Diversity, many countries in the modern era have successfully incorporated this culture into their respective countries. and now is the time for companies to do the same as well. Building a diverse workforce from the ground up must be a priority for all companies and businesses of the modern era and here’s why !
There are a lot of benefits to be gained when businesses start focusing on the inclusion of diversity in their workforce for one, the perception of the company’s could highlight their inclusiveness towards respect and values towards every member or customer of the company regardless of age, Gender, Color or Religion. Showing/Proving a company’s or a businesses commitment towards such values would benefit the business both to the employees as well as the customers of a company in the long term.
By keeping the value of diversity at the core of a business. It helps to ensure that all applicants and employees get equal oppurtunities & Equal treatment when it comes to making a contribution towards the business. Moreover, having a work environment with employees from diverse backgrounds could help in increasing the productivity of the workplace as well the overall performance of the concerned business.
As the years go by, Its becoming an increasingly common practice for employees of the newer generation who would want to work for businesses that value open-mindedness, Diversity, Equality and Progressiveness. As it is growlingly becoming a make-or-break factor for a significant number of employees along with many others when it comes to choosing to work for a company that strives to do things for the better good.
Studies related to diversity in businesses:
According to a Boston Consulting Group study, Diversity in the workplace have had an increase of 19% growth in terms of revenue. This finding is even more significant for several tech companies, start ups and industries where both innovation and diversity in the workplace have been main contributors to its growth.
The 2018 Deloitte Millenial survey shows that about 74% of workers believe that the organization is seen to be most innovative when it has a workplace with a culture of inclusion.
Moving forward as more and more workplaces start creating an inclusive work environment in their environment .
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Hello Dear Readers, Welcome back to the blog section of our webiste. In this blog, you shall be reading on everything that you need to know on “How to ace a job interview”.
As you may or may not know. Job interviews are one of the crucial steps when it comes to hiring the right man for the job during the recruiting process. In order to increase the chances of having a successful job interview. Make sure to include the following tips before attending your job interview:
1) Research your Employer:
Now that you have received the intimation from the recruiter once when you have submitted your CV/resume. Before attending your lovely job interview, make sure to research on the company that you’ll be applying. You can do this by visiting the company’s website to learn about its history, their recent announcements, the company’s values and culture as well as by reading the recent news about the organization to study its latest achievements and future goals.
2) Review the job description:
Study the job listing so that you are prepared, when reviewing the job description look things like job roles and the responsibilities of your job. Considering how you qualifications and goals align with the description will help you in discussing relevant examples with the hiring team
3) Practice Answering Interview Questions:
Since it is an interview after all, We would suggest you to practice some standard interview questions and practice on how you can give the best possible answer to give the employer’s a good impression. If you do lack confidence, you can even start by practicing giving answers to these questions when standing in front of a mirror. Moreover, make sure to focus your responses by keeping them relevant to the organization as well as the job position that you’ll be applying to.
4) Dress for the occasion:
Always remember “First Impression is the best impression”. Dressing well, would make a good impression on the hiring team right when you enter the room for your interview. If you do not know what the dress code is, for one the dress code might be mentioned on the interview letter or you could review the social media handles of the company that you’ll be applying to use as a guide to decide what to wear. Mostly, a business casual outfit such as dress pants with a good-looking professional shirt will do the job.
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Ever since the beginning of the ongoing pandemic, changes in how we work, where we work, the technologies we use are constantly changing day by day. Although some of these “Changes” were started before the pandemic. In this blog, we shall explore some of the trends in the HR industry during the ongoing year of 2022.
1) Job Seekers seeking for companies with values that match their own:
Yes, you heard that right!. Ever since the pandemic, Employees are constantly looking to apply to companies that have similar values to that of their own. This trend can also be seen in companies as more and more companies/businesses see CSR as a strategic approach to increase their competitiveness as well as their overall public image when it comes to investing in a company or when it comes availing their particular product or services as well as work for them.
Here are some of the values that employees give most importance to include:
a) Equal Pay
b) Racial Justice
c) LGBTQ rights
d) Workplace Equality
2) Skill Based hiring:
As discussed in one of our previous blogs on “What’s causing the global shortage”.
A seemingly ever-growing skill gap is one of the main reasons behind the global labor shortage of today. Due to this growing skill gap, being able to demonstrate one’s capability in new skills has become the way to go when it comes to talent mobility. Since a college degree just doesn’t cut it any more when it comes to have any of these skills that are of huge demand in the present. As a matter in fact, according to a report by glass door companies ranging from google, Hilton hotels and apple are offering well-paying jobs to possessing in-demand skills even despite lacking a degree.
