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. 
 
For your FREE ticket, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
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. 

 

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:00

Corona Virus Statement

Statement from Paul Smith, Managing Director

Ahead of Government announcements regarding Coronavirus we wanted to reassure our clients and candidates that as a company we are putting plans into place to ensure the quality of our business is not interrupted and assure you we are committed to supporting your recruitments needs.

All our staff have the capability to work remotely when and where necessary and we have recently invested in a VoIP telephone system allowing us to take calls anywhere so please do feel free to keep in touch with us!

We appreciate there may be challenges along the way, but we will respond to them should they arise still allowing you access to the best candidates. Hurdles could emerge such as the restriction of movement of people however, there are many digital ways to communicate to navigate such issues.

Xpert Resourcing can assist by using digital communication and can facilitate usage of:

  • FaceTime
  • WhatsApp Video Calling
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Traditional Telephone Calls

Many companies and candidates are very familiar with these methods as they already provide excellent ways to interview without leaving home.  If you would like assistance with any of the above methods of communication, please ask our consultants as they would be more than happy to assist with this.

Companies are continuing with their existing recruitment processes, we will therefore maintain our bespoke approach, tailoring our service to your recruitment needs, pre-screening candidates and providing you with access to the top talent. As a candidate, please continue to send CV’s as normal.

 

Paul Smith

Managing Director

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www.xpertresourcing.co.uk

Our Director, Emma Smith and Business Development Manager, Naomi Sherwood attended an International Women’s Day 2020 Event Sponsored by local solicitors (Ward Gethin Archer) (www.wga.co.uk) on Monday 9th March. The event was opened by the Mayoress of Downham Market, Becky Haynes and featured Headline Speakers (Rania Kurdi), Actress, Singer and Transformation Coach (https://coachingwomenworldwide.com/) along with Jo Reynolds, the 1st Female Firefighter in the UK. The event at Downham Market Town Hall also enabled Local Female Entrepreneurs to host stalls showcasing their businesses allowing for lots of networking opportunities with over 50 other ladies from the local area.

Mayoress Becky Haynes opened the event, in her speech she shared how she was the first female Mayoress to hold the position and work full-time. Rania Kurdhi, Transformation Coach, Actress and Singer gave an inspiring talk about positivity. She recommended reflecting on 5 things we are grateful for each night before going to bed to enable the flow of positive thoughts. She read a fabulous poem entitled “Be a Lady they Said” (https://hudabeauty.com/be-a-lady-they-said-video/)

Jo Haynes, the UK’s 1st Female Firefighter shared with the group her insightful journey as a 17-year-old training to be a firefighter in a predominately man’s world. She has attracted a lot of media attention and has written a book about her experiences.

International Women’s Day is a celebration of women’s achievements, increasing visibility, while calling out inequality. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality. We were delighted to be part of such a celebration of the achievements of Women. https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme


Xpert Resourcing are a specialist recruitment agency based in Ely providing a bespoke, tailored service to match both client and candidate needs. With over 30 years’ experience in the field, Xpert Resourcing provide a refreshing, knowledgeable approach to recruitment. For more information and to see the latest vacancies check www.xpertresourcing.co.uk or give one of our friendly team a call on 01353 886252.

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 12:54

Fun on the Radio for Xpert Resourcing

Our Business Development Manager and Organiser of Ely Hero Awards, Naomi Sherwood headed over to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire along with our Director, Emma Smith to be interviewed on the Chris Mann, “Man in the Morning” show.

Xpert Resourcing sponsored the “Colleague of the Year” Category in 2019. Winner of this award last year, Mark Cornell from The Prospects Trust was also interviewed about winning the prestigious award, how it made him feel, his work as the Farm Manager along with the help and support he gives to the co-workers.

Chris discussed with Naomi and Mark the impact of the awards personally and for the community. In its 4th year, Ely Hero Awards spreads a huge amount of positivity in the community, bringing heroes and their families together during the exciting awards evening held in the summer. Mark comments that just to be nominated was an “uplifting experience” 

Xpert Resourcing are delighted to announce they are Headline Sponsors of Ely Hero Awards 2020 and very much look forward to supporting the event to grow stronger. Xpert Resourcing are Sponsors of “THE Ely Hero” Award, this award is given to an outstanding individual in the community, a remarkable and inspirational person who has shown themselves to be truly altruistic. The award is the highlight of the evening and we are very much looking forward to hearing the inspiring, emotive stories behind individuals in the community.

