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Join ESA Group: Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultant

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Are you a hard-working, ambitious graduate looking to set yourself up on a high trajectory start to your career?

If yes, then ESA Group wants to hear from you. We are specialist recruitment consultants, sourcing the best tech and digital talent for some of the biggest businesses in the Midlands and beyond.

We’re looking for six ambitious, driven, high achievers to join us from September as Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultant.

In return for your commitment and dedication, you will be rewarded with a competitive starting salary plus impressive commission, with an additional pay rise following successful completion of your probation.

To give you an idea one of our recent starters earns over £35k.

Alongside your starting salary and generous commission structure, you will benefit from a comprehensive training program, flexible working, monthly lunch clubs and incredible opportunities to grow with the organisation, making the fast progression to director level a possibility.

ESA Group, which was founded in 2014 and regularly works with household names including Purple Bricks, Claire’s accessories, NEC Group and Gymshark, is centrally located at Birmingham’s Colmore Building.

As well as its fantastic central location, this new development benefits from a host of envy-inducing amenities such a state-of-the-art 6,000 sq. ft. gym, an on-site all day coffee house serving breakfast, lunch and snacks, beauty treatment rooms, doctors surgery, and even a dry cleaning service.

If this sounds like the start your career needs then email a CV and a covering letter to sarah.mann@esa-group.co.uk.

What’s in it for you:

● Competitive starting salary plus commission scheme and pay rise following probation

● Clear career trajectory and opportunities for swift promotion.

● Outstanding workplace with on-site gym, café, doctors surgery and beauty treatment rooms.

● Flexible working as standard.

● Supportive team promoting a true team-player culture.

● A robust and structured training plan.

What we are looking for:

● No recruitment experience necessary and we welcome candidates from all degree levels

● Excellent communication skills

● An ability to build relationships

● Ambitious characteristics with a drive to succeed

● Good decision-making skills within fast-paced working environments

If you believe you have the required skills and attributes to join us as Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultant, then apply online ASAP. Email a CV and a covering letter to sarah.mann@esa-group.co.uk.

Closing date: 01/07/2019

Why everything you've heard about recruitment probably isn't true

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Recruitment, like other sales-based roles, has a reputation for high-pressure working environments with consultants chasing the commission, seemingly at any cost. There’s no doubt we’re target-driven and tenacious (after all, who doesn’t like to be recognised for a job well done?) – yet a career in this industry offers plenty more rewards beyond the financial. 

 As a graduate, who has spent the past three years in higher education, recruitment might seem like a big leap into the unknown. But choose the right employer and you’ll soon find the negative perceptions are unfounded, as our myth-busting guide proves.

 

‘People are only motivated by money’

 It is certainly true that there are opportunities to earn big money, and that’s no bad thing. Most recruiters love the challenge of hitting their targets and securing a bonus, so it isn’t a career for those who plod along, only willing to do the bare minimum.

 Unless you are a volume recruiter, who helps companies take on high numbers of workers often to meet seasonal demand, you won’t sit at your desk making call after call. 

 Recruiting for more specialist roles, you still speak to candidates and clients on the phone (and use LinkedIn), but you’ll also build relationships that sometimes last for years. Strong recruiters are able to closely align candidates’ skills to clients’ needs, so new hires stay in the job for longer. 

 

‘It’s stressful’

 There are always days when your adrenaline is pumping, although you’ll be pleased to know the days of ‘sweatshop’ style offices are long gone. 

 In order to attract the top talent (that’s you!), good employers know they need to create attractive working environments and have a clear set of company values. Our values – integrity, empathy, focus and pride– are at the centre of everything we do and alongside regular perks and staff socials, we promote flexible working, along with employee health and wellbeing.   

 

‘My boss will see me as a money-making machine’

 The best managers support their teams and want them to perform well but not at the expense of their mental or physical health. We’re not afraid to tell our consultants to take a holiday if it looks like they are putting themselves under too much pressure, for example.

