COVID-19 Statement
COVID-19 Statement

To our valued clients,

I wanted keep you updated with the situation at Enigma Employment Ltd.

Following Government advice we remain open for business as usual, however operating from home. We will continue to provide our full service to customers who are looking for recruitment and employment solutions.

We are uniquely positioned to offer rapid permanent and temporary staff to businesses who may be adapting to current circumstances.

We have heavily invested in our communications, IT systems and customer service teams to support our clients, and ensure customer service levels continue to remain high.

I am very aware that many businesses will be challenged by this fast-moving situation. Please keep us informed of your plans, and any areas where we can assist.

Thank you

Alison Gamble

Director

Top Tips For Working From Home

Given the current circumstances the UK population face, many employees have been advised to work from home where possible. And if you are use to a loud busy office, this will come as a stark contrast to your daily routine. While you should remain positive that your profession allows the possibility to work from home, the thought of isolation and a lack of interaction may sound daunting.

With this in mind we have put together a list to help those who will be working from home in the coming weeks or months.

First Thing

Working from a spare room, living room (or home office of your lucky enough to have one) means there’s no commute. This otherwise occupied time could be used for exercise, perhaps a light jog around your local area or some sit ups at home (depending on your circumstances). Long term exercise has proven to help boost your immune systems and is a great way to start your day.

Dress for the Office

It can be easy to fall into the bad habit of wearing your jogging bottoms or underwear whilst sitting at your desk immediately after rolling out of bed. Why not put on your usual office attire and dress like you’re leaving the house. Although this may not sound like it will effect your work, it will help provide a clear distinction between work and leisure.

Regular Hours

While working from home you can easily loose track of time. Try your best to maintain regular working hours and ensure you don’t find yourself working more or less than you usually would.

Breaks

Most home based workers will be spending their day on a laptop or computer. Try and take regular breaks from the screen. Once again these breaks provide great opportunity to exercise and get your blood pumping.

Communication

Fortunately thanks to email, phone, FaceTime, and numerous other platforms we can easily communicate will colleagues, employers, clients and friends. Try not to isolate yourself but instead stay in touch with others. You’ll most likely find many others in the same boat who will be more than happy to chat.

Take Advantage

This doesn’t mean working less than usual, but instead make use of the time you’d usually spend commuting, waiting for a printer, going to collect your lunch. Working from home has its advantages and can enable you to spend more time on your hobbies.

Boundaries/Zone

Working from home can provide numerous distractions. Create comfortable space with no intrusions that will allow you to focus on your work.

Stay Positive

For the more sociable of us, working from home may sound like a struggle. However remember the advantages that come with it. You’ll save both time and money on travel. You may find you are more productive. You have the opportunity to spend more time with friends and family.

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Video Interviews

Many businesses have been utilising video calls for many years. The ability to carry out face to face conference calls with partner offices, clients and  customers have made video platforms such as Skype an integral communication tool for many companies. Whether staff are video calling with with stakeholders in neighbouring cities or colleagues on the other side of the world, video calling has no doubt saved many businesses and individuals substantial time and money. With many businesses looking to become carbon neutral, video calls are the perfect solution to traditional meetings that would otherwise require polluting car or air travel.

Video Calls in the Employment Industry

Although many may argue that there is no substitute for a real face to face interview/meeting, video calls are without doubt the next best thing. Far more personal than a traditional telephone call, video calling could provide significant opportunities in the employment and recruitment process.

Traditional face to face interviews may never be replaced, however the the early stages of a business’s recruitment process or a candidate application may be significantly sped up.

Video calling platforms such as Skype would allow candidates to shine and portray their personality whilst allowing recruiters and  interviewers to better engage with candidates far greater than standard telephone calls provide. The option to include multiple interviewers on the video call without the awkwardness of talking over one another when on a telephone call also provides a smoother means of communication.

This relatively under-utilised communication platform within the recruitment industry could prove mutually beneficial from both an employer and candidates perspective.

As previously mentioned there is no substitute for a final interview at the later stages of the recruitment process, however many recruitment agencies may choose start including a technology-led early stage video call when initially screening candidates could prove a time saving strategy.

