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How to write the perfect suitability statement

April 6, 2018 | By | No Comments

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone had a great bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the Easter break. Let us know in the comments what you got up to over the long weekend. Onto the blog, and this week we are looking into how to write the perfect suitability statement to accompany your CV when applying for a new position.

When you are applying for a new position, completing a suitability statement is essential as it will enhance your profile and express in more detail what you can do. Your CV may be filled with previous experience and skills you have gained, but a CV doesn’t always give examples of how you gained this experience or how you learnt a new skill and how you use it. Whereas a suitability statement will go in more depth on previous experiences.

A suitability statement should always be tailored to the position you are applying for. You can either write a statement from scratch or start off with a generic statement that you have saved, but always amend it to reflect what the position requires. Read through the job description thoroughly and pick out the experience points that are required and give examples of how you have previously done these tasks and explain the outcome.

There are a few ways you can present your suitability statement, such as using bullet points, writing in paragraphs or listing out the experience points and writing a small paragraph below. All hiring managers have different preferences on how they like to see the information presented, although EGB recommends listing out the experience points and writing a short paragraph below each point. This allows you to write about experiences directly to what they are looking for in the position. You should ensure that you detail how and when you gained this experience or used this skill and describe the outcome that came from this.

All candidates are different and like to present their statement in their own way. Some candidates like to use bullet points and this can be effective as they are short and straight to the point. Some hiring managers may like reading through bullet points as it is easier and quicker to get a grasp of what the candidate can offer. Other candidates like to write their statements in paragraphs detailing their previous experience as it allows them to go into very fine detail of tasks they have completed and skills they have gained. If you have a specific way of completing the suitability statement that has always worked for you, let us know what it is in the comments below.

To finish off your statement, carry out final checks on spelling and grammar, as once your statement has been submitted, you don’t want any mistakes which could have been amended before submission, potentially stopping you get to the next stage. Also ensure the formatting of your statement is the same throughout. You want your statement to come across professional, so you don’t want the text in your statement to change font or size halfway through the document.

There are quite a few points to consider when completing a suitability statement, but the most important part is that a statement should always be completed and always tailored to the position you are applying for. Remember you want to maximise your chances of getting the position, so having a detailed suitability statement attached with your CV is a must.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

Using Social Media to get a Job

March 23, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

How has everyone’s week been? Has anyone had any more snow throughout the UK this week? Here in South Wales we had another few days of snow at the start of this week, hopefully that will be the last we see of the snow as we are now officially in Spring! Don’t forget the clocks go forward this weekend, although we will lose an hour of sleep, at least our evenings will now be lighter.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a blog on ‘Job Searching on Social Media’ which went through how often social media is actually used during a recruitment process. It is quite surprising how much social media is used by both job seekers and recruiters. If you missed the blog, you can read it here. To continue, I have looked into 3 different social media platforms that would be the most useful when looking for a new job and showing how they can help.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn being the best known ‘Professional’ social media platform is the most popular platform to look for a new job, as it works for both job seekers and recruiters. It is also an easy way to approach candidates/recruiters when you don’t have their contact information.

Recruiters and companies use LinkedIn to search for candidates to fill their open positions using the search action. To make more direct searches, there is the advanced search options which helps narrow down candidates. So, it is essential that your profile is fully up to date with your skills and experience, to appear in more search results. For tips on how to get noticed on LinkedIn, check out our blog post here.

Not only do recruiters and companies use LinkedIn as a search platform to find suitable candidates, the companies can either advertise open roles on their company pages or post updates with regards to available positions they may have open. This allows candidates to be active on the platform and search for jobs themselves through company pages.

Using LinkedIn allows you to get in touch with people easily that you may not have contact details for. You can send a message to anyone that you send a connection request to, which can work in your favour to let someone know that you are available and looking for work.

Twitter

When Twitter is used during a recruitment process, the platform is more popular for job seekers to follow companies so they receive job updates, rather than recruiters or companies actively searching Twitter for candidates that are available and looking.

Here at EGB we use our company’s Twitter account to post any tips/help/advice when candidates are looking for work, general company updates, when our weekly blog goes live, and any other news/updates we would like to share with our followers. Although recruitment agencies may not post out every open position on their Twitter feed, they will direct you somewhere where you can keep up to date with the open roles.

When you use Twitter to follow recruitment agencies and companies, make sure it is stated in the ‘Bio’ section of your profile that you are available for work or that you are looking for a new job, as some recruiters will carry out these searches and it will help them see followers that would be interested in new positions.

