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  1. Emma Hopkins Joins Trapeze Recruitment!

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    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!

  2. Exciting Times for Trapeze Recruitment!

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    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.

  3. How You Use Facebook Could Damage Your Career

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    Social Media.  Isn’t it wonderful?   We are all so connected and up-to-date with the minutia of each other’s personal lives.  Indeed, every aspect of our lives can be played out on Facebook.  Every waking thought that we have we can share, the very minute we have it.  Thus, the good, the bad and the ugly – are out there and all available for the world to see at the press of a button.

    Whilst you might comfort yourself that you are aware of the privacy settings on Facebook have you ever considered how your profile and your posts might negatively impact upon your job and career prospects?  At Trapeze we are very mindful of the impact that a negative profile can have on current and prospective employers and so highlight some of the issues for you to consider:

    Be aware that when applying for a job by email, some prospective employers may use your email address to run an email plug-in such as Rapportive.  This search facility pulls all social media related information registered against your email account.  This means that prospective employers can gain access to your data.  Data that you have shared on social media platforms such as Facebook is therefore automatically sent to them.   This allows them to build a better picture of you as a person and prospective employee and can thus can seriously impact upon your future employment potential.

    Locking down your privacy settings is essential whether you are currently happy at work or looking to change jobs.  Last year saw a switch to graph search.  This means that your profile is not automatically hidden.  We’d urge you to create a list of your co-workers so that you can exclude them from any controversial posts and can’t access anything which your friends might tag you in.

    Whilst it may seem as though we are stating the obvious it never ceases to amaze us or our employing Clients…how many people continue to up-date their Facebook profile when they are off sick!  Even more so those who chose to spend time abroad to aid their recovery!  Even if the GP has sanctioned such a trip it won’t impress your boss or that co-worker who’s envious of you and just waiting for you to put a foot wrong.  We’d strongly advise against selfies of you topping up that all-over tan or celebrating your holiday by downing copious amounts of Ouzo whilst dancing to Zorba the Greek on the tops of the local taverna’s tables!  We’d urge you to leave your profile alone, whilst off sick.  Even regular posts of just how very sick you are could be easily mis-construed!  It’s a bit like liking every post you see on Facebook. It gives the impression that whatever you are doing, off sick or not, that you are not really ill or if at home, that you aren’t focused on much else, apart from social media.

    In fact, we’d advise you to strongly re-consider adding your boss or co-workers as friends on Facebook, however much you may feel that you all get along and are one happy family.

    In addition, making comments about your boss or colleagues or entering any disputes they find themselves in even on a personal level – is an absolute no-no.  However well-judged you may feel your comments are they can be negatively construed by current or future employers.  Complaining about work or colleagues on line is also a no-no as future employers will not want you to do the same to them.

    You should also stay off Facebook during working hours.  Looking deep into your lap whilst carrying out a task will only alert the boss to the fact that you aren’t focused and are looking at your phone.

    If you have any concerns with regard to your own employment or promotional prospects due to your profile on Facebook or other social media platforms and are applying for a job through Trapeze then do ask our advice. We can work with you to sharpen up your image, which may just help make that difference you require to land you that dream job.

     

    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 for a new recruitment company? Contact us at hello@trapezerecruitment.co.uk.

  4. Modern Leadership for the Modern Workplace

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    With a new type of employee emerging into the workplace, it requires a new type of leadership style to engage and motivate. Are you keeping up?

    Kent Recruitment Bureau and Trapeze Recruitment Services collaborated on an afternoon event, hosted on Thursday 22nd March at Discovery Park in Sandwich. The event was a networking forum and a great opportunity to meet like minded business professionals, as well as explore the attitudes of a professional modern business.

    The guest speaker for the day was Adam Henderson; Writer, TEDx Speaker and Organisational Development Consultant. Adam spoke about the how the rules of the modern workplace are changing and how business leaders can react & shape the culture of their business moving forward.

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that came and made it such a successful afternoon!

  5. Interview Mistakes; Part Two

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    Did you miss part one of this blog last week? You can read it here.

