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March 2019

Several Recruiting Trends You Should See in 2019

Although several recruitment tactics were introduced last year, only a few have been adopted and implemented in 2019. This means the shape of the hiring process is about to change. Here are 6 of these trends.

1. Going Mobile

Mobile-first indexing is in its pilot stages with Google announcing that it would be making it a priority. Although recruiters may have avoided search engine optimisation in the past, the forthcoming update will make it more of a necessity, and for a good reason. Google intends to make these changes/updates to:

1. Improve the search experience for the user
2. Adjust to user habits

With many candidates doing their job search using their mobile devices, it is crucial that industry players follow suit. Very few industry players have been able to make the change despite mobile platforms being around for quite some time now.

According to research, 45% of job seekers today use their mobile devices at least once per day to hunt for jobs, especially for digital marketing jobs. 89% of these use mobile-based platforms to search. A study also shows that 16% of most job applications are submitted via mobile; just one of the reasons recruiting firms should make it possible for candidates to send applications via their mobile devices.

2. Paper Resumes are a Thing of the Past

The use of paper resumes is on the decline as recruiting companies encourage candidates to use soft copies of the same instead. This also goes beyond paper resumes as video submissions, and social media profiles demonstrate a first impression more accurately. For this reason, recruitment companies have to keep up with the advances in technology.

Job seekers, too, need to develop an integrated brand through digital portfolios, social media profiles, as well as consider creating a personal website.

3. Create an Attractive Profile Online

To attract the top talent in a certain field, companies need to create an attractive and appealing environment online. Social media is one of the best platforms to demonstrate this. Studies show that 79% of all candidates take to the social media to review profiles when conducting a job search.

Companies, therefore, need to create an attractive online profile, which can be displayed across social media, your website, and in online reviews. Doing this helps to strengthen your employer brand and visibility, thus improving trust and popularity.

4. Flexible Working Conditions

Technology has made it possible for employees to work from various places, including their homes. This has impacted the job market in several ways with workers preferring freelance positions to sitting at a desk somewhere in an office. According to research, 65% of employees are more likely to pursue contract work, something many believe is due to the benefits that come with the same. A survey conducted in 2016 shows that the ability to work remotely has a considerable impact (up to 68%) on a candidate’s decision.

5. Take Virtual Reality into Consideration

Virtual reality is in itself becoming a reality in the recruiting … Read More

Discover the Steps to Making a Property into an HMO

Discover the Steps to Making a Property into an HMOAn HMO is a house of multiple occupation, which means it’s a property that has at least three tenants or more all in the same house but not part of the same family. A lot of property owners prefer HMOs because they believe it’s a more efficient way of getting the rental value out of a property. Renters will sometimes prefer this type of rental because it’s cheaper and others may like it because they enjoy being around other people.

What’s the Appeal?

Students and young renters like being able to share and landlords like it because the tenants stay longer and the property owner sees it as a dependable option. There are several steps to making a property a suitable HMO. It’ll need to meet all the legal requirements so that it’s suitable for multiple people. In most situations, it will require getting an HMO license. It’s always advisable to get the help of a professional floor plan creator when making these types of conversions

Do I Need a License?

With a property where you plan to let to at least five or more individuals in one house and if it is three stories high, then these are some of the factors that could mean you have to have an HMO license. If the tenants share kitchen facilities and bathrooms then you almost certainly need a license. Very often even if your rental property meets some and not all of those criteria, then it’s likely you would still need a license.

If you’re unsure whether you need a license then you should check with your local authority. Once you get an HMO license it will be good for five years and if you have more than one HMO property then you’ll need a license for each one. Another thing that’s necessary is getting a gas safety certificate and sending that to the council once a year.

It will also be necessary to keep safety certificates for your electrical appliances as these can be requested at any time. It will also be necessary to have smoke alarms installed inside the properties. If you will need to make substantial changes to the property when converting it then it’s likely you’ll need planning permission to do that.

It’s highly recommended that you keep substantial records when speaking with authorities about the changes. You should also make sure that you keep all applications and approvals on hand just so that you can produce those in the future if needed.

Converting a Property

When you begin the process you want to start by thinking about what your tenants will need and want. If you’re going to be providing appliances and furniture you’ll need to think about what you want to offer and what you will want your tenants to supply. It’ll also be necessary to consider the fact that after five years the property being converted will be visited by the council. They will do a safety rating and health check. If there … Read More

Self-Storage Vs Loft – Which One Should You Be Using?

