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The seven attributes for a world of hybrid work

Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and the Internet of Things, have been called the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ by The World Economic Forum (WEF) executive chairman Klaus Schwab. The CMI (Chartered Management Institute) recently published an blog analyzing of some the attributes needed for this new revolution.

1. Critical thinking

Dealing with complex and ambiguous challenges and being able to appraise data and information from diverse sources, then critically evaluate ideas and assumptions and assimilate information quickly to make decisions is in top demand according to the CMI.

2. An agile mindset

Learning on the fly and applying new learnings quickly as businesses face a fluid and evolving operating context.

3. Digital leadership and flexibility

It will continue to be important to drive innovation and optimise efficiency using digital technologies. A workforce who have the foresight and willingness to embrace technological change will do well.

4. Building relationships

On the flip side the continued use of automation will put more emphasis on social skills that cannot be easily replicated by machines. Moving to remote and hybrid working will create new challenges in organisational collaboration. Emotional intelligence and social skills will be critical, as people need to connect proactively, build connections and establish trust in virtual and face-to-face settings.

5. Embracing diversity

The need for diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces, leaders and employees ensuring they are proactively seeking out diverse perspectives for idea-creation and problem-solving. Homophily is the death of creativity.

6. Resilience

In a world of rapid change, personal and organisational resilience to pressure and uncertainty is vital. Failure needs to become a driver for growth and individuals will require personal resilience to help cope with setbacks and change. At the same time, leaders need to be creating supportive work climates that help to build well-being for all.

7. Growth mindset

A positive growth mindset, focused on maximising opportunities and accepting what can and can’t be controlled. Employees will need to be ready to embrace new responsibilities and the chance to develop new skills.

Whilst no-one can be sure what the next decade will bring, the likelihood is, that the future of work will continue to be fluid and fast moving. Having or cultivating these 7 attributes will help maximise success in the new “industrial revolution”.

At EW Recruitment we are dedicated in providing you with the best personal recruitment service. Please Contact us  and we will be there every step of the way to help you in the process. Providing you with support on how to prepare and impress.  Check out  our tips, hints and support article and remember to Follow us on linkedin and Like our facebook page. For even more help with your search read our article Advice to find a new job.

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How to boost your confidence at a job interview

How to boost your confidence at a job interview when the world is opening up again but you haven’t been back into the office for a while and your confidence is rock bottom. Here are 7 tips to help boost your confidence at a job interview

How to boost your confidence

1) Try to connect with the interviewers

Everyone want to work in an environment they like to it stands to reason that in an interview it’s important to come across as likeable. So,  focus on building a rapport with your interviewer rather than impressing him or her. The relaxed you can be the more you will come across as your “authentic” self.

Focus on Connection rather than performance

2)Breathing techniques can help to boost confidence

Relaxation and confidence go hand in hand. So breathing and mindfulness exercises can be helpful.  When we are anxious our blood flows away from our brains as we are in fight or flight mode, and our cognitive functions can suffer.  Slow, deep breaths will bring the oxygen back to your brains and help you to think clearly.

Relaxation and confidence go hand in hand

3) You are on your side – Be kind to yourself before the interview!

Act like your own best friend and try to rephrase any critical negative thoughts that come into your head.  It is up to you to tell the interview panel what you have to offer, they are not mind readers after all!  Don’t be afraid to sell yourself. What would your best friend say about you ? Say the same to yourself.

Don’t be afraid to sell yourself.

4) Relaxation exercises can curb anxiety

Its important to focus on the present moment, either by concentrating on your breathing or being present in your body for a few moments. It will help calm you down. In the interview remember to speak slowly, its perfectly acceptable to pause and think through answers, slowing down and thinking through answers. May take a bit of practice but will pay dividends. Don’t be afraid of silences. Sometimes leaving pauses in your sentences will help you take command  of the situation.

