Recruitment agency serving Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire

Welcome to Ascendant Recruitment... deliberately different

If you’re looking for a high quality recruitment service that is friendly, professional and reliable, then you’ve come to the right place!

When it comes to choosing a recruitment agency, you will want to work with a company who:

  • Has your best interests at heart
  • Takes the time to understand your needs and works tirelessly on your behalf 
  • Returns your calls and always keeps you updated

At Ascendant Recruitment, we use our insight and expertise to provide a service that is deliberately different.

Since we started in 2003, we’ve established a reputation as a leading independent recruitment agency for Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding areas. During this time we've:

  • Helped over 300 local employers find talented new employees
  • Placed over 2,000 people into permanent jobs
  • Placed over 5,000 people into temporary roles
  • Maintained a 90% client retention rate

We're also proud of the fact that over 96% of the candidates we place into permanent roles pass their probationary period.

We have 5 specialist recruitment divisions: Office Support, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Finance & Accountancy and Logistics.

Our offices are in Milton Keynes and Northampton and we recruit within the surrounding areas.

So whether you’re a job seeker looking for an exciting new opportunity or an employer looking for new talent for your team, please get in touch!

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Customer Service Advisor
£20000 - £20000

Customer Service Advisor Paying £20,000p.a Duties will include: Working as a team you will be responsible for providing general advice and support for all in bound customer enquires. Provide customer support for all enquiries relating to online systems including e-commerce and the online portal. Identify opportunities to generate more revenue from existing clients by upselling and cross selling products. Work Pattern 40 hours per week over 5 days Days will vary Monday to Sunday 8.5 hour shifts vary between the hours of 8am - 10pm mon - fri and between 8:30am-6:30pm on weekends. The ideal candidate will be someone who likes to be communicating on the telephone and a passion for customer service! They will be wanting to learn and seeking personal development, be hard-working and committed. 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 (to this role) within 24 hours of your application.

HR Assistant
£18000 - £20000

My client is a busy national brand with a depot in Northampton. Following expansion my client seeks a motivated and driven HR Assistant to join their close knit HR team!   This is a busy and varied role where you will have the opportunity to get involved in a very wide variety of generalist HR tasks from HR Administration to project work, recruitment, payroll and training coordination, to name but a few areas! This is a busy, enjoyable role where you will have lots of opportunity to further your own learning and get involved with lots of things across the generalist HR remit. Key responsibilities include:   HR Admin - issuing contracts, variations to terms and conditions, probationary reviews, disciplinary reviews, exit paperwork Onboarding - checking all paperwork for accuracy, Right to Work docs, references, basic CRB, arranging Occupational health checks) Recruitment - first level shortlist, scheduling interviews and sending confirmations, using the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Induction - sending our pre-induction welcome letters to all new starters Training - inputting all training certificates onto the HR database. Assist where necessary with the scheduling and booking of training. Auditing - carrying out regular audits on missing paperwork and ensuring we obtain the relevant documents. Payroll – to provide payroll cover for the Payroll & Benefits Supervisor for the processing of weekly & monthly payroll. HR Reporting - providing data as required to produce HR reports Filing – ensuring all filing is completed diligently and at regular intervals   This is the perfect role for an experienced HR Administrator / HR Assistant looking for the next step. CIPD Level 3 or working towards is essential. 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!      

Recruitment Manager - 6 month contract
£40000 - £50000

My client is a prestigious, internationally recognised professional services organisation. My client seeks an exceptional Recruitment Manager to join the team to lead on effectively delivering the recruitment strategy across two offices. This is a maternity cover role for a minimum of 6 months but potentially longer. This is an end to end recruitment role and you will be an expert in direct sourcing and manging agency relationships to find the top talent within the local areas of Buckinghamshire, Bedforshire, Hertfordshire.   Key areas of responsibility will include: Develop and use market intelligence to inform your recruitment strategy Develop effective relationships with key stakeholders to deliver their recruitment needs Liaise with group functions to ensure cohesive strategy that supports the business Effectively manage agency relationships to get the best value Manage and constantly improve assessment methods Fill roles within agreed time scales and with market leading talent Provide accurate recruitment data and intelligence   My client is specifically looking for top talent with a proven career history in the above areas. If this is you, please contact me for a confidential discussion.   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!        

