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Type a day in the life of sellick from Greg D'Cruz
It is that time of year again when students are coming towards the end of their degrees and are starting to think about life after university. Although it is a very exciting time, it can also be quite a confusing time too. Especially for those who are not quite sure what path to take or what career they want to go into. Recruitment can be a very rewarding career and with the sector continuing to grow, now is the best time to start considering this as an option. Here are some points that might help you to decide whether working in recruitment is the right career path for you, and some top tips on what it takes to work in this exciting, fast-paced environment. Recruitment gives you opportunities to work in different industries Within recruitment there are lots of different sectors you can choose to work in such as Legal, Finance & Accountancy or HR. Choosing a sector that you already have knowledge of can make it a lot easier when going into recruitment, for example, some of our Legal Consultants are non-practising Lawyers. If you have worked or studied in a particular sector before, you will have a better understanding of what clients and candidates are looking for and also the challenges they are facing in the market. Once you have chosen a sector it does not mean that you have to work in that sector for the whole of your career. Recruitment allows you to develop many transferable skills, so it is fairly easy for you to change roles if you decide to move into a different market area for example. Career development opportunities in recruitment Recruitment is a very exciting career to get into but it can also be challenging so you have to be sure that it is suited to you. As with many sales roles, there are highs and lows so perseverance is key. It is important that you have the ambition and drive to want to succeed as a Recruitment Consultant, and there are plenty of opportunities where you can progress quickly and increase your earning potential. At Sellick Partnership we offer a variety of opportunities – all of which are integral to the success of the business. Whether you join as a fresh graduate or as an experienced recruiter there is a career path for you. If you would like to learn more you can visit our work for us page. Learn new skills Recruitment Consultants learn many skills throughout their careers which will benefit you both personally and professionally. This is great if you decide to have a sector change within recruitment or even a career change later down the line. Most of the skills are transferrable such as communication, organisation, negotiation and problem solving and are great to have and include on your CV and will be relevant to most roles. Be in charge of your own success in recruitment Being a Recruitment Consultant can be like running your own business. You are in charge of managing your clients and candidates so it is really important you are organised. This means that the more work you put in the more rewards you will get making you in charge of your own success. At Sellick Partnership we offer an uncapped commission structure meaning there is no limit to how much you can make. Rewarding career with great earning potential and benefits Recruitment Consultants can be rewarded very well for just doing their job and there are lots of opportunities to earn commission. Recruitment Consultants here at Sellick Partnership all get their base salaries along with commission for positions within our specialist areas: Legal, Finance, HR, Housing & Property Services, Actuarial Procurement and Change & Transformation. We offer an extremely competitive commission structure which is uncapped, meaning there is no limit to the amount of commission that our Recruitment Consultants can make. So more sales means more commission with no limits. We also do not have a billing threshold, as soon as you start billing you start earning commission. Recruitment Consultants get to help people find their dream role! Recruitment can be a very rewarding career, not only in terms of remuneration but also in terms of helping other people find their perfect role. Our Recruitment Consultants are responsible for helping candidate’s find their dream job that is right for them. This means helping people progress in their careers, increase their earning potential and often supporting candidates who are considering relocating. If you would like more information on graduate recruitment please feel free to get in touch with myself, or visit our work for us page. Alternatively, you can check out our latest internal vacancies here.
