Recruitment agency serving Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire

Welcome to Ascendant Recruitment... deliberately different

When it comes to choosing a recruitment agency, you will want to work with a company who has your best interests at heart, who truly understands your needs and will work tirelessly on your behalf. A consultancy who returns your calls, always keeps you updated and creates new opportunities. At Ascendant Recruitment, we use our insight and expertise to provide a service that is deliberately different.

Since we started in 2003, we have established a reputation as a leading recruitment agency for Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding areas. To find out how we can help you, please get in touch!

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Telesales Executive
9.00 p/h

Do you love sales? Have you had telesales experience? Are you available immediately? Our Client, a well known provider of training material, are seeking an enthusiastic sales person with a real hunger to succeed. This is a temporary role and will require someone with the ability to hit the ground running and a real desire to win new business! The ideal candidate will; Have telesales experience A real hunger to succeed The ability to convert leads into sales Brilliant customer service and rapport building skills The ability to handle rejection If you have telesales experience and are looking to start a temporary position ASAP, we would like to hear from you! Due to the high volume of applications we receive, it is not always possible to get back to you within 24 hours. However, your application will be reviewed by a Consultant as quickly as possible and if you are shortlisted we will aim to call you within two working days. If you do not receive a call please do not be despondent. Typically only one candidate can be successful per role! Please apply for any future roles in the same way. Good luck!

Graduate Jobs
£18000 - £22000

Are you a recent graduate looking for a challenging new role? Then we’d love to help! We work with many of the finest companies in Milton Keynes and they’re always looking to recruit bright, high-calibre individuals with the right personality and attitude. So even if you don’t have much commercial experience, please don’t be dissuaded from sending us your CV. Our clients range from large, blue-chip companies who offer many different career paths, through to smaller businesses, where you’ll get the opportunity to take on a broad range of responsibilities and develop new skills. Whichever sized company suits you, we can place you with an employer who is passionate about nurturing talent and helping you reach your potential. Our friendly, experienced consultants recruit across six diverse divisions, encompassing:   Office Support – Sales – Marketing – HR – Finance and Accountancy – Logistics   So whether you’re looking start a career within finance or develop your passion for customer service, we can help you take that first step. To get started, please click ‘Apply Now’, complete the easy form and upload your CV. We look forward to hearing from you.   p.s. We understand that entering the employment market can be daunting. That’s why we’ve written handy blogs across a range of subjects, from crafting a cover letter to job interview tips. You can search and read our informative articles by heading to the homepage and clicking the Blog tab.    Due to the high volume of applications we receive, it is not always possible to get back to you within 24 hours. However, your application will be reviewed by a consultant as quickly as possible and if you are shortlisted we will aim to call you within two working days.

Temporary Summer Jobs
£8.00 - £10.00

Are you looking for work this summer? Are you available immediately? Would you like to earn some extra money and gain valuable work experience? Then we can help!   Perhaps you’re an undergraduate home for the summer or you’re simply looking for a short term contract. If so, we have lots of exciting temporary office support jobs available at a variety of established companies across Milton Keynes. We’re looking for bright, reliable people to work in the following roles:   Administration – Customer Service – Data Entry – Analysis   These positions are available immediately and are a fantastic way to gain some commercial work experience, build your professional network and earn some cash! So if you’ve got the following skills and you’d like to know more about our temporary opportunities, please contact us today: •             A professional manner •             Excellent administration and customer service skills •             The ability to work well in a team •             Reliable with a great attention to detail   Simply click ‘Apply Now’, complete the easy form and upload your CV!       As a result of the volume of applicants we receive we will be unable to respond to each of you. We will endeavour to respond to successful applicants within 72 hours of your application. To keep up to date with all of our vacancies please follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and register with us on our website.  

Corporate Tax Senior
£30000 - £35000

Salary Up to £35,000. Full time Permanent. The Company A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Corporate Tax Senior to join a Global accountancy firm on a permanent basis. The Role Your responsibilites will include: Preparing CT provisions for audit department and CT600’s for review by Compliance manager Ixbrl tagging and submission of tax returns to deadline Management of quarterly payments on account of Corporation Tax Management of 64-8 status with HMRC Assistance with capital allowance claims Assisting VAT director with ad hoc projects Assisting tax managers with tax planning projects as required   So if you’re looking to develop your career with an exciting, challenging role within an established company, please do get in touch today! 

