Welcome to our first newsletter for 2017, providing an overview of what Tiger achieved in 2016 and a glimpse of what to expect for the year ahead! 2016 is a year that will go down in history. As a nation we voted to leave the EU, a new US President was elected and in November, Tiger Recruitment had its most successful month ever!
2017 has a lot to live up to and here at Tiger we cannot wait to see what is in store. We will be hosting a number of fund-raising events in 2017 for our newly chosen charity and I hope you can join us throughout the year to raise money for this extremely worthwhile cause.
As always, please email me with any feedback and comments. If you haven’t spoken to us for a while, please send an updated CV to Anna Monk and make sure you are the first person we think of when we take on a new role.
Happy New Year and all the very best with your job search for 2017.
The Tiger Temporary Team thrived in 2016, with the number of temporary requirements increasing by more than 50% compared to corresponding months in 2015. In the second half of the year, we introduced two new innovative ideas to the temporary division.
We successfully launched the new 'Candidate Availability' feature on our Tiger App and introduced the Online Timesheets Portal for Clients and Candidates. We will always continue to look at ways to offer our Candidates the most efficient and effective service possible so if you have any suggestions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download our App and update your availability in real time, this will ensure you are at the front of our consultants' minds for any bookings that come in! If you are available for last minute Temp bookings, please also let our Temporary Team know at email@example.com.
Tiger is growing fast and the company has expanded to a team of 26 in the past year. This is in direct response to a 142% increase in jobs called in, both permanent and temporary, in 2016 compared to 2015.
In September 2016, we welcomed two new additions to the Tiger team; Amy Laiker as a Temporary Consultant and Daisy Hughes as a Junior Permanent Consultant. In November, we expanded the team once again with Penny France and Tori Bradley joining the Permanent team. Finally, December saw the creation of a dedicated Private Division which Laura Glendenning will be heading up.
Here at Tiger we are always keen to hear from talented individuals interested in becoming exceptional secretarial Recruitment Consultants. If you would like to find out more about joining the team, please send your CV to David Morel and in the email let us know 'Why Tiger?'.
At Tiger, we have built up a reputation for being able to source top calibre Private PAs and Private Household staff. The volume of requirements in this area has increased to the extent that at the end of 2016 we set up Tiger Private to specifically focus on our Private Clients.
This division is being headed up by Laura Glendenning who has a great deal of private experience herself as both a Private PA/Lifestyle Manager and more recently as a Chief of Staff.
We specialise in recruiting for the following positions: Chief of Staff, Private PA, Country Manager, Estate Manager, Lifestyle Manager, House Manager, House Attendant, Housekeeper, Butler and Chef.
Our Clients are based in London, outside of London (particularly the home counties) and internationally. Please contact Laura directly if you are looking for a private PA/Household position at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As one of the newest cubs to the Tiger team, and completely new to the recruitment industry, the last few months have been a steep and highly rewarding learning curve.
I had previously held perceptions of the recruitment industry as a Wolf of Wall Street-style working environment, with endless unachievable targets and never-ending late nights in the office. That couldn’t have been further from reality.
Whilst enrolling as a Candidate with Tiger, the prospect of working in recruitment had never crossed my mind, but Tiger is a world away from your run-of-the-mill recruitment agency. As a new Consultant, the importance of the relationships and trust we build with our Clients and Candidates is immediately ingrained into you and this is the aspect of working in recruitment that I particularly enjoy. We ensure that we place people into roles and companies that suit their personality and skillset, and our Clients know that we have provided them with the best Candidate out there for them.
Working in the Temporary division means that things can move at an extremely fast pace. Clients often call with same-day bookings, asking for Candidates who are available to start ‘yesterday’; when the pressure is on, it is truly on. The introduction of the new "Candidate Availability" function to the Tiger App helps to streamline our Candidate search; this new feature makes it easier to know who to call when those last-minute bookings do come in. Having come from a relatively slow-paced working environment, the change in pace was an initial culture shock but luckily, the Tiger team couldn’t be more supportive and welcoming and have helped to ease me into a new industry.
If I could offer any advice from my last few months, it would be to fully explore every opportunity before turning it down. That role that “X” recruiter from “X” agency sent to you that you weren’t quite sure about, could turn out to be your dream job. If you go for a job and it doesn’t work out, it may have enhanced your confidence, enabled you to learn something you wouldn’t have otherwise learned or helped you to achieve your next step in some way, and so in my opinion you’ve still won.
In the last quarter of 2016 we saw a large increase in international roles taken on at Tiger. We worked on roles across Europe based in Switzerland, France, Germany and Spain.
As well as European destinations, we also recruited for roles in other exciting locations around the world such as New York, Dubai and Australia! For anyone interested in international roles, relocating or travelling roles, please let your consultant know and take a look at our website for more information on all of our current roles.
Everything you need to know to secure your dream job >
Preparing for and delivering the perfect interview is something that will serve you well throughout your career. It’s certainly an exercise worth dedicating time to – once you have it perfected it can be replicated time and time again.
Being offered an interview for your dream role is an exciting prospect, but do not let your nerves ruin the opportunity for you! Here at Tiger we make sure you are prepared for every eventuality during the interview process. We will make sure you feel relaxed, confident and most importantly you can enjoy the experience.
Competency questions in interviews have become the norm. Each interviewer is assessing two key points; can you do the job? Do you want to do the job? The best news is, you are being asked questions about yourself, so you cannot get any of the questions wrong. Even when you are told it’s an ‘informal chat’, being armed with examples is critical.
