Month: March 2021

The Human Element of Recruitment and Why It’s So Important Alongside Digital

The Human Element of Recruitment and Why It's So Important Alongside Digital

Recruitment has come a long way within the past couple of decades. As our technology within networking and computers has increased, recruitment has been following suit and adapting with the changes. Now recruitment is mainly done within the digital world. With candidates applying for potential positions within the comfort of their own homes. This has been a great transition and destination for recruitment overall; however, there are times where we can focus too heavily within the digital landscape of recruitment, and end up neglecting the main focal point of recruitment. Us as human beings. The human element of recruitment can be forgotten about within todays world. So we believe it’s within all of our best interests to focus on this today, and remind people about the human behind the CV.

This isn’t just the case for recruitment, but can be found in everyday life. The fact we’re able to reach out to one another from across the globe is astounding. However, this ease of communication has also left people apathetic to meeting in person. We are social creatures by nature, but communication from behind the screen has proven to not be enough to stimulate our social needs. What we really crave is face to face interactions with our peers. Now, by the time I’m writing this blog, face to face meetings are prohibited due to Covid-19 and the lockdown we in to keep us all safe. But this issue has been on the rise since before the pandemic surfaced.  

The positives of the digital world

Now of course, this goes both ways. Digital communication is a fantastic tool when meeting F2F isn’t strictly necessary. If there’s a meeting you need to attend across the country, digital communication can let you take part in this meeting from the comfort of your own home or office. Meaning you won’t need to needlessly waste money on potential traffic and hotel costs. It has made our quality of life increase dramatically; but of course it is a fine line we need to find and balance between digital and F2F. 

This also applies to recruitment. Digital recruitment has improved by leaps and bounds within the new millennium; allowing us to automate the vast majority of applications that come through, calculating various metrics behind the scenes, and generally cut off most of the fat built up by recruitment over the years. The efficiency of this process is remarkable, and it will only get more efficient with the new technologies that will inevitably be released. However, it is easy to get swept up in the current of productivity that digital recruitment brings to the table

The human element of recruitment

When recruiting, it is always important to remember the common, yet unique factor between the various applications you’ll receive. All your candidates will each have their own unique personalities, backgrounds, hobbies, loves, fears, regrets… The list goes on. Sometimes when dealing with recruitment we tackle it within a certain mindset that focuses on facts, figures, and data. But there’s plenty that this data can’t pick up on. It’s all well and good that digital recruitment can look into qualifications, past work experiences, relevant skills etc, but it can only give an estimation on how well a potential candidate will fit into your team. Whether their approach to work will cooperate in harmony with your current employees, or if it will sow discontent within your team. The only way to get a good sense of this is to conduct thorough interviews and chances to speak face to face. 

Using imployable to consider the human

Our company is aware to always keep the individual in mind when it comes to recruiting. That’s why we’ve implemented a video CV feature within our app. Letting any candidate record themselves, in a matter they see fit. Detailing about their qualifications, experiences, and personal lives. We’re proud of this feature as it allows our users to be much more creative, rather than just using a preformatted digital CV. It also makes the application much more personal. In a general sense, when you’re considering applications and checking CVs, you’re just reading faceless documents. These can create a complete disconnect from the applicant in question. When dealing with a video CV, you gain an insight on how this person presents themselves, how they communicate, their general mannerisms, and even perhaps their sense of humour. Which in turns gives you more insight on how they’ll fit in within your team. 

If you’re happy with a candidates application, and want to invite them for an interview; you can simply drag them to the ‘invite to interview’ section of your account. From there it’ll give them a notification and you can openly direct message each other, to gain a better understanding before the formal interview. We believe more dialogue should take place between the employers and employees before hiring. Then both parties can gain a small insight into the potential relationship of working with one another.

In conclusion

So despite all the benefits that come within the digital world, they can overshadow our needs as human beings. The new technology that’s being released day by day, is very exciting. However, when he fail to acknowledge our needs, it can have a negative effect on our overall mental health. So the main take away from this blog, would be to try to slow down when in the world of automation and recruitment. Try to build more of a chemistry between any potential recruits and keep communication open. That way they know they aren’t just enough number within the recruitment machine. That’s why we believe the human element of recruitment to be an increadibly important topic.

