- Gather Data and facts
- Working 20 hours from home and 20 hours in the office per week
- Coming in an hour earlier and leaving an hour earlier to avoid rush hour
- Working four 10-hour days instead of five eight-hour days
- Outline a suggested work schedule
- Propose how and when you will check in and submit completed projects
- Describe several ways your remote work will benefit the company
1) Share your passion with othersA great way to take your hobby to the next level is to share it with others through teaching. Are you skilled at a musical instrument? Offer to teach some lessons. Are you able to speak another language fluently? Take a language teaching course or offer private tutoring to others who want to learn. Teaching is a great way to expand your horizons, and you can don’t have to quit your day job to do so as sessions can be fitted around your busy schedule. Thanks to the wonders of technology, you can even tutor students through teleconferencing services such as Skype, or alternatively, post instructional videos to a website like Youtube, where they can be monetised.
2) Sell what you createIf your favourite hobby is creative and results in a nice end product, you could offer these for sale and make a tidy profit from your hard work. There are a lot of products, such as paintings, wedding cakes, furniture, and many more, that can be sold for quite a healthy sum — so if you have the talent, why not go for it? There are many online marketplaces, such as eBay and Etsy, that are perfect for vendors selling their own goods, giving you access to a huge audience without having to do a lot of self-promotion.
3) Get qualified and explore your optionsCarl Adshead is part of an expert production team at sofa specialists Timeless Chesterfields. He got into his career through his personal passion for leather products, which he enjoyed so much it inspired him to pursue further training in the craft. This allowed him to apply for roles that go hand-in-hand with his hobby. He said: “I fell into a career in the leather craft industry quite by accident. After looking for a new leather wallet and not being able to find what I was looking for, I decided to make my own. I enjoyed it so much I took a college course in traditional leather craft skills and ended up taking a job with Timeless Chesterfields. My typical day now allows me to work within a creative yet industrious environment, keeping craft skills alive that date back hundreds of years.”
4) Explore opportunities around your hobbyNot all career changes have to be the direct result of pursuing your hobby — there are plenty of opportunities to develop products or services that support those that have an interest too. For example, if you have an interest in fly fishing, you could create handmade fishing lures, establish a fishing shop near to a spot you particularly enjoy, run a fishing trip tour company, or even establish your own brand of fishing ware if you have some particularly great ideas. In doing so, you can pour all of the passion you have for the hobby into your business, creating a brand identity where this really shines through. Enthusiasts may even be more likely to buy your products if they know they come from a fellow aficionado too. If you are looking to refresh your career and explore options around one of your hobbies, take some of these tips on board and you could soon find yourself with a job that delivers ultimate satisfaction.
Let’s count – how many job listings have you read containing the words ‘previous experience is essential’?
For some applicants, it’s not a problem – if you’re looking for the next step up from your current position, you will undoubtedly already have experience in your chosen professional field. But where the statement becomes an issue is when you’re a fresh graduate, current university or school student.
Then the age-old question rises – how on earth are you supposed to garner professional experience when a company stipulates that entry to its job role relies on you already having it?
Don’t worry; there are ways around this – keep on reading to figure out how to set yourself apart from the crowd and let your CV burst with industry experience, and put an end to all those closed job opportunities.
Utilise your contacts
If you’re still in higher education, your tutors are a great place to start. More and more courses contain a work experience module, and these are the perfect place to begin collecting all-important work experience.
Tutors will usually coach and show you the best ways to contact companies and supply you with leads that have been pre-arranged by your university or educational institute.
It’s vital that you make use of these. As soon as you’re out of education, any opportunities will be reliant upon you creating them for yourself. It’s also common for these preliminary work placements to lead into full-time positions further down the line if you impress your employer, so it’s important that you utilise these while you can.
Make use of your careers advisor
You may be in a position where your course doesn’t include a pre-arranged experience module. This is where you should make use of your school’s careers or employment advisor.
Even though writing a cover letter or CV may seem like the easiest thing in the world, it’s important to get them right. They’re crucial components in job hunts and can make or break an application.
It’s always best to get a second opinion on anything you send off, especially if you are using the same material for multiple applications. If something doesn’t make sense, comes across as cocky or is grammatically incorrect, it won’t paint the best picture of you.
Utilise the help that’s available to you – because this support won’t always be there for you once you’ve graduated.
