How to leave a job on good terms

At Mackenzie England we believe in the saying “the best beginning to your new job is a good ending with your current employer”.  It’s essential to ensure that you depart on a positive, professional note to guarantee that you leave doors open and can rely upon old colleagues for advice and valuable references. After all a strong business network is invaluable in developing your future career! So how do you ensure that you leave a job on good terms? Believe…

International Women in Engineering Day 2017

Of the 2.3 million people working in the construction industry at the end of December last year, only 296,000 were women (according to the Office for National Statistics). That’s roughly 13%. So, on the day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in engineering and technical roles, I find myself chewing over why the construction industry is still failing to attract more women? Skills shortage   The construction industry is desperate to attract new recruits’ due to a major skills shortage.…

Top Tips for Strategic Recruitment (Part 3): Why use an external recruitment specialist

With the growth of internal recruitment teams and, in particular, online professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, you may be questioning the value of hiring an executive search consultancy, like Mackenzie England, to help you find new talent for your business.  It’s important to remember that not all agencies are the same, and we pride ourselves on being distinctly different.  Here are 5 reasons we believe your business should be embracing a head-hunter relationship such as ours for your strategic…

Top Tips for Strategic Recruitment (Part 2): Embracing the head-hunter relationship for best business results

For many businesses, the most efficient way to manage strategic recruitment is to use the services of an experienced, external agency.  But how do you ensure that you maximise this relationship to get the most out of your investment? 1. Welcome us in to your business At Mackenzie England, relationships are important to us; you could say we’re driven by them. By inviting us to meet with your senior team, we can learn what is required from the role and…

Top Tips for Strategic Recruitment (Part 1): Making investment worthwhile

Recruitment is a necessary process for any business looking to develop, but get it wrong and it can be expensive; bad recruitment decisions will after all, cost your business both time and money.  But get it right and your business will grow and prosper. At Mackenzie England, we find the most common mistake is for a business to recruit hastily, bringing in someone in who is available, rather than looking at the bigger picture.   This is why if you’re recruiting,…

Why networking is good and how to get it right

It’s the dawn of a new year and I expect, for many of you reading this, a raft of new resolutions on how you’re going to grow your business in 2017. If, like me, you’re reflecting on the accomplishments and hurdles of the last year, then you’re bound to hit upon something that you’d like to do more actively this year.  For me, it’s the same as always, quite simply meeting more people and making meaningful and credible connections. As…

How to hit the ground running in a new role

Starting a new job is an exciting but often a somewhat challenging process; it’s important to capitalise on first impressions, quickly understand your new environment and build relations that make a positive impact.  Here are a few tips from our candidates’ experiences at Mackenzie England on how you can hit the ground running in a new role: More ears than mouth! In the first few weeks it’s imperative that you spend a lot of time listening and learning rather that…

When a team is more important than a hire

At Mackenzie England, we have noticed a definite change in employee attitudes over the past few years; attracting and retaining talent is not simply about “top salaries” and “great benefits packages” (of course they do need to be up there too!).  But today, recruiting and retaining staff are much more about “what”, “who” and “we” and sometimes an effective team is more important than a hire. I know that personally, I’m more energised and effective if I work within a…

Brexit: Where now for an already unstable construction industry?

Over 30 million Britons voted last month in a Brexit election that has resulted in what can only be described as a momentous turning point in our history. With the results came the anticipated plunge in the financial markets; the pound has dropped to its lowest level against the US dollar in over 30 years.  And to add insult to injury Prime Minster, David Cameron, has resigned; announcing plans to step down in as few as two months. Are we…