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7 signs you should look for a new job in 2018

Posted on: 04 Jan 2018, admin

With Christmas done and the New Year celebrations out of the way, now is the time for reflection as we look back on the past year and make our plans for 2018. One of the most common resolutions people make during this period is to find a new job. It will come as no surprise that January is one of the busiest times for recruitment companies as people take the first steps towards finding their dream job. If you’re not sure whether it’s time to move on, here are some questions to ask yourself: Do you dread Monday mornings? Of course, we all enjoy the freedom of our weekends, but if you go to bed every Sunday evening with a feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach, you’re probably working in the wrong place. Are you learning new things? Money is very rarely the only factor that plays a part in someone’s decision to stay in a role or accept a new one.  Studies show that employees (particularly Millennials) place training and development high on their agenda. If your role isn’t challenging you anymore and you’re starting to feel bored, it might be time to move on… Do you feel appreciated? One of the most common reasons people decide to move to new pastures is simply because they don’t feel valued. Does your boss let you know when you’ve done a good job? Do they listen to your opinion? Are they sharing pertinent company information with you? Does your employer offer you flexibility when you need it? Are you fairly compensated financially for the job that you do? If you’re answering no to the above questions, it’s not surprising that your motivation has dipped and you could be much happier working for a company who values you. Are you being made promises that haven’t been kept? Another key factor that drives employees to leave are broken promises. Typically these include promotions, additional training, a pay increase and new responsibilities. If you’ve been made promises that never materialise, it’s likely you’ve started to lose trust in your employer and your energies are likely to be better spent with a company who follows through and takes action. Do you feel like you’re making a difference? A key motivator for many people at work is being able to see the difference that their contribution is making and knowing that they are adding value. If you’re starting to question the purpose of your role or indeed the values of the company you’re working for, it’s probably time to look for something more meaningful. Does your team hold similar values? Cultural fit can play an extremely important part in our happiness at work. Do your colleagues have a similar work ethic to you? If not it could potentially lead to frustration and resentment if you feel that you’re doing more than your fair share compared with other members of the team. If this is the case it might be better to look for a role within a more like-minded company. Does your company offer the opportunities you want? In many cases, people decide to move on because they want to progress further and there are no more opportunities to do so. If you’re hoping to progress and you still like your company, it’s a good idea to look at other opportunities within the business that could allow you to expand your skill set. If not, then it’s probably time to continue your growth elsewhere. There are many things to think about when you’re trying to decide whether to leave your current role. These questions are certainly a good place to start and should help you realise what’s missing from your current role and what’s going to be important to you in your next company. You can then focus your energies on finding your perfect job in 2018. If you do decide the time is right to move on, it’s worth downloading our free guide ‘5 Simple Steps to Guarantee More Job Interviews.’    

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Win a CV Makeover and £50 towards your office wardrobe!

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Returning to work after the festive period is never easy, especially if you’re in a job you hate. January is traditionally one of the most popular times of year for jobseekers and competition is fierce. To stand a fighting chance of getting an interview, you need a CV that does you justice (having a trusted recruitment consultancy working on your behalf can work wonders too!). We know the difference a good CV can make in securing an interview so we’re offering one lucky person the chance to win a CV makeover. Plus we’ll throw in a £50 voucher towards an office outfit to help you feel your best at interview! To enter, simply click here and complete the short form. We’ll draw a winner at random at midday on Friday 12th January. Good luck!

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Help a friend and earn £100 with our Refer and Earn Scheme

Posted on: 08 Dec 2017, admin

Do you know someone who deserves a new opportunity? They could be a friend, a member of your family or someone you used to work with. If so, introduce them to us and when we place them in a role, we'll pay you £100 to say thank you as part of our Refer and Earn scheme. Here's a photo of Daniel Fortune (left), with Recruitment Consultant Shaun Rickard.  After we found Daniel  a new job in July, he recommended his friend to us and we helped him find a new role too.  Daniel's friend has a great new job and Daniel has earned himself an extra £100 with our Refer and Earn scheme so they are both delighted! If you'd like to find out more about how you can earn £100 with our Refer and Earn scheme, click here.

