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For many of us, the easing of lockdown brings long overdue opportunities to see friends and family, play sports, get back to work and resume activities we’ve had to put on hold.  And even though we may, for the best part, be happy about things returning to a bit of normality, there may be other things making us feel anxious.

For many others, the prospect of coming out of lockdown when there is still so much debate about whether it’s a good idea, is affecting people’s mental health.

Every persons’ situation is unique to them, but it can be very stressful and draining managing all the uncertainty.

Fear and anxiety are very common responses when faced with change and uncertainty. Don’t beat yourself up for the way you’re feeling.  Instead, acknowledge how you feel, know you’re not alone and as is the case with everything, this too will pass.  It always does.

 

Tips on coping with fear and anxiety

In the meantime, you may find these suggestions helpful to ease your anxiety as things continue to return to normal.

 

Focus on what you can control – worrying about things you can’t control causes more stress.  Start by writing down all the things you can control and all the things you can’t. This will start to bring some awareness to whether your thoughts and emotions are based on things within your control or outside your control.   For example, you can’t control what debates are happening in the media, but you can control how much time you spend watching the news and choose to keep it to a minimum if it’s making you feel anxious.

Then whenever you notice your mind going into overdrive, ask yourself “is this within my control or outside my control?” If it’s not within your control, what can you choose to do that is within your control instead?  For example, if you’re out of work, you can’t control when you’ll find a job, but you can control your ability to give yourself the best chance i.e. updating your CV, applying for jobs and following up on any applications.

 

Ask for help – know you’re not the only person feeling like this.  You may feel like a weight has lifted if you speak to someone or get some support.  Also, many workplaces are allowing flexible working even if people are returning to their usual place of work.  Speak to your manager if your work is being affected by fear or anxiety as they may be able to provide additional support.

 

Breathe – sometimes it can all feel overwhelming with so much change frequently happening,  a good way to bring your attention back to the present is to focus on your breathing. Taking nice steady breaths in through your nose for a count of six seconds and out through your mouth for six seconds.  Continue for a few minutes or until you’re feeling more relaxed.

 

Gratitude – writing down 5-10 things that you’re grateful for every day is a nice way to focus your attention on something positive rather than dwelling on all the negativities.  Studies have found that it lowers stress and can improve your sleep too. Notice whether you personally did anything well that day too and jot it down as a way of congratulating yourself.

 

Self-care whether self-care for you is exercise, reading a book, going out for dinner, or catching up with a friend, getting clear on what’s important to you and making time for it can really help to ease any stress and anxiety you may be experiencing.

What makes you feel good about yourself?   When are those times when you’re feeling most energised and what can you do less of to give you the time to do more of what makes you feel good?

Make it a priority and schedule it into your diary will mean you’re more likely to do it.

 

Hopefully, that’s given you some food for thought during these uncertain times that we’re living in, but remember that as with everything, it always passes, and this too will pass.  It always does.

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Over the last 12 months or so we have all experienced a severe disruption individually and to our businesses across the UK and the world. Whoever thought that 13 months after Boris announced the first lockdown that we would still be trying to navigate our way out of it.

I remember some of our team saying “ah it will only last a few weeks” which I thought at the time was optimistic, but I had no idea we would still be in it now!!!

Since the first day of 2021 the property & construction market has been growing in confidence and as a knock on affect we, as a business, have been getting busier. Technically, most offices are still not open as normal and may not be yet for a few months at best. But are you seeing growth and confidence in your business and are you a little short on resource? If the answer to this question is yes… then hiring, onboarding, training and getting any new recruit up to speed must be high on your agenda!

I am writing this blog to raise a question – are you considering engaging temporary workers as a potential solution as we lift out of lockdown and if not, why not?

