Reputation matters to job-seekers

Why any business looking to recruit new team members would be wise to take a good look at their reputation.

Today’s discussion rather neatly follows on from our last post. If you haven’t read it yet, it highlights the importance of job skills in relation to the ongoing skills shortage.

With many stats pointing towards both high staff demand and low application numbers, employers must appraise their staff attraction approach. And this is where brand reputation comes into the conversation…

Never more important than now:

It’s said that a brand’s online rep is more important now than ever before. Alongside the recruitment climate we’ve outlined above (and over the past few articles!), we all clearly possess the digital means to thoroughly investigate our prospective employers. The stats suggest:

  • 70% of people will always research an employer’s reputation before applying for a job.
  • 56% would not go on to make an application if the business had ‘no online presence’. 57% say they would distrust these companies.
  • As for what the candidates are searching for, employee satisfaction and how staff are treated top the priority list.

The power of word of mouth…

It’s not only low job application numbers that employers should be concerned about. Future buying behaviour may also be affected by their recruitment reputation.

Perhaps understandably, candidates who’ve been through an unpleasant recruitment experience are less likely to support that employer’s products or services. What’s more, word of mouth could further harm wider purchasing choices.

  • 69% of candidates would discuss their negative experience with others – 81% would do so through one-to-one conversations and 18% via social media broadcasting.
  • 47% who heard about such a negative encounter from a friend would be less willing to purchase the brand’s offerings.
  • The experiences most likely to influence buying behaviour included poor interview encounters, and ‘lack of transparency’ regarding salaries or job descriptions, alongside non-existent interview feedback.

A reputation for the positive:

Thanks to HR News, we’ve observed the importance of employer reputation and the consequences of a poor recruitment rep. Now, we turn to Recruiting Times and the draw of a positive impact.

Employees feel that working for these companies would increase their individual happiness and productivity. In addition, staff members would be willing to leave roles that didn’t prioritise a positive or meaningful ethos.

How companies can work with recruitment agencies to improve their employer reputations

  • As well as ensuring you have an up-to-date and easily found website, why not provide some extra details that support your employer reputation profile? This could include links to any awards you’ve received (especially those for staff management), links to review sites, and HR provisions you’re proud to offer.
  • If you have had any negative reviews as an employer, it may be worth discussing these with your Consultant. Perhaps it came from previous management and new methods are now in place. Honest conversations can help your Consultant to communicate openly with prospective candidates.
  • Sometimes it helps if candidates can meet with one or a few employees during the interview process. This also proves a useful tool for ascertaining potential team fit.
  • Recruitment consultants can advise on how to best conduct the interview process, support you in creating the most appropriate job descriptions and help provide interview feedback/updates.
  • The above can also include a focus on your impact statements and brand purpose. This must be authentic though, or else an excited applicant could soon become a disgruntled employee!

Please call the office on 01225 313130 to discuss your recruitment needs.

Half of workers in the wrong job!

Is your job the right one for you? Two separate UK studies suggest that 1/2 of UK workers might be in the wrong job…or even the wrong career.

Study no. 1: almost half of UK workers in the wrong job

Our first study comes from the CIPD, as reported by HR Review. They found…

  • 49% of people don’t have the right skill-set to match their current role: either being under- or over-skilled for their job.
  • 37% fall into the ‘over-skilled’ category, able to take on ‘more demanding duties’ than their roles require.
  • Conversely, 12% are in positions that they are not fully equipped to carry out.

As you can see, this study views the right and wrong job as one based on an appropriate skill-set. The CIPD also shared some interesting findings surrounding educational level.

It is reported that we have one of the ‘most skilled workforces’  in the world, as 42% of people hold a degree-level qualification. That said, we are also the nation with the highest proportion of roles that do not require degrees (or, for that matter, any lower level qualifications!).

  • 1/3 of employees reported that although they need a degree in order to qualify for their job, they don’t actually need one to complete their role to an effective standard.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, even those with degrees could fall into the ‘under-skilled’ category for their particular role.

Do these findings matter? Does it all even out in the end? HR Review’s report would suggest that this skill-set disparity is an issue as it can have a negative consequence on employees’ satisfaction. And we all know how employees’ experiences also directly affect staff retention levels and business growth.