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Five rags-to-riches stories that will inspire you

Posted on: 13 Nov 2017, admin

Job hunting can be fraught with difficulties and pitfalls. All of us face rejection and disappointment at some point during our careers and it can often be difficult to pick yourself up and carry on after a negative experience. If you’re feeling demotivated and demoralised with the way your job search is progressing, then this blog is for you! We’ve taken a look at some of the world’s most successful businesspeople from a broad range of industries and discovered that many of them had a tough start in life. From growing up in poverty to escaping genocide, these five successful entrepreneurs have shown plenty of grit, determination and spirit to make it to the top. So read on and take heart from the background stories of these impressive individuals!   JK Rowling With book sales totalling over 400 million, an avid fan base of readers and an estimated fortune of around £650m, life is pretty sweet for the Harry Potter novelist. However, things were not always so rosy. Shortly after starting work on the first Harry Potter book, Rowling was unemployed and living in a flat in Edinburgh with her infant daughter, her marriage having broken down. Surviving on benefits, she would frequent local cafes and write whilst her daughter slept in her pram. The book was initially rejected by twelve publishers before being released in 1997 with an initial run of 1,000 copies. By the time Rowling released the final book in the series in 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it sold 11 million copies in its first 24 hours, becoming the fastest-selling book of all time. From those initial early struggles, Rowling has since transformed Harry Potter into a global phenomenon worth £11 billion pounds!   George Soros Regarded as one of the world’s most successful investors, George Soros is also a renowned businessman, philanthropist and author with an estimated worth of £18.5 billion. Between 1979 and 2017, he donated over £8 billion to initiatives to tackle poverty and improve education around the world and played a key role in bringing capitalism to communist Eastern Europe in the late 1980s. If that represents a life of incredible achievements, his early years were, if anything, even more remarkable. In 1944, the 13-year-old Soros was living in Hungary when the Nazis invaded. After Soros was asked to distribute documents by the Germans, his father recognised them as deportation notices and told Soros to deliver them but advise the people not to report to the meeting points. Thanks to the quick-thinking of his father, Soros and many other Hungarian-Jewish families were saved and survived the war. Soros moved to England in 1947, where he worked as a railway porter and waiter whilst studying at the London School of Economics. After graduating, he wrote to the MD of every merchant bank in London before finally securing an entry-level position in the industry that would help him make his fortune.   Ingvar Kamprad His name may not be as instantly recognisable as others on this list, but Ingvar Kamprad went from an inauspicious upbringing on a farm in rural Sweden to founding IKEA, one of the largest retailers on the planet. Business-minded from an early age, Kamprad would buy matches in bulk then sell them to neighbours individually, making a tidy profit. After also dabbling in fish, seeds, Christmas trees and pencils, Kamprad started IKEA with money he received from his father for attaining good grades. Initially selling furniture by mail order, Kamprad eventually expanded his business empire which now boasts 389 stores in 48 countries, giving him a net worth of around £37 billion. Despite this incredible wealth, Kamprad remains incredibly humble. He drives a second-hand car, flies economy class and never stays in expensive hotels. This frugal approach is reflected in his business philosophy of cost control, which allows IKEA to reduce prices and remain competitive.   Ursula Burns These days, Manhattan’s Lower East Side is home to boutique stores, upscale restaurants and expensive apartments. When Ursula Burns was growing up there in the 1960s, it was blighted by crime, poverty, drug dealers and derelict buildings. Against this backdrop of deprivation, Burns was raised by her single mother, who babysat and did laundry so she could afford to send her child to a good school. After obtaining a Masters’ degree in Mechanical Engineering, Burns started working for Xerox in 1981. By 1999, she had risen to the position of vice president for global manufacturing, becoming president in 2007. In July 2009, she became the first African-American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company when she was appointed CEO. Burns is one of the founding members of ‘Change the Equation’, an organisation dedicated to improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the United States, with a particular focus on helping minorities and women gain access to these fields. In a recent interview, Burns attributes her success to her mother’s support. Despite growing up in poverty, her mother always reminded her, “where you are doesn’t define who you are.” Wise words indeed.   Oprah Winfrey Fronting one of the most popular television programmes in history, receiving honorary degrees from Duke and Harvard, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and launching her own production company are just a few reasons why Oprah Winfrey is often cited as the most influential woman in the world. These impressive achievements are all the more incredible when you consider Winfrey’s early years. Born to an unmarried teenage mother, she spent her first six years living in such poverty, she often had to wear dresses made of potato sacks. After enduring sexual abuse and the death of her prematurely-born son when she was 14, Winfrey was eventually sent to live with her father in Tennessee. He was strict, but encouraged his daughter to make education her priority. She won a scholarship to university and started her media career as a TV news anchor before hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show for the first time in 1986. It ran for the next 25 years, achieving viewing figures of up to 20 million viewers a day at its peak. In addition, Winfrey has diversified into other areas of the media including film, publishing and radio, amassing a fortune of £2.3 billion along the way.   Hopefully these rags-to-riches stories will inspire and motivate you during your job search. It’s very easy to feel downbeat and discouraged during a job hunt, especially if you’re not hearing back from applications or missing out at the interview stage. So take inspiration from these people, who had to overcome various obstacles to pursue their dreams and become successful. It takes determination, a will to succeed and a never-say-die attitude to get what you want, so take heart and keep going!

