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Referral Scheme at EGB

September 7, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

It is officially September this week, which means it is the end to our summer and Autumn is slowly approaching. It won’t be long and Christmas will be here before we know it!

Over the last few months we have had a number of people ask if we offer a referral scheme, so I thought it would be useful to repost the blog on EGB’s referral scheme. EGB do offer a referral scheme, although the amount can vary depending on what kind of position the candidate is offered.

If you have seen one of our roles advertised that you think a friend or colleague would be perfect for, send us an introductory email, their CV, or a contact name and email address/phone number and we will do the rest. If your referral is successful and they accept the offer, the following fees are payable at the time of your referral’s first monthly invoice:

Duration
Nominated Worker
Normal Position
Digital Position
0-3 months
£25
£50
£100
4-9 months
£50
£100
£150
10+ months
£100
£200
£300

 

Feel free to share around our job adverts/job specs with your friends, family, and colleagues and don’t hesitate to contact us with potential candidates. It gives you the chance to earn some extra cash!

If you have any questions or you would like to refer a candidate, you can either email us at enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk, give us a call on 01633 548400, or drop us a comment below and one of the team will be in touch.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Warm Regards,
Sheree

 

Our Application Process

August 31, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a great bank holiday weekend! Did anyone get up to anything fun over the long weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

This week for the blog we will be looking at our application process and will explain what happens at each stage of the process from the very beginning to looking for new roles through to offer stage. By the end of the blog, you should have an idea on what to expect from each stage.

Where to Find the Roles

When we receive a new role we advertise it in a number of places to give those looking the greatest potential to see the new roles. First and foremost you can find all the roles on our website here. The website lists the basic details for you, so you can decide whether or not this is a role of interest. Our latest roles are also advertised on our LinkedIn company page, so don’t forget to give us a follow so you don’t miss out on role updates. We also send out daily mail campaigns with the new roles that have come in that day, so if you want to receive emails about new roles, just let us know and we will add you to our Mailing list.

Enquiring about a Role

So you have seen a role advertised that you may be interested in and now you want to find out a little bit more information? Whether you follow the link from LinkedIn or an email campaign, it will take you to the job posting on our website where it will give all the necessary job information, along with a job spec and application form attached. If you have any further questions, just drop the assigned recruiter an email or a call and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Going forward for a Role

If the role checks all the boxes and you want to be considered, the next step is to fill out the application form and suitability statement. If you have spoken to one of our recruiters at this point, they will have supplied you this via email or you can download the form from our website. Along with the application form it is important for you to send over a CV that you have tailored to the role. Tailoring your CV increases your chances of being shortlisted.

Application Submitted

Once the application form has been completed and sent back to the assigned recruiter along with your tailored CV, the recruiter will confirm we have received your application and let you know if we need anything else. The recruiter will then narrow down the best candidates and let you know if your application has been submitted to the client. Once submitted it usually takes 48 hours to be informed which candidates have been shortlisted. In the unfortunate event that you are unsuccessful, the recruiter will be in touch to provide you with feedback.

You have been Shortlisted

If your application has been shortlisted, it means that it has made its way to the Hiring Manager where they will pick which candidates they would like to invite to interview. Once again, if in the unfortunate event that you are unsuccessful, our recruiter will contact you to provide the feedback from the Hiring Manager.

Invited for Interview

Once the application has been shortlisted, the hiring manager has on average 5 working days (could be shorter/longer depending on the department) to choose which candidates they would like to interview. If the Hiring Manager likes what they see, we will receive an interview invitation and we will be in touch straight away to let you know of your success and pass on the details such as Date, Time and Location. It is important when completing the application form that you put down any dates that you can’t attend an interview as the majority of the time we are only given one date and time for interviews and are not given the option to re-arrange, so you don’t want to miss out. The day before your interview, your recruiter will give you a call just to ensure you have got everything you need to have a great interview and wish you the best of luck.

