Making a good impression!

How to make a good impression when applying for a job!

To start with, it might seem obvious but read the initial job posting thoroughly.

The recruiter may have spent time and money on the advertisement of the vacancy, this person may do the initial screening of applicants. It’s great to have questions at this stage and engage with the employer, but it’s important to make sure that you don’t ask questions they have already answered in the job advert/ description.

Congratulations, you made it through the first phase! We like your application and you’ve been invited down to meet us. Whether it’s a formal interview or a group induction, here are our top tips.

It’s time for the first meeting…

‘Never judge a book by it’s cover!’

First impressions aren’t just about the employee… it is just as important for you to receive a good first impression of the employer/ company to decide if they are right for you. When working within the hospitality industry, it’s important that you are well presented and look professional at all times, this is certainly something to consider when attending your first meeting. If it’s an informal appointment, there may not be any need for a suit but a football kit probably isn’t appropriate.

The first 30 seconds are often make or break… It is suggested that the first impression alters the behaviour of an interviewer, which can heavily impact the tone throughout your first meeting with the company. People aim to reinforce their first impressions, looking for justification of their initial instincts (whether they are good or bad!)

We don’t need to tell you about the importance of punctuality. Being on time shows you are not only grateful for the opportunity which you have been presented with, but that you are respectful of the interviewer’s time. People are often working to tight deadlines and under pressure, especially in today’s economy where working efficiently in order to save on resources.

The language you use in an interview can be important. There’s no need to go over the top when it comes to industry jargon and trying to fit in buzz words but you are selling yourself. Make sure that what you are saying is positive.

If they ask you about your weaknesses, it might be a good idea to tell the interviewer about how you often sit back and assess your strengths and weaknesses so that you can build on them – explain how your weakness can be seen in a better light and how this can positively influence your work.

Be careful not to say what everyone says because to interviews it doesn’t seem like you are being honest. We’re talking to you, ‘I’m a perfectionist’. Be you, be honest – if you struggle with your self-confidence, explain that and elaborate but don’t forget to mention how you can improve on this.

In an interview, using positive words will influence the interviewer. Using terms like happy, confident, delighted… will impact on how the interviewer is feeling and how they feel after spending time with you. Leaving them feeling positive could mean there is a better outcome from your interview.

Your tone of voice can influence them too. If you sound deflated and demotivated, why would they choose you? It’s important to sound excited about the role and enthusiastic. If this isn’t your dream job it should be a step in the right direction. Pick out the reasons you would love to join the team and focus on those reasons whilst in the interview, this will help you speak highly of the role and company.

So to round up!

Read, be thorough and do your research!

Ask questions, be engaged!

Be professional & punctual!

Be positive!

Be honest, be you!

Good luck 😊

What do you think is important in an interview? Have you had any bad interviews?  What have you learnt? What do you think contributes to making a good impression? What are your top tips?

Employee Incentives!

At Get Staffed, we work hard to ensure that our team are incentivised and rewarded for their hard work. We like our team members to know how much we appreciate the (sometimes ridiculous) hours they put in, whether it’s helping out at a Fresher’s Fair, letting other people know about the opportunities we have available or going from a late shift into an early shift!

We know how important it is that employees feel valued in all industries. This can be the difference between putting in an excellent or poor performance for a client on shift. We offer a variety of benefits to our team which we hope make them feel rewarded for how fab they are. Our goal is to have engaged, motivated, happy employees who love coming to work at GetStaffedUK.

Firstly, we offer a very open communication line to our Go-Getters, whether they’re new starters or one of our senior event managers, they can contact us around the clock! We’re happy to help or advise on any situation. Offering the opportunity for feedback to employees shows that their opinion matters to us, something we take very seriously.

Then there’s the more obvious, you get to attend AMAZING events throughout the UK! This can be anything from Lytham Festival, Creamfields, BassJam, S2S and Bongo’s Bingo to Race Days, Match Days, Corporate Events and Private Dinners. Not only can you attend these brilliant events for free, but you’re getting paid to be there!

Dependent on the client, we let our team members keep their tips… This is an excellent way for our team members to see that the harder they work, the more they receive in return. We have a simple outlook with regards to our employees and they are at the very heart of what we do… look after your employees and they will look after your customers! All our team members are made aware that they will get out what they put in, which is why we’ve got such an enthusiastic management team, most of which we have promoted from within.

This leads us nicely on to Go-Getter training & development. We provide all our team members with full training when they come on board with us; this includes steps of service and hospitality skills to make sure they’re ready for their first shift, ensuring employees are prepared which helps to manage expectations and eradicate those first day nerves.

We then offer further training, which is all worked through our sister company GetTrainedUK. We’re about to release a tonne of new courses, so we’ll keep quiet on this for now!

All of our Go-Getters have the opportunity to progress, we regularly promote from within and offer this to all our team members so that they can apply to move forward. We keep our eye on the feedback provided by all of our Event Managers so that we can reward those who do well! We have a Go-Getter of the month, every month who is chosen based on what they have put in – whether its loads of hours, an excellent attitude or performance etc.

