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Published on 13th Feb 2017

It was my dream to help young people find employment. To give them a helping hand on to the first few steps of their career. I wanted to replicate the help and moral support that I had received from my family and friends growing up. Help that secured me a successful career building websites.

But first before i continue, I owe you an apology. An apology for not giving you the service that we were meant to deliver.

JobPage began, as many do, as something else…

In 2009 my fiancé, Naz, gave me the inspiration and confidence to follow a dream of building something that could help others in the same way that I had been helped. My career started because someone believed in me more than I believed in myself. They gave me a chance.

I found my first job at a Birmingham based classified ads publishing company (a bit like Loot, but based in the West Midlands). Straight after my two week work experience there they offered me a part time job – long before the internet – doing “DTP & Graphic Design”… They offered me this job on the same night that a graphic design college told me I could not join their college because i wasn’t good enough. I worked at the publishing company for 6.5 years, in the evenings and weekends, and it funded me all the way through college and university without having to take out a student loan. I am thankful for this. I was lucky enough to have a supporting boss who didn’t want anything from me except to see me succeed.

Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to have a successful career creating websites for large and small businesses.

Knowing that other people believed in me – more than I believed in myself had helped me get me this far. So at a strong moment in my career I thought what if I could use my skills to build a social platform that captured the spirit of helping young persons get their foot on the career ladder.

Imagine building a social platform that would allow people like my younger self, to find a job that they love.

JobPage was born as I left one of the UK’s largest recruitment companies. I wanted to replicate recruitment agencies did, but make the service free and use the power, wisdom and advice of the general public to help individuals get their first or early job.

But how could I fund such a project? I didn’t want to go into debt. What about investors? A social project of this nature was less attractive to investors compared to if I was targeting a more lucrative demographic like LinkedIn (that’s what i was told after countless meetings with investors). So the only way forward was to get a new job that could paid well, and instead of saving for my retirement, invest that money into JobPage, and later Tech City Jobs (our spin off site that helped young people get into the tech industry). That challenge was hard in itself, but i did it.

Things were looking good, very good; With a great team from UK, India, Ukraine and Russia working with me. We started to make traction and revenue, and we even made a video. The press started talking about us, we won an award for the social technology that we developed to help make sharing jobs easy and viral.

Investment

After a few years an unmissable offer of investment eventually came along. After four intense pitching rounds I was promised a contract a six figure investment by one of the UK’s leading investors, and a contract to work for them. But only on one condition… I had to help them launch a new business, and setup the technology and branding for five more startups in their group. After that they would invest. And so I did. I setup the tech and infrastructure, negotiated the contracts for a shiny new enterprise recruitment CRM, company branding and also helped build websites for all five of the new businesses. Everything was going very well.

A week before my probation was due to finish, and three months after my investment was due to start (a constant barrage of red tape was being thrown at me and countless excuses for why the investment was being delayed), I was called into office for an early morning meeting. In that meeting, without warning, I was told I was being ‘let go’. Their strategy had changed, technology companies were no longer being invested in.

I lost my job and my investment on the same day. Soon after I sadly had to let my entire team at JobPage go as a result.

The day my world changed, forever

Two months later I had started a new job at one of the UK’s biggest retail businesses. On my first day I received an urgent phone call informing me to go home. Immediately. I packed my bag and left the office not knowing what was going on or why.

As I raced home and ran up the hill towards the home that my fiancé Naz and I shared, I turned the corner and entered our street.

I was confronted with crowds of people, police tape and blue lights.

That’s when i noticed a red blanket on the floor.

That’s when i realised that my world had collapsed. The love of my life, my beautiful soulmate Naz had passed away. After thirteen years of being together he had suddenly been taken cruelly away from me.

My life had crumbled. I had no reason to go on.

For the last two years since Naz passed away I have struggled go keep myself going, and JobPage & Tech City Jobs alive. I’ve found it hard to get through the pain of losing the man that I was due to marry and spend the rest of my life with.

Creating hope in an otherwise dark future

To help me cope I setup the Naz and Matt Foundation, a charity that tackles religious homophobia – the reason why I understand Naz had taken his own life. All my life and energy is poured into that now.

