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It’s All About Preparation

Posted on: 02 Feb 2012, Nick Peacock

One thing I stress to the Ascendant Recruitment team, and in turn to our candidates, is the importance of preparation. (more…)

For Employers: The Pros and Cons of Hiring Temporary Staff

Posted on: 01 Feb 2012, Nick Peacock

Current economic conditions have put pressure on just about every employer in every sector. Forced redundancies, pay cuts, stalling bonus payments and a drop in staff morale have all combined to make the day-to-day rather different than it was six or seven years ago. In an environment like this, and particularly with respect to businesses that have been forced to shed large (more…)

Milton Keynes Driving National Economic Recovery

Posted on: 25 Jan 2012, Nick Peacock

Once again we have some good news to report for Milton Keynes. I read an interesting article on the BBC this week which suggested the economic gap between UK cities is ‘widening’. Whilst the headline made for miserable reading, the article itself featured some very good news for Milton Keynes. According to research Group, Centre for Cities, the gap between cities is widening as the struggle to create private sector jobs plays out differently across the UK. The figures show however that Milton Keynes, along with Aberdeen, (more…)

Removing The Stigma of The Receptionist

Posted on: 17 Jan 2012, Nick Peacock

I read an article in the London Evening Standard recently which suggested that London is in the grips of a ‘reception revolution’ with an increasing number of men now taking up the traditionally female roles. (more…)

Just a Temporary – I Don’t Think So

Posted on: 20 Dec 2011, Nick Peacock

One of the legacies of past recessions has been a new and more ruthless approach to staffing. Out went the old ideas of large departments and corporate hierarchies and in came flat management (more…)

How to Quickly and Effectively Write a Job Description

Posted on: 14 Dec 2011, Nick Peacock

I wanted to write a short, but hopefully informative piece on how to quickly and effectively write a job specification, written from our perspective, the recruiter. (more…)

Austerity Business

Posted on: 07 Dec 2011, Nick Peacock

Alex Pratt’s book, “Austerity Business” 39 Tips for Doing More with Less, is a great book tailored to the environment we’re currently in. (more…)

Finding The Quality Among The Quantity

Posted on: 06 Dec 2011, Nick Peacock

With levels of unemployment in the UK rising, many organisations are struggling to sift through the increasing numbers of CVs which land on their desks to find the individual with the skills and the drive to work in their organisation. (more…)

You’ve Gotta Have Faith

Posted on: 05 Oct 2011, Nick Peacock

I’ve worked in recruitment for 15 years now and I’m often asked what it takes to be successful within the industry? I’ve always answered passion and persistence – in fact they are my two favourite words, I love them! (more…)

Yippee AWR is Here! Is it all Good News?

Posted on: 03 Oct 2011, Nick Peacock

The introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations on the 1st October 2011 has been well publicised and lauded as a great step forward for agency workers. But is it? (more…)