mustard ID Update

10-Nov-20




It is Movember at mustardjobs and the office is full of baby faces with most of the male staff have taken up the opportunity, (and in some/my case the challenge) of growing a moustache. For those of you who aren’t aware of what Movember is, Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. If you want to donate to this worthy cause, please visit our page at https://movember.com/t/mustard?mc=1 

Unfortunately, apart from this bit of fun for a serious cause, we are now in another UK Lockdown, which came into force from Thursday 5th November. Although companies seem much better prepared for such a scenario it will not make the task of finding new opportunities any easier in what was already a sedated market. 

Having spent the early part of last week discussing action plans with studios we work with, we are hopeful that this second stage of lockdown will not see the design industry output tank as much as it did in March – August. 

However…

The rules will all but eliminate the chance to meet prospective employers/employees in the same room, inevitably slowing down the recruitment process for many but in some cases, not halting it completely. Luckily enough though, a lot of us learnt our way around the likes of ZOOM & Microsoft Teams during the first UK Lockdown, so if you’re able to secure a remote interview in the next 4 weeks here are a few things I would suggest doing before, during and after your video call interview. 
 

1) Ensure you have the correct link to access your video call, you don’t want to be sat there with minutes to go in a blind panic not being able log into the chat, this will only cause undue stress at a time you need to be focused on the important stuff!

2) Have a notebook at the ready! Not only to jot down key points made by the other person, but with pre-written questions you wish to ask.

3) Check the camera angle, lighting & background! If like me you have older generation family members who when you Facetime them insist on only showing you either their forehead or sometimes directly up their nose, you know this isn’t a good look. So, use whatever you need to get the camera at the most flattering angle. Check that the lighting does not seem like you’re sat in a dungeon and that there isn’t any activity going on behind you to distract the other person on the call. Kick the cat out the room!

4) Cover your own face, maybe you aren’t as narcissistic as me, but covering your own face will stop you looking at yourself, further engaging with the person on the other end of the call.

5) Allow the other party to speak, we’ve all be subject to a delay on these calls. Try and gauge early on if there is such a problem and work with it to the best of your ability. 

6) Try and get a potential face to face meeting in the diary before the call ends. It’s great to get this first stage meeting out the way, but we still live in a world where people want to meet one another before making any decisions on taking a new job/hiring new talent into the team. We wont always be working through video calls (hopefully). 
 

Thanks for taking your time to read this, please keep yourself safe and well in these testing times. If you want to pick up the phone for a chat about new opportunities or you’re looking for some assistance in finding new talent for your teams, please contact the relevant consultant from the list below:



Phil Boshier – Commercial Workplace, Residential, Education & Healthcare Design
0117 284 0076


 

Jack Wheeler – Retail, Hospitality, Food & Beverage Design 
0203 587 7809

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