 Rather than letting juniors take on impossibly heavy workloads, a good boss will pick up the phone and speak to clients and candidates directly. They lead by example, which enables you to develop skills and confidence.  

 

‘I won’t be supported’

 Unlike some industries, ambitious recruiters rarely get stuck in a rut – the problem is you can sometimes move up the ranks too quickly. There’s nothing wrong with having your eye on a managerial role, as long as you have the right experience. It can take two years for someone to become an effective manager, which is why we believe a phased approach – where you mentor juniors first – works best. 

 At every job interview, ask how you will be supported and make sure your employer fulfils any promise they make once you’ve started. 

 

‘My degree subject isn’t relevant’

 Some degrees, like management and business studies, might seem more relevant to a career in recruitment, but any subjects helps you develop valuable skills, like problem-solving and understanding complex concepts.

 Your degree subject could also be relevant if you work in a specialist area of recruitment, like tech or marketing, because you’ll have a better understanding of your clients and candidates. Don’t forget, customer-facing or admin jobs you had while at university, as well as voluntary work, will bolster your skillset too.  

 To find out about the latest career opportunities with ESA Group, keep an eye on our blog and Linkedin page.

We’re hiring!

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Are you looking for an opportunity to further your career with a fast-growing, UK-wide recruitment specialist?

ESA Group specialises in placing top talent around the country in marketing, technology, and sales roles. As we continue to grow our service offering and global reach, we are interested in hearing from consultants with experience in recruiting across all professional services sectors, also including finance, procurement, supply chain, engineering and financial services.

This year, we are embarking on a period of significant change. We are saying goodbye to our old home in Edgbaston, and relocating to the centre of Birmingham’s bustling commercial district. From this March, we will be found at the newly launched Colmore Building.

As well as its fantastic central location, this new development benefits from a host of envy-inducing amenities such a state-of-the-art 6,000 sq. ft. gym, an on-site all day coffee house serving breakfast, lunch and snacks, beauty treatment rooms, doctors surgery, and even a dry cleaning service.

In taking on this extensive space, we are setting ourselves the bold target of doubling our current number of consultants in 2019. We are already off to a flying start this year, celebrating record turnover and profit figures in January, and this is only the beginning.

With this great change, comes great opportunity. Which is where you come in.

We take great pride in our consultants, nurturing their talent to encourage growth within our business. Now is a particularly crucial time to join ESA Group, as those joining the business now will have the potential to secure a management position in the coming years.

This is an exciting time in our history; so if you are looking to build your career in recruitment at a leading global specialist, then apply today.

For more information, call the team on 0121 516 3850.

Can’t find a job? Here’s what to do next

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It’s easy to get disheartened if you’re desperately trying to find a new job and NOTHING is working.

But, just because you haven’t found the right job yet, it doesn’t mean that it will never happen. Even something as simple as making a few small changes to your application could greatly increase your chances – you just need to know where to start.

To giving you a helping step up, here are our top tips on what to do if you can’t find a job that works for you:

Look at your CV with fresh eyes

How many CVs are you sending and hearing nothing back? Perhaps it’s time to look at your CV format.

One of the hardest things to do is to look at your CV from another person’s perspective. Is your resume going to catch the eye of a potential hiring manager? You could be including the same clichés and mistakes over and over again – just because you’ve read your CV so many times that you haven’t realised that they are actually there.

Take some time to go back through your CV, check each line, reassess the format, and ask a friend or family member to give their opinion. Just a few simple tweaks could make a huge difference.

You could also look at our CV tips for some helpful advice.

Tailor your applications

If you’re sending the same application to every opportunity, unfortunately you are doing it wrong.

If you take the time to tailor every application to every opportunity, you’ll really start to stand out. One of the best ideas we’ve found is to take the job description for the job your applying for and specifically write your CV around it. Rearrange your key skills, achievements and personal statement around the requirements of the job.

Likewise, use your CV to inform your cover letter. Write about why you want the role and include valid reasons why you are the best person for the job. Don’t just say why you want this opportunity, explain why you are the perfect candidate for the role.

