Applications Engineer
ASC Connections
Kenilworth, Warwickshire
2d ago

Job Description

An Applications Engineer position has just become available for a well-established Engineering business. Working within a friendly working environment, this could be a great career move for a professional looking to make a move.

Although some experience is essential, training programs can be provided for someone that wants to add to their skillset.

Overview of the Applications Engineer position -

  • Support new and existing customers with machine installations.
  • Ensure all customer specifications are correct and provide support with any technical issues.
  • Provide general operation and maintenance training to both colleagues and customers.
  • Support the after sales team and service delivery to maintain close customer interaction.
  • Applications Engineer desirable skills / experience / attributes -

  • Experience working within a similar position.
  • Strong understanding of production processes.
  • Ability to use multi-axis milling & turning centres machines.
  • Ability to programme / operating using different controls and software, ideally Fanuc, Siemens and Heidenhain.
  • Knowledge of CAD / CAM.
  • Applications Engineer position benefits -

  • Competitive salary.
  • Company mobile & laptop.
  • Training opportunities.
  • 25 days holidays 8 bank holidays.
  • Friendly working environment.
  • If interested in this position, please apply through this advert immediately, or call me for all the details!

    Please note, if your application is suitable, one of our consultants will call you within 5 working days. If you have not heard from us within this time, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful, however we will keep your details on our talent management system to consider you for future opportunities.

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    Supply Chain Director

    £70000 - £80000 per annum Car, Bonus, Pension, HCare Coventry, West Midlands Permanent

    Job Title : Supply Chain Director

    Salary : Up to £80K plus car allowance, bonus, pension, healthcare

    Location : Warwickshire

    A global manufacturer and distributor of heavy plant machinery is now seeking a Supply Chain Director for this newly created role.

    Reporting to the Site Director, your main focus will be to streamline materials management, including inventory control, master scheduling, goods in / out, management of the ERP / MRP system and Sales Administration management.

    Some of your responsibilities are listed below :

  • Drive a continuous improvement culture across all Supply Chain and partnering functions.
  • Be responsible for delivery of process excellence and supplier delivery assurance.
  • Engage teams to understand expectations of key customer groups in order to achieve OTIF (On Time in Full).
  • Work alongside procurement to drive cost reduction initiatives aligned to the supply chain strategy.
  • Support supplier OTD and lead time improvement activities to achieve a lean and agile supply chain
  • Execute key Supply Chain strategies, goals and action plans to contribute to the achievement of business objectives within a fast paced, collaborative, highly matrixed environment.
  • Engage and lead indirect teams acting as coach and mentor to develop performance across a diverse population.
  • Deliver key presentations to senior internal and external stakeholders.
  • The ideal candidate will be degree educated, experienced within engineering / manufacturing businesses with a continuous improvement mind-

    set. Experience of inventory control and measures, MTS / MTO manufacturing with excellent MRP / ERP system. Utilising your previous experience and skills, you will have the opportunity to mould this position around you, with as much support and autonomy as you need.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to join and influence a growing business within its industry, with heavy investment in R & D to drive excellence through quality products supporting continued growth towards being one of the key players within the UK and Europe

    Please apply via the link to this advert addressing your application to Neil Edwards at our Redditch office.

    Keywords relating to this position include; Supply Chain, Engineering, Materials, Master Scheduler, Planning, Suppliers, Sales Administration, Oracle, ERP, MRP

    Ideal living areas include; Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa, Coventry, Redditch, Solihull, Birmingham, Rugby, Northampton, Lutterworth, Tamworth

    Please note, if your application is suitable, one of our consultants will call you within 5 working days. If you have not heard from us within this time, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful, however we will keep your details on our talent management system to consider you for future opportunities.

    Applications Engineer

    £35000 - £45000 per annum Package, negotiable Kenilworth, Warwickshire / Coventry, West Midlands Permanent

    An Applications Engineer position has just become available for a well-established Engineering business. Working within a friendly working environment, this could be a great career move for a professional looking to make a move.

    Although some experience is essential, training programs can be provided for someone that wants to add to their skillset.

    Overview of the Applications Engineer position -

  • Support new and existing customers with machine installations.
  • Ensure all customer specifications are correct and provide support with any technical issues.
  • Provide general operation and maintenance training to both colleagues and customers.
  • Support the after sales team and service delivery to maintain close customer interaction.
  • Applications Engineer desirable skills / experience / attributes -

  • Experience working within a similar position.
  • Strong understanding of production processes.
  • Ability to use multi-axis milling & turning centres machines.
  • Ability to programme / operating using different controls and software, ideally Fanuc, Siemens and Heidenhain.
  • Knowledge of CAD / CAM.
  • Applications Engineer position benefits -

  • Competitive salary.
  • Company mobile & laptop.
  • Training opportunities.
  • 25 days holidays 8 bank holidays.
  • Friendly working environment.
  • If interested in this position, please apply through this advert immediately, or call me for all the details!

    Please note, if your application is suitable, one of our consultants will call you within 5 working days. If you have not heard from us within this time, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful, however we will keep your details on our talent management system to consider you for future opportunities.

    Sian Peal

    Injection Moulding Setter Tech

    £27000 - £33000 per annum Coventry, West Midlands / Hinckley, Leicestershire / Rugby, Warwickshire Permanent

    This well established and growing plastics manufacturer is currently seeking an experienced Injection Moulding Setter Technician to join their team working on an afternoon shift Monday-Friday.

    Based near Rugby, they have had significant investment into the business over the past few years in terms of new machinery.

    As Injection Moulding Setter Technician, your duties will include -

  • Setting up operating parameters and trial injection moulding tools from scratch
  • Trouble shooting process and mould issues
  • Supporting / Training other setters
  • Assisting with Process improvements / optimisation
  • To be successful in the role of Setter Technician, the ideal Candidate will -

  • Have significant experience with setting, conditioning and basic maintenance of machines and tools
  • Be able to set machines up from scratch, including of trialling new tools
  • Be experienced with process optimisation and continuous improvement
  • Be a competent trouble-shooter
  • Have experience of working with a range of materials
  • This is a hands-on role where you will contribute to the daily activity of setting tools but also have the technical ability to help resolve challenging jobs
  • Based near Rugby, this company is easily commutable from Leicester, Northampton, Corby, Leamington and Nuneaton.

    Candidates suitable for this role are already likely hold the job title of Setter, Process Technician, or Moulding Engineer.

    On offer -

    A salary of £27-33k, 31 days holiday, Company pension.

    Hours - 13 : 30-22 : 00.

    Apply now to be considered for this role!

    Please note, if your application is suitable, one of our consultants will call you within 5 working days. If you have not heard from us within this time, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful, however we will keep your details on our talent management system to consider you for future opportunities.

    Mathew Ram-Gopal

    Injection Mould Toolmaker

    £30000 - £36000 per annum 31 days holiday, 5% pension Coventry, West Midlands / Hinckley, Leicestershire Permanent

    This well-established Toolmaking company is currently seeking a Toolmaker to join their business working in a busy well-

    equipped modern Toolroom.

    Working Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.00pm, as an Injection Mould Toolmaker your duties will include -

  • Manufacture of New Tooling (aluminium and tooling steel)
  • Modification, repair and maintenance
  • CNC machining
  • Conventional machining
  • Fine polishing
  • We are welcoming applications from those that meet the following criteria-

  • Candidates with experience of plastic injection or rubber mould toolmaking
  • Experience of CNC or conventional machining
  • Preferably have undergone an apprenticeship
  • Based near Rugby, this role is commutable from Warwick, Northampton and Leicester.

