Are you currently unemployed and patiently waiting for an interview to come your way? There are hundreds of people up and down the country who have recently been made redundant, so you're not alone. When you're looking for a job, the days can quickly turn into weeks and months with very little progress being made. All of a sudden, you might get three interviews in one week!

Job hunting is unpredictable, and at times, can seem like a neverending struggle with no end in sight. You might start getting job search anxiety, maybe even feelings of depression. It really can be hard to stay positive, especially if things aren't going your way, but don't worry, we've got a whole host of top tips to help you stay positive during your job hunt. 

1. Create Structure & Routine

Being unemployed and having the freedom to sleep in until 2 pm every day might seem like a luxury at first, but we can assure you that the novelty wears off. Your mental health will start to decline if your life has no structure or routine, and this is one of the main reasons that people struggle to stay positive during their job hunt. We'd recommend creating a plan for each day & sticking to it.

2. Take Advantage of Resources

As a job seeker, you should always be on the lookout for resources that will help you secure your dream job faster. Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we offer advice to candidates including CV advice & tips, interview advice and much more. Looking at resources like this will make you feel more prepared & confident - boosting your mood and helping you stay motivated. 

3. Set Realistic Goals

Rather than allowing one week to roll into the next, you should set small achievable goals and reward yourself when you complete them. This will help prevent you from falling into a negative cycle. These shouldn't be unrealistic goals, they should be things like:

  • Sending out 30 CVs to relevant job postings
  • Contacting at least 1 recruitment agency
  • Adding 5 new things to your portfolio

4. Look for Volunteer Opportunities

Negativity during your job hunt might stem from boredom, after all, there's only so much sitting at home and looking at jobs that one person can take. A good way to break up your week, get out of the house and feel like you're contributing to society is to look for volunteer opportunities. Animal sanctuaries, charity shops and lots of other stores are on the lookout for an extra pair of hands - so why not help them out?

5. Remember Your Achievements

People get so wrapped up in their job search that they forget to reflect on the positive things they've already achieved. Just because you're unemployed right now, doesn't mean that unemployment defines you. Think about the hard work you put into your qualifications, your family and so on. You're doing a great job.

6. Learn a New Skill

With a little extra time on your hands, why don't you try to improve your CV with some additional skills? There are all kinds of online courses (some of which you can do for free) that will make your CV stand out from the crowd. Potential employers like to see that you've been proactive, and learning a new skill will make you feel accomplished. It's a boost for your morale as well as your CV!

7. Develop a Portfolio

Nowadays, employees like to see examples of your work, whether that's a printed portfolio or a digital space that you've created. Of course, you won't need a portfolio for every kind of job, but creating a collection of the work your proud of can help to boost your mood while you're looking for jobs.

Reflecting on past work can also help to unearth potential job avenues that you might not have considered yet. For example, you might realise that you really enjoyed the university project which saw you working in a research laboratory - this might then inspire you to broaden your job search.

8. Avoid Dwelling on Jobs

If you're applying for jobs and either, not hearing back or getting lots of rejection emails, try not to take it too personally. Companies have hundreds and hundreds of applicants for most roles, so there's always going to be people who feel like they missed out. Try not to dwell on jobs that you didn't get, just pick yourself up and focus on the other great job opportunities that are out there. 

9. Seek Help

If you can feel yourself becoming depressed and frustrated during your job hunt, then it might be time to seek help from others. First and foremost, speak to your GP if your mental health is suffering, they can help talk through your feelings and may even prescribe you something. For help with your job search, you can get in touch with a recruitment company to help speed the process up.

Recruitment companies like HRS are designed to take the pressure of the job hunt out of your hands. We have specialists who dedicate all of their time to placing people in their dream roles. All you need to do is get in touch with us, and we'll help you through the rest. 

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10. Don't Give Up!

The most important thing to remember is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As long as you keep trying and working towards getting your dream job, it will eventually happen. Do your best to stay focused, stay positive and stay motivated.

If you're currently looking for jobs in the science and technology industries, we can help. Take a look at our current vacancies now!

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should I accept a counter offer

Are you having doubts about your current job role? Perhaps you're ready for a new challenge or a new work environment? Making the leap from one job role to another is never an easy decision. After all, no matter how miserable you are in your job - it's comfortable, it's what you know.

Many people spend months and months in a job that's making them unhappy because they're too afraid to take a risk and move on.

Picture the scenario. You've finally decided that enough is enough. You're ready to move on from your current job to try something else. You've been in touch with an expert recruitment company (like HRS) and found the job of your dreams.

It's a great role, the salary is better and it's a step in the right direction for your career. You pluck up the courage to hand in your resignation letter and suddenly you're called into a meeting with the boss. 

The last thing that you ever thought would happen is happening. Your boss is giving you a counter offer in the hope that you'll stick around for a while longer. Suddenly, the job that you were set on leaving is morphing into a more attractive option.

Perhaps your boss has offered you a more interesting position in the company, more money or flexible working hours. The decision to leave was firmly made in your head an hour ago, and now everything is up in the air. What should you do? 

