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Recruitment Agency Expo 2015 – Head of DP Connect Cambridge, Cherry Swayne reflects on the day

 
Posted: 2015-03-03
“Last week I spent an enjoyable but busy day at the Recruitment Agency Expo listening to talks and training workshops by some of the industry’s leading voices. The Expo provided a great opportunity to get a broad picture on what is happening in the economy and the recruitment industry in general, as well as honing my skills in specific areas around advanced candidate sourcing and building longstanding relationships.
 
Here are some of the top things I learnt”
 
The Market
·         The recruitment industry is now worth more than it ever was pre-recession.
·         2014 saw the highest growth in job vacancies for over 15 years.
·         However, the number of applications per vacancy dropped month on month for the whole year.
·         There are now more jobs than ever, and less people who are applying for them.
·         80% of employers are looking to hire in the next 3 months.
·         As we face the general election in May there is a lot of regulations and politics surrounding the recruitment industry.
·         As Consultants we need to be aware of how politics, both local and national, affects our industry and come up with solutions to wider problems i.e. skills shortages, lack of equality and diversity etc.
 
Relationship Management
·         We are now in a candidate-led market and we need to find candidates that are invisible to our competitors.
·         Make sure we are constantly seeking referrals – the best people in the market know other good people.
·         We need to find the very best candidates in the market and work harder on finding them a new job than any other recruiter.
·         Our job is find great jobs for great people!
·         46% of candidates would like to meet their recruitment consultant face to face. We must ensure we are doing this.
·         Work according to Pareto’s law – spend 80% of your time working on the top 20% of your candidates.
 
Social Media
·         Ensure you are only posting updates about topics that are going to interest your target audience.
·         Each tweet has a half life of 16 minutes – you need to be tweeting on average 9 times per day to be noticed.
·         Use tools such as Buzzsumo and Feedly to generate and manage content ideas for sharing on social media.
·         Use Source Hub on Social Talent’s website to create Boolean searches for you. It’s a free tool.
·         Use the following search string to find Developers on Github:  Site:github.com 'joined on' java Cambridge 


DP Connect 2015 Conference & Award Evening

 
Posted: 2015-01-22

DP Connect will be shut from 3pm on Friday 23rd January as the company will be hosting it's annual "DP Connect Conference"


All I want for Christmas is… a new job??

 
Posted: 2014-12-04
We are all guilty of throwing around the ‘New Year, New Me’ cliché – yet how many of us actually put the wheels in motion to make changes where we think are necessary?
 
If that change you need to make is a new career move then it can feel daunting; there are so many question marks hanging over a job search that sometimes it is easier to settle for what you know. We all need to know we are financially secure in our role, what if it doesn’t work out? What if my contract ends suddenly? These are all questions which a specialist IT Recruitment agency can go through with you, matching your skills, personality and values to not only the right role, but the right organisation and team.
 
Whether you are a graduate looking to get your first step on the ladder, junior network technician or a CTO looking for the right move then we are dedicated to guiding you along the way to your next contract or permanent position. We offer expert advice from a team of specialist recruiters to make sure you are not overwhelmed by the decision you have taken to make a change in your career.
 
We are always looking to source the highest talent to provide the finest service to our valuable candidates and clients as we believe they deserve nothing less. If you are an experienced recruiter with a drive and ambition for uniting talent and technology in a vibrant and flexible environment then we are keen to talk to you.
 
For a confidential chat regarding your IT or recruitment career please call 0208 466 5666.


REC Technology Sector Meeting and Christmas Lunch - One day to go!

 
Posted: 2014-12-03
Aidan Anglin, REC Chairman and DP Connect Director will, of course, be present and looking forward to seeing all of those who can attend - Aidan will be hosting the introductions and annual review which I'm sure will get everybody geared up for the day ahead! A great line up of speakers are due to follow including Lisa Jones; focusing on the impending 2015, providing guidance to members on social media and how to best utilise this as effectively as you can for ROI. This is a hot topic at the moment and I look forward to catching up with Aidan on the thoughts of the day.
 
Of course things will not be ending there (especially when Aidan is involved) all members will then be heading to Diciannove Restaurant, at the Crowne Plaza, where the annual Christmas ‘do’ will be taking place – it is one not be missed!
 

APSCo Out Of Africa Charity Ball in support of Childline

 
Posted: 2014-12-01

Would like to thank APSCo for an absolutely fantastic evening on Friday at the Out Of Africa charity ball. As always, the evening was spectacularly hosted with fantastic cuisine and entertainment and we were delighted to once again be there to support the fundraising events for Childline.

https://plus.google.com/photos/+ApscoOrg/albums/6088186249029008625


A huge thank you to Global Recruiter and all those at Recruitment Live 2014

 
Posted: 2014-11-27

 

 

Aside from the stands in the main hall, we both had the chance to visit some of the Fringe Events throughout the day – with such a variety of seminars being held there was something for everyone across the business. I myself popped in to the Brand Workshop held by James Del-Gatto; was very insightful to hear just how successful a re-brand can be if implemented and executed accurately. DP Connect are currently at the beginning stages of a re-brand and I certainly gained some food for thought! I also joined in the Social Media and Restrictive Covenants event held by Paul Chamberlain of TEAM – with a growing focus on social media in this day and age it is fundamental to understand how to protect your business and Paul provided great examples of cases regarding non-solicitation and compete clauses and how they can and cannot be beneficial for your organisation. This also highlighted how a company’s view of their data and who has ownership of this can be wrong when in the public domain.
 