Study no. 2: half of British workers may be in the wrong career

Research conducted by First Direct (and published by the Independent) tackles the question of career satisfaction more directly. We hear…

  • More than 1/2 of respondents are unsure if they are in the right career. 47% do not enjoy their ‘current line of work’.
  • Additionally, 47% do not feel fulfilled by their career and 40% intend to change jobs within two years.
  • Many of the dissatisfied employees are considering alternative career paths.

These results are said to apply to all age groups/generations. What’s more, the motivation for change goes beyond pay rates and towards increased skills development and job satisfaction.

How to know whether you’re in the right job or career for you…

Here’s where things get really tricky. Do you measure how closely your qualifications and skills match your current job role? Do you look to how happy you feel on a Monday morning? Or do you read lists such as Forbes’ ‘10 signs you’re in the right job and 10 signs you’re not?!’

The chances are you know the answer if you’re at either extreme of job satisfaction level. So, for both those who are excited to get to work 99% of the time and those who spend most of their day miserably clock-watching. However, if you fall somewhere between the two, things may not be so black and white.

Only you know your individual measures regarding what matters most for your job and career, and how this translates into ‘right or wrong’.

  • Regularly browsing the latest jobs in Bath (and surrounding!) may help illuminate things further. Is there a position that better suits your current skills and goals? Do you feel excited to apply for a role?
  • If it’s a complete career change that you’re dreaming of, this is the guide to read. It offers realistic advice for anyone who doesn’t already have multiple qualifications/career experiences to casually switch between (not to mention those who don’t have an endless pot of money to fund the career change process!).

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on how you know when you’re in the right or wrong job. Is it an instinct or do you have set criteria to work to? Let us know by TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

Career priorities: what matters most?

What are your career priorities? The Oxford Open Learning Trust has researched the factors deemed most important when looking for a new job…

The top five considerations currently include:

  1. Salary/pay (64%)
  2. Working hours (55%)
  3. Working location / Personal interest or enjoyment (tied at 50%)
  4. Job security (40%)
  5. Working environment (37%)

You can find the full top 10 over at HR News.

Career priorities: working hours

The second place spot particularly caught our attention. Not only because it was discussed by more than half of respondents, yet also the way it chimes with other research on this topic.

Over on the Independent, we hear how more than 1/2 of British workers would prefer to move away from the standard ‘9 to 5’ job. Instead, they would welcome the opportunity to either:

  • Start work before 9am, enabling them to finish before 5pm (57%)
  • Work longer hours in order to shorten the length of the working week (48%)

As HR News suggests, professionals would clearly like to carve out some extra time for themselves in a bid to achieve an improved work-life balance.

Looking outside the UK

Have other countries managed to achieve this balance? The stats would suggest so, with countries offering the most flexible working opportunities also scoring higher on employee happiness and engagement ratings.

Identifying your own career priorities

This is an aspect we highly recommend spending some time thinking about. Especially if you’re ready to search for a new job, or think you may be ready to do so soon.

Knowing your priorities really helps you refine your job search; especially if you’re considering one of a few possible career paths.

You’ll see this topic is discussed further in our 7 Days of Job Hunting Tips…an essential guide for anyone wanting to stand out from the (candidate) crowd!

Only for the money?

Do you only go to work for the money? UK workers are more motivated by pay rates than any other European country surveyed. What does this tell us about our culture of work; how could this affect your search for the perfect job or employee?

For the money: the research reveals…

  • For 62% of UK employees, pay is the primary driver to work.
  • This is the highest rate in Europe, where the average is just 49%.
  • UK workers are also the least likely to say they work because ‘they love what they do.’ (Accounting for 13%. This is half the number of respondents that proclaimed this in the Netherlands).
  • Additionally, UK employees remain the most likely to ‘feel like quitting’ their job, with almost 10% of those surveyed considering this ‘most days!’

What does this tell us about the UK work culture?

According to today’s source, HR Magazine, these stats reflect a low level of national employee engagement. Those most motivated by non-financial rewards consistently revealed greater ongoing engagement and job satisfaction.

Conversely, those driven to work for the ability to cover the costs of those things they want/need are actually likelier to experience frustration or disappointment on receipt of their pay.

There are some really interesting comments in the HR Magazine piece. It certainly provides food for thought, whether you’re a job-seeker or employer…

1) How this might affect your job search

If you truly want to find job satisfaction, it might be time to think beyond the money mindset. This is by no means to suggest you work for less than you deserve. Rather, you can really consider the ‘full package’ of a role.

