Is Linkedin Changing the Face of Recruitment?

Is Linkedin Changing the Face of Recruitment?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years, you’ve probably heard a fair bit about the professional social network Linkedin. Its success has changed the working world in many positive ways, allowing us to stay in touch with other professionals and network from the comfort of our desk. But the area most fundamentally affected by the rise of Linkedin has to be that of recruitment, with a vast majority of employers now reporting that they have recruited someone via the online platform.

Outside of Linkedin, the most common way of recruiting for mid to high level experience positions is through head-hunters and search firms. These professionals have a database of potential candidates at their fingertips and are constantly scouting for new talent. This means that when a new position becomes available, the head-hunter can match a potential candidate to the post and act as a mediator between company and employee. The ever-growing usage of Linkedin means that more and more of this personal information stored in headhunter databases is publically available, and so employers are increasingly choosing to recruit independently in this way. But is this a good thing?

Sure, it’s an incredible feat that Linkedin have achieved. Employers now have a seemingly infinite pool of candidates at their disposal, which means that they’re bound to find the right person for the job, right? Not necessarily. Employers choosing to recruit in this way are missing out on the personalised filtration of candidates provided by head-hunters. Admittedly, there are filters available on Linkedin that will allow you to select based upon level of education, experience, amongst other factors, but what is lacking is the human aspect. Linkedin cannot tell you whether a candidate is willing to move for a new opportunity, or whether they are interested in working in the relevant sector. A head-hunter would already know this information before presenting the company with potential candidates, thus preventing time wasted pursuing candidates who were never going to be interested in the first place.

For candidates too, the prevalence of Linkedin based recruitment can pose a problem. With recruiters, candidates only have to have one conversation about their professional goals, flexibility, desired salary etc. whereas when recruitment is done directly between individuals and companies, the candidates are obliged to repeat the same information each time they speak to a new company, often without any results.

Recruitment services provide a personal touch to the whole process. Naturally, a human can understand you and your needs, be you a candidate or an employer, much better than a simple Linkedin search can. Technology is encroaching on a variety of sectors of work, but recruitment is not yet ready for this takeover; it is to be resisted if we want efficient, personalised recruitment rather than a quick fix that ultimately doesn’t work.

If you enjoyed this blog, you can read more of the same here, and why not try out a recruitment service yourself? Take a look at our offers and send us your CV today!

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What Makes a Good Candidate?

The job market is as competitive as ever, and when applying for a post you could be up against any number of highly qualified candidates. Sometimes you may think you performed excellently in interview, only to find someone else was offered the job, leaving you asking yourself what sets people apart in a crowd all vying for the same job. Not to worry; we at TM have a great deal of experience in what makes a good candidate, and although requirements of course vary from post to post, there are some golden rules to go by:

  • A good CV

The importance of this cannot be stressed enough. They say first impressions count, and for the vast majority of job applications your CV will be the first thing the employer sees. Luckily for you, some simple superficial tweaks will help you get noticed. Of course the usual advice of making sure everything is clearly presented on one or two sides of A4 applies here, and an additional tip is to place the most important information in the top middle section of the page, where the eye naturally falls first. If you’re stuck, ask someone who has experience in CV selection to take a look at yours and polish it up.

  • Relevant experience

This goes hand in hand with a good CV, and is also extremely variable based on the post you’re applying for. It’s not enough to simply have the experience, you have to know how to present in correctly on your CV and relate it to the job applied for in the interview. If you’re lacking in experience directly relevant to the post, or if it’s your first job, you can consider how your other experience and qualifications taught you transferrable skills that will make you more attractive.

  • Reactivity

Make sure you’re available and responsive when making interview plans. Get email alerts on your phone or make sure you’re by a computer so that you can reply promptly, and if it all possible prioritise the interview over other plans.

