Have you ever wondered what it's like to work at Hyper Recruitment Solutions? Well, we got the inside scoop from one of our life changers to show you exactly what a typical day in her life looks like!

Meet Georgia (Our Consultant of the Year 2019)!

Georgia is a Recruitment Consultant at Hyper Recruitment Solutions and was awarded the consultant of the year title last year (well done Georgia!). We caught up with Georgia to find out what a typical day at work looks like...

One of my main roles as a life changer at HRS is to manage the recruitment process and communicate with candidates from start to finish, so my day typically begins with some important phone calls and emails.

I might be scheduling interviews for one candidate, helping another candidate prepare for an upcoming interview, and giving feedback from a hiring manager to another. Communicating with my candidates regularly helps me to maintain knowledgable and make sure that they find the perfect job!

When I'm not speaking to candidates, you might find me catching up with hiring managers and business leaders. Staying in touch with them (even when they're not actively hiring for a role) helps me keep ahead of the market. My clients often let me know whenever a new role opens up so we can start assisting them in the hiring process right away.

A lot of my clients work in really interesting and technical industries including; biotechnology, engineering, cell & gene therapy and more! I love getting the inside scoop on the up and coming positions for our candidates. 

My role isn't all office based - in fact, I spend a lot of time out and about attending meetings with clients. This is a really great way for me to better understand their business needs and gives me a chance to learn all about the roles they're offering.

I often leave client meetings feeling like a subject expert in their field, which is really important when it comes to finding the right person for the company. Alongside meeting clients, I also regularly meet with potential candidates to better understand their job expectations and to really humanise the recruitment process. 

I love my job because it combines my own scientific knowledge with my drive to better people's lives - helping me place people in their dream jobs time and time again! 

Take a Look Around the HRS Workspace

Walking around the gorgeous contemporary HRS office gives you a real sense of why our life-changers love doing what they do! We've set them up with a vibrant, contemporary space that allows them to work to their best ability at all times. Our life-changers are able to socialise and relax when they're not busy working with candidates and hiring managers to make employment dreams come true! 

We asked one of our Senior Recruitment Consultants, Chris, what he thinks of the new offices: "When you come into work here at HRS, the first thing that hits you is energy! The space is bright, exciting, everything looks so inviting and you just want to get to work to make a difference."

The new offices are fitted with all kinds of fun and interactive spaces to bring the place to life. Here are a few photos to give you a better idea of the finished look:

A football table - perfect for a bit of friendly competition between our recruiters!

The office is adorned with inspirational artwork, reminding our life-changers why they're here!

Would you like to get involved with the work we do here at HRS? We are currently looking for new recruiters to join our HRS teams up and down the country. You can see the roles we currently have on offer by clicking the button below. 

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Unemployed

When it comes to knowing what to do when you lose your job, UK workers can commonly find themselves at a bit of a loss.

The shock of losing your primary stream of income can upset the proverbial apple cart significantly, leaving you with quite the pulpy mess to clean up in the aftermath.

If you've been unfortunate enough to find yourself in that situation, don't throw the towel in just yet. There is light at the end of the tunnel...

 

"I've lost my job - what do I do?"

While you may feel like curling up under the covers and shutting yourself away from the world in the wake of losing your job, try to resist the temptation to withdraw into your shell.

It's unlikely you're going to find new employment while you're sat in your SpongeBob undies, eating cereal from the box and watching re-runs of Friends, so try to stay positive and be proactive.

Turn those hard times into a fresh start with these five easy steps to make your journey back to the top that much easier.

 

Get What You Pay For

Claiming unemployment benefits in the UK is a sensitive subject for many, bringing with it the unwarranted negative stigma that commonly surrounds them.

That being said, unemployment benefits are a right every UK citizen is entitled to and you shouldn't feel bad for getting something that your taxes pay for.

What's more, claiming benefits also allows the government to continue paying your National Insurance contributions during your time between jobs.

Depending on your circumstances, you will likely be eligible to apply for either Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or Universal Credit to help contribute towards your living costs.

You may also be able to apply for Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI), which comes in the form of a loan and helps pay towards the interest on your mortgage.

 

Budget Wisely

Most recruitment specialists agree that a typical job hunt will take around three months to complete, from the end of the previous employment to the start of the next.

Three months can be a long time to go without an income, particularly if you weren't given any kind severance or redundancy pay-out on your way out the door of your last job.

As such, the importance of budgeting during this time cannot be overstated. Cut back on unnecessary outgoings and try to streamline your spending to the bare minimum.

Paying for an unused gym membership? Cancel it ASAP. Eating out regularly? Brush up on those cooking skills. Smoking your way into debt? Ditch the cigarettes. Etc, etc, etc.

While it may be a shock to the system initially, switching up your living habits will go a long way in ensuring your finances stretch further.

 

Update Your CV

Now that your finances are relatively structured for the weeks ahead, it's time to focus on the task at hand - getting a new job.

Whether you had been in your last job for several years or a matter of months, updating your CV should be your first port of call.

Gaps in employment naturally raise questions with employers so be sure to add your latest working exploits to your working history.

