Pourquoi Utiliser Un Cabinet De Recrutement?

 

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Avez-vous déjà passé des heures à chercher des postes en ligne et aux entretiens mal-adaptés à vous-même. Si votre réponse est oui, alors pourquoi ne pas profiter d’un cabinet de recrutement pour économiser votre temps et démultiplier vos chances pour trouver un poste bien adapté à vos souhaits et compétences

 

Optimisez votre temps

S’il est vrai que vous passez du temps auprès des cabinets au début de votre recherche (l’envoi du CV, l’entretien et les tests) ensuite le cabinet vous fait économiser votre temps. Une bonne agence de recrutement vous tiendra au courant dès qu’elle aura un poste bien-adapté à vos compétences. Vous ne perdrez plus votre temps avec les offres et entretiens qui ne conviennent pas à votre profil. Les cabinets de recrutement facilitent vraiment le processus et réduisent sensiblement le stress.

 

Pas de risque financier

Le service est totalement gratuit pour les candidats tout au long du processus. La rémunération d’un cabinet de recrutement est généralement basée sur un pourcentage de la rémunération brute donc les cabinets comptent sur vous, les candidats, pour leur envoyer votre CV.

 

Profitez des compétences des cabinets

Les meilleurs cabinets de recrutement sont plutôt contents de vous donner des conseils et du feedback sur votre candidature et CV. Ils assurent que vous êtes bien préparé pour chaque entretien en vous donnant une description du poste, des entreprises et ce que les entreprises attendent de vous.  Souvenez-vous qu’ils ont tous intérêt à vous trouver un poste et il y a un réel investissement et un engagement significatifs de leur part dès le début du processus.

 

Professionnalisme

Souvenez-vous que les cabinets de recrutement ont des années d’expérience  et une vision plus large du marché du travail.  Ils ont déjà des contacts et relations fortes avec les entreprises qui embauchent et comprennent bien quels candidats sont bien adaptés aux postes et aux entreprises spécifiques.

 

Flexibilité

Grâce à la bonne relation entre les cabinets de recrutement et les entreprises, c’est parfois possible de négocier les salaires.

 

Pour faire le bilan, un bon cabinet de recrutement sera toujours à vos côtés. Bien sur, il faut utiliser les agences ainsi que votre propre recherche, néanmoins cela peut être une façon efficace, simple et gratuite pour vous aider à améliorer votre candidature et trouver un emploi idéal.

 

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The Secrets To Happiness

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“Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions” according to the Dalai Lama. Unfortunately, the French are “suffering from existential gloom”[i]  and are, on average, an unhappy and dissatisfied population (graph below). Happiness in the workplace is essential for high productivity and a good working atmosphere. Many people expect a change of job, location or friends to dramatically change their quality of life without looking into their own faults.  Review your outlook on life, professional relationships, spending habits and physical health in order to increase your happiness and fulfilment in life and the workplace.

 

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Attitude

 

If you have a positive outlook, you will make the best of any job. Optimism in the workplace creates a more comfortable and content environment. View your glass as half full rather than half empty and appreciate what you have in order to avoid negativity.

It is important to feel comfortable in yourself at work. Embrace your own personality and opinions rather than shying away. Build your confidence and self esteem to have a voice that people listen to. Admiration from friends and co-workers will follow along with higher self-respect and happiness.

Complement your confidence and positivity with a smile. According to a recent study[ii], smiling more throughout the day can increase levels of happiness. Furthermore, you will seem more approachable and friendly to co-workers which is essential.

 

Relationships

 

Good relationships at work create a happy environment. Happy people spend significantly more time talking to others in general whereas unhappy people spend much more time alone[iii]. This is because the body “is designed to feel happier when engaged in social interactions”[iv].  Try to find a common ground with colleagues and share interests. With good relationships at the office, you won’t depend on the work itself for a sense of meaning. You’ll find meaning in interactions with the people you care about to elate your mood.

 

Money

Does money buy happiness? Of course it is essential to ensure you have food on the table and a roof over your head, however after these priorities are taken care of it is not how much money you earn but it is what you do with it that makes us happy. Spending money on other people has a more direct impact on happiness than spending money on yourself[v]. Donate money and time to worthy causes rather than selfish luxuries and begin to feel better in yourself.