Make the experience for yourself
If all else fails, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from creating new experiences for yourself. If you want to get into journalism, report on current events, entertainment or sport via your own website or blog. Use social media to push out and promote your content – the same goes for photography, illustration or graphic design.
With the rise of internet superstars, YouTube is a great platform to showcase presenting, acting and voice-over skills. If you can consistently upload, respond to your fan-base and cultivate a following, it proves your commitment and ability in your chosen field, acting as brilliant experience.
When a job advert reads ‘experience is essential’, don’t let it put you off – if you’re willing, you can always find a way to generate opportunities for yourself, and ensure that the doors never close for you and your career.
We’ve all had the classic “lightbulb” moment at some point.
Whether it was a crazy invention that popped into your head, a new product for the industry you’re in or a game-changing app, most of us have thought of something at some point in our lives.
Many people will abandon their business ideas due to simply not knowing where to start, what to do or how to fund it.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Here are the first four key steps to starting your own business.
1. Research and learning
If you can, speak to as many start-up business owners, and ask them one simple question: “How much of what you now know, did you know when you started?”
Chances are the responses will be something along the lines of “not a lot”, “a fraction” or “barely anything”.
Not knowing things in business will be one of the first tests as a start-up entrepreneur as you need to be familiar with everything. So, if you’re reading this, chances are you’re already researching, learning and adapting to the new set of challenges before you.
Give yourself a pat on the back!
The most successful businesspeople are quick and efficient learners. Longevity in business is all about adapting to new trends, technologies, markets and opportunities. To adapt, you need to be able to research, listen, learn and execute.
Plus, this skill isn’t just for starting your own business. The ability to effectively research new topics of interest is a critical skill to practise as it will help you as you enter the ever-evolving world of business.
As you start your business, you may not know specifically what you need to learn, research or develop knowledge upon, until you need it most.
For example, you might know how to set up your website and your social media pages, but you may need to research how to add customised social buttons to your site.
Take each day as it comes, and if you feel like you’re out of depth, change that. The Internet is a chaotic fountain of knowledge, and it’s at your disposal.
So, you’ve looked further into your idea, and you’ve found out that there’s a solid chance you’re onto a winner.
Next up, before we get deep into the exciting stuff like branding and creating your MVP (minimum viable product), it’s worth putting in the necessary prep work to save yourself getting carried away.
In total honesty, this isn’t a one-process-wins-all situation, as many entrepreneurs will run their preparation stages differently to others.
However, as a few key pointers, look at:
- Creating your business plan– be prepared to constantly adapt and change this
- Cost analysis– how much your product will cost to make
- Product value potential– how much your product could sell for, once traction has been gained
- Penetration pricing opportunity– a lower price at which you could provide your product/service to a new market, to gain exposure
- Purchasing your domain name/web hosting
- Registeringyour limited company
- Voluntary VAT registration– if you’re solely looking at suppling a product/service to businesses
3. Startup execution
If you’ve ticked off our first two tips from your list, you’re into one of the most exciting parts.
You’ve planned your first steps, you’ve got a great idea and now you get to see everything come together for the very first time.
Here’s a quick checklist for start-up execution:
Branding and website development
As a business, if you fail to offer product or service information online you may struggle to gain initial traction. After all, if something isn’t available online, you’re likely to think it doesn’t exist!
Focus on developing your website and creating a memorable, modern and consistent brand; one that you can forever be proud of.
It’s critical that your website is optimised for mobile usage as across many sectors, mobile overtakes desktop traffic. Not only will this help your search engine results page (SERP) rankings (Google will start to love you!), but you’ll see a far greater engagement with your website from your users.
Creating a prototype or minimum viable product
Based upon your ideas and research into possible suppliers of components to build or develop your product or service, it’s now time to generate your first product.
It’s the day you turn your dreams into a business reality (sounds cheesy, right?).
In all seriousness, this step is incredibly exciting. It’s also one that can make or break a startup business.
If you decide to dedicate most of your budget to your first order with your new suppliers, and the components you require turn out to be the wrong size/type/option for your product, you’ll be left with a large amount of obsolete stock and an empty bank.
A total nightmare.
A 3D printing crowdfunding project failed to launch for this very reason. With roughly £3 million funded, components were bought all at once, with little planning. It’s safe to say, you can guess what happened. Multiple unhappy investors.
To avoid this, work with each supplier to generate a small batch of products initially, from which you can run testing upon. Then, go through quality assurance, check and approval processes.