Systems and M.I Coordinator (Systems/ M.I / Analyst)
£21000 - £23000

My client is a leading national brand currently experiencing a period of significant growth. As such my client requires a Systems and M.I Co-coordinators for a 6 month contract to support on a large and exciting project. Key responsibilities will include the extraction of data from one system, checking and cleansing the data, reformatting / converting into different formats for multiple systems and running reports to check accuracy of data. You must have advanced Excel skills (V Look ups, pivot tables etc) and love working in a busy environment with a passionate team! MI related tasks: • Running scheduled reports as defined in MI Calendar. • Adding new scheduled reports to the MI Calendar • Running standard reports as and when requested by the business. Key Skills & Experience Advanced Excel skills Previous experience within a similar role, (Systems Coordinator, Management Information (M.I) Coordinator, Analyst etc) Excellent administrative and technical ability with strong attention to detail. Excellent communication skills, A positive attitude, Ability to work with stakeholders at all levels Due to the high volume of applications we receive, it is not always possible to get back to you within 72 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!

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10 songs that will motivate and inspire you before a job interview

You've got your outfit sorted, done some thorough research, planned your route and prepared some questions to ask. In other words, you're all set for the big interview! The only thing left to do is get yourself in the right mindset to tackle that tricky meeting. If you can walk into your interview with your head held high, brimming with confidence and visualising a successful outcome, it stands to reason that you'll leave a positive impression on your interviewer. So to help you get pumped up, inspired and ready for anything, we've compiled a list of ten terrific motivational tunes to get you in the zone!   Missy Elliott - 'Get Ur Freak On' You'll be tapping your feet and nodding your head as soon as you hear the intro to this belter from the undisputed queen of hip hop. However, it needs to be more than just a stone-cold classic to make our list, we need plenty of pre-interview motivation too! Thankfully the lyrics, 'I'm the hottest round, y'all can't stop me now' will make you feel invincible and ready to take on the world. Survivor - 'Eye of the Tiger' No motivational song list on the planet would be complete without this 80s rock staple. Originally the theme song to Rocky III, it's now the soundtrack to self-motivation and will spur you on to reach greater heights. Simply plug in your headphones, hit play and prepare for instant inspiration! Interesting fact: Sylvester Stallone only commissioned Survivor to write the song because Queen refused him permission to use 'Another One Bites The Dust.' Daft Punk - 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' Not only does this 2001 release from the French dance music duo have a stonking anime video, it also has a title that should be repeating in your head as you stroll to your job interview. Thinking of yourself as 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' than the other applicants will certainly put you in the right frame of mind to tackle the task ahead. Dizzee Rascal - 'Fix Up, Look Sharp' It's a great idea to pump this song out when you're dressing for your meeting as 'looking sharp' is a must for any interview. Dig a little deeper though and you'll find some inspiration in the lyrics too. 'Fellas wanna stop me they'll probably come together / It's probable they'll stop me, probably never.' If you can walk into the building feeling unstoppable, that sentiment will come across in your performance, making you more attractive to the recruiter. Beyonce - 'Run The World' As empowerment anthems go, it's hard to top 'Run The World'. The defiantly aggressive lyrics promote independence, with Beyonce calling out to '...all my girls / That's in the club rocking the latest / Who will buy it for themselves and get more money later.' If you're looking for a much-needed boost of assertiveness, this is the track for you. Journey - 'Don't Stop Believin' Job hunting can be a dispiriting experience. We've all endured the disappointment of missing out on roles and it can be difficult to motivate yourself and recover from a setback. At times like these, you need Journey's rock anthem to give you a jolt out of the doldrums. 'Don't stop believin' / Hold on' are wise words that will encourage you to keep going and keep chasing that dream job. If it's good enough to inspire numerous American sports teams, it's good enough for us! Queen - 'Don't Stop Me Now' According to studies, 'Don't Stop Me Now' is The Most Feel-Good Song Of All Time. It's not difficult so see why. From start to finish, the whole song is one long burst of positivity and optimism, so it's an absolute cert for our pre-interview tracklisting. If lyrics like 'I'm a shooting star leaping through the skies / Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity / I'm a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva / I'm gonna go go go There's no stopping me' don't get you fired up, nothing will! Des'ree - 'You Gotta Be' We've mainly journeyed through uptempo rock and rap so far in our quest for motivational music, but this understated effort from British soul singer Des'ree proves that inspiring doesn't have to be fast and frenetic. It's ideal for interview preparation as the song extols the virtues of remaining cool and collected at the same time as being bold and strong. If you can show a recruiter that you're calm under pressure whilst displaying focus and self-assurance, you're on the right track to interview success. Nolan Porter - 'Keep On Keepin' On' Emerging during the popular Northern Soul movement of the late 1960s, this classic from Nolan Porter is a fabulous example of the fast-tempo, black American soul music that defines the genre. Not only is it a guaranteed floor filler, it's another great tune to have at hand if you need a little positivity when things are tough. As Nolan sings, 'You gotta keep on keepin' on, no matter how hard it is / You gotta keep on keepin' on, no matter how rough it gets / Keep on, keep strong.' Sage advice indeed. Iggy Pop - 'Lust For Life' The title of this 1977 release from musical maverick Iggy Pop tells you a lot about how you should approach a job interview. Displaying passion and hunger for a role will impress any recruiter and go a long way towards improving your chances of being offered the position. You should also have a listen to the lyrics and make a note of the line 'I'm worth a million in prizes.' Self-esteem is a crucial aspect of success in interviews, helping you to be more relaxed, think clearly and deal with any tough questions calmly and rationally.   Agree with this selection or have we missed an obvious choice? Perhaps you have a motivational track in mind that you'd like to share with others? Whatever your opinion, drop me an email and I'll add your suggestions to the bottom of the blog.

