Marketing yourself in an interview
08 April 2019

 

Having been through countless interviews myself both as the hiring manager and also as the aspiring candidate, I cannot reiterate enough the importance of being a prepared interviewee! Indeed, there is nothing more frustrating ...

 

Having been through countless interviews myself both as the hiring manager and also as the aspiring candidate, I cannot reiterate enough the importance of being a prepared interviewee! Indeed, there is nothing more frustrating for a hiring manager to find time in their busy calendar to schedule an interview and then quickly realising the shortlisted candidate hasn’t done their homework properly. Equally that sinking feeling as the candidate when you realise you’re struggling due to a lack of diligent prep work. For a candidate, it is about marketing your personal brand. This short animated movie touches upon some of the fundamentals which we hope you find helpful. #Excelyourcareer 

Ben@Excel

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Let's make this year your best year yet (for your #career)!
15 January 2019

Setting realistic and small goals is key.   Firstly, be clear about the WHY? This will help you stay focused and motivated.  It is common ...

Setting realistic and small goals is key.   Firstly, be clear about the WHY? This will help you stay focused and motivated.  It is common knowledge that most resolutions die in the second week of January because the goals that have been set are too big, leading to a feeling of being overwhelmed.
Set small achievable milestones to get you to your ultimate goal and give yourself the satisfaction of ticking them off once reached.  This makes distant year-long goals seem more attainable and may keep you on the right path and increase your chances of success.
Think about the following:

  • Stop fearing failure and deal with the small setbacks, that’s life!
  • Did you know that 80% of success is attitude, make a conscious effort to improve your positive mental attitude!
  • Love yourself, be your own cheerleader,  be kind to yourself.  Know that where your mind goes, energy follows.  BE PROUD OF YOU.
  • Stop multitasking – be present and focus on the task at hand; when energy and attention is scattered it is virtually impossible to work efficiently.
  • Keep stress in its’ place.  Stress can cause brain fog and have a negative impact on your workload causing even more stress!  Manage your stress, be kind to yourself, change your perspective, break it down, take a break and breathe.  Maybe arrive at work half an hour early, it can work wonders!
  • Make a resolve to take more risks. Just think “everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” Understand what hinders you, and then resolve to overcome it.
  • Here is an interesting Ted Talk about improving positive thinking to share with you.
  • Be aware of your body language; watch this interesting YouTube video.
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Corporate Social Responsibility – Stroke Association Jersey
12 December 2018

We have continued our support in 2018 for the amazing work done by our ...

We have continued our support in 2018 for the amazing work done by our chosen charity, the Stroke Association, by volunteering at a number of key events that have taken place around Jersey.  The Resolution Run took place in March at Les Quennevais Cycle Track and Railway Walk.  The second event was the Step Out for Stoke Walk held in July which took the walkers on a beautiful walk along our lovely Esplanade. We were so lucky with both events with not only a record-breaking turn out BUT amazing weather with end to end sunshine!!  The team at Excel took part on a voluntary basis helping out with marshalling, distributing T-shirts and handing out well-deserved medals. 

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Turning the ‘afternoon slump’ into ‘good energy’ during the festive period
12 December 2018

At this time of year many people party harder (and work harder) than usual.  There are more invitations to Christmas ...

At this time of year many people party harder (and work harder) than usual.  There are more invitations to Christmas parties, dinners and drinks events than at any other time of year and it's difficult to say no.  AND we still have our jobs to do and sometimes December can be the busiest time preparing for the New Year.  So, how can we overcome those afternoon slumps and boost our energy levels to get us through to the end of the day?  We believe that following the simple steps below will help to overcome that daily energy wall!

  • Eat the right foods with the right combination of protein and vitamins; we love a berry-packed smoothie and you can’t beat almonds for snacking during the course of the day;
  • Great tip - bananas are great for hangovers as they contain potassium (which excessive consumption alcohol can eliminate from your body’s supply), so keep a supply on your desk :)
  • Move regularly; don’t sit for hours without moving, set an alarm to make sure you stand up and move around every half an hour; you don’t have to go far but movement is important;
  • Drink plenty of water, we use a great exercise app which reminds me to drink water every hour; and finally but importantly
  • Express gratitude, being grateful increases happiness and motivation; take a few minutes each day to write down things that make you thankful.

AND finally, here are some interesting facts around why we normally experience these ‘crashes’:

  • Your circadian rhythm leads you to feel most tired around 3am and again at 3pm
  • Your blood sugar levels are usually taking a hit as your body works on digesting lunch!

(https://www.elitedaily.com/p/how-to-beat-the-afternoon-slump-with-these-5-foolproof-tips-from-a-dietitian-2924714)

Interesting stuff!! We hope you have found this article useful.  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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The Importance of Following Up After an Interview
19 June 2018

After a successful interview, it's natural to feel a little buzz - to feel good about the fact that you've presented yourself to the best of your ability, and showcase your skills and experience.
 

However, there can ...

After a successful interview, it's natural to feel a little buzz - to feel good about the fact that you've presented yourself to the best of your ability, and showcase your skills and experience.
 

However, there can sometimes be a long wait between the interview and the next steps.  It can feel like an eternity before you hear anything and it can seem as if the decision-making process takes far too long.

 

You also have to be realistic about what you can and can't control.  For example, even if you know you aced the interview, the company might be interviewing internal candidates as well as external, which can take time.  There are also occasions where the company might change their mind about the role or a hiring freeze may have been imposed so these things can also delay the process.