  • Presentation

This one is so simple and yet so many can get it wrong! Make sure you’re clean and wearing something simple and professional when you arrive for interview; the level of formality will depend on the company, but as a general rule leave the jeans and t-shirt at home. Also, this isn’t the time to make any bold fashion statements, play it safe with something classic and understated.

  • Good etiquette at interview

This means showing up at the right time, preferably around 5 minutes before the interview is due to start. Don’t worry too much if you’re 5 or 10 minutes late, interviewers understand that problems can arise with transport etc., but under no circumstances should you show up early! It can be quite irritating as your interviewer may well have something planned beforehand. In addition, make sure you remember your basic manners, like standing up to shake your interviewers hand and good eye contact.

These are just some of the simpler steps you take to increase your chances of success when applying for a job, and now you know all of this, why not take a look at our offers and send an application in now? And if you enjoyed this and would like to read more of the same, head over to our blog now.

Learning a Language the Fun Way

When learning a foreign language, it’s all too easy to get bogged down in tired, traditional learning methods such as flashcards or dusty grammar books. Of course, vocabulary and grammar are integral to language learning, and you’ll undoubtedly have to put in some hard work in these areas, but that doesn’t mean it has to be endless drudgery. Language learning can, and should, be fun. You’re much more likely to retain information that you learnt whilst enjoying yourself. There are a whole host of methods you can try; here are just a few of them:

  • Dubs and translations of familiar material

Strictly speaking, it’s probably best for you to watch and read content produced in your target language to further your cultural understanding. That being said, a dub of your favourite film or TV series can be a really effective way to boost your language skills. Think about it; you already know the story and therefore don’t need to worry about missing crucial plot details due to gaps in your language, and you’re bound to pick up new vocabulary naturally and effortlessly as you already know what everyone is talking about.

  • Browse the internet in your target language

How long do you spend each day procrastinating online? Why not turn this time into a valuable learning opportunity by visiting your favourite sites in the language you’re learning? Buzzfeed, for example, offers a version of its site in a variety of languages, so now you can take personality tests in French and call it productive!

  • Sticky notes

People might think that you’re a little insane when they come to visit a house plastered with sticky notes, but labelling household objects in your target language is a great way to learn vocabulary. You’ll see the word again and again without any conscious effort on your part, allowing you to avoid endless piles of flashcards.

  • Make friends with native speakers

This is the perfect solution, you get to relax and have fun with your friends all the while practising your language! It might seem a little daunting, and at first it can be exhausting to have to express yourself in a foreign language all the time, but if you manage to meet kind (and patient!) people you can build lasting friendships and will have a more concrete motivation for learning the language.

  • Keep a journal in the language

If you already keep a journal, why not switch it to the language you’re learning? You don’t have to feel embarrassed about mistakes you’re making as it’s strictly private, and you’ll find yourself needing to look up new words all the time, thus expanding your vocabulary. What’s more, you can look back on earlier entries and cringe at your old mistakes, whilst feeling smug about how far you’ve come!

  • Foreign language music

Take a look at the top charts in a country that speaks your target language, there’s sure to be something that suits your taste. You’ll learn to associate the words to the tunes and will be much more likely to remember them as a result, and it’ll give you common ground to talk about with natives.  Even if you’re struggling to distinguish words, it’s a good way of familiarising yourself to the sounds of the language.

So don’t despair, learning a language can actually be quite enjoyable. Mix up some of your more traditional study methods with these fun techniques and you’ll find yourself progressing without even noticing. If you enjoyed reading this blog, you can find more of the same here, and don’t forget to consult our job offers for bilingual secretaries in Paris.