After the Interview

After the interview your recruiter will give you a call to see how you got on. The time frame to receive feedback after an interview can vary depending on how urgent the role is or depending on who the department is. Whether the news is good or bad, the recruiter will give you a call to let you know and give you the feedback we’ve received from the hiring manager. When good news is received you will move onto the final step of the process which is completing the on-boarding process and you will then be ready to start your new contract.

On-boarding

There are a number of forms and scans of documents required to completed the on-boarding process. Once you get to this stage your recruiter will run through it with you in more detail. Once the candidate has been made compliant, a start date is confirmed with the hiring manager and start day details are sent through.

 

We hope that this blog helps you from the start to the very end of the application process and answers any questions you may have on the process. If you have any further questions, we will be happy to answer them.

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

“Which operating method is best for me?”

August 24, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

Is everyone looking forward to the bank holiday weekend? Although this is now our last bank holiday until Christmas! If you have any plans, let us know in the comments below.

This week for the blog, we will be looking at the different types of operating methods that can be used when contracting. We covered this back in early 2017, although we continue to get a number of questions from candidates, asking which method can they use and what does it involve etc. so we thought we would put out an updated version for any new contractors or anyone who would like a reminder.

There are three different operating methods that are available when contracting, which are: using your own Limited Company, using an Umbrella Company, or going the PAYE route. There is a slight difference on what operating method you can use depending if your contract has been confirmed inside or outside IR35. If your contract has been deemed outside IR35, this means you can choose whether to go the Limited company, Umbrella company, or PAYE route. If your contract has been deemed inside IR35, you are only able to choose from using an Umbrella company or PAYE. Always check on the job posting or with the recruiter what methods are on offer, as there are some departments that may have slightly different terms and will only accept the PAYE route, although this doesn’t happen very often.

Below is a brief description of each operating method and what is included in each.

 

Limited Company

Operating under your own Limited (LTD) company requires you to have your own business and a business bank account. The main benefits of operating as a LTD company is that it is the most tax efficient method as a contractor. This is due to the way that the income is handled for a business as compared to a direct employee of a company which overall saves money. Operating through a LTD company comes with a level of paperwork and planning which must be undertaken. Quite a few tasks can be offset to an accountant which is generally recommended when operating as a LTD company. An accountant can also help with the initial setup of the business as well as managing ongoing accounts and Taxes.

 

Umbrella Company

Operating through an Umbrella company essentially means becoming an ‘employee’ of a third-party company who bills the client of the contract. This is a relatively hassle free option for a contractor as the payments received from the Umbrella company would have been subjected to Tax and NI prior to receiving it. As a new contractor this is a quick method to start as there is no setup time like there is for a LTD company.

The main downside of operating under an Umbrella compared to a LTD company is that you take home less pay and there are fees for using an Umbrella company. Though with the update to IR35 this option is quickly becoming the best paid option for roles that are in scope of IR35.

 

PAYE

Operating under PAYE is essentially becoming an employee of the agency that you are taking the contract with and the employer deducts tax and national insurance contributions from your wage. PAYE is the most hassle free of the three operating methods as you do not need to do any paperwork as when you receive your payslip, everything is done for you. Although you receive additional benefits by going PAYE, most contractors prefer to use an Umbrella Company or going through their own Limited company as they will receive a higher income.

 

I hope the above has given an insight into the three different types of operating methods and has given you an idea on what each one offers. If you have any questions on the above, leave us a comment, drop us an email or give us a call and one of the team will be happy to have a chat.

Have a great bank holiday weekend!

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Video Interview Helpful Tips

August 17, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone’s week has been going well?

Earlier this year, I posted out a couple of blogs with helpful tips when attending face to face interviews and phone interviews, so I thought I would finish off the trilogy this week with a blog on helpful tips for video interviews.

When preparing for or during a video interview, you want to bare in mind both the tips mentioned for face to face and phone interviews, as it is almost like a combined interview.

