What Is The Best Way To Manage Millennials?

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In 2015, Millennials passed Baby Boomers as the largest part of the workforce, as they currently make up about 35% of the working population. Due to the differences in society as they grew up, Millennials have completely different needs to that of their Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers working counterparts. Due to this, employers need to take a different path when managing them. 

Millennials are usually very educated, and that’s because many of them have been to University. Growing up, it was common that they were rewarded for chores as children, which has led to a very competitive nature where they strive to be rewarded in the workplace. They are often stereotyped as entitled, and their ambition is often misinterpreted as disloyalty, as they’re likely to leave a job quicker than previous generations when their needs are not met. So how exactly can we manage Millennials in the workplace?

 

5 Tips for Managing Millennials 

1) Provide Training and Mentoring

At work, Millennials want to learn. They are constantly trying to better themselves, learn new skills and become further educated on the industry or field they are working in. In order to manage Millennials, you need to make sure you have a thorough structured training programme where all their needs are met. In addition to this, offer mentoring and constant support on a one-to-one level, so that they know they always have someone they can shadow and learn from.

 

2) Provide Feedback

Similar to the previous point, Millennials also need feedback! If you can show that you are investing into your Millennial employees and showing them ways to learn, they will flourish in the workplace. Millennials want to know what they are doing well, so make sure you offer positive feedback too!

 

3) Challenge Them

In order to manage your Millennial employees and ensure that they are engaged in the workplace, you should challenge them. Give them more responsibility, and let them help out on huge projects. Millennials feel appreciated when they are given responsibility, and so in turn feel further engaged in the workplace. 

 

4) Be Fun

Continuing on from the previous point, Millennials want to work, but they also want to have fun while they’re there! Foster integration between the workforce generations and allow people to communicate and speak freely. Millennials don’t want to sit at a desk all day in silence – they want to laugh!

 

5) Provide a Work-Life Balance

Unlike previous generations, Millennials have a further emphasis on the importance of a work-life balance. They are constantly busy and may play for sports teams or have hobbies that they take up outside of work. Not only this, Millennial’s are very socially focused and spend a lot of time with friends and family. Balance is vital to a Millennial and so in order to better manage your employees, you should offer flexible working and remote working if possible. For example, letting a Millennial leave early on a Wednesday for football practice would make them feel appreciated and engaged at work! While at work, Millennials will give it their all, but in the grand scheme of things, other elements are also important to them, so you should support this.

 

Therefore, in order to engage with a millennial, you may need to make slight adjustments to the way that you manage them. Make a conscious effort to keep things fun and challenging, and respect their work-life balance. Millennials are engaged through freedom and responsibility, so give it to them!

It’s not just Millennials who want to work from home! It's on the increase for most companies, so check out our other blog, 5 Reasons Why You Should Offer Employees The Opportunity To Work From Home.  

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

A Day In The Life of an Accounts Assistant

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What’s it like to be an Accounts Assistant at Prestige Recruitment Services? 

We caught up with Joshua Toye, who is our apprentice accounts assistant based in our head office in Birmingham! Here’s what his role involves:

‘My experience so far of being an apprentice accounts assistant is that its quite a big role, as the job I do gets followed with college lessons for my course. As well as this, I am also trained by experienced managers and members of staff within the office to further my knowledge of the jobs that I do. I work four days in the Birmingham office, and one day a week at college, which means I am constantly learning! It’s very exciting.
'The jobs that I do are spread out during the week, which means my days are quite balanced. Some of the jobs I do in the office include printing off timesheets that need to go in the weekly bible, entering every temp’s hours and pay onto payroll and consistently checking that everything is correct and up to date. Other elements within my role include paying all the temps, sending payslips and preparing invoices to be sent while making sure that all information is correct.
'In between jobs, I help colleagues with anything they need, whether it’s replying to emails or scanning and sending important information to them.
I’ve only worked at Prestige Recruitment Services since January, but it’s a great experience to see the working world, and it’s a company I really enjoy being a part of. I can’t wait to continue learning over the next year.'

A Fact About Josh:  At only 17, Josh is the youngest member of the Prestige Family. 

If you're interested in joining the Prestige family, get in touch! If you want to know more about Josh, check his Meet the Team page here

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

A Day In The Life of a Recruitment Coordinator

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What’s it like to be a Recruitment Coordinator at Prestige Recruitment Services?  

We caught up with Jessica Martin, who is one of our recruitment coordinators based in Wilmslow. Here’s what her role involves:  

‘I’m supposed to walk to work every morning, but most days I end up in a taxi. When I arrive at work, the first thing on my mind is a cup of coffee to wake myself up for the day ahead!
'From there, I log on and work my way through the emails I need to respond to. I help my team out as much as I can whether it’s registering candidates, gaining references, CV searching, updating candidate profiles, placing candidates in vacancies, arranging interviews or prepping candidates for interviews.
'Each day is different for me, on a Monday I will be processing payroll, making sure all candidates have their timesheets in before the 11am deadline, confirming holiday pay, and ensuring I have collected everyone’s p45’s and timesheets. Towards the end of the day, I work on my blog, which I post on LinkedIn on a weekly basis. I will also be working on general registrations for the week ahead of me.
'Most of the other days I spend resourcing for Vicky and Sarah, or filling vacancies for the temp desk. I love the thrill of knowing I have placed a candidate into a role that they have always wanted or that they never imagined working for. I also enjoy working on jobs for Sarah, even though I am only helping with searching for CV’s and finding candidates for the relevant roles that they are recruiting for at that time. 
'The roles that Sarah work on are jobs I have never worked on before or even heard of, so it’s great to be able to support and learn at the same time. I also make sure I save the roles into my folders created, so that everything is organised!
'Prestige Recruitment Services brought me in to support Vicky alongside her temp’s desk, as I come from a temp’s background. I have had a lot of training with the Prestige Training Academy, and I had a lot to learn about Prestige and the way they work as a company. They have provided me with all I ever needed – support, guidance and a confidence boost.
'Even though I come across as a very chatty upbeat person, I still have my insecurities. One thing I struggled with overcoming was the fear of people hearing me on the phone as I work so close to the rest of my colleagues in the office. However, I soon realised that everyone is so busy that they are focusing on their own jobs, and I have nothing to be embarrassed about.
'The journey I have been on so far has been amazing, and I am so happy about working with Prestige Recruitment Services.

Jessica's Secret Fact: 'I am the DJ of the office and I keep the whole office entertained!' 

 

If this sounds like something you’d love to be doing, and you fancy joining the team, get in touch. If you want to know more about Jess, check out her Meet the Team page here

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

How To Guarantee An Increase In Workplace Creativity

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Workplace creativity is an essential element to any work environment. With a creative environment and creative employees, your business is innovative, productive and insightful. Workplace creativity allows solutions to complex problems and inspires your staff, making a happier team.

Prestige Recruitment Services thoroughly understand the importance of ensuring that your business is the best it can possibly be, so we’ve listed some top tips ensure that your business stays creative and thriving!

 

Top Tips to Guarantee An Increase In Workplace Creativity:

 

Hire Diversely

If you are recruiting diversely, you should have a team full of people from all walks of life. Because of this, you will gain access to a variety of viewpoints and perspectives, which funds the growth of unique, innovative and fresh ideas. So hire diversely, and your business will be able to identify opportunities and explore new solutions.  Hiring diversely, therefore, guarantees an increase in workplace creativity.

Hiring diversely is so important to a company that we’re currently in the process of completing an eBook all about it. the end of the blog and we’ll send it straight to your inbox the second we finish it. You can sign up at the end of the blog and we’ll send it straight to your inbox the second we finish it.