Jobs For Harry and Megan

After deciding to go it alone, it would be fair to assume that the recently married couple are now in the job market. Both Harry and Megan have long CV’s thanks to their respective roles in the military and the acting industry.

It is unclear as to whether the couple will still receive an income from the the Royal family whether it be officially from Her Majesty or from Prince Charles’ Trust. Nevertheless, Prince Harry has pledged to dedicate his life “to supporting the causes, charities and military communities” which are important to him.

But there has been a lot of speculation as to where Harry and Megans careers will lead to next. With this in mind we have put together a list of realistic and not so realistic job opportunities for the pair:

Instagram Influencers

Having recently attempted to trademark the name Sussex Royal it would suggest the pair intend to release their own brand. This may come in the form of hoodies, baseball caps, designer homeware and a variety of other merchandise. And of course all of these goods will need to be marketed. With over 11 million followers on Instagram alone it’s likely Harry and Megan will be spending a lot of time on social media. With the likes of Kylie Jenner earning over $1 million per post from sponsored collaborations, the newly independent couple may also succumb to promoting all sorts of other products and brands.

Acting

Having originally found fame via her acting career, it would make sense for Megan to re-enter the film and TV industry should the pair fall on hard times. Staring in series such as Suits and CSI Miami, it is unlikely that Megan will be short of offers.

Polar Bear Police

Harry’s new Canadian home combined with his experience in the army would make him a prime candidate for a role in the Polar Bear Police. Northern Canada is overrun with the bears every November. The polar bear police are responsible for patrolling towns to ensure that the hungry bears are kept out. Harrys previous experience with a rifle may come in handy as the police carry scare pistols that shoot sparks and screamers to deter the bears.

Warden of the Swans

Should the couple decide to live in the UK and Harry wish to still keep some ties with the Queen, then the role of the Warden would be ideal. The capital’s swan keeper, alongside the marker of swans, are part of the Royal Household and are responsible for conducting the annual census of swans that are owned and protected by the Queen.

Netflix

Ever wondered who decides what films go in what categories? Netflix have a 30 strong team who are expected to watch films and TV shows before they are released. Each show is then tagged and categories. Harry and Megan would no longer have to worry about the intrusive media as they would be wrapped up inside watching Netflix.

Should the couple decide to look for a more regular style job, then we have a wide range of roles to fill.

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Coventry Businesses Looking To Expand This Year

Many would consider the past few years a challenging time for the automotive industry and other manufacturing businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire. However for many businesses the uncertainty of Brexit and preparations to leave the EU have not hindered their plans to create new jobs. Looking at some of the Coventry and Warwickshire’s biggest employers, we consider the job opportunities that might be available in 2020.

Automotive

Jaguar Land Rover had a tough 2019, announcing it was cutting 4,500 jobs and revealing heavy losses for the financial year. However, since then the company has launched the new Land Rover Defender, it has opened a huge new facility at Gaydon and announced a partnership with BMW.

The Coventry car maker will continue to invest in the future and as such will still be recruiting for a variety of roles. Jaguar Land Rover has more than 120 roles available in Coventry and Gaydon.

Like the majority of UK based car manufacturers, Aston Martin is focusing much of its efforts on developing electric cars and reducing emissions. Its new factory in St Athan, South Wales is at the heart of its electric vehicle plans, with the recently unveiled DBX SUV set to be the first model. The prestigious automotive manufacturer is also currently hiring for a range of roles in Coventry.

Online

Moving away from the automotive industry, Amazon has two huge facilities in Coventry and Warwickshire, employing thousands of operatives and warehouse staff. With both facilities still relatively new, Amazon are still recruiting for numerous roles.

Education

Both the University of Warwick and Coventry University are benefitting from growing student numbers. The Universities growing reputation has helped attract students from across the UK and overseas. This influx of students has lead to the creation of many jobs across a variety of roles ranging from construction to translation and administration.

Retail

With its UK headquarters and a major distribution centre in Atherstone, as well as several stores across Coventry and Warwickshire Aldi is becoming one of Coventry’s biggest employers. With more and more stores popping up, expect to see more jobs created throughout the year.

Here at Enigma Employment we also have some fantastic opportunities available. Our vacancies page is updated on a daily basis with new roles across a wide range of industries.

