Everyone who joins our team has the chance to make a real impact and difference to Orbis.
Quality is the backbone of what we do and developing our staff is no exception. You are in charge of where you want to go and every member of the Orbis team has a tailored learning and development programme, specific to their goals and aspirations.
Our promotion criteria is clear and undisputed. You will benefit from extensive training and development from our Managing Directors and ex-industry professionals, who don’t shy away from the team behind closed doors. Our open office space is a collaborative environment, but you will be given full autonomy and accountability. You'll excel on ambition and performance, not date-restricted criteria.
We love all things tech and to give our consultants exactly what they need to excel, we use the latest recruitment platforms, CRM, Cloud phone system, job boards and each consultant will be given a LinkedIn Recruiter licence. This goes alongside in-house marketing, events and personal branding support. Plus a dedicated accounts and contractor care team.
Our team are an eclectic mix of characters, with a fun synergy and friendly office. Whether you are an experienced recruiter, a graduate or you’re looking for a change of career; we're extremely interested in hearing from any background.
WeWork benefits & members portal
Unlimited budget to attend / host industry events, meetups & training courses
Lunch clubs at top 5* restaurants & Breakfast on Mondays & Happy hour on Thursdays
Office music, office drinks fridge, weekly treats & early Friday finish
Incentive trips abroad & across the states
Cycle to work scheme & on-site showers
The latest tech equipment, programmes & platforms
Birthday day off
Work from home
In the current climate, with offices closed across the country and face-to-face interviews no longer taking place, more and more people are turning to video technology to maintain momentum with their hiring plans. History has proven time and time again that the businesses who adapt to change and innovate, are the ones to prosper. Nokia who? (That poor snake, I wonder what he’s up to now…) Don’t let the current situation hold you back from achieving your goals. Positions still need to be filled, and you can still secure great candidates and get them up and running remotely. The companies that will be least affected by the unforeseen challenges COVID-19 has thrown at us, will be the ones that manage to maintain operations as close to BAU as possible. Don’t let social distancing stop you from securing your dream hire. Video interviewing software is the answer to business continuity, and here’s why: Flexibility First off, there’s no travel involved. It also means you’ll have access to candidates from further afield as they can interview from wherever and whenever, giving you a much wider pool of talent to choose from. ‘Ideal,’ I hear you say. There’s also no time off required which is perfect for candidates who are considering their options, but who might struggle to get time off from their current roles. With self-isolation and social distancing on everyone’s mind, the flexibility video offers is essential for combatting the repercussions of our current working situation. Time We’ve all heard the phrase “Time is money” and we’re all guilty of complaining about not having enough of it. You've possibly said that you’d consider video before but didn’t have the time to explore it properly. Plus, you were successful with your current processes, so why bother? Well, thanks to Covid-19, none of us have the luxury of meeting candidates in-person anymore. BUT that doesn’t mean you have to halt your hiring plans. It means that now is the time to explore video properly, to embrace the change and to make the best of a bad situation. Adding video interviewing to your hiring process increases the interview to hire ratio significantly In many cases, gut instinct will indicate within the first five or ten minutes if a candidate is right for the role or not. With face-to-face interviews, you have no option to stop the interview but with video you do. We can conduct your first stage interviews for you. Then we can send these back to you in a candidate shortlist for review. So, you’ve immediately skipped a whole stage in the process. Plus, you’ve avoided needless diary coordination and saved yourself tonnes of time sitting through interviews (even virtual ones) with people you know aren’t the right fit. The best part is, we don’t charge you any more for this service, it’s all just part of our offering. Talent There’s another consideration too, the fact is, people are still hiring. Agile businesses are determined to keep going and are not taking this lying down. If you’re not still hiring, you’re simply going to miss out on the best talent to those who still are. The ones who are changing it up and moving forward will reap the rewards. Everyone wants to work for people who care about their employees and who are determined not to be beaten. Introducing video to your hiring process instead of putting a stop to it ensures you’re not missing out. Be flexible, save time, get the best talent and keep your business moving forward. Ready to go virtual? Read our video interview tips here.
