5 transferable skills that shine in any job.

Let’s talk about some hidden gems that lie within you: those transferable soft skills that you might not have given much thought to. These are the skills that transcend job titles and industries, the ones that make you a valuable asset in any role you choose to pursue.

Ok, but why are they so important?

Transferable soft skills can be applied across lots of industries and roles. They are often contrasted with “hard skills,” which are specific technical skills required for a particular job. While hard skills are important, employers value soft skills because they are used in a wider range of settings.

Employers value transferable soft skills because they are essential for success in any workplace. These skills are often what make the difference between a good employee and a great employee and could be what sets your application apart from the others.

Great, but how do I develop my soft skills?

You’ve been developing them all your life, through social situations, school and work life. Here are a few ideas to grow your soft skills.

  • Take on new challenges: Step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. This will help you develop your adaptability, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.
  • Volunteer your time or join a group: Volunteering is a great way to gain experience in a variety of settings and develop your communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills. It might be that you try temping to gain some new experience. For some inspiration, check out my blog 10-things-i-love-about-temping.
  • Take workshops, classes or webinars: There are many classes and workshops available, both online and in person, that can help you develop your transferable soft skills.
  • Seek feedback: Ask your colleagues, friends, and family for feedback on your skills. This will help you identify areas where you can improve. In fact, friends and family are often the best people to see you as you are and identify skills that you’ve overlooked.

Developing transferable soft skills is an investment in your future. Develop these skills for success in any career you choose.

5 transferable soft skills that shine in any job.

Communication

Communication is the cornerstone of any successful task, and it’s a skill that shines brightly in any job. Whether you’re crafting compelling emails, presenting your idea in a team meeting, or simply having a friendly chat with a colleague, strong communication skills ensure that your message is clear, concise, and well-received.

Problem-Solving

Problem-solving is like having a superhero cape in your professional wardrobe. It’s the ability to identify issues, analyse potential solutions, and implement the most effective one. Whether you’re troubleshooting a technical glitch (turn it off and on again?!), resolving a stock issue, or navigating a tricky customer situation, problem-solving skills make you the go-to person for resolving dilemmas.

Teamwork

In today’s collaborative world, teamwork is the key that unlocks success. It’s about working harmoniously with others, sharing ideas, and supporting each other to achieve common goals. Whether you’re discussing ideas with colleagues, helping to train a new person, or managing a team, strong teamwork skills make you an essential part of the professional puzzle.

Adaptability

They say change is the only constant in life, and adaptability is your superpower to navigate it smoothly. It’s the ability to embrace new ideas, adjust to evolving circumstances, and roll with the punches. Whether you’re facing a sudden shift in company policies or learning a new software program, adaptability ensures you thrive in a dynamic environment.

Time Management

Time management is the art of orchestrating your tasks and making the most of every minute. It’s about setting priorities, avoiding distractions, and accomplishing goals within deadlines. Whether you’re juggling multiple projects or managing a busy workload, strong time management skills make you a productivity powerhouse.

 

Depending on the job you’re going for, you might want to add some others. Initiative (acting without being told what to do), or interpersonal skills (building positive relationships with others) are great additions.

Leadership (inspiring and motivating others) and decision-making skills (making sound judgements based on available information) are highly valued for management or supervisory roles. Creativity (the ability to generate new ideas) is also a sought-after skill.

Don’t forget to give real-life examples.

These transferable soft skills are not just job requirements. They are the keys to unlocking your full potential and achieving success in any field you choose. Nurture these skills and let them shine.  You will pave the way to a fulfilling and rewarding career journey.

Remember, you should provide real-life examples of your transferable skills to make them meaningful. Don’t make them up, or you will get caught out at interview. Be honest and authentic, but don’t be afraid to be your biggest champion.

Here to help.

Our Octopus recruiters can help you work out which transferable skills are important to shout about. Ask about transferable skills in your next catch up or when registering with us. For more CV tips, try our blog on CV-success.

 

Anna Wiklinska

About the author

I’m on hand for our industrial and hospitality recruitment here at Octopus – think warehousing, production, construction, kitchen and technical type jobs. I also run our seasonal event work – this is a great option for those wanting to earn some extra money without commitment.

I really enjoy meeting our job hunters and helping them to find work. It’s been lovely to talk to local people and find out what matters to them.

Continuing Professional Development is a journey

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): A key to career success

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or you’re an experienced professional, continuing professional development (CPD) is essential for your success. CPD is the process of continuously learning and developing your skills and knowledge throughout your career. It can help you progress in your current job, find a new job, and stay ahead of the curve in your industry. You may not have thought about it, but odds are, you’ve participated in CPD in your work life – whether it’s the fork lift training you completed or an interesting webinar in your job industry.

My CPD journey

As a recruitment consultant, I’m always looking for ways to improve my skills and knowledge. That’s why I’m a big believer in continuing professional development (CPD).

I’ve always loved learning and self-development. Last year, I completed online training for one of our new clients and gained a certificate in Safer Recruitment to sit alongside our recruitment for local schools.  I wanted to push myself and develop further into my roles, so I subsequently completed a professional industry- recognised qualification with the Recruitment & Employment Federation (REC).  This course was challenging, but it was also incredibly rewarding. I learned a lot about the latest trends and developments in the recruitment industry, and I gained new skills that I can use to better serve my clients and candidates.

I’ve also completed several online courses related to my field. In December 2022 I decided to access CPD learning online from home, and I completed Level 3 certificates in Recruitment, and Human Resource Management.  I was thrilled to get a Distinction and a Higher Distinction in these areas.  My current project shows how useful transferable skills are if you think outside the box. I have just started an online evening course in CPCAB Counselling, which develops listening and communication skills, something that is absolutely crucial in recruitment, after all, its a people business.

