Using your annual leave is still important even if you can’t go away.

Using your annual leave is still important even if you can’t go away.

It may feel like holidays are on hold at the moment with various restrictions and quarantines in place, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be using our holiday days.

Travel Supermarket has found that almost a quarter of Brits don’t use their full annual leave entitlement yet it is so important for our wellbeing. You’re certainly not doing your employer a favour by skipping those breaks – taking time off allows you to rest and improve your productivity for when you return.

What am I entitled to?

In the UK every employee has a basic entitlement of 5.6 weeks annual leave, which is 28 days for full time and pro rata for part time workers, however some employers offer more than the basic legal requirement. This applies to all with the exception of the genuinely self-employed. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

Taking time off.

Taking holidays are good for our general health and if you are one of those who struggle to use up your holiday, here are a few tips on what you can do help your self take valuable time away from work to recharge the batteries;

  • Make sure you give your employer plenty of notice before taking any time off
  • Once the time is booked off, make plans and commit yourself so that you don’t have the chance to back out
  • Delegate work to your team or colleagues – ask for their help, they will be happy when you return the favour when it is their turn to take time away. This will help to ensure that you don’t return back to chaos.

If you are used to going abroad for your holidays and this year means that this won’t be happening, get creative. Remember your holiday days are a reward;

  • Explore your local area and visit places that you’ve not been before
  • Create a holiday at home – think deck chairs, cocktails and music
  • Try something new – why not give a virtual class a go? perhaps pilates, a new language or cooking? Or you could take advantage of some of the warm summer days and give paddle boarding, cycling or climbing a go, if you can. New experiences can be great for expanding our minds, overcome fear and help to stimulate creativity.

What ever you choose to do with your days off make sure to enjoy them and take the time to mentally rest and return to work energised.

IR35 – Get in touch to discuss solutions…

IR35 – Get in touch to discuss solutions…

It has been confirmed this month that changes to the off payroll working rules in the private sector, often referred to as IR35, will go ahead in April 2021. This is following MPs voting against an amendment to delay for a further two years.

It has been confirmed this month that changes to the off payroll working rules in the private sector, often referred to as IR35, will go ahead in April 2021. This is following MPs voting against an amendment to delay for a further two years.

The current rules that exist will continue until April 2021 rather than this year to allow businesses the opportunity to navigate their way through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fear not, we have the solution to make the changes much easier and simpler than you think it might be – read on to find out more…

What do the changes mean?

  • The main change will be that the responsibility of defining the status of the assignment along with reasoning, will be with the client (medium or large sized private sector companies) who receives the services rather than the individual’s Ltd company
  • Workers will be able to dispute the determination given to them if they disagree with the decision
  • All companies must take ‘reasonable care’ when making the assessment, which is why a blanket approach will not achieve this

The Solution

If you are a medium to large private sector business and wondering how to navigate these changes, speak to our experts to discuss the solutions we have for you to make sure your business is ready with plenty of time. Let us help you to take the stress away and put the smile back on your face!

Email samantha@corrrecruitment.com to arrange a call.

What a lovely surprise!

What a lovely surprise!

Our Andover branch helped to secure a great candidate a temp to perm opportunity last week – he was so pleased with the service he received from Corr that he dropped off a box of 24 Mars bars to his consultant Gill Scott and the team as a thank you.

What a lovely surprise!

 

 

The Job Search – Standing out from the crowd

The Job Search – Standing out from the crowd

Job hunting can be tough and although you are a great candidate for the role, you won’t be the only one.  So, what can you do to make sure that you stand out from the crowd?

On average recruiters and hiring managers take only about 7 seconds to review your CV, which means simple errors such as spelling mistakes, unclear layout and lengthy paragraphs can result in your CV being overlooked.  This is why you want to make sure from CV and application to the interview and follow up, that you make the right impression quickly.

Here are a few tips to help you on your job search…

 

Get noticed

  • If you have contacts who can refer you or introduce you to a hiring manager reach out to them, you will be surprised how willing people will be to help, even if you haven’t spoken for some time.
  • You have likely got a LinkedIn account – use it to your advantage. Many HR, recruiting teams and recruitment agencies use LinkedIn to search for high performers.  Having endorsements and recommendations on your page will certainly help – do not be afraid to ask.
  • Don’t apply for hundreds of jobs, be selective. By doing this it will mean that you are giving each application the time it deserves – by tailoring your application and CV to the company and the job opportunity, ensuring your skills are relevant.
  • Have you taken the time to check through not only the company’s website but their social media pages and other sources too? There could be useful information in this that you can draw upon.

The company will want to see how motivated you are to work for them

 

The Interview

  • Do your research on the company, but don’t just recite information from the website. How can you show you have gone the extra mile in the way you have done research for the role?
  • Make sure you’ve done your homework not only on the company but also on the people you are meeting with – social media can be very helpful with this and it will enable you to connect in a more personal way. If the interview has been arranged for you by a recruiter try to find out from them a bit more about the person/people you are meeting.
  • Find out what the organisation’s ‘pain points’ are and make the connection between what their needs are and the skills you have. This will help to put you above the other candidates.
  • Have your numbers ready – don’t just say “I increased sales” instead say “I increased sales by 60%”
  • The interview is just as much for you as it is the employer so always make sure that you have questions prepared to ask them and make them relevant – this will help you decide when it comes to offer stage.
  • If, given the current situation you are finding yourself applying and interviewing for roles which are not quite related to your most recent, try and draw on experiences from other parts of your life which are relevant. Think about the stories you can tell about your personal and professional experiences which demonstrate your ability to change and adapt.

 

The personal touch

Reach out to the interviewer and your potential new employer following your interview and leave a positive lasting impression.  Try to reference parts of the conversation to show how engaged you were.  You don’t need to do this immediately after the interview but certainly do this the day following the interview.

 

We are sure following these steps will help you stand out from the crowd and leave a lasting impression. Good luck and let us know how you get on; we’d love to hear from you!

If you need help with finding your next role or help with your CV get tin touch with your local Corr Recruitment branch today!

Is Confidence Returning? Jobs Outlook – June 2020

Is Confidence Returning? Jobs Outlook – June 2020

As the economy opens up again, see below the reaction from employers this month…

Confidence in the economy improves : Employers confidence in the UK economy improved by 17 percentage points between May and June.

Demand for temporary agency workers increases : Hiring intentions for temporary staff in the short term and medium term improved in June and are in positive territory. Demand for temporary workers is increasing.

Short term demand for permanent staff positive : Employers intentions to hire permanent staff in the short term improved by 11 percentage points from May. It is now in positive territory.

Medium term demand for permanent staff improves : Employers intentions to hire permanent staff in the medium term increased by 9 percentage points.

Fewer businesses have spare capacity : 75% of employers said that they have little to no space capacity in their workforce in June.

Source: Information obtained from the REC.co.uk. 200 UK employers were surveyed across broad industry sectors and public/private split.

Get in touch
Do the above findings from the survey resonate with you and your business? Let us know.
Contact the team at Corr Recruitment to talk through how we can support your business, in both the short and long term, as the demand for labour starts to increase again over the coming months.