1. So what exactly is Stop the Commute about?
Stop the Commute is a new kind of jobs and careers website that is created specifically to help you quit your long, stressful and costly commute in to London or elsewhere and discover employers and jobs closer to home in the Home Counties.
It's also perfect for those wishing to escape London for the Home Counties!
And as many people commute in to London from beyond the Home Counties, we've stretched the definition of a Home County a little! So, Stop the Commute will showcase employers and jobs based in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Dorset, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire.
2. How does it help me to cut my daily commute?
Essentially, Stop the Commute is a dynamic platform that allows employers (small, medium and large corporates) from across the Home Counties to showcase their businesses. You can search for employers in a county/town of your choice and then sit back and watch videos about the company, hear from its employees and get a real insight in to their company culture.
Once you’ve discovered companies you really want to work for, you can explore any current opportunities and begin to engage with your future employers.
3. Who is Stop the Commute for?
Stop the Commute is for anyone who’s had enough of traffic jams or train delays and does not want to spend large chunks of their life commuting to and from work and would love to find a job closer to home!
In fact, according to a research, almost half of UK’s workforce would change their job for a shorter commute. However, for most people, simply finding out what kind of companies and opportunities are closer to home in your area is a task in itself. Until now.
If you currently commute in to London or suffer a similarly costly and stressful commute to elsewhere, you have arrived at the perfect place to end your painful commute.
Whether you are at the top of your profession or at the beginning of your career, we have brought together both small and large employers perfectly placed to offer you opportunities much closer to your home in the Home Counties.
4. Is this another job board?
While some job boards do a great job to bring you new career opportunities, most are pretty sparse on details of the end employer, company culture or even location. In fact, most vacancies on job boards are anonymous and don’t mention the end employer!
Stop the Commute is different.
We bring you profile of employers where you get to hear from the company and its employees and you get to understand their culture and get a real feel for what it might be like to work for a specific company – and if you like what you see and hear on their profile, you can choose to engage with the company or apply for any live roles.
In short, we give you a direct route to Home Counties-based employers and live vacancies across a range of industries and disciplines covering every level from junior roles through to board level appointments.
5. I hear jobseekers can create their profile that includes video CV and social media?
You heard right!
We think that while a good CV is essential for creating a good first impression, a ‘video CV’ may prove to be much more fruitful.
That’s why we allow you to create a highly dynamic profile on the website including links to your ‘video CV’ and social media (Twitter and Facebook) allowing you to showcase your skills and expertise and giving employers the opportunity to make a better judgement about your suitability and fit and really enhance your chances of getting on to employers’ talent pool and securing your next career move.
6. But are there any decent employers in the Home Counties?
Yes. And plenty.
In fact, you’ll find every sector is well represented in the Home Counties. From business services to manufacturing, energy to engineering, financial services to healthcare, technology to telecom, some of the best known brands have been creating great employment opportunities for many years across the Home Counties.
And now with the entrepreneurial wave sweeping the country, there’s also a great emergence of tech hubs and shared spaces giving rise to 1000’s of startups.
In fact, with the range of businesses and a variety of roles at every level, you can now cut your commute without compromising your career AND achieve a fundamentally better work/life balance.
Whether you want to work for a large blue chip company or a cutting edge startup, you'll find them all here and ready to discuss your next career move.
7. Can I also find recruitment companies on Stop the Commute?
While at the core of the website is the direct route to employers through their profiles and live vacancies, we appreciate that recruitment companies also play a crucial role in helping you discover new career opportunities.
So in addition to many great employers, you’ll also find some excellent recruitment companies on Stop the Commute.
(Of course, you can always use the filtering tools on the website to limit your search to employers or recruitment companies only.)
8. What sort of jobs can I expect to see on Stop the Commute?
You can expect to see a full spectrum of jobs ranging from junior roles to board level appointments with national and international responsibilities from across every industry sector.
1. What is Stop the Commute?
Stop the Commute is an employer branding platform and, as a Home Counties-based employer, it allows you to create your company profile and showcase your business to prospective employees and help attract the best talent that may otherwise drain in to London or to your local competitors.
The website helps those commuting in to London or elsewhere from the Home Counties to quit their long, stressful and costly commute by showcasing employers and jobs in the Home Counties.