I’m a strong believer that CPD is essential for anyone who wants to progress in their career. By continuously learning and developing your skills, you can make yourself more marketable to potential employers and increase your earning potential.

4 ways CPD can help your career.

  1. Improved job performance: CPD improves your skills and knowledge, which can lead to better job performance and increased productivity.
  2. Increased career opportunities: CPD makes yourself more marketable to potential employers. When you have a strong CPD record, it shows employers that you are committed to your career and that you are always looking for ways to improve yourself.
  3. Higher earning potential: Studies have shown that people who engage in CPD tend to earn more than those who don’t. This is because CPD can help you develop the skills and knowledge that are in high demand by employers.
  4. Greater job satisfaction: CPD keeps you up to date on the latest trends and developments in your industry. This can make your job more interesting and challenging, and lead to greater job satisfaction.

How to engage in CPD

There are many different ways to get involved in your CPD.

  1. Taking courses and workshops: This is a great way to learn new skills and knowledge. There are many different types of courses and workshops available, both online and in person.
  2. Attending conferences, trade shows and networking meetings: This is a great way to learn about the latest trends and developments in your industry, and to network with other professionals. It can be anything from a national exhibition to a local networking breakfast.
  3. Reading industry publications and blogs: This is a great way to stay up to date on the latest news and information in your industry. Follow people or companies you like on social media.
  4. Mentoring or coaching: This is a great way to learn from more experienced professionals or colleagues.
  5. Volunteering: This is a great way to gain new skills and experience, and to make a difference in your community.

Still not sure? Here are some great ideas if you’re in the office, industrial, and hospitality sectors:

  • Office: Take a course on Microsoft Office Suite, learn a new programming language, or attend a seminar on project management.
  • Industrial: Take a course on safety procedures or learn how to operate new machinery.
  • Hospitality: Take a course on customer service or learn a new language.

Start searching online or on your social media channels for ideas. To get you started, head to Money Saving Expert | Free ways to learn new skills at home for free ways to learn new skills at home.

My top tips for getting started with CPD.

  1. Identify your goals. What do you want to achieve with CPD? Are you looking to learn new skills, develop your knowledge, or progress in your career?
  2. Research different CPD opportunities. There are many ways to engage in CPD, including taking courses, attending conferences, and reading industry publications.
  3. Talk to your employer! Find out what the company can offer you. They’ll be really pleased that you are showing an active interest in improving your skills.
  4. Create a CPD plan. This will help you to stay on track and achieve your goals.
  5. Set aside time for CPD. It’s important to schedule time for CPD, just as you would for any other important commitment.
  6. Reflect on your CPD journey. Take some time at the end of each year to reflect on your CPD activities and assess your progress.

Show off your CPD.

When you’re looking for a new job, it’s important to highlight your CPD activities in your CV. This will show potential employers that you are committed to your career and that you are always looking for ways to improve yourself.

I love it when candidates tell me about any CPD they’ve done or are doing. It gives me extra ways to market you to our clients, and I’m often inspired to suggest jobs that work with your transferable skills. You can also mention your CPD activities in job interviews. This is a great way to show employers that you are knowledgeable and passionate about your field.

Don’t wait!

CPD is an essential part of any successful career. It can help you improve your skills and knowledge, increase your career opportunities, and earn a higher salary. If you’re not already engaging in CPD, I encourage you to start today. There are many different ways to engage in CPD, so you can find something that fits your needs and interests.

The important thing is to find activities that will help you improve your skills and knowledge and make you a more sought-after candidate to potential employers. CPD is an essential part of any successful career. By continuously learning and developing your skills, you can make yourself more marketable to potential employers and increase your earning potential.

If you’re thinking about starting a CPD journey, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the best investments you can make in your career.

If you’d like to talk to me about your CPD or career prospects, I’d love to help. Call for a quick chat or book an appointment with me for a more in-depth look at your options on 01747 825568.

 

Katherine Bending

About the author

I oversee the office and work from home jobs here at Octopus, including finance, sales, marketing, buying and admin roles.

The team are absolutely fantastic here at Octopus.  I love that the same level of care and support between our team is mirrored in our client and candidate interactions, which is what sets us apart as a brand.

How to Master the Art of Interviewing

Mastering the Art of Interviewing: Tips from a Mindset and Leadership Coach

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking experiences for both interviewees and interviewers (yep, even Hiring Managers admit to getting butterflies before an interview!). We get it; interviews can be a whirlwind of emotions. The pressure to make a positive impression, showcase your skills, and secure the job can be overwhelming. But we’ve got just the thing to help you ace your next interview – insights and tips from the fabulous Mindset and Leadership Coach, Chloe Bannister!

I had the pleasure of chatting to a great friend of Octopus Personnel, Mindset and Leadership Coach, Chloe Bannister, to explore her invaluable insights and tips to maximise your interview success. Chloe’s got the inside scoop, having spent years on the hiring side of the interview table. I caught up with Chloe to tap into her wealth of wisdom and practical advice that’s sure to take your interview game to the next level.

With the right guidance and preparation, anyone can master the art of interviewing. So, let’s delve in and read what Chloe has to say about mastering your next interview!

Understanding your value.

K: Confidence plays a crucial role in interviews. It can make a significant difference in how you present yourself, communicate your qualifications, and handle challenging questions. But how do we ditch those pre-interview jitters?

C: Well, first things first, I don’t think you’re ever going to overcome nervousness and anxiety completely. I think that it’s a sign of care – it shows that you want to make a good impression and are really interested in the job. So, the key is to work with them, not against them. I always go back to the phrase ‘proper prior planning prevents poor performance’! Catchy, right?

