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Is anyone else wondering where the Christmas holidays went?
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Dubai has 16 very exciting development plans for 2016!!
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LinkedIn V Facebook! 
An on-going debate on how the two platforms should be used - Click below to here our thoughts!
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More than one in five employees are expected to seek out a new role in 2016! 
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New Year, New Job?

As we usher in the New Year we also welcome the age old tradition of wiping the slate clean and resolving to do things better than the year before. With many people this may be giving up smoking, reigning in the drinking or changing their diet, whilst others begin to evaluate more defining changes that will make the year ahead more successful than the last. January is the busiest time for those who want to kick-start their careers, so if you find yourself amongst this group there are some useful tips and information below:

Be Realistic – job hunting takes time, but it also takes common sense. Take time to think about why you want to leave your current job: if it is the company culture then look at businesses you aspire to work for; if it is the industry then consider aspects you enjoy, recognise your key skills and experiences and identify any courses or training you need to enter a new profession.

Alter Your Lifestyle – whilst you are searching for a new job, whether in the same industry or an entirely new one, it is important to recognise this not only takes time, but money. How will you pay for the industry recognised course or absorb the loss of bonus during the transition from one job to the next? Be prepared to reign in the spending for a few months or dip into your savings to support yourself.

Perfect Your CV – this is your sales document, the most critical resource you have when applying for new roles. It is the first impression a Recruiter has of you and it takes just 10 seconds for them to judge. A cohesive layout and font size, simple formatting, correct spelling and good grammar is everything. Of course, you have to ensure the document is pertinent, selling your relevant skills and experience to show a new employer what you can offer their organisation. Use concrete examples to back up points: ‘financially astute’ – how? Did you manage and set budgets? What was the value? Facts, figures and statistics make your CV stand out. As a final note, we recommend keeping it to two pages.

Prepare – preparation is the difference between a great interview and an embarrassment. Ensure you have researched the company, understand the role and can confidently list experience and skills that make you the right candidate. Anticipate competency based questions you might be asked, such as your strengths and weaknesses, what you can bring to the role and what interests you about the position. I can’t stress how important it is at this point to talk about why you want to join the business and think you are suited for the role, rather than why you hate your current job and dislike your boss. Refer back to the job description and identify relevant experience that fulfils the role.

Resilience – nothing ever comes easy and knock backs can come thick and fast. There may be a lack of jobs in your chosen sector, you may be applying for ten a day and hearing nothing back, or you may be attending first stage interviews and never getting any further. Why is this happening? In desperation it is easy to apply for anything and everything, but remember that a Hiring Manager who keeps seeing your name pop up will question your commitment to their organisation or your desperation to leave your own. Similarly, think back over an interview and try to pinpoint what did not go to plan – was there a specific question you could not answer, and were you fully prepared for the meeting?

First impressions count – clean suit, clean appearance, clean shoes. At this stage you have limited information about company culture and office environment. Rather than assume it is smart-casual and turn up looking like you have come straight from the cinema, show your potential employer you have made an effort and this opportunity matters.

Network – if you have the resources and the connections, network with relevant individuals in the industry and learn more about their organisations and team structure. Ask those you trust to keep their ears to the ground and give you a heads up when new opportunities open up. Social networking is equally if not more important, and your social profiles are a goldmine for prospective employers. If you use Facebook and Twitter to share pictures of holidays and nights out then ensure your privacy settings are as strict as they can be. LinkedIn is the ideal network for professionals: connect with colleagues, clients and acquaintances; receive endorsements and recommendations; and expand on some of the points you had to streamline in your CV. Use it correctly and social media will be your biggest ally.

Although New Year feels like the traditional starting point to make changes in your life, you can make these changes at any time. Finding the right job rather than any job is crucial, so take time to evaluate everything from culture, commute, work/life balance, progression, training and remuneration, and make sure you find a role that compliments your experience and fuels your ambition. The January Blues get the best of us and the first week back is challenging, so be clear whether you genuinely want a new job or just miss the comfort of your sofa and picking on chocolates and crisps. If you do need career guidance, CV advice or interview coaching, Foundation Recruitment’s dedicated team of Consultants are trained to ensure we find the best match for both candidate and client and form an effective and long-lasting partnership. Visit our website for more information, to browse our vacancies or to register your CV.
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Networking is a great way to build relationships. Networking events give you the opportunity to gain new connections, to share your success, to build your brand awareness, and learn more about an industry.

8 Top Tips;

1. Set goals. Why are you attending this event? To find; New candidates? New business? To build your brand awareness? To gather information? etc. If possible, find a list of attendees before you go, this means you can learn who you can be targeting and can strategize the best approach.