    Never have first impressions mattered more than when being interviewed for a job. It is essential to use this opportunity to showcase your best qualities and ensure that you are memorable for all the right reasons. Nerves do play their part in the interview process and everyone has areas that they could improve upon. However, it is often the most common errors that can mean the difference between getting the job and not getting the job!

    Our advice? Avoid these common interview mistakes:

    Criticising previous employers or colleagues

    Complaining about colleagues and drawing attention to the negative aspects of your previous or current job is a huge no-no! This can give employers the wrong impression about you and could make them question what you would say about them in similar circumstances.

    No matter the reason for you leaving your previous or current employment, always be diplomatic. Instead of highlighting the mistakes of others, emphasise the positive steps you took to overcome them. This shows how proactive you can be.

    Failing to ask questions

    As the interview comes to an end, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions you would like to ask them. Never say no! This is your opportunity to get answers to your queries about the role and the company. Asking a couple of relevant questions shows your interest in the role; ask about any current major projects your team is working on, progression opportunities or where the company sees itself in five years’ time.

    Avoid asking how much paid leave you are entitled to and how soon you can book holidays or if you can work from home. Also avoid asking a question if the answer has already been covered during the interview. Prepare at least four questions; that way you have always got a backup!

    How to succeed at interview

    Try to relax and show your natural personality; the employer will get a much better feel of how you will fit into their team if you do. Take comfort from the fact that if you are being interviewed, the organisation is already impressed with what you have to offer.

    Enthusiasm and a positive attitude go a long way and instantly make a more appealing candidate. Throughout the interview, reiterate your motivation for the role and the company. Employers like forward thinking people, who can commit so talk about the future of the company and your role within it.

    Lastly, observe the basics. It can be easy to underestimate the power of good manners, regular eye contact, a firm handshake or a smile. Be polite to everyone you meet, as you never know who might be on the selection panel!

  6. Interview Mistakes; Part One

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    Never have first impressions mattered more than when being interviewed for a job. It is essential to use this opportunity to showcase your best qualities and ensure that you are memorable for all the right reasons. Nerves do play their part in the interview process and everyone has areas that they could improve upon. However, it is often the most common errors that can mean the difference between getting the job and not getting the job!

    Our advice? Avoid these common interview mistakes:

    Arriving unprepared

    Preparation before an interview is crucial to arriving confident and ready to answer the interviewer’s questions. Read up on the company’s background, its place in the market and its competitors, and familiarise yourself with its key team members. Make sure that you fully understand the job role, as failing to do so will make you look uninterested.

    Prepping for an interview can take many forms and research into the organisation is just one of them. Being prepared also means figuring out how you are going to get to your interview, planning your route and factoring in any delays you may encounter. Sometimes delays are unavoidable and if the circumstances are out of your control, they should understand. Take the details of your interview contact with you, so you can let them know if you are going to be delayed.

    Wearing the wrong clothes

    Being well presented is a must, so choose your outfit carefully. Knowing the type of company, you have applied to should give you an idea of the expected dress code. However, if in doubt always go too formal than not formal enough. You need to make sure that you look the part and feel confident.

    The balance of talking too much or not enough

    Learning to get the right balance between talking too much and talking too little can be a challenge. Taking part in practice interviews with family or friends can really help to ensure that you give the right amount of information. It’s important to sell your skills and experience without ‘waffling’.

    When the interviewer asks a question, pause for a couple of seconds, take a breath and gather your thoughts before responding. If you’re talking too much or too fast, you also run the risk of talking over or interrupting the interviewer.

    Employers understand that nerves play a part in the process, so if your mind goes completely blank politely ask for a couple of seconds to gather your thoughts or ask if it’s convenient to come back to the question at the end, once you’ve had some time to think.

     

    Make sure you read Part Two next week!

  7. Telephone Interview Questions; Part Two

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    Did you miss part one of this blog last week? You can read it here.

