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We would like to share our knowledge and experience with you and hope our blogs help you find an ideal employee or secure your dream job.

  1. How To Use Your LinkedIn Profile as a CV

    LinkedIn is one of the fastest growing social media platforms today and with good reason. If you know how to use it, this popular networking platform can be an extremely powerful tool to help you get seen by recruiters and future employers. If you are looking for a new job or career, you need to be on LinkedIn!

    LinkedIn offers people a number of ways to build an impressive profile. Basically, an online CV, with much more. Here are some tips on how to make your profile into a strong online CV for recruiters and future employers to see:

    • Your profile: When creating your profile, include all of the information that you include in your CV. One benefit of a LinkedIn profile is that it can be longer than your CV, so you can add in any relevant information you may not be able to fit on your CV.
    • Add a professional photo: LinkedIn profiles should include a photo. Using a professional photo will give the right impression for potential recruiters or future employers to approach you.
    • Write a summary: This section on LinkedIn is a great place to highlight, in a few sentences or bullet points, what makes you stand out as an employee or job candidate. This should read like a summary statement on your CV. Include your key skills and passions; it’s a great way for people to find out more about you!
    • Include keywords and skills: Unlike a CV, you are not tailoring your LinkedIn profile to fit a specific job vacancy. However, you can still use keywords from your industry in your profile. This will make it easier for employers to find your profile when searching for potential job candidates.
    • Get recommendations and endorsements: To a potential employer, an endorsement on LinkedIn is a reference for recruiters and potential employers. Try to boost your profile with LinkedIn recommendations from your connections. Also, by endorsing people in your network, they will endorse you back!
    • Grow your network: Another way to share your profile is to connect with other members and build your online network. The more connections you have, the more opportunities you have. If you don’t know someone but would like to connect, be sure to send a connection request with a personalised message, giving reasons why you would like to connect.
    • Update your profile: Don’t forget to update your profile when you change positions or companies. Your profile should be professional and up-to-date.

     

    You can sign up for a LinkedIn account by visiting this link here.

  2. Job Interview Tips for 2019!

    Let’s be honest; job interviews can be really nerve racking. You have spent time researching the company, the job role and preparing yourself for every question possible. All you have to do now is get the job; easier said than done we know!

    We are here to help, so here are our top job interview tips for 2019:

    • Try to gain as much information as possible about what to expect at interview. This will ensure you are prepared. There is nothing worse than being interviewed by a number of people when you were only expecting one.
    • Research the company. They would be very disappointed, if you have not, given how easy it is to obtain information with today’s technology.
    • Research the interviewer – Linked In is a good starting point.
    • Be confident. Your CV, skills and experience have got you through the door, so remember this!
    • Be punctual but not too early. If you are really early, do not go in until about 15 minutes before the interview time.
    • Plan your route or even do the journey prior to the actual interview.
    • Give a firm hand shake.
    • Be smart and comfortable. Your opinion of smart maybe different from someone else’s, so gain advice on what you plan to wear.
    • Ensure your clothing is appropriate for the time of year and temperature. If you have a long journey and the weather is really warm, take a change of top/shirt. If you feel uncomfortable at the interview, this will have a negative impact on your confidence.
    • Ensure your aftershave/perfume is not overpowering. You do not want this to be the only thing they remember about you!
    • If you obtained the interview via a recruitment agency, get as much information from them as you can. It is in a consultant’s best interest to provide you with as much information as possible, even down to the personality of the interviewer. They should know a lot about the company they are recruiting for.
    • Be polite to everyone you meet; the receptionist may have a say in the recruitment decision.
    • Make natural eye contact.
    • Ensure you have allowed plenty of time for the interview and do not have other appointments that maybe on your mind during interview. Also, make sure where applicable you have put enough money in the parking meter. May sound silly, but this will play on your mind during interview.
    • Have questions prepared. These can be very generic, but it highlights you are interested in the company and position.
    • Take your time and listen to the questions being asked.
    • Ensure your posture and body language represents your interest and openness. Leaning back on a chair with folded arms will give the wrong impression.
    • Do not be over confident, but an interview is a two-way thing. The company, position and their values have got to be right for you, so find out about this. A good question to ask could be what the departments/company’s current length of service is. If the interviewer does not know, they should and if it is very low, you could form an opinion of this.
    • If the interviewer does not give closure to the interview, make sure you say, “It has been great meeting with you. When should I expect feedback?”
    • If you feel it is appropriate, given the flow of the interview after the interview, send the interviewer an email or LinkedIn message, thanking them again for their time and providing your positive feedback if applicable!