Focus on the present moment

5) Imagine success

Picturing yourself being successful at an upcoming job interview will give a boost to your confidence and self-esteem. Before you go in start visualising a successful interview: imagine how you walk to the room, shake the interviewer’s hands and answer the questions with confidence. This technique will help calm any pre-interview nerves.

Having a strong belief that you are the best person for the job really helps you relax and feel more confident. Also if , in the unlikely event of someone else getting the job, having a positive mind set means it makes it easier to accept and think of it as learning curve rather than a crunching blow.

You are the best person for the job

6) Prepare Prepare Prepare!

Going into an interview with prepared answers for most questions, takes the pressure off and you walk in confident you’ll know your stuff. To make sure you’re well-equipped, rehearse potential interview answers with a friend.

Look at the skills, experience, knowledge and personal qualities you have and think of examples showing how you developed these. It’ll make all the difference to your confidence.

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7) Smile!

 Before an interview, welcome any anxiety. Thank it for coming and smile that its here. Now you’ve acknowledge  the nerves what them go away and walk in ready to smash that interview !

Good Luck!

At EW Recruitment we are dedicated in providing you with the best personal recruitment service. Please Contact us  and we will be there every step of the way to help you in the process. Providing you with support on how to prepare and impress.  Check out  our tips, hints and support article and remember to Follow us on linkedin and Like our facebook page. For even more help with your search read our article Advice to find a new job.

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Commonly asked Interview questions…and how to answer them

Commonly asked interview questions.

After the last year it’s no surprise that many of us are interview rusty. This post looks at the top commonly asked interview questions and gives some tips on how to answer them.

Commonly asked questions

Question 1:  TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.

What they really want to know: Who do you think you are? And will you know what to leave in and what to leave out? Break it down, rehearse, breeze it. Make your answer sound natural by practicing.

Question 2:  WHY ARE YOU APPLYING FOR THIS JOB?

Real Question: What can you do that we need? Do you know what we need? Reflect the job spec in your answer. Discuss their needs before yours.

Question 3: WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST STRENGTHS?

Real Question: Do you really know yourself — and what our problem is here? Answer with the job description in mind. Go beyond adjectives such as “hard-working” and “trust-worthy”. Give examples.

Question 4:  WHERE WILL YOU BE IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME?

Real Question: Are you after this job or just any job? How soon will you need a new challenge? Do you have a realistic sense of what we offer you? If you do not know, calmly say so — it is only natural. “I want to be doing your job!” is usually a fail — it’s too confrontational. One honest reply is to acknowledge you are there to talk about the job on offer, not the job it leads to. Also, use the opportunity to detail your achievements.

Question 5:  WHAT DO YOUR CO-WORKERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT YOU?

Real Question: Do you sound calm or wary about this? Are you self-aware or just self-conscious? This catches out people not been telling the whole truth, so use true examples.

Question 6:  HOW WOULD YOU MANAGE YOUR WORK IF NOT IN THE OFFICE?

Real Question: The world is unpredictable. Can you handle the unexpected? Be specific about what you would do — that simple.

Question 7:  HAVE YOU IMPROVED IN THE LAST YEAR?

Real Question: Are you ready to be challenged and learn from your mistakes? This tests self-knowledge, resilience and ability to improve in less strong areas. Aim to convince the interviewer you are happy to accept a challenge and learn from the experience.

Need help? We are dedicated in providing you with the best personal recruitment service, based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Please Contact us  and we will be there every step of the way to help your job search. Whether it be for admin jobs or office jobs.  Check out  our tips, hints and support article and remember to Follow us on linkedin and Like our facebook page. For even more help with your search read our article Advice to find a new job.

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Looking for work? Look your best

Looking for work? Look your best

Looking for work is never easy but its even worse if you’ve been out of employment for a while and need to dress to impress.

Dress to impress

 

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We’ve got some tips on nailing a new job and refreshing your CV. Let’s get everyone working!