Once everything has been placed together, you can celebrate your first MVP. This states that the product is in a position from which it can be sent to market, but requires refining and developing to be the finished option.
Having a life-changing idea for a business can be fantastic, and soul destroying at the same time, depending on which scenario you find your first-time-entrepreneurial self in.
An amazing idea, without the funding to take it to market can render you hopeless, as you feeling you’re losing the race to push to market such an incredible product or service.
Having an amazing idea, with funding, can be the most exciting time of your life, and it’ll give you the ability to instantly crack on with your plans that you’ve prepared.
There are multiple ways of funding your organisation, all of which require the necessary research, organisation and preparation of their own.
Private investors, also known as ‘Business Angels’ often invest into start-up businesses, in return for a portion of equity (a share) of the business.
Typically, private investors will invest anywhere up to £150,000-£250,000.
For larger investment requirements, Venture Capitalists (VCs) will get involved, typically with values of anywhere from double, to triple figure £millions – although don’t get too excited here as VCs usually look at pre-established companies with proof of traction. Usually.
Other options could be crowdfunding platforms, business bank loans or simply self-funding from either personal savings, family, friends or acquaintances. Either way, if you feel you need to look down the financing route, there are multiple options to look at.
4. Expectation and patience
As a new start-up entrepreneur, with your (almost) finished product in your hands, and the ability to produce multiple units, you’re probably feeling on top of the world.
Enjoy, cherish and remember this moment. We’d love to say it lasts, but as an entrepreneur, you already know this isn’t always the case!
There’s a lot of entrepreneurial-themed click bait floating around the Internet at present, and so managing your own expectations is essential.
It doesn’t come all at once, it takes patience, maturity and awareness. The millionaires you follow on Instagram are probably leasing their Lamborghinis and the ‘make £X,000/hour’ schemes are probably misleading.
Nothing happens overnight, we all know this. Unless you’re WhatsApp, which was acquired for $19 billion by Facebook, after being just 550 days old. But that’s a rarity.
Triple the amount of money that you’re saving for a ‘rainy day’ in business, triple the amount of time you feel it’ll take before you’ve hit your long-term goals.
Ignore that friend that promises you a certain monthly wage with their ‘guaranteed earning scheme’.
Ignore that part of your brain that’s asking, ‘where’s my Ferrari?’
Earning your exposure and respect in an industry, depending on how saturated your market is, can take a substantial amount of time, patience and maturity.
Be patient, be respectful and learn along the way. Whatever is worth having, will take a long time to build up.
Never burn bridges and always focus on what your target market is asking for.
Be prepared to take a personal financial hit and be prepared to work all the hours you can — although this will come instinctively. If you have enough work to take you into the early hours of the morning to it’ll increase the value of your business, as an entrepreneur, you’ll be hard-wired to crack on.
Businesses fail due to impatience, immaturity and lack of persistence. If you’ve planned for your success, been confident with your product/service development, and if you have a certain level of funding to place your organisation within your target market, you’re on to a winner.
The stages ahead of you contain two things. Learning, and adaptation. Enjoy the journey ahead, and stay focused.
Whether we want to put on weight, lose weight, get faster, be healthier or just feel better, the answer is usually ‘diet and exercise’ or some combination of these.
But that’s easier said than done. It’s hard to know what we should eat, which exercises are right for us and how much exercise to do. ‘Exercise more’ is the most commonly made (and broken) New Year’s resolution, so how do we make sure we stick to it?
Personal Trainers are there to solve all these problems. If you become one, you will become an expert in nutrition, exercise and even some psychology – and then put it all to use in the most practical way and obtain a fulfilling career.
What does a Personal Trainer do?
Personal Trainers create exercise and nutrition programmes tailored to their clients’ specific needs and then help clients stick to them.
It’s not just standing over someone shouting at them to do more press-ups!
Ultimately, it’s about helping people achieve their health and fitness goals.
What do Personal Trainers typically earn?
According to this up-to-date report by Payscale, the average salary for a Personal Trainer in the UK is £19,346. However, your wage will depend on individual circumstances, and there will be opportunities to earn more money.
Many factors can affect earnings, including your specialist qualifications, business know-how, location, hours worked and more.
The biggest factor in deciding your income, however, is whether you’re working for someone else or have managed to build your own brand. Those who manage to create a self-sustaining client list can earn as much as any doctor or lawyer.
How do I get started as a Personal Trainer?
