Our Divisional Manager, Stephen Morley, has challenged himself to complete the Three Peaks Challenge. This is a gruelling trek of the three largest mountains in the UK: Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon all in 24 hours. We have chosen a cause close to all our hearts, Mind. You can read more about Stephen Morley's story here. Show your support by liking, sharing, donating or following our journey. For those who also wish to challenge themselves we welcome you to join us for the whole challenge, 1 mountain or cheering us on at the side lines. Get in touch with Stephen Morley here.
Are you fed up of your boss or the long commute? Or just looking for a new job? Here are our 5 Top Tips to make sure your job search is successful. 1. Wish List – what are you looking for? Write down exactly what you would like out of your job search. What is your dream job? What would you like out of it? Spend some time considering the pros and cons of your current position and then write down, in another list, what you would like from a new job? Example: Current Job Pros Cons Secure position 50 mins drive Bonus Pay rise unavailable Incentives No position development New Job Wish List Min of £30k pa Maximum of 30 min drive away Flexible working 28 days holiday per year 2. Starting your job search We, as can be expected, would recommend you call and speak to a Specialist Recruitment Consultant when you are looking for a new role. However there are other options including searching job aggregators, such as Indeed, and setting up job alerts so you are notified about new job openings as soon as they are posted. The amount of jobs available will be dependent on both your skill set and location but we recommend shortlisting around 5-10 vacancies that you find interesting. 3. Narrow down your shortlist Next narrow down your shortlisted vacancies by comparing each job to your wishlist. The top 3 to 5 jobs will be the ones that have the most features in common with your ‘Wish List’. This will allow you to focus your time on writing a strong tailored application to these few positions with a higher chance of success than posting out generic CVs to a lot of different vacancies. 4. Tailor your applications It is important that you tailor each of your applications to match the job you are applying for. For example if you are a Site Manager with experience in both high rise builds and also small bespoke projects, you want to highlight the experience which is most relevant to the position you are applying for. Recruitment Consultants and Hiring Managers will scan your CV to look for the following information: experience working on a similar types of project tickets and any other relevant qualifications required for the role duties and responsibilities you have completed within each of these roles to match with the requirements of the vacancy If you can make this as easy as possible to find within your application you will be more likely to be successful. This could be by putting subheadings within your CV, summarising the relevant information at the top of your CV or submitting a covering letter or email as part of you application. Do this for each role you wish to apply for. 5. Follow up your applications Now you can apply to each of these vacancies with the relevant tailored CV. Some roles can get a high number of applications and even though you have made an effort to ensure this stands out from the crowd, it can be worth putting in a follow up call. This can be just a quick call to confirm that the individual has received your application to asking any questions you may have about when you will receive feedback or details about the role. This prompts the recipient to review you application, even if they have done so already, and make them more likely to remember your application. Looking for work can be a daunting process, especially if you have been in a permanent role for a number of years, but there is confidential support available. If you would like to find out more about roles in your industry feel free to contact one of our Specialist Recruitment Consultants who will be happy to help. This blog was written by Tazmin Mansbridge
Back in October last year we asked you how you felt about your commute to work. Now that all the response are in we have analysed the results and they aren’t too surprising: the shorter your commute the happier you are about it. Who Responded Of our total responses, 82% of respondents are permanent employees the vast majority living and working in the South East (46%) and South West (36%) of the UK. Responses did come from across our full range of sectors, but the largest response was from within construction (39%). How far are people traveling to work? The average distance travelled, one way, to work was 34.91 miles. Unsurprisingly contractors, although underrepresented in this survey, travelled more with an average of over 100 mile round trip. The largest number of responses came from those who are travelling over 1 hour each way to work (32%) but we did also have 25% of respondents travelling 46 mins to 1 hour and 21% travelling 16-30 minutes as well. Key Observations So the key observations from all of this data are as follows: 43% of all respondents feel “great” or “acceptable” about their commute, 29% have no strong opinion and 29% feel “not good” or “terrible” about their commute. Unsurprisingly those that travel under 15 minutes each way to work all feel pretty positive about their daily commute, but as travel time increases the sentiment also changes. Of those who are travelling over 2 hours a day (round trip) 22% responded that they felt “terrible” about their commute and 44% “not good”. When asked for the reasons why they continued to travel the extended distance to work, responses included: “I enjoy the job I do, and the people I work with” “Money” “Providing financial security for my family” “Survival instinct” Overcrowded roads and traffic nightmares were a common themes among all the additional comments causing commutes to increase in length significantly on bad days. If you have any comments on your commute to work you would like to add feel free to reach me on email@example.com or any of our social media profiles. Alternatively if you would like to reduce your commute and find a job closer to home you can browse our full list of vacancies here or get in contact with one of our Specialist Recruiters on 01489 232 080. This blog was written by Marketing Manager Marie Malyon. The opinions stated in this article are those of the writer, and not necessarily reflected by the wider business.
Established in 2002 and operating in the construction, engineering, defence and design sectors, the England Associates name has become synonymous for a recruitment solution that offers something different to the industry norm.
We pride our high levels of customer service, sector knowledge and strong network that enables us to offer bespoke solutions that genuinely add value.
We are the number one recruiter of choice for many clients in our chosen sectors and we help support multiple blue chip, private and public organizations whilst offering unique opportunities to our growing network of candidates.
England Associates has a vision to become the recruiter of choice in our chosen sectors by proving that a recruitment firm can genuinely add value to our clients and candidates. The business is determined to be recognised above all others for our quality, service level, accuracy, professionalism, innovation, attention to detail and transparency. These principles must flow through all of our staff by nature. As a Recruitment Consultant you will be at the forefront of client and candidate delivery. Both parties should therefore experience our business principles in every aspect of your service level.