Be Ready – In a face to face interview, it is polite to arrive slightly early for your interview, so you are not rushing and you can keep calm. The same applies to a video interview. You don’t want to miss the call if you are running late and if you are rushing to answer the call, the interviewers will be able to see that you may be a bit flustered. So sit down slightly before the scheduled interview time to make sure you are calm and prepared.

First Impressions – Although you can’t shake the interviewer’s hand on arrival, it is still important to make a great first impression in other ways. Smile, be friendly, have eye contact, and introduce yourself politely and you will be off to a good start.

Quiet Surrounding – Set up your computer/tablet in quiet surroundings before your interview. You want to choose somewhere that will be quiet and no one can distract you. Make sure you are somewhere where there is no-one or minimal people around that may be distracting by walking back and forth behind you. This will not only be distracting for the interviewers, but you will also see it on your screen and may throw you off track.

Appearance – It is important to be dressed appropriately for interviews. Unless stated before hand, always dress smart. Even through you are on a video interview, you may think it is acceptable for example to wear your pyjama bottoms as they can only see you from your waist up, but if for some reason during the interview, you need to stand up, this isn’t a great look. Dressing smart will make you feel more professional and may help you perform better.

Good Internet Connection – Before your interview, plan where you want to take the video call and ensure that the internet connection is strong, as the last thing that you want to happen is that you are mid interview and your internet drops off and you lose the connection. If you are taking the video interview in a public area, test the internet connection first.

Take Notes/Make Notes – It is always handy to take notes in with you. If you have researched the company before hand, take some notes in with you on what the company does and what services they offer as this may help you answer some questions. Also taking notes is always handy as interviews are not just for the interviewer to choose the best fit candidate, but also for the candidate to decide if the position is right for them. So if you are offered the position, you can read over your notes and ensure the position is something that you are interested in.

With our blog trilogy of helpful tips during face to face, phone, and video interviews, you should be covered for every situation. Many of the tips can be transferred over to which ever method of interview you are undertaking, but make sure to read up on the interview tips before the big day, so you are prepared and ready to nail your interview! If you have any tips that you swear by for any type of interview, let us know in the comments below.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

How using a recruitment agency can help with your job search

July 13, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

The hot weather is still with us, although here in South Wales we are supposed to be having thunderstorms this weekend, maybe it will clear away the warm weather for a while so we can cool down for a few days.

This week for the blog we are going to be looking into how using a recruitment agency can help you with your job search. Recruitment agencies match candidates to job vacancies, whilst providing help and advice to candidates. They then go onto handling the paperwork at on-boarding stage. We’ve put together a few points looking into the benefits of using a recruitment agency and what you can gain from using an agency.

Guidance/Advice – An agency can give you advice on a number of aspects throughout the process, such as the best way to complete an application form, what to include in a cover letter/suitability statement, CV guidance, and interview tips. Having the extra guidance may help you get through to the next stage.

CV guidance – A major part of applying for a position is your CV. An agency will go through your CV and provide any tips on ways to improve/update your CV to make it stand out and have a better chance of getting through to the next stage. It can be tips on formatting, the content of the CV, or even how the CV is laid out, and taking on these tips can help improve your chances.

Sign up for notifications – An agency will receive new positions from a number of different departments/organisations daily, therefore signing up to receive notifications when new roles that match your criteria come in, will save you time when searching for new positions. For example at EGB we send out email notifications at the end of every day with the new positions that have opened up that day which matches your search criteria.

Reminders – If you have expressed interest in a role through an agency and it is getting close to the deadline and you haven’t submitted your CV and application form yet, it may be something small like forgetting when the deadline is, but the recruiter looking after the role will follow up with you so you won’t miss out on the opportunity.

Updates – When applying for a position direct through a company, there isn’t always an option to receive or chase for updates and in some cases you never get a response from them with an outcome. Going through an agency allows you to gain updates on your application at each stage of the application process, as the middle client will provide updates to all agencies at every stage of the process.