I can’t sit back and let what happened to Naz, and why, happen to anyone else.  More information and our story is available here:
https://www.nazandmattfoundation.org/about/
and
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/mar/21/my-boyfriend-killed-himself-because-his-family-couldnt-accept-that-he-was-gay

If you would like to donate to help stop religious and cultural homophobia, please click on the link below.

< Donate here >

Important note

I have tried to hard to find a positive future for JobPage and Tech City Jobs, but I am no longer able to afford financially or support emotionally either site.

I hope you understand.

I’ve not taken this decision lightly. It’s taken me two years and a substantial amount of my own money to keep JobPage and Tech City Jobs operating during this period.

I thank you for all for your patience and support over the last six years and I hope that we can remain connected.

I will be sending out an email to companies using JobPage over the coming days outlining the notice period and date of closure.

Kindest regards,
Matt

 

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About Matthew Ogston

Matthew is one of the co-founders of JobPage. He's been searching for a job he loved for the last 13 years... and when he couldn't find it, he started JobPage. He blogs here along with Naz, Louise and Claire. Connect with Matthew on JobPage, email, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google Plus

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Mastering the dreaded Phone Interview

So you’ve applied for your dream job, and fantastic news – you’ve been invited to do a telephone interview! 

Do you panic or do you relish the opportunity? Phone interviews should be easy, right? You can wear what you like (pyjamas even?!), sit in your favourite chair, have goggle to hand, and all your notes spread out in front of you – what could possibly go wrong?

Well actually, quite a lot..

Firstly, the interviewer only has your voice to assess – he can’t read your body language, see the sparkle in your eyes or see your gestures. This puts you at a distinct disadvantage already – all the fundamental things us humans base our relationships and decisions on are now missing – just you and your voice stands between you and that dream job!

Given that phone interviews are becoming increasingly used as an effective way to screen out potential candidates, you need to ensure that you can still sell yourself at your best.

As a professional CV writer and career coach, I hold consultations and mock interviews with job seekers over the phone all the time, and my first impression is always how someone sounds – are they engaged, interesting, concise and actually listening to my questions!

So what advice can I give you to maximise your next phone interview?

Here are my top 5 tips…

1)  Dress to impress!

Lounging on the sofa or in your pyjamas is not going to set you in the right frame of mind to do a professional interview. Ditch the pyjamas and treat it as a proper interview – wear a suit or professional clothes to help make you ‘feel’ and ‘sound’ like a professional.

2)  Strike a pose!

I don’t mean dance around like Madonna! The best way to sound confident, engaged and dynamic is to stand – standing makes you feel taller and will keep you focused, certainly more focused than lounging across a sofa!

Think about when you make a presentation – you always stand, right? In an interview, you are presenting yourself, so make it count!

3)  Don’t be afraid of silence

Just like in a normal face to face interview, you will experience moments of silence – breaks in the conversation, either when you or the interviewer has finished speaking.

Do not attempt to jump in and fill those gaps – You will more than likely end up waffling or giving away information that you weren’t ready to divulge!

Let the interviewer lead – they will ask a question, you answer it, and then stop. Simple.  If you need a moment to think about something, then say so, rather than umming and erring…

4)  Smile!

Remember the only thing the interviewer has to assess you on is your voice and the content of your answers. Not only is it important to make every word count in terms of content, every answer will be scrutinised for tone, sincerity and enthusiasm.

Your confidence has to be portrayed to the interviewer – you’ve got this far on your experience and qualifications based on your CV, but they also want to know your personality!

Smiling can actually shine through your words– it will help convey your confidence, your positivity and your personality, all of which you want to show (metaphorically speaking!)

5)  Closing Statements

Don’t forget this is an opportunity for you to ask questions, so have some prepared!

 

Clarify anything you haven’t understood, and reconfirm when you will hear back, including feedback

 

Regardless of how well the interview goes, or not – remember to thank them

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About Claire Mason

Claire is our fabulous Community Manager at JobPage, and has a wealth of experience having worked in various different industries, from global corporate companies, public sector, SME’s to even setting up her own business. Claire has a recruitment background and is a keen blogger and budding author. She is passionate about inspiring others to follow their heart to find the lifestyle they deserve.

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Are you super busy or a super hero?

There are many of us who feel we are successful in what we do, but how do you know if you are very successful and at your most effective?