The Dos and Don’ts of Paris

Paris itself may always be a good idea, but not all ideas in Paris are good ones! Whether you’re planning on moving to Paris or simply visiting for the weekend, there are certain things you should be aware of in order to fully enjoy your experience. Here are some of our ‘dos and don’ts’ when you’re in the French capital:

Don’t fall into the trap of taking the métro everywhere. Of course, the métro is a wonderful invention that makes everyone’s lives a lot easier, and on a day to day basis it is indispensible. However, this doesn’t stop it being quite an unpleasant place to spend your time, what with the throngs of stressed commuters and confused tourists, and the questionable lingering odours. Do make the most of Paris and stroll through its picturesque streets. This is such a famous activity that it sprouted its own verb ‘flâner’, meaning to wander aimlessly, which is intrinsically tied up with images of Parisian boulevards.

Don’t set your heart on one location when house hunting. Sure, you’ve always imagined yourself in a little Haussmannien flat nestled in Saint-Germain, but depending on your budget and availability the reality might be quite different.  Do be open minded and explore some different areas, for each corner of Paris has its own charms, be it the shabby chic of Belleville or the polished façades of the 16th arrondissement.

Do take advantage of Paris’ café culture, where your espresso buys you the right to linger for as long as you please whilst taking in the scenes around you. After all, there is no better place to people watch than in Paris. But don’t forget your basic politesse with those serving you, a simple bonjour and s’il vous plait goes a long way with the Parisians, who will return the favour and maybe even treat you with a smile!

Do make sure you visit the typical tourist spots; they are famous for a reason, after all. Notre dame is undeniably impressive, and few things compare to the view from the steps of le Sacré Coeur. However, don’t spend absolutely all of your time hanging around Montmartre and the Champs Elysées – Paris has a wealth of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered in its more offbeat neighbourhoods such as the Canal St. Martin.

Don’t buy everything in supermarkets; you’d be insane to miss out on Paris’ many food markets, which, on top of providing delicious fresh produce, are much kinder on your wallet. What’s more, they’re a perfect opportunity to practise your French whilst discovering a little more about French gastronomie by having a chat with your fromager. Le marché des enfants rouges, tucked away in a quiet corner of le marais, comes highly recommended for groceries and street food alike.

Speaking of food, do enjoy being in the culinary capital of the world! From haute cuisine in one of Paris’ many Michelin starred restaurants to a simple yet delicious baguette from the humble boulangerie, you’ll never go hungry in this foodie’s haven.

So now you know how to go about your Parisian adventure! It’s not hard to enjoy yourself in this wonderful city if you keep your wits about you. If you enjoyed reading this, you can find more of the same here, and don’t forget to consult our job offers for bilingual assistants in the Paris area.

Things You Should Know Before Moving to France

France is undoubtedly an excellent place to live, blessed with a rich cultural heritage, a beautiful language, varied and interesting landscapes and of course a world famous cuisine. What else would inspire so many Amelie-esque dreams of a new life in Paris or perhaps Provence amongst Francophiles worldwide? The romantic image of hopping on your vintage bike to a local boulangerie to pick up a fresh baguette, all the while clad in Breton stripes, is fairly prevalent. But inevitably there are hurdles to overcome when moving to any foreign country, be they cultural, linguistic or simply practical. Here are some things we think you should know so that you can truly make the most of your time in France!

  1. Don’t expect much to work on a Sunday. This naturally depends on where you live, as you probably won’t face much difficulty in Paris, but in more rural areas you may find yourself unable to buy food on a Sunday, as most shops will shut down for the entire day. Take a little time to plan ahead, buy your groceries on Saturday and see this as a blessing – in France, Sunday truly is a day of relaxation.
  2. Cast off your prejudices about French rudeness before arriving. This can actually be a self fulfilling prophecy: if you’re defensive around the French from day one then you’re unlikely to find them to be warm and fuzzy. Admittedly you’re likely to come across a few stony faced individuals behind guichets, but don’t let this get to you. The vast majority of French people are polite and accommodating in everyday situations, provided you greet them with a smile and a bonjour!
  3. This is perhaps only applicable to Paris, but if you’re coming to improve your language skills, make sure you are absolutely insistent on speaking French. Parisians, particularly in more touristic areas, will readily switch to English as soon as they spot an error in your French. The simple fact is that it’s usually a lot easier to communicate with tourists of whatever origin in English, and many will jump on an opportunity to practise English. Persist in French and most of the time they will quickly swap back.
  4. Be aware that making friends is a little different in France, and can take longer. You might find the French to be a little overly formal with their acquaintances at first; you just have to have a little patience. Once a French person has warmed to you, you will struggle to find a more loyal friend.
  5. Prepare yourself for French bureaucracy. This one is unavoidable, and there’s no sugar coating the fact that French paperwork is a bit of a nightmare, with what feels like endless signatures and attestations to provide. Remember that France also offers some of the world’s best social care, and that jumping through these loops is simply part and parcel of that. Take a deep breath and laisse tomber!

