Getting the most out of your job search with LinkedIn

At Pursuit we pride ourselves on the advice and expertise we can pass onto our candidates to help them find the next step in their career.

This week we are focusing on LinkedIn. Many people overlook the importance of having a professional presence on social media. Over the years, LinkedIn has become a major player in the recruitment industry. Not only for employers and recruitment agencies, but also for candidates!

Think of it as a platform for your professional experience and a live version of your CV. It can bring your experience to life and make you stand out. It is the perfect way to highlight your USPs.

A typical LinkedIn Profile will highlight the following information

  • Professional Summary
  • Job qualifications
  • Employment history
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Experience
  • Volunteering
  • Articles you have posted
  • Content you have commented on / Liked.

Many employers will also look for you on LinkedIn ahead of inviting you to interview – therefore you need to ensure you are portraying the right ‘brand’. Ensure that your profile is complete and includes all the information that sum’s up your experience and skills – professionally.

We have put together some highlights of our recommendations when it comes to getting your LinkedIn profile in shape!

Ensure your profile is complete. Spellchecked and Grammar checked.

This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised at how many people still have spelling mistakes on their LinkedIn profiles and CVs. Get someone to proof read your profile for you with fresh eyes. Sometimes when you have been staring at something for a long time you can easily miss the simple mistakes.

Having a full profile will ensure that there are no gaps for future employers should they be looking for specific information.

Building your brand

Whilst LinkedIn is a social media platform, you need to remember it is for professional networking. It is important that your profile picture is a professional (and recent) headshot.

Ensure the language you use (your tone of voice) is consistent with your professional brand – after all the profile of a sales person will look very different to that of a HR professional.

Consider the posts that you comment on, groups that you follow and posts that you share. Remember all of this information is on view to future employers.

Provide Quality Detail

Your LinkedIn profile has no limit on length – so be as detailed as you want to be. Our Marketing Manager recommends that whilst you can add more detail, it is important to keep things succinct and simple to read / digest. Use bullet points and avoid repetition.

Give yourself a Headline

Sell yourself in 10 words – keep it short and snappy. If you are currently unemployed there is nothing stopping you opening with – OPEN TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES or SEEKING NEW EMPLOYMENT.

Don’t hold back on your Summary

This is the place where you will highlight exactly who you are / your experience and will be the section that will make or break reading the rest of your profile. Don’t be afraid to use bullet points, and keep it to a few succinct sentences. Have you got a strong Personal Statement on your CV? This is a great place to start for completing this section of your LinkedIn Profile.

Use Keywords!

When recruiters and employers are looking for your detail they will search using key words for your experience. This can include your job title, industry, qualifications. Start by brainstorming all the professional keywords you would use to describe yourself and ensure these are present within your profile. The use of keywords will also help your Linkedin profile appear in google!

Get Recommended and Endorsed

Think of this as a reference! The more recommendations and endorsements you have, the more credible your profile will appear to future employers.

You can save out your profile to a PDF!

You can even save out your LinkedIn profile to use as a CV. Whilst we would not recommend this, it may be a useful tool to take a long to an interview as a leave behind. However, what it can be good for is a starting point to creating your CV if you have not got a working document already. Once you have completed all your details on your profile, if you download the PDF you can then convert it into a Word Document and edit this into your professional CV – saving you time!

Instructions on how to download your CV as a PDF

Please remember you will still have to edit the document and the format into a working CV. Take a look at our top tips for creating your CV to help you.

Now your set up – take a look at some of our Next Step recommendations:

Build your network

Don’t be afraid to use LinkedIn. Having a strong network will make you more visible and increase your chances of being successful on LinkedIn. The more connections, the more opportunities that can arise. Remember though, whilst you may have a number of connections you need to ensure they are the right ones! Start with people you know and people within your industry / line of work. Connect with old colleagues, People you went to college / university with. If you are actively seeking new employment, connecting with recruitment consultants and HR professionals would be recommended. You can connect with our team here!

Lorraine Phair

Samantha Chambers

Courtney Bromfield

Sarah Palmer

Need tips on connecting with people on LinkedIn? Read the Linkedin guide here https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/118/inviting-or-connecting-with-people-on-linkedin?lang=en

 

Get Noticed

Start commenting, liking, sharing. The more active you are the more you are being seen. Direct message your contacts to see if they know of any positions available at their company and connect with HR managers and recruitment professionals in your local area.

Apply via Linked In!

