AP Group celebrates 30 years in global recruitment
AP Group with 3 divisions AP Personnel, AP Technical and AP Executive have been serving the Channel Islands since 1990. What started out as a local recruitment agency has now developed into the only agency in Jersey to truly have a global reach. Gina Le Prevost, CEO explains ‘Our company’s unique selling point is to help clients find new employees locally or with a particular knowledge or skill set which cannot be sourced on the island. If clients establish a new office in Jersey or abroad, we have the resources and candidates available. AP Executive’s USP can assist local candidates looking to develop careers internationally. We have a global client base in which we can introduce candidates to a new location and living and working experience.’
Since 1990 we have branched out by establishing our three divisions. Candidates and clients can identify with our services easier and find which division fully caters to their needs. A High Street agency will not usually deal with international candidates or board level senior jobs successfully whereby AP Executive caters for this level of recruitment and furthermore AP Technical is established to deal with IT and fintech clients and candidates so our consultants are selected to understand the IT and fintech jobs jargon. AP Personnel division sources local jobs for junior to mid-level candidates.
‘We have come a long way since our first office opened in 1990 and this year, 2020, we celebrated 30 years. Since then we have placed candidates in 58 locations across the globe - we must be doing something right! ‘, she adds. It’s certainly been an interesting journey, and we have had to adapt and evolve with many changes in the recruitment world. We look forward to working alongside our clients and candidates for many more years to come.
We all dream of getting that perfect job. You have done your research and mentally prepared yourself for the interview. You attend the first interview and are sure it went well. The job is literally in your hands, then they ask you to attend one final interview.
Don’t get nervous or doubt yourself. Making it through to this stage is a positive and that a job offer is in your sights.
The purpose of a final interview is to ask you further questions, with the client having whittled down the competition to a shortlist of the best candidates. Congratulate yourself, you did well to get to this point and to impress the interviewer. When a company is hiring new staff or replacing someone who is leaving it is an expensive and important process. So final interviews are important to ensure it doesn’t turn out to be a costly mistake for any employer. Cultural fit is an important factor, hiring new staff they need to be able to fit in with the business and staff so they will stay in the job for a while and not jump ship.
In final interview you have to accept it maybe just to meet the team and more knowledge of the office set-up. Some companies prefer to hold a formal last interview which can be conducted by senior staff of the company. Be sure to show your gratitude for being invited back for a final interview and that you are keen to work for them. They may require you to complete a psychometric test which can give a very good insight to a potential employees psyche and work mindset. You may be offered the job immediately during final interview – be prepared for this and if you need time to think about the offer or if you are ready to accept the offer on the spot. Keep a positive, friendly stance, the new employer will be looking for signs that you really want the job by studying your body language. Don’t fidget or slouch and ensure to keep eye contact. Tell them why you are the best person for the job – good luck!
The future of employment is positive with Jersey still a safe haven for investors and new businesses. Coronavirus has had a big influence on how businesses and job seekers think and how they now prefer to work. Jersey is still an attractive location for jobs which keeps islanders in a good economy.
Covid made businesses eradicate many jobs from the office to employees embracing the challenge of working from home. Home working is now becoming a normal requirement. Companies have found staff are able to provide the same amount of work output as previously. We are also dealing more and more with line managers and HR professionals working remotely and being available on their mobiles as opposed to landlines which are becoming defunct.
More companies are requiring IT and digital transformation to assist them to grow and streamline operations and to help the business to further continue to work remotely. This will have positive effects on efficiency and simplify processes to be faster. Online technology has grown massively. This shows how many businesses are adapting to working different hours and shifts due to technology. The traditional hours of 9 till 5 will no longer be the norm, some clients are already offering flexible working conditions to their staff.
E-learning from home has been a necessity for a lot of students. It is predicted top universities will have full courses available for online study by 2030. A massive financial saving for parents and graduates hopefully remaining on the island to fulfil their careers. Jersey has previously struggled to hire local available graduates.
I recall around 10 years ago Bill Gates, a founder of Microsoft predicting that we will all eventually become an unsociable society and normal work patterns like 9 till 5 will change with workers choosing their hours of work around the clock, 7 days a week. I think that time may have arrived.
Now the lockdown has been lifted it is time to dust down the work suit and get back into the workplace or is it? The pandemic, whilst a time of worry and concern, has also lifted the lid on what it is like to work from home and could it now be the future. AP Group has studied what working patterns will be like post-pandemic.
Here are our findings: Many of us will continue to work from home permanently or with much more regularity, meaning a lot of empty office space and lower commercial real estate values. On the plus side, this will help the island’s traffic congestion and the air everyone breathes will become cleaner. Most people I speak to have expressed their pleasure having had time to work from home and the majority are hoping this will now form part of their new work regime and their employer will consider allowing them to work at least some days from home, thus saving time and costs in travelling into the office every day. It appears employers are already investing in technology to support the work from home style and also to be able to navigate and monitor work output when the staff member cannot be managed onsite. Calendar appointments in person/face to face will also now not be so important and less frequent. Companies have found interviewing potential candidates can be achieved over an app with Zoom (although still questionable on its security) or Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp /Skype being the most popular forms of video interviewing and conferencing. Because over time, most employees will not be working necessarily in the office but from home, it will make us as Bill Gates once quoted from Microsoft as we will eventually emulate an ‘unsociable society’, therefore we will make more effort to individualise our clients needs and make more of an effort to personalise our business offering to each and every client we work for. E-based work or informally known as telemarketing/sales will become more of the norm when picking up new business and clients and interaction between co-worker colleagues when servicing new clients needs to clinch a deal.