K: That’s certainly going to stick in my memory! So, how can we channel that nervous energy into something more productive?

C: It’s all about self-awareness. Understand what’s making you nervous, and you’ll be better equipped to tackle it. It might be a feeling of imposter syndrome or you’re not as good as other candidates. A self-awareness helps to focus on what is within your control, which is prior planning.

I think that if you really understand what is needed from you for the job, you can work out what you can actually offer to it. Understanding your own value and uniqueness is key.

This is what coaching can do. We help people to understand what their strengths are, what they might need to do a bit of work on, and where their little brain worms come from that are causing that anxiety and self-doubt – what we would call a limiting belief.

K: How can you tell when its more than a bit of interview nerves?

C: There’s always a baseline of nervousness that comes naturally from caring and wanting to do a good job. But if they morph into thoughts like ‘I’m never going to be good enough for the job’ that’s when we need to shift gears. Is this true or is it a limiting belief? In my sessions, I would explore that and understand what you’re going for, why you’re going for it, what you’re going to bring to it and working with you to turn that limiting mindset into positive beliefs. In my coaching sessions I don’t assess anyone’s strengths and weaknesses. Instead, I facilitate people to assess themselves. No one knows the answers better than you. My job is to help you focus to find those answers in a relaxed, non-biased space.

K: You also offer group sessions Chloe. How does that differ from your 1:1 sessions?

C: It works a little bit differently. It’s still client-led, but it’s a bit more open. There is a small group, maybe 5 people, and there’s a lot of camaraderie in listening to other people describe how they’re feeling. People start to go, “oh, its not just me who thinks that”. There is real value around having an open conversation, learning, and communicating with others in a safe space. Listening to others gives you perspective on what’s in your control and what’s not. People worry so much around things that are entirely out of their control within an interview situation, and coaching helps them gain the perspective of what they can focus on.

Chloe’s top tips for job interview success.

K: There’s not much you haven’t seen in your experience as a Hiring Manager. What’s your biggest tip for mastering an interview?

C: I think the biggest common mistake is that people don’t prep before they come to an interview. Research the job you’re going for and really think about what you bring to the table. What are your values? What do you want from the job? What kind of company culture are you looking for? What can’t you bring to the job? Think about these things before the interview and there will be very few unexpected questions. And you’ll help the nerves by focussing on what is in your control. So yeah, prior preparation is a massive one.

There are also just really simple things like turn up on time and show interest. So many people don’t have questions, but potentially you’re going to be working there a long time. The interview is a two-way conversation. Its not just whether I want you on my team. Its whether you want to be in my team – so what do you want to know about working there?

K: Are there any big no-no’s during an interview?

C: I think the main thing is to be respectful of previous employers. Explain why you left if you’re asked but don’t dwell on it. Focus on the job you’re applying for and what you want to know about it. Showing genuine interest is impressive and will win you some serious interview brownie points.

K: What’s the one question everyone should ask their interviewer?

C: I think it’s a really good idea to ask the person interviewing you what they like about working there. What is it that keeps them with the company? I think, personally for me, culture is so important, you want to feel comfortable and happy where you work, right? So don’t shy away from asking questions that matter to you.

The Power of Preparation.

Now that you’ve got the scoop from Chloe, it’s time to rock your next interview! Remember, preparation is your secret weapon in mastering the art of the interview. Researching the company, anticipating common interview questions, and thinking of some of your own for the interviewer are all integral to mastering the art of interviewing.

Don’t forget that interviews are a two-way process. Its just as important for you to find out whether you want to work for the company and your interviewer will appreciate your enthusiasm and interest. The right prep will give you confidence and help you focus on what is inside your control. Try not to worry about things that are outside your control and remember that nerves are a sign that you care. And we all get them!

A massive thank you to Chloe for sharing her incredible insights to master your job interview. If you’re interested in finding out more about Chloe’s 1 to 1 sessions and online group workshops, check out her brand new website thinkwithchloe.co.uk. Make sure you follow Chloe on LinkedIn for expert insights and advice, webinars, offers and more.

Happy interviewing. You’ve got this!

 

Want to read more interview tips, check out these handy Octopus blogs Nailing an Online Interview in 4 easy steps and Craft the perfect interview response or go to our Blog and search on Candidate Top Tips.

Katherine Bending

About the author

I oversee the office and work from home jobs here at Octopus, including finance, sales, marketing, buying and admin roles.

The team are absolutely fantastic here at Octopus.  I love that the same level of care and support between our team is mirrored in our client and candidate interactions, which is what sets us apart as a brand.

How do I write a CV?

We’re often asked, “how do I write a CV?” when people register with us. We know that when you haven’t written a CV before, the prospect can seem a little daunting. There’s lots of templates and advice available online. However, the sheer amount can sometimes be off-putting – which one should you choose and whose advice should you listen to?

There is no right or wrong answer to that. Your CV is your first introduction to an employer, so it needs to give them an idea of what value you can bring to the company, and ideally a little flavour of your personality. We’ve seen quite a few CVs in our time (to state the obvious), so we thought we’d offer our take on the subject.

What is a CV and why does it matter?

A Curriculum Vitae (or CV as we commonly say) is a short written document of your work history, qualifications, and education. Your CV is used by employers to screen job applicants and assess whether they might be right for the job. The information you put in your CV will help employers to shortlist people for interview and will often be referred to by your interviewer throughout your interview.

What should I include in my CV?

While there is a lot of variation in structure and presentation, there are some things that are expected within a CV.