    On offer -

    A salary of £30-36k, 31 days holiday and 5% pension.

    Apply now to be considered for this role!

    Please note, if your application is suitable, one of our consultants will call you within 5 working days. If you have not heard from us within this time, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful, however we will keep your details on our talent management system to consider you for future opportunities.

    Project Manager (NEC 3)

    £50000 - £55000 per annum Package, negotiable Coventry, West Midlands Permanent

    A Project Manager position has just become available for a well-established Engineering business, located near the Coventry area.

    This company has designed, manufactured and supplied their specialist equipment to a range of multi-sector businesses for over 30 years.

    Easily commutable from Coventry, Nuneaton, Leicester, Birmingham, Royal Leamington Spa and Rugby - this position could be a great career step for someone that is able to manage high value projects!

    Project Manager Duties include -

  • Managing a number of different projects, majority to NEC 3 subcontract, from cradle to grave.
  • Work closely with clients, ensuring that issues are reviewed and dealt with in a professional manner.
  • Taking full responsibility of all project deliverables and gateways to budget, schedules and customer standards.
  • Reviewing all documentation and providing technical advice to engineers to generate the best results
  • Project Manager desirable skills / experience / attributes -

  • Experience working within a similar role
  • Dealt with multiple high value projects at any one time
  • Ideally have experience working within an Engineering business.
  • Strong understanding of the project life-cycle
  • Customer facing management experience.
  • Project Manager Position benefits -

  • Opportunity to be part of a well-established and expanding business.
  • Excellent training and progression opportunities.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Car allowance.
  • 30 days annual leave.
  • Pension package.
  • Free parking.
  • If interested in this position, please apply through this advert immediately.

    Please note, if your application is suitable, one of our consultants will call you within 5 working days. If you have not heard from us within this time, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful, however we will keep your details on our talent management system to consider you for future opportunities.

    Latest Blog

    6 ways to get your job advert noticed

    ATTENTION!!! TO GET YOUR JOB ADVERT NOTICED YOU NEED TO MAKEIT STAND OUT. We’re not saying you need to write your entire job advert in capitals, that would be a little extreme but it’s time to re-

    think the way you write your job adverts. Furthermore, the current UKunemployment rate stands at 3.8% (as of June 2019), this is thelowest it has been since the last quarter of 1974.

    Great news for job seekersbut for employers, it can be a challenge to find the right person for yourbusiness. Now more than ever, you need to grab the attention of great people.

    You can start that process in the job adverts you write.Unsure where you’re going wrong? Well, we’ve had years of experience andregular training to understand what works best.

    Read on to find out how to getyour job advert noticed. 1. Have you optimised your job advert? In July 2018, Google launched a new feature called Googlefor Jobs.

    Just like how you would search for products, it bringsjobs into a nice visual list. Google advised it created the new searchtechnology after seeing an increase in people searching for jobs through theplatform.

    It wanted to improve this experience by providing better results. You cannot post to Google directly, it searches to see ifthere are jobs on all business websites and it works with some of the major jobboards.

    Key points to get your job advert noticed on Google : Add apostcode to your advertKeep yourjob titles simpleDon’tspam your advert with the job titleIncludekeywords (i.

    e. software packages or qualifications). 2. Keep your job description short and sweet Researchsuggests that 500 words is a good length for a job advert and this length orunder increases job applications by 12%.

    500 words is about a quarter of apage, just to give you an idea on length. Make use of bullet point lists. This will help the mainpoints stand out and make it more appealing to the reader.

    But, ensure theyaren’t exhaustive lists. 3. Talk to a candidate, not at them Think about the language you’re using when writing your jobadvert.

    Is it engaging? Using language like we’re looking for a marketingexecutive to join our team’ will not jump out as much as are you an ambitiousmarketing executive looking for your next career move?

    Write as if that personis in front of you. When you write about the experience and skills required,make it appealing. Use language like if you’ve got the following we’d be keento hear from you’.

    And, as mentioned before, don’t make it an exhaustive list,just focus on the attractive parts of the job. Keep this enthusiastic and friendly voice throughout youradvert to ensure the candidate keeps reading and stays interested in your roleand company.

    Also, do not forget to advise how they can apply and whatthe process will be. For example : Interested? Apply today by submitting your CV to xxx xxx.

    com If yourapplication is successful we will be in touch in the next 5 days’. 4. Include a salary Where possible, include a salary and salary range on your adverts.

    Why? A job without a salary could be dismissed if the candidate believes you’re not revealing salary because it is lower than the average.

    Salary ranges also help as you are likely to get moreapplications as candidates of different experience levels may apply.

    This willmean you could see someone with great potential who is a great fit for yourcompany who may not have applied had you just listed one salary.

    5. Sell Sell Sell We’re in a candidate shortage, the need to stand out as acompany is imperative. A job advert is your opportunity to really sell yourcompany and the role to a candidate.

    Why should they come and work for you? Think about why working at your company is different such asthe culture, benefits or any awards / partnerships.

    6. Spelling and Grammar What could be worse than a candidate spotting a mistake inyour advert? It could portray to a potential candidate that you are not seriousor your culture and management style is inconsiderate.

    We always advise running a spell check and getting one otherperson to check your advert before it goes out. Just to dot the I’s and crossall the T’s.

    We hope this has been a useful guide for you and that youstart to receive more and good quality applications. If you need support to recruit quality candidates, why not register your role today and we’ll be in touch.

    Alternatively, contact a member of the team who specialises in your sector to see how they could help you.

    Looking for a new job? 5 ways a recruitment agency will boost your job search

    If you’re looking for a new job, we know it can be exhausting work. The phrase looking for a job is a job in itself’ comes to mind.

    Endless applications with not much response. Oh and let’s not forget tailoring your CV to each job instead of sending the same application to every job.

    Did you know if you work with a recruitment agency, they cantake this stress away and do all the hard work for you? And, the best part is,it’s free.

    What could be better than a free personal service to help you tofind your ideal job? Now, we don’t just mean applying for a job advertised on ajob board by an agency but making the effort to contact and send yourinformation to them.

    As a recruitment agency ourselves, we regularly receive CVs from those who haveregistered on our site and people walk through our door enquiring about work.

    Before you click the back button and think this sounds liketoo much hard work, I’ll keep applying for jobs and see what happens, take alook at these 5 great ways a recruitment agency can boost your job search.

    Access to more jobs When you’re looking for a new job, you may believe thatyou’re applying for lots of jobs on a job board.

    Did you know more than oneagency could be advertising the same job? This means you could be applying forthe same job more than once.

    Twice the work. However, recruitment agencies have more jobs than those yousee advertised. They will have jobs in the pipeline, jobs that aren’t publiclyadvertised and they can even sell you into companies where a job could be madefor you.

    What does this mean for you? Well, I don’t think it takes a super brainy person to work out : access to more jobs more opportunities for you to be infront of employers 2.

    Extensive Network The reason why recruitment agencies have access to more jobs is because of their network of contacts. They will work with a wide range of various sized companies (SMEs to large corporates) with different cultures, projects, and growth prospects.

    Why does this help you? It’s like having a personal shopper but for jobs. Yourconsultant will provide you with great insight into each company (more thanwhat you’d see on a job advert).

    It allows you to understand which companieswould be better suited to you. The network keeps growing too, meaning more options may beavailable to you.

    3. Excellent Market Knowledge Recruitment agencies are becoming extremely focussed on certain sectors, industries, and disciplines.

    This is to ensure they understand the job they are recruiting for inside out. It means they can provide a better service to you as a job seeker.