     

    Are you looking for a new job? Contact us at hello@trapezerecruitment.co.uk and like our Facebook page to receive regular new job alerts.

    Are you an organisation looking to work with a recruitment company? Contact us at hello@trapezerecruitment.co.uk.

     

  3. New Year, New Job…Start Looking Now!

    Christmas is here! The time of frantically running around the shops, writing out Christmas cards, watching the same old Christmas classics and eating way too much! But what about job searching?

    It is very common for people put their job searches on hold over the Christmas period for a number of reasons; such as wanting to spend time with family and friends, being busy with Christmas get togethers & parties, using the time off to relax & catch up on some much-needed sleep, or thinking employers won’t be looking for new staff at this time.

    However, businesses do still look for new talent over the Christmas period and you could be missing out if you don’t start looking for your new job now! While most people are taking a break from work over Christmas and New Year, the Christmas holiday can be a great time to search for jobs, prepare applications and perfect your interview skills.

    Here are just some reasons why Christmas is a good time to find a new job for 2019:

    • A lot of people save their job hunt for January, which means there is a huge rush of job seekers looking for new jobs after Christmas. Beat this rush and get in there first!
    • There are a lot of people who put their job search on hold over Christmas, which means less competition for you if you continue looking for a new role.
    • HR Managers are easier to reach as there are less people to deal with and they are always looking for potential applicants, so by beating the rush, your CV will stand more chance of being seen.
    • Christmas is also the end of the year, which means businesses may have hiring budget left to use before the end of the year and will want to make sure people start as early as possible in January to ensure that this budget in not lost.
    • It gives you time to make sure your CV is up to date and relevant for the job you are applying for. If you would like some useful hints & tips, read our blog here ‘Is My CV Okay?’ Invest time in your CV before pressing submit and think about what the person reading your CV wants to see. No matter your experience, skills or education, be proud of your CV and truly sell yourself.

     

    We wish you all the luck in the world with finding your new job for 2019! If you would like to see our current vacancies across Kent, visit our vacancies section here. Your perfect job may be waiting for you!

  4. Golf and Networking

    Here at Trapeze Recruitment, we love a game of golf! So much so, we even sponsored a tee at St Augustines Golf Club in Cliffsend, Ramsgate.

    Golf can be an extremely effective networking tool. There’s a very popular saying ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know’ and a golf course is a great place to get to know someone.

    Forming a business relationship takes time. No one likes a hard sell. Loyalty goes a long way so starting and maintaining trust and communication with potential clients is essential for business success. Inviting someone to a game of golf is a great way to secure an opportunity to get to know someone you might be interested in doing business with in the future. Once you’re out on the golf course, you will find that golf courses are seemingly tailor-made to allow for that type of relationship building to occur.

    Even if you don’t play a full round or just nine holes, you are guaranteed at least a couple hours. Golf is a game that involves a lot of downtime, so it affords plenty of opportunity for quality conversation. So, take the time to get to know the person.

    You don’t have to be a good golfer to make a good impression. How you carry yourself while you play is far more important than how well you actually play. If you’re a great golfer, don’t let on that you’re aware that you’re a great golfer. And if you’re a terrible golfer, so be it! The qualities that people value in the business world should be displayed on the golf course, rather than how well you play.

    You will have at least a couple hours with your golf partner, so don’t rush into talking about business. One of the major advantages of networking through golfing is that it gives you the chance to get to know business colleagues on a personal level. Even if you have an important business opportunity to discuss, wait until the round is winding down to bring it up. Making your golf partner feel uncomfortable all afternoon is exactly the opposite of what you should be doing with such a great networking opportunity!

    “Golf is the closet game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots. But you have to play the ball where it lies.” (Bobby Jones)

     

    If you would like to network with a difference and have a game of golf with Jo at Trapeze Recruitment, call 01843 210011 to arrange a time. 

