When recruiting for new additions to your team, it goes without saying that you will want to attract the most skilled, qualified and professional candidates available.

As such, knowing exactly how to engage such a specialist group of applicants should be a top priority. A simple ad in the local paper won't cut it.

Luckily, this blog is chock full of tips to help you shine a spotlight on your vacancy and leave top candidates fighting over your role like hungry dogs over a juicy steak.

 

 

How to Attract Talented Employees

Anne Mulcahy famously once said that "employees are a company's greatest asset" and it's hard to argue that statement.

Quality staff naturally lead to quality performance, ultimately resulting in a successful business. Follow these key steps to make your recruitment process more attractive to top talent.

 

Clarity

While it's important to depict the role as an attractive proposition, it's also important to be open and honest about the position you're advertising, including salary. Don't lose sight of what the role actually is in pursuit of glossing it up with bells and whistles.

Additionally, this is not only a great opportunity to provide details of the role itself, but also the opportunities that come with it. Don't pass up the opportunity to highlight the perks of the role and benefits of working at your company.

Top applicants typically place great value in career progression so be sure to clearly divulge details of potential career path for driven employees. Highlight the development prospects and potential for professional growth to pique the interest of ambitious candidates.

 

Flexibility

Life in the 21st century is arguably more fast-paced than ever, which has made balancing home life and professional life a never-ending tight-rope walk. As such, emphasising flexibility is vital when it comes to attracting talent.

Traditional offices are becoming less of a tradition in favour of a schedule that offers a better work/life balance. Logically, a stringent 9-5 policy with little leeway will lose out every time to a similar position elsewhere offering flexi-time or work from home options.

Remember that talented applicants aren't ten a penny and should be treated as a valuable commodity. One of the best ways to make them feel appreciated is to give back and offer them something more than the next role they come across.

 

Targeting

The greatest advert in the world is no good if it's placed where nobody can see it. As such, knowing where to place your ad is just as important as the content of the ad itself.

Top science professionals gravitate towards HRS for our specialist knowledge of the industry and specificity of the roles we offer. Identify your target demographic and find out which sites talented professionals in your sphere use for their job search.

During your research, take time to see what the competition is offering in terms of perks to stay one step ahead of the game. Respected companies are heralded for a reason so don't be afraid to take the lead from those with a track record of quality candidates.

Industry networking events are a goldmine for industry-specific talent, so it may be worth having your brand represented at such an event. This can highlight top candidates in a setting that quite literally puts them all in one place for you.

 

Transience

Job listings that feature an extensive application period before the closing date can be a double-edged sword. While it theoretically allows for a greater number of candidates and thus more talent, it also prolongs the process which can backfire dramatically.

If a talented candidate discovers your vacancy fresh after posting, a deadline of six weeks later with an additional week or two for shortlisting leaves them with a two-month window to be snapped up by another employer.

Worse still, they could even lose interest by the time you get around to calling them. Holding an interview six weeks after the initial application can have a negative effect on applicant enthusiasm, as well as blurring the candidate's knowledge of the role.

Conversely, a shorter application period can provide urgency for truly interested candidates, while it can also weed out time-wasters. Meanwhile, it allows you to speed up the recruitment process for a more efficient and positive experience for all parties.

 

Preparation

It's also important to remember that the recruitment process goes beyond the initial job ad, CV sifting and short-listing process. The interview is equally important, if not more so.

Spending time and effort on the recruitment process only to conduct a poorly prepped interview is akin to a rugby team letting in a soft, losing try the dying seconds of the hard-fought game.

Come equipped with well-thought-out questions and a clear direction of how you want the interview to go. Also, ensure all participants are free to attend and well-aware of the scheduled times.

Remember that this is not only your first impression of them, but their first impression of you. Tardiness and disorganisation isn't a good look for a candidate and can be equally damning on the other side of the table as well.

 

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Why Choose Data Science

Data scientist are responsible for turning raw data into meaningful information that companies can then use to improve the way their businesses perform. Over time, an increasing amount of organisations are turning to data to influence their day-to-day operations. From understanding consumer behaviour to the latest purchasing trends, the role of a data scientist is to discover patterns that help to solve the problems faced by businesses in imaginative and innovative ways.

Sounds good right? Well, there's more. As well as the role of a data scientist being unlike many others, they are in high demand across a variety of sectors as more and more businesses turn to data to inform their daily decisions. So, why choose data science? Here are five reasons.

1. Great Career Opportunities - As we mentioned above, the need for data scientists is growing. Leading to an increased amount of career opportunities, which are set to increase even further with an estimated 40 zettabytes of data being in existence by 2020. That's a lot of data. Careers within data science, however, aren't limited to one or two industries, they exist across multiple sectors including finance, retail, IT, academia and healthcare. This is a great bonus for someone looking to enter the industry!