We are constantly bombarded with the idea that successful people work harder, longer, faster; but is this really true?

You must know someone who is constantly announcing that they are super busy – a sign of being successful, or simply that they are not particularly successful in managing their time?

In reality, truly successful people work more effectively and efficiently. They are selective in their time and resources, and excel in prioritising!

Here are a few signs that you are truly successful:

 

1)    Being selective

There are many out there who will say yes to everything – whether that be to please their managers or colleagues, or because they simply do not have the courage to say no.

On the other hand, very successful people are ridiculously selective when managing their tasks, time, effort and finances. They purposefully and strategically consider the options before agreeing to commit to something. They wheedle out the nonessentials and reject the non-value activities.

The difference between successful and very successful people is that they have the courage to say no!

 

2)    Work, Rest and Play!

It is a myth that very successful people sleep very little, and can perform on less than 7 hours sleep a night. In reality, they know that rest is just as important as work, f they are to perform at their best.

This may not necessarily mean less sleep, but taking dedicated breaks throughout the day to renew and reenergise.  

They also prioritize focused opportunities to have creative time to strategize and innovate, whether that be alone in a quiet moment or to socialize with others during meetings or informal office conversations.

Tony Schwartz in his book “Be Excellent At Anything” cites numerous investigations that clearly prove that focusing for 90 minutes and then resting is the ultimate rhythm of working in order to perform at your best consistently throughout the day.

 

3)    Self Improvement

Very successful people do not allow themselves to take their skills and expertise for granted – they are always looking to grow, develop and improve.

They take the time to develop new skills or enhance existing ones. They learn and research to ensure they are on top of their game, rather than assuming they are at their peak already.

Human nature is to evolve however it also a human trait to stand still within our comfort zone.

 

4)    Listening is everything

Very successful people know that listening is just as important, if not more important than just talking.

Meetings are an opportunity to resolve issues and find solutions, however how many times have you been in a meeting and everyone is talking at the same time? Are you one of these people or do you listen carefully assessing the discussion?

Very successful people recognise the need to listen, assess, think, and then speak. They are often the first to offer a solution, rather than just the first to talk.

 

5)    Emotional Intelligence

Very successful people have a good balance of life – they work hard but effectively, they play hard but creatively, and they rest completely.

They have an emotional intelligence that allows them to focus their mind, body and soul in each of their activities; remaining in the present moment to maximise their output.

Very successful people are not super heroes as we are led to believe – they simply know how to use their resources effectively and efficiently to perform at their best every time!

So the question is, are you a successful person. Or are you a very successful person? If you are the first, then you know now how to grow into one of the elite

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About Claire Mason

Claire is our fabulous Community Manager at JobPage, and has a wealth of experience having worked in various different industries, from global corporate companies, public sector, SME’s to even setting up her own business. Claire has a recruitment background and is a keen blogger and budding author. She is passionate about inspiring others to follow their heart to find the lifestyle they deserve.

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How to manage career changes!

Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives from an early age. They excel in their required subjects at school and progress to the career they’ve chosen. Lucky for them!

But there are equally successful people whose career path hasn’t been quite so straight forward. They’re driven by a variety of interests to try out different classes, degrees, and careers in a search for what they really love. 

At first, a winding career path can seem like it puts you at a disadvantage and a shift in your career is often a difficult change to explain.

Here are my top tips on dealing with career changes: 

 

1)    Do your research!

Before you consider any change, do your research! You wouldn’t set off on a long car trip without a map or sat-nav – so don’t even think about making a career change without some preparation and research. 

Speak to people who already work in the field, use online forums and check out job profiles on sites like prospects.ac.uk and LinkedIn.

Once you’ve made the decision to change career, everyone will be asking you why! Be prepared to explain your plans to everyone from your mum to the man in the corner shop. Your research will support your logic and show you have considered all the options seriously. 

 

2)    Highlight your transferrable skills

I was once asked at interview why in the world I wanted to move from process and business development to a secretary/administrative role – no mean feat I hear you cry! Wrong!

