Building Confidence for the Leap: Navigating Impostor Syndrome in Your Final Year at University

February 19, 2024

Starting a new job can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. The thrill of new challenges and opportunities often comes together with a lurking fear known as Impostor Syndrome. This psychological phenomenon makes individuals doubt their accomplishments and fear being exposed as frauds. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome is crucial for building confidence in your new work environment. As a student about to graduate, implementing some of the below practical tips could help conquer imposter syndrome in your new workplace.

Understanding Impostor Syndrome:

Impostor Syndrome is not exclusive to newcomers; even seasoned professionals can grapple with it. The first step in overcoming it is to recognise and understand this phenomenon. Acknowledge that feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt are common, especially in a new work environment. It’s essential to realise that everyone, including your colleagues and managers, has experienced these emotions at some point in their careers.

Celebrate Your Achievements:

Take a moment to reflect on your accomplishments. Whether it’s acing a challenging project, earning a degree, or gaining relevant experience, remind yourself of the skills and expertise that brought you to this new opportunity. At PRG, we want to recognise everyone for the efforts they put in, which is why we set KPI’s to allow everyone to reach their next promotion. In addition, we hold monthly company meetings to celebrate our top performers and communicate promotions via internal emails and TV office updates so everyone can celebrate with you.

We also run yearly incentive trips to abroad destinations to recognise everyone who has performed well, and to let you know imposter syndrome can be tackled head on.

Set Realistic Expectations:

It’s natural to strive for excellence, but setting unrealistic expectations can contribute to Impostor Syndrome. Understand that it’s okay not to know everything from day one. Embrace the learning curve and focus on continuous improvement. Establishing achievable goals will allow you to make progress without overwhelming yourself.

Seek Mentorship and Guidance:

Building a support system within your new work environment is crucial. Seek mentorship from experienced colleagues who can provide guidance and share their own experiences with overcoming Impostor Syndrome. To help all our new starters within the business, HR allocate everyone a buddy when they start who you can confide in with any problems or questions you may have.

Furthermore, a ‘People Power Hour’ is hosted by the HR team every Wednesday where you have an option to discuss any personal or work-related queries. Josh Jennings, one of our consultants also leads a ‘Behind the Mask’ session once a month to help anyone who is struggling get back on track, by talking to some of our consultants who have lots of experience in recruitment.

Embrace Constructive Feedback:

Constructive feedback is a powerful tool for professional growth. Instead of viewing feedback as criticism, see it as an opportunity to learn and improve. Embrace the guidance provided by your colleagues and superiors, using it to refine your skills and enhance your performance. Understanding that everyone makes mistakes and has room for improvement will help alleviate feelings of inadequacy.

Cultivate a Growth Mindset:

Adopting a growth mindset is instrumental in overcoming Impostor Syndrome. Embrace challenges as opportunities to learn and develop new skills. Understand that setbacks are a natural part of the learning process. We always want to encourage an ALL-IN mindset which is why we have our three pillars in place, ‘People first’, ‘All In’ and ‘Continuous Improvement’ to keep everyone on track and progressing through the ups and downs.

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome is an ongoing process that requires self-awareness, resilience, and a proactive approach to personal and professional development. By celebrating your achievements, setting realistic expectations, seeking mentorship, embracing feedback, and cultivating a growth mindset, you can build confidence in your new work environment. Remember, you are not alone in facing these challenges, and with time and perseverance, you’ll not only overcome Impostor Syndrome but thrive in your career.

Are you looking for a new role with support in place to help you navigate a new career? Contact us via the link here today.

Written by:

Shivani Patel

Lead Internal Recruitment Consultant

Shivani is the Lead Internal Recruitment Consultant hiring throughout PRG at all levels, from consultants that are brand new to recruitment to senior hires. Joining the company after completing an undergrad in Psychology at UWE, she is a great point of contact for anyone starting in our Bristol office.

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Recruitment in 2024: New Year, New Challenges, New Strategies

January 10, 2024

As we step into 2024, the recruitment landscape continues to evolve, presenting new challenges and opportunities for organisations worldwide. The rapid pace of technological advancement, changing demographics, and the ongoing impact of global events are reshaping the way companies attract, hire, and retain talent. Here’s a look at some of the key trends and strategies shaping recruitment in 2024.

