Monthly Archives: November 2018

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New Year, New You!

We hear you, it was the day after Boxing Day, you were sitting there in a food coma and slightly champagne’d out. The thought of New Year resolutions were swirling through your head and it was then that you decided you would stop eating sugar, never drink again, become a gym bunny and look for a new job. Here at Joyce Guiness, we love helping people and this blog is going to give you top tips for sticking to the New Year Resolutions!   From gym classes to finding New Jobs we are here to help! GYM CLASSES When it is dark, cold and rainy it is easy to make excuses why either you cannot go to the gym before work or that you are too tired to go after work. One way to combat this is to sign up for a class. If you drop out, you are not only letting the instructor down, but also someone else who might have gone! There are plenty of amazing classes in London to suit everyone’s needs and even if you just do one once you have to see what you are missing! BARRE CORE Barre Core is Clare’s favourite! It is set apart from most classes because it uses a barre to tone and shape all your muscles. In their words you will leave the class feeling like ‘bambi’. PSYCLE LONDON Psycle..

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New Year, New Job…

It is a New Year, and now is a popular time for people to be looking for jobs and for clients to be recruiting for their jobs to be filled. We thought that it would be a good time to revisit a blog which was written to give advice on securing the first role in London. Although it is aimed at ‘first jobbers’, this blog is also useful if you are dusting off your job finding hat and need some little hints and tips at getting back on the game.   Registering with Agencies London has so many opportunities but unfortunately the job hunt for most is not always straightforward… It can be so disheartening when you send out hundreds of applications to different companies and hear nothing back.  So how do you go about it? Firstly, it would be an idea to apply to some London based agencies. As a first time jobber it is difficult knowing exactly what you want to do and how to go about getting it, and agencies can help with this. Recruitment agencies are there to help when you’re not sure which direction you want to go in – they make the job hunt appear less daunting, and help by doing the hard work for you, so it’s a good idea to register with as many agencies as possible. The registering part is pretty..

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5 Tips to secure…

Trying to second-guess what questions you may be asked, in any interview, is always daunting.  But .... before you get yourself into a flustered panic ...relax...we are going to let you in on the secret of how to answer  questions like a pro! What are your career goals? With this question, your future employer wants to gauge how long you intend to stay within the company or role.  Definitely refer to the position you are being interviewed for and where you hope to see yourself progressing to within this company. This will also show that you have done your research on the company and different possible positions that you may see yourself reaching in time. But remember don run before you can walk! It is important to show that you are interested in progressing in your career and that you are motivated. Why do you want to leave your current company? This, too, is a very important question and is imperative to get right. Rather than talking about what is driving you away from your current company and employment and discussing any negatives you may have with them, you need to focus on what you wish to achieve with a new move and how you hope it will help you gain valuable experience in your career path.  Highlight some aspects of the job you are being interviewed for, that you..

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Valentines Day in London

Whether you’re all loved up or a superbly happy singleton with a group of friends, Valentine ’s Day has so much on offer. We have helped put together a small guide to show you some of the best “love bites” that London has up for grabs this Valentine ’s Day! Andrew Edmunds This restaurant is considered one of the last bastions of ‘old Soho’ and since 1986, Andrew Edmunds wine bar-come-bistro was doing shabby chic long before it became common currency.  However, even then, it has had everyone hooked on its rustic charms.  A cosy atmospheric restaurant with candlelit tables has a well-deserved reputation for romance! Bob Bob Ricard If you’re going with your other half or with all your girls, Bob Bob Ricard has to be one of the favorite iconic Soho Restaurants for everyone.  The Blue Dining Room is a must to see... the award-winning interior, designed by David Collins, takes its inspiration from the Orient Express.  This restaurant everyone should try once whether it’s for valentines or not. With the glitzy roaring twenties décor, the luxury Anglo-Russian menu and the famous buzzers ‘press for champagne’ at every table will surely win over any prospective suitor! Clos Maggiore It doesn’t get more romantic than this.  This French restaurant is an oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden.  Take your pick to sit yourself down in the wood..

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WHY USE TEMPS?

I started my career working in television running the events at their Head Office. The number of events we used to do used to overwhelm me sometimes. Knowing how much work was involved was incredible and when you are running 3 - 5 events a day, outsourcing some of the work was my only option. Bringing in agency staff was a brilliant way of managing the workload and to ensure efficiency. This used to range from staff helping set up the event, to staff working there, managing the guest list along with meeting and greeting clients. When I became a Personal Assistant, there would be times when you would need to bring in a temp, sometimes at really short notice and this is where having a temp agency is great. You can get a temp within a short amount of time. Whether it’s to cover projects, sickness, holiday’s, peak periods etc. Temporary work is just one of the ways that businesses can offer flexibility and at the same time better meet their own needs. Bringing a temp on board can also be a good way to getting work done whilst you continue your search for the “perfect” candidate. If you are recruiting for a permanent position and need support in the interim,  a temp candidate is perfect, sometimes they end up being your “perfect” candidate. Temp-Perm is always a great..

