Octopus Anniversary Party

Ain’t no party like an Octopus party.

We are celebrating 15 years of Octopus Personnel this month and to celebrate Sandra threw a fabulous party with the team and some special people who have supported us through our 15 years.

Rain may have been forecast but that didn’t dampen our spirits and Sandra proceeded with Octopus enthusiasm with our Summer Garden Party!

There was amazing food, garden games, assault course bouncy castle and great company. What more could you ask for? We had an amazing time celebrating Sandra and the team’s fantastic achievement.

Sandra had some special words for the party goers and then the party really got going with most of us being dragged on to the bouncy castle for a spot of special bonding!

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 – Loneliness and the Workplace

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s campaign is raising awareness of loneliness. One of the many effects of the pandemic has been to increase both the frequency and complexity of mental health issues, with people feeling isolated and lonely, even if they continued working.

The Mental Health Foundation created Mental Health Awareness Week 21 years ago, and it has become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally. The Foundation’s purpose is to drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, helping people to understand, protect and sustain their mental health. For 2022, the Mental Health Foundation is raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the steps we can take to address it.

We chatted with Kisi Kent, Service Manager for the NHS Steps2Wellbeing for North Dorset to explore more about people’s wellbeing in the workplace, the impact of the pandemic, and what we can do if we need help and advice.

 

Tell us a little bit about Steps2Wellbeing?

Steps2Wellbeing is a team of NHS Therapists who offer a variety of therapies for mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Work is recognised as a huge factor in people’s wellbeing, and we collaborate with a team of employment advisors to support people to find work or stay in work.”

Why is it important to increase awareness about mental health and wellbeing?

1 in 6.8 people experience mental health problems in the workplace.

“Mental health problems have long been a common issue with a quarter of people likely to experience a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime. We talk to lots of people experiencing mental health problems at work, with around 15% of the workforce likely to have mental health problems at any one time. Evidence suggests that depression alone is the most expensive illness globally in terms of its economic impact through lost workdays, reduced productivity, sick pay, and cost of care. For instance, almost 13% of sickness absence in the UK is attributable to poor mental health.” (2)

What impact on mental health has the pandemic had for people?

“Since the pandemic both the frequency and complexity of mental health problems have increased. For some people, work will have contributed to the deterioration in mental health during the pandemic, particularly if they worked from home. I have seen factors such as the lack of designated space to work from home, the struggle to separate work and homelife, employers using invasive surveillance technology to check work productivity, and feelings of isolation, all contributing to work related stress.”

The toll of the pandemic on women

“Women have been particularly affected by the pandemic. Typically, we have seen that women took the main responsibility for home schooling, whilst still trying to juggle work and running the household. Therefore, it is no surprise that women in full time work are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as men (3).”

“It is also important to recognise that for many people, working from home has been a positive experience with people not wanting to return to the office. It really does depend on the environment that someone is working in, and the amount of autonomy and support employers give their staff. We know from research that the biggest risk factor for employment burnout is lack of control over work and being micromanaged.”

Why do you think this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is focused on loneliness?

“Alongside unemployment and work-related difficulties being a risk factor for mental health, loneliness also plays a huge role in our mental health and wellbeing. The pandemic resulted in enforced isolation, affecting our connectedness with others. We missed out on seeing our family and friends in a social way, and our work habits changed. Whilst its true to say that working from home can worsen loneliness, it is also possible to be in a busy work environment and still feel isolated from colleagues if everybody is busy with their work, or socially distancing.”

What advice can you give people who are experiencing loneliness right now?

“The first thing I will say is that you are not alone. If you are feeling lonely in your work environment, then it is likely that others will also be feeling lonely. Be brave and try to organise regular lunches or walks with colleagues, others will be grateful for the company too. If you work from home, you can still organise social get togethers. At a team meeting ask people to brainstorm ideas for simple social activities that can be done either in person or via a video chat. I have set up a weekly drop in lunch for my staff so that there is a protected space for people to meet up and have a chat.”

Build connections with the people around you

“If you are discussing a work-related issue with a colleague, take a few extra moments to ask them about how their day has gone or tell them a little about your day. This will help to build connections with your colleagues and make you feel closer to them. If you notice someone is particularly quiet and tends to be very reserved, make an extra effort to talk to them. It may be that they are just shy and need extra support to build connections.”

What if people are nervous about putting themselves out there?