 

Health

Exercise has been shown to ease symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress, thanks to the various brain chemicals that are released that amplify feelings of happiness and relaxation[vi]. A mere 20 minutes of exercise, three days each week will increase your happiness by 10 to 20 percent after six months[vii]. Try walking to work or going for a walk at lunch time to fit in a daily dose. Top this up with a healthy diet and plenty of sleep to give your body and brain the energy it needs to be healthy and happy. If you are middle-aged, aim to get at least eight hours of sleep per night; the young and elderly should try and have nine to eleven hours of sleep per night.[viii]

 

Conclusion

Don’t put your happiness in someone else’s hands and try to make the changes yourself to increase your quality of life and happiness at work. Priorities may need to be altered to become an even happier person and it may not be an easy decision. However, if you are not the happiest you could be it is essential to make an active effort to change your lifestyle. Remember that happiness is a journey and not a destination[ix] so there is no time to waste.

 

 

 

 

[i] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/24/french-taught-to-be-gloomy

[ii] http://greatist.com/happiness/reduce-anxiety

[iii] http://trueslant.com/wrayherbert/2010/03/01/the-perils-of-small-talk/

[iv] https://www.uniiverse.com/neuroscience

[v] http://www.sciencemag.org/content/319/5870/1687.short

[vi] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/depression-and-exercise/art-20046495

[vii] http://www.davidweedmark.com/archives/facts-about-happiness/

[viii]  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/how-many-hours-of-sleep-are-enough/AN01487

[ix] Ben Sweetland

Is Honesty The Best Policy?

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Have you ever lied in an interview or at work? The answer is probably. Basic human instinct is survival… therefore, exaggerating, omitting and embellishing the truth are often used to cut ahead of the rest in order to get hired or promoted. In an ideal world in which career progression were easy, honesty would of course be the best policy. But with youth unemployment at 22.8%[i] in France and promotions harder to come by, how much do you need to lie to survive in the recruitment process or is honesty really the best policy?

 

The CV

 

The first impression an employer gets from a candidate is their CV… it’s sink or swim!  It is not surprising that 53% of CVs contain falsehoods to survive this stage[ii].  These falsehoods may consist of made-up experiences or skills and even stretching dates of employment, resulting in a more employable and impressive candidate. But beware… whitewashing the truth on your CV rather than merely embroidering it is becoming more dangerous. There has been a recent rise in pre-employment screenings caused by the high demand for jobs; now candidates that have lied are being found out in the first round.

 

The Interview

 

The second impression that an employer gets in the recruitment stage comes from the interview. Candidates will primarily be asked about their CV and if they have not been honest they risk getting caught in their own web of lies and botching their interview.  Some questions, however, may require the candidate to exclude information and facts. Common interview advice is to avoid any negativity towards previous jobs. If asked “Why did you leave your previous job?” an honest reply such as “because I hated my boss…” is not an appropriate answer. Omission of the truth can often be essential in order to keep within the professional boundaries of an interview and to ensure a good impression is made.

 

The Workplace

 

Once in the workplace, careful attention must be paid. Lies are regularly used as a safety net to avoid punishment having made an error. Excuses such as “My alarm clock didn’t go off this morning” should be left in the playground as an apology is more effective in these menial cases. In more serious cases lying to cover up fatal errors or to put yourself ahead of anyone else is more treacherous. This can result in chronic lies causing paranoia and insecurities within the workplace until the truth eventually comes out. In fact, 15% of employees in today’s businesses have been caught lying while at work[iii]. Once found out as a liar the employee’s relationships and reputation will be permanently damaged and they risk losing their job.

Most bosses will be appreciative when told the truth rather than a cover up. Honesty is viewed as courageous whereas dishonesty is cowardice. Statistically, employees who told fewer lies had better relationships and smoother interactions within the workplace[iv]. An honest employee’s credibility and integrity speaks for itself, giving that person increased opportunities since the honest employee has proven themselves.  Furthermore, the peace of mind associated with a moral outlook in the office will result in higher productivity and happiness.

The Answer

In conclusion, there is far more to lose than gain from lying. When applying for a job it is understandable to want to present yourself in the most flattering light, especially in the current market. However, honesty is also highly valued and appreciated in the workplace and can be counted on as the best policy. The advice to give would be: Do not have a reason to be dishonest in the first place. Prove yourself to be a great candidate and employee on your own merit rather than lie and risk your reputation and job.

 

 Alternatively, lie your way to the top… just don’t get caught!

The Value of The French Language

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English is the most widespread language in the world and is more widely spoken and written than any other language. As English is now considered the “universal language”, does bilingualism in French have any value in the recruitment process?  The answer is yes.

Being bilingual in French leads to more benefits than just raw human dialogue. It opens a new world of communication skills that are essential in the work place. As the world becomes a seemingly smaller place, the influence of the French language is becoming wider in tandem with the internet and new markets. For candidates in the job market, a grasp of the French language might be what it takes to shine out from the rest as its value is ever increasing.