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Interview Questions To Ask Candidates

Within the employment and recruitment industry there is a lot of information and advice focused around candidates and employees attending an interview. However the task of interviewing can at times be just as difficult. Depending on your interview process it can be hard to assess candidates in the short amount of time an interview provides.

Not only do interviewers and recruiters need to take into consideration the candidates experiences, knowledge and qualifications, but also their personality and ability to integrate themselves within an existing team.

Regardless of the job role, a new employee is likely to be become an integral part of your business that may intentionally or not have an effect on day to day aspects such as morale, productivity, culture and how your business is perceived by outsiders and clients.

With this in mind, Enigma Employment have put together some advice for those businesses who are looking to recruit and expand their team.

CV

Before a candidate has even walked into your interview room their CV should start to provide an insight into who they are and the effort made when applying for the role. Have they tailored their CV to match your job description? Or is their CV missing key skills and experience highlighted within your advert? A tailored CV already begins to show the candidate has initiative and is observant. Did they include a cover letter with their CV and did it highlight any skills that you feel would add value to your business? Small details such as a tailored CV and cover letter are also a good indication of how much the candidate is interested in the role.

Weaknesses

Although perhaps an obvious questions that we have all come across in an interview “What are your greatest weaknesses? Once the candidate has given their response, few interviewers go on to ask the candidate what steps they have taken or how they are improving on their weakness. This could come in many forms such as working towards a qualification, gaining more experience or learning a new skill.

Current Employer

Is the candidate leaving their existing employment for valid reasons? Do they have aspirations and hopes for their future that their current employer could not facilitate?
Candidates can often focus on negative aspects of their previous employer when highlighting reasons they are looking to leave. While some of their points may be true, listen carefully about any disputes they’ve had. A candidate’s ability to show respect for their previous employer and workplace demonstrates their civility and professionalism, which are two essential attributes in any role.

Interests

What are the candidates interests outside of work? This may not offer up any business relevant experience, however it will provide an insight into what type of person they are and how they choose to spend their time. Ask about hobbies, interests and what they are proud of outside of work.

Other Staff

If you are the hiring manager or run the business you will ultimately have the final say. However when hiring new candidates, it is important to consider your existing staff. Showing that you appreciate their opinion will also make them feel valued and maintain morale.

Having existing staff attend the interview or meet the candidate may also help highlight a candidate’s skills, responses and interactions that you may have over looked.

Social Media

Almost everyone has a social media account, whether it be Facebook, Instagram or one of the many other platforms. Once the interview has come to an end, it maybe worth having a look at the candidate’s social media accounts for some additional insight. If they said their interests include hiking and wildlife photography, but all of their photographs are of party hotspots on Ibiza, then something doesn’t add up. Remember if you can see their social media activity, then so can everyone else.

Personality

Although you should take into consideration nerves may effect a candidate, an interview is a great opportunity to gain insight into someones personality. How well do they cope under pressure, did they shake your hand and are they polite and approachable? Although small things, if successful the candidate will be representing your business in the future and how it’s perceived.

Second Interview

Hopefully the above points will help you get an insights into the type of person you are hiring and how to find out a bit more about your candidates. Ultimately if you are not sure, a second interview could provide that opportunity. After meeting you the first time a candidate might become more relaxed and allow you to get a better feel for how they would fit in your business.

The hiring process can often be a long drawn out process. Posting job adverts, filtering through CVs and inviting candidates to interviews. If you are looking to grow your team and would like some help in order to make the process easier, faster and smoother, Enigma Employment provide comprehensive recruitment solutions that have helped many businesses throughout Coventry and the West Midlands expend their team.

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Get Your CV Ready For 2020

If you are planning on looking for a new job in 2020 then it might be time to update your CV. One of the most time consuming yet important aspects of finding a new career is writing a good CV. It is the very first impression you make, however it can often be hard to decide what to include and how to format before sending it off to a an employment agency or potential employer.

How to improve your CV for 2020

Your Introductions

The opening lines of your CV is the first thing an employer will read, at which point they will already to start to make a judgement. It’s worth spending time on this section to make it stand out. Ensure that you include key points that state your valuable skills. Recruiters take an average of six to seven seconds to decide whether or not to continue reading a CV, so use this time wisely.