This is a common question that we often get asked. Self-Storage Vs Loft – Which One Should You Be Using?If I already have my own loft, why would I not want to use this space for storage? Why would I want to fork out money on a storage unit? Honestly, these are all good questions. For certain people, their loft may be the ideal solution for storage. Yet there are many things which make a loft an impractical, difficult or even dangerous area to use for storage. In this article by Blue Box Storage, we will give you a few of the reasons why a loft is not a better option in comparison to self-storage.

1. Space

In most cases, lofts are somewhat small. Unless your home is a mansion (whereby storage spaces is already not an issue to you), the loft in your home is usually close in size to the house’s footprint. It also probably features beams and eaves, which limit the height of the liveable space. Yet this room is the ideal space for storing a couple of smaller items that are cluttering up your home and they are still accessible if and when needed. This can include items such as family keepsakes, suitcases, photographs and Christmas decorations.

Yet if you need to store larger items such as furniture, big boxes or a sofa, getting these items up your ladder and then through the loft hatch might not be very convenient. This is when a self-storage unit is a more sensible option. These units are convenient, simple and come in a range of sizes, to store bulky and big items.

2. Security

No-one would like to think that their house would ever become the target for a robbery, yet realistically these things do happen. If you are storing keepsakes of value in your loft they can be taken from you. Yet if you decide to keep them in a secure self-storage unit, you have peace of mind that your belongings are safe. These facilities are usually protected by CCTV systems and you will have your own lock (you are the only one who will have the key), security codes, alarms, and more. This keeps your items far more secure than they are in your own home.

3. Protection

Beyond security measures that are more obvious, there are other ways in which the self-storage units offer more protection for your items when compared to your loft space. For example, if the roof over your home suffered any damages, any items stored in the loft space may become damaged due to weather or falling debris. Most houses also have hot-water tanks or boilers installed inside the loft. If one of these appliances started leaking, those valued items would get wet within seconds.

Other problematic issues include smoke damage caused from a domestic fire, pest damage and rodents, or even accidental damages caused by tripping over the items stored in your loft. The self-storage unit does away with all these risks. Perishables and food cannot be stored … Read More

How Kitchen Equipment Has Evolved Over The Years

The equipment used in commercial kitchens has evolved a lot of the years, especially over the past twenty years. This equipment is used in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, cruise ships, and cafeterias. The equipment is much more heavy duty than what is available to consumers. It is also usually larger so that more food can be processed at any time. 

How Kitchen Equipment Has Evolved Over The Years

Some commercial kitchen equipment includes giant walk-in refrigerators, big dishwashing machines, commercial sinks, and the various equipment designed to make dishes. Commercial kitchens have to obey public health laws which include keeping this equipment clean and meeting hygienic standards. The kitchens and the equipment used in them are inspected on occasion by public-health officials. 

There is a science to laying out a commercial kitchen. The goal is for the workers to be highly efficient with everything they need within reach. The commercial equipment is laid out in a highly organized manner that promotes efficiency and performance. There are five main areas in a modern-day commercial kitchen. these are the storage area, food prep area, meal cooking area, an area to keep cleaning supplies, and a service area to transfer food from the kitchen to the wait staff. 

There have been many technological advances that have been made in commercial kitchens. Most commercial kitchens today have tiled floors and walls which makes keeping things clean much easier than other materials. The other surfaces in these kitchens, such as tables where food is prepared, are made of stainless steels. This is also very easy to clean and are very durable. 

Most commercial kitchens use gas stoves for a few reasons. The chef is better able to regulate the temperature of a gas stove versus an electric one. They also heat faster which means getting food out to customers quicker. Among the other equipment the kitchen workers use are steamers, deep fryers, sous vide, salamander broilers, and griddles. 

Some commercial kitchens don’t have a lot of equipment in them, though, especially fast food and chain restaurants. The food is actually prepared at a food processing plant, frozen, and then delivered to the restaurant. All the kitchen workers mostly do is put the food in a microwave to heat it back up. This is highly efficient and, for the most part, the only cooking that really goes on in these types of restaurants is cooking burgers on a commercial grill or frying things in a deep fryer. 

The equipment used in commercial kitchens is still continuously evolving. One of the drivers of innovation is concern over food safety. It is expected that in 2025 the commercial equipment market will be worth nearly $112.5 billion. This market is expected to benefit from gains in disposable income. As people have more money to spend around the world, they will choose to eat out more often at restaurants, cafeterias, and the like. The majority of the market will continue to be North America with a big surge expected in the number of fast food outlets being opened … Read More