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July 17, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks, moving into the new office, a new member of staff, and exciting meetings. We’ve been in the new office for just over two weeks now and we are settling in nicely.

We’ll also take this opportunity to welcome our new Business Development Manager, Jess, who has come on-board to spread brand-EGB. Already, we are registered to attend UK-wide expos, shows and exhibitions, so tell us where you’re going to be and we’ll see you there for a coffee and a chat.

We’ve reached the stage now where we need to start looking at innovative ways to expand our capability, and while Recruitment is a critical component of what we do, we shall now be developing our Training, Management Consultancy and Managed Services offering. Providing training, mentoring and coaching is an area of core focus for us, and earlier this week Ed and Jess met with Quadrant 4 Ltd to discuss collaborative opportunities and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We are now in the process of developing a number of exciting opportunities: stay tuned for updates!!!

So, bear us in mind and get in touch if there’s anything we can do to help you, either as an individual or as an organisation.

I hope everyone has a great weekend,

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

New Office – Update

June 26, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

The work is almost complete in our new office. The carpet has been laid, walls have been painted, aircon has been installed, and the Internet and phones are up and running. Everything is falling into place nicely ready for our move next week.

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Our furniture arrived a few days ago (as you can see the boxes in the corner of the office), so the next few days are going to be fun for Ed building five desks and chairs over the weekend.

There are a final few tweaks to be made, but our office is starting to get the EGB feel to it with our colour theme throughout.

Check back next week for a final update, or pop in for a posh coffee and a chat!

Happy Friday!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile

June 19, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

The majority of the world uses a number of social media platforms for personal use. The world is swiftly evolving to use social media for professional use, including job searching. One platform that is really handy for recruitment is LinkedIn. A few months ago I posted some tips on helping you get the full use out of your LinkedIn profile. Here is a reminder of how to keep your profile current:

  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 2ndconnections.
  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.

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

EGB’s Referral Scheme

June 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

I bet everyone is looking forward to the hot and sunny weather we are supposed to be having this weekend.

For this week’s blog I thought I would re-post about the referral scheme that EGB offer, to inform our new followers and a reminder for our regular followers.

By either providing us with a friend or colleague’s CV, sending us an introductory email, or sending us a contact name and email address (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

Feel free to share job specs and forward emails if you think you may know someone suitable for a role and you could earn a bit of cash.

Have a great weekend and I hope you don’t get too sunburnt!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

We’re Moving!

May 28, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon, another short week due to the bank holiday. I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend!

There’s excitement within EGB as we’re moving offices! As EGB is continuously growing in size and success, at the beginning of July we will be moving offices to a bigger space. We will still be based in Cwmbran, South Wales, just moving down the road.

The office is currently being renovated to the EGB Brand and we are really looking forward to the finished office and to be moving in.

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I will post more pictures of the progression to finish over the next few weeks!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

2 of 2 – How to get your application noticed (Past Application Review)

May 15, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone is having a great week, Friday has come around fast again! Last week I wrote our blog giving advice to help get your application noticed. This week I will be carrying out a detailed analysis of our successful applications through EGB. I’ll be looking at the common themes that can be drawn out to aid your application.

From looking through previous successful applications, there are a number of aspects that appear to be working for candidates, such as: writing in-depth paragraphs per each essential experience point, stating that you have the experience required, providing examples of these experiences from previous roles, and stating facts and figures.

One of the major parts of providing a great application is writing your suitable statement in in-depth paragraphs. From analysing previous applications it seems to be the applications with in-depth answers that have been successful. Paragraphs consisting of between 6-8 lines per essential experience required, seem to be the most popular among the applications.

The paragraphs should start stating that you have the experience required. It is advised that you do not state that you do not have experience in this area, but try to add other information that could be relevant to the experience that is required, keeping the application positive.

Following the opening sentence that explains you have the experience, previous examples should then be provided. Presenting your experience examples should state how you have gained this experience from your previous roles, providing what you did to gain the experience and how you did it.

Another point that could be useful as used in previous successful applications, is stating facts and figures. For example if you are applying for a Project Manager role, this could consist of budgets, timescales, number of staff members in your team/that you manage, number of years spent within the role gaining the experience, along with any other information you feel that could be beneficial to your application.

From our successful applications it show that the suitability statement in the application form should always match the CV provided. Ensuring that the information used in your suitability is also in your CV and vice versa, is a key point in our previous successful applications.

