Exciting times this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend as the Oxford v Cambridge 2021 Boat Race comes to Ely - the home City of Xpert Recruitment, independent recruitment agency based right in the heart of Ely.

The eyes of the world will be on the 3 mile stretch of water - the Adelaide Straight on the Great Ouse near to Littleport in Ely for the 166th Men's Oxford V Cambridge Boat Race and the 75th Women's Race on Sunday 4th April. The event will be broadcast live on The BBC at 3pm. The City of Ely has hosted the iconic race back in 1944, albeit unofficially as WW2 raged in the background. Chruchill decided to continue the tradition of the boat race to raise the countries morale but away from the Thames. The race was then re-inacted by a group of rowers known as the Diamond 44 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the unique occasion. Ely Rowing Club has some fascinating details and photographs about this re-inactment. 

The race will finish in Littleport, a village just outside of Ely at Sandhill Bridge. The village of Littleport is also a famous for being the home of the iconic found of motor-bike empire Harley Davidson, locals and visitors can enjoy a sit on the monument in the village which commemorates the centenary of the company.

Crews were announced on March 26 by boatrace.org , the official site for the event with full details for both the men's and women's boats.

Spectators are being asked not to attend the event this year due to the national restrictions that are still in place, but will be televised live by the BBC for all to enjoy at home.  Here's hoping for a Light Blue Victory!

Xpert Resourcing are Ely based Recruitment Specialists offering recruitment support for all levels serving the Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk. With over 40 years combined experience in the industry our specialists offer a consultative approach to recruitment. Really getting to know both clients and candidates alike, Xpert Resourcing offers a refreshing approach whether you are looking for a new job opportunity or you would like support finding your ideal candidate. 

If you would like more information on the services of Xpert Resourcing, please call one of the friendly team on 01353 886252. 

The ubiquitous work life balance subject has much been debated, analysed and discussed. The concept for working professionals has long been presented as a goal, an achievement and having reached that desired goal pat yourself on the back because you've made it! You have nailed the working 8 hours and spending the rest of your time with family, relaxing or taking leisure opportunities. During the pandemic home and working lives have at times blended into one and many professionals are finding it very difficult to switch off. Can the balance be achieved in 5 steps or is it more of a process?

Interesting new research has come to light which asks the question - is work-life balance a process or is it a goal? Experts are now encouraging professionals to think another way suggesting work-life balance is a life long process, an awareness that will require adjustments and tweaks along the way. A study undertaken in 2020 investigated Role Distancing and the Persistence of Working Long Hours in a Professional Environment , the researchers assessed 80 employees aged 30-50 who worked within middle-management roles and had at least 1 dependent. The research found that 30% of men and 50% of women resisted working longer than 8 hours each day. Other employees worked long hours each day simply because they thought this is what professionals do. 

Here's where the research gets interesting, it was discovered that of the professionals that took a more balanced approach to their work, using "reflexivity" which is the ability to reflect and and question assumptions in the name of self-awareness, regularly checking and adjusting any obstacles in the process. Pausing, checking and assessing stumbling blocks that interfere with the work-life balance was high on the list enabling a person to find the mental head space to discovering and implementing new ways to achieve the balance. 

5 steps have been discussed in the research this article is based upon and the steps are not necessarily the self-help advice we commonly read:

1. De-normalise Popular Beliefs

2. Identify Causes of Stress

3. Re-prioritize

4. Consider Alternatives

5. Implement Changes

Experts in this study say that this balance is not simply how you can divvy up your hours each day, making those changes but not identifying your emotional needs can still result in a person not enjoying the way they spend their time either at work or at play. Mentally we can still easily be "at work", still processing events during the day which can result in mental absence. Finding the physical and mental balance shouldn't be something you do by yourself. 

Organisations have a big role to play in helping their employees find this balance and the pandemic has torn up the rule book in this regard. Conversations are being held more than ever by clients and candidates on how best everyone can balance their work-life. One thing is for certain, more support is needed. Flexible and hybrid roles are certainly going to be an important part of how we all balance our personal and professional lives going forward. 

If the perfect balance is elusive for you, gaining perspective can certainly help - we are living in unprecedented times and often just having this conversation is a luxury, a privilege to reflect upon.

