Our Five Step Process

How much does it cost to use a recruitment agency? Will I receive hundreds of CV’s to look through? When will I be invoiced? There seems to be a lot of confusion about recruitment agencies but we believe it’s a simple process. Below are the five simple steps that we use to find you the right new employee.   Step 1 – Understanding We carefully read your job description and take ten minutes of your time to discuss the exact

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Brexit & Business Continuity

Our Managing Director, Jonathan Clarke, recently gave a presentation on ensuring business continuity in an increasingly uncertain employment market. The presentation begins with a look at the current employment rates (these numbers may surprise you) and goes on to consider the best practices for ensuring your workforce understands the changes that are ahead.   No matter your stance on Brexit, we wanted to share the presentation so that we can help you to support your employees and maintain a stable workforce. As

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How to succeed at group interviews

Over the last three weeks, we’ve taken a look at how to approach telephone interviews, video interviews and interview presentations. Today we look at group interviews. It’s important to understand why people use this type of interview and, in our experience, there are two main reasons: Time Saving – employers can asses 3, 4 or more candidates in around the same time it takes to do a single interview. Team Work – if the role requires team work then group interviews

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5 challenges for Small Businesses when recruiting

Hiring the right staff is never easy, but small businesses face different challenges to larger companies. However, with a challenge comes great opportunity and small businesses should embrace the hiring process as a chance to grow and develop. We address the five major challenges that face small businesses looking to hire new staff and discuss the best ways to overcome them. In many cases we believe you can take advantage of your unique position as a small business.   Competing

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How to succeed at interview presentations

So, you’ve done a great first interview and are invited back to for a second interview where you need to prepare a presentation. How do you write an interview presentation and what should you expect on the day? Whether you enjoy public speaking or not, our steps below should help you to create a successful presentation and land the job. Read the fine print Before you begin, you must understand exactly what the interviewer wants and expects. Should it be

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How to succeed at video interviews

Last week we addressed telephone interviews, this week we’re looking at how to impress during a video interview. To start, it’s worth noting that there are two common types of video interview: A face-to-face video interview via Skype or a similar platform A web platform that has pre-recorded questions for you to answer Generally, you should treat these two types of video interview in the same way and the advice below will help for both. For pre-recorded video interviews, remember

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How to succeed at telephone interviews

As the world of work changes, the hiring process is changing with it. Employers will now often use telephone, video, group interviews and presentations to help them find the right employees. We’ll be running articles on each type and how you can prepare for success. Today, we take a look at the telephone interview.   Why do companies use telephone interviews? Telephone interviews are commonly used as a first stage as they are quicker and often easier to arrange than standard

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Our work with Apex Networks

We’ve been working with Apex Networks since 2012, but the partnership grew quickly last year as their recruitment needs changed. Read the full case study here. Early in 2018, Apex Networks’ new CEO Jean-Pierre Dekker outlined some ambitious growth plans for this Ramsgate based software provider and these changes meant new team members were needed. You may not be familiar with Apex Networks and, in some ways, we hope you don’t need to use them soon. Their software is the

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What is the best time to look for a new job?

Now that a new year is upon us, we wanted to tackle a question that many people ask us: What is the best time of year to look for a new job? We make placements throughout the year, but in our eighteen years working with jobseekers and employers, we have noticed a few things that might be of interest.   New Year, New Job January, February and March are great times to look for a job. Many companies will be

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How to beat the rising train fares

There is one thing about trains that you can always rely on. Every Autumn, Network Rail announces another inflationary price increase that exceeds average wage growth across the UK. For 2019, the average fare rise will by 3.2%. Although we have recently seen wages rise faster than at any point in the last decade, they are still below the fare rise at 3.1%. But how do our train services measure up? And are there any ways in which commuters can

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