Although this is related to the previous point, Companies like amazon are heavily investing millions into upskilling their current workers. Another example of upskilling can be seen in Mastercard who has been running its own retraining/upskilling program since the year of 2016 to gain a competitive advantage over its competitors.
Moreover, In the long run upskilling and reskilling programs can improve employee engagement, retention and speed up the adoption of new trends within an organization.
4) The Rise of Hybrid Work:
Hybrid work is a flexible work model that supports a blend of in-office and on-the-go / stay at home workers. This model offers the employees especially the autonomy to choose to work whenever they want, wherever they want and however they want to as long as they are the most productive.
The lower number of employees working at the office at a given time would also mean that the number of sick leaves would be much less, thus increasing the overall productivity of the office itself! Businesses looking to hire talent from across the globe, can do so with a hybrid work model.
This does not only give your organization a competitive edge but can also help you in expanding reach to new regional markets, and ensure productivity in your workplace 24/7.
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Hello, Dear Reader Welcome back to our blog. In this blog, you shall be reading on everything you need to know on how to write a cover letter when applying for a Job.
Before we find out on how to write a cover letter, it is important for us to understand the definition of a cover letter.
What is a Cover letter?
A Cover letter is a one page-document that you submit as part of your job application (Usually alongside your CV).
The main purpose of a cover letter is that it acts a personal introduction to who you are as a person and helps you to pitch yourself to the recruiter/hiring manager of the company that you will be applying to.
A Cover letter acts as a way of communication between you the candidate as well as the recruiter/hiring manager of the company that you will be applying to. There are many ways to how you can tailor your CV cover letter to help you get the job.
When writing a cover letter, one must include the following things within their letter:
A) How a candidates work experience meets the job requirements
b) How your skills meet the job requirements of the employer
c) Why you want to work in their organization &
d) What value will you be able to bring to the table?
Since your cover letter needs to provide proper information to the recruiter that you are the right person for the job.
In order to accomplish this, you must follow these practices when you write a cover letter:
1) Pick a voice and tone to write with:
This is one of the most important things that you must take into consideration when writing a cover letter for a company that you’ll be applying to.
Which is to determine the tone that you’ll need to use when writing a cover letter, doing basic background research on the company will help you in choosing the tone that you’ll want to use when writing a cover letter. (For example, the tone that you’ll need to use with a conglomerate is completely different to that of a tech startup).
2) Tell your story:
Telling some interesting stories your career is not only a way of telling ‘who you are?’ but it also is a useful way to demonstrate your skills which also gives recruiters and hiring managers some insight into your personality and your style of work.
Moreover, matching your stories with the requirements of the job position that you will be applying to will also help the recruiter in making an easier choice in shortlisting you for the interview round!
3) Be Honest:
Always remember “honesty is the best policy!”. If the recruiter/hiring manager were to find out during the screening process that you had lied in your cover letter. In the case that you do have an employment gap in your career, A cover letter is the perfect opportunity to explain why you had the career gap that you did in the first place!
4) Highlight Your Strengths:
Instead of telling the company that you don’t have a certain skill or degree, its okay not to mention it. Highlighting on the skills and experiences that you do have will explain how you make a great fit for the job that you’ll be applying to
“First Impression is the best impression”, the amount of work that you put into your cover letter perfecting it. Would also give an insight into your work ethic and your work style, An impressive cover letter would help you in landing that job interview that much more easier! Moreover, make sure that your cover letter is not longer than a page (3 to 4 paragraph will do the job!).
Include a space between each greeting, each paragraph and after your closing. This will add a lot more white space which will in turn make your cover letter more professional.
No matter how much effort you put in your cover letter, make sure to pick a professional, readable font so that the hiring manager/ recruiter would be able to read.
We’d recommend Times New Roman Size 12.
Since recruiters/hiring managers will have to go through the CV’s and cover letters of hundred’s alongside yours. A small typo can make or break your chances of scoring that interview.
To avoid this, proofread your cover letter for as many times as well you possibly can, by reading through your letter and correct any spelling or grammar errors. If you’re not sure about it yourself, give it to a friend or a family member who can help you out by checking for errors, you can also use that opportunity for some feedback so that you can perfect your cover letter with the help of that feedback.
7) Send it to the right place:
Now that you’re done with your cover letter. The last vital part in your job application is actually sending the cover letter. If the job posting does say to send your cover letter and CV to a specific email. Make sure to send it to that specific email that recruiter/hiring manager wants to receive it in. Be sure to include your name and the position that you’ll be applying for when sending your cover letter in the e-mail.