From where I stood, it was easy to explain and not a bad thing at all. I was able to prove that my process development skills gave me the expertise to produce high quality documentation accurately and efficiently. My previous requirement to work with multiple teams to develop cross functional documentation showed that I could liaise easily with multidisciplined teams, which was a requirement of the new job. Attention to detail, communication and negotiation skills were all key transferrable skills that I had in abundance!

I got the job incidentally and quickly proved I was one of the most efficient and proactive members of the team, regularly being asked to take on extra project work to support the department!

This wasn’t the first time I’ve had to prove my worth – I have made several shifts in my career from Operations Analyst, running my own business, Recruitment Consultant and now as a Freelance Writer working predominantly for 2 career/job orientated start-ups.

On paper it doesn’t look so good. But when you see the bigger picture and condense the accumulated skills I have acquired over the years, it makes perfect sense that I now work as a freelance Career Coach and CV Writer/Reviewer for CV Savvy and Community Manager for JobPage.

The skills and knowledge I have gained over the years in various roles and industries has given me the perfect background to provide consultative advice and support to others looking for a new CV, job or career change!

So update your CV and highlight those key transferrable skills clearly! 

 

3)    Variety is the spice of life!

Taking the time to try different options and rule out the duds can not only give you a variety of exposure to different sectors, industries, skills and knowledge; but can potentially lead you to a career you love – and maybe never expected.

Take it from me, someone who never really knew what they wanted to be – value each of your roles and learn as much as possible during each one, because you never know where it might lead you next!

Whether you go from an engineer to Interior Design or from an Accountant to a Social Media consultant – whatever role you undertake, all the skills you learn can be applied to other roles and industries!

 

4)    Value Added

Building upon and using your transferrable skills will all increase your repertoire of expertise/knowledge and ultimately add value to you as a potential employee for that next exciting opportunity.

I once spoke to a lovely lady who had spent her entire career working for her local council in various roles culminating in Emergency Planning. As an active participant in the local community helping organise events and supporting the local Parish Church, she had no idea what she could do next following her redundancy.

After chatting at length about her background and her interests, pointing out all the skills and expertise she had gained over the years, and all the wisdom and support she had provided others; I helped her realise her full potential and all the added value she has to offer numerous employers.

Sometimes it’s just about recognising the key skills and knowledge that you have gained, and how you can apply them to a new role and sector. 

 

5)    Follow it through!

Turning a dream into reality takes real determination and will test your resolve. You may need to complete further training or qualifications, before even starting in your new field. This can take time, money and effort. Be prepared to be knocked back.

It may be worth considering doing some voluntary work or a placement to gain the necessary experience to support your passion and commitment to your new career change.

All of this will prepare you for the stamina and dedication needed to fulfil your dreams. Following through your commitment will hopefully lead to potentially the best move you’ve ever made!

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About Claire Mason

Claire is our fabulous Community Manager at JobPage, and has a wealth of experience having worked in various different industries, from global corporate companies, public sector, SME’s to even setting up her own business. Claire has a recruitment background and is a keen blogger and budding author. She is passionate about inspiring others to follow their heart to find the lifestyle they deserve.

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It’s the final countdown…..Time Management

 

Time – how many times have you said “there are not enough hours in the day”?

 

Time is a key resource that we simply cannot get back.

 

In a 24 hours period, there are 1440 minutes. Given that we sleep on average of 7 hours a night, you may only have 1020 minutes every day to make the most of!

 

Those 1020 minutes are further reduced by conflicting priorities from external sources such as phone calls, meetings and colleagues.

 

Those valuable hours each day are all we have. So if you struggle to fit in all your commitments and priorities, then you need to change the way you are working!

 

Here are a few recommendations that I have applied that work for me – perhaps they will help you make more effective use of your limited time!

 

1)    Use every precious minute productively

As a freelancer working from home, I have to be very stringent and focused with my time to ensure I use every minute productively and effectively. I used to be a great procrastinator and found that most of my time was wasted deciding what to do first or next, or getting distracted by the washing up or social media messages! I was efficient but not effective!

 

Efficiency and effectiveness are not the same. Someone who works hard and is well organised but spends all their time on unimportant tasks may be efficient but not effective. To be effective, you need to decide what tasks are urgent and important and to focus on these. This is called prioritising.

 

Prioritise your workload and tasks, and stick to them. Differentiate between urgent and important tasks – an urgent task may not necessarily be important!