A CV is essentially your own personal shop window for you to display your skills and experience for passing employers, so treat it as such.

Make sure it's presentable, well-constructed and don't waste space superfluously. Ensure it's loaded with key selling points unique to you.

When it comes to applying for specific roles, you may want to tailor your CV for individual jobs by highlighting key skills relevant to particular vacancies. The same applies to your cover letter.

Read the person specification carefully and include key terms and phrases mentioned in the job description. This will help you stand out as a suitable candidate that ticks the necessary boxes.

 

Secure References

During your job hunt, your quest for employment and, more specifically, the application process that comes along with it will likely include requests for professional references.

Depending on how you left your last job, you may want to include a trusted figure from your latest job as a referee. This provides any would-be employers with an up-to-date account of your skills from those that have worked with you most recently.

When choosing a referee, think about what kind of reference they may provide. A co-worker will be able to provide an accurate depiction of your character and work ethic, while a manager may be able to give a better reflection of your achievements and results.

 

Prepare for Interview

Inevitably, your job hunt will eventually call for you to attend an interview at some point down the line. As such, it pays to be prepared.

While the 21st century is more liberal than ever, presentation is still an important factor at interview, so dress to impress. An un-ironed band t-shirt and yesterday's jeans won't cut the mustard.

It's also worth getting your story straight with regards to your last job. The "why did you leave your last job?" question is a common, if not slightly awkward one, so prepare your narrative beforehand.

When you do secure an interview, be sure to do your homework on the company your interviewing for, as well as the role. Lack of preparation is a tell-tale sign of a nonchalant attitude, which is rarely an attribute desired by employers.

 

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Improve Employee Retention

It's been said that people don't quit companies, they quit their managers. Anyone that has ever had to work under a bad manager will know how accurate that statement can be.

In fact, poor management can ruin what is a dream job on paper and be a driving influence in a worker's decision to part ways with what is otherwise a good company to work for.

Luckily, there is a tonne of simple ways to boost morale, enhance job satisfaction and improve employee retention easily. All you need to do is implement them!

If you are in a managerial position with a team of staff under your watch, take a look at these employee retention tips and keep your workforce happy today.

 

Employee Retention Tips

To help get your staff on side, try incorporating these techniques into your managerial style and not only give your team reason to stay but also give them a reason to perform to the best of their abilities.

 

Hire the Right Person

Before you can go about working on retaining staff, you must first be sure that you have actually hired the right person for the job in question.

If you have taken onboard someone that is unsuitable for the vacancy, out of their depth for the tasks at hand or just plain not cut out for the position they have applied for, chances are that they won't be long for your working world.

Take time during the recruitment process to really assess and digest the credentials of each candidate, along with the motivation behind their application.

This will help separate those that really want it and those that have applied for the sake of it, ultimately leaving you with a motivated individual that wants the opportunity and is hungry and capable of performing.

 

Create a Relaxed Work Environment

Nobody wants to work in an uncomfortable environment where stress is commonplace, unrest is rife, politics are rampant.

As such, creating and nurturing a relaxed and harmonious atmosphere where people get along and workloads are achievable is paramount.

Aim to formulate a working culture where unity and teamwork are universal and a sense of company pride is strong.

Similarly, ensuring your office is well-lit and a comfortable temperature can also enhance the overall experience of daily work.

Combining these techniques will help create a positive environment that employees are happy to be in, where “Sunday night syndrome” is a thing of the past.

 

Encourage Self-Improvement

Employees often find added value in jobs where opportunities for personal and professional development are present and self-betterment is par for the course.

After all, nobody wants to feel as though they're stuck in a rut, spinning their wheels when it comes to their working life and the chance to progress can be a big difference-maker.

This could be through official external courses and qualifications training or simply offering lunchtime learning opportunities and inter-department skills sharing.

Meanwhile, self-improvement could also come in the form of promoting health and well-being at work, whether it's through workplace exercise programmes or therapy classes.

 

Listen and Learn

Listening to your employees is a fundamental ingredient in the day-to-day success of the working environment you have created.

Not only will it send the message to your staff that their opinions matter and are valid, but it will also provide you with unfiltered insight from those in the trenches.

Conduct regular reviews with your staff to ensure they're coping with well with the tasks and workload, taking time to ask for their feedback.

Providing your workforce with the opportunity to raise any concerns and provide suggestions not only boosts morale but can also help nip any issues in the bud before they get out of hand.

What's more, their comments may also influence your management decisions and help direct the business in a positive direction.

 

Recognition

Positive reinforcement should be a key area of any manager's daily playbook and is a sure-fire way to help ensure your staff remain motivated.

Nobody likes to feel like their contributions are overlooked and underappreciated, so take the time to recognise workers when a job is done well.

Whether you do so through a simple comment or email to show your appreciation or reward hard work through other means, like incentives and awards, a simple show of gratitude can go a long way.

Reminding your workforce that their hard work doesn't go by unnoticed can spur them on to continue to perform at a high level or, better still, perform at an even higher level.

After all, if your staff enjoy their job, they are unlikely to want to leave. Meanwhile, it's long been said that a happy worker is a productive worker, so it's in everyone's best interest to ensure that staff morale is high at all times.