Here are some key reasons why hiring temporary staff across the business could be the sensible approach to supporting your business growth this year:

1. Commitment free resource – hiring a temporary worker via a temp agency will only commit you to the short notice period agreed
2. Agile resource – this is staffing that you can turn off and on at any point when you need it
3. Temporary to permanent hires – a lot of the temps (50%+) we place go on to being offered assignment extensions or permanent contracts – the “try before you buy” approach
4. Qualified/experienced cover – if you work with a recruitment firm that specialize in your niche its likely they will have people on their books (especially in the current climate) who can hit the ground running!
5. Hassle free/fast process – if you engage the right temp agency they can take away all the hassle of hiring a permanent team member, they can get someone onsite within a day and you only need to sign off a timesheet each week and report on progress
6. Flexible resource – if the initial assignment comes to an end but another team could do with cover or extra resource you can move across a “known/trained” person who can pick it up very quickly and knows/understand your ways of working, IT and standards

So, there you have it, my top 6 reasons why you and your firm should consider temps as a viable option coming out of lockdown. I know from speaking to clients that the work is there but there is still some hesitation around whether we could go back into lockdown and business levels fall… so surely this type of resource (if you can find the right workers/agency) has to be worth considering?

We have temporary workers on our books that are experienced in; sales, customer service, marketing, HR, operations, finance, technical, surveying, construction, project management and much more.

If you are interested in engaging temporary staff or want to explore the options we have available, please get in touch.

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When applying for a job – whether through an agency or direct – the first thing that anyone sees is your CV. It is what they base their first impressions from and could be the difference between them progressing your application or not. It needs to reflect who you are, your amazing experience and be able to stand out from the crowd.

This is drilled into us from a fairly young age, and sounds simple enough, but how do we really make sure our CV stands out from the pile of similar applications on the desk? I’ve put together some top tips which you will hopefully find helpful to make sure you are head and shoulders above the rest!

Try to keep it to the point.

Everyone likes to make sure they have every detail of their career history explained in detail, but this can often be a downfall when it comes to writing a CV. Potential employers don’t always have time to read through a CV in its entirety and will look for specific pieces of information. If these are not clearly visible within a rambling CV, they can often be missed. Keep your CV around 2 pages long, and bullet point the key duties and achievements of each role you’ve had. Any paragraphs should be kept short and sweet.

Make it clear.

Make sure that each section has a clear heading, so that whoever is reading your CV can find the information they need easily. Ensure that you order your employment history from most recent to least, as it is likely that your most recent experience will be the most relevant to the role you are applying for. Make sure job titles and dates are clear. In this way, employers can pinpoint information quickly and easily!

Include examples of what you have achieved – be proud of your achievements!

Whilst professional achievements will have merit on a CV, it is often good to show what you are proud of outside of the workplace. We all have lives outside of our jobs and have accomplished things we are proud of. Don’t be afraid to show them off. It is another way to show your personality and give a clear indication of your character.

Make your CV unique.

As beneficial as it is to tailor your CV to a specific job role, it is not always possible to do this for every position you apply for. Focus key areas such as previous employment duties and achievements on the industry or job type you are aiming to get. A great place to tailor your CV to a specific job is your profile section. This is easily changed each time you send your CV out and is generally the first thing people see when looking at your application.

NEVER send your CV before checking through it

Your CV is an incredibly important document, which is a reflection on you. If there are any errors or mistakes (Spelling and grammar being the most common), it will not show you in the best light possible. Once you have written and edited, take a break, and go back to it with fresh eyes to double and triple check that everything is in order before you send it.

For such a small document, there is a lot to think about when it comes to drafting and filling in your CV. By doing it properly and putting the time in, you are far more likely to secure more interviews, and in turn, secure the job of your dreams!

If you ever have any questions regarding your CV, or how you can improve on it, please get in touch with myself or any other member of the Cherry Pick Team. We are always there to help you find your dream role and will assist in any way we can – we are a pretty friendly bunch!

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It is never a nice feeling like you have been rejected, especially when you are at work. Of course, your emotions and that completely irrational person within us is probably shouting that you should completely hulk out on the entire workplace and smash everything to bits. But we all know that in the real world this isn’t the approach to take… plus you might rip your favourite outfit!
You might not believe it, but even the most successful people have, at one point in their lives, had to deal with rejection. The thing that sets them apart from others is how they deal with it and move on.
Feel like you need some inspiration in how to better deal with being told that you are not quite up to scratch? Below is the successful persons guide to dealing with rejection in the workplace.

They remember that this isn’t the only path to take
One of the worst things that you can do when you have been rejected from something is to think that it is all your own fault and that you just weren’t good enough. The thing to always keep in mind is that just because you were rejected, that doesn’t mean it was because you were worthless, it simply means that you were not right for that path. Recognise and remember your own value and instead of thinking that this is the only route to take, take another look at your map.

