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February 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

This week, we thought we would put together some frequently asked questions, which could help you in the future when enquiring about or applying for a role through EGB.

1. What kind of roles do EGB deal with?
We deal with a wide variety of roles including: Project/Programme Managers, Business Analysts, Engineers, IT, Solutions Architects, Testers, DevelopersMarketing, Communications, Quantity Surveyors, HR, Procurement, Learning and Development and many more. (A list of roles currently available, can be found here: www.egb-consulting.co.uk/jobs)


2. What departments do EGB recruit for?
We recruit for mainly UK Government, Science & Technology organisations, the IT sector and Specialist Manufacturing plants, such as: NHS, Department for Transport, MOD, MOJ, Home Office, HM Revenue, DSTL and many more.


3. What type of roles do EGB recruit for?
We recruit for part-time and full-time staff, and managed service contracts. The majority of jobs we receive are contract roles. The duration’s can vary depending on who the client is, ranging from 2 weeks to 2 years long.


4. Where are the roles located?
The roles are located throughout the UK although, some do require local, national or even worldwide travel. If a role does require travel, this will be stated on the job advertisement or the job specification.


5. Do I need to hold security clearance to apply for any roles?
Roles require different levels of security clearance depending on what the role is and who the role is with. If a role requires BPSS and/or Disclosure Scotland we can put you through this process if you get through to the interview stage. Roles that require SC and DV clearance are usually preferred, which you can apply for with no clearance and the company would then put you through the clearance process. Some SC and DV cleared roles do require you to already hold the clearance at the start of the role.


6. Can you write the application for me?
Unfortunately due to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to write the application for you. The application form is quick to complete, it consists of adding your personal information to the table, writing a short suitability statement expressing the skills and experience you have suitable for the role and to attach a current, relevant CV.


7. Can I use an application I used for a previous role?
Unfortunately you can not use a previous application form, as each role requires different skills and experience. The first part of an application that is viewed is the suitability statement. This is where you express the relevant skills and experience you have for the role, matching the statements provided. By using a past application form would result in the skills and experience not matching up and the application becoming unsuccessful.


8. How long do I have to complete the application form?
The majority of roles usually have a deadline of 3 days, again this depends on which company the role is with, as some do have a longer time period.


9. How often will I receive updates and feedback regarding my application?
You will be kept updated throughout the application process from when we have received your application, when it has been submitted to the client, if the hiring manager would like to invite you to an interview, and the final outcome. We will then provide you with feedback that we have received from our client regarding the outcome of your application.


10. What is your process for submitting an application?
When we receive a role from our client, we advertise the role and contact suitable candidates. Once we receive the completed applications, we do a sift here at EGB, as the majority of the time we can only submit two applications. This sift leaves the two applicants with the suitability statements that match the closest to the essential experience required for the role. Once the two applications are submitted to our client, they then carry out a second sift and if your application is shortlisted, it is sent to the hiring manager and they will decide if they would like to invite you to an interview.


I hope these FAQs help with any queries you may have when applying for a role through us.

If you have any questions that have not been answered above, please do not hesitate to contact us at enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk or call the office on 01633 548400 and one of the team will be willing to help.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

The Day in the Life of our Copy Editor and Distribution

February 20, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

This week we thought we would give you an insight into the daily life of our Copy Editor and Distribution: Kieron, to see what he gets up to on a daily basis.

  • When we receive a role, the first task that is to be completed is to take all of the relevant information that is required regarding the role and create a job specification.
  • An advert is then created to place on our website with brief information about the role along with the attached job specification and application form.
  • The job role is then advertised via our social media pages, which include LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • This process is then carried out throughout the day for any new roles that we receive.
  • During the afternoon, email campaigns are created which are sent out to relevant groups relating to the job subject. The campaigns contain brief information regarding the roles and a link to the job specification and application form.
  • The role of Copy Editor and Distribution is also responsible for being the first point of contact for EGB, which includes answering telephone enquiries.

This is the process that is carried out daily by our Copy Editor and Distribution, which can get pretty busy depending on the number of roles we receive, which can vary day to day.

 

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Top 10 Tips for Improving your CV

February 13, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

This week we thought it would be useful to help individuals looking for work, improve their CV. Below are a few tips on how a CV can be improved.

1) Your CV should contain all relevant, previous work experience. Even if the role is not relevant to the current role you are applying for, it could show that you have worked in a team, or you have worked under pressure etc.