“If all of this feels daunting and you are experiencing negative thoughts such as ‘if I arrange something no one will come’, or ‘I will make a fool of myself’ or ‘people won’t like me’, then remind yourself that these are just thoughts, not facts. Ask yourself what you would say to a friend who was having these thoughts. You can also consider talking to us at Steps2Wellbeing about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help you shift your perspective.”

 

Together we can tackle loneliness

After the last couple years of being told to self-isolate and social distance, its no surprise that it is having a toll on our mental health and wellbeing, particularly with our work environments going through so much change. Mental Health Awareness Week is a chance to see other people’s stories, gain a new perspective and find support and understanding. You can find out more about the Foundation and this year’s campaign here Mental Health Awareness Week.

Steps2Wellbeing in Dorset

If you would like to learn more about the support available from Kisi’s team you can visit the Steps2Wellbeing website. There’s lots of information and resources available and you can refer yourself to their service by heading to the Steps2Wellbeing self-referral online form. Alternatively, you can call them on 0300 790 6828.

We also offer our temporary workers a confidential counselling service helpline. If you’d like to find out more about this our team will be happy to help.

 

 

Sources

  1. Mental Health Foundation website 1 in 6.8 people experience mental health problems in the workplace
  2. Mental Health Foundation website Mental health statistics: 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions
  3. Mental Health Foundation website Mental health statistics: Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men (19.8% vs 10.9%)
Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Temp of the Year 2021

12  worthy Temp of the Month Nominees but only 1 can win Octopus Temp of the Year.

2021 proved to be another challenging year in the job market, with businesses and workers facing new challenges through a second lockdown, COVID restrictions, Brexit and economic uncertainty. Through it all, our temp workers have risen to the challenge to keep businesses trading in changing markets. In 2021 we had 12 incredible people who thoroughly deserved their special recognition of Temp of the Month.

Here are our 12 Temp of the Month winners for 2021.

Temp of the Year 2021

Of course, there can only be one winner for our Temp of the Year 2021 and on a cold, dark night The Jobsmobile travelled to their place of work to surprise our winner.

We have great pleasure in announcing that our Temp of the Year 2021 is Houssem.

Houssem has quite literally gone the extra miles to be a stand out temp worker. Quite remarkably he rode his bike for 2 hours to get to work. Now that’s dedication! No wonder he has been snapped up and offered a permanent role!

See the photos and watch the video to see the moment we surprised Houssem at the beginning of his shift.

Here’s the night in pictures.

 

 

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

 

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Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Temp of the Month – December 2021

Karina is our Temp of the Month!

 

Temp of the Month
December’s award goes to Karina.

 

Anna was delighted to celebrate Karina’s work with with our Temp of the Month award for December.

Anna described Karina as being “a ray of sunshine”. From the start of registering with us she has been very open to new opportunities and has impressed us with her initiative and problem solving skills during her work.

Thank you Karina, and congratulations on winning our Temp of the Month.

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

 

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Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Get to know us – Katherine

Want to get to know us a little better? Well now you can!

 

At Octopus Personnel we think of ourselves as being in the people business and we love to really get to know our job hunters and clients so we can do our best to help. It seems only fair that you can get to know us as well!

I asked our team at Octopus Personnel some questions to find out a little more about them.

First up is our newest member Katherine!

Katherine joined us at the end of October as one of our Recruitment Consultants and she’s already flying like an eagle!

  1. Coffee or tea?

    Definitely tea all the way!  Has to be milky though.

  2. Starter, main or pudding?

    Main course is definitely the best part of meal for me.  Sometimes, on the downside I don’t leave room for pudding as I love a generous helping!

  3. If your pet could talk to you, what do you think they would say?

    Being the proud owner of four guinea-pigs, I think they would ask me when the next meal is coming or better still, if I could just leave the fridge open for them.  Their appetite is quite insatiable!

  4. Book or movie?

    These days I am so busy juggling work and family life that it would have to be a great film.  I love a good comedy, rom-com or a period drama like Bridgerton.

  5. What’s your favourite time of the year?

    I actually love summertime and Christmas the most.  The smell of freshly cut grass, BBQ sausages and light nights give me such a positive vibe.  But I also love a real Christmas tree in my lounge, the house in full decoration and snuggling up all warm and cosy with a cheeky glass of Advocaat!

  6. If you could live a day as any one animal, which one would you choose?

    A bird of prey would be my ideal animal as I would absolutely love to fly.  The higher the better.  Total freedom and a great view.  Not sure I’d enjoy eating mice though!

