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Engaging Employees

The role of a good Human Resource department within any organisation plays an integral role in employee relations. Just as in managing an efficient customer service relationship, continually evaluating employee relations is equally as important. Although it may be seen by many as an extra resource that increases company costs, the benefits of valuing and engaging with employees is integral to the success of any organisation.

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes. It takes a step of innovation to introduce a new style of in-house operations. It can be helpful to identify what other organisations are doing and to see what will work on engaging with employees. Some companies carry out frequent team meetings, offer in-house restaurant services, provide free car parking in cities and provide a relaxation room, while some employers reward employees for their input of ideas to improve a product or service. A collective team effort pays off with many dividends for both the employer and employee.

The benefits of positively engaging employees can result in:

  1. Improve staff morale which creates a more positive work environment.
  2. Reduced staff turnover.
  3. Lower absenteeism from work.
  4. Each employee is a front-line marketing expert. A happy employee is more likely to promote products or services.
  5. Providing employees with autonomy on decisions in the workplace.
  6. Increased productivity in the workplace.
  7. Potential to expand the organisation.
  8. Opportunity to increase shareholder dividends and a healthy profit line.

When the benefits are spelt out in black and white, it makes sense to input extra effort into ensuring that frequent check in with employees is achieved. Ensuring that staff feedback is taken into consideration, and implemented when right, can provide employees with a sense of ownership and provide fresh opportunities for the company.

While there are many benefits to engaging with employees, it must be remembered that is an on-going process and will get easier with time. The early introduction of such a process can have teething problems and deter many managers from maintaining this new system. However with perseverance it will be worth it and result in retaining valuable and loyal employees. It is worth remembering that employees can offer a lot more to the organisation than previously thought. Communication is the important link, flowing from both directions – top-down and bottom-up, to building up a strong network of relationships within the company.

#EngagingEmployees #Communication #BenefitsOfCommunication #IncreaseMorale #BoostProductivity #IncreaseProfit #StrongRelationship

Inspiration to Enjoy Life

Do you ever feel that you are just going through the motions at your job each day; cashing your salary at the end of each month only to realise that you have to go through the whole process again next month? There are times when we may feel that we are stuck in a rut, not only in our careers but also in our personal lives. The stresses of living can sometimes overwhelm us. The demands of meeting the payments of bills, on time, ensuring that our family’s needs are met or working overtime to pay for college fees can all leave us with little time to reflect or not being able to see the “wood for the trees”.

It’s at times like these that we need to take a little time out of our busy schedule, take stock of what is important in life and find inspiration to getting the joy back into our lives again. The recent covid pandemic certainly highlighted that our way of living has changed. There are many options to simplify the whole process. It is only when we can undertake an honest evaluation of our lives that we can start to get back into enjoying life, and improve our career and personal lives.

Here are some suggestions to help get the process started:

  1. Make a list, positives and negatives; why you love your career or why you started it?
  2. Check out new hobbies in an area that interest you. Physical activities reduce stressors in the body. Mindful activities help us to reconnect with self. Be open to try new ones or even pick up an old hobby again. 
  3. Speak with the HR manager. They can be a great source to explore options which can improve situations.
  4. Are there opportunities available to improving quality of life, which may not have been considered before? Family and friends can be great help to provide some more insight on this one. 

Sometimes all we need is a little bit of inspiration to get back up and run the race again, and realise what is important in life! It might even inspire us to try out a new training course or to spend a little more time on hobbies that we love. Finding the balance between our professional and personal lives is a continual process. Trust that the answers will come when the exploration starts. Our story of change may even inspire family and friends as they see the benefits that we experience with the new way of being.   

#Inspiration #StuckInARut #HR

The Importance of Updating Your CV

The Importance of Updating Your CV

Did you know that updating your CV can significantly improve your chances of succeed in getting that interview? An out-dated CV can weaken a job application, possibly resulting in the CV being dismissed at screening stage by the HR software or the HR Administrator, as they are looking for key roles and experience.  This can leave us with a sense of failure or at worst rejection. It makes sense, that as we are going to the effort of applying for the job in the first place, putting time and effort into creating a smart updated CV can significantly elevate the rate of success of the CV being screened fully for the job.

The task of fine-combing a CV, with the help of colleagues and professionals, is a necessity in today’s competitive job market. Matching current skills and experiences to each job application is necessary to be in with a chance of succeeding on respective endeavours. Providing relevant examples validates, to the HR department, that skills were previously applied to other jobs effectively and provides a much better picture.

When a business goes into liquidation, it is a stressful time for employees as they are facing unemployment. They may be out of work for months or years. A mother may decide to return to work as a nurse, once her children have left home. Employers know this and so by taking the time to update gaps in our career history provides a much clearer picture for the reader.  Offering details on gaps in work experience is the same as putting a jigsaw together; it starts to make more sense when the recruiters are getting a more complete picture.

