Redwood Recruitment Blog
A message from Founder, Theresa Duncan
Whilst we are facing uncertain times around the Coronavirus, I wanted to reassure you that all of us at Redwood Publishing Recruitment are doing all that we can to deliver the same professional and personal service you have come to expect from us.
My team and I are available and working hard to ensure we continue to provide you with ongoing support, and in addition, offer you any advice you may need in terms of finding a new role at this difficult time.
We are committed to ensuring that the recruitment process is as normal as possible but are taking steps to keep our team and others safe. Not losing sight that some roles will still need to be filled, we are continuing to interview and screen candidates remotely and answer any of your questions as best as we can.
During this difficult time, we would also like to offer extra support to our candidates and of course, people who may be in a situation where they are looking for a new role, which will, of course, be free of charge. We have a qualified Career Coach on the team who can assist with helping you to optimise your future career potential should it be necessary
If you are concerned about losing your job or require further recruitment support please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, even if you would just like a quick chat!
Please stay safe and well and I look forward to seeing you again once we are through this extraordinary time.
Staying Focused during this challenging time
It’s Monday and the start of the working week still for many. Whether you are working or if you are looking for a new role, it’s important to have some clear goals and focus during these unsettling times. This is very important if you are working remotely and are finding it hard to get into a routine. We’ve got some suggestions of things to do this week to help keep you focused and on track.
Monday is the perfect day to plan for your week, whether this is for your current role or setting yourself job hunting targets. By writing done at least five things you want to achieve, your brain will stay engaged and help you to feel like you have achieved something, no matter how small.
Before you groan, we’re not encouraging you to do more housework! Instead, use any spare time you have to get yourself back on track. For instance, clear out your email inbox and delete all those messages that you really won’t ever look at. Unsubscribe to email lists that you always bin, leaving you less clutter in the future. If you have a home office, give your space a spring clean and file paperwork and declutter. By having a clear space, whether digital or physical, being tidier will not only make you more organised but will be one less thing to do when we get back to normal again.
In our blog post last week, we wrote about the importance of getting outside. We are able to get out once a day to exercise, but also remember to step into your garden, or look out of the window at regular points during the day to give yourself a break. Several of our candidates and clients have recommended the Headspace app, which gives you the chance to refocus and have some time out. There are many more out there, plus you can stream some great yoga and meditative lessons at the moment. Just choose something that enables you to take some much-needed time out during the day.
Whether you need to or not, make time in your day to talk to someone. If you are working remotely, set up some time for 121’s each day, and a team chat at least once a week. Having regular contact with people is great for mental health, in particular when you are suddenly away from work and people you normally work with. We love Zoom, but there are also plenty of other ways to get in touch, including a phone call, WhatsApp calls and Facetime. Remember to keep in touch with us too – we may have opportunities available that are not advertised, plus we are offering free coaching sessions also, so make sure you pick up the phone.
Challenge and learn
Use this time to learn a new skill or upskill. There are a number of companies offering training for free at this time, so once you have identified an area that you could improve on, search for that topic and look into online training that is available in that area. From improving your Excel skills, learning about Pinterest or even accountancy, there are plenty of subjects to choose from.
How to be most effective when home working
With an increasing number of companies asking their staff to work remotely from the office, many people will be learning new ways of tackling the daily task list. We’ve compiled some helpful tips to make working from home more straightforward, based on our experiences and those of candidates we work with.
The first, and one of the most important tips, is to create a dedicated workspace. Perching on the end of the kitchen table while your family eat around you is never going to work! Even if you have to move to a spare bedroom, use the sitting room for part of the day or even the garden shed, creating your own area to work in.
Once you have secured your workspace, now’s the time to set out a plan and schedule. Think how your normal workday is scheduled and try to mirror this as much as possible. For instance, if you always start with a ‘to do’ list, make this the first thing you do. Keep team meetings and 121’s in place and look to achieve tasks during the day and week.
To help keep your schedule, share it with others who are in your home. Whether this is flatmates or family, it’s important that they respect your time and keep noise and activity to a minimum, especially if you’re on a video call!
It’s important to schedule regular breaks, whether it’s for a coffee or lunch away you’re your desk. While you are at home, take advantage of eating as healthily as possible – homemade sandwiches, baked potatoes, veggie pasta, and rice bowls are great options. Avoid sugary snacks such as biscuits and cake – they only give you a false energy high. And step outside. We are still able to exercise outside, so perhaps use your lunch hour for a power walk or jog. Drop into the garden for air during the day, to literally clear your head.
Identify when you are at your most productive or change your work hours to be online when your clients or colleagues are. And think about dressing for the occasion. We’ve all heard about newsreaders wearing shorts under the desk and a jacket just for the TV camera, but if dressing more smartly helps your productivity, or doing your hair gets you in the zone, embrace it! There is nothing wrong with looking the part just because you are working from home. The important part is your output and getting the job done.
If you were in the office, you would not be thinking about the washing or running errands, so the same should apply when you are home working. Quit the tasks during the day or make time for them before you start work. You need as few distractions as possible, so taking housework or errands out of the mix will help you to focus. Social Media can be a huge distraction, so disable alerts and put your personal phone on silent to help you focus on the 9-5.
One of our final tips is to keep in touch with co-workers. As a recruitment business, Redwood do this on a daily basis, contacting candidates and clients regularly. We plan in calls, emails, and meetings and stick to them, becoming business as usual. Use this to keep yourself motivated in and in touch with your colleagues. We’ve heard how effective Zoom has been for all team and 121 meetings, even being used by some for a 5pm Friday hurrah as the week draws to a close. There are plenty of video calling options; the key thing is to utilise them to keep motivated and in touch with your team. Remote working can be challenging, but this, and the other ideas, should make your working week a little easier to manage.
The Do’s and Don’ts of CVs
Writing a CV can be tricky if you’re just starting out or if you’ve been in a job for numerous years. There is no perfect example of a CV but there are standard rules when creating your CV to make sure yours is even read. We are here to assist you when putting together a CV with a few basic do’s and don’ts.
- Tailor the CV to the job; emphasize the areas that apply to the job that you’re applying for.
- Keep the CV neat; make sure it is easy to read, the employer looking at your CV doesn’t have time to read big paragraphs so bullet points for your duties in each job will make the CV an easier read.
- Put your work history in reverse order; this keeps it easier for the employer to see your relevant experience by having the most recent work at the top
- Keep it updated!
- Don’t make it too long; no longer than 2 pages and no big paragraphs. Employers don’t have time to read 3 or 4 pages of block text.
- Don’t have fancy font; keep the font a reasonable size and easily legible.
- Don’t mix between third and first-person; this will make it confusing for the employer to read it.
- Don’t send a CV without proofreading; mistakes in a CV can be the reason behind you not getting an interview. Especially if you are applying for an editorial role, make sure you have no spelling mistakes/grammar errors. If in doubt yourself, get someone else to proofread your CV.
If you require any more CV tips don’t hesitate in contacting us.
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