Most trainers start out in a chain gym as freelancers. You’ll pay the gym a fee in exchange for access to their customers. Some of them will want to pay to train with you, so this part of the job involves some salesmanship and hustle.
Before you brush up your CV and start sending it to gyms, you first need to pass an approved qualification in Level 2 Fitness and Level 3 Personal Training. There are currently fifty-six different providers of accredited personal training courses in the UK.
Make sure you choose one based on how much it costs, on the reputation of the provider, and whether the learning mode (online or in-person) is suitable for you.
What key skills do I need to become a Personal Trainer?
Of course, you should be in good shape and able to demonstrate all kinds of exercises. But fitness isn’t the most important skill.
People skills are crucial. To become a Personal Trainer, you need to be great in connecting, empathising, motivating and inspiring people.
To succeed in personal training as a business, you will also need business skills. Top-notch financial, organisation and time management abilities are therefore essential.
In short, you need to be well organised and good with people.
The cover letter is not dead! Because recruiters have to scan hundreds of cover letters, we want to help make yours stand out by sharing some of the best ones we have found. Here’s three cover letters that have secured employment at Google, Morgan Stanley & Deloitte:
Sample cover letter for Internship position at Google
To Whom It May Concern:
Hello, my name is [Name] and I am currently a sophomore at UC Berkeley, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Chinese. I am interested in being a sales intern for Google Taipei because I want to combine my passion for the sales industry with the technology industry, as well as further strengthen my Mandarin skills.
I believe that through my past sales experience especially in the technology field, I can bring a lot to the table as a sales intern. Currently, I am the marketing and social media coordinator for the UC Berkeley Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership under the College of Engineering, not only marketing and “selling” their events and programs to selected populations, thus increasing registration, but also leading monthly meetings on branding and strategic planning. During those meetings, I also present the data I have organized and analyzed in order to detect the strengths and weaknesses of the strategies currently employed as well as recognize improvements to increase “sales” or in this case, registration, in the future.
Aside from doing sales and marketing for the engineering department, I have also fused business and technology as a campus ambassador for Microsoft SkyDrive. As an ambassador, I had to fully understand and utilize SkyDrive in order to better sell the product and the Microsoft brand, itself, to students. I created focus groups to better understand various perspectives on SkyDrive and I also created advertisements and a demo video to further increase “sales” or in this scenario, downloads.
I also lead multiple sales and marketing projects as a founder and Vice President of Marketing for Pi Sigma Epsilon, Zeta Chi Chapter, a premier co-ed business fraternity focused on sales, marketing and management. Our clients range from local restaurants to non-profit organizations and I lead numerous projects based on their wants and needs, which, most of the time, means increasing their sales and helping them better brand themselves.
As the sales intern for Google Taipei, I will utilize the skills in sales, particularly in the technology industry, I already have as well as my fluency in Mandarin to both lead sales projects and work collectively as a team to analyze data and strategize fresh ideas towards further increasing Google’s sales and strengthening the Google brand. Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to hearing back from you soon.
Sample cover letter for Internship position at Morgan Stanley
POSITION: Summer Analyst
As a current Finance major of the ____ of Business and Management, I am eager to take the steps in the direction of building a value-full career. I have great interest in becoming a Morgan Stanley Summer Analyst. I look forward to the opportunity to work with such a renowned firm, where I am confident that my potential will be maximized and my growth will be exponential.
To my understanding the Morgan Stanley culture provides an environment to cultivate excellence, foster creativity, and encourage improvement. I am someone who allocates all of my time towards furthering my knowledge and skills, by relentlessly studying the industry and its professionals. The purpose of my research and studies is to develop a comprehensive outlook on financial markets and deals. I constantly challenge myself to research and understand different aspects of finance; I draw on these different perspectives and opinions to enhance my problem solving and analytical abilities. I believe I could be a valuable addition to the Morgan Stanley team; someone who could contribute greatly to the success of the firm and could use the firm’s resources, not only to self-improve, but to innovate.
I am most excited to gain exposure in the area of M&A; I am quite intrigued by the intricacies of negotiating a successful deal. I know that at Morgan Stanley I would have the opportunity to experience and participate in the logistics behind a merger or acquisition, and I am confidant that I could prove to be an effective player in a M&A situation; someone who will truly maximize the value of the client and the firm.