At Pursuit we actively use our company page to advertise new roles as soon as we have them. Not following us? Visit our page and get regular updates!

Also, you can now apply directly to jobs as many companies now advertise on LinkedIn. Find companies you would like to work for and follow them for regular updates.

We hope this information has been useful to you and will always welcome feedback. Please email us on [email protected].


Actively looking for new opportunities? Have you seen our latest Live Vacancies?
Don’t forget, if you are registered with Pursuit to keep in touch with your consultant regarding your availability. We always recommend keeping yourself on our radar so when the right role comes in we think of you first!


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Get in Touch!

If you have any questions or would like to talk to a member of the team, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Call the team today on 01245 362500

Take a Break #WellnessWednesday

Our #WellnessWednesday advice this week to our team is TAKE A BREAK!

Research has shown that taking time out of your day to recharge can improve your well-being and productivity at work.

Over the next few weeks we will be buddying our consultants up and sending them out for lunch on us! But why?

It is easy when you work in a busy environment to work through lunch – with your sandwich in one hand and your hand on the mouse in the other. It is a common assumption that by doing this you will be more efficient and get more done in the day. But in reality, it will lead to less productivity because believe it or not your brain needs time to recharge!

Whether you read a book, go for a walk, get on top of life admin – spending your lunch break productively will increase motivation, relieve stress and keep you focused! But it is important that whatever you do in your lunch break that you step away from your desk! A change of scenery is a must have for a successful lunch break.

Your lunch break does not need to be a long one. The government recommends at least a 30min break for every 4 hours of continuous work. 30 minutes is less scary than an hour.

Socialising is also a big factor in influencing your well-being in the work place. It allows for friendships to grow, promotes strong teamwork and provides a well needed distraction. Whether you have a good gossip or take a break to listen to a podcast together, if possible try and buddy up on your lunch break. That is why we are promoting taking lunch with a buddy to our team.

Tune in to next week’s blog for some top tips to make the most out of your lunch break!

Are you looking for Jobs in your lunch break?! Be sure to get in touch with one of our team today to discuss our latest vacancies! Contact us today on 01245 362500!

Our #ThanksWalter Challenge & the importance of keeping hydrated at work!

This week for #wellnesswednesday we are challenging out team to an ‘8 glasses of Water a day Challenge!’ where we are promoting the benefits of staying hydrated throughout the day!

Promoting the drinking of water is not a new concept – but here at Pursuit we take H2O seriously! We provide our staff with a water cooler so they have access to water whenever they need it.

Introducing Walter.  Walter has been a loyal member of the team for a number of years, sitting quietly taking it all in from a distance. Always ready to jumop into action when needed, often goes un-noticed. Well today we have decided to change that and bring Walter into the limelight.

Whilst it is easy to forget that Walter our Water Cooler exists, we are promoting the importance of staying hydrated to our team. With this in mind, we have decided to run an ‘8 a day Water Challenge’ here at the office this week for #WellnessWednesday. Previous Wellness Wednesdays have included promoting sleep and healthy eating – but this is the first time we have turned the day into a challenge for the team!

wellness wednesday #thankswalter

How it will work.

The Challenge will take place throughout the week and those who have completed the challenge will be rewarded with a prize!

Every time a member of the team gets themselves a glass of water they will call out ‘Thanks Walter!’ and our office manager will be keeping a tally on our daily Walter board!

Why are we promoting drinking water at work?

Keeping hydrated has many health benefits for the individual, but it also affects productivity at work – so something that should not be overlooked by employers! Our bodies are made up of about 60% water – and unlike camels, we have nowhere to store water. We constantly loose water from our body and so it is important to drink regularly throughout the day.

Research has shown that hydration has been linked to work performance and productivity. Our brain is made up of 73% water and therefore as you can imagine, if you are dehydrated your brain is not working at it’s full capacity. Lieberman HR (2007) published findings that has shown that just a 1-2% reduction can reduce our ability to concentrate as well as affecting our cognitive and physical performance. It can also increase feelings of aggression or irritation – and stress!

In fact, Water Logic, Australia, reported that a 3-4% drop in hydration can lead to a drop in productivity of between 25-50%! Below is an infographic that Water Logic published to show the importance of drinking water at work. We thought it was too good not to share!

Improve employee performance through hydration

Here are the top reasons to stay hydrated!

