How to get your foot in the door for a career in HR

HR positions have evolved over the years and more recently has changed from being a support/admin position, to a much more strategic part of the business. Talent management is an essential part of any business and integral to growth and success. The role of a HR professional is to make sure that talent strategies are aligned to the business and managed effectively. Making your move into a position in HR with no experience One of the most common routes of getting your HR career started is to complete a degree in HR management, a certificate in personnel practice (CPP), a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) course or business degree. If you’re able to get any experience during a gap or placement year in a HR department, this is another really good way to generate the skills needed to work in HR, and prove to potential employers that you have what it takes. Some companies, however, will not hire a HR professional without certifications or degrees, so it’s important that you’re always looking for ways to improve your skillset as a HR professional. Making your move into a position in HR from a different career Depending on the background you’re coming from, you might find yourself at an advantage. Those who want to move from employment legislation, recruitment, or any administrative type position, will often find it easier to make the transition. These positions already include elements of the HR function, so if you’re struggling to find a HR position and don’t have your certifications, it could be worth pursing an initial career in any of the above...

5 Tips On Writing A Winning Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter is your first opportunity to impress your potential employer. It’s important that you address their job specification and highlight why YOU would be the best candidate to interview. Doing this will ensure that you secure that all important interview. Below you can see five quick tips on how and when to use a cover letter to your advantage, as advised by Secs in The City: 1. Balance form and function Make sure that it is easily readable, it’s clear about who you are, what you are applying for and your capabilities to do the job. 2. Provide evidence Employers won’t hire you on your CV alone. You must show you have the skills and experience to do the job in your covering letter. Highlight the evidence about your capabilities such as relevant qualifications and achievements, and awards you may have won. 3. Include testimonials Include positive quotes and testimonials from former managers, colleagues, customers and suppliers to reinforce your credibility and personal qualities. 4. Tone Depending on the kind of organisation and perhaps the seniority of the role you are applying for, you could use a business-like tone or even a more casual approach – but remember to ensure you stay professional at all times. 5. Most importantly – Show you can do the job Don’t forget that they will be shortlisting you only if you clearly demonstrate that you meet their selection criteria for the job. You must emphasise and prove your capabilities...

How to become a Legal Secretary or Legal PA

Getting your foot in the door in the legal sector generally starts out with you nailing a job as a Legal Secretary of a Legal PA. Although requirements don’t always ask you to have a degree, it’s likely that some legal qualifications will be asked for, such as a Legal Secretary Diploma. If you’re serious about getting into the legal industry and are thinking about applying for Legal Secretary/PA jobs, it’s worthwhile investing in a qualification that will help you to excel in your job hunt. The legal sector is constantly changing and evolving, therefore the role of the legal administrator/secretary/PA will vary all the time. The role may change as often as on a day to day basis, although the main role of support will be at the forefront. You will be THE go-to person in charge of making sure that everything in the firm runs smoothly and efficiently. We’ve noted some of the top skills that are required to be a successful Legal PA or Legal Secretary in the market today: Organisational skills As you will be in charge of efficiently managing the office or a specific department, excellent organisational skills are essential. Events, deadlines, calendars and meetings are just some of the things you will need to keep on top of. Multi-Tasking skills Working for more than one person at a time is a regular thing for a legal secretary. Excellent multi-tasking skills and the ability to work under pressure are important as you will be required to juggle and priorities various tasks. Familiarity with legal terms You will be required to understand legal procedure and...