So now you’re prepared to live out your Francophile dreams! France is a wonderful country that, like any other, presents a unique set of challenges. An awareness of the challenges you may face will allow you to better enjoy those moments sipping a café au lait en terrasse. If you enjoyed this blog, you can see more of the same here, and don’t forget to consult our job offers for bilingual assistants in Paris.

Le CV par compétences : à adopter ou éviter ?

Chez TM International, nous avons récemment noté une nette augmentation du nombre de CV par compétences dans notre boîte de réception.

Êtes-vous déjà au courant de ce qui en est ce CV plutôt avant-garde ?

Peut-être souhaiteriez-vous que l’on vous conseille sur ses qualités et ses défauts ?  Alors voici votre petit manuel pour tout vous expliquer à propos de l’engouement pour ce format de candidature.

En bref, le CV par compétences se distingue du CV classique principalement au niveau de la mise-en-page.  Les compétences acquises par le candidat pendant sa carrière sont mises en valeur de manière hiérarchique, effaçant l’ordre ante-chronologique des expériences, ce qui est préféré du CV classique.  On met la qualité la plus fondamentale quant au métier au premier rang, suivie par deux ou trois compétences additionnelles considérées comme importantes pour le poste auquel on a postulé.  Voici plusieurs exemples.

Avantages

  • Si vous réfléchissez à une réorientation de carrière, le CV par compétences pourrait vous convenir. Il vous permet de mettre en évidence vos aptitudes pour un poste spécifique même si vos dernières expériences n’y correspondent pas.
  • De plus, si vos dernières expériences se sont développées dans plusieurs secteurs différents, le CV par compétences vous aiderait à présenter un parcours professionnel plus cohérent plutôt qu’un mélange d’expériences diverses.
  • Si vous souhaitez détourner l’attention d’une pause significative dans la carrière, la composition du CV par compétences favorise cela.
  • Il en va de même pour les experts dans un domaine, surtout dans l’informatique, qui souhaitent donner du relief aux compétences spécialisées, telle que la connaissance de certains logiciels par exemple.  Sophie Girardeau vous l’explique en profondeur ici.

Inconvénients

  • Le CV par compétences ne place pas les savoir-faire du candidat dans leur contexte ce qui peut rendre la candidature moins crédible et lisible chez les recruteurs.
  • En général, les personnels RH ne sont pas des aficionados de ce nouveau genre de CV et se déclarent avoir une préférence pour le style classique.
  • On ne conseille pas aux jeunes diplômés d’adopter ce genre du CV parce qu’ils n’ont que la formation pour prouver qu’ils ont acquis le bilan de compétences dont ils parlent.
  • Si votre situation professionnelle ne correspond pas à celles explorées dans la section « Avantages » ci-dessus, il vaudrait mieux opter pour le CV classique afin de ne pas risquer de présenter une candidature générale et répandue.

Enfin, à moins que vous soyez certain que le CV par compétences ferait la meilleure impression chez les Responsables RH, mieux vaut exercer la prudence et être fidèle au CV classique.  Aussi n’hésitez pas à regarder quelques exemples sur notre site.  Profitez-en bien !

Christmas is here. So should I put my job search on hold?