 

Flexibility

If possible, allowing for flexibility in the workday allows employees to work when they feel the most creative. Studies have consistently shown that flexible schedules lead to higher rates of overall productivity, higher job satisfaction and most importantly, higher workplace creativity. Letting employees work outside of the box means that they are thinking outside of the box.

 

Encourage Breaks

Burnout is not good for an individual’s creativity, and that is why it is so important that you actively encourage your employees to take breaks. If possible, you should let employees go for walks when they need it. Having fresh air will clear your mind and help them think better.

 

Structure Your Brainstorming

It is important that you structure your brainstorming in order to reach optimum productivity and creativity. Allow everyone to present their ideas first. Then, once everyone has their ideas down, go through them one by one and make sure each idea is given the same amount of thought. By structuring your brainstorming it allows room for growth and ensures that you stay on topic. This increases productivity as well as workplace creativity!

 

Seating Options

When an employee spends all their time at one desk and in one seat, it can become easy to feel demotivated. The best creative environments have a variety of options so that individuals can work wherever they feel best suits them. If someone is getting fed up sitting at their desk, changing environment and standing or sitting on a comfortable sofa can seriously affect their engagement and creativity. Therefore, you should offer a variety of options so that people can work where best suits them on that particular day.

 

Meeting Spaces

Linking to our previous point, you should also offer a variety of meeting places. There should be some that are open and some that are closed. These different areas will encourage different personality types and groups to work together in a space that best suits them.

 

There Are No Stupid Ideas

You should communicate to all of your employees that there are no stupid ideas. Some individuals may be scared to speak up and show their creativity because they are worried that their ideas may not be suitable. Therefore, you should reinforce the fact that you want to hear all ideas, and no idea will be stupid. If you can actively encourage individuals to speak up, their creative flair will increase when they realise that they don’t have anything to be embarrassed about.

 

Facilitate A Team Mentality

It is rare that a good idea comes from just one person – that’s why it’s important that you can work as a team. Creativity is a team sport, so you should make sure everyone is on the same page. This means that individuals can bounce ideas off of each other for optimum creativity!

 

An Increase In Workplace Creativity

Admittedly, creativity doesn’t necessarily come naturally to everybody. However, if you nurture your team and make changes, you will allow for optimum creativity in your team. Keep your eyes peeled for our next blog, and don’t forget to sign up if you’re interested in receiving our eBook about Diversity.

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Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

Ten Top Tips for Coping With Those Soul-Destroying Job Rejections!

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When you receive (what feels like!) rejection after rejection when you are applying for jobs, it is easy to become disheartened and disappointed. Those soul-destroying job rejections can really affect morale, but it is vital that you don’t lose hope. As hard as it is, rejection is actually just a normal part of the job-hunting process, and it will help you learn and grow in the long run. Therefore, rather than treat each rejection as a knock-back, start thinking of it as a step closer to securing your dream job. Prestige Recruitment Services understand that this is easier said than done, and so we’ve listed 10 quick tips to help you cope with rejection while job searching.

Here are our Ten Top Tips for Coping With Those Soul-Destroying Job Rejections!

1) Don’t Take It Personally

When you apply for a job, chances are, so many other people have too. Therefore, it’s vital that you don’t take every rejection personally, as there could be many other factors at play here. The role/company/position may not have been what is perfect for you, or there may have been a candidate with more relevant experience. Just because you don’t get a job, doesn’t mean there was anything wrong with you as a person or candidate. So, make sure you don’t take it personally.

 

2) Focus on The Positive

Remember that regardless of the rejections, you have tremendous skills and qualities that will be perfectly suited to another company and role – it’s all about finding the right fit. Think about your strengths and achievements and make a list so you’ll be able to talk about them with enthusiasm at your next interview. 

If you manage to get through to interview, but don’t get the job – you should ask for feedback. Within that feedback, you will receive positives and the employer will comment on your strengths. Take these compliments and take it as a huge positive. As well as this, the fact you got an interview is amazing – it means that there’s something great about your CV and your experience. Remember, the experience of the interview itself a great positive too as it teaches you more about the job-hunting process. 

 

3) Find Ways to Improve

If it’s available, try and get feedback from ALL of your rejections. You can then take their comments on-board and think about what they have said. You can then work at developing on your negatives so that you become the perfect candidate. That way, your rejection has become a learning curve.

 

4) Do Other Things That Make You Happy

When you’re job searching, it can easy for it to become your life, especially if you’ve been unemployed for a while. However, you should treat job searching as an actual job itself. Set a few hours down for you to actively search job boards and sign up with recruitment companies – that way, you can do other things alongside job-hunting. It is important that you make sure that you do this, so that you can stay positive and happy and keep a healthy balance.

 

5) Take a Break

Sometimes when you get into a habit of searching for jobs, and it feels like you’re getting rejection after rejection, it can be draining. If you need to, take a break from the job searching front and have a holiday, or take a few days off. Allowing yourself to do things that make you happy and cheer you up will bring you more motivation and allow you to go back to job-hunting with a new, happier mind-set.

 

6) Keep the Faith

Linking from our previous point, try and stay positive. Finding a job isn’t easy and it requires persistence. Try and learn from every experience on your job-hunting journey, and improve all of your skills. Recruitment companies offer a great amount of support and are great at giving you faith when you need it. Just remember that rejection is a natural part of the process and everyone experiences it. You just have to keep going. 

 

7) Exercise

Though it might be difficult to find the motivation, hitting a gym or going outside and being active will make you feel better. It takes about 20 minutes of exercise for the endorphins to start being released in your body. Endorphins are stress fighters and will help keep your head clear!

 

8) Volunteer

If you are feeling disheartened by job rejections, volunteering is a great way to stay busy and keep morale up! It increases your experience, which will be attractive to future employers. Also, you never know when volunteering may lead to a permanent, paying position! So it’s always good to get some volunteering under you belt.

 

9) Work Your Network

If you know the type of industry that you want to work within, (which you probably do if you’re applying to jobs!) network, network, network! Though it may seem daunting talking to people within your industry, it’s a great opportunity to open more doors for yourself. There are tonnes of networking events all over the United Kingdom, and social media networks like LinkedIn are great to meet people from all over the world who are interested in the same industry that you are!

 

10) Treat Every New Opportunity as a Fresh Chance

Try not to focus too heavily on your rejections, and treat every job application as a fresh, new chance. Concentrate on the present. If you apply for a job with the mind-set that you’re going to get rejected anyway, you won’t come across as positive and enthusiastic!

 

Prestige Recruitment Services wish you the best of luck with your job search! To receive our eBook ‘The Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Dream Job,’ please leave your name and email address below.

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

 

5 Quick Tips to Make Employees Love Their Office Workspace

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We’ve all heard the saying that a happy office is a productive office, which is completely true. The space in which someone works can seriously affect mood and morale within the office. Therefore, it is vital that you as their employer try your hardest to ensure that your office workspace is the best it can possibly be. Your employees spend most of their week at their desk, so you need to work hard so that they are happy. Remember, happy employees are productive employees! Prestige Recruitment Services have therefore compiled a quick list of 5 simple things you should do to ensure your employees love their office workspace. 

 

How to Ensure Your Employees Love Their Office Workspace:

1)  Stay Organised

Motivation and productivity take a serious hit when your office space is messy and disorganised. With a disorganised workspace, you seriously run the risk of your employees becoming disengaged. If everything in your office workspace has a set place as to where it is meant to be, your employees will certainly be happier. Therefore, make sure that you have places for stationary, folders and files. If you make it easier for your employees to find what they need, when they need it, it makes a big difference to office happiness.