As a member of the Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division I could offer a creative problem solving approach, open-minded analysis, leadership abilities and very effective teamwork skills. To elaborate on my leadership qualities; I was the proprietor of a small ____ company where I hired and lead a small team and contracted a large base of ____ as weekly clients. In a separate organization I was manager of the ____ staff where I directly oversaw five employees, managed and maintained the grounds as well as all boats owned by the ___, managed an operating budget, and saw to the overall quality and efficiency of operations. My experiences in these roles shaped me to be a very useful and resourceful member of any team; I will demonstrate a strong ability to facilitate teamwork through understanding different perspectives, ideas and opinions, and form them into an effective outcome.
I have attached my resume, which will provide my academic record and relevant experiences. I can be reached at _________ or at ______. I look forward to hearing from you; thank you for your consideration.
Sample cover letter for Internship position at Deloitte
Summer Audit Internship
My Name is [name], a junior at the University of California, Berkeley and I would like to be considered for a summer audit internship position in the San Francisco office.
I am interested in a summer audit internship position because I believe that it would provide me with valuable knowledge and hands-on experience in the audit practice. After learning about the audit services from various professionals, it has inspired me to pursue a career in audit because of their ability to work with various clients, learn more about the company and financial situations, which has always been an interest of mine. I also believe that I would be able to work with many students like myself, that are motivated and eager to learn, which would inspire me to work even harder and excel as an intern. I believe that I can contribute to the successes of the other students and mine during this internship through some of my previous experiences. I anticipate that this internship would offer for students an opportunity to attain audit experiences, team-building and networking with business professionals, which would expand my knowledge towards my future career in audit.
Over the summer, I participated in the Deloitte Future Leaders Conference, where I was able to network with many Deloitte professionals and learn more about the services that Deloitte offers. I gained very valuable soft skills and had the opportunity to visit one of the clients. I took away many great tips about networking with professionals and presentation skills that I now use in my daily life. I enjoyed learning more about Deloitte’s services, culture and people, which has provided me with knowledge of a firm that I would certainly like to work for. This conference increased my interest and reassured my decision to go into audit as a future career, especially at Deloitte.
I also work at the University of California, Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admissions as an administrative assistant. I am a customer service representative, who administers support for customers regarding admissions and other services that the office offers. I lead and manage various projects that range from creating a handbook for the new hires as a reference and creating games for children for a certain event. I gained more leadership skills and knowledge about professional mannerisms that further developed my skills. Both my experiences as a participant and as an assistant are some of the things that I can offer to the internship position.
I attached my resume for your review as well. I hope that we can arrange to speak so that I can discuss at greater length the contribution that I believe I can make to this internship. Should you require an additional information, I can be contacted at the phone number and e-mail listed above.
What does a Journalist do?The role of a Journalist is to write about the news. Although this sounds straight-forward, it involves plenty of challenging yet rewarding duties. When working as a Journalist, you could be writing features, interviews, list articles or opinion pieces depending on the media you’re writing for—online or print—and the audience you’re targeting. To get the story, though, a Journalist needs to be in the know—that means you’ll need to conduct plenty of research and interviews to get the most up-to-date insight. Depending on the company and your range of skills, you could also be responsible for editing pages. In the print market, QuarkXpress is a popular tool, while in the digital market, many companies use WordPress. It’s worth learning how to use these platforms because a flair for design could give you the competitive edge.
What salary can a Journalist earn?If you’re looking to write the headlines, remember starting salaries are basic. You’re looking at an annual salary of around £16,000 to £18,000 for entry-level roles. Once you’ve picked up two or three years’ experience, you can earn around £22,000 and upwards. At the highest level, editors can take home anything from £40,000 upwards. Still, the size of the company is important here. Editors of national newspapers will earn more than editors of a niche publication with a small circulation, for instance.
How do I get started as a Journalist?We recommend taking a journalism degree at university, especially if the course is accredited by the NCTJ, a widely-recognised body in the industry. In doing this, you’ll learn about the laws, ethics and practices of journalism. It’s worth choosing a course which involves a work placement unit. This will give you the chance to join a publication on a temporary basis, and any work you complete during your stay will go towards your final grade.
What qualities will I need as a Journalist?As you’d imagine, a Journalist needs to excel at writing. So, if you love reading and writing, and take pride in your punctuation, you’ll be well at home working in journalism. We’ve already mentioned you’ll need design skills if you want to progress to edit pages. If you’ve edited websites using WordPress or studied page layouts, you’ll fit the editing skills needed to become a Journalist. Keep in mind journalism is also a fast-paced industry, in which stories can break at any moment. In that sense, you’ll need a cool head under pressure, as well as strong communication skills for conducting interviews. A thick skin helps, too, when dealing with opposition to anything you’ve written.