Everyone working

We are dedicated in providing you with the best personal recruitment service. Please Contact us  and we will be there every step of the way to help you in the process. Providing you with support on how to prepare and impress.  Check out  our tips, hints and support article and remember to Follow us on linkedin and Like our facebook page. For even more help with your search read out article Advice to find a new job.

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Ten tips to make a success of flexible working

Ten tips to make a success of flexible working to mull over as there is a renewed sense of optimism for staff who are looking to a future of flexible or “hybrid” working.

It’s an exciting time for businesses who are exiting “survival mode” are looking to embrace the new normal. The trend for businesses is not “how do we go back to the old way of working” but rather is this our opportunity to learn some positive lessons from the past year and break out of the traditional 9-5 model.

Ten tips to make a success of flexible working

So what will this new exciting future look like?

Not every industry will be able to shift to a remote, nor would want to, with industries such as manufacturing and distribution always needing a majority of staff, on site. The new normal will clearly look different for every business.

The question is how can technologies and practices adopted over the course of the pandemic be used to drive businesses forward in a period of growth. To the benefit of both staff and company leaders. The past 12 months has demonstrated the ability of organisations to adapt and clearly, there is optimism about the return to the workplace as people recognise the positive social drivers for going into the office.

Over the pandemic many businesses now see that a mixture of working from home  with a few days required to attend offices is the way forward. So lets look at some tips to make this a success:

Ten tips to make a success of flexible working:
  1. Open and honest communication –  foster trust and engagement through organisations through regular and honest communications.
  2. Ensuring working teams are scheduled in the office collectively- schedule team members to be working in the office on the same days. Collaborative working will help spark the new ideas business needs to gain a competitive advantage.
  3. Adapting working hours- A return to the workplace doesn’t have to mean a return to rigidity. Allowing employees the flexibility to adapt their start/end times to suit their needs if in the office.
  4. Book a Desk-  implement desk booking services to ensure an easy and safe flow of workers in and out of the premises and allow teams to arrange their schedules in advance.
  5. Reports on flexible working- keep a close eye on productivity in and out of the office via the normal systems and provide regular reports in order to change and adapt again if needed.
  6. Equipment management- us a cloud based system to order and track employee equipment. Making them as portable as possible.
  7. Encouraging the use of annual leave- Making sure that employees use holiday time and not flexible time as their “downtime”!
  8. Reassess your office space -Ensuring the office is future proofed for hybrid working-: Are you set up to accommodate a mix of remote and on premise workers? Do you need as much space? Audit what you have and adapt. Others are.
  9. Social activities- ensure that office or virtual based days still ensures that each employee, regardless of location, is receiving the same level of engagement.
  10. Fostering a team mind set- make every effort to keep a team mindset at the centre of all you do. Use cloud based systems to help facilitate a flow between office and home.

What will this new normal look like? Have a read. Check out some of our flexible jobs on our job search page and our advertised jobs on Reed. The future looks bright… lets get everyone working!

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Nail that new job !

Nail that new job !

The sun is finally shining, the clocks have changed and days are getting longer. Is there any better way to celebrate than nailing that new job? To help you along, whether you have been searching for a while or are new to it all,  here are four great tips to give you a spring job search boost and nail that new job!

Looking for a new job

Clean up your CV

Don’t make these mistakes! Review or update your CV; companies take on average 6 seconds to decide whether they want to look further at a candidate. So make sure yours stands out by ensuring it’s layout is clear and not too long. Only include the basics of your previous roles and any important points which relate to the new job you are applying for. Any further details needed to nail the post can be discussed over the phone or in an interview.

Get to know us!

We are a friendly bunch and really believe in building a one to one relationship with our candidates. We will listen to your needs and experiences and match them to jobs we currently have or keep you in mind for future roles. Always remember to respond to any emails and calls and take onboard any feedback we provide. We speak directly to your potential employers and are responsible for selling you,  so make sure you let us get to know you well. Get the best out of EW Recruitment.