 

2)  Make It Comfortable

Your employees spend so much of their week within their office workspace, and so it is vital that they feel comfortable. You should try hard to ensure that your space is as comfortable. Make sure that there is as much natural light as there can possibly be. People spend a lot of time in front of their computer sat on a chair, so make sure the furniture options you offer are comfortable for people to sit on for long periods of time. You should also ensure that there is a comfortable place for employees to sit down to eat lunch and take some time away from the desk.

 

3)  Give Everyone a Say

At the end of the day, there are many people in your office, and not just you. You should make the effort to ask employees about what they’d really like to see in their office space. Would your staff like to listen to a radio while they work? Would they like a coffee machine? If you can hear what people want, you can have more of an idea on what to change so that everybody is happy. Take their suggestions, and if possible and reasonable, give it to them. Involve your team!

 

4)  Office Perks

Everyone loves perks! Sometimes the smallest of things, like offering your employees free coffee and allowing them to leave early on Friday, goes a long way. When hard work is recognised and appreciated, it makes a happier office!

 

5)  Allow Personalisation

Some offices workspaces may not allow their desks to be cluttered with personal items and objects, however if you can, let employees bring some of their own items in. Some people may just want to bring in their own mug or some photos for their desk, and some people may want to bring in their own chair. If you can, allow employees to do this. These things obviously mean a lot to your employees, so if they can bring it in to their work environment, they will feel more comfortable in their workspace. Appreciate your employee’s differences and individuality.

 

The suggestions we have listed are not difficult and not too hard to embody within your company, but they’ll make a huge difference to your employee morale and happiness. We are currently writing another blog about bigger changes you can make in order to improve your office. If you're interested, please leave an email address below. 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

5 Reasons Why You Should Offer Employees The Opportunity To Work From Home

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Remote working is on the increase as more and more companies allow their employees the opportunity to work from home. If you’ve seen our previous blog, you’ll know that there are actually predictions that by 2020, 50% of workers will be doing their jobs remotely. Remote working has tonnes of positives for both employee and employer and so Prestige Recruitment Services have listed 5 Reasons Why You Should Offer Employees The Opportunity To Work From Home!

 

1)  Increased Productivity

Every single person in a workplace environment is a unique individual with different needs, wants and preferences when it comes to working. Within a workspace, it can easy to forget that every member of a team will have different work styles that work for them. For example, some individuals will work better in the morning after they have just woken up, whereas some people will prefer to work at night. By appreciating your employee’s needs and giving them the choice to work when they feel most productive, your company's overall productivity levels will also increase.  

Some people may argue that when people work from home, there are more distractions than there would be in an office. However, this is not always the case. Working from home gives your employees the chance to get away from the office environment, avoid time-zapping colleagues and work however suits them – whether that’s with blasting music, or complete silence. Being able to choose where you work rather than being forced to sit at a desk in an office space means that your staff will work more productively as they get to work how they feel works best for them.

 

2)  Retain Talent

The idea of home is often associated with feelings of comfort and relaxation, and regardless how hard you try as an employer – no space you create will match the comfort created when at home. When someone is comfortable, they are the happiest they can be. Happy employees are unlikely to want to move company, and so offering remote working is a sure way to help retain talent within your company. More than ever, people want to be able to work remotely and that’s because there is such an increased emphasis on the importance of a healthy work-home life balance.

It’s evident that remote working is a great way to keep your employees happy. In fact, Investors in People (II) revealed that 32% of employees would rather have a more flexible working environment, such as the opportunity to work remotely than a 3% pay rise.  So, if you offer your employees what they want, they are likely to stay loyal to your company.

 

3)  It’s Eco-Friendly

When all your employees are working remotely, there is no need to travel into a workspace. By doing this, you are shrinking your company’s carbon footprint. Cisco WebEx reports that if those with remote work-compatible jobs worked from home just half the time, we could eliminate 119 billion miles of highway driving – which is enough to wrap around the earth almost 5 million times. As well as this, a report from FlexJobs cities the examples of Dell, Aetna and Xerox, who all experimented with offering remote work. They found that by allowing employees to work from home, the three companies together saved 94,294 metric tons of greenhouse gases – in one year. Seeing these facts and figures, it makes sense for your company to go green, and let people work remotely.

 

4)  Cost-Efficiency

When all your staff work remotely, you can save your company a lot of money. For a start, employees don’t need to travel to work, which cuts costs from having to commute to the office. If your company is completely remote, there’s no need to rent an office space. You also don’t need computers, electricity, Wi-Fi, stationary and other office supplies. Therefore, your company will automatically reduce the amount of outgoings that you would usually spend on having a physical office space.    

 

5)  You Can Hire The Best No Matter Where They Are

With the development of technology, people no longer need to live close to their workspace. Gone are the days where you’d need to work somewhere within an hour travel time from your home. When you offer remote working, you can offer the job to anyone, without limiting the talent pool to a certain location. This means you can really search for the best of the best and ensure that they work within your company.

 

So now is the opportunity to allow your staff members to have some freedom and work from home when they can. The opportunity to work remotely is a huge positive that many companies actually sell as a benefit of their company, and it is slowly increasing. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our previous post, which is all about remote working too. You can read it here.

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

5 Skills You NEED to be an Excellent Remote Worker

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Today, remote working is on the increase, with predictions that 50% of workers will be doing their jobs remotely by 2020. In fact, there are many companies that are completely remote, which saves them money in renting office space and saves employees money on commuting. Many jobs can be done remotely, so if you’re interested in working from home or somewhere out of the office, Prestige Recruitment Services have listed 5 Skills You NEED to be an Excellent Remote Worker.

 

1)  Technological Skills

In order to stay in contact with other members of your team and your managers, you’re going to need an Internet connection. With that, you’re probably going to have to use a computer and phone. Therefore, it is essential that you learn all your systems before you start working remotely. Test out all of your software beforehand – will you be using GoToMeeting, Zoom or Skype for your video conferencing? Try them all, and choose the most reliable program that works for your company. Make sure you have thorough knowledge - you won’t be a productive employee if you constantly have to sort out simple IT issues. Therefore, make sure that you are able to use your phone and other devices with ease - it will make working remotely as smooth as possible.

 

2)  Communication Skills

When you work remotely, you can’t run over to a colleague’s desk to ask them questions whenever you need them. You therefore need to ensure that you are communicating effectively through other mediums such as email and the phone. It is vital that you can pick up the phone and be able to explain things efficiently and to the point, so that the person on the other side of the line understands what you are saying first time. You also need to nail your email etiquette (check out our other blog here). Ensure that you are clear and concise with your words in order to avoid confusion.

 

3)  Self-Motivated and Disciplined

Working remotely means that you won’t have your manager looking over your shoulder and constantly reminding you of what needs to be done for when. Because of this, it can be difficult to stay motivated outside of a professional workplace setting. You may not be distracted by colleagues and general office chit-chat, however you are likely to have distractions of your own. Without working in a professional workplace office, it can be easy to get distracted by a cat video on Facebook, and before you know it, you’ll be four hours deep, scrolling through your Facebook timeline. Therefore, in order to be an excellent remote worker, you need to learn to avoid distraction and motivate yourself with what needs doing.

