Posted on

Declining a job offer gracefully

Declining a job offer advice in Wiltshire

In the current labour market, employers are more likely to make a job offer today than they were several years ago. If you are carrying out your job search actively and you submit consistently good applications, the chances are you will be invited to several interviews.

But what happens if you are offered more than one job, or you change your mind about a position you have been offered? 

Here’s how to craft a gracious “thanks but no thanks.”

Step by step 

Our advice would be to take a sensible approach: draft an email or letter (either is fine) but before you send it, call the person who interviewed you and let them know your decision by phone. This demonstrates professionalism and shows that you care how much effort they put in selecting you.

Be prompt

The first point is about politeness really. Don’t sit on a decision for days, or hold off deciding on one company over another because you’re nervous about saying ‘no’ to one of them.

As an employer we know it’s best to receive a quick rejection rather than wait days or even weeks to receive a response. 

Say ‘Thank You’

Thank all the people you interviewed with and wish them and their company continued success.

Ideally, pick something specific to thank them for, so your comment doesn’t come across as overly generic. For example, if you asked a lot of questions relating to the role and they answered all of those candidly and in detail, you could mention that.

Be honest

You may be hesitant to explain why you’re turning the job down, but doing so will keep the company from wondering what went wrong, and may even help them improve their hiring process moving forward. Be careful with what exactly you share, though. Some useful examples may include:

  • After much thought, I’ve decided that now is not the best time to leave my current position.
  • While this position seems like a great opportunity, I have decided to accept another role that will offer me more opportunities to pursue my interests in marketing and social media.

Finish by Leaving the Door Open

Try to be positive throughout. Many industries are a small world, so you don’t want to burn any bridges by being negative. When declining a job offer, tell the company that you look forward to running into them or seeing them in the future. This point is especially important if things should go wrong at the company where you’ve accepted work.

Declining a job offer will never be something that anyone will look forward to. But, fortunately, there is a way that you can handle it politely and professionally. Whatever you decide, honesty is always the best policy.

Posted on

Anti-Slavery Day 2019

Anti slavery day

Hi Everyone!

Did you know that today is Anti-Slavery Day (18th October 2019)? 

Although, we may think that this topic is not relevant to us or our surroundings, slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century. Instead, it changed its forms and continues to harm people in every country in the world, some examples include forced labour, child labour, human trafficking or forced and early marriage.

There are estimated 40.3 million people in modern slavery around the world.

Modern slavery can affect anyone, but vulnerable people are mainly at a risk. A victim is usually used and exploited for someone else’s gain, without respect for their human rights and involving some element of coercion, such as threats, use of force or abuse of power so that the victim performs acts or services against their own will.  

10 million children are in slavery across the world.

There are series of signs to watch out for when it comes to victims of modern slavery.  Some examples to look our for are listed below.

  • They may look scared/uneasy
  • Someone is speaking for them
  • They are picked up and dropped off from work at unusual times 
  • They may not be sure of their own address
  • Someone is paying for them
  • They may not have access to their identity documents or bank cards

Some are more obvious than others, but if you have any concerns please report them to local authorities as soon as possible. 

The shocking statistic states that only 1% of victims of slavery have a chance to see their exploiter brought to justice.

If you have any suspicions, or you think you are a victim please call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or fill out an online form.

Posted on

World Mental Health Day 2019

World mental health day

Hi Everyone! 

Today, we would like everyone reading our Blog post to focus on the importance of our mental health and see what we can do as a community to raise awareness. 

Each year the World Federation for Mental Health has a different theme and this year’s focus is suicide prevention. Every year close to 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide.

Our aim as an employer is to draw everyone’s attention to the topic of mental health and make the society realise it’s happening around us.

Did you know?

  •  1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year.
  • Mental illness is the largest single source of burden of disease in the UK.
  • Men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in Great Britain.
  • Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and a major contributor to suicide and coronary heart disease.

There is help out there – if you are in need speak to your family member, or closest friend. They will help you to find information, come with you to appointments or simply give encouragement and support. Start with booking an appointment with GP or a trained therapist, they will then advice you what to do next. 

We can do it – together!

Posted on

We are here to help!

Your success matters to us

Hi Everyone!

Are you considering signing up to an employment agency but not sure where to start? These tips will make you feel more comfortable with preparing to approach a recruitment agency and successfully working with them.

Recruitment agencies offer access to a number of employers and vacancies – signing up to one could be your ticket to a job offer. As an employment agency we want everyone seeking employment using our agency to feel confident and reassured about our skills and professional approach to every individual.

  1. First is first – you need to decide what roles you are interested in. Update your CV with the most recent position and make notes on what skills you possess. 
  2. Find the right recruitment agency for you. 

Fundamentally, there are four different types of recruitment agency:

  • High street
  • Industry specialist
  • Temp
  • Executive search

Depending on your experience some of these will be more relevant to you than others. 

Do a search on different agencies in your area, check what they specialise in. Have they got any reviews on social media that can help you decide based on other’s experience?

3. Contact the right recruitment agency. Choose the agency that operates in your specialist area, and make contact with an experienced consultant. It is better to deal with specialist agencies rather than generalists, as this reduces the level of risk in your application. Introduce yourself to the consultant, explain what you are looking for and ask their advice. 

4. Working together – If an agency calls you, make sure you call back quickly or answer immediately as timing is sometimes crucial. If they arrange an interview confirm, that you have received the details and call them back straight after the interview. Give them your feedback concisely and be specific about what happened in the interview. Give them time to contact the client for feedback before you chase too hard.

This all helps to build a relationship with your recruiter and even if you don’t get offered the first role, if you do well in your interviews they will certainly put you forward to the next suitable role. If you under perform at interview or commit some of the most common faux pas (E.g arriving late, not grooming appropriately) they will think hard before including you on a shortlist again.

Posted on

Dare we say the word… Christmas!

Tips for employers from Direct Response Employment Services in Wiltshire

Although it seems like Christmas is still far away, it is fast approaching with just over 13 weeks left and I can imagine you may already be planning for that somewhat busy period.

During this busy period it’s the time of the year where companies often look for additional temporary support to help them through those peak times and to cover staff holidays, which is where agencies come in.

Christmas for most is a known to be a jolly and happy time of the year but can be problematic time to employees and companies alike, with the pace of companies ramping up and employees wanting time off to spend with friends and family during this festive time.

Here are some of our top tips to ensure you have a smooth festive period:

  1. Communicate with Employees, try and discuss with them as early as possible if they have any plans for holiday and remind employees to book in advance, this gives you a better chance of knowing how many staff you have available during these times and help plan employees time off accordingly.
  2. Action and Plan, now you have an understanding or better idea of how many staff will be on holiday and an idea when, now is the time to plan and take action. Sit down and work out how many staff you will need within each department and do you have enough staff to ensure continuity within the work place.
  3. Are you going to be short staffed? If so there are a couple of paths you can use to try and resolve this and ensure continues smooth running of the business. One could be using existing workforce, this could be shuffling employees around to cover in different departments or perhaps asking existing employees to do overtime. Another solution could be to look for a temporary solution via a local agency.
  4. Executive your plan, now you have a rough idea of what staffing issues you may face during this festive period its time to put this place into action and remember if all does not go to plan agencies are here to help.

Planning effective holiday cover or cover during busy periods is essential to the success of any business. Remember be open with employees, take your time with planning and aim to plan in advance. These steps will help ensure you are ahead of the game and avoid any last minute stresses.

If you would like to speak to a local agency about how we can help cover over the Christmas period then please get in touch and one of our friendly consultants will be happy to discuss.