    A telephone interview is a pre-scheduled job interview. Popular with recruitment agencies and employers alike; they save time and help to keep interview costs down. However, telephone interviews do have their challenges. In most cases, you will be answering questions under a strict time limit and this can increase nerves. Not being able to see the interviewer also presents its own difficulties, as you’re unable to make a connection.

    Tips for telephone interviews

    Pick a suitable location – Avoid noisy, public spaces and instead choose a private, quiet location such as your home. If you live with family or friends, warn them in advance of the call that you need some peace. Unless your mobile is charged and receiving full reception, use a landline. Turn electronic devises to silent to avoid distraction.

    Dress to impress – You shouldn’t treat telephone interviews any differently than face-to-face interviews. Dressing for the part helps to put you in a professional frame of mind and boosts confidence.

    Smile – Smile to ensure that the interviewer hears the enthusiasm in your voice from the start. To covey energy and confidence, think about taking the call standing up.

    Refer to your notes – Being able to have application documents and your notes to hand is one of the main advantages of a telephone interview, but don’t rely on them too much. Use concise bullet points as prompts, rather than pages of possible answers.

    Have a glass of water ready – Interview nerves and lots of talking can lead to a dry mouth, so have a glass of water – the same as in a face-to-face interview.

    Ask for clarification – If you miss a particular question, do not try to second guess what it might have been. Apologise and politely ask the interview if they can repeat it.

    Take notes – If you’re able to multitask, write down any useful information provided by the employer and the questions you’re asked during the interview. These notes could be a valuable resource if you’re invited for a second interview.

    Following up an interview

    Just like in face-to-face interviews, employers expect you to have questions of your own. These could be about the role or the company. Stay away from questions about salary, holiday entitlement or start dates. It’s also perfectly acceptable, if the interviewer hasn’t mentioned it previously, to enquire about the next stage of the process and when you should expect to hear from them.

    If you don’t hear back within a week, give them a call or send a short email to follow up. Reiterate your interest in the role and thank them again for their time. If you’ve been unsuccessful on this occasion, use this as a chance to ask for feedback on your performance so you can use the lessons learned in future applications.

  8. Telephone Interview Questions; Part One

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    A telephone interview is a pre-scheduled job interview. Popular with recruitment agencies and employers alike; they save time and help to keep interview costs down. However, telephone interviews do have their challenges. In most cases, you will be answering questions under a strict time limit and this can increase nerves. Not being able to see the interviewer also presents its own difficulties, as you’re unable to make a connection.

    How to prepare

    Just like in any other interview scenario, you need to research the industry, organisation and job role. Visit the company website, competitor sites and read relevant news articles. Do this in advance, so you are well prepared. You can also plan your responses to frequently asked questions by preparing a list of examples of when and how you’ve demonstrated each skill or quality listed in the person specification.

    A confident phone manner doesn’t come naturally to all and some candidates may feel uncomfortable talking over the phone. To increase your confidence when talking over the phone, ask family or friends to call you for a mock interview. Use your research and planned responses to answer their questions and treat this practise as the real thing.

    Telephone interview questions

    When answering the call, you need to be professional and positive. If you’ve pre-arranged an interview time, make sure you are ready when the phone rings. Answer with ‘Good morning/good afternoon, (your name) speaking and maintain this professional tone throughout the interview.

    When answering questions. be aware of the pace of your speech. Time is limited but don’t rush or mumble, despite your nerves. Your responses need to demonstrate your knowledge of, and enthusiasm for the role.

    One of the main challenges to telephone interviews is that without visual clues from the interviewer, it can be hard to gauge how you are doing. In a face-to-face interview, you’re able to take direction from the employer’s body language and visual responses, but this is not possible over the phone. When you’re being interviewed in person, you are also able to smile and show the interviewer that you’re engaged. Make sure you smile during your telephone interview; it really does come across!

    Make sure you read Part Two next week!

  9. Questions You Can Ask at a Job Interview

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    Having a list of questions to ask a job interview makes you look interested, enthusiastic and engaged; all the qualities that an employer will be looking for. Not having any questions to ask will give the possible impression of a lack of interest in the role.