Polish up your interview skills

Interviews can be pretty daunting, especially if you haven’t been to one in a while.  Remember, they don’t have to be scary! Your dedicated Recruiter at EW Recruitment will be there every step of the way to help you in the process, providing you with support on how to prepare and impress at each stage.  With us, a one of the leading recruitment agencies in Hertfordshire UK in your corner there is no need to worry and with our tips, hints and support you are sure to nail that new job

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Spring clean your career and find your new dream job!

Spring clean your career and find your dream job with these 8 actions to take for that professional spring boost.

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Embracing the new normal

Embracing the new normal, as we adjust to life post pandemic, many people are very experienced at working remotely. Technology has advanced so much that it is now almost easy to work practically anywhere with Wi-Fi. Instant communication and collaboration are possible with so many great tools.lady on pink1 1

Millennials, in particular, have grown up familiar with using technology to communicate cheaply and effectively and expect flexibility in their working life as a result.

Some benefits  of embracing the new normal

1. No commuting – less arriving late and/or stressed due to train or traffic problems and staff not paying petrol or for tickets.

 

2. Stress is reduced – stress in the workplace is a huge cost to the economy. Stress is dramatically lowered, so health problems relating to stress are lowered. There is more time for exercise which obviously boosts health. You can replace some of the commute time with activity time.

 

3. Reduced Office Costs – a financial drain on many businesses. Obviously the more people you have in the office at any one time, the more space you need and that costs money.

 

4. You can find talent anywhere in the world, especially in industries with a skills shortage – and not have to relocate anyone. More diverse backgrounds are great for creativity.

 

5. Productivity is higher – as less distractions and staff can get comfortable and focused. You can wear what you feel most productive in.

 

6. A happy workforce and increased morale means greater staff retention. You can live and work wherever makes you happy, with a great work-life balance.

 

Many of our jobs now include the option of working from home. Check out our jobs or give us a ring

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Find that job!

If you are you doing lots of  remote applying right now, here is a list of 9 tips to use your valuable time most efficiently and find that job !

1. Create proper job search plan

Really think about your weekly schedule and when you have or can make pockets of time. If you’re particularly busy, this may be more complicated so think about how much of a priority it is for you. If something is important to you, you will find time, it just sometimes takes a little creativity and juggling.

Incorporate planning tools – there are plenty of apps out there that use timers and the like so you are focused and get straight to the task when you don’t want to allow yourself to be distracted. If not focused you will probably make mistakes.

 

2. Organise your application materials

it is widely recommended to personalise your CV and cover letter for each job. But do this strategically. Create a template of both that can be amended quickly and accurately and it still becomes a completely personalised application to the employer.

If you’re applying for a few different types of position, have core templates for each type.  Then only minimal tweaking is required and you save a lot of wasted time by being proactive.

If you have different types of template, make sure they are named it clearly so the wrong one doesn’t go to the wrong job.

 

3. Track your progress

Ideally keep a record of everyone you applied to and when, the materials you used and when you followed it up. You won’t apply for the same job twice, or keep re-reading the same job description.

You can also use it to track success rates, for example, number of interview invitations per application. Then you can use that to inform how you approach your applications in future.

 

4. Boost your skills

Work out where you are most lacking when it comes to the skillsets of that dream job, and see where you can learn to do it better. Read a book on it, or take advantage of the plethora of courses you can do online to erase that skills gap on your CV. A If you are unemployed, it will keep yourself employable while you boost your skills and it is a great way to stay busy. It shows employers that you are motivated when it comes to bettering yourself.

if you are able to afford it, volunteer work or low-paid jobs can also really improve your skills and make you more employable.

 

5. Networking

There may be local events for professionals in your area designed for networkers that you can take advantage of.

Get involved in industry conversation, on and offline. Take advantage of LinkedIn and ensure your profile is completely up to date as it is the first place many recruiters still look. Have you had any mentors or former colleagues the past that you can get back in contact with? Reach out to as many people in your field as you can think of and make sure they all know that you’re looking for a job.