We offer a variety of competitions and ways for our Go-Getters to get involved here at GetStaffedUK. Recently this has included a World Cup Sweepstake, which could have gone better as no-one pulled France out of the hat… 😂. There’s also a monthly competition between our Event Managers, who send us great photos from events and win something they love! We like to make sure the prize is related to the winner – when this happens they are more incentivised and again feel more appreciated. It’s difficult with over 2000 members of staff, to get to know everyone, but we certainly try!

Then of course, everyone favourite… our Get Staffed Get Togethers! (Yes, cheesy… we know!) Whether it’s been a hectic summer or we have a load of new members of the team, it’s time to celebrate the World Cup or it’s Christmas time… we’re always preparing for a Get Together and what a great way to say thank you to our team.  We’ve had a black tie event, a special thank you event for our Event Managers, a Tiki-theme event, a World Cup get together and we’re currently in the process of planning our post-summer do, where we’ll be inviting our whole team down, including all of our new Go-Getters who have signed up in the Fresher’s period and having a proper shindig!

How do you incentivise your employees? What works for you? What else would you recommend? Hit us up in the comments! ✌

New Office Goals

Wahooooo! We’ve moved into our new office.

It’s sent Georgie into a plant buying frenzy, and Tom C still hasn’t stopped singing England songs but other than that… we’re very excited about our move. The move comes as we found the need for more space, Georgie is now our full time Social Media & Marketing Manager and we have appointed the wonderful, Junior Beckett as our Business Development Director.

It’s all systems go at our end; things are really heating up (literally) so we opted for a space with a window and our fan has its own seat. Tom H, took it upon himself to purchase all the Lucozade available in the shop and this blog post just shows that the heat is turning us all crazy (more crazy than we already were).

We’re still based at Cotton Court as we love working closely with their team members, we’re next door to Tienda Digital (who we have no doubt absolutely love having us as noisy neighbours).

We tried to get a nice photo of our lovely new office, with fan and window (yippee!) but there are 4 messy men in this office, so maybe next time… Stay tuned ✌

The Award Winning, Get Staffed UK!

… The nominee votes are in! We made it as finalists at the Downtown in Business, Lancashire Business Awards. Get Staffed UK were nominated as the Newcomer of the Year! At this stage its over to the public to get voting for their winner, our category was filled with some impressive local businesses – all equally deserving of the award.

The awards evening, took place at the beautiful Stanley House Hotel & Spa. Luckily, this is one of our weekly clients so we were able to attend the event (after an extensive beauty regime from Tom & Tom), with all of our Go-Getters waiting the event. This was a particularly good event for us… AS WE WERE ANNOUNCED THE WINNERS, THE OFFICIAL, NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR. A humbling and proud moment for our Directors, which we were able to share with our wider team.

Following their recent success at Downtown in Business’ Lancashire Business Awards, Get Staffed UK are going from strength to strength, gaining further recognition for our sheer hard work and determination to improve prospects for individuals working within the hospitality industry.

Tom Craig, Operations Director stated, ‘It’s a very proud moment for the whole team at Get Staffed to be recognised as Newcomer of the Year at the awards. We have all worked extremely hard, and it’s great to see the positive impact we’ve been making.’

The company, who recently celebrated their first birthday, has employed and trained over 1500 individuals, who have had the opportunity to work closely with over 50 venues and events including major UK festivals and weekly venues, giving hospitality workers opportunities which were not available to them previously.

We can’t wait to see what the future has to hold for our limitless company!

Meet the Team – Junior, Business Development Director

A huge Get Staffed welcome to our latest member of the team, Junior Beckett, who will be joining us as our Business Development Director, helping us to take the company to the next level. Junior has enjoyed a successful career in sales, management, business development and account management spanning over 17 years.

Whilst working for Red Bull, Junior was responsible for all food service, vending and leisure venues in North England and Scotland, building relationships with stadiums, arenas and on-trend bars such as Revolution Bars Group. Junior has also had two stints in the media advertising world. One of his first roles was at Yell (a great foundation for his selling skills) and more recently he headed up the advertising agencies division at the Friday Media Group looking after 14 recruitment platforms!

This is Junior’s return to the industry he loves, after a four year absence. We’re over the moon to have him on board and we can’t wait to see big things happening over the next couple of months.

THE FACTS

Likes – His fiance’s Spaghetti Carbonara – it’s affecting his Olympics ambitions!

Dislikes – Hangovers. Always drink responsibly.

Favourite Drink – A dark rum or his uncles famous homemade Christmas rum punch

Interesting Fact – Junior has 4 sons and 1 daughter. He managed to get a daughter eventually.

Least favourite part of the job – None. The future of this business is limitless so he’ll be waking up buzzing every Monday.

Favourite part of the job – Strategy and executing a great plan. 

Hobbies – Running. He might not look like an athlete yet but he’s serious about getting to Tokyo 2020 and competing for Jamaica!

Lessons learnt – Kaizen – continuously changing for the better. Every day is a learning day. 

Connect on Linkedin – Junior Beckett
Email Junior – junior@getstaffeduk.com