Training Course and Qualification Advertising on imployable

Training Course and Qualification Advertising on imployable

Our company doesn’t hide our roots and what our goals are. If you’ve followed us for any period of time, you’ll definitely know it by now. Though we believe it’s always worth reiterating. Our objective since the company was created, was to change up the jobs market, and try to enable people to achieve their dream job. We’ll do this by allowing people to map out their careers and visualise how best to achieve their goals. Of course, there’s a focus on recruitment in there, but we’re using recruitment as a final step in this map. The real meat on the bones of these plans are the qualifications and training opportunities. If a candidate doesn’t have either of these under their belt, then they won’t get far when searching for this ideal job. 

The importance of the training course

Training courses and qualifications have risen in importance now more than ever. With the ever-expanding skills gap that has been making its presence known. This term has been used a lot in recent times, but in case you’re unsure of what it is; the skills gap is when the skills that employers are looking for, don’t match the skills that the employees possess. This can cause these so-called gaps. This causes organisations to either underperform in terms of efficiency, or lose revenue by retraining or hiring the right employees. To learn more about the skills gap in detail, be sure to check out our blog: Exploring the Skills Gap Issue, and How Best to Deal with it. 

This is why training courses have become a staple in the world of recruitment. To shorten this skills gap; employers and employees will need to utilise these opportunities to expand skill sets in any given subject. However, as the skills gap becomes more noticeable, the bigger the market becomes for training providers. In turn, this means that more training providers will be created; so competition will suddenly increase for getting candidates to apply for courses. That’s where many training providers will have to turn to marketing and course advertising to stay ahead of the competition; though it’s definitely not a cheap endeavour. 

The training course and imployable

Training courses are known to be an extremely valuable tool in our company. That’s why we’re constantly looking at courses to put our workforce through. As of writing this blog, seven employees of our company are attending specific training courses for their job roles; with an extra two who have already completed their training course. We believe it’s important to keep progressing forward in our technical abilities surrounding the role we have in the company. This way we can keep pushing the company forwards with new and smarter ideas and processes. 

If you’re a training provider, you’ll already know the high costs involved in advertising your courses. So much so that it can be off-putting. We’re well aware of this, which is why we offer free advertising of any training course on our app. We believe it is extremely important to be able to offer a wide range of training opportunities to our users, so they have a wide selection of paths to pursuit towards their ideal career. Our userbase is constantly expanding, and many of them will be looking into finding the appropriate training. Training that will contribute towards them finding the best career for them. If you would like to take full advantage of this, be sure to sign up here.

Apprenticeships: The alternative to degrees

On top of the standard training course, wherein you’ll attend classes and gain a qualification towards the end, apprenticeships have been increasing dramatically in popularity. When the tuition fees were increased to £9000 a year in 2012, the prospect of getting a bachelor’s degree became too much of an investment for many people. Since then, we’ve been seeing a large number of apprenticeship programs rolling out. 

There have been many discussions on the benefits of either going through an apprenticeship vs completing a university degree. Howevermany graduates have found themselves struggling to find a job in their chosen subject. This is where the apprenticeship has a leg up on getting a degree. Although a degree may open up more prospects in the future; it has proven to be fairly difficult to get your foot in the door of your chosen career. However, apprenticeships allow you to learn as you work. And if you’ve been successful and worked hard, you could find yourself with a stable job once you’ve completed it. 

Apprenticeships in imployable

Our company knows how valuable apprenticeships are. Wherein some of our workforce have completed or in the process of completing an apprenticeship themselves. Whether that’s to do alongside their current job roles, or as a way to kick off their career. Even our CEO Pete Kelly has been taking part in this, where he’s currently in the process of completing an apprenticeship, as part of the degree he’s partaking inThe skills and knowledge gained during the process can be extremely useful in your chosen career, and we’ve seen the skills of our colleagues increase dramatically. 

Overall, training courses have become a staple tool for learning and bridging any skills gaps you, or any colleagues/employees, may have. In recent times we’ve been seeing a surge of new training providers, and it’s becoming easier by the day to sign up to new training courses/apprenticeships. The range of learning opportunities that can be provided is endless, and there will always be a training course/apprenticeship designed for any skill. So be sure to use our app when searching for training courses, and we’ll be sure to provide the best. 

Covid-19 and its effect on Recruitment

Covid-19 and it's effect on Recruitment

The year 2020 proved to be an extremely tough year; with extreme political divides, violencedisasters causing mass destruction, and mass spread of misinformation. Though all these are eclipsed by the worldwide pandemic caused by the virus Covid-19. It is safe to say most of the world was unprepared to deal with a pandemic of this scale. Covid-19 shook the world to its core, with economies tanking globally and countless jobs being lost, it triggered a global recession that we as a whole are attempting to pull ourselves out of. 