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What to do if you can no longer attend an interview

Posted on: 08 Nov 2017, admin

Your job hunting has started to pay off – you’ve spent time perfecting your CV and applying to jobs and now employers are sitting up and taking notice. Companies are inviting you to attend interviews and doors are starting to open. It’s an exciting time as your hard work to find a job starts to reap results and you could find yourself in a position where your circumstances change very quickly and you can no longer attend an interview. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to reschedule or cancel an interview, there are appropriate ways of doing this so that you don’t burn any bridges and still leave a favourable impression in the mind of the recruiter, even if you no longer want that role. You want to reschedule: We all know that sometimes things happen in life that are beyond our control. Whether you’re unwell, your car breaks down or a family emergency arises, there could be occasions when you will need to reschedule an interview. Most recruiters and hiring managers understand that situations can arise and will appreciate your honesty. If you do need to reschedule an interview, it’s worth doing the following: Give as much notice as possible: Whether you want to reschedule an interview or simply cancel, it’s important to let the employer (or your recruiter if you’re going through a recruitment agency) know as soon as possible. The interviewer’s time is valuable and by giving them enough notice, they may be able to interview another applicant in the slot you have given up or attend another appointment. If you are ill: If you turn up to an interview when you are sick, not only are you unlikely to do yourself any justice, you’re also likely to raise concerns with the hiring manager (who probably won’t appreciate being exposed to your illness). If you need to reschedule due to being unwell, it’s a good idea to: Give yourself enough time to recover: They may not be so willing to reschedule a second time. Be as flexible as possible: Have some dates and times ready to suggest but also try and be as flexible as possible to accommodate their suggested time slot. Thank them: Let them know that you understand their schedules are busy and appreciate them allowing you to rearrange the interview. You don’t want to reschedule: If you are no longer interested in the role: If you’ve reflected further on the role and decided you no longer want to attend the interview or you’ve accepted another job elsewhere, be sure to let your recruiter know with plenty of notice (or the employer if you’ve arranged the interview with them directly). By being professional and courteous, you’ll keep the door open if your circumstances change in the future and keep your good reputation intact. Tip: If you don’t have another job lined up, it’s often worth keeping an open mind and going along to an interview even if you have some doubts. You can use this as an opportunity to find out more and then make an informed decision if you’re given the opportunity to take it further. You may be pleasantly surprised and if nothing else, it’s all useful experience. If however you are definitely sure you wouldn’t want to take it further then cancelling is the best option to avoid wasting your own time and the time of the employer or recruiter. If you have accepted another job: If you decide you no longer wish to attend a job interview because you’ve accepted a role elsewhere then as above, it’s still a good idea to give as much notice as possible. Recruiters and employers will understand that circumstances change and will appreciate that you are not wasting their time. Word spreads… Whatever your reasons for choosing to cancel or reschedule an interview, always be professional and considerate to the people interviewing you by letting them know about your change of circumstances as soon as you can. It’s a small world and your actions (positive and negative) could affect your recruitment opportunities in the future so it’s always worth keeping this at the back of your mind to maintain your good reputation and keep doors open. If you'd like help finding a new job please call the Ascendant Recruitment team on 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email your CV to info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk .  