  • Stay focused:Dehydration can lead to lack of energy, difficulty in concentrating, and sub-optimal brain function.
  • Prevent Headaches and Migraines:Dehydration is believed to be a major contributing factor in the occurrence of headaches and migraines.
  • Increase metabolism:Correctly hydrated people are less likely suffer from constipation, which is an excellent reason to increase your water consumption.
  • Improve your mood:Several studies have proven dehydration can lead to negative moods and interfere with a person’s ability to think rationally.
  • Faster Weight Loss:If you are on a calorie-controlled diet, research has shown drinking several litres of water can help boost your metabolism.

Pursuit’s top tips to fight dehydration in the workplace!

  • Provide easy access to water in the office – Install a Walter! Workers with easy access to cool, clean water are far more likely to stay well hydrated.
  • Promote drinking 2 litres of water daily to your staff. The European Food Safety Authority recommends a total water intake of 2.5 litres for men and 2.0 litres for women per day, via food and drink.
  • Break it up into 8 portions:The best way to drink 2 litres every day is to spread it into 8 equal portions. Drinking a glass of water is the easiest way, but you can also get water from a variety of foods including melon, soups, stews, fruit and vegetables.
  • Limit coffee to 4 cups a day:Try to persuade employees to drink no more than 4 cups of coffee / tea a day as caffeine is a leading cause of dehydration.

We hope you have found this information insightful! Here at Pursuit Resources Group, we value our employees and the team are really enjoying our #wellnesswednesday days! We have an exciting programme of activities planned over the coming weeks so be sure to follow us on Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram) and check in on our blog every Wednesday !

References:

Lieberman HR (2007) Hydration and cognition: a critical review and recommendations for future research. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 25, 555S-561S

The Pursuit Resources Group Salary Survey 2019 has landed!

Here at Pursuit Resources Group, we have compiled a comprehensive list of Salary benchmarks for our clients across commercial, industrial and financial positions. As an established recruitment agency in the heart of Essex, we believe in keeping up to date with market trends and recruitment industry data in order to provide a service that goes far beyond a CV.

The data produced in the survey has been researched thoroughly by our team from a diverse range of private and public sector organisations in the local area. Alongside utilising data we have collected ourselves over the past year, our salary benchmarks have also been influenced by industry statistics produced by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The jobs market is still very much candidate driven. Whilst many salaries have remained the same since our last survey, many have seen an increase to attract the right talent. Despite the uncertainty of Brexit the jobs market remains stable, for the time being.

If you would like to receive a copy of our latest salary survey, please get in touch with a member of the team today. You don’t have to be a client of ours to receive the survey, we also offer the document to many local business’ who may need our recruitment experience in the future.

We have also included some practical recommendations to employers from the REC White Paper on the future of Jobs, a copy of which can be supplied – simply get in touch!

If you are recruiting and would like to ensure your salaries are competitive in today’s employment market do not hesitate to get in touch! To contact the team for salary advice and to arrange delivery of your copy, please call  01245 362500 or email [email protected]

Understanding Discrimination Employment Law Seminar in September

Employment Law Seminar – Understanding Discrimination

As you may know, throughout the year Pursuit Resources Group host regular Employment Law Seminars on a variety of Hot Topics for our clients. Our events are FREE TO ATTEND, and are always praised for the professional, informative and informal approach of our expert speaker Cas Carrington, KLC Employment Law Consultants. Our event is held on Wednesday 25th September 2019 at The Lion Inn, Boreham.

Pursuit have been hosting Employment Law Seminars for over 10 years and they have been a huge success offering great value to our clients. If you are studying towards your CIPD, this event will also count towards your CPD points.

Cas is an extremely experienced Employment Law Adviser and tutor who is widely known for her lively informal style of delivering complex Employment Law issues and concepts. She is the author and lead tutor for the CIPD Law on Tour workshops and tutors on the CIPD law courses, including the Advance Level Award in Employment Law and the Postgraduate Certificate in Employment Law.

Our forth coming Employment Law Seminar will cover the topic of ‘Understanding Discrimination’ and in particular;

  • How and when discrimination can occur
  • Who’s protected and who’s liable?
  • The protected characteristics
  • Types of discrimination
  • Justifying discrimination
  • Remedies

We have chosen the topic of ‘Understanding Discrimination’ for our next seminar following suggestions made by some of our clients who attended our previous event in July.

Invites have been sent out to our clients this week – if you have not received yours, you can register your interest for the event on Wednesday 25th September here.  Whilst we do our best to accommodate all requests, we cannot guarantee everyone a place. We reserve first refusal to our clients and those business’ who we have identified as people who may wish to work with us in the future.