Xpert Resourcing is an independent Recruitment Agency based in Ely supporting clients and candidates in the recruitment process for both temporary and permanent positions. Serving the Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridge areas to provide a consultative, tailored approach to services for roles in HR & Admin, Finance and Accounting, Scientific, Sales & Marketing, Insurance and Industrial. 

Contact one of the friendly specialists on 01353 886252 to have a confidential chat about your requirements either as a client or candidate. 

 

 

 

 

 

This month Xpert Resourcing are celebrating their 5th Year in Business! It has been an incredible 5 years so far and with so many reasons to fall in love with Xpert Resourcing, local Recruitment Specialists based in Ely, this article takes you back to where it all began 5 years ago. 

What started one evening as an idea over a glass of wine in the kitchen of Founders and Business Owners, Paul and Emma Smith has grown into a thriving, family owned recruitment business based right in the heart of Ely.  The business provides tailored Recruitment Support for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk from their City Centre offices. Xpert Resourcing are celebrating their 5th year in business this month and reflect on how the years have flown by and share their story of how the business got started.

 “The idea of the business was born out of creating that much sought after “better work/life balance’” says Business Owner Paul Smith. “Emma and I were both running recruitment teams in Cambridge (for different corporate recruitment companies) we were tired of crazy targets, KPI’s and corporate red tape! In addition to this we had 2 young children that we weren’t seeing enough of, both of us wanting to be there to watch our family grow, be on the school run, take the kids to their clubs, have real family time and so one bottle of wine later and Xpert was born!” 

The first 12 months of the business was simply a whirlwind for the local couple, juggling babies (“literally at times!” says Emma) securing offices, meeting clients and securing placements. “Clients seemed really keen to work with us, they like our fresh approach and it snowballed overnight” adds Paul. “Community is really important to us and as a business we really enjoy supporting local causes which plays an integral part of our business”. Xpert Resourcing continually support local events such as Ely Hero Awards, local football teams and many other community interest companies within their home city. 

The couple pride their business on not being your typical high street agency or corporate recruiter, they focus on working closing with clients and candidates who they build strong relationships with. “Being open, honest and simply doing what everyone wants….a good job!” Paul says “Our approach is consultative and it really sets us apart”. 

Last year added a Business Development Manager to the team, Naomi Sherwood who brings a wealth of experience and local knowledge helping the business to grow. The company has been able to expand during the Pandemic and have exciting plans to keep thriving and growing over the next year. 

Can Xpert Resourcing help you with recruitment support? Would you like to know more about how Xpert Resourcing can help grow your team? Do you need temporary workers for special project?

Please get in touch with one of the friendly team on 

01353 886252

or

reach out to our Business Development Manager, Naomi Sherwood

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If you are feeling a bit, or even more than a bit worn down by job hunting or life in general then you are not alone! An extended feeling of living in a vacuum, wondering where the last 12 months have gone, working or living in isolation, daily anxieties  - the list goes on leading many of us to feel less motivated, irritable, tired and stressed. When living under such circumstances it is only natural to feel apathetic and demotivated so don't beat yourself up for having these feelings. Job hunting can be stressful even during "normal" times and never more so than right now. In our latest blog, we wanted to focus on Pandemic Fatigue.

Did you know that Pandemic Fatigue is a real thing? Pandemic Fatigue is not a medical term rather a feeling many of us are experiencing following prolonged periods of uncertainty and it certainly is real! Is there anything that can be done to help? Most definitely! Stamina and acceptance are big keys to getting through. We have collated some of the best hints and tips around that could help you get through the next few months:

  • Stay at a physical distance but not a social one
  • Use your time wisely to stay positive, avoiding excessive worrying
  • Take time each day to think, breathe and catch up
  • Schedule "no screen" time during each day
  • Routines are good!
  • Adapt to the changing seasons
  • Take a break from job hunting and get some fresh air
  • Help others
  • Continue to practice COVID safe behaviour as instructed by the government

Reaching out to others socially through emails, texts, video calls are all great ways to keep safely connected right now. Finding ways to help others can make you feel better too! Focus on what you can do rather than what you can't goes a long way to a more positive mindset. A lot of things are just right out of our control right now, you could consider taking up a new hobby, brush up on your skills and knowledge with TED talks, short courses, new qualifications - all things to keep you busy. Keeping a good routine, close to what you did pre-pandemic helps with a general feeling of happiness and sense of being "settled". Plan to take time to exercise, working those "happy chemicals" and getting some fresh air and all important Vitamin D by going for a walk even if its cold. These are just some of the top hints and tips that could just help you to refocus your mind and take back control over your job hunt. 

