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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What to Expect When you Register at Excel
21 August 2017

There could be any number of reasons why you’re choosing to register with Excel – maybe you want to completely shift gears in your career, or perhaps you’re just ready for new challenges in the same industry. Whatever brings ...

There could be any number of reasons why you’re choosing to register with Excel – maybe you want to completely shift gears in your career, or perhaps you’re just ready for new challenges in the same industry. Whatever brings you through the door, there are a few things you should know to get the most out of your experience.

Initial meeting

When you get in touch with Excel for the first time, you’ll be asked to send over your CV and to come in for a meeting with a recruitment consultant. This is for practical reasons – there are a few confidentiality forms you’ll need to sign – but it’s also an opportunity for your consultant to delve deeper into your CV and your aspirations so they can better help you with the job search.

Registering brings benefits

While Excel posts new jobs on their website daily, by coming in and registering you won’t need to worry about constantly checking for new opportunities – if anything relevant comes in, then your consultant will be in touch. More to the point though, you can’t apply for any of these opportunities without being registered first!

Tap into the power of relationships

As your consultant has a good understanding of your strengths and preferences and they also have an established relationship with their clients, they’re the best-placed person to know whether an opportunity is right for you. If it is, they will be able to draw on their relationships to ‘sell’ your CV to a potential employer. These warm leads could really boost the effectiveness of your application.

You’re in control

Your CV will never be sent to a company without your express permission - and if at any time you’d like an update on your search, it’s never more than a phone call away!

Be realistic

Consultants will always want to help a candidate as much as they can, but they can only refer you for jobs that are relevant to your skillset, experience and preferences. If you’re looking to move urgently, it obviously makes sense to keep up your own job hunt too. It’s also important to remember that these things can take time – bear in mind that every company has its own recruitment process, so don’t be disheartened if you don’t get an immediate response once your CV has been sent off.

Be prepared

It really is true that you never know what’s around the corner. Depending on the type of opportunity you’re looking for, it could take some time before the right vacancy crops up - alternatively, it could be that there is a very quick turnaround between you registering and getting an interview. In both scenarios you want to make sure that your consultant has the most up-to-date, accurate information about you so that your CV is at its best and you’re ready to go!

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Competition Time!! Win tickets to Ricky Gervais Humanity Gig
18 August 2017

We have 6 tickets to give away for the Ricky Gervais Humanity Gig at Fort Regent on 28 August 2017.

If you are a current or previous candidate of Excel, simply refer a friend* to Excel to be in with a chance of winning 2 ...

We have 6 tickets to give away for the Ricky Gervais Humanity Gig at Fort Regent on 28 August 2017.

If you are a current or previous candidate of Excel, simply refer a friend* to Excel to be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets.

The lucky winners will be announced at 12.00 noon on Friday 25 August.

(*individuals must be genuinely looking for a new job within a professional business environment; all they need to do is call in at our offices at Seven Bond Street to register and quote the competition, along with your name, and you will be entered automatically).

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Living, Working (& Laughing!) in Jersey
05 July 2017

This month at Excel we’re celebrating all things Jersey, and as part of this we’ll be sharing with you what we love most about living and working on the island. Keep tabs on our Facebook page as the team share with you their ...

This month at Excel we’re celebrating all things Jersey, and as part of this we’ll be sharing with you what we love most about living and working on the island. Keep tabs on our Facebook page as the team share with you their favourite spots, including some hidden gems that you might not have visited before. Even on an Island that’s 9 by 5 miles, there’s always something new to discover.

So why are we singing Jersey’s praises this month? Well first of all, it’s hard not to love the Island when summer is in full swing - nobody can deny that Jersey really comes into its own at this time of year. I love seeing the transition between seasons, when the beaches become meeting points for barbecues, walks and even sunbathing, not just places we look at from the warmth of a car!

Secondly, I’ve found that we islanders aren’t always great about being loud and proud about the advantages of our home. At Excel we speak with a lot of people every week from the UK and further afield who are keen to relocate here. Top of the reasons why they want to move to Jersey include the high quality of life we enjoy, the excellent job opportunities and wages, and how close we are to London (but with a less frenetically paced lifestyle!). There’s something about island life that gives you a rare combination of excellent opportunities for career progression with a much healthier work-life balance than you see in other places.

We also speak with a number of people who moved away from Jersey when they were younger and are now looking to come back. While most of these candidates were born in Jersey, so don’t need to worry about the hurdle of getting their 5 years’ residency, we know that coming back to Jersey can come with its own set of challenges. Concerns about pay, job opportunities and reintegration into island life are often at the forefront of people’s minds - if this is you, I recommend you speak to us so we can talk you through your options more specifically, but very generally speaking, employers here will likely match or exceed your UK salary. Bear in mind as well that competition for jobs here is healthy but not overwhelming, so your likelihood of finding a good job that pays well is often much higher here than in the UK or elsewhere.

We find as well that a lot of our younger candidates who are coming back to Jersey after studying or working abroad are still keen to travel and/or keep their options open. It’s worth remembering that employers here are keen to acquire great talent and they’re increasingly flexible and creative about doing so. This can mean anything from secondment to other offices across the globe (3 months in the Cayman Islands anyone?) to working on a contract basis while you plan your next move.