2) List all qualifications and education that you have undertaken, this will show you have worked towards something and completed it successfully.

3) List all the skills that you hold, additionally giving examples.

4) Ensure your contact information is accurate and up to date, to allow recruiters or hiring managers to contact you efficiently.

5) Listing your interests and achievements will show the hiring manager you can handle commitments well.

6) Ensure that your CV is easy to read.

7) Check for spelling and grammatical errors in your CV. Showing mistakes does not make a good first impression.

8) Use an easy to copy document format (e.g. choose a Word document over PDF). This is advantageous for recruiters or hiring managers to manage the CV more effectively.

9) Ensure the formatting of the document is consistent throughout (e.g. font, text size, spacing, colours). This will help towards providing a great first impression.

10) Tell the truth on your CV. This can be relating to job titles, dates, facts, experience, and skills.

 

Next Weeks blog: A day in the life of our Copy Editor and Distribution

 

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

15 Ways to Create an Effective LinkedIn Profile

February 6, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

Hope everyone is doing well this week.

Here at EGB, we thought it would be useful to help individuals create an effective LinkedIn Profile. When looking for a new opportunity, having a completed and up to date profile will help recruitment agencies find you for potential roles. The following list suggests ways in which you can improve your profile.

 

  1. Enter and keep up to date as much information about yourself as possible, as a LinkedIn profile can act as an online CV.
  2. Ensure your name is presented in full, therefore your past colleagues and employers can easily find you.
  3. Have a professional photo of yourself. This will make your profile more personal.
  4. Ensure your headline is of your most up to date role position.
  5. Create a detailed summary, expressing your key skills and what you are looking for in a job.
  6. When listing your past experiences ensure that your information is true to the facts. For example Job titles, dates, and locations.
  7. Write a description on each position stating any experience that could be relevant in a future job.
  8. Ask previous colleagues or employers to endorse you for skills, as this shows future employers you have these skills.
  9. Provide your contact details for recruitment companies to get in contact with you.
  10. Gain recommendations on your profile from past employers/colleagues to show that you are a great worker.
  11. Attach a current CV to your profile.
  12. Show examples of any work.
  13. Connect with many of your past colleagues, employers, friends and family to get your profile higher up on searches within 2nd connections.
  14. Follow company pages that you are interested in, or are applying for jobs with. This looks good on your profile as it shows you are interested in the company.
  15. Share updates regularly, showing that you are interested in the areas you work within and that you use LinkedIn regularly.

 

Next week’s blog: Top 10 tips for improving your CV

 

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

A Day in the Life of a Recruiter

January 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Morning! I hope the bad weather hasn’t effected everyone too much this week.

This weeks blog will show the tasks and activities our recruiters get up to in a working day.

Firstly our Copy Editor and Distributor puts together a job specification for the role being advertised. The role is then distributed via our website, social media pages (LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter), and through email campaigns. The role is then handed over to the assigned recruiter, where the recruiters day to day activities start.

  • Using our database, potential candidates are found narrowing down a search to a candidates preferred location and rate.
  • Alternatively the recruiter searches through our database of CV’s to find any potential candidates.
  • Personal emails and/or phone calls are made to the potential candidates, informing them of roles that are available.
  • As EGB is known for the personal touch, the recruiters connect with new associates via LinkedIn.
  • The recruiters then take phone calls and answer emails to any queries that are made regarding role information, security clearance, and general enquiries.
  • The recruiters will then receive the application forms and CV’s from potential candidates which are then thoroughly checked.
  • Advice can be given regarding applications and CV’s if the recruiters thinks anything can be improved, to provide a higher chance of the applicant becoming successful.
  • The recruiter sifts through the received applications and narrows it down to the number of applications that are to be submitted to the client.
  • Applications are then sent over to the Quality review where the applications are checked a final time and are then submitted to the client.

This process is restarted with the next advertised role,  which is then carried out throughout the day.

Next weeks blog: How to create an effective LinkedIn profile.

 

I hope everyone has had a good week and has a great weekend. Come back next week for the following blog.

 

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

EGB – Company Update

January 23, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone is having a good week and the snow hasn’t caused too much chaos! This week’s blog is updating everyone on a few changes here at EGB.

We have recently expanded our database to allow a job search to be tailored to the individual. By obtaining specific information, it allows our associates to be notified of new roles in their specific location and rate range.

