Easy Ways to Boost Your Job Prospects in a Crowded Market

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Does it feel like you are constantly being overlooked for jobs? Are you having a hard time standing out, and really making your mark against the competition? This is a common complaint that job seekers have, especially in these times where the job market often seems crowded and incredibly competitive. So, what can you do to boost your job prospects? How can you turn things around so you are no longer overlooked?

The good news is that there are a lot of steps you can take that will not only increase your odds of getting noticed by a potential employer, but land and interview, and get that dream job. Sometimes it’s just a matter of making one or two small changes in your approach, whereas other times will call for more drastic steps to be taken. So, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can increase your job prospects even in a crowded market.

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Add a Little Creativity to Your CV

The first step is to look at your CV with a critical eye. Is it basic and bland, does it look and read like everyone else’s CV? Is there anything unique that stands out? Is it really the best representation of you, your skills, knowledge, and experience?

A CV is your first impression and you want to be sure you don’t waste it. Take the time to find ways to add a little creativity to the CV, make sure it is brief and concise, and ensure you’ve got all the most important details included without going overboard. You can even have a friend, family member, mentor, or CV service look over it for input. It could just be a few simple changes that it needs.

 

Further Your Education and Credentials

Another tip is to further your education and credentials. Any time you can beef up your CV with this kind of content and skills, it’s going to help to set you apart from others. Some employers will be looking for specific degrees, certificates, and credentials to even be considered at all.

A great example is a PgCert, which stands for post-graduate certificate. Just what exactly is a PGCert? Well, you can think of it as a “mini master’s” that you pursue after completing your undergraduate degree. It takes a shorter time to complete than a Master’s and therefore is worth 1/3 of that of a Master’s. This translates to 225 university contact hours.

What it does is elevate your level of knowledge and understanding, and prove to employers how much of an asset you’d be, and how serious you are about your field of study. It’s an excellent way to have your CV stand out.

You can read more about a PgCert here with Uni Compare’s blog that answers the question “what is a PGCert?” Here you will learn what the levels are, why you should get one, and all other important details. This website can act as a great resource for anyone looking to obtain career guides, and university rankings, with the ability to compare courses and schools, and more.

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

It sounds like a cliché, but this saying is true when it comes to job hunting. Sure, you may have your hopes and dreams pinned on one job with a particular employer, but it’s not an approach that is advised. Applying to multiple jobs that interest you helps to increase your odds of getting hired. It’s simple maths – the more you’re out there, the higher the odds will be that you find something.

If you plan on applying to multiple jobs, it’s also a good idea to keep a list, or some sort of record of each job, the employer, the position, the date you applied, and so forth. You want to be sure you remember each posting should you be contacted and asked in for an interview.

 

Start Networking – Any Amount Can Help

Finally, you want to be sure you’re networking as much as possible. This can start off small with your circle of friends and family; put the word out that you’re looking for a job and see if anyone has any leads.

From there you can get onto LinkedIn, which is the perfect way to make connections within your chosen industry. Many people have found a lot of success on LinkedIn when it comes to job hunting – at the very least, it can help you to expand your network. Just be sure your profile is professional and speaks to the field you have your eye on.

It Is Possible to Stand Out in the Crowd

By using these tips, staying consistent with your efforts, and keeping a positive attitude, you will be able to stand out in the crowded market and finally land that job you had been dreaming about.

Making Your Workplace Hygienic for Covid-19

With restrictions on covid-19 easing, non-essential workers and stores are expected to re-open on 4th July 2020.

However, with the threat of coronavirus and a second wave very much in the background, every place of interest will require formal procedures to maintain cleanliness and prevent further spreading of the toxic virus.

We speak to hygiene specialists, Trovex to get an insight into how to make a workplace or commercial building more hygienic.

Keeping a cleaning schedule

Banks, supermarkets and other high traffic areas will always have cleaning schedules – but it may be more important than ever to monitor them.

In fact, it could be worth making extra cleaning schedules and bringing in cleaners more frequently to reduce the risk of any disease spreading.

If you do not have back-up cleaners, this might be an important time to have second choice or third choice cleaners available on standby, in case you existing cleaners are not available. If you have customers or pupils coming into your office, store or school every day, you need to make sure the environment is attended to more regularly or ideally, on a daily basis.