 

4)  Time-Management Skills

Linking into our previous skill, it is also important that you have great time-management skills. When you clock into work at 9 every morning and leave everyday at 5, managing your time becomes very automatic. One of the biggest perks of working remotely is that you can use your time as you like – if you need to pop out on Wednesday lunch time, you can, as long as you work and make up for it. Therefore, in order to ensure that you get everything done that you need to, you need to manage your time efficiently and effectively so that everything is complete to it’s highest standard on time.

 

5)  Team Player

Being a team player is important when you work remotely, especially if other people on your team also work from home. Depending on the company or type of business you work for, there may be times when you have to conference call employees that work in different countries and continents. You may have to compromise what is considered normal working hours if you have to get up early, or work late in order to catch up with members of the team who work across the globe. Therefore, in order to be an excellent remote worker, you need to be able to put the teams needs and wants in front of what works for you – it’s all about compromise. 

 

Working remotely comes with many perks – you can literally work from anywhere and everywhere. However, it’s important to remember that you are still working even if you’re doing it from the comfort of your own bed. If you're interested in more information about remote working, check out '5 Reasons Why You Should Offer Employees The Opportunity To Work From Home.' 

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

Ten Top Tips for Perfecting Your Email Etiquette!

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Regardless of the job you do, chances are, you’re going to have to send emails. In the age of the Internet, you are probably so used to hitting reply, writing something quickly and then sending it straight away. However, the way you send and write emails can seriously affect your professional reputation and that’s why it is vital that you have completely nailed your email etiquette. Perfecting email etiquette is something we teach our new recruits in our Training Academy, and this is why Prestige Recruitment Services have created Ten Top Tips for Perfecting Your Email Etiquette!

 

1) Proofread

Although this might sound like common sense, it is immensely important. We get it, everyone is busy and that’s why you might pen an email and hit send quickly, without much thought. However, you really should take time to ensure that there are no problems or issues with your email before you send it. Check for spelling errors, grammatical problems and that the email flows efficiently and effectively. The little errors can seriously affect your professional reputation, especially if you’re sending an important email to a really important person. So, take a few minutes to check everything before you hit send.

 

2) Avoid Misdirected Emails

Although you have proofread your email, and you’re sure that there’s no mistakes or issues in the body of the message - you should also check whom you’re actually sending the email to. If there are people within your company with the same name, it might be easy to brush over the recipient, thinking you’ve sent it to the correct person. Imagine sending a really confidential email to the wrong person! Therefore, make sure you double-check that you’re actually sending the email to the right person before you send it.

 

3) Avoid ‘Reply All’

It is not uncommon that within the workplace, management will send emails to every workplace member. It is also not uncommon that some people will hit ‘Reply All’ and so your email will be flooded with emails that aren’t relevant or important to you. Avoid being that person. Linking back to avoiding misdirected emails, simply reply to the person who has sent the email unless it’s absolutely necessary that everyone within the email thread receives your response.

 

4) Create the Perfect Subject Line

So, you’ve drafted your body of the email, and you’re completely sure it’s going to the right person. Now it’s time to pen the subject line. Avoid writing something colloquial or informal like ‘Hi’ (this happens more often than you’d think!) and write something relevant to the email, which will make it easy for the recipient to find the email again if they need it in the future.

 

5) Don’t Mark it as Urgent

Don’t get into the habit of marking every email you send as ‘Urgent’ especially if it’s not! If you continuously do this, people won’t think your emails are actually ever important. This can seriously affect situations when you actually do send an important email! Therefore, avoid sending ‘Urgent’ emails until you actually need an urgent response.

 

6) Avoid Short Emails

If someone is sending you some information over, you don’t always need to email them to say thanks. (Especially if this person works in your office!) If you do work within a close proximity of the person who has emailed you, just say thank you when you see them. Unnecessary emails will just flood your inbox. In order to avoid emails with just one-line responses, don’t be afraid to write ‘No Need for Response’ within your email!

 

7) Avoid Long Emails

When you send an email, people will tend to read only the first few lines properly, and then they’ll skim over the rest of the information. Therefore, there is actually no need for you to be sending long emails with tonnes of unnecessary information. If you can, summarise the information within the first few lines of the email. If you become known for sending long, unnecessary emails – no one is going to care about the important information you’re sending.

 

8) Avoid Late Night Emails

Although tempting, you should avoid responding to emails late at night before you go to bed. When you’re tired, any email you send is probably going to have a mistake in it. If it’s a really important email you need to send - it’s extra important that you don’t make any mistakes. The best thing you can do is draft an email and wait until the following morning to send it. That way you can read it over, check the information and ensure it is going to the right person while you’re fresh-faced, and ready for the day ahead.

 

9) Avoid Emotional Emailing

If you get an email that comes across as rude, or you receive information that you don’t want to hear, don’t send an email back straight away. Write a draft, and then come back to it when you’ve calmed down. When you’re emotional, you may want to send an email back immediately – but this will only lead to further upset down the road. Therefore, take some time and calm down in order to collect your thoughts.

 

10) Don’t be Overfamiliar

Unless you personally know the person you are emailing, remain professional at all times. Avoid using nicknames, emojis or sending kisses to people. Relationships need to be built and developed before any level of personal interaction can happen. Therefore, remember to stay professional!

 

There you go! Now you know how to write perfect emails and can build up your professional reputation. Be sure to check out our other blogs.

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

Top Tips for Starting a Career in Fashion

Top Tips for Starting a Career in Fashion

There is no denying that the fashion industry is absolutely massive – and it’s only going to continue to grow. Fast-paced, exciting and forever changing, fashion can be a nerve-wracking industry to break into and so Prestige Recruitment Services have listed some questions you NEED to ask yourself before you start your new career!

 

What Area Of Fashion Do You Want To Work In?

As the fashion industry is absolutely huge, there are so many different departments and areas you can work in. The first thing you should do before you start actively job seeking is to have a think about what exactly it is that you want to do. You can work in any area of the industry you want to – whether that’s in photography, styling, merchandising, buying or designing! Once you have decided on the area you want to work in, you can gather the experience and knowledge needed for that particular career path. It also means you can create a specialised and specific CV, which is preferred over generalised, broad ‘I love fashion’ CV’s.

 

How Creative Is Your CV?

Talking of CV’s, it is important to remember that the fashion sector of the working world is incredibly creative. In order to match this, you should tailor and format your CV in a creative way. Although some companies may prefer your standard, run-of-the-mill CV, you should ensure that you do your research beforehand. If the company is artistic, imaginative and innovative, match their company culture and send in a CV that is formatted differently and looks a little more unique. Within the fashion industry, risks are more likely to pay off. Just remember, if you’re going for a creative job, chances are that your employer is going to be looking for creativity in everything that you do.

 

Do You Have Enough Work Experience?

With fashion being such a competitive industry, it can be difficult to find internships within the industry. Unfortunately however, experience is necessary to bagging your first job, so the best thing you can do is get some. The good thing about fashion being such a massive industry is that there are tonnes of companies, businesses and shops that are fashion based. You should reach out to as many companies as you can in order to get some much-needed experience – and remember, you might not get if you don’t ask! No experience is bad experience, so if you end up bagging a sales assistant job in a fashion shop, make it the most worthwhile experience you can. Ask management if you can help out with visual merchandising or with how the store looks, as all of this will look great on your CV.

 

How Persistent Are You?

With the fashion industry being so competitive, it can be easy to lose motivation if you are rejected for vacancies. The important thing to remember is that you need to stay enthusiastic and persistent. Every single bit of experience is good experience – so take what you can get and make it the best it can possibly be. If you get rejected, ask for feedback and adjust accordingly. Networking is also important – so go out and talk to people. Individuals who already work within the fashion industry are your best asset – they can give you advice, help and may even be able to offer you work experience. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people and gather information about their experiences in order to build a more specific and realistic set of goals for yourself.