  • Your personal details (name and how to contact you) – your gender and date of birth is not necessary here.
  • Work experience (with the most recent experience first) – Try and give a brief description of what you do in the job, any responsibilities you have and any training you did.
  • Education and qualifications (most recent first)
  • References (on request)

There are some other sections that you can add when writing your CV to make you stand out.

  • Personal profile or statement – this is a few lines about who you are and what you are looking for or can offer a company. This section can help grab the reader’s attention and give them context to your work history. Focus on your key skills and give the employer a reason to shortlist you. To really impress, adapt this section to the job you’re applying for.
  • Hobbies and interests – add these only if you think they might be relevant to the job or company culture or interesting to the employer. Socialising isn’t a hobby!

CV checklist

  • Keep it brief and relevant
  • Check spelling and grammar – use Editor on Word or similar
  • Choose a professional font – make sure it’s easy to read
  • Be logical in your layout and use headings and bullet points.

Bronya’s top tips

Remember this is a professional document.

  • Don’t use funny or potentially off-putting email addresses – the safest option is an email address with just your name (and numbers if needed). You can easily create a free email address from Google, Outlook, or others.
  • Consider your social presence online – don’t use a profile photo that might put an employer off and check your privacy settings.
  • Be honest – don’t get caught out in interview with something that isn’t real on your CV. If you’re open and honest you are more likely to find a job that’s right for you.
  • If you’re on LinkedIn, make sure your work history matches your CV.
  • Keep it short and sweet – 2 pages is ideal. If you’re running out of space, give priority to your newest experience and qualifications.
  • Tackle any gaps in your work history head on and supply brief reasons for them, expanding in a cover letter if it is necessary. Put a positive spin on any gaps, drawing attention to any useful skills or experience.
  • Think about the language you are using – this isn’t the same as writing a social profile aimed at your friends. Remember you are writing to a hiring manager and stick to professional language.
  • If you’re just entering the world of work, don’t worry. Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn will go a long way and you can make the most of your extracurricular activities and hobbies to show transferable skills. Show that you know what you’re aiming at and how you plan to contribute to the company.
  • Register with a recruitment agency – when we meet with you, we will find everything we need to increase your chances with an employer, so your CV won’t be your only tool in your job search toolbox.

Find a CV template that you like online and get writing – almost all employers, recruitment agencies, and job sites will ask you for one.

How Octopus can help.

If you would like support writing your CV for the first time, we can help you. Once you’re registered with us, we can set up a CV writing appointment with Anna or Katherine and they will guide you through the process and even print copies for you. Call us on 01747 825568 to make a CV appointment.

If you’ve never registered with an agency before, you can read our blog How to register with a recruitment agency or give us a call on 01747 825568.

Bronya Tanner

About the author

I look after the office here at Octopus and will usually be the first person you speak to. I keep everyone organised and ready for the day ahead and love that we all work as a team to help find the right job matches.

At home I am a keen baker and have my own Insta food blog! I’ve already made the odd Showstopper for our Octopus events and my Signature bake would have to be a celebration cake.

10 things I love about temping

Temping is great. Yes, I know I’m going to say that as it’s my job but there are so many reasons why choosing to temp is a great work solution for so many people. For some it’s a way to fit work around their lives. For others it’s a stop gap while they look for a permanent job.

Many employers choose to use temporary workers through an agency. Temporary workers help employers to respond to changing customer demand or to help them deliver a project on time.

There are different ways to temp. You can pick and choose different shifts or events to earn some extra money when you need it. You can pick up a short-term temping assignment that can last anything from a couple days to a few months without committing to a permanent contract. We also have ongoing assignments that can last several months. Whatever your reason, temping can provide you a great way of working around your personal circumstances.

Here’s my top 10 reasons why temping could be great for you.

 

  1. Gain great experience, fast

Temping can give you the chance to gain skills and expertise in a variety of roles, businesses, and cultures at a fast rate. You will become more adaptable and learn new skills rapidly – key attributes that employers look for when recruiting.

  1. Open new doors and network

Temping provides great networking opportunities, and many businesses who aren’t willing to commit to new permanent roles end up creating one for temps who add value to their business. Many organisations bring in temps to help them deliver a project or undergo a challenging period of change or demand on quite a fast time scale. Experienced temp workers are in high demand!

  1. Test out a potential new job or employer

Temping can provide a great opportunity for you to try your hand at something new before deciding whether it’s for you. If you are new to the market, seeking a change of career, recently been made redundant or returning to work after a period of absence, temping can provide you with opportunities to try several different organisations, roles, and projects to find the perfect fit.

  1. Improve your CV

You can quickly improve your CV with interesting temping roles – it shows you have ambition and drive, valuable transferrable skills and demonstrates that you are reliable, conscientious, and able to gel with a team quickly.

  1. Feel part of a team

Being a temp and then being offered full-time employment can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding ways of joining an organisation. Even if you must undergo a period of probation after being taken on full time, you will feel more established as part of the team. You will also get all the support and guidance you need from the Octopus team. We’re here to make sure you are happy in your assignment so its important to stay in touch and we will keep in regular contact with you and our clients.

  1. Fair, transparent pay

When you are contacted about a temping assignment, you will be given exact details about the pay rate and hours. At Octopus, you will be paid weekly based on your timesheet. You’ll also accrue holiday just like a permanent employee. There can also be overtime at enhanced rates or shift allowances too!

  1. Work/life balance, flexibility

Your temping assignment can provide you with flexibility to fit in with your current circumstances. You get to choose when you work so your home life, holidays and interests take more of a priority. If you want to pause or stop work for a period, or want to try something different, you have the flexibility to do just that.