What would it take for you to wake up and actually look forward to a Monday? What would inspire you to say ‘I love what I do’ and to get through a working week without considering moving on?!

This is such an individual consideration. It might include…

  • Entering a certain industry
  • Progressing to or taking on a particular role
  • Achieving your ideal work-life balance
  • Working with like-minded people
  • Being a part of a particular work culture/environment
  • Contributing to a greater purpose or joining a company with a shared ethos
  • Even just joining a business of a particular size or working closer to home

Naturally, these are just thinking points. You need to work out what really matters to you. Consider these factors as you peruse the latest vacancies and chat with your recruitment consultant.

To begin your job search, check out our current jobs listings and/or register your CV. We also have some excellent job hunting tips here.

2) How this might affect your search for a new employee

The savviest businesses can benefit from these insights. Firstly, understanding how many UK employees work for the money alone is an excellent driver to ensure you have a competitive salary offering. Perhaps you may also consider other financial incentives such as reward/bonus schemes.

However, you also want to be thinking beyond the money mindset! How can you communicate the additional benefits of working for your business?

Is there additional groundwork to do to ensure your team is actually on-board with a shared mission, that you have an enjoyable working environment, and that you demonstrate how much you value your staff?

Do you ask your team for (anonymous!) feedback on why they choose to work, what their experience of your company is, and what else would improve their workplace engagement, job satisfaction and similar?

Further reading:

For expert advice on attracting and recruiting the right team members for your needs, please call the office on 01225 313130.

What does that mean? CV advice!

What does that mean? Why this is the question you should be asking yourself when writing your CV…

We were interested to read the advice of Amazon’s head recruiter, Celeste Joy Diaz, as published by Recruiting Times. Her takeaway message is one that chimes so well with our own recommendations. Yes, this piece of advice is dotted throughout many of our news posts to date!

Your CV shouldn’t simply reel off a list of tasks that you’ve ticked off in previous jobs, it should be selling your proudest achievements. It should additionally showcase the relevance of all the skills and experiences that you’ve gathered so far.

Well, what does that mean exactly?!

Say you’ve been part of a busy project. You’ve played an important part in this – perhaps at an assistant level, or perhaps leading the team. Don’t just mention the project, yet detail your results. What did you help to accomplish?

Offer stats, describe the changes that occurred as a result and always be sure to link this back to your project role. Diaz says, “The best (CV) is when it’s grounded in data.”

This is just an example, of course. It doesn’t have to be a project, it could be something you’ve achieved across the longer term. How one of your ideas created change, how you helped bring on new business, how you paved the path for an internal promotion.

We’ve got a trick to help you with this…

You’ll see this results-driven approach is very much spotlighted in our post on what to do before you write your CV.

This feature contains somewhat of a trick that you can–and should!–read at any stage in your job hunting process. In fact, it’s one that you should share with friends and family that aren’t even considering job searching yet.

You may also find the following helpful:

Job search rules: two essential tips!

If there were only two job search rules to remember, these are the ones…

On the whole, we far prefer to discuss job search tips or advice than we do rules. That said, you occasionally hear those words that truly apply to all, including:

Job search rules, no. 1: “do your homework”. 

Our first rule is inspired by this insightful post from The Muse. Anyone who struggles to speak up in team meetings should certainly read this one in full.

At the heart of this job search rule is the idea that you should always take the time to do your research.

This also starts long before your interview. You should have at least some knowledge of…

  • How the job market is looking. Even if this is only within your target industry and/or on a local level.
  • What employers are looking for from their applicants.
  • The types of openings that your CV may be suitable for.
  • How to write a decent CV!
  • What to research before an interview.

Feeling at a loss as to where to start? These simple tips will take you through most of the job search research process. And then this guide will help you to prepare for any upcoming interviews.

Job search rules, no. 2: “every interaction is an interview”. 

So many people have the potential to impact your job search in a positive way. Whether that’s a reception team member who’s asked to share their first impressions of interviewees, a recruitment consultant who’s meeting you ahead of submitting your CV, a prospective colleague you’ve previously met at a networking event, or even someone in your industry who happens to praise you in passing.

