Have you ever wondered what it's like to work at Hyper Recruitment Solutions? Well, we got the inside scoop from one of our life changers to show you exactly what a typical day in her life looks like!

Meet Georgia (Our Consultant of the Year 2019)!

Georgia is a Recruitment Consultant at Hyper Recruitment Solutions and was awarded the consultant of the year title last year (well done Georgia!). We caught up with Georgia to find out what a typical day at work looks like...

One of my main roles as a life changer at HRS is to manage the recruitment process and communicate with candidates from start to finish, so my day typically begins with some important phone calls and emails.

I might be scheduling interviews for one candidate, helping another candidate prepare for an upcoming interview, and giving feedback from a hiring manager to another. Communicating with my candidates regularly helps me to maintain knowledgable and make sure that they find the perfect job!

When I'm not speaking to candidates, you might find me catching up with hiring managers and business leaders. Staying in touch with them (even when they're not actively hiring for a role) helps me keep ahead of the market. My clients often let me know whenever a new role opens up so we can start assisting them in the hiring process right away.

A lot of my clients work in really interesting and technical industries including; biotechnology, engineering, cell & gene therapy and more! I love getting the inside scoop on the up and coming positions for our candidates. 

My role isn't all office based - in fact, I spend a lot of time out and about attending meetings with clients. This is a really great way for me to better understand their business needs and gives me a chance to learn all about the roles they're offering.

I often leave client meetings feeling like a subject expert in their field, which is really important when it comes to finding the right person for the company. Alongside meeting clients, I also regularly meet with potential candidates to better understand their job expectations and to really humanise the recruitment process. 

I love my job because it combines my own scientific knowledge with my drive to better people's lives - helping me place people in their dream jobs time and time again! 

Take a Look Around the HRS Workspace

Walking around the gorgeous contemporary HRS office gives you a real sense of why our life-changers love doing what they do! We've set them up with a vibrant, contemporary space that allows them to work to their best ability at all times. Our life-changers are able to socialise and relax when they're not busy working with candidates and hiring managers to make employment dreams come true! 

We asked one of our Senior Recruitment Consultants, Chris, what he thinks of the new offices: "When you come into work here at HRS, the first thing that hits you is energy! The space is bright, exciting, everything looks so inviting and you just want to get to work to make a difference."

The new offices are fitted with all kinds of fun and interactive spaces to bring the place to life. Here are a few photos to give you a better idea of the finished look:

A football table - perfect for a bit of friendly competition between our recruiters!

The office is adorned with inspirational artwork, reminding our life-changers why they're here!

Would you like to get involved with the work we do here at HRS? We are currently looking for new recruiters to join our HRS teams up and down the country. You can see the roles we currently have on offer by clicking the button below. 

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Unemployed

When it comes to knowing what to do when you lose your job, UK workers can commonly find themselves at a bit of a loss.

The shock of losing your primary stream of income can upset the proverbial apple cart significantly, leaving you with quite the pulpy mess to clean up in the aftermath.

If you've been unfortunate enough to find yourself in that situation, don't throw the towel in just yet. There is light at the end of the tunnel...

 

"I've lost my job - what do I do?"

While you may feel like curling up under the covers and shutting yourself away from the world in the wake of losing your job, try to resist the temptation to withdraw into your shell.

It's unlikely you're going to find new employment while you're sat in your SpongeBob undies, eating cereal from the box and watching re-runs of Friends, so try to stay positive and be proactive.

Turn those hard times into a fresh start with these five easy steps to make your journey back to the top that much easier.

 

Get What You Pay For

Claiming unemployment benefits in the UK is a sensitive subject for many, bringing with it the unwarranted negative stigma that commonly surrounds them.

That being said, unemployment benefits are a right every UK citizen is entitled to and you shouldn't feel bad for getting something that your taxes pay for.

What's more, claiming benefits also allows the government to continue paying your National Insurance contributions during your time between jobs.

Depending on your circumstances, you will likely be eligible to apply for either Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or Universal Credit to help contribute towards your living costs.

You may also be able to apply for Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI), which comes in the form of a loan and helps pay towards the interest on your mortgage.

 

Budget Wisely

Most recruitment specialists agree that a typical job hunt will take around three months to complete, from the end of the previous employment to the start of the next.

Three months can be a long time to go without an income, particularly if you weren't given any kind severance or redundancy pay-out on your way out the door of your last job.

As such, the importance of budgeting during this time cannot be overstated. Cut back on unnecessary outgoings and try to streamline your spending to the bare minimum.