Improve your negotiation skills using these simple techniques

It goes without saying that if you want to be successful in a sales environment, you'll need to have mastered the art of negotiating. However, negotiation techniques don't just benefit salespeople. Negotiating plays a part in all of our lives at some stage, whether we're winning new business, agreeing terms with a supplier, asking our manager for a pay rise or even buying a new house or car. If you'd like to improve your negotiation skills, here are my top tips:

Decide what you really want: Before entering into any kind of negotiation, make sure you're clear on what you'd like the end result to be. If you don't do this, you risk agreeing to something you're not sure about or worse still, negotiating for something you don't actually want! Knowing this upfront will mean you can remain focused throughout the process. Do your research: Make sure you research the other party to be sure you understand their strengths, weaknesses and possible objections. What are they likely to want? What are their motivations? How do their prices and service compare with their competitors? When you're prepared, you're also likely to feel more confident and this will shine through. Get the timing right: Once you know what you want, you need to be mindful of when you ask for it. Getting the timing right could affect whether you achieve the outcome you're looking for. Listen, listen and listen! Ask questions and then listen to the other side (try not to interrupt). By encouraging the other person to speak first, you'll get an understanding of how they are thinking, which will help you to make your case. Listening also shows them that you respect their interests and this will help you to gain their trust. Tip! Make sure you ask open ended questions - this will encourage the other party to give you more information. Show them how they will benefit: Always consider the agreement from the other side's perspective and explain how you can meet their needs, to ensure a win-win situation. Look for common ground: Try to find common interests with the other party. Whether it's a football team, a favourite TV programme or holiday destination. If you can build a good rapport with someone, they will be more likely to want to please and reluctant to enter into a confrontation. Control your emotions: When you're negotiating, try to remain focused on the end result and how you can come to an agreement that respects the needs of both parties. If you concentrate on solving the problem at hand and try to understand any anger or frustrations from the other side, you're much more likely to successfully reach an agreement. Don't be afraid to ask! To negotiate successfully you'll need to be assertive and not be afraid to ask for what you want. There will be times where you may also need to challenge others. At the same time, it's also important to show respect for the interests of the other party. If you don't do this you could risk being seen as aggressive rather than assertive. Be willing to walk away: Sometimes there may be times when no common ground can be reached. Tell yourself that if you can't reach a satisfactory deal, you will walk away. Although this is not something you want to do, it will also show the other party that you're taking the negotiation seriously and not in a desperate position! Think long-term! On a final note, it's worth keeping in mind that while it's important to get a good deal, in most cases you're going to want to build relationships for the longer-term. Maintaining a good relationship will help ensure you receive a good service and could even lead to more benefits in the future.


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