 

Ensure that all your tasks have productive outcomes. If they don’t, then consider if they are necessary at all.

 

The key is to take ownership of your own time and PLAN your day. I now use my calendar religiously to plan my days with a To Do list alongside.

 

Remove any inefficiency by preparing the day before for the tasks ahead – this will eliminate any procrastination or wasted preparation time on the day.

 

There will always be unexpected distractions so you need to have a contingency in place to allow extra time for those.

 

One way to assess whether you are working efficiently and effectively is to monitor your activities for a week – Note down everything you have done and how long it took you and what the outcome was. Was it productive? Could it be done quicker? Did it need to be done at all? Was there a definite benefit?

 

One you know exactly what you do and how long it takes you, you can rearrange your day to use every minute more productively.

 

2)    Focus, Focus, Focus

I’ve mentioned unwelcome distractions and unexpected events already – if you work in an office then there are always distractions going on.

 

Unfortunately they seem to be accepted as part of everyday life in an office, but this doesn’t stop them being a nuisance and affecting our productivity levels.

 

If you are constantly being interrupted whilst working, then you are constantly trying to re-focus and get back into your task!

 

Thankfully, there are some tricks to keep your focus when you are concentrating on an important task:

 

  • Set goals
  • Silence your phone
  • Have a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign available and visible
  • Allocate quiet times as a regular occurrence during the day
  • Close your email inbox (and silence new message alerts)
  • Find an unused and quiet room to work
  • Be assertive – politely saying no to the demands of others when you are pushed for time
  • Break goals down into their components so that you can accomplish them one step at a time

You probably be surprised just how much additional work you can get done!

 

3)     Eliminate Procrastination

Procrastination is the biggest time waster of all! And also one of the most common workplace challenges!

 

Procrastination usually stems from feeling overwhelmed, fearful of doing something or unprepared. If this is you, then you need to determine WHY you are dithering, and DO something about it NOW.

 

It’s important that you manage your thoughts and control your mind to ensure that you eliminate procrastination – it’s negative and unproductive

 

  • If you are overwhelmed – break the task into smaller manageable chunks
  • If you are unprepared – get prepared!! Do some research, ask questions but make sure you don’t under-prepare again!
  • If you are fearful – ask yourself why, and be honest. Ask for help if necessary

More often than not, procrastination is about ‘avoiding’ something. Unfortunately in work and life, there are many things we would like to avoid but cant – they have to be done, whether that is now or in 2 day time – you still have to do it, so why delay?

 

Try turning your thoughts from ‘avoidance’ to ‘end goal’

 

For example, you’ve been putting off having that meeting with a difficult client – perhaps if you prepare fully for the meeting, once it’s over there may be a more rewarding end goal such as a new client, increased revenue stream or even closure on a difficult problem! Think about the end goal rather than the obstacle.

 

4)    Clock Time v Real Time

We live by our clocks – but effectively clock time is irrelevant. We live in real time, a world in which all time flies when you are having fun or drags when you are doing the mundane stuff.

 

The good news is that real time is mental – It exists in your head which means you can manage it.

If it’s in your head, then its possible to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around “not having enough time”.  Positive attitude equals positive actions.

 

There are only three ways to spend time: thoughts, conversations and actions. Regardless of the type of work you do, your work will always be composed of those three things.

 

Whilst you may be frequently interrupted or pulled in different directions, you can determine how much time you will spend on them and how much time you will spend on the thoughts, conversations and actions that will ultimately lead to a productive day, and hopefully long term success. 

 
Try these strategies and see if things change for the better.

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About Claire Mason

Claire is our fabulous Community Manager at JobPage, and has a wealth of experience having worked in various different industries, from global corporate companies, public sector, SME’s to even setting up her own business. Claire has a recruitment background and is a keen blogger and budding author. She is passionate about inspiring others to follow their heart to find the lifestyle they deserve.

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How to maximise your JobPage experience!

JobPage is an online community for networking, job hunting and recruiting. Our team are here to help YOU maximise your use of JobPage – whether that be finding your dream job or recruiting your ideal candidate.

Our co-founder Matt and myself Claire, as Community Manager, are here to support and help you all the way through the process.