  7. Name something you’d love to learn?

    Salsa dancing.  I used to do ballet as a child and never had any dance classes since.  I was always keen on dance so would love a Salsa club to open in Gillingham.

  8. Do you have any secret talents?

    I used to be a Mortgage Adviser which is how I first began interviewing clients.  Also, 20 years ago I wanted to learn more about hair, so I trained as a Hairdresser at evening school just for fun.

  9. What do you love most about Octopus?

    The team are absolutely fantastic here at Octopus.  Everyone has been so welcoming to me and even though I still feel new to this role, the support and encouragement from Sandra and the team has been so reassuring.  The same level of care and support is mirrored in our client and candidate interactions which is what sets us apart as a brand.

  10. Finish this sentence: “It’s never too late to…”

    Start exercising. During covid-19 I started following Lucy Wyndham-Read 7-minute videos to speed up metabolism and burn calories.  Being in lockdown meant that I was not able to get out and about as much as usual and found myself chained to my desk.  I still do these short videos every day to boost energy levels, reduce stress and feel motivated before and after work.

 

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Temp of the Month – November 2021

Annie is our Temp of the Month!

 

Temp of the Month
November’s award goes to Annie.

 

Anna was delighted to reward Annie’s hard work with our Temp of the Month award for November.

Annie has received fantastic feedback from our client and has proven herself to be a reliable and hardworking employee straight from the outset. She worked really well in the team but really pulled out all the stops to cover some staff absence. Our client has said that Annie is a joy to be around and we couldn’t agree more.

Thank you Annie, and congratulations on winning our Temp of the Month.

Annie

 

Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

 

You've been framed wall

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Advent Calendar

Here is our 2021 Video Advent Calendar full of our favourite Octopus moments from this year. We hope you enjoy watching.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

The Jobsmobile at the Job Fair in Sturminster Newton

On Thursday 21st October, The Jobsmobile took its first outing to The Job Fair at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton. After the previous day’s torrential rains Sandra would have been forgiven for being a little nervous about the local flooding, but the sun came out and Sandra and Alice arrived smiling, excited to attend our first Job Fair since lockdown began.

With a prime position reserved at the front of The Exchange for The Jobsmobile, our new mobile office created a lot of buzz from the offset, and Alice was inside the hall to chat to visitors about our current jobs.

The Jobsmobile

The Job Fair was just the job to talk to local people about their job hunting and how we can help everyone on their job search.

Many people think that recruitment agencies are only for those in senior positions, but recruiters can actually help you find full-time, part-time or temping opportunities, no matter what stage of your life.

Jobs Fair Sturminster Newton

If you missed the Job Fair, here are a few of the tips that Sandra and Alice chatted with visitors about.

Job Hunting with Octopus Personnel

Recruitment agencies essentially exist to help companies fill their vacancies – and to help you find a job.

We work with a wide range of the best employers in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. They are busy driving their businesses forward and use us to meet and select the best candidates they can short-list from. This offers a significant time saving – especially when they’re hiring for lots of roles.

At Octopus Personnel, we meet with every single person we register to get to know you – your aspirations, personality, talents and experience – so we can make the perfect match between you and the employer. Then we help you with preparing for work, ensuring you are interview-ready by helping you with your CV and giving you interview tips.

The Job Fair at Sturminster Newton

Our service is completely free to job seekers! It’s the employers who pay us to find them workers.

  • We have jobs you won’t find elsewhere! Many companies choose recruitment agencies as their only method of sourcing new employees.
  • We are experts in the local job market. We have an extensive client list and work with some of the best employers in the South West. The cornerstone of our success is our knowledge and special relationships we have forged with employers and job seekers in the local community.
  • You’ll get expert guidance from a professional. You’ll have a dedicated consultant who’ll be able to give you loads of information, including where the best jobs are that fit your profile, what particular employers are looking for, and how to gain that all important experience and qualifications to boost your CV and show you are prepared for working.
  • Your success is our success! We want you to succeed, and will always go that extra mile in terms of advice, support and finding the right fit. We can help you to improve your CV and coach you for interviews – our support can be a great bonus in a competitive job market.

The process is nice and simple.

