Businesses are facing new challenges – do interim professionals provide a solution?

Jessica iddon role of a researcher

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Update from Azura Search

Businesses are facing new challenges – do interim professionals provide a solution?

The escalating impact of Covid-19 and the increasing government restrictions to tackle the crisis have resulted in one of the greatest challenges to our economy in the last century.

The ongoing uncertainty has brought the need for change and agility in many businesses.
Companies that haven’t previously required it are having to transform their supply chain, manage cash, transform their workforce, or lead various turnaround and change programmes. If this specialist expertise isn’t already in a company’s arsenal, developing it at pace can provide a challenge for business leaders.

The interim market provides an ideal solution to acquiring expertise quickly. Through this market, businesses can tap into an experienced group of professionals who can lead, support, coach and advise a business through these challenges, with no long-term financial commitment.

Each interim professional has a specialist skillset that they can utilise to support businesses in both leadership and supporting roles. Due to the temporary nature of their roles, these professionals can impact change and implement strategy rapidly. This is vital for businesses either in crisis or overstretched from demand, as it is uncertain how long the current restrictions will be in place and how long we will be seeing the affects after they are lifted.

In recognition of the crucial role the interim workforce will play over the coming months, the government has delayed the IR35 reforms due to be implemented this year to 2021.

It is during times of uncertainty and rapid change when the interim professional comes into their own.

Azura Search has an extensive network of interim professionals ready and available to support your business needs.

The Azura team supports charity partner to deliver their programme remotely

Jessica iddon role of a researcher

News Update

Update from Azura Search

The Azura team supports charity partner to deliver their programme remotely

Through our charitable foundation, Altum Foundation, our team at Azura Search has been supporting our charity partner Resurgo to continue to deliver their SPEAR programme remotely.

The SPEAR programme was set up by Resurgo to help young people facing disadvantage into the workplace. The programme aims to equip them with confidence, motivation and the vital skills they need to succeed in long-term employment. The programme involves coaching, practical training and a year support.

Azura Search has been supporting the SPEAR programme with particle training, which includes mock interviews and office visits, for several years. As the Government restrictions have come into place, Resurgo has had to deliver their training programme virtually.

Last week our team held virtual mock interviews with the young people. This was the first time our team in Amsterdam were able to get involved with support Resurgo which is a UK based charity. It was also the first time the Resurgo SPEAR programme had an International mock interview!

Erin Wilson, Senior Consultant based in Amsterdam shared her experience:

Last week I had the pleasure of being a part of Resurgo’s 4-week programme supporting young adults facing disadvantage getting into the workplace.

As part of their final week of the SPEAR programme, I conducted two mock interviews over the phone with one of the trainees who had Asperger Syndrome. The idea of this exercise was to build the trainee’s confidence by developing interview techniques and to prepare them for what real interviews would be like.
Having never worked with Resurgo before this was such an enlightening experience that I was glad to have been a part of. It allowed me to understand how much these young people truly value and require the support that this charity offers them through building confidence in areas such as small talk, teaching them how to engage with people they haven’t met before and offering essential interview techniques, that will aid the trainees in securing their first job.

Overall, it was a fantastic opportunity for both myself and the trainee and I am so glad that we live in a digital era that enables charities such as Resurgo (SPEAR) to continue the amazing work they are already doing.