JobPage is a community designed to help each other aiming to provide informative advice, inspiration, career guidance and suitable jobs via JobPage. However we cannot do that alone – we need your help too.

If you want to make the most out of JobPage, then here is a handy guide to helping us help YOU:

1.    Complete your Profile!

Your profile is like your CV – it is there to sell you as a person and highlight all your key skills and attributes.  Without a complete profile, it is very difficult for us to understand your requirements and be able to match you to the most suitable roles. Likewise for Recruiters, we need as much information as possible to be able to support your social recruiting needs.

It is my focus as Community Manager to proactively match potential candidates to potential employers, as well as helping jobseekers and recruiters alike to maximise their effectiveness on JobPage! Hence this blog!! However this is extremely difficult when profiles are not completed fully.

Help us to help you by fully completing your profile with the following information – we can do the rest!

  • Headline to sell yourself
  • Locations required
  • Add links to your other online profiles
  • Sell yourself by completing the ‘About Me’ and ‘Some interesting facts about me’ sections
  • Make sure you add your skills – this will allow significantly better matching to jobs

 

2.    Socialise!

As a member of our community, it is up to you to interact with other candidates and recruiters as much as possible. Here are a few ways to help lift your activity on JobPage, and ultimately lift your visibility to others:

  • Share jobs – If you see a job then share it with the community – it may be someone else’s dream job!
  • Follow other member and recruiters so you can see their activity. Follow myself and Matt too!
  • Respond to conversations and blog articles, or even start your own thread on our messages and chatter pages! Let’s get talking and learn from each other!
  • Invite others to join – let’s build our community and increase our connections for more opportunities! Lets create a buzz about JobPage

3.    Volunteer!

JobPage is ever growing and would be nothing without its members, founders and all the volunteer mentors and bloggers who help to build our community.

Volunteering is a very rewarding way of helping others, using your skill set and making a difference. Why not give up some of your time to become a mentor or blogger for JobPage – we are always looking for volunteers

4.     Use all our features

JobPage is designed specifically to connect jobseekers and recruiters, and offers a social recruiting platform like no other!

For job seekers, join our ‘Jobs by Email’ and have your jobs sent to you for your own convenience. In addition, I will be working to review your profile and match you to suitable jobs that I find. Having a full profile also helps our Recruiter members on JobPage to identify and assess you for their own jobs.

For employers, JobPage Recruit handles the whole recruitment process including advertising your jobs, promoting them on lead job aggregators and all major social networks, searching your social network contacts for suitable candidates, collating online job applications and helping you to manage your selection process to shortlist the best candidates for interview. You can review potential candidate’s profiles and gain valuable business intelligence about your social media contacts in a snapshot without spending time researching all the individual social network sites yourself.

5.    Share and Support

JobPage is global in reach and all our jobs, blogs, updates and features are available via Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Support our community by joining, sharing and following us on each of these sites and help spread the word and jobs!

 

JobPage is here for you – help us to help YOU!!!

 

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About Claire Mason

Claire is our fabulous Community Manager at JobPage, and has a wealth of experience having worked in various different industries, from global corporate companies, public sector, SME’s to even setting up her own business. Claire has a recruitment background and is a keen blogger and budding author. She is passionate about inspiring others to follow their heart to find the lifestyle they deserve.

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Recruitment on the Go!

In 2013, mobile operators across the world ramped up efforts to roll out 4G networks to the masses. 4G promises to enable data transfer speeds, which are several times faster than 3G. This is creating a lot of excitement in technical circles and it is expected to have a far reaching impact on business.

So what does 4G mean for recruitment?

Here are 4 ways that I believe 4G could change hiring forever:

1)     Mobile phone video interviewing

4G was made for video streaming, which means that you can conduct mobile-based video conferences like never before. For employers, this means that you can arrange high quality, reliable, HD standard mobile video interviews between candidates and multiple interviewers all operating from mobile phones.

This means that recruiters can connect with a mobile workforce and a mobile candidate market in an extremely flexible and professional way throughout the world via mobile video interviewing – something which was not so easily achieved with 3G.
 

2)    Job applications on the go

4G will make it much easier for mobile users to gain more stable access to cloud based services. This means that if you are using any web or mobile-based job applications systems, mobile phone-based users would have struggled to engage with these as the connection would be unstable.