  • Try and have your CV ready. There are lots of guides on the internet and our website has handy tips and advice. Make sure you’ve had a go at getting the basic information down, then we can help improve it! Submit your CV to enquires@octopuspersonnel.co.uk
  • Book an appointment with one of our consultants on 01747 825568 if you haven’t already done so at the Job Fair. We can meet you at the office or over video call such as FaceTime, Zoom or WhatsApp.
  • When you come to see us, relax! It’s easier said than done, but you’ll perform a lot better if you try to take the whole process in your stride. Use your experience with us as a practice run, and we’ll have plenty of tips and advice for you before you head out to your interview with an employer.

It’s much easier preparing for work with our guidance! Remember, we’re here to help so book an appointment to register with us and keep in touch. If you’d like to find out a bit more about the registration process, read our blog – How to register with a recruitment agency.

If you visited us at the Job Fair, we hope you found your visit useful and we’d love to hear what you thought. Give us a call or pop us an email if we can help.

Many thanks to Jacqui and the team over at Stur Biz who organised such a successful event to help local people. You can find out more about Stur Biz by visiting their website: sturminster-newton.org.uk

The Jobsmobile

Our Jobsmobile is now officially on the move. If you’re an employer or community service and would like to find out more about our on-site recruitment drives with The Jobsmobile, give the team a call on 01747 825568.

The Jobsmobile

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2021

Ready, Steady, Bake! The team at Octopus Personnel never need much of an excuse to get their whisks at the ready, but Macmillan Coffee Morning seemed the perfect reason to reinstate our office Bake Off.

Sandra, Alice, Anna, Erin and Bronya whipped up some fabulous cakes to raise money for Macmillan Coffee Morning.

We had some delectable treats on display for our Macmillan Coffee Morning, and our visitors were able to choose from Lemon & Raspberry Bundt Cake, Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake, Fudgy Caramel Cake, Kinder Flapjacks, Brown Butter Apple Blondies, Strawberry Victoria Sponge and Mocha Cheesecake Brownies.

With all monies raised going straight to Macmillan Cancer Support, our visitors were very generous in their donations for our cakes. Our visitors then voted for their favourite cake to crown the winner of our first Great Octopus Bake Off of 2021.

Thanks to very generous support we were able to raise £72 at our Macmillan Coffee Morning and the donations have been sent to Macmillan Cancer Support.

All the cakes were scrumptious, but the winner of The Great Octopus Bake Off October 2021 is Sandra!

Thank you to everyone who supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning 2021. See you again next year!

 

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Blue Monday? Try being Mindful

For Blue Monday, Lucie, Octopus Personnel Office Manager, describes 5 ways to be more mindful, whether you are in the office or WFH, and take care of your mental health.

Today is Blue Monday, a name for the day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.  There is, however, no scientific evidence to back this claim up – it originated in marketing campaign designed to get you to buy a holiday.  This year’s Blue Monday may be harder than most we’ve seen, but there are still things we can do, even when working from home, to help reframe our mood.

We all have ‘good and bad’ days

Everyone’s mental health fluctuates.  There can also be some seasonal variation, for example, in Winter, when bodily changes affecting our hormones can impact our eating and sleeping patterns and our mood.  The shorter days make it harder to exercise and the long, cold nights can make us crave poor food choices.  Whilst these effects can be compounded by Lockdown, many of us have managed to make some small changes during these times to help us prioritise our well being.  Small changes lead to big impacts if you keep going.

Looking after your Mental Health whilst at home

Although many of the social and physical activities we love are not currently available to us, it helps to try and see Lockdown as a different period in your life, not necessarily a bad one.  Stay in contact with the people who matter to you – although you’ll need to connect in different ways such as Zoom, social media, email or on the phone.  Take time to notice some of the benefits of this new rhythm of life and create a daily routine which prioritises looking after yourself – ensure this routine includes self-care during work hours.

Beat Blue Monday!

If you don’t want to let Blue Monday get you down today, why not take some positive steps?  Your mental health should be a priority every single day, so check out my simple 5 step guide to using mindfulness to improve your mental health at work.

Infographic - 5 Ways to be more mindful - Octopus Personnel Guide to Mindful Working

If your job, or lack of one, is the thing that’s affecting your mood, why not come and see Octopus Personnel?  We take the well-being of our staff and candidates seriously.  Years of industry expertise, a healthy dose of mindfulness and outstanding relationships with our clients, means we are perfectly positioned within the market to help you find the perfect role.  Register now here or call the office on 01747 825568 to find out how we can support you whether you are looking for temporary or permanent employment.