Twitter is very well known for hashtags. Search relevant hashtags and you may find companies using these hashtags that can help you with your job search. Alternatively, when you send a tweet, make sure it contains a hashtag and recruitment companies may be able to find your profile and see that you are looking for work.

Facebook

Facebook is very similar to Twitter with regards to using the platform during a job search. It has similar features where you can follow company pages to keep up with updates. EGB’s Facebook page posts similar content to the content that is posted out on the company Twitter page.

On Facebook, you can join groups, where you can engage with other people in the same situation as you. Start up a conversation and share tips with each other on what has worked for you and they will share what has worked for them during job hunts. It will give you new ideas to try on your job search and may help you get to that next stage.

Don’t be scared to comment on posts, if a recruiter has posted that they are looking for a certain position and you feel like you would be a perfect fit, just drop then a quick comment and they will get in touch.

 

The next time you are looking for work, don’t forget to complete the above tips. Remember social media is free advertising for your skills and experience and it also allows you to connect with people very easily and get in touch with people that you may not have been able to before. If you have used social media in the past when you are looking for a new job and have your own tips, let us know what has worked for you in the comments below.

Don’t forget EGB are on each of the platforms above: LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation

March 16, 2018 | By | One Comment

GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation

What is GDPR?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU Directive which will come into effect on 25 May 2018. The UK government has passed and published a Data Protection Bill to reflect GDPR standards in UK law. GDPR introduces new data protection obligations for organisations who use personal data and additional rights for individuals. This regulation applies to all UK businesses, not just those within the recruitment sector, and will have implications for our clients as well as EGB Consulting.

 

Why is the law changing?

The current legislation which covers data protection came into effect in 1998. Since that time there have been many advances in technology and an overall increase in the processing of personal data for a wider range of organisations. This new legislation is to take into consideration those changes to protect an individual’s data.

 

What data does GDPR relate to?

GDPR relates specifically to personal data (it does not relate to all forms of data). Under GDPR the definition of personal data has been expanded to include any information that ‘identifies an individual either directly or indirectly’.

From 25 May 2018 it will include the following:

  • an individual’s name;
  • an individual’s identification number e.g. a payroll worker number, a CV reference number, a named email address or telephone number;
  • an individual’s location data;
  • an individual’s online identifier (i.e. IP address or cookie identifier), and;
  • factors relating to the psychological, economic, cultural, social or physical identity of an individual.

 

What are the key changes?

GDPR legislation requires that businesses who process ‘personal data’ take a privacy by design and default approach to protecting the data it processes, to ensure that:

  • data protection is integral to all data processing activity;
  • consent is obtained to hold data;
  • data is held for reasonable time periods, and;
  • data is pseudonymised, anonymised and cyber security is maintained.

It also introduces new rights for individuals including how they are informed their data is being processed, how their consent is obtained, how data is processed and how consent can be withdrawn.

 

What is EGB Consulting doing to prepare for the change?

In line with GDPR requirements we have:

  • Documented the structured data we hold in an Information Asset Register;
  • Appointed an internal Data Protection Officer;
  • Completed a review of current personal data processes and procedures;
  • Commenced GDPR training for all staff to support compliance;
  • Reviewed contractual agreements in line with the new legislation;
  • Reviewed data security on how we share personal data with third parties, and;
  • Commenced definition of our ongoing compliance governance framework.

 

What are the next steps?

In the next couple of months, you will receive from us notification of any contract variations necessary to include the new GDPR legislation.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Data Protection Officer: sdavies@egb-consulting.co.uk

 

 

Job Searching on Social Media

March 9, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

It has been a couple of weeks since the last blog, as the office was closed last Thursday afternoon and all day Friday due to the weather, so the blog was pushed back a week. But the ‘Beast from the East’ has disappeared and the snow has finally cleared up down here in South Wales and the office has been back open as normal this week. What was the snow like for everyone else throughout the UK? Let us know in the comments below.

This week for the blog, we are looking into social media and how it is used in job searching. Social media today has become an essential daily activity and is very popular with a wide range of individuals. With Facebook having over 2 billion active users, Twitter with 328 million active users, and LinkedIn with 106 million active users.

Social media can be used for almost anything, including looking for work. According to an article posted on Undercover Recruiter, 79% of jobseekers are likely to use social media for their job search. This can be looking at company pages to find out what positions they are recruiting for, connecting with recruiters to help them with their job search, or posting out to their followers/connections that they are available for a new position.