Ramadan can be a challenging time for employees, so it is important that businesses are aware of what they can do to support staff who are fasting. In this Q&A, Sahar Deshmukh offers her advice to business leaders, and tell us about the challenges of partaking in Ramadan whilst working. Ramadan is the holy month when Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Holy Quran. It is also a time when Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset, but it is so much more than just abstaining from food and drink. It is a time to reflect on one’s actions and words and purify mind, body and soul. It is a spiritual and physical detox in a sense. During this month, Muslims dedicate as much time as they can in worship and doing charitable deeds, as the rewards are multiplied in this month. The idea is to be on your best behaviour to attain high reward and carry on with these habits beyond Ramadan. Ramadan lasts around 29 or 30 days, and Eid is then celebrated upon the sighting of the moon. What key things people/businesses need to be aware of during Ramadan? There are a number of things I believe businesses should be made aware of during Ramadan, these include: Offer a safe space to pray: while the five prayers are obligatory outside of Ramadan, Muslims can be more particular about praying on time during this month. Businesses should try and accommodate their staff with a prayer room or some space where they can offer prayers, Be considerate: people should try and be considerate when eating around those who are fasting whenever they can. It is a good idea to avoid asking if a person is fasting. They may have a health condition preventing them from doing so, which can be quite hard for someone who wants that spiritual connection within Ramadan. Respect people’s wishes: in general, be mindful that when someone is fasting, they may not have the energy to go out for company events or other social events. Be sensitive to their needs and religious sentiments and be supportive in any way you can. What are the challenges of doing Ramadan whilst working? It can be difficult to go through each day without food and drink, particularly during the long summer days in the UK. Sleeping patterns are massively disrupted during this time, so energy will be low and concentration levels will not be the same as outside of Ramadan. The biggest challenge at work is concentration. People can also experience extreme drowsiness as a result of low energy and lack of adequate sleep. It is not easy to explain this to your management who may not be able to understand how tough it is to endure fasting for 18 hours and how it is affecting your productivity. It can also be exhausting to travel while fasting, which can be difficult to avoid if your job requires frequent travel. Businesses need to bear this in mind. How can business leaders help/support staff that are taking part in Ramadan? Business leaders/managers can support their staff during this month in numerous ways. These include; By re-evaluating the work of their staff who are fasting. The key for senior staff and all colleagues is to be patient with those who are fasting and assist where they can to help make the month go by smoother. It may be helpful to offer flexible working hours during this time, a shorter day or frequent breaks during those moments of extreme exhaustion. Each individual is different in what they can cope with, so if a person has specific needs during this time, then they should be discussing it with their managers to see what is feasible. Avoid any company events that offer lunch during this time. All senses are heightened while fasting, particularly your sense of smell. It may make participation at such events harder than a regular day of fasting. Some people may request extra time off during the last ten days of Ramadan, as those are considered to be the most important nights. Many men confine themselves to the mosque dedicating them to worship and women can choose to do the same in their homes to achieve a greater reward. Businesses should try to accommodate these needs when they can to allow their staff to have a greater spiritual connection. Business should try and raise awareness about the month, so people know what it entails. If you are currently taking part in Ramadan we would love to hear about your experiences and what your business is doing to support you! Please contact us, or you can engage with us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.
Earlier this month we were delighted to be re-accredited with ISO 9001:2015, a quality management accreditation that is externally audited to ensure compliance with set standards. ISO 9001 looks at core business areas that need to be documented in order to ensure a robust quality management system. This includes: context of the organisation, leadership, planning, support, operations, performance evaluation and improvement. This year the auditor was impressed with our quality management system and the evidence of continuous improvement that we have demonstrated. He commented on our improved response rate for customer feedback including feedback forms and testimonials, the detail provided within our risk register and objectives, and the level of engagement across all levels and roles within the organisation. Sellick Partnership has held the ISO 9001 accreditation since May 2014 (where we met the 2008 accreditation standard, and progressed to the 2015 version in 2017). This most recent audit was an annual surveillance audit to ensure we are still meeting the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard. Why is ISO 9001 important to our clients and candidates? At its core ISO 9001 is a quality accreditation. It gives our clients and candidates reassurance that we have robust procedures and processes in place which prioritise quality and continuous improvement. As a result we believe it provides a number of benefits for our clients and candidates; ISO 9001 is a mark of quality and helps us stand out from the crowd as a recruiter that values quality and service delivery. The risk management element of our ISO 9001 accreditation provides reassurance to our clients that we are considering our risks, and therefore their risks, and take appropriate action to reduce these. The regulatory and legislative requirements of the ISO 9001 accreditation mean that our clients (and candidates) can be confident that we are complying with all relevant legislation and regulations. The continuous improvement aspect means that as a business we can demonstrate a clear process for dealing with issues and complaints, and have a proactive approach to resolving them. Internal audits and issue logs means that we are more likely to discover any issues quickly and have clear processes in place to resolve them. To find out more about ISO 9001 and our other awards and accreditations here.