Archive for January, 2009

m2r in the Recruiter Magazine

January 23, 2009

recruiter-23/01/09

Wakefield sales recruiter M2R has been invited to attend a trade delegation to Bahrain and chosen as a recruitment case study for UK Trade and Investment. UKTI has invited M2R’s clients and also future potential business partners to the event after being impressed by its successful relationships with clients in the Middle East.

Munir Mamujee, director of the global media sales specialist, told Recruiter he was “delighted” at being selected to represent the recruitment industry at the British Embassy in Bahrain in February. “It’s not bad for a team of five from Wakefield. We are beating huge recruitment companies to contracts in the Middle East,” said Mamujee.

“There is so much doom and gloom around at the moment, it just goes to show that if you are determined and work hard enough, you can really achieve things, even in a recession.”

Mamujee, who only begun recruiting in Dubai last February, added: “The Arab market likes to meet face to face and I believe they appreciate our passion, desire, honesty and professionalism.”

Mamujee puts his success down to creating added value services for clients and candidates.

M2R offers weekly candidate tracker updates for clients and also provides a useful information MP3 welcome package for candidates placed in the Middle East from the UK.

“We are completely honest with our candidates. The last thing we and our clients want is for someone to travel 3,500 miles and our clients to
invest heavily in someone who hates the country and the job. We film the offices where they are going to work and put together useful travel tips and information for them to settle in. We put this on an MP3 for them to watch, so they are aware of what to expect.”

Brian Aungiers, international trade advisor for UKTI, said of M2R: “Good solid advice has helped facilitate their entry into the Middle East market.

“M2R has used a variety of UKTI services to help them make informed decisions.”

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m2r in the Wakefield Express 16/01/09

January 16, 2009

How not to create the perfect CV

January 16, 2009

Glad to see my earlier post was read…..

m2r ‘bucking the trend’

January 16, 2009

m2r in the Wakefield Guardian 09/01/09

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Not bad for a team of 5 from Wakefield!

January 12, 2009

Wakefield sales recruiter M2R has been invited to attend a trade delegation to Bahrain and chosen as a recruitment case study for UK Trade and Investment.

UKTI has invited M2R’s clients and also future potential business partners to the event after being impressed by their successful relationships with clients in the Middle East.

Munir Mamujee, director of the global media sales specialist, told Recruiter he was “delighted” with being selected to represent the recruitment industry at the British Embassy in Bahrain in February.

“It’s not bad for a team of five from Wakefield. We are beating huge recruitment companies to contracts in the Middle East,” says Mamujee.

“There is so much doom and gloom around at the moment it just goes to show that if you are determined and work hard enough, you can really achieve things, even in a recession.”

Mamujee, who only begun recruiting in Dubai last February, adds: “The Arab market likes to meet face to face and I believe they appreciate our passion, desire, honesty and professionalism.”

Mamujee puts his success down to creating added value services for clients and candidates.

“Good solid advice has helped facilitate their entry into the Middle East market,” says Brian Aungliers, international trade advisor for UKTI. “M2R has used a variety of UKTI services to help them make informed decisions.”

M2R hopes to open an office in Dubai this year, depending on the economic situation in the Middle East.

Source: http://www.recruiter.co.uk

A recruiters view on relocating to Dubai (The Job)

January 7, 2009

The Job

What do you want to do? Ideally you will use the skills you already have but just in a different environment. Selling in Dubai is very different to the UK. If you are not prepared to do a particular role here, you will not do it there either. Always remember, you are going there to work, not for a holiday.

Do your research into the company. Speak to people who work there. How much does the Recruiter know about the company and role? If they seem vague this basically means that they have no idea and could not care whether you like it or not. Always ensure you are speaking to a Recruiter who has considerable knowledge. After all, you are planning to move 3500 miles away.

Can you live on the salary? What about commission, benefits, holidays etc. Have you looked into the labour law?

How to create the perfect CV

January 2, 2009

Ok, it’s time to rewrite your CV. You may perceive this as an extremely tedious and mundane task that only needs a very short amount of your time, but this attitude could seriously jeopardize your career prospects!

A CV is an opportunity to show a prospective employer your skills, achievements and also your personality. It is your shop window and should be viewed accordingly. A poorly constructed CV will do you no favours when applying for a new position.