    Therefore, because they keep updating their knowledge of the industry, they are in the know. They are aware of average salary levels and good benefit packages for you to compare to.

    They hear about opportunities first that could be what you’re looking for. 4. They get to know the real you Unlike your application to an employer, a recruitmentconsultant will contact you to chat through your experience and ambitions.

    They will spend time with you to truly understand the insand outs of your skill-set, which companies you enjoyed working at and why,which ones you didn’t, where you want to take your career, what’s important toyou, how far you’ll travel and well, pretty much everything.

    How does this boost your job search? By understanding who you are and what you’re looking for,they can select companies and roles that match this.

    When you apply for roles,it’s hard for you to know what the company is like, what will the managementstyle be like, do their values match yours or answers to questions you haveabout the role.

    5. Support and Feedback It can be frustrating not hearing anything back from your applications when you're looking for a job.

    But, Recruitment Agencies don't just look at your application, they support you to prepare for your interview, structure your CV, sell your best bits to a company and providing you with constructive feedback.

    Quick tips on finding a recruitment agency to work with Although we would highly recommend working with arecruitment agency.

    There are a few points should consider when looking for anagency. Find an agency that specialises in your area of work. For example, here at ASC, we focus on roles within the Supply Chain & Procurement, IT and Engineering & Manufacturing sectors.

    Within these sectors, we also recruit for business support roles and Executive level positions. Check out reviews about the agency.

    We have reviews on our own website but you can check other sites such as Google, Glassdoor and Facebook.Do they have REC Audited Status?

    This means they have been checked to ensure they provide a good service to their customers from the overriding industry body, The Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

    Whichever way you contact them, when do they respond? If they don’t respond at all, maybe question how good they are as a recruitment agency.

    At ASC we will always respond to you even if it is to advise we are unable to help and why. Are they GDPR compliant? Since May 2018, you now have the right to request your data to be deleted or what data is held about you.

    Read ASC's GDPR statement here. After reading this we hope you feel more confident to work with a recruitment agency. If you think ASC could help your job search, register with us today.

    If you’ve got any questions, feel free to contact us.

    How to pass an assessment centre

    Have you been asked to attend an assessment centre as partof the hiring process? Are you wondering what to expect and how to pass anassessment centre?

    As a recruitment company, weregularly organise assessment centres for candidates to attendon behalf of our clients. This has given us a real understanding of whatemployers look for and we want to help you understand how to pass an assessmentcentre.

    Before we jump into that, let’s look at what assessmentcentres are and what you can expect when you attend one. What is an assessmentcentre?

    Assessment centres are a way for employers to assess the skillsthey may not be able to in a one to one interview. For example, skills like teamwork, negotiation andinitiative that may be required for the role are easier for you to showcase inan assessment centre.

    How does anassessment centre work? Assessment Centre An assessment centre is where a group of candidates will usuallyspend half a day to a day undertaking various exercises that will test skills,knowledge and behaviours required for a role.

    The type of exercises will dependon the role but expect some or all of the following : Group exercisesIndividual written testsRole playsPresentationsIndividual exercise related to the role (i.

    e.develop a piece of code if you were applying for a developer role)Aptitude and personality testsInterviews Each exercise or test will have been prepared well inadvance by the employer and will have a total score.

    Each assessor on the daywill have been trained in how to mark candidates on their behaviour, knowledgeand skills to ensure it is fair.

    The number of candidates who attend an assessment centredepends on the amount and type of roles available. However, in our experience, groupsare no more than 15 people and are likely to be 6-

    8. The assessment centre will most likely be held at the placewhere you’ll be working. It may be held at a different location if the companyhas various offices / depots or it’s a large group of people.

    Assessment centrestructure Each employer will vary in the way they conduct theirassessment centre and the type of exercises they run.

    Below is a guide to whata typical assessment centre will involve : Arrival of candidatesIntroduction to the day, the company and thepeople running the assessment centre (if it is for one role, they may go intomore detail about the role too)Ice breaker exercise Exercise 1BreakExercise 2LunchExercise 3Closing comments How to pass anassessment centre Here we want to give you the ultimate tips on how to pass anassessment centre with flying colours and be the best you can be! Prepare yourself Ever heard the expression failing to prepare is preparing tofail?

    Good advice for life in general but right at this moment, if you don’tprepare for your assessment centre, you’ll be setting yourself up to fallbehind other candidates who have.

    How can you prepare? In the weeks / days before your assessment centre do as muchas you can to ensure you are up to date with the role you’re applying for, thecompany, the location and timings.

    Find out where the assessment day is taking place and workout how you will get there and how long it will take. If you are driving, isthere any parking on site or will you have to find your own?

    If so, where isthe nearest parking and how long will it take you to then walk to the premises?Likewise, if you need to catch public transport, how far away is it, do youneed to catch 2 buses or trains or a taxi?

    Once you know all of this, we would advise doing a dry runto get a feel for the route and how busy it gets. These might sound like smallthings but knowing this in advance means you won’t be panicking on the day andwill be prepared mentally.

    Have you done yourresearch? Visit their website and social media channels to understandmore about their business, how they operate, updates on the business and whatit’s like to work there.

    Find out who will be attending the assessment centre fromthe company. Connect with them on LinkedIn and look at their own journey.

    Looking at their background and how they’ve progressed in the company will giveyou a good idea on career progression routes and the type of people they liketo hire.

    Not only this, but you can put a face to the name which means you’llbe familiar when you meet them on the day. Go back through the role and make a note of the key skillsthey are looking for.

    You can then work on demonstrating these during theexercises. For example, if you know they are looking for persuasion skills,instead of sitting back in a group exercise, put your point forward and useyour persuasive skills to encourage people to agree with you.

    First Impressions First impressions count so always arrive 10-15 minutesearly. Make sure you consider this when planning your routes and travel time.

    Make a good first impression Smile and be polite to everyone you meet. We know ofcandidates in the past who have been rude to reception staff.

    Although theyscored very highly in the exercises, their unprofessionalism let them down.Lest to say, they did not get the job.

    Don’t make the same mistake! If you are asked to select your own place, sit next tosomeone or if you are told where to sit and it is next to someone, makeconversation.

    It will show you are confident and personable. Also, it may makeyou feel more comfortable when you are in the group exercises if you’ve alreadyfamiliarised yourself with people.

    Unsure of starting a conversation? Ask them their name,where they’ve travelled from, how was the journey to start with. Theconversation will probably start flowing from here.

    After all, they are in thesame position as you so will feel just as nervous as you do. Showcase your SoftSkills You will be assessed on most of your soft skills duringgroup exercises.

    Softskills include; communication, teamwork, negotiation, persuasion,listening, initiative, problem-solving, creativity, time management, leadership,interpersonal ability and work ethic.

    To ensure you showcase your skills to their full potential,make sure you have a voice. Put your point forward. At the same time, listen.

    Listening is just as important. No company will hire a person who won’t listento what they’ve been asked or take on board feedback about their work.

    DO NOT ARGUE WITH PEOPLE! If someone does not agree with what you are saying, advise you can see their point of view but tactfully state why you disagree.

    Again, people who are aggressive will not be favoured. Aggressive people can negatively disrupt the workplace culture. If you want to show leadership skills, ask those who havenot contributed to get involved.

    If the group can’t decide, maybe offer theopportunity to put the options to the vote. If you are timed on a task, make sure you keep to time.

    Ifin a group, maybe suggest completing certain bits of the task by a certain timeso you don’t waste time. Assessment doesn’tstop Just because you’re on a break or lunch, the assessmentdoesn’t stop.

