnover of employees as many will only stay for a couple of years before choosing to chase new opportunities and progress in their careers. For recruiters, this can mean new talent will keep returning to the market but quality over quantity is more important.

If you have an open vacancy and are wishing to seek the perfect candidate, then contact us today and we will do the hard work for you. Our top team of recruiters are all highly skilled and will find the ideal candidate to meet your requirements.

Wellbeing Blog Post

Wellbeing, what does this buzzword mean?

The dictionary definition of wellbeing is ‘The state of being comfortable, healthy or happy.’ In regards to the workplace, this means having happy, motivated staff. Employers can have a huge influence on the state of their staff’s morale and wellbeing. Any opportunity to improve your staff’s welfare and self-esteem should be taken, as a happy team will be more productive and allow your business to run smoothly. Keeping your staff content and motivated can be a tough job but by following some of our tips we hope you will succeed.

Tip 1 – Recognition

As the boss, it is easy to overlook good work as the norm and to be expected but ignoring your employee’s achievements can have negative results. Undervalued staff will lose motivation and lower overall morale levels. Praising staff or rewarding them when they excel or hit deadlines will give them a wellbeing boost. Introducing a rewards system or bonus scheme will encourage your staff to go the extra mile and help inspire them. Alternatively, never underestimate the effect positive reinforcement can have.

Tip 2 – Team bonding

Having a team that gets along is a great advantage, to encourage bonding, team building exercises can be a great idea. Activities such as escape rooms or sports can help build friendships and boost morale. Informal lunch meetings or evenings out can bring groups together in a relaxed way.

Tip 3 – Posture

Providing employees with the right functioning equipment and furniture will help with their overall wellbeing. For those working in offices, ill-fitting chairs or desks at the wrong height will have detrimental effects. Invest in comfortable adjustable furniture and give staff options for wrist supports or back rests.

Tip 4 -Healthy Living

If your business caters for its staff with a canteen or food delivery service, ensure there are healthy options on the menu. Allowing staff regular breaks, for food or to get up and stretch or walk about will enable them to remain productive and avoid fatigue. Encouraging staff to lead a healthy lifestyle will help strive off illnesses and potential sick days.

Tip 5 – Mindfulness

Another top buzzword of the moment but worth considering in the quest for healthy staff is mindfulness. Meditation can aid staff suffering from stress, reduce lethargy and eliminate negativity. It may be worth hiring a professional to come into the office or workplace and teach your staff a few ways to relax and regain focus by learning some mindfulness techniques.

Tip 6 – Open door

In today’s society, mental health disappointingly seems to still have a stigma and accounts for 40% of time off sick for workers. Operating an open-door policy and encouraging staff to speak openly about any resounding mental health issues will allow for better well-being all round. Ensure management are sympathetic to anyone experiencing these issues and have a plan in place if any members of staff need time off. Ensuring adequate staff cover when these situations arise will help keep the rest of the team on track and motivated.

 

Apprenticeships and recruitment

More apprenticeships are one of the intentions of the government and their goal is to have 3 million apprenticeships in place from 2020. From 6th April 2017, apprenticeships will be funded differently as the government are introducing a new apprenticeship levy. This levy is a way of raising funds to cover the costs of apprenticeship training via one central pot. It aims to ensure the benefits of apprenticeships are reaped by companies of all sizes. This levy requires all employers operating in the UK with a payroll of over 3 million a year to invest in apprenticeships. Those in this category are automatically classed as a ‘levy paying employer’ and will pay a levy of 0.5% of their total annual pay bill. Businesses that pay into the account will receive a 10% top up on the funds. For every £1 that gets paid in the employer will get £1.10 to spend on apprenticeships. They will then have 24 months to spend the funds before they expire.

Eligible employers will be able to use money from the levy fund to pay to train their apprentices. Smaller employers will remain outside this system until 2018/19 and will continue with the current scheme. Employers who choose to take on apprentices aged 16-18 and whom employ less than 50 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. Ideally, this new scheme will encourage more 16-18 year olds into the workplace and give employers more control over the training of their apprentices.