Embracing Technology and Automation

One of the most significant trends in 2024 is the increased appearance of technology within many different industries across the board. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are no longer just buzzwords; they are essential tools that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of recruitment. Having the right team on board during a client hiring is imperative to hiring the correct candidates. Alongside new technology will implement a more affective system and easier process for the recruitment industry. Moreover, automation in routine tasks such as scheduling interviews and communicating with candidates frees up time for recruiters to focus on more strategic aspects of their role.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Take Centre Stage

Diversity, equity, and inclusion have moved to critical business imperatives. In 2024, companies are not just talking about DEI; they are actively embedding these principles into their recruitment strategies. PRG have gone one step further by holding a strong partnership with Programme One and the Aleto Foundation for over a year. These programmes focus on giving black talent the best opportunity to start their careers in recruitment. Alongside this, the Aleto Foundation also offer a mentorship programme allowing anyone joining the programme to partner with a someone in a senior role from another agency to learn as much as possible. All of our consultants also receive training to improve diversity across the candidate sourcing, screening and shortlisting process.

Remote Work and Global Talent Pools

The shift towards remote work, accelerated by the global events of the past few years, has permanently altered the recruitment landscape. In 2024, companies are leveraging this shift to tap into global talent pools. This approach not only broadens the search for top talent but also promotes a more inclusive work environment. However, recruiting from a global pool of candidates brings its own set of challenges, such as dealing with different time zones, cultural nuances, and legal requirements.

Candidate Experience as a Differentiator

In a competitive job market, the candidate experience can be a significant differentiator for employers. Companies in 2024 are focusing on creating a seamless, engaging, and transparent recruitment process. This includes clear communication, realistic job previews, and personalised interactions throughout the hiring process. A positive candidate experience not only helps in attracting top talent but also in building the strong umbrella brands we have at PRG.

Upskilling and Reskilling

As the skills required for jobs continue to evolve rapidly, organisations in 2024 are placing greater emphasis on upskilling and reskilling their workforce. This trend is influencing recruitment strategies, with companies increasingly looking for candidates who demonstrate a willingness and ability to learn and adapt. PRG have an award-winning Learning and Development team who deliver a diverse range of training to our consultants, providing them with the best opportunity to work around the ever-changing trends in the industry.

 

Recruitment in 2024 is about being agile, embracing technology, and prioritising diversity and candidate experience. The challenges are many, but so are the opportunities for organisations willing to innovate and adapt. As we navigate through this new year, the key will be to develop recruitment strategies that are not only effective today but are also sustainable and scalable for the future. If you are looking to join a forward thinking and adaptable recruitment company today, click here to apply.

Written by:

Tyler Zammit

Internal Recruitment Manager

Tyler manages the Internal Recruitment Team at PRG, with over 6 years of experience within the recruitment industry. Alongside leading the IR team, Tyler takes ownership of Senior or Specialised Appointments across PRG. Tyler has also featured heavily in our recruitment podcast 'Beyond the CV: A Recruitment Podcast', previously known as 'Tyler Talks'.

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PRG: The Recruitment Company with Unlimited Opportunities

December 19, 2023

Working at PRG isn’t just about the job; it’s about the experiences, growth, and the opportunities that comes with it. The company offers a diverse range of opportunities that enhance professional development, team bonding, and recognition of achievements. Let’s delve into some personal accounts from PRG employees that highlight the unique opportunities the company provides.

Celebrating Achievements and Promotions

Ollie Trepte from Panoramic Care shares a moment of pride, “Receiving a promotion from my new manager Izzy was a fantastic moment, especially alongside my colleagues who were also being promoted. Despite the humorous comparison to an ’80s TV Cop, the experience was filled with celebration. An added delight was also the daily restocking of the vending machine, making the PRG office a great place to work.”

This memory highlights the growth opportunities at PRG and delves into the recognition and celebration that goes hand in hand with success and hard work. On top of this, we have a fantastic office manager, Rhys, who ensures everyone has a good snack to look forward to on third floor!

Ollie Trepte

Memorable Incentive Trips

Chloe Bradbeer from Panoramic Associates talks about a fun PRG trip, “My favourite memory with PRG in 2023 was the incredible incentive trip to Dublin. Over the course of three days, we immersed ourselves in the local culture, enjoying rounds of Guinness, watching exciting rugby matches, and engaging in lively Irish dancing. This experience in Dublin stands out as a truly memorable and enjoyable time.”

These incentive trips are not just rewards; they are experiences that build once in a lifetime memory for our consultants and provide the opportunity to diverse our people in different cultures. We hope in time this will also add value to their professional lives.

Chloe Bradbeer

Celebrating company milestones

Lizzie Risdale from Finitas shares an important memory, “One of my favourite memories from this year was undoubtedly the day I celebrated a hat-trick of placements. This milestone was marked with an exceptional club lunch at Pasture, shared with many members of the Finitas Team.”

This memory highlights how PRG values individual milestones, celebrating them in a way that enhances team spirit and motivation.

Lizzie Risdale

Recognition and Career Opportunity

Imogen Linham from iO Associates talks about her career progression, “My favourite moment of the year was getting promoted at the Christmas party, it was brilliant to be promoted to Principle, which wouldn’t have been possible without the great team around me! Getting promoted at the Christmas party made it extra special too!”