Put hygiene first

Hygiene needs to become part of the company’s everyday culture and something that every member of new and existing staff needs to be trained in and be monitored for.

This could involve putting someone in charge of hygiene or greeting customers at the front of the store and making the best practices clear such as wearing gloves, masks or sanitising hands before entry.

Any additional signs, protective screens and clothing for staff members would be welcomed to limit the spread.

Staff members that are facing the general public (stores, hairdressers) should be wearing gloves and masks as a standard.

You should also encourage social distancing in the workplace and also check the health of any staff members on a daily basis. Hay fever can often be misinterpreted as a cold or flu, but if symptoms seem more drastic, you should be checking the temperature of your staff and asking them to stay home until further notice.

Hand sanitiser should be available at every corner and making sure that this is stocked up and not empty. For hospitals and clinics, it is common to have hand wash stations and hand sanitiser at the entrance of every room – and putting up signs to encourage this.

If the culture of hygiene is instilled into staff members and daily procedures, you are on track to creating a clean environment.

Stay on top of your supplies

To keep your buildings and workplace clean will require having all the right amounts of cleaning products including sprays, hand gels and liquids – and these will quickly become scarce amongst the large purchases from panic buyers.

Make sure that you can stay on top of your supplies and you can do this by checking with your suppliers and always looking for alternatives. It may be worth being slightly overstocked, just in case these products become hard to get hold of.

Maximise ventilation

You can design the layout of your store or office to maximise air flow and ventilation. If you have windows or doors, keep them wide open, which shouldn’t be too hard in the British summer.

In crowded office spaces in London, you should try increase ventilation where possible since any small and claustrophobic rooms are going to be a hotbed for germs. If someone infected coughs or sneezes, it will have less of a chance to escape.
If you run a food business or offer services, try provide them outside if you can or at least avoid lots of people coming into your premises if they do not have to.

The Employee Benefits Schemes in 2020 that are Supporting Mental Health

Employee benefits have been a vital component for managers and HR practitioners to incentivise and retain staff. In 2020, employee benefits are standard with any employee contract, part-time or full-time.

Whilst accessing discounts and perks was something that was adopted early by companies, 2020 has seen real momentum gather for those employee benefits and companies that support mental health and wellbeing, as highlighted by some of these products, companies and start-ups below.

Equipsme

Insuretech start-up Equipsme offer an affordable health insurance policy for small and large businesses. Whatever the size of the business, companies can insure staff with plans from as little as £7 per month per person.

With a basic policy, customers can get 24/7 GP access, online health checks, nurse support and 3 physio sessions as standard with the option to upgrade to stress support for as little as £1.50 per person per month, optical and dental cover for £7.50 per person per month too.

Earlier this month, Equipsme announced a partnership with Starling Bank, becoming the preferred health insurance partner for their customers.

Sweaty Betty

The popular active-wear brand strongly promotes a healthy mind and body and promotes keeping stress in the workplace to a minimum.

Each week, Sweaty Betty employees have the chance to join lunchtime yoga classes to help them relax. There is also the chance to join running clubs and start later in the day if they so wish, all with the aim of helping with stress management.

YuLife

YuLife is an insuretech startup which offers life insurance for businesses and their employees, with a huge focus on wellbeing and mental health.

Companies who take up yulife insurance policies can reward their employees through earning YuCoin.

YuCoin is earned by engaging in a healthy lifestyle, tracked by staff in a daily app and rewards activities such as yoga, meditation and walking or running a mile.

By accumulating YuCoin online, staff can then redeem these for real life rewards at shops, restaurants, and much more, already partnered with brands such as ASOS, Amazon and Nike.

Yulife have also developed partners with the likes of Farewill to offer a free will writing service to customers and AIG to offer virtual GPs on demand.

Innocent Smoothies

Delicious Innocent Smoothies are known for providing a range of employee benefits that puts the needs of its staff first. This is particularly the case when it comes to mental health as the smoothie firm aims to reduce work stresses through the inclusion of a free gym and breakfast to all staff.

The brand also provides a yoga club to its employees and a 100% confidential 24-hour employee assistance programme – so they can talk to someone privately about any issues they have.

Ernst & Young (EY)Ernst & Young have placed a huge emphasis on mental health in its organisation, providing not only private healthcare, but also free online health assessments and counselling that can be used by staff members and their families. It is completely confidential and available for 24-hours.