Learning to conduct yourself with courtesy is invaluable. As is knowing how to express your interest in learning more about the businesses that you’re applying to, your enthusiasm for your industry, and your ability to interact positively with people from a variety of working and life backgrounds.

This is simpler than it sounds! Being on time, remembering to say please and thank you, asking someone how they are, acknowledging someone’s time and assistance, and so on. By viewing all job search interactions (however formal they may be) as interviews, you reframe your outlook and hold yourself more accountable to your values.

That’s not to suggest you should fake your way to success though. Conversely, employers are looking to have genuine insights into their prospective team members. There’s more advice regarding this outlook in this excellent Changeboard post.

Note: not everything you read in the Changeboard article applies to the local recruitment agency setting. For instance, you shouldn’t contact any interviewing clients (or their staff!) directly unless this is under the specific advice of your recruitment consultant. This is with your job search success in mind and to ensure all stages of the recruitment process are conducted professionally.

How to combine these job search rules:

These two rules naturally complement each other. By doing your research you’ll feel far more informed when you have unexpected interactions throughout your job search.

You’ll also find it much easier to answer any questions at recruitment agency meetings and formal interview situations. What’s more, you’ll be empowered to ask more questions in return. Also making those less formal interactions even more powerful throughout your job search.

Time to get registering your CV for jobs in or near Bath? You can do so as a general applicant online.

When you’re both struggling with your careers

Have you hit that point when you’re both struggling with your careers and it’s taking a toll on your relationship? 

This is an issue that commonly crops up in our career conversations. Perhaps this is unsurprising, as we all know how life has that (not so!) funny habit of throwing everything at us all at once. So why aren’t we seeing this problem discussed more in the press?

Thankfully, The Muse has run an excellent article on this topic.

In summary, they recommend…

  • Respecting each other’s job hunting methods; recognising that these can often lead to the same result.
  • Using mutual encouragement to motivate you through the process – and teaming up for valuable interview practice.
  • Working out how best to support each other (as you may each be looking for a different response or support mechanism). Sometimes simply letting your partner vent without input!
  • Seeking external help where needed; whether from a career or relationship expert.

You can find all the advice in full here.

Some tips we’d like to add…

While The Muse piece is focusing on partners’ shared career struggles, experience shows this issue can crop up in other relationships. For instance, with housemates, siblings, parents and close friends. Even among similarly disgruntled colleagues!

We’d say the above advice all still applies…although you’re somewhat less likely to visit a relationship counsellor with your housemate or Jenny from Sales!

  • Buddy up: whatever the relationship, try to make yourself a job hunting ally. Where possible, chat through the elements that you’re each struggling with and where you would like some help and support.
  • Don’t let resentments build. When you’re in the job struggle bubble, you may forget to ask about their challenges. Try to check on them as much as (if not more than!) you vent. Arrange a regular catch-up slot if this works for you both.
  • Consult an expert. Just as The Muse suggests, this can help lessen the relationship burden. Although we’d like to add the idea of contacting a REC-accredited recruitment agency in your field. All member agencies have to adhere to a Code of Professional Practice, which means you get a best practice service along with your expert advice.
  • Find other things to talk about. It can become draining when all you think and talk about is finding a new job. Try to make some time together when you’re doing anything but this. And this doesn’t have to cost a penny – go for a walk together. Watch some shows or listen to some podcasts if you need work-free conversation fodder!
  • If necessary, create some space. This is less easy to do with your partner than in other relationships. However, if the buddy system’s not working you may want to invest your time and energy in other less strained relationships. Dependent on how things are going, you might want to explain your absence as a focused effort to avoid further relationship challenges. Let that person know you’re still there for them if they need you.

Bored of your job hunting strategy?

Refresh your approach. See if there’s anything you haven’t tried from our 7 Days of Job Hunting Tips or make like the pros and think like a brand!

Let us know what you want to see more of in future for better-tailored career and recruitment advice.

Career FAQ: what next

What to do when you’re asking ‘what next’ for your career…

This is the latest in our FAQ series – which aims to answer as many of your most common CV, interview, recruitment and career questions as possible!

The question of ‘what next’…

And this question can crop up at any time in your career. Many people encounter this post-studies when they’ve gathered their qualifications and have to enter a career role for the first time.

Yet it also has a habit of popping up when you’re least expecting it. You’ve been working in a particular role, or series of roles, for a while when you get this niggle that there’s something else you should be doing but you don’t know precisely what this is.