What are the most common examples interviewers will ask for regarding your skills?
Examples of booking travel – Where to? How many? Visas, meetings, time zones etc. Examples of diary management – How many meetings per week? How many changes are made and when? How do you know who / what needs to be prioritised? Examples of inbox management – How many emails are you walking in to every day? At what time in that day would they all be actioned? Characters and demands of those you support – Without speaking negatively of course, it’s a good idea to have examples ready of different (perhaps demanding) people you have supported and how you deal with that. Examples of prioritising urgent work – How do you decide what takes president? Examples of problem solving – Use the STAR acronym- Explain the situation. What task were you presented with? What actions did you take? What was the result?
As Consultants, we are privy to a lot of information and in particular, feedback from Clients after interviews. It is such a shame when you know a Candidate is perfect for a role and something goes wrong in the interview.
Here are a selection of common reasons Candidates are not offered roles:
Arriving too early or late – Arriving 30 minutes early can be as disruptive to a Client’s day as being late. Not making an effort in your presentation – Looking your very best says ‘I have made an effort and I want this’. Not asking questions at the end of an interview – Clients want to know what interests you. These could be questions around the culture of the business, the team, the plan for the company, what they like about the company – the list is endless. Make sure you ask your Consultant anything surrounding hours, holiday and salary, these are not questions for the Client. Not making eye contact – This can make your interviewer feel quite uncomfortable. Speak with confidence, retain eye contact and speak with conviction! Not knowing your CV – You need to know your CV inside out! After all, this is the document that the interview will revolve around. Reasons for leaving – Be honest, but professional. Saying ‘career progression’ can make clients feel like there’s more to it. Be honest, give detail but never speak negatively about your previous employer. If you do have a difficult reason for leaving, perhaps discuss this with your Consultant to come up with the best way to position it in an interview situation. Not giving relevant examples – If you are interviewing for a team role, give examples that are about supporting a team. If it’s a 1:1 role for example, talk about the most senior person you have supported. Rearranging the interview – Life happens, we get that. However, rearranging an interview must be the last resort – even if the reason is genuine, there’s every chance the interview won’t be rescheduled and you will miss out. Being too nervous or overly confident – Both are as detrimental as each other. Talking about progression – Whilst you want to let a Client know your ambitions, talking about progression too early will leave a Client wondering how long they will be able to keep you for. With progression, my advice would be to avoid the topic altogether and focus on the role you are interviewing for. Talking yourself out of the role – This is where the dreaded 5-year plan question comes along, as above, Clients panic if they think this role might just be a stepping stone for you. The Clients will want to offer to a Candidate that wants the role, wants to commit to the role and is excited about the opportunity.
Finally, after the interview it is imperative to call your Consultant with feedback immediately. Why? When a Client calls us, and we haven’t got any feedback to give, it can send a message that perhaps you aren’t interested. You want to make sure you stand out against your competition and the best way to do that is to get your feedback over to the Client and let them know exactly how you feel after your interview. If the opportunity isn’t for you, giving your Consultant the details as to why will only help us hone our search and make sure the next interviews you attend are in line with your career goals.
We all wait in anticipation for the start of a new year. That stroke of midnight on the last day of the previous year can, not only bring you a kiss and a glass of champagne, but also a glimmer of hope to make this next year the best yet.
New year’s resolutions are made and we can actively take control and start a clean slate. A new year is the opportune time to take chances and find your dream job!
Temping is the perfect way to achieve this resolution. Working in temporary positions not only allows you to experience a variety of companies and positions in the current market place, but it gives you the freedom and flexibility to work around other commitments you may have. If you have trips scheduled, plans in place or simply have a few months where things are up in the air, then becoming a Tiger Temp may be an ideal move for you in 2017.
Temp and contract placements provide different functions for different people. More infrequently is temp work seen as a quick fix or a filler. We work with Candidates who temp to give them a consistent revenue stream whilst they have something else on the side e.g. a business or hobby. We also work with Candidates who have been in a long-term role which has become stagnant and they might find a lack of direction or progression. These Candidates embark upon temporary or contract work to add further skills to their CV and gain experience in other industries. Candidates who have several weeks or months off before another position, course or degree (such as University students) engage in numerous fun and rewarding positions through Tiger that will enhance their next role. This is an incredibly proactive approach to a career and further demonstrates the versatility and benefit of temporary and/or contract work.
So why not make 2017 your best year to date and find out what incredible opportunities Tiger Temporary Division has to offer. If you are willing to be open and flexible to try new roles and industries, make your new year’s resolution to become a Tiger Temp. Contact us today and join our other Temporary Candidates, all of whom have incredible success in working with the top companies this market has to offer.
Our chosen charity for 2017 is Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. They are the UK’s only charity dedicated to supporting women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities and also their partners, families and friends.
Their vision is a future where cervical cancer is a thing of the past. We will be working to raise money for this great charity this year to aid them in achieving their vision.
Tiger will be organising fundraising events throughout the year, both in-house and for our Clients and Candidates to participate in. To name a few, this year’s events will include a company bake off, social media competitions and numerous sporting events, such as the reappearance of our successful ‘Tiger Olympics’. Please keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming fundraising events!
Please remember that we offer £200 in Selfridges vouchers when you recommend a friend to us, who we then place in a permanent position. In addition, you could also win vouchers by recommending a new piece of permanent or temporary business to us that we then go on to place. Please email any recommendations to David Morel.