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My Journey In Management

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Management is something that had always seemed like natural progression in a person’s working life. Something that would almost be guaranteed as you move through life. Much like wrinkles, developing questionable taste in fashion or an inclination to carry boiled sweets on all occasions. I always thought that if you work long and hard enough, you’ll inevitably end up managing someone.

I’ve been the ‘Office Manager’ in several companies now. Most of the time, this has meant being manager of a department of three people. Me, myself and I. So yeah, one person. One person’s time to manage, one person to shoulder the workload with and one person accountable to me.

June 2016 this all changed. My workload had increased vastly over the 18 months I’d been in my role and something had to give. Luckily that something was the budget to recruit a second member of office staff, which I duly did.

Naively I thought that the hardest part was going to be imparting the knowledge I’d accrued over the past year and a half on to someone else. Often thinking ‘Ah, it’ll be quicker to do it myself than teach you how to do it’ and therefore never really making any progress in passing jobs over. How wrong I was. Not only was my newly acquired assistant astute and able but proactive as well. With just a bit of guidance she quickly picked up everything I threw at her and asked for more. My concerns were wholly unjustified and I haven’t looked back since.

My Transition To A Specialist

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My Transition; Working for a High Street Agency to being a Sales Specialist Recruiter...

June 30th 2014 was my first day in recruitment, and I can be completely honest in saying I was unaware and naive to what my actual job was going to be. I saw a sparkly OTE figure on an advert, thought “I would love to earn that much money” and clicked apply. I had no idea what I would be doing, I knew the basic ‘finding people jobs’ and ‘finding jobs for people’, but not the specifics.

Off the back of some 3 or 4 solid weeks of training, and with my mind robotically programmed to the High Street expectancies, I was beginning to get the idea of it. Call a company (any company), pick up a job (any job, be it in a warehouse or a HR director), arrange a price (at a discounted, not negotiated, fee), find an ideal candidate (or throw mud at a wall until it somehow sticks) celebrate the rewards you will have to do 2 to 3 more times that month to hit your target.

How I Became A God

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Now I imagine upon reading the title of this blog, images of some self-proclaimed, incredibly handsome, world class recruiter come to mind… While all of the above are true my title has a somewhat more modest story attached. 

Growing up I would have been classed as a bit of a wild spirit by some, raving lunatic by others.  With little to no regard for personal safety and a slightly selfish, thrill seeking personality, I spent most of my teenage years studying, partying, working various jobs and partying. At the near adult age of 21 I had a bombshell dropped on my utterly self-centred world “I’m pregnant” came the words every young man longs to hear… Being a rather pragmatic individual I hugged my girlfriend, smiled and cried with er joy…

One Million Cybersecurity Job Openings In 2016

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If you are thinking about a career change in 2016, then you might want to have a look at the burgeoning cybersecurity market which is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020.

A knack for cat and mouse play may indicate that you have an aptitude for cybersecurity. It is a field where the good guys — cybersecurity professionals — are pitted against the bad guys — cybercriminals a.k.a. hackers. Assuming you’d want to be a good guy – a career can mean a six-figure salary, job security, and the potential for upward mobility.

More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74% over the past five years, according to a 2015 analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by Peninsula Press, a project of the Stanford University Journalism Program.

New year, New Job?

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New year, New Job? More than one in five employees expected to seek out new role in 2016, with better pay and benefits being the biggest motivator!

Nearly half of would-be leavers want better pay and benefits (Source: Getty)

More than one in five (21 per cent) employees will be polishing off their CV and looking for a new job in 2016.

A survey of 1,000 full-time employees released today by people management consultancy Penna discovered that nearly half (48 per cent) of those planning to leave for pastures new were doing so to seek out better pay and benefits, while 44 per cent wanted more opportunities to develop and 32 per cent long for a change from what they are currently doing.

My Journey To Recruitment

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I still remember the day six years ago when I was sitting in the living room with my parents discussing my future and new opportunities. How could we develop our two already successful businesses? We needed to be more financially stable to grow so we made the courageous decision to move to the UK. My dad helped out with his friend’s business and the idea of being able to open a third business was more possible than ever.

I decided that I wanted to move to the UK with my dad. The education system in my country was not as advanced and I wanted to better myself as much as possible. After battling through GCSEs and A-levels I came to the end of my education journey. I was now seeking full-time employment and a friend of mine recommended a recruitment agency that were seeking staff for their catering vacancies. Without a second thought I dived at the opportunity. I was pretty good at what I was doing and within only three months of working for them I was promoted to supervisor.

The Evolving World of Sales and Communication

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The Evolving World of Sales and Communication…My take on youth to (almost) middle aged selling!

November 23rd 2004 was the day it all changed, I had gone through a couple of interviews and had met the ‘new team’. This was my first day in my new job and in all honesty...I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, or how fast actually this roller coaster of a career was going to be for me.

I was 27 years old, relatively a late starter into recruitment, I had just bought my first property with my girlfriend, driving around in a brand new Vauxhall Astra SXI. Disposable income was a wonderful thing and my weekends tended to start on a Wednesday! Prior to this I held a couple of sales positions for a large retailer and then a national hotel chain. Yes I had been on all the training sessions on sales processes, negotiation, and how to make a proper hand shake! (Yes, I actually went on a course on how to shake hands professionally!) But in all honesty I never really knew what selling meant!

The 7 worst body language mistakes job seekers make

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Your dream employer is hiring, so you do your homework, submit your CV, land yourself an interview, and kill it in the hot seat. You’re pretty confident it’s in the bag.

But on your way out, you shake the interviewer’s hand, thank him for his time, and completely blow your chances.

How? The handshake was weak and you failed to make eye contact.

That’s right: These simple mistakes can cost you the job, according to body language expert Tonya Reiman, author of “The Power of Body Language.”

“When someone first meets you, an evaluation is quietly and unconsciously taking place,” she explains. “There is an incredible amount of processing going on as millions of neurons in the brain are activated and working to determine if they believe you to be credible, trustworthy, and likable. That impression is based primarily on your nonverbal communication.”

So, from the moment you arrive for a job interview until the moment you leave, you need to be keenly aware of your gestures and nonverbal cues.

Here are seven common body language mistakes that can cost you the job:

Embracing Flexible Working Practices

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How does your working day start? Wake up at 6am, drive your car in angry rush hour traffic, or get on an overcrowded non-ventilated form of transport? Are you exhausted and fed up by the time you arrive at work? What about when you arrive at work? Does the layout of your desk give you neck ache, or does the chatting of your colleagues distract you?

The normal 9-5 Monday to Friday office-based routine is becoming less of a norm with the increasing popularity and opportunities for flexible working practices. Both employees and employers are starting to see the benefits that this style of working can bring. How can your company introduce flexible working and what are the benefits it may bring?

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