Social media is not just used by jobseekers in the recruitment process but also by employers and recruiters from a different perspective. Before 2011, only 56% of companies were recruiting via social media, this has now risen to 92%. With a large amount of employers and recruitment agencies using social media to both advertise roles and source candidates, using social media is a must to add to your job search strategy.

Remember that potential employers could be looking at your social media profiles. According to an article on OnRec, 73% of employers search applicant’s social media. 82% are interested in the candidate’s ability to use gramma correctly, 59% check on candidate’s spelling, and 32% look for inappropriate content. If you have your social media profiles set to a public setting, you should ensure that your content is presented well and appropriate, as some employers out there may be looking at your profile.

You may think that only LinkedIn (being the most popular professional social media platform) can be effective when looking for work, but other platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be almost just as useful. By making yourself known on social media and showing your skills and experience, it can bring in an array of opportunities that you may not have gotten the chance to experience without social media.

It is very interesting how popular social media has become for both jobseekers and employers/recruiters. Check back to our blog in a couple of weeks as we will be taking an in-depth look into some social media platforms and how they are used and how they should be used, from both a job seeker and employer/recruiter perspective.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Sources:

https://www.smartinsights.com/social-media-marketing/social-media-strategy/new-global-social-media-research/

https://theundercoverrecruiter.com/global-stats-recruiting-trends/

http://www.onrec.com/news/statistics-and-trends/22-of-job-candidates-%E2%80%98stalk%E2%80%99-their-interviewer%E2%80%99s-social-media

Helpful tips when attending a face to face interview

February 23, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. Its been a busy week in the office, with lots of new roles in (remember to check our ‘Jobs’ page). So we are all looking forward to a well deserved rest this weekend, although we do love having a busy office.

Face to face interviews. When you are offered an interview, it is an exciting time as it may lead to a potential new position for yourself, so you want to carry out the best interview that you can to stand out above the other candidates. Some people spend a good amount of time preparing for an interview and some people don’t necessary take enough time to prepare. Running over just a few reminders or techniques can make all the difference, so this week’s blog will be looking at helpful tips when attending a face to face interview.

We’ve put together some tips that you can follow when you are preparing for an interview:

First impressions

First impressions are always important as the first time you meet someone you want them to remember you. Starting off with a hand shake can never go wrong, along with introducing yourself and being friendly.

Appearance

When attending an interview it is also best to dress smart. Even if the interview is an informal chat, it is always better to dress smart than be under dressed.

Take your CV

It is not always a requirement to take your CV along to an interview, but it is handy to have your CV in front of you. The majority of the time the interviewer will have your CV in front of them, if they ask you a question referring to your CV, you can take a glance at your CV to help with your answer.

Keep Calm

Many people get nervous before their interview and it may affect their performance. Just remember the interview is to get to know you and your skills/experience and you know yourself better than anyone else, so just remember to give plenty of examples and showcase your skills.

Research Company

Knowing the background of the company you are interviewing at is always important. It not only looks good towards the interviewers to show that you are interested in the position, but being able to discuss specific aspects of that company when answering questions is a positive.

Prepare questions

The interview is as much a place for you to find out more about the role as well as the interviewer learning more about you, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Rather than just preparing the generic questions that are asked at interview, prepare questions that will help you find out more about the position and that will make you stand out.

Take Notes/Make Notes

Along with your CV, you can take notes into an interview with you. If this is something you would find helpful, jot down some examples of projects you have worked on, or certain situations that you have been in which may help answer a question. Also when you get to the questions stage of the interview, jot down the answers to the questions you prepared, so if you are offered the position you can read over your notes and consider if the position is right for you.

Ending

Always end the interview thanking the interviewers for their time. Remember to ask the interviewer when they will be making a decision and when they will let you know the outcome.

Follow Up

If you have the email address of the interviewer, it can be polite to follow up with an email later that day to thank the interviewer for their time.

Hopefully taking onboard the tips mentioned above, it will give you a bit more confidence and allow you to be relaxed during your interview and perform your best. If you have any tips or any rituals that you carry out before or during interviews that work for you, let us know in the comments below.

Have a great weekend,

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

Benefits to Contracting

February 9, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

We had a good end to the week this week, as it is Ellie’s birthday tomorrow and we celebrated in the office with some presents and cake. We would like to wish Ellie a happy birthday for tomorrow and hope she has a great day! How has everyone else’s week been? Are you enjoying leaving work with it being slightly light outside? It won’t be long until the lighter nights begin again.

