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How to approach a career change… and secure your next job (The Guardian)

Written by Pulse Search Friday, 09 March 2018 11:34

According to career change statistics, the average person will change career five to seven times during their working life. If you’re ready to try something new, here are some expert tips (courtesy of The Guardian).

 

1. Understand your motives

Know why you are moving and commit yourself 100% to the process. Be positive about your reason for change. No employer wants to hear that you want a new role because you hate your old one.

 

2. Build up a network of contacts in the field

Written applications are often not the doorway into a new career. You’re likely to have more luck networking. Meeting people face-to-face puts you in a much stronger position to ask for advice. Be visible. People need to remember you and recommend you. Talk to Recruitment Agencies, get to know them and take their advice.

 

3. Consider unpaid work to add experience & build network

Perhaps you're a journalist, looking to land your first job on a national title. Whether or not you’ve been paid for your writing, having a piece published on the title you’re hoping to write for will not only boost your byline, but could prove a great asset to show an editor, if you apply for a paid position there in the future.

 

4. Highlight your relevance

Pull apart the job spec and highlight the keywords, competencies, traits, skills and language being used. Then pull apart your experience and achievements and match them up.

 

5. Over-prepare for interviews

Good research can set you apart from other candidates with more experience in the field. Show inquisitiveness about the role but knowledge of its context. Find connections between what you’ve done in the past and what you can do. Demonstrate value-add.

 

6. Celebrate your unconventional background

Talk about the ways your unique experience and skills are not only different but add something unusual to the mix.  Deliver a compelling elevator pitch around what it is you want to do and how you feel you could add value.

 

7. Be persistent and give yourself time

Identify organisations that fascinate you and people that work in them. You will learn so much about yourself in the process and gain practical tools, techniques and mindsets that will benefit you for the rest of your career.  A career change may take a lot longer and a lot more applications than you had ever imagined so start building your network today.

 

For full article see The Guardian: goo.gl/DSQPt9

 

 

Beast? What Beast?

Written by Pulse Search Friday, 02 March 2018 17:21

It’s no surprise that our “beastly” weather has kept many Londoners at home.  Transport failures on tubes, buses and trains have depleted the workforce significantly.

Not so at Pulse!  Our 24 hour “always open” temp desk has been HOT all week!  We’ve been inundated with calls for emergency support and thanks to our army of experienced temporary PAs and Admin staff we have delivered a record number of mercy missions to London’s finest names in Media, Fashion and Luxury Goods.

So if you need support anywhere in the office then "beat the beast" by calling our 24/7 temp hotline any time today (or tonight!). 0207 434 7364

The PA role; an end or a beginning?

Written by Pulse Search Friday, 23 February 2018 12:28

You might have heard some of the hype; “artificial intelligence (AI) will see off the need for personal assistants”…”technology will replace admin roles in business”…

The Evening Standard this week took aim at these assumptions and made a strong case for the value of PAs and EAs backed by some equally strong views from a host of Personal Development Coaches.

True, the role has evolved but then what role hasn’t? No more the reactive stereotype; enslaved and unrecognised.  Step up the assertive, versatile, indispensable linchpin whose role is central to the success of a senior management team.

Successful companies are already seeing the value in partnering multiple senior executives with a flexible, creative, technically adept individual who can engage clients and colleagues alike and who delivers profit through increasing efficiencies and reducing errors.

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

Written by Pulse Search Friday, 16 February 2018 12:25

Do you even know why it is celebrated? Or what it is actually about? Let us tell you!

1.    The Festival date changes every year ; this is because it folows the lunar calander, based on the movement of the moon! 2018 it falls on February 16th.

2.    Chinese New Year is also called ‘Spring Festival’ because the festival tends to fall after the solar term, which is the beginning of Sprint (known as Li Chun).

3.    Chinese New Year starts a new animal’s zodiac year ; In China, each lunar cycle has 60 years, 12 of these are regarded as a small cycle, which is why these 12 years are defined by an animal sign

4.    It is the longest public holiday and the whole country is on the move ; Most employees have 7-12 days off the work, and students have one month winter vacation – awesome right!

5.    Then comes the annual largest usage of fireworks on the planet. Fireworks are an indispensable part of the celebration to liven up the air of Spring Festival. All families set off fireworks to celebrate the festival. The biggest firework show is on Lunar New Year's Eve.

6.    Our Offices here on Broadwick Street are literally seconds away from the beaming and busy China Town! Kill two birds with one stone and call or email one of our Consultants today to hear about some of the amazing opportunities we have! ‘New Year, New job!’

Miri Joins Pulse!

Written by Pulse Search Thursday, 01 February 2018 15:23

I thought I would give you all some insight to the ever present struggle of getting a job after graduating. I certainly struggled myself! I graduated summer 2017 and after a long and tiring 6 months of job searching, I finally bagged my first job, here at Pulse as their Temps Controller! It has felt never-ending, however the wait was definitely worthwhile! I couldn’t be happier working for such an established and friendly company. I can certainly say this is my biggest achievement yet!

As far back as I remember, I always had a pencil or paint brush in my hand. I come from a family of academics who have studied and succeeded in Law or Medicine. Nevertheless, my mother gave me advice to follow my passion, work hard, and be motivated by the promise that hard work at school will one day pay off. Before I knew it, I had completed 12 GCSE’s of A*-C, good A-Levels, a Foundation Course and a University Degree in Fine Art grading 2.1. My Mom encouraged me throughout my schooling years saying, "Study hard, get into a good university, and your life is set."

Admittedly, I had no idea what it meant to have my life "set" - in my head, studying hard would transport me, to where I would re-emerge as a successful 30-something who would be shaking up the world and earning lots of money. And so it was quite a rude awakening for me when I realised how little all my years of formal education had equipped me to tackle the next stage of my life: finding a job.

I received rejection after rejection. Getting a graduate job after graduation can seem never-ending. Not everyone will find the process quick or straightforward. Don’t give up – but do take some time to step back and look at your approach, and ask yourself if you could tackle your job hunt in a slightly different way.

So, If it means I can help you young and hungry graduates attain a job; some advice for you all:

1. Pick a job that interests you, connect with recruiters on social media and remember it is OK not to know what you want to do.

2. Consider doing paid or unpaid work throughout University. When applying to jobs they love to know you worked throughout University, it shows perseverance, time management and a good work ethic. To expand on this, if you want to go into… Media, do internships so when applying to jobs you show a solid understanding of the field and position which you are applying for.

3. Do some temp work throughout and after University. The more work experience you gain, the more you can build on your CV.

4. Ask around! See what connections you have and follow through with them. I have several friends who attained jobs after University because of the connections they made when studying.

5. When getting to the interview stage, make sure you really know the company in and out and do not take on too many interviews! The more you take on the less time you have to really focus on the company in hand. And it shows.

6. Be yourself. The culture of a Company is probably the most important thing to make it work for the both of you, otherwise you will not enjoy yourself. Apply for jobs you know you will enjoy.

All the bullet points given are the stages and steps I followed myself. I found a job which interests me, I chose to temp, used my connections, and have now focused on Pulse and am inspired to be part of this amazing Company culture!  The hard work does pay off so keep your head held high and chase your dreams! I know I did, as I am now a permanent member of the Pulse team.

 

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