Utilise your time and mentally exercise by learning, boosting your ideas and expanding your skillset. Learning is a journey, not a destination. It’s important to stay ahead with continual education. When was the last time you met someone who didn’t have a full stack of knowledge in more than one particular space? Broaden your horizons and your abilities. In the current work environment, there’s more opportunity for online learning, upskilling within your role or training in an alternative area. Whether you’re interested in a subject that directly relates to you personally or professionally, extending your expertise and improving your superpowers will only benefit both areas of your life. After all, if we’re all stuck at home isolating, we might as well be productive right? Reap the benefits Spark your creativity at home and don’t allow your mind to stagnate. Whilst we’re all getting settled into this ‘new normal’, those of us who aren’t typically home on full-time basis will be mentally challenged right now. You could use your original commute time or an hour before/after ‘work’ to refresh and learn something new. Whether you are currently employed, seeking a new role, or taking some time out, utilise the calm and stability of your current working environment and discover something new. Not only is it emotionally uplifting, it’s also empowering - two strange yet amazing ways to feel in isolation. Check out some online learning platforms It’s worth investigating and researching programmes and even certified qualifications extensively to see what equipment, costs and the amount of time required to sign up for your new chosen interest. Some employers may be happy to supply funding to certified courses especially if this is going to enhance your performance within the business. If you’re a leader and you have the capabilities to do this, it’s worth looking at the benefits this will give your team. Right now there are a lot of offers and free subscription packages available, so it's worth doing a bit of research now to benefit from these. To get you started on your online expedition, take a look at some of these platforms: Skillshare is an online learning platform for personalized, on-demand classes with the world’s best practitioners. From design, photography, creative writing to web development. Udemy is a popular, generic online learning platform housing a variety of different courses and topics. Pluralsight is a technology and multimedia-focused online learning platform. Katacoda is an interactive, tool-based learning platform – and it’s free! Scotch.io courses for all the major front-end frameworks, various other tools, libraries, and concepts. Codementor is a live coding mentorship website which pairs you with an experienced engineer. Google is offering their portfolio of Google Cloud learning resources free online this month, including their extensive catalogue of training courses, hands-on labs on Qwiklabs, and interactive Cloud OnAir webinars at no cost until April 30th 2020. If you’ve missed the deal, fear not, signing up can enable anyone to gain access to cloud experience through hands-on labs, no matter where you are. Learn how to prototype an app, build prediction models and loads more, all at your own pace from the comfort of your home. Fast learners adopt healthy habits Reading is super valuable for building your learning technique, it’s also great for your mind to exercise with new concepts, ideas, emotions and patterns. You won’t need to shove your nose into a library’s worth, but you could benefit from picking up a book occasionally. Apparently, if you read a lot your mind is more susceptible to learning better. For example, all the top guys read A LOT. Mark Zuckerberg reads a book every two weeks, Bill Gates reads 50 books every year and, get this, Elon Musk grew up reading two books a day! Sharing your new knowledge with others will enable you to retain the information better. If you can set up an online study group or join meetup communities, you can build better memory and effectively learn by teaching and explaining it to others. Taking care of your health will result in a sharper thought process and a happier brain. Switch off Friends, put away the bag of Doritos and revolve your diet around healthy food – vegetables, protein, whole grains, and fruit. Take a break - little and often works a treat. To help retain information, it’s important to schedule in some downtime and optimise your rest intervals so your brain can solidify all the new research it’s taking in. These help with forming an effective work from home plan and our daily self-isolation routines too. In a climate that’s changing every day, the ability to learn an accessible skill quickly at home will give you an advantageous lead in the world’s current situation.
How Digital Adaptations Will Connect Us in Isolation Looking beyond the pandemic, we’re adapting to a virtual form of lifestyle. Technology enables us to have continuity with our work, entertainment and even exercise, but this does include a severe lack of social life. Like a dark hairy Carrie Bradshaw, I couldn’t help but wonder, how do we combat the issue of chronic loneliness and boredom, alongside the viral pandemic and lockdowns we’re facing now? We comfort our human instinct with interaction in a digital format. Across businesses and family homes, we’re all jumping online to continue with communications. At Orbis, we’ve got a few platforms to enable us to work from home effectively and maintain regular engagement with each other. We have group chats dedicated to a new running club (one a day per person, of course), a book club, positive news, Thursday quiz sessions and Friday quarantini’s – it’s essential to share the same level of banter we would have otherwise enjoyed in the office. Keeping these close working relationships is something that matters highly to the culture of our team and it’s evident these platforms help individuals in our business fight the feelings of cabin fever. The platforms we’ve been using for internal comms include Slack, Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Slack has been a long term go-to for instant messaging, but Teams is slowly becoming my platform of choice when speaking to my team over video calls. It’s that little bit better than Slack and it’s super easy to use. For video interviews, we like to use Odro. It’s an awesome platform that our clients and candidates can use to continue with their hiring process, online. One-click and they’re both in a virtual meeting room, no sign-ups or long waits – easy! Working from home has pushed us to use digital platforms to their full potential. Not only have they enabled us to remain sociable, but they’ve also kept us productive too. “Shall we grab a coffee…” One thing that happens way too much in the office are 5-minute catch-up chats which end up being 30-minute coffee dates in the breakout area. Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of this and I’ll be more cautious when we’re back in the office. Plus, I drink way too much coffee. Younger generations are feeling the impact of the digital takeover, despite being a digital generation. Schools have closed, and children are continuing their education in an online format. Social fitness celebrities are leading virtual P.E. and teachers are doing live storytime videos. Personally, I’m worried the kids of today are somewhat anti-social with the excessive use of social, some time for the wrong reasons. Will this new normality help bridge the distance in human interaction? Or will it disconnect them further from reality, eventually growing up to be little hermits that can’t go out in the sun… Social media platforms are serving their purpose. As for other generations, social media has never been more important. I’ve just downloaded House Party, which is thriving during this pandemic. It’s like Odro meets Snapchat, a great way to host group video calls with integrated games to keep you entertained. Personally, I’d rather be at the pub, but at least I can get a beer from the fridge and pretend I’m there. Shockingly, I’ve spent less time on social media since being on lockdown. My screen time on social has gone down almost 40% in the past week. Probably because I can’t be dealing with any more coronavirus memes, but also because I haven’t been commuting. I’ve been spending the time I do have online for work or to purely catch up with friends, no more menial scrolling. You only need to look at the gaming industry to catch a glimpse of the future. If we’re adapting to a purely digital world, could we be taking inspiration from gamers totally immersed in their virtual worlds? The level of technology, graphics, player interaction and fluid streaming services within modern console games exceed expectations every year. If we continue relying on technology as a virtual platform for conferences, house parties and everything in between, it could come to a point where we’re virtually walking into each other’s rooms as digital versions of ourselves – not just blurred faces on an iPhone screen. Imagine.
