Recent reports suggest that almost half (42%) of workers in the UK are "staying in roles they are unhappy in because self-doubt stops them from applying for their dream job" (London Evening Standard).

If you're thinking about changing jobs, then keep reading - we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions have put together this helpful guide to help you decide whether it's the right time to move. We'll highlight some of the things you'll want to think about before changing jobs, and offer some tips to help you with your search for a new role.

Should I Change Jobs?

If any of the following apply to you, it might be time to think about changing jobs:

  • You are bored at work. If you find yourself constantly watching the clock while at work, it might be time to ask your supervisor for more responsibility or a more varied set of tasks to take on. If your current role is unable to challenge you, it might be time to go elsewhere. Boredom is a sign that you're not working to your full potential.

  • The company's culture has changed. Sometimes, a change in your working environment can make you feel uncomfortable. Perhaps you have a new supervisor who takes a different approach to management, or perhaps there are ethical issues within the company that have only recently surfaced. Whatever the problem is, if the culture of your workplace doesn't suit you, it can be very difficult to feel motivated or happy at work and this can be reason enough to leave.

  • Your career path looks limited. Can you see yourself progressing in the company? If the answer is no, it might be time to seek out a new challenge. Staying in a dead-end job can, of course, be a comfortable option, but it's not especially rewarding. Most people can expect to progress in both position and pay the longer they with a particular employer. If that doesn't appear to be the case in your current occupation, it's probably time to look elsewhere.

  • You are constantly tired and/or stressed. Stress and fatigue can eventually cause you serious damage both physically and mentally. It's important to feel like you can achieve what is expected of you during the working day without undue stress or physical exertion. If you are struggling to cope with the demands of your current role, it might be worth reducing your hours or looking for a less demanding position.

  • You're good at your job, but you don't like it. You might be successful, but are you happy? Job satisfaction is just as important as job success - maybe you've spent a long time working to achieve your current position, but is it really worth staying if you despise coming in for work each day? Work takes up a huge portion of our adult lives, so if you feel unhappy with what you are currently doing, it might be worth taking a risk and trying something else that you really enjoy. It's never too late to make a change!

Before giving your notice, consider the following:

  • Lots of short-term roles look bad on a CV. Employers might not take you seriously if your CV has a string of short-term employments on it, especially if you're now applying for a more senior role with lots of responsibilities. Consider looking for ways to improve your current situation rather than jumping ship within a few months of arriving.

  • It's important to consider how other jobs compare to your current role. If you're thinking about changing jobs, you may well be struggling to see the positives of your present situation. However, there is always a possibility that your new job will be worse than your current job - spend some time writing a list of pros and cons before handing in your notice, and this will help you to evaluate whether you really dislike your job as much as you think you do.

  • Don't leave because of one bad day. If you're having a hard time at work right now, quitting ASAP may seem like the only way out. But if you leave because of one bad day or an unusually stressful week, you may find yourself regretting it in the future. Things can change rapidly, so try to view leaving as a last resort if possible.

Tips for finding a great new job:

  • Look for roles that spark your interest and offer a challenge. You'll want to avoid moving into a position that is every bit as boring and unchallenging as your current role. During job interviews, ask about opportunities for training and progression within the company - not only will this help you to choose a job with real possibilities, it will also show the interviewer that you are ambitious, highly motivated, and prepared to really push yourself.

  • Don't be scared to take a risk - it might pay off! As we mentioned at the top of this article, many people stay in jobs they hate because of simple self-doubt. Making such a drastic change to your life can be extremely daunting, but it can also be endlessly rewarding. Don't let yourself be paralysed by fear!

  • Stay positive! If you start looking for a new job with a negative attitude, you are far less likely to succeed in your search. Deciding to start a new chapter of your life should be an exciting experience, and starting with a positive outlook should make the whole process much easier.
If you're ready to look for a new job, take a look at Hyper Recruitment Solutions' science job listings - we have hundreds of vacancies in the science and technology sectors, and we can help to ensure that your transition into your new job is enjoyable and stress-free.