    Our advice? Try to come up with at least four questions. By being prepared, if one or two of them are answered during the interview, you have more questions in place. Save questions about salary, holiday allowance and working hours for when you have been offered the job! Also, while it is okay to ask your interviewer to clarify certain points, avoid asking about anything that has previously been covered; you do not want them to think that you haven’t been paying attention.

    Here are some good questions you can ask at your next job interview:

    Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of the role?

    Asking this question enables you to learn as much about the role as possible. The interviewer’s response will provide insight into what specific skills and experience are needed and it will also help you decide if the role is right for you. The answer should give you an idea of what the employer’s expectations are, so if you’re offered the job, you will be fully prepared.

    How could I impress you in the first few months?

    This is a good question to ask at the end of a job interview, as it shows potential employers that you are keen to make a positive contribution to the organisation. Pay close attention to the recruiter’s response, as it will tell you how they want you to perform and will highlight particular areas of the job you should be focusing on during the first few weeks of employment.

    Are there opportunities to progress within the company?

    Asking about development opportunities demonstrates to the interviewer that you are serious about your career and committed to a future with the organisation. Asking this question will help you to assess whether a long-term career with the company is a possibility.

    Where do you see the company in the next five years?

    The response you receive will give you an insight into the company’s progression plans and its place in the market, while giving you a general idea about job security. Asking about the future of the company shows a real interest in the organisation and reiterates your commitment to the job role.

    Can you describe the working culture of the organisation?

    Asking this question is a great way to assess the working environment of the company and it gives you the opportunity to discover whether you will fit in. Understanding the organisations priorities is essential; whether it be employee happiness, of any benefits on offer and what the work-life balance is like.

    What do you enjoy about your job?

    This question will allow you to see the passion of your interviewer. It requires a personal response and you could learn a lot from their answer. You will get an insider’s view of the company culture and working environment, discover how your interviewer got their start in the business and how they progressed.

    Does the organisation offer regular performance appraisals?

    This is a great question! It not only shows your interviewer that you are keen to develop, but also that you take your development seriously and would like to have regular opportunities to discuss your future within the organisation.

  10. Google for Jobs

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    Google is one of the most powerful tools of the 21st century. People say every day, “Just Google it” and “How did we ever live without Google?” From events in history, to your nearest coffee shop, you can literally find anything on Google and soon, you will even be able to use it for finding a new job.

    According to Google, the API “uses machine learning to understand how job titles and skills relate to one another and what job content, location, and seniority are the closest match to a jobseeker’s preferences.”

    Google has created a jobs search page called Google for Jobs. People using Google to search for new job vacancies will be able to enter their position and location; then be presented with a list of relevant job results. Google has outlined Google for Jobs in a blog post, which states the new feature has been designed for “helping both job seekers and employers”.

    Where searches are clear and precise, Google will pull in job results and allow them to be clicked to show more details. According to numerous sources, Google for Jobs is rolling out in America on the Google app, desktop and mobile devices this November 2017. It is planning to expand the feature to other countries later in the year, but no date has been confirmed as yet.

    The jobs displayed in the search results will also be pulled from some of the biggest job sites on the internet: these include LinkedIn and Monster. The result is a streamlined job search engine, that sorts and collects listings from all over the web.

    Why Google Believe It Works: Google’s new search presents a more practical and efficient approach to the job hunt. By working with major job sites like Monster, Google allows users to see job listings from these sites and others as soon as they’re posted, while eliminating any duplicates. Which means checking for jobs is now as simple as a Google search.

    If you don’t find what you’re looking for on your search, you can choose to turn on email alerts for that exact search. Google will send you an email whenever new jobs are listed in relation to that category. However, one of their biggest challenges is the inconsistencies between industries and organisations in job titles and keywords used in job descriptions. What one industry calls an account manager may be completely different in an alternative industry.

    Only time will tell how Google’s new jobs feature will affect the job market and competing recruitment sites. But if it delivers as promised, it could mean a major shift; for both employers and candidates alike.

     

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