Metin also registered to some of the fringe events aimed at those within the Operations function of the business, such as the Mobile Recruitment discussion given by Mike Taylor, WBR. Metin advised this concerned how the growth in mobile devices is affecting companies especially within the recruitment sector and how the web may not be as mobile friendly as you first think. We have recently launched a “mobile-friendly” version of our website so it was interesting to hear how this can be further developed.
 
Would like to thank Global Recruiter for an excellent day and praise on how brilliantly it was organised.
 
We wish we could have attended more of the Fringe Events or be a part of Day 2 but we definitely will be back next year with some more colleagues!
 
Plus we now never need to worry about being short of a pen!
 

Great Response from Monday’s Recruitment Matters “Inspirational and Effective Leadership” Course

 
Posted: 2014-11-27
On Monday Matthew Taylor (Resource Team Leader) and Richard Howard (Head of Payments Practice) attended the Inspirational and Effective Leadership training day hosted by Recruitment Matters International with Stewart Stone taking lead on training throughout the day.
 
The Inspirational and Effective Leadership day focuses on those within a Managerial or Directorial position – helping them to enhance the management skills they have learnt to date and the best way to adapt these to promote loyalty, dedication and simply better results, from the teams they lead.
 
I caught up with Matt and Richard on their thoughts from the day:
“Coming away from the course it was a pleasure to have met with a variety of SME business owners, directors and team leaders; like myself. Amongst a number of topics of discussions it was insightful to learn from all of my fellow trainees the number of different approaches that we all take when building, developing and nurturing our teams. It was particularly helpful to then reflect on all of these methods and the success rates in which we have had, so as though we could pinpoint the most effective techniques. I am eager to begin implementing these approaches as part of my day-to-day management role and hope I can reap some of the success of which was demonstrated by Stewart.”


REC Technology - Christmas meeting & lunch

 
Posted: 2014-11-26
REC Weekly
 
 
26th November 2014
REC Technology - Christmas meeting & lunch Dear member, 
I am delighted to invite you to attend the last REC Technology Sector Christmas Lunch. 
As 2014 winds down to a close, the sector group meeting will recap on the major developments for the sector this year as well as looking optimistically to 2015 which promises to deliver more opportunity for members as economic growth continues to rise. 
December 4th 2014
09:00 - 12:15 (Lunch at 12:30)
Goodman Derrick LLP, EC4A 4AD
Don't forget you need to book your Christmas Lunch separately - places limited! 
The meeting will focus on:
Expanding overseas – a personal journey
Tony Goodwin, Founder and CEO of Antal International, will discuss his journey into overseas markets. As the UK economy emerges from recession, businesses are keen to expand. Tony’s insight into this journey will educate and illuminate on this often complex and risky journey into new markets. An extended Q & A opportunity will be available to members.
Unlocking Social Media – insights and guidance 
Lisa Jones, a social media expert, will provide guidance to members on social media best practice and how to ensure that 2015 is a year of progress, ROI and not simply ticking boxes.
You want to be confident that you have used social media effectively to market your business, source talent, attract internal talent and not wasted any time or money in the process.  This session will have some tangible takeaways to help recruitment leaders get real value from social media and social recruiting tools.
techUK – a strategic partner for the tech sector
Charlotte Holloway, Director of Policy at techUK, will talk to members about the work of techUK and their latest research on the tech sector in London and beyond.
Having just produced a ground breaking report on the scaling up of high growth firms in conjunction with Sherry Coutu CBE, techUK will focus on the findings of this report in terms of hard GDP growth and jobs.
And then off for a spot of lunch …
Following the meeting, the annual REC Technology Christmas lunch will take place at Diciannove Restaurant, at the Crowne Plaza at Blackfriars. Places are limited and pre-booking is essential as it is unlikely places will be available on the day. To book your place at the lunch click here.
Tickets for the Christmas Lunch are £35 per person.
This is open to REC members but booking is essential. If you have any difficutlies booking this event please don't hesitate to contact trainingandevents@rec.uk.com who will be happy to book you on.
Kind regards,

Aidan Anglin, Chair - REC Technology 
 
 
 

 


The Global Recruiter - Recruitment Live 2014

 
Posted: 2014-11-24

Just one day to go until the launch of “Recruitment Live” by Global Recruiter; a two day event located in ExCel London bringing together recruitment professionals across the UK and some of the leading industry representative bodies.
 
Metin Faik (Operations Manager) and Silvana Hawkes (Executive Assistant) will both be attending the event and have also registered to some of the Fringe Events. Great to see such a variety of seminar sessions from all angles of the industry and also to be able to take some time to talk directly with some of the leading edge suppliers on new solutions.
 
Hope to see many of you there for the first day tomorrow!

Recruitment Matters “Inspirational and Effective Leadership”

 
Posted: 2014-11-21

Matthew Taylor (Resource Team Leader) and Richard Howard (Head of Payments Practice) are attending the Inspirational and Effective Leadership training day on Monday 24th November hosted by Recruitment Matters International.

Here at DP Connect we are continuously encouraging training throughout the business; whether that be a junior consultant taking their first steps in their recruitment career or those in a position of leadership or management still broadening their knowledge. The current market is changing rapidly so we need to be on top of these changes and have all our employees on the top of their game.

The Inspirational and Effective Leadership day focuses on those within a Managerial or Directorial position – helping them to enhance the management skills they have learnt to date and the best way to adapt these to promote loyalty, dedication and simply better results, from the teams they lead.

Looking forward to catching up with both Matthew and Richard after the course to hear any new methods or tools they have learnt to aid them in their management roles and also on building relationships for future success between their peers.


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