 

If:

  • You are already on our database but haven’t updated your details, or
  • You are not sure if your details have been updated, or
  • You would like to be added to our database

 

Please send an up to date CV along with the following information:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Mobile Number/Contact Phone Number
  • Preferred Location
  • Preferred Day Rate
  • Any Security Clearance that you hold/or have held

to: enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk

 

We would also like to welcome our newest Junior Recruiter, Anna to the team.

 

Next Week’s Blog: A Day in the Life of a Recruiter

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

EGB Referral Scheme

January 12, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone has settled back into work after the Christmas break.

We’ve had a number of requests regarding our referral scheme that we offer. This week’s blog will provide you with information if you know a friend or colleague looking for a contract or full time job.

Either provide us with a friend or colleague’s CV, send us an introductory email, or send us a contact name and email address and we’ll do the rest.  The following fees are payable at the time of your referral’s first monthly invoice:

0-3 month contracts = £50
4-9 month contracts = £100
10+ month contracts = £200

Full-time: following 3 months in post = £150

For any further information, please don’t hesitate to email us at: enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk

 

Until our next post, I hope you all have a good week!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

Christmas Competition Results

January 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year.

Thank you for the overwhelming response in regards to our Christmas Competition, we now have our winner!

The jar was made up of 285 chocolate eclairs, making the winner Paul Redhead with a close guess of 288.

We will contact you via email to arrange delivery of your prize.

I hope everyone has a good start to 2015!

 

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

EGB Consulting’s Christmas Competition

December 1, 2014 | By | 4 Comments

As Christmas is almost here, we’re running a short competition to help people get in the spirit!

The theme this year is: Guess how many sweets are in the jar!

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Pictured: The Prize

To help you on your way, we’re providing a few clues

  • In the jar there are either, Chocolate Éclairs, Chocolate Covered Peanuts, or Bon-Bons.
  • Jar Height = 30cm
  • Weight of contents = 2kg (That’s a whole lot of sweets!)

T’s & C’s

  1. To enter the competition, comment with your guess (number only – you don’t have to guess the sweet type) on our LinkedIn post or via the comments section on this blog.
  2. It probably goes without saying, but the correct (or closest) guess to the number of sweets in the jar will win it.
  3. The closing date is Wednesday 31st December 2014. No entries after this date will be accepted.
  4. The winner will be informed on Monday 5th January 2015 (and announced publicly if they so wish).
  5. The jar is sealed, as it was when bought. A second jar has been procured and its contents counted (and enjoyed by the EGB staff). For this reason, the winning entrant may find that their estimate does not exactly match the number of sweets in the jar.
  6. In the event of a tied winning entry, the entrant who guessed first will be the winner.
  7. This competition is open to everyone. All we will need is your full postal address when we have informed you that you’ve won.

Good luck!!!

Our next blog will follow soon!

Sheree

 

 

The Benefits of Using EGB

November 24, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello!

Our last blog provided tips to improve the general quality of applications and detailed what makes you stand out as an applicant. This week we are looking into how you would benefit from using EGB as your recruiter.

Clear Communications

We provide clear communication to our associates, supplying regular updates throughout the application process. How often have you applied for a job and then all goes quiet? You’re left increasingly frustrated as you’re told time and again that the person you want to speak with “is on the other line”, or “there’s no news from the Client”. Worse, you’re constantly promised the return phone call that never happens. We provide honest feedback to reduce your frustration levels, so whether it’s good or bad news, you’ll always know where you are.

Our Network

We avoid CV-matching subscriptions. Over the last five years we have created our database of Intellectual Property, designed so that we can filter as required to find suitably qualified and experienced personnel for every role. If you have posted a strong CV on any generic job website, you’ll be familiar with the following:

1) Rushed phone calls from different agencies regarding the same role

2) Repetitive spam emails from ‘Industry partners’, due to your email address and phone number being sold on

3) Phone calls from agencies for roles that are far outside your requirement, simply because they have word-matched your CV incorrectly

Our intention is to provide you with the best service possible, with the aim of finding you your next role as soon as we’re able to. To support this process we’re currently asking all associates to update their subscription preferences and give us as much information as possible to help us to refine our search criteria. To participate, just follow the link at the bottom of any job alert email you receive from us, and we’ll take care of the rest.

As always, if you have any questions or enquiries, please email: enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk

Next week: Our Christmas competition

Warm Regards,

Sheree