  5. Emma Hopkins Joins Trapeze Recruitment!

    It’s exciting times for us here at Trapeze Recruitment! We have not only moved into our new office, but we also have a new team member on board; Emma Hopkins. Emma has recently joined Trapeze Recruitment as a Consultant and we are very happy to have her as part of our growing team.

    “I have known Jo on both a professional and personal level since 2000, whilst working within HR with Jo as she was the Regional Director for HRGO. As an HR professional, I was often inundated with calls from agencies working hard to obtain my business. I have always remained loyal by working with Jo due to her more human and understanding approach towards her clients. There has never been any pushy, cringy sales techniques used by Jo and I subsequently continued to work with her when moving to new employers. I was made redundant in August 2018 and together with a recent change in my personal circumstances, this allowed me an opportunity to consider my options and next career path. Having gained considerable experience within recruitment in previous roles and possessing a love for working with, advising and inspiring people, it seemed a natural course of progression to move into a consultancy role with Jo at Trapeze Recruitment, so when she approached me, I just couldn’t turn her down.

    Having exposure to the pressures of recruitment from an HR perspective, I feel I possess great empathy regarding the recruitment process and know what constitutes a positive recruitment experience which is of great benefit to clients and candidates alike. During my career to date I have worked in the Care Sector, Manufacturing and Motor Trade.

    I am now a fully-fledged Consultant at Trapeze Recruitment and enjoying the role immensely. It is challenging yet exciting and no day is ever the same. I am naturally a very friendly and professional individual and am passionate about being an integral part of developing Trapeze Recruitment to be the most approachable, trustworthy and responsive agency in Kent.”

     

    Welcome to the team Emma!

  6. Five Things Recruiters Need to Know from the REC

    The REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation) are the professional body for the UK recruitment industry. They published a blog on the 30th October 2018 around the recent budget which included specific areas of interest to recruiters.

    Here are the five-key mentions around recruitment detailed in their blog from the 2018 budget:

    IR35 extension is delayed until 2020: IR35 rules will not be extended to the private sector until April 2020 and only for medium and large firms. This is a big win and comes after intensive lobbying from the REC and other stakeholders. Having to implement these changes in 2019, at the same time as dealing with Brexit transition, would have been hugely challenging.

    The Apprenticeship Levy will be reformed: The Chancellor confirmed that large businesses will be able to transfer up to 25% of their apprenticeship fees in their supply chain and have reduced the contribution required for apprenticeship training for small businesses from 10% to 5%.

    National Living Wage will increase to £8.21 in April:  The Treasury have accepted the recommendation of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to increase the National Living Wage from £7.82 to £8.21 from next April. The LPC’s recommendation remains on the path to meet 60% of median earnings by 2020. The LPC also recommended above inflation increases to the National Minimum Wage for 21-24-year olds (£7.70), 18-20-year olds (£6.15) and 16-17-year olds (£4.35) as well as a new apprentice rate of £3.90.

    Specific sectors will benefit: As part of the government Plan for the High Street they have committed to cutting business rate bills by 90% for retail properties with a rateable value below £51,000 for 2 years from April 2019.

    Jobs remain front and centre: The Chancellor confirmed that the jobs miracle is set to continue with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicting that there will be 800,000 more jobs by 2022 – so plenty of vacancies for recruiters to help employers to fill over the coming years.

    You can visit the REC website here and read more of their blogs.

     

    (With many thanks and credit to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation for the content, text and image)

     

  7. National Minimum Wage Increase in 2019

    The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced the new increased rates of National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW). The increases will affect around 2.4 million workers.

    From April 2019, minimum pay rates will increase:

    • National Living Wage for workers aged 25 years plus will rise from £7.83 to £8.21 per hour.
    • National Minimum Wage rates for:
      • Workers aged 21 years –24 years will rise from £7.38 to £7.70 per hour.
      • Workers aged 18 years –20 years will rise from £5.90 to £6.15 per hour.
      • Workers aged 16 years –18 years will rise from £4.20 to £4.35 per hour.
      • Apprentice rate will rise from £3.70 to £3.90 per hour.
      • The accommodation offset rate will rise to £7.55.

     

    So, for example, a full-time worker aged 25 years plus on the National Living Wage will therefore receive an annual pay increase of £690.