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The TM Christmas Tree

On the first day of Christmas

My true love sent to me:

A rejection email with my unread CV.


 On the second day of Christmas

Another company:

No interview date

And a rejection email with my unread CV.


 On the third day of Christmas

This time four more companies:

“We regret to inform you”

No interview date

And a rejection email with my unread CV.


It is a common assumption that the recruitment market goes into a bit of a lull during the festive season, possibly due to employees drinking too much vin chaud and attending one too many Christmas parties.  So, with the holidays fast approaching, TM began to reflect on whether there is any truth in this belief.  Is the Christmas period truly a bad time for job hunting and when would be the optimum time of the year to start applying for jobs?

What TM finds

At TM International our busiest periods fall in April and October.  Given that our clients are based across all industries, this isn’t surprising since these two months coincide with the busiest months for recruitment in general, regardless of sector.  Being based in Paris, our quieter period falls in the summer, when the majority of Parisians pack their bags and head south for August.  Employees are usually en vacances and things begin to pick up again at the rentrée; it’s not just the children who are back to school!

Know your industry

The key piece of advice though is to know your industry.  It is fairly obvious that the retail and catering sectors see a huge surge in recruitment around Christmas as companies need to cope with the many more festive shoppers and restaurant goers.  In the UK, Royal Mail and Amazon are hiring 32,000 temporary staff between them this Christmas!  Likewise, financial services take on the most recruits between January and March in preparation for the end of the tax year when the workload picks up.  Aside from this though, analysing the recruitment calendar and hedging your bets is a lot like card reading; there doesn’t seem to be an exact science to it.

Change is in the air

Interestingly, Simon Baddeley, regional director of Reed employment, makes the point in an article by Emma Woollacott that the conventional recruitment calendar is changing and the traditionally ‘slow’ seasons (Christmas and the summer) are no longer quite so slow.  With online applications now commonplace, the use of automated processes has made the imbalances in the recruitment calendar decidedly smoother.  Now that job adverts are all online (who remembers the old adverts posted in the newspaper?) and many companies use technical screening for the first stages of your application, previously time-consuming processes have been simplified.  This means that the recruitment process is not so affected by reduced numbers of staff during holiday periods.  Furthermore, thanks to email, your CV and cover letter are no longer in the hands of the Royal Mail, so long gone are the days of your application being a victim of the infamous Christmas post!

Some recruitment experts go so far as to actually advise applying during the holiday periods.  Mary Eileen Williams gives several reasons to look for jobs at Christmas, her most important being that the number of candidates applying drops off.  While at TM we can’t see any specific lull in the number of candidates we receive in December, there’s no reason why you should put your job search on hold thinking that your chances of getting hired will be reduced.

So, on that note, update your CV, stop the online Christmas shopping, and start job hunting instead!  With many adding ‘Look for a new job’ to their list of New Year’s resolutions, beat the crowd and give yourself a head start before the year is up.  There’s no time like the present!

If you want a job for Christmas, head to our website to browse our latest opportunities.  And, if you liked this article and want more career advice, take a look at our blog (you can even subscribe by clicking ‘Follow’ – now that would be a good Christmas present)!

L’Elevator pitch… C’est quoi exactement ?

C’est l’anglicisme qui est entré en vigueur dans la langue française quand on parle du recrutement.  Mais, savez-vous ce qu’il en est précisément ?  Bref, c’est un micro discours de deux minutes ou moins qui vous permet de vous présenter aux gros bonnets que vous rencontrez par hasard, soit dans l’ascenseur ou soit dans le métro, avec l’objet de décrocher une prochaine rencontre professionnelle.