 

Think about your reasons for leaving

As we've already discussed, going through the rigorous job hunting and interview process is no easy feat. What were the motivating factors behind your wanting to leave in the first place? We'd recommend writing your list of reasons out so you can clearly see them in front of you. Now, looking at each offer, decide which job offer is most likely to rectify your reasons for leaving. 

If your main reasons for leaving include:

  • Unpleasant work environment
  • Problems with colleagues
  • No room for career progression

Then it's unlikely that your current employer will be able to persuade you to stay. If your main concerns are financial or personal, then perhaps they can sway you with an offer of more money or more flexible working hours.

Thinking about your reasons for leaving in a diplomatic way will help you decide which option is right for you. 

 

Look at the statistics

We've had lots of experience with candidates who decide to remain in their current jobs, and we know that (more often than not) it just doesn't work out. But don't just take our word for it!

Eclipse Software wrote an article highlighting various statistics to show you exactly what happens when employers make counter offers. Here's a summary of their findings.

  • 80% of candidates who accept counter offers from their employer, leave their jobs within 6 months. 

It doesn't take long for people to realise they made the wrong decision. Their fellow employees might lose respect for them and then they feel pushed out of the company even though they made the choice to stay.

  • 90% of candidates who accept counter offers have left their job within 12 months. 

This shows that if you haven't chosen to leave within the first six months, there's a high chance that you'll end up leaving within the year. The only person who really benefits when you hang around is the employer, who has ample time to find your replacement.  

  • 50% of people who resign are counter offered by their employers. 

That's right, gone are the days when only senior members of staff were worth retaining. Employers can save lots of money if they can convince you to stay for a little while longer, so it's very likely that you'll be given a counter offer at some point in your life. 

  • It can cost >200% of annual salary to replace a senior employee.

So now you can see why counter offers are so common! Most employers would prefer to offer you a salary increase of £5,000, for example, because it will save them thousands of pounds in recruitment, job advertising and lost work. 

  • 50% of candidates that accept counter offers are looking for jobs again in only 60 days!

Even if you decide to take the counter offer, it doesn't mean your desire to leave will disappear. In fact, you'll probably end up more frustrated because you didn't take a leap of faith in the first place. The increased salary and the extra responsibilities lose their sparkle very quickly. Trust us!

  • A mere 38% of employers admitted they'd never made a counter offer before.

It's clear to see from this statistic, just how likely employers are to try and retain you! Just remember that they might be making a counter offer because it benefits them more than it benefits you. That's why it's so important to refer back to your initial reasons for leaving before you make a decision.

  • 57% of employees accept the counter offers that are made.

We honestly thought the number of people who take the initial leap of faith would be much higher. This goes back to our initial point. People like to stay in comfort zone - even though the grass ends up being greener on the other side. 

 

Keep looking for better roles

If you're torn between making do with your current job or accepting a new one, it's possible that neither job roles are right for you.

In our experience, when a candidate gets offered their dream job role, nothing could stop them from taking it - not even a longer lunch hour. Whichever offer you choose to take, remember, it's not too late to keep looking for something better.

Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we specialise in placing superb candidates in life-changing science and technology roles. We understand that the job hunt can be challenging, but our recruiters will help you every step of the way. Contact us now to start your journey towards the job of your dreams.

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Ricky Martin - what to do during the coronavirus pandemic

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means uncertain times ahead for all of us. Many individuals are already seeking new jobs as a result of COVID-19's arrival in the UK, and businesses of all sizes - including recruitment companies - are fighting to stay afloat.

Whether you're a jobseeker, an employer looking for new staff, or a recruiter wondering how to respond to this crisis, we hope that these videos from HRS founder Ricky Martin will help you through this unprecedented period of turbulence.

 

Tips for Jobseekers

Even though we're in uncharted territory right now, you don't have to put the brakes on your job search. In this video, Ricky shares his 3 top tips for maximising your chances of securing a new role.

  • Be patient. The current situation may mean that the recruitment process takes a little longer than usual right now. Just because you haven't heard anything yet doesn't necessarily mean you're out of the running.

  • Be positive. A positive attitude makes a huge difference when you're looking for a new job. It may be difficult to smile right now, given everything that's going on, but rest assured that your positivity will come across in job interviews (even if those interviews are conducted by phone or over the Internet).

  • Be proactive. While you're waiting to hear back from an application, don't rest on your laurels - continue applying for positions, practise answering some common interview questions, and talk to your recruiter to find other ways to keep your job search moving forward.

 

Tips for Hiring New Staff

This is a challenging time for business owners, and now may not seem like the best time to take on new employees. But suspending your recruitment process entirely will have negative consequences in the long term. In this video, Ricky offers his advice for hiring new staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Don't pull the plug. If you cease recruitment now, you will only fall behind the competitors who are still snapping up talented new starters. And that means you'll be at a disadvantage when things start to pick up again.

  • Get creative. You may have to adjust your established recruitment process in order to keep things going right now, but this is a great chance for you to try something different and maybe even find a better way of doing things.

  • Stay positive. Whether you're speaking to potential employees, colleagues in the office, or even your own friends and family members, it's important to maintain a sunny outlook and be a positive ambassador for your company.