 

Have You Prepared Your Portfolio?

Whatever you do, whether it’s blogging about fashion or doing visual merchandising, take pictures and screenshots in order to build up your portfolio. If you are aiming to work within the fashion industry, chances are that you’re going to be a creative and so a portfolio is going to be mandatory. Make sure you take photographs of everything you do as and when you are doing it – and add it straight to your portfolio. That way, if someone asks to see it, you’ve already got it prepared. Make sure that your portfolio illustrates your unique style and reflects who you are as an individual.

 

Are You Up To Date With Trends?

If you are planning on working with the fashion industry, it is vital that you are up to date with current fashion trends and styles. You can keep your knowledge up to date by checking out fashion blogs and following influential people within the industry. Social media platforms such as Instagram are a great way to see what people are wearing and where they are wearing it.

 

So if you love fashion, be sure to check out our other blog 'The Top Fashion Events to Look Out For in 2018' and let us know what events you're planning on attending this year! 

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

The Prestige Family Take Part In The ‘Colours for Peace’ Fundraising Day

The Prestige Family Take Part In The ‘Colours for Peace’ Fundraising Day

If you've seen our previous article, you will know that yesterday was the 25th Anniversary of the Warrington Bombings! To commemorate this, Prestige Recruitment Services supported the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation and took part in their ‘Colours for Peace’ Fundraising Day.  Below, we've posted a couple of images from our Warrington and Birmingham offices where everyone is wearing their colours! 

 Vicky, Angela, Janette and Francesca from our Warrington Office. 

Vicky, Angela, Janette and Francesca from our Warrington Office. 

 Annejulie, Josh, Jenny, Shay, Jessica, Tim and Emma from our Birmingham Office.

Annejulie, Josh, Jenny, Shay, Jessica, Tim and Emma from our Birmingham Office.

How Else Can You Help?

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation relies heavily on the generosity of public fundraising so that they can continue supporting so many victims of terrorism with their Survivors Assistance Network. 

Donations, large or small, monthly, annually or one-off can help the Foundation plan for their future. Please visit their website and donate! 

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

How To Completely Nail Your Skype Interview

How To Completely Nail Your Skype Interview

With the development of technology, many people now work remotely and so being close to work doesn’t always matter. Due to this, many companies and recruitment agencies use Skype or Facetime as a tool to screen potential candidates before meeting them in person. This substantial development means that there is now another element of the interview process that people have to prepare for. Therefore, Prestige Recruitment Services have written some top tips to help you completely nail your Skype interview.

1)  Just Say Yes

Although a Skype interview might not have been your first choice of interaction with the hiring company, you shouldn’t make excuses. Your potential employer doesn’t want to hear that you can’t do a Skype interview and would prefer to come in – they’d have invited you for a face-to-face interview if they wanted it. Just download Skype and make a free account and be prepared to go somewhere with an Internet connection if you don’t have one at home. Sorry, it’s just the way it works.

 

2)  Ensure That Your Username Is Professional

If you already have a Skype account from a few years ago or are in the process of setting up a new one, make sure your username is professional and not embarrassing. Be boring and just use your full name.

 

3)  Get Dressed!

Although you don’t have to go into the office space for your interview, that doesn’t mean that it’s okay for you to stay in your pyjamas. Get changed and ready as if you were going in for a face-to-face interview. Also, don’t just dress professionally from the waist up (which can be tempting if you know they’re not going to see your bottom half!) because you never know if you’re going to have to get up or move around. Just think, you wouldn’t go into a face-to-face interview without any trousers on, would you?

 

4)  Think About Your Location

Make sure you have somewhere you can do the interview. Don’t do it from bed! If you can, sit at a desk. Avoid public places if possible, but if you need to do the interview from a café because you don’t have any Internet connection at home, make sure you let the interviewer know in advance. That way they will understand that there may be some background noise. You also want somewhere that isn’t too dark - somewhere near a window with natural light will be best.

 

5)  Eye Contact

Although tempting, avoid just looking at yourself in the bottom of the screen. It is much harder to actually have eye contact through a computer or phone screen but direct your answers to your web camera. This will make it come across from the interviewers end that you are looking directly at them.

 

6)  Handle Technical Glitches With Grace

The fact you are using Skype for your interview means that you are more likely to have technical faults or problems. If this happens, don’t stress. The interviewer understands that there may be issues, so try and stay calm and don’t be afraid to end the call and call them back if you need to. By staying calm and collected, you are showing them how you would act in a stressful situation, which they are likely to notice. If you can, practice Skyping a friend first to see if any problems occur.

 

7)  Make Sure There Won’t Be Any Distractions Or Interruptions

Everyone remembers that interview with Professor Robert Kelly on BBC News when his kids interrupted him! You don’t want there to be any distractions or interruptions so make sure anybody who lives in your house (whether that’s your housemates or your mother) knows that you’re going to be in a Skype Interview and that they shouldn’t interrupt you. You’ll also want to turn your phone off as if you were in a face-to-face interview and shut down all other programs on your computer except Skype!

 

So there you go, there’s our top tips to help you completely nail your Skype interview! When you get invited to a face-to-face interview, be sure to check out our other content.

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

UK Ports Invest £1.7 Billion in Infrastructure

UK Ports Invest £1.7 Billion in Infrastructure

The most recent research by the infrastructure advisory firm Moffatt & Nichol shows that UK Ports and Terminals will have a staggering £1.7 billion of port infrastructure investment. The research, which was developed using publicly sourced data from the last year, captures substantial schemes from across the United Kingdom, and illustrates how ports are investing in new facilities to promote market growth. 

British Ports Association’s Policy Manager and BPA Port Futures Program Coordinator, Mark Simmonds says:

‘Ports are doing their bit but we rely on government to ensure that road and rail connections from the port gate are fit for purpose. The terrestrial and marine planning and consenting process is also cumbersome and costly and often holds back or even prevents some sustainable port development. We hope that this report helps government to develop an accurate picture of the investment that industry is making when developing its policies and making its own investment decisions regarding infrastructure.
‘This research demonstrates that UK ports are investing in new infrastructure to keep goods and people moving as efficiently as possible.
‘The UK ports industry operates in a competitive and commercial environment, independently of government, so this significant investment is at no cost to the taxpayer.’

Joseph Collins of Moffatt & Nichol carried out the research. When asked about the report, he said:

‘This report focuses on developments which have been announced in the press in the last 12 months and provides a snapshot of shows the potential scale of UK. ports investment in infrastructure.
Despite there being no guarantee that all of these projects will be fully realised, with greater engagement between key stakeholders such as government, the ports, investors and statutory bodies, the realisation of these developments has the best chance of success.
It’s also likely that there are a many more privately financed infrastructure projects planned or underway all around the country, which haven’t been discussed in public yet. Together, these projects help ensure that the 95 percent of UK trade that moves through our ports continues to do so as efficiently as possible.’

The British Ports Association will be writing to the Infrastructure Projects Authority to ensure that officials have a clear picture of industry investment, highlighting significant projects. There are over a dozen significant port projects listed in the research and it demonstrates great optimism in infrastructure development and growth in the port sector, says BPA. The British Ports Association will also be working with its port members and will be keeping the list of investment up to date as new projects are announced.

The report can be found here. 

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

Ready for a Promotion? Here’s How to Get One

Ready for a Promotion? Here’s How to Get One

Many people believe that promotions are a natural part of working and that they will happen automatically. Although this may be the case for some people, most people will have to work towards their promotions. Therefore, Prestige Recruitment Services have compiled a list of things you should do in order to get your dream job! 