2. High Professional Development - Once you've started your career as a data scientist within an organisation, there is huge scope to progress and achieve higher career prospects. Especially if you land a role within a larger company that often provide data scientist training schemes. Career progress will, of course, depend on your ability to learn the necessary skills quickly as well as your level of commitment to the organisation. Promotions are available which may involve more managerial duties, overseeing junior data scientists, recruitment and building relationships with clients.

3. Lucrative Salary - With higher career progression comes more responsibility. With more responsibility comes more money. And the further you take your career as a data scientist will reflect the amount of money you can potentially earn. The average salary for junior data scientists is around £25,000 to £30,000, rising to £40,000 depending on your experience. With a few years worth of experience, you can expect to earn between £40,000 and £60,000. Lead and chief data scientists have the potential to earn upwards of £60,000 to £100,000.

4. Flexible Work/Life Balance - In today's society, more and more organisations are offering employees greater working flexibility and this is no different for data scientists. Depending on the type of company you work for, you can expect a very good work/life balance with typical working hours 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. In some organisations, you may also have the opportunity to work remotely or on a flexible schedule. 

5. Rewarding Profession - The role of a data scientist isn't easy. A lot of work is involved in order to understand data and use it properly to inform future decisions. With that being said, as a data scientist, when you do see your work influencing an organisation in a positive and productive way, it is very fulfilling and gives you the motivation and desire to continue making an impact.

For more information on the role of a data scientist or on the data science industry, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our recruitment professionals who have years' of experience within data science. Even better, visit our dedicated data science page! 

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With an unrivalled ability to throw a half-arsed spanner into the well-oiled machine that is your office, a lazy co-worker can be the Kryptonite to an otherwise invincible team of Supermen and Superwoman.

That being said, dealing with lazy co-workers requires diplomacy, tact and consideration (along with the patience of Job). As such, a paroxysm of mid-office expletives isn’t an advisable course of action.

To avoid upset and confrontation while still keeping your underperforming colleague on the straight and narrow, check out the following methods of dealing with lazy co-workers for a solution that helps everyone.

 

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How to Deal with Lazy People

If you’re faced with the unenviable obstacle of lazy people at work, try the following options when addressing the situation to help your office sloth shed their slovenly ways and evolve into a whippet of work rate.

 

Don’t Follow Suit

Laziness comes in many forms, from snail’s pace working and producing minimal output to blatant procrastination and actively distracting others. The latter of those examples is particularly hard to avoid and all too easy to get caught up in.

Don’t let the work-shy influence your work ethic. Getting repeatedly roped into their antics can breed bad habits that are infectious and hard to shake.

Worse still, these inherited behaviours can ultimately drag you down in terms of output and quality, negatively impacting your own reputation in the workplace.

 

Don’t Enable Laziness

While it may seem like the best thing to do for the sake of your colleague, covering for a lazy co-worker helps no-one in the long run.

Letting the offender get by without repercussions only increases the likelihood of a repeat scenario, ultimately leading to an increased workload for you as a result.

Meanwhile, your work-why co-worker may be unaware of their professional transgressions and allowing them to ride the coattails of others only reinforces that ignorance.

Help them to help themselves by making them take responsibility for their own work. Lending a helping hand is admirable; doing their work for them isn’t.

 

Don’t Let it Get to You

Knowing you’re putting in 110% while others float through the week on the bare minimum can be frustrating.

If your paycheque features the same figure, that frustration can evolve into venomous anger by the time they’ve had their third smoking break of the morning.

Try to rise above the hate and don’t allow it to affect you mentally. Anger can breed an unpleasant working environment for all and ultimately reflect poorly on you as a result.

 

Don’t Take the Rap

While covering for a lazy co-worker is bad enough, actively taking the blame for their laziness is an entirely different kettle of fish.

A lazy co-worker can affect your own success in a number of ways but none more so than when you take the brunt of the blowback.

Putting yourself in the firing line reflects badly on you. This can leave a stain on your personal brand that’s hard to remove and can impact your ability to progress down the line.

Taking responsibility for unfinished tasks and oversights serves to protect only one person – that being the real culprit of the sub-par output.

 

Don’t Ignore It

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem, and this is never more evident than when it comes to dealing with lazy people at work.

While it may seem like the easiest option, ignoring the situation does nothing to resolve the issue. Taking the time to talk with your colleague personally, highlighting the negative affects the situation is having on the team, can be all that’s needed to steady the ship.

However, it’s important not to present your revelation in a confrontational manner. Angry delivery can be the Mentos to your co-worker’s Cola, and quickly result in an office eruption.

Calmly explain how you all need to work together as a team to achieve collective goals. The “do it for the team” pep talk is great way to inspire motivation without giving them a professional dressing down.

 

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