2. A phrase I have never forgotten; “If you know just 1% more on a topic than another individual, they see you as an expert”. So research the market, what is topical at the minute, read the industry news the morning of the event. Also, research the clients that are attending that you plan to speak to, find some questions that will impress and demonstrate your knowledge about their business.


3. Take business cards with you. More often than not when you give one out, you will get one in return. This is a much easier way to remember everyone you have spoken to. The next day take the time to add them to your address book. Also add any personal details you can remember, this allows you to differentiate yourself when you get in touch.


4. Give a firm hand shake, make eye-contact, smile and speak up. It sounds simple but is rarely done well. It is important when networking to show your confidence and personality.


5. Have your ‘Elevator Pitch’ prepared, polished and ready. Nobody likes a rambler; keep it to 90 seconds max, just to share your key selling points. Give a brief summary of your business and your position there. Make it engaging, clear and interesting.


6. You have two ears and one mouth for a reason! Maintain eye-contact, don’t fidget, and nod your head in agreement to avoid interrupting. When they are done, respond directly to at least one key point they have mentioned. If you do this, it proves you are interested and will make you memorable for all the right reasons.


7. Be confident. It is critical you never let you nerves get the better of you. “The fear of public speaking is the fear of being eaten. Remember, the audience are the pray and you are the lion” Deborah Frances-White.


8. Think about your body language, use hand gestures, make eye-contact and smile. Another tip that you may not have thought is to stand on your front foot and project forwards, rather than leaning back. This shows your engagement and interest in the discussion. Finally, this tip isn't always appropriate, but, if you want to have some impact with a statement; try not to move your head when you speak. When you say a statement with a still head it adds a sense of power and importance to your demeanour – It’s harder than it sounds, give it a go!
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Global Cities: The 2016 Report is available to download. Get your copy, here: http://bit.ly/1hNCeny #KFGlobalCities   #KnightFrank  
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SHOPPING CENTRE MANAGER VACANCY!

We are currently collaborating with APSYS Polska to recruit for one of the most exciting European developments in recent years: POSNANIA. The centre – due to open in the second half of 2016 – comprises of 100,000 sqm of GLA and 300 brands; the scheme has been designed and built to create an experiential environment where the mall is used for both shopping  and leisure. It will be the largest mall in Poznań, and is expected to bring really positive changes to the area. 

This is an incredible opportunity for an experienced Shopping Centre Manager who is looking for a stimulating challenge in one of the most active markets in Europe.

 Core Duties:

- To create and build a strong and effective centre management team which he will train and motivate ensuring that they have the desire and capability to provide a world class shopping and leisure destination.

- To be responsible for the commercial performance of the mall, successfully hitting year on year revenue targets as set out in the business plan.

- To be responsible for the overall management of the centre with emphasis on the trading performance with the ultimate goal of increasing the asset value.

Skills & Experience Required:

- Excellent English language skills.

- Must have experience in managing a superregional shopping sentre.

- Excellent leadership capabilities.



For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Corrado Biagi on +44 203 714 9279 or send your CV to corrado.biagi@foundationrecruitment.co.uk
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SOCIAL MEDIA IS A GAME CHANGER!

The rapid development of technology is forcing us, whether we like it or not, to constantly change our business strategies. There are so many more opportunities to interact, engage and research businesses than ever before. 


Social media allows you to tap into billions of conversations. You can research and map out markets in great detail and pin point key figures you want to target in seconds. It’s slightly scary the amount of information you can find out about individuals, but if you can learn how to utilise these platforms properly, the results can be massive! 


On Wednesday I attended the Social RecruitIn conference in London. After getting lost on the tubes and battling with the hustle and bustle of our busy capital I arrived at the event - It was an excellent day, really inspiring to hear the power social media has had on companies’ growth, profit, and visibility. An obvious example being Wren’s 3 man band receiving over 100,000,000 views! 
 

Listening to the huge success social media has helped generate was a real eye-opener. However, a fact that I can’t seem to shake from my head is…


 “The average billing for a consultant 30 years ago was £10k a month; today this figure is still £10k a month!” 


30 Years ago, there was no CRM, no email, no mobiles, we are now so much more educated and have so many more tools, how are we are still billing the same?! This proves social media is not being utilised, and when it is – the bottom line figure can go through the roof.


The biggest take-away from the event for myself is quite simply - GET ONLINE, GROW YOUR NETWORK. So many companies have embraced technology; you can’t afford to get left behind. 


Have a personality, be visible, share knowledge, tell stories, engage and the success will follow…
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