Lawrence Dean Recruitment Group specialises in helping people find temporary and permanent jobs in Hertfordshire within 6 specialist business sectors.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Things are getting underway with one of the hottest topics of 2018.  This new piece of legislation is designed to protect the rights of millions people in the EU and will be in place from the 25th of May 2018.   GDPR may feel like a minefield right now so we have compiled some key facts to help you get prepared.

What is GDPR? 

The GDPR applies to all companies worldwide that process personal data of European Union (EU) citizens. This means that any company that works with information relating to EU citizens (regardless of where the company is based) will have to comply with the requirements of the GDPR, making it the first global data protection law.  The GDPR considers any data that can be used to identify an individual is classed as personal data.  For example for the first time, things such as genetic, mental, cultural, economic or social information will be classed as personal data.

What does it mean? 

Companies will now have to ensure they use simple language when asking people for consent to collect personal data.  It will also be vital that companies explain exactly what personal data they are collecting and how it will be processed and used.

What is a data breach? 

A data breach occurs when a company uses an individual’s personal information without their consent or not for the purpose they gave consent for.  It aims to ensure organisations constantly monitor for breaches of personal data and have processes and systems in place enabling them to detect and respond to a data breach within 72 hours.

What is the 'right to be forgotten'? 

Organisations must not hold data for any longer than absolutely necessary.  They are also not allowed to hold data and change the use for which it was originally collected, without prior/additional consent from the individual.  Companies must also have the systems and processes in place to delete all personal data on an individual once requested and prove that this has been done.

What are the implications? 

Steep penalty fines are in place and companies can be fined 20 million Euros or 4% of company turnover, whichever is the higher for non-compliance.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Party season is officially over, it's time to trade in turkey and wine and get back to normality in the office. Start your 2018 the right way and try some of these tips to take charge of your wellbeing at work.

Team bonding 

Joining in with team building and bonding exercises with your team can boost your overall productivity at work. Team building is a great way to get to know your team even better and have lots of fun doing it! Perhaps you can suggest more of these types of activities if you feel like your team needs a bit of a boost, they are a great way to support your overall team productivity and support systems.

Avoid neck and eye strain 

If you work in an office you may need to consider if you are properly adjusted at work, as you may be indirectly causing yourself health issues by working in an environment which isn’t suited to you. Consider if your chair is positioned properly, you shouldn’t be slouching or leaning to see your screen. Perhaps it’s time to start taking regular breaks from looking at your screen, this can cause eye strain. If you are working in a shop environment you could be causing the same issues by using the wrong posture when looking at till screens. Think about if you are following the correct health and safety procedures for your workplace, this will improve how you feel whilst at work.

Eat, sleep, exercise 

Think about whether if you are taking breaks and eating regularly. Without realising you could be missing out on vital break time, which could also affect the way you work, alongside this, other things could really be affecting how you work. Lack of sleep can also have a huge impact on your work life, perhaps you hadn’t thought about it. Exercise is super important for productivity, think about how often you exercise, could you be more active? It may be time consider this within your weekly routine.


Think about how much you communicate with your team, it is usually encouraged to communicate any issues you may have at work. If you feel under a lot of pressure for any reason you may be able to access some support, this could range from sharing some of your work load or seeking workplace support plans. Likely thing is that maybe your manager does not know that there may be difficulties, your wellbeing should come first and it’s important that you can communicate any issues that you feel get in the way of you being productive at work.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Blogs are a great way to keep informed and are often way more up to date than websites. If you are looking for work and are after fresh entertaining content to help you through the process they are the place to go! If you are looking for work you may want to consider reading them to give you an insight into what employers really are looking for. You can find up-to-date information on all different types of blogs, from useful and factual information to work based humour. Here are our 3 favourite recruitment blogs:

Webrecruit Jobseeker Blog 

This blog is great for those seeking employment as it is full of tips and tricks to make the job seeking process easier. It is aimed at both employed and unemployed people, offering great suggestions to improve work life. These include blogs about getting promotions and pay rises, offering a great insight into making the most out of your career. There are also lots of handy tips for jobseekers who need a helping hand with CV and cover letter writing, hints and tips for interview prep and advice to make the search for a job easier.

Undercover Recruiter 

This is a great blog for easy to read and well researched articles about both employers and jobseekers and incredibly relevant and entertaining posts are guaranteed. The blogs cover advice for Candidates and Recruitment and HR Managers alike, so there really is something for everyone here. There is a section dedicated to candidates so if you are in need of social media tips, guidelines for your CV, or a greater understanding of the employment process this is a great place to find what you are looking for. These blog posts are filled with great infographics and easy to understand content.