So, onto the blog for this week. The majority of roles we deal with are contracts, so this week we thought it would be beneficial to look into the benefits of contracting and the differences between working a contract to being in a permanent position. If you are new to contracting, the below points might help persuade you to move into contracting, or if you are already a contractor, there may be a few points that you didn’t already know that could help.

Opportunities

Contracting can open up a lot of opportunities including getting to work in a number of different companies, to working in a variety of locations, obtaining security clearance, opening up opportunities to higher earnings, flexible working hours, and even opportunities for future work.

Flexibility

It is much more flexible being a contractor as you get to decide when and sometimes even where you want to work. An employee would have set days and times a week that they must work at a set location, whilst the majority of contractors can work when they want, sometimes with the opportunity to work remotely, giving contractors much more flexibility.

Financial

A large advantage is that contractors get paid more than employees in permanent positions. Contractors get paid high rates due to the skills that they have obtained. Another reason is that as the majority of contracts are short term, it allows contractors to be financially stable when they are looking for their next contract.

Variety – Experience and Skills

Being a contractor means that you will get the chance to work on a number of different projects in a variety of companies, giving you the opportunity to gain experience working in a variety of environments. Working on different projects and in different environments allows you to learn new skills to adapt to the surrounding you are currently in. Therefore when you are looking for a new contract, you are more likely to have the skills required.

Networking

A benefit to working in a variety of companies/departments, gives you the opportunity to meet a large amount of different people. Networking with different clients/individuals could open up doors to future opportunities which is always a bonus.

Holidays

Being a contractor you don’t have a limited number of annual leave days to take, if you come to the end of a contract and fancy a few months off for a break, you can.  If you decide to take a holiday, you can choose when you want to go without getting approval from an employer. Similar if you need to take a day off during the week, you can do it with no notice, remember the company you work for is your client not employer.

Work/Home Life Balance

Being able to balance your work and home life is something most people want. Being a contractor can help as it gives you opportunities to work around other family member’s working hours, school hours, or you can even take a break from contracting during school holidays. If you want a bit of extra time to start a new hobby or learn a new skill, contracting can work around this.

There may be some individuals out there that feel contracting is not for them as everyone is different, but if the above sounds like something that would be beneficial for both your work and home life, why not take the chance and move into contracting. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch, give us a call, drop us an email, or even leave a comment below. If you have recently moved into contracting and felt like it has been beneficial, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

FAQ – On-boarding Process

January 12, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

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

Over the past few months, I have written blogs on FAQs at different stages of the recruitment process. Today is FAQs referring to the on-boarding process. It is quite useful to have these questions to hand as it allows candidates to be more prepared and to know what to expect when you get to that certain stage. Below are the FAQs for the on-boarding process:

What do I need to provide to complete the on-boarding?

We have an on-boarding pack that we will send over to you when you have accepted the offer with a list of everything that is required. You will need to provide a few scans, a few forms will need to be complete/signed, along with confirmation of your earliest available start date, your worker payment method, referee details, and information on any security clearance you hold.

What scans do I need to provide?

We will need copies of ID (Passport/Driving Licence), proof of address (Driving Licence/Utility Bill/Bank Statement), and proof of NI number (P45/P60). It also depends which operating method you will be using, as if you are using your own Limited Company a few extra scans will be required.

What documents do I need to complete/sign?

There are a few documents that will need to be completed/signed, such as a Confidentiality Agreement, Declaration of Interest, and a Security Clearance form.

Why do I need to provide referee details?

As part of the BPSS check that is carried out for each successful candidate, 3 years worth of professional references are required to confirm the candidate’s work history. We would require contact details of someone who could confirm working dates at every position you have been in for the last 3 years. We will then collect the references on your behalf.

I will be using an Umbrella company but not sure who to use, do you have any recommendations?

If you are unsure which Umbrella company to choose, we are partnered with a couple of Umbrella companies that provide excellent service and we would highly recommend using. If you are interested, just let us know and we can set up a call between yourselves and the Umbrella company to discuss the next steps.

The role requires security clearance that I don’t hold, what happens next?

The process will be different depending which security clearance is required for your position. If a Basic Disclosure Scotland is required, you will have been advised by your recruiter to apply for this at interview stage to avoid delays as the process can take up to 14 days to complete.  As soon as you receive the Disclosure Scotland certificate, please inform your recruiter ASAP.