Lucie Octopus Personnel Recruitment Consultant

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Job Seeking through Social Media in 2021

Job seeking through social media in 2021 is a vital skill, with 79% of job applicants using social media in their job search and 1 in 10 successfully finding their job this way.  So much more than mindlessly scrolling through cute cat videos, you could be a few tweets away from landing yourself that dream role! Employers believe that social media marketing will be the most in-demand HR skill so it’s time to start polishing up those skills!  Our Marketing Manager, Rae Britton, recommends using professional social media as a key part of your career management and offers her top tips to help you make new contacts, find new job opportunities and improve your professional reputation – especially in such a competitive job market.

Social media continues to be a major part of our lives in 2021.  More and more employers are looking to social media to hire, with 70% of hiring managers saying they’ve successfully hired with social media to give them background information on job seekers. It’s estimated now that 90% of hiring professionals have viewed social networking profiles as part of their screening process, but social media is still an underused tool by many jobseekers. Here are some simple ways to tune up your social media to make sure it represents you as well as possible and to make the most of it your job search and career.

Think before you tweet - Job Seeking with Social Media in 2021

1. Think before you tweet

You should always use social media responsibly, treat everyone with respect and avoid sharing anything that you don’t want to be seen by a current or future employer.  To make sure you make a good impression, you should run a social media audit of your own online presence before you embark on a job search.

You should think carefully about who you connect with, the content you share and where you share it.  Decide what you want to use each platform for, whether you want to interact with colleagues on Facebook or you want to remain purely professional on LinkedIn, and then adjust your privacy settings accordingly.  Spring clean your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and check your privacy settings to ensure anything you want to remain private is not viewable.  You should always check your employer’s social media policy before setting up any profiles mentioning them.

Remember that employers often do a social media search as part of the recruitment process, so even if you only use your Facebook for personal reasons, make sure it doesn’t let you down.

How to clean up your social media before starting your job search

  • make your accounts private
  • delete questionable photos and posts
  • Google yourself in an incognito window
  • deactivate accounts you don’t use
  • choose a current profile photo
  • update your headlines
  • check your follows
  • treat others as you want to be treated.

Create an Online Portfolio - Job Seeking with Social Media in 2021

2. Create an Online Portfolio

To use your social media proactively during your job search, the first step should be to create a tailored blog, portfolio website or social media page to showcase your work.

If you want to be a journalist, for example, in only 20 minutes you could create a simple website or blog showcasing your articles or you could create a YouTube video or an online infographic about your experience and interests.

With an engaging online portfolio, you can quickly direct potential employers to your best work and impress them with your skills. You can then share the site on your social media pages and pin it to the top of your Facebook and Twitter to get your work noticed.

Sell your Skills and Experience - Job Seeking with Social Media in 2021

3. Sell your skills and experience

Whilst you should always tailor your CV to individual roles, your LinkedIn profile needs to have broader appeal.  Recruiters and employers pay close attention to LinkedIn so make sure you emphasise your transferable skills and experience, both of which you should  and give examples. Think about the key words employers or recruiters will look for, and don’t use clichéd buzzwords or jargon.

Don’t forget to check your spelling and grammar and make sure that as your career moves and develops you keep your online profile up-to-date.  To make a real difference in an hour, use our article on the perfect, proactive LinkedIn profile.

Grow your network - Job Seeking with Social Media in 2021

4. Grow your network to grow your knowledge

Having decided on the right channels and developed your profile, you are ready to use these channels to develop your knowledge and grow your network.

Finding groups run by institutes relevant to your field is a good place to start. You should also follow employers you are interested in, recruiters you have worked with, and business and economic news channels to make sure you stay well informed.

Once you have developed your network, you can start sharing interesting news and articles and contribute to group discussions, helping you extend your network and grow your industry profile.  Another bonus is that time spent researching and posting relevant articles you find interesting and keeping up with the sorts of developments and challenges your industry is facing is also excellent preparation for any upcoming job interviews.

Do your homework - Job Seeking with Social Media in 2021

5. Do your homework

Whilst you’ll already be well informed now about current news in your industry through social media, it is also a great research tool when preparing for specific interviews.  Social media is equally important for businesses and most organisations will share their latest news and announcements through their social media channels, so show your enthusiasm for the role and your fit for the company by keeping up-to-date.