Similarly, Charlotte Combe from iO Associates shares her joy, “My favourite moment of the year was that my team were announced TOTY (Team of The Year) and were taken to Portugal as a reward! Water parks, boat parties, beaches – couldn’t have asked for a better trip or a better team to go with. Trips like this drive the team, bring us all closer and ultimately pushes us to perform at the highest standard.”

These experiences underscore the importance PRG places on career opportunity and team success, creating an environment where individual growth and team achievements are equally celebrated. Planning company Christmas party’s and trips for Team of the Year are just some of the ways PRG likes to reward all employees.

Imogen Linham

Charlotte Combe

External Recognition and Awards

Marcus Wormwell’s experience speaks volumes about PRG’s external recognition, “Discovering that we had been awarded the Princess Royal Trust Award was an incredible moment. The external recognition validated all the hard work and support our Learning and Development team has dedicated to PRG. It was a proud reminder of our impact and a testament to our collective efforts.”

This award highlights the company’s commitment to excellence and its impact beyond the internal confines of the business. The experience also recognises PRG’s commitment to learning and development as an organisation. You can also read more about the award here. 

Marcus Wormwell

 

The storeys from PRG employees paint a vivid picture of a company that values its people, celebrates their achievements, and creates memorable experiences. It’s a place where professional growth is intertwined with fun, recognition, and team morale, making it an attractive destination for those seeking a fulfilling career journey. If you would like to apply today, click on the link here. 

Written by:

Emily Perry

Lead Marketing Assistant

As a Lead Marketing Assistant, Emily contributes to the marketing of PRG. She is responsible for the PRG social media and events, internally and externally, and adds value to clients through the creation and preparation of collateral for our consultants. Emily is responsible for the creation of content, marketing collateral, event organisation and client presentations. With experience in copy writing, content creation, WordPress and event organisation she supports the team across a wide range of areas to execute marketing tasks coherently.

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New Job, New Routine: How to Establish Healthy Work Habits

November 20, 2023

Starting a new job often brings a mix of excitement and nervousness. It’s a fresh start, a chance to make a good impression, and an opportunity to establish a new routine. In the hustle of adapting to a new environment, it’s crucial to develop healthy work habits early on. These habits can not only boost your productivity but also look after your well-being in a professional setting.

Understanding the Importance of Healthy Habits at Work

Healthy work habits are more than just productivity boosters; they are vital for maintaining physical and mental health. Prolonged periods of stress and poor work-life balance can lead to burnout, a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. By establishing healthy work habits, you can avoid burnout, increase job satisfaction, and enhance overall well-being.

Step 1: Set Clear Boundaries

The first step in establishing healthy work habits is setting clear boundaries. This means setting up your designated working area and ticking off any personal tasks before your working hours start. This way you can focus on your work tasks, especially if you’re working remotely. It is also important to have a designated workspace separate from your living area. This physical boundary helps to mentally separate work from personal life, making it easier to ‘switch off’ at the end of the day. In addition, implementing some mindfulness meditation at your desk once your workday has ended, can help with settling down for the evening.

Step 2: Prioritise Tasks and Organise Your Day

Starting a new job often means tackling a steep learning curve. To manage this effectively, prioritise your tasks. Use tools like to-do lists or digital calendars to keep track of your responsibilities. Setting daily and weekly goals can help you stay focused and give you a sense of accomplishment as you tick off completed tasks.

Step 3: Take Regular Breaks

It’s tempting to power through your workday without taking breaks, especially when you want to prove yourself in a new role. However, regular breaks are essential for maintaining high levels of productivity and preventing burnout. Even short five-minute breaks every hour can make a big difference in how you feel and perform. If you have a longer lunch period, taking a walk and getting some fresh air can also be highly beneficial for keeping up energy levels throughout the day.

Step 4: Develop a Strong Morning Routine

Your morning routine sets the tone for the day. A rushed, chaotic morning can leave you feeling frazzled, impacting your productivity and mood. Instead, create a morning routine that energises and prepares you for the day ahead. This might include exercise, meditation, a healthy breakfast, or simply some quiet time to gather your thoughts.

Another useful task to implement could be journaling, to write down any unanswered thoughts in your mind before beginning your workday. Allowing you to process and disconnect for the day ahead.

Step 5: Embrace a Growth Mindset

Entering a new job is an opportunity for growth and learning. Adopting a growth mindset – the belief that your abilities and intelligence can be developed – can significantly impact how you approach challenges at work. Instead of fearing mistakes, view them as opportunities to learn and improve.