The Best Questions to Ask at the End of a Job Interview

Congratulations… you’ve made it to the interview stage in the search for your next job, well done! Hopefully you’re feeling positive, but as your interview comes to a close and you’re asked if you have any questions, it’s normal for the nerves to creep in at this point. The pressure of wondering what to ask on the spot and quickly thinking of something to ask relating to anything mentioned in the interview can be a pretty hot seat for anyone, and that’s why it’s important to think through options beforehand. That way, you can ask your questions with confidence, and ensure you leave your interviewer with the best impression possible. It’s important to remember that your interviewer isn’t trying to catch you out when they’re asking if you have any questions. Sure, it would probably be a little bit of a concern if you had nothing to ask, BUT the interviewer is asking a genuine question when they’re asking if there’s anything you’d like to know. Now is a great time to clear anything up that you might be unsure of, after all, you’re going to be the one working there and it’s important that you understand your exact role and responsibilities. Secs in the City says: Establishing the exact responsibilities of the role allows you to better understand which strengths and skills the employer is looking for, so you can further emphasise relevant points about yourself. Examples of questions that would be suitable to ask could include: “What are the responsibilities expected of this role?” “What does a typical day here look like?” “Are there any extra duties...

4 Ways To Ensure You Become A Successful HR Manager

Coby Philips are experts in recruiting HR Professionals at every level, especially entry level. We have experience in working with candidates who aspire to become senior and successful HR Managers and we work with them every step of the way to ensure that they’re hitting their career targets and getting the jobs that they love, whether that be contract of permanent. With HR being such a popular field to get into, we thought we would delve into what we feel makes a successful HR Manager and explore some of the common traits we have found in those who have been extremely successful in their career. Strong Communicators  Communication Is Key GIF from Communication GIFs HR Managers who are successful within their field are always strong communicators. They partner other business functions, meaning that they should be able to communicate effectively with anyone from CTO, to reception staff. Key to this is a deep understanding of how HR fits within the organisation and the challenges that all business functions face. Understanding the business on various levels means that the HR Manager will be able to communicate with the key people in divisions and put measures into place efficiently and effectively. Problem Solvers  Sherlock Problem GIF from Sherlock GIFs The best HR Managers that we come across always pay strong attention to taking on problems and solving them. Whether it’s within their job specification or not, successful HR Managers will find problems to solve and ways to make business run smoother (even if it’s their job or not). Defining your OWN role as a HR Manager is one way to ensuring...

5 Secrets To Dressing For The Office During The Heatwave

The heatwave in Britain looks like it’s here to stay a little longer, and while we might all rather be somewhere else (poolside comes to mind), life in the office must go on. “Just because something is appropriate for the weather doesn’t mean it’s okay to wear to work” – Harpers Bazaar When the temperature rises, so does the likelihood of not dressing appropriately for the office. While you might not have to be out on meetings, your role as a receptionist or executive assistant still requires you to remain professional. We’re not advocates of anti-feminism, but there has to be a line when you’re dressing appropriately for work. You could also consider this as advice for any upcoming interviews you might have in the boiling heat. Treat your workplace dress code in the summer as you would for a formal meeting or interview. “Greying bra straps poking out beneath vests, flip flops showing off unpedicured feet, maxi dresses trailing limply on the pavement: when the temperature rises, crimes against fashion also soar. Remember that you’re still dressing for the office, no matter how much you’d rather be in the pub garden.” Harpers Bazaar explored nine rules for getting it right in Summer…  1. Just because something is appropriate for the weather doesn’t mean it’s okay to wear to work. Denim shorts, strapless tops, flimsy dresses that reveal too much… keep these for the weekend. If you’re considering something you’d pack for the beach, it’s probably best avoided. 2. Denim is a really bad idea. 3. So too are tights. Unless you’re the Duchess of Cambridge, of course. 4....

How to become a Legal Secretary or Legal PA

Getting your foot in the door in the legal sector might not be easy, but it isn’t impossible. Working your way up the ladder and getting experience as a Legal Secretary or Legal PA is the perfect way to get your first bit of experience in the industry. The role of a Legal Secretary or Legal PA is different to many other Secretary or PA jobs, as the industry is ever changing and developing. Your role and responsibilities might vary on a day to day basis, with the primary focus of providing administrative support to an in-house legal team. Generally, you’ll be in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly and be seen as the ‘go to’ person. If you’re keen to get yourself ready to apply for a Legal Secretary / PA position, we’ve listed some of the top skills required to be successful in your job search, as suggested from SecsintheCity: Organisational skills I Planned Out Our Whole Day – Elf GIF from Willferrell GIFs As you will be in charge of efficiently managing the office or a specific department, excellent organisational skills are essential. Events, deadlines, calendars, and meetings are just some of the things you will need to keep on top of. Multi-Tasking skills Multitasking GIF from Spongebob GIFs Working for more than one person at a time is a regular thing for a legal secretary. Excellent multi-tasking skills and the ability to work under pressure are important as you will be required to juggle and priorities various tasks. Familiarity with legal terms IKnow Some Of These Words Mhmm GIF from Iknowsomeofthesewords GIFs You will...