Job hunting is very draining but persevere, this will not last forever, believe in yourself, look after yourself - you can weather this storm! There are very encouraging signs that employers are still recruiting so please follow our Linkedin page to keep up to date with all the live vacancies along with job postings on our website. 

We hope you all continue to stay safe and well during this times. Please keep practising COVID safe behaviour to protect yourself and others. 

 

 

 

January is the Month for Organisation!

"For every minute spent organising, an hour is saved!"

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to even think about getting organised, let alone act on it but now more than ever is the time to re-organise and plan to update your preferred suppliers list. With an increase in competition for quality candidates - you need to have access to them!

Is it important to refresh your Preferred Suppliers List?

The simple answer is absolutely, yes! The job market as we know and without dwelling on the negatives has changed dramatically. Employers are recruiting differently and candidates are more fluid than ever before. You need a Recruitment Partner that has adapted to the changes in the market, can WORK for YOU and has the ability to attract quality candidates. You may have worked with an agency for many years and of course you may feel a sense of loyalty but it is important to assess how they are working for your business and look at how they are fulfilling the specific jobs. Time is of the essence and never more so than now, after all 1 of the reasons behind why you have a preferred suppliers list is to save you time and money long term. Investing some time and refreshing this list will be time well spent ensuring your Recruitment Partner(s) are working at an optimal level for you, providing you with exactly the right kind of recruitment support needed for your business with access to quality candidates.

Here are a few pointers together to think about when refreshing your PSL list:

  • How many agencies do you need to work with?
  • Where are the agencies located?
  • What skill set do the agencies specialise in?
  • What is the history with the business?
  • Should I look for a 2 tier approach?
  • How do I know the agency is selling my business to candidates?
  • Do I know their terms and fees?

Regular optimisation and management of the list is needed in order for efficiency and of course results. Here at Xpert Resourcing, we take a fresh approach to recruitment. What is that fresh approach?

Our approach is Honest, Bespoke and Effective

We specialise in recruitment support in 6 sectors -  Accountancy & Finance, Sales & Marketing, Office Support & HR, Insurance, Scientific and Industrial in and around Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Being in the industry for over 20 years, our Directors take pride in the experience they have gained in the industry. This experience helps them to adapt the way in which they source candidates. The consultative approach we take enables us to really get to know your business, its culture, your desired team all of which enables us to source the very best candidates. Providing a long list of CV's just is not part of what we do, after all, you could do for yourself!

Arrange to call one of our Specialist Recruiters for a no obligation discussion about how we can best serve and meet the needs of your current recruitment programme

Call now on 01353 886252

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Or why not reach out to our Business Development Manager Naomi Sherwood for more details on our support packages

 

Thursday, 03 December 2020 13:58

Why Hire Temporary & Seasonal Workers

The holidays are just around the corner, Black Friday, Cyber Monday have all come and gone and Seasonal Working is on the rise! Temporary Workers can be a huge benefit to many companies and have such workers have assisted businesses in upward growth since 1946! According to one source this year, 46% of companies are planning to hire 20% more Temporary Workers than last year. 

The Benefits of Temporary Workers

  • Flexibility
  • Bring new skills
  • Cost effective
  • Fresh Skills
  • Payroll taken care of
  • Fast onboarding
  • Try before you buy

If you are looking for a speedy but effective short term staffing solution then temporary workers are an excellent key to providing results to your business for that special project or last minute Christmas rush. With the current situation making times uncertain in many industries, Temporary staff hires make the ebbs and flows of business easier to manage as staffing levels can be scaled back when necessary. Temporary staff are also ideal for long term absences, sudden turnover and additional or unexpected projects. There are lots of benefits to Temporary and Seasonal Workers.

Nervous about making the leap to try out a temporary worker? The Specialist Temporary Support at Xpert Resourcing is on hand to guide you through the process whether you have used temporary workers previously or are new to the process. Professional and experienced temporary workers are available for the following roles:

  • Manufacturing and Warehouse Operatives
  • Office Support
  • Administration/Reception
  • Finance and Accountancy 

We will assist you to quickly source and onboard Temporary Staff, provide payroll services in order to smoothly provide recruitment solutions.