The first step towards your answer:

Work out why you’re asking yourself this now. If it’s the post-uni scenario, the answer is usually more obvious (and driven by the necessity of needing to make some money/spark up a career). However, if it’s a more random experience then you’ve got to dig a little deeper.

  • Are you feeling bored of your work? And, if so, is it the role, company, and/or industry that you’re tired of?
  • Is there something you’ve always planned on doing that you haven’t achieved yet? What is this?
  • Is it the case that you’ve got to where you are today by somewhat of an accident and you’re now feeling ready to make a plan?
  • Do you feel you’ve made a mistake with your career decisions to date?
  • Has something changed outside of work that’s pushing you in a new direction?

It can be a combination of factors. Whatever they are, it’s wise to note these down – both for your next steps and future reference.

TIP: if you’re struggling to pinpoint your ‘whys’, try setting a timer (even if it’s just for 10/15 minutes) and brainstorming all the possibilities; without editing yourself. You may be surprised by your answers. You could also chat with one or a few of the closest people in your life and see if there’s anything that they’ve picked up on from previous conversations and decisions. Of course, you’re not obliged to take any advice that ensues!

Once you’ve got your ‘why’…

Don’t put that notebook away or close that spreadsheet just yet! It’s time to whip up your skills and achievements master-list. A shiny gold star to any longer-term readers who’ve already been keeping one of these on the go!

And once this skills list is at the ready, take a look at all of your findings so far. Are there any obvious correlations between your whys and your skills and achievements?

Take the above situations for example:

  1. You’re bored in your role, company and/or industry. Your skills & achievements list can help you see where else you could apply yourself. Look at some current job specs to see what recruiters and employers are looking for and where you might fit. See which of these vacancies most appeals to you and start putting your CV together.
  2. There’s something you’ve always planned on doing & you haven’t achieved it yet. Well, what steps do you need to take to get you there? Again, it’s worth researching some job specs to see if there are any gaps in your skills and achievements list that you could easily fill to improve your chances. See our next TIP section below!
  3. You’ve got to this point in your career by accident and you now want to make a plan. This is similar to the boredom scenario above, yet your route may not be quite so obvious. Follow the advice from Day 3 of our 7 Days of Job Hunting Tips and pin down your specifics! Work out the musts of your next role. Then, using your skills and achievements master list, start researching job adverts to see what’s possible and interesting for you.
  4. You’ve made a mistake in your career decisions to date. It’s unlikely to be a major mistake! Take a closer look at your skills list and see what you’ve learned so far. If you’ve struggled to come up with anything, it’s likely that your confidence has been knocked; get someone else to support you in this process. There are always ways to retrain and reroute. Again, job specs are super helpful here, as is speaking to a local recruitment agency that covers your target industry. Make sure you’ve got a CV at the ready for their review.
  5. Something else has changed in your life that’s pushing you in a new direction. Break-ups, bereavements, relocations…there are so many life changes that can prompt us to seek a fresh start. Re-read Day 1 of our 7 days of tips – for this is often one of those times you should think before you leap! Again, use the data you’ve gathered so far to help you work out what else you might be suited to.

TIP: for each of the latter four scenarios our career change advice FAQ is also well worth a read! Plus, following the rest of the advice in our 7 Days of Job Hunting Tips could really boost your job search success in general.

So, what next?

Use your findings to take action, even if that’s just more research and consideration at first. As soon as you’re feeling ready, update and tailor your CV to those roles that you’ve identified and then start making your applications.

In need of more advice: let us know what you most want to see here on our News blog. We look forward to sharing it with you!

Got any questions regarding the roles you’ve seen advertised on our jobs page? Email these along with your latest CV today. You can also register your CV as a general applicant. Please note: we primarily recruit for the commercial office industry in Bath, Wiltshire and the surrounding area. 

7 Days of Job Hunting Tips!

Each day over the course of this week we’re sharing one of our top job hunting tips! By Sunday, you should have all you need for an expert job search… 

DAY 1: it’s Monday morning – and don’t go leaving that job just yet!

If you’re lucky enough to be in work, stay there until you have your next role fully confirmed (and preferably with contracts signed!). It’s hard to predict how quickly you’ll find your next job. Plus you don’t want to be forced into going for any old thing to fill the void.

