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As of July 2013 I will be writing a monthly column to discuss current topics of interests relating to the recruitment industry and this month, the topic is about The reality of setting up a recruitment consultancy. In short many people assume that setting up a business is a clear cut process, however in reality this is not the case. My first article will give you a quick snap shot as to why even though having worked for six years in recruitment, setting up my own consultancy was an entirely different experience. Configuring my PC and setting up my desk alone in an office on my first day was just some of the many realities I had to face.

The topic for next month will be Recruitment Excellence. I am happy to use this use this column to respond to questions from readers and share my opinions on topics which I also feel strongly about. So if you have a burning question to ask me on recruitment please do get in touch. Even if you don't have a question but have some thoughts on changes in the industry, then feel free to share them with me! I may comment on them in one of my future articles! Questions should be sent to therecruiter@hyperec.com

The website contains all the content from the magazine and can be searched free of charge. Find out more about my personal experiences of setting up a recruitment company below. 

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Dr Leah Totton wins the 9th series of The Apprentice and receives a cash injection of £250,000 for a 50:50 business alongside Lord Alan Sugar.

We’ve all been glued to the TV for 12 weeks now and last night the winner of The Apprentice 2013 was announced as Dr Leah Totton. I know a lot of people will say this (as they did with me) but I had my eye on her since the very first week! I am sure you will ask why - well read on.

I had my eye on Dr Totton as when the candidate profiles went to press the week prior to TV I was intrigued to see a fellow scientist enter the grueling business process. I knew how tough it was for me so I wanted to see how well Leah would perform and being a Medical Doctor I was even more fascinated to find out. Curiosity to one side, like most offices up and down the country we ran an office sweepstake here at HRS and I had picked Leah as my candidate to back.

So you can imagine how delighted I was when I was sat in the studios of You're Hired to find out Leah had been crowned as the winner. Leah was an exceptional candidate throughout the process and a well deserved winner in my opinion. Somebody I am happy to step down as the winner of the 2012 show and pass the prestigious baton over to.

You could not make this up - an Apprentice Winner picks at random the next Apprentice Winner!

I am really looking forward to seeing another Scientist embarking on a career in the commercial sector. Dr Leah plans to offer a variety of skin treatments at a chain of her own clinics and hopes to raise the standards of the beauty industry with her medical credentials. I appreciate her aspirations, as similarly I hope that through my own ambitions I can make a change to the landscape of science recruitment and make a positive difference to the industry.

 

So what advice can I give to Leah? And what advice can I give to anybody else thinking about setting up their own company?

 

1. Business Planning

Do you have an idea for a business and think there is a market for it? Have you invented a product you think people will want to buy? When starting a business, this is only the start of things you will need to consider. So what advice can I offer?

It’s really important to research your market and identify potential customers. Why not talk to them and find out if there is a need for your idea? Developing and planning your product or service with real people is very important. These people may well be your future customer base, so keep doing this until you are sure there is a demand for it. It’s also very important to find partners and suppliers you think you could work with to develop and sell your idea. Setting up your business doesn’t happen over night, it can be a lengthy process. So make sure you consider and understand which legal structure is right for you. Finally, the big one – get funding! There are many different sources of business finance, from bank loans to government-backed schemes. Going on The Apprentice is not an option for everyone, so make sure you explore your options and do your research! 

And write a business plan! If you are somebody who comes up with ideas every day - then put it in to a detailed business plan focusing on key areas including the important who, what, where, why and how (think about risks, costs, financial projections, who will help you to get there etc). You will be surprised when you start writing it all down how much you realise you don't know, need to know and also how realistic what you want to do actually is. Don't think about asking for investment without a well thought about business plan or you may have a character like Claude Littner coming down on you like a ton of bricks (deservedly).

 

2. Building the business

I speak from experience when I say building and establishing a new business is not an easy task; it takes great deal of commitment, drive and dedication, to not only survive but to stand out in a very competitive market place. Are you prepared to spend most hours of every day, and pretty much every day of the week to make your business plan become a reality? In the past 12 months I have had to make sacrifices all of which I would do again in a heart beat if I went back in time. This includes ending my wrestling career which I did part time as a hobby but it was a logical and reasonable sacrifice to make. My advice is be prepared to make sacrifices as if you are not committed to putting every ounce of your heart and soul in to the company then it may fail to launch. If my first year of HRS went exactly as my business plan said I would be laughing right now. The truth is hiccups will happen on the way, but it is how you deal with them that counts. I don't look at things as problems, I see them as challenges. Something which excites as I want to overcome it.

3. Advice to Leah

Do not change the person that you are. From watching Leah on The Apprentice she came across as a very methodical, dedicated and ultra passionate professional - all the things which I know will make her new business a success. Some people may have commented to say she came across as cold at times (I never said this for the record) - but trust me if I need to see a Doctor I would rather them come across as being some what clinical in their manner then like Louie Spence!

When working with your new business partner continue to be articulate, focused and passionate about raising the standards in your industry. Lord Sugar invests in people who care, commit and people who want to make it happen. Lord Sugar has an excellent eye for detail, can identify risks quicker then I have ever seen and will speak open and honestly about current topics and the journey ahead. This for me is refreshing and makes our company Hyper Recruitment Solutions fast paced and is a key reason why we are expanding quicker then we first excepted.