Lord Sugar's business partner becomes first winner of The Apprentice to reach £1m profit

Ricky Martin with his business partner Lord Sugar

  • Former winner of The Apprentice and CEO of Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) Ricky Martin leads company to a pre-tax profit of over £1m

  • HRS set to turn over £10m in the 2018 calendar year

  • Projected turnover for the next HRS financial year (July 2018 - June 2019) is £14m

Crowned winner of The Apprentice in 2012, and following the investment from Lord Sugar, Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) was founded focusing on mid-level and senior recruitment in STEM industries globally; and today announces huge success, reaching the £1m profit mark.

HRS turned over a staggering £8m in the 12 months up to June 2018, achieving a 106% growth on profit and a 90% growth on turnover. Following on from the previous year’s 34% growth on profit and 59% on turnover. In the past 12 months alone, HRS has broken all company records on both sales and profit whilst managing to restructure and expand.

With two new locations in Manchester and Edinburgh alongside the founding company site based in Essex, the successful business now boasts 50 employees across the business. The company’s rapid expansion has resulted in a newly formed internal training academy together with focus on recruitment development, showcasing employee retention and return on investment in the first 12 months, snowballing from 30% to 80%. The expansion of staff by 50% has proved to be HRS’s most expensive, yet most successful year to date.

With continued success in mind, HRS have big plans for the next two years, looking to continue growth as the leading recruitment partner for science industries across the UK as well as a plan to focus on developing the businesses presence and offering across Europe.

Ricky Martin, CEO of Hyper Recruitment Solutions, says: “I couldn’t be prouder of the whole team at HRS who have got us to where we are today. To have grown from a company of just one back in 2012 to a business with 50 staff across 3 major UK cities, that makes a difference to so many people, is remarkable.”

Lord Sugar commented: “Investing in Ricky was a no-brainer, his understanding of the recruitment industry combined with his passion for business has resulted in the success Hyper Recruitment Solutions sees today. Being the first Apprentice winner to hit the £1m pre-tax profit mark is just the start, I know the future is bright for HRS going forward.”

HRS further plan to reinvest the business profit into talent at the business, growing their specialist workforce and continuing to provide the training and development needed to maintain their standards of employing the most professional and ethical recruiters in the industry.

Mr Martin added: “Money has always been secondary to changing lives in my eyes, however to do so and become the first winner of The Apprentice to break the £1m profit milestone in a single company year, is a huge success and I couldn’t be more thrilled!”

Making strides in the recruitment world, HRS ensures they give back to communities proving they’re not solely in it for profit. The business currently partners with charities Jeans for Genes, Alzheimer’s Society and Apps 4 Good which all make a difference to the sectors they recruit for, namely science, technology and engineering.

Mr Martin continued: “The reason Lord Sugar invested in to my business idea is because I was not just a recruiter. I was somebody who wanted to support talent in a specialist sector, which makes a real difference. It’s this passion for doing the right thing that has seen HRS go from strength to strength; and is why our financials have followed suit!”

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What Can Job Interviewers Ask?

The questions you're asked during a job interview should mostly focus on your experience and qualifications. It also gives you and your prospective employer a chance to get to know one another.

What a job interview shouldn't be is an opportunity for the interviewer to ask lots of probing personal questions. In most cases, it's illegal for employers to make hiring decisions based on protected characteristics such as age, race, sexuality, and so on. By extension, it's usually not appropriate to ask about these things in an interview setting.

Sadly, just because it's not allowed doesn't mean that people don't do it. Hyper Recruitment Solutions conducted a survey of 1,000 hiring managers and 1,000 jobseekers, and a stunning 85% of interviewers admitted to asking inappropriate questions in job interviews.

Here's a closer look at some of the subjects that should remain off-limits for interviewers...


Age

Example: What year were you born?

Interviewers are not allowed to ask you your age or date of birth. You also don't have to include this information on your CV if you don't wish to.

55% of the interviewers we surveyed admitted to asking candidates when they were born. 60% stated that they considered this an 'acceptable' question.