When completing an application form for us, using the advice above would be very beneficial and you will be on your way to making your application a successful one.

I hope everyone has a fun weekend and make the most of the sunny weather while you can.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

1 of 2 – How to get your application noticed (an introduction)

May 8, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

It’s been an exciting week this week, with the May Day Bank Holiday and voting for the General Election yesterday. This week seems to have flown by and I can’t believe it’s the weekend tomorrow already. So being Friday it means it is time for our blog and this week I’ve decided to write advice for helping to get your application noticed.

Writing an application can be long-winded and it may feel like you are writing the same thing over and over again on numerous application forms, but writing an application that takes 2 minutes, most likely won’t get very far in the process. The amount of time spent writing an application will potentially show how good a candidate you are for the role.

When writing an application, ensure that you meet all of the essential experience asked for within the job specification. Describe the knowledge you have of the specific areas, giving examples of past experiences where you have used these skills/methods.

If there is a section where you do not meet one of the criterias, try and write about a similar/alternative experience which could benefit the application, rather than writing that you have no experience in that particular area or leaving it blank.

The majority of roles require a CV in addition to the application form, or some just a standalone CV. Therefore, ensure that your CV is well-tailored to the role and is not just a standard CV to cover a number of applications.

Hopefully this has helped for when you write your next application. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Next week I will be carrying out detailed analysis of successful applications through EGB, looking for common themes that I can draw out in next week’s blog to aid your application.

Best regards,

Sheree

 

A Day in the Life of our Operations Manager

April 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the warm weather.

Over the last few months, I have written what our Recruiters and our Copy Editor get up to on a daily basis. This week I’m going to give you all an insight into my daily routine and what my day consists of.

 

Firstly every morning I come in and check my emails and respond to any queries. My day is then planned around how many applications are to be submitted that day and the time of submission (the submission times vary for each role, ranging between 8:30am – 5:30pm) as getting the applications submitted on time is extremely important. The application statuses of previous submitted applications are then checked to find any progress. The news is then passed onto the recruiters to inform the candidates.

 

The main part to my role is Quality Review. This consists of:

  • Carrying out a final check on applications and submissions. Once the recruiter has received an application and gone through it ensuring all sections are completed, I carry out the final check for spelling, grammar, and ensuring the same format is carried out throughout the whole document. A review of the candidates CV is taken place to ensure it matches with the application. The applications are then submitted to our client.
  • I then carry out the final check on commercial documents required for an interview or on boarding process. Once the recruiter has received and read over the documents, the documents are then passed on to myself to carry out the final check and are then submitted.
  • Once the Copy Editor and Distribution role has created the job specifications, I then carry out a final check and ensure all information is included within.

 

Throughout the day a number of other tasks take place, placed around the submissions of applications, such as:

  • Looking into the overall business situation and how it could improve
  • Reporting of figures (including website views/users, application numbers, interview numbers, associate numbers, etc.)
  • Updating content on Website and Social Media pages
  • Marketing
  • Writing the EGB Blog
  • Carrying out Data Backups
  • Connecting with new Associates and updating our Database
  • General office duties

 

So as you can see it is always a busy day in the EGB Office, which I love as it brings new ideas and exciting opportunities.

 

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Sheree

 

Making our Associates Happy

April 17, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

had a lovely surprise last week when one of our associates, Leona Barr-Jones, sent me flowers as a ‘thank you’ for services provided. I was quite overwhelmed and it put the office in a great mood, knowing that we had helped one of our associates to the best of our ability.

On top of this, Leona wrote us a glowing review, see here: www.egb-consulting.co.uk/testimonials Feel free to add your own comments while you’re there by the way…!

So this got me thinking: we love receiving positive feedback in the office and I’m sure you’re the same… so share with us your stories of a job well done and we’ll put them ‘up in lights’.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Sheree

Happy Easter!

April 2, 2015 | By | No Comments

Happy Easter to everyone from all of us here at EGB!

Just a quick reminder that the office will be closed from Friday 3rd – Monday 6th April, so normal office hours will resume on Tuesday 7th April!

If you have any queries please email enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk and we will pick this up on Tuesday morning or alternatively leave a voice mail on our answering machine (01633 548400).

We hope you have a nice long weekend and eat lots of chocolate!

Warm Regards,

Sheree