     

    If you would like more information on the increased rates of National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW), you can visit the GOV.UK website here.

  8. Exciting Times for Trapeze Recruitment!

    It’s exciting times for us here at Trapeze Recruitment! We have moved into our new office at Manston Green Industries in Manston, Kent.

    Jo Smith, Director of Trapeze Recruitment has been in the recruitment industry for 18 years and the company’s ethos is all about trust. The move to our new office is an amazing achievement and one we are immensely proud of.

    “I have spent the last 18 years working in the recruitment industry in Kent, starting as a Temporary Controller and progressing to the position of Regional Director. In May 2016, I decided I wanted and needed a new challenge and I realised that this involved going back to where my career started – back to the front line. As my career progressed so did the management duties, the endless forecasting and reporting, the continual application of motivating and promoting a successful and ethical culture. This was all great, but I missed the day-to-day task of recruiting which I have always been so passionate about.” (Jo Smith)

     

    You can find us at Manston Green Industries, Preston Road, Manston, RAMSGATE, CT12 5FQ. If you would like to visit us, please call 01843 210011 or email us at hello@trapezerecruitment.co.uk.

  9. We Love a Game of Golf!

    You may have heard the popular saying, “more business gets done on the golf course than back at the office.” The popularity of business and golf coming together is a way of networking that more people are moving towards. It feels more personal, getting to know someone over a game of golf, rather than in a meeting room.

    For business owners, networking is vital in building and maintaining strong relationships. Forming a business relationship takes time and loyalty goes a long way, so starting and maintaining trust and communication with potential clients or partners is an essential ingredient in the recipe for business success. The golf course can be a great environment to allow this to happen. You don’t need to be a professional golfer to enjoy a game; golf is a game that involves a lot of downtime, so it affords plenty of opportunity for quality conversation.

    Here at Trapeze Recruitment, we love a game of golf and so much so, we’ve even sponsored a tee at St Augustines Golf Club in Cliffsend, Ramsgate! They pride themselves on being ‘Kent’s most welcoming Golf Club!’ We are extremely proud to sponsor this tee and we often network with like minded business people at St Augustine’s Golf Club.

     

    “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” (Arnold Palmer)

    If you would like to network with a difference and have a game of golf with Jo at Trapeze Recruitment, call 01843 210011 to arrange a time. Arnold Palmer was right; it is such a great game!

  10. Why Do Most Companies Outsource Their Recruitment?

    One of the most important decisions you must make in business, is hiring the right people to represent your business. There are so many good reasons to outsource your recruitment and many benefits you will realise from doing such. Whether you are looking to outsource all or part of your recruitment process, or you need to find those key individuals to compliment your team, recruitment companies have the experience and resources to help.

    So, the question is, why do most companies outsource recruitment?

    It allows you to concentrate on your business: Most small organisations are not in the hiring business, whereas larger companies may have a recruiting team. In either case of smaller or larger businesses, recruiting new staff can take you away from your business. This is especially true for smaller companies that probably don’t have someone with recruiting expertise. Outsourcing your recruitment is so beneficial, because it allows the recruitment company to do what they do best. Which means, it gives your organisation more time to concentrate on what you do best.

    Cost: Companies outsource recruitment is to reduce their costs. A recruitment company can save you money, as they will only send you suitable candidates. This means your turn over will reduce, which in turn will save your organisation money. In house recruitment only works if there is experience of the industry within your organisation. Poorly managed recruitment processes equal bad candidate placements.

    You can’t find qualified candidates: Some organisations have difficulty finding qualified people for their advertised vacancies. The problem may have nothing to do with the applicants. Many times, the problem is due to the limited locations that you are advertising on, to attract people to apply for the vacancy. Recruitment organisations are experienced in finding you the right candidates.

    You can’t keep up with demand: Rapid growth companies, or those that have seasonality, often have difficulty keeping up with recruiting demands. Fast-growing companies many times can’t keep up with hiring and recruiting, while those that have seasonal fluctuations may need to hire a lot of help very quickly. Outsourcing your recruitment helps you handle the high demand and the seasonal fluctuations.

     

    Are you an organisation looking for a new recruitment company? Contact us on 01843 210011 or at hello@trapezerecruitment.co.uk for a friendly conversation.

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