 

Know Your Goal

It is vital that you know your own personal workplace goals so that you can work towards achieving them. If you fully understand where you want to go and how you can get there, you can work at developing the skills and knowledge you need. You can do this by looking at job descriptions and information about the role you would like to get, and ensuring you have all the abilities that are listed as essential for that job role. You may already have them, which is great! But if you don’t, make sure you get them!

 

Do a Great Job

In order to be taken seriously for any promotions within your workplace, you must do a great job within your current role. You should work your hardest to get excellent performance reviews and be known as an employee that performs ‘above average’ in all areas. Ensure that you don’t miss work, and don’t get a reputation for being lazy. Your reputation can really help or hinder your chances of a promotion so if you’re doing great in your current role – your managers are likely to consider you for the next step. Be a team player – if people in your team need help and support, offer it to them (if you have the time!). This is a great way of showing your employer that you go above and beyond what is expected of you. 

 

Continue Learning & Developing

If you are offered the chance to go on a course or there are opportunities for professional development, be sure to take them. If you work hard at ensuring all your skills are the best they can possibly be, you are likely to be considered for a promotion.

 

Network

Get involved! Attend parties and other networking events to ensure that you are engaged and connected with people in your company. The more recognised you are, the better. Managers are more likely to give a position to someone they recognise over a random applicant they do not know.

 

Be Prepared to Ask

Some people may be automatically promoted, but this is not always the case. Be prepared to speak to your manager about how you feel and what you want to do. Communicating with the person who is likely to give you a reference is key. Your manager will find out eventually that you are looking to move or develop, and so it is better to be honest so that they can support you with your own personal development. Be prepared to have that conversation with your manager, and be prepared to receive honest feedback. Take their comments on board and work at improving in areas that they suggest. You can also use this time to ask your manager about potential opportunities or jobs that are coming up to get a head start before they are put onto any job boards.

 

Follow the Application Process

Although you may have worked in the company for a long time, it is likely that any vacancies will be advertised on the Internet and external candidates will apply. Ensure that your CV and references are up to date, so you aren’t surprised if your manager asks you to apply through the usual application process. Create a cover letter that illustrates all the work you have already done for the company and why you are looking for a promotion. Once you’ve done all this, you’re ready to go!

 

Best of luck with your journey to a promotion! If you need help preparing for interviews, be sure to check out our other blogs such as How to Dress for a FORMAL Job Interview and The Top 10 Interview Questions You Should ALWAYS Prepare For!

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

 

 

The Definitive Guide to Starting a New Job

The Definitive Guide to Starting a New Job

So you’ve done it! You sent in your CV, you prepared and smashed your job interview and you’ve just been offered the position of your dreams. You’ve agreed on a salary, you’ve received your starting date and now you’re ready to begin! Or, are you? Prestige Recruitment Services understand that it can be nerve-wracking having to prepare for your first day so we’ve made The Definitive Guide to Starting a New Job to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared. 

 

Start before you ‘Start’

Even before you arrive on your first day, you can prepare in advance. Don’t be afraid to email your new manager to ask if there’s anything you can do before you start or if they recommend any reading. Some companies will have an onboarding strategy in place and ask you to read over some documents, data sheets or annual reports so make sure you do this! Also, be sure to double check where you should report to on your first day. By doing all of this before you start, you’re setting the groundwork for a smooth adjustment into your new role.

 

Make Any Appointments

When you first start a new job, you don’t want to have to take time off immediately for appointments. Therefore, if you can, schedule appointments before your new job begins. If you have any appointments that are due after you’re meant to have started work, ask if you can move these appointments forward. If you have any spare time, you may even want to book a hair or nail appointment to get your hair or nails done just before you start – it may make you feel extra confident on your first day!

 

Plan Your Commute

You will want to arrive early to work on your first day. To get an accurate depiction of how long the journey will take, you should try and practice the route beforehand. It would be extra beneficial if you can practice during the times you’d actually be travelling when you start your new job. Of course, sometimes elements such as train delays, traffic and other unforeseen circumstances may affect your journey, so try and plan a backup route if possible. Make sure you leave at least 15 minutes early on your first day so that you can start early! This means you can say hello to other employees before your induction properly starts.

 

Plan Your Outfit

During your interview, you probably picked up on some ideas about the company culture and their dress code. Even if the dress code does feel quite relaxed, it’s always worth making an extra effort during your first few weeks. Other employees may have already proved themselves to your management, so can get away with a little more, so make sure you are a step above the usual dress code. Be sure to plan you outfit in advance, so you can ensure that your clothes are clean and fit properly. This way, there are no nasty surprises on the morning of your first day when you try on your clothes and they don’t fit anymore!

 

Get Your Materials Together

Even if you’ve been told that you don’t need to bring anything in on your first day, it may be worth bringing a notepad and a pen so you can take notes on all the introductory information you receive. This will show your employer that you are organised and determined. Also, if you’re not too sure what people do for lunch during their breaks, bring a packed lunch with you. If there’s anything your manager has told you to bring, bring it.

 

Get Plenty of Sleep

If you’ve had an irregular sleep schedule, now is the time to get back into a regular sleep pattern. Start going to bed slightly earlier and waking up earlier. By setting a sleep pattern before you officially begin, you will feel better rested when you start your new job. Also, by training your body before you officially start, you can be less worried about sleeping through any alarms on the morning of your first day!

 

Make the Most of Your Time Off

If you’re lucky enough to have some time off before your new job begins, use it to your advantage. You may need to run errands such as grocery shopping or need to clean your whole house – and now is the time to do it. But, if you have some extra time, enjoy yourself! When you begin your new job, you’re going to be busy! So use the time before you start to catch up with friends, family or do things you won’t be able to do when you start such as using the gym in the middle of the day (when it’s likely to be empty)!

 

So, now you’re ready! Congratulations on the new job. Prestige Recruitment Services wish you the best in your career and if you need any more advice, be sure to check out our other blog posts.

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

Our Bespoke Training Academy

Our Bespoke Training Academy

Starting this year, Prestige Recruitment Services and our sister brand Zoot Recruit have been running a bespoke Training Academy. With our HR, Training and Systems Manager Sarah Kay being the first point of call within the academy, we caught up with her to ask her about this exciting new venture.

