Looking ahead to 2020, we would like to wish all our clients every success in the year to come. Whether you will be recruiting rising stars for your business or searching for your next exciting challenge, we look forward to helping you bring all the perfect pieces together.
Before the festive celebrations get underway we thought we’d share some of our top recruitment advice for businesses and candidates to mull over in the quieter moments between Christmas and New Year.
We hope you find some helpful tips, inspiration and plenty of food for thought below.
Ocean Edge look forward to working with you in 2020 and bringing you even more top recruitment advice in the next 12 months. Drop into our London or Southampton offices, call us on 023 8000 1153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you are thinking of taking your career to the next level it’s essential to have a strong personal brand.
Your personal brand is what you want people to think about you; whether they meet you for the first time at a networking event or stumble across your social media profiles online. How you brand yourself needs to be consistent and authentic.
In a digital world this is more important than ever as employers use the internet to search for new staff and research potential candidates. You want them to get the best impression and a sense of who you are.
If you are considering applying for a new job or have been turned down for a job and are unsure why, then it’s time to conduct a personal brand audit. Here’s how:
Audit your social media profiles
Most people now have at least one social media profile, maybe several. While you may not use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for work, you still need to be conscious of what you are posting there.
Even if you set your social media profiles to private it can still be possible for some information to be seen, particularly your profile picture.
Review what details are publicly available, adjust your privacy settings and make sure your profile picture is consistent with the personal brand you want to promote.
Next, consider what you are posting on your social media. What impression would it give a potential employer? Even if your profile is private, it’s best to self-moderate the things you share.
Optimise your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is one of the most useful online tools you have as a job candidate. If you don’t already have a profile then now is the time to set one up.
Spend some time making sure you perfect your LinkedIn profile. You need to include:
A professional profile picture.
A compelling headline about you – this should say what you actually do and specialise in; not just your job title. Share your industry and your skills.
Fill out the personal profile and skills sections. Don’t be shy, include everything people need to know about you. The more you write, the easier it will be for employers to find you when they search LinkedIn for people with particular talents.
When you have created a strong personal brand on LinkedIn:
Connect with people you know.
Ask your contacts for endorsements.
Post to your timeline about the projects you are working on, news within your industry, and resources that you think would be useful to others. And engage with other people’s posts.
Find and join LinkedIn groups related to your industry and career interests. This may be where you connect with your next employer.
Promote your expertise on a blog
Blogging makes it possible for everyone to share their expertise online. Think about the skills and bank of advice you have built up during studies or in your career that others will find useful. Create a blog to share this and build a strong personal brand.
If the thought of setting up your own website sounds complicated, don’t worry. LinkedIn allows you to post articles from your profile and Medium is an easy and free to use blogging platform.
Finding a new job
If you interested in building your personal brand because you are looking for new opportunities, then take a look at our services for candidates. Ocean Edge has nearly 20 years experience helping candidates find the perfect job in the affordable housing sector.
If you are looking for a new job you’ll find that companies are using psychometric assessments as part of their recruiting process more and more often. Recruitment is an expensive business and including a personality assessment in the interview process can help employers to pick the best candidate first time.
Naturally, applicants who are eager to do well may ask themselves ‘how do I score high on a psychometric test?’. Well, there is good news; you can’t fail a psychometric assessment.
What are psychometrics?
Psychometrics are all about trying to understand you as an individual and what makes you tick by testing you with numeracy, literacy and logic based questions. Your answers suggest whether you are: a logical thinker or dynamic; a caring individual or someone capable of making a tough decision; or a big picture person or someone who enjoys detail.
There are positives to be found in all these behaviours and jobs that will suit every individual. Employers use psychometric assessments alongside interviews, group tasks and practical ability tests to make sure they find the best match for the particular role they are advertising.
That’s why there’s no cheat sheet that will work in every scenario – every job, team and company is unique.
Tips for taking a psychometric assessment
So, what do you need to do to perform at your best in a psychometric assessment?
No employer will base their decision to employ solely on psychometrics. It is just one factor in the assessment process. Be prepared for the test to be timed. Try to stay calm and get through as much as you can, leaving tougher questions and coming back to then at the end.
Be yourself and answer honestly
Many assessments include systems designed to identify people who are answering in a way that indicates they are trying to influence the assessment. If your responses suggest a wildly different personality to the one you show under interview you are just likely to get more questions!
Apply for the right jobs
Think carefully about the kind of job you are suited to and the type of company you want to work for. If you are applying for the right job for you, the assessment is likely to indicate this and suggest you are a good fit.
Look at some sample questions. There are lots of websites that allow you to take basic psychometric assessments for free, such as www.assessmentday.co.uk. You will quickly see there is no right or wrong answer.
If you take psychometric testing as part of a recruitment process, even if you do not get the job, you can request the results from the employer’s HR team. This could be useful for future testing.
Finding your perfect job
If you are looking for new opportunities then take a look at our services for candidates. Ocean Edge has nearly 20 years experience helping candidates find the perfect job in the affordable housing sector.
If we put you forward for a job where psychometric testing is required we will help you through the process and iron out any concerns. If the test is via email or online we can tell you when and how to access it, and the deadline for completion.
Recruitment agencies can help you find the right job, but the search starts with you. First, you need to know what you want to find, so imagine you’re looking at job adverts and your ideal job is staring back at you; what does it say and offer you?
Here at Ocean Edge, it’s our mission to help you find that perfect role. But that doesn’t mean we lead the way. Only you can envisage what your dream job looks like. Here’s how:
What motivates you?
Be clear about what motivates you. What makes you smile about your job? What’s been your greatest career achievement to date? And what aspects of your current role would you take to a new job, if you could, and which would you gladly give the elbow?
Once you know what drives you, it’ll be easier to find a role that offers you a challenge you enjoy in an organisation that matches your style and direction of travel.
Think outside the box
Sometimes organisations or roles you’ve ruled out before can offer you the exact challenge you’re looking for. Don’t limit yourself by sector or business size. Think outside the box and look at the overall challenge. This could be the start of a fantastic new journey in a business where you can make a difference.
Avoid factoring in too many personal preferences about your ideal commute time, salary or private health care packages when deciding whether or not to apply for a job. Your career priorities should always be focused on what motivates you first.
Without an element of flexibility on the financial and logistical benefits of a role, you could find yourself passing up that dream job. In two decades of coaching candidates, experience has shown us that career moves based solely on salary, location or company benefits tend to be short-lived.
Think of each job as a stepping stone
It’s very rare that a job is for life. You’re more likely to move from project to project, and that’s the best way to look at any career move. Joining a new organisation is your opportunity to help it get from A to B in its business plan.
Once you’ve achieved that goal then it might be time to move to a new organisation for a fresh challenge. This is one way to ensure you continually grow your experience, add value to your employers, and achieve fulfilment from your career.
Know your value
When you begin the search for your dream job it’s vital to understand your unique selling points. What is it that makes you such a desirable employee? And what impact have you made in your current role?
These things are your value – they separate you from the crowd and illustrate what you could bring to a new organisation. On the flip side, they also reveal what you need from a job. If a potential employer can’t give you the opportunity to use your talents, then their role might not be for you.
You are the key to finding your dream job
You’re the most important part of finding your dream job. Once you know what you want from the next step in your career journey then you’ll be better placed to discover the opportunities that’ll drive you.
Why register with Ocean Edge?
If any of this has resonated with you then we’d love to help you achieve your career goals. Ocean Edge is a recruitment consultancy with nearly 20 years’ experience in finding the right candidates for the affordable housing and property sectors. We understand the opportunities within the market place and have a strong track record in putting candidates on the road to their dream job.