 

6. Come up with specific ideas on ways the employer can improve their business

Ideas such as ways to save money or increase efficiency, or potential sales/marketing campaigns, will be an enormous asset. Properly organise them and give each a lot of thought.

 

7. Start a blog 

Take the opportunity to show off everything you know about your chosen field and share it with others with the opportunity to discuss. If you are an expert in your industry you will be a credit to your employer. It helps if you are passionate about the subject.

 

8. Treat your job hunt as a full-time job

If you are not currently in employment, make sure that you commit a similar amount of time and dedication as a full-time role. This also keeps you in good habits ready for employment.

 

9. Take breaks

As searching for a job can be incredibly stressful, it is particularly important to ensure that you get sufficient downtime to relax and be calm. So exercise, like a walk, can really help to calm. Catch up with friends and make sure you are taking car e of yourself with keep your head screwed on.

Good luck !

Interested ? We are dedicated to providing you with the best personal recruitment service. Please contact us  and we will be there every step of the way to help you in the process, providing you with support on how to prepare and impress at each stage.  Check out  our tips, hints and support article and remember to follow our social media for more help with your job search.

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Getting the most out of EW Recruitment

woman on pink1Candidates can really boost their chances when they know how to take advantage of our knowledge and connections in the best way. Here are 8 tips to help:

1. Make contact or meet in person to build a relationship

Your relationship with us is all about clear and open communication. A great partnership and the way you talk to us will be reflected in how we talk about you to employers.

Build rapport in conversations and let us get to know more than just what your CV says. You become more memorable the more you get in touch and ask questions.

We know our clients and our industries well, so take advantage. If you see a job on our site that makes you excited, you could always get ahead of the competition and give us a call about it before you even apply to discuss their priorities and culture.

2. Reliability and honesty

Any successful relationship is build on honesty and trust.

Be open about your history as we can only help what we know. Dishonesty or leaving out information can damage credibility. If there is something that you think is negative in your job history, think of what you learned from the situation or what steps you took to improve it.

Be as reliable as possible. Especially when dealing with interviews, for example if you can’t attend. It is vital you inform EW Recruitment in adequate time as these things are remembered.

3. Focus

If you know what you want out of your career, don’t be vague. Tell us your journey and what you want next. Specifics like the companies you would most like to work for help our team find what you need and are taken more seriously.

4. Flexibility and realistic expectations

As above, we like people who know what they want and will find jobs that match as best we can. However, you may need to show some flexibility or compromise on your requirements, especially if your job search is urgent.

It can be a challenge, but try to make time to attend interviews within your schedule and return our messages from our team if you are serious about getting that job.

Resilience throughout the process is related to managing expectations.
The world of recruitment is ever changing, and circumstances can change quickly. If a role is withdrawn, something will come along soon enough.

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5. Proactivity

You must take responsibility for your own career search by being proactive. Don’t be afraid to chase our team for updates/feedback – this will be viewed in a positive light as it demonstrates commitment.

6. Use our knowledge

EW Recruitment knows and understands their clients and what they want to see at interview. We also have a lot of experience when it comes to interview techniques. Even the best interviewees can improve or learn something new – take advantage of what we can offer.

7. Let us do our thing

Agree communication preferences with your consultant and trust that it is in everyone’s interest to get you into the right role.

8. Stay in touch

Let us know how you’re getting on when you start in a new role. The best part of our job is hearing of all your successes and how much you’re enjoying your new job.

Please also keep us updated if your circumstances change.

Hopefully taking all of these into account will help your experience as a job seeker and give you the edge.

Interested ? We are dedicated to providing you with the best personal recruitment service. Please contact us  and we will be there every step of the way to help you in the process, providing you with support on how to prepare and impress at each stage.  Check out  our tips, hints and support article and remember to follow our social media for more help with your job search.

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