Are you asking the right questions at the end of your interview?

After feeling like you might have nailed your interview, your interviewer closes the conversation by asking if you have any questions. This could be the game-changer and where you feel like your nerves are kicking back in… if you haven’t done your research. Thinking through the questions you want to ask beforehand and having them prepared for the interview will help you to answer with confidence and means you can leave the interviewer with the lasting good impression you wanted to give. It’s important to know that your interviewer isn’t trying to ‘catch you out’ by asking you if you have any questions. Of course, they will want to see that you’re keen to find out more about the role and the company, but by no means is this a way to make you feel bad about yourself. They’ll be genuine in asking and will want to cover anything you’re unsure of. Prior to being sent to a job interview, you will have had the chance to read through a job specification. At this point, it’s a good idea to note down any questions you might have about the specific role you’re applying for. There’s a good chance that the interviewer might cover your questions before you’ve even asked them, and that’s another good reason as to why you should be actively listening to everything they have to say. You should take this as an opportunity to genuinely find out more about the position and the company. It’s easy for candidates to forget that they should be interviewing the interviewer, as much as they’re being interviewed themselves. “Is this...

What to look for when hiring a Personal Assistant

If you’ve come to find yourself in a position where you need to hire a personal assistant, you might find yourself asking what the secret is to make the relationship work and how to find the right person for the job. Coby Philips Recruitment Consultancy are experts in placing personal assistants into all types of organisations across London, and we want to share our top pieces of advice with you to ensure you find the right candidate in minimal time. What would we say are some of the most important attributes when hiring a personal assistant? Strong organisational skills, flexibility, patience, and of course personality. It’s absolutely essential that both you and your personal assistant get on well with each other. You’ll be spending a lot of time together and you should see your personal assistant as your go-to person, your ‘right-hand man’ if you like. If you find that you have clashing personalities, this won’t be as easy. Take a look at some of the attributes we would say are essentials when hiring your first personal assistant: Proactive Approach A personal assistant should be able to take control of their working day and make proactive steps to make sure everything gets done (without being micromanaged). A good personal assistant should be able to anticipate their boss’s needs, prioritise tasks and make sure to follow through on everything. It’s highly likely that decision making could be left down to the personal assistant when you’re not there, and you need to be sure that they’re going to make the right decisions on your behalf. Strong Interpersonal Relationship Skills As your...

Getting your foot in the door as a receptionist with no experience

In any company, every employee plays an essential role in company success. The job as a receptionist sometimes gets overlooked as unimportant, but being the first point of contact for a company is what gives an initial impression to anybody visiting, calling or enquiring. The first impression of any business starts at the receptionist’s desk. Employees value a receptionist who takes great pride in their work and who wants to make a favourable first impression. When companies look to hire a receptionist, they look for candidates with strong interpersonal skills and an immediate positive and professional demeanour. The typical responsibilities that a receptionist would hold include greeting customers, handling incoming calls and basic administrative duties. If you’re looking to become a receptionist and have no prior experience, it’s important that you enjoy making new acquaintances and want to pursue a career in the administrative field. Coby Philips Recruitment has covered some tips for you to help land your first job as a receptionist: 1. Write a cover letter Writing a strong cover letter sometimes gets overlooked by those applying for jobs. Your cover letter is your first chance to stand out and make the employer want to read your CV. You should be outlining why this particular position is a good fit for you and why you want to apply for that specific role within the company. You should include reasons like why you’re interested in the company and give any examples of how your skills might fit the position. 2. Highlight your skills Even though you might not have experience working as a receptionist, you will still have...
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