You may be knowledgeable about your sector as I am with mine (science recruitment) but trust me there is no such thing as trying to pull the wool over your business partner's eyes. Lord Sugar is the real deal and deserves the respect he has spent his entire career building up. I am happy to justify saying this as working with him over the last year I cannot believe how much he knows about my sector after never working directly in the services industry. An open and honest relationship will build a successful business.

In Summary:

I am living proof that if you set out to achieve your ambitions, with hard work, commitment and long hours, they really can become a reality. So my advice to anyone who is thinking about setting up a new business, is to follow your passions, my advice above, and you will no doubt reach your goal. With this said there are still many more long days of hard work ahead for us before we make Hyper Recruitment Solutions the successful business that all of us in the company aim for it to become one day. I have loved every minute of the first year of my company.

I can honestly say, after hearing the words “You’re hired” your life changes! I wish Leah the very best of luck with her new company and its development. And I am here for you when you need to recruit for your future workforce ;)

 

Judging alongside Subash Thakrar (Chairman of London Chamber of Commerce & Industry Partner, for the National Student Apprentice Grand Final 2013.

The National Student Apprentice is a national competition that brings together students from over 20 universities for a practical opportunity to showcase their professional skills and entrepreneurial ability in a real business environment in front of a wide range of professionals, academics and top entrepreneurs.

Over the last three months, six Regional Apprentice Competitions were executed around the UK with over 500 university students competing to win their region in a bid to make it through to the Grand Final. The hopeful candidates participated in a fantastic programme of events including exciting Apprentice-Style Challenges and practical tasks.

In the Grand Final event last week, six teams battled it out in a Lord Sugar boardroom style pitch, using their personality, wit and charm in an attempt to win over the judges. I can honestly say, I know what that feels like! The event was a huge success and provided students with an incredible unique opportunity to present their ideas and network with top students around the UK, renowned entrepreneurial figures, key corporates, university professors, industry professionals and national media. I was very impressed with the level of candidates in this competition. All the contestants showcased their creativity, entrepreneurial skills, and determination very professionally making it very difficult for the judges to select the winning team.

The National Student Apprentice is a great chance for students to get out of their comfort zone, be inspired and learn new skills. I would certainly recommend students take full advantages of opportunities like these the experience alone can be invaluable. This competition indeed reminded me of my own experience on the apprentice!

Taking part in The Apprentice in 2012, was a life changing opportunity for me and I can hardly believe it’s almost been a year since I won the competition and gained an investment from Lord Sugar to set up my consultancy, Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS). Find out how we are celebrating our one year anniversary here...

It has taken a great deal of hard work, dedication and commitment to establish the company. We are currently expanding our company to suit the areas of science, technology and engineering and continue to place a significant number of professionals into new career roles.

I offer my congratulations to the winners once again, and wish all those that took part in the competition, all the best for the future.


To find out more about The National Student Apprentice please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/NationalStudentApprentice

 

We now have our very own YouTube Channel to keep you up-to-date with the latest news - not just from within our company but the science and technology markets. What’s more, this site will provide useful videos to help you successfully secure a new job within these fields. These videos will include, working with recruitment agencies, how to write a CV, preparing for a job interview and much more, so watch this space!

Take a look at our first video which is all about our company and feel free to like it!

If you're searching for science jobs, or simply looking for a recruitment company that can help you in finding a job in the science industry, then you've come to the right place. Hyper Recruitment Solutions has a wealth of recruitment expertise as well as compliance and commercial awareness, particularly in relation to science jobs and jobs in the technology sector. So if you're considering your career options, or just thinking about the future, why not take a look our YouTube site and find out how we can help you!

Watch out for more videos, including an introduction to the HRS team…

 

 

HRS would like to thank Kevin Cook from VideoArtisan for producing the video.  

 

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying it - social media is everywhere! With Facebook boasting over 1.11 billion users and Twitter over 500 million, there’s no doubt about it, social media is certainly very powerful!

So why use it? Well firstly, because it’s free! Whether or not it will remain free in the long term is uncertain, but for the immediate future it is so, if you are a start up company or small growing business it’s definitely worth capitalising on this. Promoting your company’s new products and special offers through traditional means such as newspapers, television or billboards ads can be expensive. So the world of social media is the perfect place for advertising your business to thousands of customers without paying a penny!

It’s a well known fact, that word of mouth is the most effective way of promoting your business and products, but social media take can it one step further... With so many people in one place, positive feedback can be instant and easily shared amongst thousands of people at the touch of a button! Of course this also stands for negative feedback so it’s worth bearing this in mind to!

Don’t forget, it’s also worth taking into considering that your social media strategy must be more than just a sales pitch if you are to fully engage with potential customers. No one enjoys talking to an automated answering machine and the same applies in the social media world. There’s nothing worse than having an inactive account that doesn’t interact with customers! Therefore, if used skilfully, social media can provide an opportunity for your company to directly engage with your customers on a more informal and personal level. For example, why stop at simply informing them about your new products, why not encourage your customers to tweet pictures of themselves actually using it! Social media is a great way to think and be different from your competitors. Instead of just trying to get customers through the door, taking money and forgetting they ever existed, why not continue the conversation?

Final thoughts, have you ever wondered what will happen to this new online generation in the coming years? Yes, you’ve guess it, your customer base! So, even if you’re new to the social media world, it’s becoming essential that you have an online presence and embrace this new technology! 

Why not take a look at the HRS social media accounts and see how we interacting and engaging with our audiences. What are we talking about? Are we connecting with you?

Did you know we update and post jobs on a daily basis? These are all visible across all our social media networks.

 

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