The new 4G will make it much easier for job seekers to apply for jobs online via their phones. This makes the process faster, more reliable and more user friendly. This will increase your ability to reach the companies you want to target, potentially increasing your chances in a more timely manner, rather than waiting till you get home!

3)    Video Candidate Profiling

This is one area that is set to change dramatically.  Branding for candidates and employers has to date been hypertext led and dominated by text and images on a web page. This could all change. As the entirety of the candidate marketplace become able to effortlessly stream video through their smart-phones on the go, employer and candidate branding has the opportunity to become video or YouTube channel led rather than web page led.

In a couple of year’s time, we could see more and more candidates with visual CVs, videos and profiles being publicized via YouTube. Employers could reach potential candidates with video adverts and webcasts, rather than dull stiff corporate career webpage’s. Perhaps we will even see interactive Career based TV channels from employers and candidates alike?

 

4)    More mobile workforce

The wave of 4G will mean that employees will be able to work more effectively than they have ever been before, while on the road, at a hotel, in an airport or working at home. A 4G service is fast enough to enable high-quality video conferencing and means they can connect with cloud-based services as easily as they could from the office or a broadband connection.

This will help to create a border-less office and increasingly recruiters will be screening staff for the ability to work effectively as a mobile worker as opposed to an office based worker. This has huge benefits for both candidates and employers, as the world continues to shrink and opportunities grow with advancing modern technology!!
 

Have you had any experience of the above? Share your thoughts on JobPage!

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About Claire Mason

Claire is our fabulous Community Manager at JobPage, and has a wealth of experience having worked in various different industries, from global corporate companies, public sector, SME’s to even setting up her own business. Claire has a recruitment background and is a keen blogger and budding author. She is passionate about inspiring others to follow their heart to find the lifestyle they deserve.

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Start Your Own Business With Help From Former Dragons’ Den Star, James Caan

Are you a budding entrepreneur with a recruitment background? If so, James Caan (former Dragons’ Den star) is on the search for the next entrepreneur to start a new business with him. He will invest up to £500,000 in the right person!

James Caan is interested in hearing from you if you meet the following criteria:

  • An individual with natural leadership skills and the ability to inspire commitment, passion and drive from others
  • A minimum of 3 years recruitment experience
  • A proven track record of effective billing, hiring and managing within a recruitment environment
  • Passionate about your work, with the ambition and ability to build a serious business of real value and scale
  • Ideally you will be based in London, the Midlands or Manchester

What James Caan can offer you:

  • The funding and investment needed to build a top class recruitment company – up to £500,000!
  • Expert mentoring from James and his team
  • The opportunity to to run your own recruitment business, control all strategic and operational decisions and create a brand that reflects you and your vision
  • Being part of an elite group with one of the best track records in recruitment industry
  • Access to exceptional office facilities
  • Recruitment specific admin and back office support so you can focus on growth not process
  • Media, marketing and tech support, helping you build or improve a brand and online presence
  • Advanced training sessions and materials for you and your new employees
  • Access to successful CEOs from the James’ portfolio, for shared learning and support

Are you ready to be the next recruitment entrepreneur? Applications are open until 5pm, Friday February 28th!

Apply Here

 

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About Matthew Ogston

Matthew is one of the co-founders of JobPage. He's been searching for a job he loved for the last 13 years... and when he couldn't find it, he started JobPage. He blogs here along with Naz, Louise and Claire. Connect with Matthew on JobPage, email, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google Plus

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How to get what you want from others every time!

I have enjoyed an interesting and varied career from an Operations Analyst, Medical Secretary/PA, Process Improvement Consultant, Recruitment Consultant, Career Coach, Blogger and Freelance Writer to even running my own go karting business. I have experienced many types of people with whom I’ve had to connect with and get something from.

No matter what job you’re in, you are almost always reliant on persuading others to help you get what you want, whether it is gaining their contribution to a project, securing the recruitment for their latest advertised job, selling a product or service, or securing more work…And that is the key word – ‘help’

Many recruiters cold call asking to speak to the manager and immediately start asking about the role and selling their recruiting services. Salesmen often storm in explaining the benefits of their product or service. This is the ‘how I can help you’ approach – the wrong approach.