In case the recruiter wants you to send it through an online application system, make sure to send submit your materials using an online application system and not through e-mail.
That is all you need to know on how to write a great cover letter!. If you’ve read till the end thank you so much for reading. I hope that this was useful for all of the jobseekers reading this!
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As global markets begin to stabilize and as production levels slowly reach pre-pandemic levels, many companies are having to navigate and tackle this problem of a labor shortage. Before we dive into what’s causing this labor shortage it is really important for us to define what a global shortage is
What is a Labor Shortage?
A Labor shortage is when there are not enough available workers participating in the labor market to meet the manpower needs of employers of a particular industry or across different industries.
According to industry experts, Assessing the potential impact that work shortages could have on economies of the US, U.K and the Euro Zone. Moreover, while the pandemic has accentuated and underscored labor shortages, the root causes of this shortage has been existent since the pre-pandemic days.
What’s Causing this labor shortage?
In order to overcome the labor shortage it is important for us to identify the causes behind the massive labor shortage. There many causes behind this labor shortage of which we shall focus on the main causes behind this Global Labor Shortage :
As you know the most major cause of the present labor shortages is due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. As a matter in fact the pandemic alone has changed the perception on how most of us view our beloved work or workplace for the better/worse. Moreover, the pandemic has caused more lingering problems for both employees and employers alike.
a. Mental health issues:
As the COVID-19 wreaked its havoc across the world during the year of 2020, many mental health professional had expressed their concern on the impact that global lockdowns had on many worker’s mental health. Today in the present day, it seems to be that this is proving to be true.
b. Immigration disruptions:
Migrant workers make up to 5% of the Global workforce. This Is especially true for countries such as the United States, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom who depend quite heavily on these workers to meet their production and manpower needs.
The pandemic had significantly hindered this dependency on migrant workers as all of the above-mentioned countries had stricter immigration policies to curb the spread of the virus within their borders. In countries such as the UK, the combination of BREXIT as well as the pandemic had caused their immigration rates to fall as low as 80% in the year of 2020 alone!.
As the world recovers back to its pre-pandemic levels many countries around the world are slowly removing these immigration restrictions. However, it could take years or maybe even a decade for migration rates to get close to pre-pandemic levels.
2. An Aging Population :
Another factor which is currently causing the labor shortage of today is the aging population in many country across the world. Although this problem had existed for years during the pre-pandemic days. The effect of an aging population has had its effect during the pandemic. Unfortunately, this is only expected to increase in the upcoming decades.
Studies show that by the year of 2030 , one in every six people will be aged more than 65 and by the year of 2050 this number is expected double. The combination of falling birth rates , an aging population , Mental health issues only means that there will be lesser people available to work leading to a labor shortage.
3. Skill Gap :
The labor market of the present is a continuous uphill battle caused by technological disruption, demographic change and the constant evolving nature of work. This mainly due to the introduction of AI and other automation technologies ,
Such advancements has caused huge changes in how the workforce adapts their day to day operations . Due to this employers seek for employees who can adapt and learn to these new tech innovations. Moreover, due to this skill gap in the labor market . Many employers have slowed down the adoption of such technological advancements . The effects of a skill gap have been felt across many industries as it has drastically delayed the transformation of many kinds of industries.
Moreover, According to a PWC Report , Closing the global skills gap would add an additional 11.5 Trillion $ to the Global GDP by 2028.
Further Implications of a Global Labor Shortage:
The ongoing labor shortage combined with the factors of the COVID-19 pandemic, an aging population and A widening skill gap in the labor market is expected to increase in the years to come. This may disrupt impact the society at large since disruptions to the supply chain might lead to product shortages.
Similar to the Global Chip shortage that we’ve seen in the year of 2021. Moreover, the widening skill gap can prevent business from implementing emerging technology with the root cause being that most of the employers cannot implement new technologies without first acquiring employees that posses the skills required to fully make use of these technologies.
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Hello, dear readers welcome to the Blog Section of our Website. This blog contains everything that you need to know on how to write a compelling CV. Before writing a good CV , It is really important for us to understand the definition of a CV .
What is a CV?
A CV or Curriculum Vitae (which is latin for “Course of life”) is a document detailing a person’s career, qualifications and their education. A shorter version of a CV is known as resume which is commonly used in North America. In the field of job seeking, Recruiters often use a CV to screen interested applicants usually to check if they do meet the requirements of the employer.