Xpert Resourcing are an independent Recruitment Agency providing Temporary Staff in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk and have a steady supply of experienced Temporary and Seasonal Staff to suit your business needs. If you would like to discuss your needs any further, please get in touch with our team 

Tel: 01353 886252

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www.xpertresourcing.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Monday, 30 November 2020 14:03

Old School Tech - Can it Help your Business?

Text messaging has been around since 1992 - almost 28 years since the very first text message was sent! Can you believe it?! Text Messaging has significantly changed since those first messages were sent, initially designed for telephone engineers to communicate. Messaging has morphed into more than just words with multi media messaging and emojis becoming the norm. Technology advances so quickly and becomes out of date, sometimes within weeks but "old skool" text messaging appears to have stood the test of time, proving to be an effective form of quick communication.

Comparably, email communication is fast paced, sometimes intense, however, according to one automatic email marketing provider a staggering 79% of emails are never opened in certain sectors. Most of us are bombarded with emails each and every day, most of which sit unopened in our inboxes. 

Many businesses like ourselves are increasingly finding that text messages are a simple but effective way to communicate. Who would have thought a good old fashioned text would be so effective smoothing the path of the recruitment process for example. With text messages being opened and read within seconds compared to a 90 minute response rate on a email, this way of communicating certainly speeds engagement. Text messages also offer a much more personal touch to the communication so what is not to love?!

Do you utilise text messaging in your business? As a business, Xpert Resourcing and our Specialist Recruiters have been using text messaging for quite a while now. We appreciate candidates and clients alike are busy, commitments can make taking and receiving telephone calls difficult and even time restrictive so a quick, brief message is a very easy and effective way to deliver and receive information. 

How to Make the Most from SimpleText Messaging

A simple text message can easily confirm your company details, provide a simple thank you message following a phone call or a meeting. Confirmation of appointment or interview times and dates can be easily corroborated, all of which have a higher chance of reaching and being retained by the candidate. Reminders can be quickly requested as can follow up information and document requests. 

A quick text message can keep your audience engaged and interested in your business or service. They can give your company an edge over competitors and show just how approachable you are. High volume texting has never been easier and can be integrated into a CRM system for example. Template messages can be added to your system.

Points to Remember

  • Good grammar
  • GDPR regulations
  • Suitability 

Xpert Resourcing is an independent Recruitment Specialist providing a consultative and bespoke approach to recruitment for both client and candidate. With over 20 years experience in the industry, they know our onions! With 6 specialist sectors the focus is not mass recruitment, rather tailored to you or your business. A fresh outlook at recruitment may surprise you so why not speak to one of our friendly team to discuss your recruitment needs?

Contact the team on: 01353 886252

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Ely Crusaders Under 10's Football Team Score Hat Trick with Kit Sponsorship from local company Xpert Resourcing

 

Local team, Ely Crusaders Under 10's have secured sponsorship of their kits for the 3rd year running from Ely based Recruitment Specialists, Xpert Resourcing. The Under 10's team are unbeaten in the league so far this season and are also through to the next round of the Cup! Paul Smith, Business Owner of Xpert Resourcing says "We are delighted to sponsor the kits for the team, its our 3rd year of sponsorship. The team has been playing really well together and it is such a shame lockdown has stopped them in their tracks"

The team is coached by Ben Chambers and Chris Walsh, aiming to build on the heritage of Ely City and have created a strong team with a sense of enthusiasm for the game. The coaches look to nurture the talent of the players and being unbeaten in the league during this season has added to their strength. The team are through to the next round of the Cup, sadly the current Lockdown measures have put a hold on play but everyone involved is looking forward to playing again as soon as restrictions are eased.

Xpert Resourcing is a local independent Recruitment Agency with over 40 years combined experience in Specialist Recruitment. Based in Ely, Xpert Resourcing offers a bespoke approach to recruitment, tailoring the services around your business. The company is very proud to support many local causes building on the strong sense of community in the local area. Xpert Resourcing specialises in Finance and Accountancy, HR and Sales Roles along with Marketing, Industrial, Scientific and Manufacturing Positions.