Now that workers are being given the chance to work remotely the culture of 9 till 5 with an hour for lunch will become less compartmentalized. The work and lifestyle balance will start to blend into one another so what was seen as drop tools at 5pm to get home before the sun goes down will now not be so much the case because employees will already be at home. I am not saying that employees will be expected to put more hours into the job that they have been contracted to do, but they will be more assessable to their employer to fit around their home life so hours of work will no longer necessarily be 9 till 5 – we are already seeing clients becoming more open to hours of work being much more negotiable. Harvard Business School predicts that staff will find their workdays following a very different rhythm. Regular work activities will get disrupted and then blended with personal life. Before working from home, most employees complained of being overloaded with too many face to face meetings and lots of emails to attend to. The shift to working from home is now an opportunity to rethink about your priorities of your workflow and to be able to make a new schedule to achieve your day to day work goals.
This new virtual world will require local authorities and companies to adapt and use more e-services that authenticate identity and enter agreements. Many countries have already implemented universal biometric authentication that is used for accessing financial services as well as entering agreements. At AP Group, for a while, we have been using e-signature documents for clients and candidates to be able to sign online terms and times sheets for example and submit with ease. New rules hopefully will start to come into the island whereby ‘in-person’ legal transactions, such as signing and witnessing and notarising legal documents and comments can be done by video or e-signing. New York has already implemented a new rule allowing a notary to take the acknowledgement of a trust creator over video. Witnesses to wills, notaries and signatures are allowed through videoconferencing during the pandemic which is still very current in this city. House sales in Guernsey could also be conducted this way. The local IT companies have a very good future with being able to implement new software to cater to the island’s thriving industries.
Business never stands still, and it’s always exciting to see new initiatives that can grow from what has been an unprecedented time in the island, providing new business and career opportunities. At AP Group this year we are celebrating our 30 years of service in Guernsey and internationally and we look forward to being of continued assistance for recruitment to our clients and candidates.
When looking for staff or if you are a job seeker looking for a new opportunity, why not speak to one of our experienced consultants today on +44 1481 715757.
During this unprecedented time with the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we want to keep you informed that we will continue to follow the strict guidelines issued by the Governments in which our offices are located.
Update - 5 June 2020:
AP Group offices are following the guidelines issued by the applicable local governments:
As a group we have so far adopted the following preventative measures:
Working Remotely – we are closely monitoring the advice and recommendations of global and local organisations/governments and should the need arise our staff will have the ability to work remotely ensuring our client and candidate services will continue to be supported as best as possible.
Office Opening – we will strive to keep our offices open during normal business hours. Should we need to close an office, we will inform you in due course. However all visits are now by appointment only. We have preventative measures in our offices in the form of hand sanitisers, hand washing facilities and our offices are professionally cleaned daily.
Business Travel and Meetings – we have stopped all non-essential business travel and client meetings. Any client meetings which have been cancelled will be resumed and re-organised following full consultation with our clients.
Job Interviews – we encourage all clients and candidates to conduct interviews via audio or video calls. This will not only reduce the risks of exposure and transition, but will ensure continuity of business as usual wherever possible.
Candidate Registrations – we already receive a large majority of applications via our websites, job boards or directly to our consultants, either by phone or email. For the next two weeks minimum, we are encouraging all communications via audio/video calls and trust this will not affect our services. We will review the situation again at the end of the two weeks.
We are following the COVID-19 updates on a day-to-day basis and any further information will be circulated via email and published on our website (AP Group).
Our number one priority is the safety of our staff, clients and candidates.
We continue to be able to service clients and candidates in a timely manner and we believe that the preventive measures adopted will ensure that our clients and candidates will continue to be serviced in the correct and safest manner.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your usual AP Group contact person.
AP Group Staff Achieve Professional GDPR Data Protection Qualifications
Recruitment consultants at AP Group in Guernsey and Jersey offices have successfully completed a recognised industry GDPR manager level training course. The course which has been customised specifically for the GDPR laws in the Channel Islands was compiled for local companies by a Jersey training provider. Each consultant achieved 100% pass rate and received a certificate of achievement in recognition of successfully completing the course.
The exam, which is similar to a Certificate in Personnel Development course covered specific areas related to data protection and personal data. They also covered training regarding what special category data relates to and 7 general data protection principles. AP Group’s consultants also covered data subject rights and the important aspects of consent, breaches and fines in GDPR laws.
CEO for AP Group, Gina Le Prevost FIRP DipRP ‘Congratulations to the staff on achieving 100% success rates. The online course can be accessed over the next 12 months so if anyone of our consultants wants to refresh their learning they can at any time. We are the first recruitment agency in the Channel Islands to have recognised the importance of on the job GDPR training and undertaken professional study relating to the importance of data protection rules and regulations in the islands. We felt it very important to ensure we continue to keep on top of our game. Being professionally qualified in recruitment especially with GDPR training and qualifications, should be compulsory to study GDPR in the recruitment industry as it is such an important aspect of our jobs. We want our candidates and clients to be assured of our professionalism and current knowledge, so they can rely on our expertise. Our industry is becoming more and more compliant with data management procedures. Recruitment agencies should be particularly conscious of the importance of data protection as our industry is so very very confidential.’
AP Group are one of the longest standing recruitment agencies in the Channel Islands, having been established in 1990, the group is celebrating 30 years in global recruitment this year.