Features of a CV include :
1. Contact information of the interested applicant :
One must include the following information in their CV when providing contact information :
a) Your Full Name
b) Your Job Title
c) Your Phone Number
d) Your Personal E-mail Adress
e) Your Linkedin Profile
f) Links to other social media or your professional website(where you can showcase your skills and the projects you have worked on)
2. A Personal Statement:
A Personal statement is a way to separate yourself from the rest . A personal statement summarizes your experience and highlights your unique talents . In a CV, A personal statement demonstrates that the applicant is fit for the job. Usually a personal statement includes the following :
a) Who you are ?
b) What value you bring to the organisation ? and
c) Your Career Objectives
Regardless the level of experience, its important for you to ensure that the personal statement is specifically targeted towards the job that you’re applying for.
3. Your Work Experience:
Often, The work experience is the most important part of your CV. Most recruiters, including us have the work experience of an applicant as one of the most important green flags during the screening process. Its really important for applicants to understand that there is a format to stick to when it comes to listing your work experience in the CV. A Typical CV has the following format:
- Work experience in a reverse-chronological order (Most Recent to Oldest)
- The job title, employer and the dates of employment (Joining and leaving) for each of the roles
- Responsibilities and achievements that you had when doing those jobs that you have listed in the work experience section
- Last but not the least, it is really important to target your work experience according to the job that you will be applying for . Moreover, applicants must highlight experience’s that’s most relevant to the job requirements that you would have seen in the advertisement/listing
4. Your Education :
When Screening an interested applicant. Usually, the Education Section of the CV Enables recruiters and hiring managers to asses whether one has the right qualifications for the job in terms of education . The level of importance of education in a CV depends on the experience you have or the level of coursework that you have done. In a typical CV, It is important to include the following :
- Name of the Degree
- The start date and the end date of your degree
- The name of college/university/educational institution that you’ve attended
In the case, School graduates it is important to name the curriculum that you’ve done and the subjects that you had taken during your 12th or 10th grade
5. The skills you possess :
The Skills that one must list in their CV is completely dependent on the relevancy for the job that you’re applying for . It is really important for one to consider the following when listing their skills in their CV :
- Read the Job Advert thoroughly , identify the skills which you think are needed for that position , and mention those skills which you have in common
- When mentioning skills , one must list the number of skills that they have and choose 10 skills which you think that you are the best at
- When listing your skills in your CV it is important to aim for a mix of a technical skills ,soft skills and hard skills
To Stand out you can add a single sentence for each of the skills showing how you demonstrate each of those skills
6. Additional sections :
If you want to be one of the very few candidates who want to score that valuable job interview that few candidates get a chance for . Its extremely important to add additional CV sections to make your CV stand out among the rest.
Additional sections are often a great way of making your Job application stand out from the rest.
Some great additional sections to put in your CV include :
a) Projects you have worked on :
Just like skills, it is important to identify and arrange the projects according to the needs of the company that you will be apply for . Projects can be different types like :
A typical CV would have their projects arranged in chronological order .Lisiting the list of projects that you have done in your career is a good way to display your capability and gives recruiters and employers a glimpse of your potential. Some of the advantages of displaying your projects in your resume include :
- Shows that you are a successful professional
- Is a great way to show your Soft Skills (such as leadership and communication)
- Just Like Work experience, Listing the projects that you have worked on is also a great way in helping the employer to make the right hiring decision by hiring you !
b) Your Professional Certifications :
Professional certifications are also a way to add more value to yourself when a hiring manager/recruiter views your CV . It is really important for you to list your professional certifications in terms of relevancy towards the job your are applying for. Sometimes having a certain professional certification might lead you to getting higher pay than promised.
c) Your Hobbies and Interests:
Listing your hobbies and interest is another great way that set yourself apart as an individual . Make sure to choose things that are actually your hobbies as lying in one of them might be seen as a huge red flag from a recruiter or the hiring manger of the company that you’ll be applying to !
d) The languages that you know :
Just like Projects, languages are another brilliant thing that you can add in your CV. Language skills are required across the workforce in some cases knowing a particular language might even boost your salary . Some of the most in demand languages include : German , French and Spanish.
e) Awards you have been awarded :
Awards are all great , but when it comes to your CV it is extremely important to list the awards which you feel are the most significant .Moreover, if you had won the award from a large pool of competitors make sure to include the details of the competitors (such as the number of people you competed against) to show how excellent your award is. One must also include the award title, recognition level, date of getting the award and purpose (Which is for why you got the award for)
That is all that you need to know on how to write a great CV . If you’ve read till end thank you so much for reading . I hope that this was useful for all of the jobseekers reading this !. If you are looking for a job make sure to go to our jobs page at our website to apply for suitable job . Once again, thank you so much for reading I hope that you’ll have a good day !.