How to effectively work from home: For some companies, working remotely isn’t a foreign concept. A few of us at Orbis regularly work from home and luckily our systems are set up accordingly. However, it’s not always the physical capability that holds some of us back from WFH full time, sometimes it’s the lack of interaction, team energy and a comfortable office chair. Now we’ve been advised to work from home for the foreseeable future. It’s super exciting for the team to embrace a new style of working and get a break from the commute (hallelujah) but there are still techniques for us to learn. I like my home and I hope you like yours too, but if you’re situated in the same place for a long time, it can be difficult to maintain balance and define any separation between work and home life. Get a morning routine sorted. Wake up at your normal time, get out of bed, get dressed, then leave your bedroom. Whether it’s a jog around the block, online yoga class, a cup of coffee on your doorstep or stepping out into the garden with your dog. Use your original commute time to do anything that doesn’t involve pyjamas and grabbing your laptop or phone. Don’t allow your mind to start working and consuming the world’s news until you’ve had a chance to truly wake up. If you're really pining for some normality, you could pop out for a stroll, buy a coffee, have a natter with the barista and support a local business. Make a plan and list your priorities for the day. Flexibility is great, but when you have a house full of distractions (oh hello, is that Netflix calling?) it can be really hard to remain productive. Set up a regimented work pattern with balanced working hours. If you find yourself in an opposite scenario, superglued to your chair, set alarms to remind yourself to take lunch or log off. Working long slogs late into the night will not do you any favours and burn out is still real – even when you work from home. Take a quick break every hour. A video call with your colleague to chat about unrelated work topics doesn’t count. Step away from your workspace for 5 minutes and refresh. What you could do screen-free in 5 minutes: Make a cuppa Do 10 star jumps and stretch Put your laundry in the washing machine– then hang up the washing in your next break Same goes for your dishwasher, or washing up old-school from the sink Communicate. Try to video call whenever possible. Not only will this help with any feelings of isolation, but it will also help you with communicating points clearly. Make sure you have a call with your team, then include all the small talk and gossip you’d normally have in the office. Hand out virtual high fives and discuss the challenges you’re facing together. The key is to bridge the distance through virtual and visual communication tools. We have a company group chat set up purely to share positive news and another for exercise and sporting updates. Another great technique to fill the void. Conference and business calls may need a little more formality. We recently wrote a blog on our top tips for video interviewing, which are handy for business calls too. Prepare a fresh lunch. You can get some decent downtime when you cook and prepare a freshly made lunch. A good diet with lots of nutrients is more important than ever in the current climate. Cats have no regard for video calls. Pets and children will get involved and on camera, especially if you have it on whilst talking to your most important contact. Dogs and kids don’t have a volume button either, making calls a little tricky. If you’re like me and have a menagerie of creatures, or a human flatmate, make sure you can establish a safe space for refuge and focus, for work and those calls or just your own sanity. Social media. Connect to the universe, chat to your friends and family, be inspired, help people and gain support. Use it however you wish – but as soon as it begins to encroach on your wellbeing, turn it off, delete the app and get on with something else. Exercise. It feels like an obvious bit of advice, but when you’re cosy at home it’s easy to become sluggish and take advantage of your snack cupboard. For your mental and physical health, it’s essential to incorporate P.E. into your daily schedule. There are a lot of options ready for you that won’t cost a penny. HIIT workouts on the living room floor, circuit training in the garden, 5 km around the park and back, cycling, yoga – or simply walking the dog. A decent walk is a brilliant way to clear your head, your lungs and get your heart pumping. Meditation apps are also a great option for your mental wellbeing, any sleep issues you may be experiencing or anxiety. Music. For the first time in forever, you don’t have to worry about what others think of your summer 2010 playlist. You can explore genres and volume levels at your own pleasure. Alternatively, the radio can provide some great company if you find yourself more productive around a buzzing office atmosphere. Switch off. It’s ideal to set up your home office somewhere you can step away or rearrange at the end of your working day. Whether you have a desk set up in a different room, or you’re set up at the dining room table – put your laptop away, close the door and get into ‘home’ mode. Create a divide between home and work life.
Orbis is home to innovative recruiters who believe in building trusted relationships and strong communication. Our integrity to invest in people and community is unwavering. If we have piqued your interest, please get in touch to have a confidential chat. We look forward to hearing from you!