Tag: Recruitment

  1. How to secure the best candidates

    Hand shakeThe best candidates are in high demand whatever your industry. If you want to interview top talent and add to the expertise in your business then here are some simple steps to follow to optimise your recruitment process:

    Be clear about your expectations

    What skills and experience does your ideal candidate have? Make sure these expectations are clearly set out in job descriptions and adverts so that only the right candidates apply.

    This will save you time sifting through the resumes of people who don’t make the grade or at least make it easier to discount them.

    Look at the talent within your business

    Recruiting from within your business will save time and money. It’s much easier to bring someone up to speed when they know how your organisation works.

    That’s not to mention the impact on staff motivation, morale and loyalty when they see opportunities to progress.

    Share opportunities on your website

    The best candidates will be the ones already interested in your organisation. They will have been looking at your website to research your business and the type of opportunities available. Make sure they find the information they need.

    Add a dedicated ‘work with us’ or ‘job vacancies’ page, and update this regularly with new opportunities. Also use this page to shout about the benefits of working for your organisation to attract the best candidates. Here are some ideas about how to attract and retain top employees.

    Promote your business opportunities on social media

    Once you have perfected the vacancies pages on your website make sure you share them on your social media channels, particularly LinkedIn. If the right candidate is in the market for a new job this is where they will be looking for career opportunities.

    It’s also worth promoting jobs on Twitter and Facebook because of their broad audience. Your followers don’t just include customers, but also job seekers within your industry and region.

    Bring in a specialist recruitment agency

    In order to secure the best candidates you need a thorough application and interview process. A specialist recruitment agency will be able to create a bespoke recruitment campaign for your business, from advertising and headhunting to shortlisting. They may even already know candidates that fit the bill.

    Find out more how a specialist recruitment agency can help you find the best employees to grow your business.

    Ocean Edge has offices in London and Southampton offering recruitment consultancy services to the affordable housing sector.

    For more information about how we can support your organisation with external and internal recruitment get in contact: call 023 8000 1153 or email info@oceanedge.biz.

  2. Why should you use a specialist affordable housing recruitment consultancy?

    Informal meeting over coffeeWhen you are recruiting, your top priority is to employ the perfect candidate, fast. Anything else is a waste of time, money and resources. That’s why, when you work in the affordable housing sector it’s important to use a specialist recruitment agency.

    Here’s the benefits a professional and experienced affordable housing recruitment consultancy can bring to your next recruitment process:

    Knowledge of your sector

    When you are growing your team, get ahead of the game by appointing a recruitment consultancy that knows your sector inside out. They should have a proven track record of working with organisations like yours and be able to anticipate the challenges you face.

    This will save a lot of time in devising a strategy for securing your perfect candidate and will help get them in post quick.

    A thorough process

    To get the best value from a recruitment strategy it needs to be thorough and tailored to your business needs. A specialist recruitment consultancy will offer a bespoke search; headhunting the very best candidates who may not even be looking for a new job; and attracting ideal job seekers through targeted advertising.

    The search will be based on research to identify people who are a strong match for your business, with the skills and experience you need.

    A great recruitment consultancy will then conduct its own interviews with a shortlist of candidates to ensure only the very best are sent to you for consideration.

    Find out more about recruitment techniques for attracting the best candidates.

    They already know your ideal candidate

    A specialist affordable housing recruitment agency will already have an extensive network of people looking to develop their careers within your industry. Your perfect candidate may already be on their database.

    This rich knowledge and talent network will put you in pole position for securing your new team member.

    Experienced temporary staff

    If you are looking for someone to help deliver a specific project, fill a gap or establish a new area of your business, a specialist recruitment agency will be able to offer you experienced interim consultants for short term contracts.

    These are people they already know and trust, so you can be assured they have the ability to hit the ground running.

    Ocean Edge – a specialist affordable housing recruitment consultancy

    We have nearly 20 years experience helping the affordable housing sector find the top candidates for its teams.

    We specialise in working with Housing Associations, Local Authorities, ALMOs, TMOs, private sector consultants, developers and contractors which supply the sector, and private development arms of local authorities. We also have experience of working with large multi-national organisations through to small charities.

    To find out more about our recruitment consultancy services get in contact: call 023 8000 1153 or email info@oceanedge.biz.

  3. 5 ways to retain top employees

    Hand shake Keeping your top performing staff can have a multitude of benefits for your business. They know your organisation; their success is your success; and retaining employees is much more cost effective than endless recruitment.

    So what can you do to stop your best team members looking elsewhere? Here are five ways to retain top employees before it even crosses their minds to scan the internet for new jobs.

    Give them recognition

    Having a staff reward scheme or offering top performing employees perks not only makes them feel valued, it’s also a great motivator.