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Happy anniversary Mark!

Posted on: 02 Nov 2017, admin

Happy work anniversary to our Marketing Executive/Copywriter Mark Rushton who is celebrating two years with Ascendant Recruitment. During this time he’s written countless mailers and run some very successful marketing campaigns (he particularly enjoys doing this as they give him the opportunity to sneak in as many puns as possible). Congratulations and thanks for all your hard work! If you'd like help finding a job you enjoy please contact your nearest office on 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email your CV to info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk .

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September’s sensational Temp of the Month winner!

Posted on: 19 Oct 2017, admin

Well done to the latest winner of our coveted Temp of the Month award, Helen Brown. She was nominated by Jess Sawbridge, who’s been incredibly impressed with Helen’s contribution. Jess said: “As you know, Helen is the only temp we have from you, but she's fab! Helen is hardworking, fits in with the team and gives 100% each day. We're really impressed with her general work ethic, her punctuality and how dedicated she seems to be to strive for excellence.” “During Helen's second week of working with the team, she was already training new members of staff one-to-one which was great progress for her.” “She's happy to help at any time and offers to go the extra mile when she can. All in all, a delight to have in the office.” Helen receives an Amazon voucher alongside our congratulations and thanks for all her hard work. We had a quick chat with her to find out how she feels about the award.   How do you feel about winning temp of the month? Very surprised! I was only doing my job but it’s nice to be recognised. What do you like about the company you’re working for? Everyone has been so welcoming and it’s been easy to settle in. I get treated the same as the permanent staff. What do you enjoy about your current role? It’s so different to what I was doing previously, I’m learning lots of new skills! How would you describe your experience of temping with Ascendant Recruitment? Brilliant, I was found a temp role in less than a week. The team were really supportive and encouraging throughout the process. How will you spend your Amazon voucher? I haven’t decided yet but I will definitely teat myself!    Well done Helen. If you’re immediately available and want to find out more about our current temporary opportunities, please call 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email your CV to info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk Photo: L-R, James Cooke, Helen Brown, Simon Castleman

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New starters leaving your company quickly? This could be why…