Step 6: Focus on Positive Relationships

The relationships you build at work can greatly influence your job satisfaction and mental health. Try to connect with your colleagues. This doesn’t mean you need to be best friends with everyone, but having a support network at work can make a big difference in how you feel about your job.

 

Starting a new job is an exciting time filled with opportunities for personal and professional growth. By establishing healthy work habits from the beginning, you can set yourself up for success and ensure that your work experience is both productive and enjoyable. Remember, the key to a healthy work routine lies in balance – balancing productivity with self-care, work with personal life, and challenges with opportunities for growth.

If you are looking for a new career with opportunities for growth and a refreshing new routine, click here to apply to PRG today.

Written by:

Shivani Patel

Lead Internal Recruitment Consultant

Shivani is the Lead Internal Recruitment Consultant hiring throughout PRG at all levels, from consultants that are brand new to recruitment to senior hires. Joining the company after completing an undergrad in Psychology at UWE, she is a great point of contact for anyone starting in our Bristol office.

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Precision Resource Group are Finalists for The Business of The Year Award

December 12, 2022

Precision Resource Group (PRG) have been shortlisted for The Business of The Year Award!

The Business Leader Awards celebrates the best UK businesses in the South West. Being recognised for our achievements in the current climate is the highest possible accolade and can elevate our successes with enormous media coverage. As such, we are thrilled to say that we have placed as finalists, in the Business of The Year (51+ employees) Award category.

This award provides a fantastic opportunity to step back and appreciate the demanding work we have put in, providing bespoke, tailored permanent and contract recruitment solutions, whilst exploring new connections and strengthening existing ones within this business sector.

At PRG, parent company of iO AssociatesFinitasPanoramic Careand Panoramic Associates, we are extremely proud of our successes and of all the challenging work our team commit to. We are thrilled to have this opportunity as a company. It’s great to be recognised for our hard work and to have our name listed amongst other brilliant, South-West based businesses. To see PRG shine despite the recent economic turbulence is a tremendous achievement.

Congratulations to everyone that was shortlisted, and everyone at PRG who helped bring this to fruition. we look forward to seeing you on the 15th September at Bristol’s Ashton Gate for the final awards ceremony!

To find out more about PRG and what we do, please click here: About Us 

 

Written by:

Ellie Ward

Marketing Executive

As a Marketing Executive, Ellie contributes to and maintains all 5 brands across PRG. She is responsible for the group’s content strategy, and management of events, internally and externally, and adds value to clients through the creation and preparation of collateral for our consultants. Ellie is responsible for the day-to-day management of creative, on-brand content for our websites, as well as mapping out events for sponsorship and exhibiting. With extensive experience in copy writing, she scopes out awards and accreditations, managing our submissions, with a key focus on building and enhancing brand identification across the group.

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Scaling Your Business: An Intro to RPO

September 22, 2022

Precision Resource Group (PRG)parent company of iO AssociatesFinitasPanoramic Associates and Panoramic Care, are delighted to bring you ‘Scaling your Business: An Intro to RPO’!

Based on a number of conversations with companies and clients, there is a view for many (fairly or unfairly) that some existing PSLs are not fit for purpose as a result of market conditions. Therefore, we ran the masterclass so you could hear from our experts!

We were joined by PRG’s Roger Sillence, Client Engagement Director, Ben Merrison, Commercial Director and Michelle Smith, Head of Marketing, who hosted a session for those who are looking for an alternative solution for key issues surrounding finding and hiring the right people quickly.

Recruitment Process outsourcing (RPO) is the ideal solution perfect for the current market which can be help you become more competitive. It is perfect for helping business scale, but also reduces the risk should there be an economic dip, even if hopefully short-lived.

During the session, we covered:

– What an RPO is, what services it can include, the key benefits to your organisation.

– How does this work and what it would be like to work with a Recruitment Partner on this basis?

– Support with changing processes, including one stage recruitment processes.

– Improving candidate experience and how this can be done simply using such a service.

– Expert views from our Marketing team, on all things EVP and candidate attraction.

You can watch the full recording here:

This session will prove hugely valuable in helping you further understand what it is like to have a Recruitment Partner.

However, if you have any specific questions around RPO, please feel free get in touch.

Alternatively, to find out more about Precision Resource Group and what we do, please click here: About Us

Written by:

Michelle Smith

Marketing Director

With over 10 years marketing experience, I head up the marketing function across all of the PRG brands. I'm passionate about maintaining and enhancing the PRG brands, supporting business strategy and adding value to clients. I am highly experienced in leading marketing campaigns that consistently achieve challenging business goals with areas of expertise including digital marketing, content strategy, events / meet-ups, PR, advertising and internal / external comms. I work alongside many of our clients in helping to develop and implement their employer brands (EVP) and in the creation and implementation of marketing campaigns to reach niche targeted talent.

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