Paying for an unused gym membership? Cancel it ASAP. Eating out regularly? Brush up on those cooking skills. Smoking your way into debt? Ditch the cigarettes. Etc, etc, etc.

While it may be a shock to the system initially, switching up your living habits will go a long way in ensuring your finances stretch further.

 

Update Your CV

Now that your finances are relatively structured for the weeks ahead, it's time to focus on the task at hand - getting a new job.

Whether you had been in your last job for several years or a matter of months, updating your CV should be your first port of call.

Gaps in employment naturally raise questions with employers so be sure to add your latest working exploits to your working history.

A CV is essentially your own personal shop window for you to display your skills and experience for passing employers, so treat it as such.

Make sure it's presentable, well-constructed and don't waste space superfluously. Ensure it's loaded with key selling points unique to you.

When it comes to applying for specific roles, you may want to tailor your CV for individual jobs by highlighting key skills relevant to particular vacancies. The same applies to your cover letter.

Read the person specification carefully and include key terms and phrases mentioned in the job description. This will help you stand out as a suitable candidate that ticks the necessary boxes.

 

Secure References

During your job hunt, your quest for employment and, more specifically, the application process that comes along with it will likely include requests for professional references.

Depending on how you left your last job, you may want to include a trusted figure from your latest job as a referee. This provides any would-be employers with an up-to-date account of your skills from those that have worked with you most recently.

When choosing a referee, think about what kind of reference they may provide. A co-worker will be able to provide an accurate depiction of your character and work ethic, while a manager may be able to give a better reflection of your achievements and results.

 

Prepare for Interview

Inevitably, your job hunt will eventually call for you to attend an interview at some point down the line. As such, it pays to be prepared.

While the 21st century is more liberal than ever, presentation is still an important factor at interview, so dress to impress. An un-ironed band t-shirt and yesterday's jeans won't cut the mustard.

It's also worth getting your story straight with regards to your last job. The "why did you leave your last job?" question is a common, if not slightly awkward one, so prepare your narrative beforehand.

When you do secure an interview, be sure to do your homework on the company your interviewing for, as well as the role. Lack of preparation is a tell-tale sign of a nonchalant attitude, which is rarely an attribute desired by employers.

 

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Improve Employee Retention

It's been said that people don't quit companies, they quit their managers. Anyone that has ever had to work under a bad manager will know how accurate that statement can be.

In fact, poor management can ruin what is a dream job on paper and be a driving influence in a worker's decision to part ways with what is otherwise a good company to work for.

Luckily, there is a tonne of simple ways to boost morale, enhance job satisfaction and improve employee retention easily. All you need to do is implement them!

If you are in a managerial position with a team of staff under your watch, take a look at these employee retention tips and keep your workforce happy today.

 

Employee Retention Tips

To help get your staff on side, try incorporating these techniques into your managerial style and not only give your team reason to stay but also give them a reason to perform to the best of their abilities.

 

Hire the Right Person

Before you can go about working on retaining staff, you must first be sure that you have actually hired the right person for the job in question.

If you have taken onboard someone that is unsuitable for the vacancy, out of their depth for the tasks at hand or just plain not cut out for the position they have applied for, chances are that they won't be long for your working world.

Take time during the recruitment process to really assess and digest the credentials of each candidate, along with the motivation behind their application.

This will help separate those that really want it and those that have applied for the sake of it, ultimately leaving you with a motivated individual that wants the opportunity and is hungry and capable of performing.

 

Create a Relaxed Work Environment

Nobody wants to work in an uncomfortable environment where stress is commonplace, unrest is rife, politics are rampant.

As such, creating and nurturing a relaxed and harmonious atmosphere where people get along and workloads are achievable is paramount.

Aim to formulate a working culture where unity and teamwork are universal and a sense of company pride is strong.

Similarly, ensuring your office is well-lit and a comfortable temperature can also enhance the overall experience of daily work.

Combining these techniques will help create a positive environment that employees are happy to be in, where “Sunday night syndrome” is a thing of the past.

 

Encourage Self-Improvement

Employees often find added value in jobs where opportunities for personal and professional development are present and self-betterment is par for the course.

After all, nobody wants to feel as though they're stuck in a rut, spinning their wheels when it comes to their working life and the chance to progress can be a big difference-maker.

This could be through official external courses and qualifications training or simply offering lunchtime learning opportunities and inter-department skills sharing.

Meanwhile, self-improvement could also come in the form of promoting health and well-being at work, whether it's through workplace exercise programmes or therapy classes.