From the moment our company was founded, our mantra has been to give the general public all the tools they need to achieve their dream career. From career mapping, training and volunteering opportunities to a jobs platform catered to the user, etc. Our philosophy has only become more resolute in the wake of this pandemic. However, we also have our sights set on the business end of recruitment. We want to trim down all the fat that has accumulated within recruitment, and present the most ideal candidates for our clients. 

Covid-19 and the furlough scheme

As Covid-19 started spreading throughout the world, our government made the right decision to put the country in a lockdown state. This state meant that we couldn’t leave our homes unless: it was to attend a job, wherein the company required you to be there; daily exercise; or to pick up groceries. It was requested that people would work from home if it was possible, to reduce the amount of people needlessly travelling and mixing with others not in their own ‘bubble’.

However, many businesses would, and at the time of writing this blog still are, temporarily shut; due to the fact that they wouldn’t be able to receive any business during the lockdown. Any employees in these businesses – and others who wished to opt in – would be placed on the furlough scheme; wherein they would refrain from working for the company, and the government would pay 80% of their wages. 

This furlough scheme was a great strategy for the employees and employers. However, as time went on and the issues surrounding Covid-19 were becoming more apparent; many businesses found themselves struggling financially. As there were many restrictions put into place, many businesses were not making enough money to stay afloat, and would eventually has to close their doors for good. Unfortunately, many employees would go under with the company, and find themselves unemployed. According to the Office of National Statistics, the unemployment rate went from 4.0% within Jan-Mar 2020, to 5.1% in Oct-Dec 2020. Meaning the employment rate increased by 1.1%. To put that in perspective, that meant 750,000 people suddenly found themselves without a job and an income.  

Covid-19 in the present day

Now we are slowly pulling ourselves out of the pandemic, we need to be quick to rectify this rising unemployment within our society. Our company has been working tirelessly with the Department of Work and Pensions to provide coaching sessions to job seekers. We’ve seen great success with our experienced coaches delivering support to these job seekers and as of writing this blog we have delivered our services to 611 clients, wherein 104 have found work following the coaching sessions. We are immensely proud of the work our coaches have been producing, and we plan on continually boosting those numbers. 

We now have an exit strategy for this lockdown we’re under. Eventually our lives will turn back to how it was. However, this trying time has proven that maybe there are some aspects of our career driven environments, that aren’t necessary.  

The benefits of remote working

This period has shown that a large majority of our white-collar jobs do not need to be performed within an office each day. It would be beneficial to find our own personal balance of working from the office and from our own homes. Although working from home has been tough due to us missing a lot of social interaction and not be able to meet colleagues/clients face to face, it has also come with many benefits, one being a decrease to our own travel costs and time spent travelling; which can be steep depending on the distance between our homes and our jobs.  

Another benefit being the roads will be clearer at peak times; reducing our carbon footprint as a whole within the country. In fact, the 2020 period has proven to be very beneficial for our country’s emissions. According to the BBC, emissions have dropped by 7% this year, the lowest it’s been since World War II. In a world where the threat of climate change is very real, this has been a silver lining on an otherwise large and terrible cloud.

An additional benefit would be if you had children who are too young to be attending school, or children on a school break. To be working from home would mean you wouldn’t have to find paid support to look after the children. Keeping an eye on them, and balancing your work around them, can really help ease your mind. We just hope they aren’t too distracting! 

Using imployable to kickstart your recruitment

Overall, this Covid-19 period has been an extremely tough time for many people across the world. However, we believe it’s important to learn from this and to perhaps consider some changes to how we work. This time has shown us that working remotely is possible for many of us, and may be beneficial in terms of efficiency depending on the employee and the job role. Although the unemployment rate has increased by a wide margin; now is the time to look at utilising the untapped potential within the many who have lost a job. 

If you are looking to build up your company; then be sure to look into our app to pinpoint the right candidates for any positions you may have. We offer various packages, all with their own tools. However, just by using our app, you have access to unlimited jobs postings; all completely free. We want to make the recruitment process as easy and streamlined as possible. So to best achieve that, we removed the ludicrous costs attached to recruitment. So we hope that you have coped well during these trying times, and if you need to hire additional help; our services are always here at no cost.

Exploring the Skills Gap Issue, and How Best to Deal with it.

