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8 Secrets to nail a Skype or Zoom video interview and land the job

Getting interviewed over Skype or Zoom is very much becoming the norm as recruiters look for the best candidates. We are asked frequently by candidates on how to prepare for and conduct a Skype or Zoom interview so here are my top 8 tips. Although this blog is mainly aimed at people job hunting many of the principles apply to any Zoom or Skype meeting not just a video interview

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COVID 19: Guide to Returning to the Workplace

On 10th May 2020 the Government began to outline its plans to enable certain sectors in England to return to work, while the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have continued the period of lockdown.

As our Managing Director is a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development ( CIPD), he has received a copy of their advice for employers on returning to the workplace.

Employers need to plan now for what is likely to be staged return to the workplace over what could be prolonged periods. Their guiding principle should be how organisations take care of their people and safeguard their health and well-being.

 Many people will be concerned and anxious about being in workplaces or travelling to workplaces. They will want to know that their organisation is retaining their support for physical and mental health and its current thinking about flexible and remote working.

 This is an excellent article not just covering health & safety issues but also potential legal considerations  such as redundancies, reduced working hours etc

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Managing Virtual Teams

The world is changing. And with it, the global marketplace is changing too. More and more people are choosing to work from home, or remotely.

Remote working has, in the most part, been made possible by the significant advances in technology – Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams – there is a multitude of platforms to utilise that enable you to run and manage your team from anywhere in the world.

 If you've never managed a virtual team before, building in best practices will ensure your team remain engaged, happy and productive.

 Now more than ever as a result of the COVID – 19 pandemic, The rpc Group of Companies has created this report to provide insight into the value of remote working, alongside some specific strategies for you to use that will enable you to build and manage your remote team successfully.

 

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HOW TO Write a Great CV

If you have decided it’s time to look for a new job or are passively seeking your next career move, having a well written CV is your essential first step.

 Most employers and Recruitment Consultants spend just a few seconds scanning each CV before moving on to the next.

 Our advice is based on over 20 years’ successfully recruiting across a range of sectors – read on and don’t leave anything to chance.

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Your Managerial Career Checklist

When was the last time you sat down and reviewed to what extent you are meeting your career objectives?  I don’t mean your annual review with your Line Manager; I’m talking about your deeply personal career goals and intentions. If you have been furloughed or working from home, this might be a good time?

Wherever you are in your career journey, it is a good idea to periodically analyse your current position against where you want to be. When you dig a little deeper, is everything on track and working out as you expected or do you need to make some changes in order to meet your goals? 

To help you measure if your managerial career is progressing as you envisaged when you started out, we have created the rpc Managerial Career Checklist that will provide you with a snapshot of whether you’re on the right track.

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Working from Home Guide Covid-19

As COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus, we don’t know yet exactly how it spreads or have a vaccine to prevent it. It has already brought major changes to the way we work, with many people now working remotely. Though some people regularly work from home, for others, it is a major change to their daily routine.

This excellent guide produced by Westfield Health, the leading low cost health insurance provider will signpost you to establish a healthy work space, structure your day and taking care of your mental and physical health will help make sure working from home is a positive, productive experience.

 

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Employer Guide Covid-19

As COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus, we don’t know yet exactly how it spreads or have a vaccine to prevent it. Its important for HR and Business Leaders to understand the situation, mitigate the risk within their workplace and to put in place plans that would help  quickly contain the virus should it affect a member of staff.

This excellent guide produced by Westfield Health, the leading low cost health insurance provider will signpost you to reliable sources of information, provide guidance on creating a Coronavirus Response Plan and identify workplace strategies to mitigate risk and provide frameworks for developing your company’s response.

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5 Steps to a Better Linkedin Profile in 2020

Whether you would like to strengthen your personal brand on Linkedin or simply make your Linkedin Profile more aware to Recruiters, then this booklet will provide you with most of the key actions to take to achieve either objective.

At rpc we are not experts in the algorithms of Linkedin, but we use Linkedin extensively to identify candidates for the various roles we handle. We have therefore devoted considerable time over the years to understanding how Linkedin works and what works best for Linkedin users.

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Building Your High Performing Kitchen Brigade

Most Hotel General Managers, Restaurant Owners / Managers and Executive / Head Chefs  know that having high – performing teams are crucial to success.

A high performing kitchen brigade can be critical to both their popularity with customers and a healthy profit.

Every hotel and restaurant need’s the right selection of carefully- chosen members of their brigade to support their vision and business objectives.

The challenge is transforming a group of individual hires and existing team members from the Executive / Head Chef to the Kitchen Porters and Runners into a cohesive kitchen team all dedicated to achieving the same goals.

This blog provides you with everything you need to know to streamline the transition into building a high performing kitchen brigade.

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Ex-Military Recruitment : How ex-Armed Forces could make a big contribution to your business

Very often these days employers are finding it more  difficult to find the perfect candidate and some sectors of business and industry  are struggling to ‘fill’ a significant skills gap.  One solution for employers is to consider recruiting military leavers and ex-military personnel who have a breadth of aptitude, skills and training which are transferable and can add real value to their business.

 

This blog is based on an excellent article first published by the Federation of Small Businesses in October 2019. The rpc Group of Companies has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant and is proud to be honouring the commitment of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant and supporting the Armed Forces Community and has a separate database of over 36,000 Ex-Military personnel.

 

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The things that people say about your business online hold a lot of weight

As I'm sure you're well aware, in today's internet-driven world, the things that people say about your business online hold a lot of weight.

Whether good or bad, these reviews can have a bearing on the way people view your company.

With that in mind, we hope that you will accept our invitation to view some of our testimonials. These have been provided by both Clients and Candidates, to give you a rounded insight into the way we do business.

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99 of the Best Interview Questions + the Killer Question Every Recruiter and Hiring Manager Should Ask

The manner in which we ask the questions in an interview is as important as the questions themselves. Candidates need to concentrate on answering your questions not deciphering them. Use easy to understand words and keep the sentences simple. Use open ended questions that require more than a simple yes or no response.


Our e-booklet on the 99 of the best interview questions + the killer question every Recruiter and Hiring Manager Should Ask contains a list of sample interview questions to make sure the interview template you currently use is the best it can be and not missing any essential elements.

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Proud to be honouring the commitment of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant and supporting the Armed Forces Community


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rpc technical recruitment incorporating rpc logistics & supply chain recruitment and rpc IT & telecoms recruitment, rpc foodservice recruitment, rpc catering & hospitality recruitment, rpc commercial recruitment, rpc interim recruitment and rpc international recruitment, all Divisions of rpc international recruitment Ltd are those of an Employment Agency and / or Employment Business as defined under the UK Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003