During my time in recruitment I have seen thousands of CVs, some well written and some extremely poor. Hopefully by the time you have read this, you will appreciate how important your CV is and also how to create the perfect CV.

Construction

The first thing I would advise is to write your CV yourself. Do not be tempted to pay a company to do this for you. Every CV I have seen that has been created by a ‘professional’ CV writing service has been extremely poor and a waste of money. A CV contains personal information and therefore should be treated accordingly, do not entrust someone who is merely doing it to pay bills.

When I receive a CV the first thing I look at is the grammar. Then the construction and finally the content. The reason is simple, I want to see that care and attention has been afforded. Anyone can put information onto a piece of paper, but it takes time to ensure it looks professional, captures the attention of the reader and most importantly, creates the right impression. You are a sales person after all!!

A poor CV tells the reader that you are not committed, lack attention to detail and quite simply, are not taking the process seriously. These CVs will head straight into the shredder. It still amazes me that people cannot see the importance of spending time constructing a CV, after all, this document could be your only way of securing an interview.

Don’t forget, first impressions count. You would not attend an interview in scruffy clothes, so why send a CV which is poorly constructed? Your aim is to communicate your strengths, your achievements, your initiative and your personality. In short, your credibility and suitability. Be positive, not too modest, but do not exaggerate. Always use a spell checker and get someone else to proof read. One mistake could make all the difference.

Content

So, what information should a CV contain and how should it be constructed?

1. Personal details.
Ensure that you provide all relevant information, the names of your children and year you were married are not. The introduction of the Age Discrimination Act in October 2006 means that if you do not give your date of birth, companies are not entitled to ask. I would however suggest that you provide this information as it helps the reader build a clear picture.

2. Profile.
This is a concise paragraph or bullet points highlighting your skills, strengths and achievements. Keep it brief but just enough to gain the readers interest. There is no harm in tailoring this to the role and matching your skills to those required.

3. Education
Work in chronological order starting with the most recent. Include the name of the establishment and the qualification gained. The further back you go, the less relevant they become but always provide some information, eg. 7 O’Levels incl Maths & English. If you are applying for a role that requires specific qualifications, make sure you highlight these.

4. Full employment history
This is the most important. Again, work in chronological order starting with the most recent role. You must include the dates, name of employer, role, duties and achievements.
Sell yourself! Give clear examples of your successes, include actual figures, but only ones that you can back up at interview.
Bullet point the information as this makes it easer to read. You must include a reason for leaving as this will put the readers mind at rest if you have had a few quick moves. On this note, do not leave out positions as you may be found out when references are taken.
The further back you go, the less relevant the roles become, so again, summarise. If you left school and temped for 5 years, do not list each role but bundle them all together giving an overview of the work and the skills gained.
Ensure that you do not leave any gaps between dates, this always worries the reader and makes them think you are hiding something.

5. Interests
One tip – never put ‘Socialising’ or ‘Reading’. They are far too general. Be specific without getting too quirky. Remember you want to appear interesting with an active life outside of work.

6. Referees
My advice is to write, ‘Available upon request.’ A prospective employer does not need names and addresses at this stage.

If you have undertaken relevant training courses list these also, including the date.
Including your picture is not necessary unless specifically requested by the employer.

Feel proud when writing your CV, you want to show yourself off!

Regarding length, do not try to cram all your information into 2 pages, your CV will look too cluttered. Use your common sense. Too short and your CV will lose it’s impact, too long and you will lose the interest of the reader. 3 pages will suffice and should leave the reader wanting to know more. The most recent / relevant information should be expanded upon, this will then allow you to summarise those positions you took upon leaving school etc.

Appearance

Your CV should be aesthetically pleasing also. No fancy fonts, no multimedia, keep it simple and professional. You should be spending more time on the content and less on trying to make your name flash in 5 different colours.
When printing, use quality paper with a decent gsm, do not attempt to alter your CV using a biro and when posting, do not cram the CV into a tiny envelope. Again, remember first impressions.

Finally, if you plan to attach a photograph, make sure you attach the correct one. Trust me on this one!!!

After all of this, take a well earned rest safe in the knowledge that when your CV arrives on the prospective employers desk, it with not languish will all the other scraps of paper and half baked resumes but will be top of the pile and making an impact.