“The expert in everything was once a beginner!”

Posted 11/9/2019 by Olivia Holliday

“The expert in everything was once a beginner!”

In last week’s blog I mentioned how Smart Assessor will be a great tool for tracking for my progress, building on this idea, the college set me a project. Read my top 3 learning points to see what it entailed!

Top 3 learning from the week:

  • Personal Development Plan: This was a task set by the college to aid my progression throughout my apprenticeship. In my plan I conducted a SWOT analysis; a table consisting of things I would like to learn and how I will achieve them; and short, medium and long term goals. This assignment was extremely helpful and interesting, and I feel that it will be beneficial right until the end of my apprenticeship, as it allows me to see all the things that I have learnt and achieved. Also, it will show me the areas that perhaps need improving. I feel this plan will help measure my ongoing learning experience and act as a timeline for my progress which will be crucial evidence for my apprenticeship portfolio. 
  • Social Media: Since managing our company LinkedIn pages, the numbers of followers we have is ever increasing. So, with this in mind, I have been researching other recruitment firm’s social media pages to see how they are also utilising this platform. It became evident that we needed to branch out, and so I have created a rpanalytics Instagram account so that we can engage with a wider audience. Over the next week I will be further researching how we can increase our following on social media platforms. If you have any ideas of how we can increase our following, please feel free to share in the comments section of this post.
  • CV Search and Contact: This is a learning point in which I have already touched on, however I feel that the first couple of times utilising new skills are always a learning curve hence me revisiting this one. I was tasked with finding appropriate candidate CVs on job boards for a Senior Developer role that the company is currently recruiting for. I used a Boolean search to help direct me to the best candidates on the market. Once I had selected the appropriate CV’s, it was then time to contact the candidates to see if they would be interested. I found this experience really beneficial as it gave me a greater insight into the recruitment process as a whole. I hope to conduct more of these tasks in order to help build my skillset so that one day I am able to conduct the full 360 recruitment process. 

Next week will mark the first steps of my Business Administration course as I begin my college lessons. I look forward to learning business theory and being able to put it into context here at RP Group!

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