Monday, 21 September 2020 10:10

International Week of Happiness at Work

International Happiness At Work Week 21-27 September 2020

Happiness at Work Pays off!

This week (21st -27th September) has been christened "International Week of Happiness at Work". We spend a lot of time at work and with our colleagues so it is important to be happy when we are there. The effects of being happy at work can impinge on our home life, helping us to be better parents, neighbours and friends! Science has proved the happier we are at work, the happier our life will be as a whole. A happy employee equates to more productivity, flexibility, resilience, creativity, making happier customer and better working colleagues. Wouldn't we all want this?! Of course we would!

We don't have to be happy at the time but working towards a happier work place is a shared responsibility from both employer and employee. Why not put "Happiness at Work" on your work place agenda, try a brainstorming session with employees or employer and see how you can make your workplace a happier one?

Tips for being Happy at Work

  • Organise a discussion based around what makes you happy at work
  • Take lunch with your colleagues, not just at your desk
  • Organise drinks after work
  • Invite an inspirational speaker to talk to your staff
  • Start an initiative to give positive feedback to colleagues
  • Send a Postcard to a colleague to thank them for their help or tell them how awesome they are
  • Write a team manifesto
  • Sign up to the International Happiness at Work challenge this week

Happiness at work is about meaningful work, healthy relationships, development, and having fun. And about stopping unnecessary rules, power play, complicated processes and procedures, absenteeism, unmotivated colleagues, and terrible managers. See how important it is! 

Let’s create a workplace to stimulate fun, appreciation, positive feedback, awesome challenges, trust, meaningful results and own responsibilities. Let us, as employees, employers entrepreneurs, organizations, and especially as human beings work together to make happiness at work the norm and not the exception.

If we all take a step, we can make a big change. Are you in?

Here at Xpert Resourcing we take a consultative approach to working with our clients, we enjoying discovering what makes our clients businesses tick, what the work culture is and what kind of person would be suited to the current role. We work very hard finding the right candidates for our clients! This is so important for retention and happy work places. Working with us means you receive a dedicated Specialist Recruitment Consultant who tailors the whole recruitment process to the needs of the business. Xpert Resourcing are Independent Recruitment Specialists working with clients and candidates in and around Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Please contact one of our friendly team on 01353 886252 to help you with your new role. 

 

Almost 10 million workers who are unable to do their job because of the coronavirus outbreak have had their wages paid by the government.
 
The furlough scheme was designed to help people who couldn't do their jobs because of the outbreak, and prevent mass redundancies. Some have criticised the decision to close the scheme in October, but it has been backed by the Bank of England which says workers should be helped to ''move forward'' and not kept in unproductive jobs.

How is the furlough scheme changing?

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, to give furlough its official title, workers placed on leave have been able to receive 80% of their pay, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. Since July, these furloughed employees have been able to go back to work part-time. For example, an employer could pay someone to work two days a week, while the furlough scheme would cover the other three days not worked.
 
Since 1 August, employers have had to pay National Insurance and pension contributions for their staff. In September, employers will have to pay 10% of furloughed employees' salaries - rising to 20% in October.

Can I be made redundant while on furlough?

Yes. Employees can be made redundant at any point during the scheme, and there are concerns there may be significant job losses when it ends. To encourage job retention, the government will pay businesses a £1,000 bonus for every furloughed employee they keep on until the end of January 2021. These workers must be paid an average of at least £520 a month between November and January. If a worker loses their job and is entitled to redundancy pay, this should be calculated based on their pre-furlough wages. New laws have been brought in to enforce this, after a ''minority'' of firms were found to be calculating redundancy pay based on furlough.
Firms can't use the money from furlough to subsidise redundancy packages. If you're made redundant while on furlough because your firm has gone bust, you can apply to the Insolvency Service

Can I work if I've been furloughed?

When the scheme began, furloughed staff weren't able to do any work for their employer. However, they can now be brought back to work on a part-time basis. Those still on furlough can volunteer in the community or even for their company as long as they aren't creating revenue or providing a service.
 

Furlough and Beyond

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is due to come to an end on the 31st October. Where do business go from here? What can employees do who are affected and are at risk of redundancy? With that in mind Xpert Resourcing together with guest speak from Truth HR Solutions are running a 2 part morning workshop for both local SME's and Employees currently on Furlough and/or are at risk of redundancy. Advice will be given on the legal implications of the scheme ending, redundancy, training schemes, funding and much more. 
 