 

Listen and Learn

Listening to your employees is a fundamental ingredient in the day-to-day success of the working environment you have created.

Not only will it send the message to your staff that their opinions matter and are valid, but it will also provide you with unfiltered insight from those in the trenches.

Conduct regular reviews with your staff to ensure they're coping with well with the tasks and workload, taking time to ask for their feedback.

Providing your workforce with the opportunity to raise any concerns and provide suggestions not only boosts morale but can also help nip any issues in the bud before they get out of hand.

What's more, their comments may also influence your management decisions and help direct the business in a positive direction.

 

Recognition

Positive reinforcement should be a key area of any manager's daily playbook and is a sure-fire way to help ensure your staff remain motivated.

Nobody likes to feel like their contributions are overlooked and underappreciated, so take the time to recognise workers when a job is done well.

Whether you do so through a simple comment or email to show your appreciation or reward hard work through other means, like incentives and awards, a simple show of gratitude can go a long way.

Reminding your workforce that their hard work doesn't go by unnoticed can spur them on to continue to perform at a high level or, better still, perform at an even higher level.

After all, if your staff enjoy their job, they are unlikely to want to leave. Meanwhile, it's long been said that a happy worker is a productive worker, so it's in everyone's best interest to ensure that staff morale is high at all times.

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A career in the field of science can be interesting, exciting and rewarding; however, finding a job that fits your scientific expertise can be a clinical trial in itself.

Specialist science jobs are just that - specialist - and are naturally less commonly available than a less specific role.

As a result, finding a science job that suits your specific competencies may require a broader net. A wider search radius can open you up to a whole new world of opportunities.

To help you map out your search with a little direction, we've compiled a shortlist of the best cities for science jobs in the UK.

 

London

Top of the list should come as no surprise to anyone - it is, or course, the UK's biggest city, London. England's capital boasts over 27,000 life science employees in total, making it a key location for science jobs and a regular #1 in global science job cities.

Home to three of the world's Top 10 Bioscience Universities, London also plays host to over 900 life science companies, including the Francis Crick Institute and the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

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Manchester

With over 150k life science students and the two foremost NHS trusts for clinical trials in the UK, Manchester is a key city for those seeking employment in the science sector.

Much like London, Manchester is a thriving hotspot for science jobs in the UK. Manchester is home to a number of notable science institutions, including Citylabs and Manchester Science Park.

Browse Science Jobs in Manchester

 

Edinburgh

Scotland's thriving life sciences sector employs over 37,000 people within 700 organisations. Following the lead of London and Manchester, Edinburgh is Scotland's epicentre for scientific employment.

The Edinburgh BioQuarter markets itself as a hub for life science innovators, with over 25 leading life sciences companies from across the globe. Benefitting from a strong evolving investment environment, it also boasts Europe's largest concentration of stem cell scientists.

Browse Science Jobs in Edinburgh

 

Oxford

According to Times Higher Education's World University Rankings, Oxford is home to the best university in the world. Needless to say, Oxford is not short on academic excellence and a key location for scientific research.

The Oxford Science Park is one of the most influential science, technology and business environments in the UK. Hosting over 90 science companies, from start-ups to multinationals, this state-of-the-art facility houses more than 2500 people and some of the UK's highest potential and most exciting companies

Browse Science Jobs in Oxford

 

Cambridge

Hot on the heels of Oxford's top spot in THE's World University Rankings is #3 on that list, Cambridge. A city that prides itself on its scholarly prowess, Cambridge is a notable site for scientific innovation and a logical location for those seeking jobs in the science sector.

And home to Cambridge Science Park. The oldest science park in the UK, Cambridge Science Park is a hub for science and technology, hosting over 7500 employees from over 100 companies, including the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Browse Science Jobs in Cambridge

 

Best Cities in the World for Science Jobs

The world of science has endless possibilities in terms of scope for innovation and breakthrough. As such, why limit your search for the best science jobs strictly to the shores of the UK?

If you're thinking of taking your search for science jobs international, America is a fantastic destination to consider. The United States is the most prolific publisher of high-quality science in the world and life sciences account for just under 50% of the nation's output in the natural sciences.

San Francisco Bay's Silicon Valley is particularly renowned for its high-paying jobs in high-tech fields and the science sector and offers with some of the most attractive science jobs on the globe.

Meanwhile, the famed “Research Triangle” of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill is known globally as a staple of technology and research. The area consistently ranks within the top three US region for life science companies and is home to giants such as GlaxoSmithKline and Biogen.