What is the role of a Social Media Executive?As a Social Media Executive, your core role is to support the team, ensuring you are an organised multi-tasker, working efficiently and proactively to meet your deadlines. The Social Media Account Management team aims to work together to effectively promote a brand’s product or service to its core target audience, and you’ll use a range of social media platforms, techniques and creative flair to meet your client’s objectives. For this, you’re going to need a lot of passion, outside-of-the-box thinking and a creative yet strategic mind.
What sort of salary can I expect?Upon entering as a Social Media Executive, you can expect to start at around £18,000 – £25,000, depending on location, company and experience. Career development is ultimately up to you and the company you work for, but showing a real passion for all things social media related, and being proactive and a quick thinker will get you far in this industry. It’s a competitive market, so you will need to ensure that you’re on your game and working productively to support your team as a whole.
What qualifications do I need for this role?The good news is that there are no mandatory qualifications to work as a Social Media Executive. Furthermore, agencies tend to hire a diverse range of employees to add to the different nature and creativity of their company. However, there are many degrees or industry certificates that may put you in better stead, such as a degree in Marketing, Communications or Business. Alternatively, a CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) qualification can be useful, and could put you in a strong position for any interview you get invited to. If you don’t have either of these, you should have a strong experience-based background, and ensure that you’re clued up on all of the digital and social media trends, ready to impress!
What key skills will I need for this role?As a Social Media Executive there are some transferable skills that you’ll need to possess. Social media is 24/7 and as such, you need to have skills that show your eye for detail and your ability to cope in a high pressured, busy environment. The key skills you should look to have and express in an interview are:
- Passion for social media and digital marketing , including knowledge of the latest technology
- Competency using and understanding a range of social media platforms
- A strong communicator, both verbal and written
- Excellent organisation skills
- Analytical and good with numbers
- Strong English and IT capabilities
- Ability to work under pressure
- Ability to meet tight deadlines, whilst maintaining quality of work
- A creative mind, able to add to ideas to form a campaign concept with the team
- A creative flair, shown through editorial, design or strategy
- Ability to work proactively
What are the next steps for this job role?The sky’s the limit! Work hard and show enthusiasm for your job, as a Social Media Executive, and your next steps will be to move up to a Senior Social Media Executive and further onto an Account Manager. The more immersed in the industry you become and the more diverse the range of experience you gain, the more confident you will become in different situations. Once you can show confidence in your opinions and leading the account, you can seek the promotional rewards. To become an Account Director, it typically takes five to ten years, depending on your experience, size of the company and passion for succeeding.
Average salaryStarting salary £16,000 + commission
Required qualificationsThere are no mandatory qualifications for becoming a Recruitment consultant. However, a degree in one following subjects may be preferred:
- Business Studies
- Commercially aware
- Excellent presentation skills
- Strong verbal and written skills
- Proficient IT and numeracy skills
- Ability to work independently and stay self-motivated
- Strong negotiation and sales skills
- Ability to work under pressure and meet targets
Useful work experienceExperience within the recruitment industry will always be advantageous if you’re looking to become a Recruitment Consultant; often your experience will be more valuable than your qualifications. Gaining first-hand knowledge of the industry through an internship or temporary work will give you the edge, as employers will often seek this from candidates.
A typical working dayUsually, Recruitment Consultant roles will be office-based, though you may sometimes be required to travel and meet with clients. Office hours will typically be between 8.30am – 6pm, however, you may be required to work later, especially to contact candidates who may be unavailable during working hours. Though roles within different sectors may entail different duties, there will usually be a list of general responsibilities, such as:
- Using sales and marketing techniques, in addition to networking to attract business from client companies
- Visiting clients to build and develop relationships
- Developing a thorough understanding of clients, their industry, their work culture and environment
- Advertising vacancies by composing adverts in a range of media, such as newspapers, websites, magazines
- Headhunting – identifying and approaching suitable candidates who may already be in work
- Potentially using candidate databases to determine the right person for the client’s vacancy
- receiving and reviewing applications, managing interviews and tests and creating a shortlist of candidates for the client;
- Briefing the candidate about the responsibilities, salary and benefits of the job in question
- Organising interviews as requested by the client
- Negotiating salary rates and finalising arrangements between clients and candidates