Archive for 2009

Last minute rush

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Wow ! What a busy week it has been, with a last minute rush by companies in a range of sectors to fill jobs ready for the January start!

December has always been a traditionally bouyant month when people rush to secure work or find employees so that they are able to approach the new year with a clear head and not have to be weighed down by the demands of recruitment.

Last year December was very quiet with many firms looking at where to cull rather than where to hire, although there were some expections to the rule, for example withinthe digital arena. I am pleased to see that confidence is returning, albeit slowly and what was one firms’ loss has become another firms gain.

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

As we are approaching the end of the year, more and more clients are looking forward to a restful holiday and also expressing signs of optimism about the job market and economy next year.
Could this be because we are accustomed to the trials and tribulations that working in a tight economic climate offers and so any difficulty in finding work is very much viewed as part of the norm, or is it because there really are more job opportunities in the market place. Who knows for sure?
Our clients predict that next year there will be improvement in some key job areas, but not dramatically so. The temporary and freelance job market will continue to hold its own and the need for expertise in businesses will increase the number of contract and permanent positions advertised.
Hopefully the frustrations that some business have felt this year in not being able to source the ideal candidate for their roles , particularly at the higher end of the pecking order, will be removed as confidence in finding work in the London job market is gradually restored and skilled candidates start looking to boost their careers again.
Best wishes for a happy and restful holiday from the Boyce team.

Social media is taking over

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Social media is taking over our lives . This was the heading in a recent article in New Media Age magazine.

This is certainly true when we look at the change of multilingual jobs in the marketing arena. Language jobs in marketing, especially in London, have been transformed and now over 90% of the positions we work on require an element of digital understanding and exposure to various social media elements.

During the recession many businesses cut costs and streamlined their business units. The areas where there has been growth in spend, however, has been predominantly within the online marketing and web presence. As a result of this we have seen an increase in multilingual online marketing jobs , especially as the online world enables businesses to work across a much wider geographical territory.

As the number of multilingual applicants for each bilingual job increases, many candidates have offered their services for free to get some good work experience within the online arena. This means that when they are applying for more junior roles they are able to give specific examples of work they have undertaken. It also beats sitting at home waiting for work to come in.

Keeping it digital

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

The importance of social media as a means of communicating to key target audiences has exploded over the past year, as companies fight to maintain revenues and increase market share in a tight economic climate.

Already Facebook and Twitter have released data to show that they are attracting more senior members of the public and sites like Friends Reunited and the like, have been struggling to maintain market share . They are working hard to ensure that they get back the revenues they lost as a result of the emergence of free to use competition.

Online content and marketing strategies are criutical to most business’ success. Many global organisations based in London have created multilingual jobs in their online departments, so that they can employ local people, sometimes freelancers with language skills, to develop their international marketing strategy and administer the language content / optimisation for their website.

Job types employed by businesses in the international digital arena include digital communications, localisation specialists, content managers, editors, and Search specialist or Affiliates , and these specialists are either employed directly by the company, or by using the services of an external digital agency. They key goal is to make sure that their presence is at the forefront of their targeted client base.

Anyone looking to work in the multilingual job market should think carefully about what skills they have and look at what their understanding is of the digital world. More and more roles have an element to them which needs to be involved in the online industry, especially within the areas of marketing and media.

Working with a digital agency recently, who was looking to recruit two graduate trainees as part of their plans to expand enormously over the next 24 months, the key deciding factor was the evidence applicants were able to produce about their passion for the industry. It was no longer enough to show some basic experience in an online agency, or to have studied the online module in a marketing degree and have had experience on facebook.

The successful applicants in this particular process, were able to take their skills to another stage and had their own blog, had set up their own website and had lots of opinions on other sites as to how they would improve their web presence.

The digital market has been seen as an easy place to attain a secure and interesting job , beacause of the increase in demand for digital skills in business and the rapid growth in popularity that this particular sector has experienced. Advice from this particular client , who were eventually successful in their hire, is to make sure your cv shows as much about your passion for the industry as your practical experience. With the emergence of free software to set up blogs and websites, there is no excuse for someone not to try out blogging or tweeting or writing site content.

How to improve your CV

Friday, November 6th, 2009

My name is Daniela and I am a job seeker like probably most of you. I moved to London 3 months ago from Germany and am looking for a job in journalism and media. Jobs in that area are really hard to find, which is why I am currently temping at the boyce reception.

Temping at a recruitment agency is a very valuable experience, since I can learn a lot for my own application process. As part of my job I see many CVs every day and noticed some really common mistakes. Registering with boyce and getting your dream job would be easier if you could avoid them.

Here are my tips for a more successful application:

Make sure that you include in your email/cover letter what kind of job you are interested in, especially when you send in speculative applications. Recruiters need to know what you are looking for, what you are interested in and where your talents are, otherwise getting your desired job will be tough.

Include your full contact details in your CV: address, email, telephone number. You would be surprised about how many people forget them.
Design matters. Avoid crude colours in your CV and keep it simple, tidy and eye-friendly.

Take care on formatting your CV. For example, use a standard font in reasonable size. And remember that if you are going to say that you have good computer skills, your CV should look like it.

Keep your CV as short as possible. Recruiters receive a huge amount of CVs everyday, so catch their eye by highlighting your skills and try to make it not longer than two pages. Say more about your work experience that matters for your desired position and less about any other jobs you might have had.

If you are new to the London job market, you might be surprised at how quickly you can get a job. Applying too early could therefore be a disadvantage. You need to be available for interviews immediately, so start applying once you arrive in London and are free for interviews.

Languages are always an important skill. Highlight them in your CV. When you are from abroad, take it as an advantage and look especially for bilingual jobs. There are plenty of them!