 

For more information on the best cities for science jobs in the UK and beyond, why not drop us a line today? Call now on (0)203 910 2980 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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Money

With the new year upon us, many people around the UK will begin making their resolutions for the year ahead. For those with professional aspirations, top of that list will often be securing a pay rise.

Although talking money can be an awkward and uncomfortable process at times, it can be an extremely important and vital part of professional life - particularly when it comes being paid what you're worth.

That being said, identifying exactly how much you are worth isn't always a straightforward process. It's not unusual for employers to want to pay you as little as possible to maximise profits, so they aren't always going to be forthcoming if you are in fact being underpaid.

As such, it's important to be able to recognise this fact for yourself. Luckily, this blog aims to help you do exactly that.

 

Look Around

Perhaps the easiest way of determining whether or not you are being underpaid what you or your position are worth is to simply have a scope around the jobs market and note the typical salaries on offer.

If you search for roles similar to your own, you'll soon be able to gain insight into what the going rate is for a position of your skill level and responsibility. However, it's worth remembering that this method isn't an exact science.

Chances are, there will likely be some form of a discrepancy between your duties and the standard roles listed on job boards and recruitment sites, particularly if you have been in your role for some time and have taken on additional responsibilities along the way.

If this is indeed the case, knowing whether or not you are being paid what you are worth isn't always straight-forward. Luckily, there's an easy way to help identify your eligibility and determine once and for all if you are due a raise…

 

Look Inside

Perhaps the most effective way to gauge whether or not you deserve a pay rise is to take a good hard look at yourself… by placing your own professional skills and personality under the microscope!

An honest and candid approach to appraising the man in the mirror is a fantastic way to uncovering the truth about where you stand in the company pecking order and whether or not you are being paid what's due.

To help you formulate your introspective self-assessment, here are four fundamental questions you may want to ask yourself before you head into your boss's office with an axe to grind and a cross to bear.

 

Are your skills indispensable?

Any worker that is a vital part of the overall machine and a key ingredient in the processes that make the company work can count themselves lucky.

If you hold a skill set that is unlike anyone else's, you have yourself a fundamental USP that is totally individual and specific to you as a person.

Whether you're a salesman with ironclad client relationships established through years of rapport or a creative with your own quirky style that cannot be easily replicated, such skills can be essential to company operations.

However, you don't need to be the best in your field to be seen as indispensable. As is often the case in the working world, experience is seen as a big plus point and tenure can also translate to indispensability.

As the old saying goes, you can't teach experience and anyone that has a storied history with the company and the insider knowledge that goes with it has themselves a solid argument. Long-standing tenure can provide abilities that cannot be taught.

 

Have your contributions made a difference?

Tangible contributions can be one of the strongest arguments in the arsenal of anyone looking to make a valid claim for a pay rise - particularly if they are backed by corresponding facts and figures.

If you have brought in substantial business and were the primary reason for such a deal getting finalised, you will likely have a large bargaining chip to play with.

For example, a salesman with a salary of £25k/annum that brings in £75k of sales will have theoretically paid for his salary three times over, which makes for a solid statistic when it comes to requesting a pay rise.

That being said, contributions don't always need to be measured in pounds and pennies. Your contributions could simply be your continued hard work and ability to help a project reach completion on time and above expectations.

Providing a consistently high level of output and performance can be the best contribution of all and is applicable to virtually any job and department.

 

Are you a positive influence on the company?

In addition to making positive contributions to the bottom line and the business as a whole, being a positive influence on others within the office environment can also be a big contributing factor to your company worth.

Office morale can have a big influence on overall performance and its widely believed that, as a rule, a happy worker is a productive worker. If you are in a position of managerial responsibility and maintain a positive work ethic and upbeat environment within your team, such an influence should be recognised.

While it may not be the overriding factor that swings it in your favour, being a positive influence on the team and those around you can be a great supplementary quality to reinforce your argument and support your case for a pay rise.

 

Are you a key part in the company's future plans?

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, determining whether or not you are a fundamental part of the machine going forward could be your most valid reason of all.

If your presence within the company is vital for the business to achieve its goals in the future, your value within the organisation should be rewarded with the appropriate remuneration.

For example, if the primary project of the year is to be spearheaded, managed or set up by you, it's fair to say that you are a pretty big part of the company's future plans. Highlight this importance to hammer home your worth and underline your standing in the company.

For more details on salaries and pay rises, why not check out our How to Ask for a Raise blog?

Similarly, you might also be interested in reading our blog on How to Get Promoted.