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.

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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.

The Rise of the Male Assistant

Gender equality is a hot topic in employment: it drives company initiatives, informs HR journalism but generally doesn’t stray far from the line “We need more women”.  Yet, here’s a vocation in which you might see a reverse trend; it’s all about the men.  For the first time, men are embracing the executive assistant profession which, half a century ago, was a uniquely female venture.  Today, when equality of the sexes in the workplace is more of a reality than a promise, the profile of an executive assistant is being regendered.  Enter the male assistant.

Here at TM International, a recruitment agency specialising in the placement of bilingual assistants, we have seen a notable increase of late in the number of male candidates sending in their CVs.  The classic profile tends to be a man in his early twenties, a first jobber or with a primary experience up his sleeve.  So why, unlike his predecessors, has he decided to become an assistant?

As touched upon, male assistants typically belong to the younger generation; that which has grown up believing in equal working rights for both sexes and is comfortable with the idea of a male assistant working for a female boss.  Suffice to say, twenty years ago, this probably wasn’t the case but well-worn sexual prejudices are on their way out and men are no longer averse to the idea of being an assistant.  Notably, the desexualisation of the profession has a lot to do with it.  The transition in job title from ‘secretary’ to ‘assistant’ has helped rebrand the secretary, from a woman in a short skirt to a respected professional, and has removed any sexual stigma.

Furthermore, the onset of technology in the workplace has completely changed the role.  When word processors were brought in, companies no longer needed typists but sought organisers; those who were resourceful and on whom an executive could rely to make his/her life a lot easier.  The role has more scope and can be very rewarding; just look here for how valued a good assistant can be.

And a more demanding role requires a higher salary.  In the UK, salaries for executive assistants range from £25,000 to £75,000, while in France, they can range between €24,000 and €60,000.  David Morel, managing director of Tiger Recruitment in the UK, notes the higher salary as a fundamental factor pulling more male applicants to the job.  In addition, the opportunities for progression as an assistant within a company are now more apparent than ever.  An assistant has experience in many sectors of the business and works closely with senior managers, meaning he/she is well-positioned to climb the rungs of the company.

All in all, while the assistant demographic is still overwhelmingly female, any movement towards embracing greater diversity in the workplace is to be applauded.  And, on a general note, the next time you ring somebody’s assistant, don’t expect to hear a female voice…

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How to stay healthy in an office environment

It’s a well-known fact that working in an office environment can affect your everyday health and well-being. Here you will find some of the health problems associated with a “nine-to-five” and advice as to how to combat these risks.

 

  1. Gaining Weight

 

Too many croissants and sitting at your desk all day can only equal one thing – weight gain. This seems like an inevitable part of being an office-worker with a sedentary job, where walking 20 metres to the printer to pick up your documents is your only exercise. However, this needn’t be the case. After a long day at work, the last thing a lot of people want to do is go on a run or to the gym. However, there are simple things you can work into your day to keep off those extra pounds.

  • Take the stairs instead of the lift – get that heart rate up!
  • Try not to eat at your computer – if you’re not focusing on what you’re eating and instead on what’s on the screen, you are more likely to over-fill yourself or rush what you’re eating.
  • Take your time away from your desk and enjoy your lunch hour!
  • Try standing up and moving around at regular intervals during the day. Recent studies show that a sedentary life-style has a direct impact on your health.[1]
  • Pack your own lunch – eating out or at the company canteen can not only be expensive, but also detrimental to your diet. If you bring your own lunch, you know exactly what has gone into it, and you can make it as healthy as you like!

 

 

  1. Stress

 

Most office jobs involve some degree of stress, whether it is due to the pressure of completing a task on-time, or having a “to-do” list as long as your arm. To help reduce the stress in your day:

  • Organise your work space – having a “busy” desk can make you feel more stressed. Organise your desk and you will feel much better.
  • Make a “to-do” list (even if it is long!) – This will help you put into perspective which tasks need completing and when by.
  • Take regular breaks – sitting at a computer all day is not good for you and can only make you feel more stressed if you don’t seem to be able to make as much progress as you would like. Take some time away from your desk. When you come back, you will see things with fresh eyes.

 

 

  1. Health and well-being

 

There are other health issues associated with working in an office which don’t just relate to weight-gain or mentality.

  • Dehydration – make sure you keep yourself hydrated over the course of a day. It’s easy to forget to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water each day. [2]
  • Poor hygiene – the things we come into contact with on a daily basis can harbour germs which in turn can make us ill. Make sure to wash your hands regularly or keep a bottle of hand sanitizer by your desk.
  • Poor posture – most employers will supply you with a decent office chair, but it is down to you to make sure it is adjusted correctly.

 

If you follow these tips on a daily basis it could help you to stay healthier and happy J

 

 

 

[1] http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26937454

[2] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/water-drinks.aspx

The Modern Assistant: Why you need to be using social media

Why Secretaries and Executive Assistants should use social media

Social Media is going to become the key for business survival. It is not unlikely that, in the future, social media may even become more important than a company’s website. Refusal to accept this threatens to result in failure. However, plenty of executives and “higher-ups” are uninterested in learning about it or adopting it themselves, and therefore an opportunity arises for others.

An Assistant or Secretary with a knowledge and understanding of social media could become as attractive as one with a foreign language. After all, social media as a concept seems as daunting as learning a foreign language for many of the “old school.” If you can grasp the importance of social media in today’s business environment then you can give yourself a competitive advantage over others and with the job market as it is, it is necessary to stand out to survive.

As an assistant who can implement a social media strategy you can offer your company greater networking and marketing capabilities and ultimately business development, which in turn can provide you with a more interesting and more important role within the company as well as a higher potential income.

How Secretaries and Executive Assistants should use social media

I am of course not saying that you have to become an expert and control your company’s entire social media operation. Running social media can easily become a full time job in itself and therefore it would be difficult to add such a task to your existing responsibilities. However, with a good strategy and understood purpose, you (and any other assistants you work with) can take on certain roles which will benefit your company.

This could be anything from setting up an account for your company on Twitter to increase networking opportunities, to setting up a Facebook page to connect with existing and potential customers.  Just being able to improve your company’s presence online can prove beneficial.

Therefore my advice to Secretaries and Assistants would be to get accustomed with social media. Keep up to date with changes by using it regularly and by reading articles. Give yourself the best chance of getting employed, or becoming invaluable to your existing employers, and stand out in the crowd. After all, social media is the future.