  1. Learn new skills

Temping will give you the opportunity to see a different industry or environment at the same time as learning new skills. It is a great way to discover a new location, especially if you have recently moved. Temping can also enable you to meet new people socially – we have known many temps who have been invited back to a Christmas do long after the end of their assignment!

  1. Same rights and benefits as permanent workers

After 12 weeks as temp working through an agency, you are entitled to similar employment rights as a permanent member of staff, including the same pay, pension, and annual leave.

  1. Temping often leads to permanent employment

This happens more often than you would think. Its so important for employers to find the right fit for their existing team, so when they find a person who works well, they often offer a permanent contract rather than lose someone. Several of our Temp of the Month winners have gone on to work permanently from their assignments.

 

How we can help

At Octopus, I head up our temporary, contract and interim recruitment but you will find that we all work as a team to help find work for people. You’ll have access to exclusive bookings and assignments with the best clients in the local area. Our consultants concentrate on getting to know both you and your skill set, ensuring that you enjoy and gain from each assignment that you work in.

We provide temporary staffing and recruitment services across Dorset, Wiltshire, and Somerset, covering a variety of economic sectors including office & administration, manufacturing, agricultural, warehouse and other positions. Small or large volume, last-minute or planned, we work with a wide range of companies to use temporary staff to drive their businesses forward.

All our temps are entered into our Temp of the Month award, rewarding the hard work, reliability and dedication shown by our temp team. You can read about some of our previous winners here.

If you choose to take a temporary assignment but are still seeking permanent employment, don’t worry! We will always continue to actively seek roles for you, and we will work closely with each other to assist you in coordinating times for your permanent job interviews. Employers also often create a permanent role when they find an excellent employee through temp work!

You can read more on how to register with an agency, it really is easy and will make sure that we’re looking for the right job for you.

Why not join Octopus now? You can start the registration process here or email your CV to us at jobs@octopuspersonnel.co.uk. Or just call us in the office on 01747 825568.

Anna Wiklinska

About the author

I’m on hand for our industrial and hospitality recruitment here at Octopus – think warehousing, production, construction, kitchen and technical type jobs. I also run our seasonal event work – this is a great option for those wanting to earn some extra money without commitment.

I really enjoy meeting our job hunters and helping them to find work. It’s been lovely to talk to local people and find out what matters to them.

How to register with a recruitment agency

How to register with a recruitment agency

 The job market is changing. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS)*, job vacancies are reaching record highs. Over the period June to August 2021, job vacancies grew by 35%, with all industry sectors increasing their number of vacancies. This is great for the job searcher and now is the best time to enter the job market or look for the next step in your career.

With employers looking to recruit again following the impact of COVID-19, many employers are leaving the recruitment process in the hands of the recruitment agencies. This means it is a great time to register with a recruitment agency so that you’re first in line to hear about a new job.

Octopus Personnel is Gillingham High Street’s local recruitment agency, finding the right people for the right jobs in Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. We recruit for permanent and temporary positions from warehouse, production, and industrial, to office and technical jobs.

With lots of people realising that recruitment agencies are the best way of job searching, how can you make sure that you are the first person that springs to mind for a recruiter?

The key is in a successful registration. Alice gives her top tips to successfully register with Octopus Personnel and ensure you stand out at your appointment.

 

What is a registration?

 

What is a Registration and Why Does it Matter?

A registration with Octopus Personnel includes a 20-minute appointment with one of our friendly Octopus Recruitment Consultants. We also need some necessary details to be able to help you on your job search like your personal details, identity check and GDPR form so that we’re complying with our legal requirements. It doesn’t take long to fill in, we promise!

Your registration is an opportunity for us to meet you face to face and have an informal conversation with you. This enables us to get a better feel for the types of jobs and employers that would be the best fit for you and your interests and skills. We are looking for the right person for our clients and a job for you that you will be happy in.

All our registration appointments are face-to-face so that we can dedicate time to get to know you and consider how best to represent you to employers. Thanks to the joys of technology, you can either come to our office in Gillingham or have a meeting over FaceTime, Zoom or WhatsApp!

 

How to have a successful registration

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Be Honest

Be honest with yourself and us with the types of jobs you are looking for and are likely to seriously consider. Let us know if there is a salary you need to reach to pay the bills and let us know about anything that will affect your job search or employment.

Our team is friendly and approachable and have a lot of experience in dealing with all sorts of situations. They will give you feedback on your CV and let you know any changes they think might be needed. They’ll listen to your experience in other jobs – good and bad – and give you advice on interviews and what jobs might be a good fit.

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Be realistic

Think about what you want – are your expectations achievable? Do you have the skills and experience for the job you want? Are your salary expectations reasonable?

For some jobs you might need to do some assessments, for example, Word, Data Entry, Excel or even Welding. This gives us a great idea of your suitability for a job and means that you will stand out to the employer.

 

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Be flexible

We might see potential in a job you’ve not considered before. Be open to new ideas and types of working. Keep the days and hours you can work as flexible as possible. Consider shift work, temporary jobs, and events. You never know, the client you work for at an event might be impressed with you and have a job opening. Or the temporary job might turn into a permanent position. It happens a lot!

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Be confident

Be confident and show us who you are! We’re here to help you find the right job for you, so we need to see who you are. Let us get to know the real you and we can give you tips and advice to show your strengths for the jobs you want.

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Keep in contact

Keep us up to date with any change of details. Let us know if you’d consider new types of jobs or working hours. It all helps us to find the right match for you.

Sign up for our job alerts and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We post our new jobs on our website and our social media, so if you see a job that you like, let us know!

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Remember our top tips!

We’re here to help.

First impressions count so consider the way you dress and present yourself. Be kind, courteous and respectful.

Listen to our advice! We want you to succeed and we’ll use all our expertise and experience to find you the right job.