Nominations are now open from Monday 5th March for you to nominate your hero in 1 of the 10 Categories via the website www.elyheroawards.org.uk . Entries close on Friday 17th April when a Judging Panel will be shortlisting nominations and finalists are invited to the glitzy award ceremony held at the Maltings on Friday 19th June.

Check out Category Criteria within the website and go nominate your hero!

 

Tuesday, 03 March 2020 13:55

Ely Hero Awards 2020 Launch

Forging and Connecting the Community for the 4th Year

On Monday 5th March, the Official Launch Party of Ely Hero Awards 2020 took place at The Poets House Hotel in Ely. The event was formally opened by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Julie Spence. Over 70 guests including Business Sponsors, Judges and Former Winners gathered to celebrate achievements of the event and discover the exciting plans for the coming year. Organisers Naomi Sherwood from Xpert Resourcing and Luke Smith at Infiniti Graphics have worked hard behind the scenes to prepare for this 4th Community Event.

Xpert Resourcing are delighted to announce they are Headline Sponsors of Ely Hero Awards 2020 and very much look forward to supporting the event to grow stronger. Xpert Resourcing are Sponsors of “THE Ely Hero” Award, this award is given to an outstanding individual in the community, a remarkable and inspirational person who has shown themselves to be truly altruistic. The award is the highlight of the evening and we are very much looking forward to hearing the inspiring, emotive stories behind individuals in the community. 

Nominations are now open from Monday 5th March or you to nominate your hero in 1 of the 10 Categories via the website www.elyheroawards.org.uk . Entries close on Friday 17th April when a Judging Panel will shortlisting nominations are invite finalists the glitzy award ceremony held at the Maltings on Friday 19th June.

We are delighted to welcome local business sponsors who generously support the event:

Crown Garage Honda, Masters Logistical, Thorlabs, Lovewell Blake, Price Bailey LLP, Life Fitness, Demcom, Poets House Hotel, Platinum Properties, Co-op Funeral Care, Red Shoes Accounting, Fraser Dawbarns, Habis, Kings School, Lemon Tree Deli, Shooting Image, Fordham Finance Group along with our media partners The Ely Standard and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

We welcome existing judges onto the panel once again along with new judges, Ruth Buckley, Anthony Gardiner and David Archer.

Check out Category Criteria within the website and go nominate your hero!

Friday, 07 February 2020 10:24

CV Writing Tips

Your CV is often the very first impression that recruiters and potential employers have of you, the candidate. It is therefore imperative that your CV is an honest reflection of you and your experience. It is also important to ensure that you do the basics well and that attention is paid to the details.  Spell checking, grammar checking, tense checking and a full read through before sending a CV anywhere are a must. One of the most frustrating things for recruiters and employers to come across is a CV full of great experience but also full of mistakes and lazy writing. It undermines what may otherwise be an impressive CV and raises doubts about the candidate. Take your time to get these things right to avoid looking like you have rushed it. 

Friday, 31 January 2020 11:01

Coping with Interview Nerves

So, you’ve got a big interview approaching but nerves are creeping in. It is, of course, expected and totally normal, but you don’t want nerves to get the better of you and to affect your performance.  So, what can you do to ensure you do yourself justice in the interview?

Monday, 20 January 2020 11:02

Why Use Us?

What’s the question I get asked most by potential clients? It’s one that I’ve been asked several times just this week…why should we use you?

My answer is always simple. Experience.

If you are looking to invest time and money in growing your team, then utilising our experience to help do this effectively makes sense and experience is something that we can offer in abundance. 

You can take advantage of the fact that each of our team has over 20 years recruitment experience and in depth market knowledge.

So, if you want help with your next hire, get in touch.

 

Paul, Managing Director 

Monday, 20 January 2020 10:36

Fun in the Cup!

As sponsors of the Ely Crusaders U9 Blue football team we are really proud of their success in the knockout cup this season. They unfortunately finally got knocked out, loosing to Bar Hill Colts U9 Jets. However they made it to the last 16 this year which is a great achievement and a big improvement on last year. They have really improved as a team and we can't wait to see what they do next!

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