Opportunities – Some agencies like us at EGB, get access to a number of jobs that are not advertised publicly, so you may be missing out on opportunities by not going through an agency. Additionally when a recruiter is sifting through the application forms and CVs, they may look at your past experience and have another position open that matches your criteria, so they will get in touch for another position which you may not have come across.

On-boarding – Once you are offered a position, the agency handles the paperwork and admin at the on-boarding stage and makes the process easier for the candidate and saving you time.

Choosing the right agency – When choosing which recruitment agency to use, you want to choose the one that provides updates regularly, sends through details on positions that match your criteria, and has a great track record in dealing with candidates.

At EGB we can offer you a great recruitment service covering all of the above from offering advice, guidance, email notifications, and updates throughout the whole process. If you would like to sign up to receive notifications on new roles from us, or would like a quick chat about the service we provide, just drop an email to enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk or give us a call on 01633 548400 and one of the team will be happy to help.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Common Errors on CVs

June 29, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

We’ve had a lovely week of weather this week, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees. Apparently it has been hotter here than places such as South of France, Greece and Spain. It looks like we are due to continue having the hot weather into next week, which will be nice.

When applying for a job, the first thing that hiring managers/recruiters do to get to know your background and skills is to look at your CV. Your CV could be hit or miss for moving onto the next stage of the application process, so ensuring your CV is the best it can be and has no errors is very important. So for the blog this week, I’ve put together a list of common errors that we have seen on CVs over the last few years, so you can avoid them in the future.

Email Address – Having an email address that you created 10-15 years ago is something you want to avoid, especially if it is an address you now regret creating. Create a new professional email address dedicated to job applications / searching, as this will keep all of your job update emails together and they won’t get lost between spam emails.

Fonts – Avoid using a mixture of fonts throughout the document, stick to using a simple easy to read font, such as Arial or Time New Roman. It will allow the hiring manager/recruiter to read your CV at ease and not struggle to read certain words if the font has curly edges.

Colours – Use simple black text on white paper. It looks much more professional and text in certain colours can make it difficult for some people to read.

Newest positions at the top – Don’t list your previous positions from oldest to newest, as a hiring manager / recruiter wants to see your latest position first and what skills and experience you have gained recently. Your very first position that you held 20 years ago could have no relevance to the position you are now applying for. Ensure you list the positions from newest to oldest.

Number of pages – Having a long CV isn’t always a good thing. Even though trying to fit everything onto 2 A4 pages isn’t always feasible, having a CV that is very long can put recruiters / hiring managers off.

Not tailoring your CV – Submitting a non-tailored CV is definitely an error to avoid. You want to put  effort into getting the job, and tailoring you CV will make your skills and experience gained in this area stand out and make you a stronger candidate. You may have gained the skills/experience to complete a position, but if it is not stated in your CV, someone new reading your CV wouldn’t know if you could meet all the requirements.

Position Details – Having the wrong amount of information on each position is something to avoid. You don’t want just a line or two on your latest role and then detailed paragraphs on your oldest. You should to be showcasing your skills and experience that you have gained recently, so add more detail to your newest positions and cut down information on older positions.

Unexplained gaps – Avoid leaving long gaps in your employment history. If it is just a couple of weeks that doesn’t hurt, but if a gap covers a few months, you should add a short description on the reason for the gap. You don’t have to go into too much detail, a simple sentence stating whether it was for a medical reason, or just a short career break. Having explanations will help the member of staff shortlisting candidates, understand why there have been gaps.

File naming – Remember to save your CV in a suitable file name. Common errors people make is that they name the file something that only they will understand, but sometimes when uploading your CV online or submitting as an attachment, the file name will be uploaded to what you have saved it as. It is recommended to name the file something that is recognisable and professional, such as “CV – ‘Your Name’.doc”

Formatting – Having a badly formatted CV is something you want to avoid. You want to come across professional, but having large spaces between paragraphs, or changing text size/font halfway down the documents is not very appealing. Ensure that you pay attention to detail and make the CV look professional and readable.