Take the tests! Some job roles require skills assessments or short video introductions or video interviews. Don’t be shy and don’t put these off. See this as a great opportunity to put yourself ahead of the competition.

 

Register with Octopus Personnel and kick start your job search today!

At Octopus Personnel, we take the time to really get to know our job searchers because we love what we do, and we love changing people’s lives for the better.

We are experts at presenting our job searchers to our clients, so that they can see all the skills and experience you can bring to a job. Years of industry expertise and great relationships with our clients means that we are the best solution to find you the right job.

Book an appointment to register with us on 01747 825568 or send us your details here.

 

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Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

5 ways to deal with interview rejection and plan your next steps

 5 ways to deal with interview rejection and plan your next steps

Have you ever received that dreaded interview rejection phone call or email? It can be tough, but Alice Weeks, Octopus Personnel Recruitment Consultant, explains why you shouldn’t feel dejected or disheartened. Instead you can use this experience to positively plan the next steps in your job search.

 

Any recruiter will tell you that the interview rejection phone call is a tough one to make – especially if the candidate has prepared well for the interview.  The way you handle interview rejection is just as important as the skills on your CV when it comes to securing a new role. If you allow interview rejection to knock your confidence and make you doubt your abilities, it could negatively affect your performance in future interviews.

So when you get that call, here are a few things to remember to keep you positive, optimistic and motivated, and help you plan what to do next.

5 point plan to deal with rejection and move forward

1. Rejection is not feedback

Whilst you may not have secured this role, that doesn’t mean that you did anything wrong!  At Octopus Personnel, we always follow up on interviews and give feedback to candidates.

Next step: Listen to what you did right (so you can do it again next time) and think about the areas that could be improved. Act on that feedback!

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2. It’s not personal

It is very easy to take rejection personally.  However, most of the reasons behind hiring decisions will not be made apparent to you. You may have performed excellently but there could be other factors at play. For example, there may have been a strong internal candidate who is already familiar with the business, or another candidate with slightly more relevant experience than you. These are things you cannot change.  Focus on the positives you are given in the feedback, be aware of any advice in terms of areas to improve and move forward positively.

Next step: Revisit your CV to remind yourself of your strengths. Annotate your CV with examples that worked well in this interview.

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3. A fresh approach

Approach each new job opportunity with a fresh perspective and a positive attitude. Tailor your CV to best match a new opportunity and fully research and prepare for a new interview. If you made mistakes or felt unprepared in your last interview – learn from this but don’t keep it at the forefront of your mind, it will only make you nervous.

Every company and hiring manager is different and will have a different idea of the ‘ideal candidate’. Keep a fresh approach while remaining true to your personality and experience.  Your Octopus Personnel consultant will prepare you beforehand with details about the interview and role. You can then support this with your own research about the company.  Put in the work each time.

Next step:  Start preparing for the next interview with the same commitment and vigour.

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4. Keep learning and developing

Whilst that interview rejection phone call might not be the one you are hoping for, there are still things you can do to keep making a difference to your morale, motivation and employability.  A part-time training course or webinar, a charity project, mentorship or a voluntary position in a company of interest can keep your skills sharpened and your experience relevant and up to date.  If you are not working, temping can be an excellent way to learn new skills and add to your professional contacts.

By keeping professionally active in this way, you can aid ongoing development, boost confidence, give yourself a focus outside your job hunt and provide a discussion point in your next interview.

Next step:  Seek out other opportunities to keep your skills and experience relevant and up to date.

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5. Always leave room for Plan B

Don’t pin your hopes on one specific job in the belief that it’s a perfect fit. If you don’t get that job, the rejection can be harder to take.  Think about each interview as a point along the journey to your next role. It’s also smart to pursue multiple opportunities, even when you are particularly invested in one role.

Next step:  Whilst you should tailor your CV and research for each role, you can apply for multiple roles at the same time.  Take an organised approach to make sure you don’t get the details of each role confused.

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Have I convinced you?  What have you got to lose?

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 means that we are perfectly positioned within the market to guide you to your new role and interview success.

You can sign up here or call the team on 01747 825568 to set up an appointment to register with us.

 

 

 

 

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Still here to support you – Candidate update

Octopus Personnel is still here to help - Lockdown Candidate Update

Following the Government’s announcement at the weekend, it is business as usual at Octopus Personnel, although the team will be working remotely now.

Here when you need us

The office will be closed with effect from today, but we are working from 8:30 – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday, finishing at 5 p.m. on a Friday.  You can call on 01747 825568 or email enquiries@octopuspersonnel.co.uk for any questions or help you may need.

Here when you need us - - Lockdown Candidate Update

Same quality service online

All our paperwork and procedures are fully digitised now and can be conducted remotely.  You receive the same quality support and service however you meet with us: using #Zoom, #Facetime or #WhatsApp.

Timesheets must be submitted online - Lockdown Candidate Update

Timesheets

Please do not post timesheets into the office, as the office is now closed.  Timesheets posted through the letterbox cannot be processed and this may cause a delay to your payment.

You can submit your timesheet via email to enquiries@octopuspersonnel.co.uk  or take a photo of the timesheet on your phone; visit www.octopuspersonnel.co.uk; click on the upload timesheet button at the top of the page; attach the image and fill in your name, mobile and email address and click send!

Looking for a new role

If you are searching for a new position, make sure that we have your most up to date details and CV to make sure we can act swiftly and effectively to support you.  Make sure you are signed up for job alerts – job alerts keep you ahead of the game by notifying you as soon as a relevant position becomes available.