If either SC or CTC is required and you do not hold either of these clearance, we will provide you with some additional forms to start the clearance process. Please bear in mind, some departments won’t allow you on site until the clearance is in place, so it may delay your start date slightly whilst you wait for the clearance to be completed.

I have provided all of the on-boarding documents, when can I start?

Once we have the completed on-boarding pack, this will undergo a quality check. On approval, the hiring manager will be informed that your on-boarding pack has passed the quality check and will begin to generate your start date. A confirmed start date can be given on the same day or it could take a few days depending on the department and how urgent the role is. As soon as we receive an update on your start date, your recruiter will be in touch.

I hope the above has helped answer any queries you may have had. If you have any other questions that you cannot see on our FAQs blog posts, please let us know. You can email us at enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk, call us on 01633 548400, or leave a comment below.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

FAQ – Offer Stage

November 17, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

It has started to feel like winter outside lately, having frosted windscreens in the morning and the trees are looking bare now that the leaves have all fallen. Christmas will be here before we know it, not leaving many weeks to get your Christmas shopping done. A few of us in the office have started our Christmas shopping already, some have even finished! Have you started yours yet? Let us know in the comments below.

Over the last few months, we have posted blogs around frequently asked questions we receive from candidates at different stages of the recruitment process.  We have previously looked at FAQs for the Application Stage and for the Interview Stage, this week we are focussing on the Offer Stage. Below is a list of questions we get asked, along with the answers and hopefully they will help you with any queries you may have.

 

You haven’t received any feedback from the hiring manager yet, does this mean I have been unsuccessful?

The length of time to receive feedback (whether it is good or bad news) can vary. We can receive feedback on the same day as the interview, other times it can take a few weeks. I wouldn’t rule out a role if it has been a few days since the interview as hiring managers can take a while to make a decision.

How long do I have to accept the offer?

Once we receive notification of the offer, we will get in touch with you straight away to let you know you have been offered the position. We then have 24 hours to go back and accept the offer.

What is the next step after I accept the offer?

The next step is to complete the on-boarding process. This involves providing scans of documents and completing a few forms. We will also need to collect references to cover your last 3 years work history. Once we have received all of the on-boarding documents, these will be passed on to Capita who will make you compliant and we can then confirm the start date.

When do they want me to start?

The majority of the time, they would like you to start ASAP. Therefore, the quicker the on-boarding process is completed, the quicker we can get you started in the contract. If there is a set start date in place, you will be informed of this and we can work towards getting you in for the date requested.

I have a notice period, will this affect the offer?

Your notice period would have been stated on your application form, therefore the hiring manager would be aware of this at the time of selecting you for an interview. When we accept the offer, we will provide an earliest available start date for you and your notice period will be taken into consideration here and fed back to the hiring manager.

When will I receive a contract?

Once your on-boarding documents have been sent to Capita and you have been made compliant, a start date will be confirmed with the hiring manager and a work order will be created. If you are using a Limited Company, a contract will be written and sent to you within 72 hours of us receiving the work order. If you are using an Umbrella Company, once we receive the work order we will send over your assignment details to your chosen Umbrella Company and they will provide you with the information.

 

Hopefully the above will have helped with any questions that you may have had about the offer stage, but if you think of something that is not listed, just get in touch and one of the team will be happy to have a chat. You can call us on 01633 548400, email us at enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk or leave a comment below. Look out for our next FAQ blog to come in a few weeks time, which will focus on on-boarding.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

FAQs – Interview Stage

October 20, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope Storm Ophelia didn’t affect too many people at the start of this week. Where we are in South Wales, we just missed the storm passing over the UK, although we did experience the dark, orange sky from the back end of Ophelia, dragging up dust from the Sahara. It was a strange atmosphere as it went really dark and the sun turned red. Did anyone else experience the orange sky?

Back at the start of September we posted a blog on FAQ when applying for a role. This week we have moved onto the next stage, which is getting an interview (keep an eye out in the next few weeks for the blog on FAQ at Offer stage). So below I have put together a list of questions we get asked frequently when it comes to being offered an interview and attending, the answers should hopefully help with any queries you have.

 

How long do I have to accept the interview request?
Once the interview offer has come through, we have 24 hours to accept the request. On some occasions where more than one date/time is given, the quicker you accept the offer, the less likely that slot may be taken by another interviewee.