Exploring the Skills Gap Issue

If you’ve been in the recruitment, education or economic developmentsector for any length of time; you would have no doubt heard the term ‘skills gap’. This term has been parroted by various sources a lot these past years, but in the era and beyond of Covid-19, this gap will change dramatically.  

The creation of the skills gap

We’re living in an ever-expanding world of technology. The innovation we’re experiencing with factors such as computing and networking, are driving us forward within technology at an accelerated rate. Although these innovations are fantastic for broadening our horizons; we’re finding ourselves within a crux in recruitment. As new technologies are being created, and old ones being improved; we find our general workforce struggling to keep up with the skills needed for these technologies. Whereas many businesses want to capitalise on this, this has created what’s known as a skills gap. But how do we best rectify this situation, and how can we prevent it in the future? 

What is the skills gap?

So, what exactly is a skills gap? In a basic definition, a skills gap is when the skills that an employee possesses don’t match what the employer needs. This can go both ways; wherein an employee either doesn’t have enough skills for the required job, or they’re too skilled, but the company doesn’t have a position to fully utilise them. This can create these so-called gaps. These gaps means that the company isn’t meeting its potential maximum efficiency, which in turn means the company wouldn’t be bringing in as much revenue as it could be. In turn, it also means that any potential job seekers will have a tough time finding a well-suited job, due to them missing these skills. 

Skills gap aren’t always necessarily created from boosts in our technological capabilities. They can be created from a lack of targeted education or training in certain areas. Studies have found that the vast majority of graduates, don’t find themselves in a job related to their degree. This can be down to there not being enough jobs in their related field, or their particular skill set isn’t valuable to many employers. This will then cause these dedicated skills to not be fully utilised, and wrongly placed and wasted. 

It’s worth noting that there will always be a small skill gap in the marketplace. As the general population becomes better educated and skilful; the companies will still want to find the best of these. So, they’ll increase the requirements for their jobs. Requirements for certain jobs will always be higher than what the average person has, as the companies don’t want average. 

How it affects your company

On top of not reaching peak efficiency within your company; the skills gap can even cause many companies to lose revenue. This is through the costs of sending employees through relevant training courses, or through longer and more rigorous recruitment avenues to find the right candidates. The Open University Business Barometer released a report, detailing that 6.33 billion pounds are lost in businesses nationwide, due to the skills gap. As the skills gaps will widen, this astronomical figure would only go up. 

What can we do against it?

So how do we shorten this skill gap? What’s the best process? If you’re wanting to shorten the skills gap internally within your company, you’ll first have to gather some data. For any results driven roles, this is relatively simple by putting in, or using pre-existing KPIs. If any of your employees are struggling to hit their KPIs, it suggests there may be specific skills they’re lacking. From there you can look at up-skilling the employee to build up these lacking skills. 

Another angle for employees to take, would be to consider a career transition to a career that works better with their skills. That way their skills are being utilised and they’re filling a gap that company may have. If a career transition is something that might be of interest to you, we have written about it in our blog here Career Transition: Turning a New Leaf in your Career 

Using imployable to combat the skills gap

Our app features many opportunities to gain skills that you, or your employees may lack. Through either training, volunteering, or apprenticeship opportunities. Many of these are completely free to apply for as well, whilst also requiring only a few hours to complete. It’s a great way to build up specific skill sets to try to fill any gaps that may be present within your company. 

Our company has also been busy this past year, developing a new state of the art technology called VisumVisum is built around the analytics around live labour market data. One feature of it being a geographic skills analysis, wherein the technology analyses skill levels within any part of the UK. This will prove to be very useful when attempting to bridge the skills gap. If you would like to know more information, you can it here within our website. 

What your company can do against the skills gap

In summary, the skills gap is a very real and damaging concept to our economy. However, there are steps we can take to minimise this gap, and increase efficiency within our own companies. 

Be sure to capitalise on any affordable training opportunities 

Some of your employee’s strength may be better utilised within other roles within your company. However, they may need to small push with training, to kickstart their progress of gaining these skills. As mentioned before, we feature many free training opportunities within our app, so be sure to consider that. 

Foster an environment where upskilling is applauded 

Some encouragement can go a long way when attempting to upskill and learn new traits. Sometimes an employee’s morale can dip when faced with a difficult task or subject, and a small word of praise and acknowledgement would normally be enough to keep them progressing. However, when these are neglected, the employee can lose all motivation and give up. Thus, causing the skills gap to remain open. 