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation Announces Executive Leadership Succession

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation announced that its Board of Directors approved an executive leadership succession following a deliberate, multi-year succession planning process.

Jack A. Hockema, who has served as Kaiser Aluminum’s Chief Executive Officer since October 2001 and Chairman of the Board of Directors since July 2006, will transition from his position as Chief Executive Officer effective as of July 31, 2020. Keith A. Harvey, a 40-year Kaiser veteran who has served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer since December 2015, will succeed Mr. Hockema as President and Chief Executive Officer and will become a member of the Company’s Board of Directors at that time. Mr. Hockema will remain on the Company’s Board of Directors as Executive Chairman, providing the benefit of his experience and leadership to enable a smooth and successful transition.

“Keith has had an integral role in driving our strategy and growth over the years and, as President and Chief Operating Officer, he has played an important leadership role at Kaiser Aluminum, building a strong operational and commercial team and creating a multi-disciplined leadership development program to ensure consistency of our culture and strategic direction. Keith is well respected within the organization, and I am confident in his ability to lead the Company,” said Mr. Hockema.

Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., Kaiser Aluminum’s Lead Independent Director, added, “Kaiser Aluminum has become a highly differentiated, well-respected leader in our industry under Jack’s leadership during the past 20 years and we believe is well positioned for the future. The Board of Directors unanimously elected Keith to be the next Chief Executive Officer, and we look forward to continuing to deliver value to our customers, shareholders and communities under his leadership for years to come.” 

Mr. Harvey joined the Company in 1981 as an industrial engineer at the Company’s former rolling mill in West Virginia. He subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and sales at several Kaiser Aluminum locations before being named Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Aerospace and General Engineering in 2012 and Executive Vice President – Fabricated Products in 2014. He assumed his current position as President and Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Mr. Harvey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University.

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, headquartered in Foothill Ranch, Calif., is a leading producer of semi-fabricated specialty aluminum products, serving customers worldwide with highly engineered solutions for aerospace and high-strength, general engineering, and custom automotive and industrial applications. The Company’s North American facilities produce value-added sheet, plate, extrusions, rod, bar, tube and wire products, adhering to traditions of quality, innovation and service that have been key components of its culture since the Company was founded in 1946. The Company’s stock is included in the Russell 2000® index and the S&P Small Cap 600® index.

For more information, please visit the Company’s web site at www.kaiseraluminum.com

Managing a safe return to work – six measures every employer should be ready to adopt

With organisations preparing for more staff returning to their places of work over the coming weeks, many questions have been raised about how to make offices, shops, factories and construction sites safer from the threat of an invisible virus.

“Unsurprisingly, we have seen a surge of enquiries and demand from employers regarding what measures they need to take to both ensure their staff’s safety, and also to comply with government guidelines,” said David Wormald, a director of Europe’s leading security and safety specialist, VPS UK.

“Our Covid-19 response team has developed a system targeted at employers to help support them manage the return to work with a solution comprising six practical steps.”

1. Property Inspections – Know what the problem is before you prepare to tackle it. Use the expertise of inspectors to check and evaluate your sites; their eye for detail will identify requirements and make sure the workplaces are compliant and free from defects; request a full checklist report, with high-definition evidential imagery.

2. Deploy a specialist disinfection cleaning service – Help alleviate employees’ fear and anxiety of infection upon returning to work, with a disinfection misting service. This fills areas with fine mist of disinfecting particles, leaving an anti-viral residue for up to seven days. It is suitable for areas containing electronics found in offices, call centers, and vehicles, and typically takes about two hours per office with the room ready to use in 10 minutes.

3. Social distancing signage and screens – Install social distancing signage that shows required direction of travel, distancing and queue locations, especially around places where staff might gather, like coffee machines and kitchen areas. Perspex screens can also be fitted to create barriers between desks, at point of sale and reception sites.

4. Body temperature detectors – Installing a body temperature measurement system will not only help keep staff safe, but will provide a significant reassurance to them that the management of the return to work has been handled with their safety as a top priority. This uses the latest in thermal camera technology paired with AI-enabled monitoring, for fully contact-less, accurate and fast fever detection which can be integrated into a wide array of sites. Cameras can be mounted on walls, ceilings or tripods, to make them extremely easy to install and able to be deployed rapidly.

5. Safe and secure access for all staff – Revised business operations may mean you need to close sites, which could require additional security, lock changes or goods moved to another location. Use Bluetooth smart doors and other remote access solutions that allow entry for authorised personnel only, to support business continuity, and also lone worker monitoring to help support their safety as well as social distancing protocols.

6. Compliance Inspections – do not just rely on a one-off inspection and installation of products and services. Carry out weekly inspections, including photographic records, to help ensure social distancing measures are being adhered to on site. Using specialist software, trained inspectors can upload these reports in real time to be instantly accessible.

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63% of UK SMEs concerned about workplace safety as teams return

A poll by Vistage, a world leading business performance and leadership advancement organisation for small and midsize businesses, has revealed that 63.2% of UK business leaders are most worried about the safety of their workforce as economic activities resume following weeks of lockdown. 

The latest Vistage poll came after the UK government last week issued new guidance for businesses about reopening as the COVID-19 lockdown begins to gradually ease. New directions include social distancing in workplaces and the wearing of face masks in enclosed places, such as offices and shops. However, in spite of these measures, the majority of UK SMBs still remain concerned.

In addition to this, the poll found: 

  • A fifth (20%) of business leaders are concerned by the prospect of a slow recovery
  • 7.3% of respondents fear the end of the government-backed furlough scheme and what that could mean for their ability to retain their workforce levels
  • Just one in ten (9.4%) have no concerns 

Geoff Lawrence, Managing Director at Vistage UK, said: “While many UK small- and medium-sized businesses welcome the new government guidelines, it is also clear that companies are at different stages of readiness to reopen. It is, therefore, no surprise that leaders and senior executives are concerned about bringing their staff back to work without adequate protection and procedures in place. 

“At Vistage, we are advising business members to carry out a risk assessment to address specific concerns relating to the transmission of the disease between staff and put in place processes to limit those risks. Additionally, leaders should familiarise themselves with the government’s guidelines on maintaining social distancing and instances where there may be exceptions.”

Vistage is an executive coaching and leadership development organisation where business leaders enhance their leadership skills and solve their most important business challenges. Members meet with their peers in group meetings, facilitated by accomplished, executive-level coaches, to help solve their most complex issues. They receive additional perspectives from expert speakers and a global membership community.

For more information, visit www.vistage.co.uk.

Intellectual Property in the Age of Industry 4.0

The growth of the digital era and industry 4.0 have fuelled the growth of intangible rather than physical assets, with intellectual property (IP) representing one of the largest asset classes that a company can hold and can include patents, trademarks, brands, databases, software and trade secrets.

James Turner, Director at Company Formation Specialists, Turner Little takes us through the details of why it is important to protect these assets, and how we can do so.

“IP is important, but rarely accounted for, because we most often equate value with money. It’s not always easy to evaluate its financial worth, but it’s important to create a plan to protect it. From a commercial standpoint, IP needs to be protected in order for companies to maintain their unique market position, but it can also have financial benefits – as it can be used as collateral for loans or company valuation in the event of a merger or acquisition.

“As industry 4.0 takes hold, we expect there to be a sharp increase in concerns surrounding the protection and ownership of IP rights. Designing the right business structure is an important consideration when protecting a company’s IP from theft, misappropriation, infringement or even potential creditors. For example, companies can limit liability through the use of holding and operating companies, which enables owners to centralise the company’s assets. Offshore companies can also be leveraged in the creation of these structures and can offer additional flexibility. 

“That’s where we come in. At Turner Little, we specialise in creating bespoke solutions and structures for individuals and businesses of all sizes. Whether you’re a small business owner or own a large plc, it’s important to ensure that your IP is secure, so you can focus on building a successful business.”

www.turnerlittle.com

Business Planning Services at their Best

As businesses become more complex and interconnected, the need for more sophisticated systems has become increasingly obvious. The team at Exceedra understand exactly what a modern business requires, providing exceptional work in the field of integrated business planning and revenue management systems for CPG. As we continue to showcase example of Corporate Excellence, we turn our attention to Exceedra, named as Most Outstanding Business Planning Solution, 2020 – USA.

For the last two decades, Exceedra has grown from a small integrated business planning company, opera ting primarily in the UK into an award-winning, multi-national organization. It is hard work, business acumen and innovative thinking that has transformed this company into such an amazing success.

When it comes to integrated business planning and revenue management systems, the team at Exceedra have made the process as straightforward as possible. A modular approach gives clients the ability to make their system work for them, allowing businesses to draw on an impressive range of capacity and sophistication. The range includes Trade Promotion Management (TPM), Trade Promotion Optimization (TPO), Trade Promotion Management Foodservice, Customer Business Planning (CBP), Joint Business Planning (JBP), Demand Planning, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) and Retail Execution. It allows companies to have support when they need it, in these key areas.

Often, the companies that turn to Exceedra for assistance need a little more help to find the best possible solution and the team have become adept at understanding the needs and demands of each customer, so that the right solution can be established. Not only do businesses find an impressive level of customer service with Exceedra, but they are given a roadmap that provides guidance on how best to allow the system to mature with the company. This highly capable and easy to use solution is the secret behind the team’s impressive success.

In order to achieve success, Exceedra’s software is designed specifically to provide immediate benefits to a business, not only in terms of capacity, but with regards to speed and efficiency in the planning and execution process. What clients receive is not just the software, but the knowledge of how to leverage that software to their advantage.

Although it boasts humble beginnings in the United Kingdom, offices in the US and Australia ensure that Exceedra has a truly international attitude. Not content with exploring the possibilities of Great Britain and Northern Island, the team have been planning the most effective way of disrupting the global market. The aim is ambitious, but straightforward, focusing on becoming the de facto solution for integrated business planning and revenue management for consumer goods companies worldwide.

E-commerce has made an incredible difference to the way in which this market runs, and Exceedra has had to adapt not only to the new big names in the industry, but the ease with which people are able to join it. Exceedra has made its business in adapting to new ways of working, and is already striving to make improvements to its products that will help clients to combat these challenges. The pressures that clients face are mirrored in the roadmap that Exceedra provides, and ensuring that their roadmap is always accurate keeps the company grounded.

Looking forward, the Exceedra team plans to focus on customer value generation, looking for ways in which it can maintain its position as the leading global provider of purpose-built software to the food distribution industry. This process has already begun, with the company well on the way to delivering real value in TPM and IBP, thanks to the introduction of machine learning.

Finding new ways to work has been key to the success of Exceedra, and it’s a way of operating that has opened new possibilities for this impressive company. It’s what has allowed them to achieve such incredible success.

Contact: Chris Rice

Website: http://www.exceedra.com

Email: [email protected]

Increase Profits in Your New Business

Starting your own business is the dream for many people. Once you are ready to take the plunge, you want to do everything possible to be profitable. With many new operations failing, it is easy to get discouraged and think that any small venture is doomed. That is not true, there are many successful small businesses and more open every day. Thinking with a plan in mind, rather than allowing emotion to take over, can give yours a chance to thrive.

Delay Taking a Salary for Yourself

Most are actually not successful right away. If you go into business thinking it will sustain you from day one, you decrease your odds of success. Lowering your costs and boosting your savings before you take the plunge can help increase your odds of success. One way to lower your monthly expenses is to refinance your student loans. Use an online student loan refinance calculator to see how much you could save by refinancing your student loans. The process is simple and can free up money in your budget.

Don’t Skimp on Marketing

Many new business owners plan a big splash for their opening but may back away from spending after the initial open. Set a realistic marketing budget so that you can develop, implement, and maintain a consistent marketing plan through the early stages of your business. In today’s competitive marketplace, you cannot afford to ignore social media. This is also an area that is easy to do poorly. Customers have access to your social media and can complain about the slightest problem. Reactionary responses, deletions, and other bad behavior will not go unnoticed. Hiring an outside firm to take on your social media management can be beneficial in building and maintaining your company as a respected brand.

Training Matters

When you work for someone else, training is generally part of the package. You may be expected to attend conferences, read industry materials, and generally keep up to date on what is going on in your industry. Any certifications will probably be paid for by your employer. When you run your own business, you take on this responsibility not only for yourself but for your employees as well. This is not an area to skimp on, and it can be more costly and time-consuming than you planned on. One advantage of running a small business is that you are more flexible and more able to pivot to the changing tides of economy, consumer preference, and other factors than larger operations. To take advantage of these benefits you need to have well-trained employees, so no one needs their hand held through the ebbs and flows of working for a new business.

Hold on To Existing Customers

Providing additional services to existing customers is a great way to boost your profits. Once you have a satisfied customer, keeping them and upselling them costs less than finding new customers. Think carefully about the products or services you offer. What could you add that your existing, satisfied customers may want? Providing options to your existing, happy customers allows you to maximize your profits.

Business Security at its Best

Based in Hampshire, Dacha Security Solutions Ltd are a leading provider of security systems to the leisure and commercial industries across the UK. Following on from their success in the Corporate Excellence Awards 2020, we got in touch with Tim Edmonds to find out more.

As a family-run business, Dacha Security Solutions Ltd have been offering bespoke security systems and ‘off the shelf’ solutions to suit the requirements of their clients since 2009. To start, Tim offers more insight into the firm’s specialisms and its existing client base.

“The team at Dacha are specialists in protecting and enhancing our customers businesses and operations. As recognised experts in the installation and maintenance of CCTV, access control, visitor

management, meeting room management, car park management and intruder systems, we are well equipped to handle most things that are thrown at us. In addition, with our innovative approach to integration and linking these systems alongside other BIM systems, we are able to give customers useful data and information at their fingertips.”

“Traditionally, we have worked within the leisure sector, but the last few years has seen us take a chunk of the logistics and public sectors as well. Our approach to new business is driven by our leadership team, who are fastidious about looking in to serving a new industry. Collectively, we need to know and understand the companies, their challenges and their opportunities to be able to offer them our unique service. Only when we are confident in our knowledge in that sector can we even think about approaching clients.”

Since forming in 2009, Dacha’s approach to their clients has always been to treat each one individually, assessing what kind of security system they would gain most from. Tim added “While some companies can get stuck in a rut pushing out the same system time and time again, we understand that each one of our customers has a completely different set of threats and opportunities and by taking these into account, we can help them drive their businesses forward. It is truly our passion and innovation that makes us stand clear of others.”

Although the firm have endured success delivering security systems to their clients, in the early days this wasn’t the case across Europe, particularly in relation to the leisure sector as Tim goes on to explain. “The firm’s biggest challenge is one that has shaped the way we approach new business. Our unique and vast knowledge of the leisure industry meant we were the experts in Europe for a reason. However, this was a challenge to our growth plans as we felt it would be difficult to replicate how we work with our customers in other industries. The decision was made to focus our efforts on a single new vertical at a time and to really learn it before we took on new customers. How we have overcome this challenge has certainly helped define our growth strategy.”

As a business, Dacha aim to deliver a quality service to their customers, with every member of staff collaborating to achieve one goal. As Tim goes on to explain, by going that extra mile, the firm deliver what they have promised “We’re a team of self-starting, mission-driven individuals with a passion for purposeful innovation and going that extra mile. Throughout the team, we are lucky to have an over-riding principle that we all believe in – which is to deliver quality unrivalled service at a fair price for our customers.”

Like many others, the staff at Dacha have an integral role to play in the success of the business and as Tim points out without their staff’s contributions, they wouldn’t be the renowned firm they are today in the security industry. “Our staff are key to every decision we make, every job we do and every customer interaction we have. In addition, keeping our staff well trained and happy is further integral to achieving Dacha’s goal, and something we continually do and strive to improve upon.”

In regard to recruitment, staff retention is clearly something the firm feel quite strongly about and as Tim goes on to explain, a candidate’s career aspirations must be considered prior to offering any kind of position. “We take a leading approach to growing our team. Rather than looking at a candidate and just their experience we try to get to understand the individual who wants to become a part of our journey. As a firm we place a heavy emphasis on career development, so we need to be the right fit for them and vice versa.”

Finally, Tim commented on the future of the firm and the plans that are in place for the coming year and beyond. “Going forward, whilst we have been great at delivering our solutions and services, we haven’t been great at shouting about it. With a recent restructure we have a new sales strategy with a clear message about what we do and why, to bring new customers into our excellent fold. As we continue to grow rapidly, we will be on the lookout for innovators and disruptors to join us on our journey!”

Company Name: Dacha Security Solutions Ltd

Contact Name: Tim Edmonds

Telephone Number: 0333 344 5526

Address: 6 Pedlars Walk, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 1EZ

Web Address: www.dacha-uk.com

Brilliance in Hotel Booking

Organising corporate travel is no easy task, requiring the highest quality, often at short notice. Bringing a clarity to complex systems, ehotel AG has been a pioneer when it comes to keeping business travellers on track. It’s no surprise that this hardworking team has won the award for Germany’s Best Hotel Booking Platform for Business Travellers – 2020 in this year’s Corporate Excellence awards. We take a closer look in this month’s issue of Corporate Vision to find out more.

For the last nineteen years, ehotel has been a one-stop-shop for all business travellers. Directly targeted at corporate users, it’s no surprise that they have become increasingly adept at handling the varied and specific requests that these travellers make of their bookers. Their continued success, however, demonstrates clearly how the  approach that the team has taken is paying off.

At the heart of ehotel is something more potent than its rivals. Not   content with targeting the business user, the team make use of sophisticated meta search technology in order to deliver the widest range of accommodation possible, combined with impressive rates. There are almost seven million offers available on the site, with six hundred reservation systems, processed and presented through ehotel in a clear and understandable way. Finding a service that is able to present this much information with such ease is truly exceptional and the reason why using ehotel is not just a sure-fire way to discover a great night’s sleep, but it’s a way in which costs can be reduced and employee satisfaction increased.

The company’s commitment to innovation does not end there, with the proprietary central payment and billing solution making the challenges of invoicing easy. All the systems at ehotel are designed to work together, meaning that the best rates, manage payment and correct VAT invoicing can all be found in one place. Needless to say, the automation    of this process has delighted accounts teams across the world, saving them time and improving the adoption rate of company internal booking procedures and travel policy.

Of course, the perpetual challenge for business users is that of VAT – ehotel has worked tirelessly to improve and integrate the problems of reclaiming this into its billing solution. Currently,  corporate  customers are able to get an invoice with separate VAT in 22 European countries, and this can be reclaimed by ehotel on behalf of their clients. The next phase of this project will see the same principles being applied to the USA, with plans already afoot for this endeavour.

Hotels are able to feel the benefit of ehotel’s exciting approach to the industry. For those accommodations looking to secure additional sales and a higher occupancy rate, ehotel is well equipped to recommend and put in place systems that will keep business travellers coming back for more.

ehotel also find ways in which these hotels can better serve the needs of business travellers. This is just another way in which the travellers and the hotel are able to benefit from the considerable experience that ehotel has to offer. A reduced ehotel corporate rate allows hotels to access flexible booking conditions, as well as free extra services. Making use of all of the opportunities that ehotel presents couldn’t be simpler,  with independent hotels having direct and easy access to its ehotel extranet, thus enabling them to control their own data and availability. For those organisations that boast a GDS connection such as DHISCO, Pegasus UltraDirect or Amadeus, it is incredibly easy to make a property visible on ehotel at the touch of a button.

Serving the business traveller means that the team at ehotel must find and uphold the highest data security standards possible. The team has adapted quickly to ensure that each of their clients is not only safe and comfortable, but feels it too. This process has been the same since the beginning of the company, when ehotel  used  traditional  methods to communicate with customers and hotels. Nowadays, the business boasts a unique and certified security mechanism, PCI-DSS certification in order to guarantee the ultimate in data security. Trust has always been paramount to the success of ehotel, and the team has worked hard to ensure that it continues to have an impressive level of goodwill.

At the heart of the ehotel model is the ability to provide hotel bookings and related services in its totality for business customers, and this comes right back to the formidable amount of experience that its talented team possesses. The once-innovative WAP technology of 2000 saw the beginning of the company, transforming into the business’s integrated payment and settlement solution in 2006. Constantly looking forward to the next big development is just one of the factors that has guided the company into new and exciting territory. This continual drive is how the business has been not only able to innovate, but to grow into the world’s largest hotel content holder. The corporate culture encourages the innovative and entrepreneurial activities of its employees, which benefits the company and its users in equal measure.

For those who work at ehotel, the importance of an entrepreneurial attitude has given the company an impressive amount of flexibility in the way that it operates. There are always opportunities available for those who have ideas that can be implemented to the betterment of the company. New innovations and suggestions from the team are treated with equal importance, assessed by risk management and ultimately all will play a part in influencing the decision-making process. Success can be found when a new project is positively introduced.