If you’ve already left your role, consider whether temporary or contract work could be a suitable option while you get to know what’s out there. Not only does this help cover the bills, it shows you what it’s like to work for different local employers. Once again, it also stops you from leaping into a permanent job that isn’t right for you.

DAY 2: get that finger on the pulse!

Don’t slip into the common job-hunting bubble where there’s little thought beyond a straight ‘search, apply and repeat’. You can while away far too many days without finding any sense of direction…or interview invites!

Instead, swot up on what’s happening in the jobs market. Are employers actively recruiting in your industry? What challenges are businesses facing? Who are they looking for and how can you help? As well as paying close attention to job specs, keep your eye on the news – national, local and as summarised by recruiters such as us! Use your findings to better focus your search.

DAY 3: pin down your specifics.

Consider your next job. Do you want to work full-time or part-time? How far are you willing to travel each day (and over the longer term)? What salary are you looking for as an absolute minimum? What ‘level’ of role and/or responsibility are you looking for next? And how soon can you be available?

Think it’s best to say you’re open-minded in absolutely all areas? Think again! This tends not to be realistic when it comes to satisfaction across the longer-term – which is something the best recruiters will be looking for on your behalf (and on behalf of their clients).

Very soon into your search you want to be noting these answers down. Use them to define your job hunt requirements and within your CV cover email.

DAY 4: become a keyword whizz!

This isn’t about SEO yet rather tuning into the keywords used in job specifications or adverts. There’s a national Skills Shortage – meaning employers are actually struggling to find people with the relevant skills for each job. To this end, they’re highlighting the absolute essentials that matter to them…making your job search easier if you’re paying close attention!

If a job advert catches your eye, slow down and take a moment to read it thoroughly (and repeat if the vacancy really appeals!). Highlight the primary words throughout – core duties, experience requirements, personality types. Now make yourself the most obvious candidate for the job. Your CV should be a direct response to the advert. It should ‘shout’ your skills straight back to the recruiter, with brief and snappy examples to support each of the statements made.

DAY 5: stop the scattergun!

Please don’t make the mistake that most job-seekers make! Somewhere along the line people have heard that there’s a ‘more the merrier’ approach to recruitment and that by simply applying to as many openings as you can something will stick. This leads people to apply for 10 completely unrelated roles within 10 minutes – and who’s to say whether any of these actually match the person’s skills and experience?!

It’s far better (and much less demoralising!) to take a tailored approach to your search. Use your time wisely and only apply for the openings that you are actually interested in and that you match at least most of the essential requirements for. Our previous two tips will help you identify which job ads are worthy of your time.

Alongside this, make relevant recruitment agencies know of your search requirements. This means contacting agencies that recruit in your field, sharing your CV and notifying them of the specifics you identified on Day 3.

DAY 6: remember your CV has to speak for itself.

You may know that you’re the perfect person for the job – and everyone might agree! – yet your CV has to prove this. In many cases, this is the only tool you have to promote your suitability for interview. Remember what we said on Thursday? You want to make yourself the most obvious candidate for short-list!

If there’s one area you want to invest some extra time in, this is it. Our Skills & Achievements Master-list has to be one of our best CV writing tips. You’ll also find more advice here. And, of course, you’ll be filling your CV with great examples to match each of the keywords from those job specs now anyway..! 

DAY 7: as our week of tips comes to a close, it’s time to ask more questions!

This tip ties in well with what we said on Tuesday. You want your job search to be well informed. Struggling to find out what’s happening in the Bath jobs market? Ask! Want to know more about the skills that employers are looking for, the salary levels that are realistic to your skills and experience, and the level of competition you’re currently up against? You know exactly what you need to do..!

The best recruitment agencies possess valuable local insights that can help shape your search. Your recruitment consultant is only a quick call or email away. However, to make sure you’re posing your questions to the right person, check that the agency recruits for industries and jobs like those that you’re searching for.

Thanks so much for joining us this week. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you all the best with your job search. Continue the conversation on Twitter by tagging @appoint_recruit and using #newyearnewjob. Our News feed is also regularly updated with recruitment advice features. 

Please note: each of these tips come from a recruitment agency perspective (and from our many years as one of Bath’s leading independent recruitment agencies!). We recommend finding a reputable agency that recruits for industries like yours. The REC Member Directory is a great place to start.