    The company will be looking to see how you interact with them andothers in a more social setting. Instead of going off to check the latestWhatsApp message, get involved with conversations around you.

    This is also your opportunity to make a bigger impression.Go and network with people from the company, it could be the difference betweenyou and another candidate.

    Here are some questions you could ask : How long have you worked here?What are the team like?Have you always worked in this role?

    What is the best thing about working here? Extra Tips : Extra Tips for Success Dress to impress. Unless you are told to wear casual clothing, we always recommend going suited and booted.

    In other words, dress as if you were going to an interview. Relax and be yourself. The assessors do not want you to fail and will do what they can to make you feel comfortable so you can be the real you.

    Ask questions if you don’t understand something. Practice tests. If you know personality, aptitude or psychometric tests will be part of the day, practice these online beforehand so you know what to expect.

    Avoid negativity and don’t be defensive. This may sound like I’m telling you to suck eggs’ but we would suggest avoiding topics such as politics and religion as they can be very sensitive.

    You don’t want to create a perception of you that could ruin your chances of securing the job. Believe in yourself! You would not have been selected if they didn’t think you had potential.

    Finally, if the outcome wasn’t what you wanted, always seethis as a positive. If you haven’t had feedback, ask for it and understandwhere you can improve for your next assessment centre.

    It’s also worth remembering that just because you weren’tsuccessful, it doesn’t mean they weren’t impressed. We’ve had candidates whohave been offered other positions, had roles made for them and been called backweeks or even months later.

    We hope that has given you a good idea on how to pass anassessment centre. If you are currently job searching, why not send us yourCV and view our jobs.

    You never knowthe next assessment centre you attend might be one of ours! Find your perfect role today

    The Importance of Customer Service within Recruitment

    ASC’s OperationsDirector, JaneStorer talks about the importance of customer service within recruitment andhow to get it right.

    Jane has been with ASC since the beginning and became Operations Director in 2007. After working in an entirely different sector, Jane moved into recruitment because she wanted a people focused career.

    This is still very important to her today and every aspect of her role affects the customer service ASC provides to clients and candidates from having the right procedures to welcoming new people into the business.

    Her dedication to maintaining and consistently improving the service ASC provides has supported the recent achievements of REC Audited Status and the Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2019.

    From the social to the serious side of recruitment, Jane talks through her career and how the importance of customer service within recruitment is about focusing on people.

    Have you always worked in recruitment and what inspired you to start working in the sector? Before I started in recruitment I worked for a WineMerchants where part of my job was sampling new product lines and attendingwine tastings! A dream job I know but for some reason I wanted to broaden my horizons.

    I visited an agency to talk about a career change, they actually asked me to join their team and I started out as a Temp Controller many years ago!! What does your job involve as the Operations Director of ASC?

    As Operations Director I have a very broad role. The main aim is to ensure we have theprocedures in place in order for our teams to be able to focus on providing thebest service they can to both candidates and clients.

    When we welcome new members to our team, I spend the first2 days with them to bring them up to speed on our business, all HR policies andsystems.

    Another large part of my role involves HR and training andI work with all teams across the business. What’s the best part of what you do?

    The diversity. Notwo days are the same and I am still learning all the time. What have been your biggest challenges working as a Director at ASC?

    When we first started the business we were in the middle ofa recession but the biggest challenge by far was working through the creditcrunch of 2008 / 9.

    We had to dig deep toensure we kept the momentum going and motivate our team in a very difficulttime. But I guess they say what doesn’tbreak you, makes you stronger and I certainly found out a lot about mypersonal determination whilst going through this challenge.

    Another challenge is the ongoing - legislative changes we as Directors have to ensure, not only do we understand, but are able to roll out to the teams to embed in our day to day routines.

    And, of course, we all face challenges every day having tohandle a wide range of queries both internally and externally.

    Talk through your biggest achievements at ASC? Over 15 years ago I was instrumental in winning a ManagingAgency Contract with a global company to supply all of their staff on apermanent, contract basis.

    The contractcovered Finance, Customer Service, Sales, Marketing, HR, Logistics, ProductionOperatives and Manufacturing Management.

    Over the entire length of the contract we have retainedextremely high direct fulfilment levels and have engaged with other agencies,some of which are global players themselves, in very niche areas.

    Not only am I proud of winning the accountinitially, but retaining it for over 15 years is the bigger achievement as faras I am concerned and that has to be credited to the high levels of customerservice provided by our team.

    ASC have recently received REC Audited status and the FeefoGold Trusted Service Award 2019, what do you feel has supported theseachievements?

    In terms of the REC AuditedStatus it was all about embracing the ethos of the REC and ensuring I had afull understanding of their policies and procedures.

    These were then embedded into our internalBest Practice procedure and training was provided throughout the business. It isalso a big part of our On Boarding for new starters.

    From here on it is over to the teams theydon’t just work to the guidelines as a tick boxing exercise they truly wantto provide the best possible service they can.

    This has been shown in thefeedback received through the Feefo platform, which isn’t just about ASC as abusiness but the individuals who actually provided the service.

    To gain Feefo Gold Trusted ServiceAward is truly amazing. Recruitment is all about customer service, what do you feel is the key to getting this right?

    Listening first!!! We cannot provide an effective solution if wedo not listen to what our candidates and clients are looking for.

    Then it is all about keeping everyone in theloop and providing meaningful feedback. We want everyone we deal with to feel comfortable about asking us questionsbecause there is no such thing as a silly question.

    There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding therecruitment industry, how do you ensure ASC isn’t perceived incorrectly?

    The starting point has to be the expectations we have for the teams. The recruitment industry of old was heavily driven by targets not just revenue but daily activities and set phone time .

    This possibly contributed to some of the misconceptions in terms of service levels. We encourage our teams to be creative with their working days so that they have the freedom to make their own decisions.

    One of our Brand Values is Respect treating those we come into contact with as we would wish to be treated with respect, honesty and integrity’.

    I see this on a daily basis throughout the team. We can’t help everyone we come into contact with but as long as everyone is treated with honesty and politeness, I am happy.

    People are a company’s biggest asset, how do you get thebest out of your people? I guess a lot of this is down to what I have said above first of all we make sure they have the tools to do the job processes, policies, systems, advertising budget and the skills to do the job through personal development and training.

    The other aspect is a little more intangible but it’s all about creating the right environment. Myself, Neil and Mike along with the Management Team, have an open door policy, we want people to feel they can approach us if they need support or guidance from a personal or career perspective.

    Oh and of course you can’t forget our nights out too!!!! Most memorable momentat ASC? Being interviewed by Hugh Pym who at the time was the Economic Editor for the BBC and appearing on the national news! I had no warning and my only regret is that I didn’t have enough time to get my hair done!!! And my Brummy accent being apparent for all to hear! Any funny stories from times gone by?

    Gosh there are so many I have been here for 28 years!!! Most surround the people and the laughs we have had. One personal moment was when I got married and the girls forced me to have a hen night I didn’t want one, but they organised it in secret and bought my fancy dress outfit.

    I was Head Teacher, they were all very naughty school girls and they arrived in a 1950's bus!!! It was all in the best possible taste .

    We had such a good time and they ensured that I followed a tradition in having a send off that I may have otherwise missed.

    I also felt that although they were out for a good time themselves, the lengths they went to showed that they were really supportive to me.

    What is your guilty pleasure? Food and drink in themain!!! I still love a good night outand the current trend of cocktails takes me back to my early days of my 1980’ssocial life!!! Best piece of advice for people working or looking to workwithin recruitment?

