Market Update – January 2019

Over the course of 2018, there was a general trend for vacancies to increase, meaning more competition over qualified candidates. Most are predicting this trend to continue during 2019.

Despite the seemingly uncertain economic mood in Britain, studies have shown that the UK economy is expected to perform more impressively this year than previously predicted. Growth is expected to be higher than last year, with record low unemployment. This is the perfect storm if you’re looking for a new job.

We’re hearing of ambitious growth plans from many of our clients. If you’re considering a move, even if you’re not actively seeking a new job, it’s worth striking while the iron is hot. Not only are there plenty of interesting opportunities out there, but those opportunities are in companies that are going places. As companies vie for candidates, they will look to move quickly – meaning you should too. It’s also worth checking whether you’re being paid your market rate – your recruiter will be uniquely positioned to advise on this.

In circumstances such as these, if you’re looking to hire new staff, it’s important to be smart about it – making yourself available for interviews quickly, giving feedback to candidates promptly, and selling your business effectively to candidates. Salaries have continued to rise over the past few years, so it’s also worth checking that your salaries are in line with your market.

Ask your friendly, neighbourhood recruiter for more detailed advice and information about the market!

Featured Client – Montgomery

Montgomery / Fresh Montgomery

Over the years, we’ve had an enjoyable business relationship with Fresh Montgomery.

Who is Montgomery / Fresh Montgomery?

Montgomery is one of the largest privately-owned exhibition companies in the UK. They’re known within the industry for holding award-winning events that span across the globe, within various sectors such as: arts and entertainment, building and construction, hospitality, humanitarian aid, mining, packaging, printing and plastics, and security.

Montgomery has humble beginnings as a family business, which launched its first trade show in 1895, making them a whopping 124 years old this year.

Fresh Montgomery is the UK food and hospitality facet of the business and at their world-class events, they attract exhibitors who are the ‘crème de la crème’ of the UK and international foodservice, hospitality & retail industries. At shows such as: The Speciality & Fine Food Fair, The Independent Hotel Show and The International Food & Drink Event, visitors come to see a showcase of innovative technology that is making the preparation, production and presentation of all things foodie easier on the hands and on the eyes!

IFE, the flagship event of Fresh Montgomery, is the UK’s largest food and drink exhibition focusing on the catering, retail and wholesale sectors. It’s held at the ExCeL every two years and hosts 1,400 suppliers and 38,500 visitors, including 4,000 multinational buyers.

Thinking of working for Montgomery / Fresh Montgomery?

They have an outstanding reputation. They’ve re-invested the fruits of their success back into the heart of the business – their employees. They’re based in a magnificent town house office situated in the heart of the busy London which makes for a productive, cosy and luxury working environment.

We’ve placed multiple superstar sales professionals and events marketers into the company and they’re all still there all these years later (which is always a brilliant sign). All of these people have all given us positive feedback about their career progression and prospects and are excited about their future there.

Any vacancies?

We’re regularly on the lookout for talented marketing and sales people for Fresh Montgomery.

For further information please call Naomi Lane on 020 7359 8244 or email [email protected]

Ask the Recruiter – January 2019

I suffer terribly from interview nerves. Can you give me some tips on how to overcome these?

As I’m sure you’re aware, it’s perfectly natural to be anxious before and during a job interview – it’d be slightly concerning if you weren’t! However, I do appreciate that acute nervousness can occur and can potentially affect your performance in an interview. Here are a few tips to help you.

  • Remember there’s a reason you’ve been chosen for this interview. The person or people you’re meeting already know your background and think you’re a potentially good fit for their company.
  • Make sure you’re well prepared – see this month’s feature on preparing for an interview here.
  • On the day, make sure you’ve eaten something and make sure you arrive with time to spare – if you have time for a calming walk round the block beforehand, so much the better.
  • Breathe slowly. During the interview, don’t be afraid to pause briefly after a question and take a breath, or say “That’s an interesting question,” to give yourself time to formulate your answer.
  • Confident body language can genuinely make you feel more confident – it can reduce your cortisol (stress hormone) level. Sit towards the front of the chair rather than leaning back, keep your shoulders down. Smile – smiling itself can reduce stress.
  • Above all, remember that this is not a one-sided meeting – it is also an opportunity for you to find out as much as you can about the company, so have some questions prepared, listen and be engaged.

Best of luck! And if you need a friendly word of encouragement from a recruiter, you know where we are!