As the world becomes more socially, economically and technologically connected, competence in languages such as French is increasingly important.  There are a total of around 355 million French speakers worldwide including new markets that are considered economically important in the near future. The French speaking market is eminent and drives up the demand for French speakers in the job market.

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The French language is also opening new doors for international companies that were not considered valuable in the past. Half of the top-10 fastest growing countries in Africa have French as an official language and we can thus expect Africa to be an increasing focus of global trade and international relations.

Moreover, French is the third most used language on the internet ahead of Spanish. The internet has enabled entirely new forms of communication, research and business in recent years and is now considered a ‘basic need’. Bilingual candidates have goldmines of information at their fingertips that would otherwise be inaccessible to those relying on English.

Good communication skills are valued by many employers as “the most important of all life skills” and the candidate who can deal with a customer in their own language will without doubt have an edge. With the graduate job market crowded and a poor economic climate, bilingual communication skills are bordering on essential.  The recipe for successful communication skills is to understand the culture of the country you are doing business with which comes from being bilingual.

A grasp of the culture gives an understanding of acceptable behaviour and ethical differences that should be recognised for any real communication to take place. Miscommunications may have a serious impact on the success of the negotiation process. Whether it is following instructions or perceiving the motives of a client, it is essential in a working environment.

No one can deny the importance of the English language on an international scale however this does not reduce the value of French.  With the expanding Francophone sphere of influence combined with the necessary communication skills that accompany fluency, bilingual candidates shine out ahead of the rest.  The French language is therefore invaluable during the recruitment process and is becoming even more important with global development. Set yourself apart from the rest and learn French.

5 Bonnes Résolutions de la Rentrée!

Les congés se sont terminés et tout le monde retourne au travail. Mais si vous cherchez toujours un nouvel emploi, ne vous inquiétez pas! Il est possible de revitaliser votre recherche d’emploi en adoptant ces bonnes résolutions :

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1.      Réviser votre CV.

Votre première impression est mémorable et il faut vous présenter dans la meilleure façon. Cela peut apparaître élémentaire mais les recruteurs reçoivent toujours des CVs mal formulés, mal écrits et imprécis. Pour éviter que votre CV soit mis à la poubelle, assurez-vous de corriger des fautes d’orthographe et de grammaire, de mettre à jour vos expériences professionnelles et d’adapter le CV selon la description du poste.

2.      Connaitre la culture d’entreprise

Il est nécessaire de considérer la culture d’entreprise. Un emploi peut vous enthousiasmer ou vous démotiver et ceci dépend principalement de la culture d’entreprise. Pour réussir, si l’on partage les mêmes croyances professionnelles, on peut améliorer ses chances d’obtenir l’emploi. Par exemple, une personne qui aime une routine fixe, ne serait pas adaptée à une entreprise qui change à une vitesse rapide. De plus, en connaissant la culture de travail, vous pouvez adapter votre présentation pendant l’entretien d’embauche. Cette compréhension de l’entreprise est incontestablement utile pour être embauché.

3.      Optimiser votre présence en ligne.

A cause de la croissance des réseaux sociaux, les recruteurs recherchent des candidates de plus en plus en ligne. Un compte complet de LinkedIn est essentiel  pour interconnecter et vos connections actuels peuvent vous aider à la recherche d’emploi. Participez aux groupes en lien avec votre secteur et si vous êtes un participant actif, les recruteurs de votre secteur vous remarqueront. N’oubliez pas de vous assurer que vos comptes personnels (par exemple Facebook)  montrent une image professionnelle. Une présence en ligne active  indique que vous comprenez les tendances technologiques et ceci est une capacité indispensable.

 4.      Trouver un mentor

Encore un moyen d’interconnecter ! De plus, un mentor est une vraie expérience d’apprentissage. Suivez vos inspirations professionnelles sur Twitter et LinkedIn et contacter un collègue que vous admirez. Un mentor a de l’expérience et une vaste compréhension de votre métier et il peut vous aider à atteindre vos buts professionnels en partageant sa sagesse.

5.      Soyez tenace

Il est fondamental que vous n’abandonniez pas et que vous continuiez à croire positivement. Considérez la recherche d’emploi comme un travail et préparez un plan d’action. Après avoir posé une candidature, poursuivez les recruteurs et demandez des commentaires. Distribuez vos cartes de visite à tous ceux que vous rencontrez. Encore une fois, n’abandonnez pas, votre lourde tâche portera ses fruits !