Wednesday, 22 February 2012

How to deal with.......INDUCTION

So whether you are a company of 2, 20 or 200 people an induction is just as critical to the recruitment process as the interview stages.  This is essential to help a new member of staff make that transition from candidate to employee and to ensure they feel welcomed, valued and included from Day 1 with your business.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Employment Law Event in Sunderland

Exclusive and Eversheds LLP were joined on Thursday 9th February by more than 40 delegates from within the world of Human Resources and business from across the North East. These professionals included those from Junior HR roles through to the most Senior level roles within the North East, from backgrounds including SMEs through to global conglomerates.

‘Insightful and Informative’

Shirley Wright LLP and Simon Loy LLP led the evening with all there was to know regarding the most recent and up and coming changes to Employment Law; a must know for every individual in the Durham Suite at the Stadium of Light. The ice-breaking ‘Employment Law Quiz’ was well received and threw the obligatory unsure glances – such is the world of Employment Law.

‘Concise and Interesting’

Aware that the realm of Employment Law can be unclear with its jargon and terminology, Shirley and Simon were conscious of ensuring the evening was interactive, interesting and centred round the matter at hand; namely the changes in the Employment Tribunal process and how these changes will affect HR Professionals in their work.

‘Valuable and Thought-Provoking’

Exclusive are proud to be able to work in conjunction with Eversheds LLP when hosting these events, which are always well attended. Delegates always comment on how useful the information is and that it is a good opportunity to ask questions openly, drawing on advice and information from other HR Professionals with a range of experience.

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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

The Power of Accuracy

As a Certified Recruitment Practitioner working within a number of sectors, there is one thing that does not differ – Candidates and their CVs.
Whether the CVs and cover letters are submitted by recent Graduates, keen and eager for their first role within their chosen field, or a former Executive looking for a new challenge, the standard of accuracy crosses the entire spectrum.

In the current employment market, it is imperative that you show yourself in the best light. This includes the first 30 seconds at a face-to-face interview, as well as the CV you submit prior to that initial meeting. Your CV is often my first and only lasting impression of you – accuracy counts for everything.

Here are my 4 top tips for a successful CV:

• Ensure your CV is written in a font which is easy on the eye - Arial or Calibri size 10 are ideal fonts and sizes
• Check your spelling, punctuation and grammar. If your Word Processing programme does not have an automatic spelling and grammar check, ask someone to read it over before submission. The number of times a CV for an individual with ‘attention to detail and a keen eye for accuracy’ is sent through with basic errors is astounding
• Make sure things are in chronological order, starting with the most recent and working backwards
• As well as ensuring that accuracy is key in written form, ensure that you remain true to yourself and you give a true reflection of who you are

Once you are through to face-to-face interview stage, the information you have conveyed in written form, will be subject to questioning. If your CV is my first impression of you, your answers to competency and robust questioning will be the interviewer's second! Make sure your dates are correct and that you can truthfully account for any gaps on your CV - a lot of Candidates can talk the talk, but most Employers and Recruiters are now looking for actions speaking louder than words.

Victoria Colverson CertRP, Resourcer at Exclusive Ltd.

Monday, 6 February 2012

A Student's Thinking

As a third year student, the idea of entering into the real world of jobs and recruitment is a scary one. I’ve been working since I was 16 in typical student jobs such as restaurants, bars and shops and so when it comes to finding a ‘real’ job I don’t know where to start. I'm now 21!

Now is the time that final year students desperately scramble to Google screaming “Graduate Opportunities” and “Internships” with a vague idea of where to go next. Until recently, I had no idea about Human Resources or recruiting except for friend of mine who had used an HR company to find some summer work but this was something my Dad would mention but I never took the time to investigate or even understood. Only with my internship with Exclusive Ltd, has this come to light.

Ive been working with Exclusive for a month or so now and I have learnt some valuable lessons which they use to do their very best for clients and its something that students and experienced employees can use.

  • Make your CV shine.
  • You never know what is around the corner. One days failure is another days success. Learn from your mistakes and throw yourself back into it.
  • Confident persistence. Believe in what you're doing and go for it. Just because Company A turns you down, get the feedback and go in even stronger to Company B.

In this next year, I will be looking to find something I really want to enjoy working with. I am an SEO intern, something I have never done before but through Exclusive Ltd, I have been introduced to something that really interests me and something which I would like to continue in the future. 

We students are a funny bunch of excitement, enthusiasm and unrefined charm but now that University is almost out of the way, the world of work is waiting for us to make our mark.

I once saw a greeting card which laughed at Graduates and I have heard about recruiters reluctance to approach students who want to be spoon fed, but now as the graduation period comes closer, give students a thought or two as the new breed in your company and how their fresh, uncut teeth can make a difference in your company.