According to research, almost half of UK’s workforce would change their job for a shorter commute. However, for most people, simply finding out what kind of companies and opportunities are closer to home is a task in itself.
By showcasing employers and jobs from across the Home Counties, we make it easy for your business to be discovered by jobseekers looking for opportunities closer to home in the Home Counties.
So, if you want to tap into the talent that’s seeking opportunities with employers based in the Home Counties, Stop the Commute is the perfect place to do it.
2. What does Stop the Commute do for me as a Home Counties-based employer?
It helps you attract great talent that may otherwise drain in to London or to your local / regional competitors. It helps you slash recruitment costs. And it saves you time.
You can advertise jobs ads that receive highly targeted applications because jobseekers learn what your business is about through your profile before they apply.
Your profile also allows you to engage with jobseekers and encourage them to upload their CVs to your profile allowing you to build your own highly motivated talent pool. And now when a vacancy does arise, it should be a matter of simply picking up the phone to the right candidate whom you may have already screened and interviewed ensuring no more gaps between an employee leaving and a new one starting.
3. How can Stop the Commute help us win the battle for talent?
For many commuters, compared with the Home Countries, London can appear to offer better career opportunities. This means that for employers on the outer edges of London, the Home Counties and further out, battle for talent is even more fierce than other parts of the country.
But with Stop the Commute, you now have a real opportunity to start winning that battle by showcasing your company and highlighting the benefits of working in your area as well as dispelling any misconceptions.
For example, you may wish to showcase diversity of your workforce and your office environment as well as social aspects such as cafes, restaurants, bars, parks and other facilities in your local area. You may also want to highlight the work / life balance an employee would enjoy on joining your company.
In short, you can create an engaging company profile that highlights exciting career opportunities and showcases the benefits of working for your company and in your town / city and win the battle for talent.
4. What exactly is an employer profile and how do I create one?
An employer profile is a dedicated section on the website that showcases your business. Designed to help you deliver engaging content, you can upload employee and office photos, explainer and employee stories / testimonial videos and compelling copy to provide a real insight in to your company.
It’s your opportunity to share with jobseekers what your business is about, what it’s like working there, what your office looks like and even showcase your town.
We would suggest not making your profile feel like a corporate video and avoid marketing jargon. Research shows that Jobseekers love employee stories and perspective. They want get an insight in to your company culture and not simply the facts about what your do.
5. What if we do not have any video content to upload to our profile?
You don’t need Hollywood standard video production. Videos and employee stories shot with a smartphone are likely to be just as engaging – it’s the content and not the production qualities that will attract great talent.
But if you do need any help with photography or video, give us a call and we’ll put you in touch with some great value-for-money video production companies.
6. Do we have to be located in the Home Counties?
Given that we are trying to help people quit their commute from the Home Counties in to London (or elsewhere) your will need to have an office or branch within the Home Counties and any vacancies will be based in the Home Counties too.
However, given the long commute many people undertake every day, we have been a little liberal with our definition of a Home County – therefore, your business could be based in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Dorset, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, West Sussex or Wiltshire.
7. How is Stop the Commute different from job boards?
Job ads on job boards are almost all anonymous. They rarely mention employers’ names or even precise location of roles. Consequently, jobseekers are effectively applying ‘blind’ to many roles and are unable to tailor their application as they don’t know who they are applying to. This means that you, as an employer, have to sift through a lot of irrelevant applications costing you time and money and possibly losing out on the right candidates. More importantly, you may also miss out on great candidates who never apply in the first place as they don’t know who they are applying to!
Stop the Commute is different.
Jobseekers are able to view your profile, get a true understanding of what you do, hear from your employees and get an insight in to your company culture and get a real feel for what it might be like to work for your company. This way jobseekers can screen themselves resulting in applications from jobseekers who are motivated, engaged and keen to work for your company, saving you time and money and securing you a talented workforce.
8. What sort of jobs can we advertise on Stop the Commute?
You can advertise jobs at every level ranging from junior roles to board level appointments.
9. Does it cost employers to create a profile on Stop the Commute?
Employers can register and submit their company details for inclusion on the website for free.
However, to create a full company profile and upload vacancies, there is a charge. But it is a lot less than you might expect. Contact us for more details.