    Make sure everyone is aware of the scheme and the potential rewards for excelling within your business to spread the incentive to do well. This might include gifts, a cash bonus or holding a staff party.

    Offer flexible working

    Top performers within your business are likely to be putting in their fair share of hours. However, this isn’t always sustainable and may demotivate them in the long run.

    Offer them flexible ways of working in order to gain days back or carry out their hours at a place or time to suit them. Home working, four day weeks and time off in lieu are all options to consider.

    Offer more time off

    Giving your top employees greater work-life balance can be more valuable to them than a pay rise. Extra time off might come in the form of a sabbatical or performance related additional annual leave.

    Invest in them

    Talk to your star employees about their career direction and what training they might need to help them achieve their goals.

    Adding to their skills base will give them job satisfaction and make them feel valued within your business. You will also benefit from their new knowledge and enthusiasm.

    Make sure their salary is competitive

    Money isn’t the be all and end all for every employee, but knowing that they are receiving a fair pay packet for their efforts and expertise will make them more loyal to you.

    Benchmark the salaries you are offering employees against others within your industry. If yours fall short then it’s time to consider a pay review.

    If you would like further advice about how to retain top employees or are looking to recruit high performing staff to your business then we can help. Contact us at Ocean Edge by calling 023 8000 1153 or emailing info@oceanedge.biz

  4. How to beat your competitors and hire the top talent

    Every employer wants to attract the top talent, especially for positions that are critical to the company’s performance.

    The high-performing professionals know how in-demand they are and if you don’t market yourself properly as an employer, you might lose your dream employee to a competitor.

    One mistake that a lot of employers make is thinking about employees as being a resource. You’re trying to secure talented people to excel in your business and drive it forwards – not fill up your tank to just keep things ticking over.

    Of course, the recruitment techniques used make a huge difference when trying to attract talented individuals to work at your organisation. Ocean Edge uses multiple ways, including headhunting, to find the right calibre of applicant.

    But there are lots of ways you can support the recruitment process. Here’s our guide on how to attract employees to your company who’ll help you compete within your market.

    Differentiate your company from your competitors

    Show the top talent how joining your organisation can help them achieve their career goals. Communicate what we all want in a new job – clarity about the company’s vision and goals, a shared conviction that what the company is doing matters and how they can contribute, and that there are opportunities for career development and personal growth. How are you unique and why should they work for you?

    Future path

    Be clear about what you want to achieve as a company and what part the post holder will take in moving the business forward. Candidates want to see what a company’s goals are and see how they fit into that plan and how the company fits into their career development.

    Be flexible

    Employees look for companies where work pressure doesn’t impact their personal life. We’re moving into an era where the ‘traditional’ office environment is (arguably) no longer viable. Show potential recruits that you value work-life balance, flexible working and individuality.

    People first

    Foster a workplace that empowers and thrives on trust and respect, led by effective and positive managers. When you care about your employees, they’ll care more for one another, your customers and the community in which they work.

    Add perks

    Think about how attractive your offer of employment actually is and what do they get after they have accepted the job? Offer a reward scheme with desirable prizes such as gift cards, cinema tickets, extra holiday days and even exotic holiday packages.

    Can you subsidise transport into work, offer free coffee and snacks on the premises and provide family days?

    The work environment is also important; a pleasant and well-maintained office adds positivity and greater energy.

    Invest in education

    Top-tier individuals often see learning opportunities as being important. It enhances their performance, career development and personal growth. Tailoring learning initiatives hone their abilities to enhance your company’s performance, and it makes them feel more valued and it increases their loyalty if other firms come knocking.

    Understand your reputation

    Your organisation’s reputation forms a key part of the candidate’s decision-making. It starts with brand awareness – I haven’t heard of this company before or they’re really strong in my field and I’ve heard they’re really good to work for. It ends with the candidate having enough confidence in you as a brand to accept your offer of employment, and if they decide to move on – you also need them to leave your company singing your praises.

    Brand ambassadors

    Employee referral programmes are an effective way to hire promising candidates and also make your current employees feel valued. Use your own employees as brand ambassadors; who’ll effectively endorse you as an employer and provide genuine insight into what it’s like to work for you.

    You could also bring your employees directly into the recruitment process by educating them about the talent the organisation is searching for, and how to make a positive introduction should they meet a potential recruit whose skills and experience is a great fit. This initiative can be incentivised by a reward scheme.


    Find out more about how Ocean Edge can help you recruit the best candidates to your team.

  5. The secret to finding your dream job

    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.

    Be flexible

    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.

    Find out more about how we can help you find your ideal job and register for job alerts and offers.