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Tel: 01353 886252
 

 

 

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 08:27

How can you target the right candidates?

 

How to Target the Right Candidate

With a candidate driven job market, how is it possible to target the type of candidates to your role?

As we all know, the job market right now is very candidate driven. So many companies we speak to that are actively recruiting are understandably experiencing a high volume of applications. We have even heard of as many of 200 applications for a local administration role! Many of these candidates are not always presenting with the relevant experience required or desired for the roles they are applying for.

Finding and hiring the right candidate is a difficult and costly task for any company. Advertising, sifting through mountains of CV’s and conducting numerous interviews eat into an already busy schedule.

It is very unlikely that simply advertising for your ideal candidate will yield rich rewards. It takes time to attract and find the right candidate.  

This is when the experienced, specialist recruiters at Xpert Resourcing can help! 

At Xpert Resourcing we really want to get to know your business, understand what makes it tick, know what kind of employees you want to attract and appreciate the company culture – our consultative approach drills down into this and enables us to:

 present you with an appropriate job description

  • draw up a suitable job advert
  • utilize the best candidate databases
  • screen candidates
  • showcase only the most suitable candidates with relevant experience or qualifications

 The measures we put in place for our clients ensure we do not cut corners. As a client you are only introduced to candidates most suitable for the role -this also aids retention. Our client guarantee also gives you peace of mind that for any reason the situation changes you can be supplied with a replacement at no extra cost* 

If you are struggling to find or attract the right candidate then please contact one of our specialist recruiters on 01353 886252 to arrange a consultation free of charge to discuss your recruitment needs

Xpert Resourcing is an independent Recruitment Specialist with over 20 years’ experience. Covering Cambridge, Suffolk and East Anglia areas, we are ideally placed to facilitate your recruitment process. We offer recruitment expertise over 6 different sectors matching talented individuals with the best opportunities in the workplace. Our specialist recruiters are dedicated to finding you your ideal candidate. We would very much like the opportunity to work with you so why not give us a try – our services cost nothing until we find the right candidate for your business!

 

www.xpertresourcing.co.uk

 

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Cambridge Chamber of Commerce has launched a new initiative to foster individual and collective growth, forge cohesive partnerships and engage local businesses. The programme encourages any local business to sign up to become a Local Business Champion and Xpert Resourcing are excited to have done so! The initiative is open to all businesses irrespective of size and whether they are a Chamber member or not.

Local Business Champions are representatives of any business in our region that want to be part of a community that drives activities for the benefit of the whole community, that want to play a part in the success of our local economy, and are committed to working collectively to promote and drive the economy forward.

As a company, Xpert Resourcing is looking forward to bringing sector knowledge and experience in the community, partaking in discussions that help identify growth and assist in overcoming barriers benefiting the whole community. Regular round table meetings will take place, along with polls, policy issue consultations to support development and delivery of activities in the local area. The inaugural meeting took place on Thursday 23rd July, regular meetings of Local Business Champions will take place where each member can keep up to date with developments. 

Every business has a contribution to make, and as a Local Business Champion each business can stay informed, tap into assistance from other local businesses and provide support so what are you waiting for?!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 14:02

What price do you put on your time?

How much is your time worth?

We have all heard the old adage "Time is Money" and time like money is surely worth saving, right? Our time is our only one non-renewable resource! We can make more money, we can buy more things, create new relationships, start new careers but we can never go back in time!

As a busy professional, how do you feel about these questions;

  • Should you pay for a professional service that you could undertake yourself such as recruitment?
  • What price do you put on your time?

We've put together some bullet points to discuss how a recruitment agency can save you both time and and resources securing the right personnel; 

How can a Recruitment Agency save you time?

  • Quicker turnaround to fill vacancies which in turn leads to better efficiency within your organisation
  • Only correctly qualified candidates are presented due to prior screening, filtering and profiling, this saves you the time screening applications, speeding up the on-boarding process
  • A good Recruitment Specialist will have shortlisted the best candidates for the role which means you only interview the most suitable and qualified personnel for the position
  • The way in which Recruitment Agencies advertise roles means a quicker route to the best candidates on the market
  • Niche and specific roles are never a problem due to the consultant's expertise and access to candidate databases providing only the most suitable candidates

How can a Recruitment Agency save you money?