Can I re-arrange an interview?
When you complete the application form, there is a section for you to enter any dates you would be unavailable for an interview, therefore interviews should come through on days that you would be available. Trying to re-arrange an interview should try and be avoided as there is the risk that the hiring manger may not offer an alternative date/time, especially if they have already interviewed other candidates. Hiring managers put a lot of planning into arranging the interviews, such as booking meeting rooms and arranging for the interview panel to be free on the same day, therefore it is best to accept the offer as an alternative may not be available.

What do I need to take with me to the interview?
You will need to take ID and proof of address along to your interview. Your ID can either be your Passport or Driving Licence. Your proof of address can be your Driving Licence (if not used as your ID), Utility Bill, or Bank Statement. Make sure these are taken with you as some locations may not allow you on site without them.

Will I need to prepare anything?
Depending on the type of role you are going for, they may ask you to prepare a presentation or bring a portfolio of your work. If these are required the recruiter will let you know straight away and provide you with all of the information.

How long is the interview?
Each interview is different, an average interview is usually 45-60 mins, although they can range from 15 to 90 minutes. When the recruiter gives you a call to let you know about the interview they will provide you with the start and end time.

Will I be meeting the interviewer face to face?
The interview can either be a face to face, a phone, or a Skype/video interview. The recruiter will confirm this to you upon letting you know you have been offered an interview. After some phone/video interviews, the hiring manager may want to carry out a second interview and meet face to face with you.

When will I hear back?
There isn’t a specified timeframe to hear back from the hiring manager, you could potentially hear back on the same day or it could take a few weeks. We follow up regularly for feedback after interviews, but hiring managers are not obliged to give feedback. As soon as we have any updates, whether it is good or bad news, the recruiter will always give you a call to let you know the outcome.

Hopefully the answers above will have covered any questions you may have. If you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch, either by commenting below, via our social media, by email, or by phone. Remember our office is now open until 6:15pm if you need to give us a call after you finish work.

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

How to get noticed on LinkedIn

October 6, 2017 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon,

It has started to feel a lot colder this week, Autumn has definitely begun! Looking out of the office window the leaves are starting to turn orange and soon all of the green will disappear and winter will be here before we know it. So, onto the blog, LinkedIn is a great platform for the professional world, it allows you to connect with people that could help in your career. It is a great way for people looking for work to: advertise their skills, show their previous experience, and show how they could be a great asset to an organisation. Over the past few months, we have noticed that candidates looking for their next position are not using LinkedIn to its full potential and they may be missing out on finding/being approached for new positions. So this week our blog is going to give some tips to help you get noticed on LinkedIn when you are looking for work.

The headline on your profile is very important to keep updated as this is the first thing people see when looking at a LinkedIn profile. If you are available and actively looking for work, make sure this is stated in your headline and people will know straight away you are available and are more likely to continue reading through your profile. Include key words such as: actively looking/seeking, currently available, and/or contractor, as these key words will bring you up in more search results.

The ‘Experience’ section on your LinkedIn profile shows where you have previously worked and what experience you have gained. It is essential that this section of your profile is kept up to date and is in detail, as it is useful for other users to see your latest position and get an idea on what kind of roles you would be looking for. Additionally, if recruiters have a position available, having a detailed description will help the recruiter identify whether you are a good fit for the position. This will help reduce wasted time for both the candidate and the recruiter.

If you are actively seeking new work or you are a contractor who looks for work quite often, having your contact details visible on your profile is very helpful. If you are a 1st connection with someone, they can view your contact details if you have entered them onto your account, but for 2nd and 3rd connections, details are not always visible until the connection request has been accepted. Waiting for someone to accept a request can range from a few minutes, to a few days, or even a few weeks and if a recruiter has a position with a tight deadline, having your email address and/or phone number in your profile summary will allow the recruiter to get in touch straight away, and not risk losing a great candidate.

Instead of waiting for recruiters to get in touch with you about a new position, why not follow recruitment company pages on LinkedIn? On EGB’s LinkedIn page, we post out new roles daily, so you can keep an eye on any new roles and not miss submitting an application. If you see a role on our LinkedIn page that you are interested in and would like more information, just leave a comment on the post or give the office a call.

Looking for a new position can sometimes be easy but other times it can be challenging, so it is always best to make sure you are doing everything you can to help secure your next opportunity. Following the tips above will help recruiters notice you on LinkedIn and help get you to the next stage. Drop us a comment below and let us know if you found these tips useful, or if you have any other tips that would benefit other candidates.

Have a great weekend,

Sheree