             Sarah Kay - Our HR, Training and Systems Manager

           Sarah Kay - Our HR, Training and Systems Manager

‘The Training Academy is such an exciting enterprise and I can’t wait to recruit new employees to join us. As we continue to develop as a company, we are recruiting to match our growth and so we are running quarterly training programs across our offices.
Our latest training is going to be running in the North at Zoot Recruit, where we will be hiring, training and mentoring some new employees. It’s such a great opportunity for someone to come in as a recruitment coordinator and develop into a recruitment consultant.
The best thing about our Training Academy is that we understand the needs of an individual, and so using a thoroughly considered approach; all of our training is tailored to the employee’s individual needs.
The training itself is constructed of seven different phases, which are thorough in ensuring every employee develops their knowledge and understanding of our company and the recruitment industry. The seven phases we have included are induction and orientation, candidate control and engagement, client interview control, how to take a vacancy, vacancy control, business development and time management. Although we follow a structure, the package we offer is very bespoke to the individual as we allow each person to develop their knowledge in the way that best suits them. We really do understand that different methods will work for different people.  
Firstly, the training starts in the ‘classroom’ as such where we use a variety of interactive methods to teach our employees everything that they need to know. By week three, we aim to have every person submerged into the company, using what they’ve learnt so far in action.
Candidate-driven at first, we want every employee to be communicating with our candidates to help them find jobs across a variety of industries. Through this, employees are rewarded with the knowledge that they are changing lives within just a few weeks of starting their career with us. These recruitment coordinator roles will then natural develop into sales, which is a vital element to the recruitment industry. We are excited about this – and we hope you are too! Although it may be scary for some within the Training Academy, all of their managers will offer the upmost care with me being here to support every single one of your needs.
This flexible training system and modules allows us to take on employees who have had no previous recruitment experience but are looking to achieve an amazing career within recruitment - all they need is the hunger to achieve, we will do the rest! Equally, when we recruit established Consultants, Managers and Directors, they have the comfort of knowing we will invest in the people who are working for them.
Our Training Academy really takes the strain out of training. We know that high level; high calibre achievers don't need generalised training. In fact, we love to learn from their experiences, as this allows us to expand our training with their knowledge. But, we are always there for them as well. If they ask for high-level bespoke training or help, we support them with the tools and training they need.
The whole ideology behind the Training Academy is to improve all business practices, which means the training doesn’t stop after you have become a fully-fledged member of staff. Workshop training will continue to run on going support and mentoring while understanding the importance of the individual in all aspects of the recruitment sector. By doing this, we are ensuring that each employee is knowledgeable in the latest trends and facts so that all of our team thoroughly understand the recruitment industry.
We want to give people opportunities. We want to help nurture people into their recruitment career and further educate those who have been in the industry a long time. The Training Academy is here to find the right candidates and mentor them.’

 

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, send a CV across to sarah.kay@prestigeltd.co.uk or connect with her on LinkedIn.

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

The Definitive Guide to Working British Festivals

The Definitive Guide to Working British Festivals

With festival season slowly approaching, now is the time for you to apply to work at some of the biggest festivals the UK boasts, including Latitude, Reading & Leeds, Parklife and Download. Although this year is a fallow year for Glastonbury, last year they had a staggering 175,000 attendees – so you can see how imperative it is that every event has enough staff to run as smoothly as possible. The UK has tonnes of companies you can work at festivals with – whether that’s volunteering through a charity such as Oxfam, or using a company that pays you to work such as DC Site Services.

 

What roles can you work at a festival?

Depending on the festival you will be working for, there are tonnes of jobs you can do. All aspects of the event need staff, so you could work in:

·      Stewarding / Security

·      Bar Work

·      Information Staff

·      Selling Merchandise

·      Litter Cleaner

·      Campsite Staff

·      Wristband Duties

·      Car and Coach Park Attendants

·      Gate Staff

·      Medical Staff

 

What are the benefits of working at a festival?

Skillset: Just from working over the weekend at a festival, you can develop an array of skills such as customer service, dedication and time management. These skills look great to future employers as you have experience with dealing and communicating with a variety of people across the festival.

Save/Earn Money: When you work or volunteer at a festival, you will get your ticket free. With tickets for some of the biggest festivals equalling up to a few hundred pounds, it’s a great opportunity for you to go to the festival without coughing up the dough. More often than not, you will be working shifts throughout the weekend, which means you can spend your spare time seeing acts and live music across the festival itself!

Meet New People: Hundreds of people volunteer at festivals all the time and it’s such a great way to meet like-minded people. The down time at a festival (when you’re not working) is a great opportunity for you to meet people who have come from up and down the country to volunteer/work alongside you at the festival!

 

Some Top Tips

Go Early

Get up to the campsite as early as you can. When you arrive before all the ticket-holders, the atmosphere is special, and you can see the infrastructure grow from nothing. As more people come through and begin setting up at campsites, you can feel the excitement develop – and you’ll have been there from the very beginning! It’s also a great chance for you to meet other workers, and a lot of companies deal their shifts out on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis so if you want the best shifts... GO EARLY!!

Pack Appropriately

Although it might be summer and warm in the day – make sure you pack appropriately! Until you know what shifts you’re doing at the festival, it’s difficult to know what you should be wearing. For example, litter picking during the day might be very hot as you’re in the sun all day, however litter picking during the night will be freezing. Take a mixture of clothes, including jumpers so that you can put them on when it starts getting cooler in the evening. Make sure you take WATERPROOF SHOES!! The amount of mud at any festival is unbelievable – and you may be working right in it.

Don’t Take Anything You Can’t Replace

Although when working at a festival, you’ll probably have better security than the average ticket-holder, you still shouldn’t take anything too expensive or irreplaceable to the festival. With thousands of people attending, it’s very easy to lose valuables. Many festivals also have pickpockets and thieves – so be careful of those too.

Be Positive and HAVE FUN!!

When all you want to do is get involved and see some great artists, it can be slightly irritating having to serve drunk people at the bar all day. It’s important that you stay positive!! You won’t be working the whole time that you’re there and you will have your downtime too so remember this and have a laugh with your colleagues!!

 

So get your applications in and let us know what festivals you’re going to be working at this year!

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

How to Turn Your Internship into a Full Time Job

How to Turn Your Internship into a Full Time Job

In today’s working world, it is more common than ever before that working professionals – especially graduates – are expected to have completed an internship placement.  There is a lot of controversy that surrounds the ideology of internships, as often they are unpaid and go on for long lengths of time. The cost of accommodation and commuting for an unpaid internship can actually rack up. In fact, it is estimated that a summer internship in London can actually cost you over £5,000! Therefore, it is important to really impress the company you intern at in order to land yourself the perfect job and earn some money!

Internships aren’t just a great way for you to develop skills and knowledge within a specific industry, they are also a great way for companies to pick new employees. If you really show your strengths within your internship, there’s a chance that you could bag yourself a full-time job at the end of it. Prestige Recruitment Services have therefore created some top tips to help you turn your internship into a full-time paying job!

 

Take Initiative

In order to really stand out as an intern and increase your chances of being considered for a full time position at the end of your contract, you need to take initiative and stay busy. When you have finished your responsibilities, illustrate your dedication to the company by asking for more work. If you know that some of the employees are working on big projects – offer your help. Make sure you get all of your responsibilities done first!

 

Develop Relations with Your Supervisors

As the intern, you will probably have a direct manager or supervisor who will be training you. As well as making sure you know what you’re doing, they will also be keeping an eye on you to make sure you complete all of your duties on time and to the highest standard. You should ensure that you build relations with the supervisors so that they know you by your name instead of referring to you as just the intern. Being friendly and natural and allowing your personality to come across will make your working environment more personal. You should also show your appreciation whenever you can – make sure you thank your supervisors for their time and advice to show that you are grateful for their input.

 

Build Rapport with Your Colleagues

As tempting as it is, you should avoid only being friends with the other interns within the company. Make sure you make the effort to get to know multiple people who work within the company, especially those who are older and have more experience. When it comes down to making a decision about offering you a full-time position, people are likely to fight your corner if they know and speak to you. Getting to know more people within the company is also a great way to network with people in the industry you want to work within.

 

Be Ready to Learn

Don’t be afraid to ask questions from the people you are working alongside – it shows that you’re interested in the role and will ask things if you aren’t sure. You can always ask your managers for feedback too – it will show them that you care about how you come across.

 

Show Your Interest

Ensure that you show the company that you are interested in staying longer than just your internship. If you keep talking about what you’re going to do when the internship finishes or talk about how you’ve been looking at different companies – it shows your managers that you don’t want to be kept on. You should always show that you want to be considered for a full time role!