Interview preparation

As one year rolls into another, many people will be thinking about plans for new jobs. We’ve covered social media audits, getting the most from your recruiter and how to create the perfect CV in our last few newsletters. Those three things should lead to you being offered an interview, so this month we’re looking at how to prepare for your interview. (And next month, we’ll look at perfecting your technique during the interview itself.)

Here are a few things to do before you even set off for that crucial interview:

  • Make sure you have a genuine understanding of the job spec – your recruiter should be able to help you with this. Try to match your skills and experience to each section of it.
  • Saying that, job specs can be quite generic, so make sure this is backed up by a solid understanding of the company in terms of structure, purpose, clients etc.
  • More specifically, look the company up on Google – is there any recent news about them / their clients / their competitors?
  • Look at the company’s own website – what work are they proud of? Have there been any recent promotions?
  • Check them out on LinkedIn – who are you interviewing with and what are their backgrounds? Have a look at the professional backgrounds of other employees. Do they have anything in common? How might your experience fit in?
  • Practise competency based interview questions – if you can, practise with a friend or family member.
  • Work out what to wear in advance – it’s generally better to be slightly over-dressed than under-dressed.
  • Work out your journey to the interview in advance and leave plenty of time.
  • If you have any logistical questions, phone the company and ask – show your initiative.
  • Discuss all of the above with your recruiter. Often they will have exclusive knowledge of the personalities of the people you’ll be interviewing with and the company itself.

All these tips may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how few people do all of the above. Comprehensive interview prep can really make you stand out from the crowd.

Best of luck for 2019!

Five Minutes with… Ben

Each month, we’ll feature one of our team members in a brief Q&A, so you can get to know us all better! This month we’re meeting Ben Galyas.

How did you get into recruitment?

I was job hunting as a fine art grad and applied for conference production. I met Jonny and he started talking to me about recruitment which, at the time, I hadn’t considered, but it sounded really interesting and I’m really enjoying it.

Tell us about the sectors you recruit in…

Business publishing which is mainly business information covering financial markets and commodities, but also general research roles (i.e. conference production). Business information providers effectively unearth information that isn’t available elsewhere by building relationships in relevant industries.

So, if I was a trader in metals for example, I’d want to subscribe to one of your clients’ sites…?

Yeah, or a hedge fund manager or someone working in private equity.

Why do you think your clients and candidates like working with you?

Clients probably because I’m always on hand come what may. Candidates because I’m generous with my time. I’m more than happy to advise about qualifications, CVs, careers, what companies to look at etc.

Now to get to know you! If you never had to work again and money was no object, what would you do?

I wouldn’t not work, because I’d get bored. I quite like having to work, I think I’d be depressed without structure. And I don’t think I’d move jobs. So I’d continue to recruit… maybe I’d buy Rupert out!

I’d buy myself a flat and I’d probably buy my mum something nice.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

*Cannot put this answer in – Ed*

Who would play you in the film of your life?

If someone were to make a film of my life I don’t think it would be exceptionally well funded, I don’t think they’d forecast much of an audience for it! It would just be shown at maybe one amateur festival, so they would probably get an unpaid intern to play me!

What’s the worst job you’ve done?

One Christmas I went home and worked at the bar at Harvey Nicholls and that was truly awful. It had been recently done up in Birmingham and they turned a quite well respected brand into a place for premier league and championship footballers…

What’s your favourite book?

That’s a good question, I don’t read much fiction. There is one fiction book of skits by Richard Prince. He’s an American artist and he plays the part of certain absurd characters in American life. In terms of non-fiction, there’s an Italian theorist called Bifo Beradi who I really like and he writes in a very poetic way. I’ve seen him speak a few times, he’s very passionate and eccentric.

I’ve been dreading this with you…And your favourite song?

Why have you been dreading it?

Because you’re soo into your music, I’m afraid you’re just going to say “here are 150 songs I like”.

Yeah, and that kind of is the answer I want to give. Johnny and I went to see Yves Tumor recently, and there’s a song called Licking an Orchid that I really like. But to be clear, it’s not my favourite song. I don’t have a favourite song.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what’s the first thing you’d do?

I’d feel so relieved, I’d realise my fate and embrace it. I hate coconut water too, so I’d probably die quickly.

And finally, what’s your favourite colour?

I don’t have a favourite colour, and I’m not going to be drawn on that.