If you are an HR professional in Essex and would like to know more about Pursuit Resources Group and the transparent recruitment service we provide, please get in touch. We are an established recruitment agency in the heart of Essex providing permanent and temporary staffing solutions to our clients. We work across the commercial (HR, Marketing, Customer Service, Sales, Administration etc) , industrial and manufacturing and finance industries. We hold a Gangmasters Licence and therefore can service clients in the food and agricultural industry. 

 

 

Sleep – Is it really that important?

Sleep – Is it really that important?

For our #wellnesswednesday insight this week, we are focusing on the importance of sleep.

Last month, HR news  published an article which looked at sleep problems. There where some very interesting facts.

1. the UK loses 200,000 working days a year to absenteeism caused by lack of sleep. Not to mention the accidents, mistakes and impaired productivity that employees suffer when they do show up to work.
2. According to a recent study, Britons get just over six hours sleep per night – as opposed to the recommended eight hours per night. In fact, nearly a third of people in the UK have sleep problems – which equates to as many as 16 million adults.

So what does this mean for employers?

After reading a great article by Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community, in a report by REBA (Reward & Employee Benefits Association), we started to take a little more notice of the importance of good sleep in the workplace. (2)

Louise Aston believes that;

“it’s time for business to wake up to the importance of sleep. Sleep is fundamental to health – as important as food.”

She highlighted the findings of the inaugural Sainsbury’s Living Well Index, published in 2017 and based on a study of 8,250 adults across Great Britain, which revealed sleep quality as the strongest indicator of living well. She believes that it is therefore in employers’ interests to promote the importance of sufficient high-quality sleep to their employees. Business in the Community has published Sleep and recovery: a toolkit for employers, co-produced with Public Health England (PHE) – which gives some very insightful information for employers.

Louise reported that lost sleep can cost businesses up to £30bn a year. Sleep deprivation can also carry risks for all employers: it can compromise safety and lead to potential fatalities, it can cause loss of cognitive function resulting in poor decision-making, and it can lead to general grumpiness that can damage customer service and relationships with colleagues.

So what can employers do to promote sufficient high-quality sleep to their employees?

The Business in the Community toolkit sets out a three-pronged approach:
1. Prevention: this includes good job design and promoting good sleep hygiene (creating the right conditions for a good night’s sleep).
2. Early intervention: including training for line managers on how to spot the signs of fatigue and on having difficult conversations.
3. Active rehabilitation: for example, reinforcing the need to take holiday entitlement. As sleep emerges as a hot topic for employer, we need to fundamentally change our attitudes to it. It is not OK to expect employees to be available around the clock and think of sleep deprivation as an unavoidable occupational hazard.

Know the signs!

Be vigilant and look out for telltale signs of sleep issues (and educate your line managers to do the same). These are signs such as a change in performance, more emotional behaviour, weight changes, high consumption of caffeine and under eye bags and dark circles. If you spot an employee with these issues, ask if they are OK.

As part of our commitment to the team here at Pursuit Resources Group, and as part of our #wellnesswednesday campaign, we delivered a small package of things to all our team to promote a good nights sleep. We included a small bunch of Lavender, some chamomile tea, and a facemask to help them relax tonight after one of our busiest days of the week. We want to ensure we are reminding the team that their wellbeing is important to us.

Pursuit Resources Group are an established recruitment agency based in the heart of Essex. Our team of experienced consultants and managers provide a transparent recruitment experience for our clients that many will say is unrivaled locally. If you would be interested in talking to us in more detail about how we can help with your recruitment needs please do not hesitate to contact us on 01245 362500.

References:

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community • The toolkit is available at https://wellbeing.bitc.org.uk/all-resources/toolkits/sleep-and-recovery-toolkit
(2)Employee Wellbeing Research 2018 – published last year by REC (Recruitment Employment Confederation)

We had a Smashing time with our Wimbledon Competition!

For the past 2 weeks, we have been running a competition with our clients to celebrate one of Britain’s top sporting highlights of the year, Wimbledon!

We have been running this competition for a number of years now and, as a team, we always look forward to it! Whether you are a fan of tennis or not, there is something quite special about Wimbledon – Especially when the sun is out! With Pimms on tap, Prosecco flowing, and an abundance of strawberries and cream, it is an event that is quite quintessentially British! 

As an established recruitment agency in the heart of Essex, we like to regularly get out of the office to meet our clients face to face. Our consultants pride themselves on their relationships with HR professionals and recruiting managers and many of our clients look forward to these small initiatives we run throughout the year!