Get the tone right

Depending on what job you are applying for, adapt a relevant tone. Rather than simply listing what you’ve previously done, focus on how your achievements will benefit the potential employer. If your CV reads like an old fashioned lists of responsibilities it will appear mundane and tired. Make sure you include your activities and responsibilities but adapt them to the potential role and describe the value that you could add to your new employers business.

Avoid making your resume too general

Generic CV’s get lost in the mountain of other applicants. When you are writing your CV, you should be thinking about  what the employer is looking for. Why are they advertising the role and how will the new role help their business. Aligning your CV with these questions will help you stand out. Use your CV as an opportunity to sell yourself.

Make it look good

Double check your resume for grammar and spelling. Make sure it’s easily digestible from a visual perspective. Numerous CVs are often rejected because they don’t look professional. Proof read your CV carefully. An interview winning CV is a marketing document that sells you as the perfect candidate for a new job.

Play to your strengths

While the majority of your CV is going to be about your current and previous roles, ensure that you include your achievements as well as responsibilities. Detail the strengths that you have and how they have benefitted your current and previous employers. This can help demonstrate that you have experience, skills and initiative that a new employer would value.

Relevant information

Include hobbies or any voluntary work however make sure that they are relevant to the role. If you run marathons or participate in endurance sport then this could be seen as very relevant and beneficial if you are applying for a physical job. Or if you have any relevant certificates, accreditations or licenses ensure that you include these on your CV.

Ways to keep staff happy
7 Easy Ways To Keep Your Staff

Loosing staff to companies offering better salaries and benefits is unavoidable, but keeping your employees happy and feeling valued is a sure way to keep your staff turnover rates down. Here we’ve pulled together some easy ways to help you hold onto valuable employees.

1.Be clear and concise from the get-go

This is as important in the advertising and interviewing stages, as it is during an employee’s time with your company.

Firstly make sure your job adverts match your roles. And if there’s an expectation that your advertised job will involve the employee occasionally ‘mucking in’ to assist with additional workload, highlight this on the job advert and in the interview, so this doesn’t come as a surprise later down the line!

Also revise the list of job responsibilities on your adverts – are these accurate and do they match the role? It is this list of duties that brings applicants through the door to interview. And if an applicant is offered the position only to find out additional duties have been tagged on, or the role doesn’t match their expectation, they’ll lose enthusiasm and likely go elsewhere.

2.Set and stick to rules

Rules exist to create expectations, consistency and to set boundaries, but all too often they are broken and bent by some staff members, and heavily enforced on others. It is these inconsistencies that’ll leave staff deflated and feeling quietly aggravated.

If however your company offers flexibility in working hours, lunch breaks and dress code for example, then roll this out across departments where possible to ensure everyone feels valued and equal.

It’s a good idea to take a look at your staff handbook to make sure company rules are up to date and perhaps think about rewording some rules that you know are often bent for the benefit of future employees coming through the door.

3.Get to know your employees

Getting to know your staff really goes a long way especially if it’s your company, you’re the director or you’re a team leader. It’s easy to focus all your energy on hitting targets, driving sales, achieving objectives, but for nearly all of us, it’s important to feel welcome and valued.

Taking an interest in your team costs absolutely nothing – a simple ‘how was your weekend?’, ‘how’d your son get on in his football match’, ‘did your cake turn out ok’ can show your colleagues that you took the time to listen and that they matter.

4. Set the tone

This leads nicely on from the last point. It’s great to take the time to get to know your staff but also how you interact with your team and colleagues can really set the tone for how others communicate.

Good communication skills are one of the most important things in a company because they create the right atmosphere to enable teams to work well together to achieve what they set out to do.

Everyone can have ‘off days’, but bad communication skills and poor attitudes should be addressed and dealt with effectively to maintain good working atmospheres and collaboration.

5. Offer support

Make it clear to your staff who they can turn to if they have a problem affecting them in or outside of work. Knowing there’s someone to speak to when you’re struggling is important regardless of company or job role.

In recent years, lots of companies have invested in an on-site councillor or helpline to assist those who need someone to talk in times of stress and acute anxiety.