Are your ambitions realistic?

If you’re still not getting many responses, you may have set your sights too high (or too low).

This isn’t just a waste of your time, it’s also REALLY bad for your morale. So, instead of applying for positions which demand a lot of experience, or qualifications you might not yet have, think about whether you’re really right for the job.

Alternatively, you might want to try expanding your search parameters. Instead of focusing all of your efforts on your dream job, think about other potential avenues of employment that would utilise the skills and abilities you’ve accrued to date. Widening the net might actually end up being the best thing for your career.

Try temping

If you can’t find the perfect permanent job, why not try temping?

A lot of people are reticent about not having a full-time position, due to the lack of full security that it provides. Whilst we are never going to argue that temping is right for everyone, just by looking for temp work you are immediately surrounding yourself with less competition.

With less people applying for these opportunities, the more likely you are to be successful.

Plus, just getting back on the horse can do wonders for your motivation, not to mention your bank balance. Temping can also boost your employment prospects, helping to fill any unexplained periods of unemployment with practical experience.

You could also try volunteeringtaking on an internship or looking for work experience, which will help get your name in front of the right people – not to mention provide some instant added value for your CV.

As a result, you’ll show off your dedicated work ethic and a willingness to turn your hand to anything, even if it’s not your ideal role. And that’s something all employers will find attractive.

Get creative

Recruitment isn’t just about applying to online adverts. In essence; it’s about the right people finding the right people. We are all human after all!

Face-to-face meetings can sometimes be more valuable than any online interaction, so cultivate your network of contacts in your chosen field by reaching out to them for an opportunity to discuss work.

Even if they can’t point you in the direction of a vacancy, there’s every chance they know someone who can.

Don’t give up hope

Finally, never lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel.

No matter what industry you’re in, job-seeking isn’t always an easy process. But approaching your search with a good level of self-awareness and a positive mindset can make a big difference when it comes to finding the right role.

4 ways to help you land your dream job; that 99% of recruiting advice DOESN'T tell you.

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Job searching can be incredibly frustrating. You can apply for 50+ jobs and receive almost no feedback for the majority of them; other than some sketchy reasons, which explain that you don’t meet the requirements of the position.

Except you think you do.

So, why did you really get rejected?

Sometimes you wish someone would just pull back the curtain, show you the mistakes you’re making, and point you in the right direction. When you look online or speak to recruiters, they’ll tell you this:

·         Tweak your resume and cover letter

·         Apply for jobs online

·         If you don’t hear back, apply for more jobs! Work harder!

So, then you apply for another 50 jobs. And guess what. This doesn’t work either.

Here’s what you should really do:

Forget “Networking.” Build relationships instead

The word – networking. It’s enough to strike fear into the heart of most of us.

It’s also a waste of time.

Going to career fairs, meetup groups, networking events. Showing up to these with nothing but an elevator pitch and a set of business cards is not going to land you a job. You want to get laser-focused on a select few people who can influence your career. Next, get in touch and provide as much value as you possibly can.

The truth is that relationships will land you the job you want, but not if you go about it in the traditional sense. Instead of networking, you need to be building relationships.

Applying for jobs online doesn't pay

On average, an open role at a company gets 250 applications. One of those people gets hired. That’s a 0.4% chance you’ll be successful.

Stop spending hours applying for 100s of jobs. Your dream job doesn't exist in every company. And your skills aren't going to be suitable for every position. Be patient. Shortlist all the companies you want to work for and do EVERYTHING you can to get the job you want at the company you want.

If you want to take control of the job search process and land a job you love, you need a different approach.

Find one or two highly influential people at your dream company, and use the strategies in this blog to begin building relationships with them. Learn about their career path, get interested in their role, become a potential resource for them.

Once the relationship is established, tell them you’re in the market for opportunities and ask them if they know anything that might be a good fit.