 

Even if you think it was your best interview ever, for the reasons stated above, it's wise not to assume anything.  A great tip is to make notes on your interview - what went well and what didn't - just to give you an idea of your strengths and weaknesses.  Even if you do secure the job from the successful interview, the self-evaluation can still be worthwhile for the future.

 

It's good practice to send a follow-up note to your recruitment consultant or HR department.  It doesn't have to be anything too lengthy or formal - just a thank you for their time, perhaps with reference to a particular point of interest in the interview.  If you think of a question post-interview, be sure to include that in your follow-up note.

 

Don't be complacent after an interview - make sure you keep looking at other opportunities.  If, for whatever reason, the interview doesn't lead to a job, it's good to have other irons in the fire.  Make sure you stay in touch with your agency, in case any similar roles come up in the meantime, and keep an eye on LinkedIn to see if there are any changes in the market.

 

If you follow all of these tips, you will give yourself the best possible chance of securing your ideal job

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Let the Experts Help you Start Your Career
30 April 2018

With graduation ceremonies approaching, it's time for you to start thinking about how to transition from full-time student to full-time employee.

The opportunities ahead can seem exciting, yet overwhelming, and endless, yet ...

With graduation ceremonies approaching, it's time for you to start thinking about how to transition from full-time student to full-time employee.

The opportunities ahead can seem exciting, yet overwhelming, and endless, yet elusive, making it difficult to identify and build your career path. You need somebody with experience of the market and an understanding of how big this leap can be and that's where the team at Excel can help. We can give you advice on how to gain a competitive edge over other graduates and how to make a successful impact during the interview process.

We also understand the pressure you may be feeling from your parents and the weight of their expectation. However, it's important to understand the difference between quality and quantity in your job search. Trying to deal with a multitude of potential opportunities can lead to mistakes if you're juggling numerous applications, emails, phone calls, meetings etc. We can do all of that for you so that you don't have the stress of dealing with it and can be the best version of yourself when it comes to interviews.

Many candidates underestimate the importance of the entire recruiting process in securing an interview or job. Your interaction with us will give you an insight into what to expect when you deal with potential employers. All of the communications you have with us, whether that's in person, over email or on the telephone should be treated like a "dress rehearsal". We encourage you to treat every part of the candidate experience as if you were dealing with the recruiting company but if you make any mistakes with us, we can show you how to correct them so that you don't do the same thing when you start to deal with them. In the words of Winston Churchill, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." We will be here for you every step of the way to give you the best possible chance of being successful.

We know that when you're just starting out, it's easy to get frustrated and be complacent in your job search. The hard truth is that no matter where you went to school, college or university, no one is going to hand you your dream job at your desired salary, working for the perfect manager with the perfect team. Landing a job in any profession requires patience, competency, commitment, flexibility, and follow-up and these skills aren't always required to graduate with your degree.

Our advice is that there is no better time than the present to pursue the job and career path you want but it's not going to fall in your lap. We will work hard to help you through the process but that will require time and commitment from you as well. Together, we can make a great team so give us a call or drop us a line and we will make an appointment to see you as soon as possible. We are here to help you make the right choice in your first full-time role. After all, you didn't do all that studying for nothing!  

#graduates #job #career
 

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How to Find Your Dream Job (even if you don't yet know what that is)
13 April 2018

Not everybody is lucky enough to know exactly what they want their job to be.  Yes, there are some people who were talking about being a doctor, a vet, ...

Not everybody is lucky enough to know exactly what they want their job to be.  Yes, there are some people who were talking about being a doctor, a vet, a lawyer when they were only in their teens but that's not the case for everyone (and there's nothing wrong with that, either).

Of course, the other thing to bear in mind is that even those people who think they've identified their job for life don't necessarily stick with it.  According to a Forbes article, some people can end up having as many as 15 to 20 jobs in their lifetime and, although that wouldn't have been the case in our grandparents' (or even our parents') time, it's just a sign of the times - and not necessarily a bad one.

There are many more options available to people now and those options provide greater challenges and opportunities.  However, you just need somebody to give you some guidance on how to make the best of all of that choice.  Here are some tips on how we can help you to make the right career decisions:

 

Play to your strengths

 

Write down a list of your top strengths.  If we start by identifying things you are good at, we will have a solid base on which to begin our search.  Also, by doing this, we have a greater chance of finding something that will make you happy. 

 

Consider examples from your past (good and bad)

Think about previous roles you've had and ask yourself simple questions, such as:

- What did I like the most and the least about my job?

- What did I like the most and the least about the company?

- What did I like the most and the least about the company culture?

- What was the most challenging thing about working there?

- When was I the happiest or the proudest?

- What was my biggest accomplishment?


Your answers will help you clarify what has worked and not worked in the past, which will help to identify potentially suitable roles for the future.


Do your research


Come and talk to us, we have been giving advice on the jobs market for 20 years and talk to others who have had different experiences and background to you. The more information you have, the better chance you have of making an informed decision.

 

Add to your skills and don't be afraid to try something new


See if there are any classes or workshops you can attend.  Motivate and inspire yourself by listening to a career podcast or something that interest you! You might surprise yourself!


Think about the type of working environment that is best for you

 

You spend a lot of time at work to be unhappy or uncomfortable.  As much as it's important to find the right job, it is as important to find the right working environment.  We work very closely with our clients to not only find out as much about the roles we offer to candidates but also about the culture of the company, way of working, structure etc.  For example, a relaxed working environment with dress down every day and flexible hours might sound like heaven to one person but not necessarily to another.

Last but by no means least... do what makes you happy


Don't think about what your peers or your family expect you to do - think about what you really want to do. 

Get in touch and let's try to make your dreams come true!

 

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