Children & Pregnancy

Example: Have you got any plans to start a family?

It's illegal to make hiring decisions based on whether or not the candidate has children and/or plans to have a child in the future. Paid maternity/paternity leave is a right, and employers can't exclude candidates who wish to become parents just because they don't want to grant it. Already being a parent should not be a barrier to getting a job either.

That being said, our survey found that 40% of employers think it's acceptable to ask if a candidate is planning on taking maternity/paternity leave, while 54% find it acceptable to ask whether the candidate has any children already.


Gender & Sexuality

Example: Are you a man or a woman?

Your sexual orientation and gender identity are personal matters that should not have any bearing on your ability to do your job.

In most cases, it is illegal for employers to ask about your sex or your sexuality (although exceptions may be made for positive action schemes, e.g. an initiative to hire more LGBT workers).


Health & Disabilities

Example: Are you physically fit and healthy?

In our survey, 53% of hiring managers admitted to asking the question above. But it's illegal to ask questions about a candidate's health before offering them a job.

Employers in certain industries may require workers to pass a physical exam before starting work. Crucially, though, this should not be part of the recruitment/hiring process - any necessary health checks can only take place once the candidate has been offered the job.


Marital Status & Relationships

Example: Are you in a relationship?

As with gender and sexuality, one's marital status generally has no bearing at all on their suitability for a job. And yet 51% of interviewers we surveyed admitted to asking candidates whether they're married / in a relationship!


Religion

Example: Will you need time off for religious holidays?

It's unlawful to discriminate against someone based on their religious beliefs, so questions about faith should be off-limits at all times during job interviews.

Unfortunately, our survey indicated that just 18% of hiring managers understand that it's illegal to ask questions like 'Will you need time off for religious holidays?' 39% said it was inappropriate, but not illegal, while 43% felt that this question was acceptable.


Where You're From

Example: Where were you born?

Questions like 'Where were you born?' and 'Where's that accent from?' may seem innocuous enough, but again, they're not appropriate for an interview environment. Sadly, a large number of interviewers think these questions are acceptable - for instance, 47% of those surveyed stated that it's acceptable to ask the origin of a candidate's accent.


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Research Scientist

A research scientist is someone who plans and conducts experiments in almost any area of science, from pharmacology to meteorology. In this blog post, we will look at some of the main responsibilities of research scientists and the types of organisation they work for.

What does a working day in the life of a research scientist look like?

As a research scientist, you will spend most of your working life in a laboratory. Depending on your role and the industry you're in, you could be doing all kinds of different things, including:

  • Designing and carrying out experiments
  • Collecting samples
  • Recording, analysing and presenting data
  • Drafting research reports that discuss the methods and findings of your research
  • Supervising or training junior members of staff / technicians
  • Researching and staying up to date with scientific developments in your field

While this list is not exhaustive, it does give you a flavour of just how varied a research scientist's job can be. Having said that, research scientists generally spend several years on a single project - but while this may sound tedious, the quest for an answer can actually be very rewarding.

Who employs research scientists?

Research scientists are needed across virtually all scientific disciplines, and accordingly, it's possible to find work in all kinds of different sectors. Examples include:

  • Universities
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Environmental agencies
  • Food and drink manufacturers
  • Government bodies

Are you looking for a job as a research scientist? Use the link below to browse the latest vacancies from Hyper Recruitment Solutions!

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Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we know just how frustrating it can be when job applicants don’t get the basics right - after all, there's so much advice out there to help you get it right! But that advice can often be contradictory, and the job market is made up of so many different roles and sectors that it's sometimes hard to know which rules apply across the board.

That's where our survey comes in. Each response from an employer or hiring manager gives us a better idea of what applicants can do better - so don’t miss the chance to have your say on what really matters to you during the recruitment process. It takes just 2-3 minutes, and it really makes a difference!

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This survey covers virtually every aspect of the job application process, from CV length to providing suitable references. We hope that, by collecting solid feedback on these topics from real-life employers, our survey will be a real help to job seekers who aren't quite sure where to start.

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