6. Have some fun

We’re all human and we all need to blow off some steam or simply just take a breather from time to time. From team building days and Christmas parties to simply just circulating fun quizzes for people to get involved in – it’s great bring out the fun side in your staff and have them bond over something aside from work.

7. Salary

Last but definitely not least…money! The main reason we all go to work. When advertising a job, search around to check the salary you’re advertising against other similar roles in the local area.

It’s also important to keep check of how salary changes over time, or if a staff member takes on more responsibly – make sure this is rewarded with an increase in salary rather than just a new job title and a pat on the back.

So there you have 7 simply ways to help you hold onto your staff – we’re certain the list could go on forever, but we’ve found that these are some of the main underlying reasons people resign.

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What to Do in an Interview

A good employment agency will help you get your CV noticed and find a suitable role. However your interview will be the most important part of achieving your goal of securing a new job.

Preparation

Make the time to educate yourself on the company and what they do. Reread the job responsibilities for the position you’ve applied for. Gathering a few basic facts shows motivation and will help you know what questions to ask later. Also, prepare by bringing along extra copies of your resume or CV; some interviewers may be pulled in at the last moment and appreciate your forethought.

Arrive on time

Ensure that you don’t arrive late to a job interview. Give yourself an extra 20 minutes to account for parking or find the building. Arriving 5 or 10 minutes early is acceptable and already shows the interviewer that you have good time keeping skills.

Turn Off Your Phone

Turning your phone off will reduce distractions and allow you to fully concentrate on your interview. Vibrating phones can still be heard, and if an interviewer things that you feel there are more important things to do or people to speak to, this will likely have a negative impact on your chance of getting the job.

Shake Hands

Always offer to shake the interviewers hand along with anyone else in the room. This shows that you are confident and polite. It also shows that you have acknowledge everyone in the room. Sometimes small courtesies can make a big impression.

Sit Up Straight

It may sound old old-fashioned, but posture matters. Standing tall and sitting up straight not only conveys a sense of maturity and experience to others, it can boost your self confidence. Sitting up straight will also help you speak clearer, rather than slouching and talking into your own chest.

Speak Clearly

Don’t shout, but ensure you project your voice loud enough for everyone in the room to clearly hear. Try not to mumble, instead be clear and precise when answering questions. Try not to waffle, but at the same time don’t be too short with your answers.

Previous Employers

Chances are most interviewers will ask you why you left your previous position. Try not to be negative with your answer. If you left on bad terms, do not bad mouth your past employer. Instead focus on the positive aspects of your previous role and the experience that you gained. If you are applying for a job within the same industry as your previous role, there is a chance that your interviewer could know your past employer. Saying that you wanted a new challenge or had ambitions to further your career elsewhere sounds far better than saying that you fell out with your old colleagues.

Ask Questions

Most interviewers end an interview by asking if you have any questions. This is an important part of the interview and should not be skipped. Asking questions shows that you’re interested and have been listening. Pay attention to the details during your interview, and perhaps ask the interviewer for more details on certain aspects of the role.

Last Impression

When the interview is coming to an end, smile and ensure that you thank the interviewer and anyone else in the room for their time.

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Three Quarters of Employers Check Facebook

Social media platforms such as Facebook are great ways to share content with friends and family. However many businesses will often research potential employees prior to their interview to help find out more information about them. Most often this is via more business based social media platforms such as LinkedIn, however interviewers are now also looking at applicants Facebook profiles to help shed light on their personality.

If your Facebook profile is public for all to see then you may wish to consider the type of content that you are posting. Chances are if there are thousands of photos of you on drunk nights out and partying every other night, potential employers may paint a bad picture of you before you have even walked into the interview room. Posting political content or opinions may also have a potentially negative effect on interviewers.
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Your profile picture can also influence a business’s decision. Make sure you have a pleasant photograph of yourself. Research carried out by Academics from Ghent University found that employers often search for applicants on Facebook, and are influenced by what they see on their accounts. This is a great opportunity for you to show potential employers that you are reliable and well presented.

With three-quarters of interviewers checking social media before an interview it is important to make sure that if you’d rather your potential new manager doesn’t see what you get up to on a day to day basis then set your account to private. Privacy settings can be easily edited in your Facebook account settings.