    Be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions it is a job full of highs and lows. Make sure you truly have a passion for helping people coupled with a tenacious approach.

    You will encounter knocks along the way but the rewards both financially and emotionally far outweigh the negatives. Does Jane sound like the type of Director you’d like to work for?

    We're always on the lookout for new talent. Send your CV to marie.weston asc-connections.com

    4 Ideas for Assessment Centre Exercises

    4 Ideas for Assessment Centre Exercises to help you hire the right people into your business. You’re looking to hire and you need someone quicklyotherwise it will impact your business.

    Most businesses have been in thissituation but the reality is, by the time you’ve looked through CV’s and foundthe time to interview your shortlisted candidates, a month has passed.

    Assessmentcentres are a great way to save you time and resources. They don’twork for every type of job but for most junior to mid-

    level roles, they reallyenhance the selection process. Unlike the traditional interview method,assessment centres allow you to see how candidates interact with each other andhelps you decide who are leaders and followers.

    It can also support you toshortlist the candidates you want to invite back for a second interview or seethe potential in someone for a future position.

    At ASC we have experience of running assessment centres forour clients, here are 4 ideas for assessment centre exercises.

    Top tips to plan yourday Put aside one day to run your assessment centreRecommended time to allocate 10am-3pm10 people is a good number but no less than 6 orno more than 15Allow time to welcome people to the day, talkthrough the agenda and a little about your companyAim for 3-

    4 exercises throughout the dayInclude lunch as it will enable you to see whonetworks with you and is interested to know more about you and the companyTry to make the day as relaxing as possible soyou can gain insight into the real candidate Exercise 1 -

    The Ice Breaker You can put these exercises in any order but the ice breakeris good to help everyone relax at the start of the day.

    What does it assess : Listening and confidence when communicating with others. The Exercise : Put everyone into pairs (or if an odd number, one or more three’s).

    Each person has 2 minutes to find out as much as they canabout the other person. You will time the 2 minutes and ask each pair to swap overonce the 2 minutes has ended.

    At the end of the task, ask each person to stand up andsummarise what they have learnt about the person they were paired with.

    You don’t have to use this icebreaker exercise but any typeof exercise that allows your candidates to get to know one another and relax isthe key.

    It helps set them up for the day. Exercise 2 -The Written Test The written test enables you to assess qualities neededspecifically for that role.

    This means, the test can be tailored to the role inquestion. For example if you were recruiting developers, your questions wouldbe different to those who might be attending for a sales role.

    Aim to have 3-4 questions on the paper so you can test theirunderstanding of different elements of the role. Ensure you put the top scorefor each question.

    This can be worked out by deciding on the pointers for eachquestion, i.e. ifthere were 8 points needed to answer correctly then the score would be 8.

    Thelength of time to answer the set of question is up-to you. We would suggest you provide pens and spare paper forcandidates if they need it.

    We would also suggest having spare copies of thewritten test printed off. Example Questions Job Role : PA Please proof read the following paragraph, advise if thereare any errors and how you would correct them?

    Job Role : Developer Show how you would go about estimating the number of fastfood restaurants in the UK without doing any research?

    Job Role : Customer Service Advisor You have just received the following email from a longserving customer who is unhappy with the service they received on Wednesday.

    Atthe same time, you receive a phone call from a new customer whose order hasgone wrong. Which do you deal with first and why?

    Job Role : Sales Your customer is asking to have a £5000 reduction in priceof the latest product available. You know to make a profit, you can only go to£2500 off the original price, how do you negotiate?

    Exercise 3 - Teamwork and Communication There are a number of assessment centre exercises you can organise to assess teamwork and communication but also include other skills that may be required for the role.

    Such as the ability to challenge and persuade others, problem solve or thinking outside the box. The following exercise example assesses teamwork, communication and creativethinking.

    Exercise Example Paper Towers For this exercise, split your candidates into groups ofabout 5-6 people. Thengive them 50 sheets of A4 paper.

    Each group is tasked with building the tallest paper towerusing the 50 sheets of paper within a set time frame. We recommend 10 minutes.

    The group with the tallest tower isn’t necessarily the bestcandidates. If one person in a group did it all by themselves, this is notteamwork.

    Assess : How have they worked together as a team?How did they communicate with one another?Was there a clear leader and how did that personlead the group?

    Was everyone involved in the exercise?Were quieter members of the group encouraged tovoice their opinion?How did they deal with differences of opinion?

    Did any individual or the group think creativelyabout how they could build the tower? Remember there are various teamwork exercises you can do toassess this skill but the important part is that it requires everyone to getinvolved.

    Exercise 4 - Quick Thinking This exercise is great for sales roles where you’re morelikely to be under pressure to think on the spot.

    However, it’s also good forcustomer service positions or where an employee needs to think quickly to solveproblems. The Exercise RandomWords Have a selection of random words in a bowl like radio, penor screwdriver for example.

    Ask each candidate to pick a word at random out ofthe bowl. They then have 2 minutes to talk about the word, what it is,how it works or what problems it solves for example.

    You’re assessing if theycan think quickly under pressure. Look for how they talk about the word, dothey stumble or are they confident.

    Do they make up facts or stick to what theyknow. What next? We hope that this has helped you to think about the types of assessment centre exercises you can organise.

    If you’re thinking about running an assessment centre but don’t know where to start, get in touch with us. You can also visit our meet the team page to contact the consultant who specialises in your industry.

    Or simply register your role with us and we’ll get in touch with you.

    Mark completes Birmingham Velo and raises £650 for charity

    On Sunday 12th May, Mark Dawson,Managing Consultant at ASC cycled the Birmingham Veloand raised £650 for The Alzheimer’s society.

    The Birmingham Velo is a 100 mile closed road cycle route starting and ending in the heart of Birmingham City Centre. Each year around 17,000+ riders cycle the route and get to encounter amazing landmarks across the Midlands.

    This year, the route took you through stunning countryside, panoramic views, picturesque villages and iconic climbs including Coventry Cathedral and Warwickshire’s Packwood House.

    Talking about the route Mark said : Mark Dawson after completing the Birmingham Velo I managed to cycle the 100 miles in just under 6 hours which I am really happy with.

    It was a great day, the weather was perfect and the atmosphere was amazing. There were thousands of people lining the route cheering you on, ringing cowbells shouting your name out and passing you cakes and biscuits! It was really nice for me as I had literally all of my family and lot’s of friends out to support me at various points on the route with banners etc.

    I have already pre-registered for next year’s where I will aim to complete it in 5 ½ hours’ Although a remarkable route to cycle, let’s not forget thereal reason some cyclists choose to participate in the challenge to supportcharities across the UK and beyond.

    Mark chose to support The Alzheimer’ssociety along with 500 other riders to try and raise £200k as acollective. The charity is close to Mark’s heart as his father in lawhas the disease and Mark believes supporting the charity will improve researchto better understand, treat and ultimately cure the disease.

    According to The Alzheimer’ssociety, Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. Someone develops itevery three minutes and there’s currently no cure.

    The Alzheimer’s societyis the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cureand supports people living with dementia today.

    With the help of family, friends and everyone at ASC, hemanaged to raise £650. Mark said Thesupport I had was fantastic.

    I set a target of £500 not really thinking I wouldget to it but with the help of 46 sponsors I smashed my target. Thanks to allof those that enabled me to achieve this’.

    Mark’s colleague Anna Willis added I am very proud of Mark for raising £650 through his Velo bike ride, it’s an amazing accomplishment and for a very worthy charity close to his heart.