This method simply initiates the walls coming up from the other person and resounding ‘no’s throughout the conversation! I’ve no doubt you know exactly what I mean!

So how do you turn this around so that you can get what you want?

Simple – ask them for their help!

At the end of the day, every human being wants to help other people – it’s a natural force that we possess. Helping others makes us feel good.

By asking the other person for their help, you are triggering their natural resolve to work with you, rather than against you. For example, starting a cold call with the phrase “Hi, I was hoping you might be able to help me…” you will inevitably receive an “of course, how can I help you?” – a positive response!

Straight away, you have their attention and commitment. The rest is up to you!!

As an example, using this approach significantly turned around my go karting business. I used to cold call potential venues that I wanted to use and explain the benefits of holding my parties at their venue. This was often met with “we are too full” or “that sounds dangerous”, and I admit that I struggled to start with to get venues for my parties.

However when I started approaching venues asking for their help as I had a customer who had 30 children coming to a birthday party and needed a good venue…..complete shift in attitude and enthusiasm (thinking probably about all the money the party would spend on food etc) and my business grew dramatically! I went from 2 venues to 16 in a few months!

So next time you are struggling to connect and engage others whether it be via email or telephone – take a step back and think about how they can help you rather than how you can help them!

 

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About Claire Mason

Claire is our fabulous Community Manager at JobPage, and has a wealth of experience having worked in various different industries, from global corporate companies, public sector, SME’s to even setting up her own business. Claire has a recruitment background and is a keen blogger and budding author. She is passionate about inspiring others to follow their heart to find the lifestyle they deserve.

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Working in the UK – A starter guide for non-British citizens

JobPage is a community of jobseekers and recruiters helping each other connect with the right people and the right jobs all around the world! And as JobPage Community Manager and a CV Writer/Reviewer for CV Savvy; I am often asked for my advice by non-British jobseekers on how to get a job in the UK and how to adapt a CV to the UK market.

Whether you come from Europe, USA  or further afield; if you want to work in the UK then there are a few things you need to know!

As a non-British citizen, you will need to check if the United Kingdom’s rules about working in the UK apply to you. Do you need a visa or work permit? Perhaps you want to improve your English skills to help with your job prospects.

Here is a handy starter guide to the key information you need to know:

1)    Permission to enter the UK

Nearly all European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals are free to enter and live in the United Kingdom without the need to apply for permission.

The EEA countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For more information, visit the UK Border Agency website to find out more about your rights to enter, live and work in the UK.

2)    Requirements to work in the UK

To work in the UK, you need a National Insurance number. You must apply for one as soon as you start work or as soon as you or your partner claims benefit. To be able to apply you must be 16 years of age or over and a resident in Great Britain (England, Wales or Scotland).

To apply for a National Insurance number, you can phone the Jobcentre Plus National Insurance number allocation service on 0845 600 0643. Lines are open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

If you are already working but do not have a National Insurance number, you must get one. You can find out more about National Insurance, and how to get a National Insurance number, visit the UK Government website.

3)    Language barriers

The majority of UK employers expect a reasonable standard of English (verbal and written). You will need to be able to speak good English in order to apply to companies and recruitment agencies for suitable jobs.

There are many organisations that can help you with your English language including training courses called English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Visit the ESOL courses website for more information.

4)    Are my qualifications valid in the UK?

One of the key questions often asked is whether your qualifications from your country are recognized by UK employers. The best way to find this out is by contacting the National Recognition Information Centre

And finally;

5)    Finding a job in the UK

There are lots of different ways to find a job in the UK:

  • Recruitment Agencies – google ‘UK recruitment agencies’
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Local and National Newspapers
  • Internet, particularly Social Media – read our guide on using Social Media to find a job here and our school leavers and graduates guide to finding a job here
  • And of course, JobPage – check out our jobs board

I hope this article has been useful! If you have any questions, please contact myself claire or matt….

 

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About Claire Mason

Claire is our fabulous Community Manager at JobPage, and has a wealth of experience having worked in various different industries, from global corporate companies, public sector, SME’s to even setting up her own business. Claire has a recruitment background and is a keen blogger and budding author. She is passionate about inspiring others to follow their heart to find the lifestyle they deserve.

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