Do the job you love, whether you get paid or not

This is a classic example of a skills-based dilemma:

“I want to break into a new industry, but I don’t have enough experience — I’m not qualified.”

“Every job I want requires X years of experience, but nobody will hire me to get that experience in the first place!”

If you can't get paid for the job you want. Do it anyway by freelancing in your spare time. Or volunteering at a more junior level. By understanding what your dream job entails, what skills you need and how much you'll get paid, you'll know exactly what you need to do to achieve what you want.

Outside of building experience, freelancing also provides financial security. The greatest fear for anyone working a 9–5 job is getting fired or laid off. What would we do? How would we pay the bills?

Freelancing can allow us to enjoy new experiences and save while times are good, and they can help us bridge the gap if things don’t go our way.

Keep learning

There are 16 hours in every day that you're awake. To be paid upwards of £50k, you need to be very skilled - or work VERY hard. Watching hours of Netflix at night or going down the pub won't help you get paid to do what you love.

Does that mean you’re never allowed to play video games, see your friends, or watch Game of Thrones (if those things are important to you)? No! Absolutely not.

You have to pick and choose your battles. Understand what is most important to you and prioritise that.

Stop analysing, just pick something that sounds remotely interesting and inundate yourself for 60 days. You could absolutely love it! Or you could absolutely hate it. Either way, you’ve learned something about yourself. Each time you do this, you’ll become a little bit more clear on what you want and how to fulfil your career dream.

 

Here are the best questions you can ask at the end of an interview

We’re all told that we should prepare some good questions to ask at the end of an interview. But what exactly should those questions be?

Whilst searching for interview advice, a large proportion of the tips usually relate to how you can prepare for certain questions and the skills you’ll need to impress. But, what the guidance usually lacks are good questions to pose to really stand out from your competitors.

Based on research by Glassdoor, we reveal the questions you could ask to highlight that you are interested and taking the hiring process seriously. Bear in mind that each one will depend on the situation.

Understanding more

An easy way to get beyond the basic job description and probe deeper into the details of the job, is to ask more about the role’s expectations and success metrics, such as

1. How does this position contribute to the organisation's success?

2. What do you hope I will accomplish in this position?

3. What support would this position have?

What about the culture?

As much as an interview is about assessing your ability to be a good fit with a company's culture, it is also about gathering as much information and insight into it yourself. You need to understand whether the company is a fit for your values, passions and interests too.

If you pose a simple 'what is the company culture like?' question, it is too easy for the interviewer to come back with something marketing department or human resources approved. Instead you could ask:

4. How long have you been with the company?

5. What was the last big achievement that was celebrated?

6. Would you say that everyone here loves their job?

7. How long do people tend to stay at the company?

Salary, progression and perks

During an interview is the perfect time to ask informed and important questions about pay. No, it's not presumptive or rude; in fact, it's an important factor in your decision-making process:

8. What is the salary range for this role?

9. Besides the base pay, what other benefits are available or negotiable?

10. What's the outlook for progression, salary rises or promotions?

11. How do you recognise and reward high performers?

Day-to-day responsibilities

Drill down into the everyday tasks and expectations for the job you're applying to. These questions are perfect to ask your potential manager or another leader on the team:

12. Tell me about the typical day-to-day role of this position.

13. What are the team's work hours? Are there any specific requirements for time in the office?

14. How does management deliver feedback to employees?

Future opportunities

From development programs to training and mentoring, get a sense of what the company offers in the way professional growth and development opportunities. 

15. Do you have a formal mentorship program or are there mentors available?

16. How have you had the ability to grow in your role?

17. Have any of your current leaders worked their way up the ladder here?

And finally…

Don’t forget to stay positive throughout the job search and ask as many questions as are necessary for you to find a job you love. You may not want to wait until the end of the interview to ask all your questions either – it’s better to spread them out and of course, encourage a natural conversation.

Lastly, if you like the sound of a job but have concerns, it's better to ask the questions and find out the answers in the interview – rather than starting the job and not enjoying it after your fears are realised.