For the recruitment industry, this levy will certainly have a negative impact. The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) have asked the government to reevaluate the way the apprenticeship levy is charged as the current policy has a disproportion impact on recruitment supply agencies. The levy will be calculated not just on the payroll for an agency’s internal staff but it also considers the payroll supplied for agency workers. For most agencies, 80%-90% of their turnover consists of the agency worker payroll, whereas for a regular employer the payroll may only represent 33%. Therefore, for recruitment agencies, their contribution to the levy will be considerably higher than other types of businesses. Adrian Marlowe, Chairman of ARC, explains: “Whilst we welcome the government’s intention to increase funding to boost the number of apprenticeships in the UK, we believe in its current form the levy penalises supply agencies. It is disproportionate, unfair and threatens to distort the way recruitment supply agencies operate.” Whilst the recruitment industry may fare worse with the introduction of the new levy, many businesses have not had the opportunity to train any temporary workers. The UK recruitment industry has seen a significant growth in temporary workers so this apprenticeship levy may help businesses to develop and retain their higher skilled apprentices.

Recruitment Agencies Open Their Doors

Whilst the UK economy remains robust with February’s employment levels hitting a new record of 74.1% the recruitment industry continues to flourish. This has led recruitment entrepreneurs to take a chance by opening new agencies to capitalise on current trading conditions. 2016 saw a record number of recruitment agencies open and 4,529 new agencies were registered between January to December. This is a giant increase of 13.7% from the same period in 2015. Since 2012 a total of 17,271 new recruitment businesses have registered bringing the current total to 26,901 in the UK. An overall increase of 56% in the last five years. Figures published in December revealed the recruitment industry is now worth 35.1 billion a year.

So, with the market saturated with agencies what does it mean for the industry?

As more recruitment agencies pop up all over the country the competition gets tougher as everyone vies for candidates and contracts. This can be a good thing as it propels each agency to improve their services or specialise in certain industries. To stand out from the crowd each agency needs to find its unique selling point. A comprehensive scheme and brand will capture attention and make the agency more memorable. In today’s society, an active social media presence is important as this is one of the first port of calls when candidates are searching online. Building a good reputation is invaluable, positive feedback and good reviews help to encourage trust and build relationships.

For candidates, more choice can either be a good thing or an overwhelming prospect. Choosing the right recruitment agency to suit your needs is important. The growth in local agencies can provide greater opportunities for the job hunter but also requires some organisation to keep each up to date. Selecting one recruitment agency may make life easier and will help you develop a rapport with the recruiters there. Some agencies only specialise in certain industries such as education or the commercial sector. Here at Recruit Mint we focus on four sectors: commercial, industrial, technical and education. Our diversity means that the right job for you could have already been advertised on our site. Alternatively using our service means we will try to find the best possible job for you. Call us to arrange an appointment with one of our dedicated recruiters today.

How unrest can ruin the workplace

Last week we saw the shocking departure of the current Premier League winner Leicester City’s manager Claudio Ranieri. Last year Leicester City to the surprise of many won the Premier League commandeered by Ranieri. Through his leadership and management, he brought his team together motivating them to achieve unprecedented success. This year their downfall has been dramatic and when Ranieri was sacked they sat 1 point above the relegation zone. It is rumoured that several senior players in the team went behind Ranieri’s back to the owners with complaints, resulting in his sacking. Building the right loyal team is vital especially when running a business as any unrest within can have negative consequences.

Companies are more likely to excel when their employees work effectively as a team. A team that works together will produce more positive outcomes, whilst the mutual support it creates makes for a more harmonious environment. Good teamwork maximises strengths and capitalises on bringing out the best in each team member, utilising individual perspectives and skills. When employees fail to work together as a team, business initiatives and targets become more difficult to achieve and the workplace environment can turn negative and unproductive. Unrest within the workforce can quickly derail a business, as a negative attitude can spread throughout a team rapidly. Employees can become disillusioned with their work if they feel overworked, undervalued, or overlooked. As the employer or manager, maintaining good staff morale and motivation is the key to success. Rewarding staff when they excel or reach targets will promote a positive working environment. Staff like to feel appreciated but undervalued staff will feel resentment or look for work elsewhere. If you have worked hard in finding the best possible staff, losing them to competitors can have a huge impact on your business. Having to replace staff can be time consuming and costly, whilst being understaffed can result in your other employees becoming overworked and disenchanted.

Finding the right candidates to fit into an existing company or team is very important. Selecting someone that will compliment and excel within your business will make all the difference. Choosing the right applicant will also help with staff retention which will allow your business to grow. Alongside the academic skills you require, finding someone who will fit into your company culture is significant. Creating a good team culture is about establishing a positive atmosphere where people feel engaged and motivated. Team bonding activities can help and as part of the recruitment process some interviews will include a group activity. This allows the employer to see the how the potential employees interact within a group context. By employing the right people and keeping a positive and motivated workforce, you should eliminate any possible unrest allowing your business to thrive.

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