Posted on: 22 Sep 2017, admin

A quick Google search will bring up numerous articles on the topic of what drives employees to leave a company. Horrible bosses, lack of career progression opportunities and feeling underpaid are just a few of the reasons most commonly given for moving roles. However, another explanation we sometimes hear from candidates about why they are looking for a new job is a belief they have been mis-sold their current role. In some cases the candidate may stick it out until they find something more suitable. In others the person makes their mind up very quickly that the role isn’t for them and ends up leaving when the job has barely started. In all cases this is likely to cause distress and upheaval for both the candidate and the hiring managers as they start the recruitment process once again. How companies mis-sell jobs  Misleading job advert: When you have a job to fill, you’ll inevitably want to attract great candidates. So when you’re writing a job advert, you’ll naturally make the job sound as appealing as possible to entice potential employees. While it’s certainly a good idea to highlight the most appealing elements of a job, it’s also worth reviewing your ad to ensure it doesn’t mislead candidates into applying for a role which is very different to the reality. No job description: There can often be some confusion between a job advert and a job description, but each has their own place in the hiring process. A good job advertisement attracts quality candidates and emphasises why a qualified individual should apply for the job. A good job description emphasises what an employee has to achieve on a day-to-day basis and how success will be measured. Yet not all companies take the time to create a job description, which should typically include: Job title Overall purpose / objective of the role (and how it fits in within the organisation) The job title of the person that the post holder reports to Duties and responsibilities associated with the role (some companies also choose to include the amount of time expected to be dedicated to each task or at least list them in order of importance) Which other departments or suppliers they will work with Person specification – including any qualifications and experience necessary for the job as well as the type of character who would be suited to the role The location(s) where the role is based Hours of work Any special demands of the job e.g. heavy lifting, extensive travel etc About the company – why should they want to work for your organisation Company benefits If candidates have the opportunity to read a job description prior to interview it gives them the opportunity to decide firstly, whether they want to proceed with the interview and secondly, whether they want to raise any questions or discuss any of the elements at the interview stage. If you are working with a recruitment consultancy they should be able to use your job specification to help effectively screen candidates on your behalf. If you’re struggling to create one, it’s worth asking your consultancy to support you with this. Not all companies create job descriptions, however by doing so could potentially save yourself lots of time in the recruitment process and it will increase your chances of finding the right person for the role first time around. Poor communication at interview: The interview itself is another opportunity to bring the job to life and make it clearer to your candidate what a typical day is likely to involve. Of course, jobs naturally evolve over time and your candidate is likely to want to know about what career progression opportunities will be available in the future. However, they will also need a realistic idea of what they will be expected to do and the support they will receive from day one. Being open about this will reduce the likelihood of them feeling disappointed and potentially deciding the role isn’t for them after all. Tip: Many companies choose to offer a working interview as part of the interview process. This gives the candidate the opportunity to sit in the environment in which they would be working, meet other members of the team and get a good insight into what the role actually involves and what it could be like to work there. It may not always be practical to do this but it can be very useful for both you as the employer and your prospective employee. Getting it right first time Recruiting the right person for your team can be a time consuming process, from creating the job ad and the job specification, to sifting through CVs, to managing the interview process. Recruiting the wrong person for a role can prove to be a very costly mistake and is likely to result in needing to repeat the process all over again. Having a reputable recruitment consultancy working on your behalf who understands exactly what you are looking for and can match your role with the right candidate will save you valuable time and money in the long run. If you'd like some help finding your perfect candidate please call the team on 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk  

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Announcing August’s Temp of the Month winner!

Posted on: 14 Sep 2017, admin

Congratulations to our latest Temp of the Month winner, Iain Tarbuck! He was nominated by his manager, Steve Newell, who’s been incredibly impressed by Iain’s work ethic and dedication. Steve said: “Iain has performed fantastically on the new flow line we set up recently. Also his commitment to work has been great. His car broke down the other week and he still managed to get here via public transport whilst his car was off the road. A very worthwhile winner.” Iain wins an Amazon voucher with our thanks for his great work. We caught up with him to offer our congratulations and find out more about his experience of temping with Ascendant Recruitment.   How do you feel about winning temp of the month? Pleased to have won. It’s great to hear such nice words. What do you like about the company you’re working for? I enjoy working with the team to get work completed. What do you enjoy about your current role? I enjoy assembling the cabinets and making sure the work is completed to a high standard. How will you spend your Amazon voucher? I will treat myself to something to do with golf.    Congratulations to Iain. If you’re immediately available and want to find out more about our current temporary opportunities, please call 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email your CV to info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk Photo: L-R, Steve Newell, Iain Tarbuck

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Customer Service Champion Announced For August

Posted on: 05 Sep 2017, admin

Our consultants received some fantastic reviews from candidates during August and after careful consideration, we selected this one as the best: 'I cannot believe the care and attention Sharan has paid me in just 1 week. Having first spoken to Sharan on 2nd August, come for an interview on 3rd August at the agency, gone for an interview with an employer on 9th August and started work on 10th August - the experience has been amazing. Sharan has checked in with me to see if I have settled in OK, and spoken to the Company to see if I turned up for 'Day 2'. Sharan, I can't thank you enough for all you have done for me. I am loving my new role in the Accounts department, and the whole team are so friendly, that I couldn't ask for more.' Congratulations to Sharan Lidder, our Customer Service Champion for August for receiving this testimonial from her candidate Lynne.  She wins an Amazon voucher with our thanks. If you'd like our team to help you find a job you love too, please call 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk .

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