They take the time to think about what happened
Sometimes rejection can come out of the blue, that you can’t pinpoint where it all went wrong. However, just as likely is that there are things that you could have done differently. Someone who is successful can reflect on what happened and know perhaps where they could have made changes. That doesn’t mean that the rejection was all your fault of course, but it is something that can help you with the future.

They ask for feedback
It isn’t always easy to hear what is wrong with you, but sometimes welcoming feedback is the best way to make yourself better and push yourself to succeed. The feedback might be something that you already know about and want to change, but it could also be something that you may not have even been aware of. The important thing is that you can ask the other person to let you know how they see you.

They then improve
It’s all well and good asking for feedback when you have been rejected, but what you should also then do is think about it and make changes. We can all do with a touch of improvement and if you have taken the giant leap to asking for some feedback, then do something with it. Otherwise you might as well have had your fingers in your ears and shouted la-la-la whilst they were talking to you!
When you are feeling down and you are tempted to hide away from the world, remember that even the most successful people in the world probably had the same hurdles. The only difference with them is rather than buying a large tub of ice cream and grabbing a blanket, they dusted themselves off and set about showing those who rejected them just what they are worth. We can promise you, that it is the best revenge to take!

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Hopefully you have already set up a LinkedIn profile and are following our company page to keep in touch with all the latest Property & Construction news, latest job postings and recruitment tips and advice. However, if you don’t have an account here are 9 key reasons to get one:

1) Social media plays a huge role in recruitment for potential employers

2) You need to put the effort in to getting your profile 100% complete and looking the best it can, as this is like your shop window for potential employers – an opportunity to really impress!

3) Grow your own personal network, the broader your network, the higher you will rank in other’s search results. This is vital to be successful in any business, “it’s not what you know it’s who you know!”

4) LinkedIn can assist with your career development and help increase your earning potential

5) You can be proactive and approach/connect with people from Companies you want to work for in the future – build your profile with them!

6) Learn from and be inspired by others and how they have developed their careers – analyse their work history to see what they have done.

7) Keep track of your peers – when you see someone doing well it should motivate you to want to improve

8) Deepen your understanding of a company before interviewing or even joining them

9) LinkedIn is a more visual alternative to the traditional CV!

 

How do your other Social Media accounts like Facebook & Instagram affect your career – Social Media Friend or foe for your career?

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Social media impacts every single person’s life on this planet, there are over 2.206 billion active users, a global penetration of 30% – In the UK alone 96% of adults are on Facebook and 1 billion people Worldwide log onto Instagram monthly. As a recruiter I am often asked about the impact of social media on job applications – shall I change my settings to private? Shall I hide people from being able to search for me? Shall I delete those terrible old posts with my tongue piercing and bright pink hair?

Social media can provoke a prejudgement on someone before meeting them – whether you like it or not. Will this be your friend or foe? Career builder conducted a survey last year and found 37% of employers use social networks to screen potential job candidates. This means 2 in 5 companies browse your social media to evaluate your character and personality! Some employers even base their hiring decision on what they may or may not find. This can both be beneficial and harmful to a candidate for example 29% of employers said they found something they liked on a candidates profile which prompted them to offer the job.  However 1 out of 3 of the employers will drop a candidate due to something they saw on him or her online! 68% of potential employers will look at your Facebook or Instagram during the screening process – let’s keep the pictures nice and friendly!

From a recruiter’s point of view – it can be both harmful and beneficial to a job search. Social media can expose things a potential employer may not like to see – for example that drunken night out at university in 2011 you do not want to remember – let alone the CEO of a company you are applying to! However, also not being able to find a social media account can also be just as damaging – If employers search and cannot find you their thoughts are why are they not on facebook? I can find X person now, they look nice so I will call them instead… Do you get my point?

My thoughts on my own social media account is to not say anything I would not say in front of my Mother (the fact I have my mum on all social media also helps this along very nicely) – cheers Mum 😉 Delete those old pictures and status’s from 2am in the morning after Oceana! Think of your social media as a representation of yourself – how would you like to be perceived?

For further advice on how to make the best use of your social media profiles to maximise your chances of securing your dream job, feel free to contact me.