Social Talent 

This blog is great for both recruitment and work place humour, it's targeted at those looking for a job and those who work within the recruitment industry. This blog is filled with relevant and up-to-date content, and this is a good blog to get an understanding of current and relevant topics within recruitment while making information easy to understand. Many of the posts are illustrated with graphics and photos which make the posts entertaining and break the text up to make it easy to read.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Great, you’re applying for jobs! Almost every application will require you to write a cover letter, struggling? Here are a few tips to help you write a cover letter which really stands out. The reason companies will ask you to write a cover letter is for two reasons; to see your written style and to see if you can link what they want from you into your experience, it's also a great tool for employers to judge your communication skills.

Keep it Job Specific 

Think about how much the employer wants to read and try to keep your cover letter concise. Consider making a plan of what you are going to write and keep it all relevant to the job you are applying for. Think about the layout and aim to keep it to a page or less. Make sure it's appropriate to what you are applying for. Anything that doesn’t apply to the role directly can still stay on your CV, your cover letter will be expected to be quite short and specific. By looking at the job description you can find out exactly what skills the employer wants you to have and you can use this to go into more detail about which of those skills you have and relate it back to the job you are interested in.

Keep it Custom 

The cover letter is usually read by to the hiring manager, if you know their name that’s perfect - consider addressing it to them. You should also consider mentioning the company that you are applying to. In your CV you can be broad, but a cover letter is designed for the employer to read before considering your CV. It would be a good idea to make it stand out and you can do this by adding lots of relevant information to the role specifically. If you are applying to a lot of jobs make sure your cover letter is for the right job, look at the job description, look at key words and responsibilities and align your cover letter to what they are looking for with key examples and evidence. Tell them why you are suitable to the role and how your experience is perfect for it.

Keep it Relevant 

Read the job description and consider whether they are expecting you to have certain skills. If you want to go into detail about something on your CV, this is the place to do it. Just remember to keep it related to the job role you are applying for. Keep the details of your experience to you CV and perhaps pick some of your best achievements or most relevant information in your cover letter. Chances are if you are applying to an administration role within a construction company this space would be better filled up with relevant experience rather than your 3 week mountain bike holiday.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Employment statistics can be an amazing tool for your business, they are great to keep in consideration when you are looking to hire new employees. There are a number of things that these statistics can help you understand about prospective talent and they can also help you develop your strategy to get the right employees on board. Here are the key findings of the Hertfordshire employment statistics 2017.

If you take a look at the employment statistics for Hertfordshire from 2017 they are considerably higher than the national average. To date 78.7% of people in Hertfordshire are in employment, that is 4.3% over the national average. These stats also show that those in work in Hertfordshire are receiving 20% more pay than the national average, this could be due to the types of roles which people of Hertfordshire are doing and the commutable distance to London as well as the quality of jobs available in the area. With this in mind it may be time to consider looking at your company’s candidate attraction and engagement strategies. For example, you may want to consider if you are offering a competitive salary as this would enable you to ensure you are getting the pick of the top potential employees, whilst offering them more of an incentive to join your team.

The statistics show that people in Hertfordshire are more likely to be in professional occupations. Within the UK 10.7% of people are in managerial positions for example managers, directors and senior officials. In Hertfordshire this is at 11.9% which is an increase of an increase of 1.2%. With regards to professional occupations, 2.9% more people are employed in the Hertfordshire area in comparison to the national average. As Hertfordshire is so close to London, the cost of living is higher, therefore it is not surprising that people in lower paid employment are more likely to be living in counties which cost less to live in. With this in mind, if you do have a role that requires less skill/ experience, there may be less to people who will want to go forward than in other counties due to the cost of living. With less people unemployed in Hertfordshire it's a more competitive market and therefore you could face potential difficulties finding the right candidate for the role you are hiring for.

Due to the employment statistics being up this also means that unemployment is down to 3.7% in the Hertfordshire area, which is 0.9% less than the national average. These results show that less people in Hertfordshire are unemployed, therefore there is a lot more competition to find worthy talent for your vacancies. Due to less people in the talent pool, there may be things you can do as an employer to make sure you are measuring up to different businesses in the area. It may be time to consider having a look at employee engagement strategies and employee benefits and weighing them up against other local businesses, this may be a way to attract a better selection of people for you to consider.

Lawrence Dean Recruitment conduct a free annual salary and benefits survey, so if you are keen to find out about how your business compares to others please call us on 01438 310131.

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Lawrence Dean Recruitment Group specialise in helping people find temporary and permanent jobs in Hertfordshire within 6 specialist business sectors. We take time and trouble to really get to know our clients and candidates, and our reputation is built on meeting the needs of both. If you are keen to work with a local recruitment partner with people at the heart of everything we do, call us today to find out more about the Lawrence Dean difference!

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