  • Costs to advertise can be very expensive especially if a role is very specific or niche
  • Low cost adverts on job sites can appear to save you money but in the long can often prove to have the opposite effect
  • Ensure the job description accurately reflects the role, advice and support will always be given where required
  • Recruitment Agencies offer a candidate guarantee should the person be unsuitable or decide to leave within a short period of time
  • Agencies have pre-existing access to what can be costly national job boards putting you in front of the best candidates in the market
  • A Recruitment Specialist is ideally placed to advise on salary benchmarks

As specialist recruiters at Xpert Resourcing, we pride ourselves on taking a thorough consultative approach to understanding your business, its culture, and the role(s) available within your business. Our specialists have a combined 40 years experience in the recruitment industry and have built up an excellent reputation with both clients and candidates. Our consultative approach enables us to connect with and attract the best candidates in the market ensuring as a client you are only presented with candidates that are the most suitable. We do not hard sell nor do we supply you with bundles of CV's.

Why not reach out and try our services for your next role? It costs nothing to try our recruitment services until we find the perfect candidate for you!

Contact Emma or Paul on 01353 886252 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 13:51

How to have a Successful Video Interview

 With more employers opting to use digital communication to conduct interviews it is vital to understand how they work and be well prepared.

Once your specialist consultant at Xpert Resourcing has confirmed you have successfully passed the first stage of the application process and been selected for a first interview, you may be asked to do this interview by video call.  Many companies are currently electing to continue their recruitment process via this method. It may seem a daunting process, especially if you haven’t used such platforms before. Don’t panic, we have put a few tips together to use as a guide. 

 

Platforms 

There are a wide range of platforms for video calling – the most popular are FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts. Larger companies may use Cisco Webex 

Once you have agreed the preferred platform, it would be wise to ensure you are easily able to access that platform well in advance. It is advisable to also agree the format of the interview and for you to be clear what that is. For some platforms, you will receive an email invitation to join the interview at the agreed time. 

 

Format 

Live – You will engage with the interviewer or panel of interviewers just like you would be face-to-face, therefore good body language and positioning is vital. Questions will be posed in real-time allowing for a traditional interview to take place. Treat these conversations just the same as a face-to-face interview and try to build a rapport with the interviewer as you normally wouldEye contact is vital to highlight your confidence so keep your camera at eye level.  Try not to slouch or keep touching your face or hair. This type of interview may be recorded but that will be agreed in advance. 

Pre-Recorded - try to imagine you are speaking to a real person - be positive and enthusiastic. You will receive pre-recorded or written questions on screen, you will record your answer on video, often to a time limit. It can feel a little awkward, so practise is very important if you aren’t used to recording yourself. Again, eye contact is vital to showcase your confidence, pointing the camera at eye level.  

 

Location 

Plan the location well in advance using a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed by noise, people or pets! Good lighting is important so the interviewer can read your expressions clearly, sit near natural light or place a lamp in front of the camera and adjust the distance for the best result. Ensure you have a simple background in a clean and tidy room so that the focus for the interviewer is just you. Switch your phone and any notification sounds on your device off.  

 

Sound and Connectivity  

Check there is minimal background noise in the room you choose to ensure you can be heard without difficulty. It may be good to test this well in advance so you can reduce echoes, sitting in a room with a carpet for example would minimise this.  

Connectivity is vital, there is a need to ensure you will not face any issues from a poor internet connection or data issues. Test your internet connection beforehand to ensure you will not be cut off. 

Ensure the picture is clear and your battery is well charged or plugged in. If you do encounter a problem, do let the interviewer know so that it can be quickly resolved with minimum distraction. If need be you can quickly re-connect.  

 

Dress Appropriately 

This is still a job interview and it is important for you to give a positive, professional first impression so wear the same outfit you would choose for a face-to-face meeting with a prospective employer, appropriate for the role. Try to avoid busy patterns and stripes for a clear picture on screen.  

 

Smile, speak clearly and take your time to answer questions.

Being prepared is key and will eliminate a degree of stress.

 

Your dedicated consultant at Xpert Resourcing will happily arrange a test interview to ensure you, your sound, connectivity and location are projected in the best way possible. Please get in touch with us on 01353 886252 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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