Be understated about your job search - Job Seeking with Social Media in 2021

6. Be understated about Job Seeking on Social Media

Whilst utilising social networks to find a job is the aim of the game, you want to seem focused and professional and not appear desperate for any job going. Lots of “please hire me” tweets will reflect negatively on you and, unfortunately, drown out any intelligent discussions you may have previously had – not the impression you are seeking to create!

You want to present yourself as a proactive and knowledgeable person, keeping an eye on opportunities and engaging directly with relevant people along the way.

Be creative when posting online. Pitching an idea, story or project that would be of interest to the company is a great tactic and demonstrates that you’re a self-starter, engaged and well-informed.  What more could they want?

Be up front - Job Seeking with Social Media in 2021

7.  Be up front

Whether it’s your LinkedIn Profile or Twitter handle, now you have invested the time and effort to make your online profile demonstrate your skills and interests sharing your handle is a great way to show employers your personality, and having the confidence to invite others in will make a great first impression.

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At Octopus Personnel, we are experts at presenting our candidates to ensure the employer is able to see all the skills and experience you are bringing to a role.  Years of industry expertise and outstanding relationships with our clients, and grasp of the needs of their business, means we are perfectly positioned within the market to guide you to your new role or to the right employee who will drive your business forward.  You can sign up here and call the office on 01747 825568 to arrange an interview.

 

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

8 Key Benefits of using Temporary Workers now

What are the Key Benefits of using Temporary Workers to meet the challenges of the new normal?

As businesses begin to push forward into the new normal, flexible resourcing and ensuring your team are optimised to quickly respond to new challenges is key.  Using temporary workers can help meet many of these challenges.  Here are eight key benefits of using temporary workers which can immediately give your business a boost.

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Using temporary staff is a fast and efficient way of scaling up your workforce at short notice.  Rapid growth can be extremely exciting, but you need the right people with the right skills to ensure success.  When a company needs to expand quickly in response to change in demand, temporary workers can help to add the capacity and skills necessary to scale quickly.

Fast-track hiring

We have a pool of pre-assessed candidates with verified skills who are raring to go.  We personally interview every candidate, face-to-face or online, to understand their experience, skill set and aspirations.  This means you will only see candidates who meet your specified selection criteria and who we believe will gel with your existing team and ethos.

Quickly reduce stress and pressure

Increased workload can hamper productivity within your existing team. Temporary staff can help reduce strain, ensuring you retain your existing trained and experienced staff and maintain maximum productivity.

Increase adaptability and responsiveness

Flexibility is key to rising to the new challenges in this climate.  Temps are adaptable and can switch roles with ease according to your business needs.  Temps are focused on opportunities, often more confident to navigate change and learn new skills.

Try before you buy

Using temporary members of staff is a bit like a working interview, you can see their skills and experience in action, see the impact they make on the business and decide if you need them as a permanent member of the team – with no risk!

Discover future leaders for your business!

36% of managers started in companies as temporary workers.  What a great way of find someone who could become pivotal in your company!

Bring in fresh skills to respond to new challenges

Temporary staff bring new, valuable skills, new perspectives to existing processes and ideas from different companies and experiences.  Breathe some fresh air into your business with a different kind of employee, embrace the new ideas they carry with them and enthuse your team!

Control your costs

Temporary workers allow you to add staff without increasing your permanent headcount and costs.  You can hire multiple temps to cover spikes in demand, with no long-term commitment should demand or workload decrease.  Temp staff are provided at an hourly rate which includes pay, National Insurance, holiday and pension so there are no hidden costs.

Experts in Temporary Recruitment

From urgent cover to planned project work, Octopus Personnel are the South West’s first choice for reliable, skilled, flexible workers.  We have a pre-screened workforce ready to cover your staffing needs and the dedicated back office staff to manage all aspects of administration and payroll with efficiency, allowing you to focus on driving your business forward.  We are committed to building a valued and diverse temporary workforce, enabling us to find the best candidates for you.

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How can Octopus Personnel help?

At Octopus Personnel, we are here to help and support you.  From helping you explore the key benefits of using temporary workers for your business to finding the right temporary staff, to fully briefing them on health & safety and procedures for your company, to ensuring you remain compliant with all legislation, even as it evolves, we are here at the end of the phone to help you utilise flexible resourcing and maintain your key services.

Whatever challenges you are facing, whether you need temporary staff, advice, or simply a chat, Octopus Personnel are here to support you.  Call us on 01747 825568 or visit the website to request a call back.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!