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A career in the field of science can be interesting, exciting and rewarding; however, finding a job that fits your scientific expertise can be a clinical trial in itself.

Specialist science jobs are just that - specialist - and are naturally less commonly available than a less specific role.

As a result, finding a science job that suits your specific competencies may require a broader net. A wider search radius can open you up to a whole new world of opportunities.

To help you map out your search with a little direction, we've compiled a shortlist of the best cities for science jobs in the UK.

 

London

Top of the list should come as no surprise to anyone - it is, or course, the UK's biggest city, London. England's capital boasts over 27,000 life science employees in total, making it a key location for science jobs and a regular #1 in global science job cities.

Home to three of the world's Top 10 Bioscience Universities, London also plays host to over 900 life science companies, including the Francis Crick Institute and the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Browse Science Jobs in London

 

Manchester

With over 150k life science students and the two foremost NHS trusts for clinical trials in the UK, Manchester is a key city for those seeking employment in the science sector.

Much like London, Manchester is a thriving hotspot for science jobs in the UK. Manchester is home to a number of notable science institutions, including Citylabs and Manchester Science Park.

Browse Science Jobs in Manchester

 

Edinburgh

Scotland's thriving life sciences sector employs over 37,000 people within 700 organisations. Following the lead of London and Manchester, Edinburgh is Scotland's epicentre for scientific employment.

The Edinburgh BioQuarter markets itself as a hub for life science innovators, with over 25 leading life sciences companies from across the globe. Benefitting from a strong evolving investment environment, it also boasts Europe's largest concentration of stem cell scientists.

Browse Science Jobs in Edinburgh

 

Oxford

According to Times Higher Education's World University Rankings, Oxford is home to the best university in the world. Needless to say, Oxford is not short on academic excellence and a key location for scientific research.

The Oxford Science Park is one of the most influential science, technology and business environments in the UK. Hosting over 90 science companies, from start-ups to multinationals, this state-of-the-art facility houses more than 2500 people and some of the UK's highest potential and most exciting companies

Browse Science Jobs in Oxford

 

Cambridge

Hot on the heels of Oxford's top spot in THE's World University Rankings is #3 on that list, Cambridge. A city that prides itself on its scholarly prowess, Cambridge is a notable site for scientific innovation and a logical location for those seeking jobs in the science sector.

And home to Cambridge Science Park. The oldest science park in the UK, Cambridge Science Park is a hub for science and technology, hosting over 7500 employees from over 100 companies, including the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Browse Science Jobs in Cambridge

 

Best Cities in the World for Science Jobs

The world of science has endless possibilities in terms of scope for innovation and breakthrough. As such, why limit your search for the best science jobs strictly to the shores of the UK?

If you're thinking of taking your search for science jobs international, America is a fantastic destination to consider. The United States is the most prolific publisher of high-quality science in the world and life sciences account for just under 50% of the nation's output in the natural sciences.

San Francisco Bay's Silicon Valley is particularly renowned for its high-paying jobs in high-tech fields and the science sector and offers with some of the most attractive science jobs on the globe.

Meanwhile, the famed “Research Triangle” of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill is known globally as a staple of technology and research. The area consistently ranks within the top three US region for life science companies and is home to giants such as GlaxoSmithKline and Biogen.

 

For more information on the best cities for science jobs in the UK and beyond, why not drop us a line today? Call now on (0)203 910 2980 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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Blue Monday 2020

Blue Monday, dubbed the 'most depressing day of the year', typically falls on the third Monday of January every year. In the case of 2020, the 20th of January is the date on which everyone is supposedly down in the dumps and not feeling their best. But why? Well, let's find out!
 
Blue Monday, was first publicised back in 2005 as part of a press release from a holiday company, that claimed to have calculated the date using an equation that takes into account a number of different variables. These variables include weather conditions, the time since Christmas and failing any New Year's resolutions, debt and motivational levels as well as feeling the need to take action.
 
All of these things were placed into an equation that subsequently deemed the third January of every year as the most depressing day.
 
Blue Monday equation
 
However, we at HRS don't believe in Blue Monday and see it as just another day! Another day that you can use to make positive changes to your life and make a brighter start to your 2020.
 
A couple of years ago, the creator of Blue Monday insisted that it was "never his intention to make the day sound negative", and in fact, he was simply trying "to inspire people to take action and make bold life choices." But you don't need Blue Monday as a source of inspiration or an excuse to start making bold life choices or take action and if you do find yourself feeling a little blue, talk to people around you to lift yourself up and become a positive influence for others.
 
 
If you are feeling extra-motivated however, Hyper Recruitment Solutions want to help you! If you're looking to make the best start to 2020 that you can make and push your career within the science industry further with new and exciting opportunities, why not browse the science jobs that we are currently recruiting for? Set the tone of your 2020 and take the first step to become a better you by leaving Blue Monday in the past!
 
To view the full list of science jobs that we're currently recruiting for, simply click below. If you require further information or assistance regarding any of our jobs, then please do not hesitate to contact us today.