Spelling – Small spelling mistakes can be made which could have been easily avoided just by doing a spell check once you have finished putting together your CV. Most word processing programmes pick up on spelling mistakes, but some are missed, so make sure you do a final check before submitting.

Lies – It is known that there are some people who like to exaggerate on their CVs to make it seem more appealing. This is an error that is regularly made and people do get found out, especially if you get to interview stage and they ask you a question about something that you mentioned on your CV that isn’t true.

There are many common errors that are made by candidates that can be easily avoided. The list above are common errors that we have come across over the last few years, so hopefully by creating the list it will help you when putting your CV together on what to avoid and how to make the most out of your CV.

Let us know in the comments below if you have ever come across some major errors in CVs.

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Phone Interview Helpful Tips

June 8, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. There has been interesting news this week that Nasa’s veteran Curiosity rover has come across organic matter on Mars. It was buried and preserved in ancient sediments, that formed a lake bed more than 3 billion years ago. The discovery is really interesting as it shows that there was something on Mars that organisms needed to live, so it will be great to see what else can be found on Mars in the future.

This week for the blog we will be looking at helpful tips to take on-board during a phone interview. Back in February we posted a blog on helpful tips when attending a face to face interview, these tips can all still be relevant during a phone interview, although there are extra things to consider whilst on the phone.

Be ready. You want to be sat ready and waiting when the interviewer calls. This way you are calm and not out of breath from rushing around trying to find a quiet place to take the phone call. 

Sit down in a quiet surrounding with no distractions. If you are in your house, choose a room that is away from any loud noises, such as other family members, TV, radio, or kitchen noises. Also you don’t want to be in a place where you can be easily distracted, so turn off the tv and if you are using a landline, leave your mobile phone in a different room.

Avoid taking calls in public. Try to avoid taking the call when you are out in public as background noise can be an issue. It can be an issue for yourself as you may have trouble hearing the interviewer ask the questions, but also the interviewer will probably hear a lot of background noise which can be distracting.

Be aware of your facial expressions and posture. Although the interviewer cannot see you, your facial expression and body language can make a difference in your performance. Smiling whilst answering questions can put a bit more energy into your answer making yourself sound more enthusiastic. Also posture is important, if you are slouched in an armchair it can come across in your voice, so try to sit upright on a office or dining chair.

Choose a landline over a mobile phone. If you live somewhere that doesn’t get good phone signal, try to take the call on a landline as this reduces the risk of a call cutting out on a mobile if the signal drops. 

Have water to hand and don’t chew. Have a glass of water next to you as talking for a while can make your mouth dry and give you a cough, so taking sips of water can help. Avoid eating or chewing gum whilst on the phone as this will affect your presentation of answers and come across unprofessional.

Ask questions, especially ask when will they arrange face to face interviews. As in a normal interview, it is also handy to have questions prepared. An important question that should be asked will be to find out when they will be arranging face to face interviews. This will show that you are keen and still interested in the position.

Have pen and paper with you. A pen and paper can always come in handy to take down notes about the position. Remember an interview is not just for the interviewer to see if you are a good fit for the role, but also for you to see if the role is what you are looking for.

Hopefully these tips will come in handy the next time you are preparing for a phone interview and will help get you to the next stage. If you have any tips that work for you, let us know in the comments below.

If you are looking for tips when attending a face to face interview, take a look at our blog post here.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Privacy Notice

May 25, 2018 | By | No Comments

As of the 25th May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation is in place. A part of the new legislation means candidates will need to provide consent to us in order for us to hold their contact details and contact them about potential future opportunities.

If you did not send us consent prior to the 25th May 2018, your information will have now been deleted from our database. If you missed the deadline but would still like to receive notifications about new positions from us, just email gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk with your consent and we can gather information from you and add your contact details back to our database.