Latest Insights

Tips for minimising stress in the workplace

Managing stress levels in the workplace is an ongoing challenge for all of us managers. From a business perspective, we want our employees to be working at their peak performance level in order to achieve maximum productivity. Were all aware that when staff take time off work it has a negative impact on our business. You may need to employ a temporary worker in the short-term to cover the workload, other staff may be stretched to cover the additional workload or the work may simply start to pile up. By managing stress effectively in the workplace, we can all enjoy increased productivity, reduced stress-related absences and a happier, more motivated workforce! Stress will typically occur in the workplace due to one or more of the following factors:

  1. The high demands on employees
  2. The level of control workers have over how they carry out their responsibilities
  3. The level of support they receive from their managers
  4. Fraught relationships at work
Having spoken to many of my clients to find out what their businesses are doing to manage stress in the workplace, Ive put together a list of recommendations based on their feedback: Praise often: Its a simple but very effective way of reducing stress in the workplace. Praising your staff and recognising their efforts can have a big impact on their morale and productivity levels, however, some managers are much better at putting this into practice than others! By instilling a culture where good work is praised, staff are more likely to feel motivated to continue their hard work and achieve great things. Not only will your business benefit from their increase in productivity, your customers will benefit too. A motivated workforce will work harder to provide excellent customer service and get things done more quickly and seamlessly. Recognising hard work, offering words of encouragement and generally making sure employees feel valued can go a long way towards managing stress levels in the workplace. Adopt flexible working practices: Flexible working is a highly sought after benefit in the workplace. By allowing jobs to be as flexible as possible and consulting your employees on any changes that are likely to impact them before they take place, there is a higher chance they will buy into these changes and feel that their opinions are valued. Use external support where appropriate: To help speed up the process of helping employees on long-term sick leave return to the workplace, some employers choose to enlist the external support of an occupational health service to ensure a smooth transition back to work. Lead by example: Managers should try to promote a healthy lifestyle by managing their working hours, ensuring they take breaks away from their desk and take their annual leave entitlement. Regular communication: Making sure you communicate with staff regularly through informal and formal settings such as appraisals and return to work interviews will help identify staff at risk of suffering from stress at an earlier stage and also which factors are contributing to this stress, which you can then take steps to address. Improved training for managers: Managers need to be trained to recognise potential warning signs of stress and know what steps they need to take to address this. By fostering a supportive culture where achievements are recognised and ensuring managers communicate with members of their team regularly, your business should enjoy a happier, more productive workforce. Clara Ridley is the Divisional Manager for Human Resources at Ascendant Recruitment. To find out about HR opportunities in Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire, call Clara on 01604 439380 or email her.

Graduates: a guide to starting your job search

Youve finished your final exam, handed in that lengthy dissertation and headed home for the summer to await those exam results. The exciting university adventure is over and now the big question remains; what to do now? If you dont fancy continuing your education with a Masters degree, heading off into the sun on a travelling adventure or if graduate schemes dont appeal to you, then youll probably be looking to apply for jobs. It can be extremely daunting and at times disheartening looking for work, but if you begin your search with realistic expectations, a positive attitude and an open mind, youll find there are some great opportunities out there.   Dont be judgemental As a graduate it can be easy to disregard certain jobs, especially if youve got your heart set on finding a role thats related to your degree subject. The truth is very few graduates will walk straight into the job of their dreams, so the key is be realistic and consider jobs that offer the potential to grow and develop that you might have otherwise dismissed. For example, a customer service role at a large company may not get your heart racing at first, but try to think of the bigger picture. Once youve got your foot in the door and demonstrated that youre an enthusiastic, dedicated and reliable employee, youll have the opportunity to apply for more challenging internal roles as they become available. Likewise, starting as an office junior in a small business might not be the most glamourous of assignments, but youre likely to be given the chance to take on a broad range of responsibilities and develop new skills. The most important thing is attitude; taking a job that perhaps isnt ideal can often lead to great things, so put yourself out there, be positive and grasp the opportunity with both hands. Your hard work and dedication will not go unnoticed and you never know where it will lead!   Be realistic with your salary demands Earning a degree is a fantastic achievement and its likely youll be feeling extremely confident and self-assured about the salary you can command as you start your job search. Its great to be sure of yourself, but its equally important to take a realistic approach to salary demands as you may find yourself starting on less money than you anticipated. When looking for work, bear in mind that the money on offer is a starting salary and it may be possible to quickly earn pay rises through hard work and willing. Also, dont be blinded by the annual wage on offer; remember to look into training structures and investigate how your development and progress will be monitored by the company. Around Milton Keynes and Northampton, the majority of graduates will start their employment on a salary of between 18k and 22k, so make sure youre not pricing yourself out of the market. Do your research to gain an accurate idea on salaries and remember that practical work experience is a valuable commodity that you cant afford to miss out on.   Be patient As we alluded to at the start, looking for work can sometimes be a dispiriting experience, but its important that you dont get too demoralised. The employment market is extremely competitive and all jobseekers, even experienced ones, will face knockbacks from time to time. Treat any rejection as a learning experience that will stand you in good stead for the future and make sure you ask for and take any feedback on board. Feedback will allow you to strengthen your CV, cover letter or interview technique and improve your chances of landing the next role you apply for, so keep sending those applications in and say yes! Take any opportunity to go for interviews, as youll get better and more confident the more you attend. You might find you click with the interviewer or get considered for other roles the company is recruiting for. While youre waiting to hear back from companies, use the time wisely to enhance your CV. This could take the form of voluntary work, internships or temporary job roles, all of which will improve your skillset and demonstrate to an employer that youre a proactive, enthusiastic individual.


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