Tuesday, 31 January 2012

CV or Not CV?

As the Outplacement specialist within Exclusive, I was interested to read the cover story in last Saturday’s Guardian Work section (http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/jan/27/make-your-cv-stand-out) which examined the role of the CV for today’s job applicant.

There is no disputing the central theme of the article in that the actual process of job applications have been completely transformed in the internet age, with the job board reigning supreme but I think that the article missed a trick somewhat in missing out the role of the recruitment consultant a little in this process.

Whilst some organisations do take the CV out of the equation altogether through their online application forms, the fact remains that the vast majority of adverts on job boards are placed by recruitment consultancies which means that in order to get in front of their client, you must first get past the consultant! All of which means that if anything, your CV has become an even more important tool than it has ever been.

Wearing my dual hat of Outplacement specialist/Recruiter, I do feel that the content, style and structure of your CV is vitally important but overriding all of that it is a document that you MUST be comfortable with yourself. I always wince when I hear of job seekers paying for a ‘professionally produced CV’ often at an exorbitant price, which in effect is simply a standard template offering a one size fits all approach.

Although I would always advise people of improvements to make to their CV as part of our Outplacement service, I would equally insist on the document being something that they have ultimately produced themselves – for all of the advice we can give, your CV must represent YOU! Secondly, the golden rule which is covered in the Guardian article could not be more true – your CV should be tailored against each individual role you are applying for. A good recruiter, be it in-house or within consultancy will be able to spot a generic application a mile off.

It takes ten seconds to apply for a role on a job board – spend the extra five minutes tweaking your CV and make the recruiting organisation feel special...it makes all the difference!

To find out more about our Outplacement Services please contact Gareth Harrison, Managing Consultant at Exclusive on 01661 867730

Monday, 30 January 2012

Pension Schemes

The Government has published a revised staging timetable for when employers of all sizes must start enrolling their staff in a workplace pension scheme. Starting from 1 October 2012, and depending on PAYE scheme size and reference, employers will be obliged to enrol eligible employees automatically, and make mandatory employer contributions, into a qualifying workplace pension scheme or the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST). Employers will be given a date from which they must auto-enrol (called their staging date) by the Pensions Regulator.

The Government previously published a staging timetable, which set out the dates by which employers must begin to auto-enrol. However, the Government has now published a revised automatic enrolment staging timetable. This follows its announcement in November 2011 that it would revise the original timetable so that small businesses (i.e. those with fewer than 50 employees) would be given more time to prepare and would therefore only begin automatic enrolment from May 2015, instead of the previously intended timing of April 2014. Under the revised timetable, there is no change to the staging dates of large employers with 250 or more employees.

Under the staging timetable, all existing employers will have enrolled their staff by April 2017, followed by all new employers by February 2018.

The level of pension contribution will be phased in over time to help employers and workers adjust. Full contributions will have to be paid from 1 October 2018.

Read more recruitment news at the Exclusive website

If you require further help or assistance on this or on any other employment matter, our Consultancy Services team will be happy to assist you. Call 01661 867 730 or 0113 243 0900. Email consultancy@exclusivehr.com

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

What do you think?

At Exclusive, we want to hear what you think.

Be it your experience with us, or your concerns for the forthcoming year in the world of recruiting, Exclusive is interested to hear what you think. Leave your comments on our 'Ideas Board' and we will do our best to help you out.

If you want to find out what our other clients have said, we have a Customer feedback section which lets clients tell us how we did, which is very important to our progress as a recruiting company.

So if you want to leave feedback or ideas for us to work on then drop us a line. What is HR recruiting without client ideas!?