Additionally, if you are new to EGB Recruitment and would like to start receiving notifications on new positions, send an introductory email to enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk including written consent that you are happy for EGB to hold your details and contact you with potential opportunities and we can get you loaded onto our database.

If you would like to know the type of data we hold and what it is used for, you can view this in our Privacy Notice below.

Privacy Notice – EGB Recruitment

If you have any questions about the Privacy Notice, you can email them to enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk

 

Helpful tips to improve your CV

May 4, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

We’ve had a very busy few weeks here at EGB. We’ve had a large number of new roles come through over the last few weeks which is great news for both us and candidates, as it means we get to help more contractors find new contracts. So remember to check our ‘Jobs’ page regularly as we get new roles in daily, or if you would like to receive notifications from us on new roles, just drop us an email with your consent.

If you are looking to apply for a new position, every position advertised will always ask for a CV, so having an excellent CV will make you stand out from other candidates. So this week for the blog, I have put together some helpful tips to take into consideration to improve your CV and make you stand out against the competition.

Tailoring your CV

One of the most important parts of your CV is making sure it is tailored. You don’t want to submit a CV that is not tailored to the position you are applying for, as it does not show how you meet the requirements. You should save a base/generic CV which covers all sections with room to add info and tailor it to a specific position.

Key Words

Once you have thoroughly read through the job specification, take any key words mentioned and make sure they are mentioned in your CV. Many hiring managers and recruiters receive large numbers of CVs, so to make the process quicker, they often use software to search for key words mentioned in the job spec.

Spelling and Grammar

A common mistake people make is not doing a final spelling and grammar check. Most word processing programs do automatic spelling and grammar checks, although errors are sometime missed. So once you have your final copy of your CV, ensure you read over it to make sure any small mistakes haven’t been missed. Another tip is to get a second person to read through the final copy, as a fresh pair of eyes sometimes picks up more.

Formatting

Ensure that the formatting of your CV is consisted throughout. You want to ensure that the font, text size, font colour, line spacing etc. is the same from top to bottom, especially when you are tailoring your CV. When you are tailoring your CV, make sure that when you add info in, it follows the same formatting of the rest of the document.

Length

Getting the length of your CV right is essential. You don’t want it to be too short and not give enough detail into your past experience and skills, but you also don’t want it to be pages and pages long. Many companies/recruiters receive large amount of CVs and if your CV is very long, they may not read the entire document and may miss important information.

Contact info

When submitting your CV to a recruitment agency, always ensure that you have contact details displayed and that they are fully up to date, as if you are successful and get to the next stage, recruiters will need to be able to get in touch with you quickly. (Please note all contact details are removed from CVs when submitting to clients).

I hope the tips above have helped you think about ways you can improve your CV. If you have any tips that you use to help make your CV stand out that are not mentioned above, feel free to share them in a comment below.

I hope everyone has a great long bank holiday weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

 

GDPR – Consent

April 27, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone enjoyed the sunny weather we had last weekend and made the most of it, as this week it has gone back to being quite chilly. This week’s blog will be looking into how EGB will be obtaining consent from individuals and what we need from you to continue sending information on new opportunities, inline with the new GDPR legislation.

If we currently have your details on file it is due to you currently looking or previously looking for a new position. We would have gained these details from either a copy of your CV (which you have sent to us directly or through a job board website) or you are connected to one of EGB’s employees on LinkedIn.

On 25th May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation will be in force. If you would still like us to contact you about new positions, we will need your consent in writing by Friday 25th May 2018 or your details will be removed from our system.

If you are happy for EGB to continue contacting you about future opportunities, please email your consent to gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk. Additionally if you are new to EGB and would like us to start sending you information on new positions, again just simply email your consent to gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk and we will go from there.

You can find out further information on how EGB are dealing with GDPR here.

If you have any questions, you can drop us an email at gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk or leave a comment below and one of the team will get back to you.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree