Richard East, Chairman of Cheltenham headquartered RE Recruitment, explains why investing in the next generation of the UK’s workforce is so important to RE…
It may seem like a long time ago for some of us but starting out in the world of work can be tough. Trying to find that dream job, or even that first “foot in the door”, of an industry or company that you have wanted to work in can be a huge challenge.
For us at RE and Safehands Recruitment we aren’t your usual recruitment company. We see ourselves as part of the communities that we work in and saw an opportunity to help those in education with some of those difficult steps to finding their way into the world of work.
On 22 March we hosted a free webinar specifically targeted at people aged 18 – 24 years old. The webinar was designed to equip them with tools to make their CVs stand out and to give them key tips on how to handle an interview.
To help draw a crowd we looked for someone who was well known for dissecting CVs and putting candidates through their paces during interviews. If you have seen BBC1’s “The Apprentice” then Claudine Collins needs no introduction. She has been involved in the final interview stage of the show since 2013.
We weren’t entirely confident of the webinar’s success, but if you don’t try, you don’t know. I’ve always said that I’d rather fall on my face moving forward than standing still! However, doubts were unfounded, and our high-profile guest attracted a large audience of enthusiastic individuals.
We wanted those that would benefit most from these tips to get a chance to be part of the webinar. As a nationwide multisector recruitment company, we have a broad brush of links not just with businesses in the areas we serve but also with colleges, universities, and higher education centres. We worked with these organisations to target those still in studies or coming towards the end of a course and were delighted with the uptake.
The feedback from the webinar was overwhelmingly positive and I managed to spot comments like “absolutely invaluable”, “incredibly useful” and “amazing session” appearing in the chat as we were wrapping up. It made us all proud of what we had delivered and the investment we had made in the communities that we support.
Community Involvement is Good for Business
Businesses that have a focus on community and corporate responsibility are fast becoming the consumers’ choice.
In recruitment, I have previously talked about how candidates are now the ones holding more of the power. Alongside the obvious like salary and benefits, candidates are more likely to want to work with organisations that give back to their communities. In short, consumers and potential employees recognise and appreciate when we give back, and they are likely to direct their business to or choose to work with those who do.
If you want something different, you must do something different, and we pride ourselves on being brave, taking chances and thinking outside the box. In recruitment you need to use innovative approaches to reach a variety of audiences and cater for their varying needs; one size does not fit all.
If you’re looking for a completely different recruitment experience where you can expect more support, accountability, innovation, and personal service, then do get in touch for a chat.
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