And if all that doesn’t convince you to explore your possible future in Jersey, take a look at my personal favourite spot on the Island! Archirondel is a charming little beach set between St Catherine’s Breakwater and Gorey. It has golden sand, rocky areas and the sea is never too far away.  A delightful beachside café, with indoor and outdoor seating, provides an ideal place to have a coffee or delicious food. A great place to go with friends, or perhaps just to read a book and wind down from a hard working week!  With stunning views even the coast of France on a beautiful day, the location is really hard to beat! You could be anywhere in the Mediterranean!

If you’re considering making the move back to Jersey then be sure to get in touch!

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Opportunities for studying and training in Jersey
20 April 2017

If you’re leaving school this year you might be wondering what your next steps should be: maybe you’re considering the traditional academic route of A Levels and university off-island, or perhaps you’d rather go straight into ...

If you’re leaving school this year you might be wondering what your next steps should be: maybe you’re considering the traditional academic route of A Levels and university off-island, or perhaps you’d rather go straight into the world of work? While these can both be great options depending on your goals and preferences, it’s important to remember that they aren’t the only paths open to you.

Many students are now looking to Jersey to continue their studies after leaving school and thankfully there are many opportunities to achieve varying levels of qualifications, from certificates to degrees. We spoke to some of the Island’s training providers to ask what they can offer students to enable them to continue studying after school, undertake professional qualifications whilst in full time education or simply undertake courses on a part time basis to enhance skills.

Degrees

If you’re finishing up your A Levels and are interested in a career in financial services, be sure to take a look at Jersey International Business School, which offers a BSc Hons in International Financial Services. This is a full degree course which takes 2 years to complete and involves 2 days of study per week and 2 days working in a placement at one of the school’s partner firms, which include highly reputable global banking and financial services companies.

On successful completion of the course, you will leave with a 360-credit QAA-benchmarked degree and the strong likelihood of securing a job, with the course boasting a 100% employment rate. The entry requirement for the course is 104 UCAS points or 27 IB points and there is funding available.

Highlands College also offers Foundation Degrees (FdAs) in Business & Management and Financial Services. These courses take 2 years to complete and include 20 weeks of paid work-based training, with the possibility to take a third year to secure a full BA (Hons).

A Level equivalents

If you’re about to complete your GCSEs, there are a range of qualifications you can take as alternatives or equivalents to A Levels. Highlands College offers BTEC Level 3 diplomas (equivalent to 2 A Levels) in Hospitality & Tourism and IT, both of which are two-year full-time courses, which normally carry an entry requirement of 5 GCSEs at A-C.

There’s a whole range of courses available beyond the BTECs though, including a diploma in digital media among others. If you’re focused about what you want in your career, it’s well worth thinking about taking these courses to gain the practical and vocational skills you need to get ahead.

If you’re looking for a more direct route into financial services, Jersey International Business School also offers a range of certificates including STEP exams and a Diploma in Investment Advice, which is a Level 4 qualification and has proven popular with students as it sets them up either for further study or for a trainee position in financial services.

Training while working or studying

Even if you’re not looking to gain a degree or A Level equivalent, there are still plenty of courses you can take on a part-time basis as you work or study. One Study Training provides courses in a range of areas, including accounting, company secretarial, anti-money laundering and compliance, alongside advanced courses in Microsoft Office. Many of the courses can be completed in one day or even less, meaning you can gain a qualification while working or studying full time. ALX training is also a good port of call for training in a digital age, providing comprehensive courses in Microsoft Office, Adobe and bookkeeping, among others.

If you’re interested in any of the opportunities discussed above, it’s a good idea to get in contact with the organisations directly. Jersey Finance has also launched the ‘Life in Finance’ education initiative which also helps students progress from school to the professional workplace and gives them a taste of the opportunities available in the finance industry – you can find out more on their website at jerseyfinance.je.

While studying on-Island isn’t for everyone, it’s an option that’s worth considering. Not only are the courses in Jersey often more affordable than their UK counterparts, you can also build up invaluable contacts and experience at local firms here as you study, which will make the job hunt so much easier when the time comes.

Generally the market is extremely buoyant in Jersey and there are exciting opportunities for students looking to take their first step on the career ladder.  At Excel Recruitment we always encourage our younger candidates to embark on further study wherever possible, either within the workplace or by undertaking full time study. The experience will not only improve your chances of securing employment in a chosen field, it will also enhance your skills and broaden your knowledge of the world outside of school, which will be useful wherever you ultimately choose to work.  Whilst we are always very happy to give advice on further study and careers in general, the Careers Jersey office is equally always at hand to guide individuals through the myriad of opportunities open to Jersey residents looking to undertake further study.

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What to do on your first day at work
31 March 2017

Speaking of new beginnings, take a look at this article for some top tips on how to shine on your first day in a new job!

 

Building a purposeful career
31 March 2017

Spring is a natural time to be thinking about the positive changes you want to make in your life. This article has some great advice to help you find purpose and happiness ...

Spring is a natural time to be thinking about the positive changes you want to make in your life. This article has some great advice to help you find purpose and happiness in your career.

 

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