Take note of moments where any employee’s flourish within a task, and consider them elsewhere within the company 

Keeping an eye on your employees when faced with tasks out of their comfort zones, can be a great indicator on their best strengths and weaknesses. After witnessing them work for a while; you should have a good indicator as to whether their role is best utilising their skillset. If not, then it might be beneficial to open up communication with them. You can let them know your thoughts and see whether they would prefer to work in another role that would suit them more. Ultimately, they should be the one to decide though. If they decide not to move position, then you can only look at finding them relevant training opportunities to build up any skills they may be missing. 

Importance of Cyber Security During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Our cyber security expert Finn

As Covid-19 has swept through the world, the general public have found themselves having to remain indoors and work from home. Here in the UK, our government brought in the furlough scheme. Wherein some workers, depending on their employers, could be placed in a hibernation-like state. The government have generously paid 80% of their wages as long as they stay at home, and refrain from doing work for the company.

Many workers on this scheme have found themselves with plenty of free time. Although a good percentage have binged their favourite TV shows, movies and video games; a large proportion have looked inwards at any missing skills or talents they may be missing. Allowing them to branch out and try new activities. 

Although many workers are furloughed, the employees who are still working have to do so from home if possible. This means communication across team members and work done has to all be online. This has increased activity across the web, including an abundance of sensitive data being shared. Data that would prove to be very valuable to those looking to access it through unscrupulous means. However, we have talented individuals looking to stop these attacks, performing under the banner of cyber security.

What is cyber security?

Throughout the past couple of decades, our society has adopted the internet for personal and corporate use exponentially. However, as our online presence and tools become more advanced, so too do the individuals and tools looking to steal this data and information. Many of the largest companies have experienced large data breaches in one form of another. With some losing billions of revenues as a result. So, it quickly became apparent there would have to be dedicated software and individuals to combat these rising cases of online espionage. This quickly became what is known today as Cyber Security. 

Cyber security has proven to be an extremely lucrative business. Seeing as there are potentially billions to be lost through hacking online; the top companies are willing to invest vast amounts of resources into cyber security, so they will never find themselves in a less than ideal position. Nevertheless the world of cyber security is a complicated beast. One that needs its defenders to be constantly updating their knowledge and skills to keep ahead of the ones they’re trying to stop. Really, the whole ecosystem of cyber security is a never-ending race. One where the only goal is to keep ahead of your opponent. 

The new wave of defenders

Now this brings us back to what this blog is all about. To get into the business of cyber security, one would need to put the time and effort in to learn all the fine details of networks, hacking techniques, and preventative measures. To juggle this and a full time job is no easy task. However, with our government creating the furlough scheme; many people suddenly found that they had this free time. And seeing how most of the general public has a home computer; a proportion of these furloughed workers looked to dip their toes within Cyber Security. 

Cyber security and imployable

We here at imployable know how important it is to have someone dedicated to this role. Our work and company is primarily online-based, and it would prove disastrous for us if our systems were broken into a sabotaged. That’s why one of the first few positions we hired for would be dedicated towards this. Luckily, we found Finn, who has taken on the role of Information Systems Security Officer. His hard work and perseverance has been noticed throughout the company, and he has revealed how many attempted attacks we receive on a daily basis. This past year, we have had over 1.6 million attempts to access our data, from across the world. All of which have been prevented thanks to Finn and the systems he has put into place. It was when I learned of this that I realised how important cyber security is.

Our cyber security expert Finn

Our Information Systems Security Officer Finn in his new office, along with his assistant ‘branch’ manager Chase!

Where to learn about the cyber world

If cyber security is something you, or an employee, would like to learn about and pursue a career in; we’ve been partnered up with Bluescreen IT for a while and can vouch for them. They’ve delivered many courses successfully to a range of clients, with one of these clients being our CEO Pete KellyAlthough our company has Finn, who is constantly vigilante and dedicated to stopping any attacks; we believe it’s extremely important to be personally aware of what goes on behind the scenes. The more employees that are aware of the dangers and executions of cyber-attacks, the less likely a mistake will occur due to negligence. 

Your company and cyber security

As of writing this blog, our government has been tirelessly sending out vaccines across the country. The general morale is hopeful that we’ll be leaving this pandemic in the near future and can return to normality. Nonetheless, our online presence will drop, but not by a wide margin. However, this era has proven to many companies that we do not necessarily need to be in an office to work. Thus the demand for cyber security will only increase as we move on from this trying period. Make sure that you and your company are well equipped to deal with any potential invisible threats from hackers across the world, and start investing your resources to make sure you stay protected against any cyber-attacks.