 

Although internships are expensive and can feel as if they are not rewarding, they are beneficial in the long run. Even if you do not secure a full time job, you will have met a variety of people within the industry you want to work in and this is essential for building knowledge within the sector. If you’re applying to an internship and need some help improving your CV – be sure to check out our other article 'Ten Top Tips for Improving Your CV!'

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

How to Dress for a FORMAL Job Interview

How to Dress for a FORMAL Job Interview

You’ve been invited to a job interview – great! You’ve read our other blog posts and have prepared fully by researching the company and practicing your answers but there’s still one thing worrying you. You don’t know what to wear.

The way you should dress is dependant on the industry you will be working in. For example, the clothes you would wear for a part-time retail job would be more casual than how you would dress for a full-time office based role. It’s really important that when you’re preparing your outfit, you research the company and their interview process. Some companies such as Nandos explicitly state that their office spaces are not like a ‘typical Head Office’ and that they ‘forget polished boots and pencil skirts.’ So with a company like this, you might not want to go in a full suit, but opt for something more smart casual.

So now you’ve done your research and you know whether you should be dressing in a formal way or smart-casual. This blog post focuses on just formal interviews so Prestige Recruitment Services have written some advice below on How to Dress for a FORMAL Job Interview.

 

Clothing

Dependent on the gender you identify with, there’s a few ways that you can dress. For formal interviews, the most common outfit choice is usually a suit because everybody and anyone can wear one. If you want to wear a suit, whether that’s a trouser suit or skirt suit – make sure it matches. There’s nothing worse than wearing a suit of different shades, so ensure that you wear the full matching set. A dark-coloured suit in navy, black or dark grey with a light, clean long sleeved shirt or blouse is probably your best bet.

Your outfit should be comfortable, and if you haven’t had to wear a suit for a few years, it might be worth investing in a new one. If you choose to wear a tie, wear something that’s not too bright, loud or flashy. Your tie needs to complement the rest of your outfit, so it should be matched to the rest of our outfit to ensure there are no colour clashes.

If you decide to wear a dress - avoid bright patterns and stick to a formal outfit. Avoid anything tight, bright or short. As a rule, try and keep the dress length to just above the knee or longer. If you are wearing a skirt or dress, wear tights too. Try and get some that perfectly match the tone of your skin, but if this is too difficult – it’s okay to wear black. Try and carry an extra pair of tights in your bag too – you never know when you’re going to snag or ladder the ones you are wearing.

Regardless of your gender, make sure your shoes are dark, well polished and clean. If you want to wear heels, don’t wear anything too high. Make sure your shoes aren’t scuffed or run-down.

 

Makeup

You don’t want to go into your interview with a full-face of makeup. Instead, try and tone it down. If you wear eyeshadow, don’t wear any extreme colours like purple, blue or red. Instead, keep to a natural shimmer or pinks/browns so that it isn’t too blatant. Stay away from contour, highlight and an excessive amount of foundation. Use a touch of concealer for under the eyes and perhaps just one layer of foundation, which should be blended well. Though it won't be outwardly noticeable, it will help counteract any redness if you’re prone to blushing when you get nervous. Don’t use any bright lipsticks - keep the shade within a reasonable range of your natural lip colour. You should always avoid lip-gloss because it’s more likely to get sticky and smeared.

 

Accessories

Don’t wear an excessive amount of jewellery either. Try and keep it to one pair of earrings, which are studs rather than large hoops. You may want to wear a bracelet or a ring but don’t overdo it! Keep it as minimalistic as you can. While you’re just interviewing, you should take out any facial piercings. This can be annoying but until you fully understand the company culture, you don’t want to wear anything that can come across as dramatic. Try and cover tattoos the best you can for this same reasoning.   

 

Hairstyles

The day of your interview is not the time to be experimenting with new hair dos. People with short hair can usually just wear their hair without any styling – but people with long hair might need to do something to it. If you can, just wear it down. If your hair is difficult to manage, you may just want to tie it up into a ponytail to get it out of your face.  Avoid gel and hairspray!

 

Most people have one outfit that they like to wear to interviews, so if you haven’t interviewed for a while – your clothes might not fit, or they might need washing. This is why you should always prepare everything a few days in advance. It gives you time to wash your clothes or buy new things if needed! Avoid wearing or eating anything too smelly just before you go, so avoid wearing too much perfume/aftershave and avoid smoking just before you interview. If you need any advice or help with your interview prep, be sure to check out our other articles.

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

 

 

Join Prestige in Taking Part in the ‘Colours for Peace’ Fundraising Day

Join Prestige in Taking Part in the ‘Colours for Peace’ Fundraising Day

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Warrington Bombing, Prestige Recruitment Services are joining the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation and taking part in their ‘Colours for Peace’ Fundraising Day – and we’d love it if you could too!

On Tuesday 20th March 2018, we kindly asks clients, candidates and colleagues to join us in a ‘dress down’ fundraising day, where people can wear the Peace Foundation colours: blue, green and/or white. A small donation of £1.00 will go towards supporting victims of terrorism and their families through the Foundation’s Survivors Assistance Network.

 

What is The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation?

25 years ago on March 20th 1993, the IRA exploded two bombs in a busy shopping street in the town of Warrington. The shrapnel killed three-year-old Johnathan Ball and five days later, twelve-year-old Tim Parry also died. 54 other people were also seriously injured. After the bombing, Tim’s parents Colin and Wendy Parry wanted to ensure that nobody would ever experience what they had gone through and so they formed the Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball Foundation For Peace.

The Foundation is a charity that works nationally and internationally for peace and non-violent conflict resolution. They support those who have been affected by terrorism and violent conflict, covering prevention, resolution and response. The Foundation also supports the police, ambulance and fire services, many of who are seriously affected by what they have witnessed. A large and vital part of what they do comes in the form of the Survivors Assistance Network, which is vital to families and individuals all over the world.

 

What is the Foundation’s Survivors Assistance Network?

The Foundation’s Survivors Assistance Network (SAN) provides free practical and emotional support to people who have been affected by any terrorist incident. The most recent annual statistics revealed that there were 9,707 attacks worldwide, and it is estimated that one attack happens every 55 minutes. There is no denying that the world can be violent, and supporting the individuals affected is a key element to the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation.

The Foundation is currently supporting 800 people from the Manchester attack alone and so it is vital that we all come together for Peace to help the Foundation raise as much money as they possibly can.

 

Support the Foundation with Us

Having offices in Warrington, this charity is something that resonates with extreme importance to our whole company. All of our team members will be donating and dressing down on the 20th March to show our support for our Warrington offices and wearing blue, green and/or white!

 

How Else Can We Help?

As a charity, the Foundation relies heavily on the generosity of the public fundraising on their behalf so that they can continue to deliver their programmes to young people and continue the Survivors Assistance Network that supports so many victims of terrorism.

Donations, large or small, monthly, annually, or one-off can help the Foundation to plan for the future. Your donation will make a real difference to the Foundation’s vital work supporting victims of terrorism, armed forces veterans, and vulnerable young people.

 

25 Years

Although this year marks 25 years since a very upsetting event, a lot of good has come from it. The support that the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation offers is amazing, and the Foundation really helps people who need support.

Similar effects to the Warrington bombing happen with every terror attack and so it is fundamental that we support the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation and the Survivors Assistance Network. Prestige Recruitment Services offer our never-ending support and urge other businesses to do the same. We can’t wait to see you wearing your blue, green and white so be sure to send us any pictures from your ‘Colours for Peace’ Event!

 

UPDATE:

Check out our pictures from the Colours for Peace Fundraising Day here. 

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Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004