Working with the best companies in the South West - Lockdown Candidate Update

Working with the best companies in the South West

Our relationships with you, our candidates, and our clients is what makes the Octopus difference so special.  Whilst the new normal has made many changes, this is still the bedrock of what we do.  We continue to work extremely closely with our clients to understand their evolving needs, meaning we can bring you the best roles currently available in the local area.

The best advice tailored to you

Our website is a one stop shop for everything you need.  You can search our current vacancies, register, submit your CV, download guides to improve your CV, covering letter and interview technique, polish your interview answers, nail that online interview or improve your LinkedIn Profile.  Didn’t find what you need?  Give us a call – our recruitment consultants are experts and their advice is free!

Relationships matter - Lockdown Candidate Update

Whatever your needs, we are here to help.  You can contact us via phone on 01747 825568 or drop us an email so we can answer any questions you may have.

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Successful Recruitment during the Pandemic

We’re in this together

Despite the news continuing to report challenges for individuals, families and companies alike, successful recruitment during the pandemic is still possible.  We are working with our candidates and clients closely to safeguard the health and safety of all.  We take our responsibility to support our communities, those who are vulnerable, and the healthcare providers who are on the front lines of this pandemic extremely seriously.

Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement, people living in England will be asked to work from home where possible and pubs, bars and restaurants will be required to close at 10pm each night under a series of new restrictions. Under these new rules, the requirement to wear face masks has now been extended.  If you need to attend the office for any reason, please make sure you wear a face covering at all times.

Successful Recruitment in the Pandemic

Moving forwards

We have initiated some changes to ensure we remain one step ahead and that we continue to do the right thing for our team, candidates and clients.

The Octopus office will remain open, but we will be offering virtual appointments only for the time being.  You can still meet with us in lots of different ways: using #Zoom#Facetime or #WhatsApp.  Our policies and provision for ensuring we help reduce the spread of Coronavirus have proved effective so far and we will continue to liaise with our clients to ensure we prove the best support and advice to our candidates.

If a virtual appointment does not suit you, we are, as always, on the phones (01747 825568) ready to discuss alternative arrangements with you.

Digital Innovation: Successful Recruitment during the Pandemic

Exciting Announcements

This year has changed the focus of many businesses and allowed us as a recruitment company to bring forward our digital plans. Our commitment to meeting with each candidate at the start of their journey remains at the heart of what we do, so we are very excited to share with you that we have now integrated the latest video software into our recruitment process!

We have already found this gives clients a better insight into the team and cultural fit of a candidate, whilst reducing the time to hire and supporting an accurate first stage screening process. For candidates, it provides a great platform to sell themselves within a matter of seconds, getting your personality, experience and USP across, bringing your CV alive!

So keep an eye out on our social media and website, where we will be revealing all over the next course of the next month!!

The Octopus Team: Successful Recruitment during the Pandemic

Here for you

As mentioned, we are at the end of the phone to support you in any way we can.

For job seekers, our website offers a wide range of resources to help you efficiently navigate the job search, advice on redundancy, making sure your CV and interview skills are up to date, improving your LinkedIn Profile and much more.

For clients, we have the latest advice on recruitment, from flexible resourcing with temporary workers to benefitting from the switch to an employer driven market.

Recruitment during Pandemic

Do you have symptoms of COVID 19?

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following;

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above, stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.  Please see all the latest guidance here.

If you are experiencing any symptoms whilst working for Octopus Personnel you must notify us immediately.

Further Information

Further information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.

Advice from the NHS on when to self-isolate is here:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Advice from the Government to Employer, Employees and Business can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Advice on travel and returning from travel is here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus and from the Foreign Office Website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice You should notify Octopus Personnel if you have been abroad in the last month.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public provides further information, including symptoms and the latest advice.

Whatever your needs, we are here to help! You can contact us via phone on 01747 825568, drop us an email or contact us so we can answer any questions you may have.

Sandra Smart

About the author

I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.

What to do when you’ve been made redundant

As the Government tries to kick-start the economy during the easing of Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, redundancy is, unfortunately, affecting more and more people.  With the Government’s coronavirus support schemes set to end later this year, there may be more redundancies to come. Being made redundant can leave you wondering what can I do now?  Our Recruitment Team, Sandra, Lucie and Alice, offer their best advice on the next steps you could take.

Woman leaving an office with belongings in a box: What to do when you've been made redundant

“There is an intense wave of emotion which comes with being made redundant,” explains Sandra, Octopus Personnel Director.  “Shock, anxiety, fear can all be immediately overwhelming, followed by a loss of confidence and sense of identity.  It’s a challenging time.  But it comes with opportunities too.  There may be some financial compensation, so it can give you time to take stock and explore your options moving forward.”

“It’s important to get the right support and realise it isn’t your fault,” says Alice, Octopus Personnel Recruitment Consultant.  “Once you’ve had time to process the news, there are positive steps you can take to make changes and seek a new role.”

Get the right advice

Lady talking on the phone: Get the right advice about redundancy

“Don’t worry alone,” says Sandra, “Get support and advice from people who understand the situation.”  If you need advice on being made redundant, free help is available. A good first port of call is ACAS, an independent public body that offers free impartial advice on employment rights, rules and best practice.

Take stock of how you’re feeling

Losing a job is a huge adjustment and it’s normal to experience a range of emotions. Shock, anger, resentment, relief and much more are all common to feel in a short period of time.  Make sure you give yourself space and time to express these feelings, and talk to other people about what you are experiencing.

Man holding his head: Take stock of how you are feeling

Being made redundant during the pandemic is nothing to be ashamed of; you are not to blame for this turn of events and having some social support during this time can help you cope.  Mind has great advice for dealing with redundancy and supporting your mental health.  “Check out my mindfulness techniques to help you process your feelings and begin to take steps to decide on what you want to do next,” recommends Lucie.