The team at Pursuit watched the tournament closely and since the beginning of the tournament, our team have been delivering Strawberry’s and Cream as a consolation prize to those who ‘crashed out’. For our winners, we put together a bespoke Fortnum and Mason Hamper which we are delivering throughout the week!

Now that the tournament is over, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our clients for taking part and we hope you enjoyed your Strawberries!

If you are currently recruiting and would like to discuss your requirements with a member of the team, please do not hesitate to get in touch by calling 01245 362500. 

 

Its a Handstand off in the Office!

We are regulated by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.

Did you know that Pursuit Resources Group are licensed by the GLAA (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority)?  Our Gangmaster’s Licence is there to regulate the provision of workers for roles in the UK fresh produce sector.

As a Gangmaster’s Licencee, we can provide temporary workers to  a range of sectors within the fresh produce supply chain including:

  • processing and packaging of all fresh food, drinks and other produce
  • agriculture
  • horticulture
  • shellfish gathering.

The scheme also covers anyone who uses labour to provide a service in the regulated sectors, for example harvesting or gathering shellfish. It also handles administration and office staff who are integral to the business.

If you require workers for any of the above industries, you have to use a recruitment company with a GLAA licence.

You can view Pursuit on the GLAA register here .

For more information on how we can help your business with it’s recruitment needs – please get in touch with our Temporaries Division! Contact the team today on 01245 362500!

Pursuit Resources Group Top Advice for Graduates

You have spent years working towards your degree – now it’s time to put it to use! It is the busiest time of year for graduate recruitment and here at Pursuit, we like to help our graduate candidates ensure they stand out from the crowd in a very competitive market place! We have collated together some advice for those who are actively looking for a new career! Not a graduate? Continue reading! Our tips and advice are just as relevant to you too!

 

Your Options

Some people may know exactly what they want to do with their degree once they graduate – other’s may not have a clue! Our advice is to spend time researching job roles and industries to ensure you have exhausted all options when it comes to finding your perfect career.

Create a winning CV

It’s never too early to ensure your CV is up to date ready to apply for roles as you see them. The graduate market is competitive so it is important to get the paperwork right to ensure you stand our from the crown. Take a look at our blog to help you write a winning CV.

Get to grips with Cover Letters

We have a fantastic blog post on writing a winning cover letter, just because you have not working experience doesn’t mean your cover letter can’t be top class! Recruiters receive 100s of CVs and therefore a cover letter gives you the opportunity to shout about you!

Tailor your Application – EVERY TIME!

When you apply for a role, it may be your degree won’t have that much relevance to the position that you are interested in. Some may be worried by this – but don’t let this put you off! It doesn’t mean you are unsuitable! Focus on the key transferable skills and areas you feel your strengths lie in response to the requirements of the role. Ensure both your CV and Cover Letter are updated to reflect this. Remember – generic CV’s aren’t winning ones!

Research Companies

You may not know, but there are some fantastic websites available to you that can give you an idea into what employees think of working for specific companies. Glassdoor, for example, is a great tool for this. LinkedIn is also a very powerful tool and somewhere we would recommend you get yourself familiar with! Not only for researching companies but also for applying for new opportunities.

Network!

Keep building on your network! The more people you know, the more likely an opportunity is going to arise! Social Media can help with this – ensure you have a strong LinkedIn profile! LinkedIn is a fantastic way to show the corporate world what you are all about!

Not working? Use the time to get experience!

You never know where unpaid work may lead! Getting work experience will not only open doors for prospective future employers, but it can also give you the chance to trial potential career paths to ensure you are making the right choice! Work experience will also help fill gaps in your CV and also will help you gain invaluable exposure that you can use later on future job applications.

Don’t fear rejection!

You are graduating at the same time as many others across the country which makes it a very competitive market! Don’t be scared of rejection. Embrace it. Ensure you ask for feedback from prospective employers to help shape future applications. Feedback on your application / CV is just as important as feedback following an interview. Take comments on board – and if employers are identifying weakness’ find a way to improve – or balance them with showing your strengths.

Have you registered your details with Pursuit Resources Group? We recruit graduates for some fantastic companies in and around the Essex area!

Whilst we may not always have a live job on our website – don’t let this put you off! We work proactively for many of our clients to identify new talent behind the scenes. We also have a large selection of temp-to-perm opportunities for graduates, especially in HR, Marketing, Finance and Sales positions. Register your details with us today and get in touch to discuss your future career prospects!