HRS IRP Award

The IRP (Institute of Recruitment Professionals) Awards took place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London last week. Hosted by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the IRP Awards are the most prestigious in the recruitment industry, so we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions were thrilled to be shortlisted for no fewer than 4 awards:

  • Best Newcomer (Sariat Adeniji)
  • Best Temp Consultant (Georgia Smith)
  • Best CSR Practitioner
  • Best Company to Work for (Up to 50 Employees)

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the annual IRP Awards, and it was the most competitive Awards yet, with more applications than ever and a panel of industry experts - led by Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation - judging each category.

Imagine how elated we were, then, when we learned that Hyper Recruitment Solutions had won the Best Company to Work for (Up to 50 Employees) award!

Additionally, HRS were 'Highly Commended' in the Best Newcomer category, and we were also recognised for our social engagement in the run-up to the event - we even won 'Selfie of the Year', an extra bit of fun from the IRP that recognised the more light-hearted side of our industry. (The winning selfie is available to view on request!)

Ricky Martin, Managing Director of Hyper Recruitment Solutions, said of our success at this year's Awards:

"Winning an IRP award is the highest accolade a company can get in the recruitment industry. I couldn't be happier with this achievement, nor prouder of the team.

"The past 12 months have been transformative for the business - we have invested more than ever in processes, people, and in turn our performance. All of this happened while we maintained our focus on providing a service that changes lives, which is why I call the team life-changers every day!

"For the industry to recognise this via the awards was beyond my expectations and something I will talk about for a long time."


About the Event

The IRP Awards event was a great chance to recognise excellence in the recruitment sector and spend an evening amongst some of the best and brightest the UK has to offer. If you work within the recruitment industry and you've never attended or entered the Awards before, we would certainly recommend it - not only is it a great opportunity to showcase your talent, it's also a fantastic chance to upskill yourself in the marketplace.

For other companies who might be looking to work with a recruitment agency, an IRP award is a sure sign that the company in question is built on ethics, morals and professionalism. You can rest assured that they will look after your talent and represent your business in the best possible way.

The HRS team had a fabulous time at the 2018 IRP Awards, and we feel truly honoured to have been among the winners on the night. We would like to pass on our congratulations to all of the other winners and shortlisted companies / individuals - to be acknowledged by the recruitment industry heavyweights on this year's judging panel is an achievement to be very proud of!

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Would you like to join our award-winning, life-changing team? Visit the HRS Careers page now to hear what our life changers (recruiters) say about us and to apply for one of our open roles.

Work Experience

What do you need in order to land your dream job? One word: experience.

Recent studies show that two thirds of employers seek graduates with relevant work experience, as this better prepares them for working life and helps to develop their general business acumen. Additionally, one third of employers reportedly feel that job applicants do not possess enough knowledge about their chosen career.

But developing your business skills and career knowledge isn't the only reason why work experience is important. There are several other advantages the you can gain from getting a taste of working life before seeking a permanent role.

Why work experience is important:

  1. Exploring your options - If, like many people, you are not yet sure what career path you'd like to take, work experience provides a great opportunity for you to see what it's like to work within a certain industry. This can be a deciding factor in the role you eventually choose for yourself.

  2. Displaying your enthusiasm - If you already know what career you'd like to pursue, gaining work experience within your chosen field will demonstrate your passion and interest to potential employers when you send them your CV. Employers like to hire individuals who want to work for them because they're genuinely interested in the role, not just because they need the money. Gaining work experience in your preferred industry will show a high level of commitment, which can increase your chance of future success.

  3. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses - Work experience can be a great teacher. While working within a real-life work setting, you'll have the opportunity to assess your abilities more clearly. Skills that you developed in school and university can be put into practice; you'll also be able to learn what skills you do not possess, and perhaps begin working to develop them.

  4. Networking - Work experience will give you many options to network. You'll get to know a number of potentially useful contacts, and they'll get to find out what you have to offer. Even at this early stage of your career, networking can provide benefits that will last throughout your working life.

  5. Discovering opportunities - Frequently, employers who take on individuals for work experience end up offering those individuals permanent positions within the same organisation. Neither employer nor worker can really know how well the candidate is going to perform prior to the beginning of the placement, but after some time, the employer may realise that the worker can bring lasting benefits to the company. This is particularly common among undergraduate students whose courses include a placement year; once the placement is finished and the student has gained a considerable amount of knowledge, their employer will often offer a full-time role for after graduation.

As you can see, work experience comes with a number of important benefits, all of which can help you to secure your dream job.

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Earlier this month, we held our annual networking event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London. You can read all about it here - the evening's discussion primarily focused on the quality and regulatory challenges that UK pharma/biotech companies will need to consider after Brexit.

We are proud to say that this event was extremely well received. As we mentioned previously, 97% of attendees rated the evening as either 'excellent' or 'very good', and our guest speakers all enjoyed a warm reception on the night.