 

Tips for Recruiters

If, like us, you work in recruitment, you may be feeling a little bit anxious at the moment. What's the best way to keep things moving right now? What can we do to help our clients - jobseekers and employers alike - to weather this storm? And how can we be ready for when the market recovers?

In this video, Ricky offers his answers to the above questions. It's a must-watch for all recruitment consultants!

The key points for recruiters are:

  • Add value. Keep talking to your clients throughout this crisis and make sure you're offering helpful advice (e.g. helping them transition to video or telephone interviews) and adding value to their experience wherever you can.

  • Remain positive. Nobody asked for this pandemic, but it's important for us recruiters to be positive right now as this will instill confidence in the businesses and the jobseekers who rely on us. We have a great opportunity to make things better for people and to help them through this challenging time - don't shy away from that opportunity!

  • Be prepared. The coronavirus crisis will evenutally pass, and the market will recover. Putting a bit of investment in now will make sure you're in pole position to take advantage of that upswing when it does arrive.

 

Tips for Conducting Remote Interviews

With the UK government currently telling us to stay at home, many businesses are now using phone calls and video conferencing software to interview new talent.

If you're new to remote interviews, the prospect may seem a little bit daunting, but don't worry - help is at hand. Here are Ricky Martin's tips for telephone interviews:

And if you're preparing for a video interview, here is Ricky's advice for you:

 

Working from Home

Another big side effect of this coronavirus outbreak is that lots of workers are now working at home instead of going to the office every day. In this video, Ricky shares his advice for staying productive while working from home:

Looking for more home working tips? Be sure to read our recent blog post How to Work from Home: 10 Tips to Keep You Productive.

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Recruitment

Anyone that's ever been on the job-seeking end of the recruitment process will know that finding a job is no easy feat. Worse still, finding a job role that suits your skills, personality and situation can be even harder.

However, what many people often overlook is that the same can be said on the other end of the scale when it comes to employers. Finding a candidate that suits the role, the team and the location can be just as difficult.

As such, the recruitment process can be a vital endeavour that not only affects the quality of candidates that apply, but also the quality of the person you ultimately employ - which is why many employers have turned to recruitment agencies to help them get it right first time.

 

Why Hire a Recruitment Agency?

While on the surface, the question of "why hire a recruitment agency?" seems fairly straightforward and obvious, there are many benefits of hiring a recruitment agency past simply filling a vacant position.

If you're a recruiter on the fence of whether or not to take the process externally, read on for a few of the biggest advantages of using recruitment agencies:

 

Turnaround, Bright Eyes!

Perhaps the number one reason that recruiters turn to agencies in their quest for applicants is quite simply this - turnaround.

For many recruiters nationwide, Rocky Balboa's legendary trainer, Mickey Goldmill, said it best: "speed's what we need; we need greasy, fast speed!"

While the actual level of grease may differ depending on the position you're advertising, recruiters' eagerness to fill a vacancy with haste is a common theme.

With a sole focus on finding relevant candidates for your role, recruitment agencies can provide just that.

 

You Pay for Quality

Another reason recruiters will habitually turn to recruitment agencies in their search for role fulfilment is the quality of the candidates.

Most recruitment agencies have access to hundreds of job seekers and, in some instances, thousands of potential candidates on their system. Many agencies - like HRS - will also focus their efforts in a specific job sector or industry, further honing the search criteria.

With a wider pool of talent at their disposal and often with a focussed area of interest, this can result in fitting, enthusiastic candidates with relevant expertise to match, as opposed to partially qualified job seekers that are simply just available at the time.

After all, love gurus the world over will tell you there's a massive difference between Mr/Mrs Right and Mr/Mrs Right Now. The same principle can be applied to recruitment.

 

No Retention Headaches

A good recruitment agency will offer you a safety net if you acquire an employee through their efforts.

This is often done via a guarantee, providing the employer with a set period of time where they are covered should something go awry with the candidate.

Typically, this allows the employer to get a replacement candidate for no additional cost if the original employee quits or is fired.

Think of it as returning faulty goods: if you're not happy with what you bought or the item hasn't worked as it should, the guarantee allows you to change it for a suitable replacement.

 

No Time Wasters

The recruitment process can be an arduous slog for employers. From penning the job description and advertising the position to CV sifting and multiple interviews, it's a long way from A to Z requiring many man-hours and resources.

Recruitment agencies do the leg work for you, leaving you to focus on the important things, namely running your business and daily operation.

What's more, a good recruitment agency will pre-screen all candidates to weed out the weak links. Candidate screening helps to ensure that you're left with only the best of the best and those who are genuinely interested/qualified for the role.

 

Perception is Reality

Another bonus of using a recruitment agency to hire staff for your business is that it presents your company in a positive light, providing a professional appearance and conveying your brand as a big deal.

If your company is relatively small and doesn't have the resources to advertise effectively, reach the desired talent pool or present the information in a favourable manner, hiring a recruitment agency to do so can right those wrongs instantly.

A structured ad from a recruitment agency placed on a professional job board in front of suitable eyes will reflect far more positively on your company than a bundled, self-made listing in the local classified ads.

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