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The Chelsea Flower Show

The prettiest event of the year is next week and you won’t want to miss it!  London is already bursting at the seams; bouquets of colour everywhere you look.  If you have missed getting your ticket but still wish to surround yourself with flowers during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show...then here are some hay fever free beautiful hangouts. The Blue Bird Not only has the blossom carried colour to the streets, it has also brought floral wonders to the menus and cocktails at The Blue Bird. They will be introducing a Royal Garden Cocktail.  This delicious drink is full of rose-petal gin, maraschino, rhubarb liqueur, lemongrass cordial, fresh thyme, raspberries and topped with sparkling wine! So why not sit in the stone courtyard looking onto the King’s Road catwalk while sipping your delicious cocktail? The Ivy You can't miss a visit to The Ivy on the Kings Road. It’s walls completely hidden with cascading bright yellow and white flowers.  Gentle music floating through the windows makes it irresistible to walk by.  If you are looking for somewhere for lunch, drinks, afternoon tea or dinner The Ivy is defiantly one to consider. With inspiration taken from the Chelsea flower show, they have added two bespoke refreshing summer cocktails to tantalise your taste buds! To top it all off, their garden is squirrelled away at the back and something not to be..

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Free FUN in London!

It’s no secret that London can be expensive, but there is still a lot of fun to be had in this wonderful City and the good news is, it won’t cost you a thing!  Here are just a few ideas that we have put together to help inspire you.  So forget the cash - the only thing you’ll be short of is time! Royal Opera House Ballet Trafalgar Square WC2 26th June 2018 As a part of the BP Big Screens Festival, The Royal Opera House is screening the famous La Boheme on the 26th June in Trafalgar Square. One of our team went to see the Swan Lake performance on the 12th June and LOVED it and would highly recommend. What a treat! So put those dates in your diary as it’s definitely not to be missed! (See the top Photograph) Event Website:  #Ballet #TheRoyalOperaHouse #Ballet #BPBigScreensFestival #London #Productions #Culture #Outside #Summer #OpenAir @ROH West End LIVE   Trafalgar Square 16 & 17 June 2018 Saturday 11am-5pm Sunday 12pm-5pm   Be dazzled by free performances from the top West End musicals and shows in Trafalgar Square. Returning of the iconic location for the 14th year come and see the best performances from the West end over the weekend. The line-up includes: Aladdin, Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, Wicked and The Lion King as well as newer shows such as Bat Out of Hell, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, Chicago, Kinky Boots and Everybody’s..

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Just Graduated…? Not sure…

Look no further…. We are a boutique recruitment company based in SW London and we recruit for all sorts of roles and companies. We have quite a few graduate roles in at the moment. Here are just a few cracking Graduate roles / Internships: Internship for Contemporary Art Gallery – Has permanent potential Our clients a Contemporary Art Gallery in Mayfair are seeking a graduate who is keen to get into the art world.  This will be a very interesting role where no two days will be the same.  You will be involved will all areas of the gallery working closely with the team and the artists.  This is a six-month internship, to begin with but it has the potential to go perm for the right person.  You must be incredibly hard working and happy to get fully involved with any task you are given. An amazing opportunity! Junior Assistant for a Jewellery Brand A very successful Jewellery Brand are looking for an Assistant.  This is a small company so you will experience all areas of the business, primarily they need someone who can help with their marketing and PR campaigns, oversee Social Media, develop and update the website and deal with sales enquiries.  This role would suit someone interested in luxury branding and marketing.  If you are hungry have energy and a “bit of sparkle” then this could well..

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THE PERFECT CV

We know that writing your CV can be very daunting.  Where do you even begin?  We have all been there...and so we have decided to give you the inside scoop so there is no way your CV will go to the bottom of the pile! Here is our Golden Guide! Personal Profile: This is the first thing your future employer will read about you and is the part that makes them want to continue reading! Just write a few lines about yourself but don’t write an essay.  Stick to short and sweet!  If you are finding this tricky, ask your friends or family for three good words that would describe you in order to point you in the right direction. Education: Your education years should be listed in reverse chronological order and should be followed by the qualifications and grades you have achieved. Career History: This is where you highlight the tasks and responsibilities that you have carried out in your last role. Make sure you highlight areas that are relevant to the job you are applying for.. If you have not had much experience, don’t fret, just think about other things you have been involved with such as volunteering, school activities, work experience and internships.  If there was something you particularly enjoyed and/or that you were very good at, do mention this as it will add depth to your experience..

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The Invictus Games 2018

The fourth Invictus Games are upon us and next week our MD, Pip Cox, is swapping the office for the stands as she goes with her family to support her brother Spencer Bull who will be competing in the GB team at the games in Sydney. Spencer will be competing in the swimming, sailing and shot put. The Invictus Games were started by Prince Harry four years ago and is for wounded, injured or ill servicemen and women who have served their countries in conflicts and have been affected physically or non-physically whilst doing so. The games are used as a way to encourage these people to incorporate sports into their rehabilitation programmes. They celebrate the strength of these people and all that they have done for their nations as well as raises awareness of the injuries caused by war. Invictus is Latin for the word ‘unconquered’ and the games show the fighting spirits displayed by those taking part. J J Chalmers, who is presenting the games on the BBC this year and is an Invictus Games gold medallist has said, “The games have changed my life so I live for the opportunity to help showcase them, especially as they continue to grow, educate, inspire and entertain”. In the UK alone, 1,100 people showed an interest in the games and 400 contestants competed to make the 72 person strong team..

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