Currently, ehotel has its eyes on the future, with its growth causing constant work to ensure that its systems are operating at peak efficiency. The need to close the last system gaps for companies in travel booking in order to offer a complete digital cycle has become ever more pressing and is a priority for the coming months. Similarly, the team has generated exciting plans that will ehotel take its place as an aggregator in hotel distribution. This will create considerable savings potential for companies who use the new ehotel digital processes, especially when it comes to travel expense accounting and hotel services.

In all, it’s no surprise that the team at ehotel have managed to achieve great things. The commitment to entrepreneurial innovation is to their credit and has allowed them to advance swiftly in changing times. Secure, safe and carefully targeted at the business traveller who wants something done easily, swiftly and effectively, the reasons behind ehotel’s success are clear. This award is just another amazing achievement for an amazing company.

Contact: Christoph Metz

Website: www.ehotelag.com

How to Find the Perfect Match for Your Business

How to Find the Perfect Match for Your Business

Studies from the Manpower Group found that 45% of employers struggle to find potential’ is missing from the articleemployees with the skillset needed to achieve the job. When looking to hire people for your business, it’s important to consider not only what they can do for their job role, but how they can positively impact the results and productivity of the business as a whole. The smaller the business and employee number, the more important it is to ensure the person is the right fit. But it can be difficult to find the perfect match on paper, so how can businesses seek to acquire the best talent?

Seek Creativity

One of the best attributes many jobs require is a creative candidate. Even the most technical, structured jobs can benefit from creativity to streamline processes or find better ways of doing things. One way of finding this creativity is to consider how the candidate presents themselves.

A trick many candidates have learned is to showcase their CV in a clever way. Twitter shared that an interviewee had presented their CV as though it were their Twitter page; confectionery company Candy Kittens saw a CV that was presented as a bag of their candy; while a marketing graduate handed out copies of his CV at Waterloo Station – and even bagged a job. Finding creative candidates can often be more useful to company growth than just those who are technically able to do the job.

Adapt the Process

One of the ways in which you can find the right fit for your company is by changing how people approach you for a job. Rather than have a system for sending CVs and generic cover letters and then sifting through them, companies should consider higher barriers to entry. Given that each role sees 100s of CVs, adding additional steps will eliminate those who are just applying for the sake of it.  

Indeed, AI has found that many people ‘cheat’ application systems to better land the job – regardless of how much of a fit they are. You could consider adding questions that require an answer, or even a small task relevant to the job role. This will ensure you receive CVs from those who are actually interested in the job. It will also give you a chance to see what these people can do, which might not always translate well to a CV and cover letter. This can help streamline the process and isolate the talent you need.

Utilise Social Channels

The interconnected world of social media, and platforms where we share information about ourselves, could be useful in finding the perfect match. There are countless sites – including Clippings.me and Squarespace – that allow candidates to showcase their portfolios and examples of their work that surpass just a CV. A carefully cultivated LinkedIn page or even a professional Twitter could give you a better look at some candidates.

One of the more interesting recruiting tips, as highlighted by Lusha, include using more surprising social channels to find the right candidate. Snapchat, for instance, can be used effectively according to the Director of Talent & Culture at Likeable Media. Candidates that they like are offered the chance to follow up on Snapchat, providing an informal setting as well as attracting candidates who might have a more creative edge.

You Can’t Teach Personality

One aspect to consider when finding the right talent is to assess the candidates based on what they know – and what can be learned. 27% of employers claimed that candidates lacked both the interpersonal ability and the efficacy to do the job. Many millennial companies highlight people over what they can do, suggesting it is more important to hire someone who will be a good fit in the company and its culture rather than someone who simply can do the job.

After all, most job roles can be taught, and training can be provided (54% of employers conduct additional training once the employee has been hired). The Airport Test is a useful indicator of a person’s interpersonal capacity and can bring you the raw personality first. It asks: would I want to be stuck in an airport with this candidate? The technical know-how can often be taught later, but personality isn’t something you can learn.

Often, hiring managers think about the candidate who is the right fit for the company first and then the job second. Most jobs attract enough people who are proficient at them, so in order to find the person that will help unlock growth for your business, prioritising who they are and their capabilities as a full package is more important.