Son nom, elevator pitch, fait référence à la durée du temps qu’on passerait dans l’ascenseur et qu’on aurait pour se présenter à quelqu’un.  Auparavant, ce petit discours était uniquement réservé aux entrepreneurs qui cherchaient à promouvoir leur produit aux investisseurs potentiels.  Mais aujourd’hui, alors que les gens sont considérés de plus en plus comme des produits et que l’on parle souvent du personal branding, ce discours sert un but additionnel : vendre ses attributs personnels.  L’importance d’être toujours prêt à se lancer dans ce mini speech n’a jamais été si urgente.  Mais comment réussir votre elevator pitch ?  Voilà plusieurs astuces…

C’est en forgeant qu’on devient forgeron

Il est bien connu qu’il n’est pas toujours facile de parler de soi.  Pour vous empêcher de bafouiller au moment critique, il faut faire le bilan de votre discours bien en avance et vous entraîner à le prononcer aux autres.  Soyez capable de résumer votre carrière à ce jour, misant l’accent sur vos réussites mais sans donner l’impression d’être vantard.  Il faut tenir compte du fait que cette personne que vous venez de rencontrer n’a pas demandé un entretien avec vous, c’est juste un petite rencontre à fort potentiel.  Donc soyez concis et captivant.

Semblez naturel

Bien que vous ayez préparé ce que vous allez dire en avance, il est toujours important d’être naturel.  Si votre parole paraît scolaire, vous courez le risque de ne pas sembler sincère, ou pire encore, d’embêter votre interlocuteur.  Certes, identifiez les points à inclure mais improvisez aussi.  C’est l’équilibre très difficile à atteindre…

Enfin l’aspect controversé

Certains gens recommanderaient que vous ajoutiez une note personnelle afin de capter l’attention de votre interlocuteur et pour qu’il se souvienne de vous.  Pourtant, bien que votre rencontre ne soit pas un entretien formel, limitez votre conversation à la sphère professionnelle pour ne pas faire mauvaise impression.

Toutes choses considérées, il faut être toujours prêt à prendre la parole et faire du charme à chaque instant.  Après tout, on ne sait jamais qui on pourrait rencontrer dans l’ascenseur !

Si vous avez apprécié ces conseils, alors n’hésitez pas à consulter les autres articles de notre Blog ici et pourquoi pas, nos offres actuelles ?

3 Trésors gratuits en ligne pour maîtriser une langue étrangère

Vous avez un très bon niveau dans une langue mais vous ne la parlez pas encore couramment ?  Comment trouver ainsi des ressources en ligne pour perfectionner votre maîtrise ?

Si on débute l’apprentissage d’une nouvelle langue, il est facile de trouver des logiciels en ligne adaptés à votre niveau : Duolingo, par exemple, nommé application de l’année 2013 par l’entreprise Apple, propose des exercices ludiques pour vous enseigner, et il y en a beaucoup d’autres qui suivent ce modèle.

Quant aux locuteurs adeptes, le défi consiste cependant à trouver des outils en ligne correspondant à leur niveau supérieur.  Acquérir un vocabulaire de base, comme « dog » et « cat », ne vous sert à rien si le besoin est d’étoffer un lexique technique.  En plus, à quoi bon faire des exercices pédagogiques si vous souhaitez maîtriser un anglais des affaires courant ?  Ne vous inquiétez pas parce que voici plusieurs suggestions pour vous :

WeSpeke

Imaginez un mélange entre Skype et WordReference, et voilà, vous pensez à WeSpeke.  C’est un réseau social qui vous permet de joindre des locuteurs natifs aux quatre coins de la planète et avoir des conversations avec eux en temps réel.  Choisissez votre niveau de langue (1 pour un débutant et 5 pour un natif) ainsi que vos intérêts et vous serez prêt à vous lancer dans une communauté globale ! Vous parlez à tour de rôle dans votre langue maternelle d’un thème qui vous intéresse, les deux pendant un certain temps avant de changer de langue.  Ce site est tellement populaire qu’il connaît un succès grandissant depuis son lancement en 2010.  Inscrivez-vous ou trouvez plus de renseignements ici.