Manage uncertainty by taking small steps

Redundancy can lead to lots of worries about the future and the pandemic feels very unpredictable right now.  Lucie says, “Try to focus on the things you can control. Whilst you may not be able to return to your old job, you can spend some time polishing your CV.  You can get help and advice on celebrating your skills and experience in your CV, on making the most of online interviews and how to answer those tricky interview questions.”

Notebook with action plan written in: Manage uncertainty by taking small steps

“By accepting the things we can’t control, we can start to focus our energy on the things we can.  You’ll start to see the way ahead.”

Look at things differently

Alice says, “If you want to do something different, go for it. Don’t be put off by re-training. It’s an experience in itself.  If you’ve spent some time looking at your CV, you can seek out training opportunities to strengthen weaknesses in your CV and skill set or help you transition to a new field or role.”

Look at things differently

“There are plenty of online and short courses across a broad range of fields. Make sure you have researched any courses before you start and try to look for industry-recognised training providers before you invest your time and money.”

Consider temporary work

Some people might make a quick step from one job to the next after a redundancy. But for those looking to explore options, or people working in industries which have less demand currently, a temporary gig such as a short-term contract could be the answer.

Lucie explained, “A temporary job can be great for buying you breathing space.  It offers structure to your week, which is important when it comes to staying motivated, and it’s an opportunity to pick up new skills and experience different work environments and meet new people.”

If you are made redundant, consider temporary work with Octopus Personnel

Come and see us!

At Octopus Personnel, the recruitment team are here waiting to support YOU! 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, and preparing you to succeed at interview. 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. You can sign up here or call the office on 01747 825568 to arrange an interview.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the social media and website you see online to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of things, 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!

 

COVID-19 Procedures: Don’t worry!

In line with the government guidelines, we are excited to be reopening the Octopus office as a new safe and welcoming environment.  We wanted to update you about the COVID-19 procedures, which will be in place should you need to come and visit us from the Monday 6th July 2020.

Staying safe with Octopus Personnel

When you arrive at the front office door, it may be locked – don’t worry!  This is to make sure there is only one person visiting the office at any one time.  Just knock on the door and someone will be with you.

An image of the main office door closed - COVID19 Procedures - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

When the door is unlocked, you will be met by Mike who is managing the front desk – don’t worry!  Please wait for Mike to return to behind his desk and then come on in! There is an automatic hand sanitiser next to the door.  Just place your hand under the dispenser and clean your hands.

Image of automatic hand sanitiser - COVID19 Procedures - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

You will now see a new mat across the floor, a rope and Mike behind a screen – don’t worry!  The carpet is a helpful reminder to simply stand on the feet marks and let Mike know what you need.

An image of the specially marked carpet - COVID19 Procedures - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

If you need to collect paperwork – don’t worry!  All paperwork is safely stored in wipeable folders at the front of the office which are cleaned throughout the day.  You can simply and safely collect what you need.

An image of desk with paperwork - COVID19 Procedures - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

If you want to register with us – don’t worry!  You can still meet with us in lots of different ways; using #Zoom, #Facetime or #WhatsApp and now face-to-face appointments will be offered if no other choice is an option.

An image of Octopus Laptop working from home - COVID19 Procedures - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

If you need to submit your timesheet – don’t worry!  With the new #website, it couldn’t be easier!

  1. Take a photo of the timesheet on your phone
  2. Go to www.octopuspersonnel.co.uk on your phone
  3. Click on the upload timesheet button on the top right hand corner of the homepage
  4. Attach the image and fill in your name, mobile and email address
  5. Click send

It’s done! Simple. Safe.

Octopus Website - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

Whatever your needs, we are here to help – don’t worry! You can contact us via phone on 01747 825568, drop us an email or contact us so we can answer any questions you may have about our COVID-19 procedures.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the social media and website you see online to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of things, 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!

 

Meet with us virtually or in the office

As we take the next steps into the #newnormal, we wanted to provide all our candidates with an update.  As you know, the business is running successfully remotely, but we are now working hard to implement steps for us to safely return to the office and we wanted to share our approach with you.

Our target date for opening the office on a part time basis, is the Monday 6th July 2020.  You will then be able to meet with us virtually or in the office.

Opening Times

From this date, the office opening hours will be 10am – 2pm, Monday through to Friday. And we will still be available, as normal, from 8:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Thursday and 8:30am – 5pm, on a Friday.

Image of the front window of Octopus Personnel - Our plan for returning to the Octopus Personnel Office

Your Safety

If you do come to visit it us in the office, every care has been taken to ensure your safety.  Clear signage, roped off areas, screens and a strict one candidate only in the office at any time, means you can visit knowing your safety is our priority.  Before we open, you will receive a clear email with labelled images and detailed information about how we plan to keep you safe.

Talk to us your way

Our comprehensive candidate care package is designed to fit in with your life and needs.  You can still meet with us virtually using; Zoom, Facetime or WhatsApp and now face-to-face appointments will be offered if no other choice is an option.  All of our paperwork is designed to be completed remotely and returned via email, making it flexible to your needs.

Talk to us your way at Octopus Personnel

Here for all your needs

Our website is a one stop shop for everything you need.  You can search our current vacancies, register, submit your CV, download guides to improve your; CV, covering letter and interview technique, and explore our top tips for job seeking and finding the perfect role in the blog.

Explore the Candidate Support on the Octopus Personnel Website

Please do get in contact if you have any other questions about our return to the office and we look forward to welcoming you, virtually or face-or-face, next time we see you.  Remember to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter for further updates.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the social media and website you see online to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of things, 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!