    Well done!’ A big well done Mark from everyone at ASC. We are very supportive of employees who want to support charity or community initiatives.

    If this sounds like a place you’d like to work, contact Neil McNally today or visit our work for us pages.

    7 Tips to Get Your Job Application Noticed

    Getting your job application noticed Many of us have experienced sending off a job application, only for it to disappear into the depths of the internet.

    The lack of response is frustrating, as you end up without answers, meaning you can’t learn from where you went wrong. Getting your application noticed by recruiters or hiring managers is the crucial first step in landing yourself a new job.

    However, it’s no easy task, especially if you’re after a competitive role. To land your dream job and get noticed, You want the recruiter to know that you’re the best person for the position.

    Read on for advice on how to stand out from the crowd. 1. Get ahead of the game If you’re lucky enough to have contacts at the companyyou’re applying to, ask them to refer you.

    This is the fastest way to get aninterview. While a contact can’t always vouch for your professional skills, thehiring manager will be able to get an idea of your character.

    Hopefully, this will mean that your application is put straight at the top of the pile. Unfortunately, sometimes it comes down to who you know not what you know.

    2. Add a headline or profile With the amount of applications employers have to read, whynot make their job easier for them?

    Include a brief headline or profile at thetop of your application to catch their attention. This shouldn’t be more than a few lines, focusing on whatyou can bring to the team.

    Think of it as a test to show that you’ve researchedthe company. Then, tailor your best attributes to the role. If it’s a social care role, for example, you could mention that you’re compassionate and communicative.

    3. Prioritise your most important qualifications Look at the job advert and find the minimum qualificationsthat are listed do you meet the criteria?

    Reconsider your application if youdon’t meet the specification, or you’ll only waste your own time! If you do have the qualifications, then you can move forward with your application.

    For each of your past roles, be sure to clearly state your relevant competencies so the employer knows you’re not wasting their time too.

    4. Use keywords Include keywords mentioned in the job advert. For example,if it’s an advert for a software developerrole, you might be required to know python.

    These keywords will optimise your application for Applicant Tracking Systems, which reject up to 75% of CVs before they even get a chance to reach a human! Finding and noting keywords used in the job overview will help you to beat the bots.

    5. Keep your accomplishments fresh When you get comfortable in a job, it can be easy to forget what you’ve achieved on a day-

    to-day basis. However, this will be essential in making your application stand out and proving that you don’t just sit back in your day job.

    Make a running list of any accomplishments at work, so thatyou have them ready for when you need to make an application.

    6. Use the STAR approach You might come across applications which require you to fillout competency questions. Competency questions are designed to test you on yourreal-

    life experiences and how these have prepared you for the role you’veapplied to. These can often make up a large part of an application, soit’s vital you get your answers right.

    However, these questions can be trickyas you’re required to remember a lot of information. To avoid forgetting important information, employersrecommend using the STAR’ technique.

    STAR stands for : Situation - describe the background and contextTask - describe the task or challenge you were faced withAction explain the action you took and how and why you did itResult ideally, the result will be a positive one and ideally one that can be measured.

    If it’s not positive, highlight what you learned from it. Always relate the skill or ability you demonstrated back to the role you’re applying to! 7.

    Save it as a PDF Candidates forget that employers’ devices may not support the format of their CV. As such, the recruiter or hiring manager will be faced witha jumbled mess when they go to open your application.

    They won’t bother gettingin contact to ask you to send it again, and your CV will be cast aside. To avoid the worry of this, simply attach your CV as a PDF! Simple.

    Get your application noticed! Your application will get noticed - Focus on making it the best it can possibly be and only apply to jobs you’re really passionate about.

    With the help of our useful tips, your application will be noticed by more employers. Start applying for jobs on the ASC Jobs Portal today!

    ASC Achieve REC Audited Status

    ASC Connections has once again been awarded with REC Audited Status from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

    The REC are the largest professional body representing the UK's recruitment and staffing industry. REC Audited Logo The REC audited scheme is the recognised gold standard for recruitment businesses.

    For a business to achieve the standard, they are validated against compliance with industry legislation and best practice.

    In short, it is a comprehensive audit that requires agencies to demonstrate a high level within areas such as; customer service, staff development, diversity, client management, data protection and much more.

    It also includes an on-site visit where a REC audited expert sits with employees to work through processes and best practice.

    As a business you can only hold the status for 2 years. After this time, a company must go through the validation process again in order to up-

    hold REC Audited Status. For ASC to achieve the gold standard in recruitment for a second time shows how we have maintained the highest level of service within the recruitment industry.

    Moreover, our clients and candidates can feel confident they are working with an accredited supplier that is accountable to a professional body.

    There are only a small number of companies that have REC Audited Status. It puts ASC in the top 10% of agencies with REC membership that have successfully achieved this award.

    This demonstrates our professionalism, we will go the extra mile and want to change the misconceptions of the recruitment industry.

    Jane Storer, Operations Director of ASC Connections, said I am very proud that we have gained REC Audited Status. It is evidence that we have the right processes in place and they are actively demonstrated by the team here on a day to day basis.

    Neil Carberry, REC Chief Executive added Congratulations to ASC Connections for achieving REC Audited status. In doing so they join an elite group of recruitment agencies across the UK that have achieved this high standard.

    This accreditation recognises that we have rigorously audited ASC Connections and found that it is performing to the highest professional standards and represents best practice in our sector.

    In addition, the company has been awarded with the Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2019 for their outstanding customer service levels.

    Jane Storer added this really endorses the ethos and culture that everyone at ASC believes in . If you’re looking for a new job or a new employee, pleaseget in touch with a member of our teamwho will be happy to chat through your requirements.

    ASC RECEIVES CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

    Customer Service is important to our business' Earlier this year, ASC Connections won the Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award.

    An independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering outstanding customer service, as rated by real clients and candidates.

    Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded only to those businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine reviews and insights.

    To receive the award, businesses are required to meet a high standard. This is based on the number of reviews they have collected, and their average rating.

    A badge of honour, this accreditation remains unique, as it is based purely on the interactions with real clients and candidates.

    As all reviews are verified as genuine, the accreditation is a true reflection of a business’s commitment to outstanding service.

    ASC Connections exceeded the criteria of collecting at least 50 reviews between January 1st 2018 and December 31st 2018, with a Feefo service rating of between 4.

    5 and 5.0. The recruitment industry’s reputation can sometimes be perceived in the wrong light. ASC Connections felt utilising the Feefo platform offered a credible way to showcase their customer service offering and improve it.

    In the long term they hope more recruitment agencies opt for Feefo to help build a better industry reputation overall. ASC Connections has also recently undergone a re-

    brand which customer service was at the heart of. The reviews and insights collected through the Feefo platform have supported ASC ensure their new brand is delivering on the service they wanted set out to achieve.

    Jane Storer, Operations Director, ASC Connections commented : We’re thrilled to receive this award from Feefo. It recognises how hard we’ve been working to give great experiences to all our clients and candidates.

    Feefo enabled us to consistently improve throughout 2018 and now we’re looking forward to another successful year ahead.

    Congratulating ASC Connections on winning this year’s award, Matt West, CEO at Feefo, commented : The Trusted Service award has always been about recognising those companies that excel beyond the norm.

    This year we’ve seen many remarkable businesses leveraging the full potential of Feefo to provide outstanding levels of experience for their customers and rightly being awarded our most prestigious accreditation.

    I’m looking forward to the continual success of the businesses that work in partnership with us throughout 2019. Feefo is a technology company that provides businesses with the tools to collect real reviews and insights.