John Johnson

Among those speakers was John Johnson (pictured above). John is the Vice President of Pharma Biotech at NSF, the public health and safety organisation. Here's what he had to say afterwards:

"It was fantastic to meet so many new and existing clients at Ricky Martin's HRS Networking Event. Knowing Ricky for many years, I knew that it would be a lively and informative event; and so it proved!

"We realise that many of the norms have changed and will change again. NSF are in step with these trends and are here to help organisations evolve and flourish, despite the pulling and pushing forces that lie ahead."

NSF had a stand at our event where attendees were asked for their responses to two key questions:

  • What GMP deficiencies are causing you the most anxiety?
  • What are the most likely root causes of these deficiencies?
Download this PDF to view the most popular answers to these questions, along with John Johnson's full statement on our networking event and current challenges to the UK pharmaceutical industry.

HRS will be organising more science events in the near future - If you would like to be considered as a guest speaker, or if you would like to suggest a topic of interest, please contact events@hyperec.com.

HRS: Who Are We?

HRS Founder Ricky Martin

On the 11th October 2018, we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions held our annual networking event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London. We brought together 120 of our associates from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors to discuss the changes we can expect to see in quality and regulatory systems following Brexit.

On arrival, guests were given the chance to network and get to know each other. HRS founder Ricky Martin then addressed the room, welcoming the guests and outlining the purpose of the event: to acknowledge, predict and discuss changes that professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries can expect before and after the UK's exit from the European Union next year.

Our host for the evening was media entrepreneur Mike Soutar, who interviewed Ricky when he was a contestant on The Apprentice - Mike did a great job of warming up the crowd with his recollections of this experience!

Our other speakers on the night were:

  • Toby Underwood (RSC Accreditation and Careers Manager)
  • John Johnson (VP of NSF Health Sciences)
  • Bob Clay (2017 TOPRA President & Managing Director of Highbury Regulatory Science)

The keynote speeches from John Johnston and Bob Clay were followed by a Q&A, during which John, Bob and Ricky took questions from attendees.

HRS Networking Event

Key Takeaways from the Event

  • After initial discussion about the uncertainty that Brexit has brought to the sector, the room agreed that the pharma / biotech industries make life-saving medicines, and that this must and will continue. Ensuring this will require agility in our processes and positivity in our mindset.

  • Despite changes in the EMA, the UK will remain a hub for pharma / biotech talent and this should be celebrated. We cannot be so negative as to put people off the sector.

  • To support the future of the sector, we will all need to do more within our own 'outreach' programmes to inspire the next wave of STEM talent to join the sector (via schools, colleges, universities, etc).

  • Companies that are being more proactive and open to change from a quality / regulatory perspective will be in a better position post-March 2019.

As you'd expect from such an illustrious industry event, attendees had plenty of time to network at the beginning and end of the evening, and when we took a survey of those who were there, the responses were very positive indeed:

  • 97% of attendees rated the event as either 'excellent' or 'very good' overall

  • 90% of attendees rated the speakers as either 'excellent' or 'very good'

  • 90% of attendees said they would be 'extremely likely' to attend a similar HRS networking event in the future

Ricky ended the event with a positive message about everybody taking responsibility for acting as brand ambassadors for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. We must ensure that we continue to seek opportunities off the back of Brexit (as opposed to being consumed by the negatives), and remember that the sector saves lives and will continue to do so.

HRS will be running more science events in the near future to help improve knowledge and stimulate debate in areas of real interest. If you would like to be considered to speak at such an event, or if you would like to suggest a topic of interest, please contact events@hyperec.com so that we can continue to deliver relevant, useful support in a sales-free environment.

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Finding a job while pregnant

Trying to find a job while you're expecting a baby can make what is already a fairly stressful time very trying indeed. However, there's no reason why you can't secure a new role during this exciting period of your life - here's some expert advice that we hope will make the job-hunting process as easy possible:

Do I have to disclose that I'm pregnant?

Potential employers are not allowed to ask whether you're planning to have a baby when deciding whether or not to hire you (and if you choose to inform them of your pregnancy, this cannot affect their final decision). According to UK law, you must be given the same consideration as a candidate who is not pregnant.

What should I look for in a new job?

You need to carefully consider how your situation is going to change over the course of your pregnancy and beyond. Important logistical questions include:

  • How flexible are the hours?
  • How will you get to work, and how long will the journey take?
  • Will you need childcare after the baby arrives, and will it be available near your place of work?
If at all possible, you don't want your new job to add too much extra stress to your life at this busy time.

Will I be entitled to parental leave?

Yes - if you are giving birth, you are legally entitled to 26 weeks of statutory leave, regardless of how long you've been in your job or how much you get paid. Whether your employer offers any further maternity leave after this will depend on the company's own policies.

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