Linguee

Vous parlez couramment une langue mais vous avez du mal à traduire certaines expressions techniques ou spécifiques ? C’est Linguee que vous cherchez !  Un dictionnaire en ligne qui propose des traductions contextuelles, l’outil ramasse ses données des sites officiels qui ont été traduits par des traducteurs professionnels.  Donc, la prochaine fois qu’il vous faut trouver l’expression équivalente de ‘produit intérieur brut annuel’ en anglais, allez sur : www.linguee.fr !

Meetup

Etre bilingue à partir d’un logiciel… c’est probablement une promesse trop belle pour être vraie.  Cela dit, vous pourrez profiter du web pour rencontrer des gens dont la langue maternelle est celle que vous désirez perfectionner.  Meetup propose une manière de joindre les gens dans votre région qui ont envie de se retrouver.  Il y a beaucoup d’échanges linguistiques dont vous pouvez bénéficier.  Il faut simplement créer un compte pour découvrir l’adresse de votre prochain rendez-vous… n’hésitez pas !

Si vous avez d’autres astuces pour se perfectionner en langue, partagez-les avec nous en les écrivant en dessous.

Et ne pas oublier de visiter notre site pour découvrir toutes nos offres d’actualité pour les personnes bilingues ici.

B.Y.O.D…. Coming to an office near you!

How long did you spend guessing what the acronym stands for?  A while?  Not long?  If you were quick off the mark, chances are your company has adopted a Bring Your Own Device to work policy.  Gone are the days of being provided with a company laptop and phone, as businesses move towards allowing their employees to use their own personal smartphone or tablet for work purposes.

In an effort to cut costs, companies are BYOD-ing with increasing vigour.  Statistics speak for the advantages; a report published by Cisco in 2012 found 89% of companies in the nine countries queried to have enabled their employees to use their own devices at work.  Companies save not only on supplying the actual hardware and software but also because of increased productivity as working offsite becomes a possibility.

Yet, one would have thought that such a policy would have provoked some backlash on the basis that company technology, previously provided, is now being funded out of employees’ pockets.  Furthermore, is there the unspoken expectation that employees should be working around the clock, leaving the office only then to work from home?

On the contrary, research shows that being able to use your own devices at work actually increases employee satisfaction.  As Dermot McCann, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand at Kaseya, states, “Mobile professionals have their own clear preferences, whether it’s Android or Apple’s iOS iPhone and iPad devices, and they don’t want their employer dictating one over the other”.  This is what companies can capitalise on; with the general public now being the net consumers of avant-garde technology, buying the latest models as soon as they become available, companies can bypass the installation of new IT systems which is time consuming and costly.  If employees already have cutting-edge technology, it makes little sense to purchase it twice.  Hallelujah for management intent on cost-cutting and improving employee satisfaction.

However, here’s the hitch:

With the need for multiple operating systems to access a central corporate IT system from anywhere, company security is increasingly at risk.  As employees store files on their smartphones, keeping track of confidential property is proving somewhat of a headache for the IT department.  Lawyers are equally perplexed at how to draw up a liability contract when the line between the personal and professional spheres has become so blurred.  With greater power to employees, who is responsible for the safeguarding of company material: IT or the individual?

As such, the implementation of BYOD requires increased employee training on adhering to the latest privacy procedures as well as advice on how to protect company confidentiality.  Having raised some of the most common concerns, here are some steps you should follow as an employee of a company which has adopted BYOD:

  • Acquaint yourself with the company policy on the use of personal devices in the workplace. Make sure you know the limits and the responsibilities of the policy.
  • Check whether your company obliges you to install certain security/antivirus software or encrypt your device.
  • Have you backed up your device according to company guidelines? Data loss may be your responsibility.
  • Ensure that you have downloaded (and know how to implement) the appropriate device wiping app in the event that your phone/tablet gets lost or stolen.

Did you find this advice useful?  Share it with your contacts!  Then, have a look at our job offers on our webpage here and more useful advice here.  Thanks for reading!