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Supporting our candidates – a 2020 round-up

Well that’s it! We made it to the end of 2020 – at times it has felt like it was a long time coming hasn’t it? And as we focus our attentions on resting, recuperating and spending time with close family or friends, this Christmas felt very different to any we’ve experienced before. 

In 2020 we used our blog to try to support job searchers through these difficult times. So we thought this was the perfect time to reflect on some of these posts. 

Giving yourself the best chance of success

This time last year when we were all carefree, maskless and out seeing our friends whenever we wanted to, we took a look at how you should approach an interview situation. New year, new job? How to nail that interview talked about preparation, the importance of dressing for the job you want, making use of positive actions such as eye contact when you speak and how you should always offer a firm handshake and a smile. We also advised that you think about your answers in advance. You’ll almost certainly be asked about why you want the role and why you’re the right choice, for instance. Then we covered off what to do at the end of your interview to improve your chances of success.

Next we focused on getting a job in logistics, a varied and exciting area to work in. We spent some time thinking about what skills you need to work in logistics and how they might help you access a role in the industry. From IT and tech skills to problem solving, project management and leadership, these may sound like generically valuable skills. But in our blog post we looked in detail at how they would benefit you in a logistics career and why it would be worth spending some time thinking about your experience in these areas.

Job searching in a pandemic

In spring, as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold and we, as many others throughout the country, were forced to retreat to the safety of remote working, we focused our blog post offering on Wellbeing. Offering seven top tips to keep you safe, positive and mentally healthy.  It was a difficult time for everyone, and we began to predict the likely effects on the recruitment industry and employment as a whole. But we remained positive, upbeat and grateful to all out regular candidates and clients who reached out with messages of support and togetherness. 

With our thought piece in the late spring we left behind talk of the ongoing pandemic and looked instead to the future of warehouses: will robots take our jobs? Where we explored the subject of modernisation and changes that have occurred in warehouses over recent years and whether there’s any truth in the rumours that there will no longer be a need for humans to be involved in these kinds of logistics processes.

Back to the Coronavirus and we took the opportunity in the summer to offer advice on how to continue your job search during the pandemic in order to support those who were already in the position of looking for a job as well as those who were expecting to have to begin their search as their furlough came to an end. With advice on everything from applications to networking opportunities to sprucing up your CV, our intent was to get you in the best shape to find and seize those roles. 

And advice and tips to get you off on the right foot

And of course, when you’ve secured that new role, it’s all about making a great impression. That’s why we chose to focus on preparing for your first day in a new role. Plenty of common-sense tips in this article, but one that’s worth a read as a quick refresher if you’re in the position where you’re starting in a new company. Particularly if it’s been a while since you last moved into a new job. 

Towards the back end of the year we’ve covered what to look for if you’re looking to work for a recruitment agency in a temporary role as well as the do’s and don’ts of using social media when you’re in the middle of a job search,something that has become increasingly important in recent years. 

We hope you’ve found our blogs useful and informative throughout 2020 and we always love to receive feedback from our readers, with ideas for posts you’d like to see in the future. It only remains for us to wish you a happy, safe and healthy new year.

If you’re looking for a permanent or temporary role for the short or long term, why not get in touch with our talented team today. Contact us on 0344 264 5456 or email to see what we can do for you.