    Working with over 3,500 clients, Feefo ensures that all feedback is authentic. This helps increase consumer confidence and enables businesses to make smarter business decisions.

    If you’re looking for a new job or a new employee, please get in touch with a member of the ASC team who will be happy to chat through your requirements.

    Why is Personal Branding Important For Your Career?

    Why is personal branding important and how will it help my career? Did you know, since the year 2000 attention spans have decreased by 25%?

    This means gaining the attention of potential employers is even harder for jobseekers. This is why personal branding is important as it can really give your career a boost.

    It allows employers to see the real you which builds trust, credibility and confidence in your ability. Find out what personal branding is and the reasons why it’simportant below.

    What is personal branding? When you think about branding, I bet your first thought is that a brand is a company and what you associate with that company?

    You're not wrong however in recent years the same theories behind company brands can be applied to people. Personal branding has shaped how we think about celebrities,politicians and has even helped ordinary people rise to fame as brandinginfluencers.

    How? Just like companies, branding helps shape people’sperceptions of you through your opinions, ambitions, the way you look, how youcommunicate, act and treat others.

    It’s packaging your best bits and telling itas a story to differentiate yourself from others. Now you may think that your CV is enough to cover the pointsmade above but your personal brand is online as well as offline.

    Yes itincludes your CV but also your social media accounts, how you respond toemails, talk on the phone and when you meet people face to face at networkingevents or interviews for example.

    It encompasses everything you do. In a nutshell you can form the way you want people to seeyou. So why is personal branding important?

    Builds trust and credibility Trust is built on getting to know the real you. Yourpersonal brand will showcase your motivations, ambitions and what you believein.

    If potential employers understand this, they will get a clearer pictureabout who you are and if you are someone they’d like to hire.

    Credibility demonstrates your expertise and willingness toself-develop. It can be built through the actions you have taken to achieveyour goals, mentoring others and making a difference.

    Shouting about thisonline, on your CV and when you speak to employers will help build credibility. Develops your network and opens doors The more employers see and hear about you, the more you arelikely to be offered : InterviewsJobs that may never have been advertised or youmay never have heard aboutJobs that could be created just for youA promotionOpportunities to use your expertise to helpothers (which will further build your credibility and network) Furthermore, it’s not just about developing your offline network.

    Did you know 56% of employers won’t consider you for roles without an online presence? By using online platforms to your advantage, you can show employers more than just your image and online work history.

    It shows the authentic you The one thing you can’t do with personal branding is fake it and you definitely can’t buy it! But this is a good thing, it means you can’t be anything other than authentic, it comes from the heart and is driven by the things you are passionate about such as your goals, morals and values.

    It could emphasise the type of company you want to work for. Imagine if an employer had loads of great CVs, including yours but had to shortlist them.

    If your personal brand was showcased elsewhere other than your CV, the employer could see you’re being authentic and is more likely to ask you in for an interview.

    Example of personal branding In 2010, Leonard Kim was homeless and unknown online. Now he is recognised as one of the top digital youth marketers by Forbes and has over 500,000 followers on Twitter.

    Leonard didn’t achieve success by just showcasing what he does, he got there by telling his story. As a result of sharing his experience and what he learnt on the way, it made him stand out.

    The thing that made him stand out the most was, he talked about the mistakes he had made rather than what he did well. He was being honest, this meant people could relate to himwhich built trust and credibility.

    He made people realise, it’s OK to discussyour downfalls online if you can learn from them. By sharing his story and building a network of people he’dnever met, people then approached him to write for their magazine, speak atconferences and work at their company.

    How can you build your personal brand? To develop your personal brand you need to take steps tounderstand what story you want to share with people.

    Understand what your key strengths are by assessing your skills, experiences and qualitiesWhat are your goals (i.e where do you see yourself in 1 years’ time, 5 years’ time etc.

    or what sort of company do you want to work for)What are you passionate about (do you want things to change in your industry, do you want business as a whole to work together to save the environment) Most importantly, rememberOnce you have a good idea about who you are and what you’re trying to achieve you can start to shout about it.

    Ways to promote your personal brand Like, share and comment on posts from yoursocial media account about things related to your goals and passionsCreate your own posts (including video posts)voicing your own opinions and sharing your own knowledgeAttend networking eventsWrite posts about the topics you’re passionateabout or the industry you’re inOffer to attend schools, colleges anduniversities to share your career experiencesAttend industry events or become involved inaction groups related to your passion Hopefully that has given you an introduction to personalbranding and how it can help you.

    Watch out for a more in depth post about howto build your personal brand. If you want to hear about this first, make sureyou subscribe at the bottom of the screen.

    If you’re looking for a new job, pop over to our jobs page and don’t forget to register your details.

    A New Recruitment Blog

    We’ve had a good think about the types of posts you’d like to read about and hope our new content is informative, entertaining and what you are looking for in a recruitment blog.

    What can you expect? News Round Ups for each of our industry sectors Sector insights, updates and hot topics Career advice Hints and tips for different careers Working at ASC stories Case studies Reviews Company updates A day in the life .

  • Polls, quizzes and puzzles just for fun We would also love to hear from you! Is there a topic you’d like us to post about?
  • Would you like to write a guest post? Do you have any feedback? If so, get in touch with our Marketing Executive, Rebecca Crowther : Rebecca.

    crowther asc-connections.com0121 236 1662 We hope you enjoy our new posts. Don’t forget to sign up to our blog to get the latest news straight to your inbox.

    Managing a Recruitment Business

    ASC's Managing Director, Neil McNally tells us what it takes to manage a recruitment business. Neil started the company with Financial Director, Mike Smith in 1991.

    The company has gone from strength to strength, working through some tough economic times to develop into the successful business it is today.

    A business with four UK offices, over 40 employees and a culture that strays away from the stereotypical recruitment business.

    From starting his business at 22 years old to meeting 3 of the 1966 England World Cup players, Neil talks through his journey and experiences of managing a recruitment business over the last 28 years and what he sees for the future of the company.

    What inspired you to set up ASC Connections?Being a Director / Owner of a business was something I wanted to do from a very early age so when the opportunity arose, I jumped at it.

    Every job I had prior to getting into recruitment, I used to think, could I set up a business like this and run it? What are the prospects?

    I even had a car cleaning round when I was 12 or 13. It started with just me but I soon scaled it up by involving 2 other friends.

    Where did you start your recruitment career before ASC and what made you decide to go into recruitment?I started my recruitment career at a company called Eurotec which was a subsidiary business of The Bertram Group.

    I worked as an IT Recruiter which continued to be my chosen sector for a number of years. Like many people, recruitment was suggested to me by a Recruitment Consultant who was interviewing me for a sales job.

    It seemed like a good idea at the time.What have been the biggest challenges you have faced over the years at ASC?Too many to mention, however, getting through 2 recessions springs to mind.

    This involved re-shaping the business by unfortunately having to make some redundancies but also changing the direction of what some of the remaining staff were focused on.

    Also, one of the biggest challenges when managing a recruitment business over the last few years has been identifying and attracting new staff.

    Now tell us what your biggest highlight is to date?Every time we've created something new such as opening a new office or putting a new team together, I see that as another main highlight.

    I do believe change is good.What changes have you seen in recruitment over the years and how has the company adapted to these changes?

    Over 28 years, the industry has undergone significant change. Technological changes have re-shaped how we operate more than anything else.

    How we access data, how we communicate with one another have changed dramatically. Emailing, texting and the internet were largely unknown entities within recruitment when we started.