It can be daunting to know where to start. Up-skilling may be necessary in order to re-enter the workplace. Newly acquired skills, temp employment and gaps in work experience will need to be added to the old CV. The experienced eye of a professional HR recruiter can glean over a resume, and quickly pick out the relevant information to match the job specification. From this knowledge, they have greater certainty if the candidate is suitable for the role. There are also a lot of resources online to review and get a CV looking its best.

Stand out from the crowd, of the many job applications, and give each application the very best effort. Reduce the possibility of not gaining a seat on the panel for an interview. Trying and failing is better than not trying at all. At the very least, the HR department may hold the CV on file. This can result in a future call for interview, for a similar or superior job with the organisation. Additionally, requesting feedback from the company is positive, once the CV reflected the skills and experience outlined in their job advertisement, and can be invaluable to improve performance on future interviews.

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Chef Jobs: How to De-Clutter Your CV before Applying for a Job

CHEF JOBS: HOW TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR CV BEFORE APPLYING FOR A JOB

De-cluttering your CV is important, particularly if you haven’t applied for a job recently. For instance, when deciding to change employer after years of service working as a chef with a local hotel, in order to advance your career. The old CV is most likely out-dated, and in need of fine-tuning to apply for a new job, with a national or international hotel. 

Chef Job - How to De-Clutter Your CV before Applying

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CV’s share insight into the story of the applicant, and their skills and experience gained to-date. HR professionals can garner the necessary information in a CV to identify if the potential candidate is suitable to the job, and worth considering for an interview.

The following techniques can help with re-designing a new CV:

  • – Prior to updating a CV, do a little research online. There are many well designed templates available to download that can create a CV that will stand out from the other applications.
  • – Look at the job advertisement. Fully understand what the organisation is seeking. Is it evidenced throughout the CV?
  • – Keep each section brief and relevant to the job specification.
  • – Narrow career goals, displaying a clear understanding of what is being sought and the direction of the new career. This can help HR with knowing if the applicant matches the job requirements. Recruiters are adept on understanding if skills and experience match their job specification.
  • – If adding a personal statement or summary at the top of the CV, condense it to a few lines, including job title, years of experience, sectors worked in and some proud career achievements, and appropriate strengths that can be offered to a new employer.
  • – Update recent work experience, to apply to the current job application.
  • – Consolidate academic achievements, and include internships, external project work and any additional activities within college.
  • – Edit work experience in sequential order and provide a list of accomplishments.
  • – Include clear headings on all sections.
  • – Bullet point for easier reading, ex. academic modules or skills.
  • – Ask a colleague to proof-read it prior to submitting it. This can help to strengthen the job application, by eliminating grammatical errors.

HR personnel will have a predetermined list of questions before receiving the application for the job. They may ask: what can this candidate do for our company? What sets this application higher than the others? What story is their past experience highlighting, and is it relevant to this job? Can this candidate complete this job for me again? Do they have potential to learn? Is this individual motivated?

Step into the shoes of the potential employer. Reflect: is the cover letter and CV easy to digest, in a simple and clear format. Make their job easy. Demonstrate to the recruiter, through the application, that this position is the next logical step to advancing personal career goals. There is only one chance to make a good first impression, make it a good one!

3 Reasons Why Fast Recruitment Is Essential

 

Recruitment agencies understand how busy HR managers are. They want to help you by finding your perfect candidate. Speed of response is key in order to beat the competition and hire the top candidate they are offering you. We see this every day, especially in the Medical Sector, where HR & recruitment teams need to liaise with doctors and consultants for opinions on potential candidates. We all understand how busy they are. All of this means that acting fast and getting a swift response to a recruitment agency can be difficult.

Many people do not realise the heavy workload that the HR department carries. Hiring staff can be a tedious and lengthy process. Especially for a company that requires only the most qualified candidates for specific roles.

Here are 3 reasons from us on why a quick response is important;

  • The speed of response, from when a recruiter offers a candidate to the HR or hiring manager is so important. If you feel this could be the right candidate, you should respond to the recruiter as soon as you can, to set up an interview. This helps to eliminate the competition. One particular candidate could be sought after by a number of recruiters for numerous organisations. That’s why time is important, being a day late to respond could cost you the best person for the job.
  • Hot candidates could be dealing with many recruiters or organisations. Sending them an email or having a quick phone call to say that they have been shortlisted for the role could secure them before anyone else, rather than leaving it a few days to get back to them.  Your interest and commitment to them will lead to their commitment in your role over the competition.
  • It can improve your ratios for interview to hire. It can’t do any harm to have more than a few suitable candidates as the chances of you filling the role will increase. Limiting yourself due to time constraints or waiting to hear back from other team members or hiring managers can greatly affect the recruitment process.

If you want the perfect candidate, meet them halfway by getting back to your recruiter on time. Remember, your recruiter is an extension of your team.