    The business has always adapted to technological change in a very positive way and generally kept up or stayed ahead of the competition.

    The first job boards weren't created until 3 years after we were formed. I sound like a proper dinosaur now!How would you like to see the company grow in the next 5 years?

    We obviously need more headcount to grow the business but it's more important to work with the people already within the business.

    Supporting everyone to maximise their own potential first is crucial. It will help form a much stronger foundation to bring new people in.

    The key areas of Engineering & Manufacturing, IT and Supply Chain & Procurement is where the focus will be including the Business Support disciplines and Executive level roles within those industries.

    How do you feel your career developed you for your ASC venture?I was only just 22 when we formed the business so my career was quite short up to that point.

    However, I did experience a lot of diversity in respect to the types of companies I worked for, the people I worked with and the varying management styles I was exposed to.

    This variation and diversity helped me develop a business far more than any training course could. On top of this, recognising and learning how to communicate with people effectively before starting a business venture is crucialDescribe a typical week at ASC?

    The great thing about managing a recruitment business is the variety. Every week is different, different office every day, different challenge every day.

    What do you feel is the key to maintaining a great company culture? Part of my job as Managing Director of ASC is to make sure employees have the tools they need to do their job and to create an environment they are comfortable in.

    Also, being accessible to everyone goes a long way in creating a strong culture. My door is always open for everyone.What do you feel is the key to managing a successful recruitment business?

    There is nothing unique about what we do, it's just about how well we do it. Managing a recruitment business successfully, requires you to create a team that want to be there and have all the core attributes that it takes to be a good recruiter.

    I believe you have to treat people well, identify their strengths and weaknesses and give them the relevant training and direction that's necessary.

    How do you relax after a hard week? Who said I relax? Not really, spending time with family and friends over good food is the best way to relax.

    Where has been your favourite place you have travelled to and why?I don't have one specific favourite place but I have been fortunate to have visited lots of different places with a lot of diversity including Hong Kong, New York, California, Thailand, North Africa and much of Europe.

    I like to experience different cultures.Have you met any famous people? I've met famous actors, musicians and sportsmen but I think meeting 3 of the 1966 World Cup winning team, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore and Gordon Banks on 3 separate occasions is up there.

    If you could go back to your younger self and give yourself a piece of advice, what would it be? Managing a recruitment business requires time to plan and prepare to ensure you meet your goals-

    Winging it doesn't always work!What advice would you give to anyone thinking about setting up on their own?Whatever type of business you're looking to set up, make sure you're doing it for the right reasons.

    If you think it's a quick route to making lots of money then you'll probably be mistaken. If it's about the status of being a Director or Business Owner, this feeling will wear out.

    First and foremost, you should have a passion for what you do. Your business is more likely to have longevity if you enjoy what you do.

    Spend time planning and preparing and take advice from people that have set up similar ventures. Remember, working for yourself, even if you have staff working for you, can be a very lonely place, however, it can also be the most rewarding thing you'll ever do.

    Does Neil sound like the type of Director you'd like to work for? Send Neil your CV as he's always on the lookout for new talent.

    If you're looking for advise about setting up on your own, send him an email.

    How to succeed at interview

    So you’ve got an interview coming up it’s not easy to stand out from the crowd in today’s busy job market but you’ve done it! Now it's time to prepare but don't worry we have put together a 4 step guide on how to succeed at interview.

    Before you do anything else you need to recognise that being invited for an interview is an achievement and realise that, even if your application doesn’t go any further this time, you’ve clearly got a strong selling point.

    Being properly prepared is going to pay off massively!4 Step Guide : How to Succeed At Interview1 - The Interview ProcessGet yourself in the right frame of mind by becoming comfortable with what to expect from the interview.

    This is straightforward information but if you forget to think about it you could come unstuck. Do you know where the interview is and who it’s with?

    Have you got a route planned and do you know how long it takes to get there? What format is the interview going to be; may there be aptitude or technical tests?

    2 Understand the JobYou need to be confident that you understand exactly what they’re looking for so you can demonstrate how you’re a good match.

    It’s a mistake to assume you know this based on a job title or a description so take some time to study the job description properly.

    Have a few thoughtful questions to ask about the job such as where it may take you within the company.3 Research the CompanyHow do you feel when someone pays interest in you?

    Good, right? Do the same in your interview. Companies want to hire people that they believe really want to work with them and will therefore stick with them.

    Find out as much as you can about their business and have a few good questions to ask. Maybe found out a little about the manager too it won’t hurt.

    4 Be YourselfThis one probably sounds a bit odd. Surely you know yourself? Well let’s hope so! But step outside the box and think about how you look to someone else.

    Are there gaps on your CV that you need to explain? Are you going to be asked to talk about something you only mentioned as an aside?

    It will be really embarrassing for you if you can’t answer a question about yourself! Trust us on this advice! You will interview very rarely throughout your career but as recruitment professionals we interview candidates and receive feedback from hiring managers every day so, with that in mind, here are a few other things we’d suggest : Arrive a little early yes, you’ll be seen as punctual but there’s another benefit in that you’ll give yourself more time to relax and get in the right frame of mind.

    If you have a question you can’t find the answer to then just ask them. They really will appreciate your interest. Maintain positive body language throughout your interview and start by greeting your interview with a handshake and a smile! You’ll also want to remember that managers often ask colleagues what their impressions were of you too so be polite and friendly to anyone else you speak to starting with the receptionist! Lastly, make sure to follow up the next day with a simple email thanking them for their time and reaffirming your interest in the role.

    Hopefully you have found the how to succeed at interview guide useful and it brings you success at interview. If you're looking for an answer to a question that will help you advance your career?

    Why not contact us and talk to one of our team who will be happy to discuss your needs. You can also register your details to recieve the latest jobs, news and careers advice relevent to you, straight to your inbox.

    How to write a good CV

    Can you write a good CV?When you apply for a job, the first and maybe only thing that a hiring manager or recruitment professional is going to see from you is your CV.

    Therefore, this is your chance to tell them who you are, what you’ve done before and what you can do for them so the question is can you write a good CV?

    Did you know that the average amount of time spent reviewing a CV is less than 10 seconds? It makes sense to maximise on this document and here’s a really simple way to do just that! Write out your CV as you would anyway, then take what you have and put it into three distinct sections : About you, your work history and your education and skills.

    To find out if you can write a good CV follow our simple CV structure below and we're sure the answer will be yes!About you : Have you put your name and not CV’ as the title of your CV?

    Are all your contact details clear? Have you written a short personal statement? Does it use keywords about your skills and experience?

    Your work history : Have you put it in reverse chronological order? Is the job title clear? Did you make it obvious exactly how long you worked there?

    Include the month! Describing your responsibilities is great but have you listed your achievements? Your education and skills : Is your education listed in the order of highest award first?

    Have you grouped together school-level qualifications? (But specify English, Maths and Science!) Have you included non-academic qualifications or skills?

    Languages? First aid? If they show genuine achievements or responsibilities have you included hobbies / interests? Finally, if you can make sure you’ve done all these things then you’ll have a CV that’s ready to be put in front of even the most experienced eyes.

    When you’re ready to go, follow these extra top tips : Get someone else to read it and ask for their opinion! Spell check won’t show you when the word is spelled correctly but not the right word (in / inn, of / off or to / too) Have you thought about the appearance?

    Use bullet points and spacing to highlight what’s important! Use one, professional font in